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December 9

Powdered soap has gone hard, how can I break it up?

I have a large bucket of LD Carlson Easy Clean home brew sanitizer that is a solid block, not the granulated powder that it once was. How can I break it up so I can scoop it again? [more inside]
posted by KevCed at 6:44 AM - 8 answers

December 8

Relocating to Sacramento - advice needed re furniture & dogs

I just got a new job in Sacramento and will be relocating there next month from Washington. (Yikes! That's soon!) Should I bring everything (furniture-wise) with me or is there a good furniture consignment place there? Also, anything a dog owner should know? [more inside]
posted by knolan at 6:16 PM - 8 answers

What's the most efficient / least inefficient way to heat 3 season room?

Our house has three season room we love. Winter is not one of the three seasons. What's the most efficient / least inefficient way to heat it up for an afternoon periodically? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:12 PM - 11 answers

storage units for smoke damaged house contents - Hudson County NJ

We're looking for storage places in or near Hudson County to stash an apartment's worth of soot/smoke damaged (but not burnt) furniture and books, so they can air out for a bit. Obviously we need a complany that is not bothered by the current odor of the stuff, but we'd also love a place that had electric outlets in the units to run an air filter / scrubber for a while. [more inside]
posted by blu_stocking at 10:57 AM - 0 answers

Comfortable floor seating for tall adult?

My husband is 6'0 and often finds himself playing a board game/building a Lego masterpiece/watching a video on the floor with the kids. Although he is quite slim and fit, he has a history of spinal fusion and it is very uncomfortable for him to sit on the floor for long periods. We have a few seat cushions that he can use, but these don't provide enough support. Hivemind, what kind of seating should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by little mouth at 7:46 AM - 10 answers

Cobweb Control

We need to paint our basement before showing the house for sale. However, the basement currently looks like Shelob's Lair. Help! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 6:46 AM - 7 answers

Gap between window and wooden sill letting in cold air

Last night as I was closing the shades I noticed cold air coming in and discovered what I think is a fairly recent gap between the wooden window sill and the vinyl windows. The gap is letting in quite a lot of air, and I am trying to figure out a) what caused it and b) if this is something we can fix (temporarily) ourselves. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 6:21 AM - 11 answers

December 7

Home sunk a little - who do I talk to for advice

Bought a home in rainy Washington 5 months ago, 70 yrs old, we knew there was some settling in one bedroom at the corner of house, of 4 inches, and the inspector cited settling from a cracked foundation (which was patched with a little patchy concrete) and possibly settling from water pooling from clogged downspouts, but said the settling should be over now. But we now doubt that... [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 5:15 PM - 4 answers

how do you secure a christmas lawn ornament to the ground?

How do you secure a Christmas lawn ornament to the ground? I'm talking about the plastic 40 inch high decorations, like the Santa Clauses, and Mrs. Clauses and snowmen. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 2:36 PM - 3 answers

How do I clean melted shrinky dinks off my toaster oven?

Shrinky Dinks were placed in our toaster oven without being on a tray, and the plastic melted onto the oven's heating element. How do I get the toaster oven clean? [more inside]
posted by werty at 5:20 AM - 12 answers

December 6

What are some good and thorough resources for putting trim in a house?

There are plenty of basic and rudimentary how-tos out there that focus on pretty straightforward situations, like putting shoe/quarter-round molding along a straight wall or around a corner. I'm wondering about more complex situations: trim around or at doorways, dealing with existing moldings, or dealing with transitions, staircases, etc. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 8:24 PM - 5 answers

Can I add a tankless hot water heater to my existing furnace system?

I have an existing gas furnace system and a separate gas hot water heater. I'd like to get rid of the hot water heater because it is taking up too much room, and I want to use that space to fit in a washer and dryer. I have another house where the furnace and the hot water heater are all the same unit without a tank. Can someone modify my existing furnace to attach a tankless hot water unit to my existing furnace, or do I have to buy a whole new furnace to have one that integrates it?
posted by cmp4Meta at 10:44 AM - 8 answers

Smoky Christmas Tree

4 months ago, we inherited an artificial Christmas tree from smokers. I kept the tree in the box until yesterday, so I lost out on an opportunity to air it out. What's your best trick for getting rid of the cigarette smoke smell (really get rid of it and not just mask the odor)? It's the kind where you stick the individual branches into the holes on the center pole.
posted by Neeuq Nus at 7:01 AM - 16 answers

December 5

How can I lock an extension cord into another extension cord?

I want to lock these two (white to yellow) extension cords together so that nobody can unplug them unless they have a key. [more inside]
posted by sarae at 6:33 PM - 13 answers

Apartment Hunting in San Francisco in 2014

(a.k.a welcome to another dimension!) Ok so I'm finally doing it. I'm going to leave my loud, crowded, pot-smoke-infested, multi-roommate house in SF and get my own apartment, where I'm not afraid to open the refrigerator or bring dates. I have a stable professional job and very good income. I don't smoke. I'm quiet. I have great references. Wait, not so fast... [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier at 6:30 PM - 11 answers

Solvents on china?

Can you help me get burnt plastic off fine china? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:46 PM - 7 answers

Can you recommend how to best get leather white again?

We have a pair of Barcelona chairs in white leather. I would love to restore the leather myself. Can you please help? [more inside]
posted by the webmistress at 7:48 AM - 2 answers

Oh rats! No seriously...rats.

How can I learn more about rat mites, that isn't just word of mouth? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 7:45 AM - 6 answers

December 4

Solid Bamboo Flooring Install Tips?

Anyone have tips for installing "hardwood" (solid, not interlocking) bamboo flooring? ...using the "manual" (no air compressor) cleat nailer? I'm new to this and wondering (as usual) what the tricks are that you only learn the hard way (by doing) that you regret not knowing in advance. [more inside]
posted by Shane at 7:59 PM - 3 answers

Am I going to wake up IN FLAMES because of an electrical prob in my apt?

So, I woke up to part of my apartment without power. The maintenance man has strung up extension cords so now many, many electrical things (lamps, computers, refrigerator, wifi) are all getting juice from a single outlet. This feels unsafe. Is it? See inside for more blah blah blah. [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 5:04 PM - 28 answers

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