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Looking to make small cubes with plexiglass and maybe something else at the edges. The purpose would be to hold insects (I would drill some holes in the sides) and I can't really find anything like this because all the ones online are curved or for plants. How hard would it be to make something like a 4-5 inch cube with thin plexiglass walls and removable top? How much would it cost per cube?

Pic is about what I expect it should look like, but I am also unsure how to make the removable top, maybe a hinge? Any suggestions would help!
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Can you get your pieces laser cut?

1/4" Acrylic sheet is very strong. PV Glue is like a chemical weld that melts the sheets together. Makes a strong joint. If you can get your pieces laser cut then they will be nice square and edges ready to glue cleanly.

The lid is up to you
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>>907129
Shouldn't be hard. If you don't care about identical ones, you could get a piece and curve it into a square with a heatgun (or pot of boiling water if you have a big enough pot) and then silicone the bottom on and silicone a top on. Cut a square out of top, attach it with hinge, pull handle, and stops.
Use non-mildew resistant regardless. Poisons and shit.
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a thrift store will have all kinds of boxes and glassware in the decoration section cheap. i got this kind of flask for 25 cents to use as a case for a Raspberry Pi. in the toys section, you will occasionally find insect observation kits with a box, magnifier, net, etc, for a couple of bucks.

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does anyone else DIY in anticipation of the end of the "easy life" based on cheap oil and overuse of nonrenewables?
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>>906607

No sane and intelligent person is eager for a permanent drop in their quality of life.
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>>906607
It's part of why I do it. Also because diy is fun as fuck.
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>>906610
fuck man, who said anything about eager? It's math, not fantasy.

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Hey /diy/

how can wire this relay so that when the voltage goes above 750 in the coil, it activates the relay that activates a re director to a power dissapator?
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(the surge would be created by switching the power to the coil off)

I ALSO FORGOT TO PUT THE SWITCH BELOW THE REDIRECTION WIRE
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>>906519
Is that relay even rated for 750 volts?
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>>906524
its not

im asking how i could switch it on when the voltage across the coil went above

Is it possible to bake clay in my kitchen's oven? It goes up to 400 deg C.

Nothing fancy, just some small figurines.
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>>906471
Sounds like Fimo (or your regional equivalent) will be the shit you need, thin parts like outstretched arms etc tend to crack away from clay as it dries and shrinks, and the end model will be brittle as fuck. I don't know if you can bake ceramic clay in an oven, but I do know all the details I tried to build onto my models (mechs mainly) would often be broken off once the piece was fired (assuming it didn't droop before it dried)
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>>906474
Welp. I don't think I can find this stuff where I am.

So there's just no way to make pottery with a kitchen oven, huh?
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>>906479
>Welp. I don't think I can find this stuff where I am.

Really? Where are you, and can you not ship it in? Some other brand names I've seen are Cernit, Premo and Sculpey, the base material is referred to as polymer clay. Google around on that if you can't find a local brand, google may fill the gap for you under a sponsored ad or something.

> So there's just no way to make pottery with a kitchen oven, huh?
Not as far as I...
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Ok so long story short, I live in a massive basement with no natural light coming in, and no outdoor space in which to do this...
I wanna make an aquaponics system in my basement apartment. Yes, I have gotten permission to do so... my question is regarding the lighting.

I've been reading up and apparently alternating between cool white and warm white lights is optimal, but the light bulbs are expensive as fuck and need to be replaced every year and a half or so. Any more permanent way I can do this? It'll be hooked up to a car battery, because I'm cheap...
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Wait.. did you just say that you're regulary charging batteries with your car because you want to save money?? You must be kidding..
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>>906451
Why not pick a hobby that fits both your wallet and your living situation?
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>>906451
2 things, 1 I GUARANTEE that you're paying more for additional gas to run the second generator than you would paying for electricity.
2, if you want more permanency go LED, they'll cost more but last a decade or two. Also cost less power.

actually, WHY are you using a car battery?
are you doing ebbflow or nft for the hydroponics side of it?
And before you get started doing all this, consider asking around the neighborhood, someone might be down with you paying for use of their backyard with...
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Use sand bags
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>>906290
what plants are those? they seem familiar.
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>>906290
put them in the bed of your truck for traction, because trucks handle worse than a hyundai in the snow.
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>>906290
yes

I was planning on buying one of those cheap usb circuit boards that you can wire switches and buttons onto.

Say I were to fuck this up(or the cheap chinkshit parts short), could it fry my computer? USB ports have surge protection right?

Pic unrelated
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>>906241
>USB ports have surge protection right
yes.

google knows this
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>>906241
but once its done protecting that port it will be dead.
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>>906241
>one of those cheap usb circuit boards that you can wire switches and buttons onto
the girl looks nice, but it would have been more helpful to provide a picture of the board in question

>Say I were to fuck this up (or the cheap chinkshit parts short), could it fry my computer?
most of your computer is made of the same kinds of cheap chinkshit parts, you prolly couldn't afford it if it wasn't, and the chinks can build working stuff with...
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Sup DIY. Quick question. So I'm making a homemade boxing bag, and was thinking of doing something like pic related to hang it up so that the bag is hanging centered. I was thinking two knots like in the diagram internally would be perfect to hold the bag in place, cord will be wrapped around the bag externally in between the two knots.

Two questions:
1. Is this a good idea or can anyone think of anything better
2. what would be the best kind of knot to use?
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>>906195
Also incase it matters, the rope being used is 4 strands of paracord 550 braided together
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>>906195
you dont wanna use paracord because it will bounce like a fucking bunny

use rigid chains ie metal chains

also, the knots is bad idea because... physics
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>>906195
1: How much kg's is your bag going to be? What is actually going to stop said bag to slide down and fall on the floor?
2: Lower one- monkey fist http://www.animatedknots.com/monkeysfist/
upper one- not a damn clue

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Hi /diy/,
I got a school assigment and I have to build 3 simple devices using IC74 series. It can't be any of basic circuits(comparator, multiplexor.. etc.). Could you suggest me something fairly easy to make, like transistor tester. Thank you.
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>>906119
google is your friend, friend.
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>>906119
Just look at what people build in Minecraft with redstone and try to copy it.
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>>906130
oh man. I used to do this.

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I love the feeling of hot showers with the steam and love how it makes my sense of smell better. Love the way to steam opens up my pores etc.


but the hot water does a lot of damage to my skin. really dries it out. this past summer I did nothing but cold showers and my skin felt sooooo good. was amazing.


So how do I get the benefits of hot showers without drying my skin out.

buy steamer and then use cold water through shower head? Saw one for $1000 and it looked dangerous to use. I'm more of the type of person that sits in front of a computer...
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>>905962
Its because it strips the oil off your skin, much like using cheap shampoo too often or using harsh body soaps.

I dont iuse soap but every 3-4 days, but take long hot showers every day. Makes a difference. The No-poo meme has some basis in reality, even if its a trolly thing.
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>>905962
how about a warm shower since you obviously loves showering
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>>905971
the cold water makes my skin feel so good though. I just want the steam. Is steamer feasible?

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Hey /diy/ I know this might not be the most correct board to post this on but I figure you guys are probably the most likely to be able to help me out. Somebody found this doohicky at work today, any idea what it could be?
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>>905853
It's part of a urinal cake holder. I think EcoLab made that style.
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honkey thats an afro pick
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>>905853
It is probably a piece to a lockout/tagout system.

When a qualified person operates on a component, especially electrical components, he will lock it, by putting a lock through one of those holes and tag it.

just my guess

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I snagged a shopping cart from a grocery store that was shutting down

Give me some ideas what to do with it
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Melt it down
Make a blade
Slit your throat
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make a rolling BBQ you fuckin tramp
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>>905495
Fix the cocksucker up and sell it to an opposing store.

How can I make a very high-voltage, low current, 4Mhz AC solid state tesla coil that won't just short itself out? I'm hoping for 1 MV or more.
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>>905453
1MV is a lot of voltage. Typical commercial and industrial tesla coils peak out at around 50kV. Do you know what you're doing?
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>>905465
1MV is easily enough to kill you. Also, I think 3 phase would be needed.
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>>905465
Yeah, I know what I'm doing. I need the e-field. I'd build a Van De Graaff generator if somehow they could be made to produce AC.

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Any simple solutions for people who don't spend money on heating?
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>>905369
wear more clothes
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make one of these and sit in the middle
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http://permaculturenews.org/2010/01/11/free-hot-water-from-compost-wheelie-bin/

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Who /carpentry/ here? Building a new desk brehs.

Let's see all your projects, competed or WIPs. Also, general woodworking thread. Q&A, advice and tips and tricks all welcome.
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>>905236

>advice

how about rotating the pic properly before posting?
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>>905242
You know the site fucks it up once in a while. (EXIF data is the problem I believe?)
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I'm building this large garage, the interior is 20' ribbed steel panels. The interior partitions look like pic related. I can't think of an elegant way to completely block the gaps, or light coming through. I have aluminium trim coil and am marginally proficient with a brake, but I could really only get an L shape, which would help but not cure it. I could stuff it with white foam board, but it wouldn't be very helpful or durable.

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