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Neighbor rebuilding shared fence--do I have any responsibility?

My neighbor has expressed a desire to rebuild the wooden fence between our houses. We share one side of the fence with her, and it's definitely in need of repair--warped boards, aging, etc. Should she be fully responsible for paying for the fence, since it was her idea to fix it? Or should we contribute some money since we share one side of the fence? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Apr 2, 2013 - 36 answers

How must/can I modify my basement to legally use it as a bedroom?

I am planning to convert my basement into a bedroom for one of my brothers to use. I was thinking all that was needed was carpeting and paint, but one of my friends recently told me that I may need to have some kind of modification to the basement windows or walls so that there's a fire escape route apart from the stairs. Is this the case? I've had a hard time finding a definitive legal reference as to what I need to do to have someone legally sleep in my basement. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Feb 21, 2013 - 13 answers

What will fit into this oddly shaped bathroom space?

We're redoing a bathroom in a house we plan to sell. It's a very old house, so nothing is quite standard. Between the new sink cabinet and the stacked washer / dryer there is a space that's about 10 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 80 inches high. We'd like to make it functional in some way. It also should look nice. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Feb 10, 2013 - 14 answers

What's better: salt water or chlorine pool?

I'm planning to have an in-ground pool installed in my backyard. Which would be better: a chlorine system or a salt water system? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Oct 3, 2012 - 16 answers

What's a reasonable price range for a basic in-ground swimming pool?

What's a reasonable price range for a basic in-ground swimming pool (rectangularly shaped, 3-5ft deep, chlorine or salt water)?
posted by starkraven on Sep 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Removall or other eco-friendly paint removers for retail in Twin Citites?

Looking for a lead on Removall 220 available for retail in the Twin Cities area, or recommendations of equivalent (brushable, eco-friendly) paint strippers. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Jul 10, 2012 - 2 answers

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.

So much of my headspace is wrapped up in how my house looks (which is not so awesome) and it drags me down whenever I’m at home. This isn’t how I want to feel about my home. Can you help me change my attitude? [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Apr 12, 2012 - 32 answers

How do I purge the basement of doom?

My house has an unfinished basement. It's a terrible mess and causing enough problems for my husband's allergies (we think) that it's not even usable right now. What can we do to get it straightened out? [more inside]
posted by ashirys on Sep 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Finishing the Finishing of a Basement

Previous owners of our house began the process of finishing the basement. I'm thinking about completing the job. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by Vectorcon Systems on Aug 25, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I build a balcony enclosure to reduce wind and noise yet preserve my awesome view of NYC?

Help me make my noisy, windy city balcony more enjoyable. [more inside]
posted by jacquilinala on Dec 12, 2009 - 5 answers

ideas for a big planter box?

What should I do with this giant brick planter box that fronts my house? [more inside]
posted by peep on Apr 4, 2008 - 13 answers

What's the smell coming from my sink, shower and dishwasher?

What's the smell coming from my sink, shower and dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jul 9, 2007 - 8 answers

spanner

can anyone recommend a good DIY/home improvement guide on-line? [more inside]
posted by randomizer on Aug 19, 2006 - 4 answers

What are some alternatives to futons?

Futon mattress alternatives? I have a lovely futon frame with a nasty lumpy old futon mattress. I'd like to get rid of the mattress and keep the frame, using it with my air mattress for overnight guests. Does anyone make sofa-type cushions that I could put on the frame to make it more of a couch? Could I make them myself? (+) [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jan 22, 2005 - 13 answers

DIY Planters

I want to add some plants to my deck and I'm looking for planters, or rather looking for industrial materials which might make good planters that can be bought for cheap. I spent hours on my Tandy looking through Google and Froogle, but can't seen to find anything appropriate. What I'm dreaming about would be any sort of tub or industrial looking trough or whatever which could be adapted to hold various plants. Metal and wood are the desired materials. If anyone has advice about where to go, how to look, or on specific materials that might make good planters, please post!
posted by chaz on Jul 14, 2004 - 9 answers

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