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How would /diy/ build the ultimate house? ICF the entire house? Metal roof? 15 foot basement?
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i'll just post this now and get it out of the way

Too much above grade
>reinforced cement piers down to bed rock.
>steel frame
>brick exterior
>roll up hurricane shutters for all windows and doors
>slate roof
>first floor is 15 feet above ground level. car parking is in the open space below the house.
>natural gas generator feeding from the lines.
>diesel generator with a 500 gallon tank

How is this plastic thing to hold cables together called?
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might be cable separator. many similar images come up under hose separator, but they probably tend to be larger diameter
>How is it called?

By its name
Zip tie.

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Has any body made a rocket oven/rocket cob oven (not sure if they are exactly the same or if the cob denotes something particular) ?

Would be interested to know what plans/materials etc were used and how it works - pictures would also be nice.

Pic related - a few examples I have found. The one on the left seems pretty simple and cheap to make. Apparently they are very fuel efficient.
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Cob refers to the material. Cob is a mixture of mud and grass or straw, basically.

>Would be interested to know what plans/materials etc were used
im not even gonna lmgtfy it for you, diy it yourself
>and how it works
theres a combustion chamber separated by some distance upwards from where you load the fuel. when things burn, they let off various vapors and gases and particulate matter that won't ignite at the material's normal ignition temperature, but because heat rises and can collect, you can create a layer of incredibly hot air where those vapors and gases and particles can be ignited. this results in a cleaner, hotter burn. that layer of hot air can also grow and push downward towards the fuel, keeping the fuel lit

the top part of it where the heat comes from can be made of whatever but it's typically tile or brick, but some nerds taper the top of the thing and leave it open effectively making a normal but particularly efficient stove (the bottlenecking of the hot air still allows that hotter layer to form, albeit slower and a lot of it escapes upward, but you can still use it to cook or whatever just fine)
Metal bucket, vermiculite, tinsnips, and some 4" warm air pipe my good dude
Two handfuls of sticks and you've got a perked pot of coffee

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Hey diy so I am having a bit of a problem
I moved into a new apartment and they told me to leave my ac on or ceiling fan in my bedroom or else it would get humid.
Everyday I leave my ac on 70 and my ceiling fan and even have an additional fan in my living room and it is still usually around 70% humidity
They told me it was humid because the apartments are prefab on a crawl space and the crawl space makes it humid.

Do you all have any suggestions for controlling the humidity or things I could try?
Attached is a picture of the actual apartment it's a 1 br
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Is the crawl space big enough to actually crawl in without being a contortionist?

My sister has got radiant barrier insulation under her house (this triggers /diy/) and the first thing they do is to put down a moisture blocking tarp on the soil.
Hi thanks so much for your response.

Unfourtnately I do not have access to the crawl space but I imagine it is big enough since it runs the span of the apartments and the access is on one end.

So the first thing I tried was the extra oscillating fan in my living room.
I guess I could try leaving my blinds open so the sunlight drys things out a bit?

Also I don't have a floor drain otherwise I would just set up a dehumidifier

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So I found this nice wood bench being thrown out. It looks really nice, it would be a waste to have left it. I wanted to know, how do I figure out if it is stained for outdoor use, or was it even made for the weather conditions? (Upstate New York)

And is this something worth staining and taking the time to care for?
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Other pics...has been out in rain for a week probably
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Hello /diy/. I got this coil out of an induction cooktop. What could I make out of this thing? Some sort of electromagnetic device? Thanks.
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You could make an induction Cooktop.
Charge your phone.

Just finished installing my first toilet seat. What do you think?
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About to replace mine. Wish me luck
I think your seat is too big for your pan.

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any tips on diy teeth whitening, and also, does baking soda harm your gums?

Thanks and pic unrelated
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rinse out your mouth with bleach
I usually don't feel this way looking at people doing risky stuff but fucking hell mate, I started having warm sweats. He could easily have broken his legs.
Baking soda mixed with a little water to form a paste is a good, cheap diy toothpaste. Yes, it can damage your gums if you go crazy brushing as it is somewhat more abrasive than commercial toothpastes. Adding a little to commercial toothpaste is a good way to go. Using a dilute hydrogen peroxide solution as a mouthwash after brushing is a cheap, mildly whitening method. I wouldn't go overboard with the teeth whitening. Better to have off-white teeth than wear down the enamel decades sooner. Also, coffee, black tea and tobacco stain teeth pretty well.

Youse didn't pull any permits for framing and electrical and plumbing. We need to rip open dem walls now.
>What Do?
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Suck his dick
The code inspector appreciates your effort with a massive load but after regaining his composure he repeats his statement. You have gained +1 skinflute playing skill.
I'm not sellin this place. You can fuck right off.

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What does this key most likely go to?

My brother passed away suddenly (car accident), An I found this in his safe.
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There's no other writing, numbers, or symbols on it
Nigga u blind. There's a fan symbol on it.
Looks like my bicycle key

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Hi, i need some advice on how to put some music devices on my desk.
Pic related show my idea. What do you think about the position of the monitors?
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Poor speaker placement, it will sound bad
The thing on the left looks cramped
The screen on the right might have a glare
>its an all-in-one pc

I'd suggest utilizing rackmount equipment

So I discovered the world of SLV's ((slow moving vehicles)) out of a place of desperation, I could never afford a big car or insurance for one and I see allot of people using none plated golf carts all the time in my city of New orleans and had a chat with one of the operators and they said it was alright and I see them frequently enough to believe cops dont fuck with them about it. So I went off and bought a solar powered tuk tuk Pretty neat huh?
she is being imported from china and even had a nineteen mile an hour limiter put on it so it could be shipped here with no odometer which i plan to install one myself... it uses a thousand watt motor which is considered a toy by most states and the company classifies it as a tricycle as it has three wheels. It is also powered by the sun along with the ability to charge from an outlet. one set of batteries is 5 cells The capacity right now is 45 Ah with the proclaimed range of a hundred mile range or more. and there is another compartment for another 5 cells So Im wandering would it be ok to link up 5 lithium cells to the existing cells to extend my range also they say the solar panel will let it go farther. Thanks for reading im super excited as it should be coming to the freight yard tomorrow. and here she is
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First step, get a 'cycle analyst' or similar watt meter. It's not always easy to tell when the motor is under more/less load by feel - especially in that large contraption. Work out what your 'watt per mile'. These guys also are usually just using an ebike motor controller. Find the ~10" long extruded aluminum housing, take it apart, count the number of mosfets, and try to connect it to your pc via a usb->serial adapter and 'lyen's programmer and the upgraded settings based on the number of mosfets you found on your controller earlier. '1000w' from your vendor is pretty meaningless (and verfiable via the above mentioned cycle analyst) so there often is 3000w+ headroom on these motor/controller combos.

The only real issue with adding lithium is it throwing off your battery voltage warning points ... deep over-discharge is bad.
Looks rad - it's probably a shitbox though. If you're using this for a business I'd suggest learning to weld and getting a spare motor laced into the wheel. Also be careful overtorquing the studs on the ebike motor. All the chinese stuff is made of cheese grade steel or threaded odd.
Additionally, post up pics of the braking situation when it arrives. If you end up being able to flash your controller with new settings, one of those will be a 'regen' amount. Cranking this up can eliminate most of physical load on the brake calipers and really improve stopping. If it's using bike stuff, you can get a decent pair of hydro disc brakes for $60 used on ebay.
Also I'd plaster the body in some 3M reflective tape and extra LED brake/amber lights. if you ever drive this thing at night. It's just not something drivers will be on the lookout for.
Anyway, good luck anon. I have a lithium powered UTV I use for urban transport when I can't get by with my ebike. It's a pretty neat way to live.
>Pretty neat huh?
Indeed. Will be the eyecatcher of the neighborhood. How much is it?
>compartment for another 5 cells
which means there are also instructions on how to connect another 5 cells of the same type.
>watt per mile
dude, please.

What is the best screwdriver set on the market?

>pic unrelated
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Even our man AVE uses them
Snap On are great, one of their products that actually are.

My favorite are PB Swiss. I have sets of both brands and the PB are the ones I use most.
pb Swiss are good but the rice is ridonculous.

Wera or Wiha are just as good for a lower price point.

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Between endless slasher films to millions of rednecks buying ARs to prevent blacks from stealing their refrigerators, it's pretty obvious that America is obsessed with the idea of keeping our homes safe from intruders. Why then do we put so much emphasis on installing and using locks on doors, yet give no fucks about the fact that we have windows made of 1mm thick glass two feet over?

I understand that bars on windows is seen as a sign of poverty, and would definitely not be approved by any HOA, but why don't we use either sliding-style metal bars or mall-style metal curtains that can be disengaged during the day?

These could be deployed at night or during extended periods of home absence, completely eliminating any concerns of break-in, need for home security systems and need to buy a gun for self-protection. And, as I mentioned earlier, they could be disengaged during the day, making them less of an eyesore. Home break-ins would be nearly impossible, unless someone picked your main door lock, which is rapidly becoming impossible with the introduction of systems like the Bowley lock.

Am I missing something here?
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Aesthetics, also they are heavy to operate, they are like mini garage doors and is a bitch to setup if you want them powered, also will be expensive for so many different windows around the house. Many reasons why it isn't a thing.
They take up a shitload of room.
Okay, but what about something similar to pocket doors? Manually operated steel grates that slide over a window? Obviously this would involve additional labor, but not mechanically complex or likely that hard to build into a new home.

Is either one of these more reliable than the other? I currently have the ball float type on the left and it's doing that hammering/honking thing when it's refilling. I've done all the usual things to try and fix it so its time for a replacement but I want something to last, any plumb anons advise me?
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Do they even make the shit on the left anymore?
Yup. Pics are from Amazon. Britfag so maybe it's different elsewhere. So I assume by your post that right had superseded left?
I just haven't seen the one on the left in decades.

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