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Hello /diy/ Recently, my grandmothers lift chair stopped working (well the charger for it) and we need to replace it. Did some googling, and it's a 24v 2 amp charger. >commonly used in; On-board and Off-board applications, specially designed for electric scooter, power wheel-chairs and patient lifts among others. I don't know what happened to the unit, but the "error" light comes on when I hit the power switch. so im sure it's something internal that can be fixed. a new charger (OEM-2402) is $136 shipped. Is there a cheaper, power wheels charger I can get? http://www.batterymart.com/p-oem-2402-24-volt-2-amp-switch-mode-charger.html

Senior project

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So /diy/, I'm a senior in a science and math High school, and for the whole year we are working on a project to invent or improve upon an item not previously patented, that we could market or patent ourselves need be. I am wanting to do something with electronics, Mostly hardware if possible but I am aware of how to use C based languages from having been in school robotics. My issue is, after browsing instructables, hackaday and miscellaneous sites in the stickied thread on the front page i have not yet found something inspiring to create. So my question to you all, is what are some items that are relatively exotic, that if a market had been formed for these items you would purchase them, or make them yourself? (It is /diy/ after all). Examples of other peoples projects are an inductive mouse, A table that when the cup is placed on it the table injects a drink into the cup, someone last year made improvements on a cigarette filter, one person made a quadrocopter from scratch, one student created an xbox 360 into a laptop and fashioned a carrying case into a portable power source that still held the xbox with a 4 hour battery life and safely shut down when power began to run low, and another person built an electric guitar with a built in speaker. (My birthday was on the November 17th, so yes I am 18.) >picture not even remotely related
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I moved into this apartment a few moths ago, and as it's been getting colder i've begun to run the furnace. However, as far as I can tell, there are only two settings for this thing: on and off. There's a switch in the furnace room which turns it on, and a slider on the thermostat to choose the desired temperature. But unlike the furnace at my parents house, it wont automatically turn off after that temperature is reached, it just starts putting out room temperature air. What sort of mechanism is it that would make it run periodically like most more modern furnaces? Is it a function in the thermostat, or is it a part of the furnace itself? Essentially, how do I make it run like most all modern furnaces? It's really annoying to have the furnace on all the time, as it's loud and is right next to the kitchen so everything in there gets really hot, also I suspect it's probably not the best financial decision to run a furnace all the time. thanks pic related, it's the furnace
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Remember in Breaking Bad, the character Gabe(walt's lab assistant). He had a labratory setup which brewed the "pefect coffee" or some phaggytime shit. I have some questions. a)would such a setup work? b)would the coffee be better than water poured onto grinds? c)does any-one have a plan/schematic for the set-up?
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Sup /diy/, I bought this peavey amp and the sides have these cracks in them, I was wondering how I should go about fixing this
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/diy/, I had some dress pants I really liked, but then they got stained. And then I put them in the washer with some jeans and the heavier material and the dress pant material got weird bumps in the fabric. What I want to do now is just distress this pair. Do you have any tips or guides for stone washing/sandpaper distressing/bleaching? More on the bleaching, I think it would be cool to bleach them up to the middle of the thigh or so. (pic semi-related) Thoughts, tips, advice?

/diy/ stove

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It seems that my topic of hobo stoves is lost forever, so I made a new one because I promised to test my stove and post results here. To my surprise, it actually worked. Fig1 My equipment. Stove, old clothes hanger, aluminium kettle and a bottle of fuel - without "one-drop-one-kill"-methanol. Fig2 After a shitload of matches, I got the stove running. Apparently, it needs preheating from the sides when lighting it up. Fig3 The stove worked pretty well, approx. 2,5dl water got boiling in about 5 minutes or less. In conclusion, its not safe, its not reliable but its damn cheap and disposable with no regrets (after cooling it properly). And works under controlled circumstances, I might actually use a hobo stove when camping.
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Hey /diy/ I need some help. I want to be make my own house, top to bottom. Know of any good books for this? Specifically: Architecture, plumbing, electricity, heat, cooling, water, septic, alarms. I know this isn't /lit/ but you guys probably know more.
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Hi /diy/, The last days I've been working on a LG monitor, which always turns off about 1-2 seconds after pressing the power-button (the power-LED's still glowing). There can even be heard some "buzzing" sound which goes higher by frequency till shutdown (sounds like some electric component at very high voltage). Now here's the deal: Does anyone of you know some distributors for inverter transformers? I'm looking for this damn guy in the picture! Thanks in advance!
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Hey /diy/ Not sure, if this is the right place to ask but i need a book on special effects make-up. Like a manual and not like a encyclopedia. Know any good books on this subject?
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http://dx.com/p/6-in-1-motorized-mini-cnc-machine-jig-saw-grinder-driller-metal-lathe-wood-lathe-168 051 What do you think /diy/iers?, would it be worth getting?

The desk

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I need a large, long desk in my room, custom made and sized. I want to do all the work by myself. Right now I'm planning what should be involved in this desk and how should it look like. Lenght: 200 cm Width: 50 cm in the widest spot. I need places for two PCs, two seats next to each other, two screens (21-24 inches), at least 4 big drawers, small drawers (unknown number, propably 6 or more, 2 keyboard spots and a small aquarium (50 cm max, propably between two screens, on the middle of the desk). I want the top board to have "windows" in it, so I could hide a third PC (without case, only parts) "inside" the desk. So I guess acrylic or plexiglass will come in handy. But my question is: any idea how to make the desk better? Maybe you know any decent battlestations or workbenches that will give me tons of ideas. I'm thinking about small shelves, drawers, hiding spots for tiny things (ex. PC case parts, small tools etc.). Please post your ideas.
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Cool monitor/screen creations Currently have two lcd's knocking about. I just dont know what to put them in, i want something cool, i probably wont even use it. Ps one of them doesnt have a driver panel, where can i get one?
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Hey /diy/, I've had a story coming together in my head for a while but I'm not sure what to do with it. I've been thinking about making it into either a comic/graphic novel or animating it; both seem to have their ups and downs. Really though, I'm wondering if it's possible to make money off of either somehow. Distributing it digitally was my goal, although we all know how hard it is to get free things online. Anyway, anyone have any suggestions? Is a comic worth making nowadays (considering you might not get any money)? How 'bout ebooks?
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Anyone here blow glass? We just got our torch running yesterday and made this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68bzI-wmAxA
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When do I plant these suckers?
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When making India Ink at home (for drawing, not for tattoos mind you) do I have to burn charcoal or can I burn wood until it's completely burnt out? If I burn wood until it won't burn anymore, will there still be just carbon left?

Making things float with magnets

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This base is called the levitron. ac powered base that makes a magnet float, but not very high. you attach what you want to float to magnet. bugs me that its so low powered tho. how to improve? want about 5 inches float for plastic models. worlds strongest magnet would work better? will make electric bill high?
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Hi /diy/. I'm thinking about making a still, but setting aside the building of this still fore some further date, due to the complete lack of money. I have an electric stove, and I was thinking about getting thermometer that can be placed inside the pan to keep the temperature at a steady 80C (or 176F for our SI-challenged friends). My question is that if I have a pan with 23 litres of mash in it, how much will the temperature vary? Does an electronic stove with six different settings keep at a steady temperature or do I have to get an alternative heat source? Also I hope that this doesn't go in the category about discussing drugs or drug paraphernalia, because hey, "its just alcohol."
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so‚ i've got a retreat thing coming up‚ teambuilding and such one of the activities is making something out of wood and nails‚ hopefully wood glue is provided too what are some simple but practical things i can make out of wood? i do have some basic to moderate skills in the area‚ just as an fyi picture not related

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