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Tools for Life

Tools for Life: The last [blank] you'll ever need to buy. [more inside]
posted by sirion on May 23, 2008 - 50 answers

It's the perfect tool for moving and shopping at Costco. But what is it called??

If I buy an oversized item at Target (i.e. a box of Milkbones or a pack of toilet paper), the cashier will slap on a very strong, heavy-duty strap with the red Target logo on it. It's almost like duct tape, except stronger and the sticky portion is only on each opposite end. What is this stuff called, and where can I buy a generic equivalent?
posted by invisible ink on Apr 24, 2008 - 5 answers

A wire cutter by any other name?

As part of a demo my professor brought out some wire cutters and said as an aside "we won't use the other name for them, because that's not a nice thing to be saying". What's this other name?
posted by Ogre Lawless on Apr 1, 2008 - 19 answers

Quality tools in coastal New Hampshire?

Where can I purchase quality handtools within 50 miles of Portsmouth, New Hampshire? [more inside]
posted by Glendale on Mar 20, 2008 - 10 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

What sort of music equipment should I get for my brother?

What piece of music equipment should I get for my brother's birthday? Are there really only certain types of interfaces compatible with Pro Tools? [more inside]
posted by aielen on Mar 17, 2008 - 4 answers

What tools should I add to my iPaq?

What applications (freeware preferred) to people usually load up on their Windows Mobile (5.0) devices? After many years getting by with a regular cell phone, my company recently switched me to an iPaq (6955). While I dislike the form factor a bit, I like the option of extending functionality with new programs. I just added Google Maps for Mobile, One Note mobile and will soon add MyLifeOrganized mobile (the non-freeware task mgmt tool I use). Any other recommendations?
posted by fsmontenegro on Feb 21, 2008 - 5 answers

ISO site that does TV recommendation based on interests

Is there a cable tv listing site that suggest shows based on interests (tagging perhaps?) [more inside]
posted by seeminglee on Jan 17, 2008 - 6 answers

My hard drive asplode! Anyone know of any free utlities I can use to repair damaged directory structures?

Recently, one of my hard drives failed, with bad sectors all over the place. I've gotten the partition repaired, but some of the directories are damaged. What free tools can I use to reconstruct them? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jan 13, 2008 - 6 answers

They're dead, but they're comin' right for us!

Help me find the perfect gift for a zombie enthusiast. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Dec 18, 2007 - 29 answers

If I Had A Hammer

Nine drawers, two compartments in each drawer, and over a hundred miscellaneous tools. Help me organize my tool chest. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on Nov 13, 2007 - 9 answers

Functional rings that do functional...stuff.

Help me find functional jewelry, in particular rings. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Nov 7, 2007 - 18 answers

"Machine that spits out the shape I want."

Trying to find a company that makes a machine that can make food moulds in the shape of an animal. Anyone? [more inside]
posted by scottMontgomery on Oct 30, 2007 - 3 answers

DIY for the Non-Hardware-Elite

DIY blogs that don't require you to be a goddamn logic board-soldering wizard? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Oct 16, 2007 - 7 answers

machine shop in nyc?

Anyone know of a DIY workshop/machine shop in NYC? (Ideally something like a Techshop). [more inside]
posted by nazca on Oct 8, 2007 - 1 answer

Tutor Registration form in open source?

Open Source Product or PHP Class to handle registration forms? [more inside]
posted by Greebie on Oct 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Why weld an eyebolt to visegrips?

What is the use of an eyebolt welded to the knurled adjustment knob of a pair of vice-grip pliers, like this? [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Sep 25, 2007 - 17 answers

What is a food processor good for?

What do you usually use a food processor for? I've got one now, but I don't think to use it. [more inside]
posted by eritain on Sep 20, 2007 - 47 answers

Where to find the right tongs

Help my brother find a store that sells these tongs. [more inside]
posted by janell on Sep 9, 2007 - 6 answers

Unobtanium-coated wrenches?

Automotivetoolfilter...So, my son is about to graduate auto tech school and enter the working world. Now comes the question about getting him properly equipped... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 6, 2007 - 16 answers

How do hand powered mitre saws and powered mitre saws compare?

How do hand powered mitre saws and powered mitre saws compare? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Aug 20, 2007 - 15 answers

Please help me save some $.

How do I go about drilling holes (for hanging things) in my flat without ruining my walls? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles on Aug 16, 2007 - 14 answers

Replacement parts for an old Craftsman saw?

Where can I get replacement parts for an old Craftsman radial arm saw? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Jul 12, 2007 - 6 answers

NetworkAdminFilter: Goodbye NetWare - Hello MS and Associates

We are migrating from NetWare to Microsoft for our Network Operating System. We currently use ZenWorks for Desktop and Servers. We use the full set of tools for application deployment, remote control, imagining, server management, policy automation...basically the whole gambit. What do you recommend for replacement? [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Jun 11, 2007 - 3 answers


ToolFilter: I'm outfitting a new tool chest and looking to upgrade my sorry, incomplete tool sets. Any particular recommendations (e.g., brands) out there for the basic things -- screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. Anything you can't live without in your tool chest?
posted by jgballard on May 30, 2007 - 37 answers

PDF converter

Please, i am looking for a freeware that can convert DOC files to PDF accompanied with copy protection. Is there any programme out there ?
posted by Yiba on May 24, 2007 - 9 answers

How steep a hill?

Is there a (cheap-ish) tool that will measure pitch (as in a roof, or hill)? and what is it called? [more inside]
posted by edgeways on Apr 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Any tools to manage status for multiple messaging clients?

Are there any Windows utilities that manage the status information for multiple IM clients? Skype, MSN, Yahoo... [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro on Apr 24, 2007 - 2 answers

I read it for the articles. No, really. Just help me find them again.

Please help me find a way to electronically organize my magazine article collection. [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Apr 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Stuff to help a one-armed man?

What should I buy to make life with a broken arm more bearable? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Feb 28, 2007 - 14 answers

Survey tool/program that I can use with SPSS??

Survey software, survey tool to use with SPSS. Hello fellow chums, I am looking for a software program (preferably free - but also looking for one that has a flat fee) which can perform all sorts of surveys including open ended questions. The most important part is that I find one where I can use it and transpose it into an SPSS file to be sent out to others, or simply use it in SPSS myself and analyze it. Can anyone point me in the right direction? ...pretty please? :) p.s. as an aside, can something like this be placed WITHIN a website with a fair amount of ease? [if this last question makes no sense, please ignore it]
posted by seeminglyshy on Feb 28, 2007 - 6 answers

CRM tools?

How can I connect support cases with end user documentation? [more inside]
posted by mamaquita on Feb 5, 2007 - 4 answers

Looking for a nice folding ruler for spatial calibration in photographs for my job.

Looking for a nice folding ruler for spatial calibration in photographs for my job. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Jan 31, 2007 - 6 answers

Best way to print papercraft projects?

I find papercraft appealing and want to get into it. What tools are good to have starting out, and what's the sweet spot in economy vs. quality for printing papercraft projects? [more inside]
posted by de void on Jan 19, 2007 - 3 answers

Which compact multi-tool is best for my new IT job?

Which compact multi-tool is best for my new IT job? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Jan 13, 2007 - 20 answers

My friend is trying to finish his album on pro tools but is running out of hard drive space.

My friend is trying to finish his album on pro tools but is running out of hard drive space. [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Jan 12, 2007 - 11 answers

What's mine is mine

I bought a 348 piece tool set from Craftsman to work on my car. This is usually a group effort, multiple tool boxes involved. How can I mark my tools to insure at the end of the day, I have all of my sockets and wrenches. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by JujuB on Dec 27, 2006 - 24 answers

What handtools should I register for?

I have been tasked with registering for hand tools. I have a general idea what kinds of tools to get, but need suggestions on what I'm missing, where to register and how much to spend. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Dec 19, 2006 - 38 answers

Writers and Blackberries et al?

Writers: do you benefit from Blackberries, PDAs and other nifty handheld devices? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey on Dec 15, 2006 - 10 answers

How to route plexiglass?

I've been trying unsuccessfully to figure out how to route a channel in a piece of plexiglass for quite a while and now, having run out of ideas, I turn to the hive mind for help.
I've tried both a Dremel and a full-size router, but since they both spin at high RPMs (even at the Dremel's lowest setting), the plastic winds up melting and burring all over my bits as well as turning opaque due to the heat. My goal is to make the channel as translucent as possible, and I believe that I can put the plexiglass sheet in an oven after routing causing the plastic to smooth out and clear up any opaque areas caused by roughness. Can anyone recommend the proper combination of tool, bit, speed and technique to achieve my goal? Note that I am not wedded to plexiglass; I just need a very translucent material that I can carve channels into. [more inside]
posted by mjbraun on Dec 11, 2006 - 14 answers

Powerpoint Ranger request

Free, non-tacky, AND PowerPoint? Is such a combination possible? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet on Dec 4, 2006 - 4 answers

Drill that rock!

How do I drill a hole through a rock? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas on Nov 29, 2006 - 14 answers

Mystery kitchen scooper

This mystery tool came today with my amazon order of "The Joy of Cooking" What is it? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Nov 3, 2006 - 14 answers

Help me find an espresso tamper

I looking to buy an espresso tamper and knock out "thing" in San Jose, CA today before noon. Anyone know where I can find one? I checked a few local Starbucks and looked online at Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table. Any suggestions on local coffee shops and/or specialty retailers in the North San Jose Area that have a selection of the above items?
posted by mhm on Oct 20, 2006 - 6 answers

A free utility to measure web site load times?

I need a tool (web- or Mac-based) that will help me measure how long a web page will take to load. I'm familiar with tools that measure page weight based on the HTML in a document, but I need something that will measure load times including dynamic factors. Does such a beast exist? [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Oct 16, 2006 - 15 answers

What tools does a single person moving out on his own need?

I'm going to be moving out on my own soon. What kinds of tools do I need to keep on hand for basic repairs around the house? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Oct 10, 2006 - 27 answers

Looking SEO Tools

Doing Search Engine Optimisation for companies, been recommended IBP but its alittle overpriced for the business licence. Any others like IBP that are equally as good for less? [more inside]
posted by spinko on Aug 28, 2006 - 2 answers

CookingFilter: 2 of Graham Kerr's tools

Asking for my mom: Help us find 2 kitchen tools that Graham Kerr uses on his Gathering Place show. They are not branded with his name. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Aug 27, 2006 - 8 answers

What's a good "Swiss Army Knife" information tool?

I need a "Swiss Army Knife" information tool. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 9, 2006 - 12 answers

drill press force multiplier?

Power Tool Filter: Is there some kind of 'force multiplier' in effect when using a drill press? i.e. when you put two pounds of pressure on the handle, is there more pressure applied to the work surface? Perhaps most importantly, how hard would this be to calculate? [more inside]
posted by schwap23 on Jul 18, 2006 - 6 answers

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