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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

How can I keep my hobbies?

I'm looking for a little advice on transitioning from a house to an apartment (specific questions inside) [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Dec 19, 2010 - 9 answers

"I want to talk to management to ... um ... "

Please help me achieve more than arm-waving and general grarring when I talk to my apartment management company tomorrow (or, should I even bother talking to them?). [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Dec 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Dont let my fish sleep with the fishes

How do I maintain a fish pond in freezing weather? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Dec 10, 2010 - 14 answers

(Should I/How can I) have concrete driveway repair and tuckpointing work done in cold weather?

A contractor is planning to come out this week and replace a substantial portion of my driveway. It (was and) will be a concrete driveway. The same contractor ('s father) will also be doing a substantial amount of tuckpointing. I live in Cleveland and as you know this is mid-November. Should I be concerned about the cold/snow/rain affecting the durability of their work? What should I expect them to do to adapt to the weather? Should I just try to get them to wait until Spring? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Nov 14, 2010 - 9 answers

SSDs, maintenance, and Macs - what up?

I've done my fair share of googling and reading countless forum posts, but I'm still a bit puzzled as to what things I should be doing to maintain performance of this here new SSD (OCZ Agility2 120G) I just installed in my MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Nov 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Amazingsitetokeeptrackofvehiclemaintenance.com?

Are there any really slick sites for entering and keeping track of vehicle repairs and maintenance? [more inside]
posted by Capa on Oct 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Young grasshopper seeks grass-wisdom.

How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Questions about creating a modern web/graphic design portfolio

Some questions about creating a modern (online) web/graphic design portfolio... [more inside]
posted by foxy on Aug 29, 2010 - 5 answers

How should I prep my above-ground pool for a period of disuse?

Can I let my (full, covered) above-ground pool go a few years without opening or swimming in it? Will the pool still be OK should I wish to reopen and use it at some point in the future? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2010 - 6 answers

New home purchased - what to ask?

We just purchased a new home. The new home owners were gracious enough to give me a walk through their home to explain how to maintain the pool, and any tips on the garden. Is there anything else I should try to find out outside of the normal, 'how do you guys maintain your home' type questions?
posted by blahblah on Jul 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Make these shoes look brand new again

How should I clean a grimy scruffy pair of rope-soled canvas slip-ons without ruining it? (These TOMS are the shoes in question)
posted by hellopanda on Jun 12, 2010 - 7 answers

A little Vespa help

[Classic Vespa Filter] Calling all scooterists! Need some help. '64 VBB: I have gas in my carb box, a wet and black plug, and more smoke than typical. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on May 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Help us fix our softball field!

We're finally getting our act together and doing some maintenance work on our recreational softball field. Help me pick the right dirt/clay to invest everyone's money in! [more inside]
posted by yom3ts on May 18, 2010 - 1 answer

Please recommend a good computer maintenance/support company in London for parents' computer?

Can you recommend a good computer maintenance/support company in London that can give my parents' probably ~decade-old Windows PC a thorough checkup - clean out any malware, unnecessary toolbars and startup items that are slowing their computer down - for a reasonable price? (Around how much would it cost?) [more inside]
posted by catchingsignals on May 17, 2010 - 8 answers

The art of moped maintenance

I want to spring-service my motorbike, help me put together a list of what I need to do and the best youtube or other tutorials to follow. More details and a confession inside.... [more inside]
posted by Iteki on May 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Vehicular woes

Our 2005 VW Diesel Golf needs a timing belt replaced. It has 111k miles on it. They suggested that they replace the water pump at the same time, even though it is perfectly fine. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on May 15, 2010 - 21 answers

It's my car! Now what?

I am about to own my first car that's actually mine. No, this isn't a car-purchasing question. This is a, "What else do I need to know?" question. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Apr 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Where can I find a good starter kit for motorcycle maintenance/repair tools?

I just purchased a Suzuki SV650 and I want to know where I can find a starter tool kit for maintaining the motorcycle. I bought a Haynes Service Manual/Handbook and want to regularly maintain the bike myself. Changing oil, check spark plugs, air filter, tire pressure, drive chain wear, etc... I would rather not buy all the tools separately one by one as that would not only be more time consuming but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 on Apr 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Appropriate grease for bike jockey wheel overhaul

Bike maintenance and grease options: I'm going to be cleaning and lubing my drive train as throughly as possible this afternoon, but I'm not sure if the lubricants I have on hand are appropriate for things like greasing the jockey wheel, or if there's an appropriate automotive grease that can substitute. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Apr 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Abused bike needs help.

I have a motorcycle that's been stored outside for a year and I'd like to get it running. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Mar 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Keeping a bike parked outside?

New bike, new apartment and for the first time in my life I have to keep my bike outdoors. Any tips/tricks to keep it clean, safe and in working order when it's parked in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by thecjm on Mar 26, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I adjust my motorcycle suspension?

I just purchased a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R. I need to adjust the rear suspension to accommodate my girlfriend. Do I need to take the bike to a shop? [more inside]
posted by austere on Mar 20, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I change a (halogen) light bulb?

How do I change a lightbulb? Sounds like the start of a bad blonde joke, but I'm seriously struggling to work out how to change my blown halogen lights without breaking the halogen leads of bulb after bulb. [more inside]
posted by tobtoh on Feb 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Easy vs "Easy"

Are cast iron pans easy or "easy"? [more inside]
posted by DU on Feb 26, 2010 - 79 answers

My smoke alarms work great. I wish I didn't know that.

Will ceramic that melted onto the burner cause my smoke alarm to go off? Will it cause any other problems? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Feb 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Why doesn't my snow blower blow snow anymore?

Why doesn't my snow blower blow snow anymore? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Feb 9, 2010 - 12 answers

How to fix Mail.app "ghosting" behaviour?

Mail.appFilter: instead of deleting messages, Mail has taken to "ghosting" them, turning them grey. I've tried the "vacuum" trick via the terminal, and eliminating the Envelope Index and reimporting all the messages (more than once), as previously suggested - but the behaviour continues, and erratically, at that. Any suggestions for getting Mail back to normal? [more inside]
posted by progosk on Feb 2, 2010 - 3 answers

It's Bicycle Repair Man!

Bicycle repair - help me build a toolkit. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jan 8, 2010 - 3 answers

A practical mechanics primer?

Where can I find a basic and fairly comprehensive run-down of, quite literally, the nuts, bolts, screws, seals, bearings, washers and so on of practical mechanics? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Dec 5, 2009 - 16 answers

To repair or to replace?

To repair or replace? Should I repair a boiler with renowned reoccuring faults or replace it with a new reliable boiler with a 5 year warranty? [more inside]
posted by hjd on Nov 30, 2009 - 3 answers

My car stinks and I can't blame it on other cars forever.

Should I bother fixing my catalytic converter? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Power-vented water heaters -- what say you?

Replacing a water heater... to power-vent or not to power-vent? That is the question. [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Nov 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Under-maintained car is under-maintained. What now?

How should I keep my under-maintained 1999 Mazda Protégé running safely for just a few more months? [more inside]
posted by fermata on Oct 23, 2009 - 14 answers

How to get 91 octane gas in an 87/89/93 area?

How can I get 91 octane gas in an area that seems to sell only 87/89/93? What sort of damage might I have caused to a new vehicle by filling it with 87 for a little while? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Oct 22, 2009 - 21 answers

Help me clean a window.

What is the best way to clean my window with a hose? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Oct 8, 2009 - 8 answers

How many amps do I need to start my car?

Please educate me on car battery technology. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Oct 2, 2009 - 14 answers

What do I need to do to store my mountain bike?

I'm fairly new to the mountain bike game and unfortunately I am having to park my mountain bike for three months whilst I work away. Security is not an issue but in general what maintenance and precautions do I need to take, if any, before it goes away? FYI: I have a 2008 Kona Cinder Cone (linky) and the bike is currently in a reasonably clean state (but not spotless).
posted by logicalsequence on Aug 10, 2009 - 6 answers

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