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How do you get out of being upset/reconnecting after a fight

I find myself spiraling down in negative emotions occasionally and want to learn about actual skills to pull myself out before the fight gets meta and out of hand. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jul 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Infant car seat jammed

Our baby's car seat, a Graco Click Connect 30, will not unlock from its base. I know it's a long shot that anyone else might have experience with this, but any suggestions? Preferably ones that don't destroy the seat, base, or seatbelt, but if necessary... [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jul 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Research paralysis -- moving past: "what's the point?"

I'm writing what promises to be the last parts of my dissertation but am not handling the important and most basic questions well. How do I stay sane and somewhat productive in uncertain times? (longish details within) [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jul 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Square Pin in Round Hole (which happens to be my iPad headphone jack....

Oh nooooo! Square reader connector pin broke off in my beloved iPad's headphone jack It doesn't protrude, I tried tweezers, needle nose pliers, and as suggested by some:bent thumb tack, hot paperclip, Bic Pen refil, everything but glue. Can't loosen it, I think it is really jammed. Others report apple can't/won't fix. PLEASE HELP, thanks
posted by Lylo on Jun 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Refrigerator filter cover won't budge

I am trying to change the fresh air filter in my Samsung LG refrigerator. Unfortunately, the filter cover won't twist off - it's jammed in good and tight and won't budge. Hope me budge it! [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Jun 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Making lifestyle changes when too anxious and exhausted?

I've been struggling with fatigue and anxiety, and I've been trying to make lifestyle changes to help. But it seems like the fatigue and anxiety are causing the exact vices I'm trying to break. How to get out of this cycle? [more inside]
posted by Gravel on Feb 28, 2014 - 17 answers

Little hummingbird...you're not that strong!

A hummingbird is trapped in my garage...and it seems to be a pretty stubborn one. The real problem is that we have a fixed skylight-type window that it constantly tries to fly out of - it won't go any other way. We opened the other window and the garage doors, but it's just so darn stubborn! [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Sep 25, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I un-stick a multi-hinged door?

I live in an apartment with a Juliet balcony and one of those doors with hinges on the sides and bottom, so that when you point the handle upward, the top of the door swings inward for ventilation, and when you turn it to the side, it opens like a normal door, hinges on the right. (Pointing it downward locks the whole deal) ((I'm not sure what they're called, so if anyone knows, that'd be helpful as well)) The bottom-left corner is stuck such that I can open it for top-ventilation, but when I try opening it like a door, the top-left corner moves normally, but the bottom-left remains locked in place. How do I unstick the door hinge?
posted by CrystalDave on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

How to get at something stuck between dashboard and dash in VW Jetta?

This morning, I tossed the RFID parking strip that automatically opens the gate for my building onto the dash and it slid under windshield. I can't see it, but when I slip a thin piece of cardboard in, I can feel it rattling around. Has anyone else ever experienced this and have any suggestions? Is it possible to remove the dash?
posted by perpetualstroll on Jul 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Dealing with a phantom stuck key bug on MacBook Air

I'm troubled by a mysterious bug on my MacBook Air. It manifests itself when I use Microsoft PowerPoint, but I believe it is a Mac-wide issue. It is extremely rare, impossible to reproduce on demand, and yet - when it strikes, it does so with a vengeance, and embarrasses me in front of a theater full of people. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me climb onto the next rung of the career ladder

For the past 12 years after college, I have been working in the administrative field in various paraprofessional capacities (such as being a paralegal, program coordinator, office manager, etc). I feel like I just cannot do this kind of work anymore, but don't I see where I can go from here, career wise. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by annie_oakley on Jun 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Midwest Stasis and What to Do Next

My wife, little guy and I just moved to a Midwestern city from the East Coast for my wife's job promotion and family and now she is having major second thoughts. Details of the special snowflake variety to follow. [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Feb 14, 2013 - 29 answers

I am so stuck. The time has come to end my marriage and I can't get the words out.

I feel like I am experiencing sleep paralysis--I know I want to wake up but I just can't move. I've had no shortage of difficult life challenges over the years. Leaving a drug-addled, abusive family behind, holding dying loved ones, quitting cigarettes, I've ended LTRs in the past (and had them ended by partners too). I am not an over-thinker or an indecisive person and this feels so weird. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin?

Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Oct 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Chicken versus egg versus back pain

Back pain and swallowing difficulty - is the shoulder pain causing the swallowing situation or the other way around? Your experience wanted as I wait for my doctor visit. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 31, 2012 - 10 answers

How to come to terms with long cycle of failure and move on?

After years of escapism, how to anchor life to meaning (or vice versa?) when almost four years of research hasn't amounted to anything? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Making room for a cutie mark

Help me get what's left of a magnet off my car's butt! [more inside]
posted by darksasami on Apr 30, 2012 - 13 answers

When is enough enough with an unmotivated person in a relationship?

I'd love to get some advice on my relationship. It's complicated and I'm starting to think about ending it, despite being pretty heavily invested. This is a "do I stay or do I go?" question or a "too good to leave but too bad to stay" question. But it's complicated so be prepared to read on. [more inside]
posted by runflats on Apr 6, 2012 - 50 answers

Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack?

Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Feb 29, 2012 - 25 answers

But what do you mean, "it's just a plate of beans"??

When overthinking is overrated: please show me your anti-beanplating hacks! [more inside]
posted by fix on Feb 7, 2012 - 17 answers

How can I get my dating life started again

I need help with my dating life, I'm a single straight male, 25y/o, working 60 hour weeks, with limited options. [more inside]
posted by curious-mind on Feb 4, 2012 - 54 answers

"I hate it when the $1 dollar bills stick together." "Stickin' together is what good $1 bills do!"

I have $500 in brand new, fresh-from-the-mint, sequential $1 bills. What is the fastest way to "break them in" so they don't stick together? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Jan 14, 2012 - 17 answers

I am so afraid

I am stuck in a hole of fear. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 - 25 answers

I don't wanna be the President of America.

I put together my new bike, a Nirve single speed cruiser, this weekend and, like an idiot, did not grease the seatpost before installing it (it was already quasi-slimy and I thought that was enough). Guess what happened? It's completely stuck and I'd kind of like to get it out. [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Oct 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Photos when she's free, I promise.

My cat is trapped and crying; how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Oct 10, 2011 - 85 answers

Barge in

The front door to my house gets stuck on humid days. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Sep 28, 2011 - 9 answers

How to stop fighting with my boyfriend?

How can my boyfriend and I stop fighting so much? [more inside]
posted by JessicaJane on Aug 1, 2011 - 29 answers

Old technology filter: Zip disk stuck in drive

I've got a pile of old Zip disks I'd like to investigate... but modern computers haven't got RS232 interfaces, which is what my Zip drive has. Boo! However, I discovered that my wife has a USB ZIp drive! Yay! But there is a problem... [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 31, 2011 - 10 answers

Laptop goes black after BIOS. Was working minutes ago. What happened?

Was fiddling with the eject settings on my laptop (didn't solve my problem, cd is still stuck in the drive no matter what i do), when I decided to reboot out of ubuntu and disable the drive altogether in the BIOS. Now almost as soon as the BIOS appear, everything goes black, though the computer is still clearly on. Help! [more inside]
posted by parkbench on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Accomplishing simple household tasks-filter

I am a helpless baby and I cannot open a simple drawer. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on May 3, 2011 - 36 answers

I'm going to replace them with a quick release

The axle nuts on my front bike wheel seem to be stuck solid. Is there some sneaky trick to getting them to loosen up? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey on Apr 1, 2011 - 24 answers

Outlook randomly refuses to send some messages with no apparent reason why...

Outlook2007 sometimes refuses to send mail, produces no error messages. There doesn't seem to be any pattern, nor any obvious way to troubleshoot it. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Mar 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Unstick my seatbelt.

I have a dog seatbelt harness stuck in a seatbelt buckle. Help me get it unstuck. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Feb 24, 2011 - 7 answers

The wai-aiting is the hardest part.

My iPhone has been apparently loading an app for hours now. No going forward and no going back. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jan 5, 2011 - 6 answers

escape velocity from mild depression and relapse?

(escape velocity from mild depression filter) After a mild episode two years ago, not sure if I'm out of the woods yet; taking care of myself much better but still having trouble focusing and completing more complicated tasks; where do I go from here? (description follows) [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jan 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Nikon D40X with stuck shutter

I have a Nikon D40X DSLR body with a stuck shutter. Can this be economically repaired considering the relatively low value of a bare D40X body without RAM and battery? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me, uh, pull the plug.

NSFW help! I can't remove my cervical cap. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2010 - 13 answers

snacks are better when they fall

Are there any hacks for getting a packet of food that's stuck in the vending machine out? Besides calling the technician or buying the item behind it, of course.
posted by millions of peaches on Apr 13, 2010 - 25 answers

Mark Bittman made it look so easy!

Breadfilter: Help me troubleshoot my loaf and expand my bread baking repertoire. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle on Mar 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me save my tea tumbler!

Help me save my tea tumbler! [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Feb 9, 2010 - 4 answers

How to get out of my rut?

I've been unemployed far too long. Help me find a way out of this rut - off-the-wall ideas encouraged [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jan 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Is there something wrong with my new camera?

On my new canon rebel xsi, in aperture priority mode the camera won't let me open the aperture past 5.0, how do I fix this or is there something wrong with my camera? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Dec 29, 2009 - 6 answers

1996 Dodge Stratus transmission stuck in limp drive mode.

1996 Dodge Stratus transmission stuck in limp drive mode. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Oct 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Help! My door knob is stuck and I'm trapped in my room!

Help! I'm stuck in my bedroom. The knob won't turn much either way and won't come unlatched. The only person who has a key to my house is out of town, so I can't even call a locksmith and have him let in. How can I get out of my bedroom? The door knob is the kind with screws only on the exterior. I've tried to slide a credit card in, but that did not yield results. Anyone have any advice to help me get out of my room?
posted by birdlady on Oct 7, 2009 - 115 answers

How do I get my mojo back?

How do I get artistically unblocked, fast? [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight on Sep 22, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I get my package that's been "Inbound Into Customs" in NY for 12+ days?

My perfectly boring package from Sweden has been listed as "Inbound Into Customs" since September 4. How can I find out what the problem is? Can I get it cleared somehow? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Sep 15, 2009 - 10 answers

How do you unstick an organ key?

My roommate and I recently picked up a Kimball console organ for the price of carrying it down three flights of stairs. Unfortunately, we banged one of the keys on the lower row on the way down, and now it's stuck. While B is a solid note as far as notes go, does anybody have any tips on how to unstick it? [more inside]
posted by HotPants on Jul 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Trying to better myself and feeling thwarted at every turn?

How do I get out of a career trap of my own making? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Min-esophagus Wheats

I just inhaled a piece of cereal. I think I can feel it in my windpipe, just around collarbone level. Is there anything I can do to get it out? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on May 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Software override for iPhone stuck on SILENT?

My iPhone silent switch is stuck on SILENT (silly idiot me) - is there a software override? HELLLPPP! [more inside]
posted by kairab on May 19, 2009 - 10 answers

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