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Removable window cavity insulation

I just found an uninsulated boarded up window in my condo [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Oct 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Carpenters, Decorators, All Good People Please help me find a newel

At least I believe it is a newel. It is an ornamental turned piece of wood that decorates the top of a fence railing. One has been severely damaged and needs to be replaced, alas, a replacement cannot be found. It was wood and was painted. Please see photos here:
posted by KneeDeep on Sep 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Comcast just offered a (good) package that includes security. Should I?

Comcast is offering me a deal that includes security. I can get out of my existing home security for it. It's a very basic ADT - and they're pretty scummy too to deal with. I wanted to hear (hopefully) from the people who have used them or chose not to use them. I'm looking for deal breakers; things they don't do or that they should be doing. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Sep 25, 2015 - 3 answers

What preparation (for the winter) is required for a gas boiler?

What regular maintenance / preparation for the winter is required for a gas fired boiler (forced air)? Is there a need to call a professional?
posted by r2d2 on Sep 22, 2015 - 3 answers

who out there homeschooled in high school and got into college?

Hello, Have any of you been homeschooled in high school, and then went on to apply for college? I'm looking for details on how you applied for college, that is, did you take the ACT or SAT and how did that go for you? Did you dual enroll, so that the colleges could see some actual grades, or did you just send in a portfolio with lists of books you read, book reports, or essays you wrote? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Sep 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Should I paint the old lady?

I'm thinking about painting my brick house. Thoughts, opinions and past experiences needed please... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Sep 20, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me get my ducts in a row

Great A/C keeps 80% of house comfortable, turns basement into an arctic wind tunnel. [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Sep 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Who is responsible for what in a condo water leak situation

My refrigerator has been leaking water for weeks to months now. Water damage to my downstairs neighbor's ceiling. Who is responsible for what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2015 - 9 answers

What color should I paint my room?

I'm not *great* at colors but I want to paint my room. Photos of current room here: I'd like to coordinate around the color of the turquoise dresser and the color of the chalkboard paint square. What color should I paint my walls? The more specificity the better (aka "match this exact shade" vs "paint it yellow") because I'm really not great at colors, but all suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Sep 12, 2015 - 18 answers

What area or city has the most bungalow housing?

I assumed it was Southern California but a lot of places that used to have them, don't any longer. I assume due to the rising value of the real estate. So where are the most bungalow houses per capital in terms of areas or cities?
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 9, 2015 - 16 answers

Is there a good English language school w/ home stay in NYC?

I'm looking for my cousin, who would like to come here for 2 months or so and study English. I was hoping to find a program that would put her with a family here (I don't really have the space or lifestyle for it). And of course, I need the program to be reputable and safe :) I imagine this sort of thing HAS to exist. Do you know of one?
posted by wooh on Sep 8, 2015 - 3 answers

How do we survive an extensive home remodel?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It needs a LOT of work. Boo. How do we make it through the next year with our sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Advice on home treatment for my wisdom tooth

I noted that my wisdom tooth on the bottom left of my mouth has been growing two days ago. And the gum around my wisdom tooth started to get swollen and it got worse today. I accidently pressed the gum near my wisdom tooth and there is some yellow liquid with a bit blood coming out from my wisdome tooth. I do not know if the gum near my wisdom tooth is infected or not? I feel it is a little harder to open my mouth than usual. My wisdom tooth does hurt so far. But when i press the area bettween my left jaw and my neck, it hurts a little bit. Here is a picture of my wisdom tooth. Link Can you give me some advice of how to do home treament to my wisdom tooth? Is it an emergency to remove my wisdom tooth? I personally do not want to have it removed. And i have a all-set vacation in two days as well. So if i have to remove it, can I do it two weeks later? and if I can wait for two weeks, what should I do to help my wisdom tooth get better? I really appreciate your time to help me!
posted by denimchair on Aug 31, 2015 - 21 answers

House sale yente needs some help.

House on sale through broker, but it's not moving. Are there alternatives that I should consider? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Aug 30, 2015 - 12 answers

First time homebuyer loan

First time home buyer. Totally confused and stressed out! I was pre-approved for a loan that includes a CalHFA down payment assistance loan. (I'm in California, natch, Alameda County). We went into contract last week and now my mortgage broker is asking me to collect a bunch of paperwork and she told me I need to do an educational class for my CalHFA loan. So I start researching these loans a little more closely, and I think I'm over the income limit. Now... What? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2015 - 3 answers

How much Should Good Temporary At Home Care For A Senior Cost?

My mom is struggling with a heart problem. She is not married and none of her children live in the same state. I want to get her signed up for a service that can help out when an incident crops up so she does not have to rely on friends and neighbors in emergencies. I've never dealt with anything like this before and I'm looking for advice about how to help her choose and engage a service. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Aug 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Signed a contract to remodel house a few days ago. Can I back out?

I got a quote to remodel part of my house a few days ago. I signed a handwritten contract in my home. I just got a MUCH lower bid on it. Can I back out of the first contract? [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me figure out a new part time work schedule

I am going back to work, after a year of maternity leave, as an architectural designer in November and would like to work part time, mostly from home. My boss and office is quite flexible about me deciding my own hours in the future. Trying to figure out how to maximize time spent at work while reducing stress & commute times in order to balance home & work life. I also have questions about holiday pay for part timers. (Alberta Canada). Lots more below. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me make Taiwan home

I am soon (as in at this moment) moving to Taiwan, from Canada. I would love any suggestions folks have about travel, advice for new arrivals, old memories of visits, last minute travel recommendations and more. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Aug 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Online shopping sites that provide unique/quality items?

Please keep in mind that I don't mean random novelty items like the ones in ThinkGeek or any shop in Etsy, but websites that provide quality stuff in any of the following categories: home/decor/kitchen, stationery, clothes, accessories, beauty/skincare. [more inside]
posted by SkinsOfCoconut on Aug 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Foundation cracks in a house we made an offer on - how bad are they?

We made an offer on a house and it was accepted - yay! We had the home inspector out today to take a look there was a potential red flag that may sink the deal - on one side of the house there are a series of small/moderate foundation cracks. How big of a deal is this really? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 17, 2015 - 10 answers

What to put in my dome about buying a foreclosed home?

I don't know much about buying foreclosed homes and don't quite trust the top search results about it. So, I was hoping you could tell me: 1) How do I get started on looking at foreclosed homes that are available to buy? 2) Are home inspections usually good enough to catch major problems in foreclosed homes? 3) What else do you need to do to do this right? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Baby's first home renovation.

We're converting half our attached garage into finished space. We got a single quote from a general contractor and now we're considering doing the bulk of the project ourselves. We are new at this, but want to get better. How do we start to tackle a fairly serious renovation, possibly without a general contractor? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Jul 31, 2015 - 10 answers

I thought the insanity was just about the prices!

In short: almost everyone we talk to about buying a house in the East Bay (California) states plainly that we will need to waive the appraisal contingency to ever have an offer accepted. This seems utterly insane. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Jul 31, 2015 - 17 answers

Is installing a cistern worth the trouble?

We recently bought a 3 acre property near Ojai, CA. Over the next few years we will be building some new structures and rebuild the existing house. The land used to be an Apricot orchard but has been barren for decades. All the vegetation left are some beautiful Californian Oaks and two Olive trees. In May we planted the perimeter with 171 drought tolerant trees and bushes and have put a drip irrigation system on it (currently 1 X 30 min per week). This should take care of our privacy and hide the fence. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Jul 27, 2015 - 20 answers

Random weird thing on the web

I googled a subject and stumbled upon random porn links on a nursing home website. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Jul 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me fill all these random drawers!

I have several drawers in my house that I'm not sure how best to use. Metafilter, share your wisdom and help me get organized! [more inside]
posted by pimmscup on Jul 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Should we buy this house?

We're house-hunting in the craziest market ever - SF Bay Area. Will you help me think this out? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Are there any benefits to having a real-estate broker when buying?

I've been looking for a place to buy. At first I was just visiting open houses, but then I decided to use a broker because I thought they could show me listings that I couldn't find myself. [more inside]
posted by rancher on Jul 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Need quick thoughts - apartment hunt crisis!

Apartment hunting in Brooklyn moves a mile a minute and we have a quick decision to make. There's a good apartment in park slope. We love the idea of it but there's one weird thing: there's a "bump" in the ceiling. The ceiling is sort of tiled, and the area under the light fixture buckles down into a ~meter wide contact lens-like shape. It's odd, and the landlord doesn't plan to "fix" it because he says there's no problem. There's no sign of mold or leaking there or anywhere else in the apartment for that matter. Questions: 1) What concerns should we have and 2) should we sign a lease? For those who don't know NY housing hunts, if you don't decide, someone else will and then you're back to square 1, so hoping folks can weigh in with everything we should be thinking about! (and I don't know how to post a picture, but will if someone tells me how!)
posted by jenbo1 on Jul 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Quit my job for an other job? the expat coming home edition

I have been working as an architect for an international company in China for 14 months now. My previous boss has just asked me to come back to my home country to give me back my job. Should I accept? [more inside]
posted by thegirlwiththehat on Jul 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Best home improvements for increased quality of life?

Mrs. _db_ and I just closed on a house - yay! Now the fun begins of working on some of the little things we don't love as well as indulging in all those improvements we've been looking forward to. While we already have some things in mind, I'm sure there are things we have overlooked. What improvements can be made to a home that result in the greatest increase in quality of life? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Jul 6, 2015 - 55 answers

How can I be a good houseguest to someone with mild dementia?

At the end of the week I'll be staying overnight at the home of someone who is clearly exhibiting some early dementia symptoms. I've been incredibly lucky that no one in my family has ever had to deal with this before firsthand and I just want some tips so I don't accidentally be a jerk. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jul 6, 2015 - 27 answers

How much of a loss do you get if you sell your home after only 10 months

Isn't there some kind of penalty if you sell your home too quickly? [more inside]
posted by rancher on Jul 1, 2015 - 19 answers

Poster / wall art suggestions?

Looking for something for my wall that fits all these criteria: 1. Abstract 2. Nonrepresentational 3. Light colors 4. White space 5. Around 70 inches wide by 40 inches tall. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Jun 28, 2015 - 7 answers

What GOOD reason would a home buyer have to speak direct to seller?

Weirdly awkward situation. I need some Legitimate reasons to give a broker as to why we asked him to set up a meeting between us and the seller. [more inside]
posted by manderin on Jun 26, 2015 - 10 answers

Preventing elderly guests with poor vision from falling down stairs

My family has a summer house with a steep, poorly lit stairway to the basement. The top exits into the kitchen. There is a door that is normally kept closed at the top, and guests other than children rarely need to go down these stairs. So, what's the problem? Recently, a family friend with a similar setup had their elderly friend tumble down such stairs (presumably confusing it with the bathroom), and were badly injured and had to be rushed to the hospital. We have lots of elderly friends/family/neighbors that regularly come over. So... [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jun 21, 2015 - 23 answers

Best intensive courses for learning to build or renovate your own home

I am looking for 1 week to month long classes that do hands-on teaching of basic carpentry, plumbing, and wiring skills for people who want to rehab houses. I am considering buying a fixer-upper and need to know what tools I need, how to use them safely, how to conform to the local building code, and when I will need to hire outside help. [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges on Jun 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Good house yente wanted.

I'm thinking seriously about putting my home on the market (north of Boston). Which questions should I ask potential realtors? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jun 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Storing household items in an attic

Our house has a large attic space that is easily accessible via a door at one end. It's not completely finished, so it's not climate controlled, but it's fairly safe from bugs/critters. What can I safely store up there for long periods of time? [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Jun 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Any experiences with A-1 Pioneer or Mergenthaler in Salt Lake City?

Moving my aging mother next month, from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Got some moving quotes. The two best were from A-1 Pioneer (a Wheaton agent) and Mergenthaler (a United Van Lines agent). Does anyone have any experiences, good or bad, with either of these? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 10, 2015 - 4 answers

UNK but not forgotten

We moved into our house five years ago. The previous owners had some bad money stuff going on. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jun 9, 2015 - 8 answers

How big a problem is a (relatively) high home voltage?

I have recently bought a flat (yay!). I had an electrician in today to look at some broken appliances (the hob, fridge and bathroom fan), and while checking things out he noticed that the voltage of the power in the house was unusually high (248-250V), possibly because I'm close to the transformer, and he confirmed that this could shorten the life of electrical devices. He mentioned that you can now buy a gadget to add to your electrics to step down the voltage to a more normal level, like ~220V. Is it true that a high-ish voltage can cause problems, and does anyone have any experience of the voltage-fixer he mentioned? I'm in the UK.
posted by Urtylug on Jun 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Good home owner repair web forums?

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions on good home owner repair forums (DIY or contractor). Just need to ask some general questions such as: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jun 7, 2015 - 5 answers

My first house!

Y'all's advice on how I could pimp my cover letter actually did get me a ton of interviews and a new job-- hooray, and thank you! So now I'm moving, and I want to buy a house. What do I look for? [more inside]
posted by schooley on Jun 7, 2015 - 16 answers

cat lovers - need advice for stray cat family

I live in a large residential neighborhood in a suburb. For the past 8 months, my husband and some of our neighbors noticed a stray cat. About a month ago, our neighbor noticed she had 3 kittens. [more inside]
posted by seesom on May 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Identify this home decor product line from the 70s/80s?

Can anyone help identify this design (I know it was at least used on sheets and wallpaper, if not more products)? This is a design on a product line that has since been discontinued. I'd like to know who used to sell these products and how to find them. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dmalashock on May 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Ultra-beginner-level interior furnishing/decorating/design advice?

I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 22, 2015 - 20 answers

Help me not wreck my house.

We love our house, an 85-year-old home that was extensively remodelled, preserving much of the charm, including original A-grade fir hardwood floors, but with many improvements, including plumbing and wiring. The outside is the original cedar siding, which was sanded/filled/primed/painted about seven years ago. Now that it's in need of repainting, I'm considering whether I should paint or replace. Don't know if this wrecks the look/value of the house. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by liquado on May 13, 2015 - 8 answers

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