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Give me your checklists and frameworks.

What checklists and frameworks do you use in your professional life? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jun 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me build a gangplank.

I need to get on and off my boat easily. More to the point my pregnant wife needs to be able to. (Because we both live in the boat). I have recently built a new wooden gangplank which is not too bad. (but heavy) But for reasons I will go into below I think I need a replacement. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Dec 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Tight torx?

I need a tool to loosen torx screws (T27) in a space that has about an inch of clearance. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom on Jun 3, 2013 - 28 answers

Mystery Implement, kitchen edition

Going through our kitchen gadget drawer, we can across what looks like nothing so much as a wand. It has a label on it that says it's from Scotland. What is this thing?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Apr 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Online Days Since counter for many recurring tasks?

Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I get hands-on training in home improvement locally?

Is there some kind of class, part-time apprenticeship, or in-home tutor I can use to get hands-on handyman training near Livonia, MI? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Metal munching moon mice needed. - Help with cutting a light steel plate over concrete.

Efficient cutting of steel plate, backed with concrete-like material? Ideas? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Unique Tool Filter

What can I splurge on? Tool Edition. [more inside]
posted by Nackt on Jun 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Tool for making nut milk.

I'm trying to find a picture of how one would use a stick or handle to more easily twist a straining bag or nut milk bag. [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Jun 6, 2012 - 11 answers

I should have eaten my crusts.

I have fine, long, wispy, ultra-ultra-straight hair and according to the hairdresser, lots of it. I would like to occasionally have some loose, simple curls or waves, for going out, weddings and other dressy events. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Feb 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Tool me up, please.

Help a homeowner spend $500 to expand his basic tool collection. What will give me the most value and use for my money? [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 10, 2012 - 30 answers

What's this brass tool?

At a website I write for, a reader sent in a photo of a brass tool, wondering what it was. I'm sure somebody here knows! [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Feb 2, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I learn animal anatomy in an online, interactive way?

Can you recommend online resources to help me memorize the anatomy of several animals for a biology test? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Stupid hard drive, be more useful

Data recovery tools: What are the best free tools that are currently available? Also, I have this hard drive that is being a jerk. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

What's in your virtual toolbox?

System/network/desktop admins, what tools and utilities do you keep in your virtual toolbox? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Jun 1, 2011 - 16 answers

Mr Sandman, bring me a sander, make my walls (and cupboards and furniture) the smoothest they’ve ever been

What kind of sander should I get to sand a variety of household projects? This weekend, I’ll be sanding the untreated pine interior of some fixed cupboards and shelves, with lots of tight, awkward corners. I'll also be sanding back spakfilla on masonry walls where I’ve filled in nail holes. I’m sanding so I can paint. Later on (in a few months) I might sand down some wood furniture. I don’t think I’ll use the sander for any exterior work. What kind of sander should I get AskMe – and why? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on May 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Seeking Hardware: Articulated Joints

I'm wanting to build a sculpture armature for small-to-medium-sized clay work. It'll be pretty typical, except that I want the horizontal support arm to have two articulated, lockable joints so I can easily reposition a sculpture while I'm working on it. I was picturing three long, thin bolts of a few inches length screwed on to some kind of joint with a wingnut. I've looked at hardware stores but haven't found anything like this and I'm not sure how to articulate what I need. [more inside]
posted by picea on Apr 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Kitchen tools

Your kitchen implements that aren't meant for kitchen: tell me of them. [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Jan 21, 2011 - 39 answers

Any tools for academics that make your life better?

For the academics out there: are there any new tools for academics out there that have changed your life for the better? How do you find them? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah on Jan 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Function show: asskicking!

What are some good examples of unusual items being used as surprisingly effective weapons? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 14, 2010 - 45 answers

I'll probably regret this when they take apart the dishwasher.

What should I put in a kit of tools for my young daughters, and at what age can I give it to them? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Nov 6, 2010 - 32 answers

Can you point me to 3D models I can move and zoom around?

Do you know an online resource where I can look at a 3D model of either a face or a body that I can rotate at all angles and maybe even zoom in so I can use it as reference for my art etc? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Oct 29, 2010 - 5 answers

help identify rifle tools

Can you help ID these rifle tools from a 1937 Russian rifle? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Oct 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Useful but not well-known web tools

Recent/Obscure web applications and tools filter. I am talking with a government department (Economic Development) about using web based applications and tools both internally and externally. I've got the basics covered, but it would be nice to include mentions of some less-than-famous apps or tools that have been of use elsewhere. If there are any that have provided some mileage for you or your organisation, especially govt ones, I'd love to hear about them.
posted by Sparx on Jul 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Where can I find a good starter kit for motorcycle maintenance/repair tools?

I just purchased a Suzuki SV650 and I want to know where I can find a starter tool kit for maintaining the motorcycle. I bought a Haynes Service Manual/Handbook and want to regularly maintain the bike myself. Changing oil, check spark plugs, air filter, tire pressure, drive chain wear, etc... I would rather not buy all the tools separately one by one as that would not only be more time consuming but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 on Apr 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Fixing dates by sorting photographs

A while back I found a web page for nice OSX tool for fixing the dates of a set of pictures by allowing the user to sort them graphically in a timeline. Sadly I did not download it then, and now I seem to have lost the link. Does anyone know what this tool is?
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Mar 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Speed up my Salad!

How do I best speed up my salad-making? [more inside]
posted by BlooPen on Jan 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Building a Utility Trailer without welding?

I'm thinking of building a utility trailer. I can't weld: no experience or tools for it. Would bolting and/or riveting do the trick and make for a sturdy trailer? [more inside]
posted by mrflibble on Jan 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Old Bosch jigsaw model equivalent?

I'm looking for a second hand jigsaw that is equivalent in quality to a Bosch GST 100 BCE - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Sebmojo on Dec 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Backing up a messed up older Mac?

Best method/software for efficient, non-annoying backup for a slightly older Mac (G4 running 10.3.9)? [more inside]
posted by southvie on Oct 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

WoodworkingFilter-- I need a basic list of wood sculpting tools [more inside]
posted by nax on Aug 31, 2009 - 7 answers

How can I strip a USB cable?

How can I strip a USB cable? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Aug 1, 2009 - 15 answers

Man-Skills 101

Help me man-up! Inspired by these questions, I would like some pointers about how to become a more capable, handy man. [more inside]
posted by man down under on Jul 10, 2009 - 35 answers

Seeking massive lathe

Does anyone know where I can find an old wood lathe to restore and turn massive burls? This isn't your father's lathe, it's more likely your great grandfather's lathe and hasn't been out of the barn since before the War. It weighs half a ton. If you hang out at the VFW or in old union halls and ask around a massive bowl will be your reward for the beta. I'll go anywhere in the Northeast if it's cheap and farther than that if it is free.
posted by mearls on Jun 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Best Eyebrow Tweezers?

Seeking your recommendation for best eyebrow tweezers. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Jun 10, 2009 - 23 answers

I'll be using table knives... damn.

I need help identifying a set of hand tools. [more inside]
posted by reflecked on Apr 22, 2009 - 12 answers

Soldering?

Do I really need a soldering station? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Mar 4, 2009 - 15 answers

What tool did the optometrist use?

What did the optometrist use to make my vision so much better, and how does it work? [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli on Mar 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Any good online Program Management resources?

I'm finishing my MBA next month and am moving from my Product Management role into a newly created Program Manager position for our business unit. [more inside]
posted by white_devil on Mar 18, 2008 - 2 answers

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