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External microphone for shooting video on an iPhone?

Suggest a microphone to plug into my iPhone 5S to improve the audio of my iPhone videos? Lavalier preferred, but a little shotgun thingie would be ok too. Hoping to achieve improved voice quality with less roomtone, and I need the audio file to record right onto the video file- I don't want to sync it in post. Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Any Paint Stripping Tips or Tricks?

As part of the ongoing effort to spruce up our (relatively) newly bought home, we're currently stripping the paint from our banister. This is proving to be a long and fiddly task - especially as the way it's fitted doesn't really make dismantling it an option (pictures here and here). Do any MeFites have any particular tips or tricks that are worth us knowing about? Or even advice as to things we should definitely avoid? [more inside]
posted by garius on Apr 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me go natural with toiletries...

About six months ago I started loosely following curly girl by using Dr Bronners and botanical conditioner on my hair. It looks great and I want to go more natural with my toiletries. [more inside]
posted by the twistinside on Apr 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Help me save my shoes!

I have a pair of wedge slingback shoes and the sole is separating from the wedge. I ADORE these shoes and want to fix them. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Little sister is watching you: roll-your-own/smart home security

So, last night we apparently interrupted some burglars. The police were pretty negative about traditional home security systems (which we didn't have anyway), and I'm interested in either a DIY system or a modern digital system. Googling turns up a lot of things that appear to be not ready for prime time (e.g. Canary). But surely there are Mefites with good suggestions. Help? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Apr 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Making your own totobobo filters?

I live in a city with lots of traffic and air pollution, and I cycle to work in heavy traffic. I started wearing a Totobobo face mask while cycling to reduce the amount of gross stuff I'm forced to breathe during my commute. Thing is, those damn little filters look the same as a cotton pad, but they are 10-20x more expensive. Has anyone tried making/DIYing their own Totobobo filters? [more inside]
posted by edarrow on Apr 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking to fix a hole in my tubtrug

I have a tubtrug that I let get too close to my baseboard heater last night. There is now about a 1-2" hole in the side, which I'd like to repair. [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on Apr 2, 2015 - 11 answers

What do I do with this big honkin' mirror?

When we bought our new (to us) house, we discovered that the previous owner had left a big slab of mirror in the attic. As we don't have a big mirror anywhere in the house, I would like to frame it and hang it, but... I am having a hard time working this out. The mirror measures 76" tall, 36" wide, and is about 3/16" in thickness. More within. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Apr 2, 2015 - 8 answers

How to build a robot using Raspberry Pi/BeagleBone the simplest way?

I'd like to start experiment with building robots (drone, car,..). But since I don't have too much time would like to get to a fast track, where I can simply get to some at least elementary results. I have a raspberry pi, some lego blocks from my childhood. What do you suggest, what do I need to buy and build to get something. I found lots of projects, but actually that's my problem, they are too many and few seemed convincing. I'm not underestimating building robots, I'm a software engineer, I know it will effort, but also I know how much motivation and fun a good starting path can give. Thank you for suggestions.
posted by fifigyuri on Mar 17, 2015 - 4 answers

How does one learn the ropes of running a restaraunt?

Mrs. Karaage and I are avid foodies and cooks. We are also white collar DINKs in the DC area that has never worked in a restaraunt a day of our lives. We daydream quite a bit of running a diner/cafe, in particular highlighting dishes that we both love and rarely see around here. I am also fully aware that this is a daydream that results in bankruptcies and broken families. [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Mar 12, 2015 - 27 answers

How to rebind a book so it's ring bound, at home

I've bound quite a few printed versions of large books I bought as PDF and that works pretty well. Now I want to try it with bought books, but where I'm stuck is how to remove the glued spines. Has anyone else done this, and how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by danteGideon on Mar 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Amatuer redwood deck repair - is this even worth doing?

So I finally cracked a step on my mom's old, warped redwood decking. Really, this 3-tiered monstrosity that's been baking in the California sun for nearly four decades should be replaced, but should I even bother to get a spare board and fix it for now? [more inside]
posted by Drosera on Mar 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me fix my kitchen sink

The pipe that's going to the drain of my kitchen sink has come unattached from the drain. Surely I can fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Mar 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Can I use an IKEA countertop for a DIY "table"?

I'd like to do something like this to make some counter space in my kitchen. Can I use an IKEA countertop instead of cut-to-measure wood? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Mar 9, 2015 - 19 answers

What's a good buy at the Harbor Freight?

There's a Harbor Freight near me, and it's filled with bargains! But I expect that a lot of the stuff is junk. What are the good values at HF, and what should I avoid? I don't like buying disposable tools (or anything, if I can help it), even if it's cheap; I'd rather pay for quality than just buy garbage, but I'm sure some of their stuff is a good deal. I've heard good things about their pneumatic brad nailer ($20 or so), for example.
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 5, 2015 - 39 answers

Permits, Inspections, Oh My, Oh My.

I installed a hot water heater, and I don't want to screw up the paperwork.. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2015 - 9 answers

GROSS! I hate promoting my own music, yet I am so alone!

In this day and age (2015), how should a happily obscure musician promote his music to a small audience? [more inside]
posted by There Go the Warm Jets on Feb 23, 2015 - 19 answers

Can I remove paint up to a line

So, I want to strip some (matt emulsion) paint off my (plaster) bathroom walls so that I can apply tiles to that section. But! I don't want to have to re-paint the whole room, so I only want to strip the paint up to a straight line where the tiles will end. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Feb 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Unclogging drains without ever seeing or touching the gunk

I have very slow drains in my sink and bathtub. I am 90% certain it is because of hair and coconut oil clogged in there. I'd like suggestions of ways to fix this without a snake, a zip-it, or a plunger. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Feb 6, 2015 - 22 answers

Are CFL and LED lights safe for indoors (in flush mounts)?

I am getting conflicting opinions on when you can (and can’t use) CFL and LED lights indoors, especially with a flush mount light fixture. I am more confused now that ever. If someone can offer some insight, it would be great. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Where can I find discount kids' khaki jumpsuits or white coveralls?

My 4-, 6-, and 8-year old daughters loooove the Ghostbusters movie, and are already planning to be Ghostbusters for Halloween. I'm about to give up hope of finding affordable kids' jumpsuits, please help. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Feb 1, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I make a fun Hearthstone deck?

I'd like to make a real, paper deck of Hearthstone cards that would be personalized, as a gift for a partner who loves the game. I've played a little but not enough to know what might make the cards fun. Aside from wanting to include friends and family as characters, I haven't any idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by robertthebruce on Jan 31, 2015 - 6 answers

Drywall repair for amateur

Looking for recommendations, tips and products for a small drywall repair job in our bedroom. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jan 24, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I make my own cold cereal?

So I've decided that I need to make my own damn cereal. I DO NOT WANT HOT CEREAL. I want to know how I can make my own COLD cereal, which can be used as the base for milk and blueberries. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jan 20, 2015 - 26 answers

All in all, I need help to fill this gap in the wall...

I clumsily put my foot through the wall while I was attending to a smoke alarm/cooking/emergency. Laugh away. Photo here with playing card for size/perspective. [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Jan 20, 2015 - 21 answers

No clearance for drawer slides --- how to mod?

I hope to install side drawer slides on my kitchen drawers (I've been unhappy with undermount slides), but the enclosing cabinet doesn't have much clearance. Do I try to cut grooves in the drawers, or enlarge the holes in the housing? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jan 19, 2015 - 12 answers

start me making jewelry

I need the basics to start making jewelry as a hobby. [more inside]
posted by Koko on Jan 19, 2015 - 8 answers

A good sticky tape for fixing/de-branding electronics?

Please help me find a permanent-ish sticky tape that won't seep residue around the edges. [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Jan 8, 2015 - 13 answers

How to fix a cracked center of a hollow wooden door?

IMAGE I need to fix a hollow wooden door, quick and fast. Is this possible? I only need it to look unnoticeable. Doesn't have to be perfect.
posted by bluelights on Jan 5, 2015 - 23 answers

Message in a (Teeny Tiny) Bottle

What would you put in a tiny glass bottle pendant, sealed with a cork? I'm making them for Christmas presents and so far, one pendant contains tiny fossilized shark teeth and gold glass glitter. Another was filled with tiny river stones. Help me find other fillers! [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Dec 22, 2014 - 24 answers

Seeking DIY food gifts that can be packaged

What great DIY food gifts are out there that can be made on short notice, don't contain pricey specialty ingredients, and can be packaged in cellophane or something similar, to be transported and given out as individual treats? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Dec 16, 2014 - 37 answers

Now that the walls are open, what should we do?

My husband and I just bought a serious fixer upper. What should we consider, address, add, fix, now that all of the walls and ceilings are out? [more inside]
posted by teragram on Dec 14, 2014 - 33 answers

Gap between window and wooden sill letting in cold air

Last night as I was closing the shades I noticed cold air coming in and discovered what I think is a fairly recent gap between the wooden window sill and the vinyl windows. The gap is letting in quite a lot of air, and I am trying to figure out a) what caused it and b) if this is something we can fix (temporarily) ourselves. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Dec 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Can you recommend how to best get leather white again?

We have a pair of Barcelona chairs in white leather. I would love to restore the leather myself. Can you please help? [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Dec 5, 2014 - 2 answers

ISO Little Embroidery Patches for "Lil' Alligator Style"

Looking for ready-made patches smaller than 1 inch to sew onto home-made shirts, but am finding patches twice as large or websites that invite me to create a custom order of their top quality wares. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Homemade skin care without the woo?

I'm interested in getting into making some skin care products (lotions, lip balms, maybe soaps) at home but I'm frustrated with the lack of scientific basis/cited sources for many of the recipes that I find online. Is there an Alton Brown/Harold McGee/Shirley Corriher of DIY skin care products? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Dec 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Hotel crafting with a toddler?

I'm leaving for 20 days in a hotel room with a three year old in tow. At home, we do a lot of crafting, and I'd like to bring something to work on in the evenings that is safe around her, bonus if she can join in.As the three year old loves to unravel my knitting and can only sort-of crochet, is there something else? [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Nov 18, 2014 - 27 answers

Blogs featuring elegant + utilitarian crafts?

I'm very new to crafting and DIY, and am getting overwhelmed by the amount of material online about such things. I could really use some help identifying blogs or other resources/keywords to help refine my searching; so far I'm finding lots of stuff but not much that fits my criteria. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Nov 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Help with bathroom fan that is driving me bonkers

The fan in one of our bathrooms has been working intermittently since I cleaned it (more inside)--most recently, it worked for a few weeks, but is having trouble again. It will start if I "jump start" it by starting it spinning, and then seems to run fine. Not sure what to do, but due to the fan's slightly odd size, I don't want to replace it (i.e., cut up my ceiling) if possible. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Good "DIY" projects for 11-year old

This year for Christmas, my daughter has decided everyone has to do a "DIY" gift for everyone else. So I'm looking for input on some good ideas for my 11-year old son. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Nov 13, 2014 - 27 answers

Best way to design and print a DIY cookbook?

What is the best service or method for designing and printing about a dozen copies of a cookbook? Lulu? Amazon? iPhoto? Kinkos? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Kohler Elate faucet cartridge replacement help

My kitchen sink, a Kohler Elate is leaking from the handle. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Nov 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Help a Luddite DIY a sweet Christmas present for a tech geek

This year, I'm trying to make as many of my Christmas gifts as I can. I picked my 21-year-old tech geek brother in the family's Secret Santa drawing, and I need to find a cool, useful gift to make him... [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Nov 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Please suggest some tools that I can get for making my own jewellery.

So I've made bits and pieces of jewellery like necklaces with clasps and such, but that's as far as I've gone. I'd like to take it a step further by making more complex bits of jewellery like bracelets and (in particular) earrings out of recycled metals; but I'm not sure what tools I would need or how to go about making the actual earrings and the metal that loops through the ear etc. Can anyone give me some advice on this or recommend me any books or the like that will help set me off to a good start with this?
posted by sockpim on Nov 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Please help me DIY this vague wall art quote idea!

I have a big white wall next to my stairs. I want to decorate the wall with a 10-sentence quote, like going up alongside the stairs. I am only moderately artsy but not totally hopeless. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this myself. [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Nov 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Camera vs. Bridal Shower. Fight to the death!

Help me clean our Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera after it came home from the wife's sister's bridal shower with more than a few buttons and dials that are sticky or mushy. For what it's worth it does not smell like vodka and seems to work fine otherwise, for now at least. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Nov 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Bridging the gap between existing drywall and new glass block windows

Some friends recently had their deeply recessed basement windows replaced with glass block. So far, so good. The problem is that there is now a 3-5 inch gap between the end of the drywall of the recess and the glassblock, giving a not-so-lovely cross-sectional view of their exterior wall. (If I'm not explaining it well, here are pictures.) The question is: what is the best, least time-intensive way to bridge this gap? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Quick and dirty insulation

My mom is in the Boston area, has an uninsulated exterior wall that is under a roof and needs to put something up. Can she just nail up the insulation or should this be handled differently. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Oct 31, 2014 - 2 answers

What's on your home maintenance calendar?

I have a Google Calendar set up for different home maintenance tasks that benefit from being scheduled out (i.e., things that aren't necessarily visible, like "mow the lawn"). It's been just a few months since I moved in to my house and I haven't filled out the list as much as I'd like. What's on your home maintenance calendars that I might not be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 31, 2014 - 24 answers

How can we keep curtain rods installed without wooden studs?

We live in a rented apartment which has big windows, big transparent sliding doors, and no coverings. To reduce light in our bedroom, we have installed some simple curtain rods. The building has a steel frame so there are no wooden studs for us to drill into. So for each curtain rod, we installed three simple brackets directly into the drywall. Unfortunately, the brackets have come out of the wall several times. How can we fix this? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 28, 2014 - 19 answers

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