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Free or nearly-free ways to make our home pleasant?

Free or nearly-free ways to make our home pleasant? [more inside]
posted by moira on Aug 18, 2011 - 46 answers

 

Is Making Your Own Greek Yogurt Worth the Time and Expense?

Are you experienced in making Greek yogurt? What is the cost/benefit of making your own Greek (strained) yogurt? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Aug 11, 2011 - 17 answers

can I cut a giant hole in the roof of my truck ?

I want to put a sunroof in my 88 Ford F150. Other than leaks , what are some things I need to consider before cutting a hole in my roof ? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Aug 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me replace a blown woofer for a Spica TC-60

How do I replace a blown woofer in a Spica TC-60 loudspeaker? The datasheet is here. I am generally capable, but don't know anything about building/repairing speakers. Can I get away with replacing just the one? Is there any danger of damaging the crossover (whatever that is)? The very nice guy from Madisound recommended a ScanSpeak replacement but how do I know if it will fit and/or work properly? If I'm reading the datasheet correctly, the original seems to be 180mm in diameter, and the replacement he recommended 170mm - is this a good idea? How can I tell if there's anything else I should try? What, if anything, do I seem to be overlooking? Thank you!
posted by jcrcarter on Aug 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Hobbyist / DIY tunneling question.

Hobbyist / DIY tunneling question. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Jul 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Failure is an option, but best if avoided...

What's the best way to build a concrete block retaining wall for my small backyard? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jul 24, 2011 - 5 answers

DIY Big Brother

I'm looking for ideas on ways to setup an informal neighborhood CCTV /cam enabled security system. Something like a flikr pool with wifi connected cameras taking snapshots/continuous street view. Ideally some kind of low cost DIY package that could be informally setup by a group of neighbors. [more inside]
posted by humanfont on Jul 20, 2011 - 4 answers

River tubing hacks, please!

Please share your river tubing hacks. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Jul 19, 2011 - 22 answers

Should we have flowers professionally done?

Help me choose what to do for flora at my wedding: do it ourselves, or pay more than we want to? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jul 12, 2011 - 37 answers

Help finding living room sconces with integral switches.

DIY-ers: Please help me find wall sconces with a built in switch. Special snowflake details inside: [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Jun 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Float us across the ocean!

What's the best way to boat across the Pacific? What type of boat would be both effective and relatively easy to build? Human- or wind-power preferred, DIY and reuse encouraged. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jun 16, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I remove red oxide primer from my hair?

How do I remove red oxide primer from my hair? [more inside]
posted by ElliotH on Jun 8, 2011 - 2 answers

A different type of planking

Any ideas what this type of flooring is? [more inside]
posted by timshel on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Homemade Cointreau?

DIY Liqueur: Cointreau. I've finally run through the bottle left by a fellow MeFite. How do I make a rough approximation? I've searched around a little, and the "recipes" all involve stringing and hanging oranges. Why that technique? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jun 6, 2011 - 15 answers

I'm a painter! (not)

How to paint my house? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on May 30, 2011 - 13 answers

Automate a rocking bassinet without damaging it.

We have a beautiful bassinet. How can I make it a beautiful self-rocking bassinet? [more inside]
posted by condour75 on May 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Can I hang a pull-up bar from my floor joists, or should I?

I would like to hang a pullup bar in my basement. The best thing would be to hang it from the floor joists. Could I drill a hole in the joists to hang the bar, or do I need to use some sort of hanger? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on May 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Mr Sandman, bring me a sander, make my walls (and cupboards and furniture) the smoothest they’ve ever been

What kind of sander should I get to sand a variety of household projects? This weekend, I’ll be sanding the untreated pine interior of some fixed cupboards and shelves, with lots of tight, awkward corners. I'll also be sanding back spakfilla on masonry walls where I’ve filled in nail holes. I’m sanding so I can paint. Later on (in a few months) I might sand down some wood furniture. I don’t think I’ll use the sander for any exterior work. What kind of sander should I get AskMe – and why? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on May 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Convert a 3-way light switch to a single-pole switch?

How do I convert a 3-way light switch to a single-pole switch? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on May 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Some wood, a swing, a slide, help us with our playground dream!

Help us build a playground in our backyard! [more inside]
posted by katers890 on May 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Mobile User Styles for Smartphones?

iPhone/Mobile Web Apps Filter: Is it possible to "mobilize" sites which won't/can't provide a smartphone friendly layout? [more inside]
posted by jnrussell on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

How to screen in our porch?

Should we use Screen Tight or standard/old-school staples/tacks + facia to screen in our back porch? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on May 7, 2011 - 1 answer

help me make technology empowering

Help me increase my technology/computer knowledge and resourcefulness so I may help others in my community get the most out of digital tools. Or: How do I apply the DIY/empowering/hackerly approach to computing in a way that benefits others? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

How to Build a Cavas Winter Tent?

I would like to build a canvas winter camping tent. I'm looking for materials and plans. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kuatto on May 6, 2011 - 7 answers

How to perform a worthwhile diy science experiment?

What type of "at-home" experiments that ask "substantive" questions could I do over the weekend? [more inside]
posted by his median eminence on May 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Help Me Cover an Ugly Barrel

What material is about as thick as a notebook cover, made of plastic (or something as durable and flexible), available in sizes about 3'X6', and available very cheaply or free? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on May 5, 2011 - 13 answers

DIY Matchstick Bamboo Blinds?

I'm looking to install roll up bamboo blinds on a very wide, but short, length of windows. It would be very expensive to order them to spec, and I'm looking into making my own. The mechanism is very basic, and I imagine the material is very cheap. I just can't find shades on their own, not pre-assembled. [more inside]
posted by daboo on Apr 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Free or cheap DIY electric ukulele plans?

My teenager started an electric ukulele project in her woodshop class and can't afford to buy plans. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Apr 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Replacing wooden fence posts.

I need some advice for DIY replacement of a wooden fence. [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Apr 24, 2011 - 4 answers

tips/tricks/product suggestions for DIY hair color?

I haven't colored my own hair in over 10 years, and the last time I did I used salon products sold to me by my hairdresser. Those products aren't available to me now, so I'm looking for a decent store-bought brand (or at least something available to non-professionals). [more inside]
posted by Koko on Apr 23, 2011 - 18 answers

Which should we pay for and which should we do ourselves?

DIY: is it easier to go a good DIY job painting walls (interior) or installing laminate floors? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 22, 2011 - 32 answers

Equipment list: Circular saw, tourniquet, bowl of ice, phone with 911 preprogrammed into it ...

Help me get over my fear of using a circular saw. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Apr 21, 2011 - 39 answers

DIY websites with sorting functions

Help me find do-it-yourself/make-your-own/instructables websites that one can sort by user ratings. [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Apr 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Modding a Toyota RV

I was given a 1984 Toyota RV that is in rough shape cosmetically, but is a strong running chasis. It has the legendary 22r engine (with low miles), a 6 bolt rear axel and a dual battery setup. The living quarters are a little run down. I am wondering if there is any information on how to strip it down to the frame and if there are any examples of rebuilding a new structure using modern materials?
posted by Herb Jones on Apr 8, 2011 - 2 answers

How to fix my conservatory!

We have just removed some wooden floorboards from our conservatory - there is a leak from somewhere that has caused the floorboards and the 2x3 to rot. Can anyone help identify and recommend a way to fix this? Image Album [more inside]
posted by SRMorris on Apr 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Remixed electronics: can I make a working frankenphone out of these two broken 6820 phones?

Help me identify a mystery component from the board of one of two damaged/crippled Nokia 6820 phones and determine if it's possible for me to get one working Frankenphone out of the two. [more inside]
posted by weston on Apr 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Making a DIY dog septic system.

Thoughts on a dog septic tank? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Apr 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Doohickey for creating an even hairline on the neck: what's it called?

I used to see advertisements for a plastic guard/doohickey to allow one to trim one's own hairline in the back (with electric clippers) and create a straight, even line. It was basically a piece of plastic you place against your hair/head, and then you'd clip hair on your neck up until that piece of plastic. It was *not* something that attaches to clippers in any way. What are these called, and where can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Mar 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Want it to keep on tickin'!

I inherited a great grandfather clock. Awesome! But there is something amiss... The left weight is not descending, making the chimes run out of order and the hour fail to strike. Any grandfather clock gurus out there that could help a fella out? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Mar 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Gas Pipe

Simple question: Where do I got to find short( 8'-20') lengths of SCH 80 steel pipe in nyc?
posted by edbles on Mar 24, 2011 - 10 answers

DIY Wood Fired Pizza Oven Concerns

I am going to build a wood fired pizza oven in my backyard. Any tips on what has worked, failed, etc. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by burlsube on Mar 20, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I make an app?

Questions about iPad app development. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Mar 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Up the ladder, down the ladder, up the ladder...

Does anyone make a pocket sized or keychain sized continuity tester? I'm often up on a ladder holding what looks like a perfectly good lamp or fuse in my hand and it would be nice to just pull a simple circuit tester off my belt or keychain instead of running to the next room to get it. The usual suspects, thinkgeek et all, have proved less than useful. Any thoughts or suggestions?
posted by edbles on Mar 12, 2011 - 4 answers

It's raining...paint?

What is the most efficient way to paint over high gloss paint? [more inside]
posted by amycup on Mar 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Laptop keyboard replacement: sanity saver or more trouble than it's worth?

Are laptop keyboards really as easy to replace as the do-it-yourself articles make it sound? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Mar 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Discs + Paper Punch = Circa notebook?

Levenger Circa fans: If I buy a set of discs and a paper punch, will that be enough to build a Circa notebook with my own paper?
posted by jgwong on Mar 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Bound by love.

For a three month dating "anniversary" I'd like to create a bound book of all the text messages my girlfriend and I have sent back and forth. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Mar 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Best, cheapest, most durable way to rebind a half-circle rug?

What's the easiest, cheapest, and most durable DIY way to rebind the edges of a semi-circle shaped rug? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Mar 2, 2011 - 7 answers

What is the right replacement tweeter for my passive nearfield monitors?

Passive nearfield monitor speaker repair filter. I need to replace a blown tweeter. I know the kind of tweeter but it's no longer manufactured and I need to select a compatible alternative. Please help. [more inside]
posted by galaksit on Feb 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Hi guys I'm in Hungary and I just got married. Ttyl.

Help me figure out what I need to prepare for my trip around the world. [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Feb 25, 2011 - 16 answers

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