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June 13

Sleeper chair recommendations?

Do you have a recommendation for or against a particular sleeper chair? It should be comfortable both as a chair and as a bed.
posted by NotLost at 5:59 AM - 0 answers

June 11

Window unit AC compressor thumping - why?

I have a six year old window unit air conditioner which produces a single pronounced thump at intervals. Why? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 2:53 PM - 7 answers

June 10

Apartment in Brooklyn - looks great, want to check my feelings

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]
posted by wiskunde at 4:54 PM - 18 answers

Help Me Find a Plumber for Heat Pump Water Heater Install

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]
posted by sourcequench at 2:07 PM - 2 answers

Question about storing small engines with valves closed

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.
posted by atm at 6:18 AM - 7 answers

June 9

Like AskMeFi, but for decorating dilemmas?

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?
posted by sonofsnark at 9:58 PM - 9 answers

Houseplant help! What are these spots?

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]
posted by fourpotatoes at 9:52 AM - 3 answers

June 8

Camera to capture candid crepuscular critters?

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]
posted by bondcliff at 11:34 AM - 12 answers

June 7

more than death and taxes

What exactly is the purview of a homeowner's association? [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 7:30 PM - 12 answers

Help us move to the North Woods

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]
posted by Don_K at 9:54 AM - 21 answers

How's the air in Ayr?

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]
posted by Logophiliac at 7:21 AM - 9 answers

Dirtbuster, dustbuster, furbuster....something

Can anyone recommend a hand-held vacuum for super furry stairs? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:07 AM - 13 answers

Container for ethanol?

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.
posted by gakiko at 2:10 AM - 15 answers

June 6

Bedroom dehumidifier advice

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]
posted by needs more cowbell at 12:36 PM - 17 answers

What kind of professional do I hire to install a new door?

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]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 8:29 AM - 10 answers

June 5

How much time do you spend cleaning?

I'm trying to get a feel for what a "reasonable" time spent cleaning every week is. A few snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 11:55 AM - 30 answers

June 4

Home Renovation 101

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]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 2:00 PM - 20 answers

Powder-coated metal shoe rack?

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]
posted by Alterscape at 9:08 AM - 5 answers

A few basic questions about applying weed killer

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]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 8:09 AM - 10 answers

Help me redesign the outside of my house

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]
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:54 AM - 36 answers

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