My condo association has been purchasing plastic chairs for our common areas, and they break and/or they get broken by vandals. Long story short -- one chair fell apart yesterday, injured a condo owner, now the plastic chairs are gone. Which is a good thing. I've offered to build chairs out of wood -- they won't break, harder to vandalize, chained down they can't be stolen. [more inside]
I installed a hot water heater, and I don't want to screw up the paperwork.. Help! [more inside]
I'm looking to dip my toe into fiddling with electronics, robotics and similar stuff and wanted to know if there's a place that is better for beginners than others. It's hard to tell without spending many days lurking on the many sites that turn up from a quick google search and I'd prefer to just seek your wisdom first before I go down that route. Thanks!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What are the best general DIY websites around? (excluding instructables.com) [more inside]
Hardwoods under my yucky carpet. Just how big a pain in the ass is this going to be? DIY version. [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find do-it-yourself/make-your-own/instructables websites that one can sort by user ratings. [more inside]
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?
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]
How hard is it to assemble a PC from a bare-bones kit? [more inside]
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]
Is there any easy, non-invasive, relatively inexpensive way to turn a wall outlet into a switched outlet? [more inside]
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]
Was that a helicopter in my kitchen? No. It was the washing machine. Um. Help? [more inside]
Can I convert a boxcar into a house? [more inside]
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]
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]
Permanent, elegant solution for keeping an electric car window up? [more inside]
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]
DIY blogs that don't require you to be a goddamn logic board-soldering wizard? [more inside]
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]
How can I find people who have designed their own homes? [more inside]
Books that laid the groundwork for DIY-culture. [more inside]
Useful sites (or your own hints/tips/tricks) for fiddling with my new cell phone? [more inside]
General home painting. Best website for how-to? [more inside]
Any DIY guide links for making a wearable V for Vendetta Mask? [more inside]
I need some construction suggestions for making a glass-topped coffee table. [more inside]
Dark chocolate: is making it a feasible hobby? [more inside]
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]
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?
Inspired by this thread on programming languages, I have a question on learning programming if you have no programming experience. (more) [more inside]
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?
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?