Homemade shop urinal?

Any plumbers out there? I know that to some this sounds pretty gross, but I would like some ideas on how this might be done. I am not aware of all of the possible pipe fittings and combinations and ways of hooking things up. I have a homemade "sink" that I made out of one of those plastic storage containers and I have a hose bib as my faucet. As a side note, anyone know of an affordable but efficient "on demand" water heater, for the purpose of washing various shop related things? Anyway, I was thinking that there might be a way to maybe put a 45 degree fitting below the drain and run it out to a point to where it would be easily accessible. I would think that just running the water down the drain would sort of clean the pipe, and I would just have to maybe fill a cup with water and pour it down the 45 after using it to clean that part out. Meant to mention that I'm a man. I'm sure that's a useful piece of information! Also, meant to say that I have the pipe drain going down through the floor of the shop. It's then connected to a 90 and it runs the length of the building underneath the ground. I had drilled holes every inch or so along that whole length so that some of the water etc goes out all along that length and seeps into the ground and not just all the way to the end. Thanks for any ideas.

Question by stevecinstrfme   |  last reply


Bicycle & Folding Shopping Cart

I've been trying to find some DIY instructions on how to attach a folding shopping cart to a bicyle, but get no where. I once saw someone on a bike who did just that, but I didn't get a close look at it. Nor did I ask them how they did it. Both of us were on errands, so.... Anyone out there who can figure out how to do this, without welding & metal bar cutting, as I don't have such tools to do that. However, if a hacksaw will work for any cutting needed... Thanks

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wood shop project ideas??

So for my shop class i have to make a project using wood and whatever else i want but idk what to do i wanna do something video game related so suggestions please !(no weapons) shields allowed

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Design Shop CNC Plasma Cutting

Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum. So, I'd like to introduce myself. I design cut ready DXF files for CNC cutting systems. The site is http://freedxf.com/shop/motorsport-16/. My business is dedicated to offering high quality design work for CNC cutting systems. Our designs are high quality, polyline DXF files optimized for CNC cutting. We offer our services to over 12,000 CNC service providers around the world. And, by the way, I do have some designs I was hoping to share with you all. Is there a particular area where I should post my designs?

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How strong are typical shop vacuums?

As in, how many mmHG would it be able to sustain consistently if there are no losses from the hose. I want to know since I want to substitute an expensive lab grade pump with something I already have if it can do the same job. I primarily intend to use it to filter water from an iron oxide powder (I want the oxide so I can try my hand at making some thermite).

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Where to buy enamel paint(online shops)?

Hello! I live in croatia, and I can't seem to find what im looking for here.  I am searchng for a shop that sells all kind of automotive paints, and ALSO has worldwide shipping! Im searching for the Bronze enamel paint, as I have to paint my Motorcycle, which is made of plastic. Also, I am not looking for aerosol paints, just the ones in the bucket..

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I hear about it through Tech Shop

I went to the I3d summit this past week during the Autodesk event in Vegas. I found out about this event through the new Techshop Chandler location, and with my ASU ID I got a free ticket to the event which was awesome. I was mainly interested in this event to find out more about design software and 3d printers. I found the event to be very useful for getting a general idea of what the industry is doing and where it is going. Being a non engineering or design expert, just a guy with an interest, I didn't get as much as I would have I liked. I heard from a lot of speakers but one of the most interesting to me was Alice Taylor who is CEO of MakieLab. She was one of the few speakers who are currently running a competently 3D printer based company and discussed how they have found success. Also, the key note speaker, Jeff Ma, was very interesting and drove home one of the main points of the day; just try, don't put to much time or effort into over thinking, put more into action. That is kind of the vibe that I got from the whole event, that a lot of people don't know what this industry is but there much hope for its growth and impact on society. www.techshop.ws

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SHop where I can buy everything for DIY?

Hello! I am constantly looking for an online shop that sells various metals, adhesives, materials in general, parts, tubing etc.. AND had worldwide shipping, but it seems there is none. I would like to buy online because all those materials and parts in my country costs a fortune, so DIY is not so good here... I would like to find a site that has all the things that McMaster has, but with worldwide shipping. P.S: Does mcmaster have worldwide shipping?

Question by dsirotic   |  last reply


Anyone with RV experience? Want a plug-in shop truck

I'm in the process of buying a used ambulance to turn into a shop truck - concept is park it anywhere and use it as a power/air station and tool room. I know ambulances have super beefy alternators and inverters (maybe dedicated generators?) but I'd like to be able to run tools with the engine off - how difficult would it be to have a plug in system like on a RV? Could I just have a standard battery charger built into the frame and plug that in? Thanks for any advice!

Topic by Macinations   |  last reply


Shop Organization Tips and Practices from 03/17/2019

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Where to buy MURIATIC ACID & PEROXID in UK ??? What kind of shop ???

Hi ... where can I buy MURIATIC ACID (HCL, hydrogen chloride) and PEROXID in UK ??? What kind of shop should I go and ask for it ??? Is there an different name for the muriatic acid in UK English ??? And what about peroxid ??? In a chemist's / drug store ??? Thank you for your advice... Zholy

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Air compressor set-up/not just for cars

Ive got all the fixns<need to run aroun 10x12 garage

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Where can I find brushes for a Chicago Electric 4" grinder Item#91222 ?

Do they cross reference to something else?

Question by deanl4664   |  last reply


How to paint a design on a car?

In auto shop are teacher is allowing us to bodywork to different degrees, and has allowed to to paint designs on the car such as our school logo. How would we go about painting on a logo or any other design. I figure we would need to clean the surface and possibly remove some of the finish to make sure the paint doesn't flake off. Any help is appreciated.

Question by flashanimator   |  last reply


Can someone help me to identify an unusual type of pliers?

I have been lent an unusual type of pliers, which I have found to be very handy to work with wire chains, but I would like to buy myself a pair, but have no idea what to search for. If anyone has any ideas to what these are called that would be brilliant!

Question by ChrisM590   |  last reply


vaccum forming?

How big of shop vac i need ? i had i lil one it only sucked at 3 it formed but not all the way im doing slot car boddies do i need a bigger one ?

Question by cameron181   |  last reply


Multi-function, multi-materials workshops?

I'm on a small rural acreage. My shop situation is that I’ve got two separate, fairly compact spaces for working with wood (or general “handyman” repairs for the home) and for working with metal (cutting, welding, grinding, etc). My metal area is where I also often work with small-engine equipment. These spaces are located inconveniently, separated by nearly 100 feet! I think about how I might like to combine functions under one roof. So I’m posting to try to coax some of you people to show me how you may have done this. Or examples you've found on the internet (give URLs). Obviously, no one wants to get sawdust into an area where torch flames or electric-welding sparks could cause a hazard. And you wouldn’t want to get engine lubricants or solvents mixed up with wood projects. Discussion and description are fine, but I’d really like to see pictures or floor-plan diagrams if possible.  I need examples that represent modest investment, as I could probably only afford to build an enclosure of about 16x24 ft, with a bay door. ( Yes - could probably learn something from shops that are somewhat bigger than this.) In grandfather's day, farm shops were usually multi-purpose. You know, for "bench carpentry", and maintaining or servicing the truck or tractor, welding bailer components back together, etc. Often had a tablesaw, maybe a bandsaw - besides the hoist, welders, socket wrenches. I suppose sometimes a fire did occur in one shop or another, but probably not often.  I'd like to see some more modern versions, rather than just the "version" I have in terms of vague memories. Thanks.

Question by Joel_BC   |  last reply


METAL LATHE?

HOW CAN I MAKE A SIMPLE METAL LATHE TO DO HOBBY WORK IN MY SHOP PS. I DONT OWN A BANK AND CAN PRETTY MUCH DO ANYTHING WITH TOOLS ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED CHEERS!

Question by tskil5   |  last reply


Can anyone identify this jigsaw? Answered

I have an old jigsaw, but I can't find its specs. I lost the box, and Googling it failed too. Does anyone here know anything about this?

Question by Shagglepuff   |  last reply


What are some createive ideas for an old piston?

My shop teacher gave me 2 old pistons from a tractor and told me make something creative outta them does anyone have any ideas???

Question by Don,t try this at home   |  last reply


can magnetism go through Bronze? Answered

If anybody is near a metal shop and you know they have bronze can you see if the bronze will keep magnetism from penetrating the other side? You should take some light weight iron and a strong magnet and see if they attract.

Question by jbaker22   |  last reply


Heat transfer through cement

I have a garage on top of garage because my land is on a hill. The lower garage is all concrete all the way around including the ceiling. The floor in the upper garage is the cement from the roof of the lower garage. I want to heat the upper garage, but I know the floor will always be really cold because it is cement and the lower garage is not heated. The lower garage does stay quite a bit warmer than outside temps.My question is this, If I heat the lower shop, will the floor in the upper garage and the upper garage that is insulated be warm as well? Or am I better off just heating the upper shop and having a cold floor? I spend a lot of time in the garage and would like it comfortable when I am in there. ThanksJed

Question by jedidieah   |  last reply


Carpenter Chisel Sharpening Technique? Answered

I have a rather abused Carpenter Chisel that I inherited. It has plenty of 'blade' left on it, just alot of dings. I've attempted to sharpen it with a metal file I have in the shop, and have had mixed results. I was hoping someone could share their technique.

Question by StickStoneBone   |  last reply


Brick floor?

I'm Yeti-gone-awry! I want to rebuild my shop and to put in a new floor or have one poured would cost about $1300.00 of which I'm a little short of. I was in Colonial Williamsburg last week and in the Blacksmith shop I noticed they had a brick floor. The bricks were laid close together. I have bricks, a lot of bricks. I could lay down a layer of gravel then a layer of sand and then put the bricks in, but should I lay them next to each other w/o spaces between them or lay them a 1/2 inch apart on all sides and sweep in mortar mix between them and wet them down? I know that if I bring in a milling machine I'll have to pour a thick pad for it. Thank you. Chuck

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Yet another automobilia question! Answered

So I saw this pretty little thing on the side of the road up near Green lake, Washington, one Aurora, and i have been wondering what make it is ever since. Anyone have any information? PS: its in a European repair shop, if that helps at all

Question by Hackrtanman   |  last reply


3d printer

Hello I was looking into making my first 3d printer so I decided to choose something simple so I found this: http://printrbot.com/shop/simple-makers-kit/ Any recommendations of any other simple printer or comments on if this is a good printer to make  thank you in advance-TDC

Topic by ThinkDesignConstruct   |  last reply


iphone 5 solidpart

I'm a middle school shop teacher and am looking for a basic iphone 5 and 6 solidworks file for students to modify and print in our 3D printers.  The ones I've found are all created in a version of Solidworks newer than the one we use.  Any suggestions?  Does anyone have a file like this?

Topic by kkroon5   |  last reply


Is 3/4 inch to thin to make furniture out of?

I am looking of making a entertainment stand and a desk.  I went to a speciality wood shop and bought 3/4 inch red oak plywood.  I am having second thoughts thinking I probably should of gotten the 1 inch. Do you think I will be ok with the 3/4?

Question by twin8885   |  last reply


dust protection for computer and router?

Im the designer for a plastic/wood furniture shop. I'm having problems keeping dust from computers, even with equipment not in the workshop.  (office on the side) what would be the best design to keep airflow for computers and hardware but minimize the dust. Thansk. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/19129520/Photo%20Jan%2016%2C%202%2035%2047%20PM.jpg

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How can I permanently soundproof a Jewellery studio?

One day I plan on making my own home studio including Painting, Sewing and most importantly Jewellery making. How can I soundproof a studio where there is sawing, filing, drilling, etc. from escaping a room or basement in a house, without causing a fire hazard (ie. blankets)?

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Where can I purchase a semi thin (less than a half inch thick) metal Answered

Would not be flimsy at ~6 feet long? I need this for a track dolly I am making. Some sort of I beam would work, but it needs a flat section that is about an inch wide. I mean, what kind of store, or what kind of online shop.

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I am trying to build a table like this. How could I go about getting a piece of aluminum shaped to fit my table?

Here is a picture of the table -  http://drp.ly/1D0bcb? I don't think I would be able to shape it myself.  Is a machine shop my only option?  Do they have online sites that can make something like this? Thanks.

Question by twin8885   |  last reply


Where to start on a custom LED stand? Answered

I have this awesome globe. The continents are transparent, and the water is translucent. The south is flat and translucent. When I shine a light through the bottom, it gets partially diffused at the base and lights up the translucent surface.I want to make a small stand to hold the globe, plus an arduino nano and some LED. I'm lacking in shop skills, so I'm looking for resources on useful materials and similar projects.

Question by leaf26   |  last reply


What should I need to know before I buy an air compressor? Answered

I understand that one advantage of air compressors is the number of tools that you can adapt to them. I would like to know the difference between an oil free air compressor and another. What size air compressor is perfect for home shop use? Thank you in advance for all your help.

Question by blkhawk   |  last reply


Where to find all the cheap materials online?

Hello,  As many materials are hard to find in my country(for example foam boards) i would like to order them online. BUT WHERE? I am looking for a site that has adhesives(epoxy,hot glue, silicone), foam boards(foam core, foam spray) wood, plastic(plexiglass), fiberglass, and paints too.. is it possible? I can't find all of those on ebay..

Question by dsirotic   |  last reply


Tennis court resurface push tool. I want to push a large "cheese grader " device.

I'm wanting to make a large "cheese grader" type tool that I can push.. It would skim the high points and deposit and clay in low points. I can't use wheels because the grader would follow the contour , when in face it needs.. Leveling .. Thanks anyone who cares :)

Question by Boylanmj   |  last reply


dismantle a clip-on lamp?

i'm looking for "single socket cord lighting" for hanging lanterns- as shown here: http://www.centralchef.com/storefrontprofiles/processfeed.aspx?sfid=123094&i;=248782791&mpid;=7714&dfid;=1 does anyone know how to dismantle a clip-on lamp like this one: http://dormbuys.com/shop/product/876?source=webgains&siteid;=14880 in order to salvage the still-functioning socket & wiring? any direction would be much appreciated, thanks in advance

Question by movexiaomoguai   |  last reply


From “garage” concept to multi-materials workshop: ideas, layouts?

The common concept of a “garage” (the ’man cave’ stereotype) is a place to work on cars and/or motorcycles. How could this be adapted to be a place, under a single roof, to work on small engines, and projects chiefly involving wood as the material, and ones made from steel and/or other metals? Situation: I’ve now got two separate and pretty compact spaces on my rural acreage for working with wood and for working with metal (including work with small-engine equipment). These spaces are located at inconvenient distance.  I’m wanting to conceptualize how I might combine functions under one roof. Needn’t be said: no one wants to get sawdust into the area where torch flames or electric-welding sparks could cause a hazard. And you wouldn’t want to get engine lubricants or solvents mixed up with wood projects, or near flames.  There are people who have done this combo successfully, but few available layout diagrams or photos on the internet - I’ve searched, a lot!  I need input, hopefully including some illustrations of examples.  I’ll only be able to afford a modest investment, possibly 16x24 ft building or a bit larger, with a bay door. (Part of what a bay door would facilitate would be taking welding processes just out of the shop, to work on outdoors during fair weather.) I know that just a few decades ago small-farm shops were often multi-purpose, and used for "bench carpentry", also for maintaining or servicing the truck or tractor, welding bailer components back together, etc. They often had a tablesaw and a bandsaw - besides the hoist, welders, cabinets of wrenches… certainly both a woodworking vice and a “bench vise” for metal. Can you help?  Thanks. (For you who think my question sounds familiar, sorry: I'm just trying again with a new subject line and rephrasing some of my explanation.)

Question by Joel_BC   |  last reply


Are there small car-like motors out there?

I've been wanting to teach myself more about mechanics, and I want to work on a rebuild project. There are problems though: my workshop is small, I don't have a shop-crane, and there's not a lot of money to put into it. I was wondering If there are any motors that are just like that of a car's that are small, cheap, and readily available. I've taken apart a few two- and four- stroke engines, nothing more than a lawnmower. I want to self-educate myself more. Thanks.

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Home Made AC for building/Workshop

I was curious   what   if  i  put a 16 cubic ft. chest  freezer in  my  small work  building   and  filled  75 % fullof  water . once frozen i  could  install and  4 inch pvc pipe in  one side  and  then another in the opposite  side.  On days i would  be working in my shop  for   a few  hours   if i pushed air  through  the   pipe  and  recieved  cold  air  out the other side.   Wonder how long  this would work  or would  it  work  at all? Andy

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I need to know how to wire a 3 phase motor to put out three phase current by running it off a single phase motor .?

I used to run three phase machines by wiring a separate three phase motor to the machine motor while spinning the motor with a single phase motor I know this sounds strange but when you can't get three phase to your shop need to improvise. This was common in country side barns in my neck of the woods back in the 70's. Thanks Nick

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In Boston?

Hey!If you're around on Friday Nights, come to MITERS!We have build parties every Friday from 7:30 on, at N52-115.We're a bunch of students with a penchant for inventionWho run this complete machine shop, EE lab, and creative haven, with lots of space for large projects.Everything goes, from motorcycles to electronic clothing, with a good helping of logic, lasers, microcontrollers and motors.Instructables itself came out of MITERS!Here's our instructables group.Here's our website.Here's our location.

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Replacement suction motor housing?

I have a couple of motors and fans from domestic vacuum cleaners that got their casings damaged beyond(main user acceptable) repair. Having just started using a router, my next project has to be a cyclonic dust collector. Rather than used the current domestic vacuum I'd like to utilise one of the salvaged suction units, has any one got advice or suggestions on mounting/ design of a shop vac? As they were a quick salvage job on the way to the tip I didn't get much of a look at how things went together, filter arrangements etc

Question by Stan1y 


Linseed oil health dangers? Answered

 I frequently get linseed oil on my hands when I finish my woodworking, is it a health hazard? I sure like the smell! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm told that linseed oil is edible until boiled. After it's boiled, it becomes hazardous if eaten (that's why you don't cook with flax oil, heat alters it). Is it a danger to the skin? Thank you!! `Neph P.S. I'm using genuine, pure boiled linseed oil. It's not synthetic. I added a totally random picture, for your enjoyment. :D

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