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August 24

Oh crap

If this is frass (insect poop), what kind is it? I'm finding it along the edges of our sunroom and on the floor under the route of one of the beams in the center. I don't see any insects or holes. The sunroom is metal beam construction, attached to the house by studded drywall over masonry. frass one and frass two
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:44 AM - 2 answers

August 23

Chicago Building managers

I'm looking for a new building manager for a 30 unit condo in Chicago [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 7:18 AM - 2 answers

August 22

Help Me Find My Perfect Bedside Table

I want to purchase a new beside table, and I'm having a hard time finding something I want - which is basically white, wood, lots of drawers. More details! [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 4:07 PM - 8 answers

August 21

What Are These Fences For?

While travelling through Wyoming, we saw these fences quite a bit, but we didn't understand what they are for... [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle at 8:11 PM - 8 answers

What product features and materials make cleaning easier?

I am thinking about replacing and refreshing a lot of things in my home, and I would really like to start my research with an eye towards ease of keeping stuff clean. What kind of product features, materials, etc. do you find make them easier to clean (and keep clean) than other products in the same category? [more inside]
posted by lalex at 3:59 PM - 12 answers

Washing machine drain pump help! DIY-ers welcome.

Mrs. Gefilte and I have a ten year old Maytag/Whirlpool top-loading washing machine with a direct-drive motor. It's been working fine for a while, but lately, intermittently, clothes will still end up sopping wet after the spin cycle. It's now constant, and very annoying. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 1:14 PM - 6 answers

Is this young poison ivy?

Looking for botanist/gardener/scout/lumberjane input on whether this reddish and greenish plant is poison ivy. [more inside]
posted by donut_princess at 9:20 AM - 12 answers

August 20

Style of house called Women's Day?

Our realtor said the design or floorplan of our new house is known as "Women's Day," because it was featured in the magazine of the same name back in the early 1970's, and was popular because of that. A Google search is yielding nothing. Perhaps it was a different magazine?? Perhaps it was the late 1960's? [more inside]
posted by Neeuq Nus at 5:25 PM - 6 answers

Refinishing furniture - mixed woods and carvings edition

My parents are giving me an old buffet table for my new place. But it needs refinishing. But the piece is made up of different kinds of woods, and has some pretty intricate carvings. What's the best way to refinish it? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 3:41 PM - 14 answers

August 19

How do we repair this unsightly hole in our wall?

We tried to drill holes to put in a bookshelf, now have two unsightly holes and the wall anchor still doesn't want to go in. Help! We're really new at this stuff. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 6:41 PM - 19 answers

Will my giant Aloe plant live if we cut off half its root and re-pot it?

I've had an aloe in a large pot for the last 10+ years and it has grown to be HUGE. We want to re-pot it, and upon taking it out of its container noticed that its root is about 2 feet long. Will the plant live if we lob off half the root and re-pot it? If we were able to do that, we'd be able to keep it in the pot it is in now which takes up less space. Somewhat urgent question as there is aloe and dirt all over the front yard!
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 2:18 PM - 7 answers

Landlord needs advice on rent increase

How do I find the balance between being Donald Trump and being a charity? I need advice on what might be a reasonable rent increase for a flat that I rent out. [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 2:03 AM - 31 answers

August 18

What Could Be Making My Tree Brown?

The other day I noticed that my tree is turning brown. What could the cause be? (linked photos) [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 11:33 PM - 7 answers

What to do with a very hot, very thick pasta sauce?

Started making a very spicy pasta sauce and ended up going to the movies. Now I have something resembling very hot salsa but with the herbs of pasta sauce. How do I salvage this? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 at 2:31 PM - 20 answers

Water dispenser in the fridge door: how's that working out for you?

Your fridge dispenses water from its door, and you've had it for at least a few years. Are you happy to have a water-dispensing fridge? Anything you wish you'd known about it earlier? Do you do anything special to clean or maintain the waterworks?
posted by kalapierson at 10:56 AM - 40 answers

Painting and wall prep

What is the best way to prep my kitchen walls before painting? I am getting conflicting advice from the internet and well-meaning friends. [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 6:55 AM - 15 answers

August 17

Big flag + wall = how?

What's the best way to hang this huge old flag in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 5:17 PM - 11 answers

What can you tell me about this china cabinet and buffet set?

I just purchased a china cabinet and its matching buffet at a tag sale. The owner said they were from the 1920s but she actually bought them in the late 90s. To me this doesn't have the patina of one hundred years, but I'm no expert. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 12:16 PM - 10 answers

Would bi-fold, side-opening garage doors be a good idea?

I want to replace my single panel, up & over garage door with doors that open to the side. It looks like it will be some trouble to get the kind of doors I want, so will it be worth it? [more inside]
posted by polecat at 11:39 AM - 22 answers

What's a good routine for researching and purchasing house insurance?

I've been buying house insurance for over a decade. I don't have a work flow or methodology for getting this done really correctly. What work flow, tasks, research, sites and so forth should I use to get a quality result? [more inside]
posted by diode at 11:06 AM - 3 answers

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