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How to determine if a sump pump will work in my basement.

Would a sump pump help? [more inside]
posted by tom_g on Oct 25, 2007 - 11 answers

Is the ultimate kitchen really called a "kitchen" anymore?

I'm doing a research project where I'm trying to envision the 'kitchen of the future' - the way to organise your kitchen/eating/etc area so that in 5, 10, and 20 years that it will work well for a busy family with kids. We do so much in our kitchens! A lot of people already consider it their homes' "command centre", where they spend a lot of their time and where people congregate. Help me out (please!) and let me know: - What do you do in your kitchen/eating area? - What do you wish you could do? Better, more easily, or at all? - What would your ultimate kitchen have - as far as setup and 'stuff' - to make it the ultimate centre of your home?
posted by Kololo on Oct 25, 2007 - 24 answers

Drywall dust nightmare

Drywall dust has seemingly ruined my new couch -- and health. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Oct 18, 2007 - 7 answers

Please help me design an alarm system

I need advice for designing and installing a modest home security system. [more inside]
posted by amfea on Oct 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Music appreciation for home schoolers

I'm looking for resources for a home school music appreciation curriculum. I'd like to start at 'the beginning' (what is music, what are its origins) and work my way up to present day music. The age range is 7-9 years old. I would prefer not to buy a package, but if there is one that is particularly good, I'm not totally against the idea.
posted by GernBlandston on Oct 10, 2007 - 7 answers

Home is where the debt is?

I'm a woman, divorced, being audited by the IRS, in some credit card debt and have problems with my rental history. Should I sell my home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2007 - 14 answers

Wake me up in style!

Who knew finding a tabletop alarm clock would be so hard? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Oct 7, 2007 - 15 answers

Longtime Mac/Unix guy seeks Win XP for virtualization -- but which version?

The new Mac's on its way, the time has come to purchase a copy of Windows to run under virtualization on it. The question is, which version? And how to customize by size for my needs? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Oct 6, 2007 - 10 answers

Using Kirei Board

Experiences with kirei board? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Oct 5, 2007 - 4 answers

I need help installing my 5LNB dish for DirecTV service.

I need help installing my 5LNB dish for DirecTV service. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Oct 3, 2007 - 9 answers

real estate broker PITA

The real estate broker for our condo is a jackass...do we have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Sep 29, 2007 - 21 answers

Is there a such thing as an exterior designer?

I like the HGTV show "Curb Appeal" and I'm familiar with most of the actual trades involved with redoing the front of a house, but where do you find a designer to handle it all? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Sep 28, 2007 - 9 answers

A British Bed Bath & Beyond?

I'm moving to London, and need to find a home goods store. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Sep 27, 2007 - 22 answers

How much does getting a laminate floor moisture test cost?

I have laminate floor installed in my condo. We have swelling and warping in various locations, so we filed a warranty claim. As part of the fulfillment process they have requested that a chunk of the floor gets uninstalled and sent to a laboratory for moisture testing. If it turns out that it's our fault we have to pay for the testing. Does anyone have any idea how much something like that costs? If we wanted to dispute their findings, where do I find a lab to do the same testing?
posted by fellion on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Location of end of life

Do most people die at home or in hospital (or other)? [more inside]
posted by pettins on Sep 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me set up a home media center!

What is the best solution for setting up a media center that can serve regular DVD, HD DVD, BluRay, QT, MKV/H.264, AVI, et cetera to a 47 inch LCD at 1080p? [more inside]
posted by adi on Sep 23, 2007 - 9 answers

what to do, what to do?

Should we move and, if so, where? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Sep 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Central vacuum?

I need recommendations for a good central vacuum system to install in my house. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 18, 2007 - 1 answer

Can I buy a house using a student loan?

Can I buy a house using a student loan? Would this even be a good idea? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Sep 17, 2007 - 13 answers

Now that I'm out, she's keeping the cash!

My landlord won't give me my deposit back. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Sep 12, 2007 - 20 answers

How to paint a bath tub?

Does anybody have experience with painting a bath tub? I heard about using the plastic krylon spray paint that you can buy at wal-mart which is supposed to bond to acrylic, I'm wondering if anybody has tried this? How about using a refinishing kit?
posted by ets960 on Sep 5, 2007 - 15 answers

Walls came a-tumbling down, now what?

Looking for advice on rebuilding / repairing a section of concrete block (cinder block ) wall that once upon a time separated two yards. If nothing else, the dog is happy with the new expanded yard. [more inside]
posted by korej on Sep 5, 2007 - 4 answers

How To Find a Decent Mover!

How to find a Trusted Mover [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 31, 2007 - 13 answers

I (don't) have the power!

2 outlets & a ceiling light stopped working at the same time. None of the circuit breakers were flipped. What would cause this, and how can I troubleshoot it? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Aug 30, 2007 - 15 answers

Landlord is doing a walk-through in 2 days. Any advice?

My landlord left a letter on my door informing me that there will be a "walk-through" the house this week. What are my rights, and what is some good advice? (I live in New Mexico, USA) [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Aug 27, 2007 - 41 answers

Needed: the ultimate paper hanging system?

We need to install a hanging system on our conference room wall that will allow us to easily swap paper items of various sizes and thicknesses (posters, printer proofs, regular ol' paper). The space is about 4 feet wide. Does anyone have any experience with this thing? Hangman Products Clip-it Strip Reminds me of the strips that were installed at the top of chalkboards in grade school. It seems like they were never strong enough and teachers struggled to keep things in there. Any other product recommendations?
posted by Typographica on Aug 24, 2007 - 8 answers

Why would room temperature water be coming out of the faucet when I turn on the cold water tap?

When I turn the cold water tap, the faucets in my upstairs bathroom are putting out room temperature water. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Aug 23, 2007 - 15 answers

Let There Be Light!

I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Aug 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Am I monitored through VPN?

This may be a dumb question, but when I am connected to my work's vpn from home (I use a vpn/remote desktop combo), is all of my traffic, even the stuff outside of the server, going through my work? In other words, can they see everything or only what I do through remote desktop?
posted by jules1651 on Aug 21, 2007 - 14 answers

Help Us Move To France

Young couple visited France last year for about two weeks with few plans other than a couple of booked hotel rooms and a TGV pass. They fell in love with the country and would love to move there about 5 years out... [more inside]
posted by finitejest on Aug 21, 2007 - 12 answers

What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and is challenging in some way?

What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and that is challenging in some way? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Aug 18, 2007 - 15 answers

Monthly vs Every two weeks

My mortgage lender sent an offer in the mail that I could change from monthly payments to payments every two weeks. This would be good for me, bad for them. Why? [more inside]
posted by poppo on Aug 17, 2007 - 21 answers

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

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