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October 21

DIY: Old ceiling light, no ground -- what's the worst that can happen?

I replaced a ceiling light in a 1950's-wired apartment. There are insulated black and neutral wires, but no ground connection (fixture has ground wire but just connected it to mounting bar). If wired backwards, what happens when I flip the switch? When I touch the fixture while power and/or switch are on? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle at 12:13 PM - 9 answers

BEST. TUPPERWARE. EVAR.

I need to know about the most badass tupperware-type stuff. Right now we have a mixed "collection" of mason jars, to-go containers, Talenti gelato jars, and the occasional thing that's actually meant for the job, but who knows where the hell the lid for it is. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 6:22 AM - 28 answers

October 20

So much space, so many possibilities...

Help me figure out a wonderful, fun thing to do with our unfinished attic space. Difficulty level: renters with grad student incomes. [more inside]
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet at 7:26 PM - 5 answers

can you suggest a hardy climber?

I'm looking for something like ivy or wisteria than can survive in harsh heat and sunlight.
posted by Opengreen at 12:01 PM - 11 answers

Sliding door caster replacement?

I have some very old (40 years?) sliding doors which run on casters (?) one of which broke and I'm trying to figure out how to replace it. [more inside]
posted by gwint at 10:43 AM - 3 answers

October 19

Help me safely disassemble a rocking chair

Furniture makers, DIYers, other knowledgeable hive mind folks: Is it possible to safely disassemble and then reassemble this rocking chair to make it easier to ship or pack? It's like this, only without the college degree. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 7:46 PM - 5 answers

Brief water leak through ceiling track lighting-- what now?

Clueless new homeowners here. After a shower and a use of the toilet upstairs, water started dripping through a screw on the track lighting in the kitchen. It started maybe 10 minutes afterwards and lasted maybe 10 minutes, maybe a cup or so of water total, then stopped. What happened? What do we do now? Call a plumber, presumably, but how urgent? An electrician too? Is there danger because of the light fixture? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs at 4:27 PM - 7 answers

online communities about home remodeling - Silicon Valley edition?

Hi folks, I'm contemplating some home remodeling work, and was wondering if any MeFites in the CA south bay area might have experience with this. Specifically I was hoping to find local online communities I can participate in for a few months to gather information and ideas, since I know very little about this whole subject and really need to learn the local resources, prices, experiences etc. Anyone know of any online forums like this or how I could go about finding one? Thanks!
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:02 AM - 1 answers

is this a valve?

Is this a valve of some kind? If so, how do I close it? [more inside]
posted by Koko at 6:32 AM - 7 answers

Apartment and bug filter. Stay or leave?

My, very expensive, new apartment has something management calls box bugs and small, centipede-like black bugs. I don't know the name of this second type, they might be the young? Management has promised to call Terminex but they are adamant this isn't roaches and that as it gets colder, they'll disappear. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 AM - 16 answers

October 18

Looking for a kick-ass northern NJ home inspector.

So has anyone in northern NJ (Essex/Passaic/Bergen counties or thereabouts) recently used a super-detailed, easy to work with home inspection company they'd recommend? Any and all info welcome. Thanks, hive!
posted by mintcake! at 7:56 PM - 3 answers

Hindsight is 20/20

Please help me deal with the aftermath of a disastrous remodeling job. [more inside]
posted by bendy at 3:41 PM - 8 answers

October 17

Another Real Estate Question: Buy & Rent a Condo From Afar?

If I wanted to buy a house or condo in a distant state as an investment, and I had an opportunity to buy a place outright, with tenants and leases already in place, should I? How about outright but sans tenants? More info within. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 3:27 PM - 15 answers

October 16

Foundation replacement or repair: do it or sell & move on?

This is a 'tap the judgment power of the hivemind' question. About a year ago I bought an old house (1920s) in a 'gentrifying' neighborhood in Saskatoon. On July 1st I discovered that the basement rug and drywall were soaked: I had the basement finish ripped out down to the studs and discovered several large cracks in the foundation. I need to repair this if I want to stay, but I can't decide if it's worth it, or if I should just move. Based on what's within, what do you think? [more inside]
posted by jrochest at 10:26 PM - 14 answers

How to get rid of a table in Oakland

How do you get rid of furniture in Oakland? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 10:01 PM - 21 answers

Help us get the cat pee smell out of our basement!

We just moved into a brand new house that we love, but one of our cats peed in the basement and its making the entire house smell awful! [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 7:17 PM - 20 answers

Questions about bleeding my oil furnace

After my last oil delivery, my furnace won't run. I tried hitting the reset button on the furnace twice. Both times it ran for ~45 seconds before shutting off. What now? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 3:52 PM - 8 answers

Best options for tarting up horrid 80s wall unit?

I am going to need a bookcase in a room I am redecorating. Downstairs is a HORRIBLE 80s chipboard wall unit thing with dark, not at all convincing fakey veneer. Complication: I'm redecorating the room to a Hannibal theme. [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 3:13 PM - 4 answers

How can I achieve the most comfortable bed for the lowest price? (<$250)

How can I achieve the most comfortable (hopefully portable) bed for the lowest price? (Under $250) [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 2:01 PM - 21 answers

House has ADT security/monitoring - alternatives?

Moved recently. The house ADT system already installed. Don't like ADT - what are my options? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 12:46 PM - 5 answers

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