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Melting Stove Cords and Me

Our stove's electric cord melted and our electrician says that he thinks it was a fault with the stove itself. When I say the cord melted, it is a 6 inch gooey mess starting in the center of the cord that had heated up to the point where it started to burn through the wall and melted a hole in the gas line. The stove itself was off (oven and burners) and it apparently happened spontaneously. The electrician was, in his words, "shocked your house did not burn down. Be glad you smelled the gas when you did". My question has two parts going on the electrician's hypothesis: 1) The stove is out of warranty but it is still only 7 years old. Maytag is sending a repair person to asses the problem. Would we have any leg to stand on to ask for money towards a new stove? I doubt it but am hopeful. 2) Who, if anyone, should we notify that there may be an issue with these stoves? I would hate to think that someone else's house might burn down through some sort of faulty wire and we could have let "someone" know. (we are in Georgia). A bonus question - can anyone think of how this could possibly have happened? It seems pretty odd to us and to the electrician and we cannot think of something that might have made this happen.
posted by GrumpyMonkey on Mar 5, 2012 - 18 answers

Shared media and backup for 3 macbooks

In my house, we have three macbooks and one external hard drive full of media. Please help me figure out a system for sharing the hard drive, setting up a media server, and wireless backup. [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

What is a good plot size for a house

1. What is the plot size of a typical bungalow and a 2-storey house in Toronto? I am trying to be knowledgeable about this so I can compare different houses on the MLS site. [more inside]
posted by musicgold on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

How do single income families afford health insurance?

How do single income families afford health insurance? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Feb 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Home AC

Dfwhvacfilter: looking for a recommendation for a good honest reputable air conditioning service business. My ac at my house is running but no cold air. I live in the North Dallas area. Thanks in advance.
posted by flipmiester99 on Feb 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Help us downsize! Moving from 2400 sq ft to 1200 sq ft and .25 acres to .00000000025 acres.

Help us downsize! Moving from 2400 sq ft to 1200 sq ft and .25 acres to .00000000025 acres. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Feb 22, 2012 - 17 answers

How to proceed once you have your home inspection?

How to decide what to request repairs vs. credit vs. ignoring after a home inspection? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Feb 21, 2012 - 19 answers

Home daycare questions

Questions when considering starting a home daycare. [more inside]
posted by patrad on Feb 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Multi-purpose audio equipment?

Buying advice for audio equipment that can be used for both home video and for field recording? [more inside]
posted by facetious on Feb 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Do I need to have my furnace and AC inspected once a year?

Do I really need to have my furnace and AC inspected once a year? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

What do I need to know about buying vs renting?

Teach-Me-About-Renting-Vs-Buying Filter: I'm in my mid-20s and have been in my "grown up job" for about a year now, and it's about time to get my own place. What do I need to know, beyond just comparing rent and mortgage payments? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Feb 12, 2012 - 39 answers

What type of contractor do I look for?

Paging Holmes on Homes... [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Feb 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Tilt and turn or double hung

Any experience replacing double-hung windows with something like the "european-style" tilt-and-turn windows or a casement window? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Feb 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Do I own this stuff left in my basement?

I own a house and needed a new furnace. I found a guy to do it, and he totally screwed me over. He left all his tools in my basement and not had any contact with me for a couple months. Do I own these tools now, and what if anything should I do now? [more inside]
posted by BlackWalnut on Feb 8, 2012 - 15 answers

I love my house, but all this legal stuff blows my mind...

Buying a home from my father? Snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Feb 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Title insurance - sensible closing cost or scam?

Should I purchase owner's title insurance for my new home? [more inside]
posted by seppyk on Jan 31, 2012 - 29 answers

I want to eat you, not smell you

Do you cook a lot? Yet your house smells clean? Tell me how you do it! [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jan 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Frameless LP jacket wall hanging?

I want to hang some LP covers on a wall, and remember years ago seeing a cheap little kit that was something like four pieces of clear plastic for the corners, connected by an elastic string X-shape in the back that could hang on a nail. The result was a neat frameless effect that I liked, but I can't find it again. Does anyone know what that kit was and where I can buy it? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Jan 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Inside: Leak. Outside: Water (ice) coming from under eaves. What to do?

HOME REPAIR: My over-the-range microwave had water in it! I uninstalled it and found a slow drip coming from the vent duct. Then I went outside and saw a bunch of ice coming out from under the eaves. I don't know much about home construction or repair. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Home Monitoring Via WebCam (Short Term)

Is there an economical way to set up a few webcams so I can remotely monitor my house (for disasters) while on vacation? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Carpet installation in Seattle?

Carpet installation in Seattle? Experiences with Empire or other? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jan 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Is there a software that can capture real time video feed from another computers screen on your home network?

Is there software that can capture real time video feed from another computers screen on your home network? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Jan 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Did they forget to do the laundry?

Missed the game itself, but noticed that in yesterdays outing the Lakers were wearing their home gold and the Heat were wearing black with the game in Miami. Why?
posted by drpynchon on Jan 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Refinance as an IT Contractor?

How do I go about refinancing my house as an IT contractor? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Jan 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Home designing ideas

After buying a home we are stumped on how to design it and get ideas on living rooms, bath, etc. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

How can we reduce our mortgage payments if we bought the new house, *then* sold the old house?

This past year, we bought a house. A month or two later my wife sold her house. We'd really hoped we could sell the house first, obviously, but it was a bad market and we were in a rush get the home (my wife's house was in another state). So now we both have a0 large mortgage and a large chunk of cash. We're trying to figure out what to do now. [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup on Jan 9, 2012 - 39 answers

How soon is too soon to ask to work from home?

I started a new job a month ago. I like my job and I like my co-workers, but what I would really like is to work from home. When should I ask or should I ask at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 - 11 answers

London Puppy Buying: The Pitfalls

Looking to buy/acquire a puppy in (North) London. I am worried about vaccinations etc. and have some questions about ethics of the whole thing. Can I get a puppy from a shelter? Or should I feel happy about paying for one from a 'good' home through a website? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jan 9, 2012 - 22 answers

We may own a house in two years

This Christmas we were told by my Dad that he will be giving us his house when he moves out of state. It doesn't have a functioning kitchen (no sink, just a fridge and a microwave and he washes his dishes in a tub with water from the bathroom) The house has charm, and there could be plumbing problems and it's also in a dicey neighborhood. So my question is this: What do we do with this house? Fix it up enough to live in it for the price of utilities and taxes for a few years so we can go back to school? Try to sell it without even fixing it (we'd get maybe $20,000). Fix it up and become landlords after living there for a few years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Home or Away?

Team A vs. Team B. Which is the home team if listed like this? I have seen conflicting opinions. Is there a standard in the US? Is it different in other countries? Does it differ by sport?
posted by JohnnyGunn on Jan 8, 2012 - 16 answers

The first act in a horror movie script

What's the best way to record audio (or video) of myself sleeping? Yes, ideally, eight hours of low-quality audio in one shot. [more inside]
posted by stroke_count on Jan 6, 2012 - 11 answers

How did you decide to have one parent stay home was the best situation?

How did you decide to have one parent stay home was the best situation? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Jan 5, 2012 - 29 answers

How do you maximize a small home for a family of four?

I'm looking for ideas/resources on maximizing a small house's space for a family of four. [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Jan 5, 2012 - 31 answers

How much house can I afford?

It is often said (by presumably reputable sources, such as FHA), that you can afford a house payment that equals 28% - 35% of your pre-tax salary. This seems like an astonishing large amount of money to me -- it's almost 2x what I pay now in rent. Even considering the tax deduction, how can this be right, in this day and age of low housing appreciation rates?
posted by yarly on Jan 4, 2012 - 35 answers

20 grand seems like a lot of money for not that much work...

Do we, as unique special snowflakes, really need to use a buyer's agent? My husband and I are at a crossroads about whether to work with one or try to do without. Inside, I give a ton of personal details and you tell me who is right and who is wrong! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 24 answers

Should I close on my house (buyer) in 2011 or 2012?

If I have the option, is it more advantageous for me to close on a house (tax wise) in 2011 or 2012? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Let there be light: need 120V MR16 type LED bulbs for outdoors! Trickier than it sounds.

Where can I buy 50W equivalent LED lights that work outdoors, operate at 120V, and are of the standard base type? I simply cannot find a bulb that meets all three criteria! [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl on Dec 18, 2011 - 5 answers

To Watch or Not To Watch- Home Surveillance when away

We are going out of town and using a housesitting service that we found through the interwebs. A friend told us that we absolutely must set up some sort of surveillance. I'm really torn. [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire on Dec 14, 2011 - 14 answers

What if this is as good as it gets?

Would I know if this is as good as it gets? I know I've got it pretty good, better than most I bet...but I feel a little, I don't know, perhaps unsettled. But maybe that isn't even the right way to describe it - physically it's more liked stressed with a side order of tired. How do you know when you're at the top of your game and when you are in the place that is best for you and your family? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Identifying odd home artifacts and features

Antiques Metafiltershow: Can you help me identify any of these wild, weird, artsy household features? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 13, 2011 - 4 answers

I want to build a freaking wall of speakers

I am planning a project for a new years party involving over a hundred speakers of assorted size and Ohm values , Basically the idea is to stack all the speakers to cover an entire wall of a room and wire them all up to an amplifier(s?) what would be the best way to wire them? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Dec 12, 2011 - 8 answers

How to ground my home electrical in accordance with code?

Help me understand the national electric code with regard to rewiring and updating several rooms in my 1940s-era house. [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra on Dec 6, 2011 - 8 answers

How did someone break into my home?

How did someone break into my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 40 answers

What is a whole-house air cleaner for? Do I need one?

What is a whole-house air cleaner for? Do I need one? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Nov 30, 2011 - 6 answers

What forms of coverage/insurance should I buy for my home?

As a owner of a brand new house, I am deluged by offers in the mail for various forms of insurance, protection, or coverage for my home (examples: mortgage insurance, water line coverage). What forms of coverage/insurance are a good idea to purchase, and which are unnecessary?
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Sea of memories need creative home

After sorting through a castle of boxes, I discovered hundreds and hundreds of loose photographs. The photographs vary in size from 3 x 5 to 8 x 10 and even a few 10 x13's. I have many albums, and they are full. I have several photograph boxes, also full. I would like to display as many as I can without being obnoxious but I'm looking for fresh ideas. What are some interesting, space saving artistic ways I can use and display my sea of memories? [more inside]
posted by gypseefire on Nov 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Toto, how do we get back to Kansas?

What is it like to have a home to go back to? How do you cope if you don't have one? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Nov 18, 2011 - 42 answers

Adjust/Renegotiate mortgage on property that is worth 100K less than I bought it for.

My house is worth $100K less than I bought it for. I have trouble making payments. Is there anything i can do? [more inside]
posted by digividal on Nov 16, 2011 - 26 answers

I need the best solution for storing my CD's in a possible damp environment!

I am looking for sturdy plastic CD storage units. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Movin' out?

Help me hack my living space or the way I deal with it... or decide to move out! [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Nov 10, 2011 - 30 answers

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