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Nice rack

I want to get a rack for surfboards for my 2012 Subaru Impreza Sedan (not the hatchback). I will need some aftermarket racks and there is no Subaru install for this model. I've seen offers from Rhino, Thule and a few others. Which one do you recommend? How hard is it to install?
posted by spacefire on May 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Racking Hard Cider, Part 2

Here I am one week later, as advised, ready to rack my cider again. But I'm still unsure of some of the details. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Apr 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Back-carbonating a homebrew cider

Two weeks ago I put sugar and yeast in a jug of cider, and it's time to rack it. But the online resources I'm using have me confused. Should I rack more than once when back-carbonating, or am I done? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Apr 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Can I just build my own shelves to solve this problem?

I have a stack of AV equipment next to our TV. I want a simple set of wooden shelves to tidy things up, but short narrow bookshelves don't seem to exist. Short OR narrow, but not short AND narrow. Anyone have any ideas of how I could simply do it myself? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jan 16, 2014 - 16 answers

Searching for a server rack/cabinet…

At my place of employment, I have been charged with physically securing our two servers. The decision has been made to bolt them to the concrete floor in a cage. I don't know how to shop for a server rack. We have an old one that they're on now, but it's an open rack, without sides or locks. I need one that's more of a cage, to keep people without the key out. It'll have to fit at least 8U worth of servers, and also accommodate a midsized tower somehow, and be 1000mm deep minimum. How do I shop for this? I can't find any information on whether any of the racks I'm looking at are bolt downable.
posted by TrueVox on Jul 19, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I avoid driving into my garage with my bike in the roof rack?

I just bought a roof rack for my bike. Without some kind of alarm in place, I will drive into the garage with bike on the roof. I will destroy the bike and damage my house and I want to avoid this. I need some kind of directed sensor such that when the bike breaks the line of the sensor a light flashes to remind me not to drive into the garage with the bike on my roof. Any ideas along these lines or better?
posted by alcahofa on May 24, 2013 - 51 answers

Transporting a Recumbent Road Bike!

I have a specific question about transporting my Rans Tailwind Recumbent Road Bike in my trailer using fork traps that I attached to the trailer myself. My question is whether or not I need to take the seat off the bike before I transport it at highway speeds. See inside for more details and pictures. [more inside]
posted by crapples on May 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Is it possible to get a rear rack for this bike?

This is my bike (flickr set); it's a late 1980s Peugeot Cassis (I'm pretty sure.) I live in Victoria, Australia. Is it possible to purchase a rear pannier rack for this bike, I have looked at standard bike shop racks and haven't found one that fits. Where would I purchase one of these racks (I'm in Melbourne until Thursday) and how much am I looking at paying? [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Apr 2, 2013 - 9 answers

All Hands Heave Out And Trice Up

Navy rack (bed, not ribbons) kit I saw a few years ago. Now I can't seem to find it. Also looking for other tips and tricks in regards to ship life. Help? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 30, 2012 - 5 answers

My, what big racks you have...now let me use them

I have 2 audio cassette racks that are now cassette-less. Looking for something to do with them around / in the house. Could I use them to grow plants? Any ideas welcome, unique, strange, crazy, stupid, they're all good. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Oct 22, 2012 - 4 answers

What a nice rack. No, wait, come back!

I really like this Umbra Loft magazine rack - but they no longer make them, and I can't find anything similar on the 'net. Any way to get one, or something extremely similar?
posted by eschatfische on Jul 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Why must taking a bike places be such a fuss?!

Trunk-mount bike racks: Are they really the enormous pile of awfulness that everyone keeps telling me they are? Are there ones that don't damage your car? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on May 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Bike rack rental in NYC?

Where can I rent a car that seats 4 people as well as a bike rack for their bikes...in NYC? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on May 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Erector Set-like metal bars?!

What do you call the metal bars that have two flat parts with a 90 degree angle with screw holes on both sides? I'm thinking of getting some and cutting them to the lengths I need but I have no idea what they're called, any other information on Erector Set like prefabricated elements would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by TheKM on Jan 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Stick it to me

I'd like to buy or make a towel rack that adheres to a wall using 3M command strips. Possible? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Jan 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Can you advise me on making a wine rack?

I'm going to make a wine rack. Do you have any advice? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Dec 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Could a steering repair to a Civic damage an XM antenna?

I gave my '07 Honda Civic to a mechanic who said it needed a replacement of the steering rack and/or pump, which he did. Problem: aftermarket XM radio was working perfectly before it went in, antenna had intermittent short which prevented radio from getting signal at least 50% of the time when I got it back. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

How to make this rack fit my bike?

Any way to mod this rear bike carrier rack to fit onto my v-brake bike? [more inside]
posted by stray on Oct 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Confusing bicycle parking.

How do I use this wall-mounted public bicycle rack? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Sep 9, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me find the perfect kitchen shelves

I have way too little storage space in my kitchen, and am looking to get something like this. Are there any better options available to me for around $100-$200? What kind of standalone shelving do you use in your home?
posted by Stephanie Duy on Aug 15, 2011 - 16 answers

Where are the anime-based radio dramas? =)

Where can I purchase or download English audio and/or radio dramas based on animes? Is there a website that caters to such a medium? If not, which animes do you know that have been converted to an audio drama? Perhaps a podcast? [more inside]
posted by UsagiBride on Jul 27, 2011 - 1 answer

What is it?

What is this household item? Looks like an overengineered magazine rack. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Nov 19, 2010 - 16 answers

You can get everything in New York. Yeah, right!

Where can I get a cheap, free-standing coat rack in NYC? I need to get it today or tomorrow. I would like something $70 or less. I don't own a car, so this needs to be someplace in Manhattan or Brooklyn that's easily accessible by taxi or subway. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Oct 10, 2010 - 9 answers

ATA rack case, 48 hours, SF Bay Area. Go!

ATA-approved rack case in the SF Bay Area today or tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by lothar on Oct 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Screws don't fit. Am I screwed?

Installing rear rack on bike. Bolt size conundrum. [more inside]
posted by elpea on Sep 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Need small, basic, equip for garage gym. What to get?

I want to build a small basic gym in my garage. I have $1,000 to spend. What should I get, why, and from where? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Jul 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Nice Rack? But how do I get it on my bike?

Bike/Cycling: Modern features + classic styling = fit problems. I want this rack to fit on this bike. Help me ponder modifications necessary to make it fit - or sadden me greatly and tell me I'm going to have to settle for something uglier. [more inside]
posted by brandoniain on Jun 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Ford Econoline Safari rack recommendations

I have a 2005 Ford e150 van. I am going camping tomorrow and it would be nice to throw the clothes and sleeping bags on a roof rack. Yet the Yakima and Thule options seem terribly overpriced, and given the vehicle it should be obvious that fashion is not an issue. Is there a functional rack that I can get from a bricks-and-mortar retailer that costs <$300 and doesn't involve suction cups? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on May 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Bike trunk bag quick release?

I have a bicycle trunk rack that is Trek Interchange compatible. My trunk bag is not. I'd like an easier way to take the bag off the bike when parking it in public. Is there really no such thing as an Interchange adaptor for non-Interchange bags? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Apr 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Battery shelves for a huge DC UPS

Battery shelf manufacturers: I need links to manufacturers of steel battery shelves for large DC UPS applications, for use with AGM VRLA lead acid batteries such as 2V 600aH to 1200aH and 6V 220aH to 600aH+ sizes. Batteries will be Rolls or a competitor. The shelves should knock down into something that can be flat packed and reassembled at an installation site. Features for earthquake bracing and shock mounting are also useful. Where do the US RBOCs buy their shelves?
posted by thewalrus on Apr 6, 2010 - 1 answer

trunk or roof??

What is the best choice of bike rack for a 2009 Ford Focus SE ? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Mar 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Right ski roof rack?

I want to buy a ski roof rack for my late(st) model Honda Civic. Any suggestions? I'm concerned about any impact on the fit (seals) and finish (paint) on my car. How justified is this paranoia? Also I will likely eventually want to carry bikes or other cargo.
posted by Wood on Oct 30, 2009 - 4 answers

My girlfriend is getting a bit suspicious that I keep googling for a "nice rack."

I can't believe I'm asking this, but I want a magazine rack next to my toilet and can't seem to find one anywhere that doesn't look like it belongs at my grandparents' house. [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Oct 3, 2009 - 12 answers

Most boring server rack question ever

How can I put HP DL160s on slide rails in an IBM rack? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Aug 6, 2009 - 8 answers

Rack-ing my brain.

RoofRackFilter: in which the poster ignores all the good advice he received earlier, buys a used Volvo V70, and is confounded by the roof rack. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Jun 19, 2009 - 2 answers

What kind of bike rack should I get for my car?

What kind of bike rack should I get for my car? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson on May 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Identify this wine rack

Help me identify this wine rack. I purchased these at a flea market about 10 years ago and would like to expand the rack to hold more bottles. The tubular sections are extruded so they come apart and inter-lock. Anyone know who manufactured them so I could know what to search for?
posted by machaus on Feb 12, 2009 - 7 answers

What stores in Canada sell tie racks?

What stores in Canada sell tie racks? [more inside]
posted by newatom on Oct 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Get my shoes off the floor, please

Please help me find a shoe rack. I can't believe I'm having such a hard time finding one. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Buying a trailer hitch bike rack in T.O.?

I'm going on a longish trip on Friday of next week and would like to bring my bicycle with me. I'll be in Toronto on Sunday; does anyone have any recommendations on where to go to buy a trailer hitch mount bike rack there?
posted by the dief on Jul 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Old Server Rail Kits?

Where do I find sliding rail kits for older Dell PowerEdge 1750, Sun, and HP/Compaq G3/G4 machines? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on Jul 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Best mileage when traveling with a bike

Driving from Pennsylvania to South Carolina with a bike and a kid cart for the bike. Which will create less drag, putting them on top of our Ford Focus wagon, or on a bike rack on the back?
posted by Toekneesan on Jun 25, 2008 - 3 answers

How should I tote my stuff, including a laptop, on my bike?

How should I tote my stuff, including a laptop, on my bike? (Backpacks and messenger bags need not apply.) [more inside]
posted by Project F on Jun 23, 2008 - 12 answers

How to set up a server room with a 10 TB rack?

Going to be moving into a new office space, where will will get to redesign some of the space for our needs. We will need to set of a 10TB server rack-- need to figure out how much space should we set aside for a server room. If you were starting to set up one from scratch, what would you start considering? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck on Apr 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Where can I buy colored power cables?

I want to use color-coded cables for critical servers. Is it possible to purchase PC power cables in colors other than black and grey? [more inside]
posted by thparkth on Feb 5, 2008 - 13 answers

Rear bike rack for a VW New Beetle

Anybody know the make and model of a bike rack that can be used on the rear end of a VW New Beetle? I know Volkswagen makes a top-mounted rack accessory, but I don't want to be lifting my heavy bikes up that high. Bonus points if you have successfully mounted it on your own Beetle in this lifetime. Holding 2 bikes would be fine, 3 would be even better.
posted by ackptui on Jan 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Please help me find a temporary bike rack for my 1993 Saab 900 convertible.

Please help me find a bike rack for my 1993 Saab 900 convertible. [more inside]
posted by sequential on Jan 22, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I show off my pipes?

Does anyone have any experience or advice on building a clothing/display rack out of pipes? [more inside]
posted by wolfsleepy on Jan 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Help identify cool mystery bike rack?

Help me identify/locate the manufacturer of a cool hitch-mounted bike rack I saw last summer. I want one. The google goggles, they do nothing. [more inside]
posted by de void on Jan 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Nice rack.

Design for a home-made wooden snowboard/ski/snowshoe rack? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 13, 2008 - 4 answers

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