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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?
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!
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]
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]
We are moving about a mile. Movers sound like they would be useful and back saving. Any recommendations for Boston-based movers? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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?
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]
How do I remove the metallic-style manufacturing stickers from glass shower doors? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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