What do you do with a screw that turns freely and won't unscrew? I'm trying to replace the brake light bulb on my Audi A4, but the screw that holds the brake light assembly in place turns and turns without unscrewing. I assume that the corresponding nut is loose, or that whatever it seats into is broken, but I'm stumped.
Sound and light board with 4-5 smooth objects - which objects are on the board and where changes the sounds and lights, including light from some of the objects ... what is this thing and where can I get one? [more inside]
What sort of paint should I use to decorate white fabric pendant lightshades? [more inside]
I want to convert a wall switch into a door switch (for a wardrobe light). Is this easily feasible? [more inside]
I've been looking around at lighting options for my bedroom, and my geeky self decided that custom LED strip lighting would be awesome. Then I read previous AskMe's and want to make sure I can do this without burning down my house! Questions and a search for the easy way inside! [more inside]
I just ran a red light in Brooklyn and was pulled over by police. I was given a ticket and the officer urged me to plead not guilty and to attend the scheduled court date and pay the citation otherwise I'd be hit with 6 points to my license. Why did the officer recommend pleading not guilty? And what should I expect in a Brookly TVB court? [more inside]
Pilot light help. [more inside]
My car's dome/interior light won't go off. Toyota Camry, I can't remember the year. [more inside]
We have motion-activated lights in our new office, and office plants that need light over the weekend. I'm looking for some kind of plug-in kinetic sculpture that we can have on a plant timer, that'll run (hopefully without being too annoying) during the day to keep the lights on.
How many y-socket adapters can you string together into a single light bulb socket? [more inside]
I've got a lamp plugged into a wall switch controlled outlet. I'd like to be able to turn off the light at the switch and next to the lamp while somehow maintaining the ability to turn the light on from either spot regardless of how I turned the lamp off. (Degree of difficulty: I don't want a Clapper). [more inside]
Best book light? [more inside]
Help me figure out if compact fluorescents are the right lights for my outdoor light fixture? Difficulty: the fixture is on an electric eye, the weather gets really cold in the winter, and the lights will be oriented vertically (with the sockets on the bottom). [more inside]
How can light have momentum? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good sunlamp for getting Vitamin D? [more inside]
Does light have magnetism?
What can you tell me about these old ceiling light fixtures? [more inside]
What causes laser source speckle patterns, and why do they remain constant even if the observer moves?
Why doesn't the speckle pattern that you see around the source of a laser change when you move your head, and what causes the pattern? [more inside]
Is it possible to spray something on clear light bulbs to make them frosty and not make them dangerous? [more inside]
Help me find the right pair of minimalist shoes! I've been a member of a Crossfit gym for six months, which means I've been exposed to the peer pressure regarding Vibram FiveFingers. Plus, I'm starting to travel a lot (and lightly) and want a pair of running shoes that have a small footprint (heh) when packed in a suitcase. Recommendations for this recreational runner? Are Vibrams a good option? Which model? How do I size them? I'm training for next October's Portland Marathon, if that makes a difference. Bonus points for shoes available at REI (though that's not a requirement).
The SRS light on my 2003 Honda Civic comes on when the ignition is turned on and remains on while the car is being driven. I googled this and understand that Hondas as well as other cars have this problem. I can take it to a mechanic to have it diagnosed and repaired. Or I can turn it off myself which I'm tempted to do since it appears that Honda has a faulty system that has nothing to do with the airbag --just the light. But there is a small part of me that wonders and is concerned if something could be wrong with the airbag. Does anyone have experience with this?
Is there a portable light that is as useful as the x-mini speaker? [more inside]
I want to put a light on my bike helmet. Do you have any specific products or strategies to recommend? [more inside]
Can you help me find this outdoor porch light? [more inside]
Can someone recommend me a folding road bike please.. [more inside]
What are those A19 light bulbs with the silver in the center called? [more inside]
One dead laptop, means time to go shopping. Help me askmetafilter.....again. [more inside]
I am an artist. I broke an old lamp that I used as my main light when drawing and coloring. Can you please suggest some cool lamps you know? [more inside]
Looking for opinions on commuting from Greenlake or Beacon Hill to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue. [more inside]
How to attract the attention of a be-headphoned person in a cube across an aisle facing away from the entrance without touching them? Ideally this would be inexpensive and not require any hardwiring. [more inside]
I have two problems with the bedroom door in my apartment. First, light gets through the 0.5-inch gap underneath it and wakes me up. Second, my Roomba bounces against it, causing the door to bounce against its spring doorstop and close, trapping the Roomba inside. [more inside]
Can the infrared light of a tv remote control be seen by airborne rescue personnel? [more inside]
Where can I find this light fixture? [more inside]
Photographers, what's the best time of day for a senior photoshoot? [more inside]
Why did push-button light switches go out of fashion? [more inside]
What is the name of the light that comes in as the background around 1:05 of this video? Bonus points for other wacky disco lights you can tell me about.
What are the odds that I'll see the northern lights? [more inside]
I love cranberry juice. It is the best juice. It is delicious. Is it bad for me? [more inside]
What are some good ideas to preserve your health and happiness if your flat has windows, but they are covered with exterior metal roller doors? [more inside]
Have you ever worked in an office without windows? [more inside]
I'm thinking of renting a room with no windows! Yes/No? [more inside]
How do I change the lightbulb inside this light fixture? It has no obvious fasteners or screws. I tried twisting it, but it's not really budging in a reassuring way. I'm staying at a rented beach house, and I am extremely leery of using undue force. [more inside]
Help me solve an optical puzzle. How might I make this fictional camera obscura work, given the parameters of my fictional location? [more inside]
I have a candle and its brightness is exactly one candle power or candela. If I buy a 10,000 candle power torch/flashlight, does that mean it's 10,000 times brighter (and what does that mean) or that I can see it 10,000 times further away? Are these the same thing and why do they seem unbelievable?
How much damage am I likely to do to my laptop if I leave it running with the screen closed? [more inside]
I need advice on how to pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy in late June. [more inside]
What's the least offensive light beer? [more inside]
Do they actually make and sell solar garden/path lights that aren't total crap? [more inside]
My boss' small business, an exhibition, spends a lot of money on electricity due to all of the display cabinet's lights. Is there a grant or loan we can get to change over to low power lights? We are in England.