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September 22

I'm getting noise complaints and now paranoid. Advice??

I'm receiving noise complaints from my upstairs neighbour on a weekly basis and at my wit's end. Even my landlord seems confused. I live by myself and rarely have visitors. I love music but only listen with headphones without exception. The noise complaints have all been due to volume from my TV. Sounds simple? Ugh let me explain inside. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 11:15 PM - 9 answers

Dedicated Circuit vs Oversized Circuit

I just got a plug-in hybrid, but don't have any outdoor outlets at the house. The driveway runs adjacent to the side of the house that already has 240V service for a window A/C on a dedicated circuit. The charger is also supposed to be on a dedicated circuit. I'm thinking of pulling 8ga through that conduit and installing a 40A breaker (Car:16A, A/C:8A). Does having dedicated circuit matter as much if you comfortably oversize the circuit capacity? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 8:52 PM - 4 answers

Do I have roaches?

If I saw one roach in my new condo, are there definitely more? Do I absolutely need an exterminator or can I wait and see? [more inside]
posted by parkerposey at 5:18 PM - 14 answers

September 21

Chunky Tub

What is the chunky beige residue that appears sparingly across the length of my bathtub? [more inside]
posted by kiki_s at 3:32 PM - 3 answers

asbestos tiles on a brick house

My husband and I bought a house. It is a row house made out of brick. The back wall has asbestos tiling on it that looks a lot like this. We have hired a general contractor to remove the tiles. Should we put some new tiles or siding on that wall once the old tiles are removed? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 8:37 AM - 16 answers

September 20

Is my sundew plant OK?

My sundew plant has been putting out lots of buds. Is this OK? I'm concerned because after my Venus flytrap flowered, it died. [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 3:33 PM - 2 answers

Thinking of taking home off the market until next spring

Is it a good idea to take a home off the market for the winter. [more inside]
posted by evilelf at 12:12 PM - 10 answers

September 19

Tame my hellscape

I have a large (1 acre), steep (30% grade) south-facing back yard, with several very large trees in Zone 6b. Right now it is running amok with weeds and vines because it is just so uncomfortable to be out there. What can I plant that will stop erosion, suppress weeds, and look lovely year-round? [more inside]
posted by apparently at 2:34 PM - 14 answers

How do I get my apartment renovation started?

I’m actually quite comfortable with the late-90s furnishings of my place, but I want to sell or rent it out soon, and I know updating everything would make it more appealing. Everything I’ve seen on the web says “start looking at design ideas” — but I care more about utility than appearances. I’d like to spend as little as possible to make it up-to-date. Where do I start? Can I just go to a contractor and say “give me your cheapest paint-by-numbers package”? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 7:23 AM - 6 answers

Software to measure room layouts.

I'm refitting my home and often need to take measurements to figure out what materials I need and what will fit where. I need a simple tool to draw rooms and shapes and figure out what can fit in. But wait! It's not that simple. My house is a boat and EVERYTHING curves in several directions at once. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 7:18 AM - 6 answers

September 18

Building a small house in Canada

Hi folks! I've been exploring the possibility of buying a piece of vacant land in BC or Ontario to put up a small house in 8-10 years when I'm sick of work. Is it a good idea to find and buy a nice plot of land when it comes up, and just hang on to it till I'm ready to build? I also have a list of questions about living in more rural areas. [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS at 11:22 PM - 11 answers

Getting new carpet when you have a heart condition

I live alone. I have newly diagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I have no friends that live nearby. I can do light cardiovascular exercise but I am still in the phase of treatment where I am supposed to avoid lifting or moving heavy objects. Unfortunately, because I've lived in my apartment for so long (10+ years), my landlord is demanding that I get all my carpets replaced (on their dime) as part of renewing my lease. How do I do? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 5:42 PM - 8 answers

What's cool in the refrigerator market?

We are in the market for a new fridge to replace our aging one. What should we look for, and what should we avoid? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 4:47 PM - 24 answers

Foot funk on furniture

What's the best way to remove a sour, smelly foot smell from a couch? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 1:33 PM - 15 answers

Seeking superior subterranean sleeper sofa

We need to upgrade our guest room amenities, but there is limited space is in basement of our Philadelphia rowhouse. [more inside]
posted by zachxman at 8:36 AM - 7 answers

How to sell a house in France (help for British in-laws edition)

Can any mefites help - my parents in law are British citizens currently living in the area of Lot-de-Garonne (close to Marmande) in a beautiful two-bedroom house which they are struggling to sell and I don't know how else to help them. [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster at 12:55 AM - 10 answers

September 17

ˈɪndɔː plɑːnts: plants that die slowly in buildings

I need to get up to speed on designing (and to some extent maintaining) indoor plants. [more inside]
posted by unearthed at 1:57 PM - 8 answers

September 16

How do I get a dishwasher to fit with pipes in the way?

The installer showed up with the new dishwasher (KitchenAid KDTM404EWH). Once he took the old one out, he found that there are pipes in the way. Any ideas about what I can do? [more inside]
posted by braveterry at 11:39 PM - 16 answers

Thoughts on cordless electric weedeaters?

I'm looking at getting a cordless electric weedeater, but reviews are pretty mixed on all the ones I've looked at. I'm hoping to keep it around or less than $100, since I wouldn't use one very often even if I liked it. Anyone have any recent experiences, good or bad, or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 3:24 PM - 13 answers

September 15

How can I repair this mysterious hole?

The other day, I noticed that a small crater had mysteriously formed in one of the small tiles in my bathroom floor. It's a little bigger than a quarter and almost as large as the tile. You can see the tile at the bottom of this picture. The bath is a very small room designed as a wet room (fully tiled so the floor and walls doubles as the shower floor and walls, with a drain in the middle of the floor). [more inside]
posted by pinochiette at 10:24 AM - 2 answers

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