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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
I'm looking for a new building manager for a 30 unit condo in Chicago [more inside]
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]
While travelling through Wyoming, we saw these fences quite a bit, but we didn't understand what they are for... [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for botanist/gardener/scout/lumberjane input on whether this reddish and greenish plant is poison ivy. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
The other day I noticed that my tree is turning brown. What could the cause be? (linked photos) [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
What's the best way to hang this huge old flag in my apartment? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]