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Straightforward way to reduce hardwood floor shine?

My very dark strand woven bamboo hardwood floors have a semi-glossy finish. Even after they've been freshly mopped, every speck of dust is visible and they'll look dirty the minute someone – wearing socks fresh out of the laundry, even – walks across the room. Is there any way I can change their finish to matte? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jan 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Locking a Bi-Fold door

Can anyone think of a reliable, simple and compact way to lock a two part/bi-fold door? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jan 13, 2013 - 14 answers

hanging a medicine cabinet door

my friend's triple door medicine cabinet lost a door. trying to get a replacement hinge hasn't been fruitful. can you recommend a good alternative hinge? complications inside. [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Jan 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Cat cord chewing.

I need solutions for a cat that chomps cords. We have tried: Bitters spray Bitters gel Covering the cords with fabric bias tape then, putting bitters on them. and Hiding cords, he still gets to them He's even chomping think cords, like serge protectors that plug into the wall. I've seen those cat cord protectors, but all the reviews say they're garbage. He does this mostly when were not home. Is there an appropriate thing to give a cat to chew on? (like with dogs)
posted by misformiche on Jan 9, 2013 - 16 answers

What should I use to dye the grout on my Turkish mosaic lamp?

What should I use to darken the white grout on my Turkish mosaic lamp? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jan 2, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I transform cookies into lasting Christmas tree ornaments?

How do I turn my gingerbread man cookies into long-lasting Christmas tree ornaments? [more inside]
posted by film on Dec 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Noise reduction for a concrete box

Hometheaterfilter: How much soundproofing do I need to do in a concrete box? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

I don't think duct tape is going to cut it this time.

After a theft, how much DIY car repair is too much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 - 11 answers

What's a good table saw for a beginner woodworker?

Woodworkers of Metafiler: give me your table saw recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Dec 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Building circles....

Is it possible to make a pop-up card without the pixellated look? I have searched Google to no avail. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Dec 15, 2012 - 4 answers

centering circular cake boards

[geometryfilter] I have to assemble a tiered cake stand to hold cupcakes at a wedding tomorrow. The tiers and the styrofoam thingies that will separate the tiers are all circular. How do I make sure that I get each tier centered properly on the next?
posted by undue influence on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Need help finding a small, cheap, Arduino-ready solenoid valve or pump assembly

I need some help building a gadget with an Arduino board. Specifically, I need help finding a way to dispense very tiny quantities of fluid (10 μL) once an hour. The valve assembly is the part I'm having trouble with... [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Dec 12, 2012 - 14 answers

So many adorable tiny humans!

What should I knit or crochet as gifts for friends and family who are having babies? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Dec 12, 2012 - 32 answers

Where can I find/make a quality customizable journal?

Where can I find/make a good quality customizable journal? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Dec 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Practical yet Attractive Uses for narrow-necked glass bottles?

I have a few old glass bottles which I've cleaned, de-labeled, and given airtight cork tops. They're attractive bottles, about 750ml each with narrow tops, and I'd like a practical way to show them off ideally in the kitchen. I already used one to infuse olive oil and other to hold my dried dried beans rather than leaving them tied up in the pantry. What else can do with them?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Beans Don't Burr in the Grinder

Is it possible to roast an already roasted coffee a little bit darker in the oven on a baking sheet? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

MacGyver me!

What are some natural ingredients one might stumble upon in the wilderness that you could potentially mix together (sans laboratory) to create a flash or explosion? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Dec 3, 2012 - 12 answers

iPhone 4S replacement screen?

Where to get a replacement screen assembly for iPhone 4S? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Dec 2, 2012 - 6 answers

A Gilded Cage for Rabbits... Though probably not gilded, and more a hutch than a cage

Help me find a straightforward 1-2 weekend DIY outdoor rabbit hutch plan. It's a Christmas present for my sister, who is 12 and not necessarily the most responsible. More (ranty) details inside. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Nov 30, 2012 - 26 answers

I need to buy or rent a record lathe, please guide me in the right direction.

I need to rent or purchase a reasonably priced record lathe to cut short run vinyl LPs. Advice/contact info needed. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Nov 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Computer Writing, 1979 Style

DIY Computering: I want to build a dedicated, Raspberry Pi "writing station". [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

I need to lampshade this trope. No, seriously, lampshade.

I want to make a jute lampshade, or rather, several trapezoidal pieces of jute stretched over wood frames that will act like a lampshade. I know almost nothing about jute, or lampshades, but plenty about wood. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Gifting on a shoestring...

Looking for blogs/websites dedicated to thoughtful & creative gift-giving on a budget. DIY, crafting, homemade/canned foods, scrapbooking a huge plus. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Make Master Make Me a Maker

I have come into an ok amount of free time and I would like to throw myself into the world of being a "maker". [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me find or make a cat-proof dual iPhone/iPad charging dock or stand

I am tired of having wires all over my desk. I want to charge both my iPhone and iPad Mini on my bedside table, standing up in a single dock or stand that my cat can't knock over. Can you recommend such a thing or suggest creative ways to improvise one? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Nov 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Best music videos made on a low/non-existent budget?

Best music videos made on a low/non-existent budget? [more inside]
posted by heylight on Nov 18, 2012 - 32 answers

How do I learn to become a bespoke tailor and/or find an apprenticeship in the United States?

Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 18, 2012 - 9 answers

DIY sling stand/frame plans and component supplies

I'm looking to put together a portable sling stand without paying upwards of $300 for one. Any suggestions on plans or materials? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Nov 18, 2012 - 1 answer

4month travel in Europe

4 month DIY traveling in Europe starting Dec. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Nov 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Big, long triangles - my googl-fu failed!

Asking for my sister, where can we find these button things? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 on Nov 2, 2012 - 6 answers

cheesy like david hasselhoff

Are there any cheeses which are worthwhile to make myself? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Oct 31, 2012 - 25 answers

How do I hang curtains from the ceiling?

Have you ever hung curtains from the ceiling? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Oct 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Where do I find reasonably-priced patio stone?

What's the best way to install a patio on the cheap? I've been checking out big box stores, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I'm in Southwest Louisiana. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Oct 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Hardwood floors: can an amateur do a decent job refinishing?

I need some advice about refinishing hardwood floors. Is this something I can do on my own? I've done plenty of research but I want to try and collect input from DIYers with actual experience. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Oct 10, 2012 - 15 answers

DIY Tech Accessory Projects

This video for a DIY iPhone 5 dock got me thinking about other tech-accessories I could be building myself. Since I have some spare time on my hands, please share some of your own DIY tech-accessory projects.
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

I am also open to bids from local roofing companies.

I need help with sourcing unusual building materials for my DIY doghouse that looks like my ridiculous-looking house. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Sep 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Looking to buy or make a fighting octopus kite

I'm looking to buy or make an octopus kite, in the stunt/fighting style, like my wife had as a kid in the late 1980s to early 1990s, but haven't had any luck finding such a kite online. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 25, 2012 - 2 answers

What projects can we do ourselves now to help sell an apartment next spring?

My boyfriend and I will be putting his Co-op in brooklyn on the market early next year. We want to sell it quickly- what are the winter projects we can take on now to help move it this spring? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

I want to replace a mortice lock but I don't know the model number

I'd like to get an id of this Chubb mortice lock so I can buy a new one on Amazon. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Sep 18, 2012 - 5 answers

DIY dresser knobs?

DIY Dresser Knobs?: Is there some way we can avoid spending $30 on what was meant to be a free to very low cost project? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Sep 14, 2012 - 21 answers

I want to customize my house without the elbow grease and project disasters.

Are there stores/services that will DIY for me? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

DIY Boots?

London: DIY Homemade / Handmade Leather Shoes: How difficult is it to make your own leather shoes? I"m not working at the moment and thought perhaps I could learn leather shoemaking. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Sep 12, 2012 - 6 answers

discipline for on-schedule creativity

How do you set yourself up for maximum success when starting a creative project that requires consistent production? Or: I have to create multiple radio pieces a week! How do I best prepare myself to get out there and make them? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Did we buy the wrong sink?

Did we buy the wrong sink? [more inside]
posted by gribbly on Sep 10, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I fit the most amount of stuff into a tiny space?

Help me maximize my wall space without having to drill... [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Sep 9, 2012 - 7 answers

How to keep my shelf from drooping?

What would you call a telescopic rod that would help to hold up a shelf above a desk? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Sep 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Fizzy water without an explosion

Are there safety data available regarding the maximum internal pressure of a 2-Liter PET bottle at standard temperature and pressure? [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Sep 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Is this thing going to kill me?

I want to get a voltmeter. I think that is what it's called. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Sep 3, 2012 - 12 answers

The Nitty-Gritty of Grainy Mustard

I want to fall into the world of homemade mustard, as parodied in this Onion article. I've spent today looking for dedicated mustard making sites, forums, communities, and have come up relatively dry. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Aug 27, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm Making a Messenger Bag

I'm making a messenger bag, and I seek a particular type of fastener. [more inside]
posted by Chasuk on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

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