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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I spraypainted some 2 liter bottles to make kids' rocket jet packs. I am wanting to bond a piece of cardboard onto the back (later with elastic loops for arm loops) that will do it very quickly* as this will be during an activity with 40 kids. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon
on May 31, 2014 -
I did a really amateurish job of installing this light fixture in the basement apartment of my house four years ago, and now it's sagging out of the ceiling
. Is there anything I can do to brace it back in place? There are actually three of these fixtures that are sagging, though this is the worst one.
posted by orange swan
on May 18, 2014 -
I need basically this
I'd rather order it from closer to home. My searches for this type of cable in the US haven't turned up anything, and I don't know enough about electronics to figure out what other names it might go by.
I think it's a common type of cable so there must be something I'm missing.
posted by univac
on May 17, 2014 -
Is there enough citronella oils in Zote
to actually repel mosquitoes from clothes washed using it? [more inside]
posted by tilde
on May 1, 2014 -
I'm not sure what wall/ceiling speaker mounts are appropriate for my system or how to install them in the type of walls I have. Suggestions welcome! [more inside]
posted by droplet
on Apr 20, 2014 -
Is it feasible to take apart, modify, and put back together again a hair dryer so that it works in reverse, that is, become a small vacuum? I assume I would have to make the blower work backwards to become a sucker, and I would have to direct debris into a little sack and away from the blower and power source. If I were going to do it, what would I do? How much work would it be? How ugly would it be, assuming rudimentary skills and a home workshop? If it's impossible-- why?
posted by blnkfrnk
on Mar 12, 2014 -
I would like to take the massive sliding doors
off my closet, but they seem to be some sort of old-fashioned non-removable monsters. Since they're so big it's a pain to see more than 25% of my clothes at a time, which seems like unnecessary complication..
They're not attached to the rail at the bottom, but the top rail
is so tightly fastened that I can't just lift the doors up and off, as most of the online advice seems to be.
I tried to unscrew the front door
and just angle it out of the the closet frame, but whatever piece is holding it to the roller extends so far into the door that I wasn't able to pull it out. (Now of course I am not having luck at re-screwing the door into the roller, so that's a fun situation).
Anyone dealt with this type of door before? I'm renting the apartment, so ideally I'd like to just prop the doors against the bedroom wall or something and hang a curtain in front of the closet. So I can't destroy the doors or anything. Although I have been tempted.
posted by lockstitch
on Jan 10, 2014 -
We had our bathroom completely renovated 2 years ago. A couple of issues have gradually developed, that I don't think are serious enough to call in the contractor to repair, and I'm happy to do the work myself if it's easy enough, so I'm looking for advice on how best to proceed. [more inside]
posted by valleys
on Dec 9, 2013 -
Due to penury/everyone already having everything they could want in life, I was going to go with homemade beauty products this year for the family gift exchange, Ladies will be receiving bath bombs, in various scents and colors. The men I'm related too wouldn't know what to do with a bath bomb if it...well, fizzed at them. What manly products - salves, oils, creams - could I easily make at home? Or what kinds of unisex self care will male-type folks happily use? [more inside]
posted by theweasel
on Dec 5, 2013 -
It should be a simple thing, but it isn't: How do I clean out the drain hose and drain flap on my Fisher & Paykel dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes
on Nov 7, 2013 -
Need to replace pull switch light fixture so the light switch next to the door actually turns it on instead. Also where can I buy this light fixture
(or a cheaper alternative)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I am looking for recommendations for decal paper that is durable and dishwasher safe for use on pint glasses or other options for DIY dishwasher safe pint glasses. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24
on Sep 23, 2013 -
I work as an air conditioning mechanic, and with my head stuck in operating electrical machines all day I have a mind to switch to non-conductive earrings. I have 6ga or 4mm earrings. I used to have a pair of glass earrings but they eventually broke when I dropped them. Is there any reason I should not use glass stirring rods
to make a new set of glass earrings? I am assuming I can use a torch or buns en burner to bend them and finish the ends.
posted by Naib
on Sep 12, 2013 -
Can I paint my stainless steel fridge with chalkboard paint? I've found lots of tutorials on how to do it with a regular white fridge (whatever those are made of) but nothing on stainless. Should I try to sand it? Do I need primer? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects
on Sep 1, 2013 -
I'm installing siding, but the scaffolding I'm using will be attached to the wall where the siding goes. How do I work around this? [more inside]
posted by Ickster
on Aug 1, 2013 -
Just moved into a rental house. House built circa 1920. Medicine cabinet interior was completely lined with nasty old contact paper. I pulled off most of the paper. Now I'm worried about three things:
1. The paint underneath the paper is flaking. Is there danger of lead poisoning?
2. Black mold in the corner crevices under the paper. What's the best chemical for removal? Bleach solution?
3. What's the easiest cheapest way to get new shelves that will fit?
Any advice or encouragement is appreciated. How do I make this cabinet clean and functional?
I don't like fixing old houses. Unfortunately there is much to do in this old house. The kitchen is a contact paper festival. The rental market is tight here, so landlords don't have to care.
posted by valannc
on Jul 20, 2013 -
Buying-Our-First-House-Filter: Planning Edition. I've already read some of the other great AskMe threads about first homes and renovations and all of that, but one thing I haven't really seen (here or on the oft-recommended DIY blogs) is a solid recommendation or list of reviews of planning software related to home reno/landscaping. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature
on Jul 18, 2013 -
I was given a scoby and I want to make kombucha. How to do this the safest and yummiest way possible? A few details within. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh
on Jul 3, 2013 -
I love these Anthropologie Marrakech curtains
, but at $128 per panel, they aren't going to happen in this life time. I have some practice fabric and some white cotton panels I can use. Is there any way to stencil a similar effect without it looking cheesy? I've considered fabric paint, glitter, etc. after making a simplified stencil. What else could I do to achieve a similar effect? Thank you, Hive mind!
posted by Issithe
on Jun 11, 2013 -
Do I dare try replacing the door gasket on my frontload washing machine?
Photo of damaged gasket
. It's not supposed to look like a ruffle. It's supposed to be smooth. The damaged occurred when I was washing a duvet cover and sheets. The load became very unbalanced and the machine leapt and jumped.
Has anyone ordered the part and done a successful
DIY repair? Or should I pay a service tech?
The machine is a Maytag MHWE200XW00. It looks like we could get the gasket shipped for about $120
posted by valannc
on Jun 10, 2013 -
I have a Weber Q120 grill which I love to use, but it works off those little green camping type propane tanks, so it'll go through them quickly. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer
on Apr 30, 2013 -
I found this coffee table
on Craigslist for $15. While structurally it's pretty sound, the previous owners painted it; it looks like they may have just spray painted the poor thing without a drop of primer or sealant, because the top is chipping (see photos). Not ever one to leave passable alone, I decided that I had to repaint it. I've read as many furniture painting tutorials as I could get my hands on - the best seemed to be DIY on the Cheap
, Young House Love
, Centsational Girl
, and Mouse House
- and I still have a few questions for you guys. [more inside]
posted by Devika
on Apr 25, 2013 -
It looks thusly
. My issue is that, despite the fact that it was originally barely taped down at all, I am unable to successfully, reliably
reattach it using the same method. ("it" in this case being the printed black strips on the left). I am reasonably sure that lack-of-contact is my problem, because if I physically hold the cable to the board, it will reliably work when I push a button.
Best I can do is that sometimes, after putting it all back together for the Nth time, one button will work. Maybe other buttons on its side will work, maybe not. Maybe it'll work for a few presses and then quit.
The cable looks fine, the board contacts look fine, no amount of scotch tape is helping me out here. How do I affix these suckers but good?
posted by curious nu
on Apr 19, 2013 -
Help us figure out how to cover up or replace this god awful kitchen floor. We just purchased a farmhouse that was renovated in the mid 50s. The mudroom and kitchen have 9" asphalt tiles that are all coming up (so not level), and on top of that, the prior owner used these rooms as a kennel for his incontinent daschund. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice
on Feb 16, 2013 -
I have an old (30+ years) pair of speakers, and the foam rubber surrounding the woofers is cracking and falling off. Numerous DIY websites explain how to replace this foam, but none seem to answer the most important question: why would you bother doing this? The speakers still make sound. [more inside]
posted by wondercow
on Jan 27, 2013 -
Is it possible to make a pop-up card without the pixellated look? I have searched Google to no avail. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928
on Dec 15, 2012 -
[geometryfilter] I have to assemble a tiered cake stand to hold cupcakes at a wedding tomorrow. The tiers and the styrofoam thingies that will separate the tiers are all circular. How do I make sure that I get each tier centered properly on the next?
posted by undue influence
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Is it possible to roast an already roasted coffee a little bit darker in the oven on a baking sheet? [more inside]
posted by roboton666
on Dec 4, 2012 -
Help me find a straightforward 1-2 weekend DIY outdoor rabbit hutch plan. It's a Christmas present for my sister, who is 12 and not necessarily the most responsible. More (ranty) details inside. [more inside]
posted by ethidda
on Nov 30, 2012 -
DIY Dresser Knobs?: Is there some way we can avoid spending $30 on what was meant to be a free to very low cost project? [more inside]
posted by dysh
on Sep 14, 2012 -
What is the best method for making my own flannel or felt story board and story pieces? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008
on Aug 12, 2012 -
If I got someone else (in the UK) to assemble my computer from the various components I've bought, how much should I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Bought a piece of art (yay!) at a festival, and it got slightly damaged before I could get it home (boo!). It's a print on foamcore, 9x12", with no framing, and now it has a single, not-quite-straight crease across the back. No damage is visible from the front, except that the surface isn't flat. What's my best solution for flattening it out before framing?
posted by IAmBroom
on Jun 9, 2012 -
Wacom Bamboo fun tablet has a scratch on touch surface - is there any way to fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams
on May 29, 2012 -