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I don't use the oxford comma, but I like the song by Vampire Weekend.

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Oct. 28, 2010

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

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Re: "I want a home energy audit"
(from HandyAndy 7 years, 11 months ago)
Re: "I want a small business phone system"
(from FarFred 8 years ago)
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Re: "I want a hypertension or nephrology specialist in Florida"
(from mitch 8 years, 3 months ago)
The first drug that has successfully lowered my Dad's blood pressure is, oddly enough, minoxidil (aka Rogaine).

Apparently minoxidil was oridinally developed as a blood pressure medicine until patients started complaining of a consistent side effect: hair growth.

My Dad, being a guy and all, can deal with this side effect and we are all very happy that his very resistant high blood pressure problem is under control.

If you have a friend or relative who's blood pressure isn't under control with other medicines, make sure and have them ask their doctor about this one.

NOTE: Another side effect my Dad is experiencing is swelling in his feet. We all, however, are happier with his side effects than with him continuing to walk around with his very high blood pressure!
Re: "I want a new lamp post and lantern for my home"
(from clem 8 years, 5 months ago)
Installing a lamp post can be very easy if you are simply replacing ones that are already there. Wiring is a lot of the difficulty and if they have already been wired then you are in good shape. If not, you may be better off finding a local electrician to do that part for you.

Once the wiring is run, you will need to dig a post hole. You can rent a post hole digger at your local home improvement superstore which will make the job a lot easier. You should make the hole about 12 inches in diameter and about two feet deep. Fill the base of the hole with crushed gravel.

The wiring for the lamp post should run through a PVC conduit in the middle of the hole that you have just dug.

Mix a couple bags of concrete in a wheelbarrow and shovel the mix into the hole up to the level of the surrounding ground being careful not to allow any concrete into the top of the PVC conduit for the wiring. Use the tip of your shovel or a stick to agitate the concrete to remove air pockets and bubbles.

Next, set your new post into the concrete footing that you have just poured and pull the wires up through the bottom of the post. Working quickly while the concrete is still wet, work the post down about a foot into the footing that you have poured.

It is critically important at this point to insure that you new post is perfectly level. It will bother you for years if it is not and there will be nothing you can do to fix it once the concrete sets! Take a box beam level and check both the "front" and "side" of the post for plumb. Once satisfied with the positioning, use a few staked ropes to tie the post in place while the concrete sets.

You'd be wise to keep your eye on it for the next 3 or 4 hours to make sure it remains perfectly plumb. Remember, once the concrete sets you are stuck with the positioning until you jackhammer out the footing and start again!

Now that the hard stuff is done, all you need to do is wire the light. Make sure the power to the lamp is cut via the circuit breaker and follow the instructions included with your new lamp post to wire the light. It is a fairly simple do-it-yourself project, but if you don't do electricity, find a good local electrician to do it for you.

That's it, congratulations on your beautiful new lamp posts. They look great!
Re: "I want a trailer hitch cover to fit a 2" hitch"
(from amykim 8 years, 5 months ago)
If you are not a Red Sox fan, there are hitch covers for every major league baseball team!

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Re: "I want the best pet vacuum - a handheld, powerful, cordless dustbuster"
(from erastus 8 years, 6 months ago)
I can't remember the year I got my first Hoover but it was a long time ago. I just bought the Hoover S1120 cordless dustbuster for my woodshop.

It's only 7.2 volt, thought, so I'm considering returning it for the Black & Decker 18 volt hand vac to get a little more dust busting power.
Re: "I want someone to design a bathroom remodel"
(from barbara 8 years, 6 months ago)
I recently sought help to design a bathroom myself. My bathroom designer produced basic bath designs and drawings for the tile and fixture layout which the bathroom remodeler was able to use for construction. I used the existing plumbing layout, which made things much easier and much cheaper.

Another thing my bathroom designer did was specify the lighting, cabinet and fixtures and specified the wall colors for painting. It was so nice having someone make the tough decisions for me! Good luck with your bathroom design and remodel! You will love working with a professional who knows how to design a bathroom and make it look awesome!

Don't miss this related Wantbox request for how to remodel a bathroom.
Re: "I want someone to design a bathroom remodel"
(from meggers 8 years, 6 months ago)
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Hi Mitch, I just went through this a couple of years ago. As long as you have a backup to use while you are remodeling the bathroom, it's not too bad!

For me, the cost of a bathroom designer was $75 per hour and my designer billed me for 20 hours, so the total design cost was $1,500. Of course, this didn't include the actual cost for remodeling the bathroom (materials, contractor, etc.) which was many times more!

Since I had no idea how to design a bathroom, I felt like the $1,500 was an insurance policy for me, making sure that the bath ideas we created for our master bathroom would be thoroughly professional and stand the test of time. I'll let you know in 20 years how my bath designs held up :)

Our bathroom designer took us on a field trip to our local design center, which we wouldn't have been able to do without her. You actually need to be in the design or remodeling profession to get in to the showrooms. She also pushed us to do things (tile patterns, fixtures, colors) that we wouldn't have gravitated to naturally but which look fabulous in the whole package.

Doing it yourself is always fund, but like most things in life, using a professional yields professional results!

Re: "I want a Herman Miller Aeron chair"
(from timfou 8 years, 6 months ago)
a better Herman Miller Aeron sizing chart

What size Aeron chair should you get? Check your height and weight (in pounds).

When I got my Herman Miller Aeron chair at a dot-bomb sale after the first bubble burst, picking an A, B, or C size was the most difficult decision. Herman Millers's official sizing chart for the Aeron chair is filled with gray areas, requiring you to eventually have to find a selection of their chairs to sit in to determine which size is the best.

Recently, as I was shopping for a second Aeron chair (this one for my wife), I found a clearer, more definitive sizing chart from They claim to have used the experience of fitting over 50,000 clients to Aeron chairs and have developed their own simplified sizing chart.

Basically, what they have found is that if your are 5'-10" tall or more, or have an inseam of 30" or more, you need a size C chair. From 5'-3" up to 5'-10" you are most likely a size B or maybe a C if you weigh more than 170 lbs. For those of you from 4'-10" up to 5'-3" you are most likely a size A or possible a B if you weigh more than 130 lbs.

This reference is particularly useful to help select a chair size when the three sizes are not available for you to actual sit in. Height and weight are used here as key indicators of suitable chair-size choice. Since the chairs are not returnable after purchasing from HM, you need to take great care in your sizing.

OfficeDesigns also notes that this reference "does not have clearly delineated lines at the extremes of height and weight because people may well find a size that suits them perfectly even if their exact height or weight in not represented here."

Good luck with your shopping, and sizing. You and your back will love the Aeron chair, it's definitely the best office chair that I've ever owned even if it does have some bad karma stains from Web 1.0 ;)
Re: "I want a wireless keyboard with no number pad"
(from Todd1414 8 years, 7 months ago)
ASUS Wireless Eee KeyboardASUS Wireless Eee Keyboard
Like you (I assume), I hardly ever use my keyboard's number pad and hate that it forces me to mouse so far out to the right.

I bought the ASUS Eee keyboard because it was small, lightweight, easy to setup and wireless. Plus, I like the way it looks and the way the 'chiclet' style keys feel.

I run Windows 7 and all I had to do was plug in the dongle and Windows installed the correct driver.
Re: "I want a shabu shabu hot pot"
(from mieyun 8 years, 7 months ago)
shabu shabu sauces
My husband and I had three couples over for Shabu Shabu this past weekend. We had both the Sanyo (ours) and the Sunpentown (borrowed from my brother) on the table and can say that they both performed excellently, keeping the broths boiling at all times, even at less than maximum settings with the pots filled with meats and vegetables.

For fish and meat, we cooked up beef, pork, shrimp, scallops and fish balls. The beef and pork was a special "shabu cut" which was thin, maybe twice as thick as a deli meat would be cut.

We also had baby bok choy, enoki mushrooms and watercress and finished the evening by adding udon noodles and vermicelli bean thread noodles (the ones in the pink netting bag). Each person made a custom dipping sauce using their preferred combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, cilantro (my husband's favorite), chopped garlic, scallions, chili garlic sauce and the pictured Bull Head Barbecue Sauce (look for the one with the little happy cows :)

Although both pots performed superbly, I personally like the look of the Sanyo a little better. One tip, we ended up plugging each pot into two different outlets because running them both on one power strip kept tripping the circuit breaker of the strip we were using!
Re: "I want a new lamp post and lantern for my home"
(from Richard43 8 years, 7 months ago)
I could send you some pictures. Not sure what your willing to spend. They are old but extremely unique. Stand about 5 foot tall. 6 mini lights caged with 1 main light under the shade. Cool design for sure.
Re: "I want a combination wall safe"
(from wantbox 8 years, 7 months ago)
The LockState LS-52EN is one of the most highly rated digital wall safes on Amazon. It has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 stars over 24 customer reviews. Over 83% of the safe's reviews give it 4 or 5 stars, with no user giving it 1 star.

The most helpful negative customer review cites that the safe has "Less space than expected" because the interior locking mechanism takes up a lot of space.

LockState LS-52EN Large Digital Wall Safe (Price: $165).
* easily concealed behind pictures, mirrors or furniture
* inset knob and door allow it to mount flush against a wall
* fits between standard 16-inch studs
* suitable for do-it-yourself installations
Re: "I want a good ergonomic snow shovel"
(from HandyAndy 8 years, 7 months ago)
I have (and love) this Garant Yukon sleigh shovel. It's not your typical shovel as you push and "plow" the snow and then dump it where you want it. You don't actually lift the snow.

I end up using this all the time when there is not quite enough snow to warrant getting out the snow blower. Because of it's huge 27 1/2 inch blade, you can push a ton of snow very easily. I've also used it to quickly clear the snow off the flat roof over my deck. It makes the work go a lot faster and is much, much easier on my back.

The way it works is you push the sleigh through the snow (using your legs and not your back like a normal shovel) until the scoop fills with snow. You then navigate the snow-filled sleigh to the side of your driveway, push down a little bit on the handle to lift the front edge up, slide the sleigh over any lip of snow at the edge of your shoveling area and then lift up on the handle (pivoting on the front edge of the blade) to dump the snow where you want it.

It's very solidly built, to boot. There are a lot of similar "sleigh" products, so shop around. I, for one, am a convert from "shovel" to "sleigh". So much faster and easier.

Re: "I want my asphalt shingle roof cleaned"
(from uglyshingles 8 years, 8 months ago)
Ugly Shingles, LLC. | Certified Roof Cleaning Contractor.

What you have on your roof is a form of mold and bacteria. Many years back they switched over to a fiberglass based shingle in place of the old asphalt based. The new fiberglass based shingles were very light so they added crushed limestone to make them heavier.

The limestone is the issue. The wind-blown particles will attach themselves to the shingles and start to feed. The black steaks will appear a short time later as a protective shade. This typically happens on the northern side and areas with very little sun exposure.

DO NOT POWERWASH YOUR SHINGLES. You will completely damage your roof as well as void any existing warranty you may have. We at Ugly Shingles, LLC. use a Non-Pressure Soft-Wash System. Our system is certified and recommended by all shingle manufactures.

The cost is usually around $400 - $600. However, it really all depends on your situation. If you would like, I can provide you with a no obligation estimate using our state of the art software. We will provide you with a quote and some possible steps to prevent this from happening again.

You can send your address to [email protected] and one of our staff will take a look. Your roof is literally being eaten! This will result in premature shingle failure; unnecessarily costing you thousands of dollars. Visit us at: for more information.

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Re: "I want my asphalt shingle roof cleaned"
(from bigben 8 years, 8 months ago)
Last year when I was selling my house in Mount Lebanon, PA (just south of Pittsburgh) my real estate broker noticed that the asphalt shingle roof of my house was stained, discolored and "old looking".

At first, he thought I might have to get my roof replaced in order to sell the house. He also suggested that I first try getting it cleaned to see if that would restore it to a condition where a potential buyer wouldn't notice it as a major issue.

I called a local roof cleaner, they came and took a look, gave me a price quote of $600 and came out a few days later. They had a crew of two people and spray-washed the roof with some water and a cleaning agent and were done within 3 hours.

The two roof cleaners successfully restored the roof to a like-new appearance and I successfully sold it a month later, which is a borderline miracle in this economy and housing market.
Re: "I want an interior decorator"
(from meggers 8 years, 8 months ago)
I can vouch for working with an interior designer. I used to think I could do it all myself... after-all, I can tell if I like this color or that rug. Boy was I schooled by the designer I eventually found. She pulled my house together in a way I never could have.

A couple lamps I never would have picked out of a showroom floor look great in my living room. An accent color that I thought was way too bold is now the focal point of my kitchen and gets numerous comments from my girlfriends when they come by for coffee.

As an aside, I love dwell magazine! Its preference for modern designs and crisp, clean lines is right up my alley. I look forward to every issue and just wish my own design budget allowed me to recreate some of the wonderful spaces they highlight :)
Re: "I want a new red tile roof installed"
(from HandyAndy 8 years, 8 months ago)
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I've worked on a few crews that have installed tile roofs. The material prices are higher and they are more difficult to install, which results in a higher total price. Nonetheless, I believe they are a great choice since they last such a long time (the manufacturers say up to 60 or 70 years), look fantastic, are fireproof and are a great insulator keeping homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Your typical clay tile roof is very heavy, much heavier than your current asphalt shingles and may require additional structural reinforcement to support it. There are options available which are lighter and don't require the extra support, however (e.g. concrete fiber, synthetic roofing tiles, even metal for a more contemporary look).

The standard red clay tile is not your only choice either. I've installed tile roofs that looked like slate, wooden shakes and wooden shingles and with colors ranging from a light gray to green or blue.

In my opinion, if you are planning on selling your house in the near future, a professionally installed tile roof will significantly add to the curb appeal and give you home a greater sense of style and quality than a typical asphalt roof will.

Good luck, ping me if you have any specific questions.

Re: "I want my asphalt shingle roof cleaned"
(from HandyAndy 8 years, 8 months ago)
Find Local Roof Cleaners

Get free estimates from the best roof cleaning companies in your area

Homeowners who see prominent black streaking, discoloration, fungus and mold on their shingles often assume that they need to replace their roof. What they typically need is a roof cleaning.

As you can imagine, cleaning a roof is a fraction of the cost of replacing one. For a 1,500 to 2,000 square foot house with a relatively uncomplicated roof you can expect to pay between $500 and $800 for a roof cleaning. By shopping around and getting cost estimates from as many local professionals as you can you increase your chance of hitting the lower end of that range.

The process of cleaning an asphalt roof is pretty simple. First find a professional roof cleaning company in your area. The roofing contractor will spray-wash your roof with a mixture of water and herbicides. This will effectively wash away the current mold, lichens and fungus and prevent it from coming back for a specified period of time. That time will depend on your location and what mixture, so your best bet is to contact a local professional to get specific details.

If you are tempted to pull out your ladder and power washer to do the washing yourself, I recommend that you don't. Besides the danger of weilding a heavy piece of equipment on a wet roof, there is a high likelihood that you will damage the asphalt shingles with your power washer if you are not exceptionally careful. Also, a local professional will be more knowledgeable about what herbicides and cleaning agents work in your geographic area.

Re: "I want a combination wall safe"
(from bigben 8 years, 8 months ago)
I picked up the Quarter Master wall safe a few months ago to hold some spare cash, our passports and the wife's more expensive jewelry.

Although we don't keep any around the house, I imagine that it would be a good safe for securing a hand gun in your home. It would fit in without problem.

Its pretty easy to install between the studs in your wall and is easy to hide behind a framed picture or behind the hanging clothes in your bedroom closet.

I'd compare the space to that of a built-in medicine cabinet. It's not too deep, but there is still plenty of space to store what we need it to.

One installation tip, make sure and drill the correct sized pilot holes before trying to crank in the included lag screws. Also, dab a little liquid soap on the tips of the screws to lubricate them and allow them to twist into the wood studs easier.

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Mitch has posted 22 Wants

"I want a Herman Miller Aeron chair" posted on March 3, 2011, 12:05 a.m. [2 replies]

"I want someone to design a bathroom remodel" posted on Feb. 7, 2011, 10:51 p.m. [3 replies]

"I want a good ergonomic snow shovel" posted on Feb. 1, 2011, 4:28 p.m. [2 replies]

"I want a home energy audit" posted on Feb. 1, 2011, 4:25 p.m. [2 replies]

"I want a new red tile roof installed" posted on Jan. 23, 2011, 5:59 p.m. [2 replies]

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Mitch has posted 75 Replies

Mitch replied to jheyun re: "I want a house inspection" on Oct. 10, 2011, 4:57 p.m.

Mitch replied to jheyun re: "I want build a new patio for my backyard" on Oct. 10, 2011, 3:59 p.m.

Mitch replied to mieyun re: "I want the best Netflix movies to stream instantly" on Sept. 11, 2011, 10:37 p.m.

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Mitch has posted 28 Comments

"Attention visitors: let me know if you want more construction details by leaving a comment, linking to, liking or +1-ing this page. If I see enough interest I'll add more how-to steps so you can make your own." submitted on "I want a cool white board for my home office" on Sept. 26, 2011, 2:46 p.m.

"My Thule when mounted on my Lexus RX 400h gets in my garage by a few inches as well. It was a harrowing first entry though!" submitted on the reply "An Exceptional Cargo Box, Fits My 2007 Lexus RX 350 Perfectly, Lifetime Warranty!" on Aug. 25, 2011, 11:57 p.m.

"Great find, Erastus! My belt sander sits idle for 99% of the year. I bet if I mounted it a jig like this I'd use it 10 times more than I currently do." submitted on the reply "Make your own power thickness planer" on May 31, 2011, 6:29 p.m.

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