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April 22

CSI this scene of insect carnage please? ("Should I buy it" edition)

This is a scene of apparently ongoing insect warfare in a house I am considering purchasing. It has been vacant about a year and is located in Los Angeles. Who is eating whom and should it cause me any worry as a potential homeowner? Who made the poop splats? What is the "dirt"? I don't see any termites. So I am inclined not to worry. But I am curious for sure. Pics below the fold. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:54 PM - 6 answers

How do I hang clothes under my standing desk

I'd like to install a clothes hanging rod underneath my standing desk, but I'm having trouble finding the right hardware online. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 3:33 PM - 12 answers

Does yellow fiestaware glow brightly?

My mother found yellow fiestaware plates at a thrift shop, and we're pretty sure they're vingtage. I joked about them being radioactive, and now she's worried about eating from them. From what I can find, it's the older red-orange that's the health risk. In looking up information based on the stamp, I'm guessing they were made between the 1940s ad 1972... which does't help much. Any advice?
posted by korej at 1:13 PM - 8 answers

April 21

Moving into corporate apartment; leaving house vacant for 10 weeks

We’re moving! For 10 weeks! And we’re leaving our house vacant! What should we do to prepare it? And what do we bring to our “furnished” apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 PM - 12 answers

What is this plant in this overgrown community garden plot?

Spouse and I just got assigned a previously-neglected plot in an established community garden. We could identify almost everything growing in it except this thing at the front. I think it's some kind of allium gone to seed, maybe, or a weird lily, but I really have no idea. So...what is this, should I keep it, and can I eat it?
posted by lemonadeheretic at 5:06 PM - 11 answers

Cleaning stripped antique wood furniture?

I was given an antique buffet table that has been stripped (mostly) and let sit in the garage for a few years. How do I clean & refinish it?? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 12:37 PM - 2 answers

Wonky tiling took my smiling :(

Despite due diligence, our first real hire-a-pro remodel project is going off the rails. Can you help us figure out how to salvage this bathroom tile issue and make it look decent? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins at 12:21 PM - 12 answers

Digital peephole for the peephole-less

Is there a product that will let me view who's ringing my doorbell from a screen inside the house (without opening the door), but that does not require an existing peephole nor drilling? And that just activates when a doorbell is pushed (no interest in a constant security camera, as that would be overkill)? [more inside]
posted by rollcredits at 8:26 AM - 4 answers

April 20

Are there any legal problems with using a stink bomb in your own garden?

This is an odd question I know, but are there any legal problems with releasing a stink bomb in your own garden or the entry behind your garden in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! at 3:58 PM - 9 answers

No more free bird handouts!

Our lawn has gotten pretty patchy overall and totally bare in some significant areas. I've been trying to reseed, but the birds keep coming and eating all of it. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 3:01 PM - 8 answers

Reading suggestions before kitchen remodel?

What should I be reading now to educate myself in advance of a kitchen remodel? I'm open to book recommendations, magazines, blogs, etc... [more inside]
posted by figgy_finicky at 2:21 PM - 7 answers

DIY Sticky Situation

Another home project, stuck in the final planning stages. I need to adhere two thin steel sheets to the inside of a couple cabinet doors. [more inside]
posted by sharp pointy objects at 9:02 AM - 11 answers

April 19

Indoor "home, sweet home" type sign?

I am trying to spruce up my new place with a "home, sweet home" type sign that will be hanging indoors - something homey or uplifting but not overly saccharine and nothing too witty/sarcastic. I am interested in something warm over something sassy. Any suggestions?
posted by cokelessrome at 9:43 PM - 11 answers

Friend needs help with a peculiar rental situation.

The short of it is: friend wants to rent apartment. Friend was given keys to the apartment without signing a lease and paying a dime toward rent or a deposit. Current landlord was supposed to fix several major issues in the apartment and then meet with friend to sign the lease/turn over a payment this week. Neither of those happened on the agreed upon dates. Landlord isn't returning texts or calls....what's the next step? Details below. [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo at 3:52 PM - 8 answers

housecleaning crisis redux: mental health edition

In December I asked this question. Now things have gotten bad again, and I need help. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 9:48 AM - 17 answers

April 18

Help Finding Era-Appropriate House Accessories

We recently purchased a house built in the PNW in 1908 and we'd like to outfit it in era-appropriate accessories - outlet plates, light switch covers, etc. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 7:24 PM - 16 answers

DIY version of this simple air plant holder?

I like this modern air plant holder, but don't want to buy it. Is there an existing piece of hardware I could repurpose to mimic it? Tillandz air plant holder by The Sill [more inside]
posted by mannermode at 5:09 AM - 8 answers

April 17

Fictional gardens

I recently finished Elizabeth Buchan's Consider the Lily and it reminded me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. I'm looking for books in which the protagonist takes an interest in gardening and in the process grows into herself or himself. It does not have to be fiction.
posted by Constance Mirabella at 6:59 PM - 14 answers

What are these common landscaping posts called?

Any landscapers out there that can tell me what I should be searching for when looking for posts like these that will hold a rope?: Photo1 Photo2 I've tried googling with poor results, so would appreciate finding "just the right word" for what these are called. (Bonus points for a good cheap supplier where I can buy a dozen or so.) Thank you.
posted by jimmereeno at 12:55 PM - 5 answers

Twin cities fencing company recommendations?

Need to repair / replace my wooden privacy picket fence in Saint Paul. Looking for recommendations or references from you fine folks. Thanks!
posted by jeribus at 9:59 AM - 3 answers

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