Would normally put this under "Ask Win" but the DIY community seems more appropriate as it's home workshop related.

I've watched several informational videos on ensuring bandsaw blade tension is set correctly. I know the proper tension varies with the size of the blade, so for reference this is a 10" saw with a 1/2" blade.

When cutting anything thicker than half an inch, I often run into what I can only describe as an intermittent whirring sound. It only shows up when feeding wood into the blade, and while it would seem to be related to trying to feed the wood too fast, there often is not a steady increase in the sound, but more than it suddenly starts and then only goes away when I stop feeding the wood into the blade all together.

The denser the wood, the more likely this is to happen as well. Guide bearings are not spinning during this process, so it's not that the blade is deviating side to side or pushing back due to feed rate and riding on the back bearing.

Is this an issue with the blade tension not being enough?

Additionally, was resawing a 2x4 of about 10" in length today, cutting it into two 1x4's, and the blade deviated by about 1/16" off course and then back. After the cut was done, it had done this deviation around a knot that was in the wood. I don't know that I've cut a whole lot of wood since I got the bandsaw last year, probably 20 feet of wood total has gone through it, most of it less than 1" thick. Is this just a case of the factory blade being cheap garbage and it is now getting to dull?

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posted ago by DR534 ago by DR534

Yesterday, the plastic handle on the bathtub temperature mixing valve broke. Inconvenient, so off to the hardware store.

Easy repair, right? Just take a broken piece of plastic off and replace it. Except now, when you twist for Hot water, it's Cold. And visa-versa. It makes no sense!

Have you ever done a repair that left you scratching your head afterwards?

I don't want to make an account for some kind of novelist site or whatever and i figured if i'm going to become a long-term, involved member of the community (after i get over the culture shock, Reddit migrant; see post history of curious), i might as well share my hobbies/"creations" with you folks :D

i been wanting a large sterling engine and cant make it myself... its actually vary simple but i don't have the skills to make it. something like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bY9aPuJhhw if your interested fell free to message me and we will talk.


Anyone got any adcice for tearing out oul caulking and cleaning out mildew? Also anybadvice for applying new caulk? I wanna do this project myself but have 0 experience with sealant.


I am looking into buying a moore version 2 jig borer off of ebay. Apparently the tooling for these is very expensive. So I can find the correct taper for boring bar tool holders for decently cheap. If I got say a half inch boring bar holder would that also be able to hold endmills or fly cutters? I.e. once you get the tool holder on the spindle the holder-to-tool connection is it just a cylinder with a setscrew and you can stick anything that fits in it? Also would I need a collet chuck?


Wasn't sure where to ask this but this sub seemed full of good ideas.

I have a tree that grew up next to corner of house. A storm knocked it over onto house. Tree cut and removed but stump left (I wasn't part of this situation nor if I had known would have allowed a tree to grow there).

Couple years later tree is sprouting. No one wants to remove it as it might damage foundation. I have poisoned it, drilled into it then poison again, poured salt on it, set it on fire as well as drilled into it then on fire again, covered it from light/water and cut roots on top of ground. Gone on for a year.

It WON'T DIE. Any suggestions that doesn't include ripping it from the ground.



According to the government, you can never be too ready when disaster strikes. So they have dedicated September to the cause.


Given it's time to fire up chainsaws and dust off splitting mauls, if you've procrastinated getting the firewood cut and split.

(Better make sure the first aid kit is stocked!)

Clean the chimney and reseal the seams on the stove pipes.

(Have you tested your fire extinguishers lately? Does your family have an exit plan and meet up strategy in case of fire or other emergency. Does it include your pets?)

Test the smoke alarms no matter where you live and check those flashlight batteries. (Can you ever have enough batteries and gadget charge packs?)

There is something that needs doing to make your family safer and more secure. (Vitamin C, Zinc and cold and flu packs, anyone?)

I saw bug out bags in my local suburban supermarket yesterday, so being able to care for yourself and your loved ones is an idea that's catching on. All the same, it never hurts to be gently reminded occasionally to take a look around and see what needs doing. It could save a life! Or at least make a power outage suck a little less.

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posted ago by PhoenixJunior ago by PhoenixJunior
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posted ago by Zzzdfield ago by Zzzdfield

So I have some land now and I need to care for it / have some fun. I’m thinking like an ATV or a gator but I’m also interested in the survival / off grid aspects. Anyone have any good suggestions?

I was looking to build a solar generator this fall that I can use as backup to run my fridge, freezers, and lights during an emergency. I have basic knowledge of electrical stuff and electronics, so I don't think it will be too difficult.

Are there any websites or guides that can assist with something like this, particularly picking out a battery that is powerful enough to run everything?

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