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September 18

Best Bag Vacuum for cats

I'm looking for a new upright bag vacuum, around $250 or so. We have an older Panasonic upright bagless vac I have huge problems emptying (dust goes everywhere, including my face) and realized that a bag vacuum might be my solution. I'm quite short and would like something that's easy to use for shorter people. If anyone has any personal recommendations for short type vacuums, please post them. [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten at 7:44 PM - 1 answers

Identify this fly and rid me of em

What kind of fly is this, where do they live and how can I clear my backyard of them?
posted by zeoslap at 5:03 PM - 2 answers

Bedbugs in a building within the year---dealbreaker?

About to sign a new lease but it says that there were bedbugs on the 5th floor within the last year (I'm looking at an apartment on the 2nd floor). Yikes. It says eradication measures were taken. Otherwise, this apartment is pretty good for me. Not perfect, but pretty good. Thoughts?
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 2:29 PM - 9 answers

September 17

KitchenAid oven hum?

A few online reviews say the KitchenAid range (dual-fuel double oven) I want to buy makes a humming noise at all times. Is this for real, or did a few people get lemons? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 4:09 PM - 2 answers

September 16

Trying to buy a house but everythig is terrible and nothing is good.

I'm buying a house but my mortgage is about to expire and the seller keeps pushing the closing date! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:02 PM - 25 answers

Help: Construction vocabulary

In construction engineering, can the following be correct? [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd at 9:12 AM - 3 answers

September 15

How can I be a better plant mom to my succulents?

Is there an easy, effective way to supplement my houseplants’ light? [more inside]
posted by rebeccabeagle at 12:26 PM - 4 answers

Seeking someone for minor home repairs in NYC

I'm looking for someone with the skills and tools to perform some minor home repairs in my 2 BR Manhattan apartment—stuff like replacing some outlet covers, hanging a mirror, some small paint touch-ups, etc. I'm interested either direct recommendations, or sites where I can find someone. (I'm not interested in any DIY tips, though.) Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:24 AM - 3 answers

Should I try heated floor mats or rugs this winter?

I'm tired of having cold toes in the winter. And so is my cat! [more inside]
posted by kinsey at 9:57 AM - 9 answers

September 14

Where can I find these pendant lights?

I really like these drop pendant lights that I saw recently at a Panera restaurant. I have been searching for them (or similar style) online to no avail. Can someone help me find them? Key requirements: brushed nickel finish, dark red/amber color mix, shape as shown in photo.
posted by Ike_Arumba at 5:21 AM - 6 answers

September 13

What are these shells/husks/pods?

Weird things found on a deck in Southwestern Ontario. [more inside]
posted by nerhael at 11:00 AM - 5 answers

September 12

Just can't seem to get aluminum siding clean! What works?

I have very dirty aluminum siding on a house in the Midwest. I've tried many things, none work. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 1:37 PM - 10 answers

Why won't this toilet tank fill?

Redoing a bathroom. There's a single cold water line running to the sink and toilet. Water to the sink works fine, but not the toilet. Have put the water cutoff handle to 0 and 90 degree position to no avail, nothing changes. Here's a photo of the set up. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:55 AM - 7 answers

September 11

What to do about a new neighbor's dogs?

We live in a rental house with a separately rented converted garage. A new tenant in the studio has two small terriers that make a ton of noise and have bitten my wife. Do we have any grounds to force the tenant to get rid of the dogs or to break our lease and move? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars at 9:56 PM - 14 answers

Sturdy and comfy couch - Canada edition

Questions about good couches have been asked before here but the common favourites (e.g. Macy's, Room & Board, Benchmade, Joybird) won't ship to Canada at all or have ruinous shipping & duties (often paired with impossible return policies). What kind of sofa, available in Canada, would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by congen at 5:33 PM - 11 answers

Help us move with less wailing and gnashing of teeth

We're moving for the first time since we accumulated a lot of stuff. We don't have a place to move into so we need to store stuff. We're overwhelmed by the options, especially since Pods says they can't help us. Help? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 10:11 AM - 14 answers

Old Houses Guides for New Owners?

We bought a house! We're closing on a wonderful house, built in 1936. We want to be wise and diligent owners, but we've never owned a house and we know little about maintaining one. We want to have a manual for things like repairs, maintenance, winterization, common problems, etc. Ideally, it'd have a checklist and we'd just keep going through it. If you live in a well-maintained old home, do you have a go-to guide for it?
posted by skookumsaurus rex at 4:33 AM - 10 answers

September 10

Pellet stove insert a good idea?

I'm contemplating getting a pellet stove insert put into my 40's house with chimney. What should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:03 AM - 17 answers

Propagation on easy mode

I want to garden without buying plants, buying a bunch of stuff, or following finicky propagation procedures. Bonus Human Relations aspect at the end. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 4:44 AM - 20 answers

September 9

Bank won't accept current condo association?

This is a weird situation, and I genuinely have no idea what do to. Long story short, the bank says that the members of my condo association aren't really the members of my condo association? And the deed is wrong? All we want to do is switch bank accounts for the condo association, damn it. [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah at 1:05 PM - 13 answers

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