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January 26

How to block light coming out from top of curtain?

So I accidentally installed my blackout curtain too low and there is a lot of light seepage from the top. Is there any way to somehow block some of that light coming in without having to redo the curtain? The room is not currently dark enough.
posted by massofintuition at 3:59 AM - 9 answers

January 25

I collect spores, molds, and fungus...but I don't want to. Help!

I have a partially finished basement and, while moving out, I've discovered some horrifying blackness. The blackness is on the carpet and on the boxes of some collectible items. When I go into the basement my eyes burn and start to swell in a matter of minutes. I have very bad allergies to mold, mildew and pollen. I don't know my mildews from my molds, or how bad to treat the damaged items. Repair is preferable to replace... Photos and more info inside... Thanks in advance for any help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM - 4 answers

New build home inspection... red flags?

My partner and I recently made an offer on a newly built home and it was accepted. We were so excited to find something that checked all the boxes after searching for almost two years. Everything finally seemed to be falling into place. Thank god our offer was subject to inspection because, well... the inspection is not going well. Are these normal issues that will be fixed easily, or do we need to cut and run? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 11:10 AM - 45 answers

January 23

What kind of glue to repair a coffee grinder catch cup?

My coffee grinder's grounds catch cup has a crack that is threatening to turn into a full break. I'd like to repair it before that happens, and I'm trying to decide on the best adhesive -- and mostly whether I really need a food-grade glue for this. [more inside]
posted by egregious theorem at 10:34 AM - 14 answers

Troubleshoot Streaming TV Problems

My mom is having problems with streaming Amazon and Netflix in her apartment. She has AT&T internet in her apartment building (not sure if fiber), and watches on a ~6yo Samsung smart TV. The symptom she’s seeing is that both Amazon and Netflix will freeze partway through a show and the show can’t be restarted. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:39 AM - 10 answers

January 22

My basement is a home for rats and not for people

Long story really short, the basement is full of rats. It has been unoccupied by people and just by animals for 30-60 days. I just gained access. I need help. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky at 10:50 PM - 27 answers

Where should a gardener shop in Canada - online & catalog?

I'm finally able to garden again! Hooray! But most of the companies I'm familiar with are US ones and I'm in Canada now. Where can I order plants and gardening supplies? [more inside]
posted by congen at 1:06 PM - 11 answers

Art Studio Gift

My partner has a small art studio where she does some painting and other crafty things. I'd like to get her a gift (or gifts) that will add some joy to the room. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 5:26 AM - 8 answers

January 21

Showerhead attachment for bathtub faucet

My shower is no longer working (water only drips out), but the bathtub faucet still works and has good water pressure. I’d like to attach some kind of shower head to the faucet. [more inside]
posted by dianeF at 3:33 PM - 20 answers

January 20

In need of home decor inspiration and guidance

I'm looking for blogs, Youtube channels, Instagram, any other media that shares home decor inspiration, how-tos, DIY, where-to-buy, how-to-shop-for, and any other advice. Bonus points for affordable, massive bonus points for Canadian. [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 11:55 PM - 12 answers

Is it worth keeping...

I have a half box of left over engineered floorboards. Is it worth keeping them for a possible floor repair or can I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 5:38 PM - 16 answers

January 19

Highway Causing House to Shake

My house has started shaking constantly from trucks on the highway near my house, I have contacted my state's Department of Transportation and they seemed to want to help, but things appear to be moving very slowly. What else can I do? [more inside]
posted by rfbjames at 8:35 PM - 10 answers

Starting a plot in a community garden

My partner and I finally are off the waiting list at our community garden and are really excited to have our own little plot. Thing is we've never done much gardening before, certainly not vegetables or herbs, and are looking for good resources for planning and what weekly maintenance might look like for our hardiness zone 10a. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 5:12 PM - 20 answers

January 18

Why is part of my freezer frosting up?

One side of my freezer is frosting up. Is air getting in? Is something mechanically wrong? Who should I call to fix it? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by indyjones at 3:09 PM - 4 answers

How to paint wood floors

Have you painted hardwood floors, especially in your kitchen? We are trying to stretch the life of our current kitchen floors for a few years until we're able to afford a full redesign, and we're looking for the best way to go about this. [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 1:32 PM - 9 answers

January 17

Level a concrete floor for subfloor installation

I’ve got a 10 yr old detached garage that was built on a driveway pad. I’d like to convert it into shop with an insulated floor. I’m trying to figure out the best way to level the existing concrete - as the structure was built on a pad, there’s about 5” slope across the existing floor. I’ve assumed self-leveling concrete is the answer, but 5” is a lot to concrete to add, and it will “climb” the wall in that lowest corner (not sure how else to describe it). What do ya’ll recommend? [more inside]
posted by chuntered inelegantly from a sedentary position at 11:10 AM - 13 answers

Cleaned too much - stained bathroom sink

We tried to clean out a slow drain with a pink heavy duty drain cleaner (the bottle of which is now out in the garbage and irretrievable but it was a clear bottle with text printed directly on the palstic). Unfortunately it left a faint yellow stain on the white ikea sink. Anyone got any tips or tricks to clean or repair?
posted by platypus of the universe at 8:20 AM - 9 answers

January 16

dealing with wood discoloration after surface treatment

I have a wood tabletop (IKEA Gerton) that I'm going to use as a work surface. After sanding from 120 to 180 grit and applying a preliminary coat of water-based polyurethane (Minwax brand clear satin wipe-on) several large light spots appeared on the wood surface. What may have caused this, and can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by One Thousand and One at 1:48 PM - 3 answers

House Plants - The Deep Dive

You love house plants. I'm looking for your favorite websites/ books/ vendors/shows etc. about house plants. Information on caring for house plants, house plant porn, information about types, basically anything house plant. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge at 9:08 AM - 13 answers

Water in my fireplace when the rain is sideways. How much of a problem?

The fireplace in our 1961 ranch gets a little bit of water in it during very heavy rains, but only heavy, gusting, sideways rain. We had a cap put on this summer, and while they were assessing for the cap they said that we'd have to waterproof and address the flashing at some point in the next five years, but that it wasn't a huge problem. Today it's raining sideways and there's a slow drip. How worried should I be? Snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by The Librarian at 7:08 AM - 11 answers

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