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2623622 No.2623622 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Stop making fun of me

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2623601 No.2623601 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

What could I do with a cheap stick welder?

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>> No.2623612

If you don't even know this much why the fuck are you buying one

>> No.2623615

Because I'm a poorfag and can't afford a fancy MIG welder.

>> No.2623616

>What could I do with a cheap stick welder?

>> No.2623623

table, bench, jigs to help welding something specific.
rack to hold more scrap.

>> No.2623625

If all I wanted to make was jigs and shelves to hold my jigs I'd have gotten into woodworking.

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2623582 No.2623582 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Is it OK to use nitrocellulose lacquer over an oil based stain? Finishing a guitar.

>> No.2623627

you might want to do some googling
it's okay to use nitro over shellac but idk about oil based stuff

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2623564 No.2623564 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

im looking to buy a canoe and found one for cheap but it has cracks on the outside of it. owner claims the cracks dont leak but id still like to repair them if I pick the canoe up. how much time and how much would it cost to repair these cracks? ive never worked with fiberglass before.

>> No.2623567

If they don't leak, it's probably just gel coat cracks from sitting in the sun. Float/fill it with water to make sure. If so, there's a bunch of different ways to do it. Most involve removing material with a dremel or sander, filling, and repainting. Sometimes really small ones you can literally just paint over.

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2623529 No.2623529 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Exterior has every last pin prick hole and seam sealed with metal foil tape, the plywood will be sealed over with metal flashing

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Not sure what i'm going to do for a door, it needs a vent and CO2 sensor because if the door seals good enough it will be a death trap otherwise

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4 inches hard foam insulation, enitre interior is ceder. The floor comes up and can be removed for cleaning. Probably going to use a tent stove for the heat source.

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2623510 No.2623510 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

I see headlines about breakthroughs in solar panels becoming cheap and super efficient but they are very expensive. This doesn’t include the batteries to store the power either. Is it best to get the most expensive kind? Is there any way to make anything from from raw materials for cheaper? Maybe over Alibaba?

>> No.2623511

Solar panels are cheap as shit. You can get 450W panels for $150. There's no way you can /diy/ a decent 450W panel for less than that, you couldn't even do it for $300. Whether or not it's worth buying panels depends on where you are, what your use case is and what kind of options you have from the grid.
That aside, the news about solar breakthroughs and battery breakthroughs are usually clickbait for retards.

>> No.2623513

Just diy some slaves to mine most of it.

>> No.2623514

Why are solar panels selling for $15k?

>> No.2623516

What solar panels are selling for $15k?

>> No.2623538

More like why do scummy installers charge 15k for a 5k system. A large commercial 575W panel is cheaper now than a domestic 250W panel was 10 years ago

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2623507 No.2623507 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

>be me
>was a fuckhead neet gamer for most of my life
>started working in A/V for live events when I was 20
>got a job at a company around 23
>some people at the company mentor me for a while and I learn alot
>apply myself and continue improving my skills
>company sends me all over the country travelling to setup events
>always stay in nice hotels
>money is a really solid 6 figures in mid market USA with benefits
>29 now
>fit, skilled, in my prime
>work/life balance is mostly work
>im never home
>cant find a gf due to travelling constantly
>ive reached the top of where I want to be at the company after 6 years
>if I stay for 5-10 more years i will be doing the same events over and over, working for someone else.
>In my industry freelancing is very viable
>80% of the people i work with are freelancers
>they all tell me I will have no trouble finding work
>money is even better than my salary
>decide to quit and become a freelancer
>take control of my direction
>start my own business
>have time to develop other parts of my life besides woooork
>feel like an ungrateful sack of shit for abandoning the company that did so much for me, pulled me out of neet life, gave me opportunity
>threw 6figures + benefits in the trash

Overall I feel I made the right decision, but part of me feels stupid for throwing away the sure thing that was my old job.

Has anyone else had similar thoughts leaving their employment to pursue other avenues?

>> No.2623512

You served the company well while you were there. You don't owe them much more than that.
Before quitting did you try and ask them if they could give you a position that would accommodate your desire to travel less and lay down some roots?
Did you leave on good terms? Do they feel like they could call you as a consultant in the future?

I think the individuals who mentored you would be more proud of you starting your own thing rather than just being a loyal employee.

>> No.2623522

>threw 6figures + benefits in the trash
Ouch. Hope things work out for you in the long run; they usually do if you're not a fuckwit. It's always a wrench leaving a good job for a possibly better opportunity.
Don't feel like you're ungrateful. They paid you for the work you were doing for them, and if they paid you that well that meant they liked what you did and thought you were worth it (this is the corollary that goes with minimum wage jobs being worth minimum wage or less). For the most part no company expects you to work for them forever -- most HR people I've spoken to say they almost expect people to have four or five jobs before they're 30. Unless you literally walked out the door screaming how much you fucking hate the place and everyone who works there, you can probably get jobs from your old place on a contract basis or as a consultant in addition to other work, and keep your relationship with the company bosses friendly so that if you DO have problems in the future as a freelance, you may be able to use that to get back in.

>> No.2623524

>neet for most of my life
>working full time at 20

Ok sir these don't make sense

>> No.2623596

youre both right i just have to get over the feeling like i owe them something. I dont, Ive been making them a profit for quite a while.

The decision to leave is really not so much about travelling less or making roots(while those could be nice) but more about how I know I will regret never trying to do this for myself in 5/10 years. They did try to offer me something different, but its not really what I want, i didnt go into the conversation trying to negotiate and i made that clear.

I was able to leave on good terms and odds are they will call me for work as a contractor on shows in the future. So now they will be one of many companies i can work for instead of the only one i can work for.

I think everything will be fine, its just a difficult leap at first to not be as "stable" income wise. But honestly I would be fine making less money if I can have more freedom to work and live as I choose. I have a bunch of contacts i have been reaching out to and hopefully i will get some calls back soon.

>> No.2623621

>>feel like an ungrateful sack of shit for abandoning the company that did so much for me, pulled me out of neet life, gave me opportunity
Don't. If your
is accurate, you gave them more than enough for the work you put in.

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2623446 No.2623446 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

DIY ressources for peniless fools
Hi give your best charts, tuto for no-money poeple in order to save money or improve quality of life.

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>> No.2623461

Learn 2 code unironically

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2623438 No.2623438 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

>be retard
>work in heavy equipment distribution
>have big brained money making idea
>take all the 1lb desiccant bags from old boxes
>try to sell as electronics and firewood dryers
>zero interest
So is there any real use for a massive amount of this stuff or is it just trash? I literally have 100 pounds of this stuff at home and another 50-75 pounds in my office at work.

>> No.2623473

I actually have a solution for this but it would be better if you figure it out yourself
Hint: Break the conditioning limiting your brain waves by eating a desiccant bag then ascend to the next dimension of consciousness.

>> No.2623491

I read an article once that you can use it to make flux for homemade arc welding rods. You'll just need to find someone who works at a dry cleaners who can get you an unlimited supply of metal hangers and you'll be golden.

>> No.2623502

maybe 3d printer users to keep filament dry would be interested?

>> No.2623518

I use desiccant in my air line for my plasma cutter. Maybe list it as that?

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2623407 No.2623407 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

This tank contains the water for my outdoor irrigation system for hanging plants. It keeps growing algae, what can I do to safely(without killing plants) stop the algae build up in this water tank?

>> No.2623409

5 drops of bleach per gallon of water

>> No.2623476

This. A tiny bit of bleach should do it, and it’s not really any more chlorine than you have in regular tap water.

>> No.2623482

UV sterilizing light, might need to switch to a UV resistant container though

>> No.2623551

clear tank = photosynthesis for algae
keep it dark add H2O2 and change the water more often

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2623325 No.2623325 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Is framing a good career to get into or does it just destroy your body and pay little?

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Most places stick to union pay scale (mostly because of building codes and the permitting process), which caps you as part of a crew.
25 bucks an hour is only 50k/yr.
But everyone has to start somewhere. There was a time in my life when that would have seemed like a lot of money, so I get it.
The point is to get to where you're running the crew, and then to the one who's got crews out doing the work while you bid jobs and line up more work. That's where the money is.

>> No.2623349

It's easy and a relatively low impact trade but because of this, the pay will always be low

Become an electrician, plumber or HVAC guy instead

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2623318 No.2623318 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Looking for suggestions on tools/brands of tools I should get. Started working on garbage trucks last September, got brought on with absolutely zero experience, been getting trained up. Looking for suggestions for tools I should get. So far I have
>Impacts (3/8,1/2)
>Electric ratchet (3/8)
>Circuit tester
>Snap ring pliers
>Ball joint press
>Standard/metric wrenches, ratcheting wrenches
>Crows feet up to 2"
>Sockets up to 1 1/2
>little tackle boxes full of fuses, connectors, and air fittings
>Air line pliers
>Channel locks

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Also the electric ratchet and 3/8” impact wrench are going to be luxury tools. If you’re not sure what you need, wait on those for a couple weeks so you have a budget for the random big ass channellocks you may need and the tools for air brakes.

Power Probe. Think about it. They got expensive lately but there are some knockoffs from Foxwell and Ancel and shit on Amazon.

>> No.2623388

Torque wrench, 3/8 and 1/2. You might need several to cover the ranges you'll be working to.

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Desoutter Prosthetic penis for when the inevitable diesel dick occurs.

>> No.2623535

I drive for them and break a lot of shit lmao. He’ll be the lube guy and won’t need much more than basics.

>> No.2623548

My bad I think I was unclear, I've been doing it since last September, I was the pm bitch until about February when I got promoted and they hired another.guy for that. I'd still do a fair number of PMs, but I've also done shit like putting in new radiators, replacing EGR coolers, bolster springs, valve cover gaskets, pto shafts, various valves, brake shoes/cans/lines, and a couple starters and ball joints in the light duty stuff. So I'm.not a complete noob anymore but I still have a lot to learn and a lot of tools to get.

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2623272 No.2623272 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

my parents paid someone to put windows in and they put in these shitty windows that i can’t fit my window AC unit in it.

what can i do? it’s about to be 90 degrees in a few days.

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>> No.2623339

>90 degrees
>need AC

I suggest toughening up

>> No.2623350

Did you try removing the screen?

>> No.2623364

there’s a giant lip coming off the window sill..

>> No.2623384


Put a 2x4 under the AC to raise it higher than the lip like everyone else does

>> No.2623618


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2623249 No.2623249 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

What materials are best? I’m leaning towards plastic, at least on the bottom, because it seems easier to clean.
Any experiences?

>> No.2623385

>I’m leaning
Why should your materials selection be in any way influenced by the selections made by an entire centuries-old industry engaged in fierce competition to serve some of the most demanding consumers of any market?

>> No.2623393

>Anyone ever build a tent before?
nope, what is a tent? never heard of it.

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2623246 No.2623246 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Hello /diy/ I finished my first stock today and wanted to know what you think, the scales are made of white mulberry and the stock is made from magnolia, I find and dry my own wood because it’s cheaper that way, the dead magnolia tree wasn’t as dry as I thought hence the pretty big crack in the stock but I stabilized the wood and put a dowel in the cracks path so it should be fine, everything is stained and coated with polyurethane because I’m gonna use it and also these woods are (imo) pretty dull, the seam with jb weld on the stock is because I accidentally cut it too short and needed to extend it a little, and a 3D printed bit goes into the receiver, also the butt plate is original to the gun so even though it’s kinda ass and is way too slippery for a butt plate I still wanted to put it on there. Any ways enough ranting. R8 and don’t be afraid to hurt my feelings or some shit this isn’t Reddit.

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>> No.2623258

>I’m gonna use it and also these woods are (imo) pretty dull, the seam with jb weld on the stock is because I accidentally cut it too short and needed to extend it a little
anon please don't use jbweld, that's the mark of some dumdum who can't plan for shit and is okay with gluing his projects together as he goes.
I think it would look better with a dark stain.

>> No.2623268

What would you have done,? Short of just making another stock. Any ways it was kind of a hack job and I’m not too happy with it either but I only found out the wood glue was separating when I was testing it out so I kinda just got angry and jb welded it together.

>> No.2623459

>What would you have done,?
It's held in place with a long screw. I would have used two short sections of the same dowel you used to stabilize the crack to keep the small section from rotating. Even if the wood glue didn't hold it together (which it would) the long bolt would hold everything sandwiched together. It could only come apart when you remove the stock.

>> No.2623560

I did put 2 dowels in it at first but not the screw which is what I think screwed me over and caused the wood glue to separate, when I in welded it I did put a screw in it and it’s held so far.

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2623235 No.2623235 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

How do I strengthen this roof? I bought a property and previous owners started building this shed but the roof isn't so sturdy. No building codes here so I don't give a shit. How do I make this so it isn't so wobbly? It's not bad as it is but I don't trust climbing up to sheet it. Thanks dudes

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>> No.2623264

Diagonal as Anon mentioned and also perlins, Z nails in the sides of the truss ends and stud straps over the end of them would help.

>> No.2623282

If you add joists you can tie those into the rafters. Adding a ridge and sheething will stiffen it up.

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1. Put a joist at the bottom of each arch. This completes the triangle and means the roof won't splat down and push the walls out when any weight is placed on it
2. Put an underperlin running from the front to the back attached to each of the triangle roof trusses as it passes them. This locks them together so they don't fold over sideways under stress

>> No.2623327

Put plywood on it

>> No.2623344

The big issue is that how they attached the boards to the sill plate with screws but have nothing else stopping them from flaring out given the outward pressure that will be on that part of the roof

You *need* a board run across the bottom or the roof will sheer off one side or the other

This doesn't mention the lack of a double top plate, solid board across the peak or clear lack of construction knowledge all around

I would unironically remove the shit roof framing, watch some roof framing videos, add an overlapping second top plate so your shed doesn't just randomly lose the short wall when the wind comes up and then properly notch the boards and have an overhang and then put in proper cros bracing

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2623220 No.2623220 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

How do I inspect these? It’s a ceiling light. The cover appears to be glued to the ceiling but I could be mistaken. Don’t wanna tinker with this until someone knowledgeable here can help me.

>> No.2623221

Probably not glued, just painted around sloppily. Usually the plastic cover clips off, or sometimes the entire log hit fixing pulls down out of the ceiling. Try putting a flat screwdriver at the edge and twisting it to see if it pops off. Look around the edge to see if there’s and indentation anywhere. If there is, try to unclip it at that point.

>> No.2623222

>log hit fixing
Light fixture. Jesus Christ autocorrect.

>> No.2623225

Thanks, I’ll try.
Also, I’m trying to figure out if they are LED. I’ve been trying to gauge it on how much electricity they use by looking at the meter. Is 7-10W per bulb reasonable for a LED?

>> No.2623240

>Is 7-10W per bulb reasonable for a LED?
Yes that is LED.

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2623150 No.2623150 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]


Can you help identify what kind of tool opens this window lock?


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>> No.2623163

You can't go in the house, Jamal. That stuff isn't yours.

>> No.2623164


Train window. They usually lock because of AC.

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Other picture.

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All you have to do is look at it to see what's going on.


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Fuck guys, what is a cheap tool that is suitable to put in a slot and turn it? Im stumped!

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2623107 No.2623107 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

You do change your smoke detector batteries every year, right?

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>> No.2623390


All "10 year rated" models are shit, I've had so many false positives with these units it's insane even after having them swapped out by the manufacturer

>> No.2623394

>You do X, right?
Why is every single one of these threads unadulterated monkey shit?

>> No.2623398

Smoke detector? Nigga i live in commieblock, i have never seen a smoke detector in my life

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I have a 9v wall wart, snipped the original plug and put a 9v Battery snap connection on it, also a 3f super capacitor ko keep it going after power loss and a pair diode/resistor to slowly charge but be able to discharge as needed.

I didn't really tuck the wire away, just double sided taped it to ceiling and wall and painted it white when i redid the ceiling.

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2623080 No.2623080 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Lowes has a 50% off Memorial Day sale on paint. I need some interior paint.

>> No.2623081

benjamin moore regal select. You'll thank me alter

>> No.2623094

this, don't cheap out on paint because you'll hate yourself in no time flat

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