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April 1

How to fixing my tap handle that won't stay on?

In my bathroom, I have a wall mounted faucet with the spigot in the middle and the taps on each side. A bit like this.. [more inside]
posted by Lescha at 2:58 PM - 4 answers

Will mosquitos fly over gazebo walls?

I want to build an open top gazebo over a fire pit. If there were screens around the sides, will they fly in through the top? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 2:30 PM - 10 answers

Mildew or mildon't?

We bought a house a month ago and moved in immediately. Since moving in we have found a couple (some significant) moisture-related issues. We have fixed most of the issues, but now all of our belongings smell of mildew/mold. What I need now is a) reassurance that everything will one day be okay and b) some guidance on practical steps to get from here to okay. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow at 1:09 PM - 6 answers

How to open an exterior door that is glued shut?

My roommate improperly weatherized an exterior door a few months ago. It is caulked shut and won't open. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid at 9:52 AM - 16 answers

deciphering survey notations

Can any surveyor Mefites out there help me understand the notations on this survey? [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron at 8:56 AM - 6 answers

Advice for renting out your home?

We're considering relocating across the country and renting out our current primary residence. We don't have experience with this, so if you've done something like this, what advice can you offer? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 6:56 AM - 11 answers

March 31

Recommendations for door bell cameras/intercoms

My mother and I live in the same house. She is on the main floor and me and my family are on the top two floors. When the doorbell rings we want to know who is there so that the right person can answer the door. How do we make this happen?
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 9:16 PM - 9 answers

What's a comfortable recliner for a tall person?

I would like to relax, read, and watch movies in a nice chair, rather than my bed. I'm looking for a reclining armchair with lower-back support that's sized for somebody who's 6'1". [more inside]
posted by Renegade Duck at 8:57 PM - 6 answers

What's wrong with this burner on my stove?

One of the burners on my stove has started burning very differently from the others. Here's a pic for comparison: http://i.imgur.com/fWFpEOy.jpg. The low, all-blue flame in the background is set to the same point on the knob as the wild, yellow flame in the foreground. Why is it doing that? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 6:55 PM - 10 answers

Help me identify this painting/print

I'm trying to identify this painting/print that I have seen on several design blogs. This example is at the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village.
posted by Frank Grimes at 6:33 PM - 4 answers

Rent controlled apartment upgrades?

Rent controlled apartment that needs paint, new carpet, etc. He doesn't want to move because the location is good. Can he ask the landlord to upgrade? Should he offer to split it? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 5:26 PM - 8 answers

Is the crack in our rental house's foundation an issue?

I recently discovered a large crack in the foundation of our rental home. We have specific rights (and limitations to our rights) as at-will tenants. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 2:12 PM - 9 answers

Is this a baby rat or mouse or something else?

My friend found this in his kitchen today, but not sure if this is a baby mouse or a baby rat? Can anyone help?
posted by butterball at 12:34 PM - 8 answers

New House - decommission old oil tank or let it be?

We're in contract on a 1940 house in Seattle, Washington, USA, and the inspector said there used to be oil heat. There's no visible sign of a tank, and no records of a tank being decommissioned (city records for decommissioning or removal of old tanks only go back to 1997). We're trying to decide if it's worth looking for the tank and having it decommissioned if one is found, or if it's OK to just leave it be. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 10:08 AM - 27 answers

When you do thorough "spring cleaning," what do you clean?

When you do an extra thorough periodic clean, what do you clean that you don't routinely tackle? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 3:54 AM - 24 answers

March 30

Would you rather...?

I'm not sure which I would rather as far as living situations, so I would like to gather opinions on it. [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 5:04 PM - 24 answers

March 29

Lights in my condo flickering. Put on any load and they really take off.

I came in tonight and lights are flickering, as is the orange light in the surge protector that the printer/puter/tv is plugged in to. When I put it under a load at all IE if I print something, the lights *really* flicker. What is this about? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 10:57 PM - 8 answers

Backyard birds and the feeding thereof

My backyard birds seem to enjoy spilled dogfood just fine, but what if I wanted to level up? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never at 2:22 PM - 12 answers

Is this foundation work $5k? or $100k? Who is telling the truth?

I was looking at a house. The disclosure said there was a crack in the foundation (link to pic of the disclosure inside). Realtor 1 said it was $5k to repair. Realtor 2 said it was $100k to repair. The house was sold already - but I'm trying to figure out who to trust. How would I go about this? [more inside]
posted by dogcow2015 at 12:56 PM - 16 answers

March 27

I Can Haz Nice Things?

Thinking about using silk in two bedding projects. I have two cats and a toddler. Is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 4:56 PM - 5 answers

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