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The all-purpose flour of drywall joint compound

I need drywall compound. Can you simplify this shopping trip and/or can you point me to a reputable, simple DIY book that is not so comprehensive I have to lie down but that gives me the ordinary facts most people need to know about basic home improvement-ish stuff? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Apr 28, 2016 - 14 answers

Looking for a less expensive replacement DC motor for Gene Cafe roaster

I have a Gene Cafe coffee roaster that appears to have a dead motor (receives 12V, doesn't turn, shaft is frozen even with gear box removed). The company sells a replacement motor for $39, plus shipping that brings it to almost $50. I have a strong suspicion that this motor should cost around $10-$15. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Apr 22, 2016 - 1 answer

Water supply for a washer

Can you help me with some DIY questions about installing a washing machine without a hookup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2016 - 9 answers

Which stone cutter is this?

Can you identify this stone cutter? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Apr 3, 2016 - 5 answers

how to make a pallet wall without nailing?

I'm planning a recording studio on the cheap. For aesthetics, and as a way of diffusing some sound, I'm thinking about reclaimed pallet wood as a covering. Is there a glue product that would be suitable for this (it seems like pretty low grade wood is used for pallets) so that I'm not making many additional holes in the wall? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed on Mar 20, 2016 - 23 answers

How can I get a handle on this bike?

I want to change the handlebars on my bike. Google tells me this is potentially expensive and more difficult than I imagine, but I think my bike might be an exception. Am I fooling myself? Or can I ignore the warnings? Bonus: Can I do it myself? [more inside]
posted by circle on Mar 16, 2016 - 15 answers

Fun Accounts to Follow and Hashtags on Instagram

So I'm working on my Instagram for personal and business reasons, what are the best accounts to follow and tag for features and ideas and whatnot. Categories and likes inside! [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Mar 14, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I DIY this gardening gift (seed organizer/keeper)?

Hello gardeners and DIY people of MeFi! I'm in the market for a gardening-related gift for mr. hgg, and I came across this seed keeper in the Lee Valley catalogue. It seems like a good, useful present for a serious amateur gardener, but it's really...utilitarian looking. On the other hand, this Mac and Ninny Seed Keepsake Book is exactly the aesthetic I'm looking for. I would just order that one, but unfortunately it's not available for shipment to Canada. So, if you garden/are good at DIY, what would be the best way to go about recreating the Mac and Ninny book? I thought I could just get a letterpress (?) 3-ring binder cover and then add pocket pages, but despite many Etsy searches, I'm having trouble finding anything that has a similar look. My second issue is I'm not sure what sort of pages to put inside. I suspect I'm not using the right search terms. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Mar 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Painting a dresser indoors

Pinterest and lifestyle blogs have led me to make an ambitious and very misguided decision to buy an unfinished and unpainted dresser for my bedroom. Well, I forgot I am useless at DIY projects and also have no clue on how to paint ANYTHING. [more inside]
posted by theappleonatree on Mar 10, 2016 - 11 answers

How to display my industrial ephemera

I have a sheet of stamped steel, left over from a defunct knife factory, that I'd like to hang on my wall for display. It's 1/8" thick and a little over 8 lbs. The photo shows it leaning against the strip of wall I'd like to hang it on. Any ideas on how to achieve this? My landlord is pretty easy-going, but I'd like to not do anything to the wall that's too hard to reverse.
posted by serathen on Mar 4, 2016 - 11 answers

Would a DIY fabric cable management sleeve be flammable?

I'd like to sew a version of this Amazon Cable Management Sleeve for my home office in a fabric that matches my decor. Would a loose-fitting cotton or polyester sleeve for 5-10 computer cords be flammable or dangerous? Do I need to get a different type of fabric or scrap the idea altogether?
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Mar 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I safely (for me and the roof) use a ladder on my porch roof?

I have birds nesting in the fascia at the base of my house roof, about seven feet above my (asphalt shingle) porch roof, which has a moderate pitch. I have seen people nail a brace onto a roof to brace a ladder so that it can be leaned against the house. 1) Is this insanely dangerous or simply moderately dangerous? 2) Does this ruin the roof (I imagine it does), and how would I patch it? 3) Is there some other reason this is a horrible idea? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Mar 3, 2016 - 21 answers

Down and Dirty way to Pack Posters Flat for Moving and Storing

I'm in a sort of dire straits where I'm getting rid of most everything I own. I have 50 or so posters and lithographs that mean a lot to me (out of print, signed, nostalgic, and such) that I would like to pack flat and sandwich all together and am curious of any extremely cheap ways to do so. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Feb 29, 2016 - 9 answers

repaired washing machine worked, then didn't

My gf's Kenmore 80 series top-load washing machine wouldn't spin or agitate, though it did (and does) drain. I replaced the motor coupler, which was obviously broken, and the machine worked fine for 3 cycles then stopped agitating & spinning. [more inside]
posted by generalist on Feb 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Need tips for making a giant DIY version of the game Suspend

I love the game Suspend and want to make a scaled-up version that can be played outside staked into the grass instead of tabletop. I'm looking for ideas, suggestions for materials and best practices for how to bend metal rods and general DIY tips for working with bending metal. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever on Feb 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me assemble the parts for an LED ribbon lighting system

I'm trying to determine what parts I need to bring LED lighting to my home. I'd like to install some lights in multiple rooms to be controlled by wall switches and my phone and my network. But I'd like to do it in stages to reduce cost. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Feb 23, 2016 - 1 answer

Where is feasible to build your own home in the US?

Daydreaming a bit - if we wanted to buy one of those "kits" and build a home, where in the US is it possible? Land not too expensive, hookups to services, not super remote, attainable permits, etc?
posted by tealcake on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Best way(s) to bring house insulation up to comfortable levels.

Original 1950’s construction 6 room (3 bedroom) cape cod style house north of Boston MA with varying levels of (inadequate) insulation. How do insulate this house? [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Feb 16, 2016 - 8 answers

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

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