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DIY Gift ideas for engineer employees?

Hi all! I am a start-up founder and engineer, and am looking for some ideas to build/make something for my awesome and hardworking engineer employees for the holidays. My google-fu fails to find what I need. [more inside]
posted by TessaGal on Nov 25, 2015 - 23 answers

help me make a game!

creative minds: assemble! i want to make a game for my very good friend who is waaaaay into board games and card-based games. but i need help. [more inside]
posted by megan_magnolia on Nov 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me not ruin this DIY jewelry box

What kind of drawer pulls or knobs should I use for this DIY jewelry box? Or... should I? [more inside]
posted by sively on Nov 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Need apt ventilation while keeping kittens safe.

We live on the third floor of an apartment complex, we have kittens, we need to ventilate the apartment without jeopardizing the safety of the kittens; help us solve this problem. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 2, 2015 - 10 answers

How to separate a stacked washer dryer

How to separate a stacked washer/dryer? I want to lift the dryer off it's base, a washer, and re-install it on a shelf above a new used washer. Need to know, or find someone who knows how the separate the stacked unit wiring. No appliance repair service seems willing, and I'm not sure where to find a help to do it. It will save me a lot of money, not to mention reusing/recycling/repairing a working appliance.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Oct 25, 2015 - 5 answers

You Are Not My Licensed Appliance Installer

I am trying to connect my secondhand gas dryer and would like your advice on the sanity of this setup (second pic.) [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Getting started in robotics.

I have a 9 year old son. He's interested in making his own flying drone. How do we get started? Kits are fine, but I'd like to stick with simpler plans if possible.
posted by boo_radley on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

What's the plumber going to find in my shower?

One shower in our two-bath ranch house backs up whenever we use the other shower, and then drains exceedingly slowly. Tell me what kind of thing this is that I don't know how to do. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Oct 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Planner Inspiration for Weirdos

Where can I find inspiration for planner decoration that is geared towards various alternative/weirdo types - e.g. queers, geeks, artists, activists, certain subcultures? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 15, 2015 - 17 answers

New showerhead won't drain

We have a tub/shower with a spigot-knob (diverter) you pull up to turn the shower on. The knob doesn't usually drop when you turn the water off, but if you tap it down, the residual water/pressure in the shower pipes would drain out the spigot. After replacing our shower head, that is no longer the case. This leads to very slow drips as the water drains out. How can I fix this ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Oct 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me dupe this amazing side table

I fell in love with an expensive, and too small side table. I'd like to create something similar on the cheap but I don't have all my DIY steps down. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Oct 13, 2015 - 22 answers

How do I attach legs to a concrete table top?

I plan on making a dining table top similar to this I am considering a few ways to make the table. One is to use a slab or two of some kind of inexpensive wood or melamine and then spreading a thin layer of the concrete mix on top. My reasoning is that it will reduce the weight of the table. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Oct 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using?

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using and which should you not?
posted by Infernarl on Sep 30, 2015 - 16 answers

YouAreNotMyPlumberFilter: Replace Disgusting Washing Machine Outlet Box

Our Washing Machine Outlet Box was put in wrong and someone went a little crazy making it "work." I would like to fix it myself, but am coming up empty on instructions and finding an upside down version. Would love any info, including "you need to pay someone." [more inside]
posted by bohdel on Sep 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Roller Skating with the Least Chance of Death?

Hi! I've just spent way too much time (about 4 hours) online trying to learn which type of skating will hurt less. All information, including this thread, has only told me preferences regarding style and speed, not what will make me go boom less. I care not about speed, performance or dancing in them, only if they can get me to work (much downhill) without dying. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

F******n, why not is it not in every 5 gallon bucket of paint already?

I'm a construction professional. I'm not a painter, but I frequently paint my own properties. Here's my question: there is an additive that makes every paint way, way better by eliminating brush or roller marks. I already pay good money for awesome paint because I know how much better it is than anything sold at big box stores. Why isn't paint sold with the miracle additive already in it? All the painters I work with know about it and think it's the best thing ever –– to be fair, only genuinely high-end clientele would notice, but that's my target group. (I won't disclose the name of the product because this is not an advertisement, I genuinely don't understand paint marketing vs. paint chemistry vs. paint marketing.)
posted by halogen on Sep 20, 2015 - 20 answers

Test tube chandelier with insulin vials, other clever reuse ideas

I have lots of empty Lantus insulin vials. I want to make some version of this test tube chandelier. What should I use for the colored water? [more inside]
posted by Beti on Sep 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Advice for LED light installation

I am after some good old collective internet wisdom on the best way to go about a LED light installation behind my headboard and bedside tables. Just wondering if anyone had done a similar project and could offer any tips, especially on the correct way that I should go about connecting the strips? [more inside]
posted by Shibui on Sep 13, 2015 - 7 answers

What color should I paint my room?

I'm not *great* at colors but I want to paint my room. Photos of current room here: I'd like to coordinate around the color of the turquoise dresser and the color of the chalkboard paint square. What color should I paint my walls? The more specificity the better (aka "match this exact shade" vs "paint it yellow") because I'm really not great at colors, but all suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Sep 12, 2015 - 18 answers

Re-Key or replace?

Should I attempt to re-key every lock in our new house, or buy new deadbolts and knobs? We're talking about two entry way doors, two external security doors, and one driveway gate with a deadbolt on it. There are a mix of different brands in the existing hardware. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 7, 2015 - 20 answers

So, How About That Yogurt Maker?

I noticed that we've been going through kind of insane amounts of the Trader Joe's Greek-style yogurt recently. Since I'm already spending a small fortune on the stuff, I'd like to just try making my own. Any tips, recommendations, absolutely-best-yogurt-making devices EVAR? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2015 - 33 answers

When and how to change an electrical water

I'm trying to figure out whether (and, if so, when) to change our electrical water heater. [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Aug 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me beautify this bathroom

Hi everyone. I just moved to a lovely new place, but there is a major downside: the bathroom floor has a door on it, leading to a small basement room. Please help me figure out how to best cover it! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Aug 18, 2015 - 32 answers

Foundation cracks in a house we made an offer on - how bad are they?

We made an offer on a house and it was accepted - yay! We had the home inspector out today to take a look there was a potential red flag that may sink the deal - on one side of the house there are a series of small/moderate foundation cracks. How big of a deal is this really? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Making a card for a dying uncle. Need suggestions/advice.

I need help making this card. It seems simple but I'm having trouble and I'm on a very tight deadline (tonight if possible). [more inside]
posted by nogoodverybad on Jul 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I install a new gas dryer by myself?

Twelve years ago, when I bought this house, I had a gas line run from the kitchen to my new stacked one-piece washer and gas dryer. The plumber who installed the gas line hooked up my dryer. Now the washer has died and I have ordered a new laundry set - a front loading washer and separate gas dryer that will stack. They are due to be delivered next week. Yay! [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Jul 29, 2015 - 18 answers

Can I replace my dishwasher's drain pump myself?

The dishwasher that came with the home we bought 9 years ago started making a crunching sound, and then it stopped making the sound, and now it doesn't drain. I suspect a bad drain pump. I know where to buy the replacement part online; is this a repair I can do myself or must I hire someone? [more inside]
posted by dywypi on Jul 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Awesome minor solar/wind-energy diy projects?

We'll be on holiday with our two just-teen kids in a house on a Spanish island that's off both the water and the electricity grid, but with plenty of sun and wind. What are some cool little projects we could do - without having to ship out complicated gear/components - to own and appreciate the situation, and its potential? Self-built solar cooker? Makeshift wind turbine? Would love suggestions plus pointers to how-to's. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jul 26, 2015 - 7 answers

What differentiates clipper blades and clipper guide combs?

We have an Oster Classic 76 hair clipper that the wife uses to cut my (thick, no-joke) hair and we love it. We have a full set of guide combs but only ever use 3 of them (#4, 5, and 6) for my head and I'm considering getting those size equivalents (0A, 1, and 1A I think) in blade form with the hopes of making the job easier for her. Could you help me understand if this is dumb because I might have this all wrong and not be doing any good buying said blades?
posted by RolandOfEld on Jul 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Designing and building a simple outdoor shed: advice?

Have any of you done this? I'm looking for quality designs online and any general advice from your experience. [more inside]
posted by cgs on Jul 24, 2015 - 10 answers

How to construct a stage platform to reduce footstep noise / bass?

Historically I have not been an incredibly handy person, but I currently find myself in the process of DIY building a few modular stage platforms from 2x4s and 3/4" plywood which will be clamped together to serve as a stage for a blackbox theatre space that I run (used for improv, sketch and stand-up comedy). Does anyone have any construction tips or recommendations to dampen the noise from footsteps? [more inside]
posted by adamk on Jul 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Help! Should I add water to my portapotty?

Dear friends are having a wedding reception, today, on a beautiful property, far from everything - which is delightful except for one problem. The portapotty water level is VERY low - it barely covers the bottom. With 100+ guests using it over a day, will we have a problem? If I cannot get in touch with the vendor, anyone know if it makes things better or worse to add a few gallons of water?
posted by teragram on Jul 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

I want to weld but have neither equipment nor knowledge

I have various projects around our farmstead that need welding, but I don't know squat about it. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Jul 1, 2015 - 13 answers

how to make armrests wider?

The arms of my office chair (Ikea Markus) are too far apart. What can I strap around them to widen my arm resting surface? [more inside]
posted by segfault on Jun 29, 2015 - 5 answers

I'm getting real tiled of your dirty grout

Tiled kitchen counters - they get dirty and gross and I hate them. But I'm renting so I can't tear them out. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Jun 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Nerd hobby that gets me out there

What is a nerd hobby that will enable me to (a) travel anywhere to enjoy (b) interact with people and build relationships, (c) not super expensive, (d) somewhat DIY, and (e) doesn't require an entire workshop, garage, or wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jun 19, 2015 - 34 answers

DIY Bathroom Renovation for Dummies

Mrs. Karaage and I consider ourselves a low-intermediate home DIYers and are considering trying to renovate our basement bathroom ourselves, (while being willing to contract out plumbing and electrical). I’d like to hear from mefites who have done this before on their own and can share experiences and specific links/books/resources they’ve used to educate themselves for the project. [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Jun 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Portable complicated craft project to do sporadically and angrily?

I'm stuck and hoping for an unusual suggestion. Making things is very helpful as a stress-coping method for me, but my usual go-to crafts are either overloaded with memories or impractical. I want a big project I can make with my hands while I'm furiously angry and sad, and after 40-60 hours of rage over a couple of months, have a beautiful and useful thing to come out of that energy. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Jun 14, 2015 - 32 answers

Good home owner repair web forums?

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions on good home owner repair forums (DIY or contractor). Just need to ask some general questions such as: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jun 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me understand what tradies I'm going to need

I have a bunch of (mostly small) jobs that I need done around the house, and I'm trying to figure out how many different tradies I need to hire to do them: installing a bathroom vanity; replacing about ten tiles in the shower; installing a new pendant light; servicing the ducted gas heating; installing underfloor insulation (although I'm considering DIYing this); and removing half a staircase. Do I need to hire a different person for each task, or can they be batched somehow? (I assume the tiles and vanity can be done by the same person at least). [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

How to find this specific type of hardware clamp

Hello all! I'm interested in making some DIY acrylic dividers nearly identical to these. I am having trouble finding the types of clamps shown in the last photo, but it seems like something that should be available in a hardware store. Anyone know if these types of clamps are available to purchase? I searched on McMaster but didn't find anything. Specific links or search suggestions welcome! Thank you!
posted by TessaGal on Jun 2, 2015 - 7 answers

What saw(s) and other tools do I need to cut these notches in some 2x4s?

I am looking to build something that requires cutting 1 1/2" - 2" notches in some two by four or two by six beams. My existing set of tools could be charitably described as minimal (see within), and I'd like to do this as inexpensively as possible and still keep it safe. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on May 26, 2015 - 12 answers

How to find someone to share a workshop space with?

A friend and I have tracked down a workshop space to rent out. It's bit bigger than we need for the two of us (we're just hobbyists) and our tools (we don't have loads yet, but some). Ideally we'd like to setup a small scale makers' lab for woodworking. Share the rent, share ideas, share tools. [more inside]
posted by dance on May 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Flooring Before Walls or Vice Versa

Is it advisable to frame walls in basement before installing click-together laminate flooring? I am trying to keep costs down, and want to do some work before a contractor comes in to do the walls. [more inside]
posted by MnMrMstrd7 on May 14, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I make my attic studio more comfortable over the summer?

I just moved into a new apartment and there's a huge open attic that's all mine. I'm in the process of turning it into studio space, but as a renter I can't make significant modifications. It's going to get very hot this summer and I'm worried it'll become unbearable. Has anyone used the rolls of radiant barrier foil? It sounds like a good solution, but dropping a bunch of cash on something that might be woo makes me nervous. [more inside]
posted by Lighthammer on May 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Allergic reaction to DIY face mask

Hi, everyone. So I had a very bad reaction to a face mask I made at home using matcha green tea powder and lemon juice to treat my acne scarring. I left it on for just over an hour, and now my face has tiny red bumps all over it! It's itchy, flaky, has dry patches all over and it's burning like crazy! I've applied lemon on my face numerous times before and never had any problems, so it might have been the combination with the matcha powder. My face looks like a swollen tomato. Any idea on how to make the bumps and dry skin go away? I'll go see a doctor tomorrow but I'm just wondering what I can do in the meantime to make my face heal? Thanks so much!
posted by KTN on May 5, 2015 - 27 answers

We wanted a porch, not a pool

Thanks to everyone's help in response to this AskMe, we built a screened porch and love it. But we've run into a little problem that we hope someone can help us solve: [more inside]
posted by DrGail on May 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Setting posts - series of dumb questions

So I'm not much of a DIY person, but I might want to build a pergola along one side of my back yard. Normally I'm a trial-and-error kind of person, but since this would involve concrete-set posts, parts of this have to be right the first time. I still have some questions after googling around. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on May 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Electrical gremlins or real car problems?

My car (2012 BMW 328i xDrive Wagon E91 LCI) has two quirks: 1) battery warning after turning off the car, even after extended drives (never BEFORE starting the car) 2) brake wear warning after car has been parked in the cold for several hours (disappears after warming car up) [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Apr 22, 2015 - 3 answers

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