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December 17

Need to stick stuff to brick without drilling

I have fake Christmas garland with lights, and I need to stick it to brick without drilling. The methods I've tried so far are failing me. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 6:24 PM - 12 answers

What are the best places for bedding and mattresses in Manhattan?

What are the best places for buying a mattresse and medium- to higher-end bedding in Manhattan and what should I know beforehand? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 6:07 PM - 4 answers

In need of a quiet upright vacuum

As you might have figured out from the title, I'm in the market for a new upright vacuum cleaner. The quieter, the better. I'm tired of how loud and jarring my vacuum is. Most vacuum cleaner reviews don't mention noise levels so I'm having a hard time narrowing it down.
posted by cokelessrome at 1:28 AM - 12 answers

December 16

What kind of bug is this?

I found this bug while vacuuming behind my bed. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Bahro at 12:44 PM - 14 answers

December 15

Help me rid myself of unwanted insects during my move

We're moving yay! Part of that reason is we've been dealing with a roach issue for over a month and have had enough. I'm looking for a plan of action to ensure they don't follow us, and was hoping for both a once over of our current thoughts, as well as seeing what, if anything, we've missed. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 9:44 AM - 7 answers

December 14

Artificial rose garlands in Portland, OR?

Friend's wedding is coming up pretty quick and they want a few more garlands (~5 ft) for decoration. The original style they bought off Amazon is out of stock. There are others available there now, which might be the route they go -- but is there anywhere in the Portland metro area that would carry this kind of thing? We checked the big craft stores but everyone's in holiday stock mode.
posted by curious nu at 4:34 PM - 3 answers

replacing bottom of cabinet under kitchen sink due to water damage

How should I fix the bottom of a cabinet under the kitchen sink that's got water damage? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 3:20 PM - 6 answers

December 13

Metal detector for a 9-year-old

My kid wants a metal detector for Christmas. The prices range widely. Does anyone with greater familiarity with this have some suggestions? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 3:35 PM - 2 answers

Space Heater Recommendation?

I'm fortunate enough to work from home these days, but my home office is not terribly warm and, since I'm in an old apartment building, I don't have access to the heat controls myself. I'm looking for recommendations for a good space heater to heat a room that's about 110ft square with 9ish-foot ceilings. [more inside]
posted by juliebug at 1:03 PM - 25 answers

Loose Oven Insulation

Yesterday I turned on my wall oven, and a bunch of fuzzy stuff started blowing out from the underside. There's a sort of vent on the bottom there and when I got down on the floor and peered inside I found a big chunk of loose insulation material. Googling this leads to many results about mice or rat infestations. I have no idea how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn at 10:00 AM - 5 answers

Please help me identify a plant.

Does anyone know what this plant is? My husband is moving to a new office building soon, and plants will not be allowed there, for some reason. He asked me if he could bring this plant home. We have a kitty, though, so I want to identify the plant first and check whether it is toxic to cats. H does not know what plant this is, and neither do I. [more inside]
posted by merejane at 7:33 AM - 5 answers

December 12

How can I negotiate rent increase?

I need advice on what exactly will play a higher argument to my discussion on the rent situation. What other factors play a role in negotiating rent with a tenant? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 at 10:12 AM - 11 answers

December 11

Help Me Not Blow Myself Up With Sewer Gas

I'm trying to get a plumber, but no one is calling me back with an appointment any sooner than next week. Meanwhile, sewer gas is escaping from the toilet I tried to reinstall. What can I do in the meantime to lower my chance of doom? (or if I'm not doomed, reassurance greatly welcome!) [more inside]
posted by corb at 11:47 AM - 27 answers

So many keys for identical filing cabinets. I just want one.

I inherited 12 metal filing cabinets at work, which is great. They each came with their own key. Because of protocol i have to constantly open and close those cabinets, several times a day each. Now i have a huge keyring jingling from my side all day, and even though i numbered and color coded the keys, still waste a lot of time fussing with the locks. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench at 6:28 AM - 3 answers

We just want to wash our hands!

What’s a good hand soap that won’t irritate our hands? How about one that also isn’t a total mess? Maybe a good soap pump if I’m lucky? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne at 1:59 AM - 25 answers

December 10

Where can I find these string lights from Deb's apartment in Dexter?

I love the string lights Deb has decorating her apartment. Where can I find lights similar to these? [more inside]
posted by cokelessrome at 4:20 PM - 2 answers

Dehydrator DIY fix-it?

My Cabela's 80L commercial food dehydrator dies at 88 degrees. Looking for answers to the following: What could the fault be? Can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:47 PM - 6 answers

Round bathroom exhaust fan for 13" hole?

Does anyone have a bathroom ceiling fan that they like, which will fill a 13" circular hole? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 9:29 AM - 7 answers

December 9

How do I keep rats out of my compost?

Please describe your rat-proof compost bin solution. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 1:20 PM - 12 answers

What oil or polish to use on teak table and credenza?

I have a veneer teak credenza and solid teak table. New purchases, old items. The table has a few scratches from our cats jumping on and off. The credenza has some water stains and marks from its previous life. I've been recommended to oil both to keep them looking nice - but all my research shows contradictory suggestions. Can you please recommend an oil that I can use to refresh these items? Bonus if it can also be used on a few other items of varying shades and types of wood.
posted by rebent at 9:30 AM - 8 answers

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