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July 17

Style updates for a 1980s windowless condo bathroom

I'm planning an eventual bathroom renovation. In around five years, I'll be able to add a few little luxuries with lighting or tile or such. But the shower surround and shower plumbing should probably be attended to sooner. One should have the eventual plan set before embarking on a two-stage renovation, of course, so I've been looking at lots of photos of bathrooms and bathroom renovations online, eg. on Pinterest.... [more inside]
posted by eviemath at 7:43 PM - 2 answers

How to spread 11 tons of gravel and pebbles on our parkway

We have a large, long parkway (300 or so feet long) and 11 tons of gravel and pebbles to spread on it. What would be the most economical way to pay to have it spread? Guys with wheelbarrows and shovels or some sort of mechanical equipment? The parkway is easy to access from the road, but there is a 10" curb, drip irrigation and landscape fabric already installed which impede access somewhat.
posted by arnicae at 10:10 AM - 7 answers

July 16

Talk me through the home buying/remodeling process!

So Mr. Dorinda and I are planning to buy a house in a new city. Yay! Since we're prioritizing being in the neighbourhood we want over having the "perfect" move-in ready house, we are anticipating doing at least some amount of renovation/remodeling. But different houses will obviously need different levels of renovation/remodeling, so we're a little confused on the order-of-operations for this process, especially vis a vis conceptualizing a renovation budget. We know our all-in budget, but we're having a tough time looking at a fixer-upper and imagining what is and is not possible within our budget. Luckily there are professionals who can help us! BUT: What professionals do we contact to help, and at what point in the process do we contact them? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 12:32 PM - 11 answers

July 15

Why is my fridge water running slow?

Fridge filter (ha ha): I've tried replacing the filter and the valve. Now what? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 4:56 PM - 7 answers

Places to consider buying in the St. Louis, MO area

In the next few months we may be moving to the St. Louis area and buying a house. Neither of us has lived there for years and we're overwhelmed by the options. Please suggest some areas we should look in based on what we want: [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 7:14 AM - 6 answers

July 13

An osthyvel by any other name

I'm curious to know how well-known the Nordic-style cheese slicer is. If you live outside of the Nordics, are you familiar with it? Can it be bought in your country? Thank you!
posted by Vesihiisi at 9:37 AM - 54 answers

Help me reboot an old garden plot?

A 16' x 20' garden plot has been overrun by weeds and invasive plants. I'd like to break it down and start from scratch. Best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 7:09 AM - 6 answers

July 12

Timing a home purchase as a current renter?

How do people typically manage the timing of closing on a house vs. the end of their lease when they are renting? [more inside]
posted by somanyamys at 7:08 AM - 14 answers

July 10

What's this smell?

What causes a washcloth or towel to smell "sour" after being wet and dried out? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 7:32 AM - 21 answers

Conscious/mindful consumption

I’m on board when it comes to becoming minimalist. Decluttering, sparking joy. Where I fall down is continuing to bring new things into my home... and staying minimalist. [more inside]
posted by nathaole at 5:55 AM - 29 answers

July 9

Other than photos, what are some interesting things to mount on the wall

Other than photos, what are some interesting or unusual things to mount on the wall of my 1-bedroom apartment? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 12:35 PM - 37 answers

What's this mystery squash?

What's this mystery squash? (ignore that the vine has climbed into my mandarin tree, it's a squash) [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 9:59 AM - 7 answers

Quiet down, us

What are some engineering solutions to keeping my wife and I's sex from bothering our neighbours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 AM - 13 answers

Where can I find novel/interesting multipurpose furniture pieces?

I'm looking for interesting examples of multipurpose and/or space saving, freestanding furniture. This recent perfect example inspired this question. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 8:52 AM - 10 answers

SQUIRRELS: How to discourage these 4-legged stomachs?

Our garden -- figs and tomatoes, primarily -- is being hit daily by small furry marauders. We've dribbled pee around the fig trees and hug shiny Xmas ornaments from the branches, but the little so-and-so's don't seem daunted. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 6:20 AM - 24 answers

Living in two places in the same neighborhood

My new apartment came with sleep-disrupting issues. I’m considering sleeping at my parents’ house which is a short walk away, so essentially I’d be living in two places. This might be short- or long-term, I don't know atm. I’d like to hear from people who have done this. [more inside]
posted by frantumaglia at 2:51 AM - 4 answers

July 8

Pool party toys

Looking for aquatic toys or objects that offer a casual, engaging ongoing activity while people stand around around socializing in a swimming pool. Besides the classic beach balls and water guns, what have you seen people enjoy playing with in the pool? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 3:42 AM - 12 answers

July 7

Plant id please

Please help me identify these plants [more inside]
posted by snownoid at 10:29 AM - 6 answers

July 6

Why is there a fourth wire in this outlet?

Please help me figure out this weird home electricity set-up so my house doesn't burn down. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog at 12:42 PM - 14 answers

What made that good old cotton so good?

When my daughter was a baby, I got a huge amount of hand-me-downs from generous friends. I pretty much never bought clothes for my daughter until she was about 3 and then went mostly resale clothing for her - better quality for cheaper prices. There's been one outfit, though, from this time, that continues to haunt me for its quality. It got spit on, food on, poo on and it just went through the wash beautifully and with zero stains. I have questions.... [more inside]
posted by amanda at 10:54 AM - 8 answers

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