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March 17

Basement floor options?

What are good flooring materials to turn a concrete basement into a living space? Ideally something durable, waterproof, attractive, inexpensive, and not freezing cold. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 4:06 PM - 1 answers

March 16

Is It Weird To Sleep In Your Living Room/ Do You Do It?

I live in an old apt which I love, but in summer it's a pain to sleep in my bedroom, and the obvious solution is to not sleep in my bedroom in summer. I have both a huge dining and living room, either of which I could easily put a bed in. Would this be weird and/ or do you already do this? [more inside]
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness at 3:48 PM - 37 answers

Are some fruit pies easier/harder than others to make from scratch?

I'd like to expand my repertoire of desserts to include fruit pies, which are both my favorite dessert and s/th I have no experience making despite being an otherwise quite capable cook. At first glance, it seems some pies would be inherently more difficult than others to make from scratch. Lemon meringue, for example, includes the not-always-easy-to-stiffen-and-peak meringue, as well as getting the filling to gel just right. Pie made with whole fruit--apples, for example, would seem easier. What do people think? Are there better starter/first pies than others? Thanks, and happy eating!
posted by BadgerDoctor at 3:26 PM - 23 answers

March 15

What is the best pillow for a face-sleeper?

What is the best pillow for a face-sleeper - potentially one with foam and cooling technology? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 5:00 PM - 6 answers

March 14

Best way to fix vintage chair leg?

We got these gorgeous chairs that I love a couple of months ago and one of the legs recently split when the chair was sat upon. What’s the best way to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Smearcase at 12:12 PM - 14 answers

Big Fluffy White Comforter or Duvet

I'm looking for a big fluffy white comforter or duvet for my full size bed. Obviously, a down comforter is the best choice, but I'm a student on a limited budget, so down is probably out. I'd like to find one for less than $100. Where should I be looking? Places like the Company Store are too expensive, and when I look on amazon, I see a bunch of white comforters that are super cheap and thinner than I want. I'm looking for thick, fluffy, comforters that feel nice on the skin.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:20 AM - 30 answers

March 13

Furnish me! Toronto edition

My husband and I have recently moved to Toronto from Sydney with zero furniture. We have an Airbnb rental and are currently looking for a long term lease. We've found somewhere that looks promising - yay! - but this also means finding furniture. Can anyone recommend good quality mid-priced furniture stores in the Toronto area that we would be able to access without a car (or at worst with a short cab ride)? I'd really like to avoid furnishing the entire place with Ikea if possible. [more inside]
posted by Kris10_b at 3:31 PM - 7 answers

What better way to say "I love you." than with the gift of a spatula?

My wife has actually asked me to buy her a spatula as a gift. She is tired of spatulas that melt when they hit the pan, or spatulas that are too thick to get under something and flip it. Not just any spatula will do--I want to buy her the BEST SPATULA IN THE WORLD! But...what is it? Where can I find the perfect, all-purpose spatula?
posted by arniec at 7:52 AM - 33 answers

Should I throw out these knives?

Knives with ABS handles are losing their finish, should I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by cali59 at 5:18 AM - 6 answers

March 12

Trying to hash out fair division of domestic labor

... under amicable conditions. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 3:20 PM - 25 answers

Can you recommend a very efficient water softener?

Since Consumer Reports doesn't review them, I'm having trouble finding non-sketchy reviews of water softeners. Can anyone recommend one that uses the least amount of water in its recharge cycle? Or a table that compares them? We had to have the heating element in our 2.5 year old water heater changed because it was so badly calcified (pic for the curious) so I'm slowly being convinced that it is indeed a necessity like all my neighbors tell me. I just want one that doesn't waste a ton of water.
posted by exhilaration at 1:34 PM - 3 answers

Tree health post storms?

I'm in MA, where we've had three Nor'easters in three weeks. Some trees were damaged in the first storm (strong winds); many more were damaged in the second (heavy snow). We have another Nor'easter predicted for tomorrow. Do you have any tips for assessing health (or, conversely, likelihood of dropping limbs or falling altogether)--primarily as a driver or pedestrian, rather than a tree owner? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:43 AM - 11 answers

Stop the Toothpaste Madness!

We have had one child-related toothpaste catastrophe too many, and I need solutions that will let my 6- and 8-year-olds get their own toothpaste, but WITHOUT getting it all over my damn bathroom. Portion control is a plus.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:57 AM - 13 answers

Can I buy a propane heater/furnace with a pilot light

Has anyone recently purchased a new Rinnai-like propane (not oil) heater/furnace that has a pilot light versus electronic ignition? [more inside]
posted by Gnella at 5:35 AM - 6 answers

March 11

Can I put my kitchen range so that the right side is adjacent to a wall?

Can we put our new range so that the back of it backs up against against a wall (like most people do...) but also so that the right side of it backs up against a different wall - more or less putting the range in a corner of the room. Aesthetically, I don't love it - but it's a compromise with other issues in the space. My question isn't about where else it could go, but simply, will building codes (for a remodel) allow me to do this or is putting a adjacent to a wall forbidden? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 1:11 PM - 14 answers

Give me suggestions: I need a countertop gas burner

My apartment is not able to be "wired" up for natural gas, so I'm not gonna be getting a gas range any time soon. I'd still like to have the option of using the high and instant heat of a flame to cook, though; it's really nice for searing steaks etc. While I have a grill, it's not accessible from the kitchen (my balcony is only reachable through the bedroom) and it's kinda nice to be able to heat things inside. I've tried induction, but induction doesn't work so well for woks. So, suggestions please? I could hit Amazon and just pick at random, but I'm hoping for a bit more information than that.
posted by ChrisR at 10:18 AM - 10 answers

Help fill poured concrete basement wall holes to make smooth

I'd like to fill some holes in a small area of a poured concrete basement wall. It's pretty dry down there and moisture doesn't seem to be a problem at all. The walls are flat to the naked eye. What product would you use to fill these holes that I can then paint over top of to make it look smooth?
posted by Mikey51 at 10:04 AM - 4 answers

March 10

"Can we dig up your driveway?" Can they?

YANML. I have a house. There's construction happening next door. They want to dig up my driveway. UK, snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 4:18 AM - 37 answers

March 9

How bad are window AC units (old and/or new) for mold allergy?

I'm trying to find a new apartment in Chicago. A lot of older high-rises, which would otherwise be a good fit, have window air conditioner units. I'm seeing a lot of warnings about mold in window AC units. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 3:36 PM - 15 answers

Like Metafilter for antique and furniture maintenance and restoration

Are there forums or other resources that discuss with credibility how to restore or at least maintain antiques or fine furniture? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 1:59 PM - 3 answers

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