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Are industrial tote boxes any good for home organizing and storage? I need to help my mother organize her hoarded items, which fill the entire house. They are currently spread all over the floor so I'm thinking if I put them into tote boxes and then stack them vertically, I might be able to get it all into just one room and free up the rest of the house for living space
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they are pretty heavy empty anyways, so she will never move them again and probably cry at not being able to access her thingys
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I saw these organizers at a thrift store. Seems pretty based.
Organising is never te answer for hoarding, it just means more space to hoard
I used to use Roughnecks, they don't stack well if heavy. They collapse slowly. Some of mine disintegrated and split after ~10 years, mostly the lids. I switched to >>2167575.

I stack 5 on a HF dolly like in OP's pic and roll them aside when I need to access things. I have about 25. They also work great on a trailer, you just ziptie the lids.

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>don't have money for tools and projects at home
>get a job with the toolset I need for a limited time while I complete my project at home "borrowing" the tools from said job
>quit once I finish my project
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I don’t think it’s so much the case, it’s all of the lawyers. If you can charm your way into a small mom & pop place, there may be a small chance. If you work for a larger company, everything is so fucked because of lawyers and OSHA that you would get shitcanned for touching one of their tools when you’re off the clock.
and be a homeless faggit once again. I bet your mom is proud of you living in her basement.
Stay in your fucking shithole, Kevin. Death to America and it's companies who don't let you borrow 5-Axis CNCs.
>op causes $17,000 worth of damage in 6 seconds on the CNC
Not counting the $$$ chunk of aluminum he fucked

Speaking of OSHA, we just had a guy lose a toe to a forklift, so many fucking meetings and safety courses the weeks after that.
Get that man a trophy. Darwin Award - Runner Up

Is it possible to build a code compliant house using mainly stone these days? No crap like cheap wood or vinyl.
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So it's european
Quite a bit of misleading or straight up misinformation in this thread.

First, why rebar is used extensively is not the same reason it’s required. Rebar is REQUIRED because concrete or masonry alone fails instantaneously, it’s fast fracture. Adding rebar gives the composite material a safety zone where the concrete itself fails but the overall structure won’t immediately collapse because the steel plastically deforms. The structure is useless and generally unsafe, but you are giving the occupants the opportunity to exit the building instead of having it kill them straight out.

Why rebar is used extensively is because it just so happens that adding just a little bit of it makes your overall structure incredibly light AND you save a buttload of money by not having to masonrymaxxx to achieve the same kinds of strength.

Assuming your permissible soil pressure will allow it (spoiler alert: it won’t) and you are only building a 1-2 story residential home, you can safely get away without putting rebar in your masonry. The caveat is your wall details are going to be more complex (cutting in keyways and interlocking joints to massive stone blocks IE $$$$) and you are going to use a fuck ton more concrete in your foundation. A lot of the old school farmhouses in the Midwest have non-reinforced foundations and they’re all in great shape because the guys who built them did a rule of thumb calculation for the thickness of the slab and doubled or tripled it for good measure.

Source: Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures, Henry Cowan.
plenty of counties in the USA without building codes. I can literally put anyhting i want on my property. i just have to give $50 to the building dept. guys and tell them what im gonna do. they send a guy out to confirm completion and assess taxes and thats it. built a 30ft diameter 12 foot tall riprap and mortar dome on my acreage to do caveman things in. cost like 700 bucks in raw materials
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>a 30ft diameter 12 foot tall riprap and mortar dome
Don't have livestock in there. Would be a great storage dome for riprap.

Getting countertops.. decided laminate is just fine, i have about 35 sq ft to cover and im gonna install it myself. How much should i expect price wise? Its a good laminate. On the east coast if that helps
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Concrete Chads WW@?
If it peels, it's not installed right. If some mexican pokes the tube of construction adhesive at it, it';ll peel, if you use the glue properly it should last for years.

If the mexicans actually use construction adhesive. I'd heard of beaner morons who tried to install it with wood glue.
Stainless steel ex-restaurant hardware or death
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Have you considered making concrete countertops? If you use regular concrete, they're cheap as fuck.


I used white concrete at $35/50lb bag, which basically quintupled my costs, but I still did my kitchen for around $400
Menards is cheap

/diy/, I need advice, please. I just moved and my 2 motor fridge had a tubing bend in the process. It's a Kohinoor kga-4094/8.
Pic related, circled in red Is the service pipe that bent (leading to it snapping off, it was 1 inch tubing closed at the end).
This caused the freon (a134) to leak from the system, I haven't plugged the thing since then.
I can borrow my friends manometer, and buy a can of freon, the questions are:
1: What could seal the pipe end?
2: I will have to install a piercing valve after; but I don't have a vacuum pump. Can I still evacuate the air/moisture somehow? Do I care about it?
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it's fucking done bro. unless you have a vacuum pump and all the other tools needed to purge and refill the system, it's trash.
You can solder the hole shut where it is leaking, but it doesn't use r-134a. Buying everything needed for repairing it will be a very expensive learning experience.

t. someone who spent an exorbitant amount of money being able to fix ac issues at home
As others have said, that’s an r600 compressor… don’t try and debraze that stub on… the oil in the compressor traps a significant amount of the refrigerant and it will leak out as it’s disturbed even when it’s been exposed to air for a while, to safely braze that you would need to be flowing nitrogen through the system and even then it can be a bit sketchy…. By the time you get the gear to fix it right there is a very good chance you could have just bought a new to you used fridge…
The tools alone required for most HVACR jobs are cost-prohibitive. A braising kit from harbor Freight is $400, plus solder $20, vacuum pump $150, gauges $60, and refrigerant which I hear is now at nearly $300 a can. OP can either pay one $1,000 one time, learn some basics of a new trade, or pay $200-300 and have the problem fixed for them by a service tech. The refrigerator probably costs $500.
it is not a service port, it was the factory filling port.
Do not try to service it, R-600A is refrigerant grade butane, buy a new freezer. if you attempt to put in the wrong refrigerant you will cause the system to not work what-so ever, it doesn't use the same type of refrigerant oil and R-134a

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Accumulated all manner of junk over the years, two rooms in my house plus my garage are filled with excess shite. I've sifted through it all, sorted the genuinely useful and valuable from the tat and now I'm looking to have a massive clear out.
The way I see it I have the following options...

>Hire a massive fucking skip
>Pay someone to come and take it all away
>Hire a van and do several trips to the local tip.

I don't really want to pay someone to take it away, I'm neither lazy nor made of money, so really it's between the skip and van rental. Skip appeals because I can get it all done in a day without having to keep filling and emptying van as I relay between house and tip which is several miles away.

With the skip though, what are the rules in regards to what you can and can't throw into them, I have everything from old car wheels, dead electrical goods, a fridge, old bike frames, clothing, shitty furniture etc, will it be OK to chuck all that shit into a skip?
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it's to stop john the oddjob running an under-the-table waste removal business.
Can't deny the mob their cut.
>Just break it into small pieces.
This but just drop a few pieces around when you're out if you're worried about the council staff rummaging through your bin.
>in Germany all waste gets burned
Huge carbon emissions plus the filters do a poor job with Dioxin, a powerful toxin.
check the local council tip rules of van entry and also rented van entry as the rules vary a lot.
your cheapest and most risk free option (having an accident or causing damage / marks / stains to rental vehicle) is to find a man and van with a waste carriers licence and hire them for a couple hours. because going to the tip for household users is free. they will just be the driver, and maybe lift.
You could also then go to the scrap yard with your bike frames and car wheels, anything metal, but a full van load is about 80 pounds mixed metal so it depends how much you have to see if it is worth you paying for van mans time.
if there is no access possibility for man and van a skip is your cheapest option. if you have actually loads get a RORO skip.
Fridge cant go in skip. Council uplift is usually always cheapest option. people will take free clothing for rags material. a lot of those charity bags you get through the door just really want the material not actually for selling clothes.
working bike frames could be given to charity instead of scrapped. but some stuff should be scrapped cause there is much shite

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Here is this worn down community garden in my neighborhood. I want to improve it but I don't know shit about gardening or where to start.
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I'd add to this:

Buy a little bit of gardening top-soil and spread a thin layer on top of each bed after they've been tilled (just to help things get going)

Choose carefully what to plant there

Use youtube for how-to guides
If it's all old people plant flowers and other decorative plants. All these people are talking about produce but nobody will work it other than you. Comparatively, old people are perpetually bored out of their mind (when they're not busy screwing) and would appreciate the view.
This, a local pollinator wildflower mix will generally have something coming up at all times and looking good, and of course they help local pollinator insects. I like to just make super dense plantings like this, and then next season you can make some holes and transplant larger specific plants if you want, food or whatever.
or perrenial vegetables, fruits, roots, herbs
Build a healthy natural soil as the base and the rest will come easily

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I removed a dermatofibroma on my leg all by myself just by picking at it for a while. It started bleeding but I kept at it until eventually there was this hardened granular material coming out. At this point I just squeezed it and it all came out. What was left looked like a stretched out pore, but the bleeding stopped quickly. A year later it has completely healed and you can't tell anything was ever there. There isn't even scar tissue and it's not hard anymore.
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Are dermatofibromas cancerous?
you can literally just go to a private clinic for that stuff.
it's not expensive and probably a lot less than a burger would pay.
>About a third of healthcare costs go to insurance and billing, and the other third is profiteering. Removing insurance from care and only using it for emergencies, as it was originally intended, would make healthcare affordable to almost everyone.
This. Cash payments for non emergent situations would be comically low, and doctors would make more because they could cut all the dead weight from billing.
Christ, americans really can't help bringing up brown people, can they?
Based excoriCHAD

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Anywhere in the US produce things like pic related, or would I have to custom make them? All my googling just gives me plantation shutters which are both ugly and thermal break HQ.

Apologies for the potato quality, could only find an example in an old Grand Designs episode.
>Anywhere in the US produce things like pic related
No. Wooden or wood-clad interior blinds over 5/8-inch thick are prohibited by the IFC.
God dammit. Don't suppose you'd be able to point me towards the specific code or where I'd be able to locate the code? My thought is there might be a loopholes with how a blind/door/shutter is defined.
After examining many code books, I do believe this is bullshit.
Then build them out of fabric covered plastic
People act like one code doesn't allow room for workarounds

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Why don't we see more solar powered Stirling engines in the market? Seems the only solution is DIY. They're much more efficient than solar panels, they last much longer, and when they break down, you just have to repair a motor instead of throwing the whole assembly into the landfill.


pic related is a 10kw unit, I think, costing approx $150k in early 2000's. There's a deployment in Cali. http://www.stirlingenergy.com/

Has here anyone ever tried to deploy their own solar stirling engine for power?
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Are you retarded? How did you figure out how to post?
That picture doesn't show the large 'greenhouse' around the bottom of the tower which acts as a solar collector. The solar updraft tower is a simple enough idea-- greenhouse heats air, then it goes into a tall chimney-like tower. As it rises, the air becomes less dense which increases its volume and thereby, it's effective speed. At the entrance to the base of the tower there are turbines to generate power from the moving air.
With this mushroom, the tower is constructed of lightweight fabric such as hot air balloon material. The mushroom head on top has downward pointing jets and the air moves so rapidly up the tower that it will keep the head lifted by the downward force created as air flows through the nozzles.
This allows the entire apparatus to be built on really shitty useless desert land using cheap materials while generating tons of power.
A couple of the engineering challenges that /diy/ is going to face here is that we will have to build what is by far the tallest man-made structure ever created, and that the weight of the unit as it is initially lifted into place to begin operating will require a hot air balloon the size of which the world has never seen, or some other unconventional lifting strategy. The air will be moving at an enormous speed, approx 300mph, by the time it reaches the top of the tower.
You're looking at ~130 megawatts for a 20m wide tower
>Sterling engines don’t require any maintenance
retarded or just rolling?
wow very interesting, a 5km mushroom would look so sci-fi. But the calculations on the website look very optimistic 70C on the bottom and -20C at the top would produce 147 tons of lift.
But what about at night when the temperature can drop to -5C in the desert, at that point a small gust of wind can make it crash
acoustic science, and piezo electricity generation from said field is not a very well established field

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What useful diy project can I do with a massive spool of ISP grade coaxial cable? It was left in my garden by the ISP repair man over 6 months ago. Since they didn't collect it within 6 months it's now mine under law (and more worryingly, my problem to get rid of if it has no use or resale value)
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>ISP grade coaxial cable

no such thing. its the same product you go into lowes or home depot and buy. the ISP just gets it in bulk spools. nothing special about it its the same copper clad core and ohm rating and size you can find in the big box stores.
>It's got some copper in it.

no it does not. its a steel core coated in copper.
Sell it and get something you can use.
Sell it to whom?
You tards are slipping. Get with the program.


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I have too many trees on my lot and want to start removing but don't have a complete plan
I'll start off by saying I have no experience with cutting trees or even firewood but am willing and able to learn.
There are about 35 trees and they vary in size, smallest is 6ft, largest are 25-30ft
With some help from a buddy, I feel I can remove about 20 easily by yanking or sawing.
My issue comes with the last 15 trees on this lot are surrounded on most, if not all, sides by houses, power lines, or fences.
Is it a terrible idea to invest in a chainsaw and some tree climbing gear to fell 30ft trees around my neighbors with no experience?
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>When you're in a tree, if something goes wrong, you're going to be really fucked tho
>Do not climb trees.
This was my main concern, I have an aversion to heights already and am really not comfortable climbing 15+ feet up with a chainsaw.
I was genuinely considering it because I assumed to pay someone to remove these trees will cost much more.
I cannot safely fell the 25+ trees without climbing. They are too close to power lines, houses, roads, or others fences to cut from the trunk
Yes, it’s possible. I had prior felling and chainsaw experience but I am a 100% self taught climber.
With 0 chainsaw experience, you are going to fuck up, and probably die. Carry a blood stopper bandage with you. If you cut yourself with a chainsaw in a tree and pass out, the fire dept won’t get to you in time, they don’t climb trees. You need another climber trained in rescue climbing nearby.
Oh, and all my climbing gear, chainsaws (climbing saw and larger saw for ground work), and a bit of rigging gear that I started with cost about 5k total. Dont cheap out on stuff keeping you from falling to your death.
Also you need to know trees. Can you identify a safe anchor point? Did you know that branch you attached to had internal fungus? Oops it broke off and your dead.
TLDR: hire a tree company if you value your life over your money
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>I cannot

Seriously though, don't climb trees, and don't just clearcut your whole yard without thinking it through. You'll regret it and you can't just hit the reset button on your barren wasteland.
I have climbed trees with a chain saw to take them from the top down, it's extremely dangerous, don't do it. Don't take those down unless they have to be, and if so, get a tree removal service. A stand of trees is thinned gradually, over years, cut the small trees first, ones you can fell safely, leave some on the edge, and just wait and reevaluate next year. If the larger trees are valuable, you might be able to negotiate a trade where they get the tree in exchange.
I'm going to save your life here. Don't be fucking nuts and get in the tree without proper training or there is going to be a viral video on youtube of you getting killed or seriously injured. Stay on the fucking ground and even then watch as much youtube video before you get a saw and start cutting. These guys linked are good.


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I've got an aptitude test coming up this moday for the IBEW. I know it's a trade school aptitude test, it probably won't be that hard, is there anything I should review before walking in there? I passed physics 3 and vector calculus before I dropped out of college but unless it's literal grade school shit I'm sure there are going to be some things I forget.
Also, any electricians wanna share stories about the IBEW? Is it a good union? What's going to make me more attractive as an apprentice?
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>Also, any electricians wanna share stories about the IBEW? Is it a good union? What's going to make me more attractive as an apprentice?

I am currently a 2nd year apprentice and am really liking the program so far. Things vary greatly depending on what local Union you are in. I am in a local in the Mountain West and we are very busy. Often working 58 hours a week or more and therefore getting really nice paychecks. I love the IBEW so far. The only drawback is them supporting Democrats. (Inb4 “what about right to work!?!?”) I’m a conservative Libertarian so I find both parties kinda laughable but Democrats seem esp cringe to the working class IMO.
Tradies have to be regularly told throughout their apprenticeship to not eat the drywall. If those guys can pass this test, so can you.
Math portion:
No calculator allowed. Know how to add/subtract/multiply/divide with pencil and paper. Know basic algebra. I forgot how to do long division b/c I hadn't done it since middle school, but still made it into the apprenticeship after a successful interview.

Reading portion:
Read an article and then answer questions about said article. You are allowed to scroll up to re-read the article at your leisure. Don't miss these questions because it's the most important half of the test.
I took the same test 7 years ago. Brush up on your algebra, long division/ multiplication. Answer as many questions ss possible, skip the ones that take longer than 15 seconds. I remember having to write the π symbol as many times as I could inside small circles as many as I could. Iirc I only answered half the math questions and filled in 3/4 of the circles. I scored high on the test ( only scores are low, medium, and high so I didn't need to retake the test the 5 other times I applied for the apprenticeship. I hope this helps. Sometimes it takes as long as 9 years to get into an apprenticeship just keep applying.
>who went to university
humanities dropout who thinks he's got the biggest brain on the jobsite, because he read chaucer at a state school

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My goal is to cut it in half(red line) and make it foldable. The idea is if I go on a multi day orweek/month ride, and I have some issure or am just tired, i can fold it and hitchike and fit it into the car(if someone stops by)

do you think that is possible? the material seems to be aluminium since its very lightweight
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What is a canondale? I bought that bike used for maybe 180 Bucks. It had some weird Stickers when i bought it on it "Taifuun" and "for Cool kids" kek I removed them obviously

go back to school and learn to spell
Lol this bike cost maybe $130 new at walmart...
lol this dude thinks it's an aluminum frame
Demand for bikes is bigger in Europe. Bike prices are pretty high compared to in the US. U cant get a new bike below 150 Euroes here. Which roughly equals 180 dollars

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Do I need complicated over-charge protection if I simply allow more battery voltage than the charger will give? For example, I have an old UPS designed to charge a lead acid battery to 13.8 volts. If I replace the lead acid battery with 14.8 volts of 18650s then the charger would never exceed their max voltage. Is this safe? Will it work?
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Just find a balancing board made for lithium cells. If you stick a bunch of cells in series and hook up a lead acid charger to either end, you will have all sorts of issues. Just read about how you charge lead acid compared to charging lithium
Where do you look up information on how to build these LiFePO4 batteries with BMS for diy battery banks? I've watched a few of Lithium Solar videos on Youtube but I dont know if just seeing the guy build banks over and over again is enough to know what I need to do one myself. For one I don't even have the same tools.
yours is the first mention of lifepo4 in this thread, but I've found a lot of good info and tutorials on diysolarforum.com --- they have a subforum specifically for diy lithium battery banks, and most of them are lifepo4 these days. Plenty of good information on cell configurations, terminals and wiring, bms info and configurations, how to balance and charge etc etc etc
You need more than you think. You need a BMS that can balance the cells. Luckily these boards are like 3 to 5 bucks off ebay. If you're after lead acid voltages look at lifepo technology. You can get actual lead acid voltage swings with them and they're safer.

Thank you very much.

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