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How can I fix this bath drain plug?

My house came with a plug like this. A few weeks back my wife unscrewed it to remove some hair and now it won't go back. It won't screw to the threads in the drain. It seems like the drain threads are slightly larger than the one in the plug. Maybe some adapter was there that fell into the drain? No idea. I bought another plug from Lowes that looked slightly larger, but it didn't thread. How can I fix this without getting a plumber to visit?
posted by jonclegg on Jul 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Serological pipettes sold unplugged--do I plug it myself?

Does a pipette that is sold unplugged work fine as-is, or do I need to plug it? [more inside]
posted by Anwan on Jan 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there a safe way to convert a 4 prong dryer plug to a 3 prong?

I just bought a used dryer on Craigslist that has a 4-wire plug (14-30). My apartment has a 3-wire receptacle (10-30R). Is there a safe way to switch the plugs without an external ground? [more inside]
posted by dubusadus on Aug 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Where to get a replacement end-piece for an Apple MagSafe airline adapter?

Where to get a replacement end-piece for an Apple MagSafe airline adapter? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 13, 2012 - 2 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

I want to prevent my new headphones from fraying near the plug.

I want to prevent my new headphones from fraying near the plug. Can you give me tips to prevent this from happening like it always does? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 8, 2012 - 18 answers

Does anyone recognize this electrical connector?

Does anyone recognize this electrical connector? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Jun 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Magsafe for the rest of us

How can I protect the USB ports of my device? [more inside]
posted by mhz on Jan 9, 2012 - 16 answers

I just want to take a bath, and I can't do that when you let all the water run out of you.

I'm sick, I'm achey, and all I want to do is take a bath. So how the *%@# do I work this bathtub stopper?! [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Sep 27, 2011 - 31 answers

Now I'm playing with power -- portable power! (Please?)

How can I portably power my old slide projector on the go? [more inside]
posted by stleric on Aug 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Is this electrical outlet dead and what should I do?

I know you are not my electrician, but: Why does this electrical power outlet no longer work? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Pinout for Etymotic ER-4p earphones

Does anyone know the pinout of the cable for the Etymotic ER-4p in ear monitors? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Mar 9, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I fix my headphones, without buying a new pair?

I broke the jack on my nice headphones. :( Is there some way to fix them? [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Sep 22, 2010 - 8 answers

US car iPod compatibility?

I'm going to be renting a car and want to make sure that my iPod can be hard wired into the stereo. Help! [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Jul 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Whoops. I guess I kinda forgot about that one...

What's the best/cheapest way to adapt a power cord from the UK to an outlet in North America? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Jul 2, 2010 - 20 answers

What are the worst celebrity endorsements?

Find me some horrible, unsolicited celebrity endorsements. [more inside]
posted by ODiV on Jun 15, 2010 - 24 answers

The plug, the socket and the air conditioner

Window mounted air conditioner had a burned-up blade on the plug. New replacement plug gets hot at the same blade. New plug needs to be wiggled or the blades spread to make electrical contact in the socket. What's the problem here? Bad plug, bad socket or air conditioner pulling too much juice for either plug or socket? [more inside]
posted by de void on Jun 7, 2010 - 9 answers

"Plugging Holes", with your host Bob Vila

How to deal with somewhat large holes in a wooden floor? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Reusing salvaged PC fans for the connector-challenged

Firstly, I apologize for asking about computer cooling, as I'm sure there are tons of questions about it, but my problem is with the specifics. The fans in my gaming computer have been running much more lately, probably due to the warmer weather making my room quite hot. (My current fans are adequate, the computer's never been above 128f, they're just loud and high-pitched) I salvaged 2 fans from older Dell desktops, but I'm pretty clueless about the many types of connectors involved. It looks like I'll be buying a fan controller, but first I need to know what connectors it needs to have. In addition, I want to make sure that the added fans won't be too much for my power supply In short, can you please give me advice on the best way to cool my computer, preferably with the fans I already have? [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Apr 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Less Ovaltine, please :(

I've spilled chocolate milk all over my power strip (with surge protector). What to do? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Mar 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Small UK (USB) Plug.

I'm looking for a small UK plug with USB a connector to charge my phone with whilst travelling. As small as possible please!
posted by nam3d on Jan 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Aux Plug Broken

My son broke off the plug in my Aux input on my 2008 Nissan Altima. There is no piece sticking out far enough to get with needle nose pliers. Any idea on how I can clear the plug to be able to use it again? [more inside]
posted by snoelle on Jan 2, 2010 - 19 answers

SDcard as primary storage?

How reliable would it be to use an SD card as primary storage in a Plug computer? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Aug 19, 2009 - 3 answers

Wiring up an old radiogram

I found a radiogram on the street. There are two short wires out the back, both stripped about 1/4" bare, and no plug. With regard to polarity, does it matter how I attach a new lead and plug? I'm in the US and will be plugging it in to 110V. [more inside]
posted by carter on Aug 14, 2009 - 12 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

How to keep Dell Latitude power supplies from dying?

O, the carnage! Is there anything I can do to prolong the lifespan of a Dell Latitude's power brick/AC adapter? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Jan 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Fix a loose connection without cutting the cord?

Is it possible to fix a power cord without replacing the plug? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Dec 2, 2008 - 9 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

What is the cheapest USB mic I could find for a mac?

What is the cheapest USB mic I could find for a mac? [more inside]
posted by Melankolia on Jul 9, 2008 - 6 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

A 120V air conditioner with a 240V outlet

Given constraints, how can I make a 120V window air conditioner work on a 240V outlet? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jun 5, 2008 - 19 answers

I've lost the AC adapter, and I need to turn this laptop on.

Is there a cheap (free) way to get information off my old Toshiba Satellite laptop now that I've lost the AC adapter? Read more about my plug-holes of differing sizes inside. [more inside]
posted by cheeken on Apr 4, 2008 - 7 answers

240V Dryer Outlet to 120V Outlet

Is there an adapter for a 240V dryer plug that will allow a standard 120V to operate off of it (while still allowing for the full 240Vs for the dryer)? [more inside]
posted by hylaride on Mar 21, 2008 - 12 answers

DIY Hardwood Ear Gauge Jewelry?

How does one go about making their own ear gauge plug jewelry from hardwoods? [more inside]
posted by franklen on Mar 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Trying not to fry them

Plug adapter for Argentina and Uruguay? [more inside]
posted by Bezuhin on Mar 4, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I use this UK appliance in the US?

British appliance, US power: can they find happiness together? [more inside]
posted by bac on Dec 9, 2007 - 15 answers

Wanted: headphone adapters that don't resemble crowbars

Can anybody help me source headphone adapters that won't break all my headphone sockets? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Sep 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Plugging in a set-top box

I need some help incorporating my new set-top box into my DVD recorder and TV setup. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Nov 11, 2006 - 9 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

Placement of spark plug wires

Placement of spark plug wires.. [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 on Oct 13, 2006 - 14 answers

Favorite ear plugs for sleeping?

Ear Plugs: What's your favorite ear plug for sleeping? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Sep 21, 2006 - 12 answers

Help my iPod know (in the Biblical sense) some other equipment

I'm having trouble connecting my iPod to my PC and to an external speaker system. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 6, 2006 - 10 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

Name that plug socket.

Name that plug socket! [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Nov 11, 2005 - 9 answers

Is it possible to convert or otherwise use Photshop plugins from Windows to Mac?

Is it possible to convert or otherwise use Photshop plugins from Windows to Mac? I have lots of legacy plugins and effects from the old Windows PC here at work. We switched to Mac but many of the plugins are not available for Mac.
posted by ooklah on Jan 27, 2005 - 7 answers

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