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October 3

What should I do with my lawn jockey?

My house came with a lawn jockey. With its current paint job, it is *arguably* not a racist caricature (i.e. it is white, as am I), so we left it up for a few months out of a vague sort of sense of respect for the previous homeowners, who had lived there for ~40 years and apparently loved the lawn jockey. Now the jockey is in the garage and we have a large planter where he used to be. My garage is small and this cannot continue indefinitely. [more inside]
posted by mskyle at 2:08 PM - 20 answers

October 1

The search for feather-weight furniture

Moving into a 4-story walk-up apartment and I'd love to find some furniture (especially a sofa) that comes in pieces that weigh less than 40 pounds so that I can get it up the stairs. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 10:14 AM - 11 answers

September 30

Electric bill mystery!

Help solve the mystery of our electric bill, which was weirdly high for over 3 years and then magically fixed itself..... [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 5:14 AM - 18 answers

September 29

Occasional VRBO in Austin- Reasonable plan?

My brother and I have inherited a modest home in Austin. It’s a mid century 3/2, a little worn around the edges but otherwise fine. There’s nothing special about the house but it is in a spectacular neighborhood 2 or 3 miles from downtown. Should we rent it two or three times a year as a VRBO? [more inside]
posted by carterk at 10:42 AM - 9 answers

September 28

New living room, how to hide a TV?

We’re working on the layout for a new living room, and there’s no natural place for a TV. We don’t watch a ton of TV, but I’d like the OPTION to watch something - big football games, Christmas movies with the kids, etc. - infrequent, Event TV. How do I have a TV without having to look at it most of the time? [more inside]
posted by zibra at 7:46 PM - 21 answers

How to calculate one or two person rate

If I hire a house cleaner under the terms that it's $30/hour per person, and she has said she may or may not being a coworker, if she brings a coworker, what should I pay if she comes alone? I would think on the one hand, $30/hour/person is what we agreed to. But if I'm saying the job could be worth $60/hr, shouldn't I pay that if I'm basically saying that she's doing a two-person job herself? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 9:46 AM - 13 answers

September 27

Recipe to refill alcohol mister?

I got a slim pump-mister for dispensing hand sanitizer (mostly alcohol?) at an event, and loved it. What can I refill it with, and in what proportions? Is it just rubbing alcohol and water, mixed at 3:1 or something? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 9:31 AM - 6 answers

Moving an interior doorway:Do I need an architect? Structural engineer?

TL/DR: I want to know officially going in that this longish-term plan of mine is structurally sound, compatible with building standards, permitted or permit-able, blueprinted (preferably), okay with the insurance company....etc. Not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:53 AM - 8 answers

September 26

off-label uses for household items?

What household items do you use not for their intended purpose? A friend recently showed me how to juice a lemon using a pair of tongs as the reamer. A Platypus Big Zip hydration bladder makes a great (and huge) ice pack. Shoes make great valet trays; you might forget your keys, but you'll soon realize if you've left the house without your shoes. [more inside]
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 10:11 PM - 83 answers

Prepping life and house for climate change

I am interest in steps I can take and things I can do in my life and around my house/yard to prepare for the impacts of climate change I will experience. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 3:53 PM - 21 answers

Tie / fastener system for hanging lights outdoors

What's a good tie / fastener system for hanging lights outdoors? My attempt with zip ties didn't work because they're not UV-resistant. The fasteners have to be white. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 9:10 AM - 16 answers

September 25

What's the best way to renovate my wonky floor?

We're redoing our kitchen flooring. We took up the old floor (floating laminate) and found sheet linoleum/vinyl that's been glued down underneath. From the 1970s era of the house, and advice from my neighbours, I am pretty sure there is asbestos in the lino and so we're planning to leave it in place. We're going to install a floating floor (marmoleum click tiles) on top, but I'm not sure how to go about levelling the floor. Or if it even need levelling. [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop at 10:29 PM - 7 answers

Fixing cast iron enamel

I've got a small chip in my cast iron shower pan. What's the best way to fix it? I've seen a bunch of kits that range from white paint to UV cured epoxy. Has anybody done this? Or is it a job for pros, and what kind?
posted by Marky at 9:56 AM - 6 answers

Can I replace this window with a sheet of double pane glass?

I would like to replace a "storm" window with double pane glass. Can it be done? (More info and a picture inside.) [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 5:56 AM - 9 answers

September 24

Can I make this adjustable bed frame less adjustable?

I have a bed frame similar to this Pragmabed Simple Adjust frame (mine is only adjustable at the head end, like this.) I like it a lot, except... [more inside]
posted by doift at 11:20 PM - 0 answers

September 23

What's eating my chainlink fence?

My chainlink fence has been damaged by something and it almost looks like the fence is being eaten. Here are some pictures. What's happening? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 7:01 AM - 24 answers

Patio lights as a room-lighting, indoor fixture?

We'd like our bedroom lighting to look like patio lights -- the kinds with edison bulbs on strings. The room has exposed beams, and we'd string the lights on them. But all the strings we've found are made to be plugged in, and I don't know if they're bright enough to light a room. Can we get that look, but hardwired to a switch and made for lighting a room? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 4:53 AM - 10 answers

How to clean stinky baby bibs

We use a “full body” bib for my 10 month old daughter’s meals, the kind with full sleeves that tie at the back. The problem is, they stink! I can’t get them to not stink. They are 100% polyester. I need solutions that can be done basically daily because they need to be reused the next day. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 12:42 AM - 12 answers

September 21

What is this camel statuette?

My wife got this bronze/brass camel statuette at a thift store today. Can you help me learn more about it? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba at 4:20 PM - 6 answers

Help me match some burlged curtains and rods!

We just bought a house that included some beautiful curtains and rods! Yay! Then someone broke in before we bought it and stole some of the art, and *one* of the curtains! Boo! Can you help me find this fabric and hardware? [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 9:51 AM - 8 answers

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