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Not sure if this board is the... 9 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Not sure if this board is the right place to post this. But I moved into a new apartment and it has this type of floor which we are trying to clean. I have no idea what it's called, or how to clean some black stains that it has here and there. Thanks.
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Looking to mount a speaker bar, which has mount points designed for 16" spaced studs. The walls in question use 24" spaced studs. The speaker weighs about 10lbs (Yamaha YAS-101), and i'm looking into using drywall anchors. Is this advisable? If so, which drywall anchors? Molly Bolt? Toggle? An alternative would be using plywood to mount to the studs, and mounting the speaker bar on that, but that might not be as aesthetically pleasing. Any suggestions?
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My car radio has this plug. Is there an audio input wire that can go from a smartphone to this?
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First time on /diy/ here. I got this new house that coincidentally belonged to my uncle just before me. He put in all this concrete which I like but left these four giant ass things in the middle of it all. What should I do about these? They are deep in there from what he says so getting em out will be a pain in the ass. Any ideas on what I should do?
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So we all agree that strawbale is the best material if your country has code for it, right?

Homemade VR Tech

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Hello /diy/, craftsmanship newbie here. Ever since virtuix omni came out, I thought to myself, hell, that's a lot of cash for a slippery plastic bowl to stand in. (pic related, if you don't know what is this, its a so called "passive multi-directional treadmill, that records your movement and works as a controller for games) I decided to recreate it with budget as low as possible (and hopefully to release blueprints so no other poor soul will ever overpay again) So, my idea for it (stolen from a homemade "touchscreen" concept) would be to make the bowl out of some more or less opaque material, put LEDs on shoes and some camera (cheap webcam) underneath it all, in such manner that light from LEDs close to the surface would be visible (therefore trackable) but not much other light would be (so actual tracking is not a jittery pain in the ass later). Biggest problem is, I don't know where to get the bowl to start with. It has to be slippery and have slight curvature, but not too steep because who wants to stand in effectively an equivalent of a foot-wide hole in the ground. Does someone here know where to start at? low price is the priority. Come to think of it, the bowl itself could be transparent, given that LEDs are infra-red ones and that we put a piece of photographic film over the webcam so that infra-red is all it sees. Is it completely dumb to not worry about the frame now, and giving yourself an excuse that without the bowl it all won't start anyway? If we get somewhere I'll post progress, either here on on another thread, is this one to die.
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Heya, /diy/. I remember reading something about using water as a heat sink. Absorbs hot air during the day, releases it over night. Is it as simple as just filling up all my empty milk gallon jugs with water and piling them under my bed? I'm looking to regulate the temp in my room.

Kill me pls

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>be me >18 >fresh out of highschool >not many friends >invited to party >ohfme.jpeg >decide to go >it's a nerd party >I know some people there >but I see a girl >6/10 would do >she comes up to me >we get to know each other >huge boner >longstoryshort.jpeg she ended up asking ME on a date. >we went to Taco Bell >we go on regular dates for 2 months >one day we kiss >she calls me one day wanting to talk to me about something >lolok.jpeg >she says that she makes meth and smokes it >I said ok trying to be cool with it >"I want you to help me make some" >trying to not let her down I agree >I go to her house, there are barrels and masks everywhere >she stars mixing various chemicals while I sit down >I hear knock at the door, but they are violent knocks >"NYPD OPEN THE DOOR" > holy fucking shit it's the cops >she looks at me and told me to run to the basement >we lock the door and the police are upstairs >mystealth.gif >knocking on basement door >"OPEN THE DOOR" >suddenly alpha instincts kick in >I open the door >cop busts me in the face >I stagger back >"GET ON THE FUCKING FLOOR" >I slowly lower myself, and motion gf to do the same >we are on our stomachs >police gets in my ear and stars to whisper something >"walk the dinosaur"
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Hello, /diy/. Mead maker here, finished my first batch of desert mead, and would appreciate suggestions for how to flavor my next batch. First batch was simple orange and honey, with allspice, etc. Considering juniper and jasmine for my next batch, but open to suggestions. Currently only have a 5 gallon carboy, so I can only make this shit 5 gallons at a time. Have heard rave reviews from family, friends, and experienced wine tasters alike. Again, open to suggestions, so I'd love to hear them! Thanks! Pic related, though, not mine.
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Hey guys, I just got a second hand entertainment center, and I need a bit of advice. It comes with an extra shelf to put more shit on, but there's no pegs or anything to hold the shelf up. I can't get a good measurement on the size of the holes, but is there an easy way to buy or fashion new ones? I'm in a small apartment without easy access to power tools or anything like that, so anything I make will be very low tech. Pic related.
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Hey /DIY?, i am purchasing an old busted up camper this saturday. 300 bucks for a title a decent frame, maybe 30-50% of the wood and metal is useable. Lot of new insulation in it. The previous owner wanted to turn it into an office but never did. Any ideas what i could do with it or places to start looking? I want to live in it. A single person. Just needs a place to poop and shower and sleep. Maybe an ultra small kitchen. 12 foot trailer, no idea the make and model, its far beyond mattering. Interior is already stripped. New panels and some old. Exterior is not so good. Will add pictures this saturday. I use mcdonalds internet so it will be slow updates. Camper general?
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Dear Diy/ I can't sleep trying to figure out how to make this plywood mold for this specific concrete shape, this are more or less the measurements of shape, shape is symmetrical.
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Hi everyone I'm looking for some home inspection tutorials , can any one here please provide some interesting links, video tutorial would be very appreciated. It's about an appartement so I'm specially looking for inspections that are related to plaster and brick walls, ceilings and plumbing . Thanks in advance.
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Hey /diy/nosauers. I'm a noob at electronics, but quick question: I have a small solar panel which says [pic related] on the back. Can I use it for charging a 12V motorcycle battery?
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i have a question can i use a 2.2kw variable frequency drive to run a 200w ac induction motor ? will it overpower the motor , or would it just draw as much power as it needs ? thanks

Independent contractor

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Hi guys, dunno if any of you have any experience with this, but I dunno where else to start asking. I'm in college, and I started working for this property management company. I've been doing handyman/construction work my entire life (my family owns investment property). In the past I've been an actual employee, but for this company I am an independent contractor. I don't carry insurance or bonds because I've never needed to before. This guy who I'm now working with/for only pays $18/hr, which is fine for me since I can set my own hours and stuff, but I guess he's been disgruntled in the past that none of his contractors are willing to bear the cost of materials until they're billed back, don't carry insurance, etc. I know for a fact that people who do those things charge a lot more than $18/hr, at least around here. The cheapest I can think of that might is 25/hr, but honestly I'd say that for someone that's insured, bonded, and willing to eat materials until they can bill it back, those guys are probably closer to $35/hr or up. So my question is this: Since the owner of the company seems like a cheap, stingy bastard, I could see how protecting myself would be in my best interests. Is there anything I can do if he decides to try and sue me over something? I obviously won't do any jobs that I'm not comfortable with, but is there a liability waiver or something that I should look into? Thanks in advance, sorry if I was a little wordy.

Vintage CRTs, various inputs, for art project

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Hey /diy/ I am an installation artist (I build big sculptures in indoor spaces) specializing in interactive, electronic sculptures and movie props. I want to buy a whole bunch of old ass CRT portable TVs off ebay, and build some cool stuff with them. Is there any way at all to convert a VGA signal to something these old CRT's could display? Some of them don't have any cable or RCA jacks, and just have the old hookup for an antenna. Is there some VGA to antenna converter I could make use of? Or am I stuck figuring this all out and building custom boards to get the job done? I'll be outputting a 640x480 digital signal at 60hz.

Apartment workshop setups

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Hi /diy/, I'm new to working on projects in general. I took an intro machinist course recently, which was pretty fun, and I want to start making more stuff. One of my biggest obstacles is getting a workstation set up in my 1br apartment. With that in mind, I have some questions for those of you who are also apartment dwellers: >What is your setup if you live in an apartment? Do you work in your apartment or do you rent a studio? >What projects do you normally work on (carpentry, electronics, etc)? >What are your favorite tools? >How do you manage loud noises? Have you ever gotten noise complaints from your neighbors? >If you use large equipment, how did you manage to move it into your apartment?
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how can i build a thin hair and chin?
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Okay, so /diy/ anyone here ever build a mechanical box mod, raptor chip box mod, or OKT chip box mod or any box mod for vaping at all? If yes, I need help. I want to make my own a mech box and then a raptor chip box mod but need help with it on parts and wiring. Pic related I want to make one like that with copper strand wire for the mech.
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