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May 24

How much should I spend on a custom size cabinet with doors?

I don't want to spend much considering what I want. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 8:52 AM - 12 answers

Rent versus buy, rapidly growing city edition

We can’t decide whether to buy a house or to keep renting our (wonderful) apartment. The only reason we have any interest in buying is to avoid being priced out of our hometown in the coming years. Help? [more inside]
posted by cat friend at 8:45 AM - 31 answers

May 23

How does a bathroom remodel work?

I have a bathroom. It is not great. I would like it to be better. How exactly does one go about remodeling their bathroom? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 2:11 PM - 14 answers

Bug identify, 2 for 1

I’m constantly paranoid about German cockroaches and carpet bugs (which my neighbor is dealing with) and really any other thing that appears in my apartment. Pictures inside, ID appreciated! [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms at 10:11 AM - 6 answers

May 22

Any online tool for designing shelves for an alcove: recommendations

Does a planning tool exist for designing shelves for an alcove that I would then build myself? Ideally something that would tell me lengths of wood needed, and allow me to input the actual measurements to generate an accurate design. [more inside]
posted by Augenblick at 1:05 PM - 4 answers

Is an LED panel a good choice for a low ceiling space?

I have a closet like space with a very low ceiling that I'd like to light properly. I've been seeing flat LED panels, I think that's the route I'd like to go. Recommendations for one? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 9:32 AM - 4 answers

Looking for small outdoor container plants!

So I've found myself with a plethora of 4 and 6 inch terra cotta pots and I'm wondering what outdoor plants would do okay in such small containers on my patio. Flowering plants preferred. I'd rather not have herbs because I don't cook much these days, but could be convinced. Also I have absolutely no interest in succulents or cactus. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 7:03 AM - 10 answers

May 21

and I shall call him Spike

Please help me to identify this cactus and how to take care of it! [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 11:24 PM - 6 answers

Best home 'improvements' for renters

What are the best home innovations/improvements that renters can use without altering their living space permanently or cause any security-deposit-loss-worthy damage? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 11:58 AM - 30 answers

Help us furnish our new home

We are in the process of closing in on a condo. Wheee! So far, we've relied heavily on (higher-end Ikea furniture), with some help from Overstock. We actually kind of like the Ikea aesthetic, but not to the extent of our house looking like a catalog! Where should we shop for our new furniture? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by redlines at 9:42 AM - 11 answers

May 20

How do I tomato plant?

I bought 2 tomato plants on a whim from Whole Foods. I know less than zero about gardening. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld at 9:26 PM - 24 answers

What flower is this?

Purple flower at the top of a bare stalk growing out of a succulent-type base. Pic. Google photo ID says purple hollyhock or California rose but neither seems right, and I can't find any photos showing base+stalk+flower all at the same time to confirm.
posted by mono blanco at 7:28 PM - 5 answers

How can I join the broken ends of a pond filter/pump hose?

I'm having such a terrible time with the hose that goes from my filter/waterfall to the pump! [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 3:59 PM - 11 answers

Roses that grow big hips?

I’m growing three happy rosa rugosa thanks to advice from Ask, but they have very small hips compared to the cherry sized hips on beach roses in Maine. Is this because it’s a different variety or is it something about the environment? The flowers look identical.
posted by ftm at 11:30 AM - 2 answers

Safely Storing My Cans

Can I safely store cans of food under the stove? Reference photos here [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian at 11:19 AM - 5 answers

May 19

Another Tenant vs. Management vs. Mice Question

I've got mice in my place, and I'm not satisfied with the way my apartment's management is addressing the issue. I'd like the hive mind to help me figure out whether my take on the situation and sequence of next steps are reasonable. [more inside]
posted by alphanerd at 11:34 AM - 4 answers

May 18

Looking for suggestions on dealing with a litter problem.

Anonymous litter like used food packaging has been appearing in the yard and waste bins, and it's not a new development. It's been going on for months. It's not all blown in; there's definitely some activity in the area when the home owner isn't present. [more inside]
posted by redrawturtle at 5:09 PM - 10 answers

Make my IKEA table sturdier

I have an IKEA Jokkmokk table. It has wooden legs that use metal bolts to affix them to a metal piece on the underside of the table. (Here’s an illustration.) No matter how tightly I twist the bolts, after an hour or two of use, they get loose again, and the table gets a little wobbly. I’m tired of climbing under there. How can I fix this permanently?
posted by ocherdraco at 4:55 PM - 6 answers

Can you help identify this china pattern?

I am looking for whatever help I can find identifying this china pattern. It is from a full set that our family has only known as "Old Imari," but it doesn't match the classic Royal Crown Derby pattern of the same name. One plate has a small sticker next to the maker's mark that says "Japan." (the blue spoon in the background is not part of the set, in case that throws anyone).
posted by craven_morhead at 9:01 AM - 2 answers

WWMFD with this housing situation?

What would Metafilter do with this certain housing situation? Perhaps this is more tolerable than I think but I am at my wits end with decisions. Please hope me or at this point--just tell me what to do. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 8:11 AM - 19 answers

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