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April 19

Nice Rack

What is this rack-thing on my new kitchen wall? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 9:56 AM - 3 answers

April 18

Please help identify this mystery plant taking over our property

This plant is taking over. We first noticed it about three years ago growing in a patch about five square feet (near the hen house if that matters). Now it covers several hundred square feet (mostly in shady areas but it doesn't seem to mind the sun either). [more inside]
posted by Beti at 1:35 PM - 3 answers

April 17

picket lines at construction sites - how do they work?

The construction site next to my house has been picketed by the carpenters' union. As a direct result of the construction I may need to get some work done on my house, and would like to know more about how this could go. This is in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by sepviva at 9:51 AM - 3 answers

Wash & fold laundry in Brooklyn Heights?

Pick-up, drop-off, no drama: why is this so difficult? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 7:28 AM - 3 answers

Time to play another round of Plant! Or! Weed!!

Is my garden overrun with weeds? See pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by slidell at 1:20 AM - 6 answers

April 16

Please tell me if this is a bad idea

I am planning to use a power plug adapter along with a power strip over a long period. Is this advisable, and what should I know? (Chinese/Australian grounded Type I plug and grounded European Type F socket) [more inside]
posted by Aiwen at 10:44 PM - 3 answers

Help my weird, awkward, ugly wall look beautiful and confident!

I have kind of a funny-looking bedroom - it's in a basement that was finished long after being built so it has low ceilings, a slightly uneven floor, limited light, and odd dimensions - but I've mostly managed to make it look really nice except for this one wall that has a cabinet set right into the middle of it. What are some decoration strategies to deal with this weird wall without cutting off access to the cabinet? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 5:59 PM - 20 answers

Moving to another state. Way too many options, help please?

I took a job that means we are moving everyone from north of Boston to north of Philly. This means packing up one house to sell and then moving everything to a new one. We have started working on the selling and buying aspects, what we don't have any clue about is how best to do the packing and moving. Suggestions please? [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 4:36 PM - 4 answers

Any Paint Stripping Tips or Tricks?

As part of the ongoing effort to spruce up our (relatively) newly bought home, we're currently stripping the paint from our banister. This is proving to be a long and fiddly task - especially as the way it's fitted doesn't really make dismantling it an option (pictures here and here). Do any MeFites have any particular tips or tricks that are worth us knowing about? Or even advice as to things we should definitely avoid? [more inside]
posted by garius at 8:44 AM - 9 answers

Talk to me about crib bumpers and the risk/benefit analysis.

Talk to me about crib bumpers and the risk/benefit analysis. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 6:06 AM - 18 answers

Let the honey bees play but keeps the pests away

I have some beautiful heirloom roses that I planted last year. One of them was decimated by rose slugs. It has come back bushy and beautiful thankfully! I noticed that someone had already been sampling this year's goods. Aphids maybe? What can I put on the roses that will keep the pests away but not harm the honey bees? Someone must have a hive nearby because I see them quite frequently.
posted by MayNicholas at 4:42 AM - 10 answers

April 15

Do You Love Your Washing Machine?

Our 15 year old Maytag Performa is on life support. The brake assembly is failing, and getting at it to replace it looks like more of a project than I want to take on. Especially since I just replaced the pump in the thing. We don't need anything fancy. A basic top loader will work fine. Has anybody bought one in the last few years that they are generally happy with?
posted by COD at 5:53 PM - 14 answers

April 14

What's the difference between bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets?

What's the difference between bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets? You're right, I could just Google this question, but both the Google search results page and the sites it links to contain horrifying (to me) pictures of bees/hornets/wasps/yellow jackets. I need a text-only explanation to keep the nightmares at bay. Enter: AskMetafilter! [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 3:34 PM - 20 answers

Resources to decide whether to buy a home?

How can I decide whether to buy or continue renting? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 12:14 PM - 4 answers

April 13

Comfort(er) me, please!

I'm looking for the softest, most luxurious comforter available under $500. What factors do I need to consider when looking for one, and do you have any specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 11:47 AM - 12 answers

Home Renovations Tracking: Something better than google Docs!

So pourtant and I are in the process of buying a house (yay and also omg freakout). For practical reasons, our finances are separate. We are planning to make some minor renovations to the house and would like a simple way to track who has paid for what and equity earned and such. Is there such a dedicated tool for this? [more inside]
posted by softlord at 10:20 AM - 6 answers

Mosquito treatment for a small yard

Are there any effective mosquito treatments for a small (10'x25') yard? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 10:17 AM - 9 answers

April 12

Kill my weeds (wandering jew, black eyed susans)

How can I kill a rampant infestation of wandering jew and black eyed susan? The weeds are making my dogs itchy itchy itchy! Manually pulling them out makes me itchy itchy itchy! [more inside]
posted by stellathon at 8:45 PM - 10 answers

Feral Cat Shelter Materials

I'm making a shelter for a feral cat (born outside/ has always lived there, can't adjust to indoor life.) I'd like it to be wood for durability/longevity. Treated plywood is okay outside but not inside with kitty due to toxicity. What is the ideal inside material? No direct water exposure but it will endure much moisture. [more inside]
posted by Shane at 1:40 PM - 9 answers

Any idea who created this teacup and saucer?

I have a beautiful teacup and saucer that looks to be English in manufacture, but unlike all the other bone china i have this one has no manufacturer or mark of any kind. Can anyone point me to a reference for finding out this information? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by ptm at 1:09 PM - 3 answers

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