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Latex Vacuum bed

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Hey there industrious ones and hopefully some fellow kinksters, not sure if this is cool to post here but I'll give it shot and keep the pic worksafe as possible. I seem to be at a loss in finding a website that gives me step by step instructions on making a sealing latex vacuum bed. I've found kits and such, but I'm wondering what I would be looking for in terms of a sealing one-way pipe for the vacuum so it doesn't have to stay on the whole time someone is in the bed. Also if anyone knows a good place to buy reasonably priced latex that would be a plus as well, anyone know of a store you might find locally that would sell sheet latex? I would rather not have to order online and wait. In general, if I can buy all this in person it would be nice.

Carving a Jug from Wood

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Hey /diy/, I want to carve a mug out of a large log, and I'm not sure how long it'll last if I just go out into the woods and pick one up. What kind of wood should I go for? Pine is fucking abundant here in Norway so it's easy to find them chopped up around in the forest. I was thinking of just picking up a 30cm x 12r log and start carving away, but it's probably not that easy. My first concern is that the wood will be too ductile and I'll just end up with my hands full of resin and sap. Secondly I need some way to preserve the wood so anything poured into the mug won't seep into the wood. I'll sand it, obviously, but I'm not sure if that'll be enough. If anyone has any knowledge on this subject I'd love to get some advice.
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hey /diy/ does anyone know how to make this, its pretty cool and it would be awesome if i made it
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Hello, I would like to make masks like these. I think these mask are somehow part of noise music subculture. I can't find anything on the internet. Do you have something that could be useful?
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What are the best DIY fashion resources? Preferably making my own clothing vintage style or finding good clothes on the cheap.
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Hey /diy/. I'm currently in the process of designing and making a bunch of home-made paper lanterns and I could use some help with my design. The process itself I pretty much have done; I've made a lot of them by now. But one part I'm still struggling with is in designing some way of holding a tea light inside to light it up. The paper lanterns themselves are pretty easy. Just two pieces of paper taped together with floral wire lining the top and bottom. The paper is folded over the floral wire, though I can cut sections of the top out to allow me to attach floral wire to and build towards a holding system in the center. Essentially, what I would like to do is use three strips of floral wire, wrap them around the floral wire that is giving the lantern its shape on the top, and have it lead to the center of the lantern. I would like to wrap around the three strips of floral wire around some sort of metallic circle with small circles on its edges (so that the circle itself doesn't have floral wire pushing into it since it's being wrapped around wherever it attaches). I don't know what in the world I would even call such an object, not to mention whether or not there is anything like that. Is there anything out there like a 1 to 1.5 inch diameter metal circle with tiny metal circles along its circumference? The thing in blue for my OP pic.
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I want to build a moped like pic related, but i have to face several difficulties. 1) I have no money, so it'll be long till i save enough money to buy parts, any tips on where i can salvage a 50cc motor and some other parts like a fuel tank ? 2) What type of tools do i need to work a steel/aluminum frame, could a blow torche be enough ?
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Stupid question, what should I do with this piece of glass? It's too good-looking to be thrown away, but currently it's sitting there collecting dust.
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So I have this YALE 'Multi Code Lock Round' I found and I was just looking to see if anyone knew anything about unlocking code locks.
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How much money have you spent on hobbyist electronics gears (solder iron, hand tools, boards, testers, etc.)?

Repairing a flashlight's circuit board.

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How do I identify bad ceramic monolith capacitors, or resistors. So I have this rechargeable flash light that I use for camping and it seems to have broke after giving it a full charge. Although the battery is fine the flash light does not want to turn on. All it does is just flash once after pressing the button and then nothing. I am fairly comfortable soldering, not great at it but I can try. I just need to find out which capacitor needs to be repaired and identify it so I can buy replacement pieces. The capacitors are really tiny I cannot seem to find any markings on them. :( Resistors have markings so if those are bad, I know what to order.

Carbon arc

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Hey /diy/, I've got what is sure to be the stupidest question on here tonight, but google and all the diy sites have failed me. Tldr; how to regulate amps of my jerryrigged carbon arc welder so i dont trip the breaker Okay, so my cheapness and industriousness got the best of me and i decided to try welding with batteries. Got a hold of some 5/32 6011 electrodes and two derp cycle 12v batts. Tried practicing on an old sawblade since ive never even seen a welder in person before. Complete failure. Got a hold of 3/32 electrodes. Managed to make an inch long bead after sticking the rod a hundred times and frying the flux to a crispy black. Apparently im not cut out for rigged bullcrap equipment with zero experience when this stuff is hard for experienced welders. So i discovered glorious CARBON ARC WELDING. Took a big carpenters pencil apart, stuck the lead in my positive lead, and made a badass arc on my first try for like five whole seconds before my lead asploded, which immediately gave me an addiction to Most Glorious Ancient Carbon Arc Disciprine. I now have four real carbon rods from a big ass battery. Im wondering if i can hook them straight into my wall outlet with a repurposed extention cord and get mad power, but im thinking it would immediately flip the breaker once i started an arc. So, what can i do to limit my draw so i dont just flip breakers? Am i better off just sticking with 24vdc? What can i do to prevent getting dead? Also, homebrew welding general.

Tape recorder repair

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Hello people of /diy/ ! I got a Hitachi D-2330 Tape recorder on a flea market for 10€. This: http://www.vintagecassette.com/hitachi/d_2330 Cleanit it, everything works fine, except the counter. I guess the belt is broken and I want to fix it,so I opened it up to see the mechanism is covered by the ciruit board, which won't come off. And thats exactly where I need your help ! I unscrewed it of course bent holders back and removed a connetor, but i stays where it is. I'll post more details on request Thanks in advance!
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So, I'm basically a newborn chick when it comes to DIY stuff. I used to help my dad around the house a lot, but my mind was always elsewhere and dreading not being able to sit and read instead. Which is where you come in, /diy/. Recently I've saved up money from my job and I've begun buying physical books again. Also, my nook was stolen so no more electronic ones for now. So now I want to build myself a bookshelf! Normally I'd probably just google it but I find it's a lot easier to figure things out by conversing and asking questions to actual people instead of reading articles. Here's a list off things I want or things I want to ask. >What's the best wood per cost to do this?(don't want to spend a lot, but don't want the thing falling apart on me). >I'd like to engrave a quote on it, probably on the headboard just above the first shelf. Do I need special tools? >Sanding and polishing and painting and shellacking - worth it? Important? How do I do it? >General information, I guess. pic related - something I'd love to do some day.
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How do i live as frugal as possible? Methods of saving money on everything possible. Any tips? Or pictures
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What 3D programs do you guys use for home projects? SketchUp drives me insane. It refuses to round off my measurements.


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Youtube is full of "how to make backpack" videos, but they show you crappy handbags and diaper bags and such no- brainer stuff. I need real tutorials for REAL backpacks like the one on the picture. I'm in the make of a "Blind Chic" copy and i would love to see some ideas :)
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I'm a girl moving into a college dorm soon, and I recently bought a bedding bundle. The only problem is that because the other colour choices were either garish and neon, or zebra print, I just bought plain black/grey bedding/sheets/towels etc. I'm also a person who doesn't like looking like everyone else (AKA, I wouldn't have just gone to Target and bought the same bedding as someone else, either) Even though I bought such depressing colours, I'd actually prefer it to not look so depressing. Are there any websites/tutorials/places to go that I can either buy or DIY some cool pillowcases or throw pillows or any sort of bedding/decor? I like lace, and black, and nude, and white, and floral and cool patterns- stuff like that.


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I've got an issue, /diy/: I'm moving tomorrow. Today I took the cover off my cheap memory foam mattress and found pic related. It smells mold/mildewy. This stain is on the bottom of the mattress in the very center, maybe 10" diameter, and I have no idea how it possibly got there. There is no sign of any stain on the top. The best was sitting on the floor and there is no stain on the carpet. I'm sure I spilled something one day in the last year and it soaked through or something, but it's seriously like this thing just spontaneously grew as there is no sign of it in any other spot. Anyways, this mattress was going to be the shared mattress between my fiancee and I and I'm sure that if she sees this she'll flip her shit. So, is there any way to get rid of it? The mattress will have a brand new cover over it when we use it, so even if it still looks weird but doesn't smell or pose any risk to our health I'm good. My first thought is to just pour bleach on it and let it dry. Is this a viable option?

Telephone Wiring

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Hi /diy/, first time posting here. I'm pretty much completely incompetent when it comes to anything electrical, so I was hoping someone here could help me out. I am supposed to be getting high speed internet installed at my house today, but the problem is that my dad apparently cut the phone lines when he was redoing the basement of our house. So the wire is still coming in the house, but only a few feet are left, so I need to splice it to a new wire. The problem with that is the telephone wire coming into the house has different colors (blue, orange, orange/white, and white) while the new cable I have is red, black, yellow, green. Do I need any kind of adapter for this? Basically how do I connect these two? Thanks in advance.

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