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  •  how'bout home-made explosives? (5+ / 0-)

    Go look up the archive of Popular Mechanics magazine, which goes back to before World War One.

    There you'll find articles about all kinds of DIY projects, up to and including instructions for blasting boulders & tree-stumps, building your own house, operating farm machinery, building your own automobiles and motorcycles and bicycles, making your own toys for your kids, setting up a home chemistry lab, a home photography darkroom, building your own radio from parts, etc.

    As recently as the 1980s, most households had some kind of workshop: in the basement or in the garage: where they built stuff and fixed stuff.  

    Know what's wrong with America?  

    We've become a nation of cubicle-rats, pushing paper and manipulating data, unable to build or fix a damn thing with our hands.  And along the way we've fallen prey to a cowardly "risk-management mentality" where the G--D----d insurance industry has become a de-facto dictator over our lives.

    "Don't do this, the insurance company won't like it!"
    "Don't do that, the insurance company won't like it!"

    Fuck that noise, who elected them anyway?

    In the face of that bullshit, one of the most revolutionary things you can do is to learn how to build stuff with your hands, and fix stuff with your hands, and then DO IT.

    Build something in your house.  Just for the sheer joy of being able to say "I did that."  Build something mechanical.  Just for the sheer joy of being able to say "I did that."   Do it for fun, do it to save money, do it to assert independence, do it because you can.  

    After a couple of rounds of that, you'll feel utterly liberated.

    Then spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 05:04:21 AM PST

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    •  As an engineer who designs and builds stuff... (2+ / 0-)
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      even I wouldn't expect to build my own solar panels then hook them up to the grid. And I sure as hell wouldn't want my next door neighbor doing it. You're talking high voltages and high currents and risking life, limb and fire damage if you make mistakes that might only come to light years later.

      I'm all for folks trying their hand at building things but if it's my neighbor doing so, I'd prefer they build something harmless like a bird house.

      Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

      by Ian S on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 06:26:50 AM PST

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      •  That's just plain silly. (4+ / 0-)

        Would you trust your neighbor to wire up an attic fan in his house?  

        You do realize, don't you?, that in most places those types of homeowner improvements go on all the time, with and without permits or inspections or any of that stuff.

        Know what the most acutely dangerous thing is, that your neighbor does?  Demands inappropriate antibiotics from their doctor or refuses to vaccinate their kid.  

        And the most chronically dangerous?  Their ecological footprint, contributing to the climate catastrophe that will wipe out as many humans as a nuclear war.

        As for that bird house, if it includes a bird bath, it will become a mosquito-breeder, which is also acutely dangerous to everyone within about 1/2 mile radius.  

        The hazards of DIY solar installations are truly insignificant, so long as they include proper interface to the grid, to prevent energizing the local segment during grid outages.  That interface is a standard component now, and completely routine to include in new installations.

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 06:51:38 AM PST

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        •  There's a difference between... (1+ / 0-)
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          Installing factory made solar panels and the home made ones that are the subject of this diary. You will not be able to conect home made panels to the grid. Nor are you liable to convince your home insurer to write an insurance policy on your work. I'm glad of that. Even going with factory made components you will still have to have a licensed electrician inspect and approve your work. Remember you're not talking 120V AC, you're talking 500V DC which is much more dangerous.

          Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

          by Ian S on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 10:51:57 AM PST

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        •  my neighbors are dangerous just standing still (0+ / 0-)

          doing nothing. God forbid they start getting all busy 'n stuff.

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