I have to replace a rotted out bathroom window by the shower, but I'm pretty confident that there's a bad mold problem in the shower wall beneath the window. Who should the first call be made to to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo
on Aug 7, 2012 -
The screen of my PSP-2000 has faint vertical stripes running through it; the effect is more translucent than opaque (image 1
, image 2
). What, if anything, can I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Mothra Pisces
on Jul 31, 2012 -
Recently I received an old hifi (stereo receiver with aux and phono inputs) and two EPI speakers from a family member. The system is quite old, but headphones sound great, as does one of the two speakers. The other sounds blown. What are my options in New York City? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy
on Jul 30, 2012 -
My car is doing something kind of alarming, intermittently. I'd love to get some guesses as to whether I need to see a transmission specialist or not before I take it somewhere. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad
on Jul 24, 2012 -
Looking to find a good reputable screen replacement vendor. Some of my end users (CEO among them) have recently broken their smart phone screens. I'd like to find a good vendor who can replace the screens and they've got to work on more than just iPhones.
posted by covert7
on Jul 20, 2012 -
I own a house built in 1904 - how can I learn more about home construction and home maintenance? I do a lot of my basic repairs myself and always make a point to watch and ask questions (non-obnoxiously) when I have repair people over. [more inside]
posted by waylaid
on Jul 7, 2012 -
My 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo sedan failed inspection for a tie rod, a ball joint, and front tires. I took it in and am sitting around waiting on my estimate. Just curious. How much should I expect to pay for this? Labor is $70/hr. [more inside]
posted by even butter
on Jun 28, 2012 -
Bought a piece of art (yay!) at a festival, and it got slightly damaged before I could get it home (boo!). It's a print on foamcore, 9x12", with no framing, and now it has a single, not-quite-straight crease across the back. No damage is visible from the front, except that the surface isn't flat. What's my best solution for flattening it out before framing?
posted by IAmBroom
on Jun 9, 2012 -
Resumé filter: how do you tailor your resumé when you're applying to a job in which you have relevant (self-taught) skills, but no prior work experience in the field? [more inside]
posted by patnasty
on Jun 1, 2012 -
Wacom Bamboo fun tablet has a scratch on touch surface - is there any way to fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams
on May 29, 2012 -
My car's brake pedal slowly depresses almost all the way to the floor while my foot is resting on it at a stoplight. It never used to do this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on May 27, 2012 -
Repairing friend's laptop(s). Will be nuking from space. Which Windows OS version to install? Also, failing wifi on second laptop. *sigh* [more inside]
posted by jadepearl
on May 24, 2012 -
My partner uses a CPAP
machine at night, with a stand to elevate the hose, to keep it from getting crushed or tangled. The stand he uses works well—it greatly improves his sleep—but each stand fails at one soldered joint after about a month of use, so he just buys another one each time. We're tired of paying $20 a month for what should be a one time (or at least rare) purchase. Can you help us find a way to reinforce the stand, or a sturdier stand that we'll only need to buy once? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on May 9, 2012 -
The "hanging bolt" or "pivot bolt" assembly which held the rear derailleur to the frame of my son's old mountain bike disassembled while he was riding it and vanished. Is it possible to find generic replacement parts or does it need a whole new derailleur (it's an old Suntour Accushift \alpha-2000)? What's the cheapest way to get this bike running at this point?
posted by ennui.bz
on May 7, 2012 -
How do car dealer customer reps in the repair shop get paid? Salary? Commission? Both? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn
on May 2, 2012 -
So my electric dryer's busted. It's a Kenmore 90 Series, and if it's been plugged in (not necessarily running, just plugged in), it just buzzes and doesn't start. If I leave it unplugged for a couple hours, it'll start normally and then quit after a few minutes. Any idea what part needs replacin'? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley
on Apr 18, 2012 -
I managed to drill a hole / crater into my desk. This divot happens be where I write. Thus I need to fill this hole such that I can write with the least amount of disruption. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by dirigibleman
on Apr 13, 2012 -
I want to attach a weathervane to a rooftop. To prevent roof leaks after screwing through the shingles, what should I do? Silicone? Washers? My dry attic thanks you in advance for the advice.
posted by jackypaper
on Apr 10, 2012 -
I have a an old iPhone 3G that was dropped and is now only showing a white screen or a grayish screen with some vertical stripes (or a black screen). Otherwise it seems to be working - it makes the "battery connection" noise when you plug it in, the "unlock click" when I swipe my finger in the unlock area, etc. Is this something the genius bar can help with, or is this sort of thing un-recoverable (or are there other options I should explore first)?
posted by mikepop
on Apr 9, 2012 -
I just bought a new condo (yay!) but the shower water is not ideal (boo!). It gets almost
hot, but not quite. I know that I can adjust the temperature on the water heater in the basement, but the water in the rest of the house gets very hot, so I feel like there's something shower-specific.
From Googling, it sounds as though there's probably a blockage. Can you explain to me, like I'm a child, how (and if) I can deal with this? [more inside]
posted by cider
on Apr 2, 2012 -
My wife has this leather painting/art kind of thing which was made by taking a hide of leather and cutting out patterns in it. I think it was then painted a bit. It was made in Thailand originally. The problem is that it got stored somewhere damp and the bottom bit has shrunk, so now it is not rectangular but more rhombussy shaped. (Not a lot, but noticeably).
Is this repairable? I mean, leather stretches right? If so, where would you go to get it fixed? I don't even know what sort of craftsman to ask.
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Spa Pillow Rehab? Looking for suggestions on how to replace "skin" over foam spa pillows. [more inside]
posted by Big_B
on Mar 22, 2012 -
The door on my crappy car got bent. It no longer makes a tight seal, and it is supposed to rain heavily for the next few days. Can I bend it back? [more inside]
posted by k8oglyph
on Mar 13, 2012 -
My RAV4 is two months out of warranty, and suddenly needs $5k worth of work. What should I do in this scenario? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon
on Mar 5, 2012 -
Our stove's electric cord melted and our electrician says that he thinks it was a fault with the stove itself. When I say the cord melted, it is a 6 inch gooey mess starting in the center of the cord that had heated up to the point where it started to burn through the wall and melted a hole in the gas line. The stove itself was off (oven and burners) and it apparently happened spontaneously. The electrician was, in his words, "shocked your house did not burn down. Be glad you smelled the gas when you did".
My question has two parts going on the electrician's hypothesis:
1) The stove is out of warranty but it is still only 7 years old. Maytag is sending a repair person to asses the problem. Would we have any leg to stand on to ask for money towards a new stove? I doubt it but am hopeful.
2) Who, if anyone, should we notify that there may be an issue with these stoves? I would hate to think that someone else's house might burn down through some sort of faulty wire and we could have let "someone" know. (we are in Georgia).
A bonus question - can anyone think of how this could possibly have happened? It seems pretty odd to us and to the electrician and we cannot think of something that might have made this happen.
posted by GrumpyMonkey
on Mar 5, 2012 -
UK tenant adivce-filter: Stuck with a "dangerous" boiler that perhaps isn't, between estate agents, mistrusting landlord and two different gas/heating companies. How do we keep ourselves safe (and warm)? [more inside]
posted by menialjoy
on Feb 26, 2012 -
The heat guard around my oven door has come away slightly as seen here.
How can I fix this permanently?
posted by waraw
on Feb 17, 2012 -
Our Noguchi coffee table
is in need of some serious TLC. Does anyone know a good furniture repair place in NYC that could fix the broken leg and hinge, without overcharging us? We've already tried wood glue and failed, miserably.
posted by J-Do
on Feb 17, 2012 -
How do I repair (or replace) scratched plastic lamp panels? [more inside]
posted by zvs
on Feb 13, 2012 -
Help a homeowner spend $500 to expand his basic tool collection. What will give me the most value and use for my money? [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb
on Feb 10, 2012 -
I own a house and needed a new furnace. I found a guy to do it, and he totally screwed me over. He left all his tools in my basement and not had any contact with me for a couple months. Do I own these tools now, and what if anything should I do now? [more inside]
posted by BlackWalnut
on Feb 8, 2012 -