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Clothes shopping filter: How do I separate the wheat from the chaff?

I'll admit it, I buy a lot of clothes off the sale rack or at outlet stores. Too often, though, I bring home what I think is a great value only to discover, after wearing and/or washing said item, quality problems I didn't see in the store. Things like knits that are twisted and don't lie flat, shirt hems that are hopelessly contorted once they've been laundered, or buttonholes that quickly ravel beyond repair. I know these sorts of problems are inevitable given the state of clothing manufacture, but that doesn't mean I have to buy these "troubled" items. So, savvy shoppers of MeFi, what should I be looking for? What tells you to steer clear of a garment no matter how much you like it? Is there a secret code on the hang tag that everyone but me knows about? C'mon, please share your secrets.
posted by DrGail on Feb 23, 2014 - 16 answers

 

Looking for power outlets I can install in a headboard I'm building

I'm building a headboard and want to install power outlets. I like this little round pod that seems designed for my purpose with three plugs and two USB ports - but it is significantly more than I'd planned to spend. It also flips over, which I don't need. I've been hunting around for other similar things that don't flip at a more economical price but haven't found anything. Any insights from those with superior google-fu? Thank you!
posted by stewiethegreat on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

What is this plug for?

In my kitchen, I have a plug that is about 7 feet from the floor, near the ceiling. It's directly above the electric heating unit, but doesn't appear to be controlled by said unit. The plug is recessed, but other than that looks to be a standard three prong outlet. It's live and works okay, but it's so far off the floor it's made me curious. Plug
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a on Apr 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin?

Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Oct 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Where do they compile a list of interesting outlets?

Is there a web resource I don't know about for finding one-off or few-off outlet stores? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Wire a GFI switch receptacle combo

WiringFilter: How do I safely wire up this switch/receptacle GFI combo? [more inside]
posted by denriguez on Jul 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Switch doesn't switch correctly.

Please help me understand this bizarre home electrical-wiring problem, and how to fix it. I've got a mid-50s house. I wanted to put an outlet into the second bathroom, which has none, and it looked like the easiest way to do that would be to replace a wall switch with a combination switch/outlet (specifically, this one). [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas?

Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jun 26, 2012 - 6 answers

You are my electrician. Will I ever blow dry my hair again?

Home electrical mystery: Why did tripping a circuit cause all of the GCFI outlets within the circuit to fail (ie none of them can be reset now)? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on May 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Heater outlets?

Alternative to this ugly heater outlet and online fabric stores [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 23, 2012 - 6 answers

How can a lightswitch that controls both outlets be converted to switch just one?

How can a lightswitch that controls both outlets be converted to switch just one? [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Jan 15, 2012 - 4 answers

How to ground my home electrical in accordance with code?

Help me understand the national electric code with regard to rewiring and updating several rooms in my 1940s-era house. [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra on Dec 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Grounded by faith

How the heck is this outlet 'grounded'? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Oct 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Wiring a single-outlet circuit

What is the best way to get a single outlet on this circuit? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop on Oct 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Installation of combination light switch outlet

I have a former light switch that I want to convert to a combination plate where the switch toggles power to the accompanying outlet. However, there are some details that leave me uncertain whether or not this can be accomplished without a certified electrician. [more inside]
posted by CancerMan on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Has J.Crew followed the CSI model, and now we have J.Crew: Canal Street and J.Crew:H&M?

Is "J.Crew factory" the quality of J. Crew or the quality of J.Crew outlet? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Bathroom GFCI wiring

Our bathroom has a GFCI combo switch/socket where the switch is hooked up to the bathroom fan/light. It's wired downstream of another switch controlling the vanity fixture, and set up so that the socket is only hot when the switch is on. This makes it suboptimal for, say, charging an electric razor or toothbrush overnight, because that means leaving the fan on. What's the best way to change this? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Jul 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Miswired receptacle.

This switch/receptacle has been miswired for years. For starters, neither device had the grounding wires attached. I want to put things the way they should be. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Mar 23, 2010 - 14 answers

My outlets are not grounded, will using a UPS and surge protector be OK?

My outlets are not grounded, will using a UPS and surge protector be OK? [more inside]
posted by abbat on Feb 22, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me not be the annoying new roommate who killed the house.

I am not an electrician. But I'm poor, and I'm not an idiot. Unfortunately, I think I did something stupid when wiring a new wall plug; I accidentally touched two wires together, and now the electricity is off in two rooms. More electrically savvy people: can you help me? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Feb 15, 2010 - 34 answers

How do I best make an outlet in my baseboards?

How do I make an outlet in my baseboards? I'm re-wiring the bedroom due to an untraceable short circuit (yay...came home from vacation to no power in the bedroom) and have decided that installing outlets in the baseboards is the best way to go. But, um, the outside wall is brick... [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Sep 6, 2009 - 7 answers

How to fix an outlet who's ground voltage is incorrect?

Replaced a 2-prong ungrounded electricl outlet with a 3-prong grounded one, but when testing the voltage, the hot-ground only shows 50v, while the hot-neutral shows 120v. Any advice to fix this? [more inside]
posted by jmg967 on Jul 14, 2009 - 24 answers

Are there power outlets on International United Airlines flights?

Are there power outlets on International United Airlines flights? My mother is wanting to be able to charge her laptop on a plane ride to Bejing, and wants to know if she is able to either plug her laptop in on the flight, or bring a cigarette lighter power inverter in order to charge it. Does anyone have any input on this that I can tell her?
posted by linzenoonoo on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Did I break my house?

No power to a specific receptacle in the house. Changing the receptacle doesn't work. Now what? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Feb 21, 2009 - 12 answers

Menswear bargains along the I-75?

Shopping filter: Are there any factory outlets or good deals to be had along the I-75? [more inside]
posted by kaudio on Feb 8, 2009 - 7 answers

New Comcast phone service, but old jacks no longer work

My mom switched to land-line phone service through Comcast, but now she only has one working phone jack. How do we restore functionality to the remaining outlets in the house? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Dec 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Whining about a Whining Outlet

Why is this high-pitched whine coming from one of my outlets? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Dec 8, 2008 - 4 answers

There's one too many holes.

What the heck kind of outlet is this, and where can I find an adapter for it? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Oct 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Reselling goods, is this legal?

Are there any specific illegalities to purchasing clothing (e.g. name brand shorts) from an outlet store and then offering them for sale in a boutique that specializes in selling resort wear?
posted by lungtaworld on Jun 24, 2008 - 5 answers

What male do I seek?

I have a mystery wall socket. What can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Jun 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for above average beer in Grove City/Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh/Grove City beer quest - my wife is going to Grove City for outlet shopping and I want her to pick up some local/unique beer. [more inside]
posted by phirleh on Mar 24, 2008 - 14 answers

outletfilter!

What kind of weird outlet is this? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee on Feb 23, 2008 - 16 answers

I just want to plug things in

I have a light switch on the wall that controls both an overhead light and an outleft. I'd like it to only control the overhead light, while still sending power on to the outlet. [more inside]
posted by donnagirl on Jan 3, 2008 - 16 answers

Windows Refund: Bought Laptop from Dell Outlet. Dell Refusing to Give me a Refund for Windows Vista

Dell Outlet Windows / OS Refund. [more inside]
posted by BillyRayMae on Oct 4, 2007 - 24 answers

What's a good outlet for stress and tension that doesn't involve redirecting it towards other people?

What's a good outlet for stress and tension that doesn't involve redirecting it towards other people? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Oct 3, 2007 - 35 answers

Cross Border Outlet Shopping from Toronto:

Any recommendations for outlets and shopping within 2 to 5 hours of Toronto? We're aware of outlets in Niagara (but have never been) and are wondering if they're worth a visit and if there are other places worth seeing now that the US and Canadian dollars are at par. [more inside]
posted by ChuckLeChuck on Sep 28, 2007 - 14 answers

Batteries running down and I can't keep up

Coincidence, or a problem with a wall outlet in my new apartment? My cell phone and laptop batteries are suddenly holding charges for shorter and shorter periods of time. [more inside]
posted by bassjump on Sep 24, 2007 - 6 answers

I (don't) have the power!

2 outlets & a ceiling light stopped working at the same time. None of the circuit breakers were flipped. What would cause this, and how can I troubleshoot it? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Aug 30, 2007 - 15 answers

Help keep my computer from frying.

I need to add grounding to an outlet. How bad an idea is it to chain the ground to the ground of another outlet that is on a different circuit a few feet up from that one? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Jul 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Where can I get a power cord for this old machine?

What kind of power cord will fit into this old EMG machine? [more inside]
posted by wireless on Apr 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Recommend a battery-powered outlet

Recommend a portable battery-driven power outlet, ideally suited to plug a cash register into all day at conventions. [more inside]
posted by Kemayo on Jan 29, 2007 - 7 answers

Help Me Practice Safe Prong Insertion

I need some new sockets to dip my prongs into. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Nov 8, 2006 - 5 answers

What is the difference between 2 and 3 pronged outlets and do I need 3?

What is the difference between 2 and 3 prong outlets and do I need 3? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz on Aug 15, 2006 - 36 answers

viagra for plugs

How do you secure a plug so that even if someone yanks on the chord, it doesn't come out of an outlet? It does need to be POSSIBLE to get the plug out sometimes, and it won't work to glue/staple the chord to the wall, because sometimes equipment needs to be moved to another room. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jul 14, 2006 - 23 answers

Simple install of a new 220v outlet?

I have a electric (220v) dryer, but my new house is set up for gas, and the outlet is only 110v. I think that I have a situation where it would be relatively easy for me to install a new 220v outlet next to the current one without having to involve a professional. Does the scenario (inside) appear workable for the average diy'er? [more inside]
posted by trivirgata on Feb 21, 2006 - 20 answers

How did half an electric outlet die?

Today the top half of a regular wall outlet stopped working. No pulling or pushing of plugs was involved, and the bottom half still delivers electricity without problems (AFAIK). As the bottom half is still powered, it doesn't appear to be a switch or fuse issue (None are tripped). How would this happen, and how difficult a repair is this likely to be? Is it likely a problem simply with the outlet itself, or the wiring in the wall?
posted by birdsquared on Jul 18, 2005 - 11 answers

Renting at a place where 3-prong outlets not grounded properly

My wife and I recently rented a house in the Phinney Ridge area of Seattle. When renting I saw that all of the outlets were 3 prong outlets and that there was a breaker box and not a fuse box, so I assumed it was all wired correctly. Now that we've moved in, I've found that 6 of the 10 outlets are coming up as "open ground" when using a grounding tester. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper on Jul 4, 2005 - 13 answers

southern California Clothing outlet stores

I live in Los Angeles and wanted to find locations of any clothing outlet stores. I did some basic searches on google with not much luck. Any help on this would be great. [more inside]
posted by matthelm on May 30, 2005 - 8 answers

Safe Christmas illumination

How many strands of Christmas tree lights (100 lights/strand) can I safely plug into a single outlet and/or connect to each other?
posted by Dr. Zira on Dec 17, 2004 - 12 answers

How to Put in a Power Outlet in a Basement Closet

I have a closet in a converted basement (drywall). In the closet there is a light bulb powered by a switch so I assume there is electricity. My burning desire in life is to get a power outlet in that closet. What steps do I need to take? Is this a crazy young-person sort of dreamer's dream?
posted by xmutex on Feb 6, 2004 - 17 answers

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