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What should I know before trying to rehabilitate my desk?

The huge pane of glass that was my desk's main surface broke, and I'd like to replace it. The return (also glass) is still in decent shape and I'd like the main desktop to match it as much as possible in hue and the shape of the edge. How much can I expect to pay for a suitable 7'×3' piece of glass, is there anything non-obvious I should ask about, and does anyone happen to know good glaziers in the Cambridge, MA area, or how to look for one besides flipping through Yelp? [more inside]
posted by vsync on Sep 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Replacement windows: aluminum or vinyl exterior?

Given that the replacement windows are otherwise of similar quality, does one material provide an advantage over the other? Or will short / long term performance be essentially the same?
posted by elf27 on Jun 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Which siding WOOD you choose? (or aluminum)

Should our second-story siding be wood, aluminum, or a combination of the two? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Mar 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Unmarked aluminum MTB handmade by master steel framer?

I've been looking for interesting vintage-ish hardtail mountain bike frames, and found an ad on Craigslist for an aluminum MTB purportedly built by Colin Laing. Laing is known as a master steelworker who traditionally built beautifully-lugged track and road bikes in England and Arizona, so my hackles have been raised. It would certainly be a unique bike were it built by him. Would you be so well-informed as to confirm or deny the plausibility that this is a Neat Bike? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Aluminum wiring! Asbestos! Termites! Are they a big deal? What to do?

First-time homebuyers under contract for a 60-year-old house-- how serious/expensive are these problems: aluminum wiring, friable asbestos insulation, termites, undisclosed window leak causing water damage? Along with original plumbing and an old HVAC, is this a pretty standard situation that falls under the umbrella of "all houses are going to have some problems, no house is perfect" and is this the kind of stuff they mean when they say you'll be spending 1%-ish of your home value on this kind of stuff every year? Or are these costs and issues on the high side, and this is probably on top of another 1%-ish every year on other repairs and maintenance? Help us put this in perspective! (We need to decide whether to give the sellers' relocation company the right to cancel our contract by requesting repairs. And we need to figure out what we should fix and how much it'll cost if we go ahead and buy the house without repairs.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Mar 20, 2014 - 30 answers

Which Costs More...The beer I'm drinking or the can it's in.

When I buy a case, am I paying more for beer, or aluminum? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Jan 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me build a gangplank.

I need to get on and off my boat easily. More to the point my pregnant wife needs to be able to. (Because we both live in the boat). I have recently built a new wooden gangplank which is not too bad. (but heavy) But for reasons I will go into below I think I need a replacement. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Dec 18, 2013 - 13 answers

"Emergency" eavestrough repair

Can I quickly repair eavestroughs in the rain? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Quick! Release this tube.

I need an easy, sturdy, quick release method for connecting two parallel pieces of aluminum tube for a bike trailer rebuilding project. I haven't been able to come up with the right design by myself and I'm hoping someone out there can help me. [more inside]
posted by cellura p on Feb 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Removing paint/ink logotypes from bare aluminum w/o damaging the finish?

Paint Removal/Solvent Experts: Looking for solvents/methods for removing paint (ink?) logos from semi-glossy aluminum bicycle parts, without damaging or changing the finish. Detailed pics inside. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Feb 20, 2013 - 14 answers

That's [not] my pan!

How do I remove engraving from an aluminum pan? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird on Dec 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Choices on Aluminum attache case

My husband mentioned today he needed to replace his black leather briefcase/attache case with an aluminum one. Of course, with Christmas just around the corner I think this would be a good Christmas present. My question is what is a good brand, best place to buy online price wise and what color would be best as far as black or silver?
posted by just asking on Nov 11, 2012 - 6 answers

I have material needs

What stores in the Seattle region are like TAP Plastics but for other materials? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

How does single-stream recycling actually work?

My community has recently switched over to a single-stream recycling system. That's cool, but what don't I know? [more inside]
posted by 7segment on May 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Identify and/or recommend aluminium luggage

Can anyone identify the aluminium luggage shown in this photo? [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Mar 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Will I end up with aluminum-tasting lasagna?

Should I freeze homemade lasagna in disposable tinfoil pans? If not, what else can I use? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck on Jan 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Is aluminum foam strong? Or just really cool looking?

Aluminum foam is said to have a compression strength of ~350 psi. Does this mean that it can support up to 350 pounds of stuff on top of it before it crushes? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Dec 5, 2011 - 17 answers

How do I make an aluminum object?

I want to manufacture a small brushed aluminum object for a design project. I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Nov 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Bird Houses Aren't Real Houses

How can my kid best test an experiment regarding roofing materials and their ability to block heat? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Have antiperspirants been conclusively linked to cancer/Alzheimer's?

Is there any actual, scientific, peer-reviewed truth to the supposed link between antiperspirants and cancer/Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Foiled by the cost of aluminum

I've got this aluminum alley door (28" x 70" avec mounting door post), that I don't want. I'm told solid aluminum doors like this are expensive, which made me wonder if I could sell it. Which, because I can't seem to find anything comparable on the net, brings me in turn to my question: what should I ask for it when I post it on Craig's List? And if there's a better way to sell it than Craig's List (such as selling it to a scrap dealer), please enlighten me.
posted by orange swan on Mar 26, 2011 - 5 answers

must be something in the water...

This is a question for anyone who knows about houses from the inside out: Do homes ever use aluminum pipes for plumbing? We just had our water tested by the national center for water quality at Heidelberg University using samples from two separate faucets in our home. One sample came back totally normal; the other had double the rate of acceptable aluminum per billion parts. Readings for all other substances were fairly close to each other between the two faucets (and except for the aluminum, no other concern.) Why could one faucet have a higher aluminum rate than another in the same home? [more inside]
posted by Tylwyth Teg on Feb 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me stop my windows from dripping

I need advice on fixing condensation on aluminum window frames. My house has a ton of aluminum window frames. Now that the weather has turned cold water is condensing on them, puddling at the bottom of the frames, and causing problems. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bq on Nov 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Ok to use damaged bottle?

I am emotionally attached to an old Sigg aluminum drinking water bottle (ie, I've had it for many years). But now it's badly dented. Is it still safe to use? The metal is unbroken, but I'm concerned that any kind of coating on the inside may be cracked/compromised. Any advice please from water bottle gurus.
posted by Xhris on Aug 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Help Identify this Industrial 'Erector Set'

Please identify the 'industrial erector set' holding up the campus board in this picture. [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 on Jul 19, 2010 - 5 answers

How to remap a mac keyboard for Windows usage?

I am using the slim, aluminum Apple Bluetooth Keyboard on my Windows XP computer. It works fine for typing, but I need to change / re-map a few of the keys to their windows xp equivalents and need your help. Here's a link to the keyboard I'm referring to: Link [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Apr 15, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the secret behind "mail your pull tabs" fund raising?

Fund raising by mailing pull tabs from aluminum cans. Does that really work? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Does somebody make a waterproof tube?

SurelyThisProductExistsFilter: Where can I find a metal tube with a threaded, transparent cap? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Mar 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Aluminum ever floats?

If I take an aluminum ball and drop it in water it'll sink as it is denser than water. However, if I make it super duper flat, is there any chance it might float? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Mar 2, 2010 - 24 answers

Which apple should I bite?

Macbook vs. Macbook Pro: are FireWire and the aluminum exterior worth the extra $200? Is there another difference I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 22, 2010 - 17 answers

Keeping Aluminum free of scratches

Are there tricks for keeping polished aluminum from getting scratched? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Jan 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Where in Los Angeles can I Cut and Drill Metal Plates?

Recommendations for Los Angeles: machine shop - metal work. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Nov 17, 2009 - 6 answers

can i fix this scratch on my aluminum macbook myself?

So, I put a huge deep scratch into my macbook aluminum. Thankfully the scratch is on the side of the macbook and all not that noticeable, but, I am still thinking about buying aluminum putty/epoxy or similar, filling the scratch, and refinishing it. Is this a horrible idea? Any advice should I proceed?
posted by yeoz on Jul 2, 2009 - 14 answers

What is the best aluminum boat for use with Saltwater?

What is the best aluminum boat and motor combination that can be used for saltwater or freshwater that can be towed with a Mazda 6 wagon? [more inside]
posted by Craiggy83 on Mar 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me unstain my pans!

How can I prevent or remove polymerized oil from aluminum sheet pans? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Feb 17, 2009 - 14 answers

Nails that a magnet doesn't find...

Ideas for picking up galvanized (aluminum?) roofing nails? [more inside]
posted by badger_flammable on Feb 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Handiman?Handiwoman? Please help me open these 1960's era windows.

How do I open these aluminum windows from the 60's? The lock has a top-of-window sash component, then a metal ribbon-looking thing, and a screw in the top of the bottom sash. [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Feb 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Longtime Thinkpad-using IT professional about to make the switch to MacBook.

Longtime Thinkpad-using IT professional about to make the switch to MacBook. Could use help navigating options. [more inside]
posted by Roach on Jan 5, 2009 - 25 answers

What *concrete* benefits does the new 13in MacBook offer over the white $999 model?

What concrete benefits does the new 13in MacBook offer over the white $999 model?
posted by j0hnpaul on Nov 3, 2008 - 36 answers

Test their medal.

Who's the first person to bite their medal (photos or it never happened) during the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Aug 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Where was this desk online?

Lost Link: I found a super splendid sexy aluminum desk online a while back and now it is lost! [more inside]
posted by folktrash on Feb 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Best kind of bakeware material?

For a jack of all trades bakeware, what is the best material? Ceramic, Metal (aluminium), Glass (Pyrex), or Silicone?
posted by riffola on Dec 28, 2007 - 16 answers

Road Rash iPod

How can I repair/replace my 80GB iPod classic (black aluminum) faceplate? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Dec 20, 2007 - 5 answers


What are the temperature and pressure needed to make gallium-aluminum alloy? [more inside]
posted by king walnut on Oct 31, 2007 - 15 answers

I have "Alien" sweat!

Help me save my theoretical new MacBook Pro from my Sweat of Doom! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jun 7, 2007 - 20 answers

What are good adhesive to bond rubber/latex and cloth to aluminum?

What are good adhesives to bond rubber/latex and cloth to aluminum? [more inside]
posted by h2 on May 3, 2007 - 11 answers

Should I return the damaged bike I bought on eBay?

The bike I bought on eBay got damaged in shipping. Should I ride it or send it back? [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross on Apr 25, 2007 - 16 answers

Curses- foiled again!

More campfire recipe requests- with a twist! [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Mar 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Dented Frame

I put a dent in the downtube of my aluminum/carbon fiber bike, is the integrity of the frame compromised? [more inside]
posted by dseaton on Mar 12, 2006 - 9 answers

Aluminum medical clipboard

Those fancy aluminum clipboards they use for patient charts on ER. Where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang on Jun 20, 2005 - 8 answers

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