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September 21

Okay, you convinced me

I have been thoroughly convinced to hire a cleaning service. Which one is REALLY good? Yelp and Google and personal recs aren't helping much. [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock at 6:01 PM - 4 answers

September 20

Why do washing machine timers take longer than is displayed?

At many points in my adult life I’ve used front-loading washing machines. Invariably -invariably!- the timers on the washing machine run slightly slower than the actual clock time. One example: I started a load the other day that was supposed to finish in 30 minutes. I came back after ~35 minutes (33 minute timer + slosh) and still had 3 minutes to go. Is there a design reason for this? Do coin-op washers just have bad timers?
posted by Going To Maine at 9:06 PM - 12 answers

What is this pipe?

I toured a house today (looking to buy). There is a pipe in front of the house. I don't know what it leads to. The realtors don't know either. Do you? Images below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis at 6:07 PM - 14 answers

Best way to get headboard for tempur-up bed?

A couple years ago we bought a tempurpedic Up bed. This is different from the fully adjustable base. I found out that the headboard attachments that tempurpedic sells is not compatible with the Up base. So we have the mattress and base on the floor. This creates a problem because there is a gap between the wall and the bed. How can I get a headboard attached to this base? [more inside]
posted by amy.g.dala at 7:22 AM - 6 answers

September 19

Is is possible to find more of this (engineered) hardwood flooring?

I purchased flooring from Lumber Liquidators about 9 years ago, and now need just a few more pieces, but they don't carry it and don't know what it is. I have pictures, and if someone can help me identify it to see if I can get more, I'd be eternally grateful! [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 2:35 PM - 6 answers

She's Felix. I'm Oscar. Helpful hints from Heloise?

My partner and I have wildly different levels of comfort when it comes to cleanliness in the house. I have some major gaps in my housecleaning education. Can you help me come up with a list of chores and the frequency with which to do them? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 6:03 AM - 32 answers

September 18

How to wash nice clothes?

I am not a fashionista by any means and don't aspire to be, but I've recently decided to stop looking sloppy all the time and ended up purchasing some nice blouses and dress(ier) pants. However, I have no idea how to wash them. This is where you can help! [more inside]
posted by Forty-eight at 3:18 PM - 24 answers

Is there a jitterbug for home music management?

I have researched on askme and reddit and have only found answers that are over my head or don't sound like what I want. I am so fed up I am looking around my house thinking where can I shelve 500 cds? In 1995 I never had any problems listening to my music. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ [more inside]
posted by 58 at 12:07 PM - 16 answers

Buying a house-filter; or: death by a thousand cuts and plastic pipes

After a few weeks of searching in a hot real estate market, my wife and I are under contract for a house, a few issues have come up during inspection and I would like some real world feedback or advice beyond the DIY online forum arguments my google searches have turned up. [more inside]
posted by token-ring at 7:31 AM - 18 answers

September 17

Looking for the perfect desk!

I'm trying to find a desk for home that has some specific criteria. I'm not sure where to shop or how to find what I'm looking for - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by bendy at 11:38 PM - 8 answers

Loss of power steering and red fluid all over ground

This was me. They replaced my transmission and I've had the car back for under a week. Today as I was parking, I suddenly lost all power steering. After wrestling the car into a parking spot, I got out and saw red fluid all over the ground. Pools of it. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 7:43 PM - 5 answers

How do I shelf?

I’ve just moved into a new rental apartment. I’d like to put up shelves capable of holding a desktop computer, monitor, books, and myself as I lean against it as a standing desk. The problem is I have no idea how to determine what kind of shelving I can put in. [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs at 6:37 PM - 4 answers

How to remove stickers from car without damaging them?

I recently bought a new vehicle (well, new for me). I have some stickers on my old truck that I would love to transfer to the new one. I realize that it might be an exercise in futility! However, I need to remove them before I sell the truck anyway, so why not try? What I would like to know is whether I should attempt this on a hot afternoon when the stickers/adhesive are softer or in the morning when everything is cool? Any success stories out there? Thanks!
posted by Don_K at 12:35 PM - 18 answers

Replacement Remote for orbit

I'd like a replacement remote for a six station orbit system. Link to a picture of the controller.Thank you for your time.
posted by notned at 10:35 AM - 0 answers

Where can I find this particular type of foam mounting bracket hardware?

I need to insulate the ceiling of my unfinished garage. I'd like to hang 2-inch Expanded Polystyrene but instead of installing nails or screws with foam washers, I'd like to install with tracks like this (another view and the YouTube video where I saw them). The problem is that I can't find these tracks for sale anywhere. Can anyone help me figure out what this product is called and/or who manufactures or sells it? I've already reached out to the company in the video, but it's been a couple weeks with no response.
posted by maniactown at 10:13 AM - 7 answers

September 16

Help filling a hole in the wall, hanging a guitar??

So I'm screwing some hefty drywall anchors in the wall, managed to get two in and putting in a couple more I accidentally tear a few smallish-biggish holes (1/4 inch about) that I'd love to fill up and screw back into and hang a guitar from. Is it possible with just some sort of filler/spackle?? I'm reading a MILLION different solutions, some even conflicting with each other, and I cannot for the life of me figure out which one's correct.
posted by dr handsome at 5:58 PM - 10 answers

Oil to natural gas - not as simple as it used to be

Help us weigh the economic vs the social and environmental impact of natural gas. [more inside]
posted by schrodycat at 9:18 AM - 8 answers

September 15

Automate my life

Assume, hypothetically, I can afford to make as much of my life as easy as possible for my burnt out, chronically ill self? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock at 10:43 PM - 25 answers

LED bulbs and dimmer switches

I have 3 light bulbs on a switch with a dimmer. I accidentally bought non-dimmable LED bulbs to replace the incandescents, turning my entryway into a discotheque (warning: strobing lights). However, when I put in a single incandescent and 2 LEDs, all the lights function fine - the LEDs take a half second longer to switch on, but no discernable flickering after that. Why does this work? Is it okay to keep them like this, or do I need to go back to the store and buy some dimmable bulbs? (I never use the dimmer so this is is a slightly annoying extra cost for me)
posted by btfreek at 6:37 PM - 9 answers

What would Martha Stewart do?

I bought this gift bag filled with lavender-scented goodies at the farmer's market primarily for the oil and dried lavender. It came with these (what I assume are) dried stems. What do I do with the stems? Are they purely decorative?
posted by onecircleaday at 11:18 AM - 4 answers

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