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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 - 35 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 - 7 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

DIY "Aged/Distressed" Comic Cover on MDF

I want to make my own comics that look distressed and mounted on MDF like these. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Oct 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Ruud furnace clicks

We have a Ruud Achiever 90 Plus with variable speed motor. It works great heating up the house, but when it's trying to maintain the temperature (say it's set for 65 and it's currently 65), it constantly clicks. The sound is very annoying. Does anyone know what would cause this? [more inside]
posted by joebakes on Oct 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Best options for tarting up horrid 80s wall unit?

I am going to need a bookcase in a room I am redecorating. Downstairs is a HORRIBLE 80s chipboard wall unit thing with dark, not at all convincing fakey veneer. Complication: I'm redecorating the room to a Hannibal theme. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Oct 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Small, affordable, giftable, items common in USA, but not in France

I will be leaving to France in exactly two weeks to visit my large extended family and I would like to bring gifts but can't really afford to spend big bucks. Candy? Food? Easy personalized ways to keep track of everything and say "thank-you" after the trip also appreciated. And of course, a question regarding dollar to euro conversions. [more inside]
posted by lovecricket on Oct 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Safety and legality of installing a DIY chandelier?

I really like this chandelier. Buy-able versions I have found are way out of my budget, but the designer posted instructions for a similar DIY version. I live in a rented apartment in NYC - are there legal/insurance/safety issues I need to be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Oct 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Properly dealing with live wires inside a junction box before covering

I removed some sconces from an interior plaster wall in my house. My house is old and the wires are single strand copper wires with woven insulation, inside metal junction boxes. I would like to patch over the holes. Is it sufficient to cap the ends with wire nuts before patching? If not, what else should I do?
posted by OmieWise on Oct 6, 2014 - 14 answers

How does door work?

I have to replace a screen/storm door, and when I measured it, it was 80" x 33 1/3". That's... not a normal size, is it? How do you buy a new screen/storm door when the size is so wonky? They seem to come in 32" and 34" widths, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Sep 30, 2014 - 6 answers

What are your favorite videos of folks doing folksy things?

I've discovered that the missus and I really come together in our enjoyment of watching documentaries about interesting people doing interesting things in interesting ways. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Sep 27, 2014 - 23 answers

Seeking DIY holiday gifts to create: shoestring budget, expensive taste

I want to get to work ASAP on holiday gifts and am looking for your favorite DIY gift ideas that have fairly broad appeal. Would prefer they not be holiday themed, so that they're gifts people can enjoy year round, or at least longer than the holiday season. They will also need to be tailored to my shoestring budget, but still reflect a sense of 'expensive taste' (I like things to look and be nice, and know this can be done without spending much money). Details on my personal DIY and crafting skills inside, as well as examples of DIY gifts I've made in the past, inside. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Sep 26, 2014 - 16 answers

How should I install a microwave shelf in plaster walls?

I just bought this microwave and would like to install a shelf onto which I can put it so I can free up counter space. [more inside]
posted by figaro on Sep 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Replacement knobs for old receiver - DIY or other?

I am thinking of getting a friend's old Realistic receiver (Realistic STA-65C, I think). I am not of the nature that I need an exact model replacement of the treble knob and am curious if there is a place online or a store like Home Depot or Radio Shack that might sell knobs that could fit or made to fit. I know eventually I may find one on ebay but don't need it to be a perfect match nor spend too much. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Vintage Record Player Whisperers Wanted

I have acquired a gorgeous vintage record player, which I would like to either repair myself, or find someone to repair in the Chicago area. [more inside]
posted by shaka_lulu on Sep 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Grownup Tinkertoys

I'm toying with the idea of DIYing a version of this ceiling lamp. Can anyone tell me the technical name for the pivoting/rotating/swiveling T joints, as Googling combinations of that phrase is not giving me similar connectors? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Aug 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Home renovation shows that get into the nitty gritty

My boyfriend would like some recommendations for good, detailed home renovation shows. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Aug 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Putting it back together again - railing edition

I removed this railing to move a big piece of furniture up the stairs. I'm having trouble re-installing it. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on Aug 19, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I cheaply hang 10-20 hammocks with no trees?

In three weeks my girlfriend is hosting a "Nap Day" in a place with few trees. She'd like to find an affordable way to purchase and hang 10-20 hammocks. Anyone have any creative solutions? [more inside]
posted by funkiwan on Aug 13, 2014 - 18 answers

How to improve the fit of a maxi dress?

I bought this maxi dress to wear to a wedding this weekend. The fabric is heavier than I anticipated, and the armholes are on the large size, so my bra is visible, and the whole dress seems to sag a little under its own weight. Is there are a way to fix this before Saturday? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Aug 5, 2014 - 12 answers

What is this strange box/connector thing I found in my basement?

While snooping around my basement today I found a strange little box/connector of some sort that I have no idea what it is. It looks really old (the house is ~90 years old) and isn't currently connected to anything. It seems to correspond to the incoming phone line from the outside box, but I could be mistaken. Can anyone tell me what exactly this is? [img inside] [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for source for specific Foxconn HDMI socket or something just like it

Where can I find this Foxconn part (an HDMI socket) that appears to only be available in bulk from a distributor? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Aug 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me have a countertop dishwasher, fancy faucet edition

I've been itching to have a countertop dishwasher again. The catch? I rent and my kitchen faucet is a pull out model, with the built in sprayer. I have an idea below -- can you let me know if it's feasible (plus any pitfalls to watch out for), and if not, perhaps point me in a better direction? [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

When it's time to style this party, I will always style it hard!

An acquaintance has asked me to serve as the (paid) stylist for her child's birthday party. I'm not a professional party stylist, just a maniac with a glue gun and far too many ideas. What's a fair price for my labor? Party location: NYC. [more inside]
posted by 2or3things on Jul 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Help building a very simple shelf

I'd like to build a very simple shelf that looks like this using minimal tools and at a low cost. [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jul 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Toning bleached hair

DIY-hair-filter: I bleached my hair 2.5 weeks ago. Can I use toner on it now or is that a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jul 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Christmas In July! DIY gifts for family & friends

Due to family tragedy, last Christmas felt more like a never-ending marathon than a fun and meaningful holiday. I resolved that Christmas 2014 would be a more mellow, loving holiday that didn't involve hundreds of dollars flushed down the drain on disposable gifts. What are your ideas for meaningful Christmas gifts for family that take some time to make (or not!), don't cost much and might be actually appreciated and used? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jul 3, 2014 - 20 answers

4 Solar panels and salespeople that want sales

So I find myself with 4 185 W Solar panels AND 4 enphase M190 Micro inverters (that onboard connect to each panel). The system from what I can tell is "made" for a grid connected solar system. Which is great but NOT what I want/need (Also I am too far from a station to qualify for microfit in Ontario). [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Jul 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Repair brushed stainless steel refrigerator door (pic inside)

In the attempt to clean my pre-owned fridge I've taken a nylon scouring pad to the door and caused noticeable damage. Can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by asharchist on Jun 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Plans for a Maker Shed

One of the first issues of Maker Magazine had a project to build a backyard modern shed/office with simple materials bought at any home improvement store. I've been Googling all morning but can't seem to find the plans online or any references to the project since the magazine has launched Maker Shed as their store for buying stuff, which muddies the results. Can anyone help me find this project?
posted by mathowie on Jun 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Resources for making my own skincare products.

I'm interested in making things along the lines of Lush and Herbivore Botanicals, but all I seem to be able to find online is "how to mash a banana and smear it on your face." [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on Jun 12, 2014 - 13 answers

I want to learn DIY skills. What should I buy?

I know the basic renter apartment maintenance things, but nothing beyond that. I have hammers, screwdrivers, etc. However, in a week I am moving to a rural house and want to learn some real DIY skills. What are the "entry-level" DIY tools I should learn and use?
posted by Spurious on Jun 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Did I fix my sump pump? Was there even a problem?

Last night we experienced a severe rainstorm. The pump failure or high water alarm on my sump pump woke us up at around 4:00 this morning. I fixed the problem, but I'm not sure what was wrong, why what I did worked, or if I have to do anything further. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Jun 5, 2014 - 7 answers

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