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Do you have a recommendation for or against a particular sleeper chair? It should be comfortable both as a chair and as a bed.
I have a six year old window unit air conditioner which produces a single pronounced thump at intervals. Why? [more inside]
I just saw a really lovely apartment in Brooklyn: good location, lots of light, balcony, roof access, beautiful view, nice closet space, great amenities, and in my price range. It seems great! However, there are a couple of things that I'm feeling unsure about. Am I just worried about change or are these red flags? [more inside]
I need a new water heater for my single-family home in Houston, Texas (US) (ZIP 77083). At present, I'm strongly favoring a heat pump electric model. Recommend a good plumber who can do this if you know one who is local. Else, educate me on how to find the right person / company for the job. [more inside]
Trying to learn about storing my small engines. I have read that it is best to store engines with the valves closed, ie, at tdc. And this seems best, but... is it possible to determine tdc when pulling the starter rope? I mean, doesn’t the compression release open a valve while pulling the rope, so that feeling tdc is impossible? Thanks in advance.
Surely this kind of thing exists, but I have had no luck in finding it. I am really awful at making artful arrangements of things - piles of books, groups of vases, collections of paintings, etc. Some people are just naturally wonderful. Is there a site where I can submit a photo of my terribly-arranged decorations and people can weigh in on how to better arrange them?
I have a peperomia ginny plant. The underside of at least half of the leaves have the exact same looking spots as in this photo. (note, this is not my photo) [more inside]
I get a lot of critters roaming around in the night. Coyotes, foxes, possums, probably an occasional Bigfoot, that sort of thing. I would like to automatically capture quality nighttime video and photos of these critters. I would like to do this with a minimum of fuss. What't the best way? [more inside]
What exactly is the purview of a homeowner's association? [more inside]
My wife and I currently live in the mountains of the Front Range of Colorado. We've had our share of fire scares in past years, but last year really frightened us (we were evacuated, but got lucky). Climate change will only make things worse: drier, higher winds, lowering water tables, etc. On top of that, we feel that change is good and invigorating. So, it's time to go! After looking around the country at many candidates, and figuring in proximity to loved ones, we've decided to put our effort into finding a new home in a rural area somewhere between Northern Wisconsin and Northern Minnesota. But where in that region? [more inside]
Mrs Logophiliac and I are talking about moving north. Ayr (Scotland) looks interesting. How is life in Ayr? Do you have better suggestions? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a hand-held vacuum for super furry stairs? [more inside]
I have 5 liters (34 fl oz) of medical-grade 70% ethanol coming in tomorrow. I have to prepare some sort of container for it. What do I keep it in? Are standard plastic PVC bottles ok? What about plastic water canisters for camping? This will be for long-term storage (eg. 1 to 5 years). I'm a bit worried about stuff leaching from the plastic into the alcohol, but glass will be much harder to get so quickly, and harder to store due to risk of breaking.
My bedroom is partly a garage conversion (so, cement under the laminate floor, I think, but seemingly well insulated walls) and stays fairly cool even when it's hot outside--it's currently 93 degrees out at 3:30pm but only 73 in my room. However, it gets pretty humid--currently 75% but the other day it was 88%. [more inside]
My mother's garage needs a new entry door (not a new garage door), but a door TO the garage. I think it also needs a new door frame, as well. Who do we hire to install this? [more inside]
I'm trying to get a feel for what a "reasonable" time spent cleaning every week is. A few snowflakes inside. [more inside]
We just bought a house with a high wood ceiling that's been painted white - we want to remove the paint and bring it back to a natural wood look. Who does this kind of work (painters?) and would the wood need to be sealed once exposed? [more inside]
A few weeks ago, I saw (maybe on Ask) a company that is selling metal shoe racks and storage bins powder-coated in interesting colors. Of course, now that I’m moved and I’m ready to buy some furniture like this, I can’t find it again. [more inside]
I've purchased some Killex weed killer to apply to my lawn. I've never applied weed killer before and just wanted to know if there's anything I should know about applying it. [more inside]
My house is ugly and I'd like to make it attractive. I am considering replacing the roof and siding to give the whole thing a facelift. I am getting stuck with the design. I have talked with several contractors who do quality work, but all of them have acknowledged to me their talents are installation, not design. Can AskMe help design my house, or point me to someone who can? (Photo and details inside) [more inside]