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Hey /diy/,

I'm starting an indoor garden, and want to have everything ok until winter, so I'm getting things done now.

I plan on buying a LED grow light, similar to pic related, but with 300w (or maybe more), but as I'm not sure how much light my plants would need, I wish I could control its brightness.

How would I do it? A comercial dimmer, as I read, would not work, and my electronic knowledge is almost zero.

>inb4 drugs and shit

Not everyone that likes gardening smokes weed.
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buy one that has a dimmable or controllable dimmer or ballast. Duh what the fuck?

This is /diy/ not /buy/

Google how to build your own its easier and cheaper ordering parts from alibaba
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>>1001657

I want to build the controller because a dimmable one is way more expensive.

Already did, but building one whole light would be way more expensive. So yeah, I just want help with the dimmer, thanks.
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>>1001504
PWM, perhaps via an Arduino and maybe a solid state relay, might do the trick. An additional advantage to using a programmable microcontroller is that you should be able to schedule it without too much difficulty.

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this is one of my first times working with resin, im using easy cast brand resin.

So im trying to encase a cicada in some resin, i mixed the hardener half and half with the resin as the directions told me. i have it all set up in a plastic mold, and everything going good, but i felt the side of the plastic, and the resin is really really hot. Is this normal?
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>>1001467
It is normal that quick-curing resins get warm. Also, casting large blocks (high volume to surface area ratio) makes them run hotter. Your cicada corpse might have some effect as well.
I hope you vacuumed the bubbles out.
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>>1001471
the bottom part that i set the cicada in hardened a little too much, so the top half has a lot of bubbles whereas the bottom is perfectly clear, i ran a hair dryer over it, which got rid of a good bit of the bubbles, but there are a lot that are too deep it seems for the drier to affect
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>>1001467
Resin curing is exothermic, so pretty normal. I wouldn't worry about it.

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My brother's birthday is coming up and i want to find clever and annoying ways to give him amazon giftcards that add up to a large sum of money. I was thinking of putting one in a bar of soap and hiding another on in a big box filled with gift card look alikes and packing peanuts. any more suggestions?
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try asking on reddit
I'm being serious, they probably have more experience planning social occasions
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>>1001347

dont forget to hide one in your butt, and have your brother look for it
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>>1001365
ya reemember to make him look for it with his weiner

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I'm setting up my car for a huge camping/driving trip and want to take plenty of water, but obviously optimise space as well.

Pic related is one solution, it is generic to fit the rear footwell of a vehicle, only problems are that it costs 300 kangaroo dollars, and only holds 40L. Preferably I would like to carry around 100L,just to be safe. If would also help out with weight distribution.
I was thinking about welding up something similar out of steel plate. If so, should I line it somehow to make it suitable for drinking water? Could I pour in a couple of litres of paint then slosh it around?

What sort of paint?

Other ideas?
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Epoxy primer and food grade epoxy.
Or just build one from marine ply, woven fiberglass cloth and food grade epoxy.
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Goon bags. Tough, built in spout, 4l per bag (depends on bag), takes any shape.
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or just make it out of stainless steel

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whats the difference between Catia and Solidworks ?
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>>1000362
no one, really ?
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>>1000374
Did you google it?
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Torrent both, enjoy.

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I bought this lighter at an estate sale for 2 bucks based purely on its look and the name. Its from a now defunct company called Swank and is from the 70's. Is there any way to replace the Flint and put more butane in this? I don't really know about this stuff but I wanna see this thing light because it looks so cool. I'll be posting more pictures of the components.
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Apologize for shit tier quality, but this is the bottom of the lighter. The hole is where the butane goes in. The paper that came with the lighter said that you need an adapter to put non-swank butane into it. The screw thing next to the lighter hole is where the flint comes out
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This is the Flint. I think it's pretty much spent because no sparks come when I click the lighter, but I could just be retarded. Do they sell Flint in this style anymore? Can I just go to the store and buy a normal Zippo/bic Flint? Will I have to jerry-rig Flint into this casing?
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>>1000123
>monitoring this thread

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How do I get rid of the logo on this notebook?
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>>998856
fire
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Wipe with acetone or nail polish remover.
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>>998856

Check scanner?

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Hey /diy/ how would you fix this hole in my shoe i tried google but it was no help
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Bumparoo
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>>998632
buy new shoe.
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>>998632
They've had it.

The only fix would be to clue a bit of rubber over the hole but I wouldn't bother on those canvas shoes.

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I've been egged the past two weekends and I'm getting sick of it. What are some non-lethal booby traps I could set up? Attached is a picture of what my front yard looks like.
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>>997171
Are you sure about this.
Booby traps don't care whether your mailman ormthe same punks walk to your house.
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Stop being a faggot, stop getting egged, simple enough.
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>>997171
Get a gun and shoot em. Faggot.

Get a fucking dog so you know when they are around to shoot.

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Ultra-novice wood turner here. Do you need anything special to polish things from the lathe?

I’ve tried all the normal stuff (bee's wax, special polish and sealing oils, etc.) and I cannot get anything but a slight shine on things.

Only really know a small about the lathe from wood Woking at school and I now have use of a lathe someone gave my granddad, though he doesn't know anything about it either.

Searching online got me nothing but branded products

anything would be great.
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high gloss polyurethane?
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>>1001690
Took me a lot of sawdust to get this trick right.
Superglue.
Sand down to 1000 grit, burnish with sawdust if you are inclined then take a paper towel and fold it as a pad then apply liquid not gel cyano to the piece at medium rpm and spread it smooth. You have to be careful about it hardening from heat while the towel is on it or you'll get paper bits.
I implore you to give this a go, it's cheap and gives good results with a bit of practice.
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>>1001690
Wood buttplugs...

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Hey /diy/

I'm starting a sewing project. I've started smoking, i know its bad, i roll my own, to keep them small, and its cheaper. But, i don't want to carry all that around.

So, i'm going to create a folding pocket for this. I'm drawing up my plan, just want to get the thread started in already. I would like input and thoughts, thanks.

ALSO: General sewing projects you have done or do, out of pure interes.
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The project drawings. Sorry, i'm not an artist with a mouse and paint. I have gathered
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the beginning. found some Magnetic bendable band.
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>>1001637
>ignoring the existing sewing thread
>creating a life long sentence to a physical dependence of a substance

OP is smart.

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Can you please recommend a tape that is waterproof but safe to put on your forehead for several hours? I need something that won't peel off from sweat but will come off
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A Band-Aid. Made with woven fibers.

Alternatively get a piece of cloth and brush adhesive on it.
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>>1001556
Tegaderm barrier film.
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>>1001556
Can I ask what you're planning to do because so far all I'm collecting is that you want to tape a lighter to your forehead

I will be moving to a 118"x118" room next month. It has a 32" door, 36" window, and tiny closet with about 12" depth. The only piece of furniture I know I will have so far is my forever alone 75" x 38" x 14" bed frame. I have so many books, computer parts, miscellaneous cables, and DVD/VG/AudioCDs I will probably ditch all of my furniture and custom build a computer desk and shelving. I will have access to miter saw, sander, and drill power tools. It would be neat to have a router and routing table to make fancy shelving, but I don't have that luxury. I have seen 1"x4"/6"/8" wood at HD and Lowes but it looks super expensive compared to rough cut standard 2"x4" boards. Does anyone have hobo build shelving / computer desk designs for people on a budget?
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if you have a menards nearby, they sometimes have melamine boards (I think they're 1x8) on rebate really cheap...I've used them to make shelving units, and with supports in the form of 1x3 strips under each shelf, they hold up pretty well

of course, it would be much simpler to just use whatever cheap dimensional lumber you can get your hands on

if you can get some pallets, you could make storage cubes and stack them

otherwise the dirt cheap option would mean making a couple frames with 1x2s or so, and using strips of osb as shelves, not pretty,...
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Sounds like a dorm room. Make a deck (platform) with your bed bunked above it. You can put a couch or futon on the deck easily, storing stuff under the deck. Add shelving to the bunk is easy. Use bolts if you're going to put it up and take it down a few times. It will cost more upfront but screws are less reliable after an iteration or 2. If this is long term "never" taken down structure, then screws are fine.

For plans, Google dorm room lofts or bunk beds. Should have lots of inspiration. If you deck other parts of the room then you get more storage.

Pick...
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>>1001542
hello Emmet

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Any ideas for stretching out a pvc pipe to 2-3x its diameter? Think of sort of a large reducing adapter, with one end being the original pipe size and it growing out in a bell shape to the larger diameter.

(The heating would be done with a heat gun.)

Ideally I would love to be able to mount it on a lathe, and turn/spin it to stretch and size it....but that's a bit over budget.

The current plan is just to mount it in a vise and use a rod to bend the shape outward, or clamp the rod and bend the pipe around it.

Someone else was asking about milk...
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Why?
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>>1001550
an equal part would not be as nearly readily available, or would have ridiculous markup
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>>1001492
This would be perfect to stretch it out.

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Hello /diy/, this is my first time here, I come from /pol/, but they are useless for what I need help with. I hope you guys can give me some good pointers.

There is this gap at the bottom of my sliding door and it appears that the door is not resting properly along the floor railings. I was alerted to it the other day when a rather large and intimidating beetle that I had noticed earlier banging against the glass from the outside suddenly and quite horrifically appeared within my house while I was trying to play my Xbox.

> I am not safe

I'm...
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Shameless self bump
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>>1001254
Proptip: Don't need to bump every 5 minutes here.

And the fact you came from /pol/ is irrelevant, we don't give a shit, in fact I think of you less because you brought that up.
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>>1001254
Damn, you ARE from /pol/. Trump picture, and bumping 4 minutes after posting? Always suspected you guys had reading comprehension issues...

>Read the sticky, again

You could try spray foam, assuming the gap is against the door that doesn't slide, but I've seen some pests chew through that. Have you looked at it from outside to see if there's a way to attach a piece of flashing that way, with sheet metal screws perhaps? Or even just with adhesive of some sort?

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