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Buy A House With Cash

My wife and I are buying a house in Austin, Texas ( Steiner Ranch ). We are trying to figure out how we want to finance it. We have the means to pay for the house with cash. We are being offered a mortgage at 3.6%. The cost of the house would represent about 50% of our net worth. The other 50% is fairly liquid, with an even spread between 401k, index funds, 529's, and cash. Should we do it? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 11, 2012 - 25 answers

Removall or other eco-friendly paint removers for retail in Twin Citites?

Looking for a lead on Removall 220 available for retail in the Twin Cities area, or recommendations of equivalent (brushable, eco-friendly) paint strippers. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Jul 10, 2012 - 2 answers

learning more about home construction and maintence

I own a house built in 1904 - how can I learn more about home construction and home maintenance? I do a lot of my basic repairs myself and always make a point to watch and ask questions (non-obnoxiously) when I have repair people over. [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Jul 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Video streaming from a small club

My friend would like to stream video from a small club he volunteers in. [more inside]
posted by Chuckles on Jul 3, 2012 - 1 answer

Alternatives to shutters for window exteriors?

Our new house has a very plain front - I think it needs some window trim, but I'm not sure if shutters are the right answer. Are there any other options that will be consistent with the look of the house and help it look less bald? [more inside]
posted by ftm on Jul 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Beautiful Permaculture Yards in 30 minutes or less per week

My suburban yard began as a permaculture project but is overrun with invasive grass. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by diode on Jul 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Stop sparking!

The sparkers on my gas cook-top keep 'sparking' even when everything is turned off. There is no gas flowing to the range but the little spark plugs keeping sparking by themselves. From my lounge room I can hear them and it's getting worse and worse. Any ideas? Should I just get someone in to fix it? European stainless steel cook-top around 10 years old. I saw this AskMefi, but it doesn't quite answer my question.
posted by evil_esto on Jun 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I purchase a home that I found out, after submitting an offer, belongs to an alleged (charged but not convicted) pedophile?

Should I purchase a home that I found out, after submitting an offer, belongs to an alleged (charged but not convicted) pedophile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2012 - 41 answers

Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas?

Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jun 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Work hard for your money.

Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jun 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Need more slate

Where to buy/acquire pieces of slate in Manhattan NYC? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Building a deck used to just mean one thing, now we have ALL THESE OPTIONS.

To use composite decking or not to use composite decking, that is the question. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jun 21, 2012 - 19 answers

How to Hook up this Drip System?

How do I hook up this irrigation/drip system? I have an outside faucet for garden hoses. What do I need to buy, and where can I buy it? How does it work? Bought a house with this installed.
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm drowning in sorrow, water, frustration...

I have been battling with the sprinkler system at my house for almost a year (previously on MeFi) and I am about to give up as it appears that it has gotten the better of me, here is a brief history... When we moved in the outdoor watering system was a mess, there were drip lines on 24 hours a day, many of the sprinkler valves were not working properly, etc. I have spent many hours fixing, replacing and getting a better understanding of what is going on out there, I found multiple system and wiring all dead from neglect, quite a mess. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jun 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Last night I was threatened by someone on my property.

Last night I was threatened by someone on my property. What should I do to get over feeling vulnerable/anxious? [more inside]
posted by brevator on Jun 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Is There a Quick and Easy Fix for My Paint-Chipped Porch?

I need to paint my previously painted cement block porch while putting in the least money, time, and effort. What can be painted over a chipped paint job without it chipping again? [more inside]
posted by paperclip2000 on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

What's good at-home work for a retired nurse seeking extra income?

My mom has been a nurse for 43 years and is about to retire. She'd like to pick up some extra income at home. Is anyone aware of at-home work that would use her extensive nursing knowledge? [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Jun 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Mexico Oaxaca senior home/help

Mexico Oaxaca-What is the history or background of the poor old women who sell things at the Zocalo? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jun 7, 2012 - 9 answers

How to make surfaces unwalkable?

I remember reading about a material that was designed to make walking across it very difficult if not impossible. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Jun 7, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me remain calm when talking to annoying flatmate!

Flatmate filter: I'm planning on having a calm discussion with one of my flatmates this weekend about some issues I know she has about the house, but that haven't been discussed in the open. I would like tips on remaining calm and collected in the moment. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jun 3, 2012 - 16 answers

New house!

We just bought a house... yay for us! How much would it cost to add a mud room? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jun 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Under Pressure, da da da da da da da! (White, white baby?)

I'm on a quest for inexpensive (over the long haul) home carbonation. The big limit here is NO PLASTIC. HomeBrewFilter? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Jun 2, 2012 - 18 answers

1980's authenticity valuable?

We have a small 1982 tract home. It has all the original fixtures: brass doorknobs, little clear plastic knob faucets, brown ceiling fans with brass filigree. Is there any benefit to leaving it as is? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on May 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I water my lawn this way?

A question about the lifting capacity of sponges, gravity, pvc tubing and whether my lawn can be irrigated. [more inside]
posted by otto42 on May 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on May 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Blowing Hot Air About Cold Air

Blowing Hot Air About Cold Air: Reviews of portable air conditioning units are rather vague about how loud they are. There are a few that advertise "library quiet", but I'm not so sure. Does anyone have experience with one of these machines? I need a QUIET one. If I could get down to half the volume of a window unit, I'd be very happy.
posted by ecorrocio on May 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me not feel like the most incompetent housewife on the block.

We just bought a new three-story house with 2,900 square feet of gorgeous dark hardwood floors that make every single tiny speck of dust stand out (and we're about to get a short-haired, light-colored dog). How the hell do I keep this place clean without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by halogen on May 17, 2012 - 20 answers

What is this thing?

What is this snuggly thing? [more inside]
posted by ATX Peanut on May 17, 2012 - 2 answers

iPad + ? = music

With all this tech, surely there's a way to listen to music in my living room? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on May 16, 2012 - 25 answers

I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution.

I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I get a property survey?

What's the downside of not getting a property survey? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

How to play music wirelessly on home theater system.

Rdio/Bluetooth/home theater receiver/iPhone...please help me out of this mush. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on May 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Identify this hanging pendant lamp!

Please help me identify this hanging pendant lamp. [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview on May 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Pernicious California Butter Ants

Please help me deal with these single-minded ants. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on May 11, 2012 - 19 answers

Poetry & poignancy for the end of an era (& sale of my childhood home)?

My mom has sold my childhood home :( I want to leave a 'time machine' box with small objects in a place where it may or may not be found.... I want to write something but I'm at a loss for words... Can you suggest a poem? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree on May 8, 2012 - 17 answers

retirement kung foo ideas

I'm retiring after 35 years in 6 months.Any suggestions on good sites for retirement talk, hobbies,vocations etc...thanks
posted by malhaley on May 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Home theatre audio systems... Help!

Home theatre audio systems... Help! [more inside]
posted by utsutsu on May 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Whose mess is it?

Cohabiting couples, how do you handle the housework? Is there a clear distinction between your mess and their mess? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on May 4, 2012 - 52 answers

Am I qualified to make these home renovations?

I just bought a small brick 1960s ranch house and I want to: 1) cover the outside of the cinder-block lower level with something like stucco, 2) get rid of the crappy grass in the yard and replace it with nice grass, and 3) replace the crappy vinyl siding with something like wood siding. Can a dummy like me pull this off? [more inside]
posted by critzer on May 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Home based business tax write offs when you don't own the home

Can you write off renovations to your home on your taxes for a home based business if you don't own or rent the residence? [more inside]
posted by blubutterfly on Apr 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Buying a parent's house

I want to buy my mom's house. What are the logistics of this? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Apr 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Can I touch up my blonde hair at home without impending embarassment?!

Can I keep my hair blonde using at home products? Is there anything I need to know to not screw it up? Can anyone recommend specific products? [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Apr 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses?

Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Apr 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Need to reign in recycling chaos!

Recycling overload - looking for sorting bin suggestions [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Mould & condensation in our new home, help!

Help! Mould & condensation in both bedrooms of our new home. We are first-time homebuyers and mostly newbs. Do we have any legal rights as buyers, and best way to fix the issue? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Apr 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Buying a furnished home

How do you negotiate buying furniture in a house - particularly generally unused furniture used in a model home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Help! Pantry Moths

Attack of the pantry moths. How do I get rid of this pestilence? [more inside]
posted by burlsube on Apr 15, 2012 - 22 answers

use laptop as thin client

RDP into personal desktop from work laptop over LAN/wifi - suggestions to get the best possible "thin client" experience at home? Is it a bad idea to use my work computer this way? [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Apr 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Laying Out the Unwelcome Mat

Are there good reasons to answer the door to strangers? [more inside]
posted by Edogy on Apr 12, 2012 - 76 answers

Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP!

Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP! Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Apr 12, 2012 - 19 answers

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