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November 13

Help me feel my toes this winter

My sun room is very poorly insulated, which means that my apartment gets very cold in the winter. What steps can I take to remedy this? Difficulty level: I rent. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 12:57 PM - 12 answers

How to decorate a shared game development office?

I'm involved with starting a shared office for game developers in Zurich. Right now we have a drab-looking 60sqm room with white walls and grey carpet, tables, and chairs. How do I make this look like an inviting place to work in? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 7:12 AM - 6 answers

November 12

Removing snow from the top of a minivan?

I have spent 20+years cursing people who drive with snow flying off their cars. Now I am one of *those* people because I have a minivan and am too short to actually get all the snow off (and honestly in too much of a rush to do a great job on the areas I can reach). What are my options? [more inside]
posted by dotparker at 2:47 PM - 21 answers

November 11

Help me decide where to live

I'm moving out of my apartment next month and trying to decide between three different places I could potentially move to, each with their pros and cons. I have to make a decision in the next day or two - help! [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 1:00 PM - 22 answers

How to find a part-time nanny/childcare/general help in San Francisco?

My San Francisco-based friend has a 4 m/o daughter, and has had a very very tough time with pregnancy, birth, and the first few months of her baby's life. She needs help, but she's too overwhelmed to figure out where to start. Do any of you SFers have tips or resources for finding a nanny or other childcare help? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 at 9:24 AM - 11 answers

Checklist for viewing a prospective house?

We might be moving and thus looking for a new house. But it's been close to 2 decades since we've been house hunting and we're feeling kinda lost/overwhelmed with what to check for when viewing a prospective house. Anyone got a link a good checklist to use as a starting point? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:20 AM - 10 answers

November 10

This one is kind of a necessity

My landlord is refusing to fix a broken toilet, claiming it's my fault that it keeps clogging and therefore it's *my* responsibility to hire a plumber and pay for the subsequent repairs. Meanwhile, my toilet keeps clogging up so badly I can't use it and it's only a matter of time until it floods the apartment and rains shit water on the shop downstairs (sorry but it's true). [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 7:03 PM - 16 answers

Smoke alarms in basement

I’m a first time home owner. My basement has furnace, water heater, and laundry (all gas powered) and the electrical panel. Should I put a smoke alarm in my basement? If so, how will I be able to hear it in the middle of the night? My bedroom is in the finished attic 3 floors up.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 3:59 AM - 12 answers

November 9

How to use an RCD socket?

My rented garage has this RCD power socket installed (or at least one that looks identical). It's acting like it's permanently tripped. Am I just using it wrong? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 9:26 AM - 6 answers

Burn it all down

Advise me on roach sitings and how to get rid of the *****ers. Complication: new house, a couple of innocuous bug sitings, and prior apartment had roaches but was regularly sprayed. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 8:43 AM - 12 answers

November 8

How do we remove these brackets?

We’re taking down some curtain rods, and can’t figure out how to remove the brackets that were holding them. Here’s a photo of the whole bracket and a photo of the top, which is the only clue to its attachment. All other edges are flush with the wall. Tugging in any direction (up/down/left/right/out) is doing nothing to dislodge it. How do we get these things off?
posted by ocherdraco at 12:02 PM - 8 answers

November 7

Tell me about your beepless microwaves

You have a microwave on which you have completely muted button and reminder beeps. What specific model is it, and would you recommend I buy it? (Please no comments about how the beeps are for safety, etc. I am aware of the danger of leaving bagel bites in the microwave for too longer after they're done, thanks.)
posted by Munching Langolier at 6:27 PM - 10 answers

Where should I buy couch cushion foam replacements?

My couch is about 10 years old, and while structurally sound, the foam is noticeably less supportive than it used to be. How should I go about replacing it? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 5:45 PM - 6 answers

Does anyone, anywhere, like their wired smoke detector?

Our smoke/CO detectors are at the end of their lives. Time for new ones. The thing is, everyone hates their smoke/CO detector. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 2:36 PM - 13 answers

Tell me about your Ektorp

I last had an Ektorp 3 seater couch purchased in 2005, before they came disassembled. You literally walked out with a couch. My understanding is that now they come disassembled, with a base, back, and arms. I LOVED that Ektorp. Do the "new" ones hold up as well? Are they as comfortable? I'm looking at the 3.5 seater, and it's at the way high end of my price rage, but I don't want to get it if they aren't as comfortable as they used to be.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 10:50 AM - 6 answers

November 6

Two bulbs, one fixture

How could two CFL light bulbs burn out at the same time? [more inside]
posted by skoosh at 9:38 PM - 12 answers

Question about Japanese self-heating baths

Is it cheaper (in terms of gas-usage / energy usage) to run a new bath in the evening or to keep the morning bath heated throughout the day? [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 6:15 PM - 13 answers

Explain dishwashers to me

I've never had or even used a dishwasher. Now I'm living in a place that has one. What do I need to know about cleaning it (it really needs a good clean), using it, and getting my dishes clean? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 6:04 PM - 31 answers

Pricing/selling dishes

A friend of mine is looking to price/sell her wedding china. It's an unused 12 place set of Tiffany band china: soup bowl, small plate, dinner plate, sugar bowl and creamer, serving platter, vegetable dish, soup tureen, coffee pot, twelve cups and saucers. (Either she will sell it or her STBX will buy out her half. She currently has an offer that feels lowball, $1200 for the set.) Where in the NYC metro area can she sell this? She also has silver utensils, so both at once would be a bonus.
posted by jeather at 6:23 AM - 7 answers

November 5

Toilet seems to be spitting up, help?

We have a toilet that gets super stinky and accumulates dark flecks on the underside of the seat and lid. Cleaning it temporarily removes the odor and the dark flecks, but they soon return. I believe nobody in the apartment is taking super-messy poops in there. We've cleaned it, gone away, and come back to find it dirty again. But I don't think it's backing up because we're on the fourth floor, the sink and tub drain fine, and we never see anything in the bowl. Help?
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 11:21 PM - 10 answers

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