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Help me decide what to do with a new-to-me piece of furniture

I have had my eye on a piece of furniture from Ikea. A friend is moving out of town and getting rid of that piece of furniture so I said I would buy it from him, but I'd like to have a plan for what to do with it before I bring it home. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Fancy wool-blend formalwear: dry-clean after every wearing?

I recently acquired a beautiful, brand new designer dress that's much nicer than anything I've had in my wardrobe before. I've worn it once and have been hanging it up to air out. Is it better to get it dry cleaned before storing it, or will it be easier on the fabric to put it away in its worn-once state? I don't want to put unnecessary stress on the fabric from the dry cleaning process, but I really, really don't want to find moth holes in the dress several months from now, either. [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Apr 26, 2014 - 6 answers

What storage solution am I looking for?

This is for my lab. Setup: two computers, both Mac Pros. Each runs the same psychology experiment software. (Python-based, FWIW.) Our subjects have multiple sessions, and may use one computer or the other on subsequent days. We have multiple experiments running at once. We use Unison to keep their data directories synchronized (it's better than running two rsync cron jobs) but it's starting to get temperamental. I know there must be a better solution, and I feel like it's hardware based. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Apr 9, 2014 - 10 answers

2161 Pram Message for inaccessible storage device -- fixable?

My Data Traveller has become inaccessible showing up only in my devices and printers window as 2261 Pram, a new term for me. Placing the memory stick in other USB ports not helping and location G:\ seems impenetrable and unchain able as does everything on my storage device. Is there any chance the data is recoverable or has it died on me for good? I usually can fix and recover my own files -- until now...
posted by Alexandra Kitty on Feb 19, 2014 - 2 answers

First time pc build : SATA-2 versus SATA-3 connection conundrum

What drives can/can't be connected (and in what order) to SATA-2 and SATA-3 motherboard ports? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Dec 6, 2013 - 5 answers

How should I store my grandmother's fancy table?

I have a very old, fancy-seeming wooden dining table with lots of scrollwork around the edge, etc, that I need to store. The legs are detachable, giving me a 6ft by 4ft by 1ft (or so) oval tabletop with real pretty wood surfaces. I have no idea how she kept it in such good shape for longer than my whole life. [more inside]
posted by doteatop on Nov 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Tape backups - yes / no? What's my options?

Are tapes still the best bet for backups or are they considered antiquated now? I want to replace our organization's existing tape backup system. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Aug 21, 2013 - 11 answers

I need a kind of gigantic quality of small, see-through plastic boxes.

I need ideas for ways to store small objects in small, see-through containers, preferably ones that are either flat and stackable or stand up tubes. I need some that hold about 2-3 cubic inches of material, some a little more, some a little less. I need to buy a lot of these and I need them as cheap as possible-- I'm hoping to pay around 35 cents apiece for them but am willing to go a bit higher on some if necessary. They're for storing beads of a variety of sizes, so I need to be able to mix and match a few different kinds of containers. I am willing to buy from multiple sources if necessary. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jul 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Thinking inside the large heart-shaped candy box?

I have two large, satin-covered, heart-shaped candy boxes that I've saved for storage. The question is, what can I store in them? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on May 17, 2013 - 21 answers

Safe storage of clothing in under-stair cupboard with fuse box

I learned today that it's dangerous to store combustibles such as clothing near the fuse box or electrical intake. I keep my off-season wardrobe under the stairs, and the electrical intake/fuse box is also under the stairs. How far away do I need to keep this stuff? What is a safe distance? Is it feasible to use compact-o-stuff vacuum bags to reduce the crowding in the understair cupboard? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Feb 27, 2013 - 13 answers

Muffin problems

What's the best way to store freshly baked muffins for, oh, about a week? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Feb 19, 2013 - 22 answers

How to store/display 2551 cassette tapes?

My husband has come into 2551 Grateful Dead tapes. He is over the moon. I am less so because they're currently taking up space in 17 boxes in my finished basement and we have virtually no storage space. We would like to store them and ideally display them so he can see what he has. I would like them to be relatively compact and not look like junk. Any ideas?
posted by semacd on Jan 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Stowaway Table

We have a wooden dining table that we need to store away until a time undetermined. We have two options: attic or shed. We will, of course, be taking the table apart before storing. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Dec 29, 2012 - 7 answers

How to store hundreds of magazines?

We've got too many magazines -- how to store them for collecting purposes, but also keep them accessible for reading and research? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Dec 19, 2012 - 14 answers

What storage devices does the Xbox360 support?

Xbox 360 4G storage upgrade options? [more inside]
posted by Kyol on Nov 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Not quite backpacking, more like laptop- and garment-bagging

I think I want to pull up stakes and wander around the world for a while. Mefites, advise me, please! (snowflake details follow) [more inside]
posted by cardioid on Jul 23, 2012 - 14 answers

And why are all cords either grey or black with no identifying marks?

We have approximately four million chargers and gadget-to-computer cables in the house. I want a neat, efficient, easily-accessed method of storage for them. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jul 14, 2012 - 28 answers

How to protect dish sponge from sponge-eating cat

How can we store our kitchen sink dishwashing sponge to prevent it being eaten by our cat? Rupert, after years of ignoring it, has recently decided that the sponge is a fun thing to shred and nibble on. Currently it sits on top of the sink edge on top of a spiky plastic soap saver thingy so it can dry. How can we store it so that it will be (a) easily accessible to humans, (b) not accessible to Rupert, and (c) able to air-dry? I'm imagining something like this with a flap on top, for instance.
posted by matildaben on Apr 24, 2012 - 18 answers

8mm Telecine Project

8mm home movie tag & bag questions. [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

200 GB in 1986?! Inconceivable!

How common were 200GB hard drives in the mid-1980s? Would institutions like the USGS have had access to them? Would general readers even have understood the term? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Feb 1, 2012 - 38 answers

Need to share photos between two iPhoto libraries

Is there a way to share pictures among two iPhoto users, preferrably on a NAS? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jan 10, 2012 - 5 answers

How to pick SSDs

How do I decide what the best (balancing reliability and speed) SSD (SATA II) is, for x dollars?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 27, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I do it?

Is it possible to network all my storage? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Dec 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Mildew city?

The house I'm renting has very little storage space inside but has a huge deck. How much damage would I do to my stored items to keep them in plastic Rubbermaid containers on the deck? It doesn't snow here but it gets quite rainy.
posted by Pomo on Dec 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Which mementos from my childhood should I keep?

Please help me, I'm overwhelmed with stuff. I have way too much stuff in general and I'm making a real effort to get rid of as much as possible. I did a massive storage closet clean out over the weekend and I discovered that my mom set aside five large boxes of things from my childhood for me. What should I keep? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster on Dec 5, 2011 - 28 answers

Best cloud-based backup solution?

What is the best cloud-based backup solution? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person on Nov 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Time Capsure vs Network Accessible Storage

What is the right apple/mac storage solution for me? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 10, 2011 - 8 answers

What's a durable way to label Ikea Slom and Ihärdig jars?

What's a durable way to label Ikea Slom and Ihärdig jars? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Nov 8, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I better store half & half?

I like my coffee--enough that I just drink one good cup a day. (I make it with an Aeropress.) Since it's just one cup, I don't feel shy about adding half & half. Ultra-pasteurized h&h has a sell-by date that can be a month out or more. I thought I'd be smart and make it easier to store and pour by putting it in a glass container. It's this GlassLock container. After four or five days, the h&h starts to separate. What should last for weeks more goes bad almost right away. This has happened with several brands of h&h, and I've certainly washed the container well. Does anyone have a guess on why this is happening? Any suggestions on a container (you've tried yourself) that does work well for storing half & half?
posted by fishpatrol on Oct 7, 2011 - 19 answers

It’s an organizer, a memory and an old friend.

I need wallet suggestions -- details inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Oct 6, 2011 - 22 answers

What are these paper-eating bugs in my wooden drawers, and how can I get them out?

What are these bugs in my wooden chest that eat paper (and cat toys)? How can I get rid of them for good? [more inside]
posted by insufficient data on Aug 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Not Your Average Android Low Space Story?

My Nexus One keeps hitting a low space wall lately and doing everything the Internet suggests isn't helping :\ [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Aug 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Freezer-proof, easy-to-peel-off food storage labels?

I am looking for labels to put on food I store in the freezer. Requirements inside: [more inside]
posted by Betty's Table on Jul 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Name of paper storage program?

There's a kind of 2D barcoding program that stores large amounts of compressed information on paper, like a QR code. What's it called? [more inside]
posted by This, of course, alludes to you on Jul 12, 2011 - 7 answers

What are the ideal cupboard conditions in which to hygienically store cups?

What are the ideal cupboard conditions in which to hygienically store cups? [more inside]
posted by troll on Jul 7, 2011 - 23 answers

How much food to survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

How much food should someone keep stored in their pantry? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jun 28, 2011 - 31 answers

Help me stop things from flying out of a storage slot in my car.

I recently installed a new stereo in my car. It's a single DIN stereo in a double DIN slot, so I now have a storage slot right above the stereo. However, it's made of a hard, slick plastic and anytime I turn the car or brake, whatever is in there can fly out. Does anyone have any ideas for a material or something I could put in there to provide a "grippy" or rubber-type surface that won't let stuff slip out? Amazon links or widely available products would be great. Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal on Jun 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Make me actually use my reusable bags!

Now that you've gone all earth-friendly and eco-conscious and bring your own reusable canvas or recycled plastic tote bags to the grocery store, how do you remember to actually use them? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Jun 1, 2011 - 34 answers

Where can I find lockable storage with cable holes?

Where can I buy a lockable storage cabinet for several external hard drives, with a hole for cables to the outside? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on May 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Bike locker for home use?

Where to find/how to build an outdoor bike locker for use at home? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Apr 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Bike storage negotiation

What's the most polite and likely-to-be-successful way to ask my new neighbors if I can continue to store my bike on the landing outside their apartment? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Mar 1, 2011 - 19 answers

How do you transport pavlova? And do you pre-assemble it or not?

I need advice from experienced bakers, pavlova makers, or Kiwis/Aussies. How do you transport a pavlova? And do you pre-assemble it or not? I'm making a pavlova for a birthday dinner & I'm concerned about cracking & sogginess. Help! [more inside]
posted by scazza on Feb 14, 2011 - 18 answers

If I heat it, I can't eat it.

Organizing a pantry. BPA plastics and dry goods. Resources and suggestions for food storage and organization. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jan 31, 2011 - 18 answers

The amazing disappearing exercise equipment!

Is there such a thing as a foldable or compact squat rack/cage, and where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 24, 2011 - 9 answers

It seems so desperate!

I've recently (sadly, I might say) started watching Storage Wars on A & E. Outside of the slightly gameshow aspect of the program, can anyone tell me anything about buying and flipping defaulted storage units? It seems fascinating beyond the trashy staged feel of the TV show.
posted by codacorolla on Jan 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Storage for ball caps?

Please help me organize my ball cap collection... [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jan 4, 2011 - 14 answers

How can I *easily* backup terabytes of data to optical media?

Looking for a good way to get a backup my photo archive to DVDs. [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels on Jan 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me decide which iPad to buy

How much memory do I need, to accommodate my uses for an iPad? [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Nov 20, 2010 - 10 answers

To Fridge My Cell Phone Battery Or Not?

I have a pre-paid cell phone that I let my family/friends use when they come to visit me in Japan. I don't plan on using it for almost a year. What should I do with the battery? [more inside]
posted by sleepytako on Oct 4, 2010 - 5 answers

How to store washing machine in winter

Moving house: our new appartment comes with its own refrigerator and washing machine. We can store our own fridge and washing machine in a shed in my mothers yard. How can I best protect the machines against moist conditions and subzero (Celcius) temperatures in winter?
posted by charles kaapjes on Sep 10, 2010 - 7 answers

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