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Weird Furniture Phenomenon: Please Explain

Hi MeFites, I have a furniture puzzle for you to solve. Riddle me this… [more inside]
posted by shelle on Jul 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Can this bike be saved?

So, I dug an old bike out of my parent's basement a while back. I know zip about bike maintenance. How can I tell whether it can be made safe to ride? (Janky photos here.) [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jul 17, 2015 - 12 answers

How do you remove those pesky broken rivets from a MacBook Air keyboard?

I took apart my MacBook Air to replace the keyboard. When I pulled the old keyboard off a lot of the rivets broke off and stayed behind, stuck in the little holes. So how do I remove them? I've tried a Phillips screwdriver, tweezers even but it doesn't work. Right now my computer is in 100 pieces with deadlines looming. Any ideas would be appreciated from those brave souls who have tried this and succeeded! [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree on Jul 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What repairs are worth doing on my car that's about to be sold?

Hi there. Everyone. I was hoping you all could help me with a question. It's time to sell my beloved 2005 LE (82K miles, good condition, new tires) and I wonder if it's worth doing a few things to help with the sale: It needs new bumper inserts, 1 new hubcap and has some scratches. If you were selling, would you make these fixes: is it worth it? Worth detailing, as well? Many thanks for any thoughts or ideas, CC
posted by CaptainCaseous on Jul 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Fridge compressor died, or maybe not?

It seems like there have been a lot of broken refrigerator questions here, but none really addresses what happened to mine, so here's another one! I /think/ my compressor broke, but the freezer and fridge are still cold. [more inside]
posted by leesh on Jul 12, 2015 - 9 answers

How to best repair a tear in sheer curtains -- desperate!

I am trying to find the best way to repair runs, snags, and a large, jagged hole in expensive sheer curtains. I am so upset about it and have probably one one shot to fix it and don't want to make matters worse. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Jul 5, 2015 - 19 answers

How the heck can I fix this?

I need to repair a bean bag chair that has ripped vinyl edges (some of the "beans") are coming out. What is the best way to fix this? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Jun 29, 2015 - 12 answers

How do you fix poster cracks/wrinkles?

I got a poster from the comic con in Lexington but it has a couple of small cracks/wrinkles on it and stuff like that bothers me so i'd like to fix it. Is there anyway i could iron them out or do some sort of home remedy without having to find someone to fix them?
posted by earthquakeglue on Jun 26, 2015 - 2 answers

Wood furniture restoration in New York City

I own a wood Singer sewing machine table handed down to me by grandmother that is in otherwise decent shape except for the top, which is damaged (as you can see here). Seeking recommendations for someone in New York City who can restore the top. Thank you.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jun 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Good home owner repair web forums?

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions on good home owner repair forums (DIY or contractor). Just need to ask some general questions such as: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jun 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Mystery illness for my 2003 Jetta

My 2003 1.8T Volkswagen Jetta is randomly dying and no one seems to know why. What mystery illness might it have? Details inside. Anyone outsmart my mechanic(s). [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jun 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Glue for a wooden spoon

My favorite wooden spoon is starting to crack down the middle -- right down the middle of the bowl of the spoon. Is there a food-safe glue I can use to hold it together? Any other ideas?
posted by mudpuppie on May 31, 2015 - 10 answers

Birkenstock Repair?

I have some old Birkenstocks where the leather is in good condition (it could use a light cleaning), but the soles and cork need to be replaced. Does anyone have recommendations for Birkenstock repair shops that I can mail my shoes to that do good work at a fair price? [more inside]
posted by merikus on May 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I use a general contractor for home repairs (not renovation)?

I just bought a 100-year old house in Seattle. The inspector had pointed out various things that need fixing with regard to the structure, plumbing, electrical, and heating systems. A very rough estimate for all of the important fixes put together would run about $20-30K, which is OK. I'm also OK with waiting a couple months before moving in to get the bulk of these repairs done. But I've never owned a house before and don't really know where to start. Should I use a general contractor to get these things done? [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on May 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Where to buy reputable cellphone replacement parts?

I broke the screen on my cellphone (nexus 5/ LG D820) and need to purchase a replacement screen for it. Reviews on most sites that sell replacement cellphone parts complain about non-oem/shoddy/fake replacement parts. Are there any good sites to order high quality cellphone parts from?
posted by TheAdamist on May 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Bought Car Trouble

Bought a car, and it didn't pass inspection, and it may need an expensive repair. What to do? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Apr 16, 2015 - 17 answers

how can I repair small OD copper tubing

We recently purchased a low capacity instant-on water heater for a small building we put up last summer. We left it pressurized during a freeze and had a blowout on the copper tubing. How can I get this repaired? [more inside]
posted by diode on Apr 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me save my shoes!

I have a pair of wedge slingback shoes and the sole is separating from the wedge. I ADORE these shoes and want to fix them. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 15, 2015 - 13 answers

What would make tiny electronics repair more comfortable?

My husband likes to take electronics apart and put them back together (cameras, smart phones etc.). Right now his setup is ridiculous: he works (mostly) over a big tupperware container to catch the screws that fall into it, unless they fall on the floor, and he holds the flashlight on his iPhone with one hand while trying to wrestle tiny screws into place with the other hand. There has to be a better way; this looks painful. what can i buy him to improve his setup (lights, magnifiers, other things i haven't thought about)? What do you use in your efficient and effective home repair shops?
posted by andreapandrea on Apr 14, 2015 - 27 answers

Help me make my Mac desktop feel like new again!

I have a 3ish year old iMac desktop, and it's starting to feel sluggish. What can I do to spruce it up and make it run (more) like new again? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Mar 26, 2015 - 36 answers

Where would I find someone who makes single use tools?

Basically I'm looking for whoever the engineer or engineering company would be that creates some kind of specific tool for a one off specific job. Like the Space Needle is built and finished and then, out of nowhere, you need to change a nut and bolt out that was never supposed to be changed. And to do it you need a 40 foot, weirdly angled wrench. Who would build that? And is there a name for the kind of field or specialty this is?
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Convince me that a 100-year old house is a bad idea

We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 16, 2015 - 45 answers

Stereo Repair House Call in Dallas

I have an old late 60's / early 70's console stereo system and the turntable is broken. The thing is a beast and it's impossible for me to bring in somewhere for repair. I've asked everyone I know, but no one knows of any place that makes house calls. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Mar 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me fix my roommates treadmill

I was using my roommates Profom 750cs Treadmill and now it's malfunctioning. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Mar 10, 2015 - 4 answers

adding a concrete barrier to stone foundation

Our house in Boston was built sometime around 1900. It has a stone foundation that is mostly intact and has been kept in fairly good repair. Unfortunately, there are some holes/gaps that need to be repaired along the front wall of the foundation, under our brand new deck. They can't access the holes properly without removing most of this new deck. As an alternative, the masons have suggested pouring a small thin layer of concrete in front of the stone wall. Is this a reasonable approach? Anything we should be considering? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Mar 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Has anyone heard of having a Home Repair Party?

I own a home in UpState New York that will soon need a new roof, outside painting, repairing of gutters etc.and was wondering if anyone has heard of a Home Repair, Painting etc Party and would have thoughts or details.. [more inside]
posted by lynnwilson120 on Mar 8, 2015 - 18 answers

help me repair an old snowblower engine

When we moved into our house, we found an old Atlas 5HP snowblower in the basement. It looks like it hasn't moved in 20 years, and of course it doesn't start. I'm a bit of a tinkerer and would love to learn how combustion engines work while fixing (or attempting to fix) this one. [more inside]
posted by joebakes on Mar 7, 2015 - 7 answers

How to get Neighbor to Repair My Ceiling

Own a condo; extensive water damage to ceiling from upstairs renters and I need to get the elusive owner of that unit to pay for repairs. But he's a jerk, so how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Mar 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Need to get my tablet's cracked glass fixed without paying much.

The screen is "cracked" but actually only the glass in front is cracked. Asus won't fix it without replacing the LCD as well and they'll charge me like $200. Help me find someone who will only do what I want, and charge reasonably. [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash on Mar 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Ice Dam Leak

Dear husband asked for advice about our ice dams last week. Our entreaties were ignored by the Ice Lord and we have a full on leaky ice dam that has really messed up our first floor bathroom ceiling and probably more. What now? Three specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on Feb 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Gauging the reliability of a Japanese Imported yet European make of car

Hello, I am thinking of importing a car from Japan to Canada. To import to Canada, the vehicles must be 15 years old, but usually have very low mileage. I have done this before with Japanese models with great results. Now I am thinking of importing either a 2000 Alfa Romeo 156, or a 2000 BMW 3 series Wagon. Both have relatively low mileage of around 75K... [more inside]
posted by cascando on Feb 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Car has been in the shop for 4 months. We just want it back.

Took our Subaru to the transmission shop recommended by the local Subaru mechanic. That was in October. It's still there, and we are at the end of our rope. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Feb 6, 2015 - 11 answers

On A Wet, BlackBerry

So I dropped my BlackBerry Q5 in a swimming pool yesterday. [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Feb 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Got the bike. What tool should I get?

I just bought a bike, and now I need a killer multitool. [more inside]
posted by pdb on Feb 2, 2015 - 16 answers

Drywall repair for amateur

Looking for recommendations, tips and products for a small drywall repair job in our bedroom. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jan 24, 2015 - 10 answers

glue a teapot back together

My sainted mother shipped me a teapot, but the insert for the tea leaves broke in transit. How should I best repair it, considering that it will be sitting in hot water that I'll then drink? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Jan 23, 2015 - 31 answers

I did but prompt the age to fix my clogs

I did something stupid. I found the perfect pair of shoes and only got one pair. And now they're falling apart and the style is discontinued. [more inside]
posted by ernielundquist on Jan 21, 2015 - 7 answers

HiFi Hell

is it worth repairing/restoring my old NAD receiver, or should I just look for something else? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Can the sound change in fixed earphones?

I had my Brainwavz M3s fixed but now the bass is kinda heavier. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jan 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Historic and ahistoric windows

I live in a condo building on the National Register of Historic places with messed up windows. I'm trying to figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Jan 7, 2015 - 7 answers

How to fix a cracked center of a hollow wooden door?

IMAGE I need to fix a hollow wooden door, quick and fast. Is this possible? I only need it to look unnoticeable. Doesn't have to be perfect.
posted by bluelights on Jan 5, 2015 - 23 answers

Portland OR: Saxophone Repair

I'm finally ready to part with a saxophone I no longer play, and I would like to have someone take a look at it beforehand to check it out and see if there is anything that needs fixing before it goes on the market. Anyone have any recommendations for who might be able to do that in Portland, OR?
posted by nanook on Jan 3, 2015 - 1 answer

Best-FASTEST Apple repair shop in NYC?

My son's MacBook Pro's headphone jack is screwed up and he needs to have it replaced. The laptop's still on the warranty. He's already been told (by a place we took it to called Rossman's, before we realized it's still on the warranty) that he needs to replace that part of the Logic Board that holds that jack. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 28, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I fix the rear light on a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire (4-door)?

One of the rear lights on my car has gone out. I believe it's just a burnt out bulb. The problem is that I can't figure out how to change the bulb. I've inclued a few pictures to show which light I'm referring to and the backside "access" to that light. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 21, 2014 - 6 answers

How do heat settings work on dryers?

How can a dryer with 2 thermostats have three heat ranges, especially since only one is on the blower element? [more inside]
posted by jonclegg on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Learning to smile?

I got my front teeth fixed a year ago. 34 combined years of teeth not growing in, braces, terrible falling bridges, and bad dentists had taken their toll before I managed to find a dentist who could do a good job. I do smile and did smile before but it was often self-counscious; nice kid, shame about the teeth. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Oil-burning Tankless Hot Water Heater Temperature-recovery Problems.

We have an issue with the hot water supply from a 2004 Peerless oil furnace/boiler with tankless hot water. The shower starts at full temp, but quickly goes tepid (too cool for a comfortable bath/shower, but not ice-cold) and returns to full heat after 5-10 minutes. This is most apparent during the first two showers of the day or bath in the evening - subsequent showers or baths don't seem to have the problem to the same extent. This makes troubleshooting difficult, as we can't tell until an hour or so after running all that hot water to see if the problem returns. It's most pronounced in winter, during the summer the issue seems to go away. (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Dec 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Find me the perfect tape to repair my Jack Spade bag's handles.

What kind of tape would work well to bolster my bag's handles against further wear? [more inside]
posted by alhadro on Nov 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Can these shoes be saved?

My lovely open-toed Camper shoe had an encounter with an unpaved parking lot resulting in a big gouge through the leather exposing the blue foam underneath. I took it took my local cobbler and all he could do was glue the sticking-out bit of foam down so it sticks out less. The blue gouge is still prominent. What can be done to repair/refashion these shoes? Considering DIY options but suspect I'd get better results leaving it to a professional. Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by doift on Nov 18, 2014 - 3 answers

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