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A recent storm had knocked down an oak tree, and someone had chainsawed it up and left big logs by the dumpster.

I picked them up and immediately crosscut them into sections, the ripped them as close to the pith as possible. I want to turn them some day, but until then, I need to seal the end grain to let the wood dry as slowly as possible to minimize checks and splits.

People seem to like a certain product called Anchorseal for this purpose but I ain't buying any more chemicals until I use up the stuff I already have. I don't even have candles to cap...
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The poly should be ok, as is something like enamel paint or something similar like glues- epoxy, wood glue etc.
What you want is the ends drying at the same rate as the rest of the mass, so some permeability is ok in that regard
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>>1003100
>I don't even have candles to cap off the end grain with wax.
dollar store? bag of tea lights?

walmart has a 100pk for like $10
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>>1003100
Oil-based polyurethane absorbs into end grain rather well, so getting a seal would take several coats. I'd just get paraffin, but paint should build up better than polyurethane. Otherwise... maybe silicone caulk?

Wanted to pick your guys brains on building a cabin out in the boonies. Idea is buy 5 acres near a lake, build a 2 bed 1 bath cabin, well, septic, and solar power. Id like to do as much as i can of that. Im an electrician now but was a framer for a short time. Main questions are:
>can it be built for less than 50k?
>are there any shortcuts like building plans for sale with parts lists?
>what bits are best left to the pros?

Has anyone here done a similar project?
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>>1002925
In b4 shipping container...
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>>1002929
Yeah no. Actually thought about that but want something family friendly and doesn't look like shit.
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>>1002931
nothing stops you from putting up drywall inside and a nice wooden exterior.

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What triggers you?

>pic related
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>need to plug in extension cord in a house im working on
>nothing but ungrounded
>no cheater plugs on hand
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I made this thread on /g/ awhile back and they seem to think that the Internet of Things is just a fad.

What does /diy/ think of it?

>What IoT projects have you made?
>What do you think is overkill when it comes to IoT?
>What is your favorite board to use in your IoT projects?
>What has been the best resource for learning IoT that you have used?

This is the board that I'm getting, or at least one of the variants of it. Any...
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It's a "fad" but it's one that will probably subtly become mainstream to the point where people don't even think anything of it anymore.
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>>991620
It's not a fad it's jumping the gun. it has to be done but I feel it's one of those things we're going to look back and be like "yea that was a good idea, but we didn't have the tech/know how/patterns/downsides really laid out"

IT security and especially hardware security is laughable at this point. when the chinese can hack your shit and turn your fridge off and turn the A/C to 15 degrees that people are going to take a step back from it.
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I think the amazon speaker / hub device is the first step for the general public to accept it. The first tech public step I'd say was the Nest. Early connected devices were just tinkered toys.

Once the hub is accepted and the tech cheaper they can integrate it into some current central appliances like TVs, refrigerators and toasters as well as mobile devices to decentralized the hub. I don't think we'll ever be to the point of regular houses being fully automated. Just small things that are electronic already and can use some reason to be voice/app controlled....
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so im not sure if this is a /g/ question or a /diy/ question, but i ask here anyways. is it possible to run 2 monitors, one analog and one digital, from a single dvi port? is it as easy as hacking a wire together, or is there a specialty cable i have to buy?
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>>1005746
is it possible to run them through the same cable? sure, they use different pins.
will you find a card that supports the functionality?
no
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>>1005746
interesting, ive never actually thought about this but seems doable as long as the card activates both the digital and the analog outputs with the same data (same resolution&clock for both outputs) (i dont think the cards drive the analog separate from the digital one, i could be wrong, but having a dac always on like on vga seems the easiest route instead of checking all outputs being used [not on high impedance] and selecting&activating the best one)
if i had a couple of spare dvi-i cables i would definitely...
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>>1005789
ps:
and just to clarify im referring to same picture stream (same data same resolution etc) on both analog and digital outputs
different picture/data streams is obviously a no go

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Hi DIY

Have an old garden shed that I used originally as a dog house
But have been keeping my dogs inside my own house at night.

So was thinking of turning the old wooden garden shed into a sauna.

I have an old wood burning stove that I'm not using. So thought I'd put that in there . Some stones on top of it. Pour water on it when it's hot and boom steam .

So could use some advice.
The inside of the shed is just timber and the timber is covered by a heavy plastic sheet.
I added some pvc boards and some bit of insulation for...
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>>1005730
>I have an old wood burning stove that I'm not using. So thought I'd put that in there . Some stones on top of it. Pour water on it when it's hot and boom steam .
Make sure you get non-porous rocks or they might explode on you.
No one wants a thousand rock shards in their face.
>So could use some advice.
>The inside of the shed is just timber and the timber is covered by a heavy plastic sheet.
Start...
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>>1005738
Hey
Thanks for the reply. Yes I did a bit if reading and saw that lava rock or else stones from a river are best.

Since the timber on the walls are basically tongue and grove. Should I maybe remove them and put them back up but leave a slight gap in between each one for air flow?

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Hi /diy/ this is my first post here, I've been lurking around.

Anyone can help me out with this mini-project? I want to make a USB charger using RJ45 and my spare USB cable.

Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iSC9yXxVVc&t=3m50s
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>>1005555

>OP here
I only have the following:
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so to make things clear, you want to charge something that has a usb port using an ethernet connection?
that wont work unless you are using an ethernet device that supports poe
>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_over_Ethernet
and even then you would need to reduce the voltage from 45~50 down to 5 (its not that hard but it requires some passive components)
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>>1005559

Yep that's what I want to try, Now that is something that I haven't considered and thought it would be okay to just simply jump in and do a connection. If you can help me / provide me a link which has some more additional details about it, that would be perfect mate! :)

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Anon with the old car: How is it going?
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>>1005491
>Straight six
Ford perfection
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>>1005491
shouldnt this be on >>>/o/ ?
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Mine's installed

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Hi /diy/

I'm planning some improvements for my desk and I'm thinking of adding a "hidden shelf" for it.
I'm planning on putting my monitors on the shelf too so I can raise or lower them slightly depending on if I sit slouched or straight.
I will also get a little bit extra space where I can put stuff I don't use as often with the extra benefit that I can lower it down into the desk, hiding the objects in the shelf compartment.

The problem is that I'm not really sure how I should raise and lower the shelf.

Any suggestions?...
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pic with shelf up
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pic from behind with shelf down
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>>1005166
pic from behind with shelf up

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So I have cool birds like catbirds, cardinals, blue jays, those little chubby birds with black stripes on their heads, wrens, robbins, wood peckers and occasionally a coopers hawk come by and eats one. And also a pair of doves who cant build a nest worth shit.
What I really cant stand are the starlings that come in and eat up the suet.

So I want to hook up a method to shock their asses when they grab onto the suet feeder. I'd shoot them but nieghbors. So I figure pain is a good way to go.

So I'm looking for ideas. Wires and a manual switch are okay....
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You're a cunt and an idiot, OP.
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>>1005070
Why not just sound?
Also, you're a cunt and an idiot OP.
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Why not a BB gun, build a backstop and blast away.

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hey diy -

i'm looking for a way to build the cheapest possible mold, which we will be used to pour plastic, the one used to make soft fishing lure.

the mold should be rectangular, so that i end up with a 6mm sheet of plastic. i'm trying to achieve a perfect rectangle, so using wood as is is out of question as the plastic would take up on the wood texture.

any ideas?
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You could use a sheet of thin plexiglass as the base for the mold. It is cheap and already has a perfectly-flat surface.
Really tho you would probably save money by just buying a sheet of soft silicone rubber already made.

You could mold it yourself by buying 2-part silicone, but that is very expensive.
You could use aquarium sealant (1-part silicone) but it may have air bubbles in it and it may take 2-3 weeks or more to cure.

A quarter-inch is about the thickest that you can make one-part silicone parts (like, from aquarium sealant or silicone caulk). Heat...
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>>1004977
i have looked everywhere to buy a sheet of very soft plastic (dildo-like jelly), but my geographic situation makes it easier to have access to such product.

i found a way to order the same plastic used to make fishing lure, a very squishy kind of silicone, its about 70$ for 5 liters which is very cheap and perfect for what i intend to do.

plexiglass for the base is a good starting point, but it's worried about the side and the top not being a perfectly levelled and flat surface. i could glue plexiglass...
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>>1004998
my geographic situation makes it impossible*

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What do you do to keep your funnels clean?

1. An oily funnel left out in the open will collect dust and become unsuitable for funneling clean fluids into a vehicle.

2. I simply cannot be bothered with taking a used funnel to my kitchen sink so I can scrub it clean and pack it away.

3. This always results in me discovering the nasty funnel on oil change day, and having to scrub it clean anyways.

Should I just chuck a clean but oily funnel right into a clean ziploc bag after use, letting it stay oily but dust free? What is the best solution?
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I generally use the rag I used to clean up everything else with, then I wash the rag, and my hands.
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i dont use a funnel i just pore it in
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>>1004834
I hit 'em with carb cleaner after my oil change, or slosh them in my wash bucket which I keep full of strong detergent solution for hand cleaning. (When done I pour it on fire ant mounds, the soap permeates the mound and they don't come back.)

I also use spray cleaners like Awesome or Simple Green.

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Hello there. I am remodeling the basement at the moment. Right now I am putting studs up for the walls and there is a wall that will divide the rooms in the basement directly under the support beam. I plan to place studs on the outside of the I-beam and reach the ceiling of the basement boards.

Now after snapping the chalk line I noticed that the wall will be really thick and would be a waste if I don't do something creative with the thich wall.

I want it to be a recessed bookshelf. I looked it up online but most videos show building a bookshelf onto an...
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Just build bookcases then fake them in with some gypboard?
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>>1004305
You better do this
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>>1004310
Thinking of lining the back of the shelves as well. Something more interested with texture. Could the gypboard be used as a medium?

>>1004311

I don't want the room to look like a study. Too small to be one anyways.

Do you have a bandana on you while you work? If not why? If so, what kind? I have one from a dollar store I use to wipe sweat of my brow, but it's quickly become shit. Is there any reason to invest in a higher quality one?
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i aint mexican holmes
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Because I'm not some white trash "biker" or a mexican gang member.

If I'm working in full sun I wear sunscreen and a bucket hat. I could really care less if some 20 year old wants to have a giggle; I lost an uncle to skin cancer.

If I'm working in and out of sun I wear a baseball cap like everyone else in the trades here.

Inside? Nothing because I'm not some hick or a fratboy.
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Jesus, it's a fucking bandana. It's a piece of cloth. Not everything needs to have a goddamn thread about it. If you like it, wear it. If you want a nicer one, fucking buy it. It's not rocket surgery.

> Yes, I mad.

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Sup /diy/. I'm in need of a good vacuum that can handle pet hair. Preferable a bagless model. I've been looking at the Shark Rotator Truepet (NV752). Any opinions? Better options? I prefer an upright as I don't have to worry about stairs.
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>>1003387
Miele or Riccar.
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I don't know that one, but I bought a shark vacuum a couple of years ago, and it was close to unusable.

Poor suction, and the door would fall from the dust receptical when I removed it, making a huge mess. I ended up throwing it away after only cleaning the door 3 or 4 times.
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Not to thread crap but >>>/adv/

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