My apartment has a ceiling sprinkler system and one of the heads that has descended slightly from the ceiling. Should i worry that the sprinkler head will go off? [more inside]
posted by slhpatterson
on Jan 29, 2009 -
how do I become smarter in making the best decision when facing a new situation for the first time? [more inside]
posted by thomasck
on Jan 4, 2009 -
How can I improve the quality / listenability of my speaking voice? (for podcasts, namely, but in general works too) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita
on Oct 10, 2008 -
Mrs Baggers and I have just bought a house, and one of the rooms has walls covered with this ugly, bumpy stucco like stuff (photo here
). What's the best option for getting rid of it? Should we sand it down or try and cover it over?
posted by baggers
on Aug 19, 2008 -
Can you recommend a wholesaler to buy laminate flooring from in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi
on Jun 15, 2008 -
What set of power tools can I assemble that will allow me to build things out of wood and will store in a closet? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants
on Jan 22, 2008 -
What are the core tech support skills needed to work in a school district and how can I improve those skills this weekend? [more inside]
posted by fenriq
on Oct 27, 2007 -
I am interested in self-defense classes. There are lots of methods and places to do this. The options are a little overwhelming and I know very little about the topic. Can somebody break it down and make some suggestions and/or recommendations that might be best suited for me? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Aug 29, 2007 -
This is not about me mistakingly thinking material possessions = happiness. (I don't.)
And it's not about me running up credit card debt because of impulse shopping. (I haven't.)
This is about my competing urges: materialism and minimalism. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 6, 2007 -
I know, I know, light bulbs seem to fail in clusters, but I don't think this is to do with putting a bunch of lights in at the same time.
This week for instance, I got up and turned on my kitchen lights (8 x 50w small spots) and one blew and tripped my Ground Floor Light fuse.
A day later and I get home and turn on the same lights, another goes and trips the lights circuit again.
Later in the week, another goes in my study.
I replaced all the bulbs today.
I turn them on, everything is fine, I go outside and turn on the porch/side lights (3 x 60w) and two of them blow.
I nearly always have an inop light or two.
My question is this :
Is there an electrical fault which might explain this pattern of failure ?
posted by matholio
on Oct 7, 2006 -
Questions about 2nd coats. 1) DECK: Just stained deck two days ago with a semi-transparent latex deck stain ("Weatherbeater" brand). Unfortunately it dried a little unevenly, showing brush marks, so there are lighter and darker patches. Can I apply a second coat, or will that peal once the rain comes? 2) TUB: re-caulked around tub yesterday. Aesthetically it might look better if I could apply another layer of caulk to smooth out edges and make a little thicker (used white silicone bathroom stuff), but will the fresh caulk adhere properly to the 24-hour cured caulk? I had to scrape the bejesus out of the gap to get the old caulk out, and I don't want to risk the new caulk job failing.
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Oct 2, 2006 -
Are there any easy and inexpensive solar kits for your home? Someone preferably DIY installable. (in the 500-1k range?) [more inside]
posted by mphuie
on Aug 28, 2006 -
Home Improvement Filter: I'm trying to decide on a new floorcovering and I need creative ideas for wall paint as well. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne
on Aug 10, 2006 -
HelpMyWritingFilter: Am I overthinking or do I actually need these extra words of clarification when it comes to writing fiction? [more inside]
posted by Chorus
on Jun 29, 2006 -
How thick would a carbon steel plate have to be to roughly approximate the bending & deflection characteristics of 5/8" to 3/4" plywood? [more inside]
posted by true
on Jan 19, 2006 -
What are some usual (or unusual) home maintenance things/tips/hints that you do/use/follow periodically? Anybody have a link to a good list of these? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel
on Nov 11, 2005 -
I was at Lowe's looking at a storm door for the front of my house. Pella has this thing called Express Install
. It shows a woman installing a storm door all by herself.
Anyone have any experience with these Pella storm doors? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts
on Nov 7, 2005 -
I'm working on a patio project at home, and I'm trying to calculate the square footage of an area that's in the shape of an irregular pentagram.
It's about 19ft 6 inches long at it's base, and then has measurements of 70", 93", 43", and 16ft (192in).
Is there a utility online I can use to calculate this area, or possibly a feature in Visio that I can use to do this with?
Many thanks in advance for any time you take to post.
posted by DCTapeworm
on Sep 1, 2005 -
HomeImprovementFilter: I'm planning on having a basement room finished, and before I put the contractors to the time and expense of coming out for estimates, I want to know if the project will be something I can afford to do right now. [more inside]
posted by gwenzel
on Aug 18, 2005 -
HomeImprovementFilter. Also, RiskOfBrainDamageFromPaintFumesFilter. I am purchasing two unfinished wood bookcases, and plan to paint them a glossy red. However, they are so heavy that once I get them delivered (4th floor walkup) I'll need to paint them in my apartment. I'm afraid that painting them in the apartment might be dangerous, fume-wise. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Aug 13, 2005 -
This weekend my husband and I are planning on re-doing the guest bathroom. The house is run-of-the-mill American wood-construction, built in 1985. The shower fixtures seem to be "original equiptment," as it were, and look bad enough that I'd like to replace them. The shower is fiberglass and there is no "acecss panel" to get to the inner workings of the shower. How do we replace the knobs, spigot, drain, and shower head/neck with the least hoopla?
posted by Medieval Maven
on May 27, 2005 -
Old house, new to me, lots of quirks we're trying to fix. The old owner put clear contact paper on the garage windows, then painted the contact paper. He's been dead for fifteen years so this is old, tough glue. [more inside]
posted by pomegranate
on May 5, 2005 -
I used to consider myself a decent writer. It was one of those things that I did well. Over the last few years though I can hardly seem to link two cohesive sentences together. Those last few years also seem to coincide with my entrance into working on the web. Does anyone have any tips for learning how to write again? [more inside]
posted by trbrts
on Dec 6, 2004 -