For a research project, I have several pieces of equipment mounted on top of a large metal rotating circular surface. At the moment, all equipment is battery powered. I would like to come up with an inexpensive way of getting DC power and signal wires to a computer off the surface to analyze data in real time. Besides that constraint, going down thru the center isn't really an option since the rotating shaft is solid metal. [more inside]
Looking for how-to guide to replace seat and back of metal framed chairs. [more inside]
Help us figure out how to cover up or replace this god awful kitchen floor. We just purchased a farmhouse that was renovated in the mid 50s. The mudroom and kitchen have 9" asphalt tiles that are all coming up (so not level), and on top of that, the prior owner used these rooms as a kennel for his incontinent daschund. [more inside]
What pro or semi-pro sewing machine would be best for a home sewer opening an Etsy store that sells denim, canvas, and Cordura (1000 denier) luggage and other bags? Ability to sew lighter fabrics as well would be a plus, as would overlock capability (a separate overlock machine would also work). This is for a class project and hypothetical, so price is no object.
Mr. Panda and I are making it official and getting married in April 2014, woohoo! However, I've got no idea how to plan a wedding. [more inside]
I have an old (30+ years) pair of speakers, and the foam rubber surrounding the woofers is cracking and falling off. Numerous DIY websites explain how to replace this foam, but none seem to answer the most important question: why would you bother doing this? The speakers still make sound. [more inside]
I got lost on the internet and found a small business selling great-looking US map prints for under $30. I think they were CO-based, but I've lost the website! [more inside]
I've got this Dewalt miter saw, and it seems to be slightly out of square -- neither the 0º miter or bevel is exactly square, at least with the door casing I've been cutting. Does anyone have any tips (or links to good resources) on how to square up this sort of saw? For what it's worth, I think I've figured out how to adjust the indicators & scale on the saw, so I'm not looking for advice on how to adjust this particular saw. Instead, I need help figuring out how to determine which direction -- and to what degree -- I need to move the scale to square it up. Advice on how to cut and match a board to test the square is just the sort of help I need.
My wonderful iPod, going on nine years now, seems to have finally gotten to the point where I can't fix it anymore. I've replaced the hard drive, battery, hard drive cable, and logic board, and yet all it does is turn on, show the Apple logo, and turn off, repeating over and over. What else could be wrong, and how can I fix it? This is a B&W 4th gen iPod, originally 40 GB.
I've seen the Nano Nails product that is supposed to turn your fingernails into a capacative stylus. I like this idea, but they aren't out yet, and anyway I want to do my nails myself! What can I use that's lightweight to attach to my fingernail so that it conducts enough electricity to operate an iPod Touch? [more inside]
I have a 2000 Subaru Outback. It needs a bit of work, the most costly of which is replacing the leaking power steering pump... shop says $360. Is this a repair that I can do myself? [more inside]
My very dark strand woven bamboo hardwood floors have a semi-glossy finish. Even after they've been freshly mopped, every speck of dust is visible and they'll look dirty the minute someone – wearing socks fresh out of the laundry, even – walks across the room. Is there any way I can change their finish to matte? [more inside]
Can anyone think of a reliable, simple and compact way to lock a two part/bi-fold door? [more inside]
my friend's triple door medicine cabinet lost a door. trying to get a replacement hinge hasn't been fruitful. can you recommend a good alternative hinge? complications inside. [more inside]
I need solutions for a cat that chomps cords. We have tried: Bitters spray Bitters gel Covering the cords with fabric bias tape then, putting bitters on them. and Hiding cords, he still gets to them He's even chomping think cords, like serge protectors that plug into the wall. I've seen those cat cord protectors, but all the reviews say they're garbage. He does this mostly when were not home. Is there an appropriate thing to give a cat to chew on? (like with dogs)
What should I use to darken the white grout on my Turkish mosaic lamp? [more inside]
How do I turn my gingerbread man cookies into long-lasting Christmas tree ornaments? [more inside]
Hometheaterfilter: How much soundproofing do I need to do in a concrete box? [more inside]
After a theft, how much DIY car repair is too much? [more inside]
Woodworkers of Metafiler: give me your table saw recommendations. [more inside]
Is it possible to make a pop-up card without the pixellated look? I have searched Google to no avail. [more inside]
[geometryfilter] I have to assemble a tiered cake stand to hold cupcakes at a wedding tomorrow. The tiers and the styrofoam thingies that will separate the tiers are all circular. How do I make sure that I get each tier centered properly on the next?
I need some help building a gadget with an Arduino board. Specifically, I need help finding a way to dispense very tiny quantities of fluid (10 μL) once an hour. The valve assembly is the part I'm having trouble with... [more inside]
What should I knit or crochet as gifts for friends and family who are having babies? [more inside]
Where can I find/make a good quality customizable journal? [more inside]
I have a few old glass bottles which I've cleaned, de-labeled, and given airtight cork tops. They're attractive bottles, about 750ml each with narrow tops, and I'd like a practical way to show them off ideally in the kitchen. I already used one to infuse olive oil and other to hold my dried dried beans rather than leaving them tied up in the pantry. What else can do with them?
Is it possible to roast an already roasted coffee a little bit darker in the oven on a baking sheet? [more inside]
What are some natural ingredients one might stumble upon in the wilderness that you could potentially mix together (sans laboratory) to create a flash or explosion? [more inside]
Where to get a replacement screen assembly for iPhone 4S? [more inside]
Help me find a straightforward 1-2 weekend DIY outdoor rabbit hutch plan. It's a Christmas present for my sister, who is 12 and not necessarily the most responsible. More (ranty) details inside. [more inside]
I need to rent or purchase a reasonably priced record lathe to cut short run vinyl LPs. Advice/contact info needed. [more inside]
DIY Computering: I want to build a dedicated, Raspberry Pi "writing station". [more inside]
I want to make a jute lampshade, or rather, several trapezoidal pieces of jute stretched over wood frames that will act like a lampshade. I know almost nothing about jute, or lampshades, but plenty about wood. [more inside]
Looking for blogs/websites dedicated to thoughtful & creative gift-giving on a budget. DIY, crafting, homemade/canned foods, scrapbooking a huge plus. [more inside]
I have come into an ok amount of free time and I would like to throw myself into the world of being a "maker". [more inside]
I am tired of having wires all over my desk. I want to charge both my iPhone and iPad Mini on my bedside table, standing up in a single dock or stand that my cat can't knock over. Can you recommend such a thing or suggest creative ways to improvise one? [more inside]
Best music videos made on a low/non-existent budget? [more inside]
Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
I'm looking to put together a portable sling stand without paying upwards of $300 for one. Any suggestions on plans or materials? [more inside]
4 month DIY traveling in Europe starting Dec. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
Asking for my sister, where can we find these button things? [more inside]
Are there any cheeses which are worthwhile to make myself? [more inside]
Have you ever hung curtains from the ceiling? How did you do it? [more inside]
What's the best way to install a patio on the cheap? I've been checking out big box stores, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I'm in Southwest Louisiana. [more inside]
I need some advice about refinishing hardwood floors. Is this something I can do on my own? I've done plenty of research but I want to try and collect input from DIYers with actual experience. [more inside]
This video for a DIY iPhone 5 dock got me thinking about other tech-accessories I could be building myself. Since I have some spare time on my hands, please share some of your own DIY tech-accessory projects.
I need help with sourcing unusual building materials for my DIY doghouse that looks like my ridiculous-looking house. [more inside]
I'm looking to buy or make an octopus kite, in the stunt/fighting style, like my wife had as a kid in the late 1980s to early 1990s, but haven't had any luck finding such a kite online. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I will be putting his Co-op in brooklyn on the market early next year. We want to sell it quickly- what are the winter projects we can take on now to help move it this spring? [more inside]