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June 19

Bizarre chemical odor when I enter my apartment (disappears quickly)?

I'm having an odd smell/sensory experience with my apartment. Every time I enter, there's this really strong, somewhat overpowering odor, that's chemically in nature (closest match for the smell I can think of is Windex-like). After I'm inside the apartment for a few minutes, the smell disappears, and the entryway does not have the odor at all. It's only when entering the apartment that I smell it. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 4:50 PM - 19 answers

Best Practices for Patio/slab beneath new hot tub?

We just bought our first hot tub - yay! But now we have to figure out exactly what kind of slab to put it on top of. Advice appreciated, and more details inside! [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 8:53 AM - 6 answers

June 18

Keep the door open! Or closed!

I'm looking for a specific type of doorstop, and I don't know what it's called or how to search for it. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:19 PM - 4 answers

Flushing Money Down the Drain

Is there actually a difference in quality if you buy, say, a plumbing fixture (faucet, showerhead, etc.) through a specialty showroom instead of a Home Depot or Lowe's? Even if it's supposedly the same, i.e. "Kohler "Venice" kitchen faucet in brushed nickel" at both? [more inside]
posted by castlebravo at 9:15 AM - 17 answers

Changing a furnace "common" or "fan" wire - how to?

I had a new furnace installed and the installer changed the wiring to the thermostat in an unhelpful way. The green wire, which used to be "fan," is now "common." I don't really want that. Is there an easy fix? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 7:01 AM - 14 answers

June 17

I want my weeds, not nature's weeds.

I like a garden that is an untended loveliness. But mine is an untended mess. What to do? [more inside]
posted by I shot a fox in Skyrim and it made me sad at 2:34 PM - 19 answers

Cat proof some tiny cabinet handles

My cat Strider has taken to chewing on these metal cabinet knobs. I'm concerned he will break a tooth doing this. These are cabinets built into the wall, and the knobs are 1" across. I'm open to replacing them with something he can't chew on, or child proofing them in some way. [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 12:16 PM - 11 answers

Advice on storing books?

Book storage question! Okay, beyond donating, storing in offices, and mailing home millions of books, we've also started storing endless books in boxes in closets at home and in a basement storage space. I'm wondering if people have also ended up doing this and settled on a particular system or had particular tips? [more inside]
posted by johnasdf at 8:22 AM - 10 answers

June 16

Only YOU can prevent...housework?

What are your best tips/gadgets/purchases for preventing things in your household from needing to be cleaned/maintained as much or as often? I don't mean how to make the cleaning easier or faster, but how to reduce the amount of cleaning that has to be done in the first place. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 2:46 PM - 29 answers

Is there an award for most uses of the word magnet in an ask?

I need to demagnetize a section of my aluminum door and frame. Does a product exist to help with this? [more inside]
posted by bluloo at 9:45 AM - 9 answers

How would you hang up this whiteboard?

found a perfectly sized whiteboard on the street- pictures inside! [more inside]
posted by wowenthusiast at 9:29 AM - 9 answers

Kitchen organization... help

I feel completely incapable of organizing my kitchen. How can I get a handle on this? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 12:12 AM - 21 answers

June 15

Area Rug Decision Fatigue

My partner and I are looking for two area rugs, one for our living room and one for our bedroom. Inspired by this question I thought I'd come here for some recommendations. Photos of both rooms here. [more inside]
posted by rabbitbookworm at 10:13 AM - 13 answers

June 14

Replacement LED Fixture for 4' Single Bulb Fluorescent Fixtures

Can someone point me in the direction of the type of fixture I want to buy? [more inside]
posted by The Architect at 9:46 PM - 8 answers

preventive cleaning/best practices for bath and sink drain?

this is one of those basic home ownership things I am apparently very bad at. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:00 AM - 27 answers

June 13

real estate professional search

What kind of professional do I need to help me rent out an apartment? And how do I find such a person? I am in NYC. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 7:31 PM - 3 answers

Same plant, new problem.

Years ago, I asked you about a plant. You helped. Now I ask about the same plant, with a new issue. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 11:18 AM - 4 answers

Sleeper chair recommendations?

Do you have a recommendation for or against a particular sleeper chair? It should be comfortable both as a chair and as a bed.
posted by NotLost at 5:59 AM - 0 answers

June 11

Window unit AC compressor thumping - why?

I have a six year old window unit air conditioner which produces a single pronounced thump at intervals. Why? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 2:53 PM - 7 answers

June 10

Apartment in Brooklyn - looks great, want to check my feelings

I just saw a really lovely apartment in Brooklyn: good location, lots of light, balcony, roof access, beautiful view, nice closet space, great amenities, and in my price range. It seems great! However, there are a couple of things that I'm feeling unsure about. Am I just worried about change or are these red flags? [more inside]
posted by wiskunde at 4:54 PM - 18 answers

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