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September 5

Doing so well with appliances today!
Well, I just accidentally ran our microwave for about 4-5 minutes, with nothing in it. Did I wreck it? Is it a Dangerous Microwave now? [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue at 6:56 PM - 8 answers
Help me get wireless TV, or at least not have guests break their legs?
Please help me understand my options for a wireless TV setup so I'm not sued by people tripping over the cable strung across the room and breaking their legs. I have DISH but they've been no help when I try to talk to them and paying $150 for a technician to come out and answer the question is absurd. [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 12:39 PM - 9 answers

Responding to an assessor questionnaire
It's been a few months since I bought my house, and I've received a questionnaire from the local assessor asking for details about the property. I plan to answer all the questions truthfully to the best of my knowledge and ability. Beyond that, do you have any advice on responding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM - 6 answers

Designing like a grownup!
I would love some advice on how to approach researching for making our new home super awesome! I'm a design newbie but would love to learn more. Long-winded question below! [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 8:51 AM - 12 answers

Is this clover or oxalis and how do I get rid of it?
I'm new to gardening and throughout the spring have been vigilant about keeping my flower beds clear of weeds. Then a few weeks ago, this started coming up and has completely taken over. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 5:46 AM - 14 answers

Vinegar+baking soda+hot water+sink drain= hole in metal pipe??????
The bathroom sink drain was clogged, probably with hair. The tenant poured some combination of baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water down it. Shortly afterward the bottom of the metal U-shaped drain pipe beneath the sink in the vanity cabinet developed a hole. The vanity full of useful and not-so-useful items was flooded. Could this combination of ingredients have caused the metal pipe to corrode. I don't know what kind of metal it is.
posted by mareli at 4:58 AM - 16 answers

Attack of the bed bugs!
My warehouse space is infested with bed bugs and, it turns out, they are just the worst. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 4:36 AM - 14 answers

Why is this room not inviting?
What is it about my dining room that makes me not want to be in it? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:46 AM - 57 answers

September 4

Previous tenant left unpaid gas bill
I moved into my new apartment on Sept 1st. Today, I received a "shut off notice" from the gas company (National Grid in Boston) stating that my unit has an unpaid balance of over $100 as of 8/29, and that the account will be going to collections. This is my first apartment - what should I do, AskMefi? Pay down the balance? Inform my landlord?
posted by mushtale at 7:13 PM - 6 answers

Let's play "What Weed Is This?"
Or maybe it's not a weed. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt at 4:17 PM - 5 answers

How to Get Activated Charcoal off of Sofa Cover
I (well, the dog) got some activated charcoal on my cream sofa. How do I get it out? The cover comes off and is machine washable, but I'm not sure what it's made of, or what temperature to wash it at. I am worried that if I wash it at a not high enough temperature it will stain the whole cover grayish. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by bimbam at 12:59 PM - 8 answers

Perfect for a Ceiling Cat - Unfortunately
The metal ceiling grate/register immediately over the bed is precariously loose. The thought of this thing crashing down onto my head at night is... keeping me up at night. I need an adhesive - stat! [more inside]
posted by nkknkk at 11:46 AM - 11 answers

September 3

So this creepy guy was trying to hitch a ride...
I went to get in my Mini Cooper this morning, and when I looked over at my side view mirror, the biggest grasshopper/cricket/alien/praying mantis was staring me down. [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 7:31 PM - 9 answers

DIY pest control for spiders?
I'm looking for alternatives to paying for professional pest control. [more inside]
posted by Boxenmacher at 6:53 PM - 12 answers

New Jersey explain yourself
Help me understand the world of commuters to NYC living in New Jersey. Which towns would be best for me 'N' my fam? How do people do it? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:57 PM - 20 answers

Pitfalls of becoming a Personal Organizer?
So the significant other is ready to turn her home organizing love and passion into something more professional. She's highly skilled and enthusiastic about it in ways I cannot fathom. With her first client coming up, we're looking for some advice as to how to start out. [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 9:39 AM - 14 answers

Is $2500 reasonable for an 1100-sq. ft. apartment paint job in NYC?
We're strongly considering getting our apartment painted by professionals, and we got a quote today: it would be $2500 for the foyeur/dining area, living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. The price includes only labor. We would be providing all the paint. There's a number of different colors, a few accent walls, and separate colored molding. Is that a reasonable amount to pay? How much can we try to negotiate it down?
posted by Blisterlips at 7:30 AM - 16 answers

Help me get a good nights sleep.
I have an old but sound mattress and I'm thinking about getting a memory foam topper. Normally I'm good at making a choice, however I've read so many different things about memory foam toppers that I'm at a loss as to what to do. Please help me chose what to do. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! at 5:46 AM - 3 answers

September 2

Remove rust from an iron skillet?
I bought a new cast-iron skillet a few weeks ago. After coming into contact with salt water before I even got a chance to use it, a fair amount of rust appeared. What's the easiest way to get it off? I want to start seasoning it.
posted by jshare at 11:58 PM - 16 answers

Seeking realty site that covers waterfront homes in entire U.S.?
The sites I've seen are all restrictive to certain states and areas while I want to check the whole country. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 5:24 PM - 2 answers

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