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What's the minimum oil we need?

What's the minimum oil will it take to keep our new apartment warm through the winter? We're in a relatively moderate climate (Pacific Northwest). [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Olive Oil vs. Unfinished Red oak floor

I spilled olive oil on our new red oak hardwood floor, the day before the contractors are coming to sand, stain and finish it (a small bottle fell off the shelf and the top popped off) . How screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by Scoo on Oct 8, 2006 - 11 answers

Is this an electrical fault ?

I know, I know, light bulbs seem to fail in clusters, but I don't think this is to do with putting a bunch of lights in at the same time. This week for instance, I got up and turned on my kitchen lights (8 x 50w small spots) and one blew and tripped my Ground Floor Light fuse. A day later and I get home and turn on the same lights, another goes and trips the lights circuit again. Later in the week, another goes in my study. I replaced all the bulbs today. I turn them on, everything is fine, I go outside and turn on the porch/side lights (3 x 60w) and two of them blow. I nearly always have an inop light or two. My question is this : Is there an electrical fault which might explain this pattern of failure ? Thanks
posted by matholio on Oct 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Cost ratio of mortgage payment vs. rent?

When you made the jump from paying the rent to paying a mortgage, what was the ratio? [more inside]
posted by woj on Oct 6, 2006 - 36 answers

New neighbors, tell me what you really think about our town!

I'm in the process of buying a house in Chester Springs, PA (a western suburb of Philadelphia). If any MeFites are locals, I've got a few questions about the area . . . [more inside]
posted by galimatias on Oct 6, 2006 - 3 answers

How to get my rescue kitty off wet food?

I'm trying to get my six to nine month old rescue kitten off wet food, but its just not working with the usuals. I've had her for 3 weeks now. Difficulty: 20 year old prima-donna feline housemate who needs wet, but now enjoys kittenchow. [more inside]
posted by verytres on Oct 4, 2006 - 9 answers

Can two Distros share a Home?

Linux Filter: Is it copasetic to use the same home folder on two different installs of Linux? [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Oct 3, 2006 - 15 answers

Building a single-family outside of code

What are the consequences of building a single-family residence outside of code? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Oct 3, 2006 - 16 answers

Advice on deck staining & bathtub caulking

Questions about 2nd coats. 1) DECK: Just stained deck two days ago with a semi-transparent latex deck stain ("Weatherbeater" brand). Unfortunately it dried a little unevenly, showing brush marks, so there are lighter and darker patches. Can I apply a second coat, or will that peal once the rain comes? 2) TUB: re-caulked around tub yesterday. Aesthetically it might look better if I could apply another layer of caulk to smooth out edges and make a little thicker (used white silicone bathroom stuff), but will the fresh caulk adhere properly to the 24-hour cured caulk? I had to scrape the bejesus out of the gap to get the old caulk out, and I don't want to risk the new caulk job failing.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Oct 2, 2006 - 3 answers

Options for Unwanted Kids

Adoption? Foster parents? What are the options for two neglected children of a crack addict mother? [more inside]
posted by dropkick on Sep 30, 2006 - 16 answers

help me get a fair shake.

I am leaving my fiancee, we bought a house together a year and a half ago. What kind of property rights do I have? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Sep 28, 2006 - 16 answers

Property Line Dispute, with a neighbor who is selling.

Property Line Dispute, with a neighbor who is selling. Should we resolve it now, or hope for the best with the new neighbor? [more inside]
posted by krudiger on Sep 25, 2006 - 24 answers

single bare light bulb seeks cover

Glass globe for my room's ceiling light was crusty and bug-filled -- unscrewed it and put it away for a temporary fix! What options do I have for covering the ugly bare light bulb? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet on Sep 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Looking for interesting floor/table lamps.

Looking for a unique or stylin' a) table lamp and b) floor lamp. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Sep 23, 2006 - 8 answers

What's a non-crappy home exercise bike?

Is there a worthwhile stationary (preferably recumbent) exercise bike choice available for consumer purchase under $1,000? [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Sep 22, 2006 - 9 answers

water heater pilot light won't stay lit

Our water heater pilot light won't stay lit. Is it time to call a repair man? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Make it from scratch?

What things are worth the time and cost of doing/making myself? For example, tomatoes from the store are miles below the ones I grow in my garden. Fresh-baked bread is amazing. But knitting socks or a sweater seems hardly worth it, despite the fact that I can customize it, because of the high cost of the time and materials. [more inside]
posted by sLevi on Sep 20, 2006 - 48 answers

Green home products

I'm considering opening a retail sustainable home decor shop in Portland. What are some of your favorite green/sustainable/simple home products and where do you get them? [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Sep 19, 2006 - 5 answers

The door won't close.

How do I fix a door that won't close? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey on Sep 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me install speaker wire

Help me escape speaker wire installation-purgatory - [more inside]
posted by Fidel Cashflow on Sep 14, 2006 - 12 answers

Home warranty renewal?

Ned Flanders was right. Insurance is a form of gambling. Please help me win the bet with my home warranty. [more inside]
posted by Otis on Sep 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Transplant my Boot HD to new PC?

Advice please on relocating boot hard drive to new home-built PC and any potential issues with all new hardware. [more inside]
posted by Kensational on Sep 8, 2006 - 7 answers

Should I buy a condo conversion?

I'm thinking of buying a condo that was converted from an apartment; am I going to regret it? [more inside]
posted by bbuda on Sep 8, 2006 - 15 answers

Why do my lights spontaneously turn on?

Why do my lights turn on by themselves? Do I have poltergeists? [more inside]
posted by jknecht on Sep 7, 2006 - 8 answers

Water damage on a wood floor--hurry, it's still damp!

I just discovered a bottle of water has leaked onto my hardwood floor. What can I do to minimize the damage while the floor is still damp? [more inside]
posted by werty on Sep 3, 2006 - 10 answers

What's cool to do in a house wired with RG-6 and Cat6?

Home networking wizards: What cool stuff can be done when a house is wired with RG-6 and Cat6? Not just vanilla internet and file sharing. What wired activities and equipment do you love or covet? [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 on Aug 31, 2006 - 8 answers

Damage to home and liability

During construction on the common area of the town home complex I live in, workers may have damaged my water main, possibly causing damage to the interior of my home. They are trying to determine the damage now. Do I need a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by rryan on Aug 31, 2006 - 5 answers

Easy solar for the home?

Are there any easy and inexpensive solar kits for your home? Someone preferably DIY installable. (in the 500-1k range?) [more inside]
posted by mphuie on Aug 28, 2006 - 4 answers

Should we accept an offer with a contingency?

OK, we FINALLY got an offer on our house (after 4 months on the market) and we can't decide if we should accept. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Aug 27, 2006 - 22 answers

Help mebuntu!

Can I access (hax0r!) my now screen-less xubuntu laptop over my home network? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Aug 27, 2006 - 16 answers

How to get electricity back?

The power in our downstairs is out but there are no breakers in the fuse panel showing red. Can any electricians out there 'shed some light' (groan....) ???? [more inside]
posted by pman78 on Aug 27, 2006 - 11 answers

Watch your house over the web?

I am looking for products/services where you can install a camera outside your home (maybe on the porch or back deck) and see what's going on via the web while you're at work or away from home anytime? I guess it would have to be some kind of wireless connection signal transmission thingy?
posted by sandra194 on Aug 25, 2006 - 2 answers

How can I save money and energy and still have attractive lighting?

I understand that incandescent light bulbs are antiquated and extremely wasteful, but LED and fluorescent light looks horrible... [more inside]
posted by bradn on Aug 23, 2006 - 24 answers

Normalize My Audio

I want to normalize the audio output of my DVD player within a certain range. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by escher on Aug 22, 2006 - 15 answers

How to Keep Pigeons Away?

Pigeons begone! How do I keep pigeons off my ledge? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 22, 2006 - 24 answers

SWM seeks Shelter, willing to relocate.

PropertyFilter: Can a non-resident own a home in the United States? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Aug 19, 2006 - 11 answers

spanner

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

Homemade multi-zone Muzak for home ideas?

What's the best and least expensive way to setup a zoned audio system for my house -- MUZAK for the home -- with up to five different music channels playing in different rooms of the house. Preferably without having to wire the place. So wireless. [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Aug 18, 2006 - 7 answers

Site for awesome custom home/wall decor

Sitesearchfilter: Looking for a site that sells custom engraving, mostly home wall decorations, but perhaps some other general home decoration gifts as well [more inside]
posted by cusecase on Aug 17, 2006 - 2 answers

remodeling

Kitchen and bathroom remodeling. First time homeowner wanting to bring my kitchen and bathroom up to date. Never hired a contractor, nor do I have any recommendations from friends or neighbors. I own a duplex and did all of the simple work on the upstairs unit, but the lower unit that I occupy will be needing work that is out of my skill range (most likely a teardown to the studs and building up from there). I have some ideas on what I want done. I'd like to work with someone that can keep the project within what the neighborhood resale value can sustain and offer advice and refine my ideas. So how do I go about finding this person? I'm in Milwaukee.
posted by sharksandwich on Aug 16, 2006 - 7 answers

Need a weed-wacker for my heating bills

I'm looking for a take-no-prisoners strategy to reduce home heating bills. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Aug 14, 2006 - 9 answers

motivation solutions?

how can i motivate myself to do the things i dislike -- cleaning, organizing, laundry, budgeting, and so on? i avoid them all as much as possible and am sinking into a morass. (and i don't want to pay someone else to do it for me.)
posted by sdn on Aug 13, 2006 - 23 answers

Big Ass TV

Home Theater Question: So I want to set up a digital projector on the wall of my apartment and I have one remaining question: XGA or SVGA? [more inside]
posted by slapshot57 on Aug 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Moderately priced, new furniture in NYC?

Where are the best places to buy moderately priced (and new) furniture in New York besides Ikea? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Aug 10, 2006 - 9 answers

Need creative ideas for wall- and floorcoverings

Home Improvement Filter: I'm trying to decide on a new floorcovering and I need creative ideas for wall paint as well. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne on Aug 10, 2006 - 4 answers

This is my beautiful house...

How do you figure out a real estate buyer profile? We've purchased a home and will be doing some updates. We don't know how high end to go. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Aug 8, 2006 - 12 answers

I'm an oil virgin. Please help!

Home Heating Oil question. I've never lived in a house heated by oil, so I have no idea how the whole thing works. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Aug 4, 2006 - 16 answers

How do you prove you used IRA money for home purchase?

Tax laws allow you to withdraw money penalty-free from your IRA up to $10,000 if you use it towards a first-time home purchase. We just got the check -- my question is, how do we prove later on that we did use the money for the house?
posted by boognish on Aug 4, 2006 - 14 answers

How do I prevent someone from stealing my central A/C?

How do I protect my central air conditioner unit from theft? [more inside]
posted by beelerspace on Jul 22, 2006 - 13 answers

Should we stay or should we go?

I'm considering selling my house and moving back into an apartment. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Jul 21, 2006 - 17 answers

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