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So tomorrow i am laying some... 7 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
So tomorrow i am laying some pavers for the first time ever and i'm lookin for some advice. so the far corner is like 2 inches taller than the near corner..... there is going to be a water element in the middle and i got a 2x4 frame built around the edge of it for the pavers to butt up against.... i've got around 25 bags of sand and some gravel. I cant really get the dirt completely level because its rock hard and i'm using a pick axe to scrape a little off at a time and it just keeps taking big chunks out... how do i level the sand out so the far corner is level with the near corner? should i start leveling from the uphill side and work down? or the other way? i have some of that weed block landscaping sheet stuff... does it go over the sand or under? i'm assuming over, but it never hurts to ask... once its level/time to start layin brick, do i start from the center around the water feature? or do i start from an outside corner? i'm gonna put 12"x12" pavers around the water feature and around the outside edge and the rest will be 6"x9" pavers. possibly in a zig zag pattern (only if i can figure out how to cut the concrete pavers well enough to look good) would it look better with the small around the edges and the large squares in the middle? i don't really ever see other paver patios / i never look at paver patios so i don't know what looks best. TL;DR how do i level sand for a paver patio, inb4 search google/youtube. i'm lookin for advice, not what to do with 10,000 empty 2 liters or where to get half a ton of fake crab meat.

painting crappy fiber board cabinet?

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so got this crappy fiber board cabinet. I cut it down shorter and did some other modifications now I want to paint it. painting the non-laminated surfaces is no problem but need some advice on painting the laminated (fake wood) parts. tried roughing up the laminate with some rough sandpaper and painting that. we'll see how that goes when the paint has some time to dry but I'm not holding my breath on that method. any other way I can prep the surface so paint will stick to it well?
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Okay so ive decided that i'm going to start up my own furniture flipping business (buy cheap off craigslist/gumtree,restore, less). I basic some decent woodworking a ton of tools and a decent sized shed (my fathers but hed happily let me use it all) but ive never done any furniture restoration. So im after some information; books, youtube videos, advice from you guys ect. Also any advice on running a business like this in general would be much appreciated Pic unrelated
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what does /diy/ think of stan winston school? recently ordered their hand animatronic tutorial, very helpful. also general SpecialFX/animatronics/makeup/prostetics/practicalFX thread
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need some help. I'm trying to make my post page auto update when it finds new posts without using ajax (just plain php/mysql). What I'm currently doing is recording every post ID in an array, then I made a "php loop" (using sleep()) checking the database if there is any new entries that isn't in the array, then echo them out and add them to the array. except it isn't working. Does php loop() even work with mysql? I feel like I need JS to add content after page load, but I'm not sure.

DIY Novel cover

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Hey /diy/! /lit/ sent me here. As stated in the subject, I'm looking for someone to help provide tips for making DIY book covers. I'm nearly finished formatting the body, and the cover is where I'm going to end up next. pic unrelated
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Anyone know if these water based air purifier works? Or alternatively anyone have experience diying one yourself? Thanks for any input.
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I'm considering putting up some kind of electronics repair ad on CL for extra cash. Has anyone else done anything like this? What should I expect?
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Yo /doy/, any methods to remove a cockroach infestation?
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so i have an electrical project i need some advice on. i need to wire a lighting controller that will control 8 devices running 1000 watts. now i could either wire the controller directly into the fusebox and run 8 50ft cables to their destination. or i would have to get a 6-3 cable with dryer plugs and run that 50 feet to the destination with the cables that came with the devices. now i understand itll be about 300 bucks for a dryer cable that long. i feel like the other method would be cheaper but im not sure if its necessarily better or if i will need to order special cables to run 50 feet and not drop any amperage. if the price is negligible between the two options which sounds better?

new, portable harddrive.

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wondering if someone can help me boot ubuntu onto a external harddrive. i already portioned the terabit, but i cant find a mac program. i have 10.5.8 mac
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To everyone interested in self-defense and personal space: Imagine a circle around you below your feet and a circle below the feet each person around you. This is your circle. These are the circles of others. Use it as a barrier to keep unwanted people out of your circle. Keep everyone you don't trust, strangers, out of the circle. Practice it with your family, friends, and with everyone. Let your friends and family know about this circle. It's useful. Imagine lines all around you. Use these lines as barriers between strangers and unwanted people.

ITT: Housefires

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i got to reflow a little chip on my phone motherboard (the phone felt, and poking a chip fix the issue) pic related is not my phone, but as exemple it would be the little chip in the middle on top problem, i dont have a soldering iron nor a heat gun i do have an oevn with temperature, but i feel reflowing the whole motherboard for a single little chip is too much, plus it is double sided board, and also i want to keep the stickers (imei and all) i could find anything about alternative ways to reflow such a little chip i was thinking of putting a match over the chip or i got a steel pen cap with flat end, i was thinking of pouring some white spirit/alcohol and light it on fire, then i sit the flat cap over the chip for some minutes do you think it will work? can i damage the chip if i light a match over it? i don't know temperatures of a match, but to reflow i guess i would need to heat at around 200° do you have other ideas?

What is the best way to replace bottom board?

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I want to rebuild the rail/replace the bottom board, but I am scared wont go about it correctly. the rail is attached to masonry on one side, and the house on the other. Advice?

Help with phone screen replacement pls

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Okay /diy/, I need some help. So my freakin galaxy s4 fell, and with my otterbox defender and the beast screen on the s4, dropping it isn't an issue usually. But the other day it fell on a metal corner and shits cracked on the bottom. Keep in mind, still works 100% perfect and cracks are only noticeable on bottom 5% of screen, because s4 is like phone Jesus. It is minorly annoying, so I looked up a go cell phone repair video that showed exactly how to fix it. Motherfucker parts cost $165 though. >owmyanus.png What is the cheapest way to replace this screen that requires minimal experience on my end? I don't have the experience required to pull some ninja shit on these parts, I would like low risk if possible. My s4 model is the i337 under at&t. Pic related is the extent of the damage. It barely goes past the home button area, so I can live with it not getting fixed. It is just minorly annoying.


lcd PANEL 2 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
I have a 15.4 lcd panel from a laptop,now I don't have the lcd controller kit,but i found a lcd controller from a older 17 inch lcd monitor and the conectors plug in like it was made for it,now if I turn it on,IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY i COULD DESTROY THE LAPTOP PANEL ??
Any tips on converting an SLR... 13 posts and 1 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Any tips on converting an SLR camera(one which uses film) into a DSLR, one which saves pics on a memory stick digitally?

Cordless screwdriver battery replacement

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Where should i look for suitable 3.6V Li cells? It would go into a Bosch IXO cordless screwdriver. Will i need to find the exact same battery to keep the charging safe or i can deviate in voltage or mAh?
Hi /diy/, I'm currently... 74 posts and 5 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hi /diy/, I'm currently building myself a watercooling setup for my next PC. What coolant should I use? I was thinking of distilled water and some sort of anti corrosive additive. Any recommendations?
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