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July 19

Ball bearings? Weight plates? Antique irons?

Please give me your most creative/unusual/stealthily practical ideas for simple household objects that can serve as bookends. [more inside]
posted by Anita Bath at 11:26 AM - 14 answers

loveseat in boxes

I need to find a comfy loveseat that comes in a bright color and that ships in multiple boxes (like burrow or ikea). I’m looking for: Under $900 Comfortable Not too bulky Available in a brighter color like teal, fuschia, orange Most importantly, it needs to come in boxes. I have two doors and they are small! I like the Burrow couch concept, but the colors are too dark or neutral for me.
posted by retrofitted at 9:01 AM - 8 answers

July 18

Clean a little now, so I don't have to scrape a lot later

What little, relatively easy cleaning jobs can I do on a regular basis that would be A LOT harder to clean if I let them go? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 4:53 PM - 14 answers

Bed bugs or not bed bugs?

I can't believe I'm asking one of these, but here we go. Bed bugs or not bed bugs? Pictures: one, two, three. Bugs found in the floor cracks of my wooden floor, about 6-8mm long, kind of look like mini beetles, dark blackish-brown color except for one that apparently got bleached by drying out in the sun. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious at 4:09 PM - 10 answers

dishwasher power wiring

Do the "L" and "N" on this power terminal represent 'live' and 'neutral'?
posted by danep at 9:20 AM - 4 answers

Two horrible floors - what to do about them?

I live in a crumbling Victorian house which is being rehabbed by me, by hand, at a glacial pace. The basement floor is horrible, Victorian and gross; the kitchen floor is wooden, painted with outdoor paint and has some gaps. Neither will be really fixed in the medium term future - what can be done to stabilize and clean them? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 7:24 AM - 27 answers

What furniture to use to display my audiophile stereo components

I've got a pretty nice selection of stereo components. I'm looking for a won't-break-the-bank solution to display my stuff, but it needs to be built for heavy gear. Help me make this stuff look good. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 6:42 AM - 4 answers

How to repair tub finish damaged from toilet bowl cleaner

I thought it would be a great idea to use toilet bowl cleaner on the tub. Turns out, not so much. Now my tub finish appears to be etched in the places where the tub cleaner was applied. And the other areas look grosser than ever in comparison. I need help. [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 2:48 AM - 10 answers

July 17

Hot Cleaning Tips

I haven't cleaned my house for years (to be clear, someone else was doing it - I wasn't living in filth). I recently bought a new house and I'm feeling a pleasant sense of accomplishment in taking care of it myself. For however long this is the case, I'd like to ride it out rather than hiring someone. [more inside]
posted by something something at 6:45 AM - 21 answers

Using a fluorescent tube ceiling light after a leak

Several days after a leak that came through a fluorescent tube light fitting, my mother's told me there's no problem with the light as she's turned it on and it was fine. I'm not happy this is safe. [more inside]
posted by SometimeNextMonth at 6:08 AM - 4 answers

Design my hidden litter box

I have a cat and a small condo. Right now one entire bathroom is basically unusable because it contains her litter box and therefore is gross. I'm hoping to make some adjustments so that I can start using that bathroom, and I need your help to perfect my plan! [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 5:59 AM - 14 answers

the best mug

I'm going to buy myself a mug. Just a desk mug but it has to be the best desk mug. Help me find this elusive creature. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:48 AM - 10 answers

False alarms, faulty alarms? What should I do?

I’ve had two First Alert Smoke/CO alarms fail in 1.5 years, each lasting about nine months, each time in the same spot. [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 3:41 AM - 4 answers

How difficult is it to redecorate including replacing some tiles?

My bathroom needs some redecorating work and to save money I'd like to try doing it myself. Currently the bathroom has fairly large (about 3" square) tiles on the bottom half of the walls, then green tiled edging and green wallpaper. Most of the tiles are white but some of them have little green frogs on them. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 1:42 AM - 6 answers

July 16

Making over Oscar the Grouch

If you were a formerly messy person who is now decent at keeping things organized, how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 3:45 PM - 29 answers

Looking for design/decor inspiration (with dark wood paneling)

I am moving to a new apartment with and my usual decor searches are failing me. My new place is on the garden (i.e., semi-basement) floor of a classic Brooklyn brownstone. It has gorgeous, original, dark (walnut) wood paneling that extends halfway up the walls in the living room and master bedroom. (I am renting so no, this cannot be painted.) Help me find inspo photos? [more inside]
posted by CiaoMela at 11:31 AM - 6 answers

Power assist wheelbarrows

Can you recommend a power assist wheelbarrow or cart? [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 8:12 AM - 2 answers

Plant leaves have spots - sick, or dying?

My plant leaves have spots - both blueberry bushes and either a raspberry or blackberry bush. Any idea what it might be? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 5:27 AM - 4 answers

July 15

Painted furniture with images

A style of furniture common to beach Victorian homes is painted with figures (often with an Asian look, as here) or flowers, etc. Is there a name for this style? And where would I learn more about it? Here is an example.
posted by mmf at 8:16 PM - 7 answers

July 14

Help me avoid having to buy a new 'fridge

The evaporator fan in my refrigerator keeps failing. I don't know why. I can't afford to buy a new refrigerator. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 5:19 PM - 4 answers

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