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Making a Practice Drum

Making a Practice Drum 9 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
need to make a practice drum and I need to use as little money as possible. I made a pretty good drum skeleton out of pvc pipe, and I'm trying to stretch this plastic tarp over it till it's tight enough to feel kind of like a real traditional drum. But I can't figure out any way to do it. I've done it before with a barrel. I weaved the rope through the drum head and tightened it by tying a stick where the ropes met in the middle, and twisting it until I was happy with the sound, then I just nailed it in and undid the ropes. That sounded and felt perfect, but the barrel that I used cost me around $55, and I can't find anything around the same size for a cheaper price. I can't nail it into the pvc, and there's no way that I can think of to tie down the ropes while they are taut without leaving the stick in there. I tried making the head out of packing tape, but it sounded terrible and didn't feel very good at all. I might try duct tape next, I think it might work better, but if I can make the tarp work, that would be best. Any ideas? If the tarp works, then this only cost me around $30, and I have enough material to make 2 drums. Thanks in advance!
Alright, I know it sounds a... 67 posts and 5 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Alright, I know it sounds a bit ambitious, but I have a few things that I wish to do, so I thought I'd make a thread about it >set up a forge. What materials would I need for this, like anvil, and hammers, etc. >Cast metals, such as bronze, gold and silver. How would I go about making the molds and other related stuff >salvage precious metals. What kind of metals are in things I can easily find dumpster diving, and how do I get it out, like platinum from catalytic converters >woodblock printing. How do I into it? >embroidery, possibly with gold bullion >Working bronze into a Roman style breastplate, and how to make detailing on it. I assume I could make the detailing separate and screw it on the plate I'm looking at making Roman legion shit, like the armor and helmet, so I need bronze for that, and something for the crest, either ostrich feather or horse hair. I also want to make an aquila with a Legion banner, which is where casting and embroidery comes into play. I also want to cast rings with words engraved inside, so that's why I need to salvage precious metals.


wainscoting 4 posts and 1 image replies omitted. Click to view.
doing a bathroom in an old 1920 bathroom. Just got done sheetrocking , gonna move onto mud and tape here. what I'm wondering is if I should even bother muding taping texturing whats going to be behind my wainscote (thinking like a 1/4 plywood painted white? with like a trim peice for the transition to textured sheetrock side) Advice? Should I tape and texture where the wainscoting will be gowing?
So I have a lot of time on my... 14 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
So I have a lot of time on my hands now that I've recently become unemployed and after the hours of searching for a good job, I want to build myself my own arcade stick out of the heap of gadgets and such i got piled in my closet. I want to build it out of an old broken ps3 controller (wireless) got my soldering iron and a box I want to put it in. tl;dr anyone have info on how to convert a wireless ps3 controller into an arcade stick?
Anyone have an idea what this... 10 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Anyone have an idea what this scanner/detector might be for? Some old man (~60) was walking on my footpath and kinda held it in front of my neighbours gate, then continues and waves it outside mine (he wouldn't have realized the gate belongs to my house as I approached.) He continued abit further but then stops to watch my gf and I as we entered into my backyard. He was a ~60 yo man shorts and polo and drove a ~2004 ford escape if that helps.
Hi /diy/, I have some small... 2 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hi /diy/, I have some small pewter items I would like to make look like old, beat up iron. My thought was to electroplate them, but I am having some trouble googling this because it is uncommon to plate something with iron. Does anyone have any experience to lend, or maybe is this a dumb way to achieve the result I want?
Hey /diy/ im looking to make... 12 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hey /diy/ im looking to make diesel out of old plastic, tires, and biomatter. any one have any tips on how to do it?
what are some good investment... 2 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
what are some good investment options starting with $5,000? i dont really want to play stocks, i was thinking of something like a skill or trade that i can do on the side.
Soooo high powered lasers are... 55 posts and 4 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Soooo high powered lasers are fuckton expensive. Light bulbs are not. Question: why can't we make high powered light cutters similar to laser cutters using light bulbs. A 5kw lamp costs ~$120 and a 10kw is ~$400. A 5kw laser is tens of thousands.

Guitar effects from PC parts

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Anyone have/is willing to sketch up a schematic for soldering up an effect for an electric guitar? Preferably something small and simple. Anything goes- wah, distortion, flanger, delay etc. I have a shit-ton of broken/useless pc parts that Iv'e been wanting to screw around with and possibly re-purpose. Mainly capacitors, of course. Willing to buy anything needed in addition to what I already have IF it's available on ebay(dot)co uk or amazon(dot)de and is under $10. P.S. my soldering and schematic reading skills are crap and I don't have a breadboard. Challenge issued.
Hey /diy/ I'm having... 7 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hey /diy/ I'm having trouble with my homemade spot welder and I can't seem to fix it. It welds sheets of metal but they don't bond to well. Also my secondary wire heats up after a few welds is there anything I can do to prevent this.
Hello /diy/I have a CB radio... 16 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hello /diy/ I have a CB radio (pic related) that I just took out of my vehicle (due to upgrade) and I would like to turn it into a base station in my garage. I would really like to build my own antenna for both the knowledge and learning experience. I have done some lurking on the web and looked at some home-built antennas, tutorials, theories of operation, etc. but I come to /diy/ looking for whatever knowledge you doers may have. I am open to any suggestions, links, recommendations, and advice on where to start. Ultimately, I am looking to build something relatively small, I do not want a massive antenna looming over my garage. So, Budget: < $100 Equipment/Tools: No problem Electronic Experience: VERY basic understanding of electronic fundamentals, absolutely no experience regarding radio theory. tl;dr : I would like /diy/ to personally suggest some information regarding the basics of building a base station antenna for my CB Thanks!

diy medicine

diy medicine 67 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Now I know you are better of going to a doctor in most cases but that is beside the point of this thread. Anyone have any good herbal recipes for diy cures? Basic herbologu tips? How to correctly make a splint or sew stitches? Day med tips thread because you may not always have doctors.

rasberry pi projects

rasberry pi projects 38 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Any one know of simple projects I could use a rasberry pi for?
Buying a UPS for my computer.I... 3 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Buying a UPS for my computer. I am stuck with pretty much 2 choices where I live, not US. 2kVA, 1350W 1400VA, 700W I have spent all day trying to understand why the 2kVA is not 2KW and why the 1.4kVA is not 1.4kW. Where is the rest of the power going? Is it being wasted? I have almost no understanding of electronics. Can someone please explain this if possible.
Hello /dyi/, I've ordered... 5 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hello /dyi/, I've ordered a modchip modbo 4.0 for 3 bucks for my PS2 phat. How likely it is that I'm going to fuck it up considered that I've no experience in soldering? Does anyone have soldering tips or some kind of guide? Do I need to buy wires? Also what kind of soldering iron should I get? I already have one but I'm afraid the tip might be too large.


Oscilloscopes 18 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
I am an electronics student and lately I've been very interested in being able to make things at home. My latest projects include fixing broken electronics and altering the preamp in my guitar. But when working with audio equipment I find it tedious with just a DMM and a soldering iron, so I have been interested in getting my own oscilloscope since I am very comfortable with using them. I have been looking on google for different oscilloscopes and even DIY oscilloscopes and I am wondering what would be best for a beginner. Does anyone here have experience with DIY oscilloscopes? Or alternatively if I purchase one what should I look for? Pic related is very similar to the oscilloscopes im used to.
I currently have this bed and... 2 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
I currently have this bed and I'm trying to design my bedroom around it. I'm redoing the floors next month so that's open for debate and the walls can be painted to any color. I just basically want a nice mature bedroom that suits a 20 something professional. I can all ways get rid of this bed and get something new, but I'd prefer not to. Any input would be wonderful.

How to shuffle cards

How to shuffle cards 2 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfrnNA3HaaY
Wasn't sure if I should... 24 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Wasn't sure if I should post this here or /an/, but I've been dealing with scabies for a couple of months now and I was wondering if any of you fine folks had any remedies that may be effective in getting rid of them. I've tried Permethrin twice already and it hasn't been very effective (and it's cost prohibitive to continue using it). I've also been taking very hot showers which seems to be killing quite a few of them off, but they keep coming back. Any help would be much appreciated.
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