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So, How About That Yogurt Maker?

I noticed that we've been going through kind of insane amounts of the Trader Joe's Greek-style yogurt recently. Since I'm already spending a small fortune on the stuff, I'd like to just try making my own. Any tips, recommendations, absolutely-best-yogurt-making devices EVAR? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2015 - 32 answers

When and how to change an electrical water

I'm trying to figure out whether (and, if so, when) to change our electrical water heater. [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Aug 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me beautify this bathroom

Hi everyone. I just moved to a lovely new place, but there is a major downside: the bathroom floor has a door on it, leading to a small basement room. Please help me figure out how to best cover it! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Aug 18, 2015 - 32 answers

Foundation cracks in a house we made an offer on - how bad are they?

We made an offer on a house and it was accepted - yay! We had the home inspector out today to take a look there was a potential red flag that may sink the deal - on one side of the house there are a series of small/moderate foundation cracks. How big of a deal is this really? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Making a card for a dying uncle. Need suggestions/advice.

I need help making this card. It seems simple but I'm having trouble and I'm on a very tight deadline (tonight if possible). [more inside]
posted by nogoodverybad on Jul 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I install a new gas dryer by myself?

Twelve years ago, when I bought this house, I had a gas line run from the kitchen to my new stacked one-piece washer and gas dryer. The plumber who installed the gas line hooked up my dryer. Now the washer has died and I have ordered a new laundry set - a front loading washer and separate gas dryer that will stack. They are due to be delivered next week. Yay! [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Jul 29, 2015 - 18 answers

Can I replace my dishwasher's drain pump myself?

The dishwasher that came with the home we bought 9 years ago started making a crunching sound, and then it stopped making the sound, and now it doesn't drain. I suspect a bad drain pump. I know where to buy the replacement part online; is this a repair I can do myself or must I hire someone? [more inside]
posted by dywypi on Jul 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Awesome minor solar/wind-energy diy projects?

We'll be on holiday with our two just-teen kids in a house on a Spanish island that's off both the water and the electricity grid, but with plenty of sun and wind. What are some cool little projects we could do - without having to ship out complicated gear/components - to own and appreciate the situation, and its potential? Self-built solar cooker? Makeshift wind turbine? Would love suggestions plus pointers to how-to's. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jul 26, 2015 - 7 answers

What differentiates clipper blades and clipper guide combs?

We have an Oster Classic 76 hair clipper that the wife uses to cut my (thick, no-joke) hair and we love it. We have a full set of guide combs but only ever use 3 of them (#4, 5, and 6) for my head and I'm considering getting those size equivalents (0A, 1, and 1A I think) in blade form with the hopes of making the job easier for her. Could you help me understand if this is dumb because I might have this all wrong and not be doing any good buying said blades?
posted by RolandOfEld on Jul 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Designing and building a simple outdoor shed: advice?

Have any of you done this? I'm looking for quality designs online and any general advice from your experience. [more inside]
posted by cgs on Jul 24, 2015 - 9 answers

How to construct a stage platform to reduce footstep noise / bass?

Historically I have not been an incredibly handy person, but I currently find myself in the process of DIY building a few modular stage platforms from 2x4s and 3/4" plywood which will be clamped together to serve as a stage for a blackbox theatre space that I run (used for improv, sketch and stand-up comedy). Does anyone have any construction tips or recommendations to dampen the noise from footsteps? [more inside]
posted by adamk on Jul 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Help! Should I add water to my portapotty?

Dear friends are having a wedding reception, today, on a beautiful property, far from everything - which is delightful except for one problem. The portapotty water level is VERY low - it barely covers the bottom. With 100+ guests using it over a day, will we have a problem? If I cannot get in touch with the vendor, anyone know if it makes things better or worse to add a few gallons of water?
posted by teragram on Jul 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

I want to weld but have neither equipment nor knowledge

I have various projects around our farmstead that need welding, but I don't know squat about it. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Jul 1, 2015 - 13 answers

how to make armrests wider?

The arms of my office chair (Ikea Markus) are too far apart. What can I strap around them to widen my arm resting surface? [more inside]
posted by segfault on Jun 29, 2015 - 5 answers

I'm getting real tiled of your dirty grout

Tiled kitchen counters - they get dirty and gross and I hate them. But I'm renting so I can't tear them out. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Jun 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Nerd hobby that gets me out there

What is a nerd hobby that will enable me to (a) travel anywhere to enjoy (b) interact with people and build relationships, (c) not super expensive, (d) somewhat DIY, and (e) doesn't require an entire workshop, garage, or wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jun 19, 2015 - 34 answers

DIY Bathroom Renovation for Dummies

Mrs. Karaage and I consider ourselves a low-intermediate home DIYers and are considering trying to renovate our basement bathroom ourselves, (while being willing to contract out plumbing and electrical). I’d like to hear from mefites who have done this before on their own and can share experiences and specific links/books/resources they’ve used to educate themselves for the project. [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Jun 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Portable complicated craft project to do sporadically and angrily?

I'm stuck and hoping for an unusual suggestion. Making things is very helpful as a stress-coping method for me, but my usual go-to crafts are either overloaded with memories or impractical. I want a big project I can make with my hands while I'm furiously angry and sad, and after 40-60 hours of rage over a couple of months, have a beautiful and useful thing to come out of that energy. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Jun 14, 2015 - 31 answers

Good home owner repair web forums?

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions on good home owner repair forums (DIY or contractor). Just need to ask some general questions such as: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jun 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me understand what tradies I'm going to need

I have a bunch of (mostly small) jobs that I need done around the house, and I'm trying to figure out how many different tradies I need to hire to do them: installing a bathroom vanity; replacing about ten tiles in the shower; installing a new pendant light; servicing the ducted gas heating; installing underfloor insulation (although I'm considering DIYing this); and removing half a staircase. Do I need to hire a different person for each task, or can they be batched somehow? (I assume the tiles and vanity can be done by the same person at least). [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

How to find this specific type of hardware clamp

Hello all! I'm interested in making some DIY acrylic dividers nearly identical to these. I am having trouble finding the types of clamps shown in the last photo, but it seems like something that should be available in a hardware store. Anyone know if these types of clamps are available to purchase? I searched on McMaster but didn't find anything. Specific links or search suggestions welcome! Thank you!
posted by TessaGal on Jun 2, 2015 - 7 answers

What saw(s) and other tools do I need to cut these notches in some 2x4s?

I am looking to build something that requires cutting 1 1/2" - 2" notches in some two by four or two by six beams. My existing set of tools could be charitably described as minimal (see within), and I'd like to do this as inexpensively as possible and still keep it safe. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on May 26, 2015 - 12 answers

How to find someone to share a workshop space with?

A friend and I have tracked down a workshop space to rent out. It's bit bigger than we need for the two of us (we're just hobbyists) and our tools (we don't have loads yet, but some). Ideally we'd like to setup a small scale makers' lab for woodworking. Share the rent, share ideas, share tools. [more inside]
posted by dance on May 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Flooring Before Walls or Vice Versa

Is it advisable to frame walls in basement before installing click-together laminate flooring? I am trying to keep costs down, and want to do some work before a contractor comes in to do the walls. [more inside]
posted by MnMrMstrd7 on May 14, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I make my attic studio more comfortable over the summer?

I just moved into a new apartment and there's a huge open attic that's all mine. I'm in the process of turning it into studio space, but as a renter I can't make significant modifications. It's going to get very hot this summer and I'm worried it'll become unbearable. Has anyone used the rolls of radiant barrier foil? It sounds like a good solution, but dropping a bunch of cash on something that might be woo makes me nervous. [more inside]
posted by Lighthammer on May 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Allergic reaction to DIY face mask

Hi, everyone. So I had a very bad reaction to a face mask I made at home using matcha green tea powder and lemon juice to treat my acne scarring. I left it on for just over an hour, and now my face has tiny red bumps all over it! It's itchy, flaky, has dry patches all over and it's burning like crazy! I've applied lemon on my face numerous times before and never had any problems, so it might have been the combination with the matcha powder. My face looks like a swollen tomato. Any idea on how to make the bumps and dry skin go away? I'll go see a doctor tomorrow but I'm just wondering what I can do in the meantime to make my face heal? Thanks so much!
posted by KTN on May 5, 2015 - 27 answers

We wanted a porch, not a pool

Thanks to everyone's help in response to this AskMe, we built a screened porch and love it. But we've run into a little problem that we hope someone can help us solve: [more inside]
posted by DrGail on May 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Setting posts - series of dumb questions

So I'm not much of a DIY person, but I might want to build a pergola along one side of my back yard. Normally I'm a trial-and-error kind of person, but since this would involve concrete-set posts, parts of this have to be right the first time. I still have some questions after googling around. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on May 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Electrical gremlins or real car problems?

My car (2012 BMW 328i xDrive Wagon E91 LCI) has two quirks: 1) battery warning after turning off the car, even after extended drives (never BEFORE starting the car) 2) brake wear warning after car has been parked in the cold for several hours (disappears after warming car up) [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Apr 22, 2015 - 3 answers

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 - 12 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

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