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March 20

Flea-ridden mongrels, time for more drastic measures?

Still finding fleas on the animals a week after dosing them with Advantage. Is it time for the big guns? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 1:02 PM - 15 answers

What do I owe this real estate agent?

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]
posted by Clotilde at 12:43 PM - 15 answers

Dallas plants/Bushes or flowers.

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.
posted by flipmiester99 at 12:43 PM - 7 answers

What do you wish you'd considered/asked before you bought your home?

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.
posted by EtTuHealy at 6:02 AM - 37 answers

March 19

Bork bork BOR! Or where in Sweden should I live?

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]
posted by Promethea at 7:17 PM - 4 answers

Help me get my Bargain House Buying Fu up to speed

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]
posted by Michele in California at 2:03 PM - 3 answers

Paying $75/hr for a bespoke carpenter in NYC for a very sentimental log

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]
posted by omnigut at 10:20 AM - 17 answers

Backyard Drainage Woes

We have a lake in our backyard. We'd like to fix it, or get it fixed, cheaply. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 8:16 AM - 21 answers

March 18

I've got enough broomsticks, but I do need some bedknobs

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?
posted by orange swan at 6:00 PM - 11 answers

Please recommend a good landscape architect in the bay area

We want to get rid of our lawn...do you know a good landscaping consultant who works in the mid-peninsula area? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain at 2:56 PM - 3 answers

No (or very little) sew fleece projects

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]
posted by that's how you get ants at 1:05 PM - 4 answers

Choosing fence picket material and thickness

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!
posted by ftm at 9:14 AM - 6 answers

What are some alternatives to a computer chair?

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]
posted by atinna at 1:50 AM - 12 answers

March 17

Resouces for transferring a stair chair from one home to another

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]
posted by molasses at 2:17 PM - 4 answers

March 16

While the cat's away...

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]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 10:48 PM - 10 answers

Hebrew readers, can you please tell me what is written on this pitcher

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!
posted by at the crossroads at 9:53 PM - 8 answers

Convince me that a 100-year old house is a bad idea

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]
posted by lollusc at 7:26 PM - 45 answers

Taking a year off of gardening

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]
posted by sparklemotion at 9:41 AM - 8 answers

March 15

Logistics of moving within SF?

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]
posted by en forme de poire at 10:59 PM - 7 answers

help locked OUT of bedroom.

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
posted by zutalors! at 9:13 PM - 32 answers

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