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Space Heater Improvement

I have an electric space heater that makes a mild burning smell and the fan makes too much noise, any ideas on how an adventurous engineering student might be able to make the unit better than out of the box? [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Mar 6, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I make this thing I came up with?

I had a great idea the other day that would require a little bit of simple programming and engineering, but I have no background in either of those. Basically, I'd like to make a USB device with a little motor that vibrates at several different specific frequencies, determined by the user (preferably through the computer). Where do I even start? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Mar 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Put a pole in my living room.

How do I DIY-up a pole-mounted shelving system like this? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Mar 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Stop my bed from rolling!

My bed has casters that don't lock/break and don't come off. This causes my bed to pull away from the wall, making my covers and pillows fall between it and the bed. Do you have any suggestions of cheap things I could buy, or DIY to make my bed stop rolling?
posted by royalsong on Mar 1, 2009 - 14 answers

You get what you pay for... but how bad can it be?

We're moving into an apartment with some really heinous paint on the walls and ceilings. We're painting it ourselves so we're not stuck with an all-white apartment; help us do it on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Feb 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Piano parts online?

I'm restoring an upright piano and need a good online source for parts. [more inside]
posted by Benjy on Feb 25, 2009 - 3 answers


Where can I find some interesting effect pedals? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Feb 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Dammit USAopoly, did you not test this game out?

I bought this Stratego Civil War edition (unfortunately not from amazon or I might have read the key review) and the pieces are critically flawed: they are essentially dominoes and will fall like them at the slightest nudge of the table. Anyone have any ideas on how to salvage the pieces or make my own? [more inside]
posted by who else on Feb 21, 2009 - 15 answers

What do you wish you had done to your new house before you moved in?

What do you wish you had done to your new house before you moved in? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Feb 18, 2009 - 52 answers


I have 4 cotton t-shirts, 2 cans of Krylon "Fusion for Plastic" paint and some cheapo stencils from the drug store. Can I just slap them on and spray myself some shirts? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 14, 2009 - 15 answers

A (padded) room of one's own

Help me figure out a solution for textured rental walls? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Feb 10, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I fix my walls?

DIY home repair - I would like to re-paint the walls in my apartment by myself. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres on Feb 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Doors for a whiteboard

I'm looking for a way to make a rather large outdoor whiteboard VISIBLE to all but editable only to a select few. (My hope had been to convert to an online 'whiteboard', but the idea was a bit too high-tech for some.) [more inside]
posted by dance on Feb 9, 2009 - 13 answers


Need step by step instructions for a DIY Polgaroid (Holgaroid). I've seen these in stores for something like 250 to 300 bucks. Ludicrious. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Feb 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Hooking a Chumby up to a Furby?

LazyHiveMind: What fun things can I do if I hook my Chumby up to a Furby? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Feb 3, 2009 - 6 answers

When is it time to call the experts with a tub drain clog?

Drain snakers, how much longer should I mess with this bathtub drain before I call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Feb 2, 2009 - 27 answers

Easy On/Easy Off

Can a Staples "Easy" button be used as an on/off switch for a desktop computer? If so, how?
posted by Heatwole on Jan 31, 2009 - 10 answers

how can I get a xbox 360 set up on the cheap

Planning on getting a Xbox 360, Oh and I want to do it on the cheap. Any advice?Here is my plan... [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Jan 25, 2009 - 18 answers

DIY websites for Fixing your Condo

I just bought a condo and am looking for websites that are dedicated to doing DIY things to improve your home ranging from doing cheap/green projects, cool home gadgets, to major remodeling jobs... [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Jan 12, 2009 - 5 answers

DIY Forced-Perspective wall-hanging art/mathematics advice sought.

3-D folks, Mathematicians, and Artists: Trying to create my own Trompe-l'œil / forced perspective illusionary image to hang on my wall (e.g. the awesome parking garage signage everyone's already seen... more examples here, and here). I'm having trouble faking it with 2-D programs, and the math is puzzling me. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jan 9, 2009 - 34 answers

aloe gel uses!

Recipes/suggestions for use of aloe plants and aloe gel? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Jan 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Any suggestions on how to make a Littler Locker?

DIY Litter Locker? [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Jan 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Building a wall inside...

Victorian house construction/DIY: building a wall in a shared loft (attic). 'What's this thing?' and 'Am I doing it right?' [more inside]
posted by boosh on Jan 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Seems like there should be one around here somewhere....

I live in the East Bay, and I'd like to get my new moleskine notebook laser etched with my own design. There has got to be somewhere in the bay I can go get this done for a reasonable price (I'm not paying 40 bucks for a modofly job). I know at the maker faire shopbot had a whole station set up for stuff like this and it was free there. Any ideas?
posted by Large Marge on Dec 31, 2008 - 1 answer

Where are Some Great DIY Printed Circuit Board Layouts?

I have a medium-sized run of printed circuit boards that'd be most cost-effective for me to silkscreen/photo-etch at home. I'm pretty sure I got that part covered... lots of tutorials available [1, 2, 3, etc]. It'd be a shame, though, to build this setup and then not use it again, so I'm wondering where are some great repositories for (all types of) PCB layouts? Added difficulty: Would like reasonable descriptions of "what they do" and how the boards are likely to be employed. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Anyone know of a TechShop equivalent in London?

Anyone know of a TechShop equivalent in London?
posted by bullox on Dec 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Do you have any good DIY resources

Can you recommend some alternatives to Make magazine/blog without the social baggage and less emphasis on blinktrons and noisetrons? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 22, 2008 - 21 answers

Oh. Crap.

Floor levelling compound + rain = ? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Dec 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Is my new toilet okay?

I replaced a toilet about a week ago and since then I've been hearing little pings in the bathroom-- like what you might hear coming from a cooling ceramics kiln. I've noticed it three times. There are no visible cracks in the toilet. Is this normal? Or is my new Plebe (seriously!) toilet going to suddenly bust up?
posted by Mayor Curley on Dec 16, 2008 - 6 answers

We plan to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.

Throwing a Doctor Who Christmas special party! I'm in need of clever ideas. [more inside]
posted by sian on Dec 15, 2008 - 22 answers

HolidayFilter: Help us top our tree!

We've gone and done it. My partner and I bought a beautiful tree for our apartment. We've decked it to the nines, he's used his chaos magic to cast spells preventing the darling cat from disemboweling our holiday house-guest...but something's not quite right. Our tree has no topper! We've looked for inspiration here, here, and even here, but we're still stumped. [more inside]
posted by a lot is two words on Dec 12, 2008 - 20 answers

fixing hollow, too-short door

I need to cheaply sound-insulate a door that has two issues: it's hollow, and it has half-inch gaps at its top and bottom. [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Dec 5, 2008 - 14 answers

How to make a paint-by-number in Photoshop?

What's the simplest way to create a series of paint-by-number patterns from digital photos? I have access to Photoshop and Illustrator. My Photoshop skills are a bit rusty (it's been a few years) and my Illustrator/vector understanding is pretty lame. [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Dec 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Let's soak seeds in water and see what happens...

Is growing sprouts in my bedroom a good idea or will it result in hellacious odors and weeping and gnashing of teeth? [more inside]
posted by fantine on Dec 3, 2008 - 13 answers

Fix a loose connection without cutting the cord?

Is it possible to fix a power cord without replacing the plug? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Dec 2, 2008 - 9 answers

DIY Dentistry: always a bad idea?

Should I pull this tooth out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2008 - 17 answers

this shouldn't take long

Got any advice for removing a gazillion layers of (probably lead) paint from a hundred-year-old banister, complete with an abundance of balusters? Oh, and a pocket door. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Nov 22, 2008 - 7 answers

How is this color-changing LED array being driven?

Electronics/LED Folks: I bought a few cheap, poorly-assembled LED color-changing orb-things and I'm pretty sure they're the coolest objects I have ever owned. I cracked 'em open, and damned if I know what is going on in there, but it looks simple/cheap as all hell. Help me figure it out, I'll post a build-log/parts list somewhere, and in short-order we can all be ass-deep in home-made, disarmingly sublime mood-lighting. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 18, 2008 - 28 answers

Cutting a Thick Oddly Shaped Bottle

How can I cut a thick oval glass bottle cleanly? [more inside]
posted by Science! on Nov 17, 2008 - 12 answers

DIY photo calendars on the internets

Looking to print a few calendars with my photos as holiday gifts for friends and family. I've read (some old) mixed reviews on QOOP, a printing service that integrates directly with Flickr, and I'm curious if people have recent opinions on the print quality and what other reputable services are available. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Good color printer for crafting?

My wife is looking for a good color printer for crafting projects. We have a cheap-ish inkjet now, but the color quality is disappointing. Decent color fidelity for the occasional photos and the ability to print on thicker papers are important to us, but we're hoping to avoid spending Money Hats(tm). Should I look at color laser printers? Anyone have suggestions on particular printers?
posted by verb on Nov 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Can I convert a boxcar into a house?

Can I convert a boxcar into a house? [more inside]
posted by junipero on Nov 14, 2008 - 19 answers

How do I create something artsy for my walls?

DIY art/craft help with the gingko tree/leaf as inspiration. [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Nov 13, 2008 - 7 answers

Help my fix my boneheaded car mistake!

I pulled out an AC/heat vent on my 2005 Kia Spectra 5 and now I can't get it to go back in. Help me either figure out how to get it back in, or at least ID the parts I'm looking at to help focus my Googling. [more inside]
posted by frankdrebin on Nov 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me identify a piece of electronics from a pinball machine.

What is this device that I found inside of a Williams Grand Prix electromechanical pinball machine from approximately 1976? [more inside]
posted by mmcg on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Help me create my Wall of Maps!

I need ideas for creating my wall of maps. [more inside]
posted by pollex on Nov 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Build a Bike

I want to build a custom bike, and I've got a few questions... [more inside]
posted by god particle on Nov 5, 2008 - 21 answers

We stopped the tide, but broke everything else

Plumbing Filter: After a water heater leak, our toilet is not filling correctly and our water isn't very hot. DIY antics ahead. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Nov 5, 2008 - 9 answers

Make my wall metallic please.

Can I use metallic paint on my wall to make a metallic surface which I then can use magnets to stick things on? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Nov 3, 2008 - 14 answers

Practice to Build a Computer?

How should I prepare to eventually build a computer from parts? [more inside]
posted by crayolarabbit on Oct 29, 2008 - 24 answers

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