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Antique Sewn Toy Restoration in Pacific Northwest USA

Looking for recommendations for a place (preferably near Seattle) that can do some cleaning/restoration on antique sewn toys (cloth dolls and a teddy bear). The items in question are at least 70-90 years old, and have been stored reasonably well, but could use some love to make them shine. Any experience with antique toy/doll consignment or sales would be useful too.
posted by matildaben on Jan 16, 2017 - 4 answers

Fur Coat Repair in Chicago?

I have a vintage mink that requires extensive repairs, and after watching the Migos T-Shirt video I'm ready to drop maybe $200-$300 on it. What's a good spot in Chicago for affordable fur repair/restoration? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 12, 2017 - 0 answers

1999 Chevy Malibu - locating coolant leak

I know it's leaking, I just don't know from where. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jan 12, 2017 - 8 answers

Repair oldish Macbook Air through Apple or some third party, or replace?

My Macbook Air (2012 model) has a bad hard drive, I think. Should I try to take it to Apple for maintenance, or a third-party? [more inside]
posted by skewed on Jan 2, 2017 - 7 answers

upholstery repair

We purchased a couch on discount because it had a rip in the arm. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 2, 2017 - 11 answers

Rare, hand-made electric guitar: fret repair in Bay Area?

I've got a hand-made, non-standard, one-of-a-kind electric guitar with a buzzing fret. As far as I can tell, the extent of the job should be to whack it in a little and then set it, but I'm a bit nervous to do it myself. (Plus, surely a specialist would use something better than a mallet and super glue...) What are some reliable guitar repair shops in the Bay Area I could turn to, and how much might the job cost me?
posted by archagon on Dec 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Umbilical Hernia to mesh or not to mesh?

H has been diagnosed with an Umbilical Hernia, he is 62 yrs and very healthy. Hernia looks about 2 inches long, no pain, not bothering him. Info on the web is confusing. regarding types of surgery (open or Lap, robotic), and repairs (mesh, no mesh, special thread). We are in the NYC area: 1. Recommendations for Dr's 2. Opinions on choices in 2016 I know YANMD...Thanks
posted by drthom on Dec 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Reliable Computer Repair Shop in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan

Does anyone have a recommendation for a computer repair shop ideally in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Dec 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Fix Broken Chair Leg

I have an upholstered chair with a broken leg. I'd love to fix it myself, but I'm not particularly handy and don't know if glue or wood filler will do the trick. More detail inside. [more inside]
posted by dredge on Dec 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Dental implants or dental crowns for worn down molars

Over the years I have worn down my back teeth due to Bruxism (I'm 63). My dentist recommended crowns on the back teeth to build them up so that my bottom teeth don't cut into the roof of my mouth, but I am thinking dental implants would make more sense. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on Dec 1, 2016 - 15 answers

What size wire inside Beats Solo2 headphones?

What size wire do I want to buy, to replace the one that goes through the strap from the left headphone to the right headphone in my son's Beats Solo 2 headphones? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Is replacing the fan on a convection oven a DIY project?

Is replacing the fan on a convection oven a DIY project? The fan on my Viking electric oven made a bunch of noise then started smoking, so I'm guessing that's what failed. Is replacing it a doable project for someone with moderate electrical skills? And is it something I should try to tackle this weekend, before Thanksgiving? (I can cook w/o convection in the meanwhile.) [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Nov 18, 2016 - 7 answers

How to remove a stuck wash plate from LG WT5001CW Washer?

I followed this Youtube video to the letter. Once that little bolt comes out of the center the wash plate is supposed to lift right off. This one doesn't. I have tried to pry it off, I gave it a gentle whack with a rubber mallet... nope. I have closely examined it and there are no other screws or bolts. Anyone have experience removing one of these?
posted by brownrd on Oct 16, 2016 - 2 answers

Repair stripped screw holes in my bamboo sunglasses.

I own a pair of bamboo wood sunglasses. Both of the screws that hold the hinges in place on the rim have come loose from the wood, and the threaded holes on the rim aren't threaded anymore and they screws are not really screwed in anymore, just sort of stuck into them. How can I tighten them up? [more inside]
posted by signal on Oct 1, 2016 - 15 answers

rust repair for a non handy person

I just bought a vintage sewing machine, which has a rust problem on one panel. [more inside]
posted by superfish on Sep 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Washing machine drain pump help! DIY-ers welcome.

Mrs. Gefilte and I have a ten year old Maytag/Whirlpool top-loading washing machine with a direct-drive motor. It's been working fine for a while, but lately, intermittently, clothes will still end up sopping wet after the spin cycle. It's now constant, and very annoying. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Aug 21, 2016 - 6 answers

How do we repair this unsightly hole in our wall?

We tried to drill holes to put in a bookshelf, now have two unsightly holes and the wall anchor still doesn't want to go in. Help! We're really new at this stuff. [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Aug 19, 2016 - 20 answers

Repair or Replace, Upright Freezer Edition

Should I repair or replace my 25+ year old GE upright freezer? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Aug 9, 2016 - 9 answers

I want to learn how to fix stuff in Seattle

I've decided I want to make better, more purposeful use of my downtime to get myself out of a rut. I'd like to take some ongoing (not one-off) classes in something that is engaging and practically useful. I'm feeling drawn to mechanical-type things, like learning how to do basic electrician stuff or auto repair. Any ideas? North Seattle would be ideal but I can travel.
posted by deus ex machina on Aug 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Weird deposits on granite counter - how to remove and prevent

I bought a place in a building built in 2007 that has granite counters. The previous owner apparently was not sealing them at all. I managed to clean and seal the kitchen one on Saturday, but there are a lot of hard white deposits that look like minerals from hard water around the bathroom sink that I can't remove. Help? [more inside]
posted by zdravo on Jul 18, 2016 - 2 answers

How to repair damage to floor?

One of the casters in my bedframe fell off, and the bare metal of the bedframe gouged out a chunk from my floor (pictures here ). The floor isn't hardwood, it seems like some kind of engineered wood product with a veneer of grain on top. Any ideas of how I can repair this, or am I a dingus who just lost his security deposit?
posted by Maecenas on Jun 28, 2016 - 14 answers

Wonder how I disabled my MacBook Pro keyboard

I was replacing a trackpad in my MacBook Pro (about 2012 model). After I booted back up the keyboard stopped responding. Is there anything obvious I could have unplugged or damaged to make this happen?
posted by johngoren on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Replacing cloth suitcase handle?

So I recently ripped through a cloth suitcase handle (photos attached below). I would like to know it it's possible to replace the cloth part or the whole assembly fairly cheaply (<30USD) or if it's worth tossing the fairly cheap luggage in question. [more inside]
posted by thegears on Jun 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Seeking pro for mold issue in garage. What do I need to know?

There is a recurring mold issue in my parents' garage. Mold keeps growing back in one corner of the garage. I don't know where to begin with hiring someone to deal with this, so I'm hoping someone can help me figure out what I need to know to make sure this gets done right. What kind of professional should I hire? Is there anything I should keep in mind as I try to find the right person for the job? [more inside]
posted by millions on May 16, 2016 - 6 answers

How To Ask Mechanic/Friend About Body Damage

What is the most non-accusatory or neutral way to bring up body damage/scratches that likely occurred during a repair, when you are friends with the mechanic and he was already giving you a discount? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Apr 30, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me find a replacement foot for a ladder.

I've got a fiberglass extension ladder with a missing bottom rail bracket and foot. All the markings on the ladder have worn off. I'd like to be able to find replacement brackets/feet, but my searching so far has yielded nothing. I have pictures of the remaining part. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Apr 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me avoid being a deck dork

I am going to fix up my neglected deck. I can't afford new boards or fancy composite decking. So I thought I'd try the new thick deck coating paints. If you have experience with this I could use your advice... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Apr 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Looking for a less expensive replacement DC motor for Gene Cafe roaster

I have a Gene Cafe coffee roaster that appears to have a dead motor (receives 12V, doesn't turn, shaft is frozen even with gear box removed). The company sells a replacement motor for $39, plus shipping that brings it to almost $50. I have a strong suspicion that this motor should cost around $10-$15. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Apr 22, 2016 - 1 answer

New Windows, Allergy and Noise Edition

Have any of you noticed an improvement in your allergy symptoms after installing new windows? We have single-pain windows now, from the 70s, and I have an asthma attack every time my neighbor mows his lawn. Would new windows help that much? Do they also help with the noise? Would I maybe go an entire day without hearing my neighbors' yippy, untrained dogs? Is it worth it just for that? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Apr 19, 2016 - 11 answers

I need an executive vp for my house.

Does this service exist -- an executive vice president for your house? Someone that you hire, and say to them, "I will give you $1000 a month, and you come in and do stuff to my house. Repairs, gardening, decorating, etc. I don't have to direct you, because you are making all of these choices yourself. Do you think the back bedroom needs to be painted? Then you do it, as long as you stay inside the monthly budget." [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 27, 2016 - 20 answers

Wood Inlay Wedding Ring Repair

How can I get the koa wood inlay in a titanium ring replaced? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Where can I have these two items of clothing repaired?

I love these two items of clothing, a vintage loosely-woven white lace vest with pearl details, and a black hooded Chambers jacket with faux leather sleeves. Unfortunately, there is a hole in the lace, and the faux-leather has begun to separate from the sweatshirt-like material underneath (see linked photos). Where can I send or take these items to have them repaired properly? [more inside]
posted by Amplify on Mar 10, 2016 - 8 answers

I am not good at things and I broke my tv cabinet. Help!

I managed to drop a tv and scrape the hell out of the entertainment center. The TV is sadly a lost cause, but I would love to salvage the furniture. Suggestions? Pics: 1, 2, 3
posted by LittleMissCranky on Mar 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Gutters and trim questions...

I think I'll have some work done on my gutters and the fascia trim--water seems to be dripping down behind the gutters across the trim, leading to some rot. I have a few related questions, though. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Seeking Reputable Fountain Pen Nib Repair (U.S.)

I have 3 Namiki Vanishing Point nibs that are in need of a nib doctor. Pilot - owner of Namiki, does not repair bent nibs, and cannot refer me. New nibs are $70. I need a reputable, cost effective repair-person. [more inside]
posted by ferkit on Feb 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Acer's Bad Idea

How can I repair injection molded plastic? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Feb 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Cannot start the battery. Battery!

I tried to jump start my car with two different cars on the other end. What's my next move? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 11, 2016 - 23 answers

When is rebuilding a transmission worth it?

I had my transmission diagnosed as needing a rebuild and they quoted about $2800 in the northern Virginia area. The shop is well reviewed and recommended by another shop that I trust so I'm not concerned that I'm being scammed, but I'm having trouble weighing out whether I should just start looking at a new to me car or if we should have the transmission rebuilt. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Feb 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Detail My Ride . . . Difficulty Level: NYC

Can anyone in the NYC area recommend an auto detailing shop that can manage light paint correction and scratch repair work? [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Jan 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Which Car Should I Keep?

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry V6 5 speed. It was not treated well and I have spent at least $2K over its sale price of $7K since buying it in 2011. I bought it with 117K miles and now it has 140K. I've had to fix an oxygen sensor, the ball joints and battery wiring along with replacing tires. But I think I am running out of problems to fix. Plus, it's loaded and comes with the power, comfort and style I like. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 25, 2016 - 17 answers

Does anyone remember this article about an internet backbone facility?

I am looking for a particular article that shows a municipal internet backbone being repaired in a facility that has served as an important telecommunications junction for decades. [more inside]
posted by daHIFI on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Job prospects for a female auto mechanic?

I'm currently an apprentice at an auto repair shop and considering my options for working in this field long-term. Wondering about hourly pay, work culture, best way to get training, etc. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Jan 14, 2016 - 12 answers

How can I repair fire damage on a powder-coated metal table top?

A burning candle wick fell onto the table's surface and there is now a faint, grey streak or spot that will not come off when scrubbed with a variety of cleaners. It has faded a bit but now no change is happening. Can it be repaired? [more inside]
posted by drd on Jan 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Is this quote to bypass broken sewer line in the ballpark of reasonable?

Had a blocked sewer this morning. Plumbers unblocked it, charged $900 for the unblocking and CCTV investigation. The camera showed a large hole at one section of the (clay) pipe, and tree roots at another point. The plumber says the whole pipe should be replaced, and that it can't be relined. This would involve disconnecting the bathroom plumbing, jackhammering up 2x4m of concrete, moving the hot water cylinder which is currently in the way, putting in new PVC pipes that bypass the old broken one, and repouring concrete, installing inspection hatches this time. Removal of waste included. The quote is $14,250 plus GST. Is this anywhere near what I should expect? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 13, 2015 - 23 answers

The 2 key on my laptop is broken, how to cope

My laptop has developed a thing where the 2 key, which had been intermittent for a couple of weeks, now seems to be completely kaput. How to deal with this? If not to fix it, then maybe to cope with it until my next computer? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Does anyone sell Lenovo Y500 motherboards? Am I crazy?

Is there any way to get a replacement motherboard for a Lenovo Y500 laptop? It's a relatively new computer. I'm surprised by what my repair guy is telling me. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Nov 30, 2015 - 12 answers

All-in-One Kit or build my own?

Which is the better approach, buying an all in one electronic repair kit set or just compile one from various vendors? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Nov 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Electrician needed

Electrician needed. Can anyone recommend an electrician in the knoxville Tennessee area? Work is on an older house, installing 3 pronged outlets, and outside light installation. Thanks!
posted by pushing paper and bottoming chairs on Nov 17, 2015 - 1 answer

Looking for advice about replacing HVAC versus repairing.

Hello, I'm currently looking at replacing my mother's heating and air conditioning units because they are both frequently broken and both old and inefficient. I'm hoping that this can be used as an opportunity to save money, even though it will be a sizable upfront expense. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever on Nov 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Are all "French Door" style refrigerators inherently flawed?

When we close either door of our new French Door refrigerator, the opposite door often pops open, and doesn't close completely. The KitchenAid authorized repair guy who came in to look at it said that there's nothing he can do to fix it, because "ALL French Door refrigerators do that". [more inside]
posted by melorama on Oct 30, 2015 - 30 answers

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