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I'm renovating an old house, one of the rooms had wooden deck flooring that was in a pretty shitty condition.

Removed the decks, beneath them is a layer of fine sand and underneath it a thick layer of soil (under the soil is the concrete foundation).
The soil is pretty dense.

My plan was to first remove the top sand and add a layer of gravel (2-3 mm thick).
Then add a nylon sheeting, a wire mesh and on top of that pour concrete 7-8mm thicc.

When it dries up, put a coat of liquid hydroisolation shit then a foil and laminate flooring.

Does anyone have experience with a concrete floor?
Any tips?

pic related
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actually it's layed brick I checked it. Thought it was concrete..
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dowel into the perimeter bricks with rebar too. though, i'm not sure those bricks are sturdy enough. use plenty of rebar and mesh. tie it all together. make sure the mesh isn't just laying flat on the ground (use little dobie blocks).
Put Leca or similar for insulation and stop capilar. 80mm reinforced concrete on top. No need for vapour barriers or such.
>Will the slab expand as it dries?
No, but it will expand with temperature changes.
Just search for expansion joint foam.

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Got pic related as a gift, I don't know anything about soldering and the only projects that come to mind are replacing the 5-way switch on my cheap strat guitar and building a diy keyboard kit.
>what other fun projects could I do with it as a total noob?
Also, I was thinking about maybe trying getting into animatronics but I have no fucking idea where to start and that seems much more complicated, anyone has recommendations on that?
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I didn't mean that they were directional: my idea was that it would help organizing them, but turns out not even that. God how I hate marketing.
Does the Hakko FM-2030 have replaceable tips?
Would I ever be able to use it on a Weller for through hole with a smaller tip?
Lets just say I like the grip on this one.
there are plenty of plans/kits online for guitar pedals
I'm a vst pleb, I think a foot midi controller would be much better for me, are there good diy kits for that?
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>I don't know anything about soldering

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how do i clean my bathtub? i have tried baking soda and vinegar but it didnt make a dent, it is possible to make it look like new right? i think its made of acrilic.
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I think that thing needs to be reglazed/painted to look decent in any way.
my people call them sweepsticks
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This stuff is as old as time itself. Just a little and be careful it's pretty strong stuff if I do say so myself. Then use an old polyester shirt to wipe it off, use cold pH balanced water.
try CLR and comet
Try CLR and Comet

Bought a house, and one faucet has black specks coming out of it. I wiped up some on a rag from a clean glass, and a few days later the rag is dried and I check it. The rag smells sort of metallic, like iron or coins. The specks are either solid or they smear, leaving a black streak across the rag. Some of them appear to be slightly magnetic, as I rubbed a stud finder against the rag and some stuck to it,but that might just be false alarm.

I don't know much about plumbing; Could anyone help me to identify what this stuff is and where it is coming from? I have checked the other faucets, and none of them are producing the same specks. This sink is also a black metal fixture, with braided metal going through it (the head of the faucet can be pulled out and directed by hand). My guess is to look in the braided hose running up to the faucet head, but I am not sure what I would be looking for or how exactly to test it. Insights from knowledgeable anons is appreciated. Thank you.
sorry mate, can't help out with your Australian plumbing problems. you guys do everything backwards.
An old old aerator can do it, either the rubber in it is going bad and crumbling or there are mineral deposits stuck behind it. The latter would explain the residue you are seeing.
do you guys ever get tired of hanging on to the earth?
If it's a piece of junk just replace it and stop fiddling about.

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I just bought my first home, and I have no DIY experience. What are some projects/maintenance I should do first? The house is ~2000sq ft, 2 stories, 3 bed 2 bath. It's located in the mountains where it snows in the winter. It's on about a half acre of land.

I'd like some basic advice too in regards to home ownership.
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Replace all stop valves with quarter turn. Prob new shower head/ faucets. Simple stuff. Build shelving and start stocking your garage with essentials and your workshop.
What's some things I should be doing on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis?
replace your air filters every two months?
>It's located in the mountains where it snows in the winter.
Could you be more vague ? Giving us to much detail makes it far to easy for us to give you advice. The vaguer you are the more general our advice becomes, which is the entire point of this thread.

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Do any anons here have experience with fixing up old sailboats?

Due to personal reasons living on a sailboat has become a desired goal and i have been working on sorting out the details and steps neccessary to do so. However most of the guides and books worth reading on this subject are hard to find because the market is flooded, it's all behind a paywall and whenever you google something a shitty youtube video pops up. So i am looking for resources you'd reccomend and any tips sailing anons might have.

So far i have decided on a second hand 28-35ft boat capable of ocean crossing, there is plenty of older 30-40 year old boats available but i am worried about the hull condition and am unsure what to look out for.
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Make sure that the hull has ribs.
Those "folks" are degenerates, junkies and pedos. I've seen 'em. And they DON'T like outsiders just showing up.
They are harmless unless you get close.
Work at a marina and learn how to fix everything then you'll be an informed consumer (or hate boating, but the experience is useful). You'll learn better and much faster doing it commercially like any other mechanical and structural work.

As with any vehicle those who know the most are those who fix and maintain them, not those who merely buy them.
I'm a lifelong sailor currently restoring, racing, and cruising 45 year old 30 foot boat. Ask me anything specific.

Is the way to go if you're starting from zero. There is a lot to learn. Learn to sail, crew with other people before buying your own boat. Maybe start with a 10-15 foot dinghy first. Or I guess you can jump right into owning a big keelboat but you will have to accept more expensive and scary fuckups if you don't go in with a little prexisting knowlege.

For specific jobs https://marinehowto.com/ is great. A lot of the sailing/boating forums have been around for years and are full of excellent information if you search.

People have been restoring and cruising boats for thousands of years so there is an huge knowledge base out there. But that also means there are right and wrong ways to do everything. Generally DON'T HALF ASS SHIT. The sea is unforgiving, whenever possible, do it right the first time. Shit is expensive. Boats can be had cheap, but storing and maintaining them will cost more than you think. Like, if you want to restore your old shitty project boat and keep it in acceptably good/safe/seaworthy/maybe even fast condition, and stored somewhere easily accessible, you're likely looking at $10k/year in parts, upgrades, marina fees, and consumables. This is still WAY cheaper than what people spend on "nice" boats and if you use the thing it can be totally worth it. But boats ARE expensive.

Now is kind of a bad time to buy a boat, prices are very inflated since everyone bought used boats during as pandemic projects. If you can wait a year or two the bubble will probably burst and the market will be flooded with excellent options.

not sure if this is the right place for this but i think antique tools is /diy/ related. i found these two ring things in a box of old stuff from my grandparents shop. i think they’ve got something to do with Leatherwork or a Ferrier since grandpa like to collect those types of things. can anyone help?
You found grandpa's wrought iron towel rings. Grandma didn't like them, they kept staining the towels orange.
Leatherwise, the only thing I can think of is an inskirt rigging ring for a saddle. Wrought iron seems like a terrible choice for saddle hardware though. Whatever it is seems like a poor design anyway, the least retarded use for that object I can think of is to screw into the end of a pole.
I forget what they're named, but those were nailed to the wall to hold the hoof against, while trimming the hoof. It stands proud of the wall so they can under the lip to shape it. Probably made by a local blacksmith instead of bought from a catalog.

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Half my lawn is dead grass after a guy came here and sprayed weedkiller, though some of it is slowly growing back in these past rainy months
How do I grow my grass back and what kind of weedkiller wont kill it?
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Weedkiller is essentially roundup. You need to buy genetically modified grass that will survive roundup.

A lot of people don't seem to know that genetically engineered crops are modified for one thing only: to survive roundup.

Not that there's roundup on your lawn, nothing will ever grow unless it's genetically engineered grass sold by Monsanto.
>hasn't heard of selective herbicide
>doesn't understand genetic engineering
Not all weedkillers are glyphosate anon. Folks who spray lawns use something like MCPA which is broadleaf specific, as in it'll soak into the big fat leaves of thistles etc but not harm grass. There's some interesting science behind it worth a read. Even if it was roundup, it's not barren forever you fool

This. Just oversow it with more lawn seed than you think is necessary
>clover is a nitrogen fixer.

Clover only fixes nitrogen if Rhizobium bacteria are present and stable enough to form the required nodules in the root system. Inoculate your lawn before planting clover if you plan on using clover as a nitrogen fixer.
>not having a nice front yard with a garden in the back.
>wasting resources
Take the rain catching pill, look at a solar powered pump
>its illegal to collect water where I live
Fuck the law.
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>Half my lawn is dead grass after a guy came here and sprayed weedkiller
would this "guy" happen to be you, anon?

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I have a pile of rusted rebar that id like to use in a foundation.. are there any problems with using rusty rebar in the pour?
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>a concrete arch needs no reinforcement
>constantly leaking salty, chlorinated water
You're just as retarded. If you knew anything about engineering, you would know that Fe2O3 deposits are very porous and potentially flakey, which entraps air and water, even when the rod is seemingly surrounded by concrete. A tiny bit of oxygen is all it takes to further rust the steel and create new routes for oxygen along the surface of the rebar and the rusting process continues. Clean rebar won't trap air on its surface as the concrete is poured, so it won't rust as quickly.

Also vibrating the surrounding concrete thoroughly is probably more important for preventing future rust.

>you dont even need rebar in a foundation if you have a floor system
This is unbelievably dumb. Floor structures are never designed to take that sort of shear force, but that's not the point. Rebar spreads the load so that transverse point loads or varying UDLs don't split the slab. And have you ever heard of reactive soils?
Little bit of rust is fine. It may be even better as some suggest. Gl hf
This sounds very logical from a chemical point of view.

One question, how do you explain that all rebar seems to rust to some degree if this is standard practice?

I found this in the basement of the place I just moved into. I brought it to the attention of the homeowner so I'm hoping to hear back from them about how they're going to address it.

But I'm posting this thread because I wanted to hear from you guys, what should I look for in terms of the job that they do to make sure it's done right in terms of removal and prevention of new growth?
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Seethe fungiphobe.

(((Black mold))) is a jewish scam.
Op here. This is around the corner from that first image
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>>2233483 here, I suggest looking behind the drywall. Not even my mold infestation was that bad on the outer surface.
let me just say that black mold shit is bad news. not because of meme stories you see on the news but because i had it after my roof leaked and then soon after that i got toenail fungus. it took years to get rid of it. check your nails regularly and if one gets infected, just do yourself a favor and chop that toe off, burn all your shoes and socks and move house. not kidding

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Have 2 of pic related chairs with a missing piece. How would you make replacements for the pieces? it is a little bit tricky since the metal supports are slightly curved.
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Go to the goodwill store buy 2 just like them for a couple bucks. Take a couple hours to switch the seats. Dispose of the goodwill chairs now without seats. Problem solved. Or you could just toss those and keep the new chairs.
>How would you make replacements for the pieces?
Sculpt block styrofoam to desired form.
Plaster of Paris molds.
Clear epoxy pour.
Unique chairs.
Buy steel wire and just wrap that mf up
Just throw it away man wtf
that sounds easy enough, thanks anon

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My mum has a bladder rainwater tank under her deck. It's a terrible system, but not my choice unfortunately. As part of various stormwater upgrades, I need to replace the inlet to the tank. This is a standard uPVC part which is glued to the (reinforced) vinyl of the bladder and secured with a hose clamp. I'm not sure what adhesive I should use to bond the the bladder to the uPVC socket.

Is ordinary solvent cement for PVC pipes okay, since the bladder is presumably some sort of PVC (not uPVC though)? The manufacturer provided me with a small quantity of repair adhesive for patches, with no datasheet but a warning that it contains cyclohexanone and xylene. The pipe cements I've seen contain MEK and cyclohexanone but not xylene.

Pic related is the inlet on another one of these tanks (not installed yet).
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I find that when in doubt, a couple of brad nails will hold anything.
Have you tried farting on it until you faint?
hose clamp it my man
PVC and uPVC cements are the same shit.
I will, but this thing holds 5000 litres of water and that inlet has quite a lot of pressure when the tank is full, so it needs glue as well.

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Post some ideas
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When will they learn?
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Can we get more wind instruments?

Is there any video of it in action indoors? I can only find Earth Harp in New York and stuff like that.
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>has honest work put into it, is functioning properly, and only needs a coat of paint which is probably left for the buyer
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I made this out of a toy pot and some random isht that was lying around the shed
What do I win

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My girlfriend bought a plain lamp with no wiring and she asked me to wire it. I bought a lamp kit at Lowes but the problem is that the standard male threaded 1/4 ips "nipple" that connects the lamp socket to the lamp body does not fit into the female threaded 3/8 ips of the lamp body. There is hardware, called "reducers" that can reduced 3/8 ips to 1/4 ips but it would cost me like 10 dollars to ship for a piece of hardware that costs $1.

My question is can I used standard plumbing reducers, or do I need to stick with "ips"?
Does it touch anything that can bridge electricity and your sorry ass? If no go ahead, if yes use black tape and then go on
Ayee that's not a threaded tube
Tried tape, didn't work. Threading is too fine.
>My question is can I used standard plumbing reducers, or do I need to stick with "ips"?

try it and see, that part is like $0.30

if those parts are live to begin with something is seriously messed up, you shouldn't need to insulate the top of the lamp from the bottom like that. the only place there's any current is inside the wires and the interior of the bulb socket, both of which are far away from the part OP is talking about

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I know this sounds like an extremely stupid question, but I'm ignorant and I want to learn. No matter how much I Google, I can't find information on if a laptop motherboard should heat up when connected to the charger when it's out of the laptop.

I just replaced the charging port of a Lenovo laptop here (first time doing this kind of repair), and I decided to try if it was working, so I plugged in the charger and the battery to the board, and the charging LED lights up. I don't see any sparks or smoke, so I assume it went smoothly.

However, the GPU and the chipset heat up for some reason, even though the laptop is off (I haven't assembled it or anything, just plugged in the charger and the battery for this quick test). Is this normal, or I dun goofed? Does it go away if I assemble the laptop?

It's a Lenovo Y540, one of those with a 230W charger.
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>Use an FLIR to image it. I suspect that your tantalum capacitors got screwed up
Have you checked the frobnozzicator? I don't know shit, but I read about this on a forum for underwater loli weaving so I'm sure it's the problem.
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Well it could be a couple of things
>disassemble it again and arm it again maybe the gods will smile on you and fix it
>Its a bad qualitty port it happens, especially if it was cheap or you got the port for the model "1005-a" instead of the "1005-b"
>Like this anon mention >>2233737 maybe when you were changing the port you hit or damaged the mother by not treating it like the goddess she is
>I actually saw a spark now on the charging port
Well CHANGE THE PORT DUMBASS didnt saw that comment, u either bought a cheap port or reused one OR you fucked it up, at this point just take it to a technician its a laptop so unless your really dumb you cant electrocute yourself but without the actual laptop I cant tell you how to fix it.

But would recommend not using if its getting too hot, you can fuck up the mother the processor and everything in between
Gpus and cpus definitely heat up

But probably not built in Intel gpus

Run speedfan on your pc and look right now, your CPU is probably around 40°C
I meant in turned off state dumbass. No shit chip under heatsink and fan would heat up when in use
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Jesus christ, this thread.

People used to be able to give friendly advice back in the day.

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