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What can I do with my old hair straighteners, since they no longer work?

I have few old hair straighteners which have burned out over the years (I have very big, frizzy, and curly hair), and I'm trying to figure out the best way to discard them--is it best to just throw them away, or can I recycle them? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Jul 1, 2014 - 2 answers

What is causing my clear plastic glasses to change color?

I have two pairs of clear plastic/acetate framed glasses. Over time, both have changed color from completely clear to blueish in one case, and orangeish in the other. What's causing this and how do I stop or reverse it? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Apr 22, 2014 - 14 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

I got a plasticised-wire thing came with my USB Mouse. What is it?

OK, this is odd: I recently bought (online) a little (portable/spare) USB Mouse (fitted with a spring-loaded, self-retracting cable-tidier). Fine. The mouse arrived today, along with a Yellow, Plasticised-wire (pipe-cleaner type thing), which has a cute duck face at the end of it, and a strange forked-tail. No other explanation. (Easter, perhaps?!), but I suspect it's some kind of mouse cradle to hang off a laptop... I don't get how this might be used, but wondered if anyone here could explain what it was / it's proper usage to me. Ta
posted by Dub on Apr 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Festive banana toppers?

Do you remember bunches of bananas being sold in the store with colored cellophane wrapped around the stems, 20+ years ago? I certainly do, but I can't find any proof on the Internet of it being a thing. Imagine a 4 inch square of cellophane, placed over the stem, then wrapped with a rubber band. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Mar 27, 2014 - 13 answers

How to un-yellow plastic?

The plastic frames of my favourite pair of sunglasses have turned yellow :( Looking for strategies to return them to their original colour. Google results lean towards turning yellowed plastics back to white or seem like they would be really harsh on the lenses.
posted by kitkatcathy on Mar 22, 2014 - 8 answers

My coffee and water would taste better without chemicals and plastic...

I want to: 1) Try to cut plastic out of my life, at least in coming into contact with beverages I consume. 2) Get my own coffeemaker for my house that doesn't have plastic. 3) Find a solution for drinking water that a) doesn't come in plastic or b) is filtered properly. My city has elevated levels of hexavalent chromium (or chromium 6, the stuff from Erin Brockovich) and Pur faucet filters or even Brita pitchers can't filter that out. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Mar 1, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me find a all metal space heater with a high quality thermostat

I have found that space heater with plastic anywhere on it starts to smell like burning plastic if you run it alot. I have also found that the thermostats on a lot of space heaters do not work well. example you set it to 73 but it just runs and never turns off or turns off before reaching 73.
posted by john123357 on Nov 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Plastic liquid that dries clear?

My aunt is dying of cancer, and I'd like to help her relive a happy memory. Sometime in the late 80s, we made wire flowers and dipped them in a strong smelling plastic (?) that hardened into clear colored panes. Neither of us can remember what it was called or very many specifics beyond that. It came in a can and we dipped the wire loops directly into it. It hardened relatively hard, and took maybe overnight to cure. What was it? Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I dye the skin of a cheap plastic doll?

Warning: Crazy offensive Halloween costume description inside. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Oct 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Is this stuff in my suitcase toxic?

A sheet of plastic on the inside of an old suitcase I'm using has crumbled into this brittle mess, which I've been scooping out of with my hands. It smells like warm plastic or crayons, but really strong Any idea what has happened, and should I have been wearing gloves?
posted by Artw on Aug 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for a solar lit acrylic, plastic, whatever sheet

I bought a number address plaque from Etsy and I love it. However, the wall it is mounted to is blue, and consequently it is pretty difficult to read the sign from the street. I'd love to mount something behind it to solve this problem. [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Jul 13, 2013 - 4 answers

I need a kind of gigantic quality of small, see-through plastic boxes.

I need ideas for ways to store small objects in small, see-through containers, preferably ones that are either flat and stackable or stand up tubes. I need some that hold about 2-3 cubic inches of material, some a little more, some a little less. I need to buy a lot of these and I need them as cheap as possible-- I'm hoping to pay around 35 cents apiece for them but am willing to go a bit higher on some if necessary. They're for storing beads of a variety of sizes, so I need to be able to mix and match a few different kinds of containers. I am willing to buy from multiple sources if necessary. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jul 1, 2013 - 31 answers

What method should I use to recreate a small wooden horse tail?

I have these antique wooden horses, some of which are completely missing their tails due to breaking off and subsequent loss. I would like to recreate 4 extra tails using some method but am getting overwhelmed by the possibilities. I am not afraid to try creating a mold then casting them somehow, but I would like this to be easy and cost effective (<$30 total) since I only need to do 4. I am doing this purely for aesthetic reasons and the material does not have to be terribly durable and Obviously I do not expect this to be wooden. The tails are approximately 2" x 1" and are originally wood, painted black.
posted by thorny on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Brittle fridge

Why did all the plastic parts in my fridge turn brittle and start cracking after only 3 years? [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on May 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Is there something better than plastic wrap for the back of an iPad?

I've got an iPad mini and I'm pretty sure I want a keyboard cover. However, any sort of rear case would interfere with the iPad fitting into the slot of the keyboard cover. And I'd rather not get a keyboard case since they seem rather bulky, I'd rather get the pretty thin Logitech keyboard cover and take it or leave it as I need it. So it looks like the best bet to keep the back of my iPad from getting scratched up every time I put it down and potentially slide it across some dirt or grit on a surface is to grab a piece of plastic wrap that is cut slightly smaller than the iPad and stretch it over the back. A piece lasts about a week. Is there a better (more durable, less likely to come off) solution? Ideally something under $10 and clear (or white). Maybe some sort of sticker? Or plastic shrinks down to size and hugs the iPad when heated with a hair dryer? Thanks for whatever help you can provide navigating the sea of iDevice accessories.
posted by Brian Puccio on Apr 20, 2013 - 12 answers

How to best repair a cracked kindle casing

Like many people with a kindle keyboard, my casing is cracked at the lower corners of the screen. I would like to fix these cracks. By 'fix' I mean make them structurally better at the expense of aesthetics. [more inside]
posted by Acari on Apr 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Repairing an ancient plastic item - what's my best bet?

Can my elderly plastic piece be repaired by myself? What cements and/or techniques should I use? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Apr 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Pump Up The Soap. Pump Up The Soap. Pump Up The Soap. Pump It Up!

How the hell do you get everything out of a bottle that uses a plastic pump dispenser? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Mar 23, 2013 - 20 answers

What is this syringe-like thing?

What is this syringe-like thing? [more inside]
posted by DrumsIntheDeep on Mar 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Plastic model cleaning

Thirty or so years ago I built this model of a P-38J. Since then it's languished in my parents basement and is completely covered with dirt. I tried to use compressed air to blow it off and it didn't work very well. Does anybody have suggestions on how to clean it off? I'm hesitant to immerse it in water since I think I glued the canopy on with ordinary white glue.
posted by Confess, Fletch on Mar 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Plastic surgeon vs Maxillofacial surgeon for stitches on the face

if you get a cut on your face that requires stitches and you go to the ER is it better to ask for a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial to stitch you up? And is the hospital required to give you one if you ask for it?
posted by john123357 on Feb 28, 2013 - 31 answers

Looking for better airline seat back pocket organizer or portfolio

When flying, I use a plastic accordion-style file portfolio to keep a number of things (listed inside) easily accessible in the seat back pocket (or other pocket in a bulkhead row). This makes taking these things out of my carry-on much easier and makes it less likely that I will forget something in the seat back pocket when I leave. It works well for document-shaped things, although the smaller more irregularly shaped things end up getting mixed up together. Is there a better solution? Or even a particular accordion-style organizer you would recommend? I am looking to get a new one. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Feb 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Gluing ABS to styrene

I need a "medium-build" adhesive to glue some fairly small (5mm) plastic components to each other, and my usual glues aren't useful here. [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Jan 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Polyester-friendly way to remove/dissolve Oasis wet floral foam

How to remove/dissolve Oasis wet floral foam? Problem: must be polyester friendly. [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee on Dec 9, 2012 - 3 answers

I have material needs

What stores in the Seattle region are like TAP Plastics but for other materials? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Better living through chemistry?

Are there unpleasant compounds in plastic (specifically Britta filters) that are soluble in pure ethanol that I don't want to drink? [more inside]
posted by Lame_username on Sep 26, 2012 - 34 answers

I think I inhaled a bit of a melting plastic bag while cooking. 30 minutes later, I got a nosebleed. Should I be worried?

I think I inhaled a bit of a melting plastic bag while cooking. 30 minutes later, I got a nosebleed. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Sep 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me identify this drawer runner.

Help me identify these drawer runners so I can get replacements. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Sep 16, 2012 - 1 answer

What is this style of ring and what is it made out of?

Jewelry Filter: What is this style of ring and what is it made out of? Flowers made out of some seemly synthetic or plastic. [more inside]
posted by Submiqent on Sep 14, 2012 - 8 answers

The feasibility of painting on fabric or vinyl.

I've been commissioned to paint a mural on some sort of material that will be 20'x20' and will be displayed outdoors. What material would be most receptive to paint, flexible and long-lasting? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Aug 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Are all Ikea cam screws and locks plastic now?

I just received some replacement cam screws and locks from Ikea and the locks are plastic! Are all Ikea cam locks plastic now? Alternatively, do Billy bookcases come with plastic locks now? I bought mine years ago and they were metal. Picture of what a cam screw and lock look like in case they go by some other name I don't know
posted by racecar on Jun 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Where are you Auxiliary Badger?

Please help me find a specific small plastic badger toy. [more inside]
posted by lamp on May 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Credit Card Comparison that isn't Spam

I need a new credit card, but every website that rate/compares them looks like spam bait. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Mar 7, 2012 - 13 answers

It's like epoxy clay, but easier.

Please help me remember a crafty-type material I saw in a web article a month or two ago. It's some kind of plastic that comes in pouches, in various fairly deep colors, and apparently permanently hardens some time after being exposed to air. [more inside]
posted by Malor on Feb 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Can I smell this?

I accidentally melted a plastic ladle on my cooktop this morning. It smoked profusely and the fumes smelled horrible. How concerned should I be about toxicity? All windows are currently open, but there's still a lingering odor. I did call the poison control center, and the operator told me that 1) yes, the fumes could be toxic, and 2) in the absence of symptoms, just air out the house. Does the hive mind have anything to add?
posted by Wordwoman on Feb 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Fix my plastic lamp.

How do I repair (or replace) scratched plastic lamp panels? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Feb 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Plastic Model Paints?

This black acrylic paint sucks for the plastic model I am building. What model paints should I be using?
posted by toastchee on Jan 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Reuse or recycle?

What is the proper way to "recycle" the blue plastic pallets that Diet Mountain Dew bottles are sold on? [more inside]
posted by aflores on Jan 21, 2012 - 3 answers

I want to make my own UV reactive substances

I'd like to take a clear plastic and make it photochromatic, like you find in transition eyeglass lenses. [more inside]
posted by breakfast! on Dec 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Plastic glasses frames w/nose pads - not prodesign?

Does anyone know of manufacturers who makes plastic / acetate glasses frames with nose pads besides prodesign? [more inside]
posted by oneear on Dec 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Ceiling cat is watching you macerate

Ancient ziplock bag of rum and raisins: still good? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on Dec 7, 2011 - 9 answers

What procedure will kill my eye vein?

I went to a ENT/facial surgeon recently for something unrelated, and I asked the doctor, who also does facial plastic surgery, what I could do about a large vein I have under my right eye. He had me speak with a woman in the office, and she told me, after looking at my vein(s), about a procedure for veins like mine (not spider veins) wherein they inject saline into the vein and then it goes away. What procedure is that? How much does it cost? Do you have a recommendation for a place in Philadelphia, PA? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can I buy a small amount of black PVC sheeting?

Where can I purchase a four foot by four foot square (give or take, I'll take 2x8 or 3x4 or whatever else will give me roughly 15 sq feet without being less than a foot wide) of eighth inch thick, flexible, glossy black PVC? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Oct 31, 2011 - 9 answers

How to pretty up plastic?

What materials can I use to decorate (i.e. completely cover and disguise) the outside of a plastic container? I have made some self-watering planters from storage containers, but they’re very ugly as-is and I want to decorate them. Looking for methods that are durable and weather-resistant, and (if known) won’t leech into the plastic and the soil. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

More like D'oh!-lefin, amirite?

I did a Dumb Thing. Involving an iron. And some carpet. Please help! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Oct 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Plastic frames for glasses?

How do you adjust plastic eyeglass frames? I have always had wire frames which are easily adjusted (and easily knocked out of true). Can plastic frames be adjusted? Do they need adjusting? Any other opinions on plastic vs. wire?
posted by metahawk on Oct 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so?

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Pen shiny. Me like.

Where can I get fluorescent green translucent polypropylene suitable for injection-molding a case with a living hinge? Failing that, what is the industry term for this luminescent/fluorescent effect? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Aug 19, 2011 - 4 answers

I worry alot and it shows...

I'm thinking of getting an endoscopic brow lift and I'd like to hear from anyone who's had one. Specifically - what was your experience like? Were you happy with the results? Would you do it again? Was the cost vs results ratio worth it?.
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 - 0 answers

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