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Gas, oil, electric? Which new furnace to get in Seattle

I live in a 1911 Craftsman in Seattle. The heating situation is... pretty weird. (See the "more inside".) My 42-year-old oil furnace still works like a champ, but the oil company folks say they won't service it any more and it has to be replaced. I have been searching and searching to try to figure out the best way to deal with this before it gets cold out, but I am not finding what I need. Should I change my heating method and can people recommend whom I might call for this? [more inside]
posted by litlnemo on Aug 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Where Should We Go In Addition to Seattle?

I visit some friends in Seattle every year right around Halloween — sometime in the last week of October/first week-and-change of November. My travel buddy and I have in previous years traveled to other cities near Seattle as part of the vacation. We've been to Portland, Vancouver, and San Francisco. Where should we go this year? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Aug 12, 2014 - 18 answers

Window condensation and mold: How to nuke it from orbit?

My Portland, OR area condo has condensation inside the windows that causes recurring mold growth. Please help me remedy this. Pic and many details inside. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Feb 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me find the perfect place to escape for a couple days!

I have a few days off following the holiday crazies and I'm planning a mini road-trip to escape for these few days to unwind, hide from life and work on some personal projects. I really don't care where I go, but I'm looking for 4 things: an awesome private jacuzzi tub, a solid internet connection, and a walkable location -- all within 6 hours drive of Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Oct 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Wanted: A Win-Win Winter...

As a competent and responsible couple who will be available for a long-term housesitting or caretaking job (anywhere in the American West, BC or SE Alaska) throughout next winter and beyond, what are the best venues for us to both search for options and advertise our skills and availability? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Feb 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Do you want to 1) attempt to ford the river 2) caulk the wagon and float it across 3) take the ferry or 4) hire a mefite as your guide?

Cross country move: Charlotte to Seattle. Help make sure this banker-type doesn't die of dysentery on the way there. [more inside]
posted by Blue_Villain on Nov 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Thinking of relocating to the Pacific NW but I've never been. Help me decide between Oregon and Washington.

I'm thinking of relocating to the Pacific Northwest USA for the climate and scenery, though I've never been before. I have 4 days to visit next month, and am having trouble deciding between Portland and Seattle as a base of exploration. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Sep 25, 2012 - 31 answers

What are the main cities for creative, arts and media scenes in Canada?

What are the main cities for creative, arts and media scenes in Canada? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Sep 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help us plot out our late October mini-cation

Where should we go in the Pacific Northwest near the end of October? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on Jul 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for a biwa expert.

I'm looking for a biwa expert in the Cascades region. Portland is best, Seattle is fine, northern California is doable. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Dec 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Tranquil Retreat in the PNW

Looking for recommendations for a quiet, affordable writing retreat in the Pacific Northwest. [more inside]
posted by Tsuga on Aug 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Finding Web Nerds in Northern California and Oregon?

I'd like to explore the local web/tech nerd and geek scene in small cities and towns between San Francisco and Portland. How and where do I find the right folks? [more inside]
posted by polexa on Aug 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Oh give me a home where it's nice and quiet and tree-ish for a week or two.

I'm looking for a cheap-as-basic-as-dirt cabin, yurt, tipi, et cetera in the Pacific Northwest to hang out in for a week or two on a writing retreat. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jul 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact?

Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Mar 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Or I could just turn off my phone and lock the door.

Help me find a weekend retreat somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. I'll be by myself and ideally, but not necessarily, would like to learn some sort of new skill. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Recommend Cold, Awesome Places for a Vacation

I'm going to be starting a little sabbatical from work around Thanksgiving time, and we want to take a vacation trip to kick it off. It'll be approaching winter, and I've always been fascinated by the idea of cold northern oceanfront places with fantastic storms and windswept beaches. Something like the setting of The Ghost Writer, beautiful and austere landscape, cozy house right on the water. Can anyone recommend a town or place to look, maybe pacific northwest or new england? My experience with VRBO-style rentals in California has been good, and dog-friendly would be a big plus.
posted by migurski on Oct 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me explore the Pacific Northwest!

Two days outside of Portland, OR... what to do? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Jul 26, 2010 - 17 answers

Whats my west coast destination?

Starting from Portland, what giant seminal or small amazing event could I travel to in early August by bus or car somewhere near the west coast of the USA? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 17, 2010 - 1 answer

Do they have a Bigfoot Museum up the road?

Does anyone have any parks, roadside attractions, and Must-Sees for a Saturday day-trip from Portland to Mt. St. Helens? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on May 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Send my truck to truck heaven

Is there a CarMax equivalent in the Pacific Northwest? [more inside]
posted by zvs on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Dot-com-ish

Seattle dot-comer looking for local meetings with similar folks. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Mar 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Where should my family go skiing in the Pacific Northwest this winter?

Please recommend ski slopes for my family to learn to ski and snowboard in the Pacific Northwest this winter. [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Dec 2, 2009 - 9 answers

music suggestions needed

I desperately need music suggestions for a slide show featuring the Pacific Northwest. It can be anything-- vocals, instrumental etc. Please help.
posted by lanita333 on Oct 31, 2009 - 18 answers

Will I kill the poor, defenseless plants?

Is late October late to plant some shrubs in the PNW? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka on Oct 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Large decorative plants that will survive in a container on a Seattle deck

What plants are suitable for putting on our deck in Seattle? There's no yard/soil, so they must live in containers. The deck is quite large so I was thinking about large decorative plants like small trees or some form of bamboo. Climate-wise, we have the typical PNW weather of moist winters that only fall below freezing a few days out of the year. Also, we are completely ignorant of gardening and would rather have something that can survive with a minimum of attention.
posted by matildaben on Nov 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Traveling by train from Seattle to Vancouver, BC.

Traveling by train from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Oct 28, 2008 - 11 answers

Weekend in Portland or Vancouver?

Weekend in Portland or Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on May 19, 2008 - 8 answers

What to do in the Pacific Northwest next week?

What should I do in Seattle, Portland, and points between, during the first week of December? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Nov 28, 2007 - 18 answers

on the road again

In late May, I'll be driving with a bunch of friends in an RV from Sacramento CA to George WA and back for the Sasquatch Music Festival. I've only driven as far north as the Oregon border before, so I'm looking for recommendations of interesting places to stop - your favorite diners, pie shops, waterfalls, hot springs (improved or not) and other oddities of northwest highway culture. I'm familar with many Northern California hot springs (I really like the one in Sierraville), and would love to find other very inexpensive and informal places like that.
posted by luriete on Apr 25, 2007 - 14 answers

Northwest Cooking for Couples

Dinnerfilter: Help me decide what my girlfriend and I should cook for her birthday. We live in Seattle and prefer things the are Seasonal and Local (tm) and are not averse to digging around the market and fishmongers. [more inside]
posted by stet on Sep 13, 2005 - 10 answers

Alarm Clocks

I'm having a bit harder time adjusting to winter in the pacific northwest than I initially thought I would. It's not the rain so much as the shorter days -- I find I really have a hard time getting out of bed in the mornings, even when I get a full 8 hours the night before. I'm investigating something like a progressive wake up alarm clock, which is supposed to simulate sunrise. Anyone used anything like this? Are they worth the $50? Is there someplace other than Hammacher-Schlemmer to pick one up?
posted by jimray on Dec 21, 2004 - 23 answers

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