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How To Save Money

Car Insurance + Home Owners Insurance = Saving $$ ? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 16, 2007 - 9 answers

WTB Wired Home Intercom, PST.

Our house is undergoing an extensive remodel and I would like to install a wired, press-to-talk intercom between the first and second floors (and the basement as well, if possible). Ideally, I would prefer a solution that draws no power when the PTT button is not pressed. Does something like this exist? At first glance it seems simple to make an intercom that only uses power to drive a speaker on the other end when the PTT switch is on.
posted by turbodog on Aug 13, 2007 - 8 answers

How to display a tea brick?

I need to figure out how to display a somewhat delicate tea brick in a shadow box I bought, without the brick disintegrating. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Aug 13, 2007 - 5 answers

Carpentry -- making the perfect window cutout

Carpentry puzzle: Imagine that you have a wood-framed window opening (example). Exterior sheathing completely covers the frame. How exactly do you cut through the sheathing? [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion on Aug 10, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me design a home push/pull routine

Help me design a good home push-pull workout with minimal equipment. Goals: Mass and definition [more inside]
posted by sirion on Aug 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Hiding burn marks in laminate countertop?

How should I treat burn marks in a bathroom laminate counter top so that my corporate landlord doesn't ding me? Any advice before I start into it with sandpaper, chisels and paint? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Aug 8, 2007 - 15 answers

Why do we smell oil when the heat hasn't been turned on for months?

We have oil heat, but as you might expect in the middle of summer's dog days, we are not using it. So why do I periodically get a very strong smell of oil? This seems to have just begun in the last few days - at least I didn't notice it before. I checked the basement oil tank, no visible leaks and there is no strong smell down there. There have been no recent deliveries of oil that would explain this. Thanks for any help.
posted by mmf on Aug 7, 2007 - 5 answers

Replace HVAC now or later?

Ten-year old air conditioner, busted compressor. Get a new compressor, or replace the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by commander_cool on Aug 7, 2007 - 7 answers

How Much Will It Cost???

How Much to Replace Copper Gas Lines in a small house? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 7, 2007 - 14 answers

Was not an A/V Geek, but Need Help with my Home Equipment

Is this an optimal setup for my A/V equipment? [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Aug 5, 2007 - 3 answers

What is a recommended replacement to an existing home security system?

Home Security: What is a recommended alarm panel to replace a 15-year old hardwired alarm system? [more inside]
posted by scooterdog on Aug 5, 2007 - 2 answers

Stairway to (cat) Heaven

How would I build a three-story high cat structure? That's three human stories, 25 feet or so high. [more inside]
posted by Araucaria on Aug 5, 2007 - 18 answers

Should I put my house up on poles or pilings?

I'm moving a pre-existing house onto a small lot in NW Florida. The lot is not waterfront. I'm thinking of putting the house 10' up on pilings so I'll have room to park the cars underneath, plus maybe a laundry/storage room. My questions are should I put the house up on poles or build concrete footings and block pilings? Which is best and why? Which is most cost efficient?
posted by wsg on Aug 4, 2007 - 6 answers

may I know your toaster?

What kind of toaster do you have, and do you like it? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Aug 3, 2007 - 26 answers

Help me find insurance for my home-based ebay business

Help me find a insurance company that will cover my home-based ebay business. [more inside]
posted by nmogno on Aug 1, 2007 - 3 answers

How to clean up after a shedding ape?

I'm a pretty hairy guy all over -- and I've got long hair on my head to boot. The problem is that I shed, from pretty much everywhere -- but luckily not so much from the head. How can I be a good roommate and clean up after myself in the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud on Jul 31, 2007 - 13 answers

Does (paper) wallpaper go bad?

Does unused wallpaper expire? [more inside]
posted by nadise on Jul 30, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me make my rug obey

Help me make my rug obey. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Jul 26, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I get even temps in my 2 story house?

How can I make air conditioning work better in a 2 story house? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jul 22, 2007 - 13 answers

Network reachable, but (Suddenly) file sharing stops working. Any thoughts?

My home network isn't cooperating. It worked fine for months, and then, unexpectedly (after a day of bad electricity (I hate my power company)), it isn't. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Jul 17, 2007 - 15 answers

Home Cinema System??

Home Cinema Question: Im looking to get a HCS for my Sky HD box. I want it to connect to my SKY HD, Xbox360 and Future PS3. Anyone recommend anything? [more inside]
posted by spinko on Jul 17, 2007 - 2 answers

Archnid Attack!Help me rid my house of them without chemicals.

My wife, new baby and I just moved into a house that we love. The one problem is that it has spiders of every type, everywhere, indoors and outdoors. We even have these small spider webs all over our lawn. With the new baby, I am hesitant to go ape with the chemicals. We vaccum regularly, including ceiling corners, closets etc. and have moved vegitation back from the house a bit, though there is a ton of flowers and ornamentals. Any ideas for dealing with the critters without dousing the place in insecticide?
posted by pazoozoo on Jul 15, 2007 - 15 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

Can a home be a luxury?

Can a home be a luxury? I want to know if you think it [is/is not] so. A lot [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2007 - 23 answers

Why does my PC speakers pop when light switches are used ?

Why does my PC speakers pop when light switches are used ? [more inside]
posted by matholio on Jul 4, 2007 - 8 answers

How can I be a silent (and compact) ninja?

Having recently moved to a small flat with little outside space, my free-standing kick-boxing bag is of no use. Even if I had room to hurl myself at it, I'd annoy the neighbours. What sort of equipment can I use to practice Thai boxing and grappling at home? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jul 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Home Inspection Checklist

What should I be looking for during a home inspection? I'm a first-time buyer and will be there for the inspection tomorrow. What should I be looking at while the inspector is looking? Will I be following him/her around or do you generally leave them alone to do their thing? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jun 28, 2007 - 26 answers

New House & New Sufur Smell - What do we do?!

We've just moved into a new house and we've noticed a strange odor both inside and outside most nights since we've been here. It's our first house ever and we're at a loss with regards what to do... [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Jun 24, 2007 - 30 answers

Help me work less and live.

How do I work as little and as flexibly as possible, and yet earn enough money to live? [more inside]
posted by 6am on Jun 23, 2007 - 27 answers

Advice for a new work at home dad?

I currently am self employed and work at home. We have our first kiddy on the way. What am I going to need to compromise on/totally change? [more inside]
posted by rus on Jun 22, 2007 - 14 answers

advice on making old laptop into home server

Converting an old laptop into my first home server - what should I know? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Jun 19, 2007 - 15 answers

How to save old home movies

Help me keep my dad's precious memories from deterioration. Have an of you MeFites successfullly transferred old school 8mm movies to DVD? If yes, then how? [more inside]
posted by rcavett on Jun 8, 2007 - 9 answers

Peeling paint, need advice

Yesterday we painted a very large interior wall. Today we tried to spackle and sand down a blemish in the wall done by curtain hangers. When we started hand sanding it, the paint began peeling. On closer inspection, it is not just the paint we recently put down but also the layer of paint directly below it. The layer remaining after it has been peeled has a chalky texture to it. I've searched the 'net and have seen a suggestion for spackling/drywall mudding around the edges and then painting over it. Does anyone know if this will actually work? The wall is huge so I really want to avoid sanding the entire wall if at all possible. The peeled paint area is about a foot in radius. Photo here. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
posted by GlowWyrm on Jun 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Seattle's Best...Family Housing?

Where to start looking for older, affordable family housing in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by hrbrmstr on Jun 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Does bamboo burn?

Does bamboo burn in fireplaces and wood stoves? I'm wondering if I can use it to heat a house, since it's far more renewable than trees.
posted by Galen on Jun 5, 2007 - 15 answers

Seeking sustainability

As a "peak aware" twenty something with parents within range of retirement, I've been persuading my family over the last five years to plan for a future with dramatically reduced energy supply. I want us to start a long-term transition to green -- and more importantly, I want us to live in a community that's green or at least capable of making a similar transition. (We currently live in hot pink Miami.) I don't just mean I want to feel good about recycling, but I don't quite mean an intentional community like Earthaven, which would be a step too far for my family. How can I find a community that has the elements necessary for localized, self-sufficient living? Search advice and specific endorsements are both welcome. [more inside]
posted by greggish on Jun 4, 2007 - 19 answers

Is this substation a problem?

I'm considering buying a house that's right beside a small electrical substation (just a small path between it and the wall of the house). Are there any risks attached to this? [more inside]
posted by ascullion on Jun 4, 2007 - 15 answers

Home Exercise Equipment

Are home-grade exercise machines a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Jun 3, 2007 - 24 answers

For various reasons I need to work out in my apartment

For various reasons I need to work out in my apartment… [more inside]
posted by bytewrite on May 30, 2007 - 22 answers

Unexplainable damp areas in carpet

Two chronic, unexplainable (to me) damp areas in the household carpet. Help me find the culprit, please. [more inside]
posted by donmayo on May 21, 2007 - 13 answers

What work-at-home things are available that aren't scams?

Is there any sort of part time work that I can do from home in my spare time that I can actually make money at? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 on May 21, 2007 - 17 answers

Magical, From (not)Blown Speakers. Please.

Please help me narrow my search and find the right sound system for my apartment. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 16, 2007 - 14 answers

Moldy Walls

My family has mold growing on the lower portions of inside of the walls in the central area of our 15-year-old home. We're getting the house sprayed, but the price the contractor gave us seems extremely high. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by silasjones on May 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me fake trompe-l'oeil in my bathroom.

I have a vision for decorating my bathroom. It sort of involves an amateurish take on trompe-l'oeil -- I know I've seen it before, but I can't think of where. I'm hoping the Hive can put me on the right path to creativity. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on May 8, 2007 - 10 answers

How do you drain a slightly flooded basement on the cheap?

Wetvacing isn't working, are there any less frustrating ways to get low - but still really damaging- amounts of water out of a basement for preferably less then two hundred dollars? [more inside]
posted by sandswipe on May 6, 2007 - 16 answers

MortgageFilter: Can 5.5% interest with average credit really be possible?

Mortgage Filter: My wife and I are looking for homes in the greater DC area and found what we think might be one of the best mortgage deals in the country. Of course, you can imagine that we are incredibly skeptical. More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by roundrock on May 6, 2007 - 4 answers

The perfect pillow.

How do I find the perfect pillow? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on May 4, 2007 - 19 answers

insurance for older homes

Owners of older homes - from whom do you get your homeowners' insurance? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on May 4, 2007 - 19 answers

where can I find the right frames for these large pictures?

where can I find the right frames for these large pictures? [more inside]
posted by krautland on May 1, 2007 - 5 answers

How can I crack the whip / get my realtor to move my property?

My realtor has gone from a proactive go-getter to a neglectful, smarmy do nothing. I need to sell my condo (I know the market is bad) but it's a nice place in great condition and priced in line with others in the market. How can I get it to move quicker? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 on Apr 30, 2007 - 17 answers

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