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How can I eliminate a draft under my front door?

Getting a draft despite having weather stripping and a door sweep. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Jan 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Help a busy college student come up with an inexpensive home workout?

I'm a girl looking to build strength, burn fat, and tone up. I prefer to work out at home, where I have a yoga mat, a stability ball, 6lb dumbbells, a doorframe pull-up bar, and full 5 gal / 19 Liter water-cooler bottles. I also have a road bicycle and know how to swim. Using the above, what are some of your favorite exercises that I can do for balanced fitness on the whole body?
posted by grifninetoo on Dec 29, 2012 - 19 answers

To apply as co-borrowers or not?

My girlfriend and I are trying to get a home loan together. She has good credit, mine is apparently less than good (we were already denied by one lender). Is it possible to apply for loans using only her name, but still include the income I would contribute? Is this a terrible idea?
posted by mumblingmynah on Dec 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Teach me your peroxide hair bleach secrets!

Help me bleach my black, coarse, glossy facial (and head) hair! [more inside]
posted by windykites on Dec 26, 2012 - 25 answers

Water Alarm System For Crawlspace

I'm looking for a water detection system with a wireless alarm. [more inside]
posted by shew on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

What type of audio connectors are these?

What type of audio connectors are these? [more inside]
posted by woolite on Dec 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Differences in tax liability for joint home owning options?

My partner and I are about to buy a house together, and we're trying to decide how to do this. We're gay, and hence technically unmarried, and we're trying to figure out the tax implications of the different options. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Dec 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Beans Don't Burr in the Grinder

Is it possible to roast an already roasted coffee a little bit darker in the oven on a baking sheet? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Scented oils and warmers

Help me find good scented home oils and oil warmers for the holidays and even all year. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 answers

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in?

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Have baby, will travel... to the next room.

Small baby that grows, small apartment that doesn't? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Nov 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Did you see the pictures I did of a home with Asian design? Where!?

Have you seen (within the last decade) these pictures from a home design magazine? Traditional Asian (Japanese?) style - high ceilings with dark beams, large open spaces, tatami mats and paper screens, and very little else. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Nov 25, 2012 - 4 answers

How do mortgage lenders look at student loans?

How do mortgage lenders take into account student loans when calculating whether and how much to lend? Special details inside... [more inside]
posted by percor on Nov 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Do I need to get an electrician to sort this out?

Home electrical wiring with voltage between neutral wires - is this normal? [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Hello? Any landlines out there?

Post-Sandy, we are thinking it would be good to have an old-fashioned landline for future outages. We currently have FIOS phone, cable and internet. When we lost power, after the second day we had no home phone I guess because the battery backup died. So is there such a thing as old-fashioned landline service anymore? And who can I call to get this service from? In central NJ?
posted by mmf on Nov 8, 2012 - 20 answers

Millwork painted upper floor(s), natural downstairs

Light color paint upstairs, natural wood downstairs in older homes and apartments. Why? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Nov 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Sniff For Power Resumption and Message Me

I'm a Sandy refugee, living with friends until my power's restored (latest estimate: 11/9). There's got to be a way to remotely detect that - to sniff for current in an AC plug, or detect light from a bulb or the reestablishment of my WiFi network....and then use the WiFi to let me know. The tech would be trivial. Does anything like that (aside from $$$ home monitoring set-ups) exist? Or could I rig one up?
posted by Quisp Lover on Nov 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Need to find some help at home with an infant.

What's the best way to find help for baby watching / around the house (for a couple of hours) for a mom with a infant? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Nov 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Maybe if I rub some vanilla under my nose...

I'm moving into a new place! Hooray! But it harbors the scent of the last tenant. Boo. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Oct 26, 2012 - 30 answers

Please suggest a great buyer's agent in Tampa

Can you suggest a great buyer's agent in Tampa? Mr. Doodley and I are looking to move to the Central/North Tampa area (roughly from South Seminole Heights up to North Lowry Park/Manor Hills neighborhoods). [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Oct 21, 2012 - 0 answers

Hangups with Hang-ups

What's the proper way to accommodate a chair rail (dado rail) when hanging items on the wall? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt on Oct 18, 2012 - 8 answers

The campaign for more slacking off as a family.

Are there corners to cut that we should be cutting? What tasks do you skip, consciously or not, as a family? Washing dishes? Putting laundry away? IS THERE SOMETHING WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 17, 2012 - 84 answers

House Swap?

Vacation home swap for Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Oct 14, 2012 - 2 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

There's no place like home...

How did you decide where to live? How did you find the perfect place for you? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Sep 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me make a forest in Manhattan.

What are the best candles out there for making my home smell like a forest? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Sep 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Low key home network monitoring possibilities?

Now that my kids are getting older and wanting to use more stuff online from a wider range of devices, what can I do to keep an eye on what they're doing? [more inside]
posted by singingfish on Sep 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Projector System Help!

Can you please offer insight into my projector system? I have questions with regards to projectors, screens, and installation. [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Sep 19, 2012 - 7 answers

fiery feet

My feet are so itchy I could punch someone. What bugs in my house could be biting me? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Maid in Seattle?

Looking for a good cleaning service in Ballard, WA. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Sep 17, 2012 - 1 answer

I am allergic to something in my home that isn't pollen, dander, or mold.

I am allergic to something in my home. The symptoms only show up while I'm at home. I don't know what it could be. Is there something or someone that can figure out for me? [more inside]
posted by bosco_costanza on Sep 15, 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

Pick me, pick me! I won't poop in your shoes.

What are we overlooking during our preparation for cat acquisition? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Sep 12, 2012 - 35 answers

Can they make money on this house?

Please explain how they're going to make any money on this rehabbed house. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Just how bad is this water damage?

Just how bad is this water damage a roofing contractor caused to my house? And what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by BlueJae on Sep 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Your scene is shitty, man

My asshole neighbors' pot smoke is seeping into our apartment through every crack and vent. Help. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Sep 7, 2012 - 79 answers

Working from Home

Are there any other people here who work from home? Care to share some anecdotes or tell us about any rituals you use to keep you motivated? [more inside]
posted by rougy on Sep 7, 2012 - 30 answers

How to place value on having a good view out of the window from a home?

what value is to be placed on a nice view from a home? I have the opportunity to move to a new flat with very impressive direct sea views, for a 40% increase in rent. I’m just having trouble quantifying the view. The flat is below market rate probably, and I can afford it, that’s not a problem, I feel it is a very superficial thing to spend money on. But I’m not spending on anything else. If I had kids, I feel that I wouldn’t be that bothered at all about having the view . I am a male, 33, single. I look out the window, and sure it’s nice, but does it improve my life, in any real sense? I am not really sure. If it wasn't for this view, I'd probably move to a more interesting and cuturally diverse part of town. Which has different kinds of urban views. Views?
posted by molloy on Sep 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell?

Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly on Aug 27, 2012 - 15 answers

give me a home

Thinking of retiring in 10 years. Where? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Aug 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Who to hire to improve Curb Appeal

We are thinking of painting/residing our house but are lacking in design sense! We think we want a BIG change, but do not know where to start in improving our curb appeal. We would like to hire someone to help with the house design but do not know where to start. Can you point me in the right general direction on the type of person to hire for this sort of thing? General info is welcome, we live near Pittsburgh,PA if you know specifics.
posted by rvrlvr on Aug 25, 2012 - 4 answers

The Iceman Wondereth

How much is an ice cube from my fridge worth? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Aug 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Renter's Insurance in California?

Renter's Insurance in California? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Aug 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Parents Won't Store My Stuff Any More

Kind of a two-part question: 1) Looking for affordable, secure, climate controlled storage units north of Kansas City, and 2) dealing with the illogical sense of feeling abandoned by my parents as they talk about being unable to store my stuff in the future. (Sorry, a bit long inside) [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 12, 2012 - 20 answers

Boilers boilers boilers

Can you tell me how to buy a boiler? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 9, 2012 - 23 answers

DIY Home Security questions

DIY Home Security: where to start? I'm investigating all the myriad options for hardware and monitoring services, and I am overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by medarby on Aug 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me time-warp my home office into something amazing.

Help me time-warp my home office into something amazing. [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Aug 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Do I need a mold specialist, a window guy, a general contractor, or all three?

I have to replace a rotted out bathroom window by the shower, but I'm pretty confident that there's a bad mold problem in the shower wall beneath the window. Who should the first call be made to to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo on Aug 7, 2012 - 5 answers

I need a clothing organization system that isn't a dresser and also isn't my floor.

I need a clothing organization system that isn't a dresser and also isn't my floor. Help! [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Aug 5, 2012 - 34 answers

How do I be a great SAHM for my baby?

Can you give me your best tips, tricks, and general guidance for being a stay-at-home mom of an older baby? As of next week I will be caring for our 8 month old by myself full time, and I'm scared! [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Aug 1, 2012 - 14 answers

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