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Bought Car Trouble

Bought a car, and it didn't pass inspection, and it may need an expensive repair. What to do? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Apr 16, 2015 - 17 answers

how can I repair small OD copper tubing

We recently purchased a low capacity instant-on water heater for a small building we put up last summer. We left it pressurized during a freeze and had a blowout on the copper tubing. How can I get this repaired? [more inside]
posted by diode on Apr 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me save my shoes!

I have a pair of wedge slingback shoes and the sole is separating from the wedge. I ADORE these shoes and want to fix them. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 15, 2015 - 13 answers

What would make tiny electronics repair more comfortable?

My husband likes to take electronics apart and put them back together (cameras, smart phones etc.). Right now his setup is ridiculous: he works (mostly) over a big tupperware container to catch the screws that fall into it, unless they fall on the floor, and he holds the flashlight on his iPhone with one hand while trying to wrestle tiny screws into place with the other hand. There has to be a better way; this looks painful. what can i buy him to improve his setup (lights, magnifiers, other things i haven't thought about)? What do you use in your efficient and effective home repair shops?
posted by andreapandrea on Apr 14, 2015 - 27 answers

Help me make my Mac desktop feel like new again!

I have a 3ish year old iMac desktop, and it's starting to feel sluggish. What can I do to spruce it up and make it run (more) like new again? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Mar 26, 2015 - 36 answers

Where would I find someone who makes single use tools?

Basically I'm looking for whoever the engineer or engineering company would be that creates some kind of specific tool for a one off specific job. Like the Space Needle is built and finished and then, out of nowhere, you need to change a nut and bolt out that was never supposed to be changed. And to do it you need a 40 foot, weirdly angled wrench. Who would build that? And is there a name for the kind of field or specialty this is?
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Convince me that a 100-year old house is a bad idea

We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 16, 2015 - 45 answers

Stereo Repair House Call in Dallas

I have an old late 60's / early 70's console stereo system and the turntable is broken. The thing is a beast and it's impossible for me to bring in somewhere for repair. I've asked everyone I know, but no one knows of any place that makes house calls. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Mar 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me fix my roommates treadmill

I was using my roommates Profom 750cs Treadmill and now it's malfunctioning. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Mar 10, 2015 - 4 answers

adding a concrete barrier to stone foundation

Our house in Boston was built sometime around 1900. It has a stone foundation that is mostly intact and has been kept in fairly good repair. Unfortunately, there are some holes/gaps that need to be repaired along the front wall of the foundation, under our brand new deck. They can't access the holes properly without removing most of this new deck. As an alternative, the masons have suggested pouring a small thin layer of concrete in front of the stone wall. Is this a reasonable approach? Anything we should be considering? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Mar 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Has anyone heard of having a Home Repair Party?

I own a home in UpState New York that will soon need a new roof, outside painting, repairing of gutters etc.and was wondering if anyone has heard of a Home Repair, Painting etc Party and would have thoughts or details.. [more inside]
posted by lynnwilson120 on Mar 8, 2015 - 18 answers

help me repair an old snowblower engine

When we moved into our house, we found an old Atlas 5HP snowblower in the basement. It looks like it hasn't moved in 20 years, and of course it doesn't start. I'm a bit of a tinkerer and would love to learn how combustion engines work while fixing (or attempting to fix) this one. [more inside]
posted by joebakes on Mar 7, 2015 - 7 answers

How to get Neighbor to Repair My Ceiling

Own a condo; extensive water damage to ceiling from upstairs renters and I need to get the elusive owner of that unit to pay for repairs. But he's a jerk, so how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Mar 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Need to get my tablet's cracked glass fixed without paying much.

The screen is "cracked" but actually only the glass in front is cracked. Asus won't fix it without replacing the LCD as well and they'll charge me like $200. Help me find someone who will only do what I want, and charge reasonably. [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash on Mar 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Ice Dam Leak

Dear husband asked for advice about our ice dams last week. Our entreaties were ignored by the Ice Lord and we have a full on leaky ice dam that has really messed up our first floor bathroom ceiling and probably more. What now? Three specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on Feb 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Gauging the reliability of a Japanese Imported yet European make of car

Hello, I am thinking of importing a car from Japan to Canada. To import to Canada, the vehicles must be 15 years old, but usually have very low mileage. I have done this before with Japanese models with great results. Now I am thinking of importing either a 2000 Alfa Romeo 156, or a 2000 BMW 3 series Wagon. Both have relatively low mileage of around 75K... [more inside]
posted by cascando on Feb 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Car has been in the shop for 4 months. We just want it back.

Took our Subaru to the transmission shop recommended by the local Subaru mechanic. That was in October. It's still there, and we are at the end of our rope. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Feb 6, 2015 - 11 answers

On A Wet, BlackBerry

So I dropped my BlackBerry Q5 in a swimming pool yesterday. [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Feb 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Got the bike. What tool should I get?

I just bought a bike, and now I need a killer multitool. [more inside]
posted by pdb on Feb 2, 2015 - 16 answers

Drywall repair for amateur

Looking for recommendations, tips and products for a small drywall repair job in our bedroom. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jan 24, 2015 - 10 answers

glue a teapot back together

My sainted mother shipped me a teapot, but the insert for the tea leaves broke in transit. How should I best repair it, considering that it will be sitting in hot water that I'll then drink? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Jan 23, 2015 - 31 answers

I did but prompt the age to fix my clogs

I did something stupid. I found the perfect pair of shoes and only got one pair. And now they're falling apart and the style is discontinued. [more inside]
posted by ernielundquist on Jan 21, 2015 - 7 answers

HiFi Hell

is it worth repairing/restoring my old NAD receiver, or should I just look for something else? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Can the sound change in fixed earphones?

I had my Brainwavz M3s fixed but now the bass is kinda heavier. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jan 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Historic and ahistoric windows

I live in a condo building on the National Register of Historic places with messed up windows. I'm trying to figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Jan 7, 2015 - 7 answers

How to fix a cracked center of a hollow wooden door?

IMAGE I need to fix a hollow wooden door, quick and fast. Is this possible? I only need it to look unnoticeable. Doesn't have to be perfect.
posted by bluelights on Jan 5, 2015 - 23 answers

Portland OR: Saxophone Repair

I'm finally ready to part with a saxophone I no longer play, and I would like to have someone take a look at it beforehand to check it out and see if there is anything that needs fixing before it goes on the market. Anyone have any recommendations for who might be able to do that in Portland, OR?
posted by nanook on Jan 3, 2015 - 1 answer

Best-FASTEST Apple repair shop in NYC?

My son's MacBook Pro's headphone jack is screwed up and he needs to have it replaced. The laptop's still on the warranty. He's already been told (by a place we took it to called Rossman's, before we realized it's still on the warranty) that he needs to replace that part of the Logic Board that holds that jack. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 28, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I fix the rear light on a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire (4-door)?

One of the rear lights on my car has gone out. I believe it's just a burnt out bulb. The problem is that I can't figure out how to change the bulb. I've inclued a few pictures to show which light I'm referring to and the backside "access" to that light. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 21, 2014 - 6 answers

How do heat settings work on dryers?

How can a dryer with 2 thermostats have three heat ranges, especially since only one is on the blower element? [more inside]
posted by jonclegg on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Learning to smile?

I got my front teeth fixed a year ago. 34 combined years of teeth not growing in, braces, terrible falling bridges, and bad dentists had taken their toll before I managed to find a dentist who could do a good job. I do smile and did smile before but it was often self-counscious; nice kid, shame about the teeth. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Oil-burning Tankless Hot Water Heater Temperature-recovery Problems.

We have an issue with the hot water supply from a 2004 Peerless oil furnace/boiler with tankless hot water. The shower starts at full temp, but quickly goes tepid (too cool for a comfortable bath/shower, but not ice-cold) and returns to full heat after 5-10 minutes. This is most apparent during the first two showers of the day or bath in the evening - subsequent showers or baths don't seem to have the problem to the same extent. This makes troubleshooting difficult, as we can't tell until an hour or so after running all that hot water to see if the problem returns. It's most pronounced in winter, during the summer the issue seems to go away. (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Dec 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Find me the perfect tape to repair my Jack Spade bag's handles.

What kind of tape would work well to bolster my bag's handles against further wear? [more inside]
posted by alhadro on Nov 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Can these shoes be saved?

My lovely open-toed Camper shoe had an encounter with an unpaved parking lot resulting in a big gouge through the leather exposing the blue foam underneath. I took it took my local cobbler and all he could do was glue the sticking-out bit of foam down so it sticks out less. The blue gouge is still prominent. What can be done to repair/refashion these shoes? Considering DIY options but suspect I'd get better results leaving it to a professional. Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by doift on Nov 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Laptop hard drive broke. How do I fix it?

My laptop hard drive broke. I have an idea of how to fix/replace it and recover the data but want to know if my plan makes sense. [more inside]
posted by pravit on Nov 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Home car salvage: "Totalled" old car, liability only insurance.

I was in an accident in a common mid-90s sports car. Summary: Body work, broken front axle. Because of the age and damage, the insurance will likely declare the car "totaled". My insurance will likely have to pay for repairs to the other car involved. I have liability only insurance, so they're not going to pay me anything regardless. No one was injured. Does my insurance need to care about my car, if it is liability only insurance, besides assessing for "fault"? One of my family members would like to repair the car. Assuming (he has done this kind of thing before, parts are plentiful, and time is not an issue) that he can make it safely drivable again, what do I need to do to make it legally drivable again? Is there anything I can do now to make it easier to get the car on the road in the future? I'm in northern Virginia.
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Kohler Elate faucet cartridge replacement help

My kitchen sink, a Kohler Elate is leaking from the handle. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Nov 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Short turn-around canvas bag repair in Seattle?

I have a canvas purse with a 5" rip at one seam. I'm hoping to get it repaired in time for a meeting I have on Tuesday morning. What’s the best option for fast repair? Google brings up Rainy Pass Repair, but their minimum turnaround is 2 weeks. I made an abortive attempt to get a repair a year ago, and was so embarrassed by the "of COURSE we don't repair such things here" snootiness of the clothing repair place I inquired at that I'm skittish. Should I be looking at a cobbler or something? Other ideas?
posted by laeren on Nov 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Camera vs. Bridal Shower. Fight to the death!

Help me clean our Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera after it came home from the wife's sister's bridal shower with more than a few buttons and dials that are sticky or mushy. For what it's worth it does not smell like vodka and seems to work fine otherwise, for now at least. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Nov 3, 2014 - 3 answers

I fumbled the phone!

Crap! I dropped the tablet to my (fairly) new Asus Padfone X face down on the tile in the kitchen. Where do I find the parts to replace the pieces? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Oct 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Non-shrinking structural resin?

I have a problem fixing a toilet seat, I hope someone here could help. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Will a faulty air bag sensor prevent dealer replacement of air bag?

My car has an air bag that is subject to the big air bag recall. Will a faulty passenger side air bag sensor cause my dealer not to replace my (presumably) faulty driver's side air bag? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Oct 25, 2014 - 1 answer

For DIY'ers... how to repair torn plastic water line to fridge?

We just bought a new fridge w/ice maker. The installation guys weren't able to install the ice maker line, since the line was torn (our last fridge didn't have an ice maker, but there was one behind the fridge.) The spare one they brought was too short, so they suggested I repair the one already in place. I tried, and failed. Help! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Oct 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Car engine smoking on engine surface after repair--normal?

I had some work done on my car today. It's a 1994 Nissan Altima. I had a belt and pulley replaced, the engine gasket replaced, and the plugs and wires replaced. The oil was changed as well. Oil had leaked through the gasket and gotten on the engine, which they cleaned off. I drove 10 miles with no problems. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Oct 21, 2014 - 4 answers

What use is a broken HDTV?

I have a non-functioning HDTV with no visible damage. Is there any way to wring any remaining value out of it? [more inside]
posted by incomple on Oct 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Non-legal legal advice aka "should I pursue this..."

None of this is legal advice. Got it. I'm trying to determine whether legal advice is even worth pursuing. Our house was damaged by a water leakage incident which the homeowner's insurance agreed to fully cover to the tune of about 60K. We were not living in the house at the time, which was actually up for sale. More excitement below the fold! [more inside]
posted by thebordella on Oct 17, 2014 - 6 answers

What (else) is wrong with my car, and can I get 2 more years out of it?

My SO and I are planning on moving to another country in 2 years. We suspect it will be easier to not take any cars with us. We currently have 2 cars, but one seems to be auditioning to join the choir invisible. [more inside]
posted by neutralmojo on Oct 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Finding an Audio Wizard

I recorded my friend's rock concert on MiniDisc and ended up with some audio issues. How can I find someone reliable and talented enough online who can work with audio files to bring out their best? (I live in a small town so I doubt anyone local can do it.)
posted by ktoad on Oct 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Did I kill my printer by trying to save ink?

Please help me save my inkjet printer. Some time ago I used the old trick of taping the ink cartridges to use the perfectly good ink left inside when the printer claims that they are "empty". It worked brilliantly and I got probably over 100 extra pages before the print quality started to diminish. Now I have replaced the cartridges, and the printer is spitting out completely blank pages. Why did this happen, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Oct 8, 2014 - 10 answers

I shocked my partner with my computer. Why?

I was sitting in bed with my laptop about an hour ago. When I reached out to tap my partner's arm, we both felt a buzzing, dragging feeling - like touching the handle of a turned-on electric razor or something - and pulled back from each other. This only ever happens with MY laptop, regardless of what my partner is doing/holding/touching. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Oct 3, 2014 - 16 answers

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