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Homemade Escape-The-Room

I'd like to make an Escape-The-Room type game for some friends and need puzzle / storyline suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Feb 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Garden-themed gift / poem

For my sister's milestone birthday, my gift is garden themed but I need your help. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Feb 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Splicing carpet over backing - what's the trick?

I'm installing carpet, and have the tack strips down around the edge of the concrete floor. There is a splice however. Obviously the backing doesn't go over the tack strip. Does it go under the splice? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Feb 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Bathroom Renovations for Dummies - Part II

As a follow-up to this Askme I asked last year (with your great feedback), I've slowly made progress on our renovation and have had a lot of fun (and frustration) learning how to do this. I now have additional questions that I can't quite find the answers to regarding framing and eventually drywalling/tiling. [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Anchoring a shelf when there's only drywall to secure it to

New home owner here (yay!). We just assembled a space-saver-over-the-toilet-shelf-cabinet-thingy and it needs to be anchored. The flat pack included the anchor strip and a wood screw for securing the anchor to the unit. It instructs the user to obtain a screw appropriate to the environment for anchoring. Our environment is essentially just drywall. To the side, there's a shared wall with the shower that sounds like it may have a stud in there, but can't be sure. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Feb 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Are those LED light strips safe to embed in drywall? Fire Safety.

Basically my idea is to dig a groove the depth of the strip into the wall so the strip is flush. [more inside]
posted by mrflibble on Jan 31, 2016 - 7 answers

Making sugar scrub favors with canola oil?

I'm trying to save money, and making sugar scrub favors with canola oil is SO much cheaper than coconut, sunflower, safflower, or olive oils. Is this a bad idea? I can't seem to find many blog posters who use canola oil, but it's a fraction of the price. I'd like to avoid any disasters like rotting, but I also don't want to break the bank.
posted by onecircleaday on Jan 29, 2016 - 5 answers

Can you find the DIY couch instructions with the funny setup?

Several years ago I found some instructions for building your own (banquette style, I think) seating out of plywood, foam, etc. What sticks out in my memory was the author introducing the need for new furniture. It was something like this: 'I loaned my apartment to some filmmakers for a shoot. After the fact, I discovered they made porn, and you can guess what they used my couch for. (They had sex on it.) Obviously I need new furniture.' Can you track down this page?
posted by Monochrome on Jan 29, 2016 - 2 answers

How do I identify a cabinet hinge to order replacement?

I have a broken cabinet hinge that I've tried to identify via serial numbers on the hinge and by comparison to other hinges online, but everything I've found so far has been slightly off. Is there any reliable method to describe and locate a hinge that exactly matches the broken one? (Same spacing of screw holes, angle of opening, etc.)
posted by tobascodagama on Jan 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Inconspicuous or flush mounted curtain rod bracket?

Weird objectfilter. Looking for a permanently wall-mountable curtain rod bracket for our living room or something that can act as a curtain rod bracket that becomes inconspicuous as possible when the rod is not there. 1) Commercially available? or 2) my design? See pic & details here. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jan 25, 2016 - 9 answers

What is a gender neutral craft I can make from book pages?

I need to make an "I'm sorry" present. What are some gender neutral (or minimally feminine) crafts I can make from pages of a book? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jan 22, 2016 - 18 answers

Patent Nude Heels Wishes To Be Silver For One Day

Is there a way to temporarily turn my nude patent heels into silver? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Jan 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Ridiculously cheap, indispensable DIY books?

What gems of the DIY literature are out there for next to nothing? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jan 14, 2016 - 6 answers

How can I repair fire damage on a powder-coated metal table top?

A burning candle wick fell onto the table's surface and there is now a faint, grey streak or spot that will not come off when scrubbed with a variety of cleaners. It has faded a bit but now no change is happening. Can it be repaired? [more inside]
posted by drd on Jan 3, 2016 - 4 answers

How best to seal an old milk door?

Hi, all. Mr. Verdandi and I have an adorable 1940s cape which came with a milk door that leads to the kitchen. We'd like to seal it up, mostly for heat-retention reasons. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Dec 28, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I un-productize life?

What products do I not need? For example, I've found that regular soap works as well as shaving cream when shaving in the shower, and that shampoo can be replaced with water and a small amount of vinegar and baking soda. How do I best live frugally and simply?
posted by xammerboy on Dec 27, 2015 - 26 answers

Food Photography Surfaces

I've started to get into food photography and am interested in finding some cool surfaces to act as backgrounds for variety. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Dec 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me find my ceiling studs

I want to hang a projector screen from my ceiling, and I can't locate the studs. I have a magnetic stud finder, but it doesn't seem to be picking anything up. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Dec 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Can I mount a "ceiling mount" light fixture on a wall instead?

Bought an LED light fixture. Only now noticed the instructions say "must be mounted on ceiling". Can I mount it on a wall anyway? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Water heater dilemma: New valve or new unit?

Our Northern VA household of three adults recently lost its hot water, due to a failure somewhere in the works of our natural-gas, tank-type water heater. Having wrestled this appliance a few years back to replace (what I thought to be) a faulty thermocouple, I was initially pretty confident, but that confidence has begun to ebb as the battle enters day four. [more inside]
posted by atavistech on Dec 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Gift giving, DIY edition

This year, I found this awesome spice mix recipe from Nom Nom Paleo. It saved me heaps and it's a thoughtful DIY gift that I know my friends will really like. I'm thinking ahead to next year, but I'm drawing a blank on gifts like this. What creative gifts have you made for others that were thoughtful and didn't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Dec 8, 2015 - 16 answers

itty-bitty cool gifts

I am making Christmas crackers, and need some tiny cool gifts that are not nail clippers! Ideally under ten dollars each. These will be for adults! [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Nov 30, 2015 - 26 answers

DIY Gift ideas for engineer employees?

Hi all! I am a start-up founder and engineer, and am looking for some ideas to build/make something for my awesome and hardworking engineer employees for the holidays. My google-fu fails to find what I need. [more inside]
posted by TessaGal on Nov 25, 2015 - 23 answers

help me make a game!

creative minds: assemble! i want to make a game for my very good friend who is waaaaay into board games and card-based games. but i need help. [more inside]
posted by megan_magnolia on Nov 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me not ruin this DIY jewelry box

What kind of drawer pulls or knobs should I use for this DIY jewelry box? Or... should I? [more inside]
posted by sively on Nov 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Need apt ventilation while keeping kittens safe.

We live on the third floor of an apartment complex, we have kittens, we need to ventilate the apartment without jeopardizing the safety of the kittens; help us solve this problem. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 2, 2015 - 10 answers

How to separate a stacked washer dryer

How to separate a stacked washer/dryer? I want to lift the dryer off it's base, a washer, and re-install it on a shelf above a new used washer. Need to know, or find someone who knows how the separate the stacked unit wiring. No appliance repair service seems willing, and I'm not sure where to find a help to do it. It will save me a lot of money, not to mention reusing/recycling/repairing a working appliance.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Oct 25, 2015 - 5 answers

You Are Not My Licensed Appliance Installer

I am trying to connect my secondhand gas dryer and would like your advice on the sanity of this setup (second pic.) [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Getting started in robotics.

I have a 9 year old son. He's interested in making his own flying drone. How do we get started? Kits are fine, but I'd like to stick with simpler plans if possible.
posted by boo_radley on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

What's the plumber going to find in my shower?

One shower in our two-bath ranch house backs up whenever we use the other shower, and then drains exceedingly slowly. Tell me what kind of thing this is that I don't know how to do. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Oct 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Planner Inspiration for Weirdos

Where can I find inspiration for planner decoration that is geared towards various alternative/weirdo types - e.g. queers, geeks, artists, activists, certain subcultures? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 15, 2015 - 17 answers

New showerhead won't drain

We have a tub/shower with a spigot-knob (diverter) you pull up to turn the shower on. The knob doesn't usually drop when you turn the water off, but if you tap it down, the residual water/pressure in the shower pipes would drain out the spigot. After replacing our shower head, that is no longer the case. This leads to very slow drips as the water drains out. How can I fix this ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Oct 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me dupe this amazing side table

I fell in love with an expensive, and too small side table. I'd like to create something similar on the cheap but I don't have all my DIY steps down. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Oct 13, 2015 - 22 answers

How do I attach legs to a concrete table top?

I plan on making a dining table top similar to this I am considering a few ways to make the table. One is to use a slab or two of some kind of inexpensive wood or melamine and then spreading a thin layer of the concrete mix on top. My reasoning is that it will reduce the weight of the table. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Oct 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using?

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using and which should you not?
posted by Infernarl on Sep 30, 2015 - 16 answers

YouAreNotMyPlumberFilter: Replace Disgusting Washing Machine Outlet Box

Our Washing Machine Outlet Box was put in wrong and someone went a little crazy making it "work." I would like to fix it myself, but am coming up empty on instructions and finding an upside down version. Would love any info, including "you need to pay someone." [more inside]
posted by bohdel on Sep 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Roller Skating with the Least Chance of Death?

Hi! I've just spent way too much time (about 4 hours) online trying to learn which type of skating will hurt less. All information, including this thread, has only told me preferences regarding style and speed, not what will make me go boom less. I care not about speed, performance or dancing in them, only if they can get me to work (much downhill) without dying. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

F******n, why not is it not in every 5 gallon bucket of paint already?

I'm a construction professional. I'm not a painter, but I frequently paint my own properties. Here's my question: there is an additive that makes every paint way, way better by eliminating brush or roller marks. I already pay good money for awesome paint because I know how much better it is than anything sold at big box stores. Why isn't paint sold with the miracle additive already in it? All the painters I work with know about it and think it's the best thing ever –– to be fair, only genuinely high-end clientele would notice, but that's my target group. (I won't disclose the name of the product because this is not an advertisement, I genuinely don't understand paint marketing vs. paint chemistry vs. paint marketing.)
posted by halogen on Sep 20, 2015 - 20 answers

Test tube chandelier with insulin vials, other clever reuse ideas

I have lots of empty Lantus insulin vials. I want to make some version of this test tube chandelier. What should I use for the colored water? [more inside]
posted by Beti on Sep 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Advice for LED light installation

I am after some good old collective internet wisdom on the best way to go about a LED light installation behind my headboard and bedside tables. Just wondering if anyone had done a similar project and could offer any tips, especially on the correct way that I should go about connecting the strips? [more inside]
posted by Shibui on Sep 13, 2015 - 7 answers

What color should I paint my room?

I'm not *great* at colors but I want to paint my room. Photos of current room here: I'd like to coordinate around the color of the turquoise dresser and the color of the chalkboard paint square. What color should I paint my walls? The more specificity the better (aka "match this exact shade" vs "paint it yellow") because I'm really not great at colors, but all suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Sep 12, 2015 - 18 answers

Re-Key or replace?

Should I attempt to re-key every lock in our new house, or buy new deadbolts and knobs? We're talking about two entry way doors, two external security doors, and one driveway gate with a deadbolt on it. There are a mix of different brands in the existing hardware. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 7, 2015 - 20 answers

So, How About That Yogurt Maker?

I noticed that we've been going through kind of insane amounts of the Trader Joe's Greek-style yogurt recently. Since I'm already spending a small fortune on the stuff, I'd like to just try making my own. Any tips, recommendations, absolutely-best-yogurt-making devices EVAR? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2015 - 33 answers

When and how to change an electrical water

I'm trying to figure out whether (and, if so, when) to change our electrical water heater. [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Aug 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me beautify this bathroom

Hi everyone. I just moved to a lovely new place, but there is a major downside: the bathroom floor has a door on it, leading to a small basement room. Please help me figure out how to best cover it! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Aug 18, 2015 - 32 answers

Foundation cracks in a house we made an offer on - how bad are they?

We made an offer on a house and it was accepted - yay! We had the home inspector out today to take a look there was a potential red flag that may sink the deal - on one side of the house there are a series of small/moderate foundation cracks. How big of a deal is this really? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Making a card for a dying uncle. Need suggestions/advice.

I need help making this card. It seems simple but I'm having trouble and I'm on a very tight deadline (tonight if possible). [more inside]
posted by nogoodverybad on Jul 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I install a new gas dryer by myself?

Twelve years ago, when I bought this house, I had a gas line run from the kitchen to my new stacked one-piece washer and gas dryer. The plumber who installed the gas line hooked up my dryer. Now the washer has died and I have ordered a new laundry set - a front loading washer and separate gas dryer that will stack. They are due to be delivered next week. Yay! [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Jul 29, 2015 - 18 answers

Can I replace my dishwasher's drain pump myself?

The dishwasher that came with the home we bought 9 years ago started making a crunching sound, and then it stopped making the sound, and now it doesn't drain. I suspect a bad drain pump. I know where to buy the replacement part online; is this a repair I can do myself or must I hire someone? [more inside]
posted by dywypi on Jul 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Awesome minor solar/wind-energy diy projects?

We'll be on holiday with our two just-teen kids in a house on a Spanish island that's off both the water and the electricity grid, but with plenty of sun and wind. What are some cool little projects we could do - without having to ship out complicated gear/components - to own and appreciate the situation, and its potential? Self-built solar cooker? Makeshift wind turbine? Would love suggestions plus pointers to how-to's. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jul 26, 2015 - 7 answers

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