My sweetie recently moved into her own apartment after living with her parents for a while (screw you, Great Recession!). As part of the coming holidays, I’d like to gift her a starter tool-kit that supports both basic maintenance and our geeky building-stuff-together hobbies. It's been close to twenty years since I bought a starter toolkit, so I’m a bit overwhelmed by choice. Hope me? [more inside]
I have an upholstered chair with a broken leg. I'd love to fix it myself, but I'm not particularly handy and don't know if glue or wood filler will do the trick. More detail inside. [more inside]
I am looking for a source for these 'shelf end brackets' from this article. (and also the correct term for them if you know one). Must have the top and bottom holes.
....this lovely hanging lamp? My husband brought this back from the Middle East and it's been collecting dust for years because I don't know what kind of bracket to buy to hang it! Handypersons of AskMe, please point me in the right direction! Pics here.
Is replacing the fan on a convection oven a DIY project? The fan on my Viking electric oven made a bunch of noise then started smoking, so I'm guessing that's what failed. Is replacing it a doable project for someone with moderate electrical skills? And is it something I should try to tackle this weekend, before Thanksgiving? (I can cook w/o convection in the meanwhile.) [more inside]
I've spent months trying to get any contractor in this very small town to come button up a damaged area on my home's exterior before winter, without success. I'm resigned to a best-I-can-manage DIY solution, and tomorrow may be my last best chance before the snows begin. Help? [more inside]
Our one-person shower stall leaks a bit. It has this one-piece rubbery gasket thing along the outside of the glass that doesn't look like it's doing a very good job - maybe it was good when first installed, but now it's coming out from the corners. I want to rip out the gasket and just caulk it, but I'm not sure if the gasket is important for keeping the glass in place. What do you think?
I'd like to add a lavender scent to some kinetic sand for a friend. I was wondering if I could somehow add a scent to store bought batch? [more inside]
I'm hosting a book-themed holiday party, and I'm scouring the net for some good DIY creative decorations that are book-related. Pinterest is a big help but I need all the help I can get! [more inside]
I'm restoring a little deco side table, lacquering its two surfaces. I sanded away the original coat of paint, and since it felt nice and smooth to the touch, proceeded with a first coat of black synthetic. Once it was dry, it was clear that there was substantial grain that was still going to show, the intended smooth lacquer finish wasn't there yet at all. [more inside]
Hello! I am looking to install some fenceposts in soil that is very clay-heavy, and wondering what I should set them in. Details (WITH SCIENTIFIC DIAGRAMS) inside! [more inside]
Hi folks. I run a hotel in a lazy, somewhat remote area of Mexico and at the moment our internet service is slow and frequently cuts out (our provider keeps telling me that their electricity keeps cutting out for no apparent reason). I was wondering if any of you had any genius ideas about DIY installations. As a side note, our cellphones get OK 3G service on some parts of the property. Also, I'm not sure how our current provider is supplying us with internet, but our setup for that involves an antennae on our roof that is pointing (I think) at the nearest cell tower that then connects to our router. I am willing to turn this into a project since most aspects of our business (hotel) requires reliable, high speed internet for both our customers and our administrators. Please help and thanks!
Is it possible to pump municipal water uphill to a house site from the municipal water supply if the municipal water supply doesn't *quite* reach the house site? [more inside]
Our sink/countertop combo has developed a raised surface where we do all our cooking prep, and I would like to know if this is fixable. (Details inside) [more inside]
I'm trying to identify -- and then buy, in the UK -- a book about furniture design that was loaned to a friend of mine a while ago. Sketchy memories of details inside... [more inside]
So, I'm attempting a "Stranger Things" Halloween porch decor theme this year, and one aspect of this will be a reproduction (or as close to one as I can get on a budget) of the Byers' living room, specifically the whole couch/wall-o-lights thing. And the one aspect of this that is stumping me a little is how to simulate that extremely period-appropriate brownish(?) wallpaper behind the couch, as seen here. How might I achieve this? [more inside]
How can I build a reversible projection screen? Would something like this work…? [more inside]
I bought this painting around 6 years ago at an antique market in Kingston, ON. Can you help me identify it, and maybe offer suggestions for art conservation? [more inside]
I have a very wet unfinished basement. I have a sump & pump there. The sump is dirt floored, or more precisely, clay floored. It's got cement sides, but is otherwise just a hole dug into the earth beneath the basement. Can I get some sort of cement and pour it into the water such that I roughly pave the floor? I have no idea what I'm doing with this sort of thing. [more inside]
I have baseboard trim that was installed in a few rooms of my house, removed to do some floor work, and now needs to be re-installed. Do I really need to hire a contractor to do this, or is it something I can do myself? If the latter, what do I need to know? Any recommended how-to guides appreciated! [more inside]
The Chef John post on the blue reminded me to ask: what are your favorite YouTube cooking channels? I need some more subscriptions. [more inside]
NewHomeownerFilter: Old washer broke. New one won't fit up our tight stairs, but the second-floor balcony has a door that's more than wide enough to accommodate it. Is there some kind of professional who could hook us up with a pulley or a hydraulic lift to get the new washer into the second floor from the outside? Or is that crazy talk? [more inside]
I just put in a new floor on my front porch. It's (nominal) 4x1 pine tongue and groove with the endgrain on the front edge. The floors on these kinds of porches rot at the edges pretty quickly, but it is the historical style. Can I seal the end grain with silicon caulk after painting? The other ends are against the house and would not be sealed. The porch will be heavily painted (primer x2, floor paint x2).
Mrs. Gefilte and I have a ten year old Maytag/Whirlpool top-loading washing machine with a direct-drive motor. It's been working fine for a while, but lately, intermittently, clothes will still end up sopping wet after the spin cycle. It's now constant, and very annoying. [more inside]
My parents are giving me an old buffet table for my new place. But it needs refinishing. But the piece is made up of different kinds of woods, and has some pretty intricate carvings. What's the best way to refinish it? [more inside]
I'm planning on building loft beds for my kids. They have ceiling fans smack in the middle of their ceilings. For obvious reasons, kid hijinks in a loft bed and a ceiling fan spinning at dangerous speeds just inches from their faces is a bad combination. And I hate the ceiling fans anyway. So...I'm trying to crowdsource ideas on what to put in place of the ceiling fans. I can't really just remove them and put one of those flat plates over it, since the ceiling fans are also the main light for the room. I need to replace them with something. I'm looking for style ideas for: 1. A light source 2. That can be installed in the center of the ceiling 3. That doesn't hang down too far. Any ideas?
I'm setting up a website for my freelance consultancy. What infrastructure should I use? [more inside]
Yesterday I rescued an abandoned Érard piano from the streets. Its innards had been removed, but it has all 85 of its original keys (it's an 85-key piano). I would like to be able to use it as a synthesizer, since I can't afford a new soundboard for it. The online DIY synthesizer world is so full of resources, however, that I am at a loss where to start. [more inside]
I'd like to take a stab at making my own watch band(s) out of leather. There are plenty of tutorials out there on the process, but I am not so sure about where to source the materials -- especially the leather itself. [more inside]
I am replacing a single cell in my 2005 gen II Prius' battery pack. In order to equalize the voltage in all of the cells I plan to temporarily wire all of them in parallel. Is there some reason not to do this? [more inside]
After reading Andy Baio's adventures of "educating" his son on video game history, I'm interested to get a plug-and-play type system to play old arcade games with my soon-to-be 5 year old son, but I'm not sure what to pick. Details inside. [more inside]
I'm using a motorcycle jack as the base for an adjustable desk I'm building to rest on my desk at work. I'd like to rig an electric motor to raise/lower the ~75lbs of the desk and it's contents. What are my options for small electric motors up to the task? Bonus - is there a good forum for general tinkering questions?
Is epoxy grout worth the extra effort and cost? [more inside]
Our shower is an odd size and I've decided to make my own shower curtain. I'm fairly new to sewing and can do my own tailoring and I'm decent, but I've never sewn anything this large. I'm looking for advice on how to keep lines straight and any tips anyone can give me when sewing something so big. My table is about 45"x30" if that helps.
My wife and I have been removing jury-rigged insulation from our basement pipes placed there what looks like centuries ago by a previous owner. At the lowest level, on the pipe itself, we find a sporadic and uneven white substance. Can you help us identify it? [more inside]
I got my light brown hair highlighted last week and the stylist did exactly the opposite of what I asked. Now that I've blown my whole hair budget on nothing, I want to try to achieve my original blonde hair wishes at home. [more inside]
There is an LED toy that I want to recreate. It was the length of an umbrella, without the canopy, and looked like the person was being followed by a bobbing, waving band of fireflies. Details inside. [more inside]
Help me make a noisy evaporator fan . . . less so. [more inside]
I'm trying to replace an old analog, mercury tube Carrier thermostat with a programmable one. I'm having two problems. [more inside]
We're moving into a house that will be an easy bike ride to the beach. We want to obtain a shelter solution that will fit our needs. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I am currently in morrocco and am coming across a lot of beautiful faucet heads unlike anything ive seen in the United states. The problem is that it appears the faucet heads don't have the usual copper supply lines running into the faucet holes. Here's a picture. You'll see that where there usually are hot and cold supply lines just have two separate holes. Is this fixable? How?
I have been visiting older relatives in their late 80s still living on their own. They were once wonderful cooks and still enjoy good food but they are losing the ability to cook from scratch on a regular basis. What are some DIY cooking kits I can put together for them so they can still cook for themselves? [more inside]
I am thinking of hanging my dining table from the ceiling with a winch and lowering it down when needed. Is this a great idea or a terrible one? [more inside]
The ice-maker in my KitchenAid KBFS22ECMS, french-door style refrigerator died, and I made an appointment for a repair person to come out and replace it (under warranty). Now all I have is a very inconvenient "water maker", but no ice! [more inside]
This is a two-pronged question about making documentaries with limited resources. 1) What methods should I use for finding, choosing, and honing in on documentary subject matter? and 2) How can I maximize the limited benefits of using an iPhone 6S Plus to make a low budget doc? (Note: I've read and own Shut Up and Shoot, but I'm seeking additional opinions and advice.) [more inside]
The wood in contact with my front steps has rotten away. Fixing it will be a DIY job. Should I replace the wood with more wood, or change to PVC? I'll be adding flashing behind the new trim, but otherwise the same wet conditions would remain. [more inside]
I have a family member with Alzheimer's and I would like some help with gadget or engineery birthday presents for him. I always bought him books before as he was a reader and a novelist, but he says he can't concentrate enough to read now and I'm stuck! [more inside]
Generally I avoid white clothing, but I recently acquired a few nice blouses--plain white, white with dots, white with stripes--and I'd like to keep them nice. But all I know to do with white things is bleach them. How do you keep your white clothes white, particularly if they're not all white (i.e. patterned)? What actually works? [more inside]
Full Bust Adjustment on a triangle top. How does one do this? I'm sure I'm over thinking this, but I'm confused due to the lack of armscye. Will I still have to use darts? [more inside]
I need drywall compound. Can you simplify this shopping trip and/or can you point me to a reputable, simple DIY book that is not so comprehensive I have to lie down but that gives me the ordinary facts most people need to know about basic home improvement-ish stuff? [more inside]