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September 29

Why is there a garden gnome in my yard?

About a week ago someone left a plastic garden gnome in my yard. I'm sure I read something, somewhere, about this being a thing but I can't remember where I saw it. I vaguely remember that I'm supposed to pass it along but maybe I'm supposed to add something to it first. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I'm in Denver, if that matters.
posted by BoscosMom at 4:59 PM - 13 answers

Down to earth, period-correct home renovation resources.

Our house was built in 1959. We're looking for resources for period-correct fixtures, trim, furniture…everything really, and are getting a little lost. We'd prefer resources broken down by construction year. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 2:27 PM - 6 answers

September 28

Where Should I Stop the Kitchen Backsplash?

We renovated the kitchen last year and the backsplash is the last thing we have left to do. There's one area that I'm not sure how to deal with, however: I don't know where to stop the backsplash at the end of the counter. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by chococat at 12:16 PM - 23 answers

Cozy round seating: ideas, images, sources, experiences sought

I'm looking for chairs like this -- round, compact, cozy. Is there a term for this style? Do you have one that you love? Is there a better small but comfortable and clean-lined option out there? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:15 AM - 6 answers

Where should we live in London: commute-phobic DINKs edition

Mr Fish and I have finally moved to London! I'll be working near Old Street Station, Mr Fish is working in Coventry but only needs to commute once a week or so. Tell us what Rightmove and Zoopla won't. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 7:31 AM - 8 answers

September 27

2-prong electrical outlets in my house. What should I do about them?

Our house, built in the 1960s, has a few rooms where the only outlets are the old two-pronged type. One of these rooms is my office, and the only way I could setup my computer and desk was to use a "cheater" plug to adapt a power strip with 3-prongs to the 2 necessary to plug into the wall's outlet. I have several questions regarding the situation: [more inside]
posted by arm426 at 6:04 PM - 14 answers

How to love the apartment we're in

Hubby and I live in the Bay Area in a rent-controlled apartment. We have come to terms that remaining in this apartment is the best deal we are willing to commit to. We've been in this apartment for almost 4 years and have always treated this as a "temporary" residence given where we are in our careers/lives. With the INSANE housing boom, it is hard to justify moving out to a 2 bedroom apartment or to buy a home here. What are the most impactful ways to begin LOVING our apartment NOW? [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes at 3:25 PM - 39 answers

Chosing colors, apparenlty, not my thing.

So we bought a lovely new house, the only issue was the previous owners choice of paint, which should be easy to fix, but I'm stuck on what do to given the terrible color they painted the trim. Can you help me pick a new wall/trim color? [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 11:12 AM - 22 answers

September 26

What's the trick to removing this lock?

I have a piece of furniture with a lock on it. I'd like to replace the lock, but I'm having a very difficult time figuring out how to remove it. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 3:46 PM - 11 answers

How do you navigate London lettings with an agent?

My partner and I have found a letting we like in London and have put in an offer that was accepted by the landlord. We're new to the UK lettings/agency process. Anything we should look out for, or tips for not getting ripped off? I've read online that many agencies are full of unscrupulous practices, keeping security deposits, hidden fees, etc., and would like to avoid any such troubles. [more inside]
posted by pocksuppetteer at 2:59 AM - 6 answers

Where to live in Sydney?

My partner and I are moving to Sydney toward the end of this year. It's all very exciting and terrifying, but now we have to work out practical issues. We have kids, we work in different locations (UNSW and Sydney uni), we're pretty well-off, and we like public transport. So where should we be looking to live? [more inside]
posted by langtonsant at 12:41 AM - 10 answers

September 25

Comcast just offered a (good) package that includes security. Should I?

Comcast is offering me a deal that includes security. I can get out of my existing home security for it. It's a very basic ADT - and they're pretty scummy too to deal with. I wanted to hear (hopefully) from the people who have used them or chose not to use them. I'm looking for deal breakers; things they don't do or that they should be doing. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 1:54 PM - 3 answers

YouAreNotMyPlumberFilter: Replace Disgusting Washing Machine Outlet Box

Our Washing Machine Outlet Box was put in wrong and someone went a little crazy making it "work." I would like to fix it myself, but am coming up empty on instructions and finding an upside down version. Would love any info, including "you need to pay someone." [more inside]
posted by bohdel at 1:33 PM - 6 answers

The toddler and the very tall breakfast bar

We're renting an apartment with a very small open-ish kitchen and a full bar height breakfast bar, with a baby going on toddler who is getting harder to seat at the bar. Are there any good solutions for seating toddlers at a full-height breakfast bar? [more inside]
posted by sputzie at 6:22 AM - 12 answers

September 24

Timing for washer/dryer purchase

My wife and I just bought a house. All appliances are included except for laundry. Should we wait a couple weeks for the Columbus Day sales before buying a washer/dryer, or just do it now? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 1:06 PM - 6 answers

What sort of creature did these bones belong to?

We found some freaky looking bones in our back garden. We live in North West London, so there's not much in the way of large mammalian traffic around these parts. Any ideas?
posted by Optamystic at 11:37 AM - 17 answers

What makes electrical panel double taps so expensive to fix?

I have a "double tap" in my electrical panel. This seems easy to fix (even the most complicated fix simply involves adding a new breaker to the breaker box). But this task is supposed to only be performed by an electrician. I was quoted $265 for this fix by an electrician (Seattle, USA). Is this charge reasonable, or am I missing something here?
posted by splitpeasoup at 11:18 AM - 16 answers

Be kind, rewind that masking tape

How to get masking tape gunk off of surfaces I need to paint? [more inside]
posted by purple_bird at 8:51 AM - 12 answers

September 23

Moving to Portland, Maine. Where should we live?

It looks very likely that my spouse and I will be moving to Portland (the first Portland). We are both really excited about the move but don't know where to live. Help us choose a good neighborhood (and maybe a buyer's agent)! [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 9:57 AM - 10 answers

Leather ceiling padding.

I have a low headroom ceiling over a staircase which I want to pad with something. I'm thinking foam interior with an outward facing leather for looks. How do I make it look nice? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:45 AM - 1 answers

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