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I would like to install some Edison/vintage style patio string lights across my backyard. While I'm inclined to install LED for the energy savings, I've heard that the LED lights are too bright for this purpose as most people prefer a soft/warm glow outdoors. Which is better? [more inside]
I am about to embark on a large project to restore old trim around windows and doors, while also staining/finishing and installing new baseboard trim. I was hoping to find a stain/finishing product that will work for both applications, however, I now think I need to approach each differently. I need some advice before moving forward. [more inside]
I've never liked rugs because I've (almost) always lived in hot places, and didn't need the warming/cozy vibe, and because I'm not good at keeping them clean and they get gross. Yet my sweet girl has failing strength in her back quarters and is not doing well on our slippery (tile / polished wood) floors. Help me figure out some sort of rug solution? I have some wishes... [more inside]
I (in Massachusetts, USA) am looking for a reliable florist to deliver a bouquet in Buderim, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. A good friend of mine learned on Sunday that her father was probably dying; as she was en route today, she found out that he had died. I'd like to send her and her mother a bouquet, but I haven't the faintest idea how to find a florist in that part of the world. Grateful for any suggestions, especially florists you have used yourself.
We're trying to save a friend from a bad situation and a bad guy, but not sure how to handle it or if it can be handled cheaply. [more inside]
We’re replacing a poorly-constructed floating wood deck with a paver patio, but we need to build a set of steps from the door to the patio. Having fought with our painted wood deck over the years, we’re leaning toward steps made of wood alternatives. There are a couple composite/PVC decking posts from 2007 and 2012, but I’d love to hear what people think of their Trex/Azek/other decking nowadays. [more inside]
It’s a home improvement question, but really a physics question. [more inside]
The 19.5x27 inch mirrored door to my medicine cabinet fell off, due to a small piece of metal breaking. I'm trying to figure out if this is something that can be fixed or replaced. [more inside]
At work I have a window by my desk with a really big ledge. I'd like to grow some plants there. It's an unobstructed north-facing window (in Canada) so there isn't any direct sun but it is fairly bright. My preference is for things I can eat or that are colourful
We're getting a new electric range next week(!) and I want to make sure it stays looking its best. We cook a lot with cast iron and I notice the bottoms of our well-loved pans are covered in carbonaceous gunk. I am worried that this is going to immediately cover the new range in black residue and possibly scratch the glass. What's the best way to clean the bottoms of cast iron pans? Ideally without removing the seasoning on the top of the pans. [more inside]
We have termites in our rental. They swarm. It is not harmful, but annoying and increasingly distressing for my preschooler. Need advice for the swarming. [more inside]
I’ve been in my house for five years now, and would like to get into a good routine with my lawn to make it lush, green, flat, and weed free. I’ll be upfront: chemicals are fine, and I’m not looking to learn to love clover or ground violets. [more inside]
I recently got a 3" shikibuton mattress and a 3" wool mattress topper for a sleeping setup in my small camper trailer. This will be my sleeping quarters for an extended sabbatical / camping trip. My question: Should I get one zippered cotton cover and put both the shikibuton and the wool topper inside of it? Or should I put each item in its own separate zippered cover? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cost-effective way to paint a concrete floor in a movie theater. The current paint job is in bad condition. [more inside]
OK, so this post on the blue has informed me that habanada peppers exist and I would like to try them. Any easy ways to do so in the Toronto area? I'm OK with just getting seeds and growing plants but would prefer to buy some of the peppers so that I could eat them to see if I liked them and then use the seeds to grow more if I do.
I moved and now I have a much embiggened yard. I need a hedge trimmer, chainsaw, weed-whacker, and edger to take care of it. Please recommend a solid brand, assume I'm okay with paying a premium if it is worth it. [more inside]
I bought a new universal knife block (this one) but the angle at which knives protrude from it (about 15°) is too shallow to place it under my cabinets because, when I try to take knives out, they whack into the botton of my cabinet. I'm therefore looking for a universal knife block with a deeper angle to avoid this problem. Any suggestions? Much thanks!
Does anyone have experience with having a mini split/ductless A/C installed, or have recommendation as to which unit to choose? [more inside]
I live in a major city. Is this infuriating noise and unsafe neighbors just...my life? [more inside]
I am thinking of buying a Pottery Barn leather couch -- but I see mixed reviews of the quality of the leather online. I trust Ask.Me implicitly, so tell me the truth -- if you bought a leather couch from PB, how did it wear? Especially interested in hearing from people with dogs. I am in the U.S.