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Thought i'd post my progress on my guitar so far. After I burned the Lichtenberg pattern in, I let it dry for about a week and stained it over the weekend. The water from the pattern caused the grain to come out a bit but i didn't want to sand it to avoid removing some of the finer detals in the pattern. Stain came out alright, though.

I still need to wire it up and install the hardware. The kit I got came with hardware but I might buy new stuff. What it came with is kinda shitty.
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These are the pegs for the bridge, which are a real piece of shit. As you can see, one peg is noticeably smaller than the other, and slips in and out of its hole real easy. I think I might just buy a proper bridge.
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Also, I had some gold leaf laying around and I thought it would be neat to use it shield the cavities. I know most people use copper tape but I thought this would work just as well. I tested it with a 9v battery and its definitely conductive, so i think it should work well enough. It might not make a difference but no harm in it
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looks great, monitoring!

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Picked this up at a thrift shop and the record player needs fixed

it kind of spins but its rough, and the on off auto switch feels cemented in place

im working to get the platter off but its probably going to take a while

any advice?
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>>954933
>any advice?
i usually toss garbage in the bin...
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>>954933
>the on off auto switch feels cemented in place

Rip it apart and start there
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Barely moving turntable usally means it needs a belt.

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Reposting from the last thread

I'm trying to a build an ADB to USB adaptor, I've got a SparkFun Pro Micro which just has wires shoved in to the big curly cable coming from my SMK Apple Keyboard II. I've got VCC and GND on the Micro connected to the right pins on the ADB cable and I've got a 1K Ohm pull up resistor between VCC and the data cable which is plugged into the right place but as far as which port on the Pro Micro I'm supposed to plug it into goes I have no idea so I phoned a friend and he said port 5.
Everything's done according...
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>>954644
Forgot pic
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>>954644
Ayyy lmao
>If using Arduino Micro and Leonardo board, PORTD6 is DIGITAL PIN12

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Trying to reverse engineer something like this, Any ideas on how? I read a few electric bike guides, just seeing what else is out there.

http://billionsinchange.com/solutions/free-electric
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>>954163
Have you tried google? Cause there are shit tons of results for stuff like this.
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>>954163
I did calculations ages ago for this shit. you'd need to pedal for 8 hours straight to make about 7c worth of energy. why spend a whole day pedaling when you could just pay 7c? this was the whole point of electrification.
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>>954164
Get your tickets.

>fiberglass
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Electrical tape
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>>953286
>not using foam board

>>953287
>using tape in electrical systems
>using electrical tape at all

so far this thread should be
>unecessary materials you probably never need to work with
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Cat 5 cable and rj45 connectors.

Oh, wait, they're wonderfull.

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>working on something
>fuck something up/injure myself
>say "ah fuck" or "fuckin cunt"
>get back to work
>annoyance begins to quickly subside
>female roommate pokes her head into the room
>tells me to "calm down"
>annoyance turns to genuine anger
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>>952152
Make sure you eat a good meal about 45mins to an hour before working on a project. It will stop stuff like that from bothering you in the first place.

Also, keep this shit in /b/.
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>buy around a dozen PVC elbows
>get home
>realize some asshole put the 1.25 inchers in the 1 inch box
>have to waste another hour going to Home Depot again
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>>952152
>go to work
>continue the project from the other day ~80% done
>the boss's wife is around (complete imbecile, that don't know shit about carpentry, but since its small business she thinks she has power over others)
>hey anon, you can't put this big screws in that chair
>why ?
>they look bad
>but...
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9J9jf7

Is This Good For The Price?
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>>951989
If you're not going to do it yourself, hell, even if you are:

>>>/g/
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>>951990
Read the stickys, /g/ doesnt allow these threads sonny
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>>951992
Okay, but it doesn't belong here either.

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Post categories of tools where quality doesn't matter so you should just get the cheapest ones you can get.

For example: Sockets. Your typical Harbor Freight sockets will last you just as long and work just as well as the Snap-On equivalent and as such, it would take a tremendous idiot to pay the Snap-On surcharge.
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And here's an example of a tool category precisely opposite of sockets: Saw blades. Better quality saw blades have such improved cutting performance and leave such a finer finish on work, that it's easily worth paying 3x more for the quality stuff.
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>>951380
lol ya ok I can see you have never had to work with your hands a day in your life
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>>951383
>"You spent HOW MANY days worth of pay on those sockets?"

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So I made my own cooling vest out of some duct tape and cooling mats. Looks very terrorist, but I'm only going to be wearing it around my house so meh.

It works well, but it only lasts for an hour or so. I want to figure out a way to make it last longer.

The cooling pads I use now are chilled to 4C in the fridge. Icepacks would last longer, but are too cold to comfortably wear so I'm looking for a way to have a solution that freezes at 5-10C so the cooling pads would be solid in the fridge, and melt as they absorb body heat.

There are commercial...
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Open the goddamn window
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>>947885
Cooling pad between ice packs and body?
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>>947885

It's only a matter of time before a big sports company jumps on this, think long and hard about the choices you will face.

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Old one is sliding to oblivion, time for a /QTDDTOT/ reroll.

I have just pulled the voice board out of an old Yamaha organ, it delivers A - G through various outputs simultaneously, I want to throw some frequency dividers at it, tack some time based effects on it and turn it into a drone box, but I am confused about the power. I have never seen labeling like this before. Pic related shows its inputs. They are labelled V and -12. The -12 pads goes to the negative side of the electrocap, assumedly serving as a decoupler. I can connect any old 12V supply to this, as long...
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>>934023
Have you searched for schematics of the thing? Positive ground electronics was a thing in the PNP transistor era in some cases.
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I have a power strip with a switch similar to pic.
Recently it started having issues where the light in the switch would start flickering and correspondignly the plugged in appliances were only sporadically receiving electricity. This occurs both with and without appliances plugged in.
What could be the cause of this? Unfortunately I’m missing the right screw driver for safety screws so opening it up is not an option. I’m mainly asking out of curiosity since I don’t intend to fuck around with electricity, but I can’t figure out what might be the cause of such a...
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>>934542

neon bulbs will do start flickering after a few years; just ignore it. the loads are almost certainly not ''sporadically receiving electricity''; there's a 99% chance that's just your imagination.

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Hey /diy checkout my shitty homemade air ioniser, I know there's high voltage on the hairs, but is the 4Kv that it's generating enough to ionize air molecules ?
I know it produces high voltage because it bends a flame when I put it near the hairs.
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>>960577
As much as I admire hack jobs, I have to ask what the fuck?
What is going on there?
Why did you make the final product so uneven?
Why is there a resistor that goes to nothing? (at letter F)
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Use small carbon hairs as breakout points. 4Kv is enough
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>>960580
It took me less than an hour to build.
Its uneven because I'm shitty and not an OCD maniac.
Resistor J was too high so I replaced with Q iirc.
>>960583
Thanks, where do I get the carbon hairs from ? Are the wires still OK ?
This thing costs me less than 2$ to build literally.
Nice Tesla coil BTW..

I know this should go on /g/ or /adv/ but /g/ has a no technical support rulre and you guys might help more than /adv/ since there is DIY here. I picked up an HP dv6324us for $50, its shit I know but it seems like a pretty good deal but it turns out its just freezes during startup or screen doesn't turn on at all. At first I thought it was the HDD becuase the HDD light didn't turn on but later research turns out that if I press on the palm rest and it works than it means it's the GPU which I did and it worked . So according to what I read, I am supposed to put...
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Sorry about muh engrish, on mobile
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>>960396
I take it you have a dedicated gpu? It sounds like there's a bad connection between the motherboard and the gpu. Take it apart, blow some air through it, put it back together and try again
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>>960396
>but /g/ has a no technical support rulre

mother fuck, no wonder we get so many computer threads

thats like NYC sending all its homeless people to new jersey

I dont know where else to ask this question, and I will try to phrase the question properly but I want you to understand what I mean so first this:

When I try to create a lampshade, or make a desk, or even modify a computer case, somehow it is never as good as the best I see online by DIYers or top company designers or even gifted amateurs, so what am I doing wrong? How do people learn how to make things so they look great. I mean I know a team of people would work to design, lets say, a sports car and when you look at it the thing is perfect its just so fuckin good.
Another...
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>>960245
Being able to build things goes hand in hand with being able to see art.

It sounds pretentious, but you'll find most of the great, say furniture markers, or car builders; they'll have a keen eye for aesthetics.

That, along with well honed skill will get you to where you want to go. As for things not turning out the way you want them to, that could just be down to you need more practice at what you're doing.

Doing a lot of it will get you to a stage where you can knock stuff out all...
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>>960252
Hey thank you for the reply.
What you are saying is true but when i look online at the workshops of people who design stuff they have machines that cost $$$$$$megadollars and I just have hand tools and a few cheap electrical tools. are the tools important do I really need pipe bending machines and sandblasters and lathes etc. Is it down to having expensive machinery?
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>>960245
when you are making something and you think oh shit, i could have done x differently, or when you finish and think hmmm, it looks shit because of x.
remember these things and then do them differently next time.

alternatively consider that it looks shit to you because you made it. sometimes beauty comes from what we cant see, if you made something then there is no mystery to it and so to you its plain.

if it looks bad but you dont know why then you are fucked sorry.

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Anyway to fix this? I tried duck tape but it didn't hold up
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>>960241
You're not going to get a reply that fast on this board. And no, not really. It's fucked.

Depends how DIY savvy you are, you could fix it up quick and cheap with some screws and plate metal.

You'll probably get some suggestions to use two part resin to rebond the two ends but I'd be surprised if it lasts any longer than that did.
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>>960238
If it's solid, can't quite tell from the pic, you could use a couple of steel dowels, say 1/4", drill into the plastic, THEN two part epoxy those in. If it's not solid, you'd have to use a lot of epoxy with said dowels (enough to get it a few inches inside the cavity) and it'd be questionable.
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>>960246
I'm not 100% sure but that's the kind of shit that falls apart to dust when you try and drill it out. Could be wrong but you might end up in the same boat.

Hi /diy/,

I'm a waiter at a restaurant and non-slip shoes save me from falling down several times a week. The kitchen at work is slick, greasy and I often tread over bits of melting ice on the floor. There are lots of shoes designed specifically for this purpose, but many of them are super ugly.

I have this super comfy pair of boots that I would love to wear at work, but they are definitely not slip-resistant. I would like to apply a little /diy/ magic to the bottom of these boots if possible.

I have tried buying adhesive supposed non-slip stickers...
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The tread in question
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yes. advice is a noun, advise is a verb

if it keeps you from injuring yourself, wear ugly shoes

old bike tire tread can be attached to the bottom as kind of a re-treading...I did it on a pair several years ago with e6000 and they're still glued together
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>>960188
shoes that have non-slip soles have something done to them called "siping", it is basically cutting lots of little slits into the sole of the shoe.
The slits just need to be 1/16" or so deep with a razor blade, maybe 1/8" apart, you don't have to actually dig out grooves in the rubber.
(the sole also has to be basically flexible; siping works less well on harder materials)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siping_%28rubber%29
The wiki article don't show shit, in this instance...
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