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October 11

Tips to declutter when depression has made you neglect your apartment

My flat/apartment has got very neglected this year due to having a few months of depression. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 1:59 PM - 38 answers

Rain barrel owners of the Pacific NW, what do you do in the winter?

I live in Seattle and have a rain barrel. It's really useful in the summer, but what do I do in the winter? [more inside]
posted by centrifugal at 12:58 PM - 5 answers

Garage heater for wedding

I'm trying to figure out the best way to heat a garage in November in Seattle with the door open. At my upcoming wedding we are having a food truck in alley behind our venue. The alley adjoins a garage so we are planning to open the garage door and park the food truck right outside. I'm trying to figure out the best heating option for the garage area so people can hang out there if they want. [more inside]
posted by bokinney at 8:04 AM - 6 answers

Where to find subsidize friendly housing in Toronto?

An old aquantance of mine has become temporarily homeless in the Greater Toronto Area and can not find any shelters with availability. Assuming they have to stay in Ontario in a sizeable city, are there any better cities to relocate to with currently available shelters or temporary housing options and programs to help them get back to a stable living situation? [more inside]
posted by Short End Of A Wishbone at 6:01 AM - 6 answers

October 10

Moving back to Mid-West...alternatives to Chicago?

For family reasons I need to move back to the Mid-West in the next few years. Chicago is the natural choice, but I want to look at alternative cities before deciding...where should I be looking? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 1:25 PM - 17 answers

Explain HS2 "gas fracking" to me like I'm a 5-year old.

A Canadian energy company is on the verge of receiving a permit to begin "gas fracking" about 1.3 miles from my house in rural Michigan. Their permit application explains that they will be using "gas" and I've since come to learn that the gas is HS2. [ I do not know what HS2 is, and google is failing me on this. ] [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar at 5:53 AM - 16 answers

October 8

Gluten-free, dairy-free teff-based pie dough hack?

I made this whole-grain teff based pie crust tonight. I made it as written and then baked it at 325 for 25 minutes or so in hopes of firming it up. I like the taste a lot, and I like the texture of the whole teff -- but even with the baking it ended up kind of sticky rather than having the texture of a baked dough. Any thoughts on how to modify the recipe to make it a bit more solid in the end? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 6:15 PM - 6 answers

Pillow King

I have about 8 king size pillow cases I want to convert to regular size. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 7:45 AM - 20 answers

October 7

Is there an easy-ish fix for a damaged wood tabletop?

I'd like to fix scratches and the worn away finish on a wood tabletop. Is there a way I can do it myself without taking it to a professional? Details and images inside. [more inside]
posted by mayta at 6:23 PM - 6 answers

Temporary protection of unfinished hardwood floors

I pulled up the (terribly ugly, bad condition) vinyl flooring in the kitchen of my 100 year old house. Removal of underlying plywood and gluey stuff went well (if laboriously) to reveal oak hardwood floors that appear to match the rest of the house. However, the majority of the boards seem to be unfinished. How can I protect them for ~two years before doing a full refinishing (as part of a kitchen remodel)? [more inside]
posted by chemicalsyntheticist at 1:50 PM - 14 answers

FRIGIDAIRE warranty help.

How can I get FRIGIDAIRE to honor their warranty on my washing machine? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne at 12:15 PM - 2 answers

October 6

Help me adopt a cat!

I desperately want to adopt a cat but my landlord is saying my floor is "pet-free", even though I know there are animals around. Help! [more inside]
posted by jameaterblues at 11:07 PM - 12 answers

What are good sites for ideas on having a house built someday?

I'm looking for sites to learn more and find ideas of what's possible. Things I'm thinking of are building in such a way to maximize the terrain for natural light and heating or cooling the home, etc. Basically smart innovative ways to build that aren't very common but should be.
posted by andywolf at 4:24 PM - 8 answers

Breaking champagne against the bricks? Celebrating a new house with kids

What are some meaningful and fun traditions or ways to celebrate a new home with youngish kids? And conversely, what are some ways to say goodbye to the home that they were born in? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette at 7:13 AM - 17 answers

Rearranged Food in Freezer. Stopped working. Emptied. Working again.

So yesterday all the food in my freezer was rearranged. Last night I came home to find all my breastmilk thawed. I assumed the door had been left open. Checked it a few hours later. Still thawed. Assumed temp was too high. Turned down temp. This morning, milk still thawed. Freaked out. Took all the milk away. Removed all the food. The freezer suddenly works again. What's happening? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:54 AM - 4 answers

Pussy willow attracting hornets (no nest!). What's my recourse?

We have a pussy willow bush in our front yard that's attracting swarms of yellow jackets (irritating) and bald-faced hornets (terrifying!). Exterminator found no nest and was generally unhelpful. What to do now? [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 5:36 AM - 11 answers

October 5

Is my maple tree in trouble?

My maple tree, located in northern Ohio, is looking odd, having developed large dark spots on most of its leaves. I've never seen this before. Is this a sign of disease?
posted by rdauphin at 7:41 PM - 6 answers

Window Treatment Debacle

I have to drill new holes directly above mistake holes for curtain hardware. What is the strongest filler for drywall, for small hole repairs? Joint compound or a certain type of spackling? [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin at 12:11 PM - 12 answers

Crowdsourcing a Kitchen Reno Design

My wife and I have put together a little bit of money to renovate our (very small). Only we can't decide on a plan. Give us your two cents. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 9:13 AM - 34 answers

October 4

Ah, time for another where should I move question! Farmer edition...

So, if you had a reasonably solid nest egg and wanted to move somewhere and start a small farm (and had the experience to do so), where would you move? I've been reading all the "where should I move" threads, but our own little snowflakes are below the fold... [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 at 10:20 PM - 24 answers

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