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September 26

Is it possible to de-prickify my wool blanket?

My new pure wool blanket is itchy and prickly. Is it possible to soften it? [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 1:43 AM - 11 answers

September 25

How to mount Kallax shelving to plaster wall?

Help, I bought a 2x4 Kallax from IKEA thinking that it could be mounted 4' up the wall horizontally, and that's exactly what the adorable pictographs on the instructions say not to do! Is there a way for me to mount this safely to my plaster wall? [more inside]
posted by oxisos at 6:04 PM - 15 answers

September 24

Help me warm my deck (and not burn it down) this winter!

I have a covered wood deck that's 14' x 14' and I'm trying to figure out the best way to add a way to warm it up when we go outside. There's a 3 foot knee-wall coming up from the floor and screens around the rest of it but is otherwise open to the elements. From what I've read, propane heaters are not a good idea in this situation both for fumes and for potentially setting the wood on fire. The last thread here recommended infrared. I'm looking for specific product or brand recommendations, please and thank you!
posted by softlord at 6:13 PM - 5 answers

September 23

Is it safe to put an iMac on a closet wire shelf?

I may be transitioning to working at home. Don't have a desk, they're expensive and hard to find; however, a currently spare room in my residence has a nice closet with an adjustable shelf. Thinking about putting the work iMac on the pictured shelf (moving it down to body level, of course). Would it be safe or too heavy? [more inside]
posted by thoughtful_analyst at 6:24 PM - 10 answers

How to find a specific kind of metal hook

I am looking to replace a certain metal hook, that is part of our windows. Where can I find a similar piece? [more inside]
posted by tinymegalo at 1:46 PM - 7 answers

September 22

Recipe Magpie: taggable, sortable, text AND photos

I have some unexpected free time on my hands (thanks Covid!) and thought I might use it to actually clean up my disaster of recipe storage. I'm looking for a service that can convert photos to legible text; save information from a website; display that info as a recipe- simple white background black text at a legible size. I'd like to be able to add notes easily, and I'd like to be able to organize with tags. In a perfect world it would be able to batch import, and copy tags/organization. What have you tried? [more inside]
posted by aint broke at 12:48 PM - 5 answers

September 21

How can I scent laundry without soap or dryer sheets?

I have pretty sensitive skin that doesn't handle scented soaps well, but apparently can handle scents applied in the dryer, or maybe some other way I'm not aware of. I was using essential oils on wool dryer balls, but read that's a fire hazard. What can I do instead to make my laundry smell nice? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 10:54 AM - 15 answers

September 20

How do I keep multiple blankets fastened together?

Looking for tried-and-true ideas on how to fasten multiple blankets together on a bed so they don't slip apart. [more inside]
posted by aquamvidam at 3:00 AM - 21 answers

September 19

How to find out more information about this antique Sears chair?

My Google-fu is failing me, I have a Sears chair that I'm guessing is from the late 60s to early 70s, it even has a tag with the original model number "726" and then an additional handwritten model number ( I guess?) of 16977. You can see a number of images of the chair and the tags at this photo gallery. Despite the labels, nothing similar seems to appear in my searches, any help?
posted by jeremias at 9:04 AM - 5 answers

September 17

How do I decor?

I recently(ish) moved into a new apartment. It's kind of bare bones right now, and I have no eye for decor. Really, zero. And no idea where to start. Halp. [more inside]
posted by holborne at 6:32 PM - 13 answers

Help my husband not hate me this winter.

Now that it’s dark again while I’m getting ready for work, I need to light my bedroom enough to get dressed. My husband sleeps later than I do, and I try not to wake him by turning on the bedside lamp. Help me figure out some infrastructure that works better than the flashlight on my phone. [more inside]
posted by bluloo at 2:30 PM - 27 answers

Not quite a retaining wall, not quite edging

We live in a split level home, with a yard that slopes up to a front door between the levels. The sidewalk from the driveway to the door is L-shaped and in steps. We had plants in a kind of slope around the edge of that... until my partner got restless and dug it all out into terraced levels... without actually having a plan for how to support the new dirt walls this leaves us with. Please help. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:54 AM - 6 answers

Oven with gliding racks

I'd like to purchase an oven that has racks that glide in and out like so. Do you have such an oven? If so, do you recommend it (and what's the make/model)? Also, how best can I search for ovens with this feature? It appears that different manufacturers describe it differently. Thank you!
posted by DavidNYC at 7:54 AM - 9 answers

September 16

What is the best bed in 2020?

I'm moving to my own little place and I have a rare opportunity to start 100% fresh with bedroom furniture and bedding. I want to get a really, really good bed that will help winter be as enjoyable as possible. And I need it to all be delivered to me. Do you have a bed situation that you LOVE? Will you describe it, and would you recommend one company over another? [more inside]
posted by witchen at 4:16 PM - 30 answers

September 15

Help me find the perfect placemats

Looking for durable placements (possible vinyl?) that we can wash like dishes. [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 6:39 PM - 11 answers

Fancy candle samples in Canada? Candle recs also welcome!

I would like to start lightly scenting my living spaces, but I'm fussy as heck and don't want to purchase a candle for $60 only to find out I hate it. Where can I buy small sets of sample candles? I bought one from LOHN and even though I wasn't nuts about any of the scents, the sample package was really convenient and nicely done. I saw Sephora has some Voluspa sets, but I am not a fan of that brand. I live in Canada and would prefer not to pay duty fees. [more inside]
posted by Stoof at 11:49 AM - 2 answers

Posts are made by fools like me, but I need you to choose my tree

We are finally cutting down the overly large, light-blocking, diseased evergreen tree in our front yard! We'd like to replace it with a flowering tree, but aren't sure which one makes the most sense. More inside... [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:22 AM - 13 answers

Trees/plants to mitigate standing water in yard after heavy rain

My area had record-breaking rain last week, with the result that water pooled in various spots around our yard - notably the garage, which ended up with 4 inches or so of water in it. Can we do anything with plantings such as trees or shrubs to reduce this impact in the future? [more inside]
posted by sizeable beetle at 6:51 AM - 13 answers

September 14

Whiter whites without bleach?

I switched to laundry detergent strips from Tru Earth (no plastic packaging yay!) but my white laundry is looking very dingy. I can live with it, but just wondered if there's a environmentally safe way to whiten things in the wash.
posted by Gusaroo at 11:55 AM - 12 answers

September 13

How can I find someone to help with packing?

I had to leave the Bay Area unexpectedly. I was already planning to move in the future, and now that I've been forced to travel, I want to stay in place rather than risk more COVID exposure. I have a tiny apartment in Oakland with minimal belongings, but need to figure out how to deal with them from a distance. Unfortunately, my closest friends in the area have also recently moved. I have family in the area that can't help for health reasons. I don't have a big budget, although as moving jobs go, this is very small. [more inside]
posted by pinochiette at 11:52 AM - 7 answers

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