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November 28

Clip fastener - trying to find it but google fu has failed me

Snap on clip fastener used to hold a board to a wall. Need a name so I can order some. [more inside]
posted by ptm at 7:00 PM - 3 answers

November 27

How do I counteract these cleaning product fumes?

We just moved into a new apartment and the landlords cleaned the crap out of it earlier today with bleach, Fabuloso, and Clorox bleach-free wipes. I have chemical sensitivities and the fumes are so bad I don't know if I can sleep here tonight. We have all the windows open and a fan going, but is there something we can rinse the cleaned surfaces with to get rid of any residue? Besides just water?
posted by Jacqueline at 4:53 PM - 8 answers

Advice needed for DIY project--how much of this desk should I paint?

I'm having trouble deciding whether to paint the entire desk or just the wood parts, not the metal legs. [more inside]
posted by BeginAgain at 11:09 AM - 4 answers

Bathroom smells, not our fault!

What is wrong with our bathroom sink drain? Can we fix it? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 10:15 AM - 13 answers

Kneeling chair with adjustable seat and knee pad

I'm looking for a kneeling office chair with an adjustable seat and kneepad. At the very least an adjustable seat. One would think this would be a very basic feature to add to a kneeling chair, but I cannot find any that satisfy these conditions. Do you have any leads? Or any kneeling chairs you especially like? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 7:44 AM - 4 answers

November 26

Tools for easy housecleaning

What tools, products or items make housecleaning easier? I'm bad at cleaning and don't enjoy it. I'm looking for products that will make it easier, more efficient, and less annoying. Cleaning the floors (particle board and tile), scrubbing the bathtub, dusting, vacuuming, vacuuming behind the bed or under the couch - blah. Perhaps a better toolkit would help me.
posted by bunderful at 4:31 PM - 32 answers

Inspire my Christmas tree

Thanks to the magic of 2020 I will spend my first Christmas in my own apartment with my own tree. Apart from a small number of assorted dangly things with personal significance I utterly lack decorations for the tree and am in search of inspiration. Willing to spend some but not exorbitant money and / or try some simple crafting ideas. Very open minded on style of decoration. Tree is traditional green Nordmann.
posted by roolya_boolya at 2:29 PM - 24 answers

November 25

Are these "smart" LED downlights faulty? Or am I the faulty one?

I bought some "smart" GU5.3 6V LED downlights for my living room. When I install them and flip the switch, nothing happens — no solid light, and no flashing light for "pairing mode". The old "dumb" LEDs work fine. What's the problem? [more inside]
posted by robcorr at 1:13 PM - 5 answers

November 24

How to clean an oven after it’s been cleaned?

A helpful person decided to clean our oven. I believe she doused it with a thick coat of Lysol spray, but I’m not totally sure. I’ve tried preheating a few times, and it just smells very strongly of chemicals. How can I clean it of whatever she did to make it safe for us to cook in it and eat? [more inside]
posted by studioaudience at 9:31 PM - 8 answers

Use of antimicrobials in mold remediation

We're planning to get mold remediated in our house. The assessor's plan calls for the use of antimicrobial products after the contamination is removed. Are there significant health risks to this, and is this likely to be helpful in preventing the mold from returning? [more inside]
posted by beryllium at 5:08 PM - 4 answers

Re-bottling very viscous hair conditioner

I've been mixing my own hair conditioner by adding essential oils to a neutral-scented one. The neutral one I like is very thick and viscous. One thing I can't figure out is how best to get it back into the bottle. It's too thick to flow through a funnel, and if I push it back in with a chopstick or spatula or whatever it takes forever, makes a mess, and forms air voids in the bottle that keep me from getting it all back in. Are there tricks of the trade that would help? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:31 AM - 18 answers

Help me convince my landlord to let me get a pet?

I deserve this [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 9:39 AM - 26 answers

November 23

Slim, small, elegant TV stand?

Our TV is in front of the only window in the living room. It's too far from the wall to mount on even the longest arm. We have a big black monolith under it now, but with the demise of satellite TV and the VCR, need far less storage. However, we still need someplace to put power strips and a Blu-Ray player. What should I get? Snowflakes! [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 3:49 PM - 12 answers

Help me understand this HVAC system!

New home owner, no info from prior owner, complicated to me! [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 6:52 AM - 13 answers

November 22

Are gutter screens worth it?

We can get our gutters cleaned for $450 or we can get gutter screens installed for $1,250. But if we get the gutter screens don't we still need to call someone out at least annually to make sure they are working well? Will we really save any money in the long term by getting the screens or should we just have someone come clean the gutters annually and forgo the screens? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:51 PM - 10 answers

Best Moisture Meter for houseplants

Yes, I overthink things. But notwithstanding that, what is the best moisture meter you have found for houseplants. I do not think I need the optional soil PH or light level indicators (or do I???) but I just want something reliable and sturdy to avoid overwatering my plants. Does anyone have a favorite?
posted by Lylo at 11:06 AM - 1 answers

US source for European-size bedlinen

In Europe, I got my hands on a couple of comforters of the standard individual size (140x200cm or approx 54"x75"); one is super heavy down, the other a medium weight poly-wool. I've been having a very difficult time finding new covers that aren't absurdly priced in the US. Like 90 $US+ or so. What is a good solution to get some "plain vanilla" cotton covers online?
posted by nothing.especially.clever at 7:30 AM - 5 answers

November 21

Did I get scammed? And how do I fix my stupid fridge?

Tried to get my fridge fixed but now I feel like I'm being scammed. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 4:56 PM - 8 answers

Proper measurements for height and width of mig weld beads

I'm learning to mig weld. I practice a lot and have read a fair amount about it online and in several books. I have found diagrams showing acceptable and unacceptable bead profile shapes, but I haven't found guidelines which specify the acceptable bead height/width measurements for a given thickness measurement of metal being joined. That is, I'm looking for a source that says, with a math formula or in a table: if your base metal is "x" thickness, then for each joint type your bead should be approx. "this" wide and "this" tall (assuming proper fit up, penetration, and no defects). I already cut and etch to check penetration, profile shape, and defects, but I would like to know if my welds are correctly sized. (I won't be taking a class and I don't know anyone who is a certified welder to ask these questions to.) Thanks!
posted by atm at 1:06 PM - 4 answers

Protecting Walls From Gates

I need to block off part of my apartment from my dog. A pet/baby gate seems the obvious solution but I'm really concerned with it messing up my walls and then I'll lose out on part of my security deposit. My apartment has textured walls, so it's not as easy to repair damage. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 12:05 PM - 11 answers

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