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May 3

Setting posts - series of dumb questions

So I'm not much of a DIY person, but I might want to build a pergola along one side of my back yard. Normally I'm a trial-and-error kind of person, but since this would involve concrete-set posts, parts of this have to be right the first time. I still have some questions after googling around. [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 11:36 AM - 6 answers

May 2

Buying everything from scratch - what is the 2015 best plan for stuff

I'm getting divorced. It appears that ex is keeping everything (which I am okay with, I'm getting compensated). But now I am faced with buying lots of stuff. I'm not rich but not poor. I want stuff that will last 10+ years. What are the 2015 best practices? I have all the major American furniture and homegoods stores nearby. I'm fond of online shopping. Consignment is fine but I can't spend weeks hunting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:20 PM - 24 answers

Recommend me a loud freestanding backyard fountain.

It's springtime, I've hung my hammock, and I'm considering getting a backyard fountain to add some white noise to help drown out the sound of cars from the busy two lane street that runs in front of my house. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 7:13 PM - 5 answers

Help me identify these flowers!

My sweet, long-distance boyfriend sent me a surprise bouquet of flowers! The flowers are beautiful, but I want to make sure that they're safe for my cat, Ada. I don't think they're unusual flowers, but I know basically nothing about plants, so I would like some help identifying them. Photos inside! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 6:22 PM - 13 answers

How could we modernise this living room?

We are thinking about bidding on a house at auction next week that has a very unusual living room. My husband thinks it can be modernised to be amazing, but both of us are struggling to see exactly how. Obviously the flooring and light fixture would be changed, but to what? Does anyone with better design sense than us have specific suggestions or links to similar looking spaces? I think I'd feel a lot better about bidding for this place if I had a clearer idea of what we could do with it. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 5:57 PM - 26 answers

A Recliner for the bigger fella, not too many extraneous frills

I am in the market for a new recliner. The internet has presented me with a dizzying array of choices, almost all of which I do not want or need. More inside in the --> [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy at 1:26 PM - 6 answers

How can I naturally repel pesty hornets(?) from vegetable planter?

I bought standing planter boxes for my wife and she hasn't touched them yet because there are always 3-4 of these pests (hornets?) on the wood. She would like to plant strawberries and other edibles so we obviously don't want to use chemicals. Any advice on how to repel these buggers? Photo of bug
posted by Mikey51 at 10:26 AM - 5 answers

May 1

Is a whole house fan worth it?

With the summer about to come on strong, we're considering installing a whole house fan in our newly bought house (Los Angeles area). Before we take the plunge, I'd love to hear from anybody who has one, preferably in a climate like ours -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Worth it or not? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 2:28 PM - 25 answers

How do I set up a decentralized neighborhood tool lending exchange?

I'm interested in starting a neighborhood tool lending exchange, both as a way to save costs on tool, but to also better foster community and getting neighbors to know each other. I'm not (at this point anyway) interested in starting a centralized tool library, given the costs and commitment. I'm imaging a google sheet or something similar where registered members can check and see what tools they're willing to lend and then go from there. Have you had experience with a decentralized tool lending or can point me to successful exchanges where I can learn more about their system? [more inside]
posted by Karaage at 10:43 AM - 5 answers

Apartment break-in opportunists? Talk me down.

Am I wrong about feeling like my apartment building's being cased for a burglary, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Keysig at 12:40 AM - 15 answers

April 30

Living alone in SF. Difficulty level: postdoc

Is it possible to find a studio in SF proper for ≤$1650/mo? Where (and how) should I be looking? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire at 9:21 PM - 24 answers

How do I cover this brass curly thing?

I am about to refinish an old wooden chest. it has a brass metal thing similar to this on the front that does not seem to be removable. How in the world do I cover just the metal parts of something like that up while I am refinishing it? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 2:17 PM - 10 answers

Summer sublet question

Would three people sharing a (big) two-bedroom for two months be too cramped? [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 11:54 AM - 15 answers

April 29

Finding a wood with a specific look in Seattle

I'm so lost I'm having summing up the question here. But: I have a sample of wood and I want to show it to someone, and have them make me something that looks like it, in a specific size. Who would this be? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 9:25 PM - 4 answers

Garage magic! Who pays?

I own a condo in a six unit building. Five of us own spaces in a garage on the other side of the backyard. Some garages (which are separated by walls) have doors opening to the backyard; mine doesn't. So I'm planning to add a door, which will require cutting through the wall of the garage and extending the sidewalk in the backyard to reach my new door. Should I ask the condo association pay for any part of this?
posted by chimpsonfilm at 5:14 PM - 7 answers

What is this plant?

We have two unidentified plants in our Chicago backyard - what are they? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by cimton at 11:43 AM - 7 answers

A very, very, very fine house.

We are buying our first home (yay!). Every time we go over there to poke around, I notice another thing that we don't deal with in our current four-unit apartment building. What are some things we need to buy? What are the things we need to do right away? Any tips you wish you would have known? Any thoughts on order of operations -- can we move as soon as there are beds, or when the internet arrives, or what? Please help us rehome. [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins at 9:26 AM - 32 answers

Recommend me a good home improvement/renovation forum

Hi, We just bought a house which needs some work. For some of the work we'll hire contractors and some small jobs we'll do it our self. So I'll be seeking feedback/advice from others time to time and it could be about taking down a wall, buying appliances, kitchen & bathroom remodel, flooring, garden, etc ... Rather than posting all of these questions to AskMeFi I'm looking for suggestions on a forum with good user participation. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 8:39 AM - 6 answers

Can you listen to my AC and tell me what's wrong with it?

We left our air conditioner in the window during a cold winter (stupidly uncovered). Now when we turn it on, it makes a ghastly scraping sort of sound for as long as we run it. I've recorded it and taken a photo; any idea what might be the culprit and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 7:20 AM - 5 answers

April 28

Cooling an urban apartment with a fan?

Experienced urbanites: What is the best method to use a fan to cool an apartment that only has windows on one side of the building? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 12:41 PM - 15 answers

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