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April 20

(How) can I get a discount on a sofa from CB2?

I would like to buy this sofa from CB2. I would not like to pay full price. Do they ever have sales or promotions on furniture? [more inside]
posted by kitty teeth at 10:48 AM - 12 answers

April 19

New Windows, Allergy and Noise Edition

Have any of you noticed an improvement in your allergy symptoms after installing new windows? We have single-pain windows now, from the 70s, and I have an asthma attack every time my neighbor mows his lawn. Would new windows help that much? Do they also help with the noise? Would I maybe go an entire day without hearing my neighbors' yippy, untrained dogs? Is it worth it just for that? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme at 9:50 PM - 11 answers

Creative ways to transform mud for a backyard party

I'm hosting a party at my house but my back yard is a muddy, weedy mess. What are some simple (cheap), temporary solutions to use my back yard for one evening? [more inside]
posted by turtlefu at 6:23 PM - 13 answers

Vegetable gardening: Lining plastic pots to prevent leaching?

What would be the best way to line a pot made of non-food-safe plastic so that I can grow tomatoes in it? Got the pots without thinking about the material and they're not returnable... [more inside]
posted by manzanita at 2:02 PM - 25 answers

Great storage options for pantry staples?

Please recommend your favorite pantry storage containers. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:51 AM - 19 answers

Where did this light fixture come from?

Look familiar? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 7:28 AM - 3 answers

Soil Test for heavy metals?

Hey cuties! I'm looking for a home soil test for figuring out whether I have high heavy metal concentrations in my yard (and therefore whether I can plant veggies right into the earth vs having to build raised beds). I'd previously used DrGoodEarth dot com (an online send-away service), but that site seems to have expired/gone. I'm happy to either use a service where I send in samples (as I did for Dr Good Earth), OR to bring samples IRL to a local place around Louisville KY. I'm not as concerned with the clay/sand/loam/silt breakdown as I am with Is There Lead Or Something In Here. Okay, thanks!
posted by Greg Nog at 5:59 AM - 4 answers

April 18

Side-by-side?

What should I know about purchasing a duplex home in a 2-unit building? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:37 AM - 11 answers

April 17

Which couch fabrics stay cool in summertime?

I have a scratchy-bum cotton and who-knows-what-other-material couch I purchased at Goodwill many years ago. It sure was a steal, but now when it is hot in the summer, it's absolutely painful to sit in. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 4:09 PM - 14 answers

Wine and down duvets don't mix, I guess?

We just spilled a full bottle of red wine on a down duvet. How do we make it usable for tonight? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 12:07 PM - 11 answers

April 16

Please recommend an alternative to grass for my back yard.

Low maintenance ground cover needed. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 9:58 PM - 10 answers

Best Method - finding a guesthouse Los Angeles?

I would like to find a *reasonably priced* guesthouse in the Los Angeles area, specifically in or near Glendale/Pasadena/La Crescenta/Montrose. [more inside]
posted by ConnieL at 12:37 PM - 11 answers

April 15

What is this kitchen (?) implement/tool used for?

We found this metal scissoring-action type tool (YT video) in my Swedish grandmother's kitchen drawer after she passed away. No one in the family knows what it was for. Is it a kitchen tool or a handicraft thing? Do you know? [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 9:20 PM - 7 answers

Doing a home inspection tomorrow, what are some tips?

We finally got a bid accepted on a house here in Seattle. We'll be going through the house with an inspector tomorrow. Any little-known or often missed pieces of advice? Anything you wish you had asked your inspector? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 5:55 PM - 16 answers

How can I create a lush, green balcony?

I have a small apartment balcony and I hope to be able to have all the walls covered in green this summer. I feel like there is a lot of potential for it to go well, maybe, but I just have no idea what to do! I've been researching, but I could really use some help in weighing my options. Gardeners, plant lovers, apartment dwellers, please help with your insights! [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly at 3:19 PM - 8 answers

Twin Cites Roofing company recommendations?

I need the entire roof replaced on my 1920's house in Saint Paul. Looking for recommendations from you fine folks. Thank you.
posted by jeribus at 4:18 AM - 7 answers

April 14

Need a short term place to live with 3 cats

We sold our house and have to be out soon but we haven't found a house in our new city (US university town) yet. Since the time is short, we need a back-up plan for a place to stay until we can buy and move into our new house but it's complicated by the fact that we have 3 cats. Most places, including hotels don't want cats. I am hoping you give me some "out of the box" ideas so we aren't living in our car with our cats.
posted by Flacka at 5:08 PM - 18 answers

What's crawling up my leg?

During warm weather, when I'm wearing shorts inside, I get the constant sensation that there are very small insects flying into my legs. I rarely am able to see anything concrete. I don't do drugs. I do have hairy legs. I do also have indoor/outdoor cats and they show signs of having flees occasionally, but I thought flees only jump up onto things. What else might it be?
posted by Jon44 at 7:42 AM - 16 answers

April 13

Tips for turning a new apartment into a Home?

My fiancee and I are moving to a new city/apartment this summer. Our current place never really felt like a home; it was a temporary, pre-furnished living situation and we made it work for us for a couple of years. Now that we're moving and buying adult furniture and all that jazz, we want our next place to feel like our Home. So, AskMeFi....How do we do this well? What do you wish you knew when you first moved into your home?
posted by sdis at 8:38 PM - 23 answers

April 12

Severe storm damage, what now?

Our house was hit with softball size hail, and possibly a localized tornado. Windows shattered, glass everywhere, huge holes in roof, more rain coming. Mitigation team is on the way, but what all should I be aware of, as we start trying to put things back together? [more inside]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 11:16 AM - 8 answers

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