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Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on May 18, 2012 - 11 answers

 

Spoof "how-to" videos

What is the website full of fake home improvement / how to videos that seem reasonable at first but are actually all spoofs / parodies with bad advice? [more inside]
posted by ac on May 17, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I transform my bed into gold?

How can I transform my super old vintage painted cast iron bed into a rad shiny metallic aged gold bed in the least painful/expensive way possible? [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Is this piece of garbage iPad case a lost cause?

Can my bluetooth keyboard be fixed (by me)? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on May 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Please help me ID this TO-220-3 IC

What kind of IC is this? Picture shows a TO-220-3 IC with the label S9010, B5 and a manufacturer logo of a sort of stylized C. It is installed in the Q1 position so I assume it is a transistor. [more inside]
posted by KevCed on May 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Metal filing cabinet makeover: Have you ever done anything other than spray paint a filing cabinet?

I want to purchase a cheap metal filing cabinet on craigslist and then restore it into something awesome. [more inside]
posted by troutforbrains on May 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Mister, I'll make a man out of you (in 6 easy steps)

What are the best general DIY websites around? (excluding instructables.com) [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on May 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Anyone in Ottawa that can help me process some WVO into biodiesel?

I am looking for someone in Ottawa that can help me convert a few hundred liters of Waste vegetable oil into biodiesel. This is for a local organization, a sort of charity that is interested in environmental issues etc. but the processing doesn't have to be donated, we can pay for it. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on May 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Building a modular/portable stage

Plans/suggestions for constuction a low portable (modular, sectioned) stage? [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 1, 2012 - 11 answers

What image size do I need to print a 4'x4' photograph?

DIY Photo Art Question: I would like to have a photograph or image professionally printed onto canvas or good print-quality paper, about 4' x 4'. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Apr 30, 2012 - 8 answers

How many individual skulls would it take to make a chair for a six foot person?

How many individual skulls would it take to make a chair for a six foot person? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Apr 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me turn a toaster into a lamp

I have an odd fascination with lighting. I want to learn how to rewire various consumer electronics into functioning lamps without electrocuting myself and/or burning down my apartment building. [more inside]
posted by krakenattack on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

don't tell mom, the clothes dryer's

So my electric dryer's busted. It's a Kenmore 90 Series, and if it's been plugged in (not necessarily running, just plugged in), it just buzzes and doesn't start. If I leave it unplugged for a couple hours, it'll start normally and then quit after a few minutes. Any idea what part needs replacin'? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Apr 18, 2012 - 6 answers

MacGyver uses these for his fridge magnets

What are some awesome projects made with unlikely or upcycled materials? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Apr 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Fixed my faucet and now the water tastes gross.

Fixed the dripping sink faucet. Now the first water after I turn it on tastes nasty. What can I do? How long will it last? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Apr 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Tutorial for drawing building plans for home construction with Google SketchUp

Is there a step-by-step tutorial on how to create working construction drawings with Google SketchUp? This must be on the Internet somewhere but after a weekend of searching and watching tutorials, I still haven't found it. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me look cool and sound good in a small space without killing myself or my wallet

Looking for a small, cheap amplifier to sit between a Sony D250 portable CD player and a pair of Energy e:XL 15 or 16 speakers. Toying with the idea of a DIY gainclone but not sure I have the smarts to put a kit together without killing myself, or even to know whether that sort of amp is suitable for my needs. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Apr 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for affordable t-shirt fabric, online or around Albuquerque

Can anyone suggest a place to buy reasonably priced t-shirt fabric, online or in the general Albuquerque area? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 31, 2012 - 3 answers

drill a hole through a brick.

How do I drill a 25mm hole through a single brick wall? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Mar 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Next up: how can I, at 5' tall, put up wallpaper without suffering a nervous breakdown?

Bought a house, hence the DecorateMyBedroomFilter! DYI: how do I put up a curtain rod for a window whose corner meets a slanted ceiling? D├ęcor: what kind of wallpaper should I put up on a single accent wall of my otherwise very white and neutrally furnished bedroom? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

I need to create flowerbeds from scratch

We have a house with exactly zero flowerbeds (or landscaping in general for that matter) and it has no curb appeal whatsoever. THIS SHALL NOT STAND! I have some experience gardening, but creating beds from scratch seems a bit major at first glace. Help me make new flowerbeds, and help me make a good plan for our new beds. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Mar 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Cabinettlesome

What would be a suitable protective coating for cabinets that were stripped and treated with a combination of orange oil and beeswax? [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname on Mar 24, 2012 - 7 answers

What other book crafts can I do?

I want to do something crafty and fun with old books. [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Mar 23, 2012 - 16 answers

As if I weren't abrasive enough...

I need to rent (or acquire, if renting is silly) a sandblaster, as well as the correct abrasive material to sandblast the interior of a 22' fiberglass sailboat. I have access to a large air compressor, and I'm handy with tools - just never used a sandblaster before. [more inside]
posted by namewithoutwords on Mar 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me rehab my spa pillows

Spa Pillow Rehab? Looking for suggestions on how to replace "skin" over foam spa pillows. [more inside]
posted by Big_B on Mar 22, 2012 - 1 answer

DIYODS!!! (do it your own dang self)

What are the best DIY sites on the web? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Mar 22, 2012 - 13 answers

What is the best method to paint this hideous clock?

What is the best method to paint this hideous clock? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Mar 18, 2012 - 5 answers

How to fix this damaged varnish?

My friend threw a towel on our bedside table and used it as an ironing board. Now the varnish is damaged (pics). How do I fix it?
posted by mrunderhill on Mar 16, 2012 - 6 answers

New soldering iron! What should I make?

I am the proud new owner of a soldering iron. What are some good first projects? Must be cheap and at least marginally useful. Blinky lights are a plus! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 15, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I put together a DIY, on-the-cheap, wireless home music system?

Advice needed: how to put together a DIY, on-the-cheap home music system where I can listen to my music from any room in the house? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

designing a fancy pergola

I would like to build a pergola in my backyard. With a hanging bed under part of it. I have no idea what I'm doing. Please help. [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Mar 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Hacking (or just hacking up) my couch, vs. just replacing it already

Can I hack my (Ikea Varnamo) couch? SHOULD I? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Feb 19, 2012 - 6 answers

The perfect console table / shelf

Can you help me find a two shelf version of this lovely piece of furniture? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Feb 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Bonus points if you can help me avoid looking like a Geocities site.

I am an amateur photographer with 1) a subscription-based online portfolio, 2) a desire to take more control over my site, 3) a sense of reckless abandon, and 4) virtually no experience with, or understanding of, the inner workings of the modern internet. I'd like a really simple site on my domain to hold galleries of my images and a blog. Can I get there from here? How? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Growing food at home. Or trying to.

Any indoor gardeners or hydroponic fans out there today who could help me out? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Feb 6, 2012 - 2 answers

not a DIY enthusiast

DIY nuts and bolts question. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Where's the water coming from?

How to identify, fix, and clean up after a water leak without destroying my walls and ceilings (any more than I have to)? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Feb 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Help save a life.

Building a standing desk two-parter: 1) Should I get a mini stair climber, manual treadmill, or mini elliptical? 2) What's the best way to attach legs to this "desk"? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Feb 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Resistors in a circuit--does it matter much?

Noob electronics question: Can I replace a 3Mohm 1/2 W resistor on a guitar pedal circuit with a 3.3Mohm resistor? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Jan 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Can you help my girlfriend survive Silent Hill?

How can I make this custom T-shirt? [more inside]
posted by aftermarketradio on Jan 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Erector Set-like metal bars?!

What do you call the metal bars that have two flat parts with a 90 degree angle with screw holes on both sides? I'm thinking of getting some and cutting them to the lengths I need but I have no idea what they're called, any other information on Erector Set like prefabricated elements would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by TheKM on Jan 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Upgrading my shower head and shower curtain rod

My shower (in a rental apartment) needs help in two ways. 1) I need to find a way to get the curtain farther out, with the complicating factor that the curtain is on an L-shaped rod (similar to this one). 2) My shower head puts out a piddly amount of water. I need one that will actually use the full water pressure available, and which is on a hose. Mefites, what do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 23, 2012 - 19 answers

What kind of speakers do I need for my wedding?

Help me find the best speaker solution for my upcoming wedding? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jan 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Help Installing Nest Thermostat on Millivolt System Using 24v Transformer

I just purchased a new Nest thermostat. My old thermostat gets power from an ancient millivolt system (thermopile on top of pilot light generates 0.7VDC). This is incompatible with the Nest, since the Nest requires standard 24VAC. Nest support told me they've heard some customers have had success using 24v step-down transformer. After lots of research, I think the wiring is supposed to go something like this: W from furnace (common, -0.7VDC ?) --> W on T-Stat 24 VAC power from transformer (+/- ?) --> C on T-Stat R from furnace (+0.7VDC ?) --> RH on T-Stat 24VAC power from transformer (+/- ?) --> RH on T-Stat As you can see, I'm still a bit fuzzy on the details. Questions are below the fold! [more inside]
posted by jesseendahl on Jan 22, 2012 - 17 answers

Dead MacBook = Minecraft server? Robot brain?

What fun things could I do with my old 15" MacBook Pro whose graphics chip just kicked the bucket? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Jan 21, 2012 - 7 answers

I build all the things!

Cool Science Construction Projects! After I've built my Dobsonian telescope, machined my Gingery workshop, and constructed my Farnsworth fusion reactor, what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Day of the Dead Lanscaping Needs Reviving. Where to start?

Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jan 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Short showers (in height)

DIY bathroom remodel: I'm looking for small, and especially short, inexpensive, off-the-shelf shower options. Do you know where to find showers sorted by size? Do you know where to find oddly-sized home products? Do you have obscure and wonderful knowledge about shower stall options? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Don't want my black clothes to turn orange...

Have you painted a closet a bright color? How did it turn out? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Why doesn't consumer audio sound better?

Why is audio quality so lacking in consumer audio goods, when it is so easy to improve upon it? [more inside]
posted by krilli on Jan 10, 2012 - 23 answers

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