I'm helping a buddy clean out his basement before renovating. We're finding a lot of miscellany including a large storage container of random cords and cables for electronic equipment. Also unearthed in the pile of boxes has been a scanner and inkjet printer from at least 10 years ago. What are the best options for dealing with this stuff? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by adapt
on Sep 20, 2014 -
What do I need to know about buying a used windsurfing set-up? What pieces are essential and how do I know if they are in good condition? [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut
on Jul 30, 2014 -
Help me find an elliptical machine for a person who is between 5'1" and 5'4", that will take fairly heavy use by one person, and that doesn't cost a fortune. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian
on Jul 11, 2014 -
What do I do with years-old equipment that belongs to my old cable service provider?
Equipment dates from 2009. Furnished by Verizon FIOS, which then switched to Frontier FIOS. A cable modem, DVR, and set-top box. We moved house in 2010, and cancelled Frontier service. Attempted to return the equipment. This involved them shipping empty boxes to us. We never got the boxes. Attempts failed. I have no documentation of those attempts. Equipment is sitting in our garage, and I need to get rid of it.
Which option is best?
The easy way: Donate the equipment to a recycler.
The hard way: Contact Frontier and try to return their equipment. This is likely to be time-consuming, and annoying. I recall their CS was incredibly awful. I couldn't find any helpful info on their web site. And what if they want to charge me a "late return fee"???
Do big cable providers care about their old equipment?
posted by valannc
on Oct 16, 2013 -
For the first time ever I have a space in my house just for cocktail preparation. Awesome. I have some great old glass bottles to go on top of this bar. Also Awesome. What do I put in these bottles to become the envy of cocktail-makers-and-consumers everywhere? How do I best use this space
) both in terms of keeping stuff on hand and visual appeal, base liquors, mixers, tools, garnishes, etc. Assume we'll drink anything, but the fussier and old fashioned, the better. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Aug 6, 2013 -
We just took in an 11 month old foster baby. People want to give us things but we have no idea what we really need. What do you (and your one year old) love to use and consider essential? [more inside]
posted by Saminal
on Jun 13, 2013 -
I have a temp job tidying IT store rooms. We're gonna throw away (I mean recycle) loads of stuf, like hundreds of kettle (power) leads, couple dozen first gen Cisco VoIP phones. Any better ideas? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness
on May 29, 2013 -
I recently accepted a sales position within a company that sells laboratory equipment. (i.e. centrifuges, GC's, HPLC's, Thermal Cyclers, etc) I have no previous lab or science experience, so learning about a myriad of highly technical products/methods is a quite challenging. My main challenge comes from the fact that I need to engage in conversations with scientists, chemists, biologists on a daily basis. With no previous lab experience, I've been having a hard time talking to them on technical level. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984
on Feb 8, 2013 -
What kind of equipment could I purchase within a $300 budget for the backdrop and lighting? My house is naturally very dark. I use white plates and minimal props for the food. My camera is a Canon 40D. I don't have much time lately so I'll spend a little more for convenience. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Jan 17, 2013 -
Please help a luddite watch TV. I know the state of the art in TV options has come a long way since my family decided that cable + TiVo was the right solution for us a decade ago. Now we have a new place and I want to set it up right but I get overwhelmed when I go to research the options. Can you help me make sense of it and stop wasting a ton of money on cable? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes
on Nov 8, 2012 -
I have a weightlifting rack which is made of square, 2" steel tubing.
What's the easiest way to attach a pullup bar to it?
More generally, what are good ways to attach things to it in general? I'm thinking both of pre-made and DIY.
Bonus points for suggesting novel things to attach.
posted by portabella
on Aug 1, 2012 -
I have a Betacam-SP UWV 1800-p player/recorder. I cannot think of any use for it. Would it suit a college AV department ? Or a museum ? I'd like to see it find a good home, but I will settle for getting rid of it. Can any Mefiers recommend a next step ?
posted by devious truculent and unreliable
on May 20, 2012 -
M-Audio Keystation 88ES Midi Controller
-- a good choice at a reasonable price?
I got GREAT advice here a little while ago re: KWK speakers and this is the next piece to be purchased for my son at college (includes a Macbook & a DUET interface). Is this a good choice at the price? I like the fact that it has 88 keys.
posted by DMelanogaster
on Feb 15, 2012 -
Awesome: I'm a homebrewer with access to a steady stream of free food-grade buckets. Not so awesome: Pickle buckets. How do I get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by Perthuz
on Oct 16, 2011 -
Hi, it's your friendly neighborhood biotech lab-equipment-monkey again. In a continuation of the centrifuge saga
, now that we've confirmed the unit will probably work with a proper rotor installed, I am on a quest to track down and acquire said rotor. Nobody seems to be selling it new anymore, and the ones I've found used are all missing crucial parts! Do I need better search-fu, or is it time to call the glue factory for this big old spinny beast? Halp! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin
on Aug 2, 2011 -
What are the career prospects like for a sales person of medical solutions? [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on Jun 18, 2011 -
Can you recommend a bass amp to get for use in a small apartment?
I'm getting back into playing an electric bass (Fender Jazz Bass) soon and am going to be in the market for a small practice amp. Can you recommend a good quality amp to get that won't drive my neighbors crazy?
posted by GS1977
on Jun 14, 2011 -
I'm looking for a low-maintenance treadmill I won't break within a few years that I can run, jog, and walk on at home at varying inclinations and speeds. Difficultyfilter: Must offer in-home delivery and professional assembly and be able to hold hardcover books up to ~800 pages in thickness, if such a thing exists. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob
on Jun 12, 2011 -
Is there any way to find out if the "spin functionality" of a large laboratory centrifuge is operational when said centrifuge was purchased secondhand and did not come with any rotor attachments? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin
on Jun 9, 2011 -
Can you recommend a camping chair that is compact/collapsible, durable and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by aeighty
on May 24, 2011 -
I want to design a weightlifting programme that can give me as much strength as possible, at home with not much equipment. I'm confused. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied
on May 20, 2011 -
What inexpensive equipment can be used to count stem cells in a blood sample? [more inside]
posted by digdan
on Dec 17, 2010 -
If you only had space for one piece of exercise equipment, what would you get? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Nov 23, 2010 -
I'd like to set up a stolen photo equipment database. Ideally it would be searchable by brand, serial number, model, date, etc. What would be the best way to go about this for someone without technical expertise? No programming skills, limited html knowledge. Ideas are very welcome.
posted by ig
on Sep 28, 2010 -
How does one go about selling a bunch (and I mean, a LOT) of fitness equipment (good, bad, and unknown quality), and also try to get a return on months and months of storage of this stuff? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626
on Sep 20, 2010 -
I'm leaving for Bulgaria tomorrow with a bunch of professional radio/recording gear. Kindly lavish me with advice on getting there and back with all my equipment intact. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark
on Jul 29, 2010 -
Where's a good, reputable, online place to rent professional/prosumer video and audio equipment? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Jul 7, 2010 -
Do florists need refrigerated vans? How do they keep flowers looking fresh without one?
posted by coco124
on Jun 1, 2010 -
Pelican-question: I need to transport some heavy equipment in medium-sized Pelican cases. The default soft gray pick-and-pluck foam is too soft and compressible for this purpose. I'm looking for a source to buy sheets or blocks of a very dense black foam that can be cut to my custom shapes with a hot wire knife. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Jan 23, 2010 -
I'm currently in Medellin, Colombia and am flying to Letitica in the Amazon in just under two weeks. What gear do I need to buy? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Jan 18, 2010 -
I'm trying to outfit my organization with a tiny science lab, but don't know everything I'll need or where to buy it! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx
on Jan 15, 2010 -
What's a good digital camera for someone that wants to do long exposures, macro photography, and has roughly $500 to spend? [more inside]
posted by hjo3
on Nov 17, 2009 -
Photography-satisficing-filter: I would like to take family snapshots approximately as nice as this
. Can it be done with my higher-end point-and-shoot
(currently taking shots like this
)? And if not, what's the minimum I'd need to spend on equipment to get there? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Oct 21, 2009 -
What uses have you found for your food scale? I'm writing a cooking blog post, and looking for ideas.
posted by markcmyers
on Oct 13, 2009 -
I am looking for recommendations for a recording interface and self-powered monitors. [more inside]
posted by Zenabi
on Oct 8, 2009 -