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December 24

New washing machine that actually uses water?

We just got a new washing machine we want to return. It seems like almost all new washing machines use almost no water and despite the claims they don't clean well. Stains remain, hairs remain, soap doesn't get rinsed out properly, clothes dont feel or smell clean, etc. Has anyone else gone through the process of buying a new washing machine recently that has some insight on what machines actually use water or give you control over the water or at the very least clean really well?
posted by blueyellow at 9:31 AM - 48 answers

Can you recommend me a website to buy cheap posters to decorate my room?

Hello, I'd like to decorate my dorm room with posters depicting famous paintings (I have the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog in mind) or abstract art such as this one. It would be awesome if it's cheap and ships internationally to France. Thanks a lot!
posted by lite at 8:02 AM - 3 answers

December 23

What's the best glue to bond dry Fimo Air air-dry clay to an acorn cap?

Crafters, what's the best glue to glue an acorn nut made of dry Fimo Air Basic air-dry clay to the underside of an acorn cap? Is hot glue good enough? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 7:32 AM - 6 answers

December 22

Brutal washing machine destroying my clothes: please help

I moved into a new building a few months ago, and since then the washing machine (new GE top loader, stacked with dryer) has been busily destroying everything I own. Towels and sheets come out frayed, sweaters and t-shirts sprout holes, a cuff has just gotten half-ripped from its sleeve. Please help me figure out how to protect my stuff before it's all destroyed. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 3:29 PM - 7 answers

Lawyer for Mortgage Assumption?

I'm doing a mortgage assumption for a co-op in NYC. It was co-owned and the other owner was bought out, with their name now being taken off the mortgage and the co-op stock certificate. I'm paying for a lawyer for the bank. Do I need a lawyer for myself, too? It seems straightforward to me but I wanted to be sure there's nothing I need a lawyer to do for me that the bank lawyer won't take care of.
posted by lbotkins at 3:21 PM - 3 answers

best practices or resources for renting out your house from a distance

I may be relocating to the opposite coast for a job opportunity and will need to rent out my historic single family house outside of Washington, DC. I have a good property management company ready in place, but I wanted to tap the hivemind and see what things folks thought I should think about or be ready for. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 9:54 AM - 13 answers

Kitchen sink sprayer reattachment

Please help me fix a broken sink sprayer attachment. This has nothing to do with pipes or else I would call a plumber. I am trying to reattach the base of the sprayer back onto the sink. The sink is stainless steel but the sprayer base may actually be plastic painted to look like metal. Pics: [1], [2], [3]. [more inside]
posted by bobobox at 7:19 AM - 6 answers

December 20

What's wrong with my electric cordless kettle?

My cordless kettle is one of those plastic ones that has a small lever switch at the bottom of the handle. Normally you would fill the kettle with water,set it on the circular base (that plugs into the wall), and then push the switch down. When the water boils, the switch pops up. However, recently, when I fill the kettle and put it on the base, I can't push the switch down. This only happens intermittently. Why? And how can i fix it?
posted by storybored at 4:52 PM - 8 answers

how to curtain curved window?

I have two small (2' across, 6' high) convex windows in my living room. I really want to put one sheer panel up in each, but the wall and frame portion are also convex. To imagine, it's an old Victorian house with turrets and other architectural peculiarities. [more inside]
posted by tippy at 3:20 PM - 5 answers

How can I get a plastic shopping bag out of my tree?

There's the remnant of a plastic shopping bag caught in a tree in my backyard. It bothers me. It's about 20 feet (maybe 25 feet) off the ground. It's not visible in summer, but very visible in winter. Here are a couple of photos. The bag is circled in red. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 10:00 AM - 10 answers

December 19

How do heat settings work on dryers?

How can a dryer with 2 thermostats have three heat ranges, especially since only one is on the blower element? [more inside]
posted by jonclegg at 1:40 PM - 5 answers


Where can I find an affordable method to build a copper (or copper effect) heat reflector for behind a stove? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:44 AM - 15 answers

December 17

Hammer Arresters and HE Washing Machine

I have a high efficiency washing machine that shakes our pipes loudly when it takes its incessant micro-sips of water. Does anyone have experience adding hammer arresters like these to their washers? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:37 AM - 5 answers

Help! Our roots are out of control.

We have some orchids next to the window and each one has roots growing out of the pot. [more inside]
posted by gorcha at 12:53 AM - 2 answers

December 16

radiators 101

This is my first winter in an apartment with radiators and I am trying to understand what to expect from them. So far, it pretty much feels cold all the time. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 12:26 PM - 21 answers

I have purchased and returned every pillow at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

I need help finding a pillow. I have read through the posts by other people who needed help finding a pillow, but no one seems to have had the specific issues I have, so, I pose to you this question. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 7:16 AM - 36 answers

Moving on up (the road)

I'm moving house! (Again.) Excitingly, this is going to be my house, and not a landlord's house. This should be my last move for a while! I'm fairly well-versed in moving, having done it four times in the past three years, but this move is a little different: I'm only moving a few metres down the road. [more inside]
posted by winterhill at 6:35 AM - 19 answers

December 15

Winter in San Francisco

It doesn't get really cold in San Francisco, but my bedroom's 45 feet from the nearest source of heat, so it's time for heated mattress pads! But I don't like the one I have. Help me find one with no hard or crinkly parts. [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 11:49 PM - 9 answers

Which moisture absorber should I use?

Amazon sells a bunch of different kinds of moisture absorbers, mostly silica based. They are variously "rechargeable," by plugging them in or putting them in the oven for hours (!). Reviews are all over the place. I need to be able to store some mattresses wrapped in plastic in my damp basement. Which absorber(s) do I want for placing inside the plastic?
posted by OmieWise at 9:30 AM - 5 answers

December 14

How do I restore and maintain my wood front door?

Our house has a really nice front door, which appears to be made out of wood. It looked amazing when we moved in a few years ago. The outside part which is in the sun all the time now looks dull and faded. Pictures within. [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 2:06 PM - 12 answers

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