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]
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]
When I buy a case, am I paying more for beer, or aluminum? [more inside]
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]
Can I quickly repair eavestroughs in the rain? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I remove engraving from an aluminum pan? [more inside]
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?
What stores in the Seattle region are like TAP Plastics but for other materials? [more inside]
My community has recently switched over to a single-stream recycling system. That's cool, but what don't I know? [more inside]
Should I freeze homemade lasagna in disposable tinfoil pans? If not, what else can I use? [more inside]
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]
I want to manufacture a small brushed aluminum object for a design project. I don't know where to start. [more inside]
How can my kid best test an experiment regarding roofing materials and their ability to block heat? [more inside]
Is there any actual, scientific, peer-reviewed truth to the supposed link between antiperspirants and cancer/Alzheimer's? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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.
Please identify the 'industrial erector set' holding up the campus board in this picture. [more inside]
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]
Fund raising by mailing pull tabs from aluminum cans. Does that really work? [more inside]
SurelyThisProductExistsFilter: Where can I find a metal tube with a threaded, transparent cap? [more inside]
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]
Macbook vs. Macbook Pro: are FireWire and the aluminum exterior worth the extra $200? Is there another difference I'm missing? [more inside]
Are there tricks for keeping polished aluminum from getting scratched? [more inside]
Recommendations for Los Angeles: machine shop - metal work. [more inside]
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?
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]
How can I prevent or remove polymerized oil from aluminum sheet pans? [more inside]
Ideas for picking up galvanized (aluminum?) roofing nails? [more inside]
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]
Longtime Thinkpad-using IT professional about to make the switch to MacBook. Could use help navigating options. [more inside]
Who's the first person to bite their medal (photos or it never happened) during the Olympics? [more inside]
Lost Link: I found a super splendid sexy aluminum desk online a while back and now it is lost! [more inside]
For a jack of all trades bakeware, what is the best material? Ceramic, Metal (aluminium), Glass (Pyrex), or Silicone?
How can I repair/replace my 80GB iPod classic (black aluminum) faceplate? [more inside]
What are the temperature and pressure needed to make gallium-aluminum alloy? [more inside]
Help me save my theoretical new MacBook Pro from my Sweat of Doom! [more inside]
What are good adhesives to bond rubber/latex and cloth to aluminum? [more inside]
The bike I bought on eBay got damaged in shipping. Should I ride it or send it back? [more inside]
More campfire recipe requests- with a twist! [more inside]
I put a dent in the downtube of my aluminum/carbon fiber bike, is the integrity of the frame compromised? [more inside]
Those fancy aluminum clipboards they use for patient charts on ER. Where can I get one? [more inside]
I saw a neat clock the other day on MoCoLoco and I was wondering process is used to get the design printed/dyed on the face. It says that it's anodized, and from my research this seems pretty straightforward, but my question is how is the printing/masking done? Are the dyes added in stages using a photomask? Or is it masked in the anodizing stage? You can see a good example of the colors here [more inside]
Why are the aluminum foil sheets used at deli counters patterned (with dimples, crosshatches, diamonds, &c.)? Is patterned foil available in roll form?
I just bought a new aluminum laptop case, and I'm trying to come up with clever things to stencil on the outside that won't get me sent to Guantanamo Bay should I enter an airport. [more inside]