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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What should I install/do to my new laptop (I am a student)? [more inside]
posted by bd
on Jun 16, 2006 -
Aside from the standard knives, what would be a good gift for a student off to culinary school? [more inside]
posted by garbo
on May 28, 2006 -
I'd like to know if item x drops below a certain price at Amazon? Are there any services that offer this functionality?
posted by jedro
on Apr 14, 2006 -
Where can I find a self-adjusting nut wrench? And more broadly, what are your favorite places to go for tools? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner
on Apr 5, 2006 -
I have an XML feed which I want to automatically
post into my del.icio.us account. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Mar 19, 2006 -
Guerilla Marketing - I created a website as a lark that has become quite popular. All this early last week. I'm looking to compile a list of tools and techniques to push the popularity (without spending any money of course). What would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by dhacker
on Feb 26, 2006 -
Has anyone ever added two mice/cursors to one computer? Can I get that on my computer today?
posted by ejhdigdug
on Feb 8, 2006 -
I want to learn some basic carpentry. Preferably through a class so I can get some hands on training. I know next to nothing about carpentry, never even had a shop class. Does anyone know of carpentry classes or schools in NY?
posted by bingwah
on Jan 13, 2006 -
Cutting Tools: I want to cut shapes out of thick stacks of paper and maybe wood laminates. Easy enough, right? Except I want to be able to do cuts that only
go from one point in the interior to another point in the interior -- cuts that don't go all the way across or otherwise break the edge. Are there good choices for tools? [more inside]
posted by weston
on Dec 30, 2005 -
What's your favorite XML IDE? I'm looking for something that will show me the results of XPATH queries on the fly and transform XML via a stylesheet inside the tool. [more inside]
posted by yerfatma
on Dec 29, 2005 -
I'm looking for a free tool that will automatically translate a webpage. Not like AltaVista's babelfish; more something to click on.
posted by madmath
on Nov 9, 2005 -
What is the easiest way to split up a large audio file into shorter segments on Windows? [more inside]
posted by matildaben
on Oct 26, 2005 -
Home Studio Recording - My friend is looking into building a home studio and basing it around the ProTools LE Digi002 control surface. Should he go PC or Mac? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott
on Oct 25, 2005 -
Do you lend your tools? Or books? If so, what tricks do you use to get them back? [more inside]
posted by kk
on Sep 5, 2005 -
How can I transfer files to/from a Motorola V3 Razr and a new Powerbook if the Bluetooth File Exchange seemingly can't do it? It recognizes the phone, but can't see the internal structure of the phone's storage system. Motorola's Mobile Phone Tools has no Mac version. I can sync contacts and calendars with iSync and via Bluetooth, but I have a friend who has the same phone, but the inverse problem: he can transfer files with Bluetooth, but can't get the phone to sync contacts and calendars.
posted by Toolshed
on Sep 1, 2005 -
Why don't string trimmers use wire instead of plastic? My guess is that with wire in there, it's like a surburban guy in shorts and flipflops walking around the yard waving around a little tablesaw, but is it really that much more dangerous than plastic if it should strike flesh? You're pretty much flayed either way, right? Is it a safety issue or something else?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Aug 27, 2005 -
I have a 1940s/50s-era Cookmaster stove and oven. Four burners, white, with stove and warming compartment. It's in great shape, with one problem: whenever I light the pilot light to turn on the oven, a few seconds later there's a "WHOOOMP!" sound - surely some gas build-up lighting - and then the oven is on, and it works fine. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mark7570
on Aug 17, 2005 -
What is this
? (Closeup of the business end here
.) It's ostensibly a kitchen utensil, or at least the person I'm asking this for thinks it's a kitchen utensil.
posted by mendel
on Aug 8, 2005 -
Well, what do you know, err.. what do I know, Google does support
some sort of regular expressions. However, I can't find the usage guide. Anyone?
posted by Gyan
on Jul 28, 2005 -
Consider the standard fingernail clipper: a lever squeezes together two concave edges. Imagine an inverted version -- it would look exactly like standard clippers, except the two curved blades would be convex, sticking out. (And with a little wider gap.)
Is this tool available? [more inside]
posted by Rash
on Jun 24, 2005 -
My dad developed an interest in woodcarving a couple of years ago. I'd like to get him something really nice related to his hobby for Father's Day (which falls in early September in Australia). [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi
on Jun 20, 2005 -
Can anyone help locate a Craftsman screwdriver that the fine folks at Craftsman say doesn't exist? A friend was helping me install an air conditioner last week and developed a crush on a screwdriver I have for getting to screws in tight spaces; it has "Craftsman 41380 USA" engraved on it, and it was given to me as a gift. (I shot a quick picture of the screwdriver
; it's best-described as a small metal donut with a rough outer edge and with a narrow cylinder sitting in the hole of the donut that accepts either hex bits or square bits.) About six months ago, I was able to walk into a Sears hardware store and pick two more up as a gift to give another friend, but now, the people at Sears and Craftsman say that that part number isn't valid, and that they've never heard of anything like I'm describing. Oddly, Googling for the part number
(and Yahoo!ing, and MSNing) doesn't bring anything up, either, nor does a search on eBay. Am I crazy, or has this incredibly useful screwdriver not only been wiped from the planet, but also from the annals of tool history?
posted by delfuego
on Jun 18, 2005 -
I am a mechanical imbecile. That said, I would like to have a kick-ass tool set. How would I do that?
posted by greasy_skillet
on Jun 4, 2005 -