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Welcome to /diy/, a place to:

Post and discuss /diy/ projects, ask questions regarding /diy/ topics and exchange ideas and techniques.

Please keep in mind:
- This is a SFW board. No fleshlights or other sex toys.
- No weapons. That goes to /k/ - Weapons. The workmanship and techniques involved in creating objects which could be used as weapons or the portion of a weapons project that involves them (e.g., forging steel for a blade, machining for gunsmithing, what epoxy can I use to fix my bow) may be discussed in /diy/, but discussing weapon-specific techniques/designs or the actual use of weapons is disallowed. Things such as fixed blade knives or axes are considered tools, things such as swords, guns or explosives are considered weapons.
- No drugs or drug paraphernalia (See Global Rule 1). If you want to discuss something that could involve such things (e.g., carving a tobacco pipe from wood) that's fine, but make sure it's /diy/ related and doesn't involve drugs or it will result in deletion/ban.

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Some friendly suggestions for posting:
- First ask Google, then ask /diy/. Your question will probably be better received if you do so.
- List available resources (tools, materials, budget, time, etc.)
- Try to use pictures and explain the goal, if possible
- Be patient, this is a slow board; your thread will be around for days.
- Share your results! /diy/ loves to see problems solved and projects completed!

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how the fuck do they have the same shit as lowes/home depot but cheaper?
fuckin blows me away. was just in there the other day. 100 pack of zip ties, 2$.
100 pack at lowes, 10$.
i don't understand.
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there is a costco for hardware stores. its called home depot/lowes you fucking retard
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I still have a few rooms to paint and saw this. Think it's worth it?
home depot/lowes aren't membership only stores, you fucking retard
Not using the blessed 13mm wrench
lots of products come from the same factory, there are autists who hunt the items down. almost like same idea as bootleg designer clothes and shoes, cant tell the difference anymore because a lot of them are from the same factory. chinks want to make as much money as they cant and there are no rules there.

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ITT we post tools you were surprised you end up using much more than you ever thought you would.

I bought these "self adjusting" wire strippers on sale, on a whim, thinking they would mostly be a gimmicky luxury, but I find myself using them all the time. I'm absolutely shocked how useful they ended up being. If they broke for some reason, I would replace them same day without hesitation.

I'm interested in hearing more candidates for tools that ended up being used unexpectedly often.
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I have 5 pairs. Worth every penny.
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Turbo pliers I have a couple different sizes and end up grabbing them before any other pliers when I need to start yanking on something.
>most cheap SAE bolts are actually metric bolts with a different stamp
Those are almost certainly counterfeit. There's apparently a problem where ungraded bolts are getting stamped 8.8 and used everywhere on Chinese import hardware, and even for the bolts fastening shipments to pallets. Where I work we're supposed to reject and return any shipment when we see a counterfeit, no matter where it's used. Pissed off a few vendors for sure.
Buy at least one of the largest they sell. Two is better since typical use benefits.
Unless youre paying top dollar it absolutely is. They arent going to buy an entirely different set of tooling just to make fasteners 0.1mm different. They find the closest metric measurement and slap an SAE label on it. This does not apply to threads obviously.

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Hi DIY, I'm looking to upgrade my battery powered DeWalt battery saw to a big boy gas saw. I'm moving into 8 acres of forest, and need a little more power. Any recommendations? I was eyeing picrel ms 261, but looking for any advice.
i've had a lot of saws and i bought a brand new ms 261 only to have the clutch fall apart on the first cut

stihl was good when it was made in germany, not brazil

if you got that kind of money to spend get an echo pro saw, i recommend the CS-620P in lieu of a MS 261

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I'm getting ready to paint a house I'm buying. Guy that owned it before smoked.

So I was gonna primer with killz and then paint. This is probably a really retarded question but is it OK to primer and then use a paint primer combo on top of it? Was gonna use valspar and had read the ultra allows for easier cleaning then the paint with no primer mixed in
>paint & primer
This is generally just to increase the price and trick people into skipping steps.
Cleaning ability has most to do with which sheen you choose imo. I could breath on flat paint and permanently discolor it vs probably just wipe crayon off a gloss.
Ok won't get flat then (though I doubt my wife would want flat anyway).
You don't need a primer, just tell the paint counter to put a shot of black in it.
my goal is to kill the smell of the smoke. obviously it will remain some after the fact due to the air system but im hoping to cut down on it and id read primer is supposed to help seal up the nictoene that has soaked into the walls
Don’t shoot blacks if you are white. They tend to riot.

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I wish to learn the ways of using signal generators and other non-musical electronic equipment for dumb music shit like Silver Apples. What specifically would I need?
You have an audio-grade signal gen inside your pc and phone so you just need an app.
But what about le twisting knobs and le analog sound?
I'm no expert but hung around with people who were for a bit, and basically it depends on what kind of sounds you want and how you plan to perform/ record them....just like photoshop is a collection of darkroom emulations, a dedicated synth is a collection of the individual circuits/devices used to generate and modify waveforms in the audible range. Once you know what does what, it's just a matter of finding oscillators, filters, gates, etc. with the parameters you need, and trial and error.

Helps a lot if you're open to using what you find by accident and experimentation as opposed to trying to force the gear to bend to your will and make X noise at Y time.

The people I knew used quality oscilloscopes for the final amplifier stage into a recorder or PA, and a lot of Navy surplus communication system components for filtering an other tweaks since they were already optimized for audio frequencies.

They also used the non-music stuff to generate control voltages to trigger analog synth sounds in interesting ways that avoided the strict quantization of dedicated musical sequencers...something that generates less musical waveforms can still be useful as a trigger or gate to control other sounds in time and the timing variations can do some cool stuff you can build from.

Its a shit ton of work but very organic and not at all mechanical sounding when done well and allowed to do its thing...this is some of what they did with no keyboards, midi or sequencers, some of the grooves are cool as hell-

Have you tried experimenting with a Deece machine?

I am doing a living room remodel, I stripped everything down to the studs, did plumbing and electrical and now it's time for insulation.

I have a guy that will spray foam all the studs for a good price.
Can you even use spray foam around the wires or will they get too hot and cause a fire?
I dnno
do you intend to use flammable foam?
I dunno. It's whatever is commonly used.
I'm assuming closed cell foam, that's all I know.
As long as you're maintaining proper spacing between cables (basically don't put more than 3 NM cables under 1 staple or through one hole) you're fine. Source:

NEC334.80, 310.15(B)(2)(a)
so I can do the same in the OP picture? You sure? all of those wires together covered in foam?
Your pic looks like imminent danger but I don't dabble in the spooky electrical arts

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Posted in old thread before realizing it had hit bump limit. So here goes again.

I want to tidy up these used shift levers I bought. Can I get rid of the stains by polishing them or should I sand the spots down first? The dirty spots protrude out of the paint.
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No. The best you can do is have a polarizing filter on photos that might stop pictures from being taken at certain angles. Unfortunately this is a social problem, not a technical one.

1. You need to tell them they cannot post pictures of your baby online under any circumstances.
2. Make sure they know this is a joint decision between both you and your partner and not just one of you.
3. If they don't agree OR you don't trust them to follow these rules, then don't let them take pictures of your child and don't send them photos.
4. If you're an absolute spineless moron and let them do so anyways, Facebook has a form to do takedowns of children under 13.
I kinda figured, but boy would it be easier if it was a technical problem. Honestly, with them on the other end of the country it’s probably just easier to only allow sometimes visits and never share photos. Thank you anon, seeing someone else spell it out makes me feel way less crazy.
no refunds
>Wow, it’s amazing how fast people give up.
>Also changing the temp on the thermostat is nothing more than turning a small knob
the guy wouldnt even bother explaining how to turn anything off. he said open it up, pull out all the insulation and tweak the thermostat but oh dont touch the live leads. I don't want to play operator with that stuff. Yeah I'm a pussy, but if I'm going to mess around with that shit I want to do it safely.
might be able to braze it back in place, hopefully the heat will anneal it

Posted this to /g/ but got no bites, figured I'd try here instead because I've had luck before.

Not a big tech guy, but I figured this would be the place to ask, how usable are daisy wheel printers with modern hardware?

I've got some ideas for autistic art projects, and typewriters are my fallback if I can't get a digital setup, because I think a digital format with monospaced font would be a lot easier in the sense of drafting, but I haven't seen a daisy wheel printer myself in probably a decade and I have no idea if there are even drivers available. I do also have an old Windows XP laptop, and a 90's japanese thinkpad I got for $2 at a yardsale about 7-8 years ago that I could theoretically have refurbished to run Windows 95 just as a dedicated machine for the project, but that's a lot of old tech shit that I've never tinkered with so it'd be nice to know if it was a waste of time beforehand.

Also, if you happen to know of any specific daisy wheel printers that have a good monospace print font, or if that's just how they work standard, that'd be good info to have. The tactile feedback of a typewrirer it's really easy to adjust for spacing on the fly but for what I'm specifically trying to do it could theoretically take hours and a lot of handwritten notes and counting to make it happen, a text file would turn the drafting work into a matter of a single character adjustment rather than a full retype.

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didn't read the rest though
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Retro printer thread?
What's the QRD on dot matrix printers these days? I remember making banners for my school back in the day with one and would like to bring those lo-fi feels back again. Are they still usable or are they just museum pieces now?
>What's the QRD on dot matrix printers these days?

Still produced.
Drivers will always be available because these very early printers are practically serial terminals, some even have that option

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does anyone here cut their own hair? i want to stop paying the barber jew. i need to know if i can get a nice chaddy cut with just an electric razor that has guard attachments. i don't want to use scissors since i just want to swipe my head a few times and be done
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I've known a couple people who used these and likes them. Both of which were quite stylish people.
I cut my own hair except when I'm fucking hairdressers. Just let your hair grow super long and you will attract thirsty hairdresser chicks.
You went to a hair salon not a barber


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I need to draw the blueprints for my future house, and I want to do the plans on computer, and not on paper.
What are some user friendly and relatively easy to use blueprint program? I need to draw down a simple blueprint with accurate representation of the house dimensions (like how many meters are X amount of pixels and things alike), which will help me guess how many materials I will need and will need to purchase.
Paint helped at laying down what I vaguely want for a house, but now that I need to get to nitty gritty and the more technical stuff, it does not help anymore.
Any recommendations?
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or if you become clever enough with the program you can make your own objects like furniture from the shapes it provides
I went on houseplans, found one I liked and stole it
what did you like about it?
>I highly recommend sweet home 3D, used it to design my house.
Do you live in the house now? Anything you like/dislike about it that can be attributed to Sweet Home 3D?

A few legs on an old wrought iron handrail need repair. Should I say fuck it, get a cheap welding kit and dive in? I have absolutely zero expierance working with metal.
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>multiprocess machine
went ahead and ordered a chinesium multi-process one bunch of jewtubers are shilling, threefiddy of scamazon
I think I'll git gut with a stick first before even trying to mig
Honestly the whole prospect of driving to airgas every time the shield gas bottle is empty seems like a pain in the ass, but the machine costs the same as just the stick so whatever, might as well have the option.
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If you aren't getting setup with a yaskawa robot and a miller to spray arc your gate into kingdom come, you are literally wasting your money, and shouldn't call yourself a DIY'er
I don't have any friends.
>Honestly the whole prospect of driving to airgas every time the shield gas bottle is empty seems like a pain in the ass

It isn't. I buy used cylinders to exchange but if you have two total you're covered. I use CO2 and MIG mix. CO2 lasts longer because it stores as a liquid. Shielding gas is absolutely worth it. MIG beats CO2 for sheet metal.

Learning stick first is wise. Make consistent test coupons and bend test them. Stick has advantages as does wire welding. You can never have too many options.
>MIG needs expensive gases.

Expensive for who, crackheads?

I just want to connect it to my home assistant, and also be able to configure it, and download files remotely.

I DO NOT want:
- to run login to their website
- expose camera to cloud or internet
- use some goddamn ActiveX or Windows plugin to access it written in Visual Basic

I bought picrel a few years ago, and their "Web UI" does not work on a single fucking modern browser... jesus christ

What's something open, hackable, that just works.
wrong pic... jesus, way to ruin my post
Hiseeu is bretty good.

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>Your print failed? Go to:

>Calibrate your printer.

If that doesn't help you solve your problems, post:
>A picture of the failed part
>Printer make & model
>Filament type/brand
>Slicer & slicer settings

>What printer should I buy? [32/72/5 :detadpU tsaL]

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This is the worst possible quality print on the P1S.
18 minutes print.
I'd rather stick to flat wheels on flat survive. pic related is over proportional, but you should be fine with some kind of flange. Doesn't have to be thick tier like >>2686820, two perimeters should be well enough. Add a little notch inside your rail to reduce some stiffness.
>Verification not required.
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I meant curved in the other way, like in picrel. (Obviously on the top side only, I'm just lazy and bad at drawing.) They shouldn't be much slower to print and have a few advantages, such as only having a single point of contact no matter how well the wheels are aligned.
That's quite the overhang without anything to gain from it. Also flat rails do not align the train to the tracks like actual rails do.
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I made a mini version of the 2 I posted first to test the if ties are strong enough and they seem a little weak so I'm gonna add 2 ties per segment
I see, I will try those now, the U shaped ones turned out to be a little annoying since the ends got clogged and the tips are delicate
Materialwise they seem like the U ones, without providing the advantage of wrapping around the wheel
>U shaped ones turned out to be a little annoying
They're easily your worst option. Harder to print, no additional stability, extra unneeded material, et c. Not the worst misunderstanding I've seen so far, at least.

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could i make my own tombstone for when i pass? how would one go about it? what skills or tools wpuld be needed?
>could i make my own tombstone for when i pass?
absolutely not
Certainly. Concrete is easier than marble and expanding in the commercial market. All the info is online so no spoonfeeding required.

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