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March 23

What do you love/hate about your home design, with toddler

I'm in the position of being able to make a wishlist of what I'm looking for in an apartment redesign. This question about kitchens has been super helpful to me, preparing a wishlist for the interior architect. So this is basically the same question, but about the home in general, with a toddler in it. What do you love/hate about your home's design? [more inside]
posted by Cozybee at 9:37 PM - 3 answers

March 22

Burning The Money Wasn't My Goal

So my gas usage in February went a little haywire due to a couple of mechanical failures - both of which have been fixed. But that left me with a higher bill than usual. Is there any way I can plead a credit at all, or just suck it up? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:28 PM - 12 answers

Sturdy covering for keeping car trunk area clean

The trunk area of my hatchback car is upholstered in some kind of thin, cheap felt that is a magnet for dust and debris of all kinds. Due to the nearly-velcro texture of the felt, vacuuming is ineffective (takes forever, leaves tons of stuff behind, and tends to shred the already-thin material further). But I like to haul lots of stuff in the back of my car. What are my options for a durable mat/tarp/covering that won't drive me crazy? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 11:52 AM - 12 answers

March 21

How to unscrew toilet water supply hose that is stuck to bottom of tank?

I'm trying to install a bidet attachment to my toilet. I have the bidet attached to the bottom of the toilet seat, and now I need to remove the water supply hose from the bottom of the tank to install a T-adapter. I can unscrew the hose for a couple of turns and then it just... stops. I have tried unscrewing it with my bare hands, hands wrapped in a towel, and using a wrench but it won't budge. Any ideas? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway at 10:22 AM - 19 answers

How to Sell a House with a Baby

We would like to sell our house, but we have a new baby who is cared for at home, we both work from home, and I have no idea how to make this work so anyone can see our house. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 8:23 AM - 11 answers

March 20

What to do before moving everything into a new home?

We've got a couple of weeks between taking possession of our new home and having to move out of my current apartment. What do you wish you'd been able to do while your place was still empty? [more inside]
posted by burntflowers at 11:54 AM - 29 answers

What kind of spider laid these eggs?

I’m cleaning out a wooden dresser that’s been in storage, and found a ton of spider egg sacs, which I collected to either relocate safely (fond thoughts of Charlotte) or dispose of if they’re going to be a danger to me or my pets when they hatch. I’m having trouble identifying them, though. Spiderfilter, help me out? [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont at 2:04 AM - 3 answers

March 19

Okay how does this unmarked Japanese AC/Heater work?

So the Beaver heater/AC in my new bedroom in Japan has a wired remote. Pic of AC and a Pic of Remote. It's got a bunch of sliders that do...something. I can't figure out what. Once it had some kind of panel on it that explained what things did. It doesn't now. So first, what model is this thing? Second, what DID it say on the remote? And third, roughly translated, what does that mean in ENGLISH? Please help. It's cold here.
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:48 PM - 9 answers

Name (and kill) this Texas weed

My family yard has been overtaken by this leafy plant with small yellow flower-things: album with bonus stretchy kitty photo. The location is west Texas, near the east New Mexico border. Most of the plants are only a few inches tall, but some have grown to an alarming thick bushy height of around 2 feet tall. What is this weed, and how best should we kill it? Complications: 1)Hand-pulling weeds is not ideal for the adults involved, due to a combination of disabilities and plant allergies; 2)I don't want to poison the numerous neighborhood cats, including my photo model.
posted by nicebookrack at 4:18 PM - 13 answers

Is this normal with Lemi Shine?

I've been using Lemi Shine in my dishwasher for a while now but only recently have I begun noticing that some items are coming out literally squeaky clean. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition at 1:18 PM - 0 answers

March 18

How to store mold-exposed stuff in the basement?

My friend has been living in an apartment that’s had a few bouts of mold on the walls. Now they are moving and we are planning to store some of their boxed belongings in our dry basement. Is there reason to worry about mold contamination coming into our house? And if so, would it be contained by using plastic boxes (instead of cardboard ones)?
posted by hungrytiger at 10:58 AM - 8 answers

Where to live in NYC if I’m remote?

I have the possibility of working remote and “sometimes” going to the office or client meetings. Most likely this would be in midtown. At this point in my life I’d like to have amenities and space over a studio. I’m not tied NYC, Jersey works fine. I like the Boerum Hill area, but I’m guess that’s over my 3k budget. Since it is a work from situation I’d like to have a second bedroom/office. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:51 AM - 13 answers

curtain conundrum

I have a set of curtains with eyelet rings. I have a set of windows where--due to the previous owners 70's-era sensibilities--the only way to hang curtains is with hooks that then attach to a curtain runner. Is there a way to convert the eyelet curtains so I can use them on those windows? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 2:24 AM - 10 answers

March 17

Kitchen Under-Cabinet Lighting Recommendations

I'm working with an electrician, and would like to have under-cabinet lighting installed that's Apple HomeKit or Homebridge compatible. I'm looking for brand, model, and technology (tending toward led, but also considering any other viable lighting) recommendations from folks who have this sort of lighting and like what you have, or who know folks who do. [more inside]
posted by kalessin at 5:36 PM - 7 answers

Don't freeze my kale!

We have a side by side refrigerator freezer. The last week or so the meat and produce drawers have been freezing. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 3:51 PM - 7 answers

poncho-thing to shield from wood dust

Wood allergy— easily get headaches and nausea from inhaling even small amounts of airborne dust when using chop saw, table saw, sander. I want to see if a quick-to-put-on smock-overshirt type thing that I can throw on/off will help. [more inside]
posted by disnchntd at 12:20 PM - 12 answers

Sealed butcher block countertops - yea or nay?

We're getting close to a kitchen renovation and I need opinions on sealed butcher block. I love the look of the wood, but it will be directly next to a sink and gas stove. We would seal it with something like Waterlox. It will not be a cutting surface (I have Formica now, so am used to using cutting boards and trivets). Can anyone report on how their sealed butcher block has held up next to a sink over time? And is your sink top mounted or undermounted? [more inside]
posted by Empidonax at 11:34 AM - 8 answers

March 16

Help me find a drawing app to design some counted canvas needlework

Looking for some software that is just like drawing on graph paper so I can mark out some needlework designs. [more inside]
posted by AMyNameIs at 9:59 AM - 8 answers

March 15

Simple, free, 2D floor plan program for desktop

Long version: I'm looking for a free floor plan program that I can use on my PC desktop (not my phone). Something really simple and basic -- I want to quickly do up a sample floor plan and be able to easily change it around. Don't need 3D views or furnishing mock-ups; 2D will be fine. I'm most interested in being able to control the foundation size and the room dimensions.
posted by dancing leaves at 1:32 PM - 6 answers

Moving to MoCo

I just got a great job offer in Bethesda, Maryland, and it looks like my family and I will be moving out to Montgomery County this summer. We're so excited for this next adventure, but we have three cats, two kids, and a dog - making this a very challenging move. I don't know the region well and I have QUESTIONS... [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn at 10:47 AM - 12 answers

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