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Hey /diy/, I am perhaps a dumbass. I'm at peace with that fact, but I still need some advice.

I'm renting a small house with a septic system, and my waste water is no longer draining well. My landlord failed to mention that the house was not on the sewer grid (and I failed to ask), so I did the unthinkable: I flushed maybe 5 baby wipes, certainly no more than 10.

The house seems to actually be downhill from the tank, and my circuit breaker box has a switch labeled "Pump: NEVER TURN OFF" so I am assuming this is for the sewage.

What...
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You're not supposed to flush that shit down the toilet anyway. Pay someone to snake the line out, not pump out the septic tank.
No idea what you're talking about with a pump.. unless there's a sump pump somewhere. You sure you know what a septic tank is?
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>>986377
I'm asking for advice because I have very little knowledge of septic systems.

There is (what I believe to be) a recessed pump with a cover outside the house, next to the bathroom. I assume this is a sump pump, but again, I don't know.

Does a standard sump pump have a filter that would catch wipes? I might go buy one of those snake auger things if a pump would normally catch something like a wipe. Amusing the pump outside is what I think it is, there cant be more than 15 feet of pipe between...
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>>986383
>very little knowledge of septic systems

There are numerous variations on septic system design. Without knowing the setup, it's difficult to tell what might be the problem or where to start looking.

My pump system has a pump downstream of the septic tank, pumping the septic tank effluent UP to a drain field on higher ground. But your system might be different, having a sewage sump and pump to push raw sewage (including solids) uphill to the tank. If you have this, it is...
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Is this line on my hdd platter normal?

it was making a clicking noise as the head moves back and forth between its 2 extreme positions, so i opened it and found this.

Did my head crash?

What do I install to fix this? Or will I have to replace the head?

/g/ is telling me to get a new hdd, but im sure this can be fixed.
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Looks like a head crash. Since you opened up the HDD, and it's not in a cleanroom, it's rekt anyway, get a new HDD
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It's dead, get a new one
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>>986253
>not in a cleanroom, it's rekt
this you dummy

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So my ceiling is colapseing and its 12.18 am cant do anything about it right now but temporarly fixed it... Pic related... Rate my fix also unconventional fix thread
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>>985394
You get an A for quick thinking at just past midnight. Plus bonus points for using Sabians.

Cause everyone knows to bring the house down you gotta play Zildjan!
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>>985402
Lol I use sabians because it has a heavyer tone but also have some paiste dimentions for accentin... Want to get me some zildjian hats tho
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>>985394
>>985402
>>985407

we sorely need a nigrigging general thread.

this is now /NRG/

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I'm considering getting a magnet implant in my finger (either ring or pinky finger) however I'm not sure if a) it's worth it price wise and b) if I'd actually get much benefit from it. Pic kinda related, also general biotech thread.
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>>984806
good luck using a mobile
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>>984809
The magnets are weak enough that the one wouldn't effect my phone/computer building/bass playing nor would it wipe a credit card however I would be able to have small pieces of metal i.e. A bottle cap or paper clip stick to me
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>>984811
so you would be the shittest x-men ever?

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I've Found that in Grandma's home, and I want to do Something cool in there.
So, What Y'all say?
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>>984402
Small liquor wall cabinet
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>>984402
Shit in it. Put it back. See which old crone gets the straight jacket.
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Garden bed

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/mower thread

Would there be a practical benefit to using sta-bil to treat gas for a mower during the summer time?

It's usually a few weeks between mowings, depending on the weather. Last year it was a real pain in the rear to get and keep going. Took it apart multiple times to check to see if it was the carburetor.

Slightly unrelated: Anyone converted one to run off propane? I tried before but I probably need to use a regulator before the valves. And now with gas being cheaper, I don't know if it would be cost effective. Though having the darn...
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>>983418
Shitty mowers are a pain to keep running in general. Back when I was poor I would just buy already running ones for the lowest possible price every few years from estate sales and shit. We're talking $20 for old whatever branded stuff. Eventually I picked up a used Snapper from back before they got bought out and that thing just runs and runs and runs.
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You wouldn't want to put stabil in the mower but the gas. If you want a mower that starts but something with a Honda engine. They last forever. The real bitches to start are the tiny two cycle engines on weed eaters and blowers. I bought4 cycle commercial troybilts and have been happy with that for about 5 years now. If it gets hard to start they offer a multi use electric starter for them too. There might be a push mower with something similar.
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For the price of stability, I put it in every time I fill my 2-1/2 gallon can. Use that can for mower, snowblower and for chainsaw/trimmer mix. Always know there is stability in the gas so whenever the mowing or blowing season ends there is stability in the tank.

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Just got my first vehicle, a used '09 Tacoma I4 with a manual. Only 50k miles. What tools should I carry around in the thing in case it breaks down? They have got to fit inside the cab, behind the seats.

What I've got so far:

Long jumper cables
Good bottle jack
Fire extinguisher
Lug nut socket
long breaker bar
Combo wrench for battery terminals
Combo wrench for battery hold down
Adjustable wrench just in case
Some ratchet straps, one of which is very large
First aid kit
A few gallons of water
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a satellite phone with a direct line to the president
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Duck tape, needle nose pliers, nylon rope for binding things, led flash light, tyre repair kit/12v compressor, bungee cords and cheap uhf radio backup

also applicable if you offroad is a decent tow strap, d shackles, a shovel/axe.
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>>982896
>off road
>09 tacoma
>i4
>RWD

holy shit just stop. it can barely on-road.

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okay guys, i need helping spray painting a custom skateboard with the image posted but im new to spray painting and wanted to know if primer is necessary before spraying on the deck. its a plain wood grain deck and i was going to spray it matt white and draw the graphic on with sharpie THEN spray over with a clear coat of lacquer. any tips are also greatly appreciated
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Yes you should prime it.
Sharpie will fade.
Get some actual paint. Make sure it's compatible with the base coat.
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>>982161
Sand it
prime it
paint it
clear coat it

Sharpie won't last very long. Use an enamel paint.
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It'll look like shit m8

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I have some 55 gallon plastic barrels. Having trouble thinking of this to do with them.

I was thinking of making a rain collector for watering plants.

What would you do /diy/?
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>>978224
so op.. whats with the weird ass setup? you know, with the big ass fence, the barbwire, and the unreasonable amount of empty 55 gallon drums stacked up in your back yard..?

methlab?
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>>978226
Well for one, its not my back yard.
Its my work place.
They were filled with Formalin.
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I'll tell you what I wouldn't do, post on DIY asking what I should do with rubbish.

What is the most dangerous power tool? My vote is pic related with angle grinder coming in a close second. Anything with RPMs that high and sharp blades makes for a dangerous combo.
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>>978076
Which ever one you use incorrectly. Also, acetylene welder...
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I have been on third world worksites for the last 7 years and the only two accidents (other than minor scratches and stepping on nails) have been:

>guy cutting tiles with a tile cutter in which the blade had no diamond material left
>blade shatters
>steel everywhere
>only a mild cut on operators arm

and

>backhoe mechanic checking out issue with backhoe
>tells operator to turn...
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>>978076
Radial arm saws used improperly can be incredibly dangerous. Well, any power tools used improperly are dangerous... but those especially.

Chainsaws, I know more than a few people with scars from broken chains or knees/legs sliced. One lost a few toes.

Has anyone in here ever been to a "makerspace" or anything like that?

Are they just a fad? Could they be made into a profitable business? What kind of tools and machinery /diy/ would put in one?
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have not and would not unless there was no other way to get access to a ridiculously expensive piece of equipment

when I go to use something I don't need to waste time fixing it, putting it back together, or waiting in a line to use it because incompetent people were allowed in
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>>974206
oh, forgot about searching for missing pieces, if they're still there at all, because some idiot didn't take responsibility
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>>974200

this sounds like physics/engineering lab in college

check shit out for lab/project
shit is broken because of idiots
tools are broken because of idiots
spend most of time fixing or looking for good parts

>>Could they be made into a profitable business?

lol, as long as you get their credit card #/ssn/driver's license/etc so you can charge them for breaking shit

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So, I basically know nothing on this matter and I figured I'm come here for help because I'm sure every single person here is more knowledgeable on the subject.

My wall mounted phone jack got cracked, shattered really, and I'm unable to use it in its present state to connect my router. So I decided to nigger rig it the only way I'm capable of, scotch tape. I don't want to put it back in its casing and screw it back into the wall before asking someone about this. Is this a good idea for a temporary fix, or am I running the risk of burning my house...
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>>987274

You'll be fine...get as replacement jack when your able...
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>>987274
LOL. adsl.

go to electrical shop
buy gel crimps tell them it is for phone line. cut back twisted wires. push ends of wires into gel crimps. squeeze shit with pliers. all done.
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>>987274

don't worry, it's what you would call a low voltage installation. no harm in that. If it were a power socket on the other hand it could cause a fire hazard.

Danish electrician here

>putting furniture in front of windows
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>>987149
>'I don't like this thing' threads on a forum about doing projects
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>>987169
I do a lot of DIY restorations and house improvements for the community, and often times the come to me and say "wah its too dark in here fix it" and it usually a cabinet infront of an exterior window or filthy as fuck windows and theyre too dumb to just rearrange or buy new furniture
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When people think that you need the best tools to do stuff decently

And when they think the best shop equipment is dewalt/jet/ridgid

When they think new shop equipment is better than the stuff made before the 1960s

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A local thrift store was throwing away a bunch of blender bases that didn't have jars to go with them so I got them all

Ideas for projects? They all work
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>>986918
Attach blades, install at local glory holes
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You could convert them to magnetic stirrers. Then you wouldn't need a special matching jar.
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>>987014
I like it

Just put a magnet on the little square stub and a piece of iron in the jar?

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ITT: sketchy as fuck tools
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>>986827
I agree. Anything marked Husky is made in Asia and is therefor suspect.
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>>986837
Whoever makes the Husky-branded nylon tool bags did a pretty okay job. Had two of pic related to and from sites everyday for two years with zero problems
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>>986837
Hey fuck you, I like husky shit.

Got a pair of locking vise grip pliers from husky, they were just as good as irwin vise-grip brand (but almost half price).

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