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May 13

Best options for replacing doors?

I've been ordered by the Toronto fire services department to replace the interior doors to my part of the house and to the basement apartment of my house with doors that have minimum fire protection of 20 minutes and self-closing devices by June 30th, 2022. (I'm told given the supply chain issues I can get time extensions if I can prove that the two doors are ordered and will take time to come.) I have a below the poverty line income and some basic handyperson level skills. How can I do this as cost-efficiently as possible? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 7:29 PM - 4 answers

To Buy or Not to Buy?

My long-term partnership is ending, and I need to find a new place to live. I'm in a financial position, I think, where I could buy a nice condo, but the current state of interest rates hikes / housing market / impending recession talk has me feeling nervous. I'm an anxious, over-analyzer and potentially making this big purchase by myself is scary. [more inside]
posted by Robocat at 3:45 PM - 14 answers

Apparently looking for the unicorn of entryway rugs.

After much Googling, I am turning to AskMF. Can you help me find an entryway rug that's thin enough to fit under a closet door? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by leftover_scrabble_rack at 10:19 AM - 8 answers

May 12

Enzyme cleaner for urine on sofa?

I have a sofa that a family member urinated on. I've treated it 3 times with enzyme cleaner but it still smells. Is there a particularly good enzyme cleaner that might work better? Or another next step?
posted by medusa at 8:05 PM - 8 answers

Installing a sewer cleanout

I want to scope my sewer line (to check its condition), but it has no cleanout. I do have exposed sewer line in my first floor laundry room, with the thicker line on the right coming down from the second floor bathroom, with a smaller horizontal drain coming from the washing machine and laundry sink. What's the best way to install a cleanout? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 3:40 PM - 4 answers

How to repair temple tips of old Wayfarers?

How can I build up the very tip of the front end of one earpiece/temple of my beloved Wayfarers? They open too wide, because the very tip of one arm/earpiece chipped away where the hinge mates into it. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 12:54 PM - 6 answers

May 11

Well water woes...

Is my well dead? Living in the country with a 1,200 gallon concrete well built in 1994 (along with the house and connections). For the past 10 years it never seemed to fill up as much as it should, so we made due with two or three water deliveries a year. However (more inside) the well is currently draining at an alarming rate, and needs to be filled about once a month. Help! [more inside]
posted by cidrab at 5:32 PM - 13 answers

Does this exist? Cut-resistant dishwashing gloves.

I am trying to use dishwashing gloves to be better on my hands, which get dry and cracked. It's not fun. However, I keep poking holes in them with the knives and sharp edges of things I wash. I don't like having to replace my gloves every few months. Is there such a thing as cut-resistant dishwashing gloves? Or do I need to just give up on that idea?
posted by toastyk at 1:33 PM - 6 answers

Extra large, extra wipeable kitchen mat?

I'm not sure what kind of tile we have on our kitchen floors, but at some point after moving in, we realized the tile must not be sealed because it would absorb every little stain and be a huge pain to scrub off. We always wanted to seal the tile but never got around to it and had just been taking care to not drop sauces, water, etc. on the floor. [more inside]
posted by Forty-eight at 12:24 PM - 6 answers

Can we freshen our air?

Our new condo does not appear to have filters for the HVAC. Should it? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 9:56 AM - 1 answers

Heavy-duty/commercial screen hardware

I'm looking for materials that I can use to make my own high-quality window/door screens. So far I'm not having much luck. [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 6:36 AM - 0 answers

May 10

Gluing clear acrylic

The clear acrylic ball that is the finial of a table lamp needs to be glued back on. I have several adhesives at my disposal, but need to choose wisely, since my handiwork will be both 1) 100% visible through the clear plastic, and 2) illuminated by the lamp itself. What should I choose? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:03 AM - 16 answers

Large, flat moving/shipping boxes

I'm getting ready to move, and I have some large things I want to stay flat, specifically posters, but also some other things. Where can I find a box for these? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 6:17 AM - 9 answers

May 9

Raised Planter Box - Treated Wood

I made a raised planter box from reclaimed pressure-treated wood and didn't consider its possible issues - e.g. toxicity - until it was finished. Can I make it safe to use for growing vegetables and herbs? [more inside]
posted by Caxton1476 at 10:41 AM - 9 answers

Used river rock looking for a good home... no, more rock than that.

What can I do with more than 30 cubic meters of dirty river rock? Retaining walls? Sound barrier for the road beyond it? Sell it? Nextdoor donation? Modern art? Ammo for the trebuchet? [more inside]
posted by SunSnork at 10:12 AM - 9 answers

Realtor 101–Selling a Home Edition

I’m getting ready to put my parents’ house on the market. What can I expect from my realtor? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 7:56 AM - 7 answers

Help me offset my homebuying naïveté, UK Edition

My wife and I are looking to buy our first home, after putting it off for a decade so that we could have adventures. Of course, we've picked a lousy time to do it, but circumstances are against us. I'd appreciate help with understanding how to navigate this process without being completely financially and emotionally crushed by it. [more inside]
posted by gmb at 6:48 AM - 24 answers

May 8

What would you do with this extra room??

We are (hopefully) moving into a townhouse with more than two total rooms. Yay! We have pretty obvious uses for all of them except one, a smallish room that goes out onto a patio. What would you do with a mystery space? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 3:02 PM - 11 answers

Vented vs. Heat Pump Clothes Dryer

We are investigating new washer / dryer sets. I'm extremely interested in moving from a vented dryer to a heat pump (specifically a Miele). Have you made that change? Were you happy? [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 3:01 PM - 12 answers

Special kind of lamp timer

I'm looking for a special kind of lamp timer. My 12 year old kid has always struggled with sleeping and needs to have a small lamp on next to him to fall asleep. We turn it off with a remote after he falls asleep, but he usually wakes up and turns it back on. I would like a lamp timer that always turns off after an hour, and if it is turned back on, turns off again in an hour. Does that exist? Thanks!
posted by wurly at 5:20 AM - 9 answers

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