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Are there any trades/career paths that are underrated or relatively unknown?

If you could move anywhere to get a job, what would you choose to do and where?
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>>2012753
Generally yes. Mostly they're keeping all the trucks and dozers running, doing the servicing and chucking parts at problems until it eventually works again.
Its also one of those jobs which is going to be around for at least a couple of generations simply because the work is fairly arduous, remote and literally -heavy. So encouraging someone to do that outside a nice clean workshop and go spend their sorry existence trudging around a frozen or fucking hot shithole to fix a piece of shit tractor = very big money

Thing with these trades too is that you can leave high school at 18, get an apprenticeship for 3-4 years, do some adult ed on the side with your time and come out with a 150-180k a year job
Or
Go to uni for 4 years and come out with a 1/4mil debt

Realistically if you're not a spastic with money you can probably have bought your own home and an investment property after 10 years working your arse off and go do some kind of advanced education or whatever you feel like with the cash left over. Mining jobs are kind of shit, but its sort of a rite of passage for a lot of engineers as well, you just sort of end up there for a while being dazzled by the dollar signs.
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>>2012758
How hard is it to get into this line of work? Does the rigor deter most applicants or do the dollar signs attract lots of guys? I mean, if I have limited real world experience, do I have any hope of getting hired?
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Any of you guys have good advice for a trade to enter if I have depression anxiety issues? I know it sounds faggy but I think I have a severe case of it because unless Im alone most of the time at my job it becomes a problem. I looked up things and from what I found electrician and plumber is the best for me but wondering if thats a bunch of bullshit or if you guys have any better ideas. Leaning towards plumbing because I find it more interesting than fucking with wires and hours sound better in plumbing
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>>2012774
Mostly a case of finding the apprenticeship in the first place + usually some adult ed courses on basic mechanics to get started. Its a specialised field but no more so than say automotive mechanics or the like. Far as I know they do hire apprentices, don't worry if you're a bit older than usual as its not really seen as a problem.
Trades and the like have started to bounce back as there was 2-3 generations raised to believe they can be astronauts and brain surgeons then spent their time doing silly university courses when they found out that they're not smart enough to meet the requirements and wasted their time, racked up a lot of debt. So there was a gap in most western countries which happened and drove up demand in a big way. Fact is, it can be hard work, remote and in shitty conditions- but you get paid for it as a net positive to your lifestyle.

Trades are also unlike 'skilled labour' in factories or primary production, you're not likely to be replaced by a robot, new company restructure or outsourced to a cheap labour country if they pull the plug on a local manufacturer. Somewhere, someone has to build the stuff, run the machines, fix the fucked ones and make the power still run and thats basically where a trade is better for a career than say shovelling coal, steel mills and building cars in a factory.
Plus to some extent it encompasses different types of learning- if you're good at learning by picking up tools, being shown and then doing it multiple times, then that suits some people better than sitting in front of a computer reading through technical subjects. By all means having some learning mechanism of reading + comprehension which will see you well anywhere, but its not for everyone.
Just a few things to think about
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>>2013352
Are there any particular areas that have pro and cons?
Like maybe working for a dealership is more reliable, but pays less, and the converse is true for a mine or something?

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A thread for more general metallurgy questions that do not fall under:
/emt/ - Eternal Machinist Thread: >>1950977
/wg/ - Welding General: 1961558

My Very Autistic Questions:
1. What is the strongest ductile non-magnetic metal out there?
2. How would DIY recycle glass, aluminum, or tin cans?
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>>2011205
Global price of copper is 8 euro/kg for reference. Unless you buy it by the shipping container expect to get skinned on the markup.
I screwed up when I made my spreadsheet and put in the 1' price rather than 6' price, so you wind up somewhere around 100 euro/kg buying wrought. So 30 euro/kg isn't too bad.
If your country has copper coinage you could do the calculations and that might be a cheaper route, though potentially against some absurd law. Absolutely ridiculous, the reason gold and silver has value as a currency is because you can melt them down and make them into something else. Anyways in the US some pennies are copper but you have to sort them out from the zinc filled ones manually based on year.
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>>2011490
Even the copper pennies are starting to dry up. Haven't seen a Wheatie in YEARS.
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>>2013113
Every boomer hoards seems to hoard pennies. Both my grandfathers did and my father probably has close to $1000 of pennies in his basement now.
>One day this will all be yours, son.
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>>2013295
Same here... I inherit a lot of coins of negligible collector's value. At least most of it is silver.
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>>2009211
To prevent leak of heat, i recommend you bury that thing in the ground.

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Hey there /diy/,
I'm not experienced with this kind of stuff and thus slightly nervous with the installation of an old metal lamp without grounding. I have two cables in the wall and two in the lamp. the depicted system works fine. However, from what I could gather, metal lamps should be equipped with some sort of grounding and there seems to be a connection for it (see second pic) with a cable missing. Is this kind of installation safe? Is there even a point in grounding this thing when there are only two cables in the wall?

Sorry for potentially fucking up terminology, obviously I'm not a native speaker.
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>>2012385
I just checked and my fuse box includes a rccb. I assume thats the same thing you are talking about?

Would it still be safer to connect a wire between the metal case and the neutral wire?
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>>2012425
ya know this is a good question, they are just tied together at the distribution panel arent they? Surely there is a good reason if all modern wiring has grounds
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>>2012301
No, that is absolutely not how it works. The neutral has power flowing through it when the fixture is on. That is how you electrocute people.
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>>2013591
but its flowing to ground though, wouldn't the neutral wire always be the better path to ground than through all the resistance of a human body? Like isn't that how the ground wire works anyways?
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>>2013595
Ask yourself this: why ground the fixture at all? What exactly are you trying to protect yourself from? I'll give you a minute to think about it.
Now, you want to wire the metal frame of the fixture directly into the electrical system. This causes the frame to be energized and have power flowing through it. I'll give you a minute to think about that too. Let me know when you've run the numbers on that problem and come up with 2+2=4.

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What if there was a corona mask that was made out of materials that got broken down in nature? Cuz right now i see lots of masks being thrown away into nature and it makes me sad
Thoughts? Has it already been made and patented?
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>>2012840
>government
>controlled
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>>2012840
Whens the new date?
March 4th?

Keep the faith anon, Trump will walk up those steps and arrest Biden before you know it!
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>>2013253
What does trump or biden have to do with that post you mongrel?
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>>2013565
Trust the plan!
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>>2012127
Yes. Thank you, friend

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Found out cat has been peeing in a potted plant for a week maybe.

How to save plant and deter badkittycat behavior in the future?
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>>2011855
Don't be jealous.
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>>2011308
Make sure the litter tray is clean so there's no cat excuses and repot the plant
If that keeps happening you should buy a fairly serious water pistol and blast the motherfucker every time they go near the plant
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>>2011308
If you had a pile of stinky gravel full of shit or a nice container of dirt, where would you piss?

If your cat is male, which it sounds like, neuter him.

Also cats get bored as fuck if indoors, they'll knock shit, shit on shit and get fat. DIY him an outdoor run if he doesn't go outside. Also don't make him an outdoor cat, he'll bring home communicable diseases.
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Brother had this problem and use someting similar to pic related.
You also may try cucumbers but not all cats fear them
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urea isn't good?

Can only find videos and advice on how to cover a table top with fabric not replace it with something else. Is it possible?
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>>2013407
The tops were generally made of melamine. If you can get it flat again you can just put another veneer over the top.
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>>2013537
Thanks, but I'm talking about taking out the melamine to keep the base and chrome frame and putting something else inside the frame. Sorry if that wasn't clear.
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Find the seam on the border and try removing it. It may be a T shaped strip that is just forced into a groove and pulled around the table top. Remove it, make your new top, put a groove around the edge and push the trim back in.

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What is the purpose of a home having more than one full bathroom? I think every home should have multiple toilets but why multiple baths and showers?
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>>2012612
as you get older the distance to the shitter gets longer. Eventually you put one in the hall, the kitchen, and even a shitter next to the shitter
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>>2012619
He’s talking about showers, not toilets.

If you have a wife and kids, everyone needs to shower in the morning to go to work or school. Having multiple showers allows more people to get ready in the morning at the same time.
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you could have thought about this for 5 seconds before making a thread. How dumb are you?
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I was in a house couple days ago that was 4 bedroom 4.5 bathroom.
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>>2012612
you must be a single child. try growing up in a home with many siblings that all need to get ready at the same time.

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Help /diy/ I'm installing led strips and I don't know if the ceiling or walls look better to mount them (check second post for wall)
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>>2010686
OP best option is to install tik tok, realize that every faggot zoomer has this in their room, then uninstall tiktok + remove led
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>>2010915
Fuck that place, what else would I do? Its in my basement. I had christmas lights before, leds will look nicer and they're sk6812s so controllable.
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>>2010686
Wall
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>>2011715
Why
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Bump

The walls of my low rise condo (apartment) all have whatever the fuck this stain is. There’s also cracks all over the walls in various places.

Should I be concerned?
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>>2013104
Hahhahaha... Yeah. Go for it. Just move out before next fall when the mold fruits.
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>>2010427
Either your roof is leaking or the people in the apartment above you have a walk-in aquarium.

>>2010431
You see the black stuff near the window? That’s mold, it’s also where the water came from. Judging by the putty someone already tried to seal a leaky windowsill with wood filler or whatever. It’s still letting moisture through.

>>2010637
The straight vertical line here is the edge between two pieces of drywall. One has come loose or disintegrated (from the moisture) and he moved, causing the plaster to crack. Same here >>2010638 .

Sorry OP, this will get progressively worse. As many have said, you’ll get mold in spring. Even you repaint all of it, that paint will come off in a few months. Your drywall is getting worse and worse, at some point the boards will become like sand and eventually fall out.

>>2011529
Get out all the drywall
Check where the ceiling moisture comes from
Fix that

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I just wanted to thank this board, you guys are legitimately the most useful page on the internet. I posted a few months ago here about an issue I had with my internet and a guy told me how I could take advantage of my cabling to get free internet from my neighbours.
>>2013262

I can’t do anything too big like cut into the walls, it’s a rental and I really want to stay because everything is close by so I was hoping I could just paint over it but I appreciate all the knowledge I’m getting from everyone here.
>>2013111

I’m guessing it’s not even worth it to paint with mold killing primer and paint over it? No cheap or easy way to get rid of this?

When you guys say that I’ll get mold in spring, do you mean that I’ll start to see black spores everywhere?
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>>2013262
The putty was caulking the condo replaced the entire windows a few years ago

The drywall comment makes sense. If the leaking stops would mold killing primer stop?
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Just move out at lease end bro.

Don’t mind the shit pic quality. I have this light set up in my kitchen and I was looking to take advantage of it and make it modern, maybe something that goes around under every cabinet.

For someone who has no DIY experience, is this something that I could tackle? Taking it off and wiring a new, more modern piece on?
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>>2013480
If you can take a break from serial killing, maybe you could install something like this https://www.amazon.com/Hykolity-Integrated-Upgraded-Linkable-Electric/

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Where can I learn more about the cost of constructing a home on land that I personally own? I want to learn about the variables that go into it and general trends for different amenities, sizes, etc that's need for a complete beginner
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>>2012615
i think it's called "billionaire's rustic cabin"
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>>2012615
The Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC
I always swore if I won the lottery I would build an exact replica.
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>>2013368
The steps are a tripping hazard.
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>>2012615
Sterilized deus ex machinima.
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Best you can do is talk to a home builder. Or buy yourself a pole barn house kit and build it yourself. Dig a well. Set a septic tank. Go full on solar panel roof with back up generator. Good fireplace is a must.

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Can I install a drop celing with less than 3" of clearance. I'm finishing a basement in an older house that currenly has 7'1 from joist to floor. id like to lose as little head space as possible.
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I'm guessing you can't just sheetrock it? You can do a drop ceiling. But I hate installing drop ceilings personally. If you do a drop ceiling go with a 2x2 grid not a 2x4. Gonna be a bitch trying to get 2x4 pieces up with 3 inches of clearance.
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>>2013581
Sure I could sheetrock it and thats what I was planning on since I didnt think drop is possible, but I wanted to ask around first.
There's no pipes above this area above the basment only hvac ducting. id just hate to need to accees the subfloor or joists someday and having to cut into the ceiling to access areas.
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>>2013566
you dont need any clearance if you put the tiles in right 3" is more than enough

the trick to a no clearance grid is to set the tiles on top of the mains before you even put the ts in
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I'd go with some paneling. screw it up there and you can always remove it a sheet at a time if you need to access something. Plus it's only 1/4" thick or so, so you'll basically lose no headroom.

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GOD DAMN IT, not again. This is number three.

How the fuck do I dispose of this thing without creating a huge stink? I killed the first one, and it sprayed when it died. The second one I tried very carefully to move it like they say online, but as soon as I covered it, the fucking thing sprayed. So here I fucking am with skunk number three.

When i caught the first one, i called animal control who told me to fuck off. Then I called Parks and Wildlife who also told me to fuck off!

I can't fucking wait to get a closing date for the house I'm buying and move.

>tfw you've build a skunk catching tunnel because it's a recurring problem
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>retards are trying to bill cosby a skunk
just another day on /diy/
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>>2006184
based and d e v i l i s h
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>>2013185
I wouldn't smoke it, but this is a free country so knock yourself out.
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Buy a giant bulldozer and cover it in welded steal plates of armor. Now you have a DIY tank. Use it to destroy animal control building and parks and wildlife buildings in your city. Unless you live near me. Then I wouldn't do any of that.

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I was thinking about starting a small business. I am currently just thinking about what I would like doing and laser engraving for firearms sounded like fun.
Do any of you have any experience with these? Any ideas of what brands of laser I should look at?
I understand they are expensive and I imagine I wouldn't need the largest of machines since firearms are relatively cheap.
Thank you in advance.
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>>2012756
Its ok anon, you are the first person to ask this on this board. You are definitely the first person to think about this.
You are especially the first person to think about this, during Covid when everyone is sitting at home trying to make a buck.

Whats your next grand idea?
Gonna screenprint shirts too?
Gonna make soap?

You dont have to listen to me, youll find out in due time.
Engraving gun blued steel looks like shit and then it rusts..
Engraving hardcoat anodizing aluminum like on a gun looks very weak and scrapes off with CO2 lasers and it bubbles and burns with Fiber lasers
>t someone who ran both fiber and CO2 laser engravers in a job shop
The lasers are cheap and they are everywhere, people stick to wood and acrylic, or thin cheap anodizing on cups for a reason.
Just go to your next craft fair and look around, youll be real surprised.
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>Engraving gun blued steel looks like shit and then it rusts..
wow, that issue totally can't be solved by any single product on this earth, and certainly couldn't be solved by a product I could offer them. gee how will I ever overcome that?
>Engraving hardcoat anodizing aluminum like on a gun looks very weak and scrapes off with CO2 lasers and it bubbles and burns with Fiber lasers
gee, that couldn't possibly be solved by anything, I guess the guys that do this already must have sold their soul to satan for their wizard powers
>The lasers are cheap and they are everywhere, people stick to wood and acrylic, or thin cheap anodizing on cups for a reason.
ok so you're talking about hobby lasers, inderdasting

I guess if every person listened to you they'd probably be just as miserable as you are.
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>>2012704
>laser engraving
So passe desu

Get yourself a SLM machine and start re-designing rocket engines or whatever with principles of additive manufacturing.

Make big boy bucks while selling g-data, or just laser engrave toys or whatever. SLM will set you back quarter of a mill unless you build it /diy/.

This can make you money, a laser engraver can if you rebuild into an slm machine.
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>>2012780
>wow, that issue totally can't be solved by any single product on this earth, and certainly couldn't be solved by a product I could offer them. gee how will I ever overcome that?
good luck trying to convince people to ruin the finish on their gun so that they can engrave things on it.
>I guess if every person listened to you they'd probably be just as miserable as you are.
idk anon is there anything more miserable than posting dumb ideas on a /diy/ forum trying to get us to do all of the hard work for you?

Heres how it works faggot, if you want to make shit, don't let anything stop you. But trying to conceptualize a product before youve made anything at all with a process you have zero experience with is just brain dead retarded.

Also specialization to that degree almost never sells/makes money. You're going to have to do things that nobody has ever done before, and lol I seriously doubt you have enough brains to actually set up and use a laser engrave let alone do anything meaningful with it. prove me wrong faggot, no balls
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>t. pic related
whole lot of projection, friendo

Are these worth the money?

I never used one, but I can see it'd be useful in a range of things I'm doing: buffing areas of metal and bone, plunge cutting, lazy sanding and maybe some basic bitch carving, although this isn't essential.

People who own a Dremel, how frequently do you use it? What attachments do you use?

As a slightly retarded novice, does it make sense to get the 4000 instead of the 3000? The main things selling me are that it's apparently much more durable- how does this compare to your own experience?
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>>2013457
if your going to buy a dremel get a flex shaft tool
they are dremels on steroids
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>>2010222
Like any tool, depends on if you do stuff it will be useful for. I do a lot of repair shit that it is useful for. Great for cutting the metal frame of PS4 HDMI ports off to make de-soldering easier, great for carving plastic when modding plastic cases or trimming up your epoxy /plasti-pair work; have used it as small cut off tool for misc shit and used it with tiny, short-lived wire wheel to polish small metal objects. Sanding drums are good, diamond point tips are good; standard cut off wheels shatter quickly, recommend buying the cutter wheel lock accessory; stone wheels don't last long on metal and clog up on plastic. Had a real dremel at my old job; great tool very reliable. At home I have harbor freight off brand; half the price but has been trouble since I bought it; seems to be misaligned or armature dragging on stator; have to strategically squeeze it to get it to speed up. Want to replace it with real dremel brand.
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>>2010222
dremels are a waste of money
buy a pendent drill they shit all over dremels
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>>2012284
doesn't solve the blade problem, cut off discs are cheap and plentiful for angle grinders.
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>>2013502
Buy once, cry once.




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