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October 18

How should I handle my landlord's lease buyout/move-in eviction?

My landlord intends to move back into my flat. She has discussed (with no terms) a lease buyout. She has indicated that if we can't reach an agreement on a buyout, she'll proceed with a move-in eviction. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm at 12:01 PM - 23 answers

Come for dinner, little birdies...but not that way.

I would like to hang some bird feeders in my yard but our next door neighbors have 2 semi feral outdoor cats. Is there a way to feed the birdies without presenting the cats with a moveable feast? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis at 9:28 AM - 6 answers

How do I keep electricians from running out of my house? (Cleveland, OH)

My Mom, who is recovering from leukemia, needs an exhaust fan put in our bathroom before she can come home. We've tried getting estimates from five highly rated electricians, and each time they've said they need to "crunch some numbers" - then they leave and never call back, even when we give a follow-up call/email. How can we get one to actually want the job without us getting ripped off? (Details inside). [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 7:13 AM - 18 answers

October 17

Keeping a cat out of a closet

My cat enjoys climbing into my closet and getting fur all over my clothes. She also has picked some more delicate blouses with her claws. My apartment is tiny and so is the closet. [more inside]
posted by Stonkle at 2:10 PM - 25 answers

It's time to take the big leap! Let's buy a house!

Starting our home buying journey slightly sooner than expected, what do we absolutely need to know/do? [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent at 11:43 AM - 16 answers

How do I clean mold and scum off brick and concrete?

I have a concrete carport with a brick trim, and it doesn’t drain well and sometimes has leaves on it, meaning there’s a decent build-up of green mold and some black stuff that’s probably mold or some other fungus. What’s a good cleaner or other stuff to use to eliminate it, without a ton of scrubbing or causing some kind of major environmental damage to my yard?
posted by ivey at 10:59 AM - 8 answers

Storing a spring mattress on its side

How bad is it, really, to store a queen-sized spring mattress on its side for 2-2.5 months? Is this sure to ruin the mattress or is it likely to actually be okay? Would rotating it every couple of weeks help? [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire at 4:18 AM - 6 answers

October 16

Modular house design for hot climates

I have an idea for a house I might someday build, and I was wondering if it is a pre-existing Concept that I can discuss with builders. [more inside]
posted by BeeDo at 3:11 PM - 8 answers

Apartment Rental - Rules & Regulations

Mr. Kitty and I are drafting our apartment rules & regulations. Help me think of things I'm missing! [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 2:56 PM - 32 answers

How to remove a stuck wash plate from LG WT5001CW Washer?

I followed this Youtube video to the letter. Once that little bolt comes out of the center the wash plate is supposed to lift right off. This one doesn't. I have tried to pry it off, I gave it a gentle whack with a rubber mallet... nope. I have closely examined it and there are no other screws or bolts. Anyone have experience removing one of these?
posted by brownrd at 2:24 PM - 2 answers

October 15

Getting keys for 2012 Honda without any existing keys

Someone close to me has lost the only key to her 2012 Honda. Assuming they will never be found and there are (just go with me here), what's the cheapest way to get new keys made? I suppose it doesn't have to be electronic if that will save $$$. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 2:39 PM - 6 answers

October 14

Dead water heater - what now?

I found my water heater leaking today, probably a failed sidewall. Is there some perfect world where replacing one of these is both cost effective, timely and skillfully done? [more inside]
posted by diode at 6:41 PM - 8 answers

Hedge in a pot

I would like to grow a hedge but don't want to plant it permanently as I'd like to be able to move it if necessary. Are there any suitable plants that I can grow in containers? Parameters below the fold. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet at 4:29 AM - 6 answers

October 13

Maximum home cosiness (hygge) with a budget of UK £200 to spend online?

I have one book and two Audible audiobooks and have read several articles about the whole Danish concept of hygge, roughly translated as cosiness but also covering belonging and warmth of the group. From the photos I have seen on Pinterest and in the articles it seems cosy winter/ Christmas pattern socks, multiple candles, and a cosy fleece throw or wool blanket are absolutely essential to cultivate hygge. I have moved into a housing association rental in Glasgow so the walls are bare and there's no knick-knacks or decorations, just loads and loads of books. If I want to make my flat a cosy and inviting place where people might want to pop over in the winter, what should I be buying? I am willing to spend up to £200 in total, Amazon products are handiest as I have the student version of Prime, but that's not as important as getting nice things which create a cosy hygge feeling. Any suggestions (other than spending it all on beer and cakes whih might also be a very hygge thing to do :) )?
posted by AuroraSky at 4:40 PM - 12 answers

October 12

How to make a Freezing apartment warmer?

I'm living in a place that seems to have invisible drafts coming from secret places that I do not know. [more inside]
posted by olivetree at 3:53 PM - 9 answers

Rental househunting in College Park/Greenbelt, MD - resources?

New job in College Park in a month ... need to find a 4bdr (at least) house to rent for my family before then! Panic. Very little is available on Craigslist. Are there other/better options? [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist at 7:04 AM - 6 answers

October 11

Trust a trader website

I'm looking for any real life experiences of using the Trust a Trader website in the UK in general and London in particular. Also for any recommendations for other ways to find reputable trades people.Assume we don't know anyone irl to ask, either friends or others builders/carpenters/roofers. Partner and I have been burned before so general trust is low but need some work doing around the house that is well beyond me.
posted by fatfrank at 10:47 PM - 9 answers


I have a large west-facing window and I'd like to set up some large leafy plants/trees set up in front of it. What would you recommend, based on the parameters below? [more inside]
posted by sea change at 7:32 AM - 10 answers

October 10

Help me identify these mushrooms from my backyard

With the arrival of the rains, a patch of mushrooms of a wide variety of shapes and color patterns has sprouted around my chestnut tree in the backyard. I heard mushroom identification can be tricky so I have no plans on eating them. But I would love to know what species they are. I've tried a couple of online mushroom identification sites but haven't had much luck. Here are some pictures They are all about 2-3 inches tall. As far as I can tell they don't have any striking odors. I live in Portland Oregon.
posted by Pantalaimon at 10:24 PM - 6 answers

Audio 101 filter

We've just demolished our kitchen/dining room and now decided that in-ceiling speakers for music, and a tv would be a good thing. Short on time, and audio isn't my thing, help! [more inside]
posted by nobeagle at 7:02 PM - 8 answers

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