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Grownup Tinkertoys

I'm toying with the idea of DIYing a version of this ceiling lamp. Can anyone tell me the technical name for the pivoting/rotating/swiveling T joints, as Googling combinations of that phrase is not giving me similar connectors? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Aug 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Editing data in a unix/linux pipeline by hand

I am looking for a command line tool that will let me edit data in a shell pipeline by hand before sending it out again on STDOUT. [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera on Apr 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Can anyone help me identify this weird water pipe in my yard?

I rent, and tonight I heard the sound of running water in my yard. I went outside to investigate and saw that water was spurting upwards out of this black pipe in the yard that is about 8" in diameter and sticks out of the ground about a foot (link to picture inside). The pipe has a cap on it that has a hole in it - it looks like an intentional hole that water is supposed to come out of. However, I've lived here for years and I've never seen or heard this happening. It rained today, and I live in SoCal where it hardly rains, but again, this seemed new. The water coming out was substantial and flooded a bit of my (very small) yard. After a while the water flow petered out. Since then, it's been going on and off at random intervals. I've tried to see if me running the water or flushing the toilet is connected to this, but I'm not sure that there is a correlation. The water coming out looked clear, but smelled a little funky and may have emitted a little steam (I didn't want to touch it to check the temp). The pipe is located less than a foot away from the side of the house and is next to my water heater that is located outdoors in some sort of locker thing. I've left a message for the landlord but wanted to see if anyone has any insight as to what this thing may be, and if this is unusual. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Dec 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for pc action-adventure game from the 90's

-PC action-adventure game, mostly action, but I do remember simple adventure things like moving blocks or unlocking doors -first person view -can't remember how health stats and weaponry were viewed -Had to rescue a woman (go figure), but not sure if she was royalty or anything, just motivation to do the journey -Started in kobold (or kobolt) caverns, there was a spider cavern section where it was tunnels burrowed by the spiders themselves, a lava cavern/mining level where you had to break down a rock borer (might have been a laser) -mid to late 90's probably because it's graphics were close to Quake 2, just not as smooth [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Nov 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Supporting Oneself with Freelance News Photography: Possible??

It's looking like I'll be jobless this summer. Would it be possible to keep myself alive by taking photos of newsworthy events and selling them to news organizations? [more inside]
posted by Sheila Nagig on Apr 25, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I unbend a towel rack?

I have a cylindrical towel rack that is bent. I need to unbend it. How can I do this without damaging it further? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Is it possible to track the history of someone's fortune over centuries?

Let's say someone (anyone) made a fortune in the early 18th century - would it be possible to track their fortune over time to see where it is in the present day? I can imagine this being relatively simple if the money just stayed in the family, but what if you wanted to track the fortunes made during something like the Gold Rush?
posted by domakesaypat on Jan 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Keep trying to remove the trap arm, cut it, or give up?

60-year-old house, trap arm and drain/vent are galvanized, trap arm is rusty and I want to remove it. Or should I cut it, or hire someone to do it for me? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jan 17, 2013 - 11 answers

I'm trying to find a particular video of a pipe organist playing Liszt's piano sonata

I'm looking for a video of an excerpt from Liszt's piano sonata in B minor transcribed for the pipe organ. I am pretty sure it was played by a Dutch man, or in the Netherlands, and he had two different colored socks. The obvious youtube searches are turning up nothing. Anybody?
posted by l8erm8 on Nov 29, 2012 - 3 answers

UK slosh pipe

I want to build a slosh pipe but I'm in England and have no idea where I can get the end caps without paying a lot more than the US sites suggest this should cost. Ideas?
posted by JConUK on Aug 19, 2011 - 2 answers

Can you identify this organ piece?

Can you help me identify this piece of music? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Aug 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Where does this exterior drain go?

How do I find where an exterior drainage pipe in the ground goes? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jul 22, 2011 - 8 answers

My house is flooded! What do I do?

I just got home to find my house flooded. The tank on the back of the commode cracked open and has been running all day. What do I do to dry the ceiling, avoid damage? [more inside]
posted by misterpatrick on Jul 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Re-Solder Copper Pipe After Water Leaked

Help Soldering Water Pipe - AGAIN (please don't recommend shark bites or any shortcuts - I did it last year, and it leaked again, thats why I'm trying to do this the right way). [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on May 14, 2011 - 17 answers

opinions on pipes

Pipes - hipster wannabe affectation, or classy anachronism? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on May 9, 2011 - 60 answers

must be something in the water...

This is a question for anyone who knows about houses from the inside out: Do homes ever use aluminum pipes for plumbing? We just had our water tested by the national center for water quality at Heidelberg University using samples from two separate faucets in our home. One sample came back totally normal; the other had double the rate of acceptable aluminum per billion parts. Readings for all other substances were fairly close to each other between the two faucets (and except for the aluminum, no other concern.) Why could one faucet have a higher aluminum rate than another in the same home? [more inside]
posted by Tylwyth Teg on Feb 22, 2011 - 11 answers

How to plug a water leak, food-safe?

My stovetop espresso maker has a small leak. I don't think returning it will help me. Are there any recipes for food-safe 'stop leak' compounds? [more inside]
posted by anthill on Feb 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Bald Patches in Beard - Harbinger of Cancer?

YANMD but: can a bald patch in the beard be an indicator of oral cancer? More detail below. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jan 30, 2011 - 9 answers

It's still just as cold in the kitchen, only a smelly cold

I live in an old apartment with radiators. Pipe in kitchen (radiator has been removed, heated pipe remains) has a leaky valve that smells awful. Can someone take a look at these pictures and tell me if there is anything I can do to cover the leaky bit and reduce the smell? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me make horizontal bar for me to practice balance on

I'm looking to create a bar like this one so that I can stand on it to practice my balance. I'm thinking some kind of plumbing pipe may be able to hold me, or possibly a metal broomstick (I'm 56kg). Any help on what to make it from or how to put it together? [more inside]
posted by insperatum on Aug 31, 2010 - 12 answers

Looking for the live recording of the song The Freshmen.

The first time I heard the song The Freshmen by the Verve Pipe, it was on the radio -- a live version in which the audience sang along. Anyone know where I can find that? All I can locate are studio recordings.
posted by governale on Aug 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Marijuana Piece Suggestions

I recently started medicating with medicinal marijuana. What piece would you recommend the most within the $75-125 range? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Help Identify this Industrial 'Erector Set'

Please identify the 'industrial erector set' holding up the campus board in this picture. [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 on Jul 19, 2010 - 5 answers

need help fixing water valve to toilet tank

need help replacing the valve which supplies water to my toilet tank. As usual, there are some minor (?) complications. [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Jun 22, 2010 - 14 answers

Elephant Straws

What should I do with 30 10-foot, 1-inch diameter PVC pipes?
posted by scose on May 29, 2010 - 16 answers

"It's gonna be clamp this, clamp that. Bada-climp, bada-clamp!"

Hardware question: is there a common sort of clamp for holding a round/tubular object? [more inside]
posted by supercres on May 7, 2010 - 16 answers

God, please let my PVC-to-ABS issue be minor.

ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Apr 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Does somebody make a waterproof tube?

SurelyThisProductExistsFilter: Where can I find a metal tube with a threaded, transparent cap? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Mar 7, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I cut this pipe?

I'm trying to install a toilet. My contractor put a PVC pipe in the floor, but the end is too high for my toilet to sit level on the ground. So I need to cut the PVC pipe. There's only about a half inch gap around the pipe, so I started trying to cut it with a Dremel from the inside. But it seems to be too thick and overheats the Dremel. Is there another cheap tool I can use for this?
posted by scottreynen on Jan 31, 2010 - 18 answers

It's a giant erector set, or, a series of tubes

Giant erector set filter: I am looking for fittings used to join square tubular steel in various ways without welding, for purposes similar to a large erector set. This is for self-fabrication of a large solar panel mount. The pipes I am using are square in cross section measuring 4 inch x 4 inch or 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch. I'm looking for straight splice joints, T, L, X, and 45 degree angles. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 31, 2010 - 6 answers

I'm Too Old for the Draft

Is it safe to insulate around the crawlspace exit point for a hot water heater vent pipe? [more inside]
posted by Gingercat on Jan 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Maps of pipe networks

Pipe-filter: Where can I find maps of pipe networks in US cities? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Dec 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe?

Where can I find a soap bubble blowing pipe that looks like a realistic wooden smoking pipe? [more inside]
posted by leptin on Nov 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Really, no more cloves?

So... The US has banned clove cigarettes. This is the only type I smoke because I dislike the taste and feel of smoking a tobacco-only cigarette. What options to I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 - 27 answers

What happened to the water pressure?

Sudden drop in water pressure since repairman was here the other day. Is there a simple trick for fixing it? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Sep 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Where can I buy a kiseru in the Osaka area?

Where can I buy a kiseru in the Osaka area tomorrow? (A kiseru is a traditional Japanese smoking pipe.) I have looked at all kinds of shops and haven't found any. I'd rather not order online. Some people back home want them as souvenirs. I am staying in Osaka, so I am within easy range of Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, etc.
posted by twblalock on Aug 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Ummm...you put your weed in there.

What the frack is a roor? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jul 22, 2009 - 19 answers

Sliding tile game from 70s?

Help me find a table-top sliding tile game from the 70s involving connecting "pipes." [more inside]
posted by rleamon on Apr 29, 2009 - 8 answers

I'd like a yahoo pipe badge to display properly

I'd like a yahoo pipe badge to display properly (and vertically) in Internet Explorer [more inside]
posted by Baud on Mar 15, 2009 - 1 answer

How to paste or pipe input to a Java command line program?

I have written a simple little Java program which runs on the command line, displays a text menu, and takes user input. I would like to feed it a very large amount of test input--as though an actual user were sitting there typing in commands all day. I am using Windows, but have access to the basic *nix utilities such as cat. "cat file.txt | java Program" doesn't work, nor does starting the program and using the context menu to paste in several lines of data. [more inside]
posted by anaelith on Mar 10, 2009 - 9 answers

I need a water pipe!

Where is the best place online to buy glass water pipes? [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Feb 25, 2009 - 5 answers

Help my fittings line up

How does one get various threaded pipe fittings and plumbing parts to line up properly? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Jan 27, 2009 - 4 answers

How organic is Natural American Spirit tobacco?

How organic is Natural American Spirit tobacco? [more inside]
posted by fjardt on Mar 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Show me the money!

OK so my grandfather bought the proverbial 'swamp land in Florida'... [more inside]
posted by Gungho on Feb 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Pipe command output, but keep the error code

How do I get the correct return code from a unix command line application after I've piped it through another command that succeeded? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Nov 24, 2007 - 22 answers

Bend pipe into a 'U'?

I want to bend a metal pipe into a nice U-shape. Is this possible to do myself? If not, what type of company would be able to do this for me? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker on May 1, 2007 - 21 answers

Why Don't I Rent Anymore?

A pipe in the basement is dripping. It goes to the boiler. What can I do to make it stop? Do I need a plumber? (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by toddst on Mar 27, 2007 - 7 answers

How to insulate an exposed pipe for safety but not heat loss?

An exposed pipe runs from floor to ceiling in my bathroom. What can I wrap around this extremely hot pipe so that it remains a source of heat but isn't a threat to bare skin? [more inside]
posted by hsoltz on Nov 27, 2006 - 27 answers

How to deal with the Water co. on liabilities? Attorney recommendation?

A water main leak was repaired in front of our house. Our facets spewed muddy water. Now possibly contaminated dirt is settled in the water pipes. Health and mechanical/structural risk of dirt and debris settled in water pipes? If, and how to remove? Where for water sample test? How to deal with the Water co. on liabilities? Attorney recommendation? [more inside]
posted by MD06 on Nov 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Man, what IS that smell?

I have a funky smell coming from a pipe in my apartment. What is it, and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Nov 7, 2006 - 9 answers

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