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rust repair for a non handy person

I just bought a vintage sewing machine, which has a rust problem on one panel. [more inside]
posted by superfish on Sep 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Washing machine drain pump help! DIY-ers welcome.

Mrs. Gefilte and I have a ten year old Maytag/Whirlpool top-loading washing machine with a direct-drive motor. It's been working fine for a while, but lately, intermittently, clothes will still end up sopping wet after the spin cycle. It's now constant, and very annoying. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Aug 21, 2016 - 6 answers

How do we repair this unsightly hole in our wall?

We tried to drill holes to put in a bookshelf, now have two unsightly holes and the wall anchor still doesn't want to go in. Help! We're really new at this stuff. [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Aug 19, 2016 - 20 answers

Repair or Replace, Upright Freezer Edition

Should I repair or replace my 25+ year old GE upright freezer? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Aug 9, 2016 - 9 answers

I want to learn how to fix stuff in Seattle

I've decided I want to make better, more purposeful use of my downtime to get myself out of a rut. I'd like to take some ongoing (not one-off) classes in something that is engaging and practically useful. I'm feeling drawn to mechanical-type things, like learning how to do basic electrician stuff or auto repair. Any ideas? North Seattle would be ideal but I can travel.
posted by deus ex machina on Aug 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Weird deposits on granite counter - how to remove and prevent

I bought a place in a building built in 2007 that has granite counters. The previous owner apparently was not sealing them at all. I managed to clean and seal the kitchen one on Saturday, but there are a lot of hard white deposits that look like minerals from hard water around the bathroom sink that I can't remove. Help? [more inside]
posted by zdravo on Jul 18, 2016 - 2 answers

How to repair damage to floor?

One of the casters in my bedframe fell off, and the bare metal of the bedframe gouged out a chunk from my floor (pictures here ). The floor isn't hardwood, it seems like some kind of engineered wood product with a veneer of grain on top. Any ideas of how I can repair this, or am I a dingus who just lost his security deposit?
posted by Maecenas on Jun 28, 2016 - 14 answers

Wonder how I disabled my MacBook Pro keyboard

I was replacing a trackpad in my MacBook Pro (about 2012 model). After I booted back up the keyboard stopped responding. Is there anything obvious I could have unplugged or damaged to make this happen?
posted by johngoren on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Replacing cloth suitcase handle?

So I recently ripped through a cloth suitcase handle (photos attached below). I would like to know it it's possible to replace the cloth part or the whole assembly fairly cheaply (<30USD) or if it's worth tossing the fairly cheap luggage in question. [more inside]
posted by thegears on Jun 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Seeking pro for mold issue in garage. What do I need to know?

There is a recurring mold issue in my parents' garage. Mold keeps growing back in one corner of the garage. I don't know where to begin with hiring someone to deal with this, so I'm hoping someone can help me figure out what I need to know to make sure this gets done right. What kind of professional should I hire? Is there anything I should keep in mind as I try to find the right person for the job? [more inside]
posted by millions on May 16, 2016 - 6 answers

How To Ask Mechanic/Friend About Body Damage

What is the most non-accusatory or neutral way to bring up body damage/scratches that likely occurred during a repair, when you are friends with the mechanic and he was already giving you a discount? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Apr 30, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me find a replacement foot for a ladder.

I've got a fiberglass extension ladder with a missing bottom rail bracket and foot. All the markings on the ladder have worn off. I'd like to be able to find replacement brackets/feet, but my searching so far has yielded nothing. I have pictures of the remaining part. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Apr 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me avoid being a deck dork

I am going to fix up my neglected deck. I can't afford new boards or fancy composite decking. So I thought I'd try the new thick deck coating paints. If you have experience with this I could use your advice... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Apr 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Looking for a less expensive replacement DC motor for Gene Cafe roaster

I have a Gene Cafe coffee roaster that appears to have a dead motor (receives 12V, doesn't turn, shaft is frozen even with gear box removed). The company sells a replacement motor for $39, plus shipping that brings it to almost $50. I have a strong suspicion that this motor should cost around $10-$15. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Apr 22, 2016 - 1 answer

New Windows, Allergy and Noise Edition

Have any of you noticed an improvement in your allergy symptoms after installing new windows? We have single-pain windows now, from the 70s, and I have an asthma attack every time my neighbor mows his lawn. Would new windows help that much? Do they also help with the noise? Would I maybe go an entire day without hearing my neighbors' yippy, untrained dogs? Is it worth it just for that? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Apr 19, 2016 - 11 answers

I need an executive vp for my house.

Does this service exist -- an executive vice president for your house? Someone that you hire, and say to them, "I will give you $1000 a month, and you come in and do stuff to my house. Repairs, gardening, decorating, etc. I don't have to direct you, because you are making all of these choices yourself. Do you think the back bedroom needs to be painted? Then you do it, as long as you stay inside the monthly budget." [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 27, 2016 - 20 answers

Wood Inlay Wedding Ring Repair

How can I get the koa wood inlay in a titanium ring replaced? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Where can I have these two items of clothing repaired?

I love these two items of clothing, a vintage loosely-woven white lace vest with pearl details, and a black hooded Chambers jacket with faux leather sleeves. Unfortunately, there is a hole in the lace, and the faux-leather has begun to separate from the sweatshirt-like material underneath (see linked photos). Where can I send or take these items to have them repaired properly? [more inside]
posted by Amplify on Mar 10, 2016 - 8 answers

I am not good at things and I broke my tv cabinet. Help!

I managed to drop a tv and scrape the hell out of the entertainment center. The TV is sadly a lost cause, but I would love to salvage the furniture. Suggestions? Pics: 1, 2, 3
posted by LittleMissCranky on Mar 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Gutters and trim questions...

I think I'll have some work done on my gutters and the fascia trim--water seems to be dripping down behind the gutters across the trim, leading to some rot. I have a few related questions, though. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Seeking Reputable Fountain Pen Nib Repair (U.S.)

I have 3 Namiki Vanishing Point nibs that are in need of a nib doctor. Pilot - owner of Namiki, does not repair bent nibs, and cannot refer me. New nibs are $70. I need a reputable, cost effective repair-person. [more inside]
posted by ferkit on Feb 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Acer's Bad Idea

How can I repair injection molded plastic? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Feb 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Cannot start the battery. Battery!

I tried to jump start my car with two different cars on the other end. What's my next move? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 11, 2016 - 23 answers

When is rebuilding a transmission worth it?

I had my transmission diagnosed as needing a rebuild and they quoted about $2800 in the northern Virginia area. The shop is well reviewed and recommended by another shop that I trust so I'm not concerned that I'm being scammed, but I'm having trouble weighing out whether I should just start looking at a new to me car or if we should have the transmission rebuilt. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Feb 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Detail My Ride . . . Difficulty Level: NYC

Can anyone in the NYC area recommend an auto detailing shop that can manage light paint correction and scratch repair work? [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Jan 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Which Car Should I Keep?

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry V6 5 speed. It was not treated well and I have spent at least $2K over its sale price of $7K since buying it in 2011. I bought it with 117K miles and now it has 140K. I've had to fix an oxygen sensor, the ball joints and battery wiring along with replacing tires. But I think I am running out of problems to fix. Plus, it's loaded and comes with the power, comfort and style I like. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 25, 2016 - 17 answers

Does anyone remember this article about an internet backbone facility?

I am looking for a particular article that shows a municipal internet backbone being repaired in a facility that has served as an important telecommunications junction for decades. [more inside]
posted by daHIFI on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Job prospects for a female auto mechanic?

I'm currently an apprentice at an auto repair shop and considering my options for working in this field long-term. Wondering about hourly pay, work culture, best way to get training, etc. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Jan 14, 2016 - 12 answers

How can I repair fire damage on a powder-coated metal table top?

A burning candle wick fell onto the table's surface and there is now a faint, grey streak or spot that will not come off when scrubbed with a variety of cleaners. It has faded a bit but now no change is happening. Can it be repaired? [more inside]
posted by drd on Jan 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Is this quote to bypass broken sewer line in the ballpark of reasonable?

Had a blocked sewer this morning. Plumbers unblocked it, charged $900 for the unblocking and CCTV investigation. The camera showed a large hole at one section of the (clay) pipe, and tree roots at another point. The plumber says the whole pipe should be replaced, and that it can't be relined. This would involve disconnecting the bathroom plumbing, jackhammering up 2x4m of concrete, moving the hot water cylinder which is currently in the way, putting in new PVC pipes that bypass the old broken one, and repouring concrete, installing inspection hatches this time. Removal of waste included. The quote is $14,250 plus GST. Is this anywhere near what I should expect? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 13, 2015 - 23 answers

The 2 key on my laptop is broken, how to cope

My laptop has developed a thing where the 2 key, which had been intermittent for a couple of weeks, now seems to be completely kaput. How to deal with this? If not to fix it, then maybe to cope with it until my next computer? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Does anyone sell Lenovo Y500 motherboards? Am I crazy?

Is there any way to get a replacement motherboard for a Lenovo Y500 laptop? It's a relatively new computer. I'm surprised by what my repair guy is telling me. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Nov 30, 2015 - 12 answers

All-in-One Kit or build my own?

Which is the better approach, buying an all in one electronic repair kit set or just compile one from various vendors? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Nov 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Electrician needed

Electrician needed. Can anyone recommend an electrician in the knoxville Tennessee area? Work is on an older house, installing 3 pronged outlets, and outside light installation. Thanks!
posted by pushing paper and bottoming chairs on Nov 17, 2015 - 1 answer

Looking for advice about replacing HVAC versus repairing.

Hello, I'm currently looking at replacing my mother's heating and air conditioning units because they are both frequently broken and both old and inefficient. I'm hoping that this can be used as an opportunity to save money, even though it will be a sizable upfront expense. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever on Nov 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Are all "French Door" style refrigerators inherently flawed?

When we close either door of our new French Door refrigerator, the opposite door often pops open, and doesn't close completely. The KitchenAid authorized repair guy who came in to look at it said that there's nothing he can do to fix it, because "ALL French Door refrigerators do that". [more inside]
posted by melorama on Oct 30, 2015 - 30 answers

How to separate a stacked washer dryer

How to separate a stacked washer/dryer? I want to lift the dryer off it's base, a washer, and re-install it on a shelf above a new used washer. Need to know, or find someone who knows how the separate the stacked unit wiring. No appliance repair service seems willing, and I'm not sure where to find a help to do it. It will save me a lot of money, not to mention reusing/recycling/repairing a working appliance.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Oct 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Holes punched in roof, how to repair it?

A tree fell, mostly missing the house, but a 2" branch punched a neat hole in it. There are three smaller or partial breaches for a total of four holes in all. I can cover each of them with my hand. Is this something a reasonably handy person can handle without risking damage? I can easily stand and work on the damaged places. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Oct 24, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I repair a spot on a threadbare fabric sofa?

How do I repair this spot on my sofa? It is on the underside of the cushion. but still somewhat visible. Something that will stop the damage and hopefully look ok-ish.
posted by long haired child on Oct 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for information on O'Keefe and Merritt vintage stoves

I have been scouring the internet looking for information on O'Keefe and Merritt ranges, specifically manuals for models produced in the late 1950's, but I haven't had much luck. Anyone have any sources that could help me understand my vintage range? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Oct 17, 2015 - 3 answers

refret without regret?

My 40 year old sigma acoustic needs at least a few new frets, but it's not worth spending the money on. Does it make any kind of sense for me as a novice to attempt a fret replacement? [more inside]
posted by roue on Sep 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Where should I go for jewelry repair in DC, and what will it cost?

I have a few pieces of jewelry that need varying types of repairs, accumulated over the years, and I've decided I should finally just take them in and get them fixed. Having never done this before, where should I take them in Washington, DC, and what should I expect in terms of cost? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Sep 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me get my ducts in a row

Great A/C keeps 80% of house comfortable, turns basement into an arctic wind tunnel. [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Sep 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Who is responsible for what in a condo water leak situation

My refrigerator has been leaking water for weeks to months now. Water damage to my downstairs neighbor's ceiling. Who is responsible for what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2015 - 9 answers

2001 Subaru Forester -- make an expensive repair, or pack it in?

I found out today that my 2001 Subaru Forester may need a new catalytic converter, which all told is probably going to run me something like $1000. I already did this in 2013. Is it time to sell this car, or do I stick with the wisdom that you just keep repairing until you can't repair anymore? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Sep 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Manhattan (or close by) KitchenAid mixer repair?

My beloved stand mixer has stripped its gears, and is in need of repair... but the official repair centers are far out in Brooklyn and Queens, and closed on Sundays -- rendering them inaccessible to me. [more inside]
posted by piro on Aug 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Fire in apartment below--rebuilding/insurance questions

[Asking for a friend] My building had a fire last night, on the floor below mine. I have middling fire damage at baseboard level in both bedrooms, both of which will be uninhabitable until the damage is ripped out and redone. All my windows are broken and glass is everywhere, but aside from the above stuff and the overwhelming odor of smoke and my broken-down front door, there is no other (water or fire or smoke stain) damage to the apartment. This is in NYC, and I have no renter's insurance. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Aug 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Out, damned dent

There is too much advice online. What's the best way to remove a small dent from my car? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 21, 2015 - 2 answers

Signed a contract to remodel house a few days ago. Can I back out?

I got a quote to remodel part of my house a few days ago. I signed a handwritten contract in my home. I just got a MUCH lower bid on it. Can I back out of the first contract? [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Foundation cracks in a house we made an offer on - how bad are they?

We made an offer on a house and it was accepted - yay! We had the home inspector out today to take a look there was a potential red flag that may sink the deal - on one side of the house there are a series of small/moderate foundation cracks. How big of a deal is this really? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 17, 2015 - 10 answers

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