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garbage disposals and GFCI

My garbage disposal trips the nearby GFCI circuit every time I use it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Feb 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Fix my guitar's neck

I have a Martin Backpacker Guitar that I love. I bought it 2nd hand and haven't taken all that good care of it, so the back of the neck has a fair number of small dents (like it would get from being banged against sharp edges) in the wood. This looks crappy and is distracting when moving up and down the fretboard, especially using a slide. What method could I use to fix theses nicks? I'm thinking some sort of wood-paste and fine sandpaper, but don't want it to come out looking like crap. Please don't use brand names, as I'm in Chile and while I can probably find the same products, they'll have different names.
posted by signal on Feb 23, 2006 - 7 answers

Sullen Black Pixels

My mom has a Gateway FPD1830 LCD monitor that has been sitting around her house for about a year or so not working. It died on her and she set it to the side in case she could find a place to repair it (its a nice 19" model). She's stopped looking and I'm getting close to needing a new monitor. Is there anywhere in Tampa, FL to get an LCD monitor repaired? Is it even fiscally reasonable to try and get the thing repaired?
posted by Ikazuchi on Feb 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Can they really get away with this?

Gather 'round ye Mefites, come and listen to my song about me and my laptop and how BEST BUY done me wrong. My laptop died while in their arms, they claim she never cried, my tale is a woeful one, you bet there's [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Feb 22, 2006 - 19 answers

Fixing a screechy faucet?

My bathtub/shower faucet has developed a loud, annoying screech when the temperature is above medium. How can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Zonker on Feb 22, 2006 - 10 answers

CarpentryFilter! How do I re-anchor a wood screw that's been pulled out of a bedframe?

The side rails on our wooden bed frame attach by hooking into a metal plate screwed into a recess in the headboard. We didn't assemble things snugly enough when we first put the bed together and as a result one of the screws on the metal plate eventually levered out of the wood. How do we repair this? [more inside]
posted by Lazlo on Feb 19, 2006 - 9 answers

Should I fix my car before trading it in?

I'm ready to trade in my 13-yr-old Civic, but it has a bunch of little problems. Hard starts, occasional (though rare) stalls, buzzy speakers, rust, a couple small dents, and some moron recently ran into my side mirror and broke it. Is it worth fixing any of these things in order to get a better trade-in value?
posted by booth on Feb 16, 2006 - 14 answers

Stan alone DVD fix?

Can I fix my girlfriend's DVD player? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 on Feb 14, 2006 - 9 answers

Busted Tweeter

Speaker Filter: I've just received a pair of M-Audio monitors that I'd sent back for repair. The right side, which was causing me problems previously, has been repaired and works great. But the left side appears to have been damaged during shipping. I'm not very happy with the company and don't really want to send them back again. Can I fix the problem myself? [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Feb 12, 2006 - 8 answers

How much should I charge for computer repair.

How much should I charge per hour as a computer repair person? How much should I charge to set up a website for someone? [more inside]
posted by stilgar on Feb 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Why do I let Apple own me?

Have you used ipodmods? My ipod's hard drive just kicked the bucket and the apple "genius" told me ipodmods could replace it...but I'm not exactly comfortable putting my iPod in a box and mailing it out into the unknown. [more inside]
posted by ebeeb on Feb 2, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I repair the carpet in my apartment without any spare carpet?

How do I repair the carpet in my apartment without any spare carpet? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Feb 1, 2006 - 6 answers

MXL 990

I dropped my MXL 990 condenser mic. The grill is slightly dented and the capsule inside has come loose. Can I repair it myself? Can I get it repaired in London? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jan 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Computer Death!

Please help me diagnose a dead computer. The missus' computer was just dead one morning. Pressing the power butten results in absolutely nothing. [more inside]
posted by The Carolingian on Jan 25, 2006 - 13 answers

Left too much tip!

The very tip of my 3/32" headphone adapter plug just came off in my Treo's headset jack. Any tips for how to extract it? I've tried: sucking it out (too much airflow coming from behind it); impaling it with a needle (won't impale); grabbing it with makeshift bobby-pin tweezers (no grip); and a toothpick tipped with Krazy Glue (didn't stick). [more inside]
posted by Eater on Jan 23, 2006 - 19 answers

PowerMac motherboard (logic board) shorted, help me fix it.

PowerMac motherboard (logic board) shorted, help me fix it. [more inside]
posted by on Jan 22, 2006 - 6 answers

Can I fix my own Metal Dance Pad?

Can I fix my own Metal Dance Pad? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings on Jan 20, 2006 - 2 answers

Laptop repair in NYC?

Laptop repair in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Jan 7, 2006 - 2 answers

How do I remove my horizontal window blinds?

How do I remove these horizontal window blinds? [more inside]
posted by Yogurt on Jan 6, 2006 - 7 answers

How to re-hang a fallen hand railing on plaster walls?

How to re-hang a fallen hand railing on real plaster walls? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Jan 6, 2006 - 30 answers

How do I separate the phone jacks in a housing duplex?

I just moved into one-half of a rented housing duplex. After beginning the process of activating a phone and DSL line, I realized that all the house's phone jacks are plugged into the same phone line. What should I do, what should I ask my landlord to do and what should I ask the phone company to do? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Jan 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Best way to repair scratched CDs?

What's the best way to repair really scratched CDs and DVDs? There are so many products out there. Which one works the best in your opinion?
posted by deeman on Jan 3, 2006 - 9 answers

National Car Repair Average

Is there a website that provides a National average for various car repairs. As an example what can I expect to pay to replace an alternator? What can I expect to pay to replace a fuel pump, ect? Thank you in advance!
posted by Mckoan1 on Dec 31, 2005 - 8 answers

Modern Inconveniences

All of a sudden, my dish-washing machine no longer works. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Dec 23, 2005 - 11 answers

Losing Ctrl

Broken Keyboard Filter: So my GF managed to splash a bit of water from on the corner of the keyboard of her Dell Inspiron 600m. At first it appeared fine, but now a day later the Ctrl key appears to be stuck. [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Dec 19, 2005 - 9 answers

Dropped my HP laptop, DVD player busted.

Laptop repair filter: I dropped my laptop (HP Compaq nc8000, warranty expired) and now my DVD player doesn't work. As this is my first laptop I know nothing about laptop repair. [more inside]
posted by soiled cowboy on Dec 17, 2005 - 8 answers

Scratched lens repair for Oakleys?

Scratched Oakleys: My girlfriend just scratched her Oakley Haylons (Cork / VR28 Gold Iridium lenses), and is kicking herself. Can I help? (What are my lens repair/replacement options?)
posted by anonymoose on Dec 16, 2005 - 6 answers

Prudent repair or giddy consumerism?

Repair or replace the car stereo? [more inside]
posted by Vervain on Dec 16, 2005 - 6 answers

Neither a brain surgeon nor particularly ham-fisted, should I dissassemble my iBook?

The internal hard drive on my G3/600Mhz iBook is not long for this earth. I'm looking for advice from MeFis who have replaced the drive themselves; specifically, if faced with the task again would you say "Hell no!" or rather "Wow, that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be"? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Dec 13, 2005 - 17 answers

Wet versus dry sanding

What is the general rule as to when should I use wet sanding versus dry sanding?
posted by bobbeene on Dec 10, 2005 - 3 answers

Zoooooooommmm.... not so much.

Hey! Know a good subaru repair shop in Palo Alto? What about the Mission side of SF? [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Dec 9, 2005 - 9 answers

uses for an air compressor?

I had to buy an air compressor to blow out some outside plumbing for the winter. What are some other fun/useful things I can do with it? Already know about: airbrush painting, snowmaking, inflating tires. Others?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Dec 7, 2005 - 18 answers

Honda Odyssey van speed sensor cost?

What's a reasonable price to pay to replace a speed sensor in a 1995 Honda Odyssey van?
posted by wsg on Dec 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Teach me how to fish .. FOR CARS

Mechanics: I've got a 1964 chevy bel air which is my daily driver that needs some work. I'd like to do it myself, but I'm sorta a car newbie. What online communities and resources will be useful to me? Do you have any specific anecdotes, tips and tricks for working on old cars? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker on Dec 7, 2005 - 25 answers

How can I get my 20+ yr old Timex windable watch fixed?

I own a windable Timex watch given to me about twenty years ago. I have been using it for the past few years without problem, but now it doesn't seem to keep time very well. Timex HQ says that they won't fix it because of its age and parts likely being unavailable. How can I get this watch tuned up/repaired? I'd like to keep it - great sentimental value plus my name engraved in the back.
posted by cadge on Dec 6, 2005 - 8 answers

Breaking up a concrete pad in my backyard. Any advice?

I need some advice on how to best break up a seemingly indestructible concrete slab in my backyard. It is about 8 feet by 4 feet by 2 feet deep. I've tried a sledge hammer and also a relatively low-power jackhammer, with little success. [more inside]
posted by krudiger on Nov 28, 2005 - 22 answers

X_X Box - no audio/video or disc drive use.

My Xbox powers up and the green light turns on, but there is no audio or video and the disc tray will not open. [more inside]
posted by on Nov 24, 2005 - 6 answers

Help, my DVD player is broken!

There is a DVD stuck in my DVD player, how do I get it out? (Also a request for DVD player repair type places in DC/NoVa) [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Nov 15, 2005 - 13 answers

NYC laptop repair.

NYC computer repair: can anyone recommend a reliable place I can take my sickly laptop to get its power connector fixed? Bonus points for someplace in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Nov 15, 2005 - 15 answers

Home improvement/maintenance tips

What are some usual (or unusual) home maintenance things/tips/hints that you do/use/follow periodically? Anybody have a link to a good list of these? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel on Nov 11, 2005 - 11 answers

Fix my cellphone's screen scratches?

Apparently the fabric in my pants pockets was enough to scuff and scratch the living hell out of the screen on my cellphone (a Nokia 6682). This implies to me that the plastic is very, very soft. Is it safe to try using Brasso on it to try to rub it clear again? If so, what kind of cloth would you recommend? Does anybody know any alternatives? It's the kind of scuffing that renders at least half of the screen fuzzy, and the phone's less than three months old, so this really needs to be fixed...
posted by logovisual on Nov 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Too easy?

mcyfilter: Does the choke on a motorcycle affect the compression ratio of a cylinder? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage on Nov 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Need help repairing old Mac laptop mousebutton

computer repair: I have an old Mac G4 Titanium laptop (first generation I think) with a broken mouse button that I would like to repair myself or have repaired cheaply. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Oct 28, 2005 - 9 answers

Auto repair shop reviews?

Any good online references for finding an auto repair shop? Reports, reviews, horror stories? [more inside]
posted by intermod on Oct 24, 2005 - 9 answers

IBM Thinkpad Repair

IBM Thinkpad Brick: I've recently come into posession of an IBM 600E Thinkpad. As a Mac user, I don't plan for this to be my main machine. But it'd be great if I could use it to test web design work, and perhaps to tinker with Linux. The problem is, it won't turn on. What's the best way to have it looked at and perhaps repaired? I don't particularly want to go to the local CompUSA and would like a solid estimate before sinking any money into it. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Oct 22, 2005 - 10 answers

How much, ballpark, does a new garage door cost?

How much, ballpark, does a new garage door cost? [more inside]
posted by zogbie on Oct 20, 2005 - 7 answers

Laptop repair

Can you find instructive examples of shady high-tech auctions on eBay, especially in regard to notebook computers? Can you relate things you have seen in a high-tech auction listing that set off warning bells for you? What should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Oct 12, 2005 - 10 answers

Computer repair in Chicago

It's almost impossible to google this, but do any Chicago folks know some good computer repair shops? [more inside]
posted by corpse on Oct 3, 2005 - 5 answers

Honda Odyssey question

1995 Honda Odyssey van question [more inside]
posted by wsg on Sep 28, 2005 - 4 answers

How to repair or camouflage naugahyde upholstery

Sofa cushions with seriously broken and slightly protruding vinyl or naugahyde upholstery. Fixable, or at least coverable? [more inside]
posted by joeclark on Sep 28, 2005 - 2 answers

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