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January 8

Help wanted: failing towel racks!

I have two towel racks in my bathroom that were there when I bought my condo. They are beginning to fall away from the wall. One of them is perilously close to falling into the toilet. Please help! [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 2:00 PM - 14 answers

Where should we live, 2018 edition with imaginary snowflakes

My partner and I, currently living in the Bay Area, are trying to decide where we want to move to in 1-3 years, to live for the long term. Where should we consider living? [more inside]
posted by serelliya at 11:22 AM - 35 answers

Eradicate Bathroom Mildew!

The bathrooms in my townhouse have no windows and poor ventilation. It makes mildew an ongoing problem -- what's the best products, tips, and advice you all have for keeping the problem at bay? [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 9:53 AM - 21 answers

Rats and bad smell in cellar -- Please help (and hope) me

This is also a cat question, so if you know cats but not rats that's OK too. So many details below. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 1:24 AM - 17 answers

January 7

Updating HOA bylaws for the new millennium

My HOA's bylaws exist as a scan of a typewritten document, and I have the chance to digitize and update it for the 21st century. [more inside]
posted by perihare at 4:08 PM - 6 answers

Non-memory foam mattress

Mattresses in the U.S. are hard to transport, expensive, and complicated. In Costa Rica, I slept nicely on a block of foam - the yellow stuff that is light, firm but not rigid, and not viscoelastic. Polyurethane? Where can I get a block of this, to use with one of these? What are the potential downsides? I assume there's a reason why other mattress styles are more common.
posted by gray17 at 5:45 AM - 17 answers

January 6

What weather station do I want?

I want a weather-station of some sort but I have no idea where to start. This question has been asked before back in 2016 and many of the ones listed are no longer available. Given my requirements (inside) what weather station gadget do I need? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 5:13 PM - 2 answers

How long does our new fridge need to settle for?

Our new fridge arrived today. When we bought it, the salesperson told us to let it sit for 24 hours before plugging it in due to the extreme cold (around -20 celsius) we have been experiencing, to let it get back up to a normal temperature. However, the delivery person told us to let it sit for just 2 hours. We'd like to put some things in the fridge, but we don't want to mess up our new fridge or anything. Is the salesperson's advice excessive, or the delivery person's advice not cautious enough?
posted by synecdoche at 4:48 PM - 9 answers

Need help finding a kitchen island/prep table that meets our needs

This is probably the dumbest question I’ve asked on here and super first world problems caveat, but here goes. My husband and I moved into a new apartment and there’s basically zero counter space. However, there’s room for a huge kitchen island/table. We are having trouble finding something big enough that isn’t thousands of dollars (and we tend to hate how those expensive ones look anyway). Add’l details below. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by FireFountain at 3:58 PM - 15 answers

Baseboard on a tile wall?

We're about to tile a bathroom wall behind the sink and toilet. We just put vinyl tile on the floor with a 1/8 - 3/8 inch gap against the walls. (The walls aren't totally straight, so the gap varies.) Is it best to tile the wall all the way to the floor, then use adhesive to stick baseboard to the wall tile? Or use cove tile at the bottom, then just caulk the gap? The cove tile that matches the wall tile isn't deep enough to cover the gap between the wall and the floor tile when that gap is at its widest. I've looked around DIY sites and Youtube, but opinions vary.
posted by samw at 10:26 AM - 6 answers

Something's noisy in the bathroom

Anyone know of any products that are like a fan that could have power run through it but won't actually operate until it's triggered by a remote control or something? Maybe an electrical switch I could put in the ceiling with the fan that could provide a simple on/off switch? Keep in mind, if the fan doesn't go on, the lights (downstream wired) would still need to go on though. [more inside]
posted by zero point zero at 9:26 AM - 7 answers

January 5

Are these bedbugs?

Help me bugfilter, you’re my only hope. [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont at 11:42 AM - 7 answers

That one weird trick to bleed radiators that plumbers hate!

I have a toe-kick (under counter) radiator in my kitchen that was installed wrong--supply and return are reversed. It seems to be air locked, but the bleeder valve is on the flow line, so opening it up just results in water pouring out. I'll get it replumbed eventually, but do you have any ideas how to get the air out (short of using a saddle valve to poke a hole in the actual return)? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:54 AM - 2 answers

A real pain in the Ice.

Mrs. Pjern and I don't agree on some things, but on this one occasion... We have had our current side-by-side Frigidaire refrigerator for 14 years, and in all that time the icemaker has been a royal pain in the ass. We're thinking of switching brands, but we never want to screw around with a broken icemaker ever again. Your experiences with other brands or models would help provide some useful input.
posted by pjern at 8:01 AM - 17 answers

Can you identify or date this wallpaper?

I uncovered this wallpaper while working on my kitchen. The house was built in 1920. The wallpaper is on a plaster wall and was painted over at some point. While the scenes in the illustration could date to the period when the house was built, I think it's more likely that this is kitschy wallpaper from a later date, but who knows? Any wallpaper experts out there? Or are there resources for identifying old wallpaper?
posted by bassomatic at 6:53 AM - 15 answers

Help us shop for some new bathroom vanity lights

Help us shop for some new bathroom vanity lights. [more inside]
posted by saladin at 6:25 AM - 7 answers

January 3

Only YOU can prevent smokey houses

Using our fireplace seems to leave our house smoky for days. We’ve eliminate the most obvious culprits. What could we be doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld at 9:22 PM - 22 answers

Do I have a bad furnace, bad zoning or both?

We purchased a Lennox furnace (EL296UH090XV36C) in late 2014. We've had nearly 30 service calls for either no heat or problems with one of the three zones maintaining temperatures. The HVAC company claims all of these are unusual, or freak occurrences. Lots more details inside! [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 8:46 AM - 6 answers

January 2

Un-tea staining a white wall

So I managed to get a drip of tea down a white wall, unnoticed for some twelve hours. How do I go about un-tea-staining a wall? I've tried scrubbing with warm water and baking soda but got worried I'd make the wall wet and different so didn't scrube very hard (yet). [more inside]
posted by readinghippo at 1:36 PM - 6 answers

Upstairs neighbors fish tank - NYC

Upstairs neighbors fish tank - NYC I'm a renter in a building in NYC. My upstairs neighbors fish tank is making my entire apartment hum. They won't put a mat under it or move it. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by edbles at 12:13 PM - 10 answers

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