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 -
Does anyone have recommendations for a company to replace windows in Washington, D.C.? I've got a few original, uninsulated, leaded-glass windows that need to go bye-bye. [more inside]
posted by delfuego
on Apr 4, 2006 -
How can I seal my home-made steel smoker? It's made out of a never-used oil drum, shaped like a giant flask. The problem is that the hatch, while large enough to cover the opening, doesn't form a perfect seal because of the body's curvature. Imperfect seal = imperfect smoking. What kind of material can take the medium heat of smoking, is non-toxic (no fiberglass!), and is slightly soft, to mold itself to the surface?
posted by paul_smatatoes
on Mar 22, 2006 -
Framing Tape Filter: I've started to frame my own prints/posters, and have a frame that's slightly larger than the print. The print slips, I need to keep it in place... [more inside]
posted by zenorbital
on Mar 15, 2006 -
StupidQuestionFilter: I have a disposable camera, I would like to open the camera up and scan the negatives into a computer. Is that possible, or is some processing necessary before the negatives are physically reminiscent of the pictures you took... I know nothing about cameras. Should I just spend 5 dollars to get them developed elsewhere or is the DIY route possible? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Mar 14, 2006 -
ISO crown moulding for bathroom to match rest of house. D/D free, must love dogs. [more inside]
posted by drewbeck
on Mar 9, 2006 -
I'm building a small DIY house. Where's my online community? [more inside]
posted by zek
on Mar 8, 2006 -
How do I lengthen the strings that open and close my mini-blinds without introducing a knot that will clog up the works? [more inside]
posted by callmejay
on Feb 22, 2006 -
My bathtub/shower faucet has developed a loud, annoying screech when the temperature is above medium. How can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Zonker
on Feb 22, 2006 -
I want to create my own lamps that hang from the ceiling. I will create the shade, but I need to buy the socket with cord and plug. My plan is to sell these, so I'd like to say at least part of the lamp is UL listed. [more inside]
posted by chadparker
on Feb 22, 2006 -
I have a electric (220v) dryer, but my new house is set up for gas, and the outlet is only 110v. I think that I have a situation where it would be relatively easy for me to install a new 220v outlet next to the current one without having to involve a professional. Does the scenario (inside) appear workable for the average diy'er? [more inside]
posted by trivirgata
on Feb 21, 2006 -
How do I make my own animated screensaver? I have some graphics
I've been using as desktop backgrounds, and now I'd like to make them into an animated screen saver. I'm fluent in Photoshop and Illustrator, and I'm on a Mac running OSX 10.2.
posted by fandango_matt
on Feb 19, 2006 -
My GoogleFu has failed me. Does anyone know of a place I could send a swab of DNA from my cheek and get a photo of it back (after they do the Chomatography thing). Because I love these
but I'm too cheap and figure given the source image I could do the rest myself.
posted by zeoslap
on Feb 14, 2006 -
I cannot find a fresh Butterball Turkey - even called them, but this time of the year they only have frozen.
How can I make a regular turkey into a Butterball type turkey? I have heard that one can put butter under the skin, inject it, baste it etc.
Any proven method suggestions out there?
posted by bright77blue
on Feb 8, 2006 -
I am trying to remember the name of a free little Windows app that takes a .jpg as input, and supersizes it, splittling it into 8.5 x 11 (or whateve size) .pdf sheets.
posted by everichon
on Feb 3, 2006 -
I'm trying to find designs/plans for furniture made by cutting out the pieces from a single sheet of plywood & using only slots & grooves to hold them together, no nails, screws or glue. I've seen them online before, on some DIY blog or maybe boingboing, but I've looked at every site I can think of & done a fair amount of googling & come up blank. Anybody know what I'm talking about & can give me a pointer?
posted by scalefree
on Feb 2, 2006 -
It's time to sand and varnish the floor in the front room, ground floor. We'll be replacing a few worn out floorboards but we're not totally confident about the best way to fill the gaps between boards. Some people say use resin, some say use a sawdust/pva mix, some say use filler, some say use wood fillets. The floorboards are 1" thick tongue and groove, solid pine. Any good suggestions? (Based in the UK) [more inside]
posted by gaby
on Jan 26, 2006 -
I want a kotatsu
, but can't afford to ship one from Japan. I'd like to make my own if possible, but don't know where to start.
posted by Electric Elf
on Jan 23, 2006 -
I'm trying to copy/paste a 5x5 PSD file into an 8x8 CD template PSD. Every time I do so, the original 5x5 shrinks to 3.8x3.8! [more inside]
posted by Satapher
on Jan 18, 2006 -
Calling all DIY speaker enthusiasts! I'm packing off to college next year and my anticipated roomate and I are both interested in building a sound system of sorts. We are both somewhat experienced with audio systems (theatre sound techs) but have never tackled any sort of speaker construction project. More inside... [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on Jan 16, 2006 -
Basic RSS question-- I'm trying to add RSS to my site, and since I'm teaching this to myself, I'm confused. [more inside]
posted by madmath
on Dec 29, 2005 -
I want to make jewelry! Like, real jewelry. Read: metalsmithing, not putting manufactured beads on wires. What tools should I buy? What books would you recommend? Do I need to take a class or not? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Dec 16, 2005 -
DIY Mouse. I want to make a mouse, where should I start? How does one go about getting custom plastics molded? Should I use CAD? [more inside]
posted by parallax7d
on Dec 13, 2005 -
Mechanics: I've got a 1964 chevy bel air which is my daily driver that needs some work. I'd like to do it myself, but I'm sorta a car newbie. What online communities and resources will be useful to me? Do you have any specific anecdotes, tips and tricks for working on old cars? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Dec 7, 2005 -
I'd like to get replacement seat and back cushions for a couch. What would be the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by melissa
on Nov 15, 2005 -
After searching Google and the archives of AskMe, I've come across some great suggestions and ideas for making digital photo frames
. From what I can determine, however, all of these require a computer
of some kind built into the frame. Supposing one only has a laptop screen? Specifically, the screen from an old ThinkPad with a blown motherboard
. Could I connect the monitor to my network somehow? Hook it up to some special circuit board designed for just this sort of thing?
posted by aladfar
on Nov 3, 2005 -
Hi all. Does anyone know of a good place to buy furniture kits? What I mean is unassembled, unfinished furniture, preferably shipped to your door. In particular I am looking for a "breakfast bar" or "kitchen island." Is there a store like this?
posted by bradn
on Oct 26, 2005 -