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July 24

Do you have a tv that you keep on a movable table?

I want to buy a tv. Due to an awkward living room space, I'd like to put the tv on a wheeled table and store it out of the way when it's not in use. But most tvs are very tall and thin and seem like they would fall over immediately if I tried to move them this way. [more inside]
posted by stinker at 6:30 AM - 15 answers

July 23

Roommate A/C issue - any other solutions?

My roommate and I each have a room on the third floor of a house. It's a half attic and the rooms are across from each other and almost identical, aside from the windows. My window won't hold a window A/C unit, hers will. I have a portable A/C. She insists on using a portable A/C anyway, and when we have them both on, it trips the breaker. [more inside]
posted by wheatlets at 12:35 PM - 23 answers

bent pans, bent coils. Questions about electric cooking.

Get outta here, gas cooking ranges, we're going electric. My rental house has an electric range, which I prefer over gas. However, there are gaps where the bottoms of my pots and pans don't touch the heating elements. How does this impact heat transfer, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 8:58 AM - 11 answers

Dumbest AskMe ever.

Fellow real estate looky-loos, why do super expensive houses have more bathrooms than bedrooms? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:37 AM - 23 answers

July 22

Is it worth testing for black mold?

I'm concerned we may have some black mold in our house. Is it worth testing for it (money is a issue) or should we just go ahead and deal with it as best we can? [more inside]
posted by Zumbador at 11:07 PM - 1 answers

Room needs to be Goldilocks temperature

There is a room in our one-story house (Midwest, US) that is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. The temperature can vary up to 10 degrees in the wrong direction, depending on the season. We're looking for the biggest bang for our buck for mitigating these two problems, with several key constraints. [more inside]
posted by concinnity at 6:25 PM - 20 answers

Adulting Task List for Independent Living

My cousin (22 years old, nonbinary) is getting started with independent living. They are very smart, but have been delayed in achieving independence because of chronic health issues. They are also not neurotypical (ADHD and on the autism spectrum). They LOVE lists. I want to make them a list of the tasks they need to think about now that they are living in their own apartment and are responsible for their own car. The tasks I’m most concerned about including are the things that are both PERIODIC and REQUIRED, like changing the oil in your car. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:13 AM - 20 answers

Help me get rid of any traces of cat-pee smell

I have a sunroom (concrete floor, glass sliding doors) that used to be where the litterboxes lived. It no longer has litterboxes; and the floor has been vacuumed and mopped with water and soap - is there anything else I can do to make sure that when I hang my clothes to dry on an indoor washing line in there, they don't end up smelling faintly of cat pee? [more inside]
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 9:12 AM - 13 answers

July 21

How to get resin off of flatware?

Because I am an idiot, I boiled the contents of my silverware drawer. Something was in there that wasn’t silverware, and some kind of brown goo melted all over my flatware. Now it has hardened into some kind of resin or shellac. How do I get this off? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 4:56 PM - 7 answers

Give me your most arid hand towels

I want hand towels so drying that plants wilt in their presence. I want hand towels that after you use them you need lotion to stop your skin from cracking. Or at least I want hand towels that work at least half as well as paper for getting my hands dry. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 3:16 PM - 10 answers

What's the MOST slippery furniture foot attachment I can get?

I'm getting a new dining room table and chairs. I have hardwood floors. I want not only to not scratch the floors. But say, I want with a touch of a finger to send my furniture careening across the room (but still not damage my floors), what should I put on the bottom of my furniture. Currently I have felt pads and I mean they don't stick or anything, but I would call them more "non-stick" than "actively slidey". Is there something actively slidey? Like you know how you're not supposed use pledge on your floor? I'd like the effect you get when you use Pledge on your floor. But just for the furniture. Not wheels. Oh and not ugly. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:02 AM - 8 answers

July 19

I think I need a new pillow.

I'm falling out of love with my pillow, and want to look for a new one, but the pillow world is complex. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 12:17 PM - 15 answers

Fire ladder, round two

I'm still wondering what to do about a fire ladder for my third floor casement window. Ones like this won't work (I think?) as they hook into the window, but the window is too narrow to allow this part to expand fully - it stays bent. [more inside]
posted by wheatlets at 10:54 AM - 11 answers

"Roofless" decks that can keep in the cats

What are the most elegant ways to sit outside with cats without fear of escape -- but without looking at a full-scale addition to our home? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 3:11 AM - 12 answers

July 18

Hot house: a central air conditioning query

My in-laws live in a house built in the 1980s in an area known for hot, muggy summers. They've lived there for almost 30 years. The house has central air conditioning and the first floor is usually very cool and comfortable. But upstairs it's like there's no air conditioning at all (at least 10-15 degrees hotter than the rest of the house without much cool air coming through the upstairs vents). [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 12:31 PM - 19 answers

July 17

Shelving for storage bins that doesn't look terrible?

I have a bunch of those flip-top storage bins that I keep crafting supplies in. I'd like to find shelving that hides them. They fit perfectly on your standard wire shelves, but that's not a look I want anywhere other than the garage. I'm thinking cabinets with closing doors -- but big enough to hold 12-gallon storage totes. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:03 PM - 5 answers

July 16

Identifying the critter(s) eating my garden

I'd like to get an outdoor security camera OR trail camera to figure out exactly who/what is getting into my garden at night and munching on plants. What kind of device do I want? [more inside]
posted by serelliya at 11:55 AM - 4 answers

I'm officially late to the silicone cooking accessory era.

What silicone (or other space age) cooking tools/accessories do you find really useful? Can I put them in the toaster oven? Dishwasher? I have a silicone spatula and that's it! I'm not a baker - more of a "warm up or stir fry/sautee" type person. I'll cook fish or candied bacon in the oven though, so never say never!
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:17 AM - 26 answers

July 15

Can you help me find this fleece throw blanket by Narragansett Traders?

I bought this fleece throw blanket on Sierra Trading Post a few years ago for around $15. It's the best throw blanket I've ever come across and I just don't know what happened to the company or where I can get a similar blanket. The blanket is light to mid-weight polyester fleece, sherpa-y on one side and a flat woven-ish texture on the other, with whipstitching accents. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 6:51 PM - 0 answers

Raccoon is in my Manhattan NYC garden! what should I do?

we have an inflatable pool in our garden in the East Village. It sits on a wooden platform raised about 6" off the ground. I just went out there and saw a raccoon looking out at me. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 9:49 AM - 23 answers

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