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I am looking to build a house out of plastic, kind of like legos. For many reasons, plastics last forever, cheap, ETC. I am looking for anyone who might have any knowledge about such things, construction advice or plastic advice. Star wars episode 2 has houses made out of plastic and can be made to look like anything you want.
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>>991455
It's be excessively expensive, not cheap. And the strength/stiffness of most plastics would mean every part of the house would have to be oversized compared to any other material.

Let's go over the advantages:
Novelty- yes, it would be moderately interesting
Longevity- I guess, but a decent wood frame house will probably outlive you just as easily.
That's literally it.

Disadvantages:
Extremely expensive
Difficult to find/make suitable materials
Incredibly inefficient materials (picture a PVC pipe compared to a steel pipe, there's no comparison)
Pieces would be difficult to effectively connect/bond together
There are no design codes you could follow for plastic construction

And let's not forget the biggest reason of all why it won't work.... Fire.

If your house burned down, it would probably A) melt around you and collapse before you could escape and B) kill your entire neighborhood with noxious fumes.
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There is usually a lot of plastic in modern construction. Rigid foam board insulation, damp proof courses, vapor membranes, roofing membranes. If you had tons of money to blow you could create something crazy with ETFE. However you still make the structure out of wood, concrete, steel or masonry.

For a cheaper option, look up things you can do with Polycarbonate cladding. Lets a lot of light in while still maintaining a level of privacy due to its translucency.
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>>991469
http://www.pyromeral.com/
would solve the fire problem...not really plastic tho.

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I'm building a weight driven pendulum clock for meme reasons. Does anyone here know how many revolutions the mainwheel spins per minute or whatever in a 24 hour clock.

Also are band saw blades good enough to make a clock spring out of if the weight thing turns out to be shit?
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>>991401
Well the minute hand turns at one rpm. Do gear math, it depends on what the other gears are.
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>>991404
Good point.

Even if the weight only falls a yard, I can have the escapement to tick every second and then gear ratio it. Assuming my weight has enough energy to overcome friction and shit.

Like a 4 slug mass.
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>>991416
And of course I misspoke. The second hand goes at 1 rpm, the minute hand goes at 1/60th rpm.

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So I needed to change over the washers in my basin taps and thought "no big deal, I've done this enough times before at other houses I've lived in", but the tap spindle in this one is seized and stuck pretty damn firmly. I have applied a number of doses of WD-40 hoping that would help but to no avail.

I came up with the thought of holding a can of compressed air upside down and spraying the shit out of the spindle near where it enters the housing to see if the metal would contract just enough to break the seal. Is this a good idea or am I likely to...
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Get a decent shifter or some irwin vice grips would be better on that smaller hex & give it a shunt with the palm of your hand. Like you are pushing a nose bone in to the brain
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Pair of stilsons would shift it.
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>>991338
You are asking to break the sink if you apply cold to it
Go buy the correct sized spanner at the hardware store.

hey, /diy/kes,
I love crafting, and I am planning on making a sculpture out of paper mache using paper, obviously. Ill seal it, prime it and paint it after. I've done this sort of thing before, like for shitty school projects, but never this big. It will be a life size woman-deity. I need to know about your experiences, thoughts and, most importantly, what is the best way to make the STRONGEST paper mache recipe I can?
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>>991143
>what is the best way to make the STRONGEST paper mache recipe I can

Use paper in its raw state. And by that I mean use wood.
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>>991185
Not untrue, I guess. But I may want to move it ever, so theres that.
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>>991143
strongest paper mache recipe:

acquire woven carbon fiber, which is like fabric
add resin and hardener
use paper mache technique (yes it works)

had an art student at my uni do this for a huge-ass standing archway, will send pics if i can find them

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Looking for some advice on a project I will be undertaking soon. A couple weeks ago, I had a porch built, and with the left over scraps I want to build a housing for an address display. What I'd like to do is put a few small solar panels on the top of the display, and a light + battery pack inside. That's where it goes a bit beyond my know-how. I don't want a super-bright bulb (it's shining through frosted glass/plexiglass so it doesn't have to be super bright), but I know whatever bulb I do end up using will be the determining factor for the battery...
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>>990765
>What size bulb would you recommend?
Lol man, bulbs use a lot of power, you'll need to use a far bigger battery and solar cell, just use LEDs, a fraction of a watt of LED power will be the same as a lightbulb that uses a couple of watts.
>What specification for batteries would I need to last through the night using the recommended bulb?
Assuming 12 hours of darkness per day, and given the dimensions you gave, I think the best would be to use...
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>>990930
Finally, to turn off the lights during the day you'll need an LDR sensor module, unless you're willing to learn how to use operational amplifiers as comparators and make your own circuit. This modules are quite simple and will output 5 or 0 volts depending on if light arrives to their sensor, they usually can be adjusted with a potentiometer to choose how dark you want it to be for the lights to turn on.
Since you've got 5 volts at the output you'll need a logic level MOSFET, if the signal is...
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This are the LED connections whether you choose lithium or lead batteries, now it's up to you to decide.

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Hey fellas, I need my bench vise to be attached to a rigid surface and none of my workbenches is hefty enough, so I fixed it to a little brick wall in my shop that is about dick-height . At first it seemed alright, but it got loose fast because the brick is hollow (pic related). Any tips on what anchoring technique I should use?
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anchor to concrete my son
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Make your workbench stiffer
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>>990753
This.

Anchor your workbench to the wall in a couple spots if you can't into how to make it stiffer (which at some point just comes at adding more weight or turning it into steel)

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So the water has gotten in from the plumbing fixtures on the roof , causing mold in the wood , not the whole roof but certain spots. I have a friend who can fix it , but wants to charge me 1270 for it. is this reasonable ? And he also wants to reshingle the whole roof so it won't happen again. Yay or nay ?
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That's in just labor. In supplies he's estimating something like 3-5 grand in supplies.
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Sounds kinda sketchy. Where do you live that a new roof costs less than 10k?
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>>990580
I live in Southern California , i think it might just be leaks around the plumbing fixtures since that's where it drips in and wasn't sealed up right. What would you guys say is a reasonable price ?

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My first modular synth.

A little under $10K.
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Congrats man
You must really of wanted it
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Why not just use a computer?
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>>990160
not OP, but it's a different workflow. Some people are more tactile learners, or like being able to fuck around with voltages and external input instantly.

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Where do i start?
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Step 1: get off the computer.
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Step 1: Get your Identity Disk
Step 2: Get a Light Runner, Light Cycles can't drive off grid
Step 3:???
Step 4: Profit, Program.
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>>990025

DISCLAIMER
Aight buddy, you're almost certainly going to die. If you don't dehydrate you'll starve or die of exposure. There is a very good chance that the way you have lived your life up to this point has left you completely unsuited to live in the wild or off the grid. That said, let's get to the real advice.

FITNESS
Start working out, like now. When you're off the grid every bit of power that you use to build your home and get you food/water is going to be man power. Make...
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Just built a new work bench for my garage.

Let's see /diy/'s workbenches!
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Did you fuck your wife on it to test it's integrity first before risking any tools?
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>>988269
is that a telescopic dildo in the corner?

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Hey /diy/, I bought a used Sega Genesis but Ron vutpakdi engraved his name on it. i want to remove it

Someone said to rub black crayon on it then wax it, but what kind of wax? How?

Anyone else have any ideas?
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>>993602
clearly find ron, and try to sell his childhood segas genesis back to him? its the only answer.
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>>993604
But he sold it to goodwill himself.
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>>993602
crayons are wax, so maybe they meant to put some on and melt? No idea...

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Hey /diy/ I'm wanting to increase RPM of this motor, pic related is from an ice cream maker and I find that it doesn't turn the dasher/paddle fast enough which results in in a worse product. Other than changing the gears what can I do?

All I know about the motor itself is it's 120v/60hz
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increase the frequency
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>>993530
Increase the Hz going to the motor.
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>>993544
>>993542
assuming I don't have direct control over the power supply how would I go about doing this, the motor plugs into the maker itself and is powered that way

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Hey /diy/ I'm at this garage sale and I'm looking at a few items that peak interest.

Will post pics
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Sup /diy/, first post here
How do I fix this?
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>>993315
You buy new pads
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>>993315
Sew new ones out of a plushy velvet material instead of vinyl leather.
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>>993315
15 dollars on the manufacturers website

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Somebody tell me... Can I fix it? And how
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>>993201
Get a mirror, preferably a dental style one, look where the split is inside. If there are staves/whatever-they-are (bracing maybe?) you're kind of screwed. You're looking at taking it apart (ungluing it) and doing major surgery. If not you can glue in a strip of wood, but you'll need deep reach clamps to do it and I don't know if they exist.

>tl;dr yes you can, but it'll cost you. Is the guitar worth it?
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>>993208
You can make custom clamps out of wood and large machine bolts so they'll be the right length.
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>>993208
Also, a boroscope may be easier to use than an inspection mirror, depending on the angle.

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