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September 13

Patio heater (gas, wood, propane?)

What's your best recommendation for a patio/deck heater? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 9:38 AM - 3 answers

Favorite weird house aggregators?

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]
posted by Dip Flash at 8:55 AM - 13 answers

September 12

Plumbing: What kind of water shut off valve is this?

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.)
posted by shrimpetouffee at 10:35 AM - 13 answers

How Does One Know They're Finished When Using 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?
posted by Ipsifendus at 10:18 AM - 12 answers

♫ All I need is the air that I breath ... ♫

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]
posted by HoraceH at 8:24 AM - 12 answers

Resources to learn more about my antique apartment heating system??

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]
posted by Guess What at 5:50 AM - 12 answers

September 11

How to get rid of everything prior to a long-distance move

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]
posted by yukonho at 11:56 AM - 20 answers

What's the most effective way to make my tiny bathroom stop smelling?

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]
posted by yellowcandy at 11:51 AM - 13 answers

Oil stain removal from a cotton T shirt

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?
posted by medusa at 10:00 AM - 26 answers

Wisconsin Plant ID—two mystery plants

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]
posted by Slinga at 5:43 AM - 7 answers

September 9

Why are mortgages so complicated part 2

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]
posted by silverstatue at 6:33 PM - 9 answers

What lounge chair is this?

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]
posted by lalunamel at 5:53 PM - 8 answers

Exterior Paint vs Temp Inside

Will painting the exterior of our house with a darker color have a huge affect on the temperature inside the house? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 2:44 PM - 8 answers

September 8

More "Is this normal?" In apartment hunting

This one is specifically about a lease, and googling hasn't pulled up this specific situation. Any insight is appreciated! [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms at 6:26 PM - 59 answers

Move to a larger/nicer but higher rent apartment due to work from home?

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]
posted by oiseau at 4:28 PM - 31 answers

What kind of flooring to use for upstairs bedrooms?

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]
posted by selfnoise at 11:56 AM - 12 answers

Broken glass on sliding patio door

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:45 AM - 6 answers

September 7

What's your fool-proof approach to washing white walls?

Whenever I set out to get my walls sparkling clean they never end up that way. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor at 3:01 PM - 14 answers

Boiling Away Pots

How do I repair or restore pans/pots that have been damaged by boiling away water for hours? [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 7:45 AM - 6 answers

September 6

zero waste shampoo items for picky hair?

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]
posted by arnicae at 12:57 PM - 16 answers

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