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I have a house that I bought it in 2000. Do I need to reassess the value? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What do I do with this ceiling light bulb hole? [more inside]
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]
I have been put in charge of beautifying a tiny patch of land in nyc, what should I plant in it? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Why are my yellow squash growing tough, leathery skins like a gourd? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]