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 -
I am about to come into possession of a 20" iMac that needs a new hard drive. I've swapped plenty of HDDs in and out of PC towers, but my understanding is that it's trickier to do in an iMac.
What is, hands-down, the best
how-to on the web that will walk me through how to do this?
posted by DWRoelands
on Aug 16, 2011 -
How do you gain "handyman" skills to the extent that you can manage a rental property? [more inside]
posted by abdulf
on Aug 16, 2011 -
I have (what I think is) a bad solder (mp3
around 0:42) in a pair of Church Audio CA-14 miniature headworn omnidirectional microphones. Where might I find someone to fix these here in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark
on Aug 5, 2011 -
How do I support the pieces of a hollow glass item from the inside as I put it back together? And what's the best adhesive? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt
on Aug 4, 2011 -
I have a question about car problems and the best course of action. On Tuesday my car made a thump/shuttering noise while driving and now Firestone says I need around $600 worth of repairs. 2004 Hyundai Elantra with around 56,000 miles. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Aug 3, 2011 -
How do I replace a blown woofer in a Spica TC-60
loudspeaker? The datasheet
is here. I am generally capable, but don't know anything about building/repairing speakers. Can I get away with replacing just the one? Is there any danger of damaging the crossover (whatever that is)? The very nice guy from Madisound
recommended a ScanSpeak replacement
but how do I know if it will fit and/or work properly? If I'm reading the datasheet correctly, the original seems to be 180mm in diameter, and the replacement he recommended 170mm - is this a good idea? How can I tell if there's anything else I should try? What, if anything, do I seem to be overlooking? Thank you!
posted by jcrcarter
on Aug 3, 2011 -
I accidentally got some soda fall on the LCD screen of my Compaq CQ56 laptop, and seconds later, a smudge
appeared on the lower right side of the screen (everything on that area appears lighter when it is on). It looks like the liquid got inside the screen, and I don't know what to do about it. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by chicofly
on Jul 28, 2011 -
I need to find the best tire store in Northern Virginia. My '04 Tiburon has a wheel that's been leaking air for months and after failures by three different tire shops I'm at my wit's end. [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian
on Jul 24, 2011 -
My refrigerator runs too long, methinks. What might be the problem, and would it be madness to try to fix it ourselves? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal
on Jul 14, 2011 -
Where can I get a PSP repaired for less than the cost of a used/refurbished one? [more inside]
posted by jtron
on Jul 10, 2011 -
I have some questions about my car/car repair, specifically about having driven without a cap on my break fluid and my cabin and engine filters. 2004 Hyundai Elantra. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Jun 24, 2011 -
Our new home came with a wonderful bath tub jacuzzi but with a nasty problem. When we fill the tub up with water and turn on the air jets all this nasty gunk and junk comes out of the tubes and makes the water disgusting. Is there a way to clean this out or to flush the pipes? I've tried running the jets and cleaning them out around 15 times and this crud still comes out.
posted by randomthoughts
on Jun 11, 2011 -
when my friend tries to pedal his bicycle, there is a total lack of tension in the pedals and they just seem to 'slip' and fail completely. we're at a loss. [more inside]
posted by austere
on Jun 7, 2011 -
Uh oh. Our pool seems to have sprunk a leak. Now what? Need ideas for identifying the leak and/or what? Re-lining the pool? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Jun 6, 2011 -
My Ipod touch took a drink and I fear I did everything wrong to bring it back to life. I am looking at mail in repair. Any recent experiences/reviews or recommendations ? Going with the sage advice of the hive on this one.
posted by citybuddha
on Jun 5, 2011 -
Fix it or replace it Filter. My car Stacy, a 1997 Chevy Malibu, is having issues again. Lots of issues. I'm trying to decide if we should get couples therapy at the mechanic or DTMFA. Hope me hivemind in deciding. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous
on Jun 2, 2011 -
I've got wee, 1-2mm holes in a viscose jersey dress. What's the best way to repair them? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on May 31, 2011 -
My Nikon D40 died recently. I sent it to Nikon for a repair estimate. I'm looking for any experience anyone has with having Nikon repair a camera -- and weighing that against putting the repair money toward a new camera body. If I want to go with something new, I need help with selection. More details within! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough
on May 21, 2011 -
Who in the Dallas, TX area (deliberately vague; I'm willing to drive) can repair my broken laptop AND answer my questions about it, especially how it got that way? Even just "this guy I know" would be perfectly fine; I've learned my lesson about the big-name places. [more inside]
posted by jinjo
on May 18, 2011 -
Anyone have any recommendations for a reputable (and affordable?) motorcycle mechanic in Portland Oregon?
posted by Sharakov
on May 13, 2011 -
I need to get some smoke detectors but I am having trouble finding out what the right kind are. There are, as far as I can tell, three different kinds. Stand alone, interconnect and hard-wired. What do the plugs that hang from the ceiling look like for the interconnect and for the hardwired? What do I ask the guy at the hardware store for (Ace just said they are on the endcap and the detectors there had nothing that told me what type they were)?
posted by CodeMonkey
on May 10, 2011 -