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Is it possible to make a... 4 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Is it possible to make a hydraulic system with no valves? I am working on robot but valves are complicated, slow and leaky.
So this is my bike. It keeps... 5 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
So this is my bike. It keeps getting flats in the front tire. I want to by a new tire and a new tube. I'm also thinking of changing the brakes and other things. Trying to keep it under $150 any suggestions?
So, i'm fixing the... 12 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
So, i'm fixing the powerboard on my 24 incher Samsung monitor. 2493mh ( super common issue, fuck samsung ) I need to buy some capacitors. I was wondering what are the best onilne retailers for capacitors and electronics of the such. I need a bunch of little capacitors, and I found them as a kit on ebay, but im sure i can save money and buy anything else i might need I need to buy in a different etailer. anyone know the best online etailers for electronics like that ?
Hello /diy/ ,I am interested... 8 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hello /diy/ , I am interested in building my own sofa , I've built many things in my life but never a sofa . And I would like to know if /diy/ had some ideas , plans and recommandations . Pic related
/diy/, how would I go about... 6 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
/diy/, how would I go about making this couch? Or any couch for that matter?
i'm writing some fantasy... 9 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
i'm writing some fantasy fiction for myself and am interested in having practical technology, i'm interested in reading about early mechanical devices and other simple contraptions, anyone personally reccomend some things? also i have a technical question regarding a seesaw-like structure, how might a self-balancing see-saw or an inverted pendulum work? strictly mechanical without electronics thanks, it interests me.
/k/ here,Does anyone have info... 4 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
/k/ here, Does anyone have info (pdfs, images, ect.) on how to construct underground (or aboveground) tunnels/forts/bases?
Hey i/diy/ot's,I am in... 15 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hey i/diy/ot's, I am in the process of preliminary design of a green house using re claimed windows from minors cottages. Along the way of initial inspiration I got the idea to construct a basement level. Its use, which I am sure if you apply your imagination, is rather self explanatory. I am wanting to make this level completely water tight, to have the air flow controlled and therefore the temperature of the room too. Its dimensions will be 3m(w) x 6m(d) x 3m(h). Access to this level will be via a hatch, to be water proofed. And there also needs to be mains electricity supplied, for adequate lighting and additional needs that may arise. It may sound like a simple project but I am sure it wont be. If anyone on this board has any knowledge of constructing anything even remotely close to what I have described, i.e. types of concrete or any materials for water proofing, methods for subterranean construction. Or even if you could point me in some sort of direction, it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I've been smoking... 22 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
I've been smoking cigarettes for like 4 months. I hate almost all of them, but I like Camel Turkish Royals and the occasional Lucky Strike. I really want to explore other methods of smoking tobacco, because I'm a very light smoker(1-2 a day), and I do it just for the flavor. Where do I start with pipes, or any other ideas you guys might have? Cigars seem..inaccessible, but a pipe seems like a great idea if I'm just going for flavor. I won't be doing it in public, so I won't look silly, I just want to start smoking casually once or twice a day in my home. Maybe not the most appropriate thing for /diy/, but for some reason I feel like /diy/ would know a lot about pipe smoking. Seems like a very /diy/ish thing.
Quick question, is this the... 5 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Quick question, is this the board I would ask if I wanted recommendations for furnishing a small apartment? If so I have a few dilemmas. First thing is I want to have a place for people to sit while eating but having a dining room table up all the time would get in the way; Second thing, for the first time in my life (I'm 20) I'm starting to develop a steady amount of friends and I want a nice social space in my house despite the small size, the question is should I make my living space the larger room or the smaller? my personal effects include a dresser, and a 32x18x18 container to store my seasonal clothes (its plastic, considering replacing with wood box for an extra place to sit), a sizable computer desk for a multi-monitor setup (haven't decided on a design yet, was thinking L-shaped with an extension on the short end or U shaped), a surround system, and at least a queen bed (hard to fuck someone on a twin). The biggest inconveniences are my desk and my bed, being the largest pieces of furniture in my house that at most will only be used by me and one other person. For hiding my bed I've considered both constructing a Murphy Cabinet and a Loft Bed, however both have problems. Murphy 1) at my current residence I have no place for a workstation for such a large piece 2) I don't want to buy prebuilt because its 6x the price Loft Bed 1) Has the same problem having a twin bed does 2) I flip and rotate my bed every week to prevent lumps in the mattress Does anybody have ideas as to how I can re-purpose/hide my desk and bed?

step up

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So I'm considering... 4 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
So I'm considering getting an Arduino Yun and setting it up to open my garage door with my phone. I'm a little worried about the garage door opener itself though; I've heard that they're pretty dangerous. Will unplugging it prevent (most) electrical hazards? What about the springs?

Resin Casting

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So I have 1.2L of Polyester Water-Clear Resin, and I need more than I have. About 2-3x more. Shops are closed tomorrow (bank holiday) and deadline is Tuesday morning. I do however have a whole lot of glue-gun glue. Can I heat this up and mix with the resin? Will it hinder the casting? Also it doesn't need to be 100% clear (some cloudy swirls would actually look alright) but ideally it'd look like one homogenous block rather than with seams all over. I was thinking of heating up a bowl and mixing all the glue in it together then pouring in at the same time as the resin. Sound feasible? If not I can just use the gun and build up the glue but then it'd be in ugly little lines throughout the model. I'm casting a fairly thin, flat plane - about 165mmx20mmx900mm - so that should be about 2.97L of material needed right? Please halp DIY. Pic related, it's the resin I have.
Anyone here know how to clean... 12 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Anyone here know how to clean this stuff off this here coin, and how do I prevent it from happening to others in my collection?
I have a large hill on my... 8 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
I have a large hill on my property that I would like to tunnel into to make a bomb shelter. What is the easiest and safest way to do this? I can't get any heavy machinery into the back of my property, so it would have to be hand tools only.

Raspberry Pi thread

Raspberry Pi thread 7 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
How would I hook up a RPi to my garage door wall switch? I plan on setting it up to be open-able via local wifi. Hooking it up to the actual opener is impractical for me, because of how high it is in the garage. I popped open the casing of the wall switch and I could see the circuit board with the wires connected to it by the way. I really want to set this up for my family; my mom's almost always pissed about not being able to get inside through the garage.
Why is the ground green? 85 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Why is the ground green?
Hey /diy/, any computer techs... 17 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hey /diy/, any computer techs out there? Desperately need help! Having problems with my desktop after installing new hard drive - had to remove GPU and heatsink/CPU to install hard drive. Put everything back together and no video display whatsoever. Managed to fry a pin on CPU, so replaced CPU (slight upgrade). No dice. Replaced motherboard (same model). Still no dice. Have triple checked all connections, power supply seems to be working, RAM in good order. Hoping it's not my GPU, it won't seem to register video through motherboard either. Any takers? Any help would be hugely appreciated. No tits to give, on girlfriends laptop...
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I need some help with my turbo lamp! I found the inspiration for this on google/pintrest (there's a lot out there), and decided to do it myself. I've got pretty much everything covered...except how to attach the turbo to the support beam, and how to properly attach the lighting fixture. I can't weld it, because the turbo is aluminum and colored, so I don't want to risk damaging it. Anyone got any ideas? I'm really drawing a blank. Pic related, my lamp so far.
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Thinking about a summer project: /diy/ night vision Anyone know of any good resources to build one?
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