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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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what are some good /out/ DIY projects? i read about some hobo rocket stoves but are there any other interesting ones that you can do?
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>>2510370
I had one of those and it snaped after about 2 minutes of use.
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>>2510384
>Planners?

I know a lot of outdoorsman like the notebook style or electronic ones, but I prefer to pack pic related...it's a bit large but also the thinnest option, and doubles as a shelter roof or a toboggan when needed.
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>>2510370
Bow saws can be made with 3 sticks, a toggle, twine, and a buck saw blade. If you can’t find sticks in the wild then you have no business cutting down trees. The bucksaw blades pack easy and are light.
You can pack your fancy REI gear and claim to be ultralight but the outdoorsman will mog you every time in weight savings by carrying a knife and a few other essentials.
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>>2510392
I lol'd good one

back on subject, take pic related
amazingly versatile wood carving tool.
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>>2510246
Downdraft wood gasifier stoves are really neat and easy to build.

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rear handle or top handle saw bros?
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Watched this loud mouth on my framing crew cut his thumb off. Worm drive kicked back which they are notorious for. He was walking back and forth trying to unbuckle his tool belt. It was hilarious. He got it sewed back on. He works for the railroad now
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>>2504949
You don’t know shit about saws bubbles
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>>2504949

Most framers are retarded alcoholics and the first thing they do is disable the blade guard
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>>2507731
It's "prowed", not "proud".
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>>2510428
Fuck you, made me look it up. It could be " proud" or "prowd," though the latter is obsolete; but "prowed" only refers to ships.

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Remember that retarded faggot who shilled his own youtube channel on here, with his microwave pyrolysis machine?
Remember how everyone said it looked like an accident waiting to happen due to its niggerrigged construction?
That its dangerous as shit?

Surprise surprise, it caught fire and he almost burnt his house down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QycQKVslCU

There is something oddly amusing about him doing a tiktok livestream for 5 hours, pretending that everything is OK, asking for song recommendations so he can dance a jig around the burnt remains of his project.
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>>2505042
When he was posting here last, he showed the aftermath of a fireball blasting out. He knows the risks and is proceeding as intended. Honestly, I consider this fire a really good learning opportunity for him. I truly believe his reactor was properly designed, given that it still holds pressure and the motor appears to be intact. Everything behind his working principles was good, he just needed better containment.
The problem he had is most likely due to improper electrical containment, and the generation of flammable gases. What happens is an electrical arc ignites volatile organics in the air. This is a common issue in chemical and petroleum plants.
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>>2507197
>He knows the risks and is proceeding as intended.
NO he does not.
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>>2505577
technically, he's not wrong about being glad that the kid survived.
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>>2510017
just prolonging his eventual violent death.
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>>2505042
losers gotta lose.
Survival of the fittest.
Push the limits of stupid and a price must be paid.
>aircraft accident investigator who has examined the post mortem of stupid actions.

Are expensive torque wrenches worth the money? This one is £30, what are the pitfalls of the cheaper ones apart from being out by a few ft pounds/Nm's?
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>>2505892
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP4uECoH8cc
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I just use a torque meter on a normal socket wrench/ratchet
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>>2508652
Sure, if it’s accurate and you don’t run into any size limitations. A big 1/2” torque meter might not work so well when you’re trying to do in-lb 10mm bolts in a cramped engine bay.

Decent torque wrenches are really affordable these days though, you could get a couple Husky wrenches, 1/2” and 3/8”, for <$150 and you will have reliable torque wrenches for the next 20+ years assuming you don’t abuse them and you won’t have to worry about batteries.

Exploding batteries are the main reason I won’t buy a digital torque wrench any time soon.
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>>2506642
Yeah, I got some anti seize. Don't get why people oil bolts.
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>>2507770
>this is a good way to loose a wheel on the highway and die or at best strip your studs
Bullshit. I've removed & reinstalled a wheel probably at least 200 times without ever using a torque wrench to do it and I've never stripped a stud or had a wheel fall off.

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Where should I place the shed in my garden?
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>>2502882
This isn't in Detroit. Usually these gardens back onto other houses' gardens, meaning the only people with access to the back of your fences are your neighbours
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Is this you?
>>2499883
Looks like you found where to put that shed. Holy shit though, share some of that grass you asshole.
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>>2471810
Farewell, sweet prince
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put the shed in your house

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Got these old untreated wood planks in the hallway. Sent my daughter to the emergency room today because she impaled her foot with an inch long sliver. Can I reasonably dump enough polyurethane on the to cover the numerous gaps or do I need to rip and replace?
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Tagging onto this. How difficult would it be to replace carpet with vinyl or wood? I have a rectangular room above my garage I want to replace and would rather do it myself.
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>>2510100
I guess you can gyocrete it to fill those in while also leveling out the subfloor?
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>>2510414
>How difficult would it be to replace carpet with vinyl or wood?
Vinyl is easy, wood more difficult. Rip up carpet and tacking strips, if you need to put lauan on it to make it flat. Vinyl snaps together, wood floor you will need to set it with a flooring nailer and then stain/seal it with polyurethane. LVT/Vinyl plank is way way easier, you can do the whole room in an afternoon.
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>>2510099
Holy christ, what kind of shithole ghetto hell are you living in, anon?
Time to abandon ship, that bitch is going down.
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>>2510421
Thanks. I was thinking vinyl, but I just want to make sure I get something low in harsh chemicals. I will probably go with that. The room is a just a rectangle, so it should be pretty straightforward.

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I have no kitchen cabinets and just got a new dishwasher. Kitchen is currently undergoing total renovation but probably going to take another year, so I won't have cabinets soon. My previous dishwasher was sturdy enough to run without an enclosure, this new one isn't.

I was thinking about getting two unfinished floor cabinets and adding a standard butcher block countertop on top. When finished it'll actually look nice as a little island and double my counter space in the current kitchen.

What would be the best way to affix a thick butcherblock countertop to this kind of prefab cabinet? I don't know much about woodworking so this would be my largest project yet, if it even counts as woodworking.
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>>2510415
>What would be the best way to affix a thick butcherblock countertop to this kind of prefab cabinet?
Construction adhesive is the correct way to do this.
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>>2510418
Really. I would've never thought to go the construction adhesive route. Though one comment I read on here stuck with me a couple years ago; a guy said he could attach a mantle to a fireplace with construction adhesive and it would still be floating in the air 1000 years from now when the house has turned to dust.

Being able to save the butcher block for later reuse as a desk is extremely desirable.
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Hmm, I think I'm gonna switch to the 15 inch wide cabinets, and use a 5 foot countertop, all from home depot. 12 inch wide cabinets as depicted in OP look a little flimsy. The top is going to be heavy and the entire point is anti-tip.

I guess I could also just store cans in the cabinets. Don't really "need "them per se

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I'll start with the humble tape measure
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>>2503759
>*blocks your path*
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>>2510396
I am not a carpenter, what would I need that for.
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>>2510399
Quick angles
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>>2510388
Southwire is, and it has worked for everything I need it for.

>>2510365
It’s decent, although you get a lot for the money from the $30 Amazon meters. I just wanted something good enough that wouldn’t leave me guessing.

>>2510395
I use the hell out of my 18V blower, rarely if ever fire up the gas one these days. It’s perfect for sawdust and stuff.

>>2510399
That thing and a pencil is like my #1 and #2 tools when doing anything with wood, it’s super quick and easy for marking quick 90deg lines.
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>>2504247
completely when it breaks

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Hello /diy/,

I nned some advice on the best way to combine multiple wooden beams.

Would you choose option A and put screws in a 45° angle through both beams, or
option B place an angle connector on top or rather
option C and put the angle connector underneath the beam?
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>>2508536
>A support from below is a valid idea, but basically is the same as Option C, just with a bigger angle connector

Wrong.
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Dont do A, itll just split the wood.
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>>2508536
>A support from below is a valid idea, but basically is the same as Option C, just with a bigger angle connector
are you for real?
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seems to me no matter what you do you will be relying on screws to hold it together, may as well just go a. Get pan head screws to avoid splitting.
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>>2507358
None of those. You through bolt them together.

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I can't be the only one living in an old ass house.
This thread is for posting old house problems, tip and tricks. If you have an old house, ask a question. If you know old houses, please answer them.
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>>2508330
nah those are fischer and are the best ones.

anything else is shit.
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>>2510120
I know a guy who did it himself, I know a guy who had it done. Actually I know two guys who did it themselves. ALso there are fuck tons of companies that do it professionally

Just because you cant do it doesnt mean it cant be done.

I have seen two houses moved professionally both were old as shit.

Im not even a pro builder nor do I go out of my way to see such things, its just so fucking common that I cant avoid it. Its like seeing grass.
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>>2510390
>Its like seeing grass.
grass doesn't grow well in the anon's mom's basement
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>>2510402
>>Its like seeing grass.
is this the new way to say "touch grass"
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>>2510416
yeah? no shit?
i didn't pick that up at all when i made the crack about the anon's mom's basement

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What are the downsides to building your house out of cinder blocks?

Seems cheap and effective.
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>>2510380
How much more expensive is building with cinder blocks compared to popsicle sticks? Isn't the lifespan of both roughly ~50 years?
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>>2510380
Most of them are related to location, like they arent well suited to seismic movement and similar bowing, racking and settling loads on less than stable sites. That's true with most block, but cinderblocks by themselves are lighter and more fragile.
Supply and transportation/handling are another...if you aren't near a plant that makes them or need to get them to a remote hillside or an island the costs can add up quickly.
Contrary to their reputation as "cheap", they can cost more than stuck building, especially if you need to fill them to meet engineering requirements.
They are susceptible to seepage and moisture issues without careful waterproofing.
They aren't particularly easy to repair if they suffer more than cosmetic damage.
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They really don't like freeze/thaw cycles. You hardly ever see them used up north
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>>2510391
At least 20 with poor craftsmanship, if done right

>>2510397
So simple one room builds would be best for easy repair?

>>2510398
So hot / dry climates would work best for Cinder Block homes?
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>>2510404
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mzJoImT__xc

Do it anon. It's free. You'll be a hero. I'd help you if I was free.

I’m going to be doing some work 20ft up in the air on the side of this guys house. I have an extension ladder. What are some dos and don’ts of using an extension ladder safely??
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>>2510156
kek
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>>2510166
>If you’re climbing up the ladder and you feel something splatter, diarrhea… diarrhea…

Best comment ever
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>>2510280
Bu that's gay
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>>2510096
watch a lot of these vids before you go
https://youtu.be/NKPApAsJbj4
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>>2510409
>just climb the ladder bro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R3-YwDZrzg

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hey hey /diy/
what is the best way to heat up a room with unconventional methods? Candles with pots? Electric heater?
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>>2506608
>They drove up a nearly impassable road in snowy winter weather, and discovered two canisters at around 6 pm. Around the canisters there was no snow for about a 1 m (3.3 ft) radius, and the ground was steaming. Patient 3-MB picked up one of the canisters and immediately dropped it, as it was very hot. Deciding that it was too late to drive back, and realizing the apparent utility of the devices as heat sources, the men decided to move the sources a short distance and make camp around them.
Amazing
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>>2502239
Just lift one of these until you're warm, you panzy
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>>2502239
Tire fire. Two birds with one stone, gets rid of all your old tires.
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>>2502239
When I was a younger man my heat went out one winter.
My solution was to turn the front coils on the electric stove up so they were glowing and set a fan at the back of the stove, blowing over them.
I was amazed at how well it worked, those things put out some serious heat. I did it for about a week and then one day the burners just didn't work anymore.

Probably would be a lot better to just endlessly boil and top off a stock pot of water.
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>>2506608
This guy gets it.

>carpenter
:I
>carpenter, japan
:O

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb2T6yD5t7M&t=854s&ab_channel=PaolofromTOKYO
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>>2505194
>>2505689
Maybe some women can, but the pinkcrew in Paolo's video can not. This guy's floor looks sturdy, much sturdier than the raise floor the pinkcrew were building. Did you see the flimsy floor crutches, and the way the floor boards flexed when stepped on? It's as if they found the cheapest, temporary fix they could.
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>>2510382
These crutches look stronger, and so does the flooring it's supporting
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>>2505582
Boohoo, using guilt to mask the fact that you're a massive pussy who's hard to respect, classic female tactic. No wonder your son doesn't want to be like you.
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odd how much space is being lost, why wouldn't they just make the home with a flat foundation to begin with?
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>>2504571
I have watched several of that old japanese carpenters videos on youtube and all of them seem like moisture traps eps in the walls betwen the wood, hollow concrete foundations with eps glued on and no ventilation seem like high risk of condensation that rot the floors. Also very weak joists on the floors.


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