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July 3

IkeaFilter: please identify my TV stand

I have a tv stand mounted to my wall that appears to be this thing. Can someone tell me what it was, and how to get a new drawer for it?
posted by snickerdoodle at 10:10 PM - 0 answers

July 2

Raised bed garden built from cardboard?

My sister and I are trying to figure out how to do raised bed gardening on the extremely cheap. I have proposed building the beds out of the cardboard boxes left over from our recent move. What are the likely consequences of this plan, and do you have a better and/or cheaper option? [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 12:44 PM - 35 answers

July 1

Moving into a house; how to not creep myself out whenever I'm alone?

Are you a big scaredy cat? Do you live in a house with lots of vulnerabilities anyways, and manage to sleep at night? How did you do it? Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 3:29 PM - 34 answers

I want to weld but have neither equipment nor knowledge

I have various projects around our farmstead that need welding, but I don't know squat about it. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 1:05 PM - 13 answers

Stylish scandanavian-design midcentury leather chair for a song?

Anyone know where I can find a good knockoff/copy or used example of this leather armchair? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 12:35 PM - 10 answers

June 29

Help me make my basement a little more habitable

A friend will be crashing in my basement for a little while and I'd like to make my basement that is a little dark and damp more habitable for him to crash temporarily. Snowflakes and pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by denimchair at 8:05 PM - 14 answers

Where have all the flowers gone?

When cities change their landscaping in those center-boulevard planters for a new season, what happens to the old flowers? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 7:33 PM - 6 answers

how to make armrests wider?

The arms of my office chair (Ikea Markus) are too far apart. What can I strap around them to widen my arm resting surface? [more inside]
posted by segfault at 7:09 PM - 5 answers

How to thoroughly clean up fresh raccoon scat on pebbles?

I found fresh raccoon droppings in my backyard this morning. Yuck. I carefully scooped out the mess and some surrounding pebbles (about 8 x 8 inches total), double bagged it, poured about a gallon of freshly boiled water around the area, and added a couple of cups of bleach for good measure. (The shovel got boiling water, too.) Results. But given the fact that I'd rather not have residues of dried up shit and roundworm in my yard, should I remove more of the pebbles and re-treat the broader area with boiling water?
posted by maudlin at 1:10 PM - 8 answers

They say it can't be done: raising the level of water in the toilet bowl

Google says that raising the level of a new 1.6 version toilet bowl (not the tank) cannot be done because the water level is determined by the S-bend design in the porcelain tank. Almost any time I hear "can't be done" it means that "a bit of hacking needs to occur before it can be done". [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile at 11:19 AM - 25 answers

Hand-me-down armchair?

We are having a number of house guests this summer, and it is finally time for me to break down and get a decent armchair for the living room. [more inside]
posted by nanook at 9:08 AM - 10 answers

How to prevent / remove "dusty" smell from clothes?

My clothes cupboard is a bit overstuffed – that's not going to change. I find that anything that's not been washed in a month or so develops a cupboard smell – not mouldy thank goodness, but a smell I can only describe as "dusty". This is especially bad with T-shirts that are folded and stacked in a pile, less so (but still a bit) on shirts and trousers that hang from hangers. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 1:29 AM - 17 answers

June 28

Poster / wall art suggestions?

Looking for something for my wall that fits all these criteria: 1. Abstract 2. Nonrepresentational 3. Light colors 4. White space 5. Around 70 inches wide by 40 inches tall. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer at 1:48 PM - 7 answers

June 27

How to get dog smell out of a carpeted room?

I recently moved into a new place where the previous occupant lived in my bedroom with a dog for about a year. I have not been able to get the dog smell out of the room. What does it take? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh at 8:53 PM - 8 answers

Can't find switch for home security lights...

A month ago, my family moved into a new (to us) home. It is a one story ranch, with a straightforward layout. The house has three motion-activated security lights along the roofline. The lights are hardwired. I have found the indoor switch that activates light #1- no problem there. I cannot find the switches that activate the other two lights. [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 6:37 PM - 6 answers

Help me keep my cool...

We own a house. It's a kind of large, built-in-the-50s, added-on-to-in-the-80s, sprawly ranch-style house, but with 2 bedrooms, with vaulted ceilings, on the second floor. (Our kids' rooms.) In the summertime, they get hot, because of a.) vaulted ceilings - I've blown in insulation where I could, but there's still only 4 inches between them and the roof; b.) open stairway to downstairs - keeping the doors to the rooms closed helps a little, but kids don't really "get" that; and c.) crappy ductwork - the furnace is new, but the ducts are old, and it's a long, bendy run from the basement to the kids' rooms. I'm toying with some options for trying to improve the comfort level in our house - you are not my HVAC specialist (and I'm not opposed to talking to one), but am trying to see if my logic is sound. Special melting snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by jferg at 6:29 PM - 8 answers

Name a good step stool that's less than 15" wide

I'm looking for a foldable, two-step step stool that is less than 15" wide. It needs to fold to a depth less than 5.5", but I don't think that's a limiting factor. It would be nice if it were aesthetically pleasing, too. [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 2:23 PM - 2 answers

Replacement windows: aluminum or vinyl exterior?

Given that the replacement windows are otherwise of similar quality, does one material provide an advantage over the other? Or will short / long term performance be essentially the same?
posted by elf27 at 10:53 AM - 7 answers

Green caterpillar with red head eating rose leaves

What is this bug? It's an inch-long caterpillar with a distinct red head, chewing holes in my rose leaves. I found a great picture online, but no really useful info. I'm in DC, and these things are destroying the foliage on my roses, as well as some of my vegetable plants. Most importantly, how do I get rid of them?
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:08 AM - 5 answers

I need a little teapot

Where do I get the teapot in Please Like Me, something similar?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 8:59 AM - 9 answers

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