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I'd like to make pixel art using beads and sell the fuck out of them.
The problem is, I'll probably need to buy beads in bulk for every color, and it's expensive.

Is there any way I can make my own beads or is there a better alternative?
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>I'll probably need to buy beads
this is known as business
if beads were free then everyone would make and sell these things and so the market would flood and nobody would buy them
Go to goodwill and buy up all the shit the socker moms drop off youll get them for a lot less but have to sort them out
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>sort them out

These cocksuckers right here.

How can I snap these bastards off without dashing my knuckles across the wall every god damned time?

Hammer claw doesn't fit in the loop, and I'm not really open to the idea of grinding the tines down to make it fit.

15" adjustable wrench worked fine for snapping them off, but fuck me if I didn't end up taking a few layers of skin off my knuckles.

There must be a better tool for this. I had to break roughly 500 today, and next week after the next pour, I'm probably looking at another 500-1000 depending on how much we get done.

Help me /diy/. Help me to maintain my sanity.

>TL;DR: Is there a tool specifically for breaking these fucking things?
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Bolt cutter?
Yes and no. It would take off the loop for sure, but the idea is to twist the end so that it snaps the tie behind or inside the cone so that the cone can be removed, leaving a hole that can be filled.

Using bolt cutters would leave some of tie flush or proud of your wall, fucking up your finish.
Impact wrench, with a socket that's had a slot cut through the middle.

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The back right tire of my ford 2000 taurus smokes (white smoke) when I drive my car. I think it's the brake caliper. How do I fix this?
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show a pic edge on (in the center gap) so we can see the pads and rotor
Hold on,
worn pads and rotors won't make white smoke without a shit load of noise.

how is your brake pressure?
are you sure it isn't your exhaust?

put a brick on the accelerator and take a look.

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So my poulan chainsaw is giving me hell.

It was sitting on a shelf for over 5 years. I replaced all the fuel lines, spark plug, air filter and fuel filter.

The chainsaw starts with starting fluid but doesn't stay running.

I disassembled the carb and it was very clean like the saw didn't see much use ( I inherited it , so i don't know) , the diaphragm was also still flexible and in working order.

Not sure what else to check. Any ideas?
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put marvel mystery oil in the gas and oil ( a bit not to much), and let it work it's way in. pull the cord and let it run as long as it can.
make sure the new fuel line isnt kinked in the gas tank pinching off flow. You may have installed it too far. If not, carb. bowl needs to be drained or carb, cleaned. Should be a drain screw somewhere on the carb.
Clean out the carb with carb cleaner.

It might look clean but all it takes is one tiny blocked passage and that's it. After sitting there is probably varnish in there

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Hey /diy/, after a domestic dispute with my stepdad regarding what I can and can't do with the household, the mailbox in pic related got punched so there's some damage to it.

Don't know what kind of material it's made of, but if you punch it, it is dented and it can look like it has a rip.

Is it possible to fix or am I fucked and I gotta spend another 15 dollars to get a new one?
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Looks like the mail isn't going to fall out. It's fine.


man you got a weak punch anon... maybe you should spend money on working out instead... pussy!

Yea, it didn't get punched very hard. If it would of, then there'd be rips around the whole area.

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Barkeepers friend
Clorox or comet?
Rag or paper towel?
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anything with grit is going to scratch the crap out of it

CLR or bleach

I think it depends on what's on the door. I've tried Barkeepers Friend, Lime Away, etc., but none of them worked for me.

I hate saying anything non-positive about Barkeepers Friend... it's absolutely amazing for stainless steel sinks and pots.
Spray vinegar on it and wait a few minutes

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I am going to be staying on a farm for a while and was told to build a cabin.
I am looking for some ideas (dimensions, styles), tips, links (free plans) or anything that can be of assistance.
I'm not sure of the dimensions but it should be small as is it just for shelter and sleeping.. no kitchen or bath. It should also be cheap.
They told me to look into "pole buildings."
I have no experience with such a task so anything will help.
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If I were you I would go for a simple flat roofed shed with a 2x4 frame clad in ply if longevity isn't an issue otherwise clad in larch or similar.
It's easy to do, takes little time and is relatively inexpensive.
why on earth isn't there a sticky for small buildings already!?

>a while
long enough to be making a permanent structure? is it meant to be permanent?

>just for shelter and sleeping.. no kitchen or bath
insulation? roofing? siding? floor? windows?
It could become permanent, I'm sure that they will keep it up after i'm gone and if I return maybe I'll add onto it.
There won't be any insulation or flooring other than plywood. I'm sure the roof will be something basic for now like plywood. Other than a door there might be a window.

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I live in a apartment and I am bored out of my mind. I wanted to get a hobby but most interesting hobbies require a work space. Apartments are limited and you can't use things that are fire hazards. Like I had a interest in glass working but that requires obviously a torch and that isn't happening in a apartment.

What are some other similar hobbies i could try that are apartment friendly?
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Grow hallucinogenic mushrooms. For fun or therapy.

Any type of sewing (a sewing machine will pack away and fit on any table)

All i got atm for small. But most things you can work in a small area. Just need a cheap desk to keep everything and like a stool that tucks under it.

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OMG look at this my new project, a cage for the penis. Its so aesthetic, made of wood and inox bars.
This work was commissioned by a homosexual guy. Don't ask me what we will do with that...
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Square cages don't work well with round things. I'm sure you're trolling, but on the off chance that you aren't, redesign it round, home depot has small round steel rod already made for the bars, and make sure you make it a clamp style closer.
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Checked, m8
Those corners will also nail his leg, and maybe take out his boyfriends eye or something.
Fags are just a bar gunsman to work for.

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I came into a birch edge glued slab, ment for a work bench. Is is 27"x 60" x 2".

I want to turn it into a coffee table but that dimension feels too wide.

Should i rip it along a glue line, down to 20" using my skill saw?
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Just cut it shorter.
Size seems fine to me. But if you do want it narrower, aim your cut an 1/8" on the waste side and then sand down the rest.
Before cutting you might consider if (and how) the cut-off pieces can be used.

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if i want to go past 15A total draw on a power tool automatic dust collection switch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001BSL1BM/
i can hook up a relay into the vac outlet right? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JJM7ZS/

and probably use another circuit for the relay output.
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If you're trying to increase the vacuum side of the switch and the relay you are looking at has a coil rating of 120 vac then yes.

that's the answer i was looking for thanks

i'm planning to make a Wandel small dust collector
What size motor are you looking at that you need a 30a relay?

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I'm thinking of setting up a small Aquaponics system using a 3 gallon tank that looks much like the picture posted.
I'll be using this guys system . https://youtu.be/
Do you guys have any hints or have your own system you wanna share?
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You also pasted the link without the actual video code. Personally, I find anything under 55 gallons to be too small to properly maintain balance. The smaller the amount of water the quicker things can go wrong.
Ok it doesn't matter anyway I just came home and my fish were dead :'(
oh lawd i keked

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21 year old guy here.

How do I learn how to do things like this? How do I learn to create things and repair? I have no father figure and never learned these things. What tools should I have, where should I begin? What kinds of projects should I start with?

Thank you for all advice!
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I don't know dude, about repairs, take something easy to take apart and clean it, like a Super Nintendo controller, then slowly go for more complex stuff. If you are looking to learn how to make stuff, just find something you think is cool, like knifes for example, and go make some, watch how-to youtube videos and tutorials. Some tools I would recomend for general pourposes are: protection glasses, an angle grinder, a dremel, files, sandpaper, 10 minute epoxy glue, a drill and lots of scrap parts.
at your age i was in the same situation. get a screwdriver and take things apart. what would you like to do?
- electronics? go look for kits at aliexpress and get whatever strikes your fancy and the basic tools you'll need. cheap soldering iron and solder, some snips. buy the cheapest stuff, if you'll like it you'll soon figure out which things you'll need.
- wood stuff? get some wood, make a box, look for tutorials.
- music? take apart a guitar, an amp, whatever you get your hands on.

- go to a flea market/garage sale, get anything you...
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>things like this?
we cannot see what you are pointing at

>What kinds of projects should I start with?
the obvious answer would be things that need repair

Hello /diy
pic related to my question, they say on the product page that this amp requires a 13.5V 3A power supply for "optimal results"
I have a similar 25W amp that I power with a simple 12V 1A power supply and it works just fine.
Does it really make that much of a difference if I use the 13.5V 3A supply?
or a 12V 2A would be just as good?

why does it work with 1A when it requires "25W"

I will plug 2 HiFi speakers that were literally dumped behind my house, like under the rain, I could salvage the stereo because by the time I took...
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You can underpower drivers and not hurt them. They just wont get as loud as they are capable of. Its not a flat scale though. A driver designed for 3 amps wont sound 1/3rd as loud if you only give it 1 amp. It will probably sound quite a bit softer compared to a 3 amp power source and the same volume level.

I've got a set of 125 watt speakers and they sound great even though my amp only puts out 75 watts a channel. The amp gives them what it can and they take it because they are a passive device. They aren't...
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thanks a lot, this is for a small room and I don't think I need all that power.
Cars are 12-13.4V. It's probably meant for a car.

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I'm working on restoring/repairing an old house. How do I fix gaps between the transition from wood to the roof shingles? I think birds might be living in some of them.
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Some metal flashing, and then coat with roofing patch tar
Makes sense, thanks. I was thinking flashing but was worried water would drip in on the back side of it.
5" step flashing if you don't want it to rot out.

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Waddup /diy/nosaurs!

I've gotten an idea for this summer. I plan on doing a stag (probably only the head) out of branches, so far I've found two nice branches will I use as the antlers. Question is what should I use as the "skull"? Wire, crambled up paper, lots of twigs, maybe? Also, should I use hot glue/wood glue to keep shit together? I want it to look as rustic as possible but I am not as artsy as I would like.
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Use a log
I plan on hanging it off the wall, a log might be a tad too heavy.
Twigs, bundle and shape then with rusty wire.

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Hi /diy/, I'm back again with more boat repair problems.

In the process of cutting out the floor, I finally accepted that the only way to get all of it out and do the best job possible is to pry the cap off. Fast forward to today: rub rail is off, rivets out, adhesive around the sides cracked. The bow and sides came up easy, but the transom area of the cap refuses to budge. I have removed all the putty, cracked all the glue behind the splashwell, etc, and still it refuses to pop off. What the hell am I doing wrong?

Pic is what I'm working with.
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Just a shot in the dark.

The steering cable could provably be running through a hull support?

I notice it is pretty much off on port and not budged from starboard.

Remove all cleats and other auxiliaries if they are bolted or screwed on.

The hull doesn't have to be built symmetrically.

Grab a friend and let him do the gentle prying and you then feel along the starboard side while he is "massaging" it and you will feel where the fiber glass is flexing due to resistance.

It could also just be that the cap is on fucking...
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The eyelet in the back looks suspect as well
Check out my boat problem

I have a collection of drum sticks that I want to make a "frame" for. I want to to make a circular shape with sticks pointing outward, problem is I don't know how to make the sticks stay in place without anything visibily doing so. Any ideas? Pic not related
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Drill a small hole in to the bottom of each stick. Place the stick vertical on a flat piece of wood. Use a screw to go from the bottom of the wood, through the flat surface, and in to the bottom of the drum stick.
That could work, thanks
Drill bit the size of each stick, drill in enough so that each stick fits snug. You'll probably only need 3 bits at most. Use epoxy in the hole to hold them in place.

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I live with my family in an apartment building that supplies AC in the summer and heat in winter via the same central radiator unit(s). My bedroom happens to be a small extension of the building probably not to code, with it's own unit, tapped off my brothers room next door in what used to be facing the exterior, now walled off (definitely not to code). And, because it's walled off entirely, my brother resorts to using a combination of ceiling fan and cold humidifier to fight off the inevitable hotbox his room turns into during the winter, with no ventilation and the hot pipes running to my room, so I don't freeze. Now he also uses some kind of weight on top of some aluminum foil to try and dissipate the heat rising from his radiator, but I was wondering, even if it's silly, if there is some sort of thing I can build, a well designed heat sink of some kind, that would improve upon this. Ideally it would be compact and be able to sit upon the radiator.
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Something as simple as a plastic jug full of water might work (dumping out the water when it gets warm and replacing it with cool water).
>some kind of weight on top of some aluminum foil to try and dissipate the heat rising from his radiator,
Are you, perchance, trying to make the radiator cooler by dissipating its heat into the room while wondering why the room becomes so hot?

>Ideally it would be compact and be able to sit upon the radiator.
It's called blanket. Throw it on top of the radiator to stop it from heating the room.
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I like the old Trane logo better

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I have a monitor on which the power supply has failed, tryed repairing it and still keeps burning resistor so I give up, and its not in the monitor circuitry cause its separated via small transformer, which is driven somehow, that differs from linear power supplies MONITOR IS RATED FOR ABOUT 30W

Now what Im gonna do is build a completelly new power supply to substitute voltages that should be 1.3 V
6 V
14 V
45 V
all should be AC,now I can use common power transformers except maybe for 45 and 70 Volts, what would be the easiest to get these votlages ??
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>what would be the easiest to get these votlages ??

with a transformer.

yes but 70V is not a common output on transformers like 12V is , the highest I have is a 50V one

also wiring my own or have it down would cost too much,can i use a circuit doubler, or maybe a power resistor droping ?

50V + 20V = ?

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How to remove this tiny screw on my laptop that has a stripped head and is on very tight?
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Blowtorch, the metal threads around it heat up and expand more than the screw does.
What do I do if I don't have a blowtorch laying around?
Take a flathead screwdriver and tap it lightly with a hammer until it makes a dent in the screw head, then unscrew it.

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>Mr relationship: tl;dr version
Tragic. But I still want to give her something before she moves outside of the country to Mormon-land. The idea I have is to make a bunch of flowers, attach them to a natural-looking and elegant structure and fit it all inside a metal tea box.
The flowers are the easy part
What I have problems with is designing is the wire structure. I have many ideas and need a few more people to think this trough. I could make an Art-Noveau style for the wires and attach many things to it:
>British pounds (Half of her family is from Britain)
>Broken clock mechanism with many shinny pars inside
>Cheap earrings with fake Second Mexican Empire coins
Any help?
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The box is a prism of approximately:
>8.5cm^2 in the base and 11cm high
>3 1/4 in ^2 in the base and 4 1/2 in high
This brings me to my first question:
>What is the best way of removing the paint from a soda can?
I used a drill with a stone attached the last time, but there has to be another way
Wire wheel would be faster
An angle grinder would be more appropriate than a drill
Sand paper flapper wheel or ball wpuld also work.
Just some sandpaper
acetone or some other solvent depends entirely on what they painted it with.

We just bought our first home, and while getting the HVAC vents cleaned the technician managed to fuck up some paint near the vent. My husband pulled off all the loose paint, but pic related remains. The question is: does he remove this really stuck on paint before repainting, or is it okay just to paint over it?
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Use a paint scraper to take off anything loose, paint over the rest.
Thank you, that's exactly what I needed to know.
>My husband pulled off all the loose paint,

Judging from the pic, I'd suspect that is not just paint and your husband removed the loose texture sprayed on the ceiling.
The texture around the vent may become loose due to humidity / condensation associated with the cold air.
If the ceiling was textured before painting you'll need to apply a matching texture to the bare area before repainting.
You should also try to make the repairs with an irregular line relative...
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Hey /diy/ first time posting here, I want to build a classic wooden chest, but I'm new to woodworking so I need some dirt cheap materials to build a few "practice" pieces. Are shipping pallets made of sturdy enough wood for this? Max weight I'd put in it 100ibs.
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You need to watch where you get your pallets
A lot of them have some pretty awful chemicals on them
if you get them from places that ship food on them you should be pretty safe
This guy is right, however pallets have specific stamps on them that indicate how they were made/where they're from. You just want the one's that aren't chemically treated, which are easy to find if you can read the codes

Most pallets will be strong enough for what you have in mind, as has been stated by >>1015606 and >>1015650 you should try to get pallets that are as clean as possible, not knowing you location I can only tell you what works for me, I typically look for free pallets in industrial areas, some big box stores will also have pallet "graveyards" just ask, another tip I can give you is to look for places that have large...
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Any sewers here? I want to make a hat like this but can't find any real patterns online. I think i have a general idea.

Im planning on using coyote, my grandfather took a couple last year on his property and had their pelts tanned, and he's letting me have them. He wanted to make a Crockett hat for himself but his hands are just bad enough that he can't handle the sewing. I found a pattern for that one no problem.

So what im thinking based off the crockett pattern to make mine, is to first cut a round top. A front band for the forehead about 4"...
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Can't wait to do something like this when I go hunting.
Google for "bomber hat pattern"
Also if you're not familiar with patterns, they generally make suggestions for what fabric to use as a liner. Typically the fur is the liner for this type of hat, but you're flipping it for aesthetics. I'd line it in a flannel I think.

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This is made by Park Tool. For fixing bikes. What does it do?
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Fixes bikes
This is a headset die. Not sure which one, but it creates or cleans out threads on bicycle fork for threaded headset.

it's just a rebranded die handle with a 1 1/8"-?? die for putting external threads

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how to calculate wing foil ?
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sorry, my question was unclear.

lets say that my plane weight 1400 KG and has a top speed of 900 k/h how much lift do i need @ X speed ?
1400kg or more

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USB block erupter AsIC miner
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What does DIY Thinks about bit coin mining through ASIC USB BLOCKED MINERS and whr would I can buy It in India???? looking for it for some time now.Or some contacts from Singapore whom I can order it.
the bitcoin train left in 2012
Then what is the next train??? Hopefully, I can earn some side income through it...

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...But I don't have trillions of dollars. I have just under ten grand put aside for projects that I could blow on the attempt.

But then I saw this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phj3lLEtWlk

Some guys trapped a huge bubble of air underwater using transparent sheet vinyl, netting, nylon cord and welded octagonal restraining rings. It's tied to boulders on the bottom to keep it from floating.

That's when I got to thinking, that looks like a tent. About the same size as tents I see homeless in around here.

Now it would be a trick to...
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Ur retarded. Ten grand can have you a really nice car. U can buy some shell for like a grand. And the rest of it can be go fun parts. You watch sales/deals and learn some skills. Easy pz. Won't be any super car. But if you can get like 3500lbs with like 450ish WHP. U can have tons of fun.
Do you understand the amount of pressure that is under more than twenty feet of water?
love it, i wanna try it. my only concern is air exchange, sure you can maintain a pressure, but that doesnt mean you can maintain oxygen levels. id like to try something like a 25' diameter build in a large lake and try to get some plants in there see how they last

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Can I modify a cheap current clamp to have a bigger resolution? (example, from 1A to 200A, to 0.1A to 600A)?
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Short answer: no.
You /can/ get a low ratio current transformer (try EBay) and run the secondary through your meter. You'll add a small amount of error to your reading, but it's really the only way.
Also, the problem with CTs is they take a certain amount of energy to excite. This means that if you use a 3:1, 600A CT (to read 600A on your 200A meter) it might not be able to give you a reading at 0.1A and if it did there error would be huge because your meter is going to see 0.03A So you'd be better off getting a higher accuracy low current meter for that.
Thanks a lot dude, this really helps, I guess it's time to buy a new clamp haha.

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