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August 11

Wife and I are moving to first house in September. Looking for advice!

Moving to our first house in September. Need major advice from those who've been through it and what you've learned! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 8:41 PM - 22 answers

Where should I live in Brooklyn?

I just accepted a job in Lower Manhattan Financial District and I'll be moving from the Midwest in October/November. Where in Brooklyn should I live? I have a child in elementary school, but as a single parent, I'm concerned about long commutes with no safety net / back up if the subway has an issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:06 AM - 19 answers

August 10

Another where should I live question

I'm considering moving in the next year or two and choosing my first job out of training. I might want to buy a house or condo in the place that I move to. I'm generally looking at northeast US because that is where I have most ties. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 3:18 PM - 12 answers

Black bamboo silk pillowcases ruined my sheets?

I bought cheap bamboo silk pillowcases to see if they do keep hair from tangling. Alas, I opted for black. While the effect on my hair has been positive, with any moisture (damp hair, sweat etc) they end up staining the pillows inside them and the sheets underneath. When I handwashed them, no wonder - the colour bleeds all over, to the point the sink water is black within half a minute. I'm able to rinse them until the water runs clear, but I've repeated the cycle 4 times now and the bleeding's the same strength each time I add detergent. Googling has indicated that mordants for home dyeing like salt or vinegar won't set commercial dye. Is the only solution to chuck them and order them again in white? Please note I'm in continental Europe, not the US. (Bonus question: how to get blue-grey dye bleed out of white and embroidered lyocell? A regular delicates wash for lyocell didn't help at all. If anyone used stain remover on lyocell, I'd love reassurance it won't ruin it.)
posted by I claim sanctuary at 5:17 AM - 8 answers

August 9

Fruit flies hanging out in a plant. Oh bother.

I’ve got some pothos I’m trying to propagate so I have it in water for root development. I was gone for a week, and now there are lots of fruit flies hanging out there. I know general fruit fly measures, but I don’t want to ditch these plants—the roots aren’t quite developed enough for soil yet. Will changing to fresh water diminish the flies attraction sufficiently to allow them to be more enticed by traps?
posted by ocherdraco at 9:03 AM - 10 answers

August 8

Is there a virtual wall for Eufy?

I've purchased this particular Eufy and really love it so far but I find myself in need of "corralling" it from time to time and am not seeing any virtual walls sold on Amazon like they have for the Roomba. I see some magnetic strips that I am not sure are compatible with this particular model. Can someone please confirm if those strips work for this model or suggest something else? Can't believe I'm wasting a question on this, but oh well =/
posted by massofintuition at 11:42 AM - 3 answers

How in the world do I clean this mystery stain?

I have no idea how it happened, but I ended up waking the morning after a road trip to find something splattered across my kitchen ceiling. How do I make it go away? Challenge level: matte paint. [more inside]
posted by OMGTehAwsome at 6:49 AM - 5 answers

Window box ideas to encourage bees, birds and insects?

What are some plants or resources we could grow or place in two small window boxes to encourage bees and insects, or even birds? [more inside]
posted by Chaffinch at 5:59 AM - 7 answers

August 7

Help! I have bed bugs and roaches and I'm moving. How to do it safely?

A month ago I found 2 dead bed bugs in my tiny 350 sq ft. apartment and I haven't slept well since. There's also been an ongoing cockroach infestation downstairs. I finally bit the bullet and decided to give my notice to move because I've been stressed out living here for 2+ years despite the affordable rent. How can I ensure that I don't bring these awful little bugs with me when I move at the end of the month? I'm terrified and anxious in so many different ways. < [more inside]
posted by hexenkunst at 8:48 PM - 11 answers

Moving out of Hyde Park, Chicago

My expensive apartment has roaches. Where to move so that I can easily commute into Hyde Park? [more inside]
posted by pumpkinlatte at 5:12 PM - 7 answers

Controlling an AC using a universal TV remote?

Every button on my window AC unit is working...except on/off. The AC still powers on via Delay Start. It came with a flimsy (infrared) remote that broke long ago. I've seen universal AC remotes and replacements for my model, and I might go that route eventually. For today, I just want to do some cheap testing. Could an ordinary TV remote work if I programmed it with the correct Frigidaire AC code?
posted by brackish.line at 1:21 PM - 8 answers

There's a Hole by My Window, Dear Liza

There's a hole by the bottom left-hand corner of one of the basement windows of my house (photo of the entire window, photo that shows the hole in more detail). My tenants have reported that a possum has gotten in through this wall. How should I fix this, dear Henry?
posted by orange swan at 10:42 AM - 7 answers

Is my New Garage Floor Okay?

We just had a new slab poured for an old garage. Once finished there was some differences in the floor surface that has me worried. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by creiszhanson at 9:48 AM - 7 answers

August 6

How do I organize all this stuff

Is there such a thing as a person who comes into my apartment and tells me what furniture and storage things I need to organize my stuff? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 12:49 PM - 10 answers

Simple construction/woodworking question

I'm going to be DIY-ing an audio rack out of wood pieces and spikes to isolate each rack. How do I ensure that the holes for the spikes are drilled in the appropriate location to match up with the discs they sit in? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 8:31 AM - 11 answers

August 5

Best rat traps and rat prevention?

The house immediately next door - feet away - is long abandoned and has a longtime critter infestation (rats, raccoons, etc.). But the house is being demolished. What can we do to reduce the rats relocating to our house? (No cats allowed.) [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:09 AM - 14 answers

August 4

This is a question about bidets...

Since the last question about bidets is almost 2 years old, I figured I'd ask again: What's the best (but reasonably priced) bidet? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 4:40 PM - 11 answers

Trying to use Formica as decorative interior element

I found a good marble Formica and need some input on installation, please... [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 2:57 PM - 4 answers

This Is (Actually) Fine

Just a quick home wiring question about two-way switches. [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns at 2:40 PM - 6 answers

August 3

Hunt for the elusive bath mat.

My shower steps out into a square, tiled landing of around 35" x 35". While we have a 34" x 21" bath mat that technically allows for safe entry and exit out of the shower, it's an open shower - meaning that wherever the mat is positioned, the rest of the tile gets wet and sloppy. I'd prefer to have a mat that covers as much of that space as possible. However, it doesn't seem like anyone makes any square bathmats in the 32"x32" to 34"x34" range, and custom mats cost hundreds of dollars. Help?
posted by eschatfische at 9:54 AM - 14 answers

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