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Stuck on you

Best way to remove year old masking tape from plastic and glass? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 on Feb 9, 2008 - 13 answers

What electrical event killed my wife's laptop and printer?

What electrical event killed my wife's laptop and printer? We connected the printer to the laptop and...fireworks! [more inside]
posted by ransom on Jan 24, 2008 - 7 answers

basement cracks

anyone have experience dealing with basement cracks? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Jan 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Contractor or Friend, Pick Your Poison

Diplomacy Filter: How can I tell my aquaintence/contractor/fellow club member that he overcharged me for some home repairs. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Sep 29, 2007 - 16 answers

How Do We Know the Garage Door Isn't Opening?

So our garage door opener was randomly opening and I think I've solved it, but the real question is, how do I test it without leaving ourselves open to the world? [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Sep 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Good roofing company in Seattle?

Please recommend a Seattle roofing company that would do a good job inspecting our residential roof and making minor repairs (cleaning off moss, adding zinc strip, etc).
posted by reeddavid on Aug 30, 2007 - 1 answer

Does your ceiling hang low, does it wobble to and fro?

The movers put a big gouge in my living room ceiling. This is sad and annoying, but leads to a burning question: what the hell kind of ceiling do I have? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Aug 24, 2007 - 4 answers

how bad is my roof?

How bad is my roof? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Aug 20, 2007 - 15 answers

Hiding burn marks in laminate countertop?

How should I treat burn marks in a bathroom laminate counter top so that my corporate landlord doesn't ding me? Any advice before I start into it with sandpaper, chisels and paint? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Aug 8, 2007 - 15 answers

How to fix a paneled ceiling

How to fix acoustic ceiling panels and their light fixtures. Our low basement ceiling (maybe 6' high) is a frequent casualty of college parties and the drunken men that attend them. Panels are knocked out and two fixtures have fallen. What to do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on May 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Hot, hot, hot, not, not, not

Noob house owner: The water heater is now only putting out lukewarm water, not hot. [more inside]
posted by The Behatted Wild Man of Greenfield on Apr 19, 2007 - 19 answers

What's a fair offer for a house that needs major repairs?

My wife and I put in an offer on a house for $187,000, which was accepted by the sellers. However, the inspector found a major problem that will cost about $22,000 to fix. What's a fair counter-offer given this problem? [more inside]
posted by jay_wiese on Feb 14, 2007 - 30 answers

Revive an impaled refrigerator

So, I just skewered my refrigerator. The buildup of ice in the freezer was so awful I had to use something sharp to chip it away. Imagine my surprise when a small eruption sprays white, chemical-smelling gas at me! [more inside]
posted by conch soup on Jan 1, 2007 - 26 answers

Would this house turn us into Tom Hanks and Shelley Long?

Is this house worth pursuing? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 20, 2006 - 24 answers

I just don't want to shower in the dark.

Homerepairfilter: a light bulb blows out. The glass and metal part separate. How do I get the metal part out so I can replace the bulb? [more inside]
posted by Famous on Jun 6, 2006 - 21 answers

Drying hardwood floors

How do I dry hardwood flooring? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx on May 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Mechanical Engineering Filter!

If I wanted to hang something heavy from a rafter, how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on May 22, 2006 - 14 answers

What website has best home painting how-to?

General home painting. Best website for how-to? [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy on Apr 17, 2006 - 4 answers

Can I plug my dryer into this outlet?

Can I plug my dryer into this outlet meant for an electric range? [images inside] [more inside]
posted by FearTormento on Dec 7, 2005 - 22 answers

What's Eating My House?

Something has been nibbling on the window sashes in my attic. Do you know what it is?
posted by alms on Oct 29, 2005 - 16 answers


Building a stone wall: crushed stone foundation necessary? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Oct 17, 2005 - 12 answers

weaponizing the string trimmer

Why don't string trimmers use wire instead of plastic? My guess is that with wire in there, it's like a surburban guy in shorts and flipflops walking around the yard waving around a little tablesaw, but is it really that much more dangerous than plastic if it should strike flesh? You're pretty much flayed either way, right? Is it a safety issue or something else?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Aug 27, 2005 - 11 answers

Dehumidifying basement

Question on dehumidifying your basement, actually my basement, specifically re: getting rid of the water. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Aug 13, 2005 - 13 answers

restaining staining a wood fence

Restaining a wooden fence... [more inside]
posted by entropy on Aug 11, 2005 - 5 answers

Where can I find good help these days?

Where can I find good electricians, plumbers, handymen, and whatnot in Baltimore? Is there a centralized resource where people can find out who's good, who's cheap, whose repair work is going to need repairing by another contractor, etc etc? Must one rely on word-of-mouth or blindly picking a name from the phonebook?
posted by schroedinger on Aug 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Pulling Out Decking Joist Brackets

Currently in the middle of a major deck renovation and a question occurs to me: is there a better way to remove the old joist brackets? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Jun 13, 2005 - 8 answers

Carpet (glue) bombing...

RenovationFilter: We just bought an old library out on the great plains. Yes, library. But that's not the point. It's a wonderful, hundred-year-old brick building. The floors are beautiful, straight-grained, old-growth fir. Unfortunately.... [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jun 10, 2005 - 27 answers

What are your caulk recommendations?

My tub was/is moldy. Out of frustration over smell and look, I decided tonight to take care of it and destroy the offending mold for the 90th time. I've had really bad luck with caulk in the past and I don't think I'm up to spending another 6 hours thoroughly cleaning it when the caulk I've been using fails again. What are your recommendations? Both for caulk types and caulking tips? [more inside]
posted by tozturk on May 24, 2005 - 10 answers

Black Water from Pipes -- What Is It?

Recently, when I turn on my shower in the morning, the water runs clear for a few minutes, then a spurt of black inky water comes out for anywhere from two to 10 seconds, then it starts running clear again. I haven't noticed this with any of my other faucets/water sources. What might be causing that black water (I assume something's collecting in the pipes somewhere) and is it something I should be worried about? As a side note, my hard, hard water does seem to eat through my plumbing like it was made of spun sugar.
posted by willnot on Apr 28, 2005 - 2 answers

Fixing Drywall Around Shower

In trying to fix the joint where my wall meets up with my shower, I wrecked my wall. What do I need to do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Mar 6, 2005 - 3 answers

Cracked Wall

Cracked wall question.......[mi] [more inside]
posted by szg8 on Feb 5, 2005 - 3 answers

New Tabletop

I inherited a metal table in the shop of our recently bought house. The table top is rusted but still solid. Is there any way I can make it look new and to protect the top from further rust? Or is there something I could attach to it, like non-slip rubber, that would make it last longer? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman on Jan 8, 2005 - 10 answers

Bathroom Flooring

Bathroom tile/subfloor question. --> [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 5, 2005 - 20 answers

Bathroom electrical issue

We just moved into a townhouse. In the guest bathroom, the light and fan are operated by the same switch, so that the fan automatically comes on when you turn on the light. We hate the sound of the fan and would prefer to have two separate switches, one for the light and one for the fan. How complicated is this to do? Is it something we could reasonably learn how to do ourselves or should we leave it to an electrician?
posted by widdershins on Oct 18, 2004 - 10 answers


I have older windows in my home that weren't taken care of properly (layers upon layers of paint, some don't open, broken weights, etc). Window replacement is about a year off, and I'm trying to get my rental unit up to snuff. Is there some good how-to repair advice anyone has come accross for old windows? I have a couple of fix-it books but they only have cursory info and concentrate more on installing new windows.
posted by sharksandwich on Oct 11, 2004 - 9 answers

Phone jack moving know-how

I'm renovating a room and I'd like to move a phone jack that was originally placed 5 feet from the floor (for a wall phone), down closer to plug height. We're talkin' standard wood frame construction with gypsum board walls. I know that the box is set against a wall stud but I'm unsure the best way to do this with the least amount of tearing up and patching. Any tips, online resources or warnings? I also don't know jack about phone wiring. Get it? Jack? Har dee har.
posted by jabo on Sep 2, 2004 - 5 answers

Touch-Up Paint

I want to go buy some paint to do touch-ups on my walls. I need it to match what's on the walls. Anyone have any bright ideas on how I can accomplish this? I have managed to get a paint chip off the wall, about 1-inch by 1/2-inch. Is that enough for the Home Depot folks to computer-match? Should I just eyeball the paint samples and try to find a match myself?
posted by scarabic on Jun 24, 2004 - 18 answers

low flow toilet retrofit

ToiletFilter: I'm adding a toilet in the basement of our house. Should I get a low-flow 1.6 gpf unit, or go for a free multi-gallon unit? Can I retrofit a multi-gallon unit to flush less?
posted by daver on Mar 2, 2004 - 8 answers

Plumber Problem

Do you understand the physics of water pressure and/or plumbing? If so, I would love your opinion on this dispute I'm having with a plumber. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 29, 2004 - 12 answers

Chipping Toilet Seat

I bought a new toilet seat about 18 months ago and the laminate of the inside front is already chipping. While these things aren't that expensive to replace I'd just as soon find a way to cover it up. Can I use plain white paint or will the small but growing?
posted by billsaysthis on Dec 27, 2003 - 5 answers

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