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July 15

Can you help me find this fleece throw blanket by Narragansett Traders?

I bought this fleece throw blanket on Sierra Trading Post a few years ago for around $15. It's the best throw blanket I've ever come across and I just don't know what happened to the company or where I can get a similar blanket. The blanket is light to mid-weight polyester fleece, sherpa-y on one side and a flat woven-ish texture on the other, with whipstitching accents. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 6:51 PM - 0 answers

Raccoon is in my Manhattan NYC garden! what should I do?

we have an inflatable pool in our garden in the East Village. It sits on a wooden platform raised about 6" off the ground. I just went out there and saw a raccoon looking out at me. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 9:49 AM - 23 answers

Old house/non-AC people: what are your best fan strategies?

We have a 150-year-old brick house that gets REALLY hot on summer days and our AC system can't keep up. I want to maximize air circulation and take advantage of outside breezes with fans and am debating between those super air blaster room fans and tower fans and on-a-pole fans. If you have a good setup for an old hot house, I'd love to hear all the details. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:48 AM - 23 answers

So, for things you can't launder, what gets rid of cigarette stink?

Is Febreeze really the shit? I'll pay money to make this smell go away. [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:18 AM - 12 answers

July 13

Are ikea couches really that bad?

Why do all the ikea couches have such bad reviews on the website? Have you had bad experiences? The people I know with them have been happy.
posted by justsomebody at 5:53 PM - 28 answers

Covert strategies for improving a guest bed (as the guest)

I need to stay over in my family's guest bed for about a week to care for someone after surgery. The guest bed has a very old, twin sized spring mattress that squeaks and is generally uncomfy. What mostly inconspicuous things can I bring with to help improve the bed situation? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 6:11 AM - 25 answers

July 12

Okay to ask future landlord to paint the walls white?

I am moving into a new apartment in a few weeks. The apartment is owned by a real estate company, and I know that they allot a few days or a week to fixing up the apartment and making minor repairs between tenants. Do you think this includes painting the walls? [more inside]
posted by justsomebody at 8:12 PM - 6 answers

Is it safe to tie dye my lawn?

I’m going to be doing a bunch of ice dyeing. Is letting all the dye and soda ash water drip into my lawn a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein at 10:48 AM - 4 answers

Recommend a compact mattress topper?

If you have personal experience with a comfy, roughly queen-sized, non-down mattress topper that can be easily stashed in a closet corner, please let me know! My home is small, with minimal storage space.
posted by sugarbomb at 9:34 AM - 1 answers

July 11

Good food containers?

Looking for good non-plastic food/kitchen containers. Like any that you've used? [more inside]
posted by so fucking future at 9:12 AM - 23 answers

Is a cooling pillow just a dream?

I'm on the hunt for cooling pillow for a side sleeper. How cooling is a cooling pillow? Are they worth the price tag? Help me separate cool facts from hot hype. [more inside]
posted by Sauter Vaguely at 8:48 AM - 11 answers

How to get the oil and smell out of a backpack?

After a great two week trip, my wife's backpack came around on the baggage belt. It was soaked in an oily substance. It's soaked into the foam supports of the bag. This was five days ago - and it still smells and is oily. [more inside]
posted by philsi at 1:51 AM - 13 answers

July 10

Dust, dust everywhere

Contractors came to do some painting and sanding in my apartment, and now everything I own is covered in a layer of fine white dust. It's a small space packed with clutter and papers and books and tchotchkes and I'm a little overwhelmed. Tidy People of Metafilter, how do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 6:10 PM - 8 answers

July 9

When do I let peppers...pepper?

A lot of people advise taking blossoms off young pepper plants to increase their yeild later. So when do I let my pepper plants grow peppers? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 8:14 PM - 5 answers

Is the insurance company going to care if I strike these line items?

I had some water damage in my home and got an estimate for replacing the flooring, which was provided to the insurance company (State Farm, in the U.S.). Some of the work on the estimate seems unnecessary; is the insurer going to mind if I arrange for a new estimate excluding that work? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 3:25 PM - 6 answers

ideas to celebrate a house-a-versary

I just realized we're a few days from the anniversary of when we moved into our current home, and I think it would be fun to celebrate it! But I am also super burned out and not feeling very creative. Do you have cute ideas for theme-appropriate things to do? Food, games, decorations, all ideas welcome. The family is 2 adults and 2 young kids.
posted by brilliantine at 3:25 PM - 12 answers

In search of the perfect bed

I purchased a new foam mattress. Now I need the perfect bed setup. Would love your help, please see specifications below. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 2:58 PM - 7 answers

Covering/roof for deck

I'm buying a house with a big deck (yay!). I think one of the joys of life is sitting outside during a rainstorm. So I'd like to get some kind of roof for at least part of the deck. Please share your thoughts and experiences. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 12:45 PM - 21 answers

July 8

Picking a cordless power tool ecosystem?

I'm starting to get to the point in my life where it'd be useful to have a few power tools around the house (e.g. cordless drill, sander, maybe circular saw, that sort of thing). What power tool brand's battery ecosystem should I get into? [more inside]
posted by Aleyn at 5:00 PM - 39 answers

Fixing exterior insulation

I tore apart my front porch and found some previously loved insulation and what seems to be a skim coat of concrete. How should I approach fixing this before building the new porch? [more inside]
posted by transient at 4:55 AM - 10 answers

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