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City bulldozes away bikes

So a friend of mine locked his bike to a city-provided bike post... he came back and the city (Toronto) had torn up the entire sidewalk for 2 blocks, including where he had locked his bike. The workers tossed the bikes aside, some still locked to the posts, but some of the posts broken in two thereby freeing up the bikes. His bike was gone. There was no indication from the city that they were going to do this (signs not to lock your bike, etc.). Police have been called but consider it a "stolen bike" issue... now what? Photos and more inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 1, 2009 - 16 answers

WhiteBoardFilter: Help me construct a standing whiteboard that's BETTER than the one on House.

What is the best way to design and construct a standing whiteboard? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Road Construction PA Westbound I-80 vs Turnpike?

At the moment, if one wants to drive westward through Pennsylvania, is it a better bet to take I-80 or the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-70/76) through the state? What's the construction like on those two routes? [more inside]
posted by Chanther on Jun 12, 2009 - 8 answers

What are these S-Shaped decorations?

What are the S-shaped objects (seen here) I saw on houses all over Burgandy, in France? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss on Jun 9, 2009 - 13 answers

It takes a crane to construct a crane.

I was recently delighted to learn that my 3-year-old nephew shares my profound fascination with construction cranes. Can you recommend a sturdy yet functional toy crane? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jun 1, 2009 - 11 answers


BRICKLAYING. I need to learn all about how to lay brick; the classic/historical patterns; esp. in the US.; techniques; thin mortar joints; different types of bricks. European precedents.
posted by ebesan on May 23, 2009 - 5 answers

you want me to wash my hair with this?

Why does the shower head only come up to my chest? [more inside]
posted by billtron on May 20, 2009 - 28 answers

Speeding tickets inside construction zones

Are the lowered speed limits enforced after a construction job is finished? Read on for a better explanation. [more inside]
posted by ascetic on May 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Seeking blueprint drawings of windows and doors for art project!

Is there an architect or graphic designer in the house? I need line/blue print style images of windows and doors for art pieces I am designing. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on May 14, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me be an informed remodeler.

Please recommend resources for learning about home remodeling, particularly basement finishing. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Apr 30, 2009 - 3 answers

How to get money to improve home

What are my options for borrowing money for home improvement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 8 answers

How much can a road cost?

Have you ever cut a road into a densely wooded area? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Mar 29, 2009 - 13 answers

Help my pups poop in the clouds!

I want to build a dog run on a flat (well, 1% or so) modified bitumen (I think) roof. What materials should I use? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Mar 24, 2009 - 8 answers

I can haz construction accoutrements

Where can I find large-ish (500px by 500px+) images of cats with hard-hats, construction equipment, or other buildering/fix-ish things? [more inside]
posted by roue on Mar 23, 2009 - 7 answers

So you'd like to build a garden wall...

Is there an 'ask metafilter' on the internet for home/yard projects? Not that I'm disputing the collective mind here, but I'm looking to build something in my backyard and it seems to me there must be some group of contractors who all get together somewhere on the internet to tell amateurs that they're doing it wrong. Of course if you KNOW how to install a yard retaining wall, then, by all means, speak up. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 23, 2009 - 24 answers

Where are construction setbacks measured from?

When a survey map and the real world differ, where are construction setbacks measured from? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Mar 1, 2009 - 5 answers

non-fading replacement for colorful construction paper

Construction paper's beautiful bright color fades. What paper should I use instead? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Feb 11, 2009 - 9 answers

What is the difference between card stock and construction paper?

What is the difference between card stock and construction paper? Any web searches reveal that they're of similar weight/size and are used in standard art projects, but being from non-US, they're not specific enough for me to understand what it is. Where I live, it's all "cardboard" to us =\ . [more inside]
posted by kreestar on Feb 5, 2009 - 17 answers

Houses that favour simplicity of construction

Where can I find info on house construction that favours simplicity over clever extras? Think "LEGO". [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

Galvanized Steel & Penetrol

Is Penetrol a good coating for galvanized steel? [more inside]
posted by philmas on Jan 16, 2009 - 5 answers

What are these thin wood beams in m attic?

What are these thin wood beams in m attic and why are they there? [more inside]
posted by bingwah on Jan 10, 2009 - 12 answers

I get my house back and gain a new building!

Woodworkers I need you! A dream fulfilled: We are being given a new workshop! I need help ensuring we plan correctly. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 1, 2009 - 15 answers

Building a wall inside...

Victorian house construction/DIY: building a wall in a shared loft (attic). 'What's this thing?' and 'Am I doing it right?' [more inside]
posted by boosh on Jan 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I lock in todays rates for a future building project?

Mortgage Expert Needed: How do I take advantage of these low low mortgage rates BEFORE I gain building approval. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Dec 22, 2008 - 3 answers

fixing hollow, too-short door

I need to cheaply sound-insulate a door that has two issues: it's hollow, and it has half-inch gaps at its top and bottom. [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Dec 5, 2008 - 14 answers

What’s the best way to build a storage room in my basement?

What’s the best way to build a storage room in my basement? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Rotary Dial Awesome-o Mobile Phone GO!

I have found someone who can build me a mobile phone out of a rotary dial telephone. But Sparkfun doesn't really have a one-stop shopping list. Help me decipher exactly what parts from this article i will need and also please recommend a good antenna I can use that will give me the best reception but also be cell-phone-tiny. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Sep 24, 2008 - 2 answers

I'm great with graph paper but...

Advice/tips on re-tiling a kitchen floor... [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Sep 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Full-length classic rock ready for the construction site?

A friend of mine recently went to work for a construction team. Their current music selection on their field boom box is limited to CDs of Journey's Greatest Hits, Led Zeppelin 3 and 4, and Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil. "Tragically," they recently lost their Huey Lewis and the News Sports CD as well. We (mostly) agree that these are perfectly fine records, but there's only so much of this one can stand in a 40-hour week. I was going to help out my buddy track down some new music, but all I'm coming up with is Bob Seger, Eagles, and Steve Perry's Street Talk solo lp. What construction-and-hard-work-friendly full-length releases could be introduced to this stack of CDs to make both my friend and his co-workers happy? He works with men in their late 30s and early 40s, so nothing too outré (No Lightning Bolt or Hair Police.)
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 16, 2008 - 55 answers

Fun with a purpose?

I like the mood and health benefits of exercise, but hate the inherent pointlessness of the activity. Short of going into construction work, what are some activities or hobbies that involve physical exertion, but to some other purposeful end? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 24, 2008 - 48 answers

How do I stop construction workers from waking me?

Noisy Neighbors Filter: The construction at the house next door is waking me up every morning and they start before 8am. How early can residential construction in Chicago begin and what can I do to bust them if they violate that start time? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jul 21, 2008 - 15 answers


How was this made? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Jun 24, 2008 - 15 answers

All we are is (saw)dust on your desk

Help me figure out just what the hell is up with our new addition, bugs, and sawdust! [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jun 24, 2008 - 2 answers

Oldbuilders unbellyfeel Lego.

It seems to me that bricklaying would be more efficient if house bricks interlocked like Lego blocks. Why aren't they made like that?
posted by Joe in Australia on Jun 23, 2008 - 28 answers

how hard is it to install replacement windows?

I'm moderately handy. Is installing a replacement window something I can do? Or should I leave it to the pros? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jun 10, 2008 - 10 answers

Toronto the flat, condo-full Toronto!

Please help identify buildings in two photographs depicting the area around Toronto's CN Tower, in 1976 and 2008. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jun 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Comparing Construction Prices 1968 to 2008

I need to compare construction costs in 1968 to costs for a similar project in 2008. [more inside]
posted by viewmastr on May 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Moving tasks

Moving tasks [more inside]
posted by radsqd on Apr 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Blogs about remodeling?

Good blogs about house remodeling? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Construction Blogs

Residential construction industry blogs? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Apr 3, 2008 - 0 answers

Why aren't roads made out of plastic?

Why aren't roads made out of plastic? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Mar 13, 2008 - 36 answers

I want to build a house: 1,500 sq.ft., passive solar features, $100,000 - possible?

I want to build a house: 1,500 sq.ft., passive solar/energy efficient features, $100,000 - possible? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso on Mar 7, 2008 - 25 answers

Construction site curiosity

What's the purpose of painting concrete/cement block black and what are those flaps above the windows for? [more inside]
posted by nnk on Mar 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me build a better cat tree.

Help me out with building a cat tree. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump on Feb 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Need the name of a piece of equipment

Tool Filter: Can someone tell me what you call a certain tool used by land professionals? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Feb 6, 2008 - 7 answers

If my nephew had a hammer...

18 year old guy from California really wants to become a contractor. Gimme the best advice for him please. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 30, 2008 - 17 answers

Tripped up by tipping.

We're coming near the end of a major kitchen remodel and we'd like to show our appreciation to the foreman/carpenter by "tipping" him at the end of the job. How much? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Jan 25, 2008 - 18 answers

Help me help them

Construction / Contractor Filter: So a month or so back some asshat ran into my house and took out a section of wall. Help me, my insurance adjuster, and the contractor figure out what the hell this orange 1/4" tube is running through the wall. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Oct 5, 2007 - 10 answers

Contractor or Friend, Pick Your Poison

Diplomacy Filter: How can I tell my aquaintence/contractor/fellow club member that he overcharged me for some home repairs. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Sep 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Is there anywhere to look at Pella replacement windows in or around London?

Is there anywhere to look at Pella replacement windows in or around London? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 27, 2007 - 4 answers

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