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May 30

How difficult is it it regularly shower in a soaking tub?

I'm renovating a small bathroom (5x7 now; we are adding some space from a closet but will still be small). I'd like a soaking tub, but it'll be hard to fit a soaking tub AND a shower. How uncomfortable is it to regularly shower in a tall soaking tub (say with a 24-30 inch wall rather than a regular tub/shower that is more like 14 inches high)? Something like this is what I'm envisioning; possibly a slightly taller tub. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 1:37 PM - 7 answers

Woodworking safety during a pandemic

I want to do a woodworking project. A lot of fine sanding with a random orbital sander will be involved. Apparently breathing sawdust is dangerous. I don't own a respirator. It seems like woodworking respirators are all N95-rated or higher. Can I keep my lungs safe without using up supplies that healthcare workers need? [more inside]
posted by henuani at 12:41 AM - 12 answers

May 29

A deep, fold-out sofa bed that can fit through a tiny door

I have abandoned the sectional couch for a sleeper sofa. I'd like to pay under $1000, looking for a seat depth of 23'' or more, 80'' or longer, fold-out mattress (so not a futon), and it's got to fit through a doorway that is 25'' wide. Or should I throw out the sleeper idea altogether and just get an air mattress? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 2:57 PM - 7 answers

Stuck at disassembling my IKEA (I think) bed, what tool do I need?

I acquired an IKEA (I think) bed two years ago, the people I bought it from set it up for me. I'm moving, so disassembling it to sell it. Was fine until I'm stuck at the actual frame and how to take it apart. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 11:40 AM - 13 answers

Would you install your own dishwasher in These Times?

Welcome to the hotly anticipated follow up to my previous question about repairing a broken dishwasher during COVID-19. I’ve been hand washing dishes during the pandemic, but yesterday I got a bee in my bonnet and went looking for the source of my dishwasher leak. I found it! Bad news is, landlord can’t find a replacement part. Good news is, they will let me install a new unit myself. Please help me decide whether to undertake this task. [more inside]
posted by ceramicspaniel at 11:24 AM - 12 answers


Howdy, looking for help in locating a good source for purchasing trees for an espalier project? and/or any good sources of information on doing espalier? Thank you metafilter!
posted by hollyanderbody at 8:03 AM - 8 answers

Sunburned Kalanchoe

Hi Folks, I have a kalanchoe plant that I was growing indoors for almost a year. It had very glossy green leaves, and it looked very healthy. I put the plant outside for 3 days, and it does not look healthy anymore. Is it still alive? Will it go back to "glossy green" leafs? What can I do to help it along? [more inside]
posted by stevenpl at 5:58 AM - 3 answers

What's wrong with my bed?

I think my bed is sloping. Is this related to the warped box spring? And how do I fix it under the circumstances? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 1:25 AM - 2 answers

What is this light bulb?

The three light bulbs over my bathroom mirror have burnt out. I've scraped all of the dead moths out of them and I'd like to replace them. What google words do I use to find these bulbs for sale?
posted by bendy at 12:03 AM - 18 answers

May 28

Wire is this so hard

What’s the right way to disconnect this wire? I don’t want to break anything I shouldn’t. This connection is behind the power switch of a shop vac. (photo of wire)
posted by michaelh at 6:58 PM - 10 answers

Primer on thirsty plaster walls

I’m priming plaster walls before painting, and it’s not going great. Help? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 at 11:50 AM - 5 answers

What tile arrangement would look best in our bathroom?

We're in the process of a bathroom gut renovation. The bathroom is medium-sized (8.5'x11') family hall bathroom in a 1920s house.We have tried to keep our renovations looking not aggressively modern (e.g. elsewhere we have used 1920s-appropriate hex with inset daisies (like this)). We are not aiming to make it look specifically period; rather, we simply want to avoid it feeling jarring, and ideally create a timeless vintage-esque feel. I need to finalize our floor tile design ASAP, and am hoping for some help on three questions still outstanding! [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear at 11:18 AM - 5 answers

Please diagnose my pepper plants

Can you tell me what is wrong with these pepper plants? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:03 AM - 5 answers

central air conditioning installation, high velocity edition

We are in the process of getting quotes for installing central air. Yay!!! Our house does not currently have ductwork. Our options are: a) Conventional air conditioning with standard rectangular ducts installed b) High velocity air conditioning (Unico) with mini ducts. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 at 8:34 AM - 8 answers

Life with a robot vacuum

Thanks to the responses to this question, I'm now considering getting a robot vacuum. But I have questions! [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 7:53 AM - 12 answers

May 27

New fence for an old saw?

I picked up a 1960's Powr-Kraft table saw at a garage sale, and it runs great. Only problem is, it didn't come with a rip fence or rails, just a miter gauge. Obviously I need a fence to be safe and accurate, but I haven't had any luck finding a replacement online, and searches for 'universal table saw fence' only turn out high-end aftermarket parts more expensive than a new saw. Is there a generic solution I haven’t found, or a safe and effective alternative to a fence, or did I just get a very heavy decoration?
posted by skookumsaurus rex at 10:24 AM - 8 answers

What is my decor style? Do I have one? Please give me inspiration.

I'm buying a house (yay!) and moving soon, and for the first time in my life I can make PERMANENT CHANGES to my living space only to please myself. What to do, though, what to do... [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:26 AM - 29 answers

May 26

Are these decorative or functional metal rails on this humidor?

I own one of these humidor tables (images found online). I'm wondering if the metal rods/rails on the top were intended to serve a purpose, or if they're just decorative? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 7:28 PM - 6 answers

Buying a couch based on size

How to search for sofas that will fit into a particular stairwell? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 2:03 PM - 12 answers

Restoring 1950's veneer dresser

My dresser is a mid-century walnut veneer tallboy the same as this one but with way more dings and scratches. The handles on the top drawer have been replaced with knobs, but the holes for the handles remain. [more inside]
posted by sizeable beetle at 9:05 AM - 7 answers

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