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August 3

What is the easiest way to store clothes without folding them?

What is the fastest, most convenient way to store clothes wrinkle-free without folding them? [more inside]
posted by karakumy at 5:02 PM - 18 answers

leak mystery

plumbing emergency in my apartment. What could be going on? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt at 1:50 PM - 8 answers

August 2

Are there window screens that CAN'T pop out?

Our windows have pretty standard screens on them. We'd like to open our bedroom windows at night in the summer, but we worry about our indoor cat accidentally popping them out and escaping. Are there screens that are extremely hard to remove from inside? [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 9:25 PM - 20 answers

Help me fly some freak flags!

You know those houses with the seasonal nylon, decorative house flags? The ones with the puppies smelling flowers, or the spring tulip, or Santa in the winter and stacks of books with leaves in the fall that wave in the breeze outside of people's houses? I need some help finding some house flags... [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 8:20 PM - 11 answers

Should I accept an HA offer of a studio flat or wait for a one-bedroom?

In the coming months I'll be moving from a co-habiting living situation to being solo, due to the end of a relationship. Actually the relationship ended quite some time ago, but my ex is disabled, so I stayed waiting for professional carers (paid by the local council - they have awarded her 15 hours of care a week and her Mum is also her carer in the same apartment). [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 8:00 PM - 11 answers

Big kid mattress

Our 3 year old kitschjunge is ready for a big boy bed. I hope a new twin mattress will last him a good ten years. However, I'm concerned about all of the conflicting information I see about conventional polyurethane mattresses (offgassing) as well as more natural options like latex and wool (allergens). Did you research kids mattresses, and what did you ultimately decide was the healthiest option? And while I'm trying to be frugal, I'll splurge for the right purchase.
posted by kitschfrau at 5:04 PM - 5 answers

Help us find a freelance architect (around Montclair, NJ or NYC)

My wife and I just bought our first house and it needs some renovations on a small budget. We’re not going to be able to afford a full-service architectural firm (handling permits/contractors/project-management/etc), but we think consulting an architect will be money very well spent. We’d like someone to do a walkthrough with us, discuss and improve the changes we’re considering, and then put together detailed/accurate drawings for the remodel. [more inside]
posted by ethand at 11:25 AM - 3 answers

July 31


We need to take out a plum tree. Mr. K can easily cut it down, it's still small, but it will leave a stump and roots where we'd like to plant something else. How to get rid of the stump? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 10:19 PM - 15 answers

Baby's first home renovation.

We're converting half our attached garage into finished space. We got a single quote from a general contractor and now we're considering doing the bulk of the project ourselves. We are new at this, but want to get better. How do we start to tackle a fairly serious renovation, possibly without a general contractor? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:17 PM - 10 answers

What can I store in insulated, but unvented, under-eaves storage spaces?

I just moved into a new house. I want to store things in the under-eaves storage areas. The spaces are insulated, but of course they aren't heated, vented, or cooled, so it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Can I store fabric, or shoes, or anything made of paper in there? I had been planning on hanging a closet rod in one, to use as an off-season clothes closet, but now I'm rethinking it...
posted by chowflap at 10:51 AM - 8 answers

Can I battle the parquet floor bulge?

What can I do about parquet floor squares that are bulging away from the floor because of water? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole at 10:37 AM - 5 answers

July 30

What's up with this oven wire?

Isn't there supposed to be a rubber coating on this oven wire? [more inside]
posted by MikeHoncho at 5:46 PM - 8 answers

DC Housing, Green line edition

I'm now working near Navy Yard in Southeast DC, and the extended commute from Northern Virginia is wearing thin on me. Outside of the area immediately near my office, I know nothing about what's going on in Southeast DC and Maryland. What neighborhoods should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 8:30 AM - 12 answers

Moving help in Madison, WI

I'm moving out of my 1 BR apartment in Madison. Most of my possessions will be shipped. Illness set me back on getting ready, and now I need to find folks (paid or charitable) who can help me pack and ship last minute. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 7:31 AM - 8 answers

July 29

How to get dye fumes out of my kitchen

I recently dyed a piece of fabric in iPoly's blue with it's color fixer, with all doors and windows open and several fans blaring. Hours later, the fumes are still there. How much cleaning/trashing do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont at 9:27 PM - 2 answers

Can I install a new gas dryer by myself?

Twelve years ago, when I bought this house, I had a gas line run from the kitchen to my new stacked one-piece washer and gas dryer. The plumber who installed the gas line hooked up my dryer. Now the washer has died and I have ordered a new laundry set - a front loading washer and separate gas dryer that will stack. They are due to be delivered next week. Yay! [more inside]
posted by caryatid at 6:28 PM - 18 answers

Where can I find replacement cushions for my patio set?

This seems easy, but it's not. I've looked all over the internet and cannot find this size. The seat is 22W X 25L and 5D. The back is 22W X 17H X 5D. They are two separate cushions. [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 2:41 PM - 9 answers

I look like a space alien, and wish to stop frightening small children.

I do a lot of online video conferencing from a home office. I’m looking for desktop light fixtures that create a video image that makes me appear to be a good guy, as opposed to someone you want to avoid at all costs. The lighting is good during daytime hours, but at night I look creepy. I need to find lights that provide even, gentle, and warm illumination. [more inside]
posted by elf27 at 8:59 AM - 5 answers

Can I replace my dishwasher's drain pump myself?

The dishwasher that came with the home we bought 9 years ago started making a crunching sound, and then it stopped making the sound, and now it doesn't drain. I suspect a bad drain pump. I know where to buy the replacement part online; is this a repair I can do myself or must I hire someone? [more inside]
posted by dywypi at 4:32 AM - 15 answers

July 28

Shelves for IKEA Samla boxes?

I'm accumulating a lot of IKEA Samla plastic storage boxes, particularly the 11 x 7 x 5 ones, using them for toys (Lego, Hot Wheels, etc.). Has anyone found a shelving system that these will fit neatly into? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter at 7:35 AM - 3 answers

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