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Still finding fleas on the animals a week after dosing them with Advantage. Is it time for the big guns? [more inside]
Do you have to involve a real estate agent in a deal if you didn't sign a contract with them, but they showed you the house? [more inside]
I just bought a new home in Dallas Tx. In our kitchen right where the kitchen table is we have a big window that looks out to our neighbors house where there is a air conditioner unit. Im looking for a relatively inexpensive bush/plant/flower to put there that will grow and live all year round that will add a more pleasant view than an AC unit. Suggestions? House faces North/ South. Also looking for the option that requires the least maintenance.
We're in the process of buying our first home! Yay! We've seen a lot of places and are ready to pick one. (We're in London, if that matters -- but I think the question is location-specific necessarily.) I am the kind of person that tends to think of drawbacks only after I've signed on the dotted line. What do YOU wish you'd thought of/checked out, etc. before you bought your house? In case it matters, we are a couple with a toddler.
After lots and lots of changes is my life, due to medical reasons I find myself making concrete plans a year in advance again. At about this time of next year I intend to be moving back to the country where I first saw the light of day, which I haven't visited since I was 12. Help me find a place where life will be enjoyable for me. [more inside]
I am looking for the following: 1) Information on first time homebuyer programs, especially those that are available in California. 2) Information on buying tax lien houses. 3) Information on buying foreclosures. Recommendations for good sources of information (books, websites) or personal anecdotes welcome. [more inside]
We have a piece of a tree that shut down 5th Avenue when it fell. A byproduct is that it shut my grandmother's street on the day that she died. We have a carpenter to turn the log into coffee tables, but I'm wondering at the price he's quoted. $75/hr is a good deal? More info (and the beautiful story of my grandmother's death) inside. [more inside]
We have a lake in our backyard. We'd like to fix it, or get it fixed, cheaply. [more inside]
I'm going to repaint this old bed headboard and footboard for one of the bedrooms in my house. Problem: the bedknobs are missing from the headboard. Where can I find replacements that will look approximately like the knobs in the footboard? Or are there other creative things I could do with the empty sockets?
We want to get rid of our lawn...do you know a good landscaping consultant who works in the mid-peninsula area? [more inside]
I made a no-sew fleece blanket for my sister's first baby. I have 1/2 yard (by 2 yards) left of a patterned fleece and a coordinating solid. Are there any other no-sew nursery/baby projects I could make with the leftover fabric? [more inside]
I can't believe I can't find this answer online... can anyone tell me, if I'm choosing standard 6' PT dogear fence pickets, what is the benefit of 3/4" thickness vs 5/8" or 1/2"? Is it structural, or are the thicker pickets less likely to cup/warp/bend over time? Also, is there any reason I should consider cedar at twice the price? I'm going to be putting on a mildly cedar-toned semitransparent sealer either way. Thanks!
My computer chair, which I once thought was magical, now causes me discomfort after a few minutes in any position - both feet on the ground, one leg folded, both legs folded. The back is not aligned with my spine and is just plain uncomfortable. It seems like I'm doing gymnastics every time I sit in it now, and I work in front of the computer. [more inside]
We have a stair chair in our home that was used by my husband’s parents. They have since passed away, and we have always thought that we’d like to donate the stair chair to somebody or some organization that could use it. Now, we actually have an acquaintance who, due to health issues, could really use the stair chair in their home. [more inside]
I'll be away from my apartment in Brooklyn for 3 months for work. Subletting isn't an option, so my apartment will be empty that entire time. What steps and precautions should I take to ensure that things are safe and as cost-effective as possible while I'm away? [more inside]
I recently acquired this small pitcher and I would like to know what it says. Also, if you can tell me anything about its intended purpose, that's be great. Thanks!
We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
What is the best thing that I can do for my vegetable garden plots if I don't want to do any gardening this year? [more inside]
I'm thinking about moving (within SF), but am not clear on how exactly to make the logistics work, especially when it comes to giving enough notice. [more inside]
I somehow have locked myself out of my boedroom. The lock locks from the inside and the screws are also inside. It's a turn handle not a round doorknob. My phone is in there too. I have a screwdrier but not sure what to do