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February 12

Can I find this shoe bench or similar somewhere?

I pinned this shoe bench from West Elm ages ago and of course they no longer sell it. Know anyone that sells something similar? I specifically like the bent wood part. Happy to order online or go somewhere in-store. I'm in Austin if that helps.
posted by theRussian at 7:32 PM - 2 answers

Online exterior design consultation

I'm looking for recommendations for an online exterior designer / advisor. Ideally, I'd like to provide them with pictures of my house from all directions, show them some of my inspirations and ideas, and have them deliver renderings. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 2:02 PM - 5 answers

February 11

The house foundation is cracked. It's winter. What to do?

I noticed water damage on a basement wall yesterday and, sure enough, the foundation is cracked right on the other side of it. I've got requests for inspection/quotes in with the only two (really?) foundation repair companies I could find in the area, but is there anything I can/should do myself in the meanwhile? Photos. [more inside]
posted by teremala at 12:24 PM - 7 answers

in the market for a deep-seated couch

Do you have a couch you love where the seats are deep enough to comfortably nap on? Tell me about it! [more inside]
posted by 2019 at 11:35 AM - 14 answers

February 10

Web site for buying appliance maintenace manuals

In 2016 my dishwasher broke. I paid $10 to some web site to sell me the maintenance manual. Like not users' guide, but the manual that tells repair people to press these two buttons at once to enter repair mode, then this button to drain or whatever. Now I need that manual again. I can't find it. What would the web site have been? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 4:00 PM - 9 answers


So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey . . . The dang cat has fleas again. Which presumably means both cats have fleas. Again. [more inside]
posted by aspersioncast at 12:23 PM - 12 answers

February 9

Worth it to file homeowners insurance claim?

Is it worth it to involve homeowners insurance in a water damage claim? The cost of fixing could be anywhere between "just clears the deductible" to "remodel your kitchen" depending on whether we'd go for just the bare minimum to address the immediate problem or something more extensive. [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 3:45 PM - 6 answers

Help me open this oak chest

I have a conundrum it was suggested I present to the cloud mind that is Metafilter. I bought this big old oak chest at a flea market today (it's probably 1300x600x600 mm or so) with three locks in the front, and but one key. [more inside]
posted by St. Oops at 8:56 AM - 11 answers

February 7

Should we buy an ozone generator?

We recently bought a house and are preparing to move in next Friday. Until then, we're trying to eradicate a musty/moldy/old cat pee smell in the basement, where two bedrooms are located. An ozone generator seems like a good option for blasting away these things/smells, but it's hard to get a sense for how effective it'd be, or how dangerous. Or if there are other air purifiers we should use instead. [more inside]
posted by witchen at 6:38 PM - 9 answers

Torn between two houses

I'm house hunting. I've seen eight of them so far, and I'm getting to a point where I feel the need to make a final decision, no takebacks. I want a house for the sake of having a house at this point but I also want a house that adds to my overall financial health (good resale value, the type of house I can rent out, etc.) I am a single person with no kids looking for a two-bedroom starter home on a relatively low income. [more inside]
posted by coffeeand at 6:16 AM - 23 answers

February 6

Do-it-yourself plumbing repair?

Is it possible to perform a do-it-yourself plumbing repair on pipes leading to street? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 2:34 PM - 11 answers

Buy me a Shower Curtain

I have a boring grey and white bathroom with white marble floors. I bought these cabinet knobs to jazz things up. What shower curtain should I get to go along with them? The only other decor in the room is photography from a trip to Tunisia so I guess I'm going for a Mediterranean or Moroccan type thing. [more inside]
posted by something something at 8:29 AM - 12 answers

I need a new oven, I guess

My oven just bit the dust. How do I buy a new oven? What do I look for? Are there any that you especially recommend? Are they all pretty much the same unless you go super high end or super low end? Help me, Metafilter. Additional questions and criteria within! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 7:17 AM - 18 answers

February 5

Our contractor is arguing with me about tile choice; is he right?

I've picked out a glass tile for our bathroom that I'm pretty in love with. The contractor at first complained because it was more difficult to install, and now is claiming that because our house is built on unstable soil that we can expect a catastrophic failure at some point. Does he have a point? [more inside]
posted by kittyloop at 4:07 PM - 12 answers

Care and feeding of your Chilhuacle pepper

I have identified my mystery mole pepper- it's a Chilhuacle negro! Great! Only the wiki page for the pepper is in Italian, and most other pages about it are in Spanish. I know it's a Mexican mole pepper, and mine seems to have become a perennial. How do I care for it so that I can get good sized peppers this summer and fall? [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 3:51 PM - 3 answers

What do you call this kind of mattress pad and can you help me find one?

I'm looking for the kind of cheapo mattress pad that's just a rectangle of flat quilted cotton with loops of elastic on the corners. I want it to protect my featherbed without squishing it the way I think one with the full elasticated skirt would. What the heck is my search term and where can I find one in double/full size? Maybe they're not even made any more? So frustrated!
posted by HotToddy at 12:23 PM - 13 answers

Crowdsourcing my retail therapy: would like to find this drinking glass

Hello everyone. I would like to find this glass: (Muffin top not needed.) Does it look familiar to anyone? I have tried the Google and not yet found it. It must be somewhere. I feel like I would be happier with it (x8). Thanks!
posted by theredpen at 9:25 AM - 4 answers

February 4

Creative uses for land

We have a two-acre section of land in Northern CA, zone 9a. We want to do something other than just grow weeds on it. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch at 11:23 AM - 30 answers

February 3

Roof leak near gas flue pipe

2 and 1/2 year old roof leak around gas flue/pipe [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 8:51 PM - 6 answers

Any way to salvage an upholstered seat that's full of spilled milk?

Is there any way I can salvage a seat cushion that's full of milk? [more inside]
posted by saladin at 7:57 AM - 9 answers

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