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February 25

Will you buy me a house?

No, seriously, is there someone who will buy the house I'm living in and let me live there for a year? [more inside]
posted by turtlefu at 9:53 AM - 6 answers

Cheap, boring, unhip housing needed in Boston or Metro West

Looking for an affordable place to live in the Boston or Metro West area for a childless couple on a single income who don't mind living someplace dull or unhip. Our main constraint is a commute to Natick. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:57 AM - 8 answers

I'm afraid of my new landlord

Odd situation came up in which I thought I asked something reasonable, and now the landlord wants me to consider to dissolve the lease. I want to stay, but also how do I protect myself in the future and how do I best deal with this? [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 4:15 AM - 46 answers

February 24

Repairing a kitchen dish soap dispenser pump

My kitchen sink has a Moen soap dispenser. Inside, it uses a plastic pumping mechanism with a spring inside. After a couple months of use, the mechanism gets gunked up and no longer pumps. I've replaced it 4 times at ~$20 a shot. Is there anything I can do to fix it or replace it with something better? [more inside]
posted by krunk at 8:20 AM - 7 answers

February 23

How to get Glossy spray paint mist off carpet?

Sprayed a metal handrail on my steps with glossy spray paint. Looks good, but a fine mist of black paint is covering my light tan carpet. Can anybody recommend a cleaner? I have a steam cleaner. The area is about 10 x 10 plus steps. Ugh
posted by Coffee Bean at 7:46 PM - 9 answers

Which Kitchen Witch?

For sentimental / familial reasons, I'm looking for small kitchen witch. However, I am mostly finding cutesy puppets & Halloween knickknacks, and I'm looking for a more stylish alternative. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by miles per flower at 9:12 AM - 23 answers

Hellp me plan a safe backyard play area for Toddler

I want to put some play equipment in our back yard for our young toddlers to enjoy this spring (2.5 and 1 year old). Please tell me how you planned a play area, purchased equipment and share any tips and tricks. [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien at 7:09 AM - 12 answers

après le déluge

The hose to our magic fridge water dispenser sprang a leak sometime yesterday and then water sprayed out of it all day long while we were at work. The water did not stay long in the kitchen but was quickly drawn into the wall behind and kept following that wall all the way to the floor of the basement and garage. Drywall in the ceiling of the basement/garages and the walls are clearly soaked and discolored, and will need replacement. We are the homeowners, not renters. What do we do first? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 5:04 AM - 16 answers

February 22

How does one tell if a hot water heater is electrically powered?

I want to know if the landlord is paying for the hot water or if I'm paying for it, however I can't find any obvious indication of how the hot water heater is powered. Is there an easy rule of thumb or specific types of connections I should be looking for around the unit? [more inside]
posted by peterpete at 4:46 PM - 10 answers

Sliding glass door replacement

I want to replace a shabby patio door that is old, cold-air leaky, and has a margin around it that blocks light (like a six inch frame around the glass). It only opens on one side, via a hinge, so the door swings into the room. I want to replace it with a nicer door that slides rather than swings, has a smaller 'frame' around it so it lets in more light, is well-insulated, and comes with (?) a screen door. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:16 AM - 6 answers

Help us choose a new kitchen sink

Old sink=stained and ugly. Want a nice, low maintenance new sink. Oh, and not too spendy! [more inside]
posted by LaBellaStella at 5:58 AM - 4 answers

February 21

How can I remove strong cooking smells from wooden furniture?

Yesterday, I bought a used Ikea bed frame that turns out to be permeated with very strong smells of spices from cooking. Do you have any tips for odor removal, or is this just going to be unsalvageable? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 6:40 PM - 8 answers

Who manufactured these windows?

I live in a condo building in a newly created 'historic district' which apparently means the city wants us to put back the original wood windows. Nobody in our building can afford that. Around 20 years ago all the windows were replaced with white vinyl windows. Meanwhile the building is now falling into disrepair because we can't get a permit to fix the crappy windows we do have. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 8:21 AM - 8 answers

Bedding Recommendations

I need some new summer sheets. I know it's February but it's already 75 degrees every day where I live so I guess it's time to take the flannels off. My only criteria is that they be striped or patterned in such a way that I know how they go on the bed without doing it wrong first and then having to turn them around every single time. [more inside]
posted by something something at 7:18 AM - 15 answers

I broke a chair and really need to replace it.

The place it was purchased has closed. The chair looks like this. Please help me. Thank you.
posted by ND¢ at 6:47 AM - 7 answers

February 20

Hot Tub Time Machine

We are getting a hot tub! But what kind? Should we buy a new Softub or should we get a used hard shell tub (which one?) We have never done this before and we want your advice on the kind of hot tub to get to suit our lives. Many more details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 9:33 PM - 9 answers

February 18

Blob of pipe compound in gas line?

Trying to figure out if there is a reason there is a glob of pipe compound in the gas line to my dryer. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 9:02 PM - 10 answers

How to get home repair/maintenance done when husband can't make decisio?

Any strategies to work with a husband (aspbergers) that can't deal with taking care of the house? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 2:12 PM - 22 answers

'Close up', close up.

Is there a way to get high quality prints of a shot in a film? [more inside]
posted by lethologues at 3:20 AM - 3 answers

February 17

Looking for mural ideas

My house has a wall out the front that I'd love to paint (or have painted) with a mural. There are no council regulations preventing this, but I can't think of a good picture. [more inside]
posted by superfish at 6:16 PM - 17 answers

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