[a / b / c / d / e / f / g / gif / h / hr / k / m / o / p / r / s / t / u / v / vg / vm / vmg / vr / vrpg / vst / w / wg] [i / ic] [r9k / s4s / vip / qa] [cm / hm / lgbt / y] [3 / aco / adv / an / bant / biz / cgl / ck / co / diy / fa / fit / gd / hc / his / int / jp / lit / mlp / mu / n / news / out / po / pol / pw / qst / sci / soc / sp / tg / toy / trv / tv / vp / vt / wsg / wsr / x / xs] [Settings] [Search] [Mobile] [Home]
Settings Mobile Home
/diy/ - Do It Yourself

[Advertise on 4chan]

4chan Pass users can bypass this verification. [Learn More] [Login]
  • Please read the Rules and FAQ before posting.

08/21/20New boards added: /vrpg/, /vmg/, /vst/ and /vm/
05/04/17New trial board added: /bant/ - International/Random
10/04/16New board for 4chan Pass users: /vip/ - Very Important Posts
[Hide] [Show All]

Janitor applications are now being accepted for the next ~72 hours. Apply here.

New board added: /xs/ - Extreme Sports

Self-serve ads are available again! Check out our new advertising page here.

[Advertise on 4chan]

[Catalog] [Archive]

File: diy.jpg (657 KB, 800x600)
657 KB
657 KB JPG
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.

Helpful links:
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!

File: 1613365333012.jpg (124 KB, 1024x762)
124 KB
124 KB JPG
What's the best trade or way to make most monies with my hands? Thanks
Probably hand jobs if you're good enough at them in a high traffic area
A Minter, obviously.

File: 1.jpg (200 KB, 1200x1600)
200 KB
200 KB JPG
In the back of the house I have a pressure treated wood wall and behind it there's a slope going up.
When we bought the house, the slope was full of weird stuff but we cleaned that and put some nice ground cover.
Now I want to have a small garden right behind the wall.
As a test run (to see how things grow) I put a few small beds (you can see one in the picture) on the wall.
Plants grew nicely but those look ugly hence the need to "hide" it behind the wall
It would be about 6-8 inches wide (enough for one row of vegetables) and it will span the whole length of the wall (about 50ft)
You can't see it in the picture but the ground is not flush with the wall, there's around 6" of depth behind it just enough to hide it.

Now, the question is how to separate the garden bed from the rest of the stuff and so far the best idea I got is to get a drainage pipe and cut a band of about 1/5 of it circumference lengthwise to have something like a trough. This way not a lot of the dirt is exposed limiting water evaporation and weeds growing.

My problem is that a 8" drainage pipe is almost $200 for 25' and I need double that

Is there any other cheaper option?
1 reply and 1 image omitted. Click here to view.
File: Pipe.jpg (23 KB, 875x590)
23 KB
And this is a schematic how the trough would look like
any reason you don't want to just use a normal planter box?
The extra surface area isn't too big of a deal if you mulch the ground around your plants
Rain gutter.
You can also put some on the wall itself.
Good to grow salads, strawberries, kitchen herbs.

Google for rain gutter vertical garden.
That's a hell of a retaining wall, OP there's a lot that's holding back. You do not want that to fail...

If it was built right there will be drainage material behind that wall, as it needs to shed water otherwise it pressure will build till the wall fails if it gets wet... Given how much hill is there... man. So, see like the 4th row down theres the ends of the beams that go into the hill? you dont want those to rot or be destabilized. I would put raised beds below the wall. and not fuck with the soil or compaction of the fill behind the wall.

Dont add water up there... you need that wall. And its made of wood... yeesh.

File: meals for one.jpg (111 KB, 1063x618)
111 KB
111 KB JPG
i'm buying a house and there's one a really like
it's almost perfect on paper except it reeks of cats really bad
is there a way to remediate this or should i just pass and keep looking?
21 replies and 2 images omitted. Click here to view.
Can confirm.





Worth every penny of its almost 50 bucks per gallon cost. this is the stuff to use
You don't want to seal so much as break down what causes the smell, alcohol works with 99% of urine cases.

Shellac being mostly alcohol, see above. Shellac is a poor sealer but alcohol is a great solvent for many things, so the end result is often success.

BIN Primer is pretty much highly refined dewaxed shellac with pigment added in ,dewaxed shellac is the universal primer, almost everything will stick to it. You can save some cash by mixing up your own with a dewaxed super blonde or platinum blonde shellac. If you are just doing a sub floor or the like you can use any shellac. If you want to make a colored primer, you can add in an alcohol soluble pigment or you can just do a blonde or better shellac coat followed by your standard primer, twice the work but cheaper than BIN. You don't actually need color in your primer, its main purpose is to prevent your more expensive paint from soaking into what you are painting and reduce the number of coats. In the old days you could not even buy primer, you just took your paint and thinned it to prime, thinned paint would soak in good and seal the surface so the full strength paint would be sure to have something good to stick too and would not be able to soak in.
Sometimes it is this bad. Usually you can fix it with enough work, but sometimes you have to practically gut the house or just sell it at a loss.

Stripping walls to studs, tearing up floor, sealing everything, and using Ozone generators will usually cure really bad problems.

Any anons here growing gourmet mushrooms?
I'm planning to start growing pink oyster mushroom soon, probably some other oysters and other stuff afterwards.
I feel like growing mushrooms is pretty ideal for someone who wants to grow some food for themselves while having limited amounts of space.
I'm planning on growing these on wood, since I can use that substrate for mushrooms that only grow on wood too (shiitake, chestnut mushroom).
Any advice by other anons who grow culinary mushrooms?
4 replies omitted. Click here to view.
I have studied this extensively. There are tons of videos on YouTube from professional growers that will help you out. You sill want to do a birdseed fruit and then innoculate those into a substrate. It’s very easy to contaminate both of those things so lots of research is required.

Your fruiting chamber will need to have the perfect mix of air flow and humidity. Too much airflow and they won’t grow. Too much humidity and they will grow mold. Study study study!

anons who havent tried:

start with a pre-innoculated bag from some website.

oysters are very very very easy. just keep an eye on things and keep them moist. it's a neat little thing that will get you wanting to go and do more yourself.
I'm planning on building a fruiting tent of sorts, as I don't really have any space for outdoor fruiting. From what I've seen, pink oysters seem to prefer warmer temperatures for fruiting, but it would definitely need to be humid.
I may make some automated humidification system and add a fan for oxygen control too.
For colonization of my substrate and fruiting block, I do need a dark are too.
I'll be trying a lot of stuff, I've also been watching a lot of YouTube videos on cultivation and I'm still learning a lot :)
I'm planning to make my own bags, I find the experience of making it all myself interesting and valuable. But if you just want to dip your toes into growing mushrooms, this is definitely the easiest and quickest way to get results and some experience, I agree.
I stumbled across this guy the other day, super chill and lots of info
File: en.png (996 KB, 548x870)
996 KB
996 KB PNG
Get agar, make some YPD plates for clonning your shrooms in vitro, when you fail, you can always go back for your back-up culture. It is basic microbiology. I am not sure aboutr oesters, but you will need for it another incubator for keeping them till maturing, after that point you need to put them in fridge.

Fruiting chamber is easy diy project, all you need is some styro-boards, termostate, source of heat, old wardrobe and some quality mean to seal inside of it, to prevent humidity and heat running of.

About humidity I can't really help you, I would make anouther chamber with water heater inside aquatank, that is not directly connected to fruiting chamber, you can use some synthetic filtration material in the middle of air duct that leads to your fruiting chamber, to control your humidity I would use electronic higrometr conected to water heater.

It is possible to connect all this to raspberry but it is overkill imo, as long as you are not planing to monitor your progress through ssh/net.

Take care anon and in no time you will be shroom king.

File: bedframe.jpg (3.02 MB, 4032x3024)
3.02 MB
3.02 MB JPG
Hey /diy/

Can I make use of this wire bed frame? Right now it's just taking up space... Don't necessarily want to throw it out if I can repurpose it.. Any ideas? Thanks.
you don't have to make use of everything you see, its okay to get rid of trash
Sell it
Buy a grinder and a welder

Im not kidding. Bed frames are the cheapest source of quaility metal out there

Make Skullpshures

File: noahsarkkentucky.jpg (129 KB, 1280x720)
129 KB
129 KB JPG
so that's why the lumber price is so high...
61 replies and 8 images omitted. Click here to view.
You laugh at them now but when the Great Amish-Mormon alliance takes over the country, you're going to wish you'd been nicer to them.
Lol what are the Amish gonna do, try to stab me with a pitchfork?
shouldn't this guy be delivering presents
not diverse. where are the niggers?

They are growing at a fairly rapid rate, I think most families will have at least 6 children. I never used to even see them in my town, they used to be like 3 towns away, now my first Amish neighbors just moved in this summer.

No, they'll just take your job and all your idiot friends job, because by the time an amish kid is 18 they're already master masons, carpenters, plumbers, welders, mechanics, all at the same time. They demand a pretty high pay, but it's cheap when you consider they can do 5 other people's work, have no problem working 16 hour days, actually show up and complete projects on time, and don't drink or do drugs.

I watched this 13 year old Amish kid over the summer, while he single-handedly raised this old barn off its foundation with screw jacks, put a new block foundation in, stripped all the old siding off and put new on, then painted it. Single fucking handedly, a 13 year old, did all this in two weeks.

File: collage.jpg (581 KB, 1800x1800)
581 KB
581 KB JPG
[Stepper Motor Noises] Edition
Old thread: >>2037746
All the info you need about 3D-printing: https://pastebin.com/AKqpcyN5

>Your print failed? Go to:

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

>What printer should I buy? [Last updated 12-8-2020]
Under 250 USD: Creality Ender 3 (Pro), Anycubic Mega S

Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
15 replies and 1 image omitted. Click here to view.
It is. Unless you put a fan in there yourself.
So is it safe to use my Raspberry Pi 4 for other things while it is connected to the printer and a print job is running through OctoPrint? I'll be using it to run Klipper, too. I got the 8GB version. I'm using a NVMe drive for storage. Looks like with the Comouter Module 4 you can attach the NVMe drive through that some how, but I haven't looked into that too much yet. I'm guessing you'd need an expansion card for the PCI slot.
I don't even know what else I would use it for. Maybe controlling lights or something on the printer if that is possible.
Tupperware and a big ol' bag of desiccant.
Why would you need NVMe for octoprint?
The communication with the printer is limited to about 30kb/s.
That's more than fine. I've read 1GB should be enough for octoprint, and don't suspect klipper is much more. My 1GB orange pi crashes during prints but it's seen some abuse and hasn't been reliable anyway. As long as what you're doing doesn't blow out the CPU I don't see how things could go bad. I don't know why you'd have to care about fast storage.

Do any of my fellow electricians work on PV installations? I figure being that with the 'Green New Deal' it might be time to get the training to work on PV systems and installs, it looks like a PITA having to install them though but it seems PV electricians do make more on average. Wat do?
i do site work for them

which basically means sitting in machines and digging trenches
built one array it was kind of a pain but pretty obvious
>which basically means sitting in machines and digging trenches

how do you get a gig like that? start out as a fork lift operator?

um, you know people who know people.
ironically, i did start out running forklifts and loading trucks years ago, but this was a long story of being in the right place at the right time...

I had been... taking a couple years off of normal work to take down a house and barn and do other stuff, and I was delivering pizza while i did that.
A guy that I delivered pizza with moved into an apartment in my house
He gets recommended to a guy whos starting a business doing solar installs by a guy he did a forestry internship with
halfway through last summer, the friend of the guy who was running the solar install business who hired my renter who USED to do big solar shit subbed out a yuuge job, at very high wages and they needed bodies.

And I walked away from pizza to do that. And then just helped them out the rest of the season after we finished that other job when they needed it. This coming year is gonna be full time.

i have no idea how thats sposed to happen other than just being in the right spot and being good help

File: unnamed (1).jpg (49 KB, 512x341)
49 KB
Alright so this cold front that hit in Texas pretty much messed up a decently large patch of tiles in my room. Must of fucked up the tile adhesive, but the question is how do I fix it? The area is raised and when I step on it I hear air escaping and it's killing me. Any advice to a fledgling?
16 replies and 3 images omitted. Click here to view.
It's an older house so it wouldn't surprise me if it was applied shitty by some workers trying to get it done quick.
I’d bet that some moisture got under there without him knowing and the freezing temps caused it to expand and separate the tile from the floor.
Post more pictures of it. I’m not even sure if it’s laminate or tile at this point. Knock on it with a ring. Does it sound like plastic or does it sound like a rock?
I’m not in Texas but I am dealing with popped tiles.
I fixed and am in the process of fixing many popped tiles with fix a floor. I found that it works very well. I suggest buying on Amazon by the gallon and using refillable caulk tubes (you can also get on Amazon). Pro tip is that you can drill a 1/16 hole in the tip of the applicator for very thin grout lines (don’t cut it for small holes). I found very good luck with this product and you can’t see the drill holes once you regrout them (at least I don’t). It’s $11 a tube at. HD but $50/gal on Amazon.
Samefag here, also noting that Tile Rescue and Fix a Floor both come out of Jensen, FL and are obviously the same product.

I feel that a catch-all thread for DIY alternative housing/buildings is warranted. Post your plan for feedback, ask questions, etc.

How viable is living in a cabin in a large greenhouse? I would love to have house on one end, grass lawn in the middle, and crops on the other end.
142 replies and 16 images omitted. Click here to view.
niggers did this damage
Lets say the market crashes in 4 years.
You buy a 400k house with a 30 year mortgage. Then in 4 years you would have paid back more then 50k. So unless the price drops with 50k its still cheaper to buy a house now. Also the interest rates are extremely low right now.
Plus if we end up with hyperinflation (a good possibility) and you have a fixed rate mortgage, inflation ends up paying for most of your house.
Will lumber prices ever come back to reality?

File: House.png (6 KB, 929x785)
6 KB
What does your dream house look like, /diy/? What are some noob traps that amateur designers are wont to fall into?
205 replies and 42 images omitted. Click here to view.
what are those walls and window covers made of. Does curious to how safe it is

and the US soon
kek fair enough

Partially, but also from a cost and ease of building standpoint. Every added piece of wall area and corner and joint that ends up on an exterior wall is another place for a contractor to fuck up and allow for water and air intrusion, simple thermal losses aside. that's doesn't even get into the roof-line clusterfuck you can end up with, and that's even worse from the "contractor fuck-up" point of view.
Nah I dont want to live in a shitty state. I want a black goth house in the middle of this. Ill just wait for one to burn and buy the land
Not if you keep yourself active, which stairs can help you do.
If I ever get to the point where I can't or even really don't want to climb stairs a few times a day I hope someone just shoots me, I don't want to live with that level of physical disability especially at an age where I'm very likely already going to be holding off death anyways.

this guy
It gives you a smaller footprint, which means less foundation and less roof. this both reduces the cost of the build significantly, and reduces the fuckhuge energy losses that happen through these areas. It also helps separate the house, providing more sound and scent attenuation. Also potential for better views out of upper story windows, among other less significant things. The only real negative is the loss of some square footage of useable space, but the benefits are worth it almost always.

I don't know, I've never had that problem. If you're trying to build to a specific footprint or room shape then it could be an issue, but ime it doesn't take much rearranging to accommodate stairs.
Making non-standard non-straight staircases is a huge headache though, they need to be like 6' wide or you run into the mentioned furniture transportation issues, and curved staircases that fit in a residential setting are usually so curved as to be obnoxious to actually walk.
a 45 degree turn would work better, but would also be harder to fit into a room plan.

File: how.jpg (22 KB, 800x600)
22 KB
how can I use a servo/motor to turn the weirdly angled crank for the box?
12 replies and 3 images omitted. Click here to view.
Google "constant velocity joints"
File: crap.png (16 KB, 904x502)
16 KB
>OP specifically said he wanted to turn the crank
Rotating the shaft also rotates the crank, so it still accomplishes the task.
Go troll somewhere else.
Retard, differential has 3 ends and one more gear.
File: crappy.png (6 KB, 343x502)
6 KB
I prefer more of a steampunk vibe

Pressure cooker, pressure canner, autoklave.
I need one, but i can't find anyone who sells it in norway for a normal amount of money. (i'm not paying 4000 dollars when i could buy a presto pressure canner online for 100 dollars.)
problem with buying online is 4 week shipping since i'm far from the US.

Any ideas on how to make it? I would need
*pressure release valve
*locking for the lid

i'm very inexperienced with working with metal and pressure, so I hope you can help.

It should be able to reach about 250 farenheit or 125 celcius to sterilize materials.
45 replies and 6 images omitted. Click here to view.
>thanks, but i'm going to sterilize sawdust bags as substrate too so they might take up a bit of space
You missed the point entirely, the supplemrnted sawdust bags can be sterilized in an atmospheric steamer. You would only need the pressure canner for agar and grains.
no freezeer bags will not work at all for pressure canning. They are made of polyethylene and melt at low temperatures. You need to use polypropylene for anything in the 120c range. Cotton works well as filter material but isn't the best as it's a natural fiber and once it gets wet can act as a food source for bacteria and molds. Polyfill, which is a synthetic cotton made of spun polypropylene is what you should use if you want to go the baton fiber filtration method. Also that isn't for air exchange, it's gas exchange. They are two very different things.
What this guy said, any substrate that is not supplemented can be simply pasturized and open air inoculated. As long as your spawn is fully colonized and clean.
You're supposed to lube those rubber gaskets with an oil of some kind, like vegetable oil.
You went to cold spring harbor?
wow, that's alot of great information, thank you.
are polypropylene bags ahrd to get your hands on?

i've gotten my hands on ALOT of moist filthy sawdust from cutting down trees. Does it need any special treetment compared to that wich i get from the store?

Also,from my understanding, atmospheric steamer produces constant steam without the pressure. Why is this enough?
I found it difficult to find non-consumer grade bags made from PP, unless you buy specialty ones like the ones designed for mushroom growing (filter patch bags). You might be able to find some that are intended to be cooked in like turkey bags or crockpot liners. But I am unsure of the type of plastic they are made of. Of course if you pasturize you don't have to worry because you can just transfer the pasturized substrate to your bags/containers in open air without much worry. Although you should still follow clean procedures.

The sawdust should be dried and depending on what type of wood it is, should be aged. If it's softwood they will have natural terpenes in them which act as antifungals and inhibit mold growth. Drying, aging and heating the wood breaks these down.

The steamer is enough because it acts very similar to tyndallization. Where the long process time at lower heats is enough to kill the bacteriaal endospores as they germinate over time. Fungal spores tend to die at a fairly low temperature, around pasturization temperatures of about 71-80c. Where as bacterial endospores can survive 100c+ quiet well. But over time and since they are wetted by the substrate, they germinate and when that happens they become susceptible the lower heat. Then you inoculate the substrate in a timely manner and anything thar may have survived the heat treatment will be I'm low numbers and can't get a foothold on the substrate before the mushroom start to colonize it. Especially with oysters, as they are very agrsseive and fast colonizers.

File: chair.jpg (6 KB, 302x167)
6 KB
This is a "Zero Gravity" Chair

I want to make one at home.

Anyone built one like this yet?
looks gay
yeah looks pretty gay
File: gyno chair.jpg (491 KB, 1000x667)
491 KB
491 KB JPG
This is a .0.1 gravity chair.

I want to make one at home.

Anyone build one like this yet?

Nobody pay attention to my spacing.

I'm totally not here just to shit up your board.

Speaking of "shitting up a board"...
amazing how nu-chan thinks coherent formatting is inherently reddit

Delete Post: [File Only] Style:
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
[Disable Mobile View / Use Desktop Site]

[Enable Mobile View / Use Mobile Site]

All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective parties. Images uploaded are the responsibility of the Poster. Comments are owned by the Poster.