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I ordered this shade on the chairish website, and it arrived looking like this ...WEEP! [more inside]
My water heater leaked. I live in a top floor condo. I am the homeowner. My insurance does not cover water damage. What do I need to do for the people underneath me? [more inside]
I obsessively use everything to the last drop. What can I do with two cups of borax? I had the idea of making laundry detergent, and I have one other ingredient, bar soap, but I don’t want to spend money to buy the remaining ingredient, washing soda. Can I still make laundry detergent? [more inside]
Cooking sets off all our smoke alarms. How can I fix this? [more inside]
I am about to dig up my sweet potatoes. Going by last year's harvest, I'm expecting I might have a couple of hundred large ones. The internet tells me I should cure them for 1-3 weeks in a place with high humidity and temperatures of 18-30 C (65-85 F). I'm not sure exactly how to do this without spending more money than my potatoes are worth! Any clever ideas? [more inside]
We are adding on to our house and it will take up half of our small backyard so we are thinking of turning the rest of it more into a large patio/courtyard type place. But I'm trying to decide what is a cost effective patio "surface" and was considering pea gravel but worried about committing to it. Any experience with pea gravel or bark chips? [more inside]
I recently bought a dresser from an antique shop. What was not obvious until it was delivered was that it was previously owned by a smoker. [more inside]
I live in Florida and my God right now there is so many mosquitoes in our back yard. I didn't put in insect repellant one day by mistake and boy was that a mistake.... anyone uses with success something for your yard that prevents mosquitoes and controls them?
I'm looking for an apartment in NYC and I find the best way of doing it is waiting until I get lucky and something pops up at a good price through a friend. I am not really budget restrained in that I can do up to $2500/mo comfortably. I tried using the Gypsy Housing and Roomie, I'm open to a 6 mo sublet or with roommates, so if there's something better then AirBnB that'd work but I seem to never hear back with these services even though I'm a normal person with a normal job. [more inside]
My wife and I are terrible at picking colors - please help with a deck stain color. [more inside]
I'm trying to create storage in my laundry area. I have a tall, deep space which is only 11.5" wide, and am hoping to buy shallow open shelving and slide it into that space. So far I've struck out finding such a thing. Any suggestions? Thanks!
I have a patio attached to my condo! Great, except it doesn't get much light and for some reason attracts swarms of insects. How do I turn this into an enjoyable outdoor space? [more inside]
What's the best online resource that presents all this info well (like maybe even in a single table on a page) (US based, so imperial units and US$): (1) most common types of lumber for softwood, hardwood, and plywood, (2) nominal and actual sizes, (3) average/ballpark costs (and I'm more focused on woodworking than home construction) [more inside]
I don't want a portable A/C but, to all appearances, I have no other choice. Can you recommend the cheapest, most effective, smallest, lightest one you know (where I don't have to change the water, and which doesn't look like a small factory in my room)? Pretty please? [more inside]
We painted the interior of our house with recycled latex paint. It seems porous and collects lots of marks and handprints. When we go to paint the exterior (and, eventually, repaint the interior) what should we be looking for to avoid these problems? [more inside]
Similar to this question. Trying to ID a laundry detergent by smell without having to buy a bottle of each. This is in Mexico. [more inside]
So we picked up a midcentury bar that is really cool--but is missing one of the brass-colored metal pieces that go on the ends of the legs. No problem, we thought, that will be easy to replace. Hah! Here is a picture. [more inside]
How big of a deal is it to screw through vinyl siding and attach something to the outside of a house? I know that it's physically simple (it's just a thin piece of plastic) but I also have this sense that it's just not done, the siding is supposed to be an impenetrable layer and poking holes in it is strictly forbidden. [more inside]
I have my eye on a Casper mattress. Already slept on one, I'm sold. I'm also looking to pair it with an IKEA bed frame like this. Is the slatted bed-frame enough support, of will I need to buy the $$$ foundation as well?
My roommate passed away recently. I live in a rent-controlled apartment with the deceased and a third roommate. They had both signed a renewed lease this year. The guarantor on the lease is the deceased's family member. We are not sure what to do next. Are we to notify building management? find another guarantor? find a roommate who will take over her part of the lease? I will not takeover the lease. We live in NYC. Please advise.