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 -
I'd like to get better at fixing things and diagnosing problems--particularly electronics and household stuff. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl
on Jan 27, 2012 -
I done did it, I cracked my HTC Thunderbolt's screen. Help me understand my options. Lots of questions interspersed in the details; any answers appreciated. [more inside]
posted by rouftop
on Jan 23, 2012 -
How does a person become a mechanic, ideally, and is this line of work compatible with social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by MrFish
on Jan 16, 2012 -
Help me repair a cwk file! It's a database that we edit using Appleworks 6. When we try to open it we get an I/O error. It's got loads of very important info in it! Help!
posted by Cantdosleepy
on Jan 10, 2012 -
Am I legally allowed to drive my collision damaged, but drivable car in MA? [more inside]
posted by Rewind
on Jan 6, 2012 -
Jeep Cherokee filter. I think my 1999 Jeep Cherokee needs front struts. Monro says $600!! Anyone have any experience with this? What would you expect to pay/ did you pay for this? Thank you!
posted by mikedelic
on Dec 19, 2011 -
I have an ASUS G60V laptop. My lcd screen is shattered, and now I need to use a repair CD. Laptop won't boot into external monitor in repair mode, so I can't see the screen. Any ASUS owners be willing to walk me through the BIOS menu steps to see if I can get my laptop to connect to the external? [more inside]
posted by siddhartha_in_costume
on Nov 24, 2011 -
Ethics filter: Friend spilled a drink causing $750 damage to my laptop. Fair to request $750 from him? Can I apply that money to a new computer rather than just repairing this one? [more inside]
posted by losvedir
on Nov 21, 2011 -
Crap! My computer is borked and I don't know what to do about it. System Restore can't seem to find Windows, either. [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Nov 16, 2011 -
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 -
I have a couple new pairs of black dress trousers and would like to keep them hole-free as long as possible. I need some practical assistance on the subject of sewing a lining into the crotch area. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger
on Oct 26, 2011 -
Where should I take my Nikon D40 to be cleaned in the Seattle area? There is crap on the inside of the body that has started showing up in pictures as gray marks. [more inside]
posted by kthxbi
on Oct 5, 2011 -
I was just given a 12-chord autoharp, not in great shape. How do I figure out if it's worth salvaging, and if so, what are some good resources for learning to play? [more inside]
posted by valleys
on Oct 4, 2011 -
How can I repair or disguise small holes and tears in wool gabardine (skirts)? [more inside]
posted by skbw
on Oct 4, 2011 -
Is there a place I can take my laptop to get crisis bios recovery done to it in person, instead of sending it to the manufacturer and waiting forever? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes
on Sep 30, 2011 -
There is a mold or mildew problem under the kitchen sink in my new apartment. My allergies are a curse that cause me to detect smells that normal people can't, and my landlord can't smell it and thinks I might be crazy. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma
on Sep 28, 2011 -
The leather-thing holding it on snapped and one of the toggles has come off my duffle-coat. I have the toggle itself, and I have acquired some spare leather-things, but I'm not sure of the best way to re-attach. I don't have a sewing machine, and I don't think I know anyone who does. I have discovered that a thing called 'Fabric glue' exists, but is it any better than superglue? Will superglue work on wool/leather? I could put a few hand-stitches, but the thickness of both bits of material make me think that I might not be able to do a very good job. [more inside]
posted by gregjones
on Sep 26, 2011 -
A few months ago, I had a complete physical and emotional breakdown and actually went temporarily insane. I'm ok now. How do I begin to repair the relationships that suffered during this time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 25, 2011 -
I tore a silk dress, a long way from any seams or pleats or details. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by carbide
on Sep 24, 2011 -
I have a leather jacket that needs the lining redone. The exterior shell is fine (if somewhat worn) but the inside is coming apart.
Does anyone have a good recommendation of where to get the inside of a leather jacket redone/repaired in Tampa, FL?
posted by Ikazuchi
on Sep 24, 2011 -
Rented apartment, flimsy aluminium blinds savaged by toddler. I cannot figure out their quick release mechanism. I've tried rocking (suggested here
,) prying, and cursing. There are no accessible latches, tabs, or clips. All but one sit flush to window frames, so they cannot slide sideways.
They have a Faber sticker, they are less than two years old, and likely from a Canadian supplier. I can't find a relevant Faber installation guide.
I popped the end cap off the one that isn't tight against a window frame (pic
,) and I took a picture of the plate attached to the wall (pic
I'm sure there is some dead simple manoeuvre that I've missed!
posted by weegreentoad
on Sep 23, 2011 -
If I need plumbing, painting, electrical, HVAC work and carpentry work done on my newly purchased home, is it better to hire one contractor for all the work or just find a separate painter, electrician, HVAC guy etc? I am a first time home buyer, so sorry if this is an obvious question. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang
on Sep 4, 2011 -
I may have accidentally vacuumed up part of my printer...
I was cleaning up around my computer with the vacuum cleaner and I started to vacuum around the printer. My cat likes to sit on top of it so lots of hair tends to get inside. Anyways I stuck the nozzle inside and it sucked up the foam pad that the printer head gets cleaned on.
So here's the two part question:
1. Is it possible to get a replacement foam pad? If not, is it worth cutting up the vacuum bag and retrieving it?
2. How can keep my cat from hanging out on my printer?
My printer is a Canon Pixma 9000 pro mk II.
posted by fzx101
on Sep 4, 2011 -
Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey
on Sep 3, 2011 -
My iPod Nano 4th gen has no backlight. Fix it myself or get the Apple store downtown to do it. [more inside]
posted by theichibun
on Aug 22, 2011 -