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May 5

Reassess value of house?

I have a house that I bought it in 2000. Do I need to reassess the value? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 7:07 PM - 3 answers

Do you have a favorite can opener?

I would like to find an excellent, reliable and easy-to-use electric can opener. Easy enough that my 9 year old could use. Thanks!
posted by gryphonlover at 5:31 PM - 2 answers

Easy shallow container plants?

I have a lot of containers for my garden, but a whole lot of them are maybe gallon size or smaller. What vegetables or herbs don't need a ton of root room? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 1:35 PM - 9 answers

New Roof with Aesthetic (?) Issues

I had a new roof installed last August and am not happy with the way the drip edge was installed. The company came out and "fixed" this issue which made it look worse. Is this something I need to worry about? [more inside]
posted by BooneTheCowboyToy at 6:36 AM - 4 answers

May 4

What do I do with this room?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It's a 140-year-old building with a formal entryway (!), which is a room unlike anything I have ever lived in. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by Mayor West at 12:48 PM - 42 answers

Summer sublet in Somerville stalling?

I have to leave my three-person Davis Square apartment at the end of May, and need someone to take over the lease for June- August. I've been looking for a subletter with the blessing of my two roommates and landlord. I wrote a brief, nice description for Craigslist, posted tons of pictures of a tidy and sunny apartment, and was happy to see that my monthly rent was a little bit cheaper than many other rooms on Craigslist in the area. I prepared myself for a deluge of responses and then... got a single response over the course of the next two weeks, from someone who did not end up pursuing it. [more inside]
posted by loquacious crouton at 8:05 AM - 10 answers

May 3

Should I knock this paper wasp nest down?

A paper wasp has started building her nest on the air conditioning unit in front of my window. Should I knock it down at night or leave it up? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 6:40 PM - 19 answers

living in Islip, Long Island

One of my favorite brothers has a job opportunity that would bring him to the East Coast from a small town in the Midwest (Yay!). Specifically, he would probably move his family to Islip, Long Island. He called to ask me what the area was like and I had no idea how to answer him. I live in North Brooklyn and have only been to Long Island a couple of times for brief visits. So I'm asking here for any insight into what life is like in Islip. I can find some facts online, of course, but nothing that gives and inside view of day to day living. Is it really expensive to live there? What is the culture like? Anything unique and wonderful about the place? Does it totally suck? [more inside]
posted by catrae at 5:25 PM - 3 answers

Ceiling light bulb hole?

What do I do with this ceiling light bulb hole? [more inside]
posted by drthom at 1:59 PM - 8 answers

Is getting work done on a house always an challenging experience?

Can you share any best practices for working with vendors? We bought a older house that needed some work about five months ago and it's been a frustrating process. Countless contractors and other home repair folks have come through the house. I'd say about 3/4 never follow-up with an estimate (unless prompted repeatedly). [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM at 8:42 AM - 18 answers

May 2

Surviving territorial pissings

I have been put in charge of beautifying a tiny patch of land in nyc, what should I plant in it? [more inside]
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity at 7:20 PM - 7 answers

How To Know if Heating/AC ducts should be replaced?

My place has forced heat. I'm getting quotes to cut in AC. Most reviews I read say the person who quoted the job said they should replace their ducts, and this seems like a typical upsell. Sure enough, at the first quote, the guy suggested replacing my ducts. How do I know if I need to do that or not? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 4:43 PM - 5 answers

"It certainly does suck."

What is the best cordless vacuum money can buy? I hate vacuuming so much and am totally overwhelmed by the market for cleaning machines. Which one will help me tolerate the most loathsome household chore since mopping? [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 10:02 AM - 24 answers

Keeping airtight containers of clothes fresh

So I've purchased some good airtight storage containers to keep my winter clothes in during the warm months. I'm confident they will keep the moths/mold/mildew/dust out. But what's the best way to keep the clothes smelling fresh when I open it next year? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 9:17 AM - 12 answers

How to grow tender squash

Why are my yellow squash growing tough, leathery skins like a gourd? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 9:10 AM - 13 answers

How would you update, but keep, kitchen cabinets?

Your thoughts requested on what to do with solid but not beautiful cabinets. [more inside]
posted by jlittlew at 6:26 AM - 21 answers

Invasive boundary tree--pruning to death?

There are several established invasive trees on my neighbor's side of our property line. By right, I can have overhanging limbs removed. At least one of the trees has all of its limbs on my side of the line, and I presume removing them all would kill the tree. Am I in my rights to do so? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 4:23 AM - 11 answers

How do you find a really good professional organizer?

I am a messy, clutter-loving packrat and my partner is a minimalist. And we live in a one-bedroom apartment. Can a professional organizer help me/us? If so, how can I find a good one? (Does anyone have Seattle-area recommendations?) If you've done something like this, how has it worked out for you? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 12:16 AM - 4 answers

May 1

What is the deal with that jaw pain I get when eating something sweet?

Every so often when I'm eating something very sweet I'll get a pain at one or both of my jaw joints for ten seconds or so (once in a great while it lasts several minutes). From a recent conversation I discovered that it's pretty common for other people to get this too - or at least the ten-second version of it. But what is this? What is this phenomenon called (surely it has a name), and what causes it?
posted by Mechitar at 8:50 PM - 3 answers

How do we get rid of mold mites?

We live in a dry climate but have an unventilated bathroom, and have developed a stubborn case of mold mites in the room. Despite cleaning on a regular basis, they keep coming back. I scrubbed the floors, ceiling, walls, and all surfaces with Lysol for three hours on Thursday and somehow this did not completely eradicate them; I saw them appear again today. I'm at my wits end. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 10:48 AM - 9 answers

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