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HOTWIRE I wish to use a piece of hanger wire,shaped so I can cut Foam.Wire must be heavy.to cut specific form

Power source Question I wish to use a piece of hanger wire,shaped so I can cut Foam,But I need the wire large enough and tough.Car battery charger will get it hot,But how do I regulate??? Variac is to costly.cheaper alternative???

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Will PVC piping bend under a wire tension? Answered

I'm looking to make a hot wire foam cutter, and have most of the setup all outlined. However, the 'bow' still need to be made, and I plan to use PVC. Reason being is I would like to be able to stick some four/three way bends on one ended as to allow me to stick the bow on a stand of sorts to make a band-saw style hot wire. But, question at hand: if I were to make a frame out of PCB piping for a hotwire, would the tension of the hotwire cause the frame to warp? And if so, what would be an equally cheap option for the frame? Thanks!

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How do you hotwire a car?

Preferably a Chevy El Camino.I lost my keys and I dont want to pay for a lockpicker or new keys.Help would be nice.

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Hotwire to thaw frozen fridge waterline

My fridge water dispenser waterline gets frozen from time to time. Im thinking about inserting (and leaving there) a thin piece of wire (insulated, folded by half) through the line with the two ends left out, so when water freezes i will just connect a battery for a few minutes to get the wire warm and thaw the ice. Question is what battery can I use to heat about 25 inches of wire, and what gauge should I use (the thiiner the better). I dont want need too much heat as I dont want to risk melting the plastic water line.

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what would I use to make a hotwire cutter with stiff wire in a curved shape for cutting curves?

What kind of tansformer would I need ? what kind of stiff wire? thanks!?

Question by norcore707    |  last reply


need a jig for cuttin styrofoam straight/smooth surfaces?

I'm trying to get into lost foam (aluminum) casting, so I just build a styrofoam cutter ("frame" with a hot-wire). It's pretty difficult to handle because it melts trough the styrofoam so quickly and it's hard to hold perfectly straight and every movement makes an impression in the styrofoam part. I need some ideas on how to make a jig that makes it easy(er) to make smooth surfaces in the styrofoam part, I was thinking something that adjusts the distance between the hot wire and the table/surface and then just slide the styrofoam across the table/surface through the hotwire for making plates (easy), but I need to be able to change the distancee between the surface and the hotwire for different thinknesses but also somehow be able to make angles and hopefully also somehow ROUND PIECES AND CYLINDERS :o hope you can give me some inputs :D and even better some pictures, drawings and links thianks!

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Too much current Answered

I built a hotwire device to cut foam insulation. If I connect it directly to a 12 volt battery, it gets 'way too hot very quickly--the hotwire turns red almost immediately. However, if I connect the device to a wall charger rated at 5 volt/2amps, it works fine,if a little too cool for a good cutting speed. What's happening here?

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Winamp wireless remote controll

Ive made a winamp remote controll of a wireless keyboard.it was quite easy.take out the printcard and hotwire the chip :)Controll your music and video from your couch. Ive made mine on my living room table. Here`s a short clip of it in actionWinamp remote controll

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Why dont wall transformers have holes?

When i was making my homebrew hot wire for foam cutting, i noticed my 17V low amp transformer ((wall-mount) was getting really hot. So I question to my self, why the heck don't these things have holes? Would it be safe to get a project box from radioshack, Cut out the transformer, and if i want install a fan to keep it cool? or does dust wreck it? Also, theres no way to do hotwires and keep the transformers down right.. i mean its basically a short circuit, as why you try to make the wire hot to cut foam...

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High-tech tool (ie laser-cutter) gripe

You know, there are some high-tech tools that I'd like to have, and it's starting to annoy me that they're so SIMILAR, but there doesn't seem to be any way to combine them and save some of the costs. Consider your Laser cutter, your CNC router (for plastic or wood), your PCB milling machine, and your CNC hotwire foam cutter. All feature a major portion of their cost in a precision X-Y tool movement (and sometimes Z.) But can I switch tools (and perhaps bases) and convert one to another ? No! Sigh. The differences in tool and base properties are pretty significant; is there any way something like this might be possible?

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Is there a way to prevent blowing a home fuse with another fuse? Answered

This is probably the dumbest question I've asked, and I know that me asking it and why I'm asking it is going to scare so many decent people. But I can ensure you that I'm taking appropriate safety measures when I do these kind of things. My questions is: I can either buy or easily build some sort of portable breaker box? I would like this box to be a sort of "test platform" of sorts, so I can make things that will plug into a 110 outlet (say a hotwire cutter) and if (for some reason) I do have a short somewhere, I will trip the test platform breaker, and not the fuse in my apartment.  Reason I ask is I work graves, and it hard for me to meet up with my landlord. meaning, if I blow a fuse (which my apartment still uses) I will have to go 10+ hours on average before I can get it replaced. Thanks in advance! 

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(newsletter) Algae Bioreactor, Water Bottle Raft, Video Glasses...

Feb 5, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Making something sweet for your honey? Enter it in Valentine's Day: Sweet Treats Contest and win some fabulous gourmet chocolate-covered cocoa beans from Cocoa Puro, or a date with our own noahw!It's cold up here in the northern areas and we want to see your great ways to fight the chill in the Stay Warm Contest. Win a brand new sleeping bag!The Tap'dNY Keep the Bottle Contest has closed for entries and now it's time to vote! Head on over to the contest page and help choose who wins a Voltaic solar-powered backpack! Algae Bioreactor from Water Bottles by mfischer Magnetic Induction Bike Lights by nagutron Glasses Mounted Video Display by XenonJohn Build a Dome out of Paper (and Steel and Cement) by sklarm Win a date or gourmet chocolate covered cocoa beans! The Perfect Valentine's Gift! Fun with Bismuth by rachel Plastic Soda Bottle Prosthesis by CIRnetwork Nail-less, glue-less, almost screw-less bed by Tazo Five-cent Tilt Sensor by ix Make a Wall from Plastic Bottles by yotnomuk Gas Bottle Wood Burner by btop Build a Raft out of Water Bottles by Weissensteinburg Make Your Own Hotwire Cutter! by Creativeman Closes for entries this Sunday! Vote for your favorites! Friendly Folding Keychain by reconscious Remove Broken Light Bulbs with a Bottle by prabbit22m Solar Necklace T-Shirt by Plusea Extreme Surface Mount Soldering by doctek Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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I am looking to build a cheap (under $300) CNC machine that won't involve too much precise cutting... Answered

I have been interested in CNC for a while now, and now that I have a fairly good supply of money I think it's time to try my hand at building one. My criteria for the CNC are: *It has to be smallish (about 20" deep and up to 36" wide...) *I don't want to do too much precise cutting as I don't own a bandsaw. My cutting methods are hacksaw, Miter Saw, Jigsaw, and Circular saw... A kit would be nice (as in one with all parts included like the one oomlout will eventually come out with...) *I would only use it for foam most of the time, but it would be nice to be able to cut and carve wood and other materials as well. *A Hotwire machine might be nice... *I would like to build my own controller for it, because the prebuilt ones are expensive, right? *I would like it to have 30 inches x travel, 20 inches y travel, and up to 6 inches z travel. Like I said, it will probably do sheet foam most of the time, so even 6 inches or less z travel would probably be fine. Any of these sizes could be adjusted, I'm not set on the exact size... This machine would have to be able to work off of free or relatively inexpensive software. It would also have to be able to be stored 4 inches off the ground. I might bring it up to my benchtop when I use it, but it would be nice if it could stay down there on the shelf.

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Stick Rpg CompleteCheats

Stick RPG CompleteSubmitted by: RMCheat mode:Enter HEYZEUS!!!! as a user name to get 555 Stats and 10,000 to start the game.Save money:Start with your intelligence at maximum, then get a job and keep getting promotions until you are the CEO. Do not increase anything else or do anything else until you are Ceo with an intelligence level of 250. Then, stop increasing intelligence until you get a penthouse with a television. Watch the news until you have about 330 intelligence. You can then hot wire the car. The car is like the skateboard except faster and cooler.Easy money:First, start a bank account. You do not need much, but the more the better. Next, go into your apartment and sleep for a few days. The interest in the bank will earn money slowly. The more money you have, the more you will receive. This is very useful if you are trying to get a few stats. Buy the items that raise all of the stats when you sleep. Each night you sleep, you will get better.When you have 999 Intelligence, Charm, and Strength, get to -100 Karma by doing a lot of Drug deals and bar fights. Notice that you will receive an invitation in your home to join in an Election. Click on the 50,000 Election and you should win it. After that, sleep and you will get $5,000 a day.Save the game, then play blackjack. Bet all your money. If you lose, refresh and try again. Save the game each time you win more money.Note: While playing blackjack is an easy way to get money, it takes a long time to click the chips to bet. Instead, do not click them. Press [Tab] until the 500 chip is selected then hold [Enter] for a faster method.Red car:If you get over $500 you will get a new car.Commodities:While doing Commodities, before you leave the bus station to sell, make sure you have agun with 99 ammunition. Also make sure that you pump up Strength and Charm and lower your Karma for extra safety.Darts:When doing the darts, go for the lighter dart board. Convertible:Start out with unlimited intelligence and get the job of the CEO. Follow the first car cheat and get to day 381. Then, press C and you should be in a red convertible.President or Dictator:When it is 2,000 days and you have a castle and lots of money (200,000), you should be invited to have an election. For Dictator, have $200,000, Karma -100, 850+ Stats, CEO, and a castle ($500,000).For President, have $200,000, Karma 100, 750+ Stats, CEO, and a castle ($500,000).Funny messages 1:Whenever your stickman gets run over by a car, he will get one of three messages. One is from Sticknews, another from You Hit, They Run law agency, and the final one is is from Cash for Skidmarks' Inc.Funny messages 2:Give the boy who wants smoke exactly ten of them. He will die and you will get a message from a detective.Red Stickman:Keep robbing places.Kill kid on the corner:Keep giving the kid on the corner of the street cigarettes. He will eventually die from too much smoke inhalation.Sleeping:If you are trying to sleep very quickly, press [Tab] twice, [Enter], [Tab], [Enter] and repeat.Hint:Submitted by: Brandonto wake up at 12:00 am everyday, get a job or the HEYZEUS!!!! and purchase an alarm clock. this should wake up a little earlyer, next buy as many nicatinue pills as possible because every pill used + alarm clock will wake you up at 12:00 amHint:Submitted by: nathanstart the game enter HEYZEUS!!!! get 999 of charm intellagence and streinth get castle check email erace it you will get a lottory if its not when you leave the castle is in the bank choose 50000 you win go to bed you get 5000 each day hey you deserve it for all your hard work im still getting my presidensial account byeEasy money:Get an alarm clock ($200) and caffeine pills. You will be able to work four times a day.For a CEO this results in $2,400 per day. Note: This is also how you get a bus ride.Good karma:Go to the bum by the bar and keep giving him money. You will get good karma in return. Hint:Submitted by:adamif you start a new game and keep working as a CEO and dont rob any places you will get a white stick man. Hint:Submitted by: Daniel Householder to get a red stickman you can either kill the kid on the block and make a lot of deals in las vegas, you can also get into some barfights or you can rob places a lotHint:Submitted by:tim get some money then go to the bank and deposite all but 1 dollar. then go to casino and play black jack click on the token that says 0 on it and a 0 will be added to your money. you can repeat this as long as you want.Very Easy money:Submitted by: davidfirst become presedenant then sleep for 50 days put all your money in the bank and keep doing this.Hint:Submitted by: BoabaDO YOU NEED MOR MONEY? Buy 10 cocain or beer and travel to NJ or LA by bus. Make sure you have a cell phone and a gun with atleast 90 ammo. Sell your comidates and you will get a BIG profit.Hint:Submitted by: PManHi i have just found out a new hint for Stickman RPG:When you get your intelligence up to 330 you can steal a car but if you already have a yellow/red car go to sleep untill day 364 and you should get a message saying Congratzyou have been playing for a game year and you will recieve A BRAAANNNDD NEEEEWWW SPOORRRTTTSS CCAAARRRRbyeMoon walk:So to do the moon walk you hold up left right then you look like you walking forward but your going backwards Sports Car:After 365 stick days you should wake up and get some mail and a sports car!Changing colors:Purple - Win a lot of bar fightsWhite - Become PresidentRed - Rob banksBlue - Start of gameHint:Submitted by: ya mumto get easy money get all your cash out of the bank exepet for 1 doller and go to the casino and bet all of it al if u loose get out of it then back in to iit then u should still have all your cash. and if u win go save it then do it all over again keep doing this until u have alot of cashMoney Trick:Use the following trick for easy money and decreased Karma. Buy 20 pieces of cocaine from the person besides the pawn shop. Make sure every time you wake up it is midnight so you could catch up to the bus. Go to Los Angeles and sell the cocaine you bought for easy money. It is possible that your stick will be red.Cool car:To get a cool car get unlimited time and sleep until the number says like 365 which is a year. If you slept for a year in stick RPG then you get a cool car I guess. It happened to me. Take a bus:Get a alarm clock then get caffine pills go to sleep then go to the bus station and pik anywhere u want to go but its not wat u think it is.Wake Up Car:After you have hotwired the car by your home, enter it and go to your inventory. Press the go home button and go to sleep. After you wake up the next day, save your game and leave your home. You should start off inside your car.Hint:Submitted by: keithMake your car do the moon walk press up left and right together it you'll moon walkHint:Submitted by: hubfirst, buy a computer. the stocks can not go below 1 dollar. Buy as much of it as u can at 1 dollar than wait till it doubles or triples, easy & fast money. Hats:Go to twilly in Falconreach and put minigame prises.win big:If your new to this game listen to me. first make sure you are playing stick rpg complete. Now make your name HEYZEUS!!!! make sure you typed all of the !!!! marks and its all in caps.Now youy shold be playing. If you want to be prez or dictator follow this: prez=999 in all stats, 100 karma, a castle, a convetable, a ceo, and your stick figure has to be white. Dictator= 999 in all stats, -100 karma, a castle, a convertable, a ceo, and your stick has to be red. p.s. you have to wait 2000 days to have election and you need $20000.Skateboard tricks:When you have a skateboard and want to do a trick, hold [Shift] and press [Left], [Right], and [Up].Easy Money:Use the following trick for easy money and decreased Karma. Buy 20 pieces of cocaine from the person besides the pawn shop. Make sure every time you wake up it is midnight so you could catch up to the bus. Go to Los Angeles and sell the cocaine you bought for easy money. It is possible that your stick will be red.Hint:Submitted by: JoshTo get a red stick, just rob the bank a whole lot. you dont have to get away with money to turn red. you just have to have a gun with ammo, and click "Rob the place" when your at the bank and eventually, you will turn redHint:Submitted by: josephcomplete cheats:codes,HEYZEUS!!!! Tips,Sleep for 365 days(1 year) you will get a messege and press c and you can drive a hot rod or to get the yellow car neer apartment and hotwire it by geting 370 intelegence,become CEO evrey day do job and when you get enogh funds you can by a mansion tv satlite (for tv) computer bed!!more information email me at jprgameboy@hotmail.comHints:Submitted by: willeversteps for ultimate gameGOOD1 HEYZUES!!!! improtant (!!!!) 4=555 all stats, $100002 go to the house click on the car at your house hotwire it. 3 go to the bar out side is a bum click on him give him 10 dolars4 go to the pawn shop and buy a almarm clock 5 go to the school and use the gym till u have 999 strenth6 go back to the school with 5000 dollars and do `go to class`7 after u have finished th 5000 dollars if your not at 999 intelagence go to `study` 8 go to the big building beside the bank and ask for promptions till your ceo9 work till you have 600,000 dollars 10 buy the caslte at the bank11 go the bar and drink beer untill you have 999 charm12 make shure u have 100 karma13 go to your castle and sleep untill u get a letter asking to run for presedent 14 say yes 15 play as u wish u are presadent what more could u want u get 5000 dollars a night EVIL1 HEYZUES!!!! improtant (!!!!) 4=555 all stats, $100002 go to the house clic on the car at ur hose hotwir it. 3 go to the bar out side is a bum lick him and giv im 10 dolars ( holly shit ive never accidentally done something that funy)4 go to the pan shop and buy a alarm cock (lol) and knife5 go to the bar and bar fiht till u hav -100 karma6 go to the scool and go to clas until u hav 0 karma7 repet step 5 and 6 til u have 999 strengh and intelgense as well as -100 karma8 go to the bulding beside the bank and become ceo9 work until u have 600000 dolars9 drink ber until u hav 999 charm10 bar fite until u have -100 karma11 wait til u got an emal sain u can be dick-tater ( who wold wana be a dick made of taters) 12 say oui13 play as, want sorry for my BAD spellingHint:Submitted by: tjIf you start out with the name HEYZEUS!!!! you will get money and to get money get the ceo job and then you save to buy castleHint:Submitted by: DillanGet the car and get in and then press the direction pad and press c and the car raves its engineHint:Submitted by: wronTo get lots of money put 10,000 dollars in bank and sleep for 365 day you will wake up check your messages you will get a new car and in your bank is tons of cash, i got a castle fron doing this with money left over!!!Hint:Submitted by: JAKEIf u want a totally black screen while playing, hold "c" and the right arrow key at the same time.Hints:Submitted by: Jordy Give the bum by the bar lots of money until you turn white.Kill the kid that asks for smokes (10 smokes) then go by some coke then go to LA.Hint:Submitted by: mathewplay the game get at least 700 intelligence steel the car then get promotions until u r ceo the get a clock and caffeine pills the sleep go t work u should get $2,400 the go home save game then go to the casino bet all your money if u win u get lots if u8 lose close window and re-open it the keep repeating it and ull beHint:Submitted by: tomfirst put your name as HEYZEUS!!!!second when you have your stats and money save your file then go to the casino.next go to the blackjack table and bet all your money.if you win go to your house and save.if you lose quit the game and go to continue.keep doing this until you have 640,000 dollars.now go buy a castle.go to the furnishing store and buy everything.now go to your house and get on the computer.now buy all the stocks that are at 1 dollar.because the stocks cant go bellow 1.spend all your money.now sleep and next morning the stocks should go up.wait till they are about 2-4 dollars or more. then sell them you should make alot of money.if you get good at stock managing then you can make alot of money.this doesnt take long. about 1-2 hours depending on how good you are.i made over 1.2 mil in 15 mins. so give it a try.Cheat:Submitted by: ZaneGet mega money by either going to the casino and betting all it may take long but if you win save (also save before you go) press tab till its on the 500 and hold enter for faster betting also you can put all your money in the bank then wait untill the intrest is high then make a lot of money and put it in the bank and you will sky rocket up in money i did and got over 5 mil and im still going up.Hint:Submitted by: j&b;If you you are president or dictator get 1million$ and put it in bank. sleep till you get 1million with you. the keep with drawing 1million you should be very richHint:Submitted by: RobbieSave then get 1 mil then bet it all on blackjack. If you don't win then close down the game then log back on and do it again but when u do win save strait awayHint:Submitted by: Sidow21st get a lot of money(no loan)2nd go to Fine Line Furnishings3rd buy every thing there4th go back the next day5th buy every thing again (it has new stuff)6th if you bought every thing you should get more intelligence, Strength and charm everydayHint:Submitted by: Sidow2You need 200 charm 1st you need a gun ($400)2nd get money (CEO is best)3rd deposit money4rd rob the bank4rd-B or go to jail for 5 daysCheat:Submitted by: cODYFirst you must have a health lvl of 560. Use HEYZUES!!!! as your name at the start of the game your health will be at 560/560. go towards tthe edge of the area and fall off you should then have 560/570. Go home and sleep BANG extra hpChanging color:2 become white, u just go 2 work. 2 become red, u smoke, drink, rob, fight and buy cocaine.Hint:Submitted by: JulioHeres a good tip...buy alll the exercise things...and then sleep all the time...your strength will go up with your charm and intellgence...just from sleeping!!! ALSO! Do that Zeus thing from other tips...and you will get so much money fast...after you get 999 of all skillzHint:Submitted by: keaneto work at mcsticks you have to type in HEYZUES in capitals as password.to get are scateboard you have to buy smokes and give them to the blue person on the corner of path.Hint:Submitted by: rexxarWhen u get to one thousand days and when u get $200,000 -100 karma and a castle and ceo u get to become a dictator and its not 2,000 days its 1,000 days.Hint:Submitted by: SETHyou must play complete version of stick rpg you will have a car outside your house click on it to hot wire the press c to drive then hold c to make the screen blink black makes stickman like hes in a invisable car.Easter Egg - Back Wards Cars:Sometime when u put Heyzeus!!!!. U might see a car driving backwards.(It doesn't realy have to be HEYZEUS!!!! as ur name but thats a different code)Cocaine:Dont go to a place with to much cocaine the cops find you and your sent to jail u lose your gun and your stuff.Gambling win:Take out a loan at the bank,then click repay loan.type minus and then the amount that you want(repeat this as many times as you like).then gamble it at the casino and hope you win.if you dont then start a new game and try again.Hint:Submitted by: freddydavebobsmithgrayomif you are in a bar fight and it freezes instead of clicking it froze just click the done button on the fighting bar and it should come back to life... do this every time it freezes and finish off your enemy =]Cheat:Submitted by: Shawn JTo become prez all u have 2 do is have a castle be ceo and haf 200,000$ because that is the best chance to win election and you don't have to wait 1000 days,i was prez at 400 days.Hint:Submitted by: CazzerTo become dictator you have to have been playing for 1000 days, On the 1001 day you will get an answering machine message asking you to become dictator of sticks, the more money you put in the more chance you have of winning the electionHint:Submitted by: EvaWhen you have a lot of money, take it all out of your bank acount and save the game. Then go to the Casino and bet it all on blackjack. If you win, save your game and you will get double money. If you lose however, just dont save, exit, and go back and all your money will be returned to you.Hint:Submitted by: AndrewIf you want to sell stuff in other citys but don't want bad karma sell beer insted of cocain.Bank Glitch:Submitted by: CamerantGet some money. Then go to the bank and put a 0 before it than deposit. Might only work with even number like 02000, 01000 etc. You'll deposit that much and keep half. Email gnicol116@aol.com Bye! hope it helps it did for me.Easy Strength + Charm:Submitted by: brodyAn easy way to build strength and charm is to buy the mansion and the treadmill from the furniture store. Next, go to the convinience store and buy a whole bunch of smokes. Then, go stand one pace away from entering your mansion. Then all you have to do is smoke until your health is too low to smoke any more (you will be prohibited to smoke automaticly, so don't worry about dieing) then enter your house and sleep whickh will raise you health and strength. Continue this until desired.Cheat:Submitted by: shaun when you have a castle + $200,000 + the job as a CEO + 100 karma and have played for a virtual year you should be invited to have an election, accept and choose the $200,000 campaing and you should become presidentnote: when you are president you can not work and you get $5000 when you sleepCheat:Submitted by: BOOBhold forward and backwards in the car put your bonet over the edge near the mansion and make sure u just start the game or i wont work btw u can fall thogh ground why u on the road and went u respawn u start with 999 everthing and preisdent and castle and 9000,00000 money.Here are some cheats for stick Rpg CompleteCheat:Submitted by: samto be director get 999 on every thing but karma, a castle and 200,000 dollars and sleep till 999 days egzactly and you have a messeage read then erase then you get another message and choose the 200,000 dollar option (if u kill people you cant be presidant).

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