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I bought some "smart" GU5.3 6V LED downlights for my living room. When I install them and flip the switch, nothing happens — no solid light, and no flashing light for "pairing mode". The old "dumb" LEDs work fine. What's the problem? [more inside]
A helpful person decided to clean our oven. I believe she doused it with a thick coat of Lysol spray, but I’m not totally sure. I’ve tried preheating a few times, and it just smells very strongly of chemicals. How can I clean it of whatever she did to make it safe for us to cook in it and eat? [more inside]
We're planning to get mold remediated in our house. The assessor's plan calls for the use of antimicrobial products after the contamination is removed. Are there significant health risks to this, and is this likely to be helpful in preventing the mold from returning? [more inside]
I've been mixing my own hair conditioner by adding essential oils to a neutral-scented one. The neutral one I like is very thick and viscous. One thing I can't figure out is how best to get it back into the bottle. It's too thick to flow through a funnel, and if I push it back in with a chopstick or spatula or whatever it takes forever, makes a mess, and forms air voids in the bottle that keep me from getting it all back in. Are there tricks of the trade that would help? [more inside]
I deserve this [more inside]
Our TV is in front of the only window in the living room. It's too far from the wall to mount on even the longest arm. We have a big black monolith under it now, but with the demise of satellite TV and the VCR, need far less storage. However, we still need someplace to put power strips and a Blu-Ray player. What should I get? Snowflakes! [more inside]
New home owner, no info from prior owner, complicated to me! [more inside]
We can get our gutters cleaned for $450 or we can get gutter screens installed for $1,250. But if we get the gutter screens don't we still need to call someone out at least annually to make sure they are working well? Will we really save any money in the long term by getting the screens or should we just have someone come clean the gutters annually and forgo the screens? [more inside]
Yes, I overthink things. But notwithstanding that, what is the best moisture meter you have found for houseplants. I do not think I need the optional soil PH or light level indicators (or do I???) but I just want something reliable and sturdy to avoid overwatering my plants. Does anyone have a favorite?
In Europe, I got my hands on a couple of comforters of the standard individual size (140x200cm or approx 54"x75"); one is super heavy down, the other a medium weight poly-wool. I've been having a very difficult time finding new covers that aren't absurdly priced in the US. Like 90 $US+ or so. What is a good solution to get some "plain vanilla" cotton covers online?
Tried to get my fridge fixed but now I feel like I'm being scammed. What do I do? [more inside]
I'm learning to mig weld. I practice a lot and have read a fair amount about it online and in several books. I have found diagrams showing acceptable and unacceptable bead profile shapes, but I haven't found guidelines which specify the acceptable bead height/width measurements for a given thickness measurement of metal being joined. That is, I'm looking for a source that says, with a math formula or in a table: if your base metal is "x" thickness, then for each joint type your bead should be approx. "this" wide and "this" tall (assuming proper fit up, penetration, and no defects). I already cut and etch to check penetration, profile shape, and defects, but I would like to know if my welds are correctly sized. (I won't be taking a class and I don't know anyone who is a certified welder to ask these questions to.) Thanks!
I need to block off part of my apartment from my dog. A pet/baby gate seems the obvious solution but I'm really concerned with it messing up my walls and then I'll lose out on part of my security deposit. My apartment has textured walls, so it's not as easy to repair damage. [more inside]
1970s brick end rowhouse in southern Ontario gets very cold in the wintertime. I don't know where to start when considering options to remedy this. [more inside]
I am ready to buy a sofa. The one I liked was $700. I could pay 6x as much for my perfect unicorn sofa that will last a decade or more. [more inside]
So, my ceiling fan is possessed and I'm not sure if I need an electrician or a handyman? [more inside]
Important factor: we can’t rinse any coffee grounds down the drain. [more inside]
Help me make my half bathroom a cozy place to pee in the middle of the night. [more inside]
I re-caulked our bathtub/wall joints, and now there are fine cracks in the caulk. Did I do something incorrectly? [more inside]
Looking for good, fairly priced sources of Milk Thistle (silybum marianum) seeds in US, Canada or perhaps even Europe. This purchase is for planting - a friend of mine would like to try it out in their garden before experimenting with a commercial plot. Also, advice about Milk Thistle cultivation would also be much appreciated! Thanks for any leads & tips!