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What's your best recommendation for a patio/deck heater? [more inside]
Inspired by this recent FPP and because we are all stuck at home this year, I'm looking for recommendations of websites/blogs/instagram accounts/etc. that highlight weird, interesting, or just really neat properties anywhere in the world. Ideally, these would be houses/apartments/buildings that are for sale or rent, but that's not necessary. [more inside]
The toilets in our new apartment have this water shut off valve. I don't recognize it, and can't identify it online. (I'm installing a bidet.)
I just installed a bidet for the first time. Without wanting to get crass...how does a person know they're "finished" when using a bidet? As in, how do you know when you're entirely clean?
My family lives in Vancouver. The air quality here is poor at the moment, because of nearby fires. The standard advice appears to be "Stay indoors, to avoid the smoke." This puzzle me: surely the air indoors comes in from the outside through the windows, so if the air outside is hazardous, the air indoors will be hazardous too, right? So we're thinking of buying air filters. But how many do we need? [more inside]
Just moved in to a new apartment with an old heating system. I'm curious! I want to learn all about it. I'm also a little anxious, and I'm worried that it's unsafe for my cat. Link to pic (of both heater and cat) below. [more inside]
My partner and I are considering a move to another country in 1 - 1.5 years. I have several questions about the concrete logistical details of the "get rid of everything" step. [more inside]
In my 130-year-old house, there's a small bathroom under the stairs in the main entranceway. It's the only downstairs basement, so it gets a fair bit of use. I suspect that someone doing work on the house last year urinated around the toilet. Not sure if it was intentional, but over the past few months, that room has become unbearable. It smells like an outhouse. [more inside]
Is there a way to remove an oil stain from a cotton T shirt if I've already tried spraying it with stain remover and washing? Is there some kind of next-level stain remover or other trick?
Hi folks. I have two plant ID requests. The first one grows all over the edges of my driveway and the rest of the yard here and there. It looks a lot like chives and has white flowers. When I hit them with the lawnmower they smell a bit like onions/chives as well. The second one is very tall and I thought it might be some sort of aster, but I don't think so. Flowers must have been really tiny, because I never really saw them, but now it's gone to seed. [more inside]
My family owns 50% of a property. We are buying out the other owner. Should we get a mortgage or a home equity loan to get the money? And what happens afterwards when we form a trust? [more inside]
I stayed in an AirBnB long ago and sat in an amazing chair. Luckily, I took pictures of this chair because it was so amazing (you do that, don't you?) But I didn't actually find out what its name was or where to buy it. Can you help me ID it? [more inside]
Will painting the exterior of our house with a darker color have a huge affect on the temperature inside the house? [more inside]
This one is specifically about a lease, and googling hasn't pulled up this specific situation. Any insight is appreciated! [more inside]
My partner and I are working from home for the foreseeable future. We currently live in an apartment we’ve never loved, but it is serviceable and the rent is low for our area. Now that we’re home almost all the time, should we move to an apartment that is larger and nicer, but with higher (yet still in our budget) rent? [more inside]
I'm having a dormer put in and it's a good opportunity to put in floors upstairs. But I need to keep the budget reasonable. What's a good alternative to carpet that isn't going to kill my wallet? [more inside]
A rock launched by a lawnmower just shattered the glass on our Andersen brand sliding patio door. I think we have the details for the contractor that installed the doors (15+ years ago), and will give them a call to discuss repairs. If you've been through this rite of passage, what happens next? [more inside]
Whenever I set out to get my walls sparkling clean they never end up that way. I need advice. [more inside]
How do I repair or restore pans/pots that have been damaged by boiling away water for hours? [more inside]
I have been using Kiehl's Sunflower shampoo for color treated hair (paraben free, blah blah) for years. It comes with a really annoying amount of plastic and there are no options for refills. I'd like to switch to another shampoo brand that would allow me to buy low- or zero-waste refills but avoid the "one generic shampoo which works for everyone" that most of my local zero waste places sell (which doesn't usually work for me). [more inside]