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Can I eat it: forgot to remove plastic wrapping edition

We baked some pork spareribs and forgot to remove part of the plastic wrapping. Will it kill us if we eat it (the pork, not the wrapping)? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising on Aug 1, 2015 - 12 answers

What can I do with all these leftover Nuun canisters?

I'm training for a marathon, it's summer, and I am going through a lot of Nuun. The tablets come in these little canisters kinda shaped like film canisters but skinnier. What the heck can I do with these puppies that's not throwing them in the trash?
posted by bq on Jul 16, 2015 - 13 answers

My mom is getting new boobs. How can I help her recover?

My 50-something year old mother is getting breast augmentation soon. She's asked me to stay with her for a day or two to help her recover. Any tips/suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah on Jun 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking to fix a hole in my tubtrug

I have a tubtrug that I let get too close to my baseboard heater last night. There is now about a 1-2" hole in the side, which I'd like to repair. [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Mythical small snack containers???

I am looking for small, sturdy, totally leak-proof containers, both half cup and one cup volume. [more inside]
posted by gryphonlover on Mar 29, 2015 - 9 answers

How to fill a small gap in a (small, fiddly) plastic part?

We have two way (top-down/bottum-up) blind. Unfortunately, on one window they're only top-down because the bottom side cord has worn a hole into a plastic part it slides through. [more inside]
posted by zennie on Mar 15, 2015 - 8 answers

I lost over 100 lbs and I'm feeling and looking deflated

For those who have lost over 100 lbs and had a breast lift, abdominoplasty, or a lower body lift: Would you mind sharing your experience with me? [more inside]
posted by Sarin Bellum on Mar 13, 2015 - 6 answers

I want Voss plastic bottles without the Voss water.

I've been searching high and low for empty plastic bottles like the ones Voss water uses, but with no luck. Help? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Feb 10, 2015 - 5 answers

where do I find plastic shelves that are 56 x 30 x10 inches?

A few years ago I found a plastic shelving unit that size and I can't remember where and I can't seem to find anything like it. Most of the units I see are much deeper. I realize this is a fairly inane question, but anyone with better googlefu or knowledge that can help would be appreciated.
posted by blueyellow on Feb 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Can I heat this?

I accidentally put one of those plastic sheet protector things (with paper in it) onto an electric burner that was switched off but still hot. I didn't realise it at the time and came back to a neat hole in the sheet protector, some scorch marks on the paper and some of the plastic melted onto the burner. Thankfully it didn't catch fire. It's a coil burner. My question is: what's the best way to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Jan 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Cucumbers in plastic

What is the fastest, most efficient way of getting that fine cling wrap off of cucumbers* without cutting into the cucumber lengthwise?** [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Jan 5, 2015 - 25 answers

Sanding down acetone damaged plastic

I ruined a vintage celluloid ring by spilling acetone on it -- the finish is now rough and cloudy where the acetone ate into the plastic. Could this be repaired with sandpaper or similar, or should I consider it a lost cost?
posted by noxperpetua on Dec 26, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I get a plastic shopping bag out of my tree?

There's the remnant of a plastic shopping bag caught in a tree in my backyard. It bothers me. It's about 20 feet (maybe 25 feet) off the ground. It's not visible in summer, but very visible in winter. Here are a couple of photos. The bag is circled in red. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Dec 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Dreaming of a clear Christmas - get the yellow off my icicles

My lovely clear plastic icicles have aged through the years and I need help returning them to their pristine wintry looks. [more inside]
posted by leafwoman on Dec 17, 2014 - 6 answers

What Are These Adhesive Bookmarks Made Of?

What is the exact material of these bookmarks? It's a type of extremely thin transparent plastic like sheeting tape - I need to know the name. Thanks.
posted by watercarrier on Oct 21, 2014 - 8 answers

How can I clean up Danny?

My mum sent me what was my favourite toy as a toddler. He's a kind of glo-worm type toy, made from glow in the dark hard but flexible E plastic on the face, butnover the past thirty years this has somehow developed black patches - PIC here. Can I clean these off without causing further damage? My mum tried washing him in the machine, but to no avail.
posted by mippy on Oct 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Where can I buy waterproof mirrored acrylic?

I'm looking for sheet mirrored plexiglass, acrylic, polycarbonate ... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Sep 16, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I cut a small rectangular hole in plastic?

I'd like to tidy up my Raspberry Pi projects by putting them in custom cases. The pre-made cases have holes for every port, which I don't need (and sometimes I have sensors and other things that need holes of their own). I have some plastic project boxes, but I'm not sure how best to cut the holes I do need. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Jul 26, 2014 - 6 answers

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

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