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Planning on doing sculptures of either matches or toothpicks
Any advice
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>>1017230
Make sure you don't have Parkinson's disease.
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Don't set it on fire
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>>1017230
get matches or thoothpicks

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What tools do you use for your projects? Type of tool, brand, and so on? Which is your very favorite tool?
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>>1017075
>What tools do you use for your projects?
the right ones

>Which is your very favorite tool?
hands
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>>1017075
The right tool for the right job.
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>>1017075
Oi mate shit off, yeah?

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Are there any good welding blogs?
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>>1016391
ton of video blogs on youtube
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Check the Weldingweb and Miller forums.

If you are highly experienced, check

http://rigwelder.com/forum/
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>>1016391
ChuckE2009 on youtube

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Let's say you've got land that's not connected to the grid. You can get to towns and cities, but it takes a while, ( a day or so.)

What are some cheap DIY solutions to common amenities?

Example: instead of buying a small wind turbine, use a windmill and an alternator.

Etc.

Brainstorming at this point for a new property for personal use, and I'm a cheap prick. The climate is very cold year round with little trees. Think coastal tundra.
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I have hunting land up in Northern Minnesota with no grid ties. I truck in water since I am not there for more than a week so a well would be a waste of money and time.

I have a few car batteries that I got for free that I use for lights. They are hooked up to cheap solar chargers (Harbor Freight) to keep them charged between visits. I bring a small generator with for power needs. Cabin has a wood stove there for heat.

I use an outhouse to shit and a tree to piss. I keep a sealed bucket of hydrated lime in the outhouse to cut down on the smell and I move usually...
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>>1015695
Thanks, really good suggestions.

What if my power needs are a little more intense? I was thinking of growing my own vegetables, and the only way to do it is hydroponics. I have access to a large indoor area that can be used to house it.

>inb4 weed farm

It's not, but there's really no way to ask without making it sound like it. Solar is nice, but I'd only be seeing the sun half of the year. I'm going to need to get creative with power needs, and storage.

Can't use wood stove for heat either, not enough wood. Preferably electric heat.
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>>1015700
Electricity is not a good option for heat. What do you do when your power generation fails?

I assume that this, like 99% of other of the grid posts on /diy/ is just fap material to you.

If you're in a tundra area, fuck growing food. Hunt. It's what indigenous people do in the tundra. Grow some potatoes in a bucket to get some extra calories.

For heat, stick with a fuel and make sure your dwelling is insulated to high fucking hell.

Consider fuel oil or propane. Get a giant out door tank and have it filled once or twice a year.

You can generate power with fuel too. That is how a generator works.

Since you're going to scrap the idea of growing veggies in the middle of the tundra, what are your power needs really going to be? Maybe a small tv or laptop to watch DVDs?

Since this is 4chan you're going to say you need internet which means you have to go with satellite internet. As long as you don't go full retard, you don't need some high end gaming PC, you need something minimal like a chromebook or a tablet. You want something with next to no current draw.

You'll want a smokehouse to smoke meat and fish. You'll want it to be bear and animal proof.

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$10,325.00 USD

Ten thousand three hundred and twenty five dollars.

Was the steel used in this box folded a thousand times and is strong enough to cut through tanks?

How do the Snap On salesmen get poor mechanics to pay this much for a tool box when the money could go 1/10 of the way on a fucking home mortgage instead? Why would the owner of a shop pay this much for a box? Do they hire the world's dumbest accountants to budget the cost of tools for them?
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Unfortunately I think the only answer you'll get goes something like:

"if you actually used tools everyday then you would understand"

No one can ever seem to objectively say where the value comes from.
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>>1015457
It's a combination of name brand, fanboyism, and the fact that all the tools come with a lifetime guarantee. Also, they deliver it right to the shop.

That said, a know a lot of mechanics who don't buy snap-on stuff because it's do expensive.
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50% name and branding
50% lifetime warranty
50% banking on retards bandwagoning

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Hey /diy/, recently I installed these screws to prevent my stepfather from preventing me from not allowing me to lock my door for privacy and safety reasons and to prevent invasion of privacy, but somehow I need to how to get rid of these things, even worse he's installed them into the back door of the computer room where he now is so the door can't be opened.

Best removal method? My dremel slicing tool didn't seem to do any good, since it's a kind of sheet metal screw.

http://www.nuttybolts.com/company/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/one-way-round-head-sheet-metal-screws-300x224.jpg

Pic...
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>>1015002


-Can the head be grabbed with vise grips? If it's a panhead style one way screw, most panhead style one way screws can be removed using a visegrip to unscrew them out.

-There are commercial removal tools, I own a set of these screwdriver like tools but rarely use them, but don't go and buy one, since there's many kinds and they're very expensive, and not guaranteed to work.

-Use a dremel tool with cutting disc to slot the head and use regular screwdriver to remove. If you do...
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Is it your house? If not, fuck off kid.
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>>1015007

Stfu faggot. He's not using it for anti-theft or anti-vandal purposes. You're the underage b8 here.

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What are some tricks for cooling your room without an air conditioner? I am in NYC and it's so hot and humid I don't even feel like fapping.
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>>1013115
>hot and humid
Get a window unit.
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Saw a post on imgur where a guy had a simple fan but he lined the cage with copper wire that was chilled...I'll see if I can dig it up for you.
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>>1013115
>>1013130

http://m.imgur.com/gallery/jgvlM

Here you go mate.

What's the worst mistake you've made on a project?

not my worst but one of the more recent was mis-measuring peg holes for some shelving....one side of the bottom half was off by like 1/4" so all the lower shelves were slanted

(pic somewhat unrelated, I was trying to find a relevant one and that showed up)
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I knew it was a really bad idea to mount the car battery up high like that, but I was too impatient to weld a place for it to go lower down. I got two feet, fell over sideways, and tore off most of a knee ligament. I can still walk and ride a bike fine, but anything that requires a lot of agility will cause a serious sprain right away. Ligaments don't grow back.
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>>1012747
What in the fuck
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>>1012747
Enjoy getting it fixed with cadaver tissue. Which ligament? You're got like 5 in your knee.

What does /diy/ think of ordering tools and shit from China?

I want to get into diy but I'm a poorfag.
Prices online are much better than local and the products look alright. For example, a heat gun from Bunnings is $49, or $26 from aliexpress.
I understand it'll most likely be off inferior quality, but how bad can it be?

1500W adjustable tempreature hot air gun Carved oil sludge heater oil sludge softening electric engine heat gun Europe plug
http://s.aliexpress.com/3qUnmYZv
(from AliExpress Android)

New Blue Cordless Welding Pen Burner Butane Gas Blow Torch Soldering Solder Iron Gun #ZH078
http://s.aliexpress.com/YnY3QjyA
(from AliExpress Android)

F85 Mini 22mm 5PCS Sharp Rotary Diamond Cutting Discs Disks Dremel Tools With A Rod
http://s.aliexpress.com/fABR3ymu
(from AliExpress Android)

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/261676617241

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/172137822987
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>want to /diy/
BUT
>you're a poorfag

Jesus Christ. Kids these days. Back in my day, we had to fix our own shit because we were too poor to pay somebody to fix it, not because we only had enough money to pay the mechanic/plumber/etc. and weren't able to buy tools. It was necessity, /diy/ BECAUSE you're a poorfag.
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>>1008257
look on craigslist or ebay instead
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>>1008264
He might mean he wants to learn DIY things as a hobbyist/new skill (which will then later allow him to fix his own things) but to just buy equipment with no NEED can feel expensive

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I was at my parents house and they're building houses on the other side of the community. This driver got lost and proceeded to turn around in front of my parents house which is at the end with a circle. Managed to clip the mailbox 25 degrees. When I asked for info he starts crying, says its his third strike, and is going to lose his job. Didn't know what to do. Ended up talking to a supervisor over the phone. Feel like a piece of shit /diy/. Cost this guy his job over a mailbox? How much of a POS am I? If it was my house I wouldn't mind much but their neighbours...
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>>1018419
>Cost this guy his job over a mailbox? How much of a POS am I?

It was not ONE mailbox, obviously he has a history, which proves him UNSUITABLE for his job, he crying about it doesn't change a fucking thing, if he is a danger to everyone else, then he shouldn't be doing it
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>>1018431
This. Next time it'll be a kid on a bike. He should flip burgers instead.
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Had a teen in my neighborhood drive home drunk and hit my mail box.

Mailbox at the time was a custom built 1/8 inch thick steel box from the past owner who got his hit with a bat back in the 80s.

Ripped the whole right side of her car to shreds. And she never came to my house to let me know so I follows the trail of parts to her house.

Made her parents and her pay $400 for a new mailbox and to not involve the police. People that truly are worried would have given you the cost of the mail box and than some to stop the issue.

Someone on 3rd strike...
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So guys, I'm a bit of a noob to this stuff, and I'm wondering what would be the best way to put a 3d wizard on the side of my zippo. I want to draw the wizard design myself. Any idea on how I could do it?
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make a stencil and engrave it
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Look up laser engraved zippo.

Guy used to do it at the local flea market, it was $25 plus the cost of the item or you could bring an item in. He used specialized equipment that probably cost a good bit of coin, but he did zippos, dog tags and blocks of glass as well as anything metal that was relatively flat(he had a knife blade on display).
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>>1018240
Used engravers are usually expensive, so best to /diy/ the design then have it lasered or mechanically engraved. Any trophy shop can do that. Ask what format they want the drawing in so you can bring it as a file.

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My bedroom is next to the bathroom.
I can hear everytime someone pees. It's been like that for the last 6 years, and it's finally killing me slowly. I have to turn on music when I hear someone going to the bathroom. And my brother is a inconsiderate asshat who is most likely aware he's too loud but still doesn't give a shit. I have to sleep with headphones on, with rain sound so nobody wakes me up.

What materials are good to cover the wall of my bedroom? Wouldn't want to cover the bathroom's wall because the shower would get whatever material...
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>>1018076
build a a brick wall with a 50mm gap in front of the wall
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nevermind
I'm buying a white noise machine maker from amazon and will keep it on 24/7
>needs to pay extra shipping because third-world
why was my mom so cruel and let me be born and raised here
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>>1018083
>I'm buying a white noise machine maker

Shit man just use your phone... download the white noise mp3... and play it...

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Not sure if this general has been done before or not, but

Discuss locks, brands, technique, theory, etc

Beginner's Guide:
-lockpicking101.com is a good place to start
-You don't need a bunch of fancy stuff for lockpicking. A tension wrench, a small hook pick, and a half diamond pick work wonders. Save your money for locks
-be gentle
-a cheap deadbolt (Kwikset) with removable pins goes a long way in the beginning
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Anybody know how to take the pins out of this thing? A basic Gatehouse deadbolt
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>>1018042
Reverse side
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>>1018042
not expert here but looks like there is no way to take that housing apart. there might be a master key [that a lock smith would have] that allows the lock barrel itself to slide out thus exposing the pins etc.

Hey guys, i just got an arduino uno from my parents and started playing around with it, now my brother (who works in some electronics business) brought me a bunch of stuff to build around and i have absolutely no idea what it is or what i can do with it.
I'd appreciate every bit of information.
I have basic information about capacitors, resistors and leds.
pic: nr1
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>>1017933
nr 2
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>>1017934
nr 3
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>>1017936
nr 4

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