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September 11

Help me break my couch.

An old couch I inherited (and have to deal with until I can afford to buy a replacement) has a footrest that... is permanently extended. It's stuck. No amount of hammering and shoving has worked. I need this broken footrest DOWN and don't care if I have to break it more in the process. Whatever it takes! [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 5:54 PM - 17 answers

Is this hemlock? Or otherwise poisonous?

Never have I been so glad of the two-questions-a-week option! Is this stuff hemlock? Or some other poisonous plant? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 4:12 PM - 8 answers

Damage from a running tap?

Just got a call from my landlord that my boyfriend left the faucet running before going to work, and the two apartments beneath me have flooded. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by naturalnumbers at 12:42 PM - 23 answers

Can I stack two mattresses on top of each other?

Currently I have 1) a very annoying creaky ikea bed frame with slats and a mattress, and 2) an older mattress I was planning to get rid of. Could I just use the older mattress as a pseudo-box spring instead, and put it directly on the floor? The solution doesn't need to last for longer than say a year or so. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:09 AM - 25 answers

Is this how a heat pump is supposed to work?

Recently, our entire hvac system was replaced, but I'm not sure the heating cycle is running correctly. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 9:09 AM - 9 answers

September 10

Normal bathroom fan usage?

My new downstairs neighbors run their bathroom fan for a total of two or three hours every day. We hardly run ours at all (maybe 20 minutes per day max, just while showering). What is normal bathroom fan usage? [more inside]
posted by samw at 9:11 AM - 31 answers

Where to Live As A Mid-Age Single Woman?

I'm living in the Southwest because it's sunny, warm (I have SAD) and the cost of living is lower than where I'm from in Washington and Oregon. I bought a house here for $135K. But problem is I'm worried about global warming (we had the hottest June on record for this area 2017) and I'm a 20 minute drive from just about everything. [more inside]
posted by DixieBaby at 8:35 AM - 9 answers

Home Climate Temperature Humidity Data Logger Tracker Wi-Fi

I am looking for a cheap device that will monitor and log the fluctuations in temperature and humidity in our home (bonus for Indoor + Outdoor monitoring system) and from which I can upload to a computer via WiFi or USB or something similar. So that I can then track hourly, see graphs, etc. for the humidity fluctuations etc in the house. We have issues with window condensation in the winter so thought this might be a way of helping with that. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:50 AM - 5 answers

September 9

We have a plinth next to our driveway. What should go on it?

We have a plinth but aren't sure what to use it for. Photo for reference. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls at 6:43 PM - 27 answers

Do I have a rat or mice infestation?

I have some not-great pictures of one a rodent in our garage, cunningly evading a rat trap and eating it's bait without setting it off. But what kind of rodent is it? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 2:51 PM - 13 answers

Bedding in the dryer - any tricks?

Washing our bedding every week helps us sleep better. But in the dryer, the bedding gets tangled and lumped and twisted together, which makes it take much longer to dry. Right now, I'm drying for 30 minutes or so at a time, untangling everything, and doing it again. (And then again, and again.) Are there any tricks to making drying bedding in the dryer easier? Some way that I can just throw it all in and it'll all come out dry an hour later? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 12:35 PM - 17 answers

Best blogs or video channels about keeping plants (not gardening)?

I want to read currently updated blogs about keeping large collections of cacti, succulents, tropicals, ferns, and/or other types of houseplants, please! [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 12:04 PM - 4 answers

Dishwasher shopping, low counter edition

Our countertop is about 34-1/8" above the floor. We want a new dishwasher that will actually clean the dishes, for a change, and that will fit the space, and that won't break too quickly. If you considered these factors or have had your dishwasher ~3 years (so that a similar model is still available but has been tested), would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:01 AM - 9 answers

September 8

House of illuuuusion

Have you ever seen a household interior decorated in ways that created an optical illusions? Like the equivalent of the old train tunnel painted on a wall in a cartoon, but just in somebody's home. Things that would would cause a guest to do a double take, or possibly deceive them if they weren't paying attention. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder at 8:22 AM - 15 answers

September 7

How do I move my stuff from the Bay Area to Los Angeles?

I recently moved to LA and have a bunch of my belongings in a 25 sq. foot storage unit in the Bay Area. (Mostly boxes, a few small furniture type items.) I am about to sign a lease on a house and want to figure out the cheapest and/or easiest way to haul my stuff down here, ideally about ten days from now. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 7:28 PM - 9 answers

Cleaning nicotine from an acrylic on canvas painting?

I picked up a painting at Value Village recently. It appears to be acrylic on canvas. It is a hearty winter scene of lumberjacks in the woods -- nothing special, I just like it. There is plenty of snow, and lots of white clouds, all of which is quite brown with nicotine. Now -- how do I clean this painting, and restore it to its original appearance? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault at 12:03 PM - 7 answers

September 6

What's it like living in Beacon, New York?

I'm interested in possibly moving to Beacon or another Hudson Valley town. I currently live in a large city and I'm wondering if anyone can comment on what it's like to transition to a much smaller town (I particularly like the anonymity of cities; is Beacon small enough that everyone knows you?). I also think I might have seasonal affective disorder, and wonder how the winters are there—does it go weeks without sunny days? [more inside]
posted by pinochiette at 7:58 PM - 7 answers

This crap isn't crap. So what is it?

I've found several piles of material which looks kind of like scat, but has a fibrous texture, on my porch. What is putting it there and why? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 5:21 AM - 7 answers

September 5

Master lock key box won't close. Help!

I am looking after my neighbour's cat. They have a Masterlock key box (like the kind real estate agents use--the model number is worn off) and when I went over tonight, I entered the code, opened the box, took out the keys, did all the cat stuff. Then when I put the keys back and tried to close the lock box, it WOULD. NOT. CLOSE. It won't latch shut again. I googled and can find lots of stuff on how to break into one of these puppies but nothing on what to do if it won't close. I've just taken the keys home with me for now, but I'd like to make my neighbour's lock box work again if possible. Any ideas?
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:11 PM - 12 answers

Farmer Ants

So I noticed little ant hills around the base of each strawberry plant the other day. So cool! The strawberry plants are looking happy, so I'm not too worried about them. The internet says these ants are probably here to farm aphids, and it's fine if that means I never eat a strawberry. But the strawberry plants are right under the huge & beloved amazing rosebush that makes deep red roses all summer long. Is there any way to keep the strawberries (and ants) without ending up with an aphid infestation in the rosebush? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 1:24 PM - 5 answers

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