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August 12

Help with Wedding Awesomeness

Please help me find miniature replicas of the classic Quaker Oats container that I can buy online. I'm looking for plain cardboard. I'll print the labels. [more inside]
posted by orsonet at 1:21 PM - 14 answers

How do I access the screws on this Toto toilet seat?

Toto toilet seat is loose. Need to access the screws to tighten it up. There appear to be plastic tabs covering where I need to get to. How do I remove these tabs without breaking them? Here are two pictures: Toto Toilet Seat pics
posted by Ike_Arumba at 8:48 AM - 5 answers

Painting assistance needed in the metafilter aisle

Do I need primer for this situation? And would it be dumb not to paint the ceiling at the same time? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 5:53 AM - 8 answers

August 11

My Euphorbia has fallen and it can't get up

Help, my Euphorbia Lactea Dragon Bones got too tall and now it's in danger of falling and puncturing a person hundred of times with poisonous sap. Here is the situation (it's now leaning against the counter, just waiting to fall on a curious child) [more inside]
posted by oxisos at 8:19 PM - 4 answers

There was a mouse so I blew up the block

We have a mouse and I'm pretty sure it's "commuting" from behind the stove. I stuffed the cracks by the baseboards with steel wool and sealed them with caulk, but I have no idea how to close the giant hole surrounding the gas pipe. (About 2-3 inches around.) It turns out steel wool and expanding foam sealants are VERY FLAMMABLE, VERY BAD. How do I safely seal this? [more inside]
posted by jessca84 at 2:38 PM - 18 answers

Help me trash better.

I have a problem with my kitchen trash. I buy a trash can, everything seems fine, and then after a year or two the can develops a terrible terrible smell that I cannot get rid of. Is this normal? What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Mender at 2:10 PM - 23 answers

Wiring my house for recording sound?

Is there a reasonably inexpensive, reasonably not-crazymaking way to wire a few rooms of my house to record (preferably automatically) sound using my Mac and iPads? My very young children's speaking skills are advancing rapidly, and as a result they are quickly losing their idiosyncratic pronunciations, diction, and use of invented or malapropisms. They are skittish, as wild animals often are, and I would like to record without being present. I don't anticipate doing this for long, so if it's really expensive I don't think I can do it.
posted by OmieWise at 10:37 AM - 6 answers

Will it cost much to have my gas oven on all night in the UK?

Will it cost much to have my gas oven on all night in the UK? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 9:18 AM - 14 answers

question regarding a home generator purchase for emergency power

wondering about the differences between Generac and Honda (besides 3-4K)... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 6:52 AM - 9 answers

August 10

Finding a woodstove installer in St Paul. difficulty level: HIGH Why?

So we bought this woodstove (the high style) . Hooray! It's gorgeous and we can't wait to get it up and running. However, we're having terrible luck finding someone who will install a stove that they didn't sell us. We've contacted several places and with one (very expensive*) exception, we haven't had anyone who will take the job. [more inside]
posted by purpletangerine at 7:50 PM - 12 answers

The roofs are alive with the sound of HVACs

What will residents living in a group of houses (25' tall, 1200 sq. ft) have to endure sound-wise if a nearby apartment development places their HVAC system 45' up on the roof of their structure? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 7:32 PM - 5 answers

August 9

Experiences with removable wallpaper

Recommendations for/against particular brands? Any tips for application? General experience? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 12:34 PM - 2 answers

Rooftop Antenna Location

Antenna Experts: I just upgraded our rooftop antenna, and while it's got a direct sightline to the CN Tower here in Toronto, it's mounted on the old satellite arm which is on the dormer/third floor wall of our house. I'm wondering if it's being under the overhang and so close to the wall hinders the signal in any way, and if raising it up by mounting it on the roof fascia so the antenna just clears the roof will get me more channels... or if that's not worth the hassle. Currently averaging about 25 channels. [more inside]
posted by chococat at 11:20 AM - 8 answers

Kitchen sink for the soul

I'm on Day 3 of not being able to use my kitchen sink, and I'm getting a little desperate. Any tips or techniques a very non-handy person could try? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox at 11:01 AM - 20 answers

How the heck do I pick out paint colors?

I need to paint the interior walls in my new house. I am completely overwhelmed by the process of picking out paint colors. How does anyone do this?!? Please help me deal with the intersection of interior design, executive function disorder, and choice paralysis. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 10:52 AM - 27 answers

Roof leak and mold in townhouse - I'm going bankrupt, aren't I?

I live in a townhouse as part of an HOA, and our side had a roof leak over my unit. The HOA kicked the can for too long and now I have mold. I'm pretty much going to go bankrupt, aren't I? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 AM - 7 answers

August 8

Why are so many tomato varieties and cultivars from Russia?

It seems like 75%+ of tomato plants from my local nurseries are from Russia. I'm growing 5 right now. What's the history of this? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:20 PM - 15 answers

Help identifying Ikea sofa from c. 2000

Please help me identify this Ikea sofa (the 3-seater on the right), purchased around Summer/Fall 2000. [more inside]
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 12:22 PM - 11 answers

Okay, but how *do* I dry my laundry?

If you live in a climate that is damp in the winter (like me in the Pacific NW, or perhaps those of you in the UK with your damp grey underwear, how do you dry your clothes without a dryer? What works best? [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 9:17 AM - 32 answers

Adding a sunroom to our house - any tips?

We're thinking of getting a sunroom added to the back of our home and were wondering if you folks had any tips or experiences that might help us make the right decision or avoid terrible mistakes. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 9:15 AM - 14 answers

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