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Hi there, /diy/!
I saw a thread on here a few weeks ago where someone was asking about respirators and someone suggest some full-face military gas mask that was inexpensive and used a standard size of filter cartridge... Anyone know what mask that might have been?
I've got a paint project coming up and I'm gonna be standing around in fumes for an extended period of time, so I'm gonna need some kind of respirator... Problem is I've got this beard that messes with the function of most of the smaller, inexpensive respirators I've found. After doing some research I've found that most full-face masks will still function fine even with facial hair, but they get REALLY expensive.
And before you suggest just shaving, the wife loves it and the painting is being done for her. I'm certain that if presented with the choice of "I shave my beard or leave your shit unpainted", she'd choose to keep the beard.
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Sticky doesn't really answer my questions, so I figured I'd just post here.
I need to install new horizontal blinds, I have never done this before and dropped out of shop class so I know nothing about studs, blinds, measurements or... anything really.
Can I just measure the blind screwholes I have now and go buy one with the same measurements and mount it slightly above the previous screw holes, or do I have to learn how to use a stud finder/etc.
If I have to install it where it was previously there is already a screw hole where the previous ones were... do I just redrill into the stud or do I need to fill in the old hole?
What measurements do I need to buy new blinds? are they based on where the screw holes go or the actual width of the entire plastic ends on either side?
Do I need to hit studs (is there a trick to this? my stud finder gives completely inaccurate results even following the directions, studs disappear when I try and find them again).
Can I redrill the brackets into the same direct place the previous screws were (I am assuming it is a stud, its rock solid on the wall), or will it just fall out like redrilling into a dry wall hole?
who ever lived here last before me these weird holes (curtains?) dimpled into the stud (I am assuming there is a stud there). The ones I have now have 2 simple screws into a plastic bracket, is there a specific type of mounting mechanism I should look for to make things easier on myself?
pic related: I have put off getting new ones for too long, my electrical tape and paper method isn't working anymore. Yes I am that handy crippled.
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So; I'm looking to get into smelting my own bullion coins/rounds out of copper/silver/gold. I don't have any experience with smelting metal, but I've done basic research and watched a few videos online. I love metal commodities (precious and base) and have always wanted to craft my own 'coins'. For now they'll be for myself for fun, but I may try to sell them in the future.
To start I'd probably use copper which has the highest melting point of the 3 at around 2000 degrees f.
I'm looking for advice on how I could go from the raw metal material to a 'coin' with a design of my own on it. Would I have to order specially made casts? Do you think it would be possible to heat/hammer the metal into shape (i know presses use multiple tens to multiple hundreds of tons of press force).
I was thinking about building a solar foundry (link related, I got a /diy/ boner of epic magnitude when I saw it, great /diy/ channel) to perhaps melt the metal. Building this device would probably be difficult for me but do-able, and I could use it for a senior project at my uni (sustainability studies major, eng/econ minor).
Looking for any and all advice related to the topic. Also lmk what you think of the video of the solar foundry.