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October 30

How can I hang a rack from several hooks?

I want to hang some sort of caddy from these hooks to add storage in my bathroom but I can't figure out how to do it. Surely there's a stabler option than using a hanging shower caddy, right? What could I buy and/or DIY for this? [more inside]
posted by mosst at 12:59 PM - 6 answers

Carpeting in Basement

Our basement flooded yesterday. While we were able to take care of the water and clean out, there are sections of our carpet that are still wet. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 12:23 PM - 14 answers

Looking for bathroom storage solutions for tiny stuff

I have 50 million small sample bottles of skincare and hair products currently housed in a tray on my bathroom counter (like so.) I need a better set-up because I never use them when they're stored this way! [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone at 12:09 PM - 11 answers

How to ship a piece of furniture?

I want to buy a cabinet from a person who lives about 200 miles from me. Are there shipping services that would go pick up the cabinet, put it on a truck, and deliver it to me? [more inside]
posted by scalar_implicature at 11:55 AM - 4 answers

Which dishwasher?

Picking a dishwasher. Our cabinet space is too narrow for a full-size model. Should we: demolish cabinets to fit a new 24", or put in a new 18", used 18", or portable? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 11:48 AM - 16 answers

October 29

What precautions for drug drop off by my backyard?

My backyard fence is a drop off and pick up spot for drugs. What precautions should I take to ensure safety? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 7:52 PM - 22 answers

Framing pictures with no overlap of the artwork

I have a number of items to frame where I don't want the frame (or mount) to cut off any of the picture. What's the best option? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on at 7:38 AM - 3 answers

October 28

Any Way To Remove Gross Stains On a Quilt?

I made this quilt 25 years ago. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 1:17 PM - 12 answers

Are these grapes?

Out on the rear balcony today, I noticed that the vine climbing all over the fence has fruit. (I haven't been out there much.) Now, the question: What kind of fruit is it? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 12:13 PM - 15 answers

October 27

Experiences buying and renovating manufactured homes?

Do you have experience buying and renovating a manufactured home? Looking for personal experiences with making the decision to buy, and the practical and financial realities of renovating a manufactured home as opposed to a traditional home. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 12:27 PM - 15 answers

I'm tiling a kitchen backsplash. I need pattern ideas!

I have 4 colors, in the following ratios: 2-white, 1-off white, 1-medium grey, 2-dark grey. The layout will be diamonds (roughly perfect squares on the diagonal), 3 tiles high, across a kitchen backsplash. How would YOU apportion these colors? [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 9:26 AM - 13 answers

October 26

Hanging stuff on glossy dorm walls?

What will stick to a dorm wall without eventually tearing off the paint? The paint is new, glossy latex over cinder blocks. We've done the whole dance with 3M Command Strips, hot glue on painter's tape, and more. Everything falls down. :7( Holes are, of course, right out. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 7:32 PM - 21 answers

Beetlemania, or Beetles on Books

We used to keep our cookbooks in the kitchen, but in the process of moving them to the bookcase, I found a larva of what looks like a carpet beetle. What should I do about this, and are the rest of my (hundreds) of books now at risk? [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 5:20 PM - 1 answers

And that's how I got ants.

I woke up this morning to a number of ants in my kitchen. I vacuumed them up and cleaned my counters thoroughly (I wipe clean daily, but apparently missed something!) I then called the apartment complex exterminator, who came and deposited a bunch of dots of gel ant bait around the areas where they were. It has been about two hours since, and now there are BAZILLIONS of ants in my kitchen. I am told this is normal. Is this normal? How long does this last? Should I burn my apartment down? Also, I have a cat. Will she die if she eats the gel? The ants? Please help.
posted by sevensnowflakes at 9:53 AM - 17 answers

Tell me about your IKEA Kitchen reno

What it asks on the tin. We're hopefully gearing up for a new kitchen, and I'm pretty sure I want IKEA (it's both my style and my budget). I'm looking for stories, tips, tricks, pitfalls, warnings, accolades, etc.... [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 5:53 AM - 27 answers

October 25

Construction estimating

i'm trying to get s.f. costs of some new construction. For hurricane Sandy estimation (yes, the work is not done yet) I am new at this, and I am trying to be thorough, include all the areas. [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 6:02 PM - 2 answers

What is wrong with my new coffee grinders? (ElectricMysteryFilter)

I've purchase three coffee grinders in a row that have all failed in the exact same way. Please help me understand why this might be. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 1:34 PM - 6 answers

I’m confused about my apartment odors and how to address them.

I have cats and of course litter boxes. The litter boxes are in the bathroom. The 2 bedrooms have carpet and I have rugs throughout the apartment. Sometimes the carpets feel somewhat damp. I smell the rug and it’s not cat pee and nothing has spilled. I also notice that the couch stinks! It’s only around 2 yrs old. I keep multiple throws on them that I wash regularly so I know it’s not the throw blankets. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 11:27 AM - 12 answers

Where are all the cute/fun lighting fixtures?

We need a lighting fixture for our bedroom and I would prefer to have something I actually like. Where might I find something that has personality and isn't awful? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:06 AM - 13 answers

October 23

Seeking experience and/or opinions about kitchen blinds.

What are the pros and cons of various kinds and designs of kitchen blinds? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 9:23 PM - 5 answers

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