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June 1

Humidity control for home AC unit

I use my AC in the summer more to control humidity than temperature. Does a home Heat/AC controller exist with a humidistat that prioritizes humidity and the temperature setting just sets high and low limits?
posted by Raybun at 1:14 PM - 8 answers

smooth bottom pans make the rockin world go round?

I have some oldish cheap cookware (hand-me-downs handed down again once at least) and I've noticed recently that the circular etching on the bottom has been patchily smoothed out. I haven't noticed any differences in cooking or anything, but I'm sure the tread served a function. Is it time to get new pans, or can I get a few more years' use out of them? Thanks!
posted by snerson at 7:48 AM - 4 answers

How to clean Ikea Hesseng mattress

I have an Ikea Hesseng pocket sprung mattress (802.587.36). How do I remove the fabric cover to clean it? If the cover doesn't come off, how can I clean it? [more inside]
posted by richb at 4:55 AM - 3 answers

May 31

Help me name and find inspiration for my home aesthetic

I'm moving into an apartment large enough to set up how I want (rather than being constrained by space limitations), yay! But I am terrible at anything involving visual aesthetics--I have a sense of what I do and don't like, but I don't know what looks good together, and need to see what others do for inspiration. But I don't even know how to search for inspiration! Help? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 5:03 PM - 27 answers

Boston Area Movers for 1 Mile

We are moving about a mile. Movers sound like they would be useful and back saving. Any recommendations for Boston-based movers? [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 1:22 PM - 14 answers

Finding and maintaining a home for your "stuff"

Trying to get organized, put things away, where they "belong". The problem is, how do you figure out (and then remember!) where something belongs? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 9:28 AM - 27 answers

May 30

SF Bay Area Landscaping and Fencing Help

Does anyone have landscaper recommendations for the Bay Area? I'm in the mid-Peninsula. I have a design but my landscaper is backed up until next year. Bonus question: Do you have an idea of current fencing prices? [more inside]
posted by mark k at 7:16 PM - 5 answers

Tick Spray for Clothing

My backyard needs attention. My backyard has ticks. I wear a coat with a tightly woven fabric (my old clean room garb) with gaiters, gloves and hat when clearing undergrowth in the back yard. What should be sprayed on the protective clothing to further discourage the little bastards?
posted by Raybun at 4:17 PM - 17 answers

Help with paint colors for garage exterior

My home and garage has a 3-tone (very boring) color scheme: brown, cream, and forest green. I'm looking to add in a 4th color as an accent for the street-facing garage door but I can't land on a color that goes with the 3 that I'm already using. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 1:14 PM - 13 answers

May 29

My Grinding Dryer

Our dryer is making a rattling noise. It kind of sounds like grinding. What should I do? Call a dryer mechanic (where do I find one of those?)? Spray WD-40 somewhere? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 10:42 AM - 7 answers

May 28

How bad is this seepage problem?

I'm interested in a house for sale, but was told that it has seepage in the basement despite having two sump pumps. I don't have more details about how much water comes in or where it's coming from. But based on that limited information, how bad could this potentially be? Is it something that could be impossible to fix? If it has caused mold, would that be visible? I'm trying to decide whether to make an offer contingent on inspection- would the inspector be able to clearly see what's wrong?
posted by pinochiette at 10:00 AM - 18 answers

May 27

Schroedinger's Lease Renewal (NYC tenant law issue)

Disclaimers first: you are not my lawyer, you are not offering legal advice, I know that this is a question that varies widely by jurisdiction. However, I'm still asking since there are a good handful of NYC Mefites here and this concerns wacky NYC tenant law. Buckle up. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:47 PM - 22 answers

Removing Particularly difficult sticker from glass

How do I remove the metallic-style manufacturing stickers from glass shower doors? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 10:48 AM - 9 answers

Considering buying commercial real estate and converting it into a home

I'm going to be buying a home soonish, and it seems like buying a commercial building with a storefront + a condo on top currently costs around the same as buying just the condo on top. What do I need to be aware of when thinking about buying commercial real estate and converting it into a home? How do I compare apples to apples when I'm comparing it to normal home purchasing? And who are the right experts for me to consult if I really want to go down this rabbit hole? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 6:58 AM - 14 answers

What is this little screw thing used to secure my door handles?

What is this little thing called? It's for a door knob/handle. I'm asking because I have a set of such knobs/handles, and I lost one of the little bits. It's function is to lock the knob/handle in place - you twist it into a little hole with the hex key. Is it a generic part or would it be specific to this knob/handle?
posted by cincinnatus c at 4:28 AM - 14 answers

May 26

What kind of professional am I looking for?

My kitchen floor is tile and I've recently noticed that in one spot, between the grout, something underneath is pushing the floor up. At first, when I stepped on it, it was hard but now it feels like there's a little more give. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved at 10:13 PM - 7 answers

What are these brackets and where would I find them online

I'm trying to obscure some phone line along the baseboards of my new apartment and am curious what to call these little brackets - what are they and where might I find them online? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 9:04 AM - 17 answers

May 25

New Windows: What’s the deal with E rating?

We are getting new Marvin windows. We had someone come and give us an estimate and that estimate was for LowE-2 glass. We currently have old (50s/60s) windows with no coating at all and we are worried the E-2 will seem too dark. When we asked for an estimate for LowE-1, it cost more! Does anyone have any experience with the LowE-2 vs 1 and could speak to the difference in lightness/darkness? [more inside]
posted by degoao at 6:52 PM - 2 answers

High BTU

I have a window that slides open horizontally with a max opening of 20 3/8" width x 32 1/2" height. What is the highest BTU air conditioner that can fit in it? [more inside]
posted by badadvice at 3:56 PM - 2 answers

Help me identify a rose

My mother has this lovely rose bush in her garden with exceptionally fragrant roses that bloom in May for a short time. She makes jam out of rose petals and it is very fragrant and delicious. Bush itself is about 1.5 meters high, grows wild and spreads itself. She had it for at least 60 years. I managed to grow some from seeds. Do you know what kind of rose could it be? Picture1 Picture2
posted by leigh1 at 9:34 AM - 6 answers

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