r/DIY 4d ago

weekly thread General Feedback/Getting Started Questions and Answers [Weekly Thread]


General Feedback/Getting Started Q&A Thread

This thread is for questions that are typically not permitted elsewhere on /r/DIY. Topics can include where you can purchase a product, what a product is called, how to get started on a project, a project recommendation, questions about the design or aesthetics of your project or miscellaneous questions in between.


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r/DIY 1d ago Plus One

META On June 12th r/DIY will go dark for at least 48 hours in protest of Reddit's API changes that will kill 3rd party apps and impact accessibility.


Starting on July 1st, Reddit has decided to impose exorbitant charges on third-party app developers (Relay, Reddit is Fun, Apollo, Baconreader, Narwhal, etc.) for utilizing their API. This decision has far-reaching consequences that not only hinder app developers but also affect the experience of moderators and users alike, including impacting accessibility. The lack of function in Reddit's official app has made far from a complete solution for moderators, and left many users dissatisfied with their experience with it as well.

​In response to this situation, r/DIY has joined with other subreddits in a coordinated effort. We believe that unity is essential in driving change and advocating for the rights of app developers and the overall user experience. To amplify our message and demonstrate the strength of our concerns, barring any significant positive changes in Reddit's plan,

r/DIY will be participating in a blackout starting on June 12th, lasting at least 48 hours.

During this blackout period, the subreddit will be set to private, rendering it inaccessible to all users. This collective action is intended to raise awareness and urge Reddit to reconsider their recent API changes. Our primary goal is to initiate a productive dialogue with Reddit, leading to a reversal of the detrimental modifications they have implemented.

We understand that this blackout may cause temporary inconvenience to our community, and for that, we apologize. However, we firmly believe that this short-term disruption will bring long-term benefits for every user. By standing together with other subreddit communities, we hope to send a clear message to Reddit and foster a meaningful conversation about the future of their API policies.

In the meantime, we encourage you to let reddit know that you disagree with their planned changes

​There are a few ways you can express your concerns:

  • Sign this open letter to Reddit

  • Share your thoughts on other social media platforms, spreading awareness about the issue.

  • Show your support by participating in the Reddit boycott for 48 hours, starting on June 12th.

​We appreciate your understanding, support, and active participation in this important endeavor. It is through the strength and dedication of our community that we can strive for a better Reddit experience for everyone involved.


Further info:

(For mods of other subreddits who will be participating, if you need it feel free to copy this message entire or in part to your subreddit.)

r/DIY 15h ago

other DIY Corsi-Rosenthal box with legs. Instructions included. A 15 minute solution to those affected by air quality issues.

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r/DIY 11h ago

other How to build DIY box fan air purifier for $60

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r/DIY 8h ago

automotive I Made A Full 4L60E Transmission Removal, Teardown, Rebuild, and Installation series

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Here is a step by step guid to completely removing, rebuilding and reinstalling a 4L60E transmission.

r/DIY 58m ago

other Can I paint a stained fence?


I might have made a mistake and painted a newly replaced section of my pressure treated fence with Olympic Ascent Waterproofing clear sealant with the intention to add an extra layer of protection before actually painting over with a specific color to match the rest of the fence. Now I am reading online that the paint might not stick to the sealant. Is there anything I can do to make this still work?

r/DIY 4h ago

other So excited to engrave Totoro on my new water botlle !


r/DIY 35m ago

other Which direction to face fan?


I have a portable AC in my living room and my adjacent bedroom gets hot (there's very little insulation in my bedroom and my place has extremely high ceilings).

I have a really strong fan and want to move cold air into my bedroom--is it best to face the fan towards or away from my bedroom?

r/DIY 4h ago

help Damaged French door glass


Double pane French door. One side is damaged and need to be replaced. I’m so heartbroken.

I figure start by removing screws on backside


r/DIY 9h ago

other Here is the air filter design I've been using for a few years now.


Since everyone else seems to be sharing their build I figured I'd pitch in. This uses a 3M Filtrete 20x25x4" MPR 1550 mounted on a Honeywell 18" TurboForce Power Air Circulator HF910V1 using the box the fan came in as a shroud/duct to hold the filter on, with some cutting and taping using packing tape. Also has a Honeywell Universal Carbon Prefilter on the intake side, also basically taped on around the perimeter. The prefilter sheet isn't wide enough to cover the whole backside so I put two strips of it side by side, overlapping, and velcro'd them together with the velcro strips that come with the prefilter. This thing works great and actually moves a ton of air.

The thicker filter will last longer and allow more air flow due to the increased surface area (it's pleated), compared to a typical 1" thick filter. The fan I picked is also pretty effective too it seems. Other fans I've done this with couldn't generate enough static pressure to push very much air through the filter but this one does alright. Btw leave a plenum (empty space) between the filter and fan, don't ask me why but I've read this helps, I got that idea from the plans I used for the laminar flow hood I built for mycology. I seated the filter down to about where that crease is that you can see on the side pieces. I think it's about 3" or so of a gap.


r/DIY 5h ago

other Can you use 5x5 post sleeve on a 4x4 post?


Can you use 5x5 post sleeve on a 4x4 post? Sister has materials already but the post sleeves are 5x5 and the 4x4 has a lot of room to move around inside? Did she buy wrong stuff?

r/DIY 4h ago

other How to make two floating docks same height above the water


I have one dock that sits 18" above the water. I have been offered another dock for free that sits about 13" above the water. I would like to connect the docks so it's one large platform. What are the cost effective options to have them at the same distance over the water?

r/DIY 3h ago

home improvement Is Bondo resin for bathtub cracks toxic to breathe in?


Question is title

r/DIY 6h ago

home improvement sliding door without gaps?


tried searching but not find anything specific

its for a bathroom, and i would like to close the gaps

  • would a jamp on the sides and top + silicone weather strips + rubber draught excluder be enough?

i will DIY the whole thing - door, sliding rail, jamp etc


ps: i dislike sliding doors, but a swinging door would be in the way most the time

r/DIY 6h ago

other Linoleum painting


Has anyone successfully painted linoleum flooring before? If so what process and products did you use? I’ve seen a few different ones online but looking at reviews for some of the paint options has me worried I’ll get the project done and things will start to peel off.

r/DIY 9h ago

outdoor How can I turn a large stone in my yard into a bird bath?


I have a large stone in my front yard roughly 5' x 3' and can't afford to have it removed so I want to turn it into a bird bath, large enough to put a small solar fountain pump in it. What would be a good way to go about carved into the stone without any high end tools. I had thought maybe a masonry drill bit to make holes and then a chisel to knock the segments out, but didnt know if that would be a good idea or not. I appreciate any advice.

r/DIY 18h ago

help Has anyone see a bird bath fountain like this or have any ideas how to disassemble to access the pump for maintenance /for restoration purposes?


Here are some images. I've tried to search this fountain via google images but have found nothing. They may be seized, but as of my initial fiddling I can't spin the frogs or the fish to remove them from the pipes. I left some text under a few images in the link below to explain what is shown.


r/DIY 12h ago

other Question Can I use rits fixative on non rits dyes?


(I hope this is the right sub.)

We made tie dye in school, she says to use dishwasher soap, after 24 hours but my employee says use rits dye fixative, thing is I don’t know what kind of dye she used and if it matters. (The dye in question were powder at first of course in a small bottle then she would put water in a spray bottle and some of the powder. like the colors that were chosen so would it work, or will it mess up?

r/DIY 6h ago

other Paint sample crafts


Hey everyone! Does anyone have any good ideas for things to do with extra paint samples? I like to get free paint samples from Lowe’s and I want something to do with them

r/DIY 7h ago

other Edging for stone


I’m doing a 12 x 12 area with 3/4 inch stone. I need about a ton to do it around 1.5 to 1.75 inches deep which is sufficient for my needs. However the last few feet of one side slope down a bit, about a half inch. While I can level that off with rock, I’m concerned about what edging to use. No dog wouldn’t work since it’s the same height and the slope would show. Shovel edge and putting in plastic edging might work but it’s a pretty rooted area so it might have some hiccups. I suppose I could do larger rocks but that’s gets pricey.

Any other tips?

r/DIY 7h ago

home improvement Tips for my basement floor?


My basement floor is very rough concrete which I currently have covered in EVA foam mats. Due to a pipe leak, I have to replace the mats but I can't figure out what I want to replace it with.

I could do more EVA foam, but with 6 cats, they'll tear it to shreds. I found some EVA foam with carpet but I don't really want carpet in the basement. Wood isn't ideal due to cost, since I have a super limited budget. I'm also trying to stay with thinner materials because my ceiling is 6' and I'm 5'11"

r/DIY 13h ago

woodworking How do I Fix this Broken Drywall for the Shelf to Reattach Properly?


We have a lot of these wire shelves that attach to the walls on the side. My youngster decided it was a good stepstool! There are two bent shelves that I can replace, but the drywall broke and I'm not sure what to do so that the new shelving can properly attach to the repaired drywall.

I googled wire shelving repair and find a lot about replacing anchors, clips and parts but nothing on repairing the drywall and reattaching when there is no stud at that location. Do I need to make a larger drywall replacement or are there other tricks or ideas from my DIY friends?

Thank you!


r/DIY 8h ago

help Seeking advice on repainting exterior of front door.

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The lower half is flaking a lot so I plan to remove as much as possible and re-caulk windows as needed. Several areas are old (bad) repairs with wood scraps etc. Should I just use wood fill in gaps, sand, and paint?

r/DIY 8h ago

other Quick drying glue that works on foam (like a pool noodle)



So I'm trying to glue some pool noodles together and I can't let them dry for a long time so I was hoping someone knew about a quick-drying glue that won't chew into the foam? I tried hot glue at a lower temp and that didn't work for obvious reasons. Hoping there's something good out there for me to use.

Thanks in advance!

r/DIY 10h ago

help Help: What Can I do to Modify a Sofa Bottom to Make Brackets Fit


Hi, I have a sofa that I ordered legs from the manufacturer. However, the brackets do not fit the bottom (plywood) since the holes do not align. The manufacturer basically told me the sofa is an older version and the legs they provided only work with the newer version.

My guess I need to get the threads but what other tools/items would I need to make this DIY easier/less mistakes? Here is a photo showing the issue and the brackets supplied:


r/DIY 6h ago

other My DEWALT 60 Volt String Trimmer (DCST970X1)

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r/DIY 8h ago

outdoor Pest Control Help (Ants red& black), silverfish & burrowing bees


Hey all! My wife and I are new homeowners and I have no knowledge of pests. Previously we have had some bad experiences with places we have lived. We live in South East, NJ USA. We live in a densely wooded area preserved mostly by the state wildlife laws. I had an exterminator come out to my house 2 weeks ago for HUNDREDS of ant colonies in my backyard. The number of ant colonies I was told was "greater than anything I have ever seen" by the technician who sprayed. No activity has been seen in the house yet *knock on wood* but after 2 weeks I am still seeing more ants than I would like.

Can you help me figure out what products/ techniques would work best? I have 0 grass in my backyard currently it's all weeds and sand patches so I am ok if the chemicals are going to kill the grass. I plan to start fresh this Fall.

I thought these might be good (but please LMK your thoughts).

1) granular https://www.domyown.com/bifen-lp-insecticide-granules-p-227.html

2) Spray https://www.domyown.com/tempo-sc-ultra-p-215.html

3) Spray (option #2) https://www.domyown.com/talstar-professional-insecticide-p-97.html