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What can I expect in owning a used Prius?

In an insanely generous offer, my husband's parents are planning to give us their used Toyota Prius sometime next month. My understanding is that they plan to get a new car, don't really need the money from selling it, and are concerned that our current car is getting to be unreliable and thought we might like their old Prius when they replace it with something else. My father-in-law recently had it appraised and says it's worth $11,000. It has 125,000 miles on it. It's silver. That's all I know about it, but they're the type of people who pay very careful attention to maintenance schedules, drive their vehicles gently, and do all the recommended and required repairs and maintenance at the dealership, so it's probably in very good condition. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Apr 12, 2013 - 21 answers

What is the point of street sweepers?

It seems to me that street sweepers don't "clean" a street - they just move dirt around. Do they suck up dirt somehow? Or is the point of them that they raise up ground-in dirt so that it can be washed away by rain later? Really, what is the point of them?
posted by Mechitar on Apr 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Changing gears on a single speed bike

My new single speed is a bit too easy to ride. What are my options to make the gear harder? Specifically, what should I ask a bike shop to change and how much should it cost? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Jan 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Takin' care of boot...ness

I own these Frye boots, now how do I take care of them? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 11, 2012 - 10 answers

how to clean glass and powder from the carpet in my apartment?

Fluorescent bulbs explosion -- how to clean glass and powder from the carpet? Broken glass is everywhere. And carpets are everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Oli D. on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I clean this necklace?

What is the best way to clean this necklace with intricate filigree? The stone is simulated amethyst and the setting is silver (back) and marcasite (front). [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Oct 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Spare parts for an ex-Japan Toyota Hilux Surf?

How (in the hell) do I find spare parts for my '02 Toyota Hilux Surf? Difficulty factor: car in Kenya, originally made for Japanese market, wife in US and could bring parts back. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Is it easy to clean and grease the bearings on a back-pedal brake bike?

Can I grease the bearings in a wheel with a back-pedal brake without wrecking the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by nevan on Jul 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I upgrade the hardware on my Macbook or just give it a good cleaning?

My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jul 17, 2012 - 12 answers

I hate to clean

I am a messy person who doesn't like to clean. Should I put more effort in being cleaner, or just accept this part of myself and get over the guilt? How? Or is this a psychological problem? Or maybe it's normal. [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee on Jul 8, 2012 - 58 answers

Building a deck used to just mean one thing, now we have ALL THESE OPTIONS.

To use composite decking or not to use composite decking, that is the question. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jun 21, 2012 - 19 answers

What do I need to know to improve

If I wanted to make a paying hobby out of restoring and updating old bikes, what are some resources that would help me improve my skills, research the right bikes/components, and find the right places to buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 11, 2012 - 22 answers

Car brakes "slip" while idling?

My car's brake pedal slowly depresses almost all the way to the floor while my foot is resting on it at a stoplight. It never used to do this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on May 27, 2012 - 30 answers

What maintenance tasks should I be doing on my family's Macbooks?

I need to fix up my family's two Macbooks for the first time in three years. What needs to be done? [more inside]
posted by Comic Sans-Culotte on May 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Organize these screws!

People who like to take things apart - I need to find a way to keep roughly thirty screws organized when a housing is removed and replaced. They all go in the same size hole, and they're not all the same screws. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 29, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I prep a car for a long road trip

How do I prepare my car for a long road trip? [more inside]
posted by digdan on Mar 19, 2012 - 26 answers

15 Minutes to Better Health

What can I be doing for 10-15 minutes a day to increase (or even simply maintain) my long-term health and well-being? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Mar 7, 2012 - 30 answers

AppleCare expires soon. What next?

I bought my beloved 13" MacBook Pro in mid-2009 and the AppleCare is set to expire in a few months. Thankfully, it still runs great. What would you recommend I do with it? [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Feb 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Do I need to have my furnace and AC inspected once a year?

Do I really need to have my furnace and AC inspected once a year? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Maintenance schedule for my hair trimmer pls?

How do you maintain your Oster 76, or any other high end hair clippers? How do you maintain the blades? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Jan 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Inside: Leak. Outside: Water (ice) coming from under eaves. What to do?

HOME REPAIR: My over-the-range microwave had water in it! I uninstalled it and found a slow drip coming from the vent duct. Then I went outside and saw a bunch of ice coming out from under the eaves. I don't know much about home construction or repair. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 28, 2012 - 12 answers

My house is growing cold, please hope me!

Seattle: *urgent* need for a plumbing/heating maintenance today or this weekend for the in-floor heating of my townhome. Haven't had heat since apparently Wednesday night, and the company that installed it is non-responsive to my repeated calls. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Jan 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Make me Handy!

I'd like to get better at fixing things and diagnosing problems--particularly electronics and household stuff. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jan 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Old or new home?

Older house vs newer house. My husband and I have been thinking of buying for years, and are now narrowing down our options. Should we go with an older (50s-70s era) home or a newer (2000-2007) home? [more inside]
posted by LyndsayMW on Jan 6, 2012 - 30 answers

Trying to get my bearings, so to speak

What do I need to know about "bearings" in my car? I don't know anything about "bearings" in my car. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 28, 2011 - 18 answers

Is it a good idea to use Groupon, Scoopon or other 'deal of the day' websites to organize car maintenance and servicing?

Is it a good idea to use Groupon, Scoopon or other 'deal of the day' websites to organize car maintenance and servicing? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on Nov 21, 2011 - 3 answers

My poor vacuum

Should I buy a new vacuum? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Nov 19, 2011 - 10 answers

This Old House needs an inspector?

Is a home inspector worth it to find out what deferred maintenance must be done immediately in an inherited house that I'm not selling right away? I'm thinking of getting one just to solve the deferred maintenance issues of an inherited house. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Nov 8, 2011 - 16 answers

I don't care if the handle is a cozy mitten, the scraper still doesn't work!

Is there a car window scraper that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple on Oct 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Bike tune-up before or after winter dormancy?

Thorough bicycle tuneup: before putting bike into winter hibernation, or first thing next spring? Any difference? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me replace wheels on a bike!

Replacing the wheels on a 3-speed bike: Instructions, tools, and tricks? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Oct 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Where to find Drupal freelancers?

Where do Drupal freelancers congregate? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Oct 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Toilet Woes.

How can I either simply fix my apartment's toilet or get maintenance to actually permanently fix it? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I learn to become a handyman?

How do you gain "handyman" skills to the extent that you can manage a rental property? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Aug 16, 2011 - 20 answers

How much maintenance if I don't drive much?

Maintenance for a low-mileage car. I have a car that's about 4 years old with 12,000 miles, so the normal maintenance schedule doesn't help me much. I'm looking for a schedule to fit my driving habits. [more inside]
posted by daikon on Aug 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Seeking advice on flickr maintenance and interface.

Seeking advice on good tools for automating the maintenance of a professional flickr site, and ways to make an interface to it. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Jul 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Long-Term Weight Loss: What Does It Feel Like?

If you've lost a considerable amount of weight, and kept it off for more than five years, I have a question for you: How do you feel? [more inside]
posted by lore on Jul 5, 2011 - 23 answers

Wax on, wax off

Does a clean, waxed car REALLY increase fuel efficiency? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Jun 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Painting a primed shed after some months?

Last fall, I painted primer onto a newly-built shed, and have not gotten to painting it beyond that until now. It's been a rainy winter. The primed shed has some dirt on it. What do I need to do to get it ready to paint? [more inside]
posted by everichon on Jun 20, 2011 - 3 answers

what's wrong with this bicycle?

when my friend tries to pedal his bicycle, there is a total lack of tension in the pedals and they just seem to 'slip' and fail completely. we're at a loss. [more inside]
posted by austere on Jun 7, 2011 - 12 answers

What ground cover thwarts grass best?

What ground cover will best defy the incursion of my nemesis, grass? Shady (under tree) area in Quebec, Canada. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 28, 2011 - 10 answers

How do you budget for home improvements?

Are there budgeting rules of thumb for home maintenance and improvements? [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo on May 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Don't smoke the smoke detector....

I need to get some smoke detectors but I am having trouble finding out what the right kind are. There are, as far as I can tell, three different kinds. Stand alone, interconnect and hard-wired. What do the plugs that hang from the ceiling look like for the interconnect and for the hardwired? What do I ask the guy at the hardware store for (Ace just said they are on the endcap and the detectors there had nothing that told me what type they were)?
posted by CodeMonkey on May 10, 2011 - 5 answers

to re-build a bicycle

Bike Mechanics 101: What tools and general knowledge should I acquire before I make an attempt at dismantling and re-constructing a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 4, 2011 - 20 answers

How to clean a brick floor?

How do you get stains out of a brick tile floor? [more inside]
posted by Enigmark on Apr 4, 2011 - 2 answers

What brand of engine air filter should I use?

What brand of engine air filter should I use? [more inside]
posted by millions on Mar 31, 2011 - 9 answers

Adventures in Home Ownership

New Homeowner - Looking for a good maintenance schedule [more inside]
posted by runnergirl on Mar 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Where in NYC can I go to work on my bicycle?

Where can I do bike maintenance in New York City? [more inside]
posted by pts on Jan 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Keeping apartment safe during maintenance

My landlord wants me to leave my apartment unlocked so maintenance people can enter during the day. This makes me uncomfortable. How much should I push back? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Dec 21, 2010 - 35 answers

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