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How can I keep two necklaces from getting twisted up together?

I wear two pendants, each on 1mm silver snake chains (one 18-inch and one 20-inch) daily. They are always getting twisted together and I have to unravel them from one another a few times a day. Is there some hack or solution to this problem that I haven't considered? [more inside]
posted by amro on May 29, 2014 - 4 answers

$220 for a service, or put that towards a new bicycle?

I have an 18 month old Trek 7.1FX hybrid bike ($450 new) that I use to commute 5 days, 120km per week. Should I spend half the cost of a new bike on a service, or put that towards a new bike? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on May 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Help a lady put here chain saw back together

I have a Poulan 14" electric chain saw that I needed the chain replaced. In doing so I ended up practically taking the whole thing apart. I did find an exploded diagram and got it back together - however, the 2 long bolts that you loosen before you tighten the chain do not seem long enough for the nuts to screw on to. [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Mar 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Physical security measure to prevent book theft

I'm going to be stocking a small bookcase with 5 to 10 books, and placing it in a room inside a college. I need a way to prevent the books from being stolen. Options seem surprisingly limited. Any help? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Should I Pursue a CPPB Designation in Canada?

Is this purchasing designation known and sought after among SCM professionals in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Deodand on Jun 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me identify this music video

I'm thinking of a music video by a Japanese rock band that starts with a long tracking shot of a huge guitar effects pedal chain. I know it is an amazing song but I can't for the life of me recall the name.
posted by mhjb on Mar 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Tip that!

I serve tables at a restaurant (California), and management (large corporate chain) insists we declare 18% tips on sales (whatever the outcome of the night) or face reprimand... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Feb 24, 2013 - 10 answers

All that's silver was gold

Home for Christmas and my mom has a jewelry question. She tried cleaning the chain of her gold necklace using silver polish, and when she did, it turned silver. Why? And can it be reversed?
posted by EmGeeJay on Dec 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Bike puzzle

My bike is trapped by a gross, muscle-y motorcycle. How can I get it out? [more inside]
posted by Ventre Mou on Nov 20, 2012 - 15 answers

If you use a coupon at a chain hair salon does the stylist get paid any less?

If you use a coupon at a chain hair salon does the stylist get paid any less? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Oct 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Looking for a Rubber key ring.

Looking for a rubber 'wire' key ring. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Rust spots and water stains and...soap.

So I forgot to rinse my bike with water before lubing it. Oops. Would this cause problems? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Apr 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me find more information about Orange Bowl Pizza before things get scary...

My mom hasen't been able to stop thinking about some place called Orange Bowl Pizza since she graduated high school in the 70's. Anyone have any information about them? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse on Jan 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Over-the-mail journal chain. Is that a thing? What's it called?

An over-the-mail journal chain. I have been asking friends about this and they don't know what I'm talking about. Have I imagined it? [more inside]
posted by Opal on Jan 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Free Mac OCR/E-book software/toolchain

How can I get from paper to e-books for free on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by tellumo on May 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Fix My Chain, Please!

I need to fix a stiff and twisted bicycle chain. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Apr 2, 2011 - 12 answers

So I've learned how to make chainmaille.... uh, now what?

So I've learned how to make chainmaille.... uh, now what? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Aug 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Operable Top-Hinged Transoms?

How does one prop open an interior transom window, traditionally, if the hinges are on top? [more inside]
posted by HerArchitectLover on Jul 20, 2010 - 11 answers

What is this contraption in a park?

What is this thing? I saw it in a park in Lake County, Indiana, a few yards away from a small lake. There was another one a few yards away. I thought it might have to do with some sort of game, or maybe fishing (but there was another one a fair distance away from the lake.) It does not rotate. It's about five feet tall. Thanks.
posted by massysett on Jul 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Decent chain restaurants?

[UK only] What equivalents are there to Pizza Express and Wagamama for different food types? i.e. ubiquitous, reasonably priced, appeals to all ages, and specialises in one sort of food.
posted by djgh on Jun 20, 2010 - 17 answers

I'm usually a lot more careful

This evening I took my bike chain off to give it a full scrubbing. Unfortunately, the rivet fell out the other side of the link and I can't seem to wedge it back in. [more inside]
posted by cmonkey on Apr 18, 2010 - 16 answers

And the dreams go on and on and on

I have telescopic dreams once in a while - dreaming something only to realise that I'm dreaming, "wake up" in another dream, then sometimes switching back to the first dream or "waking up" to another dream entirely. They freak me out quite a bit as I'm never quite sure if or when I'm really awake. Why do these dreams happen? Is anything the matter? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 12, 2010 - 18 answers

The last few links in the chain.

Tell me about chain restaurants still operating near you that had been successful in the distant past, but where there's now only a few remaining restaurants nationwide. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Jan 17, 2010 - 95 answers

Wallet Chain

WalletChainFilter:Im looking for a very heavy duty thick worn in looking chain for my wallet. The one that came with it is just like every other cheap rinky dink chain. Anyone know where i can find one? Ive looked everywhere! Just to be clear this is what i have now and is NOT what im looking for. Thanks!!
posted by flipmiester99 on Nov 9, 2009 - 13 answers

sure it's super 90's but I've never lost my wallet. Ever.

Will I be allowed to get on the plane with my wallet chain? [more inside]
posted by hector horace on Apr 12, 2009 - 12 answers

How to combine multiple physical shops and an online catalog within one website

Can you think of any examples of a retailer that has both a chain of physical stores and a "shop online" section? I've been helping out a friend who owns a knitting store with his website, and now that he's expanding I think we need to rethink the way his site works. I'm just wondering how other people organise things like stock levels when more than one physical location is involved. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Mar 9, 2009 - 13 answers

How do i use Michael Porter's value chain analysis for an airline company (not aircraft)?

How do i use Michael Porter's value chain analysis for an airline company (not aircraft)? [more inside]
posted by red_rika on Dec 19, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I easily oxidize brass?

What is the best way to oxidize brass chain? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Oct 3, 2008 - 5 answers

No carb options at ubiquitous restaurants when you're on the run?

I'm looking for chain restaurants (including fast food places) that have some decent no-carb food options. If you could name the place and the dish, it would be most appreciated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2008 - 14 answers

How much sense does it make for a business to expand horizontally in the supply chain?

How much sense does it make for a business to expand horizontally in the supply chain? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly on Aug 5, 2008 - 4 answers

Help finding where to buy small gauge chain in bulk

I'm looking for a very small gauge chain, I think the style is called Curb or Gourmette, its not for jewelry so if its called something else i wouldn't be surprised... [more inside]
posted by Mesach on Oct 15, 2007 - 9 answers

What's wrong with my bike- the chain or the gears?

What's wrong with my bike- the chain or the gears? Or me? My three-year-old bike has always had, to one degree or another, a problem with slippage, in which the chain momentarily loses the gear teeth when I'm pushing especially hard on the pedals. Finally, this Sunday, the chain broke, after acting up especially bad and frequently going very slack when I was coasting. The question is, do I just need a nice new chain to fix my slippage problem, or is the problem with my gears? Do I need to replace them? Or am I just riding it too rough?
posted by paul_smatatoes on Oct 11, 2006 - 20 answers

How to best respond to wrong headed eMail

What is an appropriate response to these chain eMails pounding out more fear for the sake of the wingnuts. There is [more inside]
posted by ptm on Sep 22, 2006 - 29 answers

Money-chain letters are illegal, but why?

OK, I now know that money-maker chain-letter implementation is illegal, but my big question -- why? Is it for the protection of dumb people? I'd have to say the fact that it didn't work is the protection of dumb people, but shouldn't be illegal. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Nov 28, 2005 - 20 answers

receipts at restaurants and stores

Why do certain U.S. fast food restaurants and chain stores have a "if the cashier fails to give you a receipt, we'll give you $5" policy? Why do they feel it's so critical that I get a receipt for a cheeseburger?
posted by punkfloyd on Apr 2, 2005 - 14 answers

chains underneath school bus

I've often noticed chains hanging underneath school busses. What are they for?
posted by sexymofo on Sep 28, 2004 - 6 answers

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