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July 23

Lost fan remote....Can I just change the to a wall-switch to turn it on?

Sadly, hard to get constructive help at our large hardware stores (US). But, would appreciate if anyone could offer guidance.... [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 9:10 PM - 16 answers

Resources for Archiving physical photographs

I have two huge Rubbermaid bins full of family photos dating back to the 1920s and I'd like to organize them and preserve them for the future. I already know how to deal with them digitally, but I need to know the best way to store them in an archival fashion. [more inside]
posted by octothorpe at 7:33 AM - 3 answers

July 22

Wifi signal suddenly weakened, I'm stumped.

My internet wifi signal suddenly doesn't reach the far end of my house when it previously worked fine. [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian at 11:35 PM - 9 answers

Gay in Southern Oregon?

My wife and I suddenly MIGHT have a little bit of equity (we bought in 2006 in the bay area, just before the crash in 2008) and we're thinking about getting out of Oakland. Here's what we want: [more inside]
posted by yarnagogo at 7:44 PM - 23 answers

July 21

How can I best clean my mattress after a stain?

I came home tonight to find a 2 foot square wet spot on my mattress. I have allergies and sensitivity to mold and odors. [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 11:13 PM - 13 answers

Stucco cottage insides on our vegetables

There's dust from a wall cut all over our vegetables and their soil. Is this a garden ruiner or just an extra scrub of the veggies? [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk at 7:41 PM - 8 answers

What can I grow starting now?

I just got a patch of garden I can start growing things in. It is a bit late in the summer, so I am guessing I am out of the planting window for many vegetables. I was wondering what I could grow now that I may be able to harvest in the fall. Maybe chillies? I'm up for anything. I live in Portland, Oregon.
posted by Paul the Octopus at 6:00 PM - 13 answers

Big nasties

Are "waterbugs" (aka roaches) in the summer a Chicago thing? Or are they a summer thing in Chicago? Or? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 11:04 AM - 22 answers

Harvesting kale: whole plant, or bit by bit?

I put some kale plants in my very small back yard patch this summer and it's flourishing. The question is simple: when I want some kale, do I cut down one whole plant, or do I trim a branch here, a branch there, off several plants? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 8:10 AM - 11 answers

Recommendations for a new water heater / brand?

We need a new water heater. Do you have any reason to believe your water heater is better or worse than other water heaters? [more inside]
posted by springo at 4:06 AM - 10 answers

July 20

How to clean walls with low/no-VOC paint?

I've been wondering why my walls are getting SO scuffed, and it turns out that this is a feature of low/no VOC paint. How do I clean my walls without making the situation worse? [more inside]
posted by annie o at 5:59 PM - 7 answers

What could kill a shrub/bush in one day?

I have some bushes if front of my house that were planted almost 3 years ago. When I came home from work tonight the one closest to my driveway was completely dead. All the other bushes of the same kind are in good health, but the leaves on this one are mostly gone, the ones that remain are dark brown. It was fine this morning. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener at 5:50 PM - 27 answers

How to start a raised vegetable garden mid-August in the Northeast?

My wife's birthday is mid-August. I want to give her the gift of a raised vegetable garden bed in our yard. I'm not sure how to put together the specific details in order to make this work. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 9:11 AM - 10 answers

Help me keep my bathtub clean

My water pressure is very strong, and as a result, the drain cannot keep up. This makes it very difficult to keep it clean. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by RUPure at 8:04 AM - 18 answers

July 19

Lead Removing Whole House Water Filter Recommendations

Purchased a house knowing the supply line from the water main was lead. Options are purchasing a cooler for potable water, buying a whole house filter and replacing the hot water tank, or replacing the supply line and HWT. Assuming that the third option is beyond our means at the moment and the first option is a stopgap, please recommend a whole house water filtration system available in Canada that is durable, practical, and won't need to be replaced in three years because 'they don't make those kinds of filters anymore' or similar nonsense.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:30 AM - 6 answers

July 18

Can I walk through a bedbug house?

How best to protect myself during a brief visit to a home with bedbugs? Or better not to go at all? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 8:22 PM - 9 answers

How to be gracious about not owning a house?

Everyone I know has bought a house. Every one of them has bought a house because they received an inheritance or a massive influx of cash via other familial mechanisms. I do not have a house or an inheritance. How to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by socksister at 5:56 PM - 42 answers

What is this metal thing keeping my deck together?

Just moved into a new place, and low and behold, I noticed several planks of my deck walls have come loose. What are these metal things that were used to connect them? Some kind of stable? And can I just reattach the board by hammering a few nails in there? How would I get the old staple things out? Disclaimer: I am not handy at all. Like, I get splinters from LEGO.
posted by cacofonie at 12:51 PM - 12 answers

Weird deposits on granite counter - how to remove and prevent

I bought a place in a building built in 2007 that has granite counters. The previous owner apparently was not sealing them at all. I managed to clean and seal the kitchen one on Saturday, but there are a lot of hard white deposits that look like minerals from hard water around the bathroom sink that I can't remove. Help? [more inside]
posted by zdravo at 10:58 AM - 2 answers

Please help me store my books

For reasons, most of my books are in long-term storage. Please help me keep them safe. [more inside]
posted by bryon at 1:51 AM - 6 answers

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