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suggest a solution to supply of surplus sheet-metal

What creative use can I put all this sheet metal to? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Dec 11, 2006 - 16 answers

How to boost a line-level signal (in a car) to acceptable levels?

How to boost a line-level signal (in a car) to acceptable levels? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Foundations of DIY-culture.

Books that laid the groundwork for DIY-culture. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Dec 11, 2006 - 31 answers

A good knife for whittling?

Trying to remember the name of good French knife and also looking for suggestions for a good whittling knife. [more inside]
posted by Cochise on Dec 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Underneath my linoleum--a secret treasure! (question about subflooring)

We are going to install about 200 sq. ft. of laminate flooring in our kitchen/dining area, which is 1/2 linoleum and 1/2 ugly blue carpet. Because the previous owners installed 1/4" subflooring before they put in the original vinyl, there is a height difference between the carpeted area and the vinyl floor area. Should I rip out the old subflooring to level it out, or add subflooring to the recessed area so everything is level? There is *really* old linoleum underneath the carpet and the subflooring. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 9, 2006 - 13 answers

Utah's Fiery Furnace of Hell Needs a Circuit Breaker

My wife changed the filter on our gas furnace yesterday, and now it doesn't work. I pulled off the front cover and on the upper right is a small black pressure switch of sorts. I originally thought it was supposed to be held shut by the cover, but that is not the case, as they don't match up. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 2, 2006 - 19 answers

Please help me figure out what's causing the creaks in my DIY loft.

Please help me figure out what's causing the creaks in my DIY loft [more inside]
posted by sequential on Nov 30, 2006 - 9 answers

How do I get rid of rubber odour?

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 - 6 answers

DIY pixelnotes

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 - 9 answers

Ideas for DIY Christmas gifts?

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 - 17 answers

How to get oversized mittens to fit properly?

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 - 15 answers


How do I build a rack to store spools of thread? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Nov 13, 2006 - 11 answers

Help me cool a computer cabinet.

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 - 18 answers

DIY Christmas gift-- Cardboard Car

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? [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Nov 7, 2006 - 3 answers

Stuffed animals filter

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 - 7 answers

How to work the wood?

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 - 15 answers

What kind of wood is my deck made of?

What kind of wood is my deck made of? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Oct 27, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I creatively display a set of trading cards?

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 - 5 answers

AAAA! I'm in garage door torsion spring hell! AAAAA!

Please help save me from garage door torsion spring hell! [more inside]
posted by bradn on Oct 24, 2006 - 9 answers

LED replacement for bike light bulb

Replacing a halogen bike light bulb with LED [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Oct 23, 2006 - 8 answers

Acoustical tile ceiling make over

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 - 11 answers

How can I build a unique cat tree?

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 - 11 answers

Is this an electrical fault ?

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 ? Thanks
posted by matholio on Oct 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Mysterious Puzzle!

Light fitting appears impossible to remove! Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by pablocake on Oct 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Apparently, it's best not to drop television sets.

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 - 6 answers

Please help me pick a small, high quality, high definition, flat panel television.

Please help me choose a small, high quality, high definition, flat pannel television. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Sep 22, 2006 - 3 answers

upgrading laserjet ram?

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 - 6 answers

water heater pilot light won't stay lit

Our water heater pilot light won't stay lit. Is it time to call a repair man? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Make it from scratch?

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 - 48 answers

Disc Golf Basket, purchase or DIY?

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 - 2 answers

57 channels and nothing (on my G4)

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 - 7 answers

the walkmans that won't play

Walkman repair help needed. [more inside]
posted by baklavabaklava on Sep 5, 2006 - 3 answers

Fun Home Projects for an Old Mac Mini

What should I do with my neglected Mac Mini (1.25GHz/1GB RAM)? [more inside]
posted by travis vocino on Aug 31, 2006 - 38 answers

Looking for 40" door threshold

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 - 8 answers


can anyone recommend a good DIY/home improvement guide on-line? [more inside]
posted by randomizer on Aug 19, 2006 - 4 answers

Ideas for Remodeling with Salvage Materials?

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 - 5 answers

What's the best method for securing metal fence post?

DIYFilter: 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 - 9 answers

Best Motherboard for Intel Core 2 Duo E6300

What motherboard do you recommend for the new Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Processor? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 on Aug 16, 2006 - 9 answers

(Seeing by) the dashboard light

The dashboard light on my '96 Toyota Corolla went out. Just like that. Poof! [more inside]
posted by brina on Aug 15, 2006 - 13 answers

Help Me Take a Craft

A question about small, DIY-crafty gifts for a nerdy fellow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2006 - 11 answers

DIY Dining Room Table

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 - 13 answers

DIY airbag replacement-- how tough?

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 - 19 answers

Need some wheels.

Looking for a wheel kit for my ATA case. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jul 14, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me get drunk for cheap!

I'd like to find one of those "make your own wine" places in Toronto.. [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Jul 11, 2006 - 13 answers


[DIY-filter] Need creative ways to protect an iPod in a far away land. [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Jul 10, 2006 - 8 answers

What don't we know?

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 - 45 answers

Welding at home. Should I worry?

Will putting a MIG welder in my garage make my house an insurance nightmare? [more inside]
posted by jgee on Jul 2, 2006 - 4 answers

cheap one off homemade bbq.

any ideas on how to make a simple one off bbq out of things fond in the house [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 on Jun 14, 2006 - 15 answers

Help me make my dream bag.

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 - 22 answers

DIY cell repeater?

Can Plutor make his own cell phone repeater? [more inside]
posted by splatta on May 23, 2006 - 13 answers

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