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Redundant chimney problems.

I'm having problems with a potential leak or condensation problem in an external chimney chase that no longer has hot air running through the exhaust venting. I've not had any luck with the contractor that made the chimney redundant and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by Gregarious introvert on Apr 3, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Costs of pricey home repairs/replacements? (& IDing them before buying)

We're first time homebuyers, and getting a little overwhelmed thinking about all the things we might have to fix and/or replace in whatever house we buy, and how that should affect what we're willing to pay for a home. What are the most expensive (and/or frustrating to fix) things we should be keeping an eye out for and factoring into deciding whether to make an offer on a house and the offer price (i.e. adjusting up/down compared to comparable homes)? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jan 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Good Toyota shop in Los Angeles for maintenance and repairs

Recently moved to the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and I am looking for a good place to take my Toyota Corolla for any maintenance and repairs it may need. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I fix up an old VW Beetle on an almost non-existent budget?

I don't have a lot of money, or experience, or tools, and about a year ago I asked about fixing up an old Fiat. Most people told me that wasn't a great idea, and that I should look into Volkswagens, and since then I've fallen in love with the VW Beetle. My question is this: what are some ways I can (1) find a VW Beetle that is a good candidate to wrench on that probably won't need everything but the chassis replaced and (2) get into the "old Beetle enthusiast" community without having a ton of disposable income? [more inside]
posted by epilnivek on Sep 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Broken Screen, Broken Heart

Cracked screen on a Kindle Fire HD. Can it be repaired? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Feb 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Spend the Dough to Make it Go?

1. The truck's broke. 2. It would cost about half it's meager value to fix. 3. I'm ready for a new vehicle. So, do I........? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 24, 2012 - 10 answers

How much would replacing a transmission celluloid on a 2001 Saturn run?

My 2001 Saturn's transmission celluloid has gone out. It can be reached through the oil pan so it's fairly accessible as transmission repairs go. What's a reasonable price to expect for this repair? I'm just looking for a ballpark so I might know if I'm getting hosed in the estimate when I get it next week.
posted by Issithe on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Semi-quick fixes for dilapidated objects

Will you share your best fixing-smaller-things-up hacks? 'I buffed it with gasoline and you'd never know there'd been water damage.' 'Did you know you can use a regular iron on them? Good as new.' 'Hardware stores sell them for 17c and that's all it takes to make a working switch.' [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jul 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Am I qualified to make these home renovations?

I just bought a small brick 1960s ranch house and I want to: 1) cover the outside of the cinder-block lower level with something like stucco, 2) get rid of the crappy grass in the yard and replace it with nice grass, and 3) replace the crappy vinyl siding with something like wood siding. Can a dummy like me pull this off? [more inside]
posted by critzer on May 1, 2012 - 14 answers

This is more or less the first apartment I've had, so I'm figuring things out...

I want to tell my landlord that I won't be paying any rent this upcoming month, and that he should apply my security deposit to the rent instead. Would this be a wise move? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Apr 18, 2012 - 44 answers

I won't fix your computer since you download from the internet.

Computer repairmen broke my Mac screen while fixing my hard drive and refuse to fix it. They're threatening to report me for having pirated content on my computer if I follow through with legal claims to get it fixed. What now? (long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Apr 15, 2012 - 25 answers

Advice installing remodel canister lights

I am installing 2 remodel canister lights. Everything is wired up and ready to go except I can't get the clips to snap down. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin on Dec 7, 2011 - 2 answers

What type of contractor do we need?

What kind of contractor(s) would one need for these kinds of projects? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Flushed with frustration

What's the best way to replace the toilet seat on a one-piece Kohler toilet? I can't reach the back of the seat mounts -- everything is enclosed. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Oct 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Deadbeat Contractor wants his $

General contractor is incommunicado and will not return to repair his worker's error. He now asks that I deduct what I think is right from what's owed. Not sure how much to pay. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Oct 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Let's get fired up

We had our home inspection and then a request for repairs. The seller has agreed to make the repairs. We have however come to a road block. The day of the inspection the seller was there for a few minutes and spoke with the inspector. Seller said he couldn't get the oil furnace to fire. He thought that it was simply a matter of not enough oil. He left us to our inspection. When the inspector got to the furnace he couldn't get it to fire either. He checked the oil level and said there was definitely enough for it to fire. We listed it on our repair addendum that it must be fully serviced and working prior to final walk through. Their agent has come back stating that the seller has replaced and repaired everything that can be on the furnace and it is only the lack of oil causing it to not fire. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Sep 12, 2011 - 27 answers

How can I mend these torn garment linings?

Small tears in the linings of wool coats and dress-pants. How can I go about mending these in a functional (but not necessarily pretty) fashion? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Apartment flood. What next?

My apartment flooded last night due to the unattended over-flowing toilet of the neighbor upstairs. Stuff is ruined and gross. I already called my rental insurance agent. Now what? In Brooklyn, NY. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 9, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I get my landlord to replace my phone wiring?

What rights do I have when requesting repairs to telephone wiring from my landlord? [more inside]
posted by spitefulcrow on Jul 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Now word on the street is y'all suckers (don't) want static.

Help me find a place to purchase this tiny car part for a Scion xB! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Apr 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Broken plugs from an RCA cable are stuck in my amp. Help?

I tripped over an RCA cable connecting my amp to my laptop...and the RCA cable broke off, leaving the actual plugs stuck inside the amp. How the heck can I get them out? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Apr 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Shoud I use an unlicensed electrician?

I might hire an unlicensed electrician to work on my home. Is this bad? Worst case scenario? [more inside]
posted by thisisdrew on Feb 22, 2011 - 31 answers

What to do about a leaky apartment?

Can we get any sort of help moving if our apartment essentially kicks us out to make repairs? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Jan 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Car committed suicide

My friends 02 honda crv which she has taken immaculate care suddenly totaled itself. She has had every conceivable maintenance on time from the dealership and they say they cannot do anything to help. She either drops 5 grand on a new engine or buys a new car. Is there anything anyone can do? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Dec 29, 2010 - 22 answers

Ask the Old House version of MeFi?

I've got a new-to-me old, old house and 1001 questions about how to fix it. I've found lots of great articles on old-house stuff, but I'm dying to find a site like Ask Metafilter, but specifically for old-house people--a place to ask and answer and discuss. Does such a thing exist?
posted by largecorp on Dec 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Lock Filter

Help me install an entry lock correctly. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 3, 2010 - 9 answers

How should we best work with our landlords?

I live with 4 other people (all of whom happen to be very good friends) in a 5-bedroom house in San Francisco, the Mission district specifically. Our house was built in 1923 and is generally in disrepair. Our landlords have been dragging their feet in regards to fixing some issues with our house that are very serious, in our eyes. The breaking point for us is that currently we have no working stove. Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand on Nov 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Para-shoot.

I need to find a strong and durable, all-weather adhesive. I am repairing a mural that was done on parachute cloth. It is near a bus stop and kids have been picking at it and now sections of the original painting are missing. In addition to repainting the missing section I need to get the parts of the cloth that are no longer attached to the wall to stick back down. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 5, 2010 - 4 answers

How likely is fixing this Audi to be cost effective?

How likely is fixing this Audi to be cost effective? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Jun 13, 2010 - 14 answers

So, my kitchen is collapsing...

UK (Scotland) tenancy issues. How long should I expect major kitchen repairs to take, and what are my rights as a tenant while the work's being done? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Resources for homeowners-to-be

What are your favorite resources for homeowners? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es on May 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Please recommend a good computer maintenance/support company in London for parents' computer?

Can you recommend a good computer maintenance/support company in London that can give my parents' probably ~decade-old Windows PC a thorough checkup - clean out any malware, unnecessary toolbars and startup items that are slowing their computer down - for a reasonable price? (Around how much would it cost?) [more inside]
posted by catchingsignals on May 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Should we treat paint with detectable but legally acceptable levels of lead as lead paint when repainting?

What precautions do we need to take in painting a house with paint that is mostly below (but some above) the legal definition of lead paint? Is the legal definition meaningful? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Apr 28, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I go about buying a used cargo van without burning my money?

What should I look out for while buying a used cargo van for my business? Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Painters have scratched the windows

Repairing scratched windows on a house? [more inside]
posted by fries on Apr 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Anyone for Tennis, Court Repairs

Spring right around the corner and winter has opened some new cracks on the local tennis courts. What caulk, cement , other filler have you used successfully in repairing hard courts. These are private neighborhood hard courts which we members maintain. Looking for a compound that will neither shrink nor expand under the heat of summer ( at least minimally).
posted by Agamenticus on Mar 6, 2010 - 2 answers

How to tell when a furnace is on its last leg?

I have a 20-year-old furnace. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Oct 20, 2009 - 15 answers

weird shipping label

Going through old stuff, I found a box for an old Ibook that had a weird handwritten shipping label from "I.S. 339 School Of Communication Technology." Google says it's a performing arts school in the Bronx. What gives? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Oct 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Electric-start Gas Oven Unable to Reach 250+ F degrees (121 C)

Electric-start gas oven unable to reach over 250 F (121 C) degrees--any way to fix or time to replace? [more inside]
posted by erin_trying on Jul 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Help us help our neighbors with their contractors

Our neighbor wants to hire my husband to act as a sort of general contractor to oversee some repairs on our neighbor's house. Before we say yes to this, what questions should we ask? [more inside]
posted by Ladybug Parade on Jul 20, 2009 - 14 answers

Can my landlord refuse to make repairs?

ApartmentNightmareFilter: My new apartment is falling apart and no one will step up. What are my rights here? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Jul 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Do I have a lemon bicycle?

When should I stop repairing this bike and buy a new one? I have a road bike of unknown age which I bought for $95 last year. Since then I've spent half again that on it---truing the back wheel, putting the chain back together after it inexplicably fell off, new (27") tires that won't fit a modern bike's wheels, etc. Now I'm looking at some more repairs, and I'm wondering whether it might be more economical to buy a newer (i.e., slightly nicer, but still used) bicycle. I'm in Chicago and mostly ride to get around the neighborhood, with the odd weekend ride (<25mi, maybe 12-14mph). [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jul 13, 2009 - 23 answers

Cheapest way for me to diagnose car troubles.

Engine is turning over slowly and I think it might be the battery. Affordable way to check this myself or just take it into the garage? [more inside]
posted by scarello on May 29, 2009 - 31 answers

Should I have my car repaired at a tire shop?

My car has 130K miles and I think I'm going to stop going to the dealership for repairs despite a great deal of trust in them; it is just too costly. I plan on going to an independent mechanic near my office, but it's one of those tire shop/muffler shop places who also seem to do other repairs/maintenance. Do these places actually fall into the category of an independent mechanic or are they simply rolling the dice when they are out of their area of expertise (like tires, brakes, or mufflers)? And second, where can I get the recommended maintenance *activities* for my vehicle based on mileage. I always followed my dealership's recommendations, so I need a better idea on what might be needed bringing it into an independent shop.
posted by teg4rvn on May 11, 2009 - 16 answers

When should I get a new car?

When is it no longer economical to repair a car instead of buying a newer one? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Mar 18, 2009 - 31 answers

Source of creaky sounds in an older model vehicle plus general maintenance questions?

Source of creaky sounds in an older model vehicle plus general maintenance questions? [more inside]
posted by limonade on Feb 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Our house, is a very very sick house...

Our house is in sad state of disrepair. We'd fix it if we could, but we don't own it. We'd be persistent with the "landlords" but, we don't pay rent or bills. How do I tell them in a forceful, but considerate way that the house needs to be fixed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2008 - 31 answers

Help me find a small, independent Mac shop in NYC

Around a year ago, I was digging through applying for jobs at Mac repair and sales places around the country, and ran across a small (not TekServe) independent, storefront shop in NYC. I've tried to find it again, with no luck. Any ideas?
posted by frijole on Nov 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Are my headphones toast?

Are my noise-cancelling really dead? I have a pair of Sony over-ear noise-cancelling headphones, which I have been very happy with for several years. They still work, but the noise-cancelling part does not. I changed the batteries (of course), but the light does not come on. Are they toast or is there somewhere I could take them? The local shop of course says 'buy new ones' but I'm not sure I want to give up so quickly. This question applies to electronics in general, actually. I often have stuff that stops working (in part) and feel bad about throwing it out. What do you do?
posted by sinbarambam on Oct 3, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I get my landlord to repair my apartment complex's appliances?

The superintendent of my building has been dragging her feet for months on getting the building's washer and dryers repaired. In my lease, it says that the landlord is responsible for the upkeep of these items. The management company that actually owns the building and pays the super's salary is also not being responsive. Now what? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Sep 12, 2008 - 13 answers

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