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we live in the woods in northern california and want to decorate a large pine tree for christmas which currently lives about 15 feet from our front door. it will be staying where it is; we want to add some natural-ish decorations which could maybe feed the several species of birds that live around us. how festive. however, this being the country, we also have wood rats aplenty. the last thing i want to see on christmas morning is our tree filled with rats. is there a way to feed the birds without encouraging rats? or should we just dress the rats as soldiers and recreate the nutcracker suite in our front yard?
I have more tools than I can store in my apartment. I have a storage unit in the basement (1 floor down) where I will keep most everything, but I'd like to keep a basic set of tools in my apartment so that I can fix minor things that pop up. What should I keep in my tool drawer? [more inside]
We've had ongoing problems with hard water leaving a haze on our glassware, despite using rinse aid. I recently discovered products like Glisten and Lemishine. However, every product of this type that I've found has been lemon scented. Does an unscented version of this exist? [more inside]
Can I crazy glue a coffee percolator back together? [more inside]
There is a rotting old stump in my new yard which looks, from my office window, sort of like a natural castle, with turrets and windows and ledges. I would like to shape it a little more, and then put some of my plastic D&D miniatures on it to make a diorama. But the wood crumbles almost at a touch. Is there something I can pour onto the stump to freeze it in this shape? [more inside]
I made some late payments on my rent over the last year. I just re-signed a new lease starting in September. Now, my landlord is saying I owe $1,200 from previous late rent payments, which I was never informed about. Anything I can do about this? [more inside]
....this lovely hanging lamp? My husband brought this back from the Middle East and it's been collecting dust for years because I don't know what kind of bracket to buy to hang it! Handypersons of AskMe, please point me in the right direction! Pics here.
Where can I get architecture/floorplan ideas for an apartment? [more inside]
I'm wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a DIY miniature christmas tree? Needs to fit in a carry-on bag. No bigger than a can of soup. Not real. [more inside]
Mefites who work lying down - what do you recline on? [more inside]
Looking for a decent artificial Christmas tree on a bit of a budget. Do you have one that you really love? Tell me about it! I have been internet-searching these all morning but I can't really tell from the photos how they look, so I came to Metafilter for personal recommendations. (Alternately: tell me your tricks for making fake trees look less sad and fake!) [more inside]
We are considering buying property and building a house in southern California. Every part of the process appears daunting to us (the loans, trying to come up with a realistic budget, trying to come up with a realistic time frame for completion, choosing a architect, getting permits, choosing a general contractor). We are first time home buyers who know nothing about anything house related. We are also open to "this is a bad idea, don't do it" advice. [more inside]
So we've moved to a two story house, and are finding that before, where we could hear each other throughout the house, that is now not the case. Are there any good intercom systems or apps out there that do not require being hardwired in? [more inside]
We have a down comforter that we'd like to use, but we need a cover for it that will endure dog toenails. Our lab invades us while we are sleeping and has ridiculously long nails. He is high maintenance when it comes to nail clipping, and we are poor, so clipping is not as frequent as it should be. [more inside]
So, the shower grout is getting very mildewy despite my best attempts to clean, scrub, brush, etc. The bathroom is not ventilated particularly well, which only compounds the problem. I've seen these amazing "Drill Brushes, advertising effortless, "manly" cleaning. Do they actually work? Will it clean the grout without damaging the tiles? Has anyone tried one?
So my sewer has tree roots again. I've had my handyman clear them before but this time I had ****** Sewer Service do it. It was supposed to be a $250 job. Their machine is stuck 50 feet down the pipe. [more inside]
Does anyone have an electric blanket/throw? How do you wash it? [more inside]
Is replacing the fan on a convection oven a DIY project? The fan on my Viking electric oven made a bunch of noise then started smoking, so I'm guessing that's what failed. Is replacing it a doable project for someone with moderate electrical skills? And is it something I should try to tackle this weekend, before Thanksgiving? (I can cook w/o convection in the meanwhile.) [more inside]
Since I'm always struggling with plumbers here at my home, I realized that my home was just not built to have a water closet. And I have come to wonder how things worked back in the day. My apartment is clearly intended for the upper middle class. It is spacious and originally had a room for staff. But it was built without a toilet. There was a bath, but what is now the toilet was originally a storage space. Actually, the whole back part of my apartment was clearly not open for guests - the doors are lower and the decoration is more primitive. I can't bring in a normal fridge because the doors are too narrow. My question is: how did the people who visited my apartment during the early 20th century pee? There is a huge dining room and a den and generally the layout suggests tons of entertainment (very little space for private life). But these guests must have had bodily functions? Or what?
This is sort of silly but we have this old IKEA lamp that has stopped working and I'd love to scour eBay for another only 1) it doesn't have the made up Scandinaviesque name anywhere on it and 2) every one of the million search strings I have tried has turned up nøthing. [more inside]