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May 24

What could go wrong?

I'd like to rip out my driveway and the patch of cement in front of my house between the sidewalk and the street. I'm thinking I'll just rent a jackhammer and go for it. Am I thinking about this right? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 6:46 PM - 20 answers

Can an IKEA PAX wardrobe door do with one less hinge?

We have an IKEA PAX wardrobe (50cm x 58cm) which has a standard hinged door. The door is attached to the wardrobe via four hinges. One of these hinges (the second one from the bottom) is preventing us from putting drawers in the layout we prefer; the hinge gets in the way of the drawer. I'm wondering if it's ok to just remove that hinge and have the door be suspended by 3 hinges instead. [more inside]
posted by destrius at 9:09 AM - 6 answers

May 23

Creative solution to small house laundry woes

Fed up with compact washer and dryer, but no room for larger ones... I think? Help me not tear my hair out while doing laundry. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 7:57 PM - 23 answers

What brand of shower handle is this?

The handle in my shower broke. In order to buy a replacement, I need to know the brand of the original. Unfortunately, there's no name on it anywhere. Can you help me identify it from the logo on the front? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 5:13 PM - 5 answers

Plant experts...Help save my "child"

My Philodendron looks really awful. I know it must need some sort of fertilizer beyond Miracle Grow, but not sure what. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 2:28 PM - 10 answers

Can I use old concrete block in new construction project?

Can I use concrete blocks that have been sitting out in the open for 20-50 years in a foundation? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 10:16 AM - 6 answers

How can we determine if a historic home is right for us?

Lovely historic home with many possible projects and problems, is it worth it? How do we know? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 9:47 AM - 15 answers

May 22

"Polka dot" stain on light garments?

How did I get a gray dot stain pattern, and can it come off at all? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 5:44 PM - 7 answers

Inexpensive Materials for Tiling Walls or Ceilings

Inexpensive/free materials for cladding/tiling the interior walls/ceiling of a home? Ideas? Advice? Experience? [more inside]
posted by dgaicun at 9:50 AM - 12 answers

May 21

Help me identify this tree

I recently moved to a new house (suburban New Jersey), and there's a large tree growing in my front yard that I would like to identify. The leaves look vaguely like a maple, but the tree is much larger than any maple I have ever seen. It also has blossoms, which don't match any pictures I've seen of maple tree flowers. [more inside]
posted by fremen at 9:56 AM - 10 answers

May 20

One plug, one wire, one switch, two light bulbs - help?

I've promised to join two the lightbulbs my kid uses for his terrarium (one UV lamp and one heat lamp) which are currently on two separate wires without switches that are plugged and unplugged to turn them on or off, onto one single wire, with a single switch, to turn both on or off via the switch, without having to plg/unplug. But... [more inside]
posted by progosk at 9:58 AM - 6 answers

Screening tenants for a home rental

We'll be moving to a nearby town (about two hours away) for 1-2 years and will be renting out our home. Where we're stuck is the best way to screen tenants. If you're a small time landlord (like we're about to be), what's your process? [more inside]
posted by batbat at 7:53 AM - 14 answers

May 19

Could you identify this borage-like flower?

Looks like borage to me but with a different flower? [more inside]
posted by cda at 6:25 PM - 6 answers

Hiring someone to build an Ikea hack. Weird?

So, I have ideas and not a lot of time or really desire for anything other than the finished product. I am open to other ways of doing this, but essentially, I want someone to build me an Ikea hack - specifically this one (though I know Stolmen has been discontinued, there is another item that will stand in). I'm not sure how to go about outsourcing this particular task. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 10:53 AM - 8 answers

Accent lighting with garlands

In Madrid, my wife and I found a delightful lighting store offering make-your-own garlands, where colored paper balls covered LED lights on a string. Is there anything similar to this available in the States? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 9:02 AM - 4 answers

May 18

Apartment of Banister

What do I do with these banisters to nowhere in the middle of my living area? How can I make best use of this structure and space? [more inside]
posted by Thella at 1:53 AM - 22 answers

May 17

Help me identify these bugs in our bathtub.

What are these bugs in our bathtub (that we never use)? [more inside]
posted by allison00 at 7:45 PM - 3 answers

What shrubs/ bushes for a north facing wall in Princeton, NJ

We are putting our house on the market in the next couple of weeks. We had hydrangeas planted as foundation plants in front of our North-facing house a couple of years ago. There are three on each side, but several of them have not fared well through the winter and look horrible. What kind of bush could we have planted there that will be about 3 feet tall right away, not too expensive, and thrive facing north?
posted by mmf at 3:13 PM - 9 answers

Help me mount my TV on a wall - which holes?

I have a pretty old Sony Bravia KDL-40XBR2 TV that I'd like to mount on a wall instead of using the tabletop base. The back of the TV has an entire herd of threaded holes, the brochure is glib, the manual is cagey -- which are the right set of holes? [more inside]
posted by janell at 2:37 PM - 10 answers

Portlanders: what’s the best way to rent out a room?

A friend of mine, who owns and lives in her house, has a nice room for rent. However, she hasn’t had to delve into the madness of finding a roommate on the Internet since Craigslist was The Place To Go—and it ain’t working this time. What’s the current best way to find a nice, sane housemate in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 11:33 AM - 17 answers

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