My computer is inside my apartment; my e-ink tablet is in the backyard; both are on the same wireless network. The tablet both (1) mirrors everything on the computer and (2) serves as a wireless keyboard and mouse, sending my touch commands to the computer. How close to this setup am I able to come right now? [more inside]
posted by foursentences
on Apr 8, 2014 -
I've been going to a repair shop here in LA for a while that I found through the Car Talk fora, but have been increasingly unhappy with them. I took my girlfriend's 2002 Ford Focus in to get an estimate on replacing the mirror, and got back a quote of $175ish, $100 for the part and $75 for the labor (meaning, an hour and a quarter for them at $60 per hour).
The thing is, there are third-party mirrors for about $30, and from doing the same thing on a car years ago, I remember it taking about 20 minutes with the right tools.
Are they trying to rip me off? Is this a reasonable ballpark for what seems like pretty minor work (the whole assembly pops on and off)? I don't have the tools to do this now (I'd need a deeper socket), so should I buy the part and take it to them? Are dealer mirrors really that superior? (It's out of warranty by now, obviously.) Should I take it to someone else? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston
on Apr 1, 2014 -
I've got some heavy things mounted on the wall (mirrors, mostly) that are mounted (and can only be mounted) by hanging them onto two screws inside their top corners. There are no screws at the bottom, and there is no way for them to be: but I'd like them not to fall down if they are hit from the base and pushed upwards, lifting them off the screws. [more inside]
posted by gorcha
on Nov 23, 2013 -
We need to put a large (perhaps 5' tall by 3' wide) rectangular mirror up against a wall of our apartment ... but we're not allowed to mess with the wall in any way. How do we get it to stay there? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon
on Sep 22, 2013 -
Do specialized mirrors for optics projects have a different name for a "glassless" mirror, or a specially silvered mirror which has a glass quality to minimize any internal reflections? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Aug 20, 2013 -
my friend's triple door medicine cabinet lost a door. trying to get a replacement hinge hasn't been fruitful. can you recommend a good alternative hinge? complications inside. [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome
on Jan 10, 2013 -
The bolt head in my heavy hanging mirror's back snapped off and I'm trying to fix it but the particleboard backing is being a jerk. [more inside]
posted by jmhodges
on Sep 3, 2012 -
Have you seen anything like an attachable mirror to the passenger-side mirror that can be angled down to see where the rear wheel is in relation to the curb? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy
on Jun 12, 2012 -
I have an idea that involves a lot of small (pocket) mirrors. So I want to go to a store that ideally has a lot of pocket mirrors of different sizes (shapes are not that important) on display, and play around with them before buying. Then after I find what I need, I'll buy a few. Problem is, I don't want to buy before browsing. Does anyone know of such store in NYC?
posted by ant345
on Jan 12, 2012 -
I have an old 1st generation iPhone that I left for dead two years ago, after it got wet and stopped working. I put it in a drawer and forgot about it. Eventually, I tried charging it, and it magically came back to life... But with a very peculiar problem: the on-screen image is a mirror image of what it should be. Everything is flipped horizontally, an exact mirror image... But the phone still expects the same touch input! For instance, to wake it from sleep, the slider appears flipped, as a right-to-left slider; but in order to actually wake it up, I have to slide my finger left-to-right. (my question after the jump) [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim
on Aug 20, 2011 -
Looking for a glazier in NYC who can apply safety film to some large mirrors. [more inside]
posted by tip120
on Jul 30, 2011 -
I've had a Canon 5D Mark II for about 2.5 years, and I've recently noticed some bad dust particle issues that are on the sensor or mirror, not the lens. Can someone recommend a good camera store in New York City that could do a good professional job of cleaning my sensor (and an idea of how much this will cost)? I've looked into cleaning kits, and I think I would rather have a professional do it. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by samoa
on Jul 24, 2011 -
I would like to buy my boyfriend a great, fogless shaving mirror. Has anyone had any positive experiences with any? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde
on May 1, 2011 -
I’ve been looking for the perfect two-mirror compact mirror for awhile now. It’d be a bonus if one mirror is magnifying. I keep finding some beautiful vintage
ones on Etsy, but they usually have a drawback – that one side contains crusty, decades-old makeup. Ick. If I were to buy a vintage compact, would it be possible to put a mirror in the second side? Perhaps a framer could do it?
posted by orange swan
on Mar 2, 2011 -
Need a Christmas miracle! Is there any way to get a playlist from my home computer onto my work computer without going home? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes
on Dec 8, 2010 -
There's something about the mirrors - or the light - or both, in certain places that's really flattering. What is it? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat
on Dec 1, 2010 -
In the shower this morning, I had an idea about backup support for disk drives. Since all my best inventions either have fatal fundamental flaws or have already been invented years ago by other people, has anybody already done this one for Linux? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet
on Oct 4, 2010 -
Help me solve an optical puzzle. How might I make this fictional camera obscura work, given the parameters of my fictional location? [more inside]
posted by np312
on Jul 6, 2010 -
I'm trying to find part number(s) to repair a sideswiped passenger side mirror on a 2009 Ford Focus.
Most of the mirror is intact, so I'd like to replace only the piece that clips the mirror into the holder cavity. If this isn't possible, I'll grudgingly pony up for the whole mirror assembly.
Bonus question: is there a place to buy the part in Orlando, FL before Sunday?
posted by jlabrash
on Dec 10, 2009 -
I smashed my car's passenger side mirror against some scaffolding leading into my garage tonight. The mirror and plastic casing are still intact, but now dangling from a wire still attached to the car. I have to drive somewhere early tomorrow morning. What should I do until I can get to a garage? Duct tape it back in place? Will that damage my car's paint? Should I cut the wire and remove the mirror? TIA...
posted by Majorita
on Aug 30, 2009 -
I want to mount a mirror in a corner, but it can't be flush with either wall or perfectly vertical. Logistics within. [more inside]
posted by hayvac
on Jun 15, 2009 -
Are the small mirrors on the outside of apartment buildings in San Francisco always Feng Shui Bagua Mirrors? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree
on Apr 13, 2009 -
I'm hanging a large, 3'X5' framed mirror in my dining room. I'm going to hang it horizontally, and the room has an 8' ceiling. How high up on the wall should the mirror hang?
posted by Mountain Goatse
on Apr 6, 2009 -
Need help remembering the title of a line of young adult books from the 80s involving mysteries and requiring a mirror to solve. [more inside]
posted by charlesv
on Mar 18, 2009 -
Do you ever perceive another person's face as being the mirror image of what it "ought" to be? [more inside]
posted by Tube
on Nov 12, 2008 -
For a new iMac running Windows XP, I need to mirror/clone the display so it shows the same on the monitor and a projector. The graphics driver (for an ATI Mobiity Radeon HD 2600XT) doesn't support mirroring, but the iMac does it automatically. But the monitor and the projector have very different aspect ratios, and the same screen size gets applied to both. Is there a way to set two different screen sizes? There's nothing under the display preferences. Any third party software that would work?
posted by hydrophonic
on Sep 9, 2008 -
What is the name of that antique metal disc that doctors used to wear on their foreheads? AnitanitaBoyfriend just shared that doctors used to use it to hear heartbeats by pressing the disc against the chest. But he doesn't know the name. My googlefu is not strong enough, so I turn to the collective wisdom of the group.....
posted by anitanita
on Apr 9, 2008 -