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April 19

housecleaning crisis redux: mental health edition

In December I asked this question. Now things have gotten bad again, and I need help. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 9:48 AM - 17 answers

April 18

Help Finding Era-Appropriate House Accessories

We recently purchased a house built in the PNW in 1908 and we'd like to outfit it in era-appropriate accessories - outlet plates, light switch covers, etc. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 7:24 PM - 16 answers

DIY version of this simple air plant holder?

I like this modern air plant holder, but don't want to buy it. Is there an existing piece of hardware I could repurpose to mimic it? Tillandz air plant holder by The Sill [more inside]
posted by mannermode at 5:09 AM - 8 answers

April 17

Fictional gardens

I recently finished Elizabeth Buchan's Consider the Lily and it reminded me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. I'm looking for books in which the protagonist takes an interest in gardening and in the process grows into herself or himself. It does not have to be fiction.
posted by Constance Mirabella at 6:59 PM - 14 answers

What are these common landscaping posts called?

Any landscapers out there that can tell me what I should be searching for when looking for posts like these that will hold a rope?: Photo1 Photo2 I've tried googling with poor results, so would appreciate finding "just the right word" for what these are called. (Bonus points for a good cheap supplier where I can buy a dozen or so.) Thank you.
posted by jimmereeno at 12:55 PM - 5 answers

Twin cities fencing company recommendations?

Need to repair / replace my wooden privacy picket fence in Saint Paul. Looking for recommendations or references from you fine folks. Thanks!
posted by jeribus at 9:59 AM - 3 answers

Tater risk assessment

I've got a complicated question about whether to grow store-bought potatoes in a bag or in the garden. Dig around a little, there's more inside. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar at 7:11 AM - 3 answers

April 16

How do I clean the inside of my Weber gas 3 burner barbecue?

Can you please give me the best method for cleaning the inside of our Weber gas barbecue which is full of ashes and food residue. We need to clean the firepan, the flavour bars and the grill. Separately, the paint seems to be shredding, that is in teeny pieces, from inside the hood. Is there any way to treat this, and prevent it from continuing.
posted by Tziv at 11:09 AM - 5 answers

Moving to Columbia Missouri

A friend and colleague has gotten a job at the University of Missouri and is looking for a place to live. Any advice for a woman in her mid-20s as far as neighborhoods to look for or other advice regarding moving to Columbia would be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by Floydd at 6:57 AM - 1 answers

April 15

What's wrong with my burning bush?

I planted a burning bush about three years ago, and except for one branch, I don't think it has grown at all. The one branch is about four feet long. The rest of it is maybe a foot tall. From a distance the branches look dead, but up close, it does have very tiny green leaves on it. Even the branch that has grown looks mostly dead and has just a few tiny leaves on the end. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 4:53 PM - 2 answers

How to fix an outdoor fountain -- or time to give up?

This is a fountain in a covered (but basically outdoors) area in my yard. The photos show the pump and the place where the water is supposed to come out of the tube in the friendly demon (?)'s mouth. It only works sometimes. Can I make it work all the time with minimal ongoing effort, or should I give up and just accept this thing as a decorative non-water feature? I know nothing about fountains. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 2:26 PM - 14 answers

Should I cut this root in the path of french drain?

Hit a snag when digging my french drain trench-- pair of roots 31 inches from a trunk 23 inches in diameter. Should I or cut them? [more inside]
posted by Mikey51 at 6:16 AM - 9 answers

April 14

How do I buy a log to split myself?

I would like to buy a log, maybe two, so I can cut it, split it, and season it over the coming summer and have reasonably dry wood come this winter. But I have no idea how to find someone who will sell me a log - or even if there is such a person. General advice would be appreciated, and specific advice for the Duluth-Superior area would be amazing.
posted by dbx at 8:18 AM - 18 answers

April 12

What type of stain should be use for house exterior cedar?

We have cedar features on our duplex. Our neighbors and I have found a company to refinish it, but need to decide on the finish. It was previously treated--I presume with a stain. I'm thinking translucent or semi-transparent stain is best but I am not sure. [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 8:12 PM - 6 answers

FSBO Advice

Have you purchased property that was sold FSBO? What do you wish you knew before you did so? What would you do differently next time? What advice would you offer someone who was going through the process? I'm in the Boston area, should your advice be location-dependent.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:26 AM - 6 answers

April 11

DIY Mid-Century Modern/Retro wall screen and back-lighting ideas

Seeking design suggestions to finish off this in-progress wall screen/fence. [more inside]
posted by mefitem at 7:40 PM - 2 answers

How to remove metal "scratches" in toilet bowl?

So, MrJane agressively attacked a toilet clog with a toilet auger and now I am left with gray metallic scratches in the toilet bowl, in the guest powder room, of course. I've tried scrubbing them with a pumice stick, but they are still there. Any thoughts on how to remove them?
posted by sarajane at 2:13 PM - 7 answers

April 10

Why can't I grow mint?

People say (& the internet confirms) that mint is easy to grow, but I have never ever been able to have even minimal success with growing it from seed. I have tried to start mint in small pots, in large ones, by sowing it directly in the earth, and by scattering it wily nily around and nothing has worked. What am I doing wrong? Gardeners of mefi: please hope me. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 6:16 PM - 30 answers

Bathmat needed for stupid, textured tub

I need a new bathmat for my tub but... it has the slightest texture ever and somehow that's enough to keep normal bathmats from sticking. Help me find a new mat before I slip in the shower and break my face! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 5:05 PM - 5 answers

How to keep Mourning doves from abandoning their eggs on our fire escape

Mourning doves have nested in a raised planter on our Brooklyn fire escape and laid a pair of eggs. We do not want to displace the doves but fear our activity near the window (inches from their nest, in our kitchen) will lead to abandoning their eggs. We are considering a privacy window film, but now worry that the doves will see themselves in the reflection and abandon their eggs. Does anyone know if this is likely to happen or what better options we might have?
posted by mizrachi at 2:01 PM - 8 answers

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