introvertsnotebook asked:

I have a wet look (the shiny stuff) body suit that I have been using for my Black Widow Cosplay. On a section of it, the shiny material has peeled off to show the inner fabric; I was wondering if you knew of a way to fix it or just to stop it from further peeling? I want to salvage this suit as I don't have the money to buy another one. Please help

You can make latex catsuits by painting latex over a fabric base, so it may be possible to fix your suit with a similar method. Body suits are usually PVC but liquid latex is an adhesive and a rubber, so it should give a similar appearance to the PVC while adhering the bits that are flaking off. The latex may also sustain damage and start to flake or peel over time. 

Anyone else have a suggestion?


Happy World Book Day!

Show your love for books your own way.

Book Care:

1. Clean a Book.

2. Remove the Mildew Smell from Books.

3. Repair a Wet Book.

4. Repair a Book’s Binding.

5. Repair a Paperback Book.

6. Make a Paper Bag Book Cover.

7. Protect Hardcover Book Corners.

Book Crafts:

1. Make Book Earrings.

2. Make a Homemade Book.

3. Create Invisible Shelves.


You can lease a car, but what about a pair of jeans?

Innovative denim company Mud Jeans believes in sustainability and reuse. As a part of their Lease Philosophy, you can own the jeans, but the lease the fabric to you. Why? Because denim is a renewable and reusable resource. Did you jeans get holes in them? Send them back to Mud for repair.

Tired of the jeans you bought and ready for a new pair? Mud will upcycle them and sell them as vintage jeans (named after the original wearer). Jeans just to trashed to repair or resell? Send them back to Mud and they well re-use whatever components and materials they can. 

You’ll find this ethos on their site:

We dream of a world in which there is no such thing as waste. That’s why we design classic jeans with recycling in mind. Creating our own circle of recycled denim products. Reusing valuable materials, cutting down on resources.

Uncon Feb 2013 post:

— S.T.


Today I took care of my stereo ฅ( ̳• ·̫ • ̳ฅ)

It is nothing special just a regular Panasonic stereo but I like it and it has served me well for over 12 years now :)

The issue i had was that it stopped reading CDs (; _ ;)
I knew that it usually indicates is a fogged or a dirty lens in the CD-drive :) So I screwdrivered away :D

Please don’t open any kind of device that you don’t know how to handle :)
I’m an engineer and I do have several years of experience in maintenance and designing and working with electric and mechanic devices so I know how to not get electrocuted or how to not get parts of my body sheared off ;)

I was quite amazed about the internal structure and assembly of this thing :3
I expected something much less service friendly and with many different kinds of screws but they used the same type of screw for the most part and many interlocking joints :3
Panasonic has some great engineers (^-^)b
So thank you very much dear Panasonic engineers m(_ _)m 

Every circuit board and piece of housing or fixture had some kind of interlocking joint that reminded me of Japanese joinery and the housing as a whole got its strength from the sum of its components which I liked very much (^-^)

I hope one day I can work at a company that has such a great communication and expertise that they can make products like this (o^-^o)

I removed the CD-drive and opened it up (more interlocking joints :3 the lens of the laser was quite dusty and it is remarkable that it worked for such a long time :o
The reason it gets dusty is that it faces upwards so dust can settle on its surface over time <= it is very dusty here because of my woodworking adventures and the dusty soil around here :| 

The CD-drive is quite interesting in how they realised the upward motion of the spindle and the side to side motion of the laser assembly :)
It is all done with just one motor that moves the spindle up and down to locks and releases the CD, moves the laser assembly and opens and closes the tray :D it is a very nice systems :3 <=it is not that uncommon to realise these functions using just one motor but the way it was done in this drive was new to me and I liked it very much :)

Cleaning up the lens was easy but I’m very cautious when I’m working on lenses because it is easy to damage the coating :D
I recommend using Isopropanol and a microfiber cloth :)
Just douse the cloth in a lot of Isopropanol and wipe it over the lens in a circling motion. <=A Nikon technician recommend me this technique :)
You need to douse it in Isopropanol to prevent the dust from grating on the surface of the lens ;) since dust is hygroscopic it will attract water and get kind of baked to the surface it sits on <=if there is enough Isopropanol on the cloth it will loosen the dust before you need to use any force to remove it :)
Optical coatings are very fragile and sometimes even touching them can damage them! 

I enjoyed seeing the internals of the MiniDisc-drive :3

After I finished cleaning up everything I just reassembled the whole thing and tested it before I closed the housing :)

For those wondering how the CDs and MiniDiscs get inside of the drives, the front of this stereo has panels that can move upwards or downwards to allow you to access the drives ;)

My Audio setup (^-^)
My record player is not connected to the stereo.
I use the record player in combination with a RIAA amplifier and a headphone amplifier and some headphones of course :) <=Yes it is a tube amplifier :D

I’m using some Audiophile Origami to improve the sound quality of my stereo :D

Sorry for this off topic post but aside of sharpening the chipbreaker for my jointer project, disassembling a broken hard drive for a university project and repairing a fence this is what I spent most of the time with today :D
I enjoyed this very much (o^-^o)

I guess I qualify as an Otaku (^-^;)

I wish everyone a great Sunday and functioning stereos (^-^)/


Fix the loudness problem in the back.

Hand in hand with Wolfgang by repairing the loudness of my engine. He has the best idea, it could be the small copper ring to the manifold of the engine.

And it was it. In the exhaust was no leak.

But unfortunately one of two studs and the pushrod tubes are completely damaged on the right side. So we have to work on … in future. And we’ll check the engine compression.

More about my bus: Bullime 🚌🏃🏼

Spend less on gear, more on beer. Nancy Ford. Minneapolis, MN. 

Nancy Ford a.k.a Repair Lair services the Chicago, St. Paul & Minneapolis area with outdoor gear & clothing repair. She came down to jump on the Worn Wear Wagon and help with repairs during our time in Chicago. With the motto of “Spend less on gear, more on beer” Nancy’s no rookie to the duty and culture of repair. She’s incredibly talented and enthusiastic about mending gear and getting it back into the field. 

The idea of repair is nothing new. So when the Worn Wear tour rolls in, it is our job to simply reacquaint and help people with their duty of repairing their gear. We’re only in town for one day, so if we can connect the community with their local repair service, Nancy in this case, then we’re doing our part in sustaining the conversation of changing our relationship with our stuff. If it’s it broke, fix it. Thanks Nancy!