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Fix it or Sell it

Over the past month or two my car has started exhibiting several problems, and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth the expense and hassle of repairing it or start looking for a new car. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 24, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me build a basic apartment tool set!

I am at the stage of life when I need to move from a random collection of tools to an organized tool set that equips me for basic home/apartment maintenance. What do I need? Budget: just-finished-grad-school poor. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Aug 26, 2013 - 32 answers

Bike fixes on the cheap?

What's the cheapest place in Philly that I can get a decent bike tune up done? [more inside]
posted by Flashbullzeye on Aug 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Bike costs - am I doing it wrong?

It's really expensive to maintain my bike! Is this normal, or should I be doing something different? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 8, 2013 - 38 answers

Sustainable forestry management aka the loveliest leg hair ever.

How do you keep your hairy pins (and bits) in tip top condition? [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Aug 2, 2013 - 14 answers

What monthly maintence fee is appropriate for a 10k software project?

I'm a very inexperienced freelance programmer, who recently delivered a completed software project to a client. They liked it, and asked me if I'd consider "a small annual fee for three years to help with technical issues once it goes live". That sounds fine to me! Except that I have no idea what to charge here - I'd guess 10% p/a but that's pure speculation. Is there some sort of industry standard I could refer to for this sort of thing? If not, what do you typically ask for?
posted by piato on Jul 26, 2013 - 9 answers

What Should I Know About My New In-Ground Pool?

So we just bought a house with an in-ground chlorine pool. And we know basically NOTHING about pool maintenance. Can you help school us? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Jul 8, 2013 - 9 answers

What should I be careful of when buying a car from a friend?

A co-worker/friend is selling me his old car as he's upgraded to a newer model. What are things I should be aware of and get checked out early so I don't accidentally buy a lemon and ruin the friendship? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Jun 18, 2013 - 24 answers

Motorcycle filter: Will I ruin my bike if I ride it with these problems?

I just paid $650 to have the carbs cleaned out on my 4-cylinder Honda Magna (94). They also found rust in the tank so they said they fixed that. I picked it up tonight and it's running terribly. It feels like it has the wrong gas type in it. One (or more... all?) of the cylinders is kind of knocking or just being loud, it feels like it can't hold an idle, when I shift into gear it feels like I'm lugging the engine. I have to give it way too much throttle to even get it into gear. I don't know what they did to mess it up, and I intend to have a word with them when they open again on Tuesday. (I mean, did they even test it after they put it back together?) In the mean time, tomorrow is Monday and I need to get to work. Could I potentially break things or mess things up further if I try to ride in? And what is the protocol on bike repairs. My feeling is that they've messed it up--I paid them $100/hr for the work because I trusted that they'd do a really great job. They didn't, so they should take responsibility and fix whatever they broke for free. Am I wrong on that?
posted by brenton on Jun 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Breaking out of a dinner rut

I try to plan my recipes for the week in advance, but lately I've been feeling really uninspired. Nothing's grabbing my attention. I'm looking for suggestions for cookbooks, websites, recipes, or books in general that might help me get my cooking mojo back. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jun 3, 2013 - 14 answers

What's under the manhole covers in the street?

Could the ninja turtles live in Atlanta? What's under all those manhole covers in the street? Is there a giant tunnel under there? Could a homeless person live down there? And why are they constantly digging new holes in the street--what's under the road that a city worker can't access through a manhole, since there are so many? [more inside]
posted by wondercow on May 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Achievement Unlocked - Massive Debt

I'm becoming a first-time homeowner on Monday. What surprising things (or unexpected challenges) did you learn in your first year as a homeowner that you think it would be good for me to know? The house is in Wisconsin, in a Milwaukee suburb. Thanks so much!
posted by gerryblog on May 28, 2013 - 29 answers

Shopping list for a new house

We get the keys to our new house on Wednesday. Hooray! We're trying to come up with a list of things that we, as long-time renters, might need to get for the house. I'm not talking about furniture or anything like that, but rather stuff like a lawn mower, a ladder--that kind of thing. Some of the stuff will become obvious when we need it, of course, but is there a list of things that no homeowner should be without?
posted by synecdoche on Apr 28, 2013 - 39 answers

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

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