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October 18

How now, soft towel?

How to have soft bath towels? [more inside]
posted by komara at 10:52 AM - 15 answers

October 17

How can I paint or Dye a Piece of Bleached Coral?

I bought a large branch of coral ( 1 foot high, 1 foot wide. I'm planing on Mounting it on a base as a sculpture. I've attached a few photos. I'm thinking watered down Artist Acrylics. Or maybe Inks from Ink Wells. [more inside]
posted by Alt255 at 6:30 PM - 8 answers

Sauna + safe kitty or fresh air + no kitty?

Rental house + indoor cat + summer = ??? In short, I'm soliciting ideas as to how we can throw open our sliding glass doors to prevent the house from turning into a sauna whilst not allowing our indoor-only cat outside. [more inside]
posted by Halo in reverse at 6:09 PM - 12 answers

Tell me about your bidet

We've decided to install an aftermarket bidet, but there are a lot of options (and price points) out there, so I turn to the wise hive mind for guidance. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 1:42 PM - 10 answers

Pruning grapevine in summer?

I have a grapevine (for table grape) that is just starting its second summer. It has two main trunks and I don't want it to have any more, but it's put out a third one from just above the graft and it's going kind of crazy with leafing up and putting out side canes from this. Is it better to cut it off now or just let it do its thing and cut it back next winter when the vine is dormant? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 3:44 AM - 2 answers

October 16

How urgently do I need a plumber?

How urgently do I need to replace my 8-9 year-old electric hot water heater, and do I need to worry about some water underneath it? The water came from me knocking the release valve, not a preexisting leak. [more inside]
posted by Special Agent Dale Cooper at 7:54 PM - 9 answers

Anyone for vinyl?

I have to redo a bathroom floor and thinking roll vinyl is the way to go? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 3:10 PM - 10 answers

Buying a dimmer

I'm getting a new light fixture for my kitchen ceiling and I want to get a dimmer. Do I need one or two? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 12:28 PM - 4 answers

How much will it cost to reüpholster these chairs?

I just bought this chair and another just like it. I love them...except for the floral upholstery on the cushions. The green upholstery I am into. How much, more or less, will it cost me to reupholster just those floral parts? The bottom cushion comes off; the back one is attached. I'll also go ahead and get new foam for both because it's a little too soft, what's on there. I think the fabrics I was looking at ran about $25/yard.
posted by Smearcase at 10:39 AM - 8 answers

My deck needs help.

My deck needs help. The basic structure is OK, but it looks terrible because it was painted/stained different colors and decorated with lots of unnecessary trim that's now rotting. I've patched it up in a bunch of crazy ways and am ready to throw in the towel. Maybe some of it can be saved, but I suspect everything visible (railings, decking, and skirting) needs to be replaced. More than I can do myself. Help? [more inside]
posted by ndg at 9:45 AM - 5 answers

Chandelier Options for Low Dining Room Ceilings

Our house has relatively low ceilings (7.5 feet). I'd like a dramatic light fixture in the dining room, but a lot of chandeliers need too much vertical space. Link me your best flush mount or "flat" chandeliers. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:58 AM - 9 answers

Freeloading Husband

That would be me, apparently. Is my wife correct? [more inside]
posted by teselecta at 4:29 AM - 76 answers

October 15

How can I hack a twin bed to use as a play surface for my kid?

There is an extra twin bed in my son’s room which, for various reasons, cannot be removed. Is there something I can get to put on top of it, like a topper of some kind, which would convert it into a table or play surface and then be removed if I actually wanted to use the bed? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 11:49 AM - 11 answers

How do people listen to music at home?

Home music setups? How does that work? [more inside]
posted by conifer at 1:02 AM - 38 answers

October 14

Halp. Sliding door stuck inside of wall

I came back on Friday evening and my boyfriend informed me that our bedroom sliding door was stuck deep inside the two walls. [more inside]
posted by thesockpuppet at 7:26 PM - 6 answers

How do I select a great, shiatsu chair without paying thousands?

I want to get my husband a great shiatsu chair for Christmas. We go to the mall to use the ones there, but it's embarrassing to enjoy it toooo much. What should I be looking for? How long do they last? Please share your experiences good and bad. [more inside]
posted by BarcelonaRed at 6:50 PM - 2 answers

What do I do with an enormous wooden cradle?

My father made a cradle for me as a baby. It's really an amazing piece of furniture - put together with no nails, perfectly sanded, and just generally lovely. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 8:25 AM - 22 answers

October 13

Between two ferns.

We recently moved into a new house with two of these giant ferns in concrete planters on the porch (pics). What are they, and how do I keep them alive over the winter? [more inside]
posted by hilaritas at 1:55 PM - 8 answers

October 12

Energy efficient bulb cracked inside fixture?

OK, so my energy efficient (CFL? LED? I have no idea. ALl I know is that it's the spiral kind) burnt out in my dining room ceiling fixture. I tried to twist it out like a normal light bulb, but instead of gripping and twisting the plastic base like a normal person, I spaced out and gripped and twisted the spiral part. And of course it cracked under my hand. [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 5:14 PM - 8 answers

Bitten by a Cockroach

My cat woke me up last night around 4:00 a.m. for a feeding. I was laying on my side and felt a bug bite on left side. I swiped at it and it was big! I turned on a light and saw a medium-sized cockroach. It had bit me so I killed it. I had no idea cockroaches will bite you like that. Does this happen frequently?
posted by anonymous at 2:56 PM - 11 answers

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