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Got any advice on possible pre-fab home building?

Have you bought a pre-fabricated home, or know someone who has? If so, what words of advice can be given about this? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Jun 15, 2013 - 7 answers

 

Can I paint this rug?

I want to paint some designs on this hideous rug that I bought by mistake. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 13, 2013 - 25 answers

Washing Machine repair: Can a mere mortal change a door gasket?

Do I dare try replacing the door gasket on my frontload washing machine? Photo of damaged gasket. It's not supposed to look like a ruffle. It's supposed to be smooth. The damaged occurred when I was washing a duvet cover and sheets. The load became very unbalanced and the machine leapt and jumped. Has anyone ordered the part and done a successful DIY repair? Or should I pay a service tech? The machine is a Maytag MHWE200XW00. It looks like we could get the gasket shipped for about $120.
posted by valannc on Jun 10, 2013 - 12 answers

I work a high profile job and my neighbors know it. I've been robbed.

I have been robbed three times in the past 7 months. My lease ends July 31st, and I do not wish to pay one more month. I have expressed that I feel targeted and unsafe to the apartment complex, but they do not want to make a concession for me. What rights, if any, do I have? Michigan is my location. The apartments seemed safe when I chose them, but have turned into something else since.
posted by squirbel on Jun 10, 2013 - 26 answers

Is naptha (lighter fluid) safe to clean windows?

I have some masking tape adhesive residue on my windows. They are vinyl windows double pane with argon gas inside. I use naptha with is lighter fluid although I use the actual stuff from a paint store to remove adhesive on other stuff it works well. It is safe on plastic. What I'm wondering will it damage the stuff that holds the glass panels to the frame (I think its silicone not sure though) I dont want it to get damaged and let the argon gas leak out.
posted by john123357 on Jun 6, 2013 - 25 answers

Can you put siding over Formstone?

I'm looking to update the front of my 15' x 30' attached Baltimore row home. It currently features ugly formstone. I'd like to add a mason veneer siding on top of the existing formstone if possible. Can this physically be done? Thank You! Eric
posted by emeyer5269 on Jun 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Design software for the homeowner?

I have a few household projects for which I'd like to mock-up some designs. Mostly pressingly a bathroom, and after that garage storage, landscape design, and other things. What is the best (free, or individual consumer-priced) software to get the job done? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Outdoor lights got wet -- now what?

I have these strings of tiki lights in my backyard and they got wet! [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on May 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Applying for home equity loan while changing jobs

We are about to apply for a home equity line of credit. The guy at the bank already ran our credit and verified rates and eligibility. I'm also about to change jobs. What should I do about the loan? [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on May 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Iconic buildings/symbols of Astoria or Queens

I'm wanting to do a project similar to this, but for Astoria (specifically, if possible) or Queens (generally, if that works out better). So basically, I'm looking for suggestions of iconic people/places/things that represent the neighborhood and/or borough, and would evoke fond memories for folks who have lived there. I'm not going to be taking photos, so I'm not limited to things that currently exist or that are concrete (as a terrible example of this, I mean that an apple could represent "the Big Apple"). I've already thought of Shea Stadium and the World's Fair stuff in Flushing Meadows (QMA, Unisphere, NYState buildings, etc.) What am I missing, Queens-folk?
posted by unknowncommand on May 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Is my home going to be taken away? (UK homeowner, 2nd mortgage)

More details after the jump, but in short: Mortgage lender holds the deeds to the house after missing payments for years. I am trying to figure out what the imminent risks to the house are and if I could find a debt negotiator. Many thanks to you all. [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on May 21, 2013 - 6 answers

How can my mom transfer me a house from her name to my name?

My mom and I want to transfer her house to me, her son as cheaply and quickly as possible. We live in Columbus Ohio Franklin county if that helps. I'd prefer not to have to pay a lawyer or whatever but I will if it's necessary to get it done quickly. Having it completed within 10 days would be great, is this possible? and how do we do it? websites, phone numbers, etc. would be helpful!
posted by crawltopslow on May 20, 2013 - 10 answers

I want the Camry of sofas, not a Yugo or a Porsche

Where do you go when you've graduated from IKEA and are ready for decent, but not necessarily heirloom quality furniture? We're just hoping to find some stuff to carry us through the next 8-10 years, or is that unrealistic? How much should we honestly expect to spend? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on May 13, 2013 - 27 answers

How much does Medicare pay for a room - just the room, overnight?

[USA filter] Even with the new disclosures I can't figure out how much Medicare pays for just a hospital or nursing home room - 24 hours. Just the room charge. [more inside]
posted by cda on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Bring me a shrubbery....or two

Can you help me create a natural looking barrier from my neighbors? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on May 10, 2013 - 17 answers

I am literally going to clean all the things.

I would like to do a massive clean/organization of my apartment over the next few weeks. Help me figure out a game plan. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on May 10, 2013 - 22 answers

How to couchsurf effectively

I am leaving my place shortly and moving into a new one, however there will be a period during which I will be camping out with various family and friends while the paperwork on the new place gets sorted and I get some work done to it. What is the minimum of stuff I should take with me in order to live comfortably on someone else's floor / sofa bed / guest room, while still not taking up too much of their space? Also, how do I deal with the lack of feeling settled / not having my own space? I haven't done this for a long time, so want to go in fully prepared. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on May 10, 2013 - 15 answers

Alternative living arrangements?

I may be on the lookout for a new residence soon, and I'm open to alternatives to the usual apartment/house rental. In particular, living in an RV or camper trailer parked on the street outside of a friend's house (or in their driveway if long-term parking on the street is illegal) seems doable. And fun. And possible (I asked). What's it like? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Owning a house vs financing a house.

Where can I find stats on actual home ownership, not home borrowship? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on May 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Open building wall risk?

Is an exposed, cracked concrete wall with open drywall a health issue on its own? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Apr 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Homescaping Query

What's a good bush to plant next to the front door? This is in coastal Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Rent vs. Buy: Retiree edition!

Single retiree is selling a big paid-off house and asked me and huzzeh for help deciding whether or not it makes sense to rent an apartment or buy a condo. What questions should we consider to help make this decision? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Apr 18, 2013 - 17 answers

On the cheap and during the weekend...DIY home decor!

Aside from a few major professional-only renovations for our house, what we can do to make our home the way we would like? (Bonus points for simplicity!) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

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 to stop dirt from coming in under front door?

So. I live on the ground floor. My apartment complex hires leafblowers to come and blow leaves and dirt out of the parking lot twice a week. Every time they come to do this, I come home to dirt, in the entryway of my apartment, that has blown in under my front door. It's a new door, with a new rubber guard at the bottom. How can I prevent this from happening?
posted by sevensnowflakes on Apr 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Sensors for boats, sensors for homes. Sensors!

I'm inthe process of designing a comprehensive refit of a 21 Metre Dutch Barge and thought it's about time I made at least a small amount of use of my Robotics background. I'm thinking about including a vast array of sensors throughout the inside and outside and feeding it all into a central computer, then probably using these sensor feeds to do various automation actions. So this question has a few parts, some technical and some not. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Mar 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Ideas for covering a stained bathtub?

My old cast iron bathtub is stained beyond help. None of the tough cleaners do anything at this point. I looked into repainting it myself but couldn't cope with the idea of the prepping and the awful epoxy-based paint etc. etc. We could pay a fortune to have it reglazed, I guess, BUT [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 24, 2013 - 25 answers

Home Improvement filter: seeking sources for Siding Materials in DFW TX

Hi, thanks in advance for helpful comments, suggestions, recommendations. I am looking to begin an improvement project on a single fam home the day after tomorrow in Arlington, TX. So, of course I waited to the last minute before deciding to seek alternate options to Home Depot and Lowes (the only big box home improvement stores in the area). That's all I need, Mefites! I will have to go get the materials from Southwest Arlington TX, so preferably
posted by rxbert on Mar 21, 2013 - 1 answer

How to bed down for the night?

Dear adventurous loungers of Metafilter, please tell me about the cleverest space-conserving bed or couch replacements you've ever seen. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Mar 20, 2013 - 32 answers

Things to do at home when incapacitated.

I need recommendations for activities for someone with medical conditions that preclude reading, writing, watching much video, or walking for any significant amount of time. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Mar 18, 2013 - 37 answers

How can I keep my bath warm for longer periods of time?

- I live in an apartment and the water heater does not give an entire 40g of hot water [the capacity of the water heater and approximate capacity of the tub]. - I would like to relax in the bath for at least 20 minutes or more. - I've tried boiling water, aquarium heater [fail, takes to long to heat], basalt stones [too small to matter]. Do you have any ideas for lengthening my bath time? My water goes lukewarm after ten minutes, almost chilly.
posted by squirbel on Mar 9, 2013 - 23 answers

What should I do: Ext. Hard Drives, Media Servers, NAS, etc.

Please talk to me like I'm stupid. I have a bunch of video files (~5TB...so far) hanging out on a bunch of external hard drives. Right now I just take turns plugging them into whichever laptop I'm going to use to watch the videos. I'd like something a little more convenient and easily accessible from multiple rooms in my small apartment, but I'm not awesome at setting up networky things (I've never successfully gotten two different laptops in my apartment to even "see" each other over the wireless router). What should I do? [more inside]
posted by aswego on Mar 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Have I ruined my plywood subfloors?

I covered my plywood floors in water....it was only once, but when will they be dry again? [more inside]
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Please help me go from "under contract" to mortage-holder

I am trying to purchase a foreclosed house with a homepath loan, but I do not qualify for a homepath loan despite excellent credit. Apparently a conventional loan will not work for the current condition of the home. Can you help me sort out my options in Virginia? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Mar 3, 2013 - 7 answers

I'm blue. Healthy suggestions for cheering myself up?

My baby brother moved to London yesterday and I'm sadder than sad. We're really close and he lived a couple of minutes from me so we hung out a lot. I'm going to miss him so much and it'll take me a while to accept that he's a flight away, and I can't just randomly drop in on him, hear his little hello, and settle down for a few hours of putting the world to rights. My usual way of dealing with sadness is not very productive - namely substances of varying degrees of legality, and chocolate. Help me make a list of positive things I can do to lift me out of the little pool of tears I'm in. He's left me one of his guitars - which was mine about 20 years ago - and I'm determined to learn it this time. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
posted by billiebee on Mar 3, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I find consistent freelance copywriting work for 5 cents a word?

I'd like to get more into freelance copywriting. It's something I can do from home, and I'm pretty good at it. I have a money and time goal for it. Money: 5 cents a word Time: 15 hours a week Total: About $1,500 a month. I'm on Textbroker, but they rarely pay more than 1.5 cents a word. I'm open to pay-by-project too, if they're consistent. How would I go about finding regular clients/websites that could help me reach my goal?
posted by tuberose on Feb 27, 2013 - 3 answers

quote about going home

I am looking for a quote along the lines of, "you leave home to search for what you are looking for, only to come home and realize it was there all along". I remember reading a specific quote around this idea, but I can't remember the wording well enough to look it up. I would also be interested in any quote along these lines and expressing a similar idea. thanks.
posted by bearette on Feb 23, 2013 - 15 answers

The plane is a time machine

I act childish and feel patronized whenever I go back home from university to my parents and (much) older sister. I think this is a known phenomenon. What can I do to minimize this? (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Feb 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me diagnose my automatic garage door opener weirdness

I have a two-car garage with a LiftMaster automatic garage door opener that is misbehaving and it's driving me crazy. It seems to be randomly just opening the door long after it is closed and I can't figure out why. I've seen the other questions about garage door openers but was hoping for some advice specific to my situation. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Feb 22, 2013 - 15 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

How can I get Home Sharing in iTunes to stay connected?

I can Home Share via iTunes (from PC to laptop), but can't get the connection to stay. [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Feb 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Buying a car right before buying a house

How much of a bad idea is buying a car a month or so before buying a house? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Feb 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Job as Online test-scorer?

My husband is considering doing online test-scoring as a side job. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Feb 17, 2013 - 16 answers

New (old) house with the worst possible kitchen floor.

Help us figure out how to cover up or replace this god awful kitchen floor. We just purchased a farmhouse that was renovated in the mid 50s. The mudroom and kitchen have 9" asphalt tiles that are all coming up (so not level), and on top of that, the prior owner used these rooms as a kennel for his incontinent daschund. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Feb 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Building a house to accommodate pain and disability

Everything I do, all day, every day, hurts. The more I do things that are painful, the more the pain snowballs. We're going to build a house that we hope will help reduce the accumulation of pain, and maybe even let me recover a little. Help me make sure I'm covering all the bases in house design accommodations. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Feb 13, 2013 - 35 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

Trees. What's up with those?

We live in a rural New England house on a wooded lot and we don't actually know a whole lot about taking care of trees. Other than 'you should call someone and learn about taking care of trees' what will be useful for us to know? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 6, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I relax more deliberately?

Even when I have free time, I find myself rarely doing the thing called "relaxing". I'm looking for how I can better relax, and what I can do to give myself a better environment to do so. [more inside]
posted by parudox on Jan 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Central gas with new ducts or ductless heat pump.

Our home in Seattle contains a dozen or so electric heaters. We would like to get rid of these and upgrade to something more efficient/attractive/economical. It seems our two options are 1) Central gas heating or 2) ductless heat pump. To make gas heating work, we would have to install ducts. Does anyone have any experience with adding ducts to a ductless house? One possibility that has been suggested is to put the ducts on the outside of one side of the house. This would probably work in our case since all of the large rooms in our house share a common wall. What are your thoughts/experiences with installing either gas heating with new ducts or ductless heat pump heating? I'm assuming that central gas would work just fine in a Seattle winter but I'm not sure if a ductless heat pump system would be adequate in the winter ( considering that our hope is to replace - not just augment - the existing system ).
posted by metadave on Jan 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me protect my car from vandalism.

Is there a practical way to keep someone from f-cking with my car? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Jan 17, 2013 - 38 answers

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