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May 27


Help me be a grown up, part 342342: What are the solutions that have made a household chore significantly more convenient or less annoying for you? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 10:34 AM - 54 answers

What was this yellow flowering plant in the fields outside Paris?

I flew into Charles de Gaulle Airport in May. On our descent we passed over many fields of vivid yellow flowering plants. What might those have been?
posted by komara at 8:16 AM - 14 answers

Spider proof my laundry

What can I add to the washing cycle to discourage spiders from hitching a ride inside via my freshly air-dried laundry? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 4:34 AM - 8 answers

May 26

Best product question: furniture pads version

We have hardwood floors and despite the use of carpets, there are now lots of scratches in areas of heavy use. We have felt pads on the legs of our stuff but the things seem to come off at every opportunity, especially on items that are moved often (dining chairs). I hate having to reapply them and I hate the stupid black felt circles that come off knocking around the floor all the time. Is there a better way? What is the absolute best pad I can buy? Most items have wooden legs but a couple are metal. Can't easily increase amount of rug converge.
posted by bq at 12:36 PM - 6 answers

Raccoons are veggie-stealing jerkfaces.

I started my very first vegetable garden this year! Woo! But while it hasn't been an issue yet, I am quite concerned over the likelihood that my garden will be eviscerated by animals. However, it isn't as simple as "build a fence, dummy!". [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 11:30 AM - 6 answers

What saw(s) and other tools do I need to cut these notches in some 2x4s?

I am looking to build something that requires cutting 1 1/2" - 2" notches in some two by four or two by six beams. My existing set of tools could be charitably described as minimal (see within), and I'd like to do this as inexpensively as possible and still keep it safe. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 10:26 AM - 12 answers

Flower identification

Spotted this flower, not sure if it was planted or if it sprouted up as a weed. Can you ID? Flower is growing in Seattle, Washington. [more inside]
posted by Craig at 9:37 AM - 3 answers

May 25

Considering putting an offer on a house but need input

Please advise if this house mught be a good investment. I saw it a while back and liked a lot about it but certain factors turned me off from it. Now that it's had a price reduction i'm reconsidering if it's a worthwhile investment. I plan to live in it but resale value is important to me as I don't know how long I plan to stay and want to be able to sell it quickly without losing money. Details below [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM - 15 answers


I've found a very nice condo rental unit, with lots of the features on my "wish list." The big drawback is a "long-distance" landlord who is leaving me unsure about who's responsible for maintenance. [more inside]
posted by elphaba at 1:52 PM - 19 answers

Calling all small-apartment dwellers

I am moving from second tiny studio into my third tiny studio at the end of the month. One thing I have learned is that I am definitely not into having a full-size bed in my studio. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 4:54 AM - 35 answers

May 24

Help me not freak out!!! (Housing edition)

I have an important deadline in the house buying process this week and I am totally freaking out about it. Perhaps someone wiser than I on mefi can help me not freak out about the upcoming deadlines and also tell me what is going on behind closed doors. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 6:25 PM - 5 answers

What can I store outside when it might get to 50 below?

I need to pack up a bunch of possessions to store for a year. What can I safely store outside in an unheated shed, given that it might get down to -50°F? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 3:50 PM - 8 answers

What plant?

These leaves have been sitting in water for almost a year after being included as part of a flower arrangement. They have not formed any roots in the water, but recently started growing new leaves out of some buds in the bottom of each leaf. Can you identify them? Photos: 1 2 3 . Thank you,
posted by jeto at 11:29 AM - 5 answers

Custom cut in Brooklyn

Where in Brooklyn can I get a few pieces of plywood cut to specific/odd dimensions? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 6:40 AM - 4 answers

May 23

Is it a good idea to add a second floor on top of a 1938 brick house?

I'm looking at a brick house built in 1938. I want to do an extensive attic conversion, basically add a second floor to the back half of the house. Is this house being brick a good thing for me, or a bad thing? Is such an old house going to be too big of a problem to add on to at all?
posted by brenton at 4:12 PM - 9 answers

How to remove sealer from Armstrong VCT vinyl tile?

I installed Bikini Blue vinyl floor tiles in my office. I sealed them with some kind of liquid sealer (like I was instructed to do by the hardware store). How do I remove some spilled sealer? [more inside]
posted by cda at 1:36 PM - 3 answers

May 22

Housecleaner needed in L.A.

I want my 1BR apartment on L.A.'s eastside clean, and I don't want to do it myself. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 5:08 PM - 3 answers

Where should I buy a home in San Diego?

In a few months I will be moving to San Diego to start a (permanent, hopefully) job at UCSD. I’m beginning to look at buying a home in the area and I would love to hear some advice about where I should live. What neighborhoods would work best for me? [more inside]
posted by kms at 3:02 PM - 7 answers

Identify my little houseplant!

What kind of plant is this? [more inside]
posted by invokeuse at 1:27 PM - 2 answers

Ultra-beginner-level interior furnishing/decorating/design advice?

I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:12 AM - 20 answers

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