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July 27

Questions about PO boxes and avoiding unwanted paper mail

I get a lot of mail. About 95% of it is letters from non-profits seeking donations, or other forms of junk mail, and goes straight into the recycling. I'm about to move. For obnoxious reasons not relevant to this question, it would be a challenge for me to receive large quantities of mail at my new address. So, rather than forwarding my mail from my current to my new address, I have a plan to evade my unwanted mail for good... [more inside]
posted by introcosm at 1:34 PM - 12 answers

Making a kid-friendly shower

I'd like to teach my kid to shower independently, but the shower could stand to be a bit more kid-friendly. Help us help him! [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 12:58 PM - 14 answers

Looking for ideas for a small and heavy-themed gift basket.

In keeping with the small and heavy theme, purchases so far include stainless steel ice cubes, a concrete tealight holder, and a cast iron mini cocotte. I would appreciate any other ideas, especially ones that don't seem obvious. [more inside]
posted by analog at 7:14 AM - 13 answers

July 26

How to arrange furniture in this small TV room?

I want to make my small back room into my family's main TV/gaming room. This room is also the main access to the backyard for the dog, and I need help figuring out how to arrange the furniture -- and possibly what furniture to buy -- so that this room functions well. [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 9:54 PM - 5 answers

Should I switch from Electric Furnace to Heat pump or Gas?

My house is in Portland Oregon and in last winter the heating bills were crazy. I don't want to pay $200 plus a month to warm one person anymore. I have a mid-2000s electric furnace. I have the choice of installing a heat pump vs gas furnace. I have got a few estimates from contractors but still can't make a decision. I am mainly interested in the utilities savings of heat pump vs gas. Did you transition your heating from electric to heat or gas? How was the experience, did you notice significant energy savings? Maintenance cost differences? [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon at 1:04 PM - 12 answers

Experiences with Premier, Summit, or Hotpoint gas ranges?

Does anyone have personal experience with Premier, Summit, or Hotpoint gas ranges? They don't seem to be reviewed by Sweethome or Consumer Reports. [more inside]
posted by lalex at 11:53 AM - 3 answers

what kind of bug is this?

What is this bug? It is weirding me out. picture of bug
posted by bleary at 10:05 AM - 12 answers

Faint smell of death in my apartment

(The good news is, me and the cat are fine). It's not so strong but it wafts over to me in many different places throughout my (smallish) apartment, and I can't tell where it's coming from! Everywhere I sniff out smells fine. Do you have any suggestion or hints for tracking it down? Ugh. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous at 7:34 AM - 22 answers

July 25

Half life of "don't combine bleach" products

I've used several products on my bathtub to clean the grout, the latest around 4 weeks ago. The products say "do not combine with bleach" (one was Bar Keepers friend). I want to clean the grout with a bleach pen. Is this safe? When will it be safe or how can I make it so?
posted by sandmanwv at 8:12 PM - 2 answers

insanely detailed home furnishing checklist

when i travel, i use the one-bag checklist ( and have since... 2002. guy's kept up the thing since 2002, and it's insanely detailed. is there a checklist of similar attention to detail but for home/apartment furnishings?
posted by hleehowon at 6:21 PM - 4 answers

Bathroom sink overflowed for about 8 hours and flooded rooms. What now?

I've read previous flooding questions but they don't completely cover the flooring materials and concerns I'm dealing with right now. I could really use some advice. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ at 3:05 PM - 11 answers

July 24

Seeking a very soft, light, natural fiber blanket (silk-cotton or?)

For our wedding a decade ago, we received a lightweight, toast brown blanket that was my couch cocooning pal until it finally fell to bits. Machine washing only made it softer. Not sure who made the blanket, but I'm pretty sure it was a silk-cotton blend. Texture was similar to a thinly knit cashmere sweater, with satin edges. Weight comparable to a couple of sheets. I need a silky-soft, thin blankie I can cuddle up with. Does this description sound like any currently available bedding you can recommend?
posted by Scram at 2:30 PM - 3 answers

God helps those who help their pear trees.

We moved into our house two years ago, and we thought this tree was an apple tree the whole time. It's ancient, and honestly thought it was kind of dying. Due to some (meteorological?) miracle, it has 4 whole pears on it, and seems to be much more full of foliage this year. How do I nurse this thing back into production? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 1:18 PM - 16 answers

How do you get rabbits out of the garden and crows off the fruit trees?

We have a serious rabbit problem in our backyard. Crows are also absolutely vicious to the pear trees. We also have another weird large brown furry animal that lurks around eating things as well, but I'm not quite sure what it is. Does anyone have tips on netting or other fairly affordable solutions we can buy to keep them out? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 12:40 PM - 5 answers

What is causing fasciation in these gerbera daisies?

I have two gerbera daisy plants which live in pots outside my back door (UK). Both plants have started to show signs of fasciation on multiple stems. [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon at 9:28 AM - 1 answers

Give me your organizing closet/pantry/kitchen/basement storage hacks.

My wife and I are closing on our first house a week from now and we're looking for your best closet, pantry shelves, kitchen, garage, and basement storage hacks. [more inside]
posted by notorious medium at 6:03 AM - 33 answers

July 23

Help me do rug shopping like less of a clueless noob.

I know what i want in a rug but I don't have any of the terms. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 8:28 PM - 1 answers

Plant ID filter

Can you identify this shrub in St Louis? Google has utterly failed me (turns out there are lots of purple flowers). [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 2:54 PM - 8 answers

Is there a giant chalk deposit in my Berkeley garden?

I am slowly reclaiming a corner of my yard where a shed once stood and I keep digging up big hunks of chalky white stuff. Can you help me figure out what it could be? [more inside]
posted by amandabee at 12:09 PM - 7 answers

New gas oven temperature

So we've just got a gas oven for the first time ever. It works in gas marks. I realise there are conversions available. Still, I'm finding it a faff to use the analog oven thermometer we have you park on an oven shelf. I have to bend down to read it and it's tricky to read through the glass. [more inside]
posted by dance at 5:02 AM - 8 answers

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