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Not that I'm going to do it or anything, but...

Is it feasible to take apart, modify, and put back together again a hair dryer so that it works in reverse, that is, become a small vacuum? I assume I would have to make the blower work backwards to become a sucker, and I would have to direct debris into a little sack and away from the blower and power source. If I were going to do it, what would I do? How much work would it be? How ugly would it be, assuming rudimentary skills and a home workshop? If it's impossible-- why?
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 12, 2014 - 10 answers

 

DIY Furniture Question

I want to paint this. For various reasons, stripping it first is out. How to get the best paint job? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Mar 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Who makes a door like this?

I would like to take the massive sliding doors off my closet, but they seem to be some sort of old-fashioned non-removable monsters. Since they're so big it's a pain to see more than 25% of my clothes at a time, which seems like unnecessary complication.. They're not attached to the rail at the bottom, but the top rail is so tightly fastened that I can't just lift the doors up and off, as most of the online advice seems to be. I tried to unscrew the front door and just angle it out of the the closet frame, but whatever piece is holding it to the roller extends so far into the door that I wasn't able to pull it out. (Now of course I am not having luck at re-screwing the door into the roller, so that's a fun situation). Anyone dealt with this type of door before? I'm renting the apartment, so ideally I'd like to just prop the doors against the bedroom wall or something and hang a curtain in front of the closet. So I can't destroy the doors or anything. Although I have been tempted.
posted by lockstitch on Jan 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Please help me fix my bathtub

We had our bathroom completely renovated 2 years ago. A couple of issues have gradually developed, that I don't think are serious enough to call in the contractor to repair, and I'm happy to do the work myself if it's easy enough, so I'm looking for advice on how best to proceed. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Dec 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Halp! The grout is setting too fast.

Started a mosiac project and now I need the grout to stop setting. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Dec 9, 2013 - 7 answers

What Happens at Lumberjack Spa Day?

Due to penury/everyone already having everything they could want in life, I was going to go with homemade beauty products this year for the family gift exchange, Ladies will be receiving bath bombs, in various scents and colors. The men I'm related too wouldn't know what to do with a bath bomb if it...well, fizzed at them. What manly products - salves, oils, creams - could I easily make at home? Or what kinds of unisex self care will male-type folks happily use? [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Dec 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Hell, Drain Hose Edition

It should be a simple thing, but it isn't: How do I clean out the drain hose and drain flap on my Fisher & Paykel dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Nov 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Wiring lights, from pull switch to wall light switch?

Need to replace pull switch light fixture so the light switch next to the door actually turns it on instead. Also where can I buy this light fixture (or a cheaper alternative)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Nov 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Disherwasher safe DIY Pint glasses

I am looking for recommendations for decal paper that is durable and dishwasher safe for use on pint glasses or other options for DIY dishwasher safe pint glasses. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on Sep 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I make my own glass earrings?

I work as an air conditioning mechanic, and with my head stuck in operating electrical machines all day I have a mind to switch to non-conductive earrings. I have 6ga or 4mm earrings. I used to have a pair of glass earrings but they eventually broke when I dropped them. Is there any reason I should not use glass stirring rods to make a new set of glass earrings? I am assuming I can use a torch or buns en burner to bend them and finish the ends.
posted by Naib on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Chalkboard-painting a stainless steel refrigerator: possible?

Can I paint my stainless steel fridge with chalkboard paint? I've found lots of tutorials on how to do it with a regular white fridge (whatever those are made of) but nothing on stainless. Should I try to sand it? Do I need primer? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Working around pump jack braces

I'm installing siding, but the scaffolding I'm using will be attached to the wall where the siding goes. How do I work around this? [more inside]
posted by Ickster on Aug 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Old house - trying to fix up dirty moldy medicine cabinet

Just moved into a rental house. House built circa 1920. Medicine cabinet interior was completely lined with nasty old contact paper. I pulled off most of the paper. Now I'm worried about three things: 1. The paint underneath the paper is flaking. Is there danger of lead poisoning? 2. Black mold in the corner crevices under the paper. What's the best chemical for removal? Bleach solution? 3. What's the easiest cheapest way to get new shelves that will fit? PHOTOS. Any advice or encouragement is appreciated. How do I make this cabinet clean and functional? I don't like fixing old houses. Unfortunately there is much to do in this old house. The kitchen is a contact paper festival. The rental market is tight here, so landlords don't have to care.
posted by valannc on Jul 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Home Renovation Software

Buying-Our-First-House-Filter: Planning Edition. I've already read some of the other great AskMe threads about first homes and renovations and all of that, but one thing I haven't really seen (here or on the oft-recommended DIY blogs) is a solid recommendation or list of reviews of planning software related to home reno/landscaping. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jul 18, 2013 - 7 answers

The Dummy's Guide to Making Kombucha.

I was given a scoby and I want to make kombucha. How to do this the safest and yummiest way possible? A few details within. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jul 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Any way to DIY these Anthropologie curtains without it looking cheesy?

I love these Anthropologie Marrakech curtains, but at $128 per panel, they aren't going to happen in this life time. I have some practice fabric and some white cotton panels I can use. Is there any way to stencil a similar effect without it looking cheesy? I've considered fabric paint, glitter, etc. after making a simplified stencil. What else could I do to achieve a similar effect? Thank you, Hive mind!
posted by Issithe on Jun 11, 2013 - 16 answers

Washing Machine repair: Can a mere mortal change a door gasket?

Do I dare try replacing the door gasket on my frontload washing machine? Photo of damaged gasket. It's not supposed to look like a ruffle. It's supposed to be smooth. The damaged occurred when I was washing a duvet cover and sheets. The load became very unbalanced and the machine leapt and jumped. Has anyone ordered the part and done a successful DIY repair? Or should I pay a service tech? The machine is a Maytag MHWE200XW00. It looks like we could get the gasket shipped for about $120.
posted by valannc on Jun 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Looking for Stainless Steel 20lb Adapter Cable

I have a Weber Q120 grill which I love to use, but it works off those little green camping type propane tanks, so it'll go through them quickly. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Apr 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me help my coffee table, Furniture Repainting Edition.

I found this coffee table on Craigslist for $15. While structurally it's pretty sound, the previous owners painted it; it looks like they may have just spray painted the poor thing without a drop of primer or sealant, because the top is chipping (see photos). Not ever one to leave passable alone, I decided that I had to repaint it. I've read as many furniture painting tutorials as I could get my hands on - the best seemed to be DIY on the Cheap, Young House Love, Centsational Girl, and Mouse House - and I still have a few questions for you guys. [more inside]
posted by Devika on Apr 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Fixing a DDR pad: irritating flex cable edition.

It looks thusly. My issue is that, despite the fact that it was originally barely taped down at all, I am unable to successfully, reliably reattach it using the same method. ("it" in this case being the printed black strips on the left). I am reasonably sure that lack-of-contact is my problem, because if I physically hold the cable to the board, it will reliably work when I push a button. Best I can do is that sometimes, after putting it all back together for the Nth time, one button will work. Maybe other buttons on its side will work, maybe not. Maybe it'll work for a few presses and then quit. The cable looks fine, the board contacts look fine, no amount of scotch tape is helping me out here. How do I affix these suckers but good?
posted by curious nu on Apr 19, 2013 - 7 answers

DIY Waterproof Toymaking

I want to make a floating castle for my kids to play with in the bath. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

New (old) house with the worst possible kitchen floor.

Help us figure out how to cover up or replace this god awful kitchen floor. We just purchased a farmhouse that was renovated in the mid 50s. The mudroom and kitchen have 9" asphalt tiles that are all coming up (so not level), and on top of that, the prior owner used these rooms as a kennel for his incontinent daschund. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Feb 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Why replace the foam on speakers?

I have an old (30+ years) pair of speakers, and the foam rubber surrounding the woofers is cracking and falling off. Numerous DIY websites explain how to replace this foam, but none seem to answer the most important question: why would you bother doing this? The speakers still make sound. [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Jan 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Noise reduction for a concrete box

Hometheaterfilter: How much soundproofing do I need to do in a concrete box? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

What's a good table saw for a beginner woodworker?

Woodworkers of Metafiler: give me your table saw recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Dec 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Building circles....

Is it possible to make a pop-up card without the pixellated look? I have searched Google to no avail. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Dec 15, 2012 - 4 answers

centering circular cake boards

[geometryfilter] I have to assemble a tiered cake stand to hold cupcakes at a wedding tomorrow. The tiers and the styrofoam thingies that will separate the tiers are all circular. How do I make sure that I get each tier centered properly on the next?
posted by undue influence on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Beans Don't Burr in the Grinder

Is it possible to roast an already roasted coffee a little bit darker in the oven on a baking sheet? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

A Gilded Cage for Rabbits... Though probably not gilded, and more a hutch than a cage

Help me find a straightforward 1-2 weekend DIY outdoor rabbit hutch plan. It's a Christmas present for my sister, who is 12 and not necessarily the most responsible. More (ranty) details inside. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Nov 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Computer Writing, 1979 Style

DIY Computering: I want to build a dedicated, Raspberry Pi "writing station". [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

DIY dresser knobs?

DIY Dresser Knobs?: Is there some way we can avoid spending $30 on what was meant to be a free to very low cost project? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Sep 14, 2012 - 21 answers

I'm Making a Messenger Bag

I'm making a messenger bag, and I seek a particular type of fastener. [more inside]
posted by Chasuk on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

DIY Felt/Flannel Story Pieces

What is the best method for making my own flannel or felt story board and story pieces? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Aug 12, 2012 - 8 answers

How much should I pay for someone to assemble my computer?

If I got someone else (in the UK) to assemble my computer from the various components I've bought, how much should I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Oh man, I frapped it up : (

How can I make my homemade frappes less watery? And more like Starbuck's frappes? What's their secret?! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Jul 5, 2012 - 21 answers

Smoothing creased foamcoare

Bought a piece of art (yay!) at a festival, and it got slightly damaged before I could get it home (boo!). It's a print on foamcore, 9x12", with no framing, and now it has a single, not-quite-straight crease across the back. No damage is visible from the front, except that the surface isn't flat. What's my best solution for flattening it out before framing?
posted by IAmBroom on Jun 9, 2012 - 4 answers

DIY repair tips for scratched Wacom tablet

Wacom Bamboo fun tablet has a scratch on touch surface - is there any way to fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on May 18, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I transform my bed into gold?

How can I transform my super old vintage painted cast iron bed into a rad shiny metallic aged gold bed in the least painful/expensive way possible? [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Please help me ID this TO-220-3 IC

What kind of IC is this? Picture shows a TO-220-3 IC with the label S9010, B5 and a manufacturer logo of a sort of stylized C. It is installed in the Q1 position so I assume it is a transistor. [more inside]
posted by KevCed on May 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Mister, I'll make a man out of you (in 6 easy steps)

What are the best general DIY websites around? (excluding instructables.com) [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on May 9, 2012 - 12 answers

drill a hole through a brick.

How do I drill a 25mm hole through a single brick wall? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Mar 29, 2012 - 12 answers

not a DIY enthusiast

DIY nuts and bolts question. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Angles on angle grinders

What to look for when buying an angle grinder? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Dec 21, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I intentionally drain my AA batteries?

What is the best way to regularly drain 6-8 AA batteries? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Dec 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Cheap Laptop Repair in Austin?

What's the least expensive way to competently repair a laptop in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Advice installing remodel canister lights

I am installing 2 remodel canister lights. Everything is wired up and ready to go except I can't get the clips to snap down. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin on Dec 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Creative re-use of soft steel wire

Creativity filter - constructive use for many lengths of 42" long soft steel wire ( 0.086" diameter - approximately 12 gauge ) [more inside]
posted by tronec on Oct 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Sofa, so good.

Do I cut the piping off a sofa when making a new cover? Please help me avert a diy-disaster! [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Electricity... so magical! So deadly!

Am I going to electrocute myself with my home extension cord repair? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 22, 2011 - 21 answers

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