1. Post #121
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    Protocol7's Avatar
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    I watered a neighbor's tomato plants for awhile and the key is to let the water soak in there. Do NOT allow the water to touch the leaves or else it will become heavy and possibly break a stem.
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  2. Post #122
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    August 2005
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    Kinda offtopic, but I'm trying to grow a tomato in a small pot. The pot hold about enough dirt to fill 2 cups. Just wondering how deep I should plant it, growing it, etc. The dirt I'm using is kinda rocky too, but I've been keeping it moist. Also, when it grows out, can I put a metal pipe in the dirt, so the tomato vine grows up?

    What I hope it will look like.
    You've got to raise seedlings first.
    Depending on where you are in the US this might be the wrong time. March is better.

    You want 1 or two plants so make about 6 seedlings.

    As soon as they have the 4th leaf you carefully dig them out and use the strongest two or three and plant them into your pot along with a handful of their grow-up soil. CAREFULLY

    For watering: Use a small clay pot, make a hole in the bottom and dig it into the bigger pot, somewhere at the side. Now every time you want to water your tomatoe you just fill up the pot and let the water soak in. That way the soil doesn't get crusty and you don't spill water onto your plant.
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  3. Post #123
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    I live in a tropical environment,sunny all day, temp at about the mid 80s during the day, but how deep do I bury the seeds? Oh and I started growing them immediately in a pot. Is this bad?

  4. Post #124
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    Made this from the bottom of a jar using a pliers.
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  5. Post #125
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    Made this from the bottom of a jar using a pliers.
    Now to rain on your parade but. . . Why?
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  6. Post #126
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    Now to rain on your parade but. . . Why?
    DIY isnt about why, its about WHY NOT.

    What, you never get the urge to make something for sheer hell of it?
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  7. Post #127
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
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    DIY isnt about why, its about WHY NOT.

    What, you never get the urge to make something for sheer hell of it?
    yeah but sometimes it turns out to be the dumbest thing in history ie second post on page 2
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  8. Post #128
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    June 2005
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    I'm currently growing romaine lettuce indoors and so far it's going very well. Had a bit of mold breakout but I appear to have gotten it under control.

    I also have carnivorous plants which I've been taking care of and some which I've grown from seed.

  9. Post #129
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    Made this from the bottom of a jar using a pliers.
    turn this into a fully glass arrow, this being the head

    then u will be the king of the glass
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  10. Post #130
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
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    this being the head
    thanks for clearing that up, I thought you meant that arrowhead would be the shaft
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  11. Post #131
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    I personally make chainmaille jewelery, which is quite awesome in itself, but what really blew me away was a guy at a Medieval faire (spelling?) in Sweden, who hade made a massive tent spike in Damascus Steel, I asked him why he would spend so much effort on such a simple thing and he answered: "Why not?", with a big grin :)

    Awesome guy.
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  12. Post #132
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    December 2009
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    I personally make chainmaille jewelery, which is quite awesome in itself, but what really blew me away was a guy at a Medieval faire (spelling?) in Sweden, who hade made a massive tent spike in Damascus Steel, I asked him why he would spend so much effort on such a simple thing and he answered: "Why not?", with a big grin :)

    Awesome guy.
    "Why not" is the essence of DIY.

    Edited:

    Also I have a small plug for those of you that live in Arizona:

    http://www.heatsynclabs.org/
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  13. Post #133
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    Dim LED lighting for my room so I don't burn my eyes out with a regular light when I go take a shit at night


    Lab power supplies, top one is regulated 0-30V, 0~1A, bottom one as shown on the photo, made from an ATX PSU.

    Also made an infrared web camera, but I can't be arsed to take pictures of it now.
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  14. Post #134
    I survived Camp FP 2010
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    September 2005
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    Lab power supplies, top one is regulated 0-30V, 0~1A, bottom one as shown on the photo, made from an ATX PSU.

    Also made an infrared web camera, but I can't be arsed to take pictures of it now.
    PSU cases are so handy, I've got a couple of homemade powersupplies like that, mine give +-15 rather than +-12. I'll put up a picture in a moment (they're based off parts found in really old psus to get the 15v).

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  15. Post #135
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    August 2005
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    I can't think of things that'd need 5 or 12 V in my home :(

  16. Post #136
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
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    I have a ton of things that use 5 and 12 V
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  17. Post #137
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    August 2009
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    Here's something I've been working on for the past few days.








    Just needs to be polished and varnished.

    Edited:

    Now to rain on your parade but. . . Why?
    Because I can.
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  18. Post #138
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    July 2009
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    Here's something I've been working on for the past few days.

    Just needs to be polished and varnished.

    Edited:



    Because I can.
    I can understand that but that specific project urks me. It's a glass arrowhead, it's not useful, it's dangerous to store or handle and it isn't much of a conversation piece. To me at least it seems like a glorified piece of broken glass. That being said I'm not trying to insult you or limit your creative thinking, also the knife you make is friggin awesome.

  19. Post #139
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    Here's something I've been working on for the past few days.

    Just needs to be polished and varnished.

    Edited:



    Because I can.
    That blade feels dangerous for reasons a blade should not be dangerous.

    Like tetanus, for example. It feels far to jagged for a new blade as well, are you grinding it down or what?
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  20. Post #140
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    August 2009
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    That blade feels dangerous for reasons a blade should not be dangerous.

    Like tetanus, for example. It feels far to jagged for a new blade as well, are you grinding it down or what?
    Yea, that's just a rough edge I did with a grinder. I plan on cleaning it up later.

    Edited:

    I can understand that but that specific project urks me. It's a glass arrowhead, it's not useful, it's dangerous to store or handle and it isn't much of a conversation piece. To me at least it seems like a glorified piece of broken glass. That being said I'm not trying to insult you or limit your creative thinking, also the knife you make is friggin awesome.
    I saw a video of a guy making one a while back. Then one day I was bored and wanted to see if I could make it myself. The same goes for a lot of my my projects. I understand that its useless and dangerous but calling it a glorified piece of broken glass is like saying a ring is just a glorified piece of gold.

  21. Post #141
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    Yea, that's just a rough edge I did with a grinder. I plan on cleaning it up later.

    Edited:


    I saw a video of a guy making one a while back. Then one day I was bored and wanted to see if I could make it myself. The same goes for a lot of my my projects. I understand that its useless and dangerous but calling it a glorified piece of broken glass is like saying a ring is just a glorified piece of gold.
    Actually, I think if you molded glass arrowheads in this shape it would be pretty awesome:

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  22. Post #142
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
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    but then it's a spear head
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  23. Post #143
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    November 2010
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    So a while back I needed to buy my own drill set since dad was getting annoyed at me borrowing his all the time and being an idiot I basically picked the cheapest set I could find.
    Unsurprising now they're all incredibly dull and I've broken 1/3 of them (most of which shattered dramatically). Can someone with a bit of mechanical experience give me some purchase advice on drill bits?

  24. Post #144
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    but then it's a spear head
    Pretty sure what he posted is actually a Bodkin Arrowhead.
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  25. Post #145
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    March 2005
    1,011 Posts
    So a while back I needed to buy my own drill set since dad was getting annoyed at me borrowing his all the time and being an idiot I basically picked the cheapest set I could find.
    Unsurprising now they're all incredibly dull and I've broken 1/3 of them (most of which shattered dramatically). Can someone with a bit of mechanical experience give me some purchase advice on drill bits?

    Dormer! eller så slipa om dom. Men akta dig för billiga titanbelagda borrar. När det tunna lagret med titan är borta så kan du i princip slänga dom (billigt skitstål under)

    Translated for good mesure .

    "Dormer! or regrind them. But beware of cheap titanium coated drills. When the thin layer of titanium is gone you can basically throw them away (cheap crap steel under)"

  26. Post #146
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    December 2009
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    I've had that happen too, and the man speaks truth about that shitty titanium coating. Once it's gone kiss the bit goodbye. I do loads of metalworking, so it happens to me a lot

  27. Post #147
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    August 2007
    695 Posts
    Real men slit and drift holes. Only place to find square holes is a blacksmith shop!

    I've been looking over homebuilt aircraft for the last year or so and I think I may actually produce one.
    Well I found a set of plans, scaled them down 1/8th and bought 3 dollars of dowels just to see what the plans will look like.



    Will post as I go along.
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  28. Post #148
    Played it for the plot
    Dennab
    October 2008
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    Real men slit and drift holes. Only place to find square holes is a blacksmith shop!
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  29. Post #149
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    August 2007
    695 Posts
    Squares do not have round corners
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  30. Post #150
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    June 2006
    6,620 Posts
    Square holes are best done on a drill press with one of those bits that has the sharp square casing around it.

    Edited:

    A mortising bit

  31. Post #151
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    July 2010
    12,001 Posts
    Has anyone here tried building a PVC pipe instrument?

    I recently got interested in them again and now I'm looking into building one of my own.

  32. Post #152
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    March 2005
    1,011 Posts
    Has anyone here tried building a PVC pipe instrument?

    I recently got interested in them again and now I'm looking into building one of my own.
    Here you go :)

    http://devices.natetrue.com/pvc/pvc.htm
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  33. Post #153
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    January 2012
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    Couple of little ghetto quick-fab electronics projects I've done in the past.

    Quickly got a honda ecu up and running on the bench one night.




    Little double stack, single sided, perfboard, 20 output, multiplexer/microcontroller board.



    Bought a red ring 360 for like 40 bucks and wanted to cut it up some, so I fixed the red ring issue, added a plexi window and modded the dvd drive. later I had a friend do some artwork on the plexi that I cant find any pictures of.



    I also have a few home made bench top hobby power supply units fabbed from ATX PC units. My most recent I went a bit overboard on and added leds and plexi windows. It's a bit 'tacky' I know








    And this insane thing, 512 leds in a 8x8x8 cube controlled independently with only 72 inputs. It wound up being knocked down off high places a few times to the point I rather start over than continue to repair it.




    A quick and simple switched remote outlet for a 120 socket, however the neutral wire is looped on the outside of the case so I can clamp a multimeter around it and measure current on the line.



    A tool I made to hold the crank in a D-series engine while inserting pistons/rods and attaching rod caps/bolts. Simple and so effective.



    All of those are just some little things I already had laying around on photobucket
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  34. Post #154
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    I've been trying to make a musket for the last few days. Its going pretty well. I might do a thread on it if it works out.
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  35. Post #155
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    I've been trying to make a musket for the last few days. Its going pretty well. I might do a thread on it if it works out.

    Dude! never fire that thing! it looks like it would kill you!
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  36. Post #156
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    May 2011
    2,016 Posts
    lol that's just a stick with a pipe on it
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  37. Post #157
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    August 2009
    2,760 Posts
    Dude! never fire that thing! it looks like it would kill you!
    No fear of that, I've tried firing it 3 times with 3 different explosives and it failed every time.
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  38. Post #158
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    March 2007
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    Whittled a Colt Navy six gun out of poplar and pinewood, not finished though.



    Edited:


    I've been trying to make a musket for the last few days. Its going pretty well. I might do a thread on it if it works out.
    Kinda reminds me of one of the homemade muskets from Mount and Blade: F&S.
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  39. Post #159
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    June 2006
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    Just a few things I did:

    An Arduino based interface circuit for my car (Citroen Xsara Picasso HDi), so I can control my new sony head unit with the existing wheel mounted controls:



    Yeah it's not the prettiest circuit but it works great.

    Some sound absorbing panels for my home studio, starting with the first reflection points:



    And I restored an analogue synth-drum pad to working condition:


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  40. Post #160
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    August 2008
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    DIY isnt about why, its about WHY NOT.

    What, you never get the urge to make something for sheer hell of it?
    i draw up plans and literally move everything in my room around at least once a year because of this feeling

    it's gone through so many shit iterations i should post some of the awful configurations i've had before