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It's my sink and I'll move it if I want to.

I have a sink in my basement I would like to relocate. I would like to do this with a minimum amount of plumbing. I shall explain my intentions with a few pictures and way too many words inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 17, 2011 - 8 answers


You shall not... forget the light on.

I want to convert a wall switch into a door switch (for a wardrobe light). Is this easily feasible? [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Feb 16, 2011 - 5 answers

A series of series and serialized sub-serials. Seriously, basically help me make some mini-series - there will be spoilers.

*Spoiler Alert*Never Read This Thread (but none within the question itself): I am hoping to create a set of custom original miniature series "arcs", highlighting various things; characters/topics/ story-arcs/plot-arcs... any sort of "shortening of a longer series" that you love, or like or know. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Feb 12, 2011 - 4 answers

How was anything this ugly ever created?

Suggestions for covering a god-awful Formica sink counter-top? I'm a renter, so the solution needs to be removable if I move. [more inside]
posted by amycup on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Building a PVC Upright Bass

Where can I find PVC Upright Bass plans other than the one posted here?
posted by drezdn on Feb 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Pretty, personalized DIY baby gifts?

Please recommend small, pretty gift ideas (preferably personalized!) that I can hand-make as new-baby, birthday or Christmas presents for small children. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Recommendations on synth DIY

I am looking for recommendations for DIY synth kits. I recently built the Weird Sound Generator and Voice of Saturn kits and am now looking for more to build. Does anyone here know of any similar noise-making PCB kits, or something else in general I should look into? Thanks.
posted by archivist on Feb 6, 2011 - 10 answers

I want to make a DIY wine rack

I want to make a DIY wine rack, preferably holding at least 10 bottles. I invite you to tell me your best DIY wine rack ideas, bonus points if you've actually built it. Hanging on the wall is a possibility, but I'm slightly more interested in racks that would sit on a table or on the floor against the wall.
posted by agregoli on Feb 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Jalopnik alternatives?

What are some fun car blogs? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Feb 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Is it okay to widen the f-hole of a violin?

Is it okay to whittle a violin f-hole a sliver bigger to fit a rattlesnake rattle in there? Will I break my fiddle? [more inside]
posted by circle_b on Feb 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Stuck indoors, how can I get a spray paint finish on glass object without dying form fumes?

I need to paint a bunch of glass candle holders, but don't want brush strokes and can only do this in my 1 bdrm apartment. I tried building a spray paint booth, but the fumes were intense and I still managed to get spray paint everywhere. Looking into airbrush or spray guns but they don't seem very safe for indoor use either. [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Jan 26, 2011 - 25 answers

Where do i find used solar-thermal collectors?

I'm building a system to heat a hot tub in Minneapolis, MN. I'm pretty handy, have worked as a solar installer (though mostly photovoltaic), have a good sense of how the system will work, have acquired the hot tub itself, and now all I need is the solar collector. [more inside]
posted by milkman on Jan 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Ccrappy cat cage conundrum

Help me convert a very poorly designed cat cage into a comfortable place for cats up for adoption. [more inside]
posted by shoreline on Jan 22, 2011 - 3 answers

I would do it myself if I only knew how.

I'm looking for good books and blogs on furniture building and other diy home improvement projects for apartment dwellers. I like building things, and am interested in making my own furniture, but I'd like to use a book that's geared toward small spaces and spaces where one can't actually make "built-ins" but can replicate the look.
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Clevis or quick link?

What is the ideal way to attach steel cable to an eye bolt? [more inside]
posted by nathan v on Jan 17, 2011 - 15 answers

How do toilet seat hinges work?

If I unscrew my toilet seat hinges, will I be able to screw them back on? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Jan 12, 2011 - 9 answers

DIY garage project

[DIY-Filter] What is the best material to use for hanging partitions from a garage ceiling if the goal is to provide the most insulation/highest r-factor? [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky on Jan 11, 2011 - 8 answers

What is the best way to mount a steering wheel controller for playing driving games?

What is the most useful, comfortable and clever way to mount a steering wheel video game controller? [more inside]
posted by EvilPRGuy on Jan 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me learn how to build a modern website

Help me learn how to build a modern website. I have general knowledge of basic HTML, my own domain and host, and a number of ideas. Where can I learn to make my ideas into a proper website? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Who will take my wine bottle and make me a candle?

I need help finding a company that takes your existing wine bottle and turns it into a pillar candle by cutting off the top and pouring a candle into it. I believe it was in OR or WA. [more inside]
posted by bq on Jan 6, 2011 - 6 answers

How to turn old clothes into new clothes

I enjoy sites like love maegan, Welcome to the gOOd life, and PS I Made This, where they show how to cheaply re-create fashion magazine looks. Are there more bloggers who re-make things like this?
posted by specialagentwebb on Jan 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Who are the modern DIY autuers?

What are some recent self- or community-made films way outside the mainstream? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for advice on my DIY framing project

I have a number of unframed art prints and posters, and would like to do the framing myself. What advice do you have for me? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 3, 2011 - 21 answers

Turn my wall into a dry-wipe area?

I'd love to turn a large area (3m by 1m) of my wall into effectively a whiteboard, by covering it in some kind of transparent film. What's the cheapest way of doing this? Essentially, I want something very similar to this but I can't use anything like paint, since I'm in university accommodation [more inside]
posted by insperatum on Dec 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Cat Scratcher Fever

Help me hack a cat scratcher? [more inside]
posted by msconduct on Dec 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Interesting uses for file cabinets?

Interesting uses for file cabinets? [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Dec 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me find a metal clock frame.

Art Project: I'd like to make a wall clock, using an easy-to-find movement piece and handmade face. The hard part is the frame... Help me find a round metal frame that can be purchased cheaply, perhaps from a hardware manufacturer... [more inside]
posted by blastrid on Dec 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Homeade liqueur for procrastinators?

I didn't get my limoncello started in time (which I'd usually let go for three or four weeks). Are there any homemade liqueurs I can start tonight that will be ready to drink by Christmas?
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Unschool me

How can I make a career out of teaching resourcefulness and self-reliance? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Dec 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Where to buy a 4 1/2" outlet box that is open on both sides for back-to-back light fixture installation?

Where to buy a 4 1/2" outlet box that is open on both sides for back-to-back light fixture installation? [more inside]
posted by Jim Biancolo on Dec 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me navigate the world of diy audio kits with respect to guitar amps!

I finally figured out the perfect gift to get the boyfriend but am having trouble finding what I want. Help me navigate the world of diy audio kits with respect to guitar amps! [more inside]
posted by joydivasian on Dec 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Mount a small object in front cover of hardback book? Please/

How can I insert a small mirror or peephole into the front cover of a handmade hardcover book? What kind of material is appropriate for the cover? Will cardboard/cloth do? What about leather? Is there a tutorial anywhere to show how this is done? [more inside]
posted by waxbanks on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Where can I go for DIY inspiration and detailed tutorials?

I just built my workbench, and now I want to take on some fun DIY projects. Where can I find a good collection of fun projects for inspiration? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

The gift that keeps not giving

What have you given to (or done for) friends and family as an alternative to standard christmas gifts? [more inside]
posted by palacewalls on Dec 6, 2010 - 21 answers

I don't think light bulbs compress that way...

How do I replace this recessed light bulb? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Dec 6, 2010 - 14 answers

What did we do wrong in "double-glazing" our door?

The fake plastic double glazing we put over our kitchen door worked great for one day but then started to fall off. How can we do better when we replace it? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 5, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I build a ramp for our house?

How do you build a ramp (for a dog and a stroller)? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 3, 2010 - 28 answers

Magic mirror on the closet door, begone.

Please help us with design ideas and DIY strategies for replacing ugly mirrored closet doors. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 2, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me stop my windows from dripping

I need advice on fixing condensation on aluminum window frames. My house has a ton of aluminum window frames. Now that the weather has turned cold water is condensing on them, puddling at the bottom of the frames, and causing problems. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bq on Nov 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Best Books for Home Remodel

Can anyone recommend a great book (or magazine or website or series) on DIY home repair and remodeling? [more inside]
posted by piers on Nov 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Make-ahead gifts?

Gifts (edible?) that need to be made at least a month in advance? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Nov 28, 2010 - 16 answers

Where can I learn to build bike wheels in the bay area?

Where can I learn to build bicycle wheels in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Nov 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Not spending any money, being frugal, and DIY

Blogs for this EXTREMELY BROKE moment of my life? The best blogs about being frugal, DIY, crafty, freegan, coupon-clipping, urban homesteaders, or just plain broke? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Nov 14, 2010 - 37 answers

How to install a shower rod?

Help me figure out how to install a shower rod. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Nov 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Cutting a tree on public land?

I've always wanted to cut my own Christmas tree....on public land. Legally. How do I find out whether and where I can do this? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 11, 2010 - 11 answers

Temporarily insulate a drafty exterior door?

My apartment's back exit has a windowed door (similar to this, although it's only a single door) and no storm door. It's drafty and I'd like to insulate it as much as I can, sans all but the most rudimentary carpentry skills. What's my best temporary solution? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Nov 10, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I sew leather trim?

Where might I find a sewing site (or a book) that shows how to sew leather edging (or binding or piping) on to fabric? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Nov 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Can I fix my patio deck?

DIY Advice: paving over wooden decking, can it be done? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Nov 9, 2010 - 16 answers

DIY Home Insulation Kits

Hi All, I need some help and recommendations on the best method to insulate one's house envelope + attic. I'm somewhat handy, but I don't want to get in over my head with skill-level or cost. I'm thinking of the DIY spray foam insulation, any recommendations? Please see detailed explanation. Thanks [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on Nov 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Delicious Homecooked Toys

Can I craft homemade toys out of casein? If not, what should I use? If so, how can I finish them so that they'll last? [more inside]
posted by grar on Nov 3, 2010 - 4 answers

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