So I'd like to know if homes built in the USA in 1958 commonly had wood floors and it is possible this owner added the carpet later. If true we'd have hope that the wood below has possibility for restoration. [more inside]
Please help me decide between two couches: a chaise sectional, and a two-piece sectional! [more inside]
How much training is required in order to become a credible burlesque performer? [more inside]
Home energy advances. Are there any new developments I should know about as I'm about to move into an older single-family home after 13 years of living in an apartment? It is a gas/electric home with heavy tree shade.
Work to live. How to find jobs we can do from anywhere in the US (or ideally anywhere in the world). Bonus for attorney jobs. [more inside]
Tell me about your experience living in some (relatively) affordable suburbs north of New York City!
Tell me about your experience living in some (relatively) affordable suburbs north of New York City! Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
My friend would like to stream video from a small club he volunteers in. [more inside]
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]
My suburban yard began as a permaculture project but is overrun with invasive grass. What can I do? [more inside]
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.
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]
Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas? [more inside]
Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
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.
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]
Last night I was threatened by someone on my property. What should I do to get over feeling vulnerable/anxious? [more inside]
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]
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]
Mexico Oaxaca-What is the history or background of the poor old women who sell things at the Zocalo? [more inside]
I remember reading about a material that was designed to make walking across it very difficult if not impossible. [more inside]
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]
We just bought a house... yay for us! How much would it cost to add a mud room? [more inside]
I'm on a quest for inexpensive (over the long haul) home carbonation. The big limit here is NO PLASTIC. HomeBrewFilter? [more inside]
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]
A question about the lifting capacity of sponges, gravity, pvc tubing and whether my lawn can be irrigated. [more inside]
Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment [more inside]
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.
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]
What is this snuggly thing? [more inside]
With all this tech, surely there's a way to listen to music in my living room? [more inside]
I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution. [more inside]
What's the downside of not getting a property survey? [more inside]
Rdio/Bluetooth/home theater receiver/iPhone...please help me out of this mush. [more inside]
Please help me deal with these single-minded ants. [more inside]
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]
I'm retiring after 35 years in 6 months.Any suggestions on good sites for retirement talk, hobbies,vocations etc...thanks
Home theatre audio systems... Help! [more inside]
Cohabiting couples, how do you handle the housework? Is there a clear distinction between your mess and their mess? [more inside]
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]
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]
I want to buy my mom's house. What are the logistics of this? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses? [more inside]
Recycling overload - looking for sorting bin suggestions [more inside]