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Calling All Engineers!

I am stuck on a "design of machine components" project. Anyone care to take a crack? Its actually a pretty simple spring problem. [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Nov 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Recommendation for a home elliptical machine.

Recommendation for a home elliptical machine. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Nov 17, 2008 - 2 answers

Chant Box lowdown

On a whim I bought a cheap electronic Buddhist Chant Box off Ebay--Not FM3's Buddha Machine, but one of the myriad (so I'm led to understand) cheap boxes sold outside temples in China. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Nov 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Mysterious men with a mysterious machine...

A few years ago at a restaurant in a small Southern town, I witnessed a strange event involving a group of serious-looking elderly men, a bunch of coins, and a mysterious contraption… [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Oct 29, 2008 - 9 answers

Sewing Machine upgrade worth it?

"Gift" of a sewing machine upgrade - do I want it? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Oct 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Recommendations for cheap hobby tattoo gun?

Can anyone recommend a cheap hobby tattoo machine? There's a bunch with varying prices online, but some anecdotal evidence never hurts. I was going to build my own until I found out how cheap some of them are, but only want to get one if it's worth it.
posted by imaswinger on Oct 2, 2008 - 2 answers

You spin me right round baby right round

Recommendations needed for stackable, energy saver, low water washing machine/dryer combo [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Sep 30, 2008 - 11 answers

I'll butter your bread, baby.

What are your favorite bread machine recipes? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Sep 9, 2008 - 6 answers

How to fix a leaky washing machine?

HandymanFilter: How can I stop my washing machine from leaking? (Pictures and Video included) [more inside]
posted by charlesroper on Sep 3, 2008 - 17 answers

Why aren't there universal 32->64 bit driver translator/emulators?

Why aren't there universal 32->64 bit driver translator/emulators? [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Aug 23, 2008 - 9 answers

OS X Time Machine backup with USB disc as one source

OS X Backup Filter. I use a mac mini with it's limited had disc space, so also use an external USB drive to store big stuff like my iTunes Library, Lightroom Catalog, and Downloads. I need automatic backup help. [more inside]
posted by superfurry on Aug 5, 2008 - 8 answers

Linux allows this mobo 2x RAM XP shows; can I VM XP and split it?

Would this OS/RAM/VM trick work, you think? Linux seems to allow this PC mobo double the RAM XP shows as possible; can I VM XP on a Linux host and split the RAM between the two? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Aug 1, 2008 - 10 answers

I want a MANLY sewing machine!

Heavy duty sewing machines? What do I need? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jul 31, 2008 - 12 answers

Espresso My World

Where Can I Buy A $80-$120 Espresso Machine in San Francisco (I live in SOMA) Tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Jul 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Can anyone recommend a good home serger?

Can anyone recommend a good home serger? A few desired features: coverstitch, rolled hem, 4 thread. Thanks!
posted by pantufla on Jun 13, 2008 - 3 answers

Surge protect a washer?

Do I need a surge protector for my new washer? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Jun 4, 2008 - 5 answers

Why is my computer taking me where I don't want to go?

Why does my Windows XP machine keep trying to route my computer names to capiqcorp.net [more inside]
posted by benjh on May 2, 2008 - 6 answers

What is it?

What is this machine glimpsed in the 1978 movie "Up in Smoke"? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Apr 16, 2008 - 13 answers

Is my espresso machine shot?

My FrancisFrancis X5 espresso machine has water coming out everywhere except where it's supposed to. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Apr 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Please tell me someone else has seen this

Am I crazy, or is there a book about a man trying to voyage to the afterlife? [more inside]
posted by gc on Mar 14, 2008 - 18 answers

Pictures

I'm looking for images that combine human bodies with machine heads.

Two examples are the Freaky Flicks mascot and Andrzej Klimowski's cover illustration for Faber and Faber's 1992 edition of Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.

Do you know any more?
posted by sushiwiththejury on Dec 28, 2007 - 4 answers

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac)

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac) [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Frozen Booze

Ever made slushy cocktails? We're renting a slushy machine for a party in a week. We're looking for recipe ideas... [more inside]
posted by sycophant on Nov 17, 2007 - 20 answers

"Machine that spits out the shape I want."

Trying to find a company that makes a machine that can make food moulds in the shape of an animal. Anyone? [more inside]
posted by scottMontgomery on Oct 30, 2007 - 3 answers

machine shop in nyc?

Anyone know of a DIY workshop/machine shop in NYC? (Ideally something like a Techshop). [more inside]
posted by nazca on Oct 8, 2007 - 1 answer

Good lubricant for a squeaky printer?

I have a really squeaky printer. I tried WD-40, but the squeakiness comes back. One of my engineering friends suggested that I needed something similar to sewing machine oil, but perhaps a little thicker, since the gears are plastic. Any ideas on what kind of lubricant I should get? And where I could get it? Aside from the squeakiness, this REALLY is a good printer (Canon MP130), and I really don't want to get another one.
posted by ssnickerer on Sep 27, 2007 - 14 answers

What is this all about?

Can someone give me some backstory on this? [more inside]
posted by pjern on Aug 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Front loading washing machine purchasing advice

I need to purchase a new washing machine and I am considering a front loader but I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by bluesky43 on Aug 7, 2007 - 36 answers

Well, that was dumb.

I put a roll of film in the washing machine (by accident). Is it destroyed? [more inside]
posted by lou on Jul 28, 2007 - 12 answers

Fantastic Plastic Machine "Get me to the church" ?

Find me the Fantastic Plastic Machine arrangement of "Get me to the church on time" (or whatever it's called) from My Fair Lady, featured in the Uniqlock (recent FPP). The Googles, they do nothing! [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jul 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Home Exercise Equipment

Are home-grade exercise machines a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Jun 3, 2007 - 24 answers

Needled by my sewing machine

Can any sewing people answer this: How can I "recycle" sewing machine needles? It irritates me that after I've sewn some clothes or worked on a quilt, I have to toss the needles or my machine will get all huffy and start bollixing the thread -- especially the bobbin side. Can machine needles be resharpened or used for something else? I live in a small Texas town and it costs a lot (gas prices, you know) to travel over 100 miles to the nearest city to buy a new supply of sewing machine needles. Thanx.
posted by Smalltown Girl on May 25, 2007 - 19 answers

Who's the best Icarus?

What are your favourite failed flight inventions? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on May 2, 2007 - 22 answers

Can you help me choose a sewing machine for my husband?

Can you help me choose a sewing machine for my husband? [more inside]
posted by katkel on Mar 28, 2007 - 6 answers

Gift for a drumming PLF

Gift suggestions for a wanna-be drummer. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Mar 5, 2007 - 14 answers

Coffee Machine Stinkiness

Coffee Filter: I was given a small espresso machine for Christmas. How do I get rid of the "new machine" smell? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jan 25, 2007 - 6 answers

drum machine/sampler for $150 and under?

I'm looking to buy a drum machine/sampler for general programming needs with an emphasis on hip-hop. [more inside]
posted by defmute on Jan 16, 2007 - 4 answers

Metal Shop in Boston?

I need to find a public use metal shop near Boston. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Dec 9, 2006 - 4 answers

Sewing Machine Recommendations

I've been very kindly offered a new sewing machine of my choice as a belated birthday present but I've no idea what machines (new or old) are any good these days. [more inside]
posted by gaby on Nov 14, 2006 - 14 answers

Standard Chart of Accounts for Machine Shops?

Is there a “standardized” chart of accounts setup that is widely used among machine shops/small manufacturers (USA)? Working with other industries in the past (veterinary and restaurants), I have found that many choose to use a standard industry-specific chart of accounts – often established by a national industry association, etc. I have googled, etc. but have not found anything worthwhile for machine shops/small manufacturers... Any accountants or shop owners out there?
posted by randex8 on Nov 2, 2006 - 2 answers

208y power, does it suck?

What are the characteristics and drawbacks of 208Y power? Specifically will it run my industrial sewing machines that want 220v? [more inside]
posted by Jawn on Nov 1, 2006 - 10 answers

Which do I increase?

Exercisefilter: More reps or more weight? Looking for advice on using weight machines. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Oct 30, 2006 - 10 answers

How to use a bike to power appliances

I'd like to use my bike to power simple household items, such as our hand-cranked coffee grinder or the electric chargers for my cell phone and laptop. I'm thinking of this as a home-build project which I could use with my regular road bike. Where would be a good place to find mix & match machine parts, such as gears, chains, or axles? Does such a catalog exist, or would it be necessary to go to a real machine shop and get parts made? As a kid, I was handy with Lego Technic, and I'm looking for something at about that level of difficulty (adjusted +16 years for age, of course). 80-20 and a simple training stand would do part of the job, but I'd still need gears and axles.
posted by migurski on Oct 2, 2006 - 7 answers

Best all-purpose shop gloves?

Best all-purpose shop gloves? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Sep 7, 2006 - 11 answers

What do I do at a nightclub?

There's a dance club in town I want to go to. How do I avoid embarrassing myself? [more inside]
posted by brett on Aug 30, 2006 - 16 answers

Washing Machine and Dryer

Please give advice on a purchasing a new washing machine and dryer. [more inside]
posted by catseatcheese on Aug 9, 2006 - 14 answers

Credit Card Machine Question

Did my typo on the credit card machine double-charge a customer? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jul 3, 2006 - 13 answers

How to keep a sewing machine quiet?

How can I prevent the vibrations and noise from my Juki DDL-8700 sewing machine from bothering my downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Jun 25, 2006 - 7 answers

circle detection algorithm?

computer vision: i need an algorithm to extract statistics about the diameters (in pixels) of some roughly-circular objects from an image file. [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on May 20, 2006 - 15 answers

Good machine shop with lasers in LA?

Does anyone know of a good laser-capable machine shop in LA? [more inside]
posted by felix on Apr 18, 2006 - 1 answer

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