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I need a new water filter for my Frigidaire fridge after 3 months. They're selling about $40-48 online from reputable retailers. Does anyone actually know if the ones on Ebay are genuine or not? They say genuine, and have the markings of a genuine filter, but are $12 or $13, way cheaper than from Amazon or Walmart. [more inside]
I love my small kitchen apartment, but it's lacking on storage space, and I'm looking to go vertical. From designing my own basic shelving to building it, what sort of things should I have on hand and/or be aware of that aren't obvious? [more inside]
I want to make a drop down type shelf...thing. [more inside]
How worried should I be about vermiculite in the attic of my 1920s rental house along with an older gas heater? [more inside]
Difficulty level: Apartment in GA. [more inside]
I got a balsam candle to try to get some Christmas-tree smell, and it was kind of sweet and cloying and not super tree-like. Can you recommend a specific tree-scented candle that actually smells like a Christmas tree? [more inside]
There is an odd corner of my kitchen that has a nice granite countertop cantilevered from the wall but no cabinet underneath. The granite matches the rest of my kitchen—but is essentially a quarter-oval. I’d like to build a cabinet beneath the countertop because I want to put something heavy on top that I’d worry about if unsupported. But I’m now sure what the cabinet should be! [more inside]
I need to replace some cabinets as part of a kitchen damage control project that is already costing me a lot - Ikea? Other moderately-priced, not garbage options? I'm out of my depth here and need to figure this out shortly. [more inside]
I don't recall ever using more than 3 burner at a time. 3 is rare. Usually one or two for everyday use. Are there any advantages to a 5 burner compared to a 3 burner? [more inside]
Do you use an inflatable mattress as your regular bed? Tell me about your experience! [more inside]
I kick off my shoes and put on a pair of Asian-style house slippers the moment I get home; they keep my toes warm and the soles of my feet protected. I learned the art of carrying the shopping home with a "granny cart" from a brief stay in Paris, where no one goes to the store without one. What other near-ubiquitous household items from other countries should more Americans know about?
I'm trying to reduce waste and save money by repurposing things. I'm saving containers before I have any idea what to do with them. Help me brainstorm? [more inside]
So this is kinda a weird question for January, but as my crazy weird sun gold cherry tomato plant is finally dying in the January wet and cold- I’m thinking about making sure I get my plants in at the right time this year (all my plants were put in late last year because of surgeries) SO! If I wanted 2-4 tomato plants this year, what are the best varieties for the Excelsior district of San Francisco? [more inside]
We are a family of four (two adults, toddler, newborn) and I’d like to use a spare bedroom to create a functional home office/computer space for all of us. Meaning: it would work for remote adult work as well as for eventual homework and computer useage for our kids. How would you set this up? I haven’t found many examples of ways we could create office space for both kids and adults in the same room.
My bathtub was not properly set on the ground. When I stand in the basin, it creaks and feels like it's giving way. I can see, from a crawlspace, where it's unsupported. How can I fix it? [more inside]
So my microwave died (or became immortal, since it won't turn off unless I unplug it), and I have questions. [more inside]
It's time to build out our kitchen. We've gotten started and we have a few ideas for what we want next. We've done a lot of housesitting and seen a lot of kitchens. We have ideas for what we want. What we don't have is half a sense of aesthetic kitchen layout. That's where you come in! Tie it together for us! [more inside]
I'm looking for a charity that will pick up a full-sized memory foam mattress in perfect condition in Oakland, California. [more inside]
If you've moved into a new house recently, what are your magical tricks to make it smooth? I'm thinking I spend the first day doing a deep clean since it will never be so empty again...so I need a broom, mop, towels, etc. for that. What do you wish you'd done differently, or what worked well for you? [more inside]
Hoping someone out there with structural engineering experience can give me a rough idea of whether my paved courtyard could take the weight load of a swim spa. Intending to hire a structural engineer to confirm if it seems likely it may be possible but hoping to save the hassle if the answer is absolutely no way. [more inside]