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July 30

Dying in a fire is NOT on my bucket list.
Everyone in my building has to run their dryer for three cycles to dry their clothes. Nobody seems particularly concerned. Management says the problem isn't with the dryers (which they sent people to clean out) but with something or other in the walls (the pipes?) and eventually they'll need to open the walls to fix it. They don't seem to be treating it as an urgent matter, though. Should I? [more inside]
posted by artemisia at 5:56 PM - 10 answers
Fixing or Replacing Kitchen Faucets
DH and I moved into our new house to discover the kitchen and bar faucets could use some maintenance, if possible, or to be replaced. We're having a hard time finding a manual and parts for the faucets, and so may need to replace. Either way, can you help? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) at 10:30 AM - 10 answers

How often are wireless home alarms remotely disabled?
I'm looking for some stats on how often wireless home alarms are disabled. Wired alarms are superior, but by how much? Do remote alarms get blocked 5, 10 or 50% of the time?
posted by devnull at 3:55 AM - 0 answers

July 29

Why, in my house, are the door hinge pins inserted from bottom to top?
I have an older house in Chicago. 1890s. Not sure that is relevant to the age of the doors but regardless, there are three doors (bathroom, two bedrooms) where the hinge pins are inserted from the bottom up. Occasionally this means they fall out when the tension fails to keep them in. Surprisingly this if not that often, maybe twice a year. However it is startling, prob bad for the door, hinge and floor. Anyone know a reason why a hinge may be positioned like this? Or should I just get to work flipping/replacing them?
posted by patrad at 8:58 PM - 6 answers

How can I fix this bath drain plug?
My house came with a plug like this. A few weeks back my wife unscrewed it to remove some hair and now it won't go back. It won't screw to the threads in the drain. It seems like the drain threads are slightly larger than the one in the plug. Maybe some adapter was there that fell into the drain? No idea. I bought another plug from Lowes that looked slightly larger, but it didn't thread. How can I fix this without getting a plumber to visit?
posted by jonclegg at 1:17 PM - 13 answers

Insulation Information?
Our house is a small Cape, with a crawlspace attic. We’re going to get a home energy audit in the next couple of weeks, and the insulation of the attic is of particular concern for us, as it really gets quite warm on our second floor. Can I get your insulation wisdom here? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:15 AM - 3 answers

How do I change the bulb in this light fixture?
I can't for the life of me get the hang of changing the bulb in this wall-mounted lighting fixture. I've done it before but it always takes me ages, I'm never quite sure how I did it, and this time I just can't seem to get it open no matter what I do. [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 3:33 AM - 11 answers

July 28

Short-term housing in San Francisco
I'm considering attending a six-month web development bootcamp in San Francisco that runs from October to April, and I'm wondering what I can expect to pay for housing. I'm interested in learning both about cheaper arrangements like SROs in Chinatown and housing oriented towards students, as well as about what it might cost to get a room in a "normal" multi-bedroom apartment for that period. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM - 6 answers

What to do about a fridge of rotten food?
I own a house in TX that currently doesn't have a resident. Due to some issues that don't really matter for this question, the power got disconnected July 1. 4 weeks later, I assume the situation is dire. What is the best thing to do? Dispose of the whole fridge or get someone to clean it? [more inside]
posted by emilisha at 3:03 PM - 19 answers

Best. Paint. Ever. This is the paint we are looking for.
Hi all! We found a color we like and, I'm assuming, we can get a paint color match (right? at least pretty close?) in any paint brand. So... what's the best satin, low-lustre or eggshell paint brand? [more inside]
posted by ancient star at 1:32 PM - 19 answers

How much home insurance do we need?
We're looking to switch providers, and the quotes are based on very different replacement-value amounts. What do we actually need? [more inside]
posted by Dashy at 10:38 AM - 6 answers

How can I clean a moldy-smelling down comforter?
I left a damp down comforter sitting in the dryer for a couple of days, and now it has a gross moldy smell. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bobafet at 10:06 AM - 16 answers

I would like to be the Lord of the Flies.
There are a couple bushes in our front yard that are attracting an insane amount of flies. How do I destroy them, and make my front yard livable again? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 9:56 AM - 12 answers

Renovation Logistics
A few related questions about light renovating and filling of an apartment (with some NYC-specific stuff.) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 9:15 AM - 14 answers

How can I put a value on this (piece of furniture)?
I have a piece of furniture that I bought at a garage sale about 8 years ago for around $50. We need to get rid of it, but I don't know how much to sell it for. I think it's possible it's worth more than $50. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 8:46 AM - 13 answers

What to plant on/do with 17 acres NW WI newly cropped of pines?
We have friends with restaurants who would buy fingerlings, table flowers, herbs, etc. We have an artesian well. We have a giant ancient hops vines we could grow more with clippings. That's about all our ideas for now. Thank you.
posted by Kazimirovna at 8:30 AM - 3 answers

total spider freakout identification filter... what is this monster?
We live in st Petersburg fla near the beach and intercoastal. This thing is dime sized, on a web, and making me want to stay at work..... What the heck is it? Arachnophobia trigger warning.... Picture here
posted by chasles at 7:52 AM - 13 answers

Financial Assistance for Adding New Siding With Insulation.
I posted a question last year about safely scraping peeling lead paint from my house and repainting. Pros estimate $25-30K (yikes!). One reply suggested that "It may...be cheaper to just get rid of the old wood siding and just install some new one. If you do that, you might want to look into adding insulation; there could be programs that would provide some financial assistance." Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to find such a program? FWIW I'm in Westchester county in NY state.
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:49 AM - 6 answers

July 27

Let there be light!
We need a light source for our patio area... With some special snowflake requirements below. [more inside]
posted by LaBellaStella at 5:06 PM - 6 answers

Can you identify this plant?
Garden peeps: any idea what this might be? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 4:18 PM - 13 answers

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