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).
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]
Is epoxy grout worth the extra effort and cost? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I want to change the handlebars on my bike. Google tells me this is potentially expensive and more difficult than I imagine, but I think my bike might be an exception. Am I fooling myself? Or can I ignore the warnings? Bonus: Can I do it myself? [more inside]
So I'm working on my Instagram for personal and business reasons, what are the best accounts to follow and tag for features and ideas and whatnot. Categories and likes inside! [more inside]
Hello gardeners and DIY people of MeFi! I'm in the market for a gardening-related gift for mr. hgg, and I came across this seed keeper in the Lee Valley catalogue. It seems like a good, useful present for a serious amateur gardener, but it's really...utilitarian looking. On the other hand, this Mac and Ninny Seed Keepsake Book is exactly the aesthetic I'm looking for. I would just order that one, but unfortunately it's not available for shipment to Canada. So, if you garden/are good at DIY, what would be the best way to go about recreating the Mac and Ninny book? I thought I could just get a letterpress (?) 3-ring binder cover and then add pocket pages, but despite many Etsy searches, I'm having trouble finding anything that has a similar look. My second issue is I'm not sure what sort of pages to put inside. I suspect I'm not using the right search terms. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I'd like to sew a version of this Amazon Cable Management Sleeve for my home office in a fabric that matches my decor. Would a loose-fitting cotton or polyester sleeve for 5-10 computer cords be flammable or dangerous? Do I need to get a different type of fabric or scrap the idea altogether?
I have birds nesting in the fascia at the base of my house roof, about seven feet above my (asphalt shingle) porch roof, which has a moderate pitch. I have seen people nail a brace onto a roof to brace a ladder so that it can be leaned against the house. 1) Is this insanely dangerous or simply moderately dangerous? 2) Does this ruin the roof (I imagine it does), and how would I patch it? 3) Is there some other reason this is a horrible idea? [more inside]
I'm in a sort of dire straits where I'm getting rid of most everything I own. I have 50 or so posters and lithographs that mean a lot to me (out of print, signed, nostalgic, and such) that I would like to pack flat and sandwich all together and am curious of any extremely cheap ways to do so. [more inside]
New home owner here (yay!). We just assembled a space-saver-over-the-toilet-shelf-cabinet-thingy and it needs to be anchored. The flat pack included the anchor strip and a wood screw for securing the anchor to the unit. It instructs the user to obtain a screw appropriate to the environment for anchoring. Our environment is essentially just drywall. To the side, there's a shared wall with the shower that sounds like it may have a stud in there, but can't be sure. [more inside]
I'm trying to save money, and making sugar scrub favors with canola oil is SO much cheaper than coconut, sunflower, safflower, or olive oils. Is this a bad idea? I can't seem to find many blog posters who use canola oil, but it's a fraction of the price. I'd like to avoid any disasters like rotting, but I also don't want to break the bank.
Several years ago I found some instructions for building your own (banquette style, I think) seating out of plywood, foam, etc. What sticks out in my memory was the author introducing the need for new furniture. It was something like this: 'I loaned my apartment to some filmmakers for a shoot. After the fact, I discovered they made porn, and you can guess what they used my couch for. (They had sex on it.) Obviously I need new furniture.' Can you track down this page?
I have a broken cabinet hinge that I've tried to identify via serial numbers on the hinge and by comparison to other hinges online, but everything I've found so far has been slightly off. Is there any reliable method to describe and locate a hinge that exactly matches the broken one? (Same spacing of screw holes, angle of opening, etc.)
Weird objectfilter. Looking for a permanently wall-mountable curtain rod bracket for our living room or something that can act as a curtain rod bracket that becomes inconspicuous as possible when the rod is not there. 1) Commercially available? or 2) my design? See pic & details here. [more inside]
I need to make an "I'm sorry" present. What are some gender neutral (or minimally feminine) crafts I can make from pages of a book? [more inside]
I've started to get into food photography and am interested in finding some cool surfaces to act as backgrounds for variety. [more inside]
Our Northern VA household of three adults recently lost its hot water, due to a failure somewhere in the works of our natural-gas, tank-type water heater. Having wrestled this appliance a few years back to replace (what I thought to be) a faulty thermocouple, I was initially pretty confident, but that confidence has begun to ebb as the battle enters day four. [more inside]
This year, I found this awesome spice mix recipe from Nom Nom Paleo. It saved me heaps and it's a thoughtful DIY gift that I know my friends will really like. I'm thinking ahead to next year, but I'm drawing a blank on gifts like this. What creative gifts have you made for others that were thoughtful and didn't break the bank? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Have any of you done this? I'm looking for quality designs online and any general advice from your experience. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
I have a tubtrug that I let get too close to my baseboard heater last night. There is now about a 1-2" hole in the side, which I'd like to repair. [more inside]
When we bought our new (to us) house, we discovered that the previous owner had left a big slab of mirror in the attic. As we don't have a big mirror anywhere in the house, I would like to frame it and hang it, but... I am having a hard time working this out. The mirror measures 76" tall, 36" wide, and is about 3/16" in thickness. More within. [more inside]
I've bound quite a few printed versions of large books I bought as PDF and that works pretty well. Now I want to try it with bought books, but where I'm stuck is how to remove the glued spines. Has anyone else done this, and how did you do it? [more inside]
So I finally cracked a step on my mom's old, warped redwood decking. Really, this 3-tiered monstrosity that's been baking in the California sun for nearly four decades should be replaced, but should I even bother to get a spare board and fix it for now? [more inside]
The pipe that's going to the drain of my kitchen sink has come unattached from the drain. Surely I can fix this myself? [more inside]
I have very slow drains in my sink and bathtub. I am 90% certain it is because of hair and coconut oil clogged in there. I'd like suggestions of ways to fix this without a snake, a zip-it, or a plunger. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations, tips and products for a small drywall repair job in our bedroom. [more inside]
I need the basics to start making jewelry as a hobby. [more inside]
Please help me find a permanent-ish sticky tape that won't seep residue around the edges. [more inside]
What great DIY food gifts are out there that can be made on short notice, don't contain pricey specialty ingredients, and can be packaged in cellophane or something similar, to be transported and given out as individual treats? [more inside]
Looking for ready-made patches smaller than 1 inch to sew onto home-made shirts, but am finding patches twice as large or websites that invite me to create a custom order of their top quality wares. [more inside]
I'm leaving for 20 days in a hotel room with a three year old in tow. At home, we do a lot of crafting, and I'd like to bring something to work on in the evenings that is safe around her, bonus if she can join in.As the three year old loves to unravel my knitting and can only sort-of crochet, is there something else? [more inside]
I'm very new to crafting and DIY, and am getting overwhelmed by the amount of material online about such things. I could really use some help identifying blogs or other resources/keywords to help refine my searching; so far I'm finding lots of stuff but not much that fits my criteria. [more inside]
The fan in one of our bathrooms has been working intermittently since I cleaned it (more inside)--most recently, it worked for a few weeks, but is having trouble again. It will start if I "jump start" it by starting it spinning, and then seems to run fine. Not sure what to do, but due to the fan's slightly odd size, I don't want to replace it (i.e., cut up my ceiling) if possible. [more inside]
Help me clean our Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera after it came home from the wife's sister's bridal shower with more than a few buttons and dials that are sticky or mushy. For what it's worth it does not smell like vodka and seems to work fine otherwise, for now at least. [more inside]
I removed some sconces from an interior plaster wall in my house. My house is old and the wires are single strand copper wires with woven insulation, inside metal junction boxes. I would like to patch over the holes. Is it sufficient to cap the ends with wire nuts before patching? If not, what else should I do?