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And stop moving apartments all the time!

How can I best manage documents for a fleet of freelancers online? Particularly including signing W-9s and contracts digitally. [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Uh, I need to shower, dude.

Emergency Filter: where can I buy a water shutoff wrench on the Philadelphia Main Line this afternoon or tonight? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jul 3, 2012 - 9 answers

how to intelligently place a crop box

What command line tool should I be looking at for this slightly-intelligent batch image processing task? [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Jun 27, 2012 - 4 answers

What do I need to know to improve

If I wanted to make a paying hobby out of restoring and updating old bikes, what are some resources that would help me improve my skills, research the right bikes/components, and find the right places to buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 11, 2012 - 22 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

How to Retain Lots of Technical Stuff ?

I move back and forth between language, technologies and systems. I spend inordinate amounts of times getting back to speed. Is there any way I can ease this and reduce this time period? [more inside]
posted by gadha on May 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Best way to replace borrowed tool?

How should I handle the reimbursement/replacement of a tool I borrowed from a friendly neighbor then broke. [more inside]
posted by Ommcc on Apr 20, 2012 - 24 answers

What yard, lawn, or garden tools can't you live without?

What yard, lawn, or garden tools or other items can't you live without? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es on Apr 16, 2012 - 36 answers

Calendar apps that show the continuous flow of weeks

I'm looking for personal productivity apps in which the calendar view can be presented in a continuous flow of weeks (such as http://madebyevan.com/calendar/ ) in alternative to the more tradicional day/week/month model.
posted by dfreire on Apr 15, 2012 - 6 answers

As if I weren't abrasive enough...

I need to rent (or acquire, if renting is silly) a sandblaster, as well as the correct abrasive material to sandblast the interior of a 22' fiberglass sailboat. I have access to a large air compressor, and I'm handy with tools - just never used a sandblaster before. [more inside]
posted by namewithoutwords on Mar 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Fine woodworking without a full shop, advice?

I want to do some fine woodworking to build a portfolio to apply for jobs in furniture shops. But I don't have a fully equipped shop to do this in, what kind of projects should I be looking to do and what tools do I need? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Mar 14, 2012 - 20 answers

Tools for European Cars

Peugeot tools - how do I price these? [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Mar 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Where can I get a bar feed unit for a Pultra 1550 capstan lathe or information about it?

Where can I get a bar feed unit for a Pultra 1550 capstan lathe or information about it? [more inside]
posted by dugnorth on Feb 22, 2012 - 2 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

From knapping to nano

How many tool 'generations' has there been since hominids began toolmaking? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Feb 13, 2012 - 14 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

How can I get some kitchen tools made?

I'd like to make some kitchen tools, but I have no idea how to get started. [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Feb 4, 2012 - 4 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

Looking for EDC suggestions...

Looking for suggestions for Everyday Carry (EDC) items. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 1, 2012 - 37 answers

How can I motivate myself to work?

How can I motivate myself to work? What did you do to help kick yourself in the posterior and get going? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for reading list suggestions for automatic topic/concept matching

Looking for reading list suggestions and search terms for fuzzy concept matching: given a list of topics, some of which might be defined by synonyms, how do you match to more exact concepts? I'm guessing that this is a natural language processing (NLP) or semantic web question but I might be wrong. [more inside]
posted by handee on Dec 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Advice on selling collections from an estate

I'm looking for general and specific advice about striking a balance between value and ease in selling a few disparate items from an estate. [more inside]
posted by Luke Skywalker on Dec 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Online Resources for Academics?

I'm making a list of online apps and resources for academics – anything to help increase productivity, manage information, help with referencing and citation, class management or planning (more for instructors and TAs than students), research tools... maybe even smart phone applications. Any suggestions/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Working backwards from the tools...

What should I cook with all these kitchen tools? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 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

replacing tile window sills

We had the aluminum windows replaced in our 1968 brick veneer rambler. The replacement windows are vinyl. In the process we had the storm windows and ceramic tile sills ripped out. Now the original framing and drywall is exposed. What is the best way to finish the sills? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Oct 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Can anyone identify this tool?

What is this tool? Not sure where it came from. It's six inches long with a handle and hook that are perpendicular to the shaft. The handle is made of wood. The shaft is straight and has an offset that ends in a lobe which is in line with the handle end. The hook pivots freely. My best guess is that it was used to wind something. Anyone recognize it? Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3
posted by BishopFistwick on Oct 3, 2011 - 8 answers

What are the most useful tools in an Asian kitchen?

What kitchen tools are necessary for a home cook in a western country looking to try their hand at creating dishes traditionally found in east and southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Sep 29, 2011 - 16 answers

one powertool to rule them all?

I am shopping for a power tool for simple woodworking/cutting - on a budget. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by tgelston on Aug 12, 2011 - 24 answers

Where can I get an undercut saw in Canberra?

Where can I buy an undercut saw (jamb saw) in Canberra (or online to arrive within a few days)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 9, 2011 - 11 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 are some small woodworking/carpentry projects that help increase your skill level.

What are some small woodworking/carpentry projects that help increase your skill level. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Jun 20, 2011 - 16 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

Free Mac OCR/E-book software/toolchain

How can I get from paper to e-books for free on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by tellumo on May 22, 2011 - 7 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

Lifetime warranty on tools? really?

Tool question: Is it really worth the extra cost to buy Craftsman wrenches, sockets and similar tools? Do they really honor the lifetime warranty? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on May 9, 2011 - 36 answers

to re-build a bicycle

Bike Mechanics 101: What tools and general knowledge should I acquire before I make an attempt at dismantling and re-constructing a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 4, 2011 - 20 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

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck had a gift certificate?

Got a $400 gift certificate to spend at Lie-Nielsen heirloom woodworks. I'm a beginner luthier (solid body electrics) and furniture maker. What are the essential basic hand tools for a hobbiest? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Tool you need that doesn't already exist

What is the one tool that you need or would love to have at work that doesn't already exist (but that you've found an unideal workaround for)? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Feb 18, 2011 - 25 answers

How to develop and Ipad app with no programming skills.

I'm not a programmer so what tools/resources should I pursue to make an Ipad application? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Feb 18, 2011 - 11 answers

chop chop chop! -shwing!-

We'd like to buy my mom some really good kitchen knives for her birthday. However, we don't really feel like paying $55 for a 4.5 inch knife. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Feb 14, 2011 - 40 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

What is your process for writing, and what tools do you use to help your productivity and creativity?

What is your process for writing, and what tools do you use to help your productivity and creativity? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Jan 14, 2011 - 10 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

How to organize DIY clutter

Handypeople and DIYers, how do you organize all the small stuff you accumulate so that you can find it later? [more inside]
posted by torticat on Dec 8, 2010 - 23 answers

I want to play what they want to hear

Guitar/Music filter: what handy tools can you recommend to remind you of the songs you can play, for those occasions when you're asked to perform out of the blue and your mind goes blank. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Nov 24, 2010 - 10 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

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