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DIY Felt/Flannel Story Pieces

What is the best method for making my own flannel or felt story board and story pieces? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Aug 12, 2012 - 8 answers

DIY Home Security questions

DIY Home Security: where to start? I'm investigating all the myriad options for hardware and monitoring services, and I am overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by medarby on Aug 8, 2012 - 2 answers

How much should I pay for someone to assemble my computer?

If I got someone else (in the UK) to assemble my computer from the various components I've bought, how much should I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Sourcing giant 40's electrical throw switch..

Where can I get a giant electrical throw switch? I've been tasked with finding & buying a gigantic ( ideally 1-2 foot long ) lever. It will go up on the wall of our web development office and it will be labeled "Interwebs: on/off". Where can I find some kind of switch that is worthy of turning the internet on or off? That's the immediate problem, but let me give you the background - I'd love other ideas too: [more inside]
posted by doub1ejack on Aug 5, 2012 - 13 answers

The chisel isn't cutting it. No, seriously, it's not cutting at all.

How do I remove a small concrete shower pan lip without losing my sanity in the process? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Aug 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Make me a cool cat.

Where is the best place to research / purchase moderate to high quality automotive window tint and what brands are reliable and quality products? Other tint installation related input likely appreciated as well... [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Aug 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Fixing net curtain cord to ceiling above bay window?

How to fix net curtain cord to ceiling above bay window? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I buy or make a replacement bent wire shelf-hanger for my bookcase?

I bought a bookcase (with adjustable shelves) off Craigslist. All of the shelves were included, but not all of the little bent-wire bits (photos inside) that hold the shelves in place. Where can I find replacements? [more inside]
posted by enn on Jul 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Drywall/Plasterboard and Insulation Installation help needed!

We live in a 160 year old stone house in Scotland that is really cold in winter. Please help me make it warmer? I've been told it's easy to take down the drywall/plasterboard, install insulation, and put more drywall/plasterboard up again. But is it? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Jul 14, 2012 - 23 answers

Wanna DIMyself.

Aspiring hobbyist asks: What would YOU do with this board? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jul 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for fabric suggestions for an ottoman re-upholstery job.

Looking for fabric suggestions for an ottoman re-upholstery job. (Any deals on mohair?) [more inside]
posted by donovan on Jul 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Oh man, I frapped it up : (

How can I make my homemade frappes less watery? And more like Starbuck's frappes? What's their secret?! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Jul 5, 2012 - 21 answers

Semi-quick fixes for dilapidated objects

Will you share your best fixing-smaller-things-up hacks? 'I buffed it with gasoline and you'd never know there'd been water damage.' 'Did you know you can use a regular iron on them? Good as new.' 'Hardware stores sell them for 17c and that's all it takes to make a working switch.' [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jul 5, 2012 - 24 answers

B2B or not 2B? Wetting beak in manufacture.

New to manufacturing. How do I go from making things to having something made? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me beat the heat (in my attic)!

Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Battery powered sound effect

How do I make battery powered sound effect device? [more inside]
posted by crumblydonut on Jul 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Fashion a wardrobe bar?

I've got two wardrobe boxes... without the metal bar to hang the clothes on. What's the best way to fashion a bar from which to hang my clothes in these boxes for my upcoming move? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jun 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Smoothing creased foamcoare

Bought a piece of art (yay!) at a festival, and it got slightly damaged before I could get it home (boo!). It's a print on foamcore, 9x12", with no framing, and now it has a single, not-quite-straight crease across the back. No damage is visible from the front, except that the surface isn't flat. What's my best solution for flattening it out before framing?
posted by IAmBroom on Jun 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Hack a Canon external Flash for high-speed video marking

How can I hack a Canon external Flash for my high-speed video application? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Jun 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Plagued by ants, ants, and (hopefully not) an ardvark

Ants, scurrying rodents - what do I do with my WALL OF VERMIN? [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Jun 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Fine me this Trampoline turned into a hammock!

Do you know the source for this awesome Trampoline into a Hammock project? [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat on Jun 1, 2012 - 2 answers

DIY repair tips for scratched Wacom tablet

Wacom Bamboo fun tablet has a scratch on touch surface - is there any way to fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Best way to fix hole on painted wall?

Oh crapsticks! What is the best way to fix a slightly gouged hole on a painted wall? [more inside]
posted by mooza on May 26, 2012 - 8 answers

My, what a lovely bike tire you're wearing.

Ways to repurpose bike parts? [more inside]
posted by aniola on May 25, 2012 - 21 answers

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

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