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August 22

Should I go to bat for my new patio?
Yesterday we had a tree trimming service visit our house to remove parts of several large trees. Today I noticed that in the process, they dragged limbs (and/or tools) across our brand-new brick paver patio, leaving several noticeable stains/scuffs. Not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 2:50 PM - 3 answers
Yeah but that TrueCoat...
We're going to be buying a refrigerator, a gas stove, an above-range microwave and a dishwasher shortly. All mid-range. What are some good, not-obviously things to note? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 12:03 PM - 20 answers

Follow the rock-paved road
What to do with a rock path in our yard that is almost covered in grass? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 9:30 AM - 12 answers

New York noob needs apartment quickly
My daughter was fortunate enough to get a job in Manhattan right after graduation. Now she's looking for an apartment for 9/15 or 10/1 and is feeling overwhelmed because she's not familiar at all with the area. Help! [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:53 AM - 47 answers

NYC plumbing cost. Recommendation for queens/north brooklyn plumbers?
We're doing a pre-war renovation in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC where our co-op requires we have a plumber replace the branch piping, new valves and shower pan for both the bathroom and the branch piping/valves in the kitchen. Questions: i) Is the below cost estimate reasonable. ii) Any recommendations of pre-war savvy licensed/insured plumbers in Queens or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 5:47 AM - 0 answers

August 21

How to make a smoking area smell less horrible?
On a lanai in southwest florida, there is some heavy daily smoking going on. Even with three walls made of screens that open to outside, the smell remains. Looking to find ways to mitigate the stale and persistent smoke smell. The amount of smoking is not going to decrease, looking for a product that will help with the smell from the actual smoking and the ashtrays full of butts (which are emptied fairly often.) [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 9:10 PM - 10 answers

Is Magnetic Fluid Conditioning legit?
We're looking at water softeners for the house. In searching around the net, I came across Magnetic Fluid Conditioning. Is this legit? or snakeoil?
posted by falsedmitri at 7:25 PM - 7 answers

Best Nursery Rocking Chair (and other nursery furniture)?
My husband and I are expecting a baby in December and we've realized it's time to get serious about getting furniture for the nursery. We're specifically looking for a great rocking chair, but we're also looking for recommendations for cribs, dressers, strollers, car seats, etc. [more inside]
posted by McPuppington the Third at 3:48 PM - 8 answers

How to set up a home library when I can't buy all new shelves
I'm moving my approximately 900 books to a new apartment and will be combining them with my fiancee's books. I need tips for organization. [more inside]
posted by Jahaza at 3:18 PM - 14 answers

Bathrooms are gross. Cleaning shouldn't be worse.
How do you clean your grody tiled bathroom floors -- without causing more mess to clean up now or later? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 1:39 PM - 29 answers

Where to live in the Capital Region (upstate NY)?
We may be moving to upstate NY, and would like advice about where to live. We're looking for an apartment right now, but would hopefully be looking for a house at some point. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa at 1:32 PM - 6 answers

She bought a condo w/ a laminate floor; is this deception?
A friend of a friend bought an expensive condominium in Mid Manhattan. It appeared to me the floors are laminate; I have to return and look closer. Aside from the major cheapness factor, they are advertised as having wood floors. Is this a deception? How does she get clarification? Would her purchase documents have this detailed?
posted by ebesan at 12:48 PM - 30 answers

Best food processor for peanut butter, and other uses.
Tell me about your food processor, especially if you use it to make peanut butter. Our food processor's bowl is cracked, and rather than replacing the bowl, we're thinking of upgrading. Consumer Reports recomments a Cuisinart ($180-$300) or Breville ($400), but the high end of that price range seems too steep for us, considering how much we use the thing. That said, we're willing to pay around $200 for a good machine. I'm interested in your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech at 9:18 AM - 16 answers

I want out of this house! How soon can I move?
I have to move soon, and I've found a place that's available starting this Saturday. My question is this: how much time should I budget for packing/moving? I have a small amount of furniture as well as the usual clothes and other belongings. I've packed about half of my stuff, and will pack the rest on Friday and Saturday, with the intention of moving on Sunday. Is this feasible? [more inside]
posted by cabbagesnkings at 7:32 AM - 18 answers

ID help with a flower
Can anyone ID this plant that spontaneously grew in one of the pots on my terrace? I'm in Spain, if tht helps. http://imgur.com/ycqyStw
posted by conifer at 6:59 AM - 2 answers

August 20

What should I know before buying a house in Seattle?
What should I know before buying a house in Seattle? We have a pretty good sense for the neighborhoods (leaning toward Queen Anne or Magnolia) but... How does one find a good real estate agent? (How important is that?) Are there some months that are much better/worse? (We can rent a while before we buy.) Other stuff?
posted by CruiseSavvy at 9:51 PM - 8 answers

You can't glue stuff in Catalina
Why doesn't Amazon ship Amazing Goop and presumably other adhesives to Catalina Island? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 6:19 PM - 7 answers

Towels really antimicrobial?
I went to buy some new kitchen towels, and every brand labeled theirs as being treated to be antimicrobial, and that it "doesn't wash off". Is this a legit claim? What are these towels actually treated with? [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 7:41 AM - 15 answers

August 19

What small plant(s) would like to live in my shower niche?
Instead of placing soap in the platform of my shower designed to hold soap, I would like to have one or a few small plants grow there. What species should I be considering for this periodically moist environment? Difficulty level: history of repeat herbicide. & I want these plants to quietly flourish.
posted by bertran at 4:52 PM - 13 answers

Can anyone tell me what type of chair this is?
Can anyone help me locate or tell me what type of chair this is? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian at 9:39 AM - 2 answers

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