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Patent protection: what should I do first?

I have a design for a new construction product, and I'd like to protect my interest in it while I develop and try to sell it. I know very little about searching patents, but my casual searches haven't found any prior art. What should my first steps be? I'm in Australia, but I have family and funds in the USA so I could probably file a patent in either country.
posted by Joe in Australia on Oct 29, 2013 - 8 answers

What should go in my mini-inventor's box?

If you were to fill a 4' x 3' x 2' box with awesome and fun and mostly not messy things for a five year old to invent with, what would you fill it with? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Oct 24, 2013 - 18 answers

House building advice?

The Mrs. and I are planning to build a house next year on some land that we bought recently. What should we know about house building before undertaking this massive endeavor? [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Oct 16, 2013 - 23 answers

Over-the-range microwave...works?

We need to replace the over-the-range microwave that came with our house. Do the vents actually work well? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Oct 5, 2013 - 10 answers

For career and appropriate tech: Should I be an electrician or plumber?

I'm currently in the application process for the plumbers/pipefitters and electricians unions in my area. I'm trying to decide which one I'd prefer, if I get a choice. I like that both are licensed trades where I could work on big industrial/commercial projects but also have good residential skills. Also, I'm interested in alternative/appropriate/transition technology -- and I'm wondering which trade would give me more versatile skills for that sort of application. Any advice on which trade might give me more skills to make appropriate tech? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Google disagrees with me on what "petite women's work pants" are.

Can you recommend durable, somewhat fitted, not outrageously expensive work pants that will fit a small woman (5'0", 100 lbs, athletic build)? And by work I don't mean office-appropriate: I'm a carpenter and I spend my days at a grimy construction site. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Sep 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Photo organization/naming software for construction inspectors?

I need to tag/organize a large number of photos taken on a daily basis by a group of construction inspectors. Preferably something Windows-based and that would prompt the tagging/naming immediately after the photos are taken. [more inside]
posted by Ham Snadwich on Aug 28, 2013 - 9 answers

How to easily build a Lucy Van Pelt advice stand/desk?

I'm going to be a regular for a friend's live show once a month. My "schtick" is to be a Lucy-esque sidekick to her as a host. The stage is small and I will be transporting it in a car. Any suggestions on how to build something low maintenance and portable? It doesn't have to be fancy or complex, I just have no idea where to start in terms of materials and potential construction ideas. TIA!
posted by patientpatient on Aug 15, 2013 - 11 answers

New Hotel being built in downtown LA

There is a hotel being built in downtown LA, across the street from the JW Mariott. At the corner of Fransico Str. and W Olympic Blvd. What is the name of the hotel? [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Jul 30, 2013 - 5 answers

EPS (expanded polystyrene) building cladding. Any advice welcome.

Orange Board is a "fully compliant insulated cladding system". Basically, it's sheets of a foam-like plastic material that gets covered with mesh and stucco / render to serve as the external skin of buildings. I'd like to know how this or similar cladding systems compare to traditional building materials, particularly single-brick (brick veneer) and concrete. How does the longevity compare? Energy efficiency? How easy is it to restore the surface, and how often would it be necessary? I'd be happy for any information people can provide.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for recommendations for light, heat-insulating floor tile

I'm looking for recommendations about how to insulate the floor of a sauna on a second-floor porch. [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Jul 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Building a house. Don't want AV guy to know I'm a noob. Help please.

I have some pretty basic questions that I'd rather ask someone other than the man with the power to charge me out the wazoo if he senses I am clueless. They pertain to wiring the house for cable and phone and internet, and they are as follows: [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Jun 23, 2013 - 8 answers

What kind of lawyer do I need to look for?

We have a construction company in the middle of a year-long process of building two new houses next to ours. For the last couple months they have been dropping garbage (nails, insulation, chunks of 2x4) on our house's walkways and roof — some of it dangerous (boards with nails through them, for instance, along the walkway on the side of the house). I'd like to try to get this to stop. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Advice on a cross-country route from Minneapolis to Richmond

We're driving from Minneapolis to Richmond this weekend, and want to change up our usual route. Will you locals in the major cities along our route provide wisdom/advice on the traffic and construction situation? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

code and construction requirements rebuilding post-sandy nyc

What are the updated building codes and construction requirements for rebuilding homes and businesses in the NYC Boroughs post Sandy? And in addition to raising the foundation the required amount depending on elevation of the property, and the flood risk zone, what engineering and construction methods/standards could be examined to meet, or exceed, the tougher thresholds?
posted by ebesan on Apr 27, 2013 - 1 answer

Winchester Mystery Rancher

Manic Pixie Dream Architecture: please point me towards any websites/books/magazines/blogs/etc. which show weird/cool/unique/interactive design features (e.g. secret/hidden doors) in non-mansion homes. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Why Does Ready To Wear Mensware From The UK Fit Me Better Than US Stuff?

I've noticed that the bog-standard off the rack/department store menswear items (button-up shirts, slacks, etc) from UK brands bought in the UK tends to fit me wildly better then their counterparts in the US. I have to alter them a lot less and they just hang off my body better. I'm wondering if there's a technical/fashion-nerd reason for this and if so, what should I be looking for in the US department store brands to get this same effect? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Laminate vs. Bamboo vs. Hardwood flooring

Should I install "bamboo hardwood," hardwood, or laminate floors? This is for a rental unit in a not-that-upscale neighborhood in Oakland, California. I'm most concerned about long-term maintenance costs and potential resale value. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Feb 8, 2013 - 12 answers

What software will let me simulate building construction?

I wonder if there's a game or a program that simulates building construction. I am interested in something like STARCRAFT or LEMMINGS for building-construction simulation. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Feb 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Need overview for a proposed audio/visual, security and computer layout

Looking for a good overview for a proposed audio/visual, security and computer layout in an urban residence. e.g. list of equipment, layout, controls, outlets, wiring, speakers. This is new, not retro-fit, the walls are open, all the wiring and controls can be neatly coordinated. Help me see this in plan; as a well-tuned clock; not a mish-mash.
posted by ebesan on Feb 5, 2013 - 5 answers

human fishtank on a budget

For an art project I'm looking to build a transluscent human-sized fishtank-like container. How can I accomplish this without spending thousands of dollars? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Our roof is being redone tomorrow, worried about cats.

Our house still has its original roof from when it was built in the mid-1950s. It's finally getting replaced tomorrow -- after months of leaks in nearly every room -- but I'm worried about our two indoor cats dealing with it. I know the noise will terrify them and they will hide, but are there other things I should worry about? [more inside]
posted by perryfugue on Jan 15, 2013 - 18 answers

What do I do with superfluous office space?

I have a 42 inch wide, 32 inch deep, and 28 inch tall void between my desk and the wall of my office. (see: here) My company is relatively lenient on personalizing our offices - in that image, you can see the SMB wall decals - but I'm struggling with coming up with a good use for the space. I'm pretty handy from a carpentry standpoint and I have access to power tools / a space to do some carpentry work in, so pretty much anything goes for this one. What the heck do I do with my Corner of Shame™ to turn it into a Corner of Pride™? [more inside]
posted by Mali on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Noise reduction for a concrete box

Hometheaterfilter: How much soundproofing do I need to do in a concrete box? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Do they manufacture Super-Wood ?

Do they make lumber interlaced with steel wires, which is much stronger than regular lumber? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Dec 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Need a lawyer recommendation in DC.

Looking for a recommendation for a construction dispute lawyer and/or mediator for a property owner in Washington D.C.
posted by tinamonster on Dec 8, 2012 - 1 answer

Illustrated books about house construction

I'd like to know of some other books similar to Francis D. K. Ching's "BUILDING CONSTRUCTION ILLUSTRATED" [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Nov 14, 2012 - 2 answers

That house is too damn high!

When a builder builds a new home way too tall and City Hall lets them get away with it, what happens next? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Nov 4, 2012 - 24 answers

What's making my tap water smell weird?

What could be the cause of this distressing chemical smell in my tap water? [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Oct 7, 2012 - 16 answers

Help us get rid of this house!

We have an old, unlived in house that is disintegrating. We need help fixing it up, emptying the junk out of it and selling it. We are overwhelmed and find it hard to face this problem. Advice needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2012 - 16 answers

How to Cover Gaps between wood planks?

I have a small paddock in my horse pasture that is used for both tack and hay storage and grooming. It is very crude: tin roof and wood planks with large gaps in between them. Last winter, I used tarp to cover the walls in the tack/hay storage room, but the wind blew them in and over time it was not effective. Without re-building the paddock and spending a lot of money, what is the best way to cover those gaps in between the wood planks? The gaps are probably around 2". Thank you!
posted by nurgle on Aug 29, 2012 - 8 answers

New garage construction reco in Chicago

Recommendation for garage builder in Chicago area, and any tips or thoughts on getting an old garage demolished and a new garage built? [more inside]
posted by j810c on Aug 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Or I can just start slappin' 2x4s together.

I have designed a house (in Google Sketch Up) that I intend to build. I have not insignificant relevant experience, but I'm neither an engineer nor an architect. Can I just give my design to any old architect and have them turn it into a coherent blueprint for a house that won't collapse? How much should I expect a thing like that to cost? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me build a geodesic dome

Tell me everything I need to know to build a standalone geodesic dome building, please. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Aug 12, 2012 - 19 answers

New doors, new seal

I recently installed new doors in my house, I have three entry doors that I need to finish with weather stripping and a door sweep. The doors are Douglas fir, single light doors. None of them get any direct rain, just mostly it is a air and bug protection is what I am looking for. I think everything at Home Depot and the local "Door store" are pretty ugly, I looked online, but immediately overwhelmed by the choices and nothing stood out as being all that different from what I was seeing at the Depot. Thanks for any suggestions. Henry
posted by silsurf on Aug 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Outdoor webcam for construction site?

I need an weather proof outdoor webcam. I have intermittent power and wifi. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Jul 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Hive mind, help with my bee problem

We are doing a construction/cleanout job on a townhome and found a bag of potting soil on the back patio. When we went to move it, it turned out to be full of bees! I can actually see honeycomb inside the bag. How can I relocate the bees without hurting them? [more inside]
posted by Melsky on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

definition of "fixtures" in construction contract

Is the water heater an electrical fixture that should be part of the "electrical finishing fixtures" allowance when building a new house under a standard contract with a general contractor? [more inside]
posted by peter_meta_kbd on Jul 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me beat the heat (in my attic)!

Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Best workflow for building crossword grids?

I'm about 95% done with my first NYT-style themed crossword puzzle, currently laid out by hand on graph paper, and I want to start looking at making a digital version of it. What are some good tools or workflow for creating well laid out crossword grids on the computer? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jul 3, 2012 - 6 answers

It's ninja turtles all the way down.

Why would a short section of street have 8-10 manholes? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jun 22, 2012 - 10 answers

What steps do I take to figure out who to be angry at?

My wife and I just moved into our first house this month. Hooray! The people building a house next door say we have to move our fence [and tear down a shed-like thing attached to the garage]. Boo! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Jun 19, 2012 - 27 answers

How can I find cheap but durable flooring?

Any advice on getting the cheapest possible decent quality flooring? How to shop for it? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jun 16, 2012 - 19 answers

One Big House not Two Small Ones

The house next door to mine is on sale. If I could sell both houses I would double my money. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jun 11, 2012 - 25 answers

Oh, shade, how I love thee

Building a pergola.. Ideas welcome, but a construction question - is there a reason why every plan I see says to set the posts, then put up the cross-beams? What is wrong with assembling two posts with cross beams already attached, then lifting that up and setting in your post-holes? [more inside]
posted by rich on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I strengthen my futon frame?

Soliciting suggestions from handyperson types: How can I reinforce my futon to withstand heavier loads? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt on May 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Plaintext New York and New York City Codes

I'm looking for plaintext or PDF searchable versions of the New York State and New York City Codes. I'm specifically looking for something within the Building Code, but I would also like to have basically every state and local law, rule, ordinance, regulation, recommendation, and suggestion in an actual searchable format. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

DIY architecture

What are good resources for seeing sample house plans and construction drawings? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Tutorial for drawing building plans for home construction with Google SketchUp

Is there a step-by-step tutorial on how to create working construction drawings with Google SketchUp? This must be on the Internet somewhere but after a weekend of searching and watching tutorials, I still haven't found it. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 1, 2012 - 4 answers

What are a homeowner's responsibilities on a construction project?

As owner, how involved do I need to be for a full residential restoration construction project? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Mar 12, 2012 - 8 answers

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