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How to deal with a really damp house.

There is a lake under my house and we have a very serious damp issue. Thank goodness I don't own it but while we house hunt (to buy), we have to live with it. Looking for ways to cope. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jun 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Following a burst pipe, is soaked flooring salvageable?

So the hot water pipe leading to our kitchen sink in our house burst during the night and I came down to find our kitchen, bathroom & half our livng room under 2 inches of warm water. Now everything is tidied but the floor material - vinyl - is damp on the underside. What to do? Damp slushy snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ianso on Mar 27, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I de-damp the walk-out basement of a lake house?

My in-laws have a lake house in Maine that's about 35 years old. It is a great place, except it gets very damp inside, especially in the basement/lower level, which is above ground on the east side and below ground on the west side. (The yard slopes down to the lake on the west side, starting at the top of the house.) What tactics and strategies can we undertake to de-damp the place? Or is this just the way life is with a lake house? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I fix/prevent damp car interior?

It's a 1999 Honda Civic Hatchback. Apparently cars of this type and age have a tendency to develop a leak around the tail lights. This leak was fixed recently but the car either hasn't dried out from that yet or is damp *again.* The windows are perpetually fogged up and often need towelling and the seats (fabric) are suspiciously cool. How to dry it out and keep it that way? Thank you!
posted by srs airbag on Jan 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Winter Damp Solutions?

Damp Mouldy London Flats: Cheap simple solutions? We moved in to a new flat in May and now that the could winter is coming the flat seems to be getting rather damp and there are some mould (mold) issues. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Oct 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor?

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor? [more inside]
posted by joshwebb on Sep 26, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I set up a mildew-free workout space in my unfinished basement?

I want to use my unfinished basement as a workout space and have laid down some interlocking foam tiles on the bare concrete floor. However, the floor under the tiles has started showing mildew after a few weeks in place. How can I set up a comfortable workout space in a typically humid but not wet basement without having to lift the tiles every couple of months to scrub out the mildew? [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on Feb 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Cheap DIY way to dehumidify a basement during a rainy spell?

What is the best creative way to dehumidify a basement without buying an expensive dehumidifier? I don't want to run one constantly, but with all the flooding rain, I need to do something. [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on May 2, 2011 - 23 answers

So, my kitchen is collapsing...

UK (Scotland) tenancy issues. How long should I expect major kitchen repairs to take, and what are my rights as a tenant while the work's being done? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Severe damp in rented house: What are our legal rights?

We rent a shared house in London. There are damp issues in a downstairs room which are known about by the landlord. We have just noticed a severe case of black mould infesting an upstairs wall. What are our legal rights as tenants? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jan 11, 2009 - 4 answers

How can I dry out the insulation under my car's carpeting after a big leak?

How can I dry out the insulation under my car's carpeting after a big leak? [more inside]
posted by Askr on Aug 19, 2008 - 10 answers

Rusty frets, no obvious damp?

I recently got one of my guitars out of its case to find the frets covered in green stuff, and small patches of rust on a few of them.... [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy on Dec 13, 2007 - 13 answers

I have a car! But it smells funny. How can I fix it?

How can I make my car smell better? I have recently been passed partial stewardship of a family car and I want to fix it up. It's a good car, but recently it's had some window issues that have, in turn, led to some smell issues. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jul 1, 2007 - 12 answers

Hair damp make look.

Can I (a dude) use some kind of fabulous product to make my hair look the way it does when it's damp, all the time? [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on May 28, 2007 - 20 answers

Packing slightly damp books for storage

I'm planning on storing a large amount of (very slightly damp) books. Advice required. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Apr 24, 2007 - 5 answers

What can you store in a damp basement, and how?

What can you store in a damp basement, and what's the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Apr 4, 2007 - 12 answers

My books are rotten

Help! My books are rotten - as in they're covered in mould! Suggestions on anything I can do to save them most welcome... [more inside]
posted by Sifter on Dec 13, 2006 - 11 answers

When is it safe to turn on a TV left in a garage?

I've got a 28" CRT Television, it was left in the garage in the freezing cold and I'd like to know what I should do before I power it on again. [more inside]
posted by rc55 on Jan 6, 2006 - 6 answers

Dry out a basement?

Any suggestions for drying out a flooded basement? [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Jul 12, 2005 - 8 answers

UK house rental legal advice

Friend is moving out of a flat, their is some mould/damp around parts of the flat. Landlord says its her responsibility and wants to reparations out of her deposit. Is this legit? [more inside]
posted by biffa on Jun 20, 2005 - 8 answers

How do I make an old guitar smell nice?

How do I get rid of the musty smell in an old guitar that's spent a lot of time in a damp basement? (It's a pre-Beatle Hofner bass with f-holes.)
posted by Faze on Aug 5, 2004 - 5 answers

Pitfalls of buying a basement flat?

I'm thinking about buying a new flat - but it's in the basement of a big old house. Anyone know of any pitfalls I should watch out for - and specifically, what are the tell-tale signs of damp (that even a novice would notice)?
posted by ascullion on Jul 22, 2004 - 10 answers

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