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How do I unscrew a screw that turns freely?

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.
posted by bonecrusher on Apr 5, 2011 - 13 answers

What was that strange light and sound board I played with when drunk/bjork?

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]
posted by unclezeb on Apr 5, 2011 - 10 answers

help us change the light bulb

Does anyone know how to take out this halogen light bulb? Is there a trick? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe on Mar 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me paint some boring lightshades. Please?

What sort of paint should I use to decorate white fabric pendant lightshades? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Mar 6, 2011 - 2 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

Custom LED lights without burning down the house

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]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Feb 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Why did the ticketing police officer recommend I plead not guilty to a moving violation?

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]
posted by ranunculus on Feb 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Pilot light help?

Pilot light help. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Jan 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Dome Light Stuck On

My car's dome/interior light won't go off. Toyota Camry, I can't remember the year. [more inside]
posted by DU on Jan 25, 2011 - 7 answers

sun beautiful sun

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.
posted by you're a kitty! on Jan 24, 2011 - 4 answers

How many times can you split power from a light socket?

How many y-socket adapters can you string together into a single light bulb socket? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Dec 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Trouble Turning On

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]
posted by JakeLL on Dec 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Best book light?

Best book light? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Dec 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me find the right CFLs for my outdoor light?

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]
posted by fremen on Dec 17, 2010 - 17 answers

I don't get this... how can light have momentum?

How can light have momentum? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Dec 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Anyone know of healthy Vitamin D sunlamps?

Can anyone recommend a good sunlamp for getting Vitamin D? [more inside]
posted by bross12 on Nov 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Does light have magnetism?

Does light have magnetism?
posted by Optamystic on Nov 27, 2010 - 23 answers

What can you tell me about these old ceiling light fixtures?

What can you tell me about these old ceiling light fixtures? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Nov 21, 2010 - 5 answers

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]
posted by Bugbread on Nov 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Frosting a clear light bulb?

Is it possible to spray something on clear light bulbs to make them frosty and not make them dangerous? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Nov 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find some minimalist footwear?

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).
posted by jdroth on Nov 10, 2010 - 19 answers

Should I turn off the SRS light on the instrument panel on my 2003 Honda?

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?
posted by Tziv on Oct 28, 2010 - 11 answers

X-Mini-level light

Is there a portable light that is as useful as the x-mini speaker? [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Oct 26, 2010 - 4 answers

I want to put a light on my bike helmet.

I want to put a light on my bike helmet. Do you have any specific products or strategies to recommend? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 12, 2010 - 33 answers

Where to find matching house light.

Can you help me find this outdoor porch light? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Sep 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Can someone recommend me a folding road bike please..

Can someone recommend me a folding road bike please.. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Sep 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Total Eclipse of the Bulb

What are those A19 light bulbs with the silver in the center called? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Sep 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Laptop please

One dead laptop, means time to go shopping. Help me askmetafilter.....again. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Sep 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Know some good lamps?

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]
posted by fantodstic on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

How's the commute from Beacon Hill or Greenlake to downtown Seattle and Bellevue?

Looking for opinions on commuting from Greenlake or Beacon Hill to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2010 - 13 answers

I need a way for people to get my attention while I am wearing heaphones.

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]
posted by winna on Aug 19, 2010 - 32 answers

How do I keep light from coming underneath my bedroom door and the Roomba from shutting it?

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]
posted by grouse on Aug 18, 2010 - 12 answers

Remote control rescue?

Can the infrared light of a tv remote control be seen by airborne rescue personnel? [more inside]
posted by looknevada on Aug 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I find this light fixture?

Where can I find this light fixture? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Aug 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Best time for a senior photoshoot?

Photographers, what's the best time of day for a senior photoshoot? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Aug 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Long before the clapper, push-buttons ruled the hallway.

Why did push-button light switches go out of fashion? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Aug 8, 2010 - 22 answers

Not a disco ball, but a disco...disc?

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.
posted by mike_bling on Aug 4, 2010 - 5 answers

A coronal mass ejection question.

What are the odds that I'll see the northern lights? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Aug 3, 2010 - 6 answers

I want more cranberry juice.

I love cranberry juice. It is the best juice. It is delicious. Is it bad for me? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jul 16, 2010 - 59 answers

For now we see through a roller door shutter, not at all

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]
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Would it be horrible to have an office in a basement?

Have you ever worked in an office without windows? [more inside]
posted by sveskemus on Jul 14, 2010 - 65 answers

I will call it "my cell"

I'm thinking of renting a room with no windows! Yes/No? [more inside]
posted by niccolo on Jul 13, 2010 - 40 answers

How do I open this light fixture?

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]
posted by popechunk on Jul 11, 2010 - 5 answers

A tricky trick of the light...

Help me solve an optical puzzle. How might I make this fictional camera obscura work, given the parameters of my fictional location? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jul 6, 2010 - 12 answers

A 20 million candle power lighthouse

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?
posted by westerly on Jun 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Disabling a laptop screen?

How much damage am I likely to do to my laptop if I leave it running with the screen closed? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jun 5, 2010 - 18 answers

How can I pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy?

I need advice on how to pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy in late June. [more inside]
posted by timoni on Jun 1, 2010 - 28 answers

Seeking least offensive light beer

What's the least offensive light beer? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on May 24, 2010 - 37 answers

Solar path lights

Do they actually make and sell solar garden/path lights that aren't total crap? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on May 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Eco light grant for small business

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.
posted by By The Grace of God on May 11, 2010 - 2 answers

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