How do I lengthen the strings that open and close my mini-blinds without introducing a knot that will clog up the works? [more inside]
posted by callmejay
on Feb 22, 2006 -
My bathtub/shower faucet has developed a loud, annoying screech when the temperature is above medium. How can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Zonker
on Feb 22, 2006 -
I want to create my own lamps that hang from the ceiling. I will create the shade, but I need to buy the socket with cord and plug. My plan is to sell these, so I'd like to say at least part of the lamp is UL listed. [more inside]
posted by chadparker
on Feb 22, 2006 -
I have a electric (220v) dryer, but my new house is set up for gas, and the outlet is only 110v. I think that I have a situation where it would be relatively easy for me to install a new 220v outlet next to the current one without having to involve a professional. Does the scenario (inside) appear workable for the average diy'er? [more inside]
posted by trivirgata
on Feb 21, 2006 -
How do I make my own animated screensaver? I have some graphics
I've been using as desktop backgrounds, and now I'd like to make them into an animated screen saver. I'm fluent in Photoshop and Illustrator, and I'm on a Mac running OSX 10.2.
posted by fandango_matt
on Feb 19, 2006 -
My GoogleFu has failed me. Does anyone know of a place I could send a swab of DNA from my cheek and get a photo of it back (after they do the Chomatography thing). Because I love these
but I'm too cheap and figure given the source image I could do the rest myself.
posted by zeoslap
on Feb 14, 2006 -
I cannot find a fresh Butterball Turkey - even called them, but this time of the year they only have frozen.
How can I make a regular turkey into a Butterball type turkey? I have heard that one can put butter under the skin, inject it, baste it etc.
Any proven method suggestions out there?
posted by bright77blue
on Feb 8, 2006 -
I am trying to remember the name of a free little Windows app that takes a .jpg as input, and supersizes it, splittling it into 8.5 x 11 (or whateve size) .pdf sheets.
posted by everichon
on Feb 3, 2006 -
I'm trying to find designs/plans for furniture made by cutting out the pieces from a single sheet of plywood & using only slots & grooves to hold them together, no nails, screws or glue. I've seen them online before, on some DIY blog or maybe boingboing, but I've looked at every site I can think of & done a fair amount of googling & come up blank. Anybody know what I'm talking about & can give me a pointer?
posted by scalefree
on Feb 2, 2006 -
It's time to sand and varnish the floor in the front room, ground floor. We'll be replacing a few worn out floorboards but we're not totally confident about the best way to fill the gaps between boards. Some people say use resin, some say use a sawdust/pva mix, some say use filler, some say use wood fillets. The floorboards are 1" thick tongue and groove, solid pine. Any good suggestions? (Based in the UK) [more inside]
posted by gaby
on Jan 26, 2006 -
I want a kotatsu
, but can't afford to ship one from Japan. I'd like to make my own if possible, but don't know where to start.
posted by Electric Elf
on Jan 23, 2006 -
I'm trying to copy/paste a 5x5 PSD file into an 8x8 CD template PSD. Every time I do so, the original 5x5 shrinks to 3.8x3.8! [more inside]
posted by Satapher
on Jan 18, 2006 -
Calling all DIY speaker enthusiasts! I'm packing off to college next year and my anticipated roomate and I are both interested in building a sound system of sorts. We are both somewhat experienced with audio systems (theatre sound techs) but have never tackled any sort of speaker construction project. More inside... [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on Jan 16, 2006 -
Basic RSS question-- I'm trying to add RSS to my site, and since I'm teaching this to myself, I'm confused. [more inside]
posted by madmath
on Dec 29, 2005 -
I want to make jewelry! Like, real jewelry. Read: metalsmithing, not putting manufactured beads on wires. What tools should I buy? What books would you recommend? Do I need to take a class or not? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Dec 16, 2005 -
DIY Mouse. I want to make a mouse, where should I start? How does one go about getting custom plastics molded? Should I use CAD? [more inside]
posted by parallax7d
on Dec 13, 2005 -
Mechanics: I've got a 1964 chevy bel air which is my daily driver that needs some work. I'd like to do it myself, but I'm sorta a car newbie. What online communities and resources will be useful to me? Do you have any specific anecdotes, tips and tricks for working on old cars? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Dec 7, 2005 -
I'd like to get replacement seat and back cushions for a couch. What would be the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by melissa
on Nov 15, 2005 -
After searching Google and the archives of AskMe, I've come across some great suggestions and ideas for making digital photo frames
. From what I can determine, however, all of these require a computer
of some kind built into the frame. Supposing one only has a laptop screen? Specifically, the screen from an old ThinkPad with a blown motherboard
. Could I connect the monitor to my network somehow? Hook it up to some special circuit board designed for just this sort of thing?
posted by aladfar
on Nov 3, 2005 -
Hi all. Does anyone know of a good place to buy furniture kits? What I mean is unassembled, unfinished furniture, preferably shipped to your door. In particular I am looking for a "breakfast bar" or "kitchen island." Is there a store like this?
posted by bradn
on Oct 26, 2005 -
DIY: What can I do with an old G3 tower computer (or maybe a couple). I'm thinking maybe a file server or a web server. Any other neat ideas???
posted by Napierzaza
on Sep 2, 2005 -
Does anyone know where can I find free plans for marking games onto a playground surface? We're working on revamping the playground at my kid's school. We want to paint some games like hopscotch and four-square onto the surface but I'm having trouble finding standard measurements to do this. Does anyone have a suggestion or a link that would be helpful?
posted by ooklah
on Aug 27, 2005 -
What might cause a hot water boiler's pilot light to repeatedly go out? We've replaced the thermocouple, inspected the pilot assembly, and had the boiler cleaned. Twice. [more inside]
posted by zogbie
on Aug 17, 2005 -
Any tips on applying the grout to a newly-stone-veneered fireplace? Specifically, I was wondering if the grout level should be consistently laid into the crevices level with the flattest (least projecting) piece of stone. Any other advice welcome, as well!
posted by clever sheep
on Jul 23, 2005 -
My wife and I are building a collage of movie poster details for our theater, but I'm having problems coming up with a good way to mount them. I have an idea, but I'm not sure if it will work. [more inside]
posted by bjork24
on Jul 14, 2005 -
DIYFilter: My kitchen floor still has the original tile from 70s (yuk!). I'd like to update it somehow on the cheap. So short of re-tiling, anyone have a good idea what I can do to update it?
posted by menace303
on Jun 25, 2005 -
Is there anything I can do about lighting dimmer switches that buzz annoyingly? [more inside]
posted by Glum
on Jun 24, 2005 -
Our kitchen floor is wood that was last painted at least 12 years ago. Gradually, with years of hard use, the paint has flaked off in patches, exposing the bare, splintery wood underneath, which is warped and uneven (old building). Can I cover the floor with click-together non-adhesive rubber tiles without having to seal/finish the floor first? [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses
on Jun 17, 2005 -
Currently in the middle of a major deck renovation and a question occurs to me: is there a better way to remove the old joist brackets? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma
on Jun 13, 2005 -
I would like to replace an old wall sconce in my bathroom. Is this something that I, being a very un-handy person, could/should try to do myself? Or should I just hire an electrician?
posted by nixxon
on Jun 6, 2005 -
I'm thinking of building my own kitchen counter-tops from concrete. I have some how-to books and have talked to a friend who is doing it as well, but thought I'd put the question out to AskMefi. What has been your experience? Any tips or tricks? Any special materials or sealers? Thanks!
posted by jacobsee
on Apr 25, 2005 -
My kitchen sink is very
slow to drain. The pipes are clear and the garbage disposal is new. When I run the disposal, all the water/other stuff in the sink drains out without too much trouble. Is there some way to adjust the spinning element in the disposal
to make sure the drain holes inside it are fully open? [more inside]
posted by clgregor
on Apr 22, 2005 -
There is a gate leading to a parking garage. Gate is opened by remote control, but the range on the garage door remote is not sufficient to open the gate from inside a car (unless said car is < 1 inch from gate). How to fix? [more inside]
posted by striker
on Apr 7, 2005 -