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July 5

Looking for a dinette where Alex and his droogs might have breakfast.
The previous owners of our house had an amazing Euro modern kitchen set. Help me replace it or find something similar. [more inside]
posted by apparently at 5:34 AM - 4 answers

July 4

Bug (termite!?) identification and advice please
I spotted this insect while weeding today. Is it a termite, and if so, what do I do and do you have any idea what is it likely to cost? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 3:41 PM - 5 answers

Wrapping exterior house trim
Has anyone had any experiences with wrapping exterior wood trim and window frames instead of painting? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 9:34 AM - 4 answers

July 3

Mold problem in bathroom. How to best prevent?
We are renters with a nice but somewhat slow-to-act landlord. We have a 700 sqft apartment that has one bathroom with one window but no exhaust fan. Even though we live in SoCal (dry and warm all year) and open the window and door after showering, we still get grayish-black mold growing on the ceilings and grout, and sometimes in the garbage can. We get rid of it with bleach but it always comes back. Will installing a window fan that exhausts air out (either twin or single) help this at all? Or is that a waste of money?
posted by emily37 at 8:24 PM - 10 answers

What to do with thousands of camels?
My mother passed away earlier this year and left behind a large camel collection. Very large. (We're talking 10000+ objects.) After keeping a few to remember her by, what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 3:37 PM - 14 answers

Dehumidifier with short: fix or dispose of? If so, how?
I have a Frigidaire dehumidifier with a short (when I plug it in, it trips the fuse on any house circuit I try). Should I try to fix it, or is it likely to be unobvious? I'm not particularly handy, but I don't mind taking something apart. Is it safer/better to simply dispose of it? If so, is it recyclable?
posted by idb at 10:48 AM - 4 answers

Tips for Apartment Searching in SF
Any advice on getting a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 9:25 AM - 11 answers

Help with planting beds?
I have been carving some planting beds out of my lawn, and they actually look pretty good! But since I had to rip up some sod, they are about a half an inch lower than the lawn itself. Is this ok, or should planting beds be level with the lawn itself?
posted by to sir with millipedes at 8:37 AM - 6 answers

Is my catmint poisonous to my yard?
Should I throw out the catmint I got from Lowes? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 7:47 AM - 9 answers

If this is Armour bacon I'm going to the Food Network!
We're closing on a house that has a very nice and spacious kitchen. What are we missing to make it Chris Kimball approved? [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater at 7:11 AM - 28 answers

Is My Ductless Heat Pump Performing to Par?
We got a Mitsubishi ductless heat pump installed late last Summer. While we have been satisfied with its Winter performance, its cooling capabilities have left us unsatisfied. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 7:09 AM - 3 answers

How much is fair contribution to broken oven door? (UK rented apartment)
Hi - outer glass shattered on our oven door. Google suggests this does sometimes happen without provocation (oven is approx 7yrs old). Housing contract (London, UK) stipulates tenant responsible for 'broken glass' but I presume this refers to windows. Letting agents got quote of £220 for new door panel. New oven costs £295 and they prefer to do this. Ask I contribute 40% (£120). Is this a fair deal - should I negotiate lower? Thanks!
posted by ManOfPlans at 5:09 AM - 14 answers

July 2

Are there warm apartments in cold climates?
I live in the SF Bay area and I'm thinking about moving to colder climates at some point, but for various reasons I can't handle a cold ambient temperature inside my home, even if I bundle up. In colder areas (specifically New England and the Midwest), how easy/possible is it to find apartments that are well-heated (perhaps buildings with a whole-building radiator system?) or other situations where I can have a warm (68-70 degree) home without paying through the nose for utilities? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 3:14 PM - 49 answers

Rusting Car Roof - What Are My Options?
My car roof is rusting extensively along the windshield edge. I don't know if I can get it fixed anymore as it has gotten bad rather quickly. What are my options? More inside [more inside]
posted by christiehawk at 2:44 PM - 8 answers

My apartment is a fish-maggot hell-world.
My fridge broke. Turns out the terrible smell was because my roommate left some fish in there. For a week. I need to get the smell out of my house. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 2:01 AM - 14 answers

July 1

Botched Electrical Job, Unresponsive Electrician
I hired an electrician to upgrade my service, and I just found some live tube ferrule wiring beneath a bathroom floor (he promised me none of it would be live). What actions can I take against the electrician? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 11:38 AM - 6 answers

Where to find sturdy wood crates
Where can I find sturdy wooden crates? Like fruit crates? I know they have ones at Michaels and JoAnn fabrics, but they are little flimsy, more for crafts. Where can I find a reliable source of decently sturdy wooden crates? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 8:37 AM - 9 answers

Temporarily sealing windows
The building I live in will be power washed next week and the landlord has asked that we (i) close our windows and (ii) move items away from the windows that might be damaged by inadvertent leakage. I'd like to take the extra step of sealing my windows because I am fully confident that they will leak. My thought is some kind of tape but I don't want to harm the paint on the sills or leave marks on the glass. Thoughts?
posted by janey47 at 6:58 AM - 15 answers

Not burning the house down
So I was going to cook some chicken in the oven this morning, and I opened the oven door just to make sure everything looked all right before preheating. [more inside]
posted by EggplantPizza at 6:31 AM - 5 answers

June 30

U(ltra expensive)-Pack
I've heard a lot of good things about ABF's ReloCubes, both on here and from friends, but the prices I've heard bandied about are wildly lower than what I'm being quoted. Am I missing something, or have their prices just skyrocketed recently? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 10:53 PM - 14 answers

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