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I plan on making custom USB cables and I need sources for parts.

I'm looking to buy a supply of cable that would be ideal for making USB cables. Also are there any suppliers for tips and ends that can supply to Canada? I'm tired of crappy usb cables that are never the lengths that I want them to be. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Nov 3, 2011 - 18 answers

I'm excited to stain! Help me not burn my house down!!

How do I (a DIY'er, not professional) properly dispose of stain soaked rags (in Indiana)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 30, 2011 - 10 answers

DIY Solar Collector Mounting

How do I install solar water collector panels on my (garage) roof without paying for fancy roof mounting hardware? [more inside]
posted by milkman on Oct 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me paint like a pro

Help me paint like a pro! [more inside]
posted by Becko on Oct 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Seeking a Water Pump

I regularly need to clear out 15-20 gallons of water from a basin. What would be an appropriate pump for this, and what other accessories would be required? I need the water to be as close to completely drained as possible. There is a sink nearby to drain the water into. Specific links to actual pumps and accessories would be very helpful! [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Oct 18, 2011 - 29 answers

How to realign clothesline from up high?

How can I realign a clothesline on a pulley 30 feet off the ground without a ladder or the handyperson? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on Oct 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Creative re-use of soft steel wire

Creativity filter - constructive use for many lengths of 42" long soft steel wire ( 0.086" diameter - approximately 12 gauge ) [more inside]
posted by tronec on Oct 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Great podcasts for the DIYer?

What's the Ask This Old House of podcasts? Looking for good DIY focused podcasts: carpentry, woodworking, electrical, plumbing, gardening - I'd be interested in anything along these lines. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Oct 12, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I brace a loft bed in between two walls?

How can I brace a loft bed in between two walls to stop it moving back and forth during vigorous nocturnal activity? [more inside]
posted by mandrake on Oct 11, 2011 - 22 answers

Halloween costume help: Kaneda from Akira

I'm going to try to make a Kaneda (from Akira) costume for Halloween. What craft materials do I want to use to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Sofa, so good.

Do I cut the piping off a sofa when making a new cover? Please help me avert a diy-disaster! [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Budget for all the things

When buying your first house, how much did you budget for decor/paint/furniture/etc right up front? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 27, 2011 - 24 answers

Loud and clear - and yeah, stable

Help me build floor stands for my speakers - a DIY challenge! [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Sep 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Electricity... so magical! So deadly!

Am I going to electrocute myself with my home extension cord repair? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 22, 2011 - 21 answers

Apple Buttery Goodness

It's getting to be That Time of Year again, and this time I'm geeking out well in advance with canning. I've got the techniques down, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't have questions, now would I? Specifically, I'm looking for recipes. [more inside]
posted by daikaisho on Sep 18, 2011 - 14 answers

Help us with our wedding centerpieces!

DIY Wedding Centerpieces-calling any and all creative types! [more inside]
posted by duddes02 on Sep 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Can a hypersensitive person grow a thick skin?

Is it possible to grow a thick (emotional) skin? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Sep 18, 2011 - 21 answers

In-Wall Ethernet? Woo-hoo!

Ethernet ports in every room, but none of them work. The brains of the system which is in the wall of a closet is a Square D Multi-Link Structured Wiring System. How do I find out how it's set up and how do make it work as it should? [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Sep 15, 2011 - 20 answers

DIY ST:TNGeekery

What's a simple Star Trek: The Next Generation graphic that I could put on a shirt I'm making for my boyfriend? Deep Space Nine references would be acceptable, as well. [more inside]
posted by sometimes_a_pony on Sep 13, 2011 - 47 answers

Build-Your-Own Macbook Pro?

Can you make a cheap hackintosh version of a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on Sep 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Ignoramus wants to learn how to fix a DSLR.

I want to learn how to personally repair a Canon 5D with an internal power problem. What resources should I look into in order develop this skill set? I do not care that this is silly, uneconomical idea. I am also well aware of the fact that developing this skill set will not be overnight. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Sep 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Building a face hole board

How do I build a wooden stand-up face-in-the-hole board thing? [more inside]
posted by Kabanos on Sep 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Bitter Gnomes & Garbage

Where can I find DIY backyard remodeling ideas outside of the Sunset magazine aesthetic? [more inside]
posted by queensissy on Aug 31, 2011 - 10 answers

1. Obtain lots of seltzer cartridges. 2. ??? 3. Profit!

Are seltzer cartridges recyclable? And/or is there anything cool I can do with them? [more inside]
posted by librarina on Aug 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Hot town, summer in the city...

It is hot in LA, and we were just gifted with a window-unit air conditioner! Hurrah! We have bars on all our windows! Boo! We've rigged up a very rickety looking system and it works, but...I feel like we might be setting ourselves up for disaster? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews on Aug 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Earthquakes and hurricanes, oh my!

Anyone have good post-disaster projects to do with kids at camp tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Aug 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Sister (joists) are doing it for themselves

How hard is it to "sister" floor joists or is it something a reasonably skilled home handy man/woman could do without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Aug 25, 2011 - 6 answers

I'd like links and information about some of the more mature hobbyist CNC router setups that exist

I'd like links and information about some of the more mature hobbyist CNC router setups that exist [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Aug 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Really make the bed a bed.

How can I decorate my daughter's new bed? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Aug 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Free or nearly-free ways to make our home pleasant?

Free or nearly-free ways to make our home pleasant? [more inside]
posted by moira on Aug 18, 2011 - 46 answers

Is Making Your Own Greek Yogurt Worth the Time and Expense?

Are you experienced in making Greek yogurt? What is the cost/benefit of making your own Greek (strained) yogurt? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Aug 11, 2011 - 17 answers

can I cut a giant hole in the roof of my truck ?

I want to put a sunroof in my 88 Ford F150. Other than leaks , what are some things I need to consider before cutting a hole in my roof ? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Aug 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me replace a blown woofer for a Spica TC-60

How do I replace a blown woofer in a Spica TC-60 loudspeaker? The datasheet is here. I am generally capable, but don't know anything about building/repairing speakers. Can I get away with replacing just the one? Is there any danger of damaging the crossover (whatever that is)? The very nice guy from Madisound recommended a ScanSpeak replacement but how do I know if it will fit and/or work properly? If I'm reading the datasheet correctly, the original seems to be 180mm in diameter, and the replacement he recommended 170mm - is this a good idea? How can I tell if there's anything else I should try? What, if anything, do I seem to be overlooking? Thank you!
posted by jcrcarter on Aug 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Hobbyist / DIY tunneling question.

Hobbyist / DIY tunneling question. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Jul 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Failure is an option, but best if avoided...

What's the best way to build a concrete block retaining wall for my small backyard? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jul 24, 2011 - 5 answers

DIY Big Brother

I'm looking for ideas on ways to setup an informal neighborhood CCTV /cam enabled security system. Something like a flikr pool with wifi connected cameras taking snapshots/continuous street view. Ideally some kind of low cost DIY package that could be informally setup by a group of neighbors. [more inside]
posted by humanfont on Jul 20, 2011 - 4 answers

River tubing hacks, please!

Please share your river tubing hacks. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Jul 19, 2011 - 22 answers

Should we have flowers professionally done?

Help me choose what to do for flora at my wedding: do it ourselves, or pay more than we want to? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jul 12, 2011 - 37 answers

Help finding living room sconces with integral switches.

DIY-ers: Please help me find wall sconces with a built in switch. Special snowflake details inside: [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Jun 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Float us across the ocean!

What's the best way to boat across the Pacific? What type of boat would be both effective and relatively easy to build? Human- or wind-power preferred, DIY and reuse encouraged. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jun 16, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I remove red oxide primer from my hair?

How do I remove red oxide primer from my hair? [more inside]
posted by ElliotH on Jun 8, 2011 - 2 answers

A different type of planking

Any ideas what this type of flooring is? [more inside]
posted by timshel on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Homemade Cointreau?

DIY Liqueur: Cointreau. I've finally run through the bottle left by a fellow MeFite. How do I make a rough approximation? I've searched around a little, and the "recipes" all involve stringing and hanging oranges. Why that technique? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jun 6, 2011 - 15 answers

I'm a painter! (not)

How to paint my house? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on May 30, 2011 - 13 answers

Automate a rocking bassinet without damaging it.

We have a beautiful bassinet. How can I make it a beautiful self-rocking bassinet? [more inside]
posted by condour75 on May 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Can I hang a pull-up bar from my floor joists, or should I?

I would like to hang a pullup bar in my basement. The best thing would be to hang it from the floor joists. Could I drill a hole in the joists to hang the bar, or do I need to use some sort of hanger? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on May 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Mr Sandman, bring me a sander, make my walls (and cupboards and furniture) the smoothest they’ve ever been

What kind of sander should I get to sand a variety of household projects? This weekend, I’ll be sanding the untreated pine interior of some fixed cupboards and shelves, with lots of tight, awkward corners. I'll also be sanding back spakfilla on masonry walls where I’ve filled in nail holes. I’m sanding so I can paint. Later on (in a few months) I might sand down some wood furniture. I don’t think I’ll use the sander for any exterior work. What kind of sander should I get AskMe – and why? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on May 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Convert a 3-way light switch to a single-pole switch?

How do I convert a 3-way light switch to a single-pole switch? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on May 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Some wood, a swing, a slide, help us with our playground dream!

Help us build a playground in our backyard! [more inside]
posted by katers890 on May 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Mobile User Styles for Smartphones?

iPhone/Mobile Web Apps Filter: Is it possible to "mobilize" sites which won't/can't provide a smartphone friendly layout? [more inside]
posted by jnrussell on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

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