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January 26

Weatherproofing Patio Door: Remove Knob Before Installing Plastic?

Living at ground zero of Blizzardville, with 55mph winds predicted, I'm belatedly weatherproofing my drafty patio door (via 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit for Patio Door). Question is: do I remove doorknob, or just drape the plastic over it? Aesthetics aren't a huge issue, I don't mind if the plastic shows. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:45 AM - 7 answers

Storing my sofa feels silly and expensive, but I can’t decide what to do

My partner and I moved in together last year and we are lucky enough to each have room of our own in addition to our master bedroom. We decided to add a built-in Murphy bed and bookshelves to my room (for guests) as it had the better layout for that. I use my room as a home office and it’s perfect for that purpose. [more inside]
posted by Lescha at 8:59 AM - 24 answers

I need a crash course on windows (house windows, not PC Windows)

We're planning on starting to replace some of our old windows this year and I realized that I know precious little about windows. Is there a brand or type that I should lean toward? Any to avoid? What things do I need to know before I start this process? My friend recommended a few high-end windows, but I'd like to get some more information from those with more knowledge in this area than I. Home (and homeowner) details within: [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 at 6:44 AM - 17 answers

Looking for any good statistics related to building unpermitted housing.

So what I'm looking for is any national statistics (or as close as I can get) on the area of building unpermitted additions on housing. As in guy buys a home. Guy moves in and discover that third bedroom he built is unpermitted. Or that connected treehouse. Or the homemade bomb shelter. thoughts on where I could find such things?
posted by rileyray3000 at 5:06 AM - 3 answers

January 25

Can we have a small secret cellar?

We're building a small house on a small budget. We want to dig a small cellar (maybe 6'x6') into the ground below the crawl space entrance and support its walls with a wood framework. Is this feasible? Or will the house cave in if we do this? You are not our architect, you are not our structural engineer. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:59 PM - 18 answers

An entry runner that won't make me crazy, or our crazy rug even crazier

Years ago, I couldn't resist purchasing a huge, multi-colored, very shaggy area rug, and I'd like to keep using it in our main room. We need to get a runner for our entryway, but it will sit very near this rug, and I cannot figure out what color and texture will work best. I spend a lot of time in this room, and will look at these rugs side-by-side all the time. I don't want them to look awful together. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor at 7:21 PM - 8 answers

We're getting ready to renovate in Austin! But where to start?

We bought a small three bedroom/one bathroom house (about 1,050 sq. feet) in Austin about a year and a half ago and we're looking to do a significant upgrade in several months, upwards of $100,000. [more inside]
posted by vakker at 10:27 AM - 4 answers

What are these mysterious streaks and discolorizations on this paneling?

These are houses in the Denver area. The streaks are new and of unknown origin. [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 4:06 AM - 8 answers

January 24

[Beds on which to have] sweet dreams are made of...what, exactly?

I'll soon be purchasing a new bed and mattress. I have sleep apnea, so it's especially important for me to choose the right ones. And I don't know what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 2:39 PM - 6 answers

Drywall repair for amateur

Looking for recommendations, tips and products for a small drywall repair job in our bedroom. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal at 12:29 PM - 10 answers

How much home can I really afford?

My partner and I want to buy a house in DC this fall but are having some difficulty understanding how much house we can actually afford. We haven't applied for pre-approval yet because we're likely won't start looking until September or October. (Though if there is a reasoning for why we should get pre-approved and buy a house in the next few months, we're open to hearing it. But we currently live in NYC and it would be logistically complicated). Financial details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM - 22 answers

January 23

What should I sit on?

I need new seating, that isn't a chair, for my desk. I'm thinking maybe a fancy kind of stool, but need recommendations. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year at 4:25 PM - 11 answers

Shipping Container Conversion Courses

I'm looking for Shipping Container Conversion Courses/Schools. [more inside]
posted by looknevada at 6:49 AM - 2 answers

January 22

Flooring options to replace ancient tile

The ceramic tile throughout my house is old, crumbling, and needs to go. Please help me sort through my flooring options. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ at 7:19 AM - 11 answers

January 21

How to get rid of a fifth wheel

My dad has a camper trailer thingy in his driveway, of the type typically referred to as a "fifth wheel" (see image here). It's paid for, it's unsellable, and so far, it has been impossible to give it away. It's in a terrible state of disrepair, and it needs to go wherever it is fifth wheel campers go to die. But where is that, exactly? [more inside]
posted by kythuen at 9:57 AM - 14 answers

How do you take care of a house?

I've realized that I have little idea how to properly care for a house. What regular maintenance and preventative maintenance tasks should I be doing? How do I do them? What things should I be checking for, on what schedule? What equipment do I need? What things will I probably need to hire someone for? I'm a-googlin too, but thought you all might know some good resources.
posted by SampleSize at 7:55 AM - 16 answers

Texture ideas when painting a subfloor

Could I pour Elmer's glue in little puddles that match the grain on my subfloor so that when I paint it with porch paint there will be some texture? Or would it just break up the first time someone walked on it? [more inside]
posted by cda at 6:17 AM - 18 answers

January 20

Any experience with SolarCity?

SolarCity wants to put panels on my roof. The deal looks too good to be true: they claim it will knock my average monthly bill from $90 to $26, no money down, free repairs for life. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 6:14 PM - 11 answers

San Fran CA: House cleaning service or specific person recommendation?

Can you give me from personal experience a recommendation for a house cleaning service or (preferably) a specific person who cleans your home? I've had terrible luck with both in San Francisco and I'm reaching a point with work that I just don't have time to do it all any more. [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 1:38 PM - 1 answers

So there's this person who likes to hang out in my basement....

One of our neighbors in our co-op has given a friend of theirs the keys to our basement and now this friend comes and goes as if she lives here. How do I make this stop? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia at 12:16 PM - 32 answers

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