Stinky balls. No, not that sort. I purchased a wine decanter that comes with a stand for drying. Unfortunately, the stand has a rubber ball on the end (to prevent scratching, I'd assume), and has a very, very pungent rubber odour. Is there some way of getting rid of that smell?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy
on Nov 30, 2006 -
A British artist names Duncan Wilson (site=down) covered a wall with 4 or 5 layers of post-it type notes, each layer a different color. As they are peeled away, neat shapes form. What are your bright ideas for a DIY version? [more inside]
posted by ArcAm
on Nov 24, 2006 -
What are some good ideas of DIY gifts I can make and give to family and close friends for Christmas? I'm a poor college student, which means it has to be very cheap, but meaningful. [more inside]
posted by pontouf
on Nov 17, 2006 -
Is it possible to adjust mittens so that they have a closer fit? I received a beautiful pair of mittens, made of wool, with fleece lining. The colors are beautiful, and they are really warm, but they are a bit too big. Specifically, they can't be adjusted on the wrist, it's a bit too wide and has no elastic on it, so I feel the cold air getting in, and sometimes I feel they are slipping. I already tried throwing them in the drier, and although they shrank a little, they are still too wide in the wrist. How could I modify the mittens so that they fit in better?
posted by irian
on Nov 17, 2006 -
There's a computer stashed inside a desk cabinet. It's too hot inside the cabinet. What to do? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek
on Nov 13, 2006 -
I'd like to make some basic cardboard cars for my boyfriend's twin toddlers for Christmas. I'm a teeny bit crafty but not "handy" so no power tools. Any ideas or inspiration for me?
posted by beccaj
on Nov 7, 2006 -
Help me create my mini-animals! Where can i buy DIY/craft material to create stuffed teddy bears and felt animals in London, UK? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka
on Nov 7, 2006 -
I'm about to buy a house that has a workbench in it and I'd like to learn some woodworking. Can anyone point me to some resources for learning the basics? I mean I know measure twice, cut once, but beyond that, I'm lost.
posted by sholdens12
on Nov 3, 2006 -
I've had a complete set of Sin City trading cards gathering dust for years. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by crickets
on Oct 24, 2006 -
DIY.filter: I have a converted attic with acoustical tiles attached to the ceiling. Does anyone have any thoughts on mudding over them or covering them up with something to update the look? [more inside]
posted by retro88
on Oct 9, 2006 -
I have one free wall in my tiny apartment for a cat tree. It's in my kitchen, and I would like it to look like a unique piece of sculpture -- not the traditional wood and carpet cat trees that everyone has. I want something at least six feet tall, and under $100, so it needs to be a DIY project. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin
on Oct 7, 2006 -
I know, I know, light bulbs seem to fail in clusters, but I don't think this is to do with putting a bunch of lights in at the same time.
This week for instance, I got up and turned on my kitchen lights (8 x 50w small spots) and one blew and tripped my Ground Floor Light fuse.
A day later and I get home and turn on the same lights, another goes and trips the lights circuit again.
Later in the week, another goes in my study.
I replaced all the bulbs today.
I turn them on, everything is fine, I go outside and turn on the porch/side lights (3 x 60w) and two of them blow.
I nearly always have an inop light or two.
My question is this :
Is there an electrical fault which might explain this pattern of failure ?
posted by matholio
on Oct 7, 2006 -
I dropped my TV a few times, and now the color is messed up in a few spots. Is there anything to be done? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Sep 23, 2006 -
Does anyone know how to put more memory in an HP Laserjet 4700? There is an access panel on the rear right-hand side, and four screws holding in two slot covers labeled EIO, I believe.
I downloaded the service manuals but nothing in there I could use. I can pay someone to do a service call but it seems like it should be something I could do myself.
posted by mecran01
on Sep 21, 2006 -
What things are worth the time and cost of doing/making myself? For example, tomatoes from the store are miles below the ones I grow in my garden. Fresh-baked bread is amazing. But knitting socks or a sweater seems hardly worth it, despite the fact that I can customize it, because of the high cost of the time and materials. [more inside]
posted by sLevi
on Sep 20, 2006 -
Are there truly no free plans for a DIY portable disc golf basket on the Internet? How do the fold-up portables hold up over time if you actually fold them up and transport them? [more inside]
posted by dontrockwobble
on Sep 16, 2006 -
I want to watch cable television using my old G4/500 and new 21-inch flatscreen monitor. How? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo
on Sep 7, 2006 -
I'm looking for door shoe/sweep/threshold that is 40" wide, a standard door is 36" so I'm not having much luck. Anybody know where I could get such a thing (online preferably)
posted by zeoslap
on Aug 21, 2006 -
Is there a blog for doing home improvements and renovations with salvaged and unusual materials? Sort of a cross between This Old House and Inhabitat
, with a scavenger bent?
posted by LarryC
on Aug 19, 2006 -
I'm installing a chain-link fence. As our winters are cold, fence post tend to get pushed out of the ground.
What's the best method for securing the post? [more inside]
posted by stungeye
on Aug 17, 2006 -
What motherboard do you recommend for the new Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Processor? [more inside]
posted by GregX3
on Aug 16, 2006 -
The dashboard light on my '96 Toyota Corolla went out. Just like that. Poof! [more inside]
posted by brina
on Aug 15, 2006 -
Exercise your imaginations, MeFites, I want your suggestions! Rather than just buying something, I'd like to DIY a dining room table. [more inside]
posted by Bobtheordinary
on Aug 3, 2006 -
Has anyone here ever installed a salvaged airbag? How hard is it to do yourself? My car got bumped ludicrously lightly, the airbag deployed, and a new airbag is fantastically expensive while a salvaged one is cheap. But I would have to install it myself because local shops won't do it. The car is a volvo 940 1994. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Peace Love and Unity
on Jul 21, 2006 -
I would like to make a "scientific discovery", or otherwise contribute something (however useful, or not) to the body of human knowledge. What are some unanswered questions, or unexplained details of the world, or (most especially) developing fields of inquirey, that an amateur might seek to investigate with possibility of making progress into the unexplored? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Jul 3, 2006 -
Will putting a MIG welder in my garage make my house an insurance nightmare? [more inside]
posted by jgee
on Jul 2, 2006 -
What are the best, most useful, most ingenious backpack/messenger bag features you've ever seen? [more inside]
posted by Alison
on May 26, 2006 -
Do you really need fire bricks for a pizza oven or would house bricks do?
posted by wilful
on May 7, 2006 -
I've seen several DIY shows on BBC America where ceramic wall tiles are painted using products described as 'new' - within the last 5 years - tile primers followed by paint and more recently, self-priming tile paint applied directly to the tiles. I've searched DIY sites and googled extensively, but I've yet to find a source in the US.
posted by carriest
on Apr 17, 2006 -