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I live on a farm and want to make a windmill like pic related, does /diy/ have any advice on how to make one,

I've never done any work like this before so I don't know anything. Are there any good sites to check out?

How much power can something like this generate and how do I use that power?
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I think they were used to run a water pump down a well
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>>1032019
>a water pump

This. They are typically for pumping water from a bore and sometimes a dam or river.

If you want to talk electricity generating google fieldlines.
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>>1031856
That is a pumping windmill so zero electrical power. Prolly about 350 Watt mechanical.

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When I drive I can pretty much feel every little piece of gravel in the road. It's basically like that princess with the pea and mattress. I've done the thing where I press down on the corner and it doesn't bounce.

Should I replace the shocks or springs?
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>>1031761
Try sit on a pillow you dumb kid
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>>1031761
replace the shocks with softer ones
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Drive a couple different vehicles. If the problem persists then obviously the issue is you, and you can start taking steps to get over it.
This would fix the ACTUAL problem.

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Hello,
I've replaced this relay before, and it's causing me trouble again. Pic related. I'm looking at replacing it with a more modern ice cube relay, but where do I find a relay with a 24V coil that is rated for 25a/277 volts? Is there a way I could use a contactor for this instead? My only issue is that the heat requires the 240 leg through the NC side, which would be difficult with a contactor.
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>>1030583
Sorry, fixed image
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>>1030584
Also, if it needed to be said, because there is no NC on the heater relay, im talking about the blower relay, bottom left in fixed image in second post.
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Automation Direct to the rescue.

http://www.automationdirect.com/adc/Shopping/Catalog/Relays_-z-_Timers/Electro-Mechanical_Relays/Power_Relays,_Open-Style,_40A_(AD-PR40_Series)/AD-PR40-1C-24D

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I've never posted here before, but I could use some advice. I know nothing about cars. at all... but the clutch in my 99 honda civic went out. lazy mechanic friend told me it was the master cylinder and left. He was supposed to help me but didnt. So I watched a bunch of Youtube videos and replaced the damn thing myself. I got it in there and miraculously didnt break anything in the process. I am now trying to bleed the line. Im familiar with the basics of this process, but when I have someone pump and hold the clutch, I turn he bleed valve bolt and it squirts fluid then...
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I thing u opening the line to much and letting air back in when it dribbles try and just to say open the bleed valve and close it
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>>1030162
Thanks, that sounds about right. Ill give it a try.
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>>1030163
How long / how much brake fluid should it take? like 30 min or so?

Hi,

Im planning on making myself a armor a bit like this, but I am not completely sure how the chest piece works and can't find blueprints(or what is the word). So I decided to ask for help here.

Does anyone here have experience with such design? Any tips on how to not screw it up?
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>>1029783
>how to do entire profession plz

Learn to walk before you run, m8. Google some guides on home made costumes or vests, then google some shit about leather working and materials, then come back with specific questions.
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>>1029783
Google leather armor patterns. Tons of sites.
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layered leather like in your picture seems simple enough to design.

Download a copy of Marvelous Designer and draw your own patterns.

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Hi /diy/. I'm moving in my new appartment and I'm thinking of having a hanging bed in my new bedroom. Right now, I'm wondering how to know if the room will bear the weight. Does anyone have one? Some tips ?
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>apartment
It will not. Full stop. You need specific reinforcement for this shit, and its always easier to add shit like this in the joists of a house you own.

Make a steel frame for this that rests on the ground, like a hammock frame.
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>>1028216
Why an apartment ceiling wouldn't be able to bear it? If I put the weight on several points, wouldn't it work? I've seen drywall ceiling anchors, isn't it enough?

The whole point is for it not to rest on the ground, I would like to be able to change the height of the bed in order to free some space.
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>>1028219
If you live in some rustic timber framed apartment with exposed beams, should be good to go.

Also, if you or your loved ones are about to roll into a bed that you anchored into drywall ceiling, please film it for all of us to enjoy.

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So what's your favorite color power tool?

Also, ever notice drills enjoy pointing to the left?
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>pink power
anon, pls.
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>>1025762
AC Delco looking pretty darn nice there op
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>>1025764
Yellow and Black

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Tell me your favourite power tool and why.

Also power tool accidents pictures and videos.

I just used an angle grinder today for the first time to cut 4 posts of a former metal cabin bed down so it would just be a normal bed. Holy fucking shit it felt so good. The power it gives you just rushes through you. You can cut literally anything.
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>>1025249
>The power it gives you just rushes through you. You can cut literally anything.
Wait until you try an O/A cutting torch.
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>>1025254
Unfortunately I don't currently have a reason for using one, and I can't see how I could manufacture a reason either.
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Table saw. Because it is the most useful woodworking tool you can get.

I won't post accidents because they are too gruesome for a blue board.

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Discuss favourites, review your own
Anything zippo related
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Bought one some time ago, but it requires too much maintenance for someone who doesn't smokes.
A small torch lighter is all I need.
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>>1024603
This. Zippos are for smokers.
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found an old one with K-XI code which apparently stands for 1995
looks like its age but has a nice motive, two pistons crossed with the text "mossimo piston pounders" above
not sure if the clothing company is meant here

not a smoker so probably just gonna lay around

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I didn't see a current project progress thread.

Just finished drilling rebar for a crawl space. What have you /diy/ today?

Ignore the trash in the pic, backhoe will be here next week
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>>1023737
What are you making?
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>>1023749
Small house out in the middle of the woods
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>>1023754
Nice, I've always wanted to do something like that. How are you going to insulate it?

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Old one is slipping, new /QTDDTOT/ ahoy.

How does /diy/ get wood? These are parts of a project I intend to make. I know the colours and tones I'm after but I have no idea what timbers would do the job. Halp?
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>>1010386
scrap wood from old construction sites, craigslist, home depot, build a saw go innawoods and cut down a tree
any of those options works for acquiring wood
colour wise, if you can't find an exact match, stains man
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I need a trigger mechanism that will hold a fixed-wing UAV on the launch rail and release it when pressed/pulled. Are there any ready-made triggers that will survive 15kg tension or should I make my own thing?
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>>1010386

If you intend to make something as drawn, your question is irrelevant unless you can DIY your own plywood. Which you can't, and are going to need. Otherwise you're going to have a bad time.

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Hey /diy/... my dad wants to hire some Mexicans to install some luxury vinyl flooring in his house and I am taking bids. The guys today suggested to leave a small space between the flooring and the baseboards and cover the space with something they described as quarter-round but smaller and they used a word for it that sounded like "Chee-moulding" but they didn't know how to spell it. Any idea what they are talking about?
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>>1032615
Knee/shoe molding. They are on the right track. It looks better tan trying to line up the flooring right and is cheaper (and less stressful) than removing and reinstalling baseboard.

Though, you could have just asked this in the stupid questions thread, rather than bumping off a other thread.
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>>1032653
>you could have just asked this in the stupid questions thread
this

Or he could have /done it himself/ by using Google: 'baseboard trim' and looking at 'images'
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>>1032615
ogee
they mean quarter round.
isn't needed if the baseboard isn't installed yet

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So, I got a sexy photoshoot done to give to my man for his birthday. I was trying to find an app that I could "gift" or share the photo album and it be password protected between us so that he could keep it with him on his phone.

Otherwise, I'd like to make a photobook with a lock. Any ideas?
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Google Drive
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>>1032366
Create a personal cloud "owncloud" or "next cloud" if you are tech savvy.
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just post them here, and he will see them

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I painted all my rims with spray paint, primer, base coat and clear coat. and filled all the curb rash with body filler. I'm very pleased with the way they turned out.
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ps. sorry for sideways picture
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>>1032164
Good job op,looks like a factory level job!
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>>1032164
Body filler hates to flex... That might chip out over time.

Trying to set up a mini-wood shop inside a single dorm room, problem is noise, can't have tools and saws and hammers buzzing and pounding all day. Need to do this to continue selling furniture and related items (poor fag).

University will allow for corded power tools. I have N95 masks and a big old strong box fan to deal with dust and smells from stains, poly, citrus strip, etc.

What power tools can I buy that are quiet? On the job-sites we only worked with DeWalt and Milwaukee (former carpenter's apprentice, but we really built a lot of decks), but I...
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Does your university not have a shop you can use?
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don't be stupid, that's impossible
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>>1032079
>>1032075
No shop. Just looking to muffle a bit of sound. Don't think that is unreasonable.

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What's the simplest and foolproof way to achieve this or something similar?
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Hot glue.
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>>1032027
2dope

will channel for my bedroom
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>>1032027
Nailgun

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Okay so I have a restored vintage TV set from the early 60s all tube and the thing is amazing not only from a historycall perspective

Now I have a problem, every time I trun on the thing the filament inside the crt tube light up like a light bulb at first but then dims doen and works OK

Now if the filament opened up the tv would be junk and I am a bit scared everytime I power it on the filament might go open circuit cause the first bright flash (every time its powered on )on the crt filament indicates the AC current bursts into the filament and then GRADUALLY...
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>>1031973

all Im trying to do is slowly power up a filament from a AC transformer

how to ?
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Put a resistor in series and increase the supply voltage to compensate for the drop across it. Filaments have low resistance when cold and high resistance when hot (15x difference for light bulbs, less for tube filaments). Resistors are designed to be as constant as possible. The resistor will block the inrush current but will end up not wasting too much power once the filament gets up to temperature.
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>>1032032

cant because if I use a different transformer then it wouldn't be original anymore and thats a big thing in vintage televisions

The filament is a 6.3V 600mA and the transformer is AC 6.3V 0.6A and I have to put something between them to ensure the filament starts to glow slowly and then lights up maybe like a capacitor that would charge when the filament would be powering up and then when its fully charged it would act as like it was a wire instead

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a friend of mine has a three acre backyard and I am thinking of building a tiny home back there to live. Well, I say tiny home, but really I am just planning to build a small bedroom and use the actual house for kitchen, plumbing and electricity, which I won't have in my room/shed. I am thinking of bare minimum, like just enough space for a bed and maybe some cupboards for storage (maybe 10'X8'). I have very little experience with this kind of stuff, but one of the people who live at this house works in construction and has done projects like this before. Just...
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>>1031930
If you get neither electricity nor plumbing, what's the point? You'd just be littering, wasting space and being an eyesore, for pretty much no benefit to anyone.
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>>1031935
property owner is ok with it, and i'll only be paying ~$100/month to live there. After I move out, it can be used as a normal shed or rented to someone else and I'm doing all the labor and paying for the materials. now can we focus on the building of the shed?
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The hardest part of building my cuckshed was pouring the concrete for the foundation. I should have gotten a pro to do it.

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I just moved into a shithole apartment ran by slumlords that prob haven't worked on the building in years. I need help identifying a couple things:

1. Thick black wire, frayed at parts and cut at the end, that runs around siding and door into the wall. Found it when I moved some furniture to access the only grounded outlet (which is near the light switch)
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2. Pipes and shit coming out of the wall (bathroom is on the other side). Some plastic bags were stuffed where their is a hole in the floor.
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3. Another pipe jumping out of the floor close to the other ones.

This is a room on the top floor and side of the house if that helps.
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More pics if that wire

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Hey /diy/, if I want to glue a PVC pipe to a PVC joint/coupling, which glue should I use? Epoxy apparently doesn't work and I'm confused between PVC glue and cement.
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>>1031849

PVC Cement is the correct thing.

You can use CPVC cement on PVC but not the other way around.

If you are using it for water pressure as that pipe wall looks schedule 40 then use PVC cleaner on the joint first. Especially if you are going to bury/conceal/cement the pipe.
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>>1031849
You can get a can of pvc cement for like 5 bucks man.
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>>1031853
This

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This hub had a shitty USB 3.0 Micro B female that broke. Is there any complications if I were to solder on a Normal USB 3.0 male.
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>>1031814
>female to male

fucking degenerate


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so you're going to use a m-f adapter? should be fine
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>>1031818
Would that really matter in this case? It was probably only a female jack so you could switch the cables.... I don't really care about that I just want a working hub
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>>1031819
they generally go host->device

isnt that the device port that connects to the host port (computer)

the other ports on the hub (females) are host ports for more devices

Hey /dynosaurs/ how do I wire this up to my homemade bench top power supply? It has three wires which appears to for ground, power, and control. Also is it possible to make it spin in reverse or will that hurt the motor? Thanks.
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I tired just using the ground and the positive lead but that didn't do anything.
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>>1031460

I do believe most of those need some sort of voltage signal to trigger. You should find the manual and see what that signal is.
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>>1031460
come on it's not that hard to google the things printed on the sticker

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building concrete base for cinder blocks to make into wood fired oven

photo is current view.

about7 inches deep 12 feet long 34 inches wide
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sorry this is current view: road mulch tamped down plus 1/2 inch rebar reinforcing
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fuck cant even get the photo right. this photo
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My question is I need about 1 yard on concrete for this and the locals want $400 delivered (no competition I guess) so I want to mix and pour it myself.


1:2:3 is the most common ration I see.

How much does a mixer hold at once?

How much sand, gravel and cement powder do I need?

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Hi /diy/
I wanted to use this as the top of my computer desk, but I have concerns of it sagging in the center if I use just 4 legs on the corners.

What solutions are there to this?
I'm thinking I could either make my own desk that looks like this, or add some sort of support going underneath it that would prevent it from sagging. Which is the best option? Would it be exceedingly difficult to make a desk that looks like this?
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Are you really gonna put considerable weight in the middle of the desk? Don't you put your PC tower off to the side?
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>>1031201
>Would it be exceedingly difficult to make a desk that looks like this?

no
buy a bunch of small pieces or rip them down, stagger the joints, glue it, and clamp it....then stain it
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>>1031210
>stagger the joints, glue it, and clamp it
How do I do this? I've literally never done woodworking before

I've decided to make these babies for my qtπ and I need some suggestions/guidance. They're supposed to be porcelain but I don't think I can handle that, so based on nothing I decided sculpey was probably the easiest way to get something similar. My question, if anyone knows, is about what kind of surface finishes you can get? They're supposed to be ceramic, so can you seal the sculpey so it's hard and glossy? Also I'll take any sculpey advice in general
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figurines are difficult to make with scupley. Expect several failures before you get ones that can last.
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>>1030920

any other polymer better suited to it?
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I don't know what >>1030920 is going on about. Sculpey is all about making things like figurines. The stuff you find in most stores, though, won't be super hard when cured. You probably have to order online polymer clays that cure hard. Whatever the case, you can easily apply a gloss finish to polymer clay so it at least looks the part.

Maybe the question is what kind of figurines you want to make, and the best material to use (size, shape, articulation, etc...)

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Hey guys, what do you think of my blanket. Have been working on it for some time and wanted to know your opinion
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>>1030818
Also post your own projects
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Dope
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>>1030818
I looks like a carpet from ikea. Is that a compliment? I don't know.

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I'm making a steering wheel prototype and I need advice on how I should make it. So far I have bought a steering wheel that fits the steering system of the car and I have stripped it down to bare metal.

I'm just going to 3d print and hand finish the center, the back and the buttons, thats easy. The part I don't know how to make is the outside of the wheel you hold onto.

So far my plan is to 3d print a torus the diameter of the steering wheel with a cross section that is about 7cm in diameter. I then want to make a mold around this using silicone,...
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That's quite a large piece to 3D print, you'll either have to do it in sections and adhere it together or pay a heft premium for access to a machine with a large build volume.
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>>1030744
I'm going to to it in eighths, 4 will fit in a maker bot.
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>>1030745
I'm honestly not sure how you'd do it but it might be worth crafting some sort of jig to keep everything true. The only thing I can think of is a truncated conical hole in a block of wood, turned on a lathe.

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So i got this 3hp engine from old lawn mower and would like to use it to build some kind of a vehicle. Only problem i have is that i don't have any kind of clutch on it. So any of you have simple ways to build cheap and simple clutch system? I will be mounting it onto a bicycle so smaller=better.
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Centrifugal go cart clutches are cheap as hell
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>>1030416
this
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>>1030397
>I will be mounting it onto a bicycle

i hope its a kids bike or you have a fuck huge rear sprocket. if its an adult size bike, that motor isn't going to have the torque to get you going.

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I got water over my power supply and thought it would be dry after a day - unfortunately it wasn't and when I plugged it in (without it being plugged into the laptop) I heard a couple of pops and sounds that shouldn't be there. I took it apart and there's no visible damage.

Is this a rather easy fix or should I just trash it? I was thinking about taking it to an electronics shop and getting it fixed there as they are rather expensive to buy new.

If all else fails, can I buy any other power supply (not necessarily for a laptop) that fits the same...
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For future reference, wet electronics should be put in a bag of uncooked rice and left to sit for 3 days
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>>1029455
What popped was the big transformer in the middle arcing over. And these transformers are getting less and less common in place of PWM type power supplies. These have quite a bit of copper wire inside them and this is what makes them expensive.
Said arching most likely overvolted that mosfet you have there and it let out the blue smoke of death.

Theoretically yout could get some copper wire and re wind your transformer and swap out the mosftet for a similar one. But this would cost a lot of money since copper...
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Thanks for the replies!

Update:

I tried plugging it into the wall socket again (not plugged into the laptop) and the buzzing noise that I was getting from when it was plugged in is gone. Is it possible that it will work? I am afraid to plug it into my laptop to check, and my multimeter prongs are too big to fit into the jack to measure anything.

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So I'm great with computers, work in IT and all that but this electrical stuff is just not making sense to me. This is why I'm not an engineer.

So I need to get about 17.4 metres (57") of led strips setup and with a wireless controller. I've found these cheap Chinese ones which look like they'll be good enough, but I don't get what kind of power I need for them.

I guess I just need to multiply the wattage by 4? That would be 240w and so I just get a 240w power supply? And what kind of wiring do I need to do to get this kind of supply...
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If no-one here can help, does anyone know of another site I can go to or a tutorial,etc?
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You dont have to calculate shit. Thats an LED RGB SMD 5050 (5 meters long) and they make specific parts for those. One power adapter per 5 meter roll. Just dont get cheap and start guessing on whats parts to use. Just buy the proper parts. All over ebay. Get the seller to answer these questions.
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You're good to go with that setup... If you google powering LEDs, you'll find a lot of confusing stuff, involving constant current, constant voltage, forward voltage, voltage drop, load resistors, parallel, series, ohms law, etc...

Looks as though these are 3 parallel at a time with individual resistors to match the current of each led if supplied with 12 volt... All you need to do is give it regulated 12 volt, (no wall warts) and the power supply you're looking at looks legit...

My only concern would be Daisy chaining these things together......
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