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I dont know if this is the right place for this... I've recently adquired an interest for woodcarving. Any tips for not screwing up/breaking my tool? Pic related. Its what i will be using
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hey dudes check out my nice hack! The turkey will b cooked http://www.instructables.com/id/change-ur-life-change-earphones-on-ur-handset/
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how does one melt aluminum? i have coke cans, and i live in an apartment building so no firepit. i've melted lead on my stove before, but that's about it. any suggestions?
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I've recently become interested in drafting, not any particular form of drafting, but the methods used to 'draw accurately' Coming into a bit of a problem now, the speed and accuracy of my methods are hindered by my equipment and workspace. I'd like to build a drafting table, and become familiar with more of the tools in the trade. making a tilty table isn't so hard for me, but because I've never seen or touched a real drafting table, I want to know before I build it what qualities/mechanisms go into it aside from the obvious tilting feature. I'd also like to know if you have any suggestions regarding the table's top itself. So far I've decided to purchase several feet of white laminated kitchen countertop.
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Is a coping saw appropriate for use on thick pieces of wood like a 2 x 4? I tried using a shitty one today but it took a long time to even go a single inch. It's also broken. Will a high quality coping saw do the trick, if it's even possible?
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Hey /diy/ I've been wanting to build my own gaming computer for a while and my friend sent me to this site to make a list of parts. I went through and picked some higher rated and lower priced items, but I'm not sure if it's a good setup. Thoughts? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TvQzpg
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Sup /diy/, I got a question. How feasible would it be to dig underneath one's home to create a "hidden" bunker for various activities. What kind of soundproofing would I need quiet down sounds of about 120dB? How much would the house above the and the dirt around it muffle noise? If it matters, I'm not making a rape dungeon (although that would be cool too), I'm trying to find a way to discharge firearms without anyone hearing.
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what do you call these screws/pegs used to hold to pieces of glass/acrylic together for framing?

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Heyo /diy/na-sores. I'm having some trouble with my air compressor that I received as a gift a few weeks back. I turned it on today and was using it for about an hour when it sputtered and stopped pumping in air, so I turned it off. After a half hour I turned it back on again, and instead of pumping air in, I only hear a hum, like an electrical buzz. After a little youtubing and googling, I tested the start capacitor and it's testing good as far as I can tell. It has approximately 145V and is steadily declining, so it's holding charge. My question is this - What other steps can I take to diagnose the issue? Are there any other resources you'd suggest to refer to? I want to become self-sufficient and want to learn how to properly use and maintain my equipment, pls halp. Pic related, it's the compressor I was given.
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this might not be a typical thread for this board but this seemed like the most qualified place to ask my question. im currently in a trade school for residential/industrial electrics and next year i have an option to take a side course and get a second degree. my question is should i take a heating/cooling/green technology class and further my electrical knowledge or should i take a course for a different trade like carpentry or welding to have another trade to fall back on if i cant find a job as an electrician?
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I have a home theatre system I use for computer speakers, they're not bad but they are only controllable via remote (and the remote is broken) which means I am stuck on the default volume. Is there anyway to turn up the volume without the original remote (also its some obscure brand and an old model so there's no real chance of finding remote codes or a replacement) Also I think I permanently damaged the remote after impatiently fiddling around with the inside one time.
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So my wife and I decided to cut cable tv out of our lives to save money. we still have internet of course and for television we're using netflix and a digital antenna to pick up local channels (for football mainly). with the antenna we get local NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC and a few other channels. its actually pretty nice because we live right in between baltimore and washington so we get channels from both cities. so i had the antenna hooked up directly to the television and it works pretty good but i got an idea to hook it up at the junction where the cable comes in from outside so it would run to all outlets so we can watch tv from the bedrooms and the living room, so the cable in the walls kinda acts like a very long extension of coax. this way i won't have to buy a different antenna for each tv. it worked perfectly and actually got better reception from the garage so we got a few extra channels. heres the problem: with the outside feed unplugged it knocked out the cable for the internet. so the first thing that came to mind was to plug it into a splitter. the antenna and outside feed on the two prong side and the house feed on the one prong side. problem is neither tv or cable work when its hooked up like that. if i unplug the tv antenna, the internet comes back on. if i unplug the internet cable and plug in the tv antenna cable it works just fine, they both can't be plugged in at once though. its like it doesn't know which signal to transmit and it can't do both at once. is it possible to have both at once through the same cable? sounds a bit confusing, probably. i can provide more details if needed.
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I fly high-powered rockets, and I'm interested in using an Arduino to build a flight computer. Both because I think it would be fun, and I think I can save quite a bit of money over buying a commercial model. I'd eventually like it to have dual-deploy capability, as well as a GPS locator/transmitter, accelerometers, and data logging. I'm a complete novice with Arduino though, and haven't really done a whole lot with electronics since college, which was almost 10 years ago. So I figure I'll start with one of the simpler (I think) parts; dual deployment. I basically want to build an altimeter, and be able to program it to set off two black powder charges, one at apogee, and one at a set altitude. The programming for this seems fairly simple, and I know the main parts I need. I need the Arduino board. For the time being I'm just going to go with the basic Uno, since it's going in a 4" diameter rocket. And I'll need a pressure sensor. I was thinking of this one: http://www.adafruit.com/products/1603 Mainly, I'm looking for advice on what other hardware I'll need. A battery obviously, but I'm not sure what else. Anyone done something like this before, and got any advice on what else I might need?
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I have an aquarium I bought a few months ago. Everything is ready to go but all I need now is an aquarium stand. Thing is I can't find a good cheap one anywhere, even on craigslist. So I decided to build one. I've never build anything from scratch. I'm good with tools but I just don't know what all I'll need to make a strong and sturdy tank to hold up a full aquarium. I have a 20 gallon long tank by the way. Where do I start?
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