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January 18

please advice me FilterMeta about genuine-ness of water filters

I need a new water filter for my Frigidaire fridge after 3 months. They're selling about $40-48 online from reputable retailers. Does anyone actually know if the ones on Ebay are genuine or not? They say genuine, and have the markings of a genuine filter, but are $12 or $13, way cheaper than from Amazon or Walmart. [more inside]
posted by seattlejeff at 8:34 PM - 7 answers

January 17

Smoothing out first DIY

I love my small kitchen apartment, but it's lacking on storage space, and I'm looking to go vertical. From designing my own basic shelving to building it, what sort of things should I have on hand and/or be aware of that aren't obvious? [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel at 7:06 PM - 8 answers

What kind of hinges do I need for this wood project

I want to make a drop down type shelf...thing. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 4:10 PM - 5 answers

vermiculite + gas heating system in attic

How worried should I be about vermiculite in the attic of my 1920s rental house along with an older gas heater? [more inside]
posted by beware the frog person at 11:51 AM - 3 answers

Explain cockroach control to me like I'm a terrified 5 year old

Difficulty level: Apartment in GA. [more inside]
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 11:41 AM - 20 answers

Balsam/fir candle that actually smells like a tree?

I got a balsam candle to try to get some Christmas-tree smell, and it was kind of sweet and cloying and not super tree-like. Can you recommend a specific tree-scented candle that actually smells like a Christmas tree? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 11:01 AM - 11 answers

Cabinet for an odd kitchen corner with existing granite

There is an odd corner of my kitchen that has a nice granite countertop cantilevered from the wall but no cabinet underneath. The granite matches the rest of my kitchen—but is essentially a quarter-oval. I’d like to build a cabinet beneath the countertop because I want to put something heavy on top that I’d worry about if unsupported. But I’m now sure what the cabinet should be! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:05 AM - 9 answers

A date with Ikea?

I need to replace some cabinets as part of a kitchen damage control project that is already costing me a lot - Ikea? Other moderately-priced, not garbage options? I'm out of my depth here and need to figure this out shortly. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 8:07 AM - 12 answers

January 16

Do you use all 5 Burners in a Cooktop ?

I don't recall ever using more than 3 burner at a time. 3 is rare. Usually one or two for everyday use. Are there any advantages to a 5 burner compared to a 3 burner? [more inside]
posted by oink at 7:22 PM - 11 answers

January 15

Do you sleep on an inflatable mattress?

Do you use an inflatable mattress as your regular bed? Tell me about your experience! [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 12:50 PM - 31 answers

January 14

What household items from non-US countries should I know about?

I kick off my shoes and put on a pair of Asian-style house slippers the moment I get home; they keep my toes warm and the soles of my feet protected. I learned the art of carrying the shopping home with a "granny cart" from a brief stay in Paris, where no one goes to the store without one. What other near-ubiquitous household items from other countries should more Americans know about?
posted by capricorn at 1:24 PM - 47 answers

Reusing things around the house

I'm trying to reduce waste and save money by repurposing things. I'm saving containers before I have any idea what to do with them. Help me brainstorm? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 9:22 AM - 19 answers

January 13

What are the best tomatoes for my area?

So this is kinda a weird question for January, but as my crazy weird sun gold cherry tomato plant is finally dying in the January wet and cold- I’m thinking about making sure I get my plants in at the right time this year (all my plants were put in late last year because of surgeries) SO! If I wanted 2-4 tomato plants this year, what are the best varieties for the Excelsior district of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 7:43 PM - 10 answers

Creating a home office for my entire family.

We are a family of four (two adults, toddler, newborn) and I’d like to use a spare bedroom to create a functional home office/computer space for all of us. Meaning: it would work for remote adult work as well as for eventual homework and computer useage for our kids. How would you set this up? I haven’t found many examples of ways we could create office space for both kids and adults in the same room.
posted by melodykramer at 5:57 PM - 9 answers

January 11

Plumbing problem, bathtub cracking. How to fix?

My bathtub was not properly set on the ground. When I stand in the basin, it creaks and feels like it's giving way. I can see, from a crawlspace, where it's unsupported. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis at 3:53 PM - 10 answers

Replacing over-the-range microwave

So my microwave died (or became immortal, since it won't turn off unless I unplug it), and I have questions. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 1:57 PM - 10 answers

Design our kitchen!

It's time to build out our kitchen. We've gotten started and we have a few ideas for what we want next. We've done a lot of housesitting and seen a lot of kitchens. We have ideas for what we want. What we don't have is half a sense of aesthetic kitchen layout. That's where you come in! Tie it together for us! [more inside]
posted by aniola at 11:50 AM - 10 answers

January 10

Donating a memory foam mattress in Oakland California

I'm looking for a charity that will pick up a full-sized memory foam mattress in perfect condition in Oakland, California. [more inside]
posted by Surprised By Bees at 4:33 PM - 12 answers

Help me ace moving into a new house

If you've moved into a new house recently, what are your magical tricks to make it smooth? I'm thinking I spend the first day doing a deep clean since it will never be so empty again...so I need a broom, mop, towels, etc. for that. What do you wish you'd done differently, or what worked well for you? [more inside]
posted by OneSmartMonkey at 10:09 AM - 34 answers

January 9

Help me figure out whether or not my courtyard can handle a spa!

Hoping someone out there with structural engineering experience can give me a rough idea of whether my paved courtyard could take the weight load of a swim spa. Intending to hire a structural engineer to confirm if it seems likely it may be possible but hoping to save the hassle if the answer is absolutely no way. [more inside]
posted by ryanbryan at 3:20 PM - 5 answers

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