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October 22

Weird bugbites at night. What next?

Brushed off weird bugbites once over the summer, just woke up with them again, worried about bedbugs and trying to figure out what to do about it, if anything. [more inside]
posted by jameaterblues at 6:08 PM - 9 answers

Home inspector didn't test furnace & now it needs replacement. What to?

I bought a house in August this year (2.5 months ago). Just tried turning on the heat for the first time and it does not work! I had a repair company out and was told it was in terrible shape (and super old). They would even have to special order the parts. [more inside]
posted by Snackpants at 1:20 PM - 16 answers

Liquid ink on my white carpet....help!

My monster dogs just chewed a pack of neon blue liquid ink pens on my very light carpet. There are several dark ink blobs and other smeared patches. I'm afraid to touch it to even start cleaning it up. What can anybody recommend. Bonus points for how to clean a white (now spotted blue) bull terrier!
posted by Coffee Bean at 9:15 AM - 12 answers

For DIY'ers... how to repair torn plastic water line to fridge?

We just bought a new fridge w/ice maker. The installation guys weren't able to install the ice maker line, since the line was torn (our last fridge didn't have an ice maker, but there was one behind the fridge.) The spare one they brought was too short, so they suggested I repair the one already in place. I tried, and failed. Help! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 7:44 AM - 14 answers

October 21

Ruud furnace clicks

We have a Ruud Achiever 90 Plus with variable speed motor. It works great heating up the house, but when it's trying to maintain the temperature (say it's set for 65 and it's currently 65), it constantly clicks. The sound is very annoying. Does anyone know what would cause this? [more inside]
posted by joebakes at 7:38 PM - 5 answers

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 - 10 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 - 37 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

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