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July 23

I want more snake friends

Our neighborhood is starting to have a mild rat problem. Would introducing some lovely garter or gopher snakes be a viable solution? If so, how do I introduce them into my urban habitat? [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 2:35 PM - 13 answers

Cats vs Moths - how to save my rug?

I have a wool rug, which I like very much, but unfortunately when I just rolled it up (for a whole unrelated thing) I found evidence of moth casings and larvae. I am disappointed, because whilst I knew we had moths I was hoping very frequent hoovering would protect it, and it doesn't seem to have been sufficient. Is there anything cat-safe I can treat the underside of this rug with to prevent clothes moths? [more inside]
posted by stillnocturnal at 4:44 AM - 18 answers

July 22

How to protect carpet from furniture?

We are getting new carpeting in our bedrooms tomorrow. After moving the various pieces of heavy furniture out, I could see that the compression marks they made on the old carpeting were worse than I imagined. [more inside]
posted by Don_K at 8:11 AM - 6 answers

July 21

Indoor passionflower vine care?

I recently obtained a wonderful passionflower vine (Incense) and I have a few questions about how to take care of it. [more inside]
posted by Lurch at 10:59 PM - 1 answers

Help identifying a mystery tool

My grandmother-in-law found a tool in her late husband's stuff and she's curious what it is. I'm not a tool guy and have no idea. Two pictures here.
posted by Beardman at 5:41 PM - 13 answers

Where can I find these magical tapeless cardboard moving boxes?

When I had to move offices at work they had these wonderful medium sized cardboard boxes that can quickly seal up without tape and are easy to stack and move. I've searched amazon and tried asking the moving company where to find them, but haven't had any luck. Here are some photos: here
posted by vegetableagony at 3:20 PM - 9 answers

What to consider when moving to the suburbs?

We have lived in a city neighbourhood I love for 25 years. Now we’re looking at moving to a suburb. What factors should I consider to make this a positive thing? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 2:28 PM - 8 answers

July 20

Buyer's Remorse: Uncomfortable Couch edition

Should I buy a new couch or live with this uncomfortable couch? Are there stylish plus cozy couches I can buy in the U.S. (California) brick and mortar or online? What are some comfortable but stylish couches that aren't just big poofs with no shape? [more inside]
posted by jj's.mama at 10:50 PM - 25 answers

Minimally toxic and exhausting help for a troubled hardwood floor?

I have oak hardwood floors installed when my house was built in 1954. The wood is waxed, and some idiot painted the ceiling without a drop cloth at some point in history. Eventually I want to sand and refinish the floors, but I expect removing the wax will be exhausting, so I want to take off the paint splatters as an aesthetic stopgap. But how? Ideally without poisoning my small kid, her fish, or the creatures of Puget Sound? Personal recommendations are more helpful, as google just turns up a lot of ads. Thank you!
posted by centrifugal at 2:24 PM - 10 answers

July 19

How complicated is it to fix a minivan's speedometer?

My Sienna's speedometer isn't quite right. Judging by the various "your speed" signs, it says that I'm going 65 when I'm going 60, for example. I know that the speed signs aren't accurate, but they've all shown that, at various speeds, in various states -- the speedometer isn't precise. This is true for drivers of various heights. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:35 PM - 23 answers

How does Room and Board upholstered furniture hold up long-term?

Is Room and Board furniture worth the money? Does it last for more than a couple of years with regular use? [more inside]
posted by Janta at 12:58 PM - 19 answers

What do I need to do before the (full-service) movers arrive?

For the first time in my life, I'm using the kind of movers who pack for you, and I want to make sure the whole thing goes as smoothly as possible. What can/should I do before they arrive to ensure that? [more inside]
posted by dizziest at 6:52 AM - 19 answers

July 18

Name those raspberry-loving beetles!

My raspberries (PNW) have been taken over by some beetles (picture links below). They don't look like Japanese beetles; no iridescent abdomen, no green thorax. BugFinder had no luck. What might they be? [more inside]
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 1:24 PM - 5 answers

How to paint a plywood shed?

I've acquired a plywood shed built by my neighbour. I'd like to paint it to protect it and make it match my house (required by bylaw but not really enforced). I'm also busy/lazy and would like to invest a minimum of time, money and effort. Questions abound! [more inside]
posted by bighappyhairydog at 11:06 AM - 10 answers

July 17

Style updates for a 1980s windowless condo bathroom

I'm planning an eventual bathroom renovation. In around five years, I'll be able to add a few little luxuries with lighting or tile or such. But the shower surround and shower plumbing should probably be attended to sooner. One should have the eventual plan set before embarking on a two-stage renovation, of course, so I've been looking at lots of photos of bathrooms and bathroom renovations online, eg. on Pinterest.... [more inside]
posted by eviemath at 7:43 PM - 8 answers

How to spread 11 tons of gravel and pebbles on our parkway

We have a large, long parkway (300 or so feet long) and 11 tons of gravel and pebbles to spread on it. What would be the most economical way to pay to have it spread? Guys with wheelbarrows and shovels or some sort of mechanical equipment? The parkway is easy to access from the road, but there is a 10" curb, drip irrigation and landscape fabric already installed which impede access somewhat.
posted by arnicae at 10:10 AM - 9 answers

July 16

Talk me through the home buying/remodeling process!

So Mr. Dorinda and I are planning to buy a house in a new city. Yay! Since we're prioritizing being in the neighbourhood we want over having the "perfect" move-in ready house, we are anticipating doing at least some amount of renovation/remodeling. But different houses will obviously need different levels of renovation/remodeling, so we're a little confused on the order-of-operations for this process, especially vis a vis conceptualizing a renovation budget. We know our all-in budget, but we're having a tough time looking at a fixer-upper and imagining what is and is not possible within our budget. Luckily there are professionals who can help us! BUT: What professionals do we contact to help, and at what point in the process do we contact them? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 12:32 PM - 12 answers

July 15

Why is my fridge water running slow?

Fridge filter (ha ha): I've tried replacing the filter and the valve. Now what? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 4:56 PM - 9 answers

Places to consider buying in the St. Louis, MO area

In the next few months we may be moving to the St. Louis area and buying a house. Neither of us has lived there for years and we're overwhelmed by the options. Please suggest some areas we should look in based on what we want: [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 7:14 AM - 7 answers

July 13

An osthyvel by any other name

I'm curious to know how well-known the Nordic-style cheese slicer is. If you live outside of the Nordics, are you familiar with it? Can it be bought in your country? Thank you!
posted by Vesihiisi at 9:37 AM - 54 answers

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