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How can I turn a bar of soap into cologne?

I received a nice bar of soap as a holiday gift and I really like the particular cedar wood smell. So much so that I want to convert it, one way or another, into a wearable fragrance. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Mr Yak on May 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me keep things clean and dry

For reasons, I have to pull a stackable washer/dryer set out of the closet it's installed in, and I have to do it by myself. I want to learn from your mistakes. [more inside]
posted by davejay on Feb 13, 2014 - 7 answers

How to remove a baseboard diffuser?

I am attempting to install a new baseboard diffuser in my room as the current one has started to rust off. I got the grille off but I am not experienced at anything DIY so am not sure how to remove the rest. I will be installing a Truaire Smoothglide. Photos, extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Nov 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you collect meteorite dust in your backyard? How?

I've been told recently that collecting micrometeorites is as easy, basically, as placing a clean surface outside and picking through the debris you collect because thousands of tons of space dust and debris fall to Earth every day. That can't be all there is to it, can it? How do you know whether you're looking at Earth dust or space dust? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

tehloki and the angry inch

Somebody has decided to remove most of my door handle in an attempt to get into my car, or in a fit of rage, or something. Will getting it repaired through my insurance make my rates go up? Should I try and fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Sep 18, 2012 - 34 answers

Need A New Roof

Tell me what I need to know about replacing a roof myself, versus the cost of having someone else do it for me. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Aug 6, 2012 - 22 answers

Mister, I'll make a man out of you (in 6 easy steps)

What are the best general DIY websites around? (excluding instructables.com) [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on May 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Bad Idea? Probably. Do It Anyway? Probably

Hardwoods under my yucky carpet. Just how big a pain in the ass is this going to be? DIY version. [more inside]
posted by space_cookie on May 5, 2012 - 27 answers

Blech wine additives

When making homemade wine and specifically kits, the clearing of the wine often uses Kieselol followed by Chitosan. One of these adds a flavour to the wine that I absolutely find revolting. What could I use instead? [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Jan 18, 2012 - 10 answers

You're still not done??

In some way, I'm too slow. It takes me a really long time to do things, especially if they're not interesting. This doesn't apply to all things though. I can move fast, and walk fast, and talk fast. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Jul 8, 2011 - 15 answers

DIY websites with sorting functions

Help me find do-it-yourself/make-your-own/instructables websites that one can sort by user ratings. [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Apr 9, 2011 - 1 answer

What type of flooring should I install in my home gym/dance studio?

I'm building an addition to my home which will include a dance studio/gym area. Looking for advice on what sort of flooring to install. Activities will include pole dancing, might include ballet, yoga, tae kwon do and falling down a lot. I want cushiony floor for the falling, but floor that I can spin around on and slide across for the actual "moves". Do you have any experiences/advice to share on flooring?
posted by Hobbit on Feb 10, 2011 - 9 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

How hard is it to assemble a bare-bones PC kit?

How hard is it to assemble a PC from a bare-bones kit? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Nov 20, 2010 - 27 answers

Can a screw in Polyfilla Plug It ever be removed?

As suggested in this AskMe, I'm going to use Polyfilla Plug It to screw curtain railings into a concrete ceiling. (I'll be following these directions.)But once I screw the screw into the Polyfilla -- will I be able to unscrew it in the future if I want to take down the curtains? Or will the screw be permanently fixed in place? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jul 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Wireless Switched Outlets?

Is there any easy, non-invasive, relatively inexpensive way to turn a wall outlet into a switched outlet? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 21, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I turn a mattress into a couch?

I'm trying to create a convincing sofa/chaise out of a twin mattress, particularly one that resembles DWR's Vegas couch. I'm pretty lacking in crafting talent, but am willing to try anything. [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Apr 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Washing Machine: Boom!

Was that a helicopter in my kitchen? No. It was the washing machine. Um. Help? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Apr 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Can I convert a boxcar into a house?

Can I convert a boxcar into a house? [more inside]
posted by junipero on Nov 14, 2008 - 19 answers

Sewing a dust-cover. No sewing experience. Looking for "good enough".

I need to make a dust-cover for a plotter (dimensions: 36" x 11" x 10"). I would like it to be: cheap, easy, functional. I have no sewing experience, but can follow directions. I am also open to other suggestions. More detailed information and questions follow. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Oct 11, 2008 - 13 answers

But HOW do I do it myself?

What's the best home-repair / fixit manual for someone with little-to-no experience in such matters? Also, web sites and / or blogs in the same vein? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Apr 25, 2008 - 19 answers

Electric car window won't stay up, how to fix?

Permanent, elegant solution for keeping an electric car window up? [more inside]
posted by jmitchell on Apr 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Frost forming in a frost free refrigerator.

Anyone know much about refrigerator repair? Frost is forming right around the ice tray on a frost free refrigerator. Easy fix, or do I call in the repairman? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Mar 13, 2008 - 13 answers

DIY for the Non-Hardware-Elite

DIY blogs that don't require you to be a goddamn logic board-soldering wizard? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Oct 16, 2007 - 7 answers

How to fix a paneled ceiling

How to fix acoustic ceiling panels and their light fixtures. Our low basement ceiling (maybe 6' high) is a frequent casualty of college parties and the drunken men that attend them. Panels are knocked out and two fixtures have fallen. What to do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on May 15, 2007 - 2 answers

How can I find people who have designed their own homes?

How can I find people who have designed their own homes? [more inside]
posted by It ain't over yet on Mar 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Foundations of DIY-culture.

Books that laid the groundwork for DIY-culture. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Dec 11, 2006 - 31 answers

Cell phone customization

Useful sites (or your own hints/tips/tricks) for fiddling with my new cell phone? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Apr 26, 2006 - 2 answers

What website has best home painting how-to?

General home painting. Best website for how-to? [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy on Apr 17, 2006 - 4 answers

Seeking Vendetta Mask DIY Suggestions

Any DIY guide links for making a wearable V for Vendetta Mask? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Apr 8, 2006 - 8 answers

I need help making my own glass coffee table!

I need some construction suggestions for making a glass-topped coffee table. [more inside]
posted by autojack on Feb 19, 2006 - 21 answers

Help me die from eating my own homemade dark chocolate

Dark chocolate: is making it a feasible hobby? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Feb 6, 2006 - 9 answers

DIY Car Amp

My car stereo was recently stolen. Since all I used it for was to route my mp3 player through the RCA in's, and since I've been kicking myself to start doing some DIY electronics projects, I'd like to make my own amp rather then buy a new stereo. What would I need to do this project myself? [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on Sep 5, 2005 - 3 answers

DIY Furniture

I'd like to build some furniture without advanced (or possibly any) woodworking skills. Say I wanted to make a basic chaise (seems easy enough) or a Stokke Ekstrem knockoff (harder.) What are some easy ways to put together some just-for-me modern furniture? For example, you can put together some simple stuff with PVC tubing, but it isn't very attractive and isn't that versatile. Are there easier materials/techniques to work with?
posted by callmejay on Feb 9, 2005 - 9 answers

I have a question on learning programming if you have no programming experience.

Inspired by this thread on programming languages, I have a question on learning programming if you have no programming experience. (more) [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly on Jan 30, 2005 - 30 answers

The plastic thingie on the tip of your shoelace

What's the plastic wrapper thing on the end of a shoelace called? Usually the first thing to go and almost always requires buying new laces. Is there a company that provides JUST those things?
posted by omidius on Jan 12, 2005 - 17 answers

Homemade salt dehumidifier?

I'm looking for and learning about energy-saving/environmentally-friendly clothes dryer alternatives. My (basement) dryer is inefficient and requires a good 6' - 8' to vent (again, inefficiently) outdoors. I'm thinking of getting a Spin Dryer, but still just occasionally using the regular dryer to finish larger loads after the Spin. For the regular dryer I'm thinking of using an indoor dryer vent, but I'd like to limit the added humidity with a homemade salt dehumidifer. Anyone have experience making one? Can I just put the indoor dryer vent in a big plastic tub with some road salt to trap the moisture, maybe with some filtration media instead of the tub's lid to allow for some air escape? Or something somesuch? Does this plan sound okay so far?
posted by Shane on Jan 2, 2005 - 8 answers

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