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My father in law bought a aftermarket rear light for his mazda van he has tried looking on numerous google searches to find how to install it but most of them are click bait or only for replacing a bulb.

I am including a picture of the new part for reference the main thing he says he needs to know is where to connect it. Thanks in advance for any and all help.
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Auto zone should have good instructions on their site straight from alldata. It could help to look at the Ford vehicle that the mpv is likely rebranded from. There is more info online for the Ford model. It would be wise to procure through same means a service manual for the van which will have all the wiring diagrams and factory procedures for replacing almost every part. If that doesn't work, or you're a lazy nigger, I can just upload the diagrams from the system at work tomorrow.
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>>1091616
thank you for the info we will check those websites have a good day
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like, the whole unit install or how to re-wire it?

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Alright /diy/, I have no knowledge about wiring and electricity in my house in general but I'm interested in converting a string of lights from battery power to run out the socket. http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-Battery-Powered-Electronics-to-Run-on-AC/ There are a few tutorials out there like this one but they are all a few years old and have terminology I don't quite understand.

SO has anyone tried this before?
Would this be safe to try? And does this tutorial seem like it would get the job done efficiently?
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Find out what voltage the battery/batteries are and replace them with a acdc power adapter
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>>1091123
I've done that on several occasions to adjust the voltage of some wallwarts.

If you wanto to convert a lamp to run off a wallwart you just need to know how many batteries it uses, for example, if it uses 4x AA batteries, then you need a wall wart that outputs around 6 volts (4*1.5volts)

In the instructable the author uses an LM317, this is a voltage regulator. Your lights run at a predetermined voltage, If you want to use a wall wart you can either find one with that seme voltage of use that LM317 to regulate the voltage, tranforming the excess voltage into heat, which is not very efficient in that case.

The best thing to do is to go to your local electronics store and get a wall wart rated for the job, find the number of batteries and the voltage that your lamp uses and then ask for a wall wart of the same voltage.

Wallwarts are also defined by the current, which is the maximum number of electrons they can pump out, for standard lights a 1 amp wallwart will work just fine, just strip the wires and connect the wallwart's positive to the positive part of the battery holder and the same with the negative part.

Yes, it is safe, the wall wart outputs low voltage DC, which is harmless.
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>>1091132
Okay, it takes 3x AA batteries and I found a bag of old adapters would this one (5VDC?) work?

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I need to attach pic related to an extension cord I'll cut an end off of. Will this work?
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>>1090852
Should work provided you do it right. Use a screw down connector block those wire nuts are too shit for mains.
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dont listen to the other dude, wire nuts are perfectly good. what you need to worry about is the wires being mangled by the metal case, so if you can find some of these (pic), then you're in great shape.

another idea to consider is to add a pull switch to the light, using one of those chain-switches you get from old ceiling fans.
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>>1090852
I've done this. Works fine.

Just listen to this guy >>1090864

hi,
having learned how to open hazelnuts with my fists has really made me appreciate what a useful tool a nutcracker is. so I want to get one, but Im to cheap to shell out 7 euros for a simple hinged metal lever.
googling "diy nutcracker" is a complete nightmare, btw, because you only get results for those faggy soldier-nutcrackers.

so: I want a very cheap, very practical nutcracker, primarily for hazelnuts but it would obviously be nice if it could support other nuts/sizes as well.
Im particularly curious as what tools from home depot could be used...
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here's a threaded design
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>>1090513
this design strikes me as the best. All I'd need is solid metal ring with a threaded hole on the side. since I have absolutely no metal-working capabilities this would have to be made out of premade parts.

anyone got an idea as to what to use?
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Just use pliers.

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Hey guys, I would really appreciate if anybody here could help me build a relatively small chicken coop in my house. I've got absolutely 0 experience at building stuff, but I guess I can learn before starting with the coop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Blueprints, what to do first, key points, anything.
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Post your address and I'll come over. I don't really know how to carpentry but two heads are better than one
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>>1090482
Im sorry, did you say you want this built IN your house?
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>>1090485
lol thanks but I'm planning on building it by myself, besides I'm from Honduras, I need help as in, blueprints, advice, and such things
>>1090488
Not INSIDE my house but in the backyard, I've got plenty of space for a big enough chicken coop

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Just had new windows installed and I'd really like to add these board and batten shutters for a nice rustic look. A set of 2 vinyl ones is nearly 100 bucks so my inner jew tells me I can easily make my own. Seems well within my skill set but i'm not sure if I can go as cheap as I'd like. Current plan is to buy the cheapest pine boards I can get and stain with an outdoor product. Am I good here or is this going to get fucked in a hurry? I'm guessing I need a light weight wood. Is there a better option? Will I just be making new ones next spring? Any advice...
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>>1090468
If it's sealed well enough pine (or even salvage pallet wood) could work. But you would be having to paint/maintain them every year.
The plastic ones last forever. I've got some on my house that are over 10 years old. Still look new.
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>>1090499
Yeah, after really looking at it I need about $50 in lumber per window plus the finish. This doesnt feel like a big savings over vinyl.
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>>1090468
Ideally, you'll want to use cedar. Just buy 1x6 cedar pickets, they're pretty cheap. 2x6 if you can get a good deal.

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So I work at a lumberyard and since we throw away boards and sheets that have defects I have access to virtually endless free wood. The only problem is it's mostly spruce, the ugliest wood in the world. What would /diy/ do with that kind of timber? Make some cool shit and apply stains/paint/varnish?
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It should stain up pretty well, from memory Spruce is fairly easy to carve and work with. Outdoor furniture with a decent UV resistant stain and varnish (or even one of the tougher outdoor paints) will even hold up ok to the elements
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>>1089080
It's basically construction grade only. Make a shed, a detached garage, a carport, a breezeway etc.
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>>1089090
A carport is in the making. But we also carry some "less crap" wood like rough sawn panel boards, flooring and stuff like that, I was thinking about sending them through the planer.

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Any combo welders here? Having trouble with suck back on the 6 to 3 quadrant. I don't know if it's just cause I suck at welding left handed and not getting enough arc force to push the root out. The rest it looks great, like a wedding band. This is carbon steel with a 5/32" gap and 1/8 filler running around 105 amps
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6th quadrant

>I don't think you understand that word
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>>1091483
He didn't say "6th quadrant". He said "6 to 3 quadrant". Think about it.
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>>1091483
Have you tried reading before posting?

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Hello /diy/,

I want to reroute the eject button on my optical drive in a similar fashion to this:
(synopsis dude connects a new switch to his optical drive in order to make it stealth)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_ACMEaOrvQ

But in my case, I want to repurpose my stereo's own front panel eject button since I'll embed it inside the stereo's case. Simply because I arbitrarily decided to try to make it this way but also due to some space constraints.

pic related, for reference, is where the front panel ribbon cable connects to the...
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Stereo’s front panel PCB-front eject button
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Stereo’s front panel PCB-back eject button
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I noticed in the old cd drive that the out pins that connects to the electric motor are load + and load-
this pic close up on the 5 pin out.

(lef to to right)
Load + Load- Open Gnd Close

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I don't know if this is possible, but I am looking for a product that allows you to tap into a fuse box to access power (like the lighting outlet tap in the picture).

I live in an apartment and need to supply power to the closet that houses the fuse box. This closet has no outlets. I am only looking to power something a few hundred watts or so.

Thanks.
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>>1090979
Growing drugs in the closet huh?
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You can buy sockets made for fuse boxes...
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>>1090986
Actually, due to limited space I wanted to put my networking hardware in there. Due to the age of the building Ethernet isn't wired into the concrete walls so I am opting to use all wireless despite the disadvantages. I just need enough power for a modem and router. The coax enters the unit in this closet so if I could tap into the box I could avoid a trail of wires through the apartment.

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Are you supposed to clean gas fireplaces?

If so, Is this something I can do at home or do I have to hire a chimney sweep (if those still exist)
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If it's a vented chimney, yes. Especially if it's a retrofit. Once a season is fine.

Hire a chimney sweep since they also inspect for damage. $150-$200 isn't too much to pay for peace of mind.
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Chimney sweeps are still a thing. Inspect once a year, preferably just before the season you need the Chimney.
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Holy shit the retardation in this thread is fucking tremendous.
Use your goddamn heads for thirty seconds.
Do you have a chimneysweep come clean your water heater vent?

okay so my wife has a kia soul, it has a usb charging port in the dash and has a bluetooth linkable stereo. both my wife and I play music from our phones over bluetooth to the radio since the area we're in has nothing worth listening to on the normal airwaves... ideally I'd like to charge my phone from the usb port, however whenever I plug it in the car detects it and for some reason treats it like an ipod and starts playing music off of it even when it's connected via bluetooth to her phone. she usually charges her phone with a usb plug in the lighter plug. If...
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>>1090757
USB is four wires, +5v, ground, data+, and data-
Just google charge only USB. USB to iphone will be the same thing but with the wires going to the respective pins on the iphone connector.
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>>1090757
>>1090764
alternatively just play music from the one plugged in through USB and charge the other one in the lighter?
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>>1090765
it does handsfree phone calls through bluetooth which it for whatever reason won't do through the usb... otherwise i'd be game for this.

>>1090764
thanks, will look it up, was a bit fixated on the iphone plug end, but your right, the usb standard should be the same for both regardless of whats on the other end. used to working with house sized electrical stuff, I don't have a lot of experience on computer sized stuff.

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Defrosted my freezer today because the fucking thing keeps icing up. Took the back off to speed up the thawing, saw the expansion valve looking like this. I'm not familiar with freezers, is this normal? If not, is it fucked, a threat, or just the one part that will need replacing?
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Looks fine. Not hazardous even in case of breakdown. Freezing over is usually caused by faulty seals leaking moist air into the dry freezer, causing dew where the two fronts meet. Clean/massage/replace the rubber seal.
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>>1090465
Thanks anon. I got spooked by the burnt look, but searching online turned up nothing.

I think you're right about the moisture, the ice forms at the bottom of the freezer, but even if I remove it, it just grows in the back and clogs up the vents until the fridge stops working. Will try sorting out the seals, hopefully that will stop the problem.
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That's an accumulator not an expansion valve... the tiny tube that coils around it is a capillary tube and acts as the metering device... the accumulator is on the end of the evaporator and basically is there to ensure that you don't get any liquid refrigerant going back to the compressor.... it's all braised together at the factory and since you aren't likely to see it they don't bother themselves with cleaning it up... anyway what did the frost buildup look like? If it was all over the evaporator and thick then you have a defrost problem.. if it was...
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So the previous owner of my bmw installed foglights, but did a half ass job. The system worked when he ran a cheap 12v toggle switch which i wanted to replace before cleaning up all the wiring and whatnot. I got a better toggle switch, but it is rated at 14v 21a (ignore picture im tired.) When i hooked everything up the fog lights wouldn't turn on. A switch rated for higher power can't be a problem? I tried playing around with the leads on the switch but still no light.
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>>1090163
There's not really any way to tell from this crappy drawing.
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>>1090163
The current for the lights doesn't go through the switch, only the current to operate the relay which is the whole point, the relay uses much less current so the switch doesn't have to be huge.

The rating of the switch is not the problem, if it was it would be all hot smelly and melted.
You fucked up somewhere else.
You need either a multimeter or to post pics
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>>1090181
This. Will try and find my shitty air horse wiring diagram. Should be samesame. Replace horn switch with togle. And replace compressor with fog lights.

Not sure why my chin shit switches ground but hot wire is more common

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bought a painting, no frame, 17 x 24, painted on wood so rather heavy. the woods flat, so there and im not entirely sure how im supposed to hang this. what can i attach to it to make it safe to hang?
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A frame.
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>>1090105

will this not work?

https://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-D-Ring-Picture-Hangers/dp/B017DQ9GC6/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1480203430&sr=8-18-spons&keywords=hang+painting&psc=1
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>>1090109
Sure, if you're okay with drilling in it...

At any rate use a wire or string between two D-rings to be able to balance it. It will make hanging it easier as well, trust me: trying to get two D-rings to latch onto screws that might not even be level is a PITA.

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Hello /diy/nosaurs. I have a landscape company where I do pretty little designs on photoshop and then me and some buddies install the concrete/paver patio, retaining wall, turf, or whatever else the client wanted. All basic shit really

>THE PROBLEM HERE IS

This client wants his backyard (slope) graded to accommodate two patios separated by retaining walls. I've NEVER GRADED something so complicated much less do I know how to draw up blueprints illustrating said grading plan. I don't even know where to start.


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>>1090014

Google sketchup is a pretty good tool
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>>1090026
Thanks! Do you know any resources that would teach me how to use sketchup for this particular task? grading, basic beginner stuff, etc.
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>>1090014
hahahahahah look at the cute photoshop.

you need to learn to build a retaining wall, you can just google this

what the fuck do you mean graded, do you mean just make it flat, because you simply shift earths around

that the fuck do you mean by GRADING PLAN, you move shit around until it is flat

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Is there any way to add dead zone to a joystick to two potmeters which are acting as a joystick?

I am adding a joystick to a Sega Naomi arcade game, so there's no way to use any software adjustments.
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Welp, I'll try to do it with an Arduino then.
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>>1089930
>>1089939
I was typing up a really informative post with specific instructions and cited references but it took me 23 minutes to finish. Imagine my dismay to discover that you had already shut the thread down! Luckily I noticed and managed to delete my post in time.
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>>1089998
Was it really necessary to bump this thread then?

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Looking for advice to convert a natural gas outdoor heater to propane since I don't have a NG hookup at the house.

Pic related.
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>>1089905
Is it just plug and play
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>>1089907
Or is it fubar-ed due to the burner size and design?
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>>1089905
Get mfg name and model number off heater.
Contact mfg for the propane jet for that heater. You will also need a regulator to drop propane (high pressure) to the proper input pressure for this unit at it's required flow rate.

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Hi /diy/
I got my hands on a pair of Davis KV12 speakers, and i want to plug them on my turntable. However i have no idea of what are these ports. Any ideas? How am i supposed to plug em ? I'll dump a couple of photos.

And fuck this 4mb shit.

Also the little caps get sscrewed onto the ports.
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>>1089848
Sory wrong one, this was realy vague.
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>>1089848
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>>1089848
past suggests you hook up an amplifier in between turntable and speakers.

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G'night /diy/

I have tried to fix these Headphones with SuperGlue but it just doesn't work as the surface in which it needs to be applied is so fucking narrow that it doesn't do anything at all.

I'd really appreciate all you ideas about how can I fix this. I don't care if it doesn't look nice or anything, I only want to use it again.

>Just throw'em to the trash and buy a new one.

I can't, it was a gift from my mom, so you know, I want to keep it and at least try all the ways to...
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>>1089739

More Pics
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>>1089739
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I think I could use Poxipol but i think it could be the same trouble than using SuperGlue.

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HALP!! what the fuck is this bug? I keep finding them all over my house. Well not ALL over, but many places such as the cabinets below the kitchen sink, the bathroom crawling on the toilet, and drowned in my dog's water bowl... so obviously they like water.

they move way too slow to be fleas and they are also about 5 times bigger. not bedbugs... want to exterminate these cheaply and knowing what they are first will help. Any ideas?
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>>1089683
Do check the dogs food bag or rice.
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i've got them too. must be the cold

i just keep killing them.
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>>1089683

6 legs, a snout. that's a weevil

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so Ive recently got into aquariums and water agitation is causing me a bit of a problem.
whilst it is necessary to break the surface tension in a tank to facilitate gas exchanges, i really dont like the normal methods.
air pumps and bubble stones are too loud. due to a tank being in my bedroom it is disturbing my sleep.
likewise with wave makers.
so i was thinking, what other ways might there to be to achieve this, without the need for noisy pumps and expensive equipment.
my current line of thinking is to use the old attempts at perpetual motion machines. while...
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>>1089584
tldr: i need to keep causing motion in water without electricity
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>>1089584
even something that just requires me poking it once a day would do. or maybe using a /diy/ wind turbine i can hang out a window. the aim of the game is quiet motion using a little energy as possible
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>>1089584
if anyone knows how to make a miniature windmill that would also be useful. preferably what materials you can find around the house to make one

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Hey all I'm working on a new house number plack for my home . What project's are you all working on
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First go at staining . I used a American walnut stain.
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>>1089574
I used paint sticks for the brick design
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Petrified wood and onxy inlay I'm working on for a friend, next step glue it all together. FC for the local college

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Hey, I put 1 gallon of spring water one packet of yeast and 2 cups of sugar will this work?
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>>1089528
as long as the yeast are the only thing alive in it it will

did you sterilize the bubbler and jug and boil the spring water?
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>>1089528
Stop shitting up this fucking board with ten fucking homebrew threads when theres a general on the first fucking page.
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>>1089528
You Finnish or something?

does anyone have any experience making one? I have a bunch of old CRT monitors so I was going to use that as the screen, but for the components do I just get normal computer parts and use Lakka? or should I use a raspberry pie and Lakka? Or should I go balls to the walls and learn how to make my own OS specifically for this project?
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>>1089493
you sounds like you dont even game, forget about it
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>>1089495
I used to game. reason for the CRT monitor was for streaming melee at 480p. Also if I'm gonna play retro games may as well use a retro monitor for authentic feel.
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>>1089493
why go the hard way?

just build a cabinet and put an old PC in it and just run emulators.

i'm thinking about making one, all i intend to use is an old working MoBo, GPU and PSU.

the only thing i would have to spend money on are hard drives, materials for the cabinet, a TV with hdmi input (low lag), buttons and sticks and the other little things i need to make it work.

i have an old 35 inch CRT TV that i could use for a monitor, but i would rather have a 40-50 inch 16x9 TV just so 4...
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I'm trying to build/design a custom panel for my jeep to have all the switches and controls all in one spot. I don't like any of the ones I've seen online. Any tips? ~12 switchs, 2 guages, a potentiometer knob, and space for something else, perhaps storage?
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>>1089360
I'd build the existing cluster out like pic related, mount your gauges closest to the windshield and your switches wherever. No idea about storage, there's not much easy room for tech and storage short of moar velcro.
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>>1089360
steal one from a plane

forget about "overhead storage" in there
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Kinda actually what im going for lol. Kinda hard to just steal one however..

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I want to add some platforms for my cats to climb on in my living room (pic related).

I'm going to lay pieces of wood between the beams, as shown in the picture.

I'm renting and have house inspections every 6 months, so I need to find a way to make it very easy to add/remove the plants, while still keeping them secure.

My current idea is to hammer some nails into the top of the roof beams, and leave the top of the nail sticking out about 1.5cm.... then drill holes in the wood so it will slot over the nails. Would do 2 nails on each side of each...
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just use 2x2 pieces across the width on the underside of the board, to fit on either side of a beam
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>>1089196
Like this? Seems good.

Though my concern would be torque flipping the board if the cat was on the edge of it.

Maybe I could drill some holes in the 4 corners and tie a loop of string around the beams.
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>>1089199

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I'm currently planning out a bed frame and I'm trying to do it entirely using mortise and tenon joints(foxtail joints for the bed slats to side rail connections, foxtail joints for the center slat brace and a pegged mortise and tenon for the center brace leg.)
I've run into issues on how to connect the outer rails together at the corners and pick related looks like it might be the ticket. Is this all a really dumb idea?
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>>1088658
Here is my personal one...

Use it or don't idc. The one you posted will work fine tho.
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sliding dovetail
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>>1088658
I would use a draw pin to make sure they hold with all the motion a bed is subject to.

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I want to build a small house out in the sticks for when I decide to go hunting or just go out in general, so it probably will just have a wood stove for heating and no plumbing or electricity.

I want to do all of the construction myself, but I've never really done anything of this scale before. If you could give me one tip for building a house solo other than "don't" please post it.
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youtube has tons of videos on this.
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Sounds like a bothy m8
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The YouTube channel Primitive Technology has perfect videos showing how it's done.

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How do I make gold rings and what tools do I need? What other materials will I need to forge these rings.
Also I need you to tell me like I'm someone who has absolutely no Idea what the fuck I'm doing.
t. Pirate with chest of gold and gems looking to sell it off for even more money then buy more gold make more rings sell more rings buy more gold ect.
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>>1088311
Me too. I built a few foundries and casted some. I suggest u youtube grat tomoson's _king of random channel. He has like 5 worthwhilr vidya amd 1 that talks about the does and donts of his design. Shit cost me a lot of time and money to learn.

Order u some petrobond off amazon and look up "green sand casting." And "lost wax casting."

Its a hell of a rabit hole but worth it.

For detail and scale most jewelers do lost wax and use

>pic related.

An...
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Jesus fuck. my spellcheck...
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>>1088311
There's a more time-consuming method you can use to make gold and silver rings which doesn't require anything but a hammer. Get a gold or silver coin and, holding it on edge, begin tapping the rim with your hammer, slowly rotating the coin around so you get all the rim equally. Slowly you will begin creating a flattened rim which will become your ring. Keep going around and around until you have a rim of the size you want your ring to be. Then use your hammer and a chisel or hole punch to punch the middle...
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