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April 12

Patio string lights - incandescent or LED

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]
posted by acidic at 1:52 PM - 10 answers

Stain then poly, or stain with poly, or something else entirely?

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]
posted by Don_K at 8:53 AM - 15 answers

April 11

Rugs for my aging dog?

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]
posted by taz at 10:21 AM - 26 answers

April 9

Recommendation for reliable florist in Buderim, QLD, Oz?

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.
posted by brianogilvie at 4:58 PM - 2 answers

What is the law in NY about kicking people out of their home?

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]
posted by fantasticness at 10:54 AM - 26 answers

April 8

It’s 2019 - do you still like your non-wood deck?

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]
posted by Maarika at 6:07 PM - 9 answers

What is a gate?

It’s a home improvement question, but really a physics question. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 3:31 PM - 20 answers

Can this medicine cabinet door be fixed or replaced?

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]
posted by sacrifix at 2:42 PM - 10 answers

What to grow in a window with no direct sun?

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
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 2:38 PM - 13 answers

Please help me keep my shiny new stove nice and shiny

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]
posted by beepbeepboopboop at 10:53 AM - 13 answers

Termite swarms

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]
posted by mrfuga0 at 10:34 AM - 6 answers

Super suburban lawn

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:18 AM - 6 answers

April 7

Shikibuton + mattress topper -- one cover, or two?

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]
posted by octopodiatrist at 5:43 PM - 4 answers

April 6

Advice for painting a concrete floor in a movie theater

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]
posted by JD Sockinger at 10:30 AM - 8 answers

April 4

Where can I get Habanada peppers or seeds in the Toronto area?

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.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 12:28 PM - 7 answers

Please recommend yard tools.

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]
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:59 AM - 13 answers

April 3

Universal knife block suitable for under-cabinet use

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!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 3:46 PM - 6 answers

installing a mini split/ductless A/C?

Does anyone have experience with having a mini split/ductless A/C installed, or have recommendation as to which unit to choose? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 8:35 AM - 7 answers

April 1

Never ending cycle of horrible neighbors

I live in a major city. Is this infuriating noise and unsafe neighbors just...my life? [more inside]
posted by Pretty Good Talker at 9:45 PM - 21 answers

Quality of Pottery Barn Leather Couch?

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.
posted by OrangeDisk at 1:30 PM - 4 answers

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