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]
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 ).
Is there a practical way to keep someone from f-cking with my car? [more inside]
Not literally. But I'm stuck on picking a color. Special snowflake details inside. (Possible triggers for mental health issues) [more inside]
I want to learn how to furnish and decorate my apartment on a budget. What blogs should I look at? I already know about Apartment Therapy. [more inside]
Please instruct me on how to make a small-mediumish water fountain for my iguana's enclosure with things I can purchase at the Home Depot or aquarium supply store. [more inside]
Advice needed: is this an easy setup for a home media server so anyone can watch movies and listen to music anywhere in the house? [more inside]
Getting a draft despite having weather stripping and a door sweep. How can I fix this? [more inside]
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?
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?
Help me bleach my black, coarse, glossy facial (and head) hair! [more inside]
I'm looking for a water detection system with a wireless alarm. [more inside]
What type of audio connectors are these? [more inside]
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]
Is it possible to roast an already roasted coffee a little bit darker in the oven on a baking sheet? [more inside]
Help me find good scented home oils and oil warmers for the holidays and even all year. [more inside]
What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
Small baby that grows, small apartment that doesn't? [more inside]
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]
How do mortgage lenders take into account student loans when calculating whether and how much to lend? Special details inside... [more inside]
Home electrical wiring with voltage between neutral wires - is this normal? [more inside]
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?
Light color paint upstairs, natural wood downstairs in older homes and apartments. Why? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
What's the proper way to accommodate a chair rail (dado rail) when hanging items on the wall? [more inside]
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]
Vacation home swap for Hawaii? [more inside]
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]
How did you decide where to live? How did you find the perfect place for you? [more inside]
What are the best candles out there for making my home smell like a forest? [more inside]
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]
Can you please offer insight into my projector system? I have questions with regards to projectors, screens, and installation. [more inside]
My feet are so itchy I could punch someone. What bugs in my house could be biting me? [more inside]
Looking for a good cleaning service in Ballard, WA. [more inside]
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]
What's a reasonable price range for a basic in-ground swimming pool (rectangularly shaped, 3-5ft deep, chlorine or salt water)?
What are we overlooking during our preparation for cat acquisition? [more inside]
Please explain how they're going to make any money on this rehabbed house. [more inside]
Just how bad is this water damage a roofing contractor caused to my house? And what should I do about it? [more inside]
My asshole neighbors' pot smoke is seeping into our apartment through every crack and vent. Help. [more inside]
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]
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?
Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell? [more inside]
Thinking of retiring in 10 years. Where? [more inside]
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.
How much is an ice cube from my fridge worth? [more inside]
Renter's Insurance in California? [more inside]