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My daughter just put a bath crayon down the bath drain. What should I do? [more inside]
I have some nice woolen jumpers, and some needle felted dolls I made. The jumpers keep getting infested with moths, and now I've seen suspicious signs on the dolls. Cedar blocks have done absolutely nothing to help this. I also have a cat whom I love to absolute bits. His name is Levinas and if anything happened to him I'd never get over it. Almost all things that actually kill moths seem to be highly toxic to cats. What can I do? [more inside]
I know I can pay someone to do an assessment. What I'm wondering is, can anyone on here look at the details of my house and give me a reliable ballpark figure for a total rebuild? [more inside]
Can I adjust how often my heat pump goes into defrost mode? [more inside]
I want to make a big curtain that glides smoothly and easily. What hooks/rings/rods/tracks/other hardware will let me achieve that with a heavy curtain? I can mount it on the wall or the ceiling. [more inside]
We need a new water heater, and are considering a switch from natural gas to electric. What do we need to know? [more inside]
We are buying a home and want to replace roughly 800-1,000 sf of carpet with hardwood. One kid, no pets. REALLY prefer real wood. Do you have any recommended products or tips? [more inside]
I'm spoiled by living in Seattle where I can recycle or compost a lot of stuff, but every so often I come up with an item that stumps me. I have a lot of old pinback buttons (campaign buttons). A lot. And while the city says to just throw them in the garbage, I would really like to find an alternative. I'm happy to mail them to a facility that accepts them, but I can't find one. Does anyone if there is a company or organization that will take them and recycle them? I'm also happy to donate to a place that would upcycle them.
I live in the suburbs. I have a large yard where previous owners had a chicken coop but they tore it down when selling the house. We live in a climate where it gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. I am interested in having chickens for the eggs, and to help show my young son where his food comes from. [more inside]
So my husband and I want to move to Jersey City from one of the boroughs of New York City. The last time I was in JC was, oh, 1991 or so. We have no idea where to look. Halp please. [more inside]
I'm in the market for a basic, battery powered drill/impact driver combo but it seems that every manufacturer has their own battery system. I have a 20 year old Makita drill that functionally fine, but the batteries no longer hold the charge. I also have a battery powered Hoover vacuum. I already have 2 chargers, and I'm reluctant to introduce another battery system (like DeWalt, maybe). Is anyone making adapters or something or should I just bite the bullet and deal with 5 chargers?
A bizarre, intermittent clicking noise has haunted one spot on the floor of the master bedroom of our newly purchased, 100-year-old house. Pest control, electrician, HVAC installer, home inspector have all come up empty. Help! Details inside. [more inside]
Is it better to paint a wall with roller or brush? [more inside]
For the first time in a long time, I can have house plants: I finally have both sunny rooms and grown-up, sedate cats who won't try to eat and/or climb into them. I haven't had plants in a long long time, and have no idea where to start. [more inside]
Most of the past few nights I've gotten bug bites, apparently while sleeping. I washed all my bedding and inspected my furniture yesterday and I got another cluster of bites last night. I have a friend flying in to visit on Friday, and I want them not to be eaten. I want to not be eaten. Help. [more inside]
My husband and I found this wooden object in a drawer and vaguely remember that it had a purpose. Do any of you know what it is?
My house was built in 1950. It's a disaster every time I try to mount anything on a wall. Contractors come in and do it just fine. What am I missing? [more inside]
So... I've got a bog standard compost bin outside (a round one about 1m high and about 0.5m wide), but I've already filled it up in about six months (mainly with food waste [no meat or dairy], some grass cutting and some rodent bedding waste) and the stuff at the bottom is still only half to three quarters done. [more inside]
I’m interested in getting a grow light for a potted citrus tree I have that needs supplemental light when I bring it indoors. [more inside]
My friend has this gorgeous houseplant but has no idea what it's called, she got it at a flea market. [more inside]