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Should I attempt simple DIY repair on my VAIO laptop?

The headphone jack in my Sony VAIO laptop is broken. Should I try to fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Martin E. on Jul 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Help straighten my lamp...

Bending a piece of wood... how? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jul 9, 2007 - 11 answers

OMG LAMPSHADE

Can you please astonish and inspire me with ideas for homemade lampshades? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Jul 6, 2007 - 25 answers

Old DIY books

Does anyone have suggestions for old DIY or how-to books? I'm thinking 1950s or older. [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Jul 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Turning a Fashion Don't into a Fashion Do

How do you alter a dress into a skirt? Or should to go to a tailor? [more inside]
posted by spec80 on Jun 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Lighting Paper Lanterns

A question about lighting for my wedding. I am making lights for my wedding, which essentially will be in a tent. I am making a bunch of fixtures and each fixture will have 3 to 7 paper lanterns hanging in clusters. The problem is that the lanterns are either 12, 14 or 16 inch diameters and I want to find a way to make sure that all shine equally as bright. [more inside]
posted by commissioner12 on Jun 13, 2007 - 9 answers

How to install a cast-iron fireplace

How do I install a cast-iron fireplace? [more inside]
posted by Life at Boulton Wynfevers on Jun 12, 2007 - 7 answers

How can I secure bikes stored on a publically accessible patio?

I want to keep a few bicycles on my patio (concrete slab): how can I keep them secure? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jun 5, 2007 - 10 answers

Need REALLY STRONG glue to fix a chair

Need something stronger than epoxy to fix a plastic office chair arm [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on May 24, 2007 - 13 answers

I should have bought the AppleCare. Damn it!

My 13-month-old MacBook Pro broke. Can you guess? Yeah, the AppleCare warranty had just expired. The fan made a horrible "playing card in the bicycle tire spokes" sound for about 60 seconds, then stopped forever. [more inside]
posted by evariste on May 20, 2007 - 25 answers

Help an Unhandy Guy Out

Help an Un-Handy guy out with building deck stairs. [more inside]
posted by Wong Fei-hung on May 18, 2007 - 6 answers

How to form a shop co-op and teaching center?

How can I pull this off? I would like to start a communal shop for metal-working, wood working, electronics, etc that also helps kids? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on May 18, 2007 - 28 answers

What's under my wall?

We recently purchased an old rowhome in Philly & are slowly but surely doing some renovations to it. We're pondering ripping out some drywall to expose a bit of brick, but are trying to figure out the best way to see what's under there before destroying everything. [more inside]
posted by zempf on May 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Ceci n'est pas une poolshed.

I'd like suggestions for a seascape/dreamscape in pastel/seashell colours that may or may not include shells, but hopefully includes water that I can paint on the wall of the pool shed/poolside shaded sitting area. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on May 6, 2007 - 4 answers

What would I need to make a gas turbine from scratch?

What would I need to make a gas turbine from scratch? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on May 5, 2007 - 26 answers

I'm tired of walking like a baby.

Can I train myself not to walk pigeon-toed? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat on Apr 25, 2007 - 11 answers

Who makes historically-accurate door casing moldings?

I have a bunch of wooden casing moldings around the interior doors of our Washington, DC home, and over the past 75 to 100 years, they've taken quite a beating. I'd love to slowly replace the worst of them with identical moldings, but despite a pretty exhaustive search on my own, I can't find anyone who still carries anything with the same profile. Does anyone have any tips for molding manufacturers/sellers that have good variety, especially of moldings that are accurate to the turn-of-the-century period? [more inside]
posted by delfuego on Apr 13, 2007 - 12 answers

Wood and water don't mix?

We've got a wooden shelf in the bathroom in our (rented) apartment. We've been here two years now and it's gone very pale, and is stained a funny colour where water has landed on it. What should we do to return it to its former glory? (pretty much cleaning/DIY noobs, to be honest...)
posted by ascullion on Apr 11, 2007 - 12 answers

How can I use Paas tablets to dye fabric?

Can you dye fabric with Paas tablets? How? [more inside]
posted by izatchu on Apr 4, 2007 - 3 answers

Does anyone know of an audiophile/hi-fi club in the St. Louis area?

Does anyone know of an audiophile/hi-fi club in the St. Louis area? I have recently become interested in DIY Hi-Fi and being a college student with little electronics experience I am looking for a way to get myself better acquainted with everything before I start to spend too much money. The internet has been a great resource, but having some real people around me who know what they are doing and would be willing to provide me with some direction would be very helpful.
posted by Bengston on Mar 28, 2007 - 4 answers

Today's Tom Sawyer: Painting our picket fence

We are replacing a section of our white wood picket fence that someone's car hit and want to give the whole thing another coat of paint while we're at it so that the new section will blend in with the old section. What do we need to do? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Mar 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Can I combine two thermostats into one?

Do I need to have separate thermostats for my central air conditioning & my radiator heat? [more inside]
posted by zempf on Mar 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Best Tools For Fabricating With PVC

I need to fabricate some stuff out of PVC sheets. It seems the cheapest way to get the materials I need is to order a few 8" or 12" wide replacement PVC strips that are used in the PVC strip doors since I don't need anything very large. I'll probably end up with PVC that is an eighth of an inch thick. However, I'm not sure if cutting it with a razor is the best course of action. Can anyone here advise if there are specific PVC tools for cutting as well as for creating holes? Would just a razor and punch/mallet do? Anything I should be careful of? Any tips or tricks? Thanks!
posted by Brian Puccio on Mar 20, 2007 - 10 answers

Help unclog our sink

I need some plumbing help. The drain from our kitchen sink is clogged, and we're trying to fix it DIY-style. [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Mar 18, 2007 - 9 answers

How to make a stuffed animal "talk"?

How can I add a add a "talking" chip/device to an existing, or home-made stuffed animal? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Mar 15, 2007 - 7 answers

Gorgeous, useless thing.

Crafty MeFites: What can I do with a sturdy wooden box? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Mar 15, 2007 - 19 answers

repair failing dryer

Dryer repair question for the DIY'ers or other mechaincally-inclined people [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Mar 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Photobooth help

I want to build a photobooth, but I have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by splatta on Mar 12, 2007 - 8 answers

game authoring software for young kids?

My son, who is 10, has been asking me all kinds of questions about creating mods for existing games and writing his own games. I am not a programmer, but I did show him kid's programming language and we're trying to figure it out. Any recommendations for either simple, fun game creation languages or packages that will run on our aging pIII windows machine? There's a lot out there, and I just don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 4, 2007 - 24 answers

DVR Setup?

Simplest home DIY home DVR setup? [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Mar 2, 2007 - 16 answers

Can I make my own delicious Aquafina water at home?

I love Aquafina bottled water. There's something in it that makes it taste much different than other bottled waters. Still, it gets expensive. What's in it that makes it taste so nice and can I make my own at home? [more inside]
posted by redteam on Feb 21, 2007 - 31 answers

Schematic for DIY sequential shift lights?

Can anyone hook me up with a schematic for a DIY sequential shift light set up? [more inside]
posted by ZoomX2 on Feb 15, 2007 - 4 answers

What family recipes are hiding in your closet?

LiqueurFilter: After realizings that vodka + sugar + instant coffee + water + vanilla + chocolate and carmel syrup to taste makes a decent version of Kahlua, I am looking for other good liqueur recipes. [more inside]
posted by magikker on Feb 12, 2007 - 16 answers

Free in DC

I'm looking for websites that will lead me to free things to do/see/eat/get specifically in Washington, DC. What sites do you know of and or search techniques I can use? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Feb 4, 2007 - 6 answers

Ribs-for-football-game recipe needed.

Nothing better accompanies the StuporBowl than a huge pile of ribs. My problem: I need a great ribs recipe. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Feb 1, 2007 - 17 answers

transforming chicken scratches with photoshop

How can I photoshop my kid's thin pencil drawings so that they look like they were drawn with a sharpie or thicker pen? I want to stick them on shirts at some point. Some of them are just funny and bizarre.
posted by mecran01 on Jan 28, 2007 - 16 answers

How to connect internal TV speakers to audio system?

Connecting internal TV speakers to audio system. Is is possible? How could I screw up? The TV is already open and some wires disconnected. [more inside]
posted by Dataphage on Jan 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me fix my DS Lite?

I own a DS Lite. Recently, the 'R' button has started to become somewhat non-responsive. It still works, but I have to push it really hard to get a response to it at all. I suspect that the contacts need cleaning. Since I've never done anything like this before, should I attempt to do this myself? By that I mean is it a relatively simple affair or would this be incredibly difficult to do? And if I were to go ahead and do it, what tools might I need to finish the job?
posted by Effigy2000 on Jan 16, 2007 - 7 answers

Framing Papercuts?

DIY Framing - Double Sided w/ Chinese Paper Cuts? [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd on Jan 14, 2007 - 7 answers

Dryer sheet conundrum

How can I prevent/elminate static cling without dryer sheets? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc on Dec 27, 2006 - 13 answers

I've lost my light installing mojo.

We decided to replace an ugly old chandelier today. After turning off the breaker and taking off the chandelier, I noticed there are black, red, white and green wires. The house is circa 1968. From what I can tell there used to be a fan/light. So I hooked up our flourescent dome by matching the wire colors and capping the red wire. Unfortunately, it didn't work. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 25, 2006 - 14 answers

stationery in new york city!

hey folks! I'm a new to New York-er (the city, that is), and have done some serious googling and asking around in the "real life" and have not had any luck finding smallish stationery/gifty stores that carry paper goods-- along the lines of what are fairly common on the west coast where I'm from. a little bit.. [more inside]
posted by ethel on Dec 17, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me build a christmas tree

I'd like to make my own cheapass christmas tree. [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Dec 16, 2006 - 15 answers

suggest a solution to supply of surplus sheet-metal

What creative use can I put all this sheet metal to? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Dec 11, 2006 - 16 answers

How to boost a line-level signal (in a car) to acceptable levels?

How to boost a line-level signal (in a car) to acceptable levels? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Foundations of DIY-culture.

Books that laid the groundwork for DIY-culture. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Dec 11, 2006 - 31 answers

A good knife for whittling?

Trying to remember the name of good French knife and also looking for suggestions for a good whittling knife. [more inside]
posted by Cochise on Dec 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Underneath my linoleum--a secret treasure! (question about subflooring)

We are going to install about 200 sq. ft. of laminate flooring in our kitchen/dining area, which is 1/2 linoleum and 1/2 ugly blue carpet. Because the previous owners installed 1/4" subflooring before they put in the original vinyl, there is a height difference between the carpeted area and the vinyl floor area. Should I rip out the old subflooring to level it out, or add subflooring to the recessed area so everything is level? There is *really* old linoleum underneath the carpet and the subflooring. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 9, 2006 - 13 answers

Utah's Fiery Furnace of Hell Needs a Circuit Breaker

My wife changed the filter on our gas furnace yesterday, and now it doesn't work. I pulled off the front cover and on the upper right is a small black pressure switch of sorts. I originally thought it was supposed to be held shut by the cover, but that is not the case, as they don't match up. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 2, 2006 - 19 answers

Please help me figure out what's causing the creaks in my DIY loft.

Please help me figure out what's causing the creaks in my DIY loft [more inside]
posted by sequential on Nov 30, 2006 - 9 answers

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