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I think I need a putty knife...

I need to hang things from my walls and ceilings, but can't. Help! [more inside]
posted by roygbv on May 25, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I use my rafters to store things?

Home DIY pros: I've just moved to a new house, the upper floor of which has exposed rafters. How can I use these to store my stuff? Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Teach me where to fish...

I've had what I think is a decent idea for a website. Rather than asking someone to "punch it up" in their "spare time" I'd like to learn to do it myself. I know a bit about html and took a turbo pascal class 11 years ago. Since then it's been all humanities, social science, and law. What do I need to learn and what, in your experience, are the best books/web sites to learn from? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds on May 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Aurduino or Make Controller

I am trying to decide which to (learn) to use, The Arduino or The Make Controller Kit. Which should I choose as a first buy / entry level controller? [more inside]
posted by dylanSnow on May 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Questions about metal porch roofs.

I have some questions about the metal roofs on our porches. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on May 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Backyard fish?

Can I raise fish for eating in my back yard? [more inside]
posted by serazin on May 9, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I simulate natural light patterns?

How can I create lighting in my room that simulates the patterns made when the sunlight shines through a tree? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Apr 28, 2008 - 20 answers

But HOW do I do it myself?

What's the best home-repair / fixit manual for someone with little-to-no experience in such matters? Also, web sites and / or blogs in the same vein? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Apr 25, 2008 - 19 answers

Pros and cons of various closet organizing systems?

Help me set up a walk-in closet. What are your experiences with the various lines of closet systems (Elfa, Ikea, FreedomRail, Closetmaid) or DIY? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 24, 2008 - 7 answers

What's the best/simplest DIY sandbox design?

What's the best/easiest design to build a sandbox? I'd like to build a sandbox for my boys -- who are currently ages 4, 2 and 2 months, though hopefuly they (and any more kids we happen to have) would use it for a long time. A google search yielded many, many results, but I'd like to know if anybody out there has done it and can point me to a relatively easy design (my skills exist but are limited). I'm thinking 4 feet square would be enough, though if you also have advice for size, I'd like to hear that, too.
posted by odragul on Apr 23, 2008 - 24 answers

how do i remove plastic coating from chairs

Help me figure out how to get plastic coating off metal chairs! [more inside]
posted by darsh on Apr 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Swap out blower motor of 98 Mercury Mystique

I'm looking for detailed online directions to remove/change the blower motor from a 1998 Mercury Mystique (Ford Contour). I've checked the Contour Enthusiast Group and found nothing. Any suggestions?
posted by charmston on Apr 18, 2008 - 2 answers

My Krups Krapped out!

My trusty Krups coffee excretor gave up the ghost, but would be easily repairable if ONLY I could find a source for the blown thermal fuse. Any idea where I could find one, AskMeFi? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Apr 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Hey, nice wood man.

I want to get started with woodworking. Where can I start? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 13, 2008 - 9 answers

DIY Decide It Yourself

Help me create a template for determining when I should DIY or not. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Apr 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Looking for Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Adaptation

Is there any earthly way - preferably on the up & up - to get a copy of Raiders of the Losk Ark: The Adaptation? (see also, see also). Gaining admission to a local screening would also be acceptable. [more inside]
posted by rkent on Apr 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Cool DIY Technology projects for new apartment?

ApartmentTechnologyFilter: What sorts of fun DIY technology projects can I use to improve the apartment-living experience for my roommates and I? [more inside]
posted by rlef98 on Apr 2, 2008 - 9 answers

What can be done about a poorly insulated apartment building?

We live in a “vintage” 1920s three floor/six unit condo building. The plaster and lathe walls have their charm, but insulation was an unknown concept in 1920. Next winter, I don't want to freeze. [more inside]
posted by mrbugsentry on Mar 31, 2008 - 5 answers

Engagement Ethics Optimization: Estate Jewelry / MYOR

Buying an engagement ring. Advice wanted on a) Estate Jewelry: recommendations on how to buy & not get ripped off. b) Make-your-own-ring workshops: how to get a good used diamond. c) recommendations for both of the above in the LA / SoCal area. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Mar 30, 2008 - 5 answers

I need advice on mounting an Xserve

Can anyone think of a reason that would prevent me from mounting an older g4 xserve flush against a wall? [more inside]
posted by SECONDHANDSMOTE on Mar 27, 2008 - 13 answers

How to make my own karaoke discs from scratch?

How do I take a song off a regular cd, add viewable lyrics (and whatever else is necessary) and turn it into a karaoke disc that I can hand to the kj at a karaoke joint? I already have evil lyrics and some other audio software, but I can only find reference to working with songs that are already on a cdg ... no references in my audio programs to exactly how to make one myself. [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl on Mar 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Physical cut-ups: Making Frankenstein vinyl records and books

I want to physically cut-up vinyl records and books into pieces, which I will then glue back together in various, alternate combinations. What are the best methods of doing this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me find Shipping Pallet furniture plans mentioned in the latest Dwell.

In the latest Dwell magazine there was a house featured with a chair made from pallets. Very simple and elegant, it also had a small mention of a company called Tolstrup. Help me find the downloadable plans mentioned. [more inside]
posted by huxley on Mar 18, 2008 - 9 answers

Homemade guitar amp filter

I built this mini guitar amp based on this circuit. But I used a 4 watt speaker rather than the 8 watts specified. What are the consequences of that change? [more inside]
posted by Grundlebug on Mar 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me build a raised herb garden bed

Help me construct a 3' tall raised herb garden in my backyard. Materials? Subtrate Levels? [more inside]
posted by blastrid on Mar 13, 2008 - 8 answers

The Compleat Idiot's Guide to Machine Shop

Machine shop for dummies? [more inside]
posted by kableh on Feb 27, 2008 - 14 answers

DIY Ping Pong 101

What should the dimensions and surface of a DIY ping pong table be? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Feb 25, 2008 - 5 answers

secrets of the fine d-i-y

what's the secret handshake that gets me access to the interesting/unusual materials that designers and contractors can get ahold of? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Feb 24, 2008 - 17 answers

DIY photolithography

DIY photolithography: has anyone ever tried to etch their own high-resolution PCB layouts or electrode patterns? [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson on Feb 24, 2008 - 6 answers

How to make egg noodles?

How do I make decent egg noodles? [more inside]
posted by macsigler on Feb 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Mirror, mirror leaning against the wall...

I have a mirror that looks like the one in this picture. The frame broke. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Feb 22, 2008 - 7 answers

A more breadifying experience

What is the secret to bread texture? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Feb 19, 2008 - 28 answers

DIYWAMH

Working on DIY solar charger from modified garden power lamps. Of course the panels look different than the ones in the pictures! [more inside]
posted by aetg on Feb 17, 2008 - 6 answers

What features should I add to my basic backup solution?

I've rolled my own backup solution, and I want to know if I could/should be doing anything more. What I'm basically doing now is copying over everything every 10 days, and deleting anything that's over 4 backups old. [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic on Feb 16, 2008 - 24 answers

Making a better gaming PC

What are your recommendations for upgrades to make a more competent gaming PC? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. on Feb 11, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me spec my new PC

What are the best components for a build it yourself system these days? Not nec. brands but what specs are important. Can you rec'd a good place to read about the options?
posted by Barrows on Feb 10, 2008 - 10 answers

How can I learn to cob with the best of them?

Cob on the corn(er): where can I learn to mix and build with cob? [more inside]
posted by eralclare on Feb 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me hang my curtains!

DIY: I'm hanging two sets of rolling curtains from IKEA today in my apartment. Each one will be hanging from the ceiling of a window niche, which is drywall. [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Feb 2, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for remodeling picture series

I'm looking for remodeling picture sets (like this) for renovation inspiration. They don't have to be on Flickr, but a sequential, step-by-step series would be nice. Is there a site that specializes in these types of DIY remodel picture sets?
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Jan 30, 2008 - 2 answers

DIY portfolio printing - Best paper?

Printer paper - I'm printing my portfolio for application to art college. Hoping to DIY so I'm looking for high quality, A3, dual-sided, matte paper for use with a Canon Pixma IX 4000 printer. I think. [more inside]
posted by rog on Jan 28, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I play DDR without upsetting the neighbors?

I'm in a second floor apartment with touchy neighbors. How do I play DDR more quietly? [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Jan 23, 2008 - 18 answers

Sawing boards sans garage

What set of power tools can I assemble that will allow me to build things out of wood and will store in a closet? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jan 22, 2008 - 23 answers

Homemade bed that withstands non-sleep activities

Woodworking filter: What steps can I take to ensure a home-built bed can withstand, umm, nocturnal escapades? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Jan 18, 2008 - 15 answers

Can I make an Ikea product

I need plans to make my own ikea inspired furniture, do these even exist ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey on Jan 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Soldering a leaky flask-bad idea?

Thinking of solder to fix a broken flask. Tell me why I shouldn't do this. [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Jan 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Nice rack.

Design for a home-made wooden snowboard/ski/snowshoe rack? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Best saw blade to cut LDF?

What type of saw blade should I use to cut LDF (light density fiberboard?) [more inside]
posted by howling fantods on Jan 12, 2008 - 6 answers

Pimp my walls

The original wallpaper in my house was applied directly to the drywall. I'm guessing this is/was a pretty popular builder's trick, at least in the 80s (and oh, the horror of the peach and navy wallpapers), but even with careful scoring and steaming I am losing the very outer epidermis of the drywall paper in a lot of places. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Jan 10, 2008 - 18 answers

What's Wrong With My 10-Year-Old Speakers?

About 10 years ago, I bought a pair of Bose 301 Series 2 speakers. They've now been through a number of moves and they're sounding not-as-good. I'm not sure how to define the difference--they sound muddier, and less three-dimensional. I pulled off the front grill and didn't see any visible damage. How can I determine the cause, and then repair it? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jan 10, 2008 - 11 answers

What kind of plywood should I buy fo a desktop?

What plywood is guaranteed to be straight and rigid? i.e., suitable for use in furniture construction? [more inside]
posted by robotdog on Jan 9, 2008 - 14 answers

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