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I have been cracking my brain over this and i need some input,
i have sanded this piece of oak wood untill grain 600, it is smooth as fuck and i coated it,

The problem i have now is that i dont know what kind of legs will look good witht his fucking thing,
i think it is an amazing piece of wood and i want to make legs that fit nicely with it.

Anyone here who has an idea?

It is supposed to become a coffee table
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What do you mean legs? You haven't made the tabletop yet! That's just a raw piece of wood.
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you know wht i fucking mean.

I am using that as tabletop.

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Hello guys, I am doing a guitar refinish project for fun , i made EVH style Purple with Black lines finish , thing is , first of all i have a few runs of paint , any way i can get rid of them without refinishing it again ?
i havent applied a clear coat yet , i have a few questions , i have not touched the final coat of paint , will sanding it with 2k grit ruin it ? should i dry/wet sand it ? spray lacquer or applying it with brush it better , how to make paint glossy ?
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Just give me all info i need for making the last coat / layer and prepping for making it glossy
When I designed my guitar look, they included some stickers in the box. If yours didn't come with any, just trade it in. The level of aesthetics stickers bring to surface is phenomenal. It really motivates me to try more difficult songs and harder difficulty.
what are you high on ? no stickers were used i created a guitar in style of EVH and put my own touch to it , no stickers or other bullshit involved

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I know this might not be completely /diy/ related but I think this is the best board to ask this question. I'm going to green text it for faster understanding.
>live and own an apartment on the 4th out of 5 floors in a building
>couple years ago small leaks start to appear on my ceiling after heavy rains
>ask my upstairs neighbor if he also has leaks, he says that he doesn't
>think nothing of it until the leaks start to become more and more...
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Check if any drainage tubing from the terrace is passing over your ceiling, the terrace may be well insulated but the tube may be leaking.
Report it to the landlord/Site owner.

Doubt we can help you with this one desu.
>Report it to the landlord/Site owner.

>some kind of terrace built
is that implying it wasn't part of the original structure?

it's pretty obvious where it would be coming from, though who knows what it could take to fix it....it's certainly not any of your responsibility

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To hold my amp and all applicable gear, like pic related. Mine will be shorter and wider (45" high by 35" wide), and will hold the amp, a slide out tray for pedals, and drawers for miscellaneous storage. It will also have a section to slide my guitar case in.

Anyone done anything like this before? Got any advice? The goal is to have my entire rig in one enclosed case that can fit in my truck, and require minimal setup.

I found a nice website for hardware and such - http://www.diyroadcasesstore.com/

Any thoughts appreciated
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OP, "guitar case" like I said in title isn't really a good description, it's more like a guitar rig/road case. Here's another example
You could build something quite similar. It would basically be angle aluminum, plywood, and then 2x2 for bracing inside.

Case work like this requires symmetry for it to be solid and look good, so having a table saw would be be beneficial. If that's not an option, a circular saw with and edge guide would work, but you'd likely end up with more waste. The top and bottom panels need to be the exact same width, and the side panels need to be the exact same heigth, and they all have to have the exact same depth. I'd recommend motoring the corners at 45 degrees, and using a router to create a rabbet(rebate if you're a bong) joint on the back side so you can slip the back panel in snugly. This will help make it more ridgid. If you're going to cover it in tolex or another material you can frame the inside with the 2x2s with glue and screw through the plywood into the 2x2. Solid. Cover holes with wood putty and sand flush before covering. Leaving it bare will require more work, because exposed screws and wood putty look ugly.

Also, if you're doing this because you think it will be cheaper than buying one maybe reconsider after you price materials, those company's get cheaper materials and get them at a discount.

For example, you can buy a decent guitar case for $100, to make one of equal or slightly better quality (at least when I priced it) I would have paid $150.

If you're doing this because you can't find what you want or want the experience have at it.
Yeah, I'm mainly doing it because I want such a specific finished product, and also for the experience cause I like building stuff. I have access to a table saw, and other tools that I'd need...

I've been wondering though about the wood for the walls.. I don't know whether to go with 1/4", 3/8", or 1/2", to me I can't really judge sturdiness from thickness since it will be different when it's all put together anyway. Is 1/4" enough or is it worth it to get the heavier boards?

Is there a type of plywood I should look for that's really smooth?

After I paint the boards, what kind of coating should I put on them?

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What's the best way to hang something that has no cord/hole on a wall, without even piercing the wall? It would be great if it could be attached and detached from the wall when I want.
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put up a shelf and then put anything on it
if it's not heavy then Command Strips usually work
Hang from the ceiling against the wall. If it's stipple ceiling just put some toothpaste in the holes and paint the ceiling when youre done hanging shit. Actually, just make a tiny hole in the wall and fix it later that way, because it's the easiest thing to fix in a home.

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Would nail polish remover get rid of this fake chrome shit?
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It will eat through the plastic
what would work to remove it? I was thinking maybe just scraping it off if nail polish remover didn't work

are you concerned about it flaking off all the time?

removing it will take a lot of time & may make the plastic look like shit. put a piece of clear tape over the flaking part and quit worrying about it.

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A /diy/ tale.

I'm a hobby woodworker, I make fancy boxes, canes, jewelry and the like. Almost always I wear a dust mask, the 3M kind with the two pink filters. It works great, it's comfortable, the only issue is that it gets humid inside the mask.

Well, last year during the summer in Florida, it was already very, very humid. Wearing the mask made it difficult to really get oxygen because of how damn hot and humid Florida is. So instead of taking a break, I continued to sand and work with black Walnut and other woods. JUST FOR AN HOUR OR SO.

I have a poor immune system, and I work in a nursing home. So after some moist exotic wood dust made its way into my lungs (oh it was there, I was coughing a good bit), I went to work and got exposed to MRSA (the shit's everywhere).

I started experiencing chest pain after a few days and I ignored it (I have chronic pain, I hurt all the time). It got worse. It got harder to breathe because of the chest pain.

I was a tough guy and I waited too long to go to the hospital. They said if I was there an hour later I'd have been dead. I ended up with a severe MRSA infection in my lungs. For the next few days my fiancé had to feed me and stay by my side because of the critical condition. Because of the poor oxygen supply to my brain, and the significant infection, I ended up with kidney failure, heart attack, hallucinations and other issues.

I was 23 years old.

I barely, barely made it back and I had just asked the most wonderful woman in the world, kind smart and cute and an old soul, to marry me. I almost died three times in that hospital. I cannot stress enough the importance of having family or friend with you in the hospital; healthcare workers are often incompetent or abusive. And most of all,

Please wear a dust mask.
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it sound logic to always wear a mask for those works
it's also nice that you're still alive
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wood particles are not like asbestos, metal or ceramic dust. wood dust usually breaks down in the lungs and gets "digested" without incident.
not that you shouldn't wear masks, and use dust collection, you should, but breathing a little wood dust isn't so bad.

my neighbor's husband died of mesothelioma. he was a mechanic who breathed a lot of brake dust. brake pads and shoes are made of asbestos, which causes lung cancer.
never change you brakes without wearing a mask.

if you have a bad immune system, you probably shouldn't...
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I recently casted this mask out of resin, and it started cracking around where the fins meet with the top of the head. Is there a way I can patch this up seamlessly without needing to go through the process of casting another one? I'll post a close up of the crack in a second.

Thanks in advance.
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It's kind of hard to see on camera, but it looks like a whole layer of the plastic is peeling off for some reason...
You might try patching it up with some Bondo. I've had a lot of luck with it on various materials. It can be a little pricey, but you do get a lot for your money.
Holy fuck look at that post number. OP, looks like bondo is your go-to.

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So i need to resurface this head /diy/ style.
Very poor right now, as in 25$ to my name.
The engine i am working on is an EJ25, the Subaru engine notorious for blown head gasket leaks.
This is one of the engine heads, still have to pull the other, it's a boxer style, jsyk.

So i need to get this head down to a 60 ra finish, i can't say for sure, but i believe that it's around 180 grit? If someone can confirm that, it would be much appreciated.
Right now, i have 80 grit and 120 grit 8.5x11 sheets of sand paper, will order 180 sheets if necessary,...
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Just use a grinding stone on a dremel to lap your valves.
If this is a steel head just use a wire wheel to get all the large bullshit off of it then sand it with 160 grit.
Should come out with a nice mirror shine

If this is an aluminum head skip the wire wheel, you will fuck it up, use a brass brush and some kerosene to get the large shit off
You need to resurface it because it's warped?

If so, no amount of sanding is going to fix that, a lot of modern aluminum cylinder heads can't even be machined if they're warped, they have to be replaced.

If you want to just clean all the gunk off it, use scotch bright and degreaser.

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Does anyone know how to repair this? It literally just came off when I was about to use them. I am not really handy with tools but I am willing to try to repair this.
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you could tape them, they have garbage tier build quality and are meme level headphones.

Fix your life first
>1. i bought some overpriced shit
>2. it broke
>3. wut do??
1. goto 1. (above) again, and reconsider your life priorities.
2, THINK: is this overpriced junk? do I need it? why am I buying shit-tier meme products? why am i acting like YAVM (yet another victim of marketing) sheeple?
3. choose the correct path of wisdom, both next time and everytime, and live a happy, contented and fulfilled life from here onwards.

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Some time ago I had a tree fall on my main storage shed. I can't afford to replace it or hire anyone to repair it.

I'm here to ask for some advice on how to proceed. My only experience with construction comes from helping my uncle build a garage for my grandmother and that was 16 years ago.

First thing is it split the corner apart. What if anything can I do to get it back together?
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Here is a view from the inside.
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There is a small hole punched in the roof.
Then the rafter next to the hole cracked nearly through on a knot.
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Then the corner rafter right on the hip split in multiple places.

For the other I could just put a new 2x4 next to it. This one I'm not sure how to rebuild

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Something is wrong with my washing machine.
Please help me
I took the middle "holder" out before I turned it on and mid-washing it just stopped and started beeping. After that I opened it and unloaded it.
But after I put the middle piece back in and closed it, it just started making this buzzing sound without me turning it on. And it shows this red light underneath which indicates it is washing but once I open it nothing is going on except that noise. It's plugged off now from its socket. How do I fix this? My dad is blaming me for this because I took...
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It is a dish washing machine btw, forget to specify that
go download the manual for it
It looks like there is a piece of pizza stuck in it.
Problem solved!

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New fag to /diy/ searched and couldn't find anything in the catalogue related to machining, cnc, cad, milling, or lathe.
Looking for some info on building my own CNC mill and lathe.
3 axis minimum for the mill is a must.
Workspace needed is 1m-1m-0.3m / 36"-36"-12' maximum

I'm looking to work with aluminum and wood, occasionally small steel parts, but it doesn't need to run fast.
I'd like to do this as cheap as reasonably possible to achieve 0.005" / 0.127mm accuracy.
I'm happy to splurge a bit on ball screws...
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1.) What is your current tooling like? Do you already have a workshop reasonably full of tools, or are you stuck with a handful of manual equipment and a jigsaw?

2.) What is your budget? "Cheap as possible" is relative; the one I built has similar-ish work volume to what you want and was much cheaper than a commercial equivalent, but it still ended up totaling around $2000.

Everything looks reasonable at least, and Chinese ballscrews should be able to manage around 0.1mm or better in...
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If you need a workspace that large on a budget, you might want to look at routers over mills, should cut wood and ally, but steel you will need a proper mill for.
Current tooling is literally nothing.
I've got a decent set of basic mechanic tools from when I had worked as a dealership mechanic before getting back into IT, so some air tools, cordless ryobishit drill, hand tools.
I do have access to my father in laws tools, one of which is a jigsaw, but his is mostly carpentry stuff and painter stuff.
Budget would be preferably under $3k
I'm not going to be ready soon, I've got a year to save for it at least, most likely a year and a half. But if I hit...
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Hello everyone,
i'm an underachiever and cannot keep focused on work i have to do unless my life depends on it. The thing is the most important orals in my life are coming up and i need something to force me to work for hours per day: i know i dont have the will to do so and need to be restrained. So i had this idea:

i'd like to build an electrified bracelet, also featuring a timer and a buzzer, that would be plugged at some at-port device (near my desk) and would produce a loud sound and small (but unpleasant) shocks to my arm when unplugged, so that walking...
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The issue is that any safety-override you build in to be able to take it off in an emergency or at the end of your project will be what you use to take the device off.

Likewise, small electronic locks are hard.
i know right... i need to make it distraction proof so i don't plan on putting any emergency takeoff system. Should be safe enough if the voltage of the battery is too low to cause damage, right ?
I thought so... to counter that fact i was planning on putting a simple but constantly electrified lock, or make the buzzer go off at its loudest if the lock is illegally opened. this should be doable right ?
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What are you OP? Are you a dog?
Do you really need operant conditioning or are you just running away from your initial problems by making one up in the form of a motivational aid?

That being said, just get a shock collar and hack it to your needs if you feel the way you do. Just throwing a bone here to save some time.

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I have this old Bose boombox that sounds better than anything I've ever heard for its footprint (Bose AW-1). So I still use it by hooking it up to my phone with the aux jacks in the back. Works great in my bedroom.

Problem is my Kill-a-watt tells me that the boombox consumes a steady 40 watts when it is turned on, even when it's not playing anything. So I always have to remind myself to flip the power to off when I'm done with it. If it sucked only a few watts while idling I wouldn't mind leaving it on all the time. Are there any mods I can do to reduce...
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>Are there any mods I can do to reduce this power consumption?


Add a signal detection circuit that turns the unit off after the input has idled for a while
Write "turn me off when not in use" on the front.
It's 2016

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Didn't see one in the catalog, so diy gore thread.

This one ain't bad, but gave me a chuckle.
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This has been bothering me for way too fucking long. You see this megaman light capsule? I've been trying to figure what exactly is projecting Dr. Light onto the glass.

I would assume it is either a hacked pico projector with a rapsberry pi, smart phone or some sort of LCD screen projected with a backlight given its 6" by 6" size, but the form factor is really throwing me off.

At this point, I'm not entirely sure if this entire thing is just video magic since the hologram looks really crisp and the top seems...
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Not sure, but it might have some small beamer in the top above the glass to project the pictures.
It's just some shitty lcd screen, maybe with a magnifying optic in front.

Probably an arduino.

Where would one get such a medium sized square screen and a magnifying optic to go with it?

What I tried so far:

> use these powders that heat up when they get water
> took off the pipe as much as possible, blew the powder in it, added water

> poured boiling hot water in the pipe - as fast as I could - and as much as possible

> connected garden hose, used the 2bar water to push out the gunk, no effect

> drain snake
> 5m is not long enough
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Some people say hydrochloric acid, trisodium phosphate, and similar stuff.
But I am not so sure the pipes would thank me for these.
chemicals is generally best avoided, I have seen

It depends on what is probably clogging the drain.
The proper time to do something is when the drain begins to empty slowly, and don't wait until it's totally clogged.

My issue is usually cooking grease, even tho I don't pour any down the drain. It still builds up like once a year or so.
When the drain starts to go slow, what I do is run hot water for ~2 minutes, and then while the hot water is running, pour about 1/4th to 1/2 of a...
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Your vent might be clogged.

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So guys, I ride a mountain bike to work everyday about 2 miles each way and I want to find a Knight Rider KITT scanner for the front but I dont know how to go about doing so i tried looking for one on amazon ebay google etc that was battery powered but no dice ones i did find required either a 12v power supply or soldering im in need of your help /diy/
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Most DIY electronics require soldering, but this is a fairly basic project. Search for a simple Larson scanner circuit diagram.
Try the JC Whitney catalogue or calling and asking if they have them in stock
555 timer and 4017, use cmos 555 for operation voltage lower than 5 volts, change resistors accordingly to the voltage supplied.

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What do? Keep aesthetics in mind I don't wanna asphalt ramp. I heard I can have it cut at a slant to even it out. I could dig a bunch and pull out the volume maybe but that sounds very difficult..
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Kill tree, lift slab (if possible), dig out root, re-level and re-lay slab.

I've lifted some pretty big slabs back in the day, I'm not saying it was easy or nice, and you will need help, but it can be done
if you don't remove the tree the root will likely increase in size as the tree grows
it is therefore pointless to try to 'modify' it with a ramp

if you remove the tree then you can just relevel and re lay th slab, therefore it is pointless to modify it

so in conclusion
don't bother getting it 'cut'
Mhm, I hear ya.
Any advice on lifting the whole slab? Tools?

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Just finished up my new pool heater, sits on top of a propane burner and is inline after the filter. Pretty proud of the soldering, would have done another row but ran out of fittings.
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Looks bretty gud mang.

Going to brush up well.

How will you insulate the box?
How about filling the gaps between the box and the pipes?
it's all in a closed off area so I wasn't too worried about insulation, no kids are gonna be able to mess with it. was just going to try it as is for now and see about improvements later. still not sure how well it's going to work.

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I bought a telescoping flagpole from HF thinking it came with a stand and shit but the instructions say put it in the ground with concrete.

I'm going to a music festival next weekend and can't do that. How do I get it to stand up? Any ideas?


Last year the people next to us had some tripod shit and had it roped and staked into the ground. This one is 20' tall and like 2" OD. It came with a plastic sleeve that goes in the ground. Anyways, how would I go about using ropes...
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For example, is this flag being put into a concrete base? Surely there's a way to do this without having to use concrete or an attachment to a truck or RV(I have neither).
>how would I go about using ropes to secure it like pic related?
seems pretty self explanatory

pound in stakes, draw ropes tight
forgot pic

Ok I'll just wing it I guess. I was hoping there was a secret way to do it.

How do I into gears.
I found out I need gears fast for a project but I don't have the tools to make wooden gears and shit.
Is there any other way I can make gears?

I need ideas.
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what project

A laser cutter and a gripper for a robot.
>I need gears
>I dont have the tools
Oh dear. Nothing could require you to have a set of gears in a days time and not have a machining budget/shop. Jesus, what a faggot.

That said, look up paper clocks.

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Afternoon gents. I want to make a climbing wall in my room, probably something like pic related. Any do's and dont's? Most I see are made from plywood, any advantage to using something heavier like mdf?
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what the fuck am I reading?
How tall are your ceilings?
Are you a midget?
Bouldering walls don't have to be tall. They often go only 10ft high. That way, when you fall, you don't die. You only need a crash pad.
or a bed

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Anyone else sometimes get towards an end of a job and then fuck around on purpose, just to extend the fun just a bit?

/diy/ feels
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No, i would feel bad for fucking around with a customers property only to enrage my boss. You don't like it either when that shit happens to you faggot
No, not for fun. Because I'm lazy. I have at least 20 projects from tiling to a multi rotor build in progress. My kitchen is 80% done, and has been so for 3 weeks. My truck has a shit ton of stuff that needs done, but I dont have time. I have a pile of bathroom remodeling stuff to do, and haven't even started.
Fuck my life. I work about 50 hours a week, have 2 kids, and my bills total about 1800 with my final amount left being about 200. My wife makes 2 grand a month, but she's addicted to spending...
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When they freeze pay raises and we want overtime to compensate. It's never "fucking around" though, but issues come up that prevent work from getting finished.

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Hey /diy/ is my pc build ok? Do you find any problem or incompatibility?
MOBA: Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2H
CPU: Intel i5-6600K 3.5Ghz
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB GDDR5
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V Red DDR4 2400 PC4-19200 16GB 2x8GB CL15
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3i CPU Cooler
SSD: Samsung 750 Evo SSD Series 120GB SATA3
BOX: Sharkoon VG4-W USB 3.0
POWER SUPPLY: Tacens Mars Gaming 700W

I have already a monitor, a hard drive, keyboard and mouse. SO What´s your opinion?
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Well this is hardly the board to post this.
But buying a 970 right now is beyond retarded.
Well explain me (the retarded) why
You should buy a Mainboard with a Z170 Chipset, you cant use the Overclicking Features with this Board. Or you buy a non K CPU.

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Hello experts of all that is technology and descendants of Linus Torvalds himself!

I've come to ask how and where I could find some mining equipment that is also available in Romania. I'm currently mining ETH with MinerGate 6.1, but I really want to begin mining BTC or LTC soon.

My current mining hardware is a Laptop with an Intel i5-4210U and an nVidia Geforce 920m and 4 gigs of RAM
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My budget is around 123.86 USD (500RON)
My advice, stick to pump and dump alt coins if your going to mine them. The train for BTC left in 2014
Thanks, but what other currency do you suggest? I'd like to mine something that I could also cash out in my Paypal.

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My dad has about half a gallon of muriatic acid that my idiot brother bought because he needed some hardware to weld on but was too lazy to find non-plated.

I have been tasked to find out how to store it indefinitely.

It's currently in a glass jar but it's pretty obviously leaking, I assume from the vapor eating the gasket on the lid. What material and shape of container would be able to store this shit without it seeping out and eating everything in the garage?
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Put it back in its original bottle. Keep the bottle in a well-ventilated place, away from anything which can rust or corrode.

Fuck. Don't have the bottle. Polypropylene you think?

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Hello! Im making my own body armor just for fun. Im using lots of duck tape, paper, shirts and i will also add ceramic squares to it. Any ideas for what i should use for it to stop a 308 win. ammunition?
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Your face. This shit is fucking ridiculous.
ive tested it so far. You wouldnt believe how strong it actually is...and thsi is just for fun.
Lamellar or Banded style armor.

consider making this out of cardboard covered in duct tape for slashing protection. Then use a huge needed and sew in some pockets for the plates.

I made a suit with aluminum can inside of cardboard then two layers of duct tape. Was very very strong vs slashing/pierce unless you had a stiletto and full bodyweight behind it.

Easy to move in too. I don't know wtf you are making.

It took about a day to make chest/arm/groin protection using larger strips. Could jump, climb and roll. Would have been sweet but obviously look goofy.

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Hey /Diy/ looking at building a king size bed for myself but can't find any designs got any?
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Also needs to be done with basic tools such as a drop saw and a drill got no table saw
Can't find jack shit for easier designs though I am probably not mentally sound enough to find shit

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