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I have a nightlight that has a little pan on top, where I put scented wax... nuggets... to melt, and they make my bathroom smell nice. The bulb in the nightlight blew out. The bulb has "15W" stamped on it, so I went online and bought more 15W bulbs. Now the wax doesn't really melt correctly, it is technically a liquid but is opaque and flaky looking, and the smell doesn't really come off of it the way it used to. What are my options here? Are there multiple types of 15W bulbs? [more inside]
I finally finished a long-term home project of organizing thousands of loose photos from the pre-digital era. I now have them all sorted by year taken, and now plan to edit them down as I decide which are worth going into an album. I haven't bought a photo album in 20+ years. 4 X 6 sleeves, vs. magnetic sticky pages? "Photo album" vs. generic three ring binder with 3-ring inserts? If I use pocket inserts I'd like to be able to have both portrait and landscape photos orientated correctly. Is that even possible? If you have opinions or links to products that have worked well for you please share.
I have a 20 year old table that has what is politely called patina but is really sticky and gross build-up in addition to the stain/varnish breaking down. Can I refinish the table without fully stripping? [more inside]
What it says in the title. Refrigerators seem to be intended primarily for storing packaged food, cartons of milk and cans of soda. We're eating (and trying to eat) more bulky green leafy things these days. [more inside]
The contractor is starting demolition soon, and Mr. DrGail and I are still making decisions on the conversion of our alcove tub set-up to a step-in shower. This will be much more convenient for us as we age, while still accommodating dog-bathing. We have one chance to get this right, and we sure could use some advice on the specifics. [more inside]
I have a secret workshop in a dirty old factory and I need a large hood for ventilation (40" or so). I already have a blower and ducting. I literally just need the physical hood part. I have $80. [more inside]
Seeking blogs, IG accounts, and YouTube channels about gardens and gardening to fill the cold, grey, dark void while I wait for spring. I'm especially interested in Zone 6 and/or New England-based bloggers, with bonus points for folks in the Boston area. [more inside]
There is water dripping down from the top of a window well (that is, through the wood framing of the window well, not from the joint between the glass and the wood) in our upstairs bedroom. What kind of professional do I need to figure out where the water is coming from? More details and link to a photo inside . [more inside]
We moved to a new house late last year. The new home is double the size of the old one and we've brought in a designer from a well-known local firm to help us with plans and decisions. We have lots of small to medium projects and wanted help planning them out and guidance making decisions since we haven't done most of this before. The house is much newer than our last house and we want to make it beautiful and to represent our style. [more inside]
I cannot find the source of our fungus gnat problem and I cannot get rid of the fungus gnats. I'm losing my mind, catching dozens of them every week, and I just want the problem to go away. Help, please! [more inside]
I had a theory that my oven was running cold. This was based on an observation that everything takes much longer to cook than recipes say. This is true across multiple types of food, and has been observed by several people. Yesterday, I borrowed a Fluke thermometer with a probe from a friend who works in a science lab and.... if anything my oven runs hot?!?!? I'm sitting here watching the temperature oscillate from a little below to somewhat (10 degrees) above the target temperature. So, what is going on and can I fix it?
My new-to-me "pillow top" is not attached to my new-to-me queen mattress, but is a separate pillowy pad which likes to migrate beneath the fitted sheet to my side of the bed. [more inside]
I've got a weighted blanket I love that I've been using for years. Only one problem: when I put a duvet cover on it, rather than acting like a nice duvet, it gets wadded up in the corner under its own weight, like the whole thing is a giant sock full of pennies. Does anyone have a solution that doesn't involve buying a new blanket? The internet says there are fancy blankets that have built-in attachment points for special covers, but I like the one I've got and would rather not buy a whole new one.
I finally followed my dreams and got a Toto Washlet S300e for my home! NIB off eBay for a few hundred off MSRP. After getting the electrical rewiring done to accommodate the plug and hooking it all up, I realized my blunder - I completely missed that this was a 'Round' model and not 'Elongated' (the other Washlet model I was comparing to only came in Elongated, and I overlooked this critical detail on the s300e). There were no returns on this item, which is relatively sensible in a 'no returning used toilet seats' policy. Is there a way to order parts for just the ring seat and cover in 'elongated' that will fit with the bidet base? [more inside]
I thought silicone would work, but it doesn't stick [more inside]
A 2 inch section of the felt gasket that seals in our dryer's lint trap screen is coming loose from the frame body. What's a glue that can hold up to the moisture and heat from a dryer to secure it in place?
The pieces of ice produced have an odd taste (not that I've ingested any since), and the removable ice tray itself is left with blackish-greenish-yellowish streaks on the bottom. [more inside]
The pump on my LG front loader is suddenly making a grinding noise but works perfectly fine. I cleaned out the trap; no improvement. I scheduled a service call for tomorrow ($79 minimum that I don't have). Am I courting disaster to continue doing laundry today? What about canceling the call and seeing how long I can continue to do laundry before it dies? Will a small repair turn into a much larger one?
We're on the market to buy a home in a new city where the real estate market is quite hot, and are having trouble deciding if we should put in an offer on a FANTASTIC house in a not-quite-ideal-but-pretty-good location, or hold out for something in our desired neighbourhood...even if it might not be quite as perfect a house. Obviously YANMR (you are not my realtor), but looking for some general advice and anecdata on how you, a happy homeowner, prioritized different factors when you bought your house. Lots of specifics to our situation within, but general advice also welcome. [more inside]
I need to get island trim for my stove. According to the photos, this looks like a 3" wide, 36" long, 1" high piece of sheet metal that has little vent holes cut in it (it looks a little like a comb). The manufacturer wants $319 for this. This feels like the kind of thing that almost anyone with a piece of sheet metal could make. Any other options, or do I truly need to spend $319 on this?