• The Do-it-Yourself Thread: A Home for Handymen and Artisans
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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.
[QUOTE=Reserved Parkin;34254195]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? [img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3PFuYhPWNrQ/TWFu6lmF69I/AAAAAAAAAGU/0g_8S8ElsPY/s1600/patio+tomato.jpg[/img]What I hope it will look like.[/QUOTE] 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.
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?
[QUOTE][IMG]http://i.imgur.com/blVkV.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/pv04T.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] Made this from the bottom of a jar using a pliers.
[QUOTE=cathal6606;34328882]Made this from the bottom of a jar using a pliers.[/QUOTE] Now to rain on your parade but. . . Why?
[QUOTE=Aw_Hell;34336389]Now to rain on your parade but. . . Why?[/QUOTE] DIY isnt about why, its about WHY NOT. What, you never get the urge to make something for sheer hell of it? :v:
[QUOTE=Timebomb575;34338246]DIY isnt about why, its about WHY NOT. What, you never get the urge to make something for sheer hell of it? :v:[/QUOTE] yeah but sometimes it turns out to be the dumbest thing in history ie second post on page 2
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.
[QUOTE=cathal6606;34328882]Made this from the bottom of a jar using a pliers.[/QUOTE] turn this into a fully glass arrow, this being the head then u will be the king of the glass
[QUOTE=Kung Fu Jew;34367714]this being the head[/QUOTE] thanks for clearing that up, I thought you meant that arrowhead would be the shaft
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 [B]Damascus Steel[/B], I asked him why he would spend so much effort on such a simple thing and he answered: [I]"[I]Why not?[/I]"[/I], with a big grin :) Awesome guy.
[QUOTE=Armandur;34390782]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 [B]Damascus Steel[/B], I asked him why he would spend so much effort on such a simple thing and he answered: [I]"[I]Why not?[/I]"[/I], with a big grin :) Awesome guy.[/QUOTE] "Why not" is the essence of DIY. [editline]25th January 2012[/editline] Also I have a small plug for those of you that live in Arizona: [url]http://www.heatsynclabs.org/[/url]
[img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13796438/images/20120125_003%20copy.jpg[/img] 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 [img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13796438/images/20110809_001%20copy.jpg[/img] 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.
[QUOTE=Thunderbolt;34393331] [img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13796438/images/20110809_001%20copy.jpg[/img] 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.[/QUOTE] 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). [img_thumb]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3798635/2012-01-26%2010.15.24.jpg[/img_thumb]
I can't think of things that'd need 5 or 12 V in my home :(
I have a ton of things that use 5 and 12 V
Here's something I've been working on for the past few days. [QUOTE][IMG]http://i.imgur.com/pZP34.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/x18qG.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/WqeVJ.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/XsgDs.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/mkHeE.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/JMMVr.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/Lc7k2.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/5QZhG.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/6VJzi.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] Just needs to be polished and varnished. [editline]28th January 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Aw_Hell;34336389]Now to rain on your parade but. . . Why?[/QUOTE] Because I can.
[QUOTE=cathal6606;34432353]Here's something I've been working on for the past few days. Just needs to be polished and varnished. [editline]28th January 2012[/editline] Because I can.[/QUOTE] 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.
[QUOTE=cathal6606;34432353]Here's something I've been working on for the past few days. Just needs to be polished and varnished. [editline]28th January 2012[/editline] Because I can.[/QUOTE] 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?
[QUOTE=ewitwins;34460847]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?[/QUOTE] Yea, that's just a rough edge I did with a grinder. I plan on cleaning it up later. [editline]30th January 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Aw_Hell;34459203]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.[/QUOTE] 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.
[QUOTE=cathal6606;34463592]Yea, that's just a rough edge I did with a grinder. I plan on cleaning it up later. [editline]30th January 2012[/editline] 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.[/QUOTE] Actually, I think if you molded glass arrowheads in this shape it would be pretty awesome: [IMG]http://www.bodkinpoint.com/images/200_mvc-003s.jpg[/IMG]
but then it's a spear head
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?
[QUOTE=ButtsexV3;34473735]but then it's a spear head[/QUOTE] Pretty sure what he posted is actually a Bodkin Arrowhead.
[QUOTE=chipset;34477783]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?[/QUOTE] 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)"
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 :v:
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. [img_thumb]http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/1489/imag0089c.jpg[/img_thumb] Will post as I go along.
[QUOTE=Sonydude;34507183]Real men slit and drift holes. Only place to find square holes is a blacksmith shop![/QUOTE] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5AzbDJ7KYI[/media]
Squares do not have round corners
Square holes are best done on a drill press with one of those bits that has the sharp square casing around it. [editline]2nd February 2012[/editline] A mortising bit
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