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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

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.

So much of my headspace is wrapped up in how my house looks (which is not so awesome) and it drags me down whenever I’m at home. This isn’t how I want to feel about my home. Can you help me change my attitude? [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Apr 12, 2012 - 32 answers

What's the best way to prevent leaks when nailing into the roof?

I want to attach a weathervane to a rooftop. To prevent roof leaks after screwing through the shingles, what should I do? Silicone? Washers? My dry attic thanks you in advance for the advice.
posted by jackypaper on Apr 10, 2012 - 11 answers

How to find out when and where newish movies will be boradcast before DVD/BD release

Is there a reliable way to find out when and where a movie that's too old to be in first run theaters but too new to be airing on cable and/or streaming will be available to watch? Example inside. [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Apr 2, 2012 - 12 answers

If I evict termites from my fence, will they relocate to my house?

I have a split rail fence in my back yard that is in very sorry shape, and I'm planning on replacing it soon. However, I recently noticed that parts of the fence are being eaten by termites. I don't see any sign of termites around the house (although I'm not an expert). If I replace the fence and take away the termites' home, what's the risk that they will decide to take up residence in my house (or deck or trees)? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Apr 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Safe to put Murphy's Oil Soap rags in dryer?

Is it safe to put rags with Murphy's Oil Soap on them in the dryer? (I'm putting them in the washer first, obviously, but all the warnings on my dryer about oil and grease are making me nervous.
posted by ohmygoodnplenty on Mar 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Home-Not-So-Sweet-Home

My boyfriend wants to buy a house. I don't. How do we work through this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 - 48 answers

Next up: how can I, at 5' tall, put up wallpaper without suffering a nervous breakdown?

Bought a house, hence the DecorateMyBedroomFilter! DYI: how do I put up a curtain rod for a window whose corner meets a slanted ceiling? Décor: what kind of wallpaper should I put up on a single accent wall of my otherwise very white and neutrally furnished bedroom? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Bright and modern.

I'm renovating my office, which is currently a monument to 80 years of bad decor. Help me modernize and brighten. Overview. Many details within. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I swap my house in Spain for a cabin in the States?

Are there any home exchange websites specifically for rustic cabin-type dwellings? Looking to swap my place in Spain for something in the states. [more inside]
posted by maca on Mar 16, 2012 - 1 answer

What's in WMF's Ceradur non-stick coating?

What's in WMF's Ceradur coating for non-stick pans? And is it safe to use unlike Teflon? [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Mar 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Double, Double, Toile and Trouble...

InteriorDesignFilter: I have three 22x28" baroque frames that I need to fill. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I put together a DIY, on-the-cheap, wireless home music system?

Advice needed: how to put together a DIY, on-the-cheap home music system where I can listen to my music from any room in the house? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

4 people 1 house

What are some positives and negatives about living in Alexandria/Arlington Virginia area? [more inside]
posted by AndrewKemendo on Mar 10, 2012 - 14 answers

How to navigate tricky family financial waters?

Family-finances-filter: need financial advisor and online resources to address mortgage refi / retirement questions on behalf of my parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 - 1 answer

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

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