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August 20

Towels really antimicrobial?
I went to buy some new kitchen towels, and every brand labeled theirs as being treated to be antimicrobial, and that it "doesn't wash off". Is this a legit claim? What are these towels actually treated with? [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 7:41 AM - 4 answers

August 19

What small plant(s) would like to live in my shower niche?
Instead of placing soap in the platform of my shower designed to hold soap, I would like to have one or a few small plants grow there. What species should I be considering for this periodically moist environment? Difficulty level: history of repeat herbicide. & I want these plants to quietly flourish.
posted by bertran at 4:52 PM - 13 answers

Can anyone tell me what type of chair this is?
Can anyone help me locate or tell me what type of chair this is? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian at 9:39 AM - 2 answers

Putting it back together again - railing edition
I removed this railing to move a big piece of furniture up the stairs. I'm having trouble re-installing it. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 7:30 AM - 7 answers

Old furniture: cool crap or just crap?
My workplace features some 60s/70s-ish looking sofas and chairs in a foyer, which is finally being updated. As a result, said furniture will soon be put out on the sidewalk, and I can claim it if I want to. I'm not a huge fan of the furniture per se, but am trying to figure out whether this stuff is cool retro crap that can be re-sold, or just crap. Pix here. [more inside]
posted by googly at 7:25 AM - 23 answers

August 18

Telling landlord we're looking elsewhere, but holding onto our place?
I have rented my current place for over a year and according to our lease, am now month to month. I want to look elsewhere, and tell my (very chill) landlord in case I want to put him as a reference. But in the end I'm not sure if/when I'll move (only if a better place materializes) so I also don't want him to decide to find new tenants and give me 30 days notice. How would you deal with the landlord? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 7:23 PM - 18 answers

What furniture is good for storing laptops?
What's a not-hideous way to store three or four laptops in a dining room? Plus the occasional iPad, headphones, etc. Has anyone found a decent piece of furniture for laptop storage? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:41 PM - 17 answers

Teach me how to keep my floor clean, like I am a small child.
Us: old farmhouse, wood floors, golden retriever, crawling baby. There is dog hair everywhere and the baby gets into it and I feel like I'm going about this all wrong. What do you do with your floors, and pets? The floors aren't very fancy, if that helps. Not as bad as the last AskMe about wood floors, but no high polish and lots of cracks that could really be tighter. I'd just like to keep everything clean and tidy so that baby can roam and my feet are happy. I grew up with carpet so this is totally foreign.
posted by checkitnice at 4:51 PM - 25 answers

Can you help me ID and replace this piece of my dresser drawer slide?
When moving this weekend, I broke my dresser (sad trombone). I tried to take the drawers out to make them easier to move, but they have these little brackets with ball bearings in them that are lubricated and make the drawer slide in the track. I tried poking around online but I can't figure out where to get new ones… or even what I'm looking for is called. [more inside]
posted by araisingirl at 10:19 AM - 6 answers

August 17

Like Storage Wars, but without the camera crew
I want to get rid of a houseful of stuff, but I don't have the time or energy to sell it on Craigslist or hold a garage sale. Are there services that will pick up & sell things for me? Location: Seattle. [more inside]
posted by cdefgfeadgagfe at 10:27 PM - 7 answers

Cooperative house building in Boston
How might I go about building a (big, cooperative) house in Boston? [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 6:26 PM - 5 answers

Having a wedding in a vacation rental home?
What are the pros and cons to having a wedding at a large vacation rental home? What should we be thinking about? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by empath at 2:00 PM - 23 answers

August 15

Summer buggin', happened so fast
I have some kind of seasonal bug bites and it's freaking me out and driving me crazy. What is going on!? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock at 6:16 AM - 8 answers

August 14

We're moving to Istanbul! Tell me what I need to know
Actually, we will be living in Zekeriyakoy, north of the city, but I am guessing a lot of my questions could be answered by Istanbul residents, past and present. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 11:04 PM - 4 answers

Well, at least it covers the chain link fence.
Plantfilter: What is this large flowering leafy bean plant in our yard? The plant in question (scroll down, it's an album of pics) is a large, leafy beast growing up and over our back fence in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by erst at 9:17 PM - 5 answers

My succulent died. Tell me how to not kill my next succulent
I've had this succulent for a few months and all was well. Suddenly, after looking totally normal the whole time, I returned from a few days out of town to find it in a very sad state. [more inside]
posted by arm426 at 7:26 PM - 6 answers

Gardening on a non-profit budget...
I'm now in charge of a non-profit greenhouse that utilizes the square foot gardening method. How can I closely replicate Mel's Mix without breaking the bank? (And other greenhouse gardening advice happily accepted within!) [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 9:00 AM - 10 answers

What safety issues should I worry about with a windowless nursery?
I am converting my home office into a nursery for impending child. It's not technically a bedroom as it has no windows and is about 10x12' (very high ceilings though). I've gotten a little nervous reading some home blogs where commenters freak out saying a kid will die in an airless room (these are mostly on converted closet arrangements, e.g. here). What should I worry about? How can I best prepare/alter this room? [more inside]
posted by bluedeans at 7:50 AM - 14 answers

August 13

If I live in a tiny, shitty studio, will I hate my life?
I've been looking for a new place to live come September 1st for at least a month. I'm very wary of Craigslist roomshares at this point. I'm currently leaving one, and I do not want to deal with another adult who needs a roommate to afford their rent and yet thinks they are the Queen of the Apartment. But the studios I can afford are small and super shitty. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 2:42 PM - 50 answers

Hardscaping a brick path
I have a flagstone/fieldstone walkway to my back door. There are a lot of trip hazards from uneven stones, and we'd like to replace it with brick. What should be written into the bids I get from contractors to make sure I get a quality replacement? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:50 AM - 5 answers

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