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Should I learn how to knit? Do people consider a man who knits a faggot?

What are some useful things you can do with knitting?
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You can make a scarf for your boyfriend
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>>906298
Any other uses?

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Now I know what you're gonna say, but what if I put a shipping container inside another shipping container to make it 2 times as strong? Then the air pressure underground wouldn't implode it.
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I think this is a great idea and you should totally do it. I'm super cereal.
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>>898128
This. Maybe put a shipping container in a shipping container in a shipping container in a shipping container!
This idea is so grejt!
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>>898127
Maybe you could prssurize it because the imploding happens because of the air pressure? Don't hold your breath when you go trough the airlock though, and do get some decompression tables. Any diving table should do.

Hey guys, I've googled around, called a couple of auto shops and no one seems to have a straight answer on this. My alternator is pretty much done for on my 2005 cobalt. 2.2 liter engine. Now, every guide I've checked doesn't deal with 2005, it seems to all be 2008 and up, and the lay out of the engine bay is different. Every guide and how to fluctuates on whether or not you need to remove the passenger wheel to get to the alternator. I do not have the equipment to actually lift the car safely while I'm working on it, and I'm wondering if anyone else...
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Backstory: car died on my way to work, I work overnights so I won't work on it until the morning. I just want a solid idea of what to expect before I go digging around. If I do have to take the wheel off, I may just take it to a garage with the part and let them do it.
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>>912032
For the price of taking it to a mechanic, you can buy a cheap jack and a pair of jackstands.

If you have the means to remove the alternator, you should have a set of jackstands.
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>>912046
Also, pull your air filter cover off and LOOK.
How are we supposed to see beyond that big bunch of plastic?

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I recently saw a cool method of storing energy by filling balloons underwater with air. When energy was needed the balloons could allow air out and spin some turbine, I suppose.

I'm wondering about storing energy in an end of the world scenario. Batteries would only last so long. I was thinking you could lift weights, and then let them sink.

So, ways to store energy? Trying to think of things that could be built relatively easily and could last for a few generations.
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>>911008
pumped hydroelectric
already exist worldwide as kind of capacitors for electricity grid between day and night.
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Find stuff that burns. Then burn it. There's plenty of it around.
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>>911047
Of course. Thanks.
>>911048
Also good, but I don't want to create smoke.

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I have pic related, a Chrysler P04704383AD car stereo.

I have so far managed to hook it up to an old PSU so it turns on, how would I go about connecting it to a set of speakers?

More realistically, what's a good intro to electronics guide?
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>>910974
Back of it
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Hook up rr+ and rr- to a speaker, repeat for the others

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I opened an old PC keyboard and found this IC - 7406N, "hex invertor buffers/drivers with open collector outputs"

Can I do anything useful with this and an Arduino? Seems like I can use it to switch higher current devices.

http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/sn5406.pdf
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You could like... make a keyboard.
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You should start with a bulb and a resistor.
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It's outputs are 40mA, same as the arduino's IO pins. You can power it with up to 15v and then have those voltages as outputs, but then you lose the ability to control it with the arduino's 5v logic. All it does is implement the NOT function which you can do in software on the arduino any time you need it.

Do something without the Arduino like a ring oscillator.

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Hey /diy/, i recently bought a sharpening stone to maintain my knives and i want to know your opinion on the technique. Ive heard contesting opinions on whether to use water, oil, or go dry. Pic related is my stone. I got a 4 dollar SS folder for work purposes. Yes i know SS is an inferior knife material, but i cant seem to get the edge i want. Either its true what they say about SS not holding a fine edge, or its just me being green.
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If the blade isn't holding an edge, try increasing the angle of the blade in relation to the stone. It may seem counter-intuitive, but on some shoddier metals, it actually work pretty well in some cases.
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Some more info: i have a norton crystolon stone, one side coase, one fine. The norton website recommends using oil for lubrication, so unless i can get good contradicting info here, i will be using oil. I used water in my first attempt with mediocre results. Better than the factory edge but with more to be desired
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>>911736
that is a shit tier stone for shovels

get at least 2000 grit+ for knifes

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Is one brand any better than the other? I know it's kind of a minor point, they're almost always no more than a few bucks, I just don't want to get stuck with some Chinese crap that won't work.

Also looking for solid PCB-holding solutions; I'm considering one of those little cluster fucks with two clips and a magnifying glass but there has to be better stuff out there.

Applications: circuit bending, perhaps some repair work, nothing professional or digital.
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>>911088
yes, avoid chinese ones because of inferior purity and oxidised surface and poorer weave pattern... they cant wick
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>>911088
Those plastic things that suck up solder work pretty well and I think they're only 5 or 10 bucks more + they're reusable(?).
As for the holder I know the one you're talking about and it's decent but if you're going to be doing a lot of soldering and want one that's going to last a long time consider dropping the 50-60 dollars on one of the higher end ones.
That small fucker with the magnifying glass is a bit awkward to use, I can't really explain why.
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>>911102
those solder sucker sucks, the solder splatter cools inside making tons of fragments and crap that will drop onto your pcb and everywhere near it, it is a flawed design, it very easily contaminate the working area with solder dusts and crap

Hello all,

For this scenario, I'd like for all of us to assume a plague that hits worldwide that allows .5% of the population to live. That means 4,200 people in New York City, and 160,000 throughout the whole country. Small cities, like Boulder CO, are left with 50 people.

For everyone to drop within a week or two, what plays out? 4000 people in NYC? What do they do? 50 people in Boulder? What are behaviors like?

Give me your ideas on the first year, and maybe ten years in. Would love to hear your two cents.
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>>911016
>not diy
Please keep your IDS HABBEDING fantasies to /k/ and /pol/.
Thanks.
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>>911021
Sorry. I always come to /diy/ when it comes to what I think of as brainy stuff. I agree this is not diy, I just like how your brains work.

FYI this isn;t /k/ either. They just want gun stuff. To pol I go.
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>>911016
I think you have your numbers wrong. There's about 300 million or so fuckers in the US; 0.5% is 1.5 million not 150,000. Let's go with your numbers and assume a plague that leaves 0.05%.

You just read The Stand, didn't you?

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My wife and I are seriously considering building our house on a plot of land.

Anyone got any good reading materials for such matters? We don't plan on doing all of it ourselves, but any help on the subject would help!
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>>910769
>put heart and soul into building house
>get divorced
>lose it all
>???
>loss
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>i want to build a house
>how do i build a house /diy/?
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>>910769
>My wife and I are seriously considering building our house on a plot of land.

Have you considered building your house on a plot of water or air? It is cheaper.

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Anyone have experience growing bamboo?
In a new house and I'm looking to cultivate some bamboo for timber and possibly shoots, in addition to looking nice.

Obviously don't want any running species which will be a pain in the ass to control or spread to the neighbour's backyard. My climate is dry-mild-temperate, inland south east Australia, Canberra to be precise. We do get frosts so any tropical varieties are out. Soil is heavy clay but I'll be using clay breaker and adding top soil regardless. Also got some huge water tanks so hopefully water isn't...
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http://www.bamboogarden.com/care.htm
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Grow willow.
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>Obviously don't want any running species which will be a pain in the ass to control or spread to the neighbour's backyard.

where's your sense of adventure man?

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What is this type of chain link called? I have googled every synonym to the word chain and can't find it anywhere, not even a picture so I had to draw one. Every other link roller switches axis and i need to know what it's called so I may purchase some. Either that or I need some other type of chain that is rigid can push against itself, yet still remain flexible. Also it needs to hold at least 300-400 pounds. Thanks.
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Sorry op. Hope the bump helps. My google-fu isn't turning anything up, but i know I've seen those kinds of chain before...
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Looks like a 2 dimensional cable carrier.
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>>910582
Always called similar chain barrel link.

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How do you make laminated wood?
Is it hard to do?
Is it hard to mill laminated wood?

Pic unrelated
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrCt5kJwcyw
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I have some experience laminating wood for table tops.

You need a jointer and a planer to do it well. With those in your kit, it's a piece of cake to dimension the laminations to be completely flat and of uniform thickness. Without it you need mad skills and patience with a hand plane, and even then the results won't be as good. A biscuit jointer is also very handy for lining up the laminations for the glue up. Without it, you will not be able to glue the laminations flush to each other. Pretty steep investment yes. If you aren't willing to do so, just go buy ready made table tops. They're better than the first 10 you'll make guaranteed.
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>>910550
bent wood furniture. IKEA is well known for it. I've made a bent wood ring, and it's neat. basically plywood is a laminated wood, however, laminated wood doesnot have to be cross ply, it can have the plys all facing the same way.

You can do basic bent wood laminations by cutting relatively large plys on the tablesaw, too, for things like chair frames, and using steam to bend the 1/8" boards onto a frame before glueing them together.

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My sister is out the country for 16 months and asked if I would bring her cat to my house to watch it.

This thing sheds like a mother, and I live in a very cold climate and I don't keep it hot in my house.

Anyway to cut back on the shedding?
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1. Tell your sister you've got better things to be doing with your time.

2. Put the cat in a shelter until the last day your sister come back

3. Keep the cat out doors.
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>>910532
I actually tried that with my beard trimmer but her hair is so thick it doesn't get through it

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So /diy/, its Christmas time.

What is on your Christmas wishlist?
What have you bought as a gift?

/diy/ made gifts are welcome too.
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>What is on your Christmas wishlist?
Small TIG/stick welder for practicing (I have a pretty big family plus my birthday is 10 days before christmas so I might get it as a "combined" gift, but I don't really expect to get it).

Some gift certificates for a working clothes store would be neat too, I'm gonna need quite a bit more when I'm out of trade school.

>What have you bought as a gift?
Nothing /diy/-related, more /ck/ stuff.
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>>910483
1- a gf
2- nothing
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Raspberry pis and arduous for everyone!

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