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September 1

Neighborhoods and housing prices near Bethesda.

I'm looking at a job in Bethesda, and I'm trying to figure out if I can afford to live in the area. I'm particularly interested in walkable, integrated or historically African-American neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 AM - 6 answers

Help me identify these particularly delicious tomatoes

A farmstand near my house sells the best-tasting tomatoes I've ever had. The farmstand is in a suburban neighborhood, and the tomatoes are grown right on the property. The owners are old, and I fear that developers will buy-up the land and the farm will close. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 at 5:15 AM - 13 answers

August 31

Middleman when contractor and vendor disagree?

The edges of both cabinets next to the dishwasher have swollen and expanded from steam coming out of the dishwasher. They were only installed a couple of months ago. But who pays for the new cabinets: the contractor who installed the cabinets & dishwasher, or the appliance store who sold us the dishwasher (which leaked the steam that made the cabinets swell)? And who can cut this Gordian Knot of personalities for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM - 6 answers

How to cover up an oddly shaped sofa?

We recently moved into a new (to us) house and purchased this sofa. Well the cats immediately thought it was their new scratching post and started to tear up the sides and back. This is my first brand new couch ever and I’d like it to last a while. Plus it wasn’t cheap. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 7:30 AM - 9 answers

August 30

House sale yente needs some help.

House on sale through broker, but it's not moving. Are there alternatives that I should consider? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 6:08 PM - 10 answers

Manhattan (or close by) KitchenAid mixer repair?

My beloved stand mixer has stripped its gears, and is in need of repair... but the official repair centers are far out in Brooklyn and Queens, and closed on Sundays -- rendering them inaccessible to me. [more inside]
posted by piro at 4:04 PM - 2 answers

Getting a refund on furniture that arrived damaged.

My sister bought a couch several months ago that arrived with a tear. The store sent a replacement which was also in terrible condition and which they refused to accept. Now the store is offering a partial refund, but my sister and her husband just want their money back at this point. Is this realistic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM - 9 answers

Office chair for a tall person with a long torso

My boyfriend is looking for an office chair that will be comfortable for his height (6'3") and long torso (34" from hip bone to top of head). What options are available in the UK? [more inside]
posted by fanlight at 12:08 PM - 4 answers

What are these strange things we found in the woods?

Exploring some overgrown woods in London, we discovered several of these thingummies. They were found near what looks like the remains of bomb shelters from WW2. Any ideas what they might be?
posted by emilyw at 10:41 AM - 3 answers

August 29

Do You Just Throw Out a Groady Toaster Oven After Many Years of Use?

Is cleaning an older toaster oven possible and worth the effort? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 5:17 PM - 10 answers

What built/made this?

I noticed this on a plant in my garden a while ago but didn't have time to look at it properly. At the time it seemed scaley and white. Now its purple and irridescent with a noticeable honeycomb structure. What is it? Picture here [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 7:14 AM - 1 answers

Explain hiring movers to me like I'm a juvenile

I'm a grown up who has never hired movers, and I'm finally in the position to do so. Please help me understand all of the intricacies to it so I don't act like a total doofus. [more inside]
posted by thirdletter at 4:31 AM - 14 answers

August 28

sound of water running when none is

I can hear water running behind / below my kitchen sink, but nothing is on. Also, nothing is wet. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 7:03 PM - 15 answers

Please tell me more about the homeowners insurance claim process

‎ A developer structurally damaged my house and after lengthy attempts to get him to fix it I contacted my homeowner's insurance company (allstate, if it's relevant) . They are willing to cover it. An engineer and contractor came out with the insurance company adjuster and I recently got the engineer's report and the contractors estimate. Now what?    [more inside]
posted by sepviva at 5:53 PM - 1 answers

Houseplants 101

I want plants in my house. I tend to kill most plants. Also, I have hardwood floors and curtains and cats. Help. [more inside]
posted by yawper at 11:04 AM - 21 answers

What could possibly go wrong with a greywater system?

I'm looking to retrofit a greywater system into my house in the Bay Area, California so that I feel better about watering my trees in a severe drought. Unfortunately, plumbing is not my area of expertise, and I am apprehensive that Something Terrible Will Happen if I mess with it. To that end, I'd like to know what could go wrong with a greywater system. Also, if anyone has experience choosing a good greywater designer and installer and can speak to how to do that, or just flat out recommend a greywater genius, I'd be very happy to hear from you. [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist at 9:53 AM - 6 answers

August 27

How do I maintain/preserve a heritage street sign?

I have two "retired" city street signs, but the paint is peeling off. I'd like to slow their decay and prevent the paint from flaking off. [images and detail inside] [more inside]
posted by mrmcsurly at 12:08 PM - 7 answers

August 26

Quick garden plant genetics question

Out of about 20 okra plants from the same purchased seed packet, I have one that's an especially good fruit producer - maybe 50% more than his neighbors. Is it worth my time to make a special effort to plant next years crop only from his seeds, or does this fall within the range of random variation / don't bother?
posted by ftm at 6:52 AM - 4 answers

August 25

How to fix a ticking but stopped clock?

This clock stopped working properly a few months ago. It still ticks but the hands don't move. I know it's not an expensive piece, but it was a present from my niece and goes so well with the decor that I'd like to keep it if possible. How would I go about fixing it?
posted by orange swan at 6:36 PM - 7 answers

give me your tips for living a winter without running water!

I'm going to be spending the foreseeable future living in a bare bones lakeside camp in Maine. I won't be working but I will be going to school 3-5 days a week. I will have electricity, but water will be shut off this fall before the pipes freeze. Give me tips for living and not dying under these conditions. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 4:52 PM - 18 answers

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