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How to make and use green tea extract?

How can I make my own green tea extract (or concentrate)? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Apr 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Building better boundaries for bugs

DIY screen porch: now that it's heading into summer in Georgia, what should I know before I make a huge mess on my back deck? [more inside]
posted by catlet on Apr 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Cut my hair, DIY edition

Looking for resources, sites, instructional videos, advice, or tips for cutting my own hair [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Apr 22, 2009 - 5 answers

Why isn't 1 photo/second an option on high-end consumer cameras?

What's the cheapest way to take a long, automated series of photos (time-lapse photography) on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50? Difficulty: ultra-cheap! [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Apr 22, 2009 - 3 answers

I wanna be a mechanical vagrant!

I love renting a house in urban Atlanta! I hate renting a house in urban Atlanta! Can anyone help me find a place to fix my car... myself? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Apr 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me repurpose my old laptop

I have a spare 17" widescreen laptop (single core, 3GHz) that's not too shabby, but I don't use it anymore. Help me do something neat with it! [more inside]
posted by phrakture on Apr 16, 2009 - 20 answers

Where can I find 3/4" bead board for a ceiling in Minnesota for $1.50/sq.ft.?

I'm finishing my house and want to install 3/4" bead board ceiling and in all the places that I look for install help and instruction(this old house, hgtv.com, oldhouseweb.com, etc) people are quoting $1-1.50/sq. foot. Does anyone know where in MN I can find quality 3/4" bead board ceiling for that price, everything i'm finding is $3-4 from specialty mills, and the stuff priced around $1/sq at the big box stores(Home Depot, Lowes and Menards) is for the thinner wall stuff, and is usually VERY poor quality with lots of knots. I just watched this video at HGTV and they put up some pretty nice looking stuff and quoted $1.50/sq I don't believe it one bit...
posted by Mesach on Apr 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Honda parts

Can anyone recommend a good source for Honda automotive parts (online or near Boston)? [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson on Apr 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Backerboard or Mold Resistant Drywall

Bathroom DIY Filter: Do we need to use cement board (backer board) for the walls around the bathtub/shower that we're going to retile? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Apr 8, 2009 - 18 answers

Inexpensive pre-fab thermistor probe?

I need a new thermistor probe for this temperature controller. The manufacturer sells these for $37 shipped. Is there a less-expensive solution? [more inside]
posted by hsawtelle on Apr 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Tile over linoleum?

Can I lay tile over (real) linoleum? Maybe I should prime the existing floor first? [more inside]
posted by and hosted from Uranus on Apr 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Smells like...

How do I make the tuna sandwich from sandwich places? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Apr 6, 2009 - 31 answers

Help me get started with electronics

DIY RFID door lock. [more inside]
posted by dance on Apr 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Washing Machine: Boom!

Was that a helicopter in my kitchen? No. It was the washing machine. Um. Help? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Apr 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Help Me Build a Freestanding Wall

I want to build a freestanding (but not necessarily portable) wall in my outdoor/natural light photography "studio." Ideas? [more inside]
posted by swilkerson on Mar 30, 2009 - 2 answers

Help my pups poop in the clouds!

I want to build a dog run on a flat (well, 1% or so) modified bitumen (I think) roof. What materials should I use? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Mar 24, 2009 - 8 answers

. . .You know where to put the Caulk

After a long haul on a plane, I'm wanting to make my very own noise blocking in-ear headphones, as per here. The otherwise awesome directions call for using a relatively slow setting epoxy putty. I shudder at the idea of putting noxious putty in my ears for any time at all. Please suggest a better material thats easy to work with, is non toxic and sets in a reasonable amount of time.
posted by Fupped Duck on Mar 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Cold as ice. As cold as ice to me.

The oven portion of our gas range went from being fine to dead inside. Made baked potatoes one night, next night I turned it on and it wouldn't heat up at all. The burners still work fine. I reviewed some literature about repairing it myself, but I'm trying to decide if it's a good idea. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Is it worth the trouble to vent our range hood outside?

Is it worth the trouble to vent our range hood outside? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Mar 20, 2009 - 21 answers

What would I need to make professional board game tiles?

What equipment would I need to make my own professional quality board game tiles? [more inside]
posted by st0rey on Mar 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Root Beer!

We're makin' root beer! (Help?) [more inside]
posted by serazin on Mar 13, 2009 - 17 answers

Fixing the display on a G4 iBook

The display on my iBook G4 is dying. Have I diagnosed the problem correctly, and is it worth trying to fix? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz on Mar 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Know of any interesting public access TV series?

Looking for cool public access TV shows on the web. Of the non-talk show variety. [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Mar 7, 2009 - 6 answers

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

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