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International Prototype Metre Bar Replica

I want an International Prototype Metre bar. Actually, I'd settle for half-meter long bar (or maybe something scaled down to a manageable size?) with a Tresca cross-section, but I can't seem to find anything like this online. Any suggestions for where I could find something like this?
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Aug 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Where can I order a personalized metal plaque?

I want to get a personalized plaque, pewter or some other metal, for outside. It will attach to a fence at all four corners so needs holes in the corners. It will have 4 lines of text. I need letters (some lowercase and some uppercase), numbers, quote marks, and a dash, and the longest line including spaces will be about 30 or 32 characters. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on Jul 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Trying to find metal waste pick up guy in Millbrae CA

My friend said that there are people who would pick up metal waste for free. I have metal stuff to donate and want to call the right person for pick up. I live in Millbrae CA. Anybody know the phone number to call?
posted by akomom on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for the rockingest places in Chicago

I'll be heading to Chicago this weekend for a vacationy weekend in a new city. I've got an armload of plans for various things to see and do (including the Wax Trax popup shop), but I also wouldn't mind doing some shopping while I'm down there. Suggestions for an alt-culture excursion? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jun 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Allergic reaction to metal (esp titanium) surgically inserted plate?

I have a titanium plate that was used to fix a radial fracture about a year and a half ago. I've been experiencing symptoms that include episodes of extreme fatigue, as well as sore throat and general sick feeling for the past 6 months or so. Before that I would experience this sick feeling minimally starting shortly after the plate was surgically implanted in my arm. The plate is now useless and can be removed, I was wondering if anyone had ever experienced a similar reaction? All my other blood/urine test show that I should be in perfect health. Thanks for any help! Desperately trying to get to the bottom of this mystery!
posted by kvoorhees on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Recommend me degenerate lo-fi noise/"metal" like early Monster Magnet

I've always loved the first two Monster Magnet singles. Murder, Tractor, Freak Shop USA, Lizard Johnny. I'm looking for some jams that rival the dosed basement psychosis of the really early MM. All that comes to mind is Skullflower, which is really more improv than metal, and High Rise, but neither completely scratches the itch. Hip me to the filthiest of dirtbag low fidelity metallic TKOs of any era - stuff that makes Jesus Lizard and Pissed Jeans look like Bon Jovi!
posted by porn in the woods on Apr 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for a woman's sports watch with no exposed metal.

My wife would like a sports watch. She doesn't need GPS or fancy gadgetry, just something to wear to the gym. She needs large digital numbers that can be read easily while she's moving, and some timing functions. The problem is that she's allergic to metal, so anything that would touch her skin would have to be leather or plastic--the strap, the buckle, the back of the case, and any buttons on the side. I've looked in sporting goods stores but only found metal on the backs of cases, and that's something that's hard to tell online. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Apr 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Need help finding metal decorative objects for shelf decoration

I would like to find the metal decorative items in this picture (both the spheres in the middle and the urn things at the bottom). [more inside]
posted by jschu on Mar 17, 2014 - 4 answers

I want to get this album, but I can't remember the artist or title.

I saw the cover and lyrics previewed on a review site a while ago, for a metal album, I believe it was a concept album, about the girls tried in the Salem trials actually being witches. [more inside]
posted by cake vandal on Mar 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Less frustrating way to cut sheet metal?

What's the easiest way to cleanly cut a small-ish piece out of a sheet of aluminum? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Feb 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me find metal storage bins.

I'm trying to find metal storage bins like the second picture on this blog: http://www.neatmethod.com/blog/tip-tuesday-back-school-basics The wheels are a plus, but I'd be happy to find bins without wheels, too. Bigger' fine, but much smaller isn't. I'd prefer the bins not to have holes in them (so mesh bins are out). I'd like to use them to store shoes and boots and such.
posted by buriedpaul on Feb 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Custom metal casting - Need help with the summoning ritual

I have a wax model (a small buckle). I'm interested in getting 500 or so brass or bronze castings made of it. Does anyone have any experience with a contract casting house? Who? How were they to deal with? What were prices like?
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Jan 30, 2014 - 1 answer

How did you get work when you were starting out?

In November 2013 I started a metalworking shop. My background is specialty metalworking, so bending, fabrication, forming, fine welding, metal patina, etc etc. There is a niche in Vancouver for this kind of fabrication, the work is there, my question is how do I chase it down? [more inside]
posted by seagull.apollo on Jan 12, 2014 - 12 answers

What is this strange contraption that was attached to a radiator?

I've been trying to figure out what this strange, accordion-like contraption is. It was attached to my friend's radiator in his ~1950s-era apartment in Philadelphia. It was only secured with one bolt at 90 degrees to the radiator, but it also originally had a sheet metal housing around it that could be removed. It seems to me like it might be some kind of clothes hanger/dryer, but I have no idea. Does anyone know?
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Premade metal lattice box to protect water piping from theft?

A very simple question -- how can I buy a pre-made "cage" to cover my exterior water piping? I would like to find a supplier that sells boxes like these. I see those around the city, likely installed by the Public Works Department. What can I buy as an individual? I've had no luck googling these, for lack of the appropriate term. Thank you for any recommendations.
posted by slidell on Oct 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me learn to art

I would like to start learning how to draw, after 16 years of stick figures. I am keeping a sketchbook to practice in frequently, but I was wondering if anyone had some good resources for jump-starting my artistic development (there are overwhelmingly many such resources on the Internet). I am also interested in general modern art, metal art, sculpting, lithography, and photography. Thanks in advance! ^_^
posted by myitkyina on Sep 13, 2013 - 9 answers

SomaFM for metal?

I'd love to find a site like SomaFM which focuses on heavy metal -- or even different rock genre in general. Something with hand-curated, sub-genre specific music streams, of a known quality. There are plenty of places to find lists of individual radio stations with online streams, or random Joe Schmo's shoutcast streams, but wading through all the dreck to finding anything worth listening to in that crowd is more time than I care to spend. I like that when I'm in the mood for "something generally electronic and calming" I know I can pull up a particular Soma stream that sounds appealing and have it hit the spot; similar for Digitally Imported. Is there anything similar for loud music?
posted by jammer on Sep 11, 2013 - 1 answer

Hearing Protection for Musicians, or, It's Too Loud and I'm Too Old

I am a bass player, and I have recently returned to playing loud, noisy rock and roll after a 4-year hiatus from the stage. I have always eschewed earplugs on stage, on the grounds that they keep me from hearing all of the nuance I need to hear to play effectively with a group. But I ain't no spring chicken anymore, and now I recognize that the real reason I never wore earplugs before, even in mind-bendingly loud bands, was mostly out of misplaced machismo. I can tell that I have lost some hearing over the years, especially in the ear that usually faces the drums, and I want to avoid losing more. I have tried using cheap, disposable foam ear plugs, but I am not satisfied with the sound quality I am getting with them. Are there better ear protection alternatives out there? [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Belt buckle?

I think this is a belt buckle, and I think the flattened star is a familiar a logo, but I can't put my finger on its ID. Help?
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Acoustic guitar shredding?

What are some albums that feature fast and virtuosic acoustic guitar playing/shredding? For example, I really like a lot of the Candyrat guitarists (Ewan Dobson, Gareth Pearson), and most recently I really enjoyed Paul Gilbert's Acoustic Samurai album. I also know that Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen have done some acoustic shredding. Any really good ones you could recommend?
posted by archagon on Aug 30, 2013 - 31 answers

MetalFilter - I know what I like, but not how to find more of it

So, there's a particular flavor of music that I like, but there's a lot of music in its genre that doesn't scratch my itch. Pandora gives me too broad of a variety, and I'm not enough of an aficionado to know the specific subgenre, or labels, to search for. Some examples I like are Wounds by Masterplan, and Starfall by Dragonland. I think my tastes generally fall under "power metal", but a specific variety of it, and I don't have a name for that subcategory. [more inside]
posted by NMcCoy on Aug 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Stoner/Sludge Metal: Where should I start?

Thanks to a recent mefi comment, I have become aware of Stoner Metal and Sludge Metal, and I am intrigued. Listening to a few bands on youtube (Ufomammut, Horse Latitudes, Capricorns) it reminds me of the late 1970s/early 1980s when I was a teen listening to lots of early heavy metal (Black Sabbath, Saxon, Deep Purple, etc.) I've been out of touch with most of heavy metal for 20 years; what 21st century bands and/or albums should an old-school Sabbath fan listen to?
posted by fings on Aug 15, 2013 - 29 answers

Scrap Metal NYC

Is there anywhere in NYC I can go to browse through scrap metal and parts? I'm looking for broken machine parts or empty metal cases or just scrap steel, but not car parts. I've tried Film Biz Recycling and BuildItGreenNYC, but would like larger more useless items than what they carry.
posted by edbles on Jul 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Very light portable footrest?

What is like this portable footrest but lighter and thinner when folded? (If there's no such product, about how much would it cost to have one made from a light/strong metal, and where would one go with that request?) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jun 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for photos/videos, or car crashes with distorting metal

Looking for videos, commercials, scenes from a movie you can recall, of high definition car crashes or scenes of metal rippling and distorting. Slow motion, hi def, very vivid is the best. Here is a video with something similar: http://vimeo.com/9078364 Its for an art project. Thank you so much for any thoughts or ideas.
posted by cascando on May 27, 2013 - 7 answers

one-word-term for flexibility of metal

Looking for a one-word-term that describes the flexibility specifically of metal that will 'bend rather than break'; its flexibility is its strength. I guess I'm looking for a fancy word for 'pliable' , but 'pliable' is too generic a term. There's probably something nifty-sounding in Japanese for it, one imagines. Thanks all.
posted by aesop on May 26, 2013 - 23 answers

How to sell a big ass lathe?

I have found myself in possession of a 10ft Southbend Lathe. How do I send it on to somebody that actually wants it? [more inside]
posted by Folk on May 12, 2013 - 16 answers

I need a source for metal rings

Where can I buy metal rings with an inner diameter of 1" to 6" in 1" increments? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Apr 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Why do metal shavings stick to the eye?

My understanding is that things like sand or sawdust wash out of the eye easily but things like metal shavings especially steel shavings tend to stick to the eye and wont wash out. Why is this?
posted by john123357 on Apr 21, 2013 - 7 answers

What backstory do I need for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance?

I love the game developer Platinum Games, and buy everything they put out. Their new game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, is the latest in a long-running series with a famously incomprehensible backstory? I've played a bit of Metal Gear Solid 2 and didn't really enjoy it. I'd like to know a. if anyone who's played MGR: Revengeance knows what backstory I need to enjoy it or b. if anyone can provide a summary or a link to a quick summary of Metal Gear Solid's backstory.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Feb 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Bitter aftertaste in apple butter?

I just made a large batch of apple butter (~8 pecks) in a giant uncoated copper kettle, cooked on top of a wood fire for the better part of the day. The texture is great, but there is a bitter aftertaste (stronger in some parts, like those from the side of the pot, than others) that slightly worries me — what could have caused it, and is it plausibly safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam on Nov 10, 2012 - 9 answers

What determines the frequency of arc currents when arcs occur inside a microwave oven?

What determines the frequency of the arc current when an arc occurs inside a microwave oven? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Oct 26, 2012 - 7 answers

need some wire

I need to conduct a bit of heat. I only have aluminum wire on hand. [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Oct 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Metal with "clean" vocals?

Recommendations for a metal-noob? difficulty: "melodic" vocals [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Oct 19, 2012 - 50 answers

How do I print Braille onto metal?

How would I go about printing Braille on to metal? [more inside]
posted by hitchcockblonde on Oct 9, 2012 - 9 answers

What is the best way to preheat a stainless steel pan enough that the food won't stick, but not so much that it warps?

What is the best way to preheat a stainless steel pan enough that the food won't stick, but not so much that it warps? [more inside]
posted by Jim Biancolo on Sep 28, 2012 - 12 answers

DIY handbag repair

The strap of my handbag broke and I'm looking to repair it but how? As you can see by this photo, the short metal bit fits into the metal cap. The metal cap holds the end of the braided strap but the strap does not fill the cap entirely; the end where the opening is is hollow. Would filling it with some kind of glue or epoxy work? But which kind? [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 on Sep 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Metal in Medford

Anyone have experience or advice booking gigs in Northern California and Southern Oregon? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Aug 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me design a metal bracket

I want to know the minimum thickness for a steel bracket that attaches a table leg to a table top. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Can an item an an oven (eg a roast) get hotter than the temperature you've set the oven to?

Can an item an an oven (eg a roast) get hotter than the temperature you've set the oven to? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on Aug 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Want a better brush

I want a good grill brush that won't shed metal bristles. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Jul 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Can anybody identify this mysterious brass disk?

When a friend's grandfather died, the family found a drawer full of mysterious brass disks. The grandfather had a lot of random scrap metal and other odd items around the house and grounds. The disks are pretty much identical and appear to be brass. My friend told me that at some point someone brought one to a jeweler or something and they were told that the disks were brass with a small amount of gold mixed in. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Jun 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Metal roofing plus vaulted ceilings: Too noisy?

Metal roofing plus vaulted ceilings: Too noisy? It's time to re-roof and we're considering metal roofing among the possibilities. We're hesitant because the bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and we're worried about noise when it rains. [more inside]
posted by sageleaf on Jun 15, 2012 - 12 answers

What I need is an armor-plated bra.

You are a woman. You frequently go to concerts alone. You like rap and/or metal. What do you wear and what do you do at rap/metal shows to minimize molestation? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Jun 13, 2012 - 33 answers

I.D That Pin/Button!

I found a pin (with a button backing) at the flea market on the UWS in NYC last week I'd like to know what, if anything, it represents. Photo , Clearer with size comparison. Where/What is this design from? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 19, 2012 - 6 answers

It was originally sold in tins

Say I want to store my dental floss in a metal container. Are there any (common) types of metal that would make the floss taste funny or become dangerous to my health?
posted by doift on May 2, 2012 - 3 answers

What are other songs like Orion?

What are more songs (or albums) similar to Metallica's Orion, particularly the counterpoint that starts at around 4:00?
posted by tomwheeler on Apr 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for instrumental progressive metal

What are some other instrumental progressive metal groups like Animals as Leaders? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Apr 5, 2012 - 13 answers

How does Throat Coat work?

How does Throat Coat tea work? Singers and people who use their voice professionally all seem to recommend Throat Coat to soothe vocal strain, but I'm interested in how it works. If I twisted my ankle, I wouldn't want to take a pain killer and keep running. Does Throat Coat contain some sort of herbal anaesthetic? Can anyone tell me how it works so well?
posted by surenoproblem on Mar 23, 2012 - 6 answers

What are these large metal objects?

What are these large metal objects? [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton on Mar 18, 2012 - 8 answers

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