Somehow, a small bit of plastic fell into our baseboard heater and melted, dripping through the baseboard fins. The house now smells like hot glue guns and it's worse every time the heater kicks on, which is a lot because it's cold. How can I fix this? [more inside]
Can you help me with a quest to reuse plastic peanut butter jars? [more inside]
so i've never had to purchase garbage bags.. always just get plastic grocery bags instead of canvas when i'm low. i know we shouldn't and i voted for the ban yesterday but now i'm not sure what to use. [more inside]
We use a lot of zip-lock bags in our house, most of them one-time uses and it kind of makes me uncomfortable. I'd like to figure out how we can reduce our usage of them as much as reasonably possible. Things that we use them for: [more inside]
I'm looking for any suggestions from the crafters, artists, and haunters, on how I can make these large plastic eggs I purchased from Michaels into something scary or creepy for decorative purposed. I have a dozen, in three different sizes. Photo link attached... [more inside]
How can I repair injection molded plastic? [more inside]
I own a record shop and am tired of paying high prices (and insane shipping) for plastic record dividers that invariably break. I think I can get someone to cut or create me my own but have no idea what the technical terms are that I need to search in order to find a company to do it. I'm in Toronto and would like to meet with someone locally. What should I be googling? Thanks.
For reasons that aren't important, but are possibly guessable from past questions. I am looking for a cheapish (let's say less than $40) rigid hollow plastic (or similarly rugged and lightweight material) sphere or hemisphere with a diameter of roughly one meter (let's say somewhere between 39 - 43 inches). Any color is fine, as I'll be painting it anyway. [more inside]
Ahoy, all. I have an idea for a plastic, household whatchamacallit that would involve some large-scale plastic molding if the prototype proves successful. I've yet to start researching this in earnest, but I've had good luck here, so I thought I'd ask: Has anybody here worked with that industry? Large-scale plastic molding? Like for cups and plates and the likes? How does one go about getting a project done in that arena? Thanks in advance, rougy
I picked up a hideous hard plastic fanged ghoul mask at a central California valley supermarket for .49¢. It looks like this fellow, only more colorful. I want to "be" this thing for Hallowe'en, but I don't want to spend the night with gross slimy plastic on my face, especially as there are no breathing holes. How can I easily suspend a traditional plastic mask an inch or three in front of my face? It has big eye holes and tiny side holes to hold an elastic head band, but is otherwise a solid sheet of plastic.
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]
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?
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]
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]
I am looking for small, sturdy, totally leak-proof containers, both half cup and one cup volume. [more inside]
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]
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]
I've been searching high and low for empty plastic bottles like the ones Voss water uses, but with no luck. Help? [more inside]
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.
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]
What is the fastest, most efficient way of getting that fine cling wrap off of cucumbers* without cutting into the cucumber lengthwise?** [more inside]
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?
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]
My lovely clear plastic icicles have aged through the years and I need help returning them to their pristine wintry looks. [more inside]
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.
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.
I'm looking for sheet mirrored plexiglass, acrylic, polycarbonate ... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]
Warning: Crazy offensive Halloween costume description inside. [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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.
Why did all the plastic parts in my fridge turn brittle and start cracking after only 3 years? [more inside]
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.
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]
Can my elderly plastic piece be repaired by myself? What cements and/or techniques should I use? [more inside]
How the hell do you get everything out of a bottle that uses a plastic pump dispenser? [more inside]
What is this syringe-like thing? [more inside]
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.
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?