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May 15

How to find a place that will make a custom glass shade?

I ordered this shade on the chairish website, and it arrived looking like this ...WEEP! [more inside]
posted by torticat at 7:53 AM - 3 answers

Water heater leaked - what to do vis a vis people below me?

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]
posted by cokelessrome at 7:53 AM - 3 answers

What do I do / what can I do with two cups of Borax?

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]
posted by Borborygmus at 4:23 AM - 18 answers

May 14


Cooking sets off all our smoke alarms. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:14 PM - 14 answers

May 13

Curing sweet potatoes

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]
posted by lollusc at 9:09 PM - 8 answers

Pea gravel or wood chips or something else?

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]
posted by amanda at 4:54 PM - 20 answers

Help salvaging a dresser from smoke

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]
posted by fluttering hellfire at 2:01 PM - 11 answers

Mosquito control

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?
posted by barexamfreak at 1:39 PM - 11 answers

How feasible/expensive is it to AirBnB in NYC until I find an apartment?

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]
posted by geoff. at 12:34 PM - 5 answers

Help choose a deck stain color

My wife and I are terrible at picking colors - please help with a deck stain color. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 11:29 AM - 6 answers

May 12

looking for narrow (<11.5" deep) open shelving

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!
posted by stewiethegreat at 5:33 PM - 11 answers

How do I turn a concrete cube full of bugs into something beautiful?

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]
posted by rodneyaug at 11:17 AM - 8 answers

May 11

Info on buying wood/lumber (common types, sizes, costs)

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]
posted by gwint at 11:58 AM - 5 answers

(Portable) A/C Anticipation

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]
posted by Violet Blue at 10:03 AM - 26 answers

May 10

What makes a good house paint?

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]
posted by sibilatorix at 4:03 PM - 7 answers

Name that detergent!

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]
posted by bricoleur at 10:25 AM - 6 answers

May 9

Name of this midcentury furniture hardware (& where to buy replacement)?

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]
posted by LarryC at 12:06 PM - 4 answers

Putting holes in my house - bad idea?

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]
posted by aimedwander at 10:31 AM - 9 answers

Can I just buy the mattress?

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?
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 9:40 AM - 10 answers

May 8

Rent-controlled apartment and deceased roommate.

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.
posted by quasicalligraphic at 6:52 PM - 2 answers

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