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Possums are living in my attic, in California. I've found their entry, about 12x6 inches, and want to block it, but really don't want to trap any possums inside. [more inside]
I'm moving to Denver in a few months, and am looking for a two-bedroom apartment near light rail. I would love any tips on the Denver rental market. [more inside]
My wife and I are buying a house and our possession date is on December 4. My brother is my lawyer who will close the deal on the house. We're driving up from Regina to Saskatoon this weekend. This is our first house. He sometimes thinks he's given clear instructions when he hasn't and he'll end up blaming us for not reading his mind. My brother said I need to bring my cheque book, but he wasn't willing to answer why he needs the cheques. My wife and I are assuming that they're for both processing fees and for the down payment. If they are for a down payment too, should my wife and I move our money from our non-chequing accounts to our chequing accounts? Or will my brother only need void cheques, so that he can then obtain from funds directly from all my accounts at a later date (my tax free savings account and my chequing account, my wife's separate accounts)? Will it also be fine to have two cheques for the down payment (one from my wife and one from I)?
Do you have any practical tips for dealing with a '60s-era electric oven with temperature regulation problems? [more inside]
A very dark water ring stain on a wooden surface -- attempts to fix it have made it worse. Please help! [more inside]
Like many people, I've accumulated a stash of documents that are important to me and my family in some way (deeds, birth certificates, marriage certificate, passports) and some are difficult/impossible to replace (immigration paperwork, ancestral information). Right now they all sit in a plastic Tupperware box on the bottom shelf of an IKEA bookshelf. I was thinking that maybe they should be a little better secured. Is a safety deposit box the right answer or a safe? I'm having a hard time choosing. [more inside]
I'm looking for a pillar candle with very specific (and apparently unusual) specifications. I'd like something that's 3 inches diameter and 5 inches tall. Ivory. Unscented. Real candle (not flameless LED, unless maybe it's the ones made out of real wax like Pottery Barn sells; MUST look real). [more inside]
I am moving from a small house to a one bedroom apartment and have WAY too much stuff. Most de-cluttering advice revolves around things one doesn't need or use. My clutter is largely backups of things I both need AND use, and I am having trouble getting rid of it because I worry I can't afford a replacement if the first breaks. What to do? [more inside]
There's very little lighting in my apartment's living room. It's pitch black outside by the time I get home from work these days, and I'd like to add some lighting to brighten things up. Suggestions? [more inside]
I recently moved into a house without central heat. Is there a safe way to safely keep my house warm overnight and when I'm not home? [more inside]
My boyfriend is a big fan of rums, so I'd like to get him some for Christmas. A 'rum sampler' with different brands would be great, but if there are good recommendations I could build my own. [more inside]
The gas oven in my apartment hasn't been working for the better part of three months. The light in the bottom turns on when I start it, and then turns back off when I stop. [more inside]
I'm shopping for a small, fire/water resistant case in which to keep important papers and documents. I see key locked and combination locked versions, various sizes and verifications of the duration of protection. I'd like some opinions on what might be my best option. Thanks in advance for the info.
I need to sculpt the end of a 5/8" threaded steel rod. I'll be removing a lot of material, hopefully very precisely, and it would be good if the rod stayed absolutely rock solid while it's being worked on. Is there are standard way to do this? [more inside]
I'm replacing the outdated and ugly ceiling lighting fixtures in my place -- almost a dozen of them at once. Decor is simple and modern, with white walls and wood floors. I also really like Tiffany lamps and chandeliers although I don't usually go for ornate stuff. I'm new to decorating. Can you recommend some fixtures for me (with links)? [more inside]
Looking for a practical gift for my boyfriend for the holidays. We bought a 1954 house and we (he) really enjoy fixing it up. What tools, items, etc. make home renovation projects easier and/or more fun? [more inside]
This is a very simple question I guess, but that's the long and the short of it. Crawlspace is flooded, which killed our central heater. Our cast iron insert is damp and I'm unsure as to whether we should burn anything in it. [more inside]
Our downstairs neighbours are using poison to combat a rat problem. Our bathroom already smells putrid from a dead rat somewhere in the vicinity of the relevant air duct. While the rats rot downstairs, can I block off the vents in my apartment to try to reduce the odour? If so, how can I do this safely, cheaply, and effectively? [more inside]
This risks being overly vague, but I'm really curious about how it works for other people. We have a child (and one on the way); I work part-time (but hope to go full time at some point) and my husband has a flexible job. And still, everything is -- crazy. Help? [more inside]