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Please give me your most creative/unusual/stealthily practical ideas for simple household objects that can serve as bookends. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Do the "L" and "N" on this power terminal represent 'live' and 'neutral'?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
If you were a formerly messy person who is now decent at keeping things organized, how did you do it? [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend a power assist wheelbarrow or cart? [more inside]
My plant leaves have spots - both blueberry bushes and either a raspberry or blackberry bush. Any idea what it might be? [more inside]
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.
The evaporator fan in my refrigerator keeps failing. I don't know why. I can't afford to buy a new refrigerator. [more inside]