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Display Name: KHinNJ
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LOL! This bike combines all of the least desirable features in a city bike. It's built like a racer with only two gears. So, you ride around with your butt in the air and your head pointed down in such a manner that your body is perfectly positioned to become a speeding missile if you forget that your brakes are no longer on the handle bar but are on the pedals. It's sleek, that's for sure. Where to put the groceries and book bag...? Wait, those might ruin the lines.
I'll bet you any money that no one in the Netherlands is riding this thing.


BIKEID Track Model
7/25/14 09:27 AM

Ok, every time a parenting question comes up, I find myself on the other side of the divide. But I'm a fan of freerangekids.com so I'm going to say it anyway. Mothers have got to learn to chill. If you don't monitor your kid, you are not a bad mother. It's ok to not worry about your baby's heart rate and oxygen level or whatever. You should be able to let them play outside someday and make their own friends. It's not necessary to plan their lives to the second. They will survive and very likely thrive without all of the constant hovering.
So, the answer to the question above is, no, of course you don't need the monitor. SIDS is very rare. In all likelihood, you're going to hear the creature in the next room because their distress is frequently communicated through vocal signals. They're not orchids.


Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 09:28 AM

LOL! Pittsburgh is right behind NYC on that list. The survey was conducted in 2010. I find it funny because I love it here in the burgh. Housing is cheap, there's plenty to do and it's beautiful since the steel mills were torn down.
The place is jumping with activity and the savvy know that the mass transit system here coupled with the university systems make this a good place to build new businesses. There are sections of the city that would have been scary to live in a couple of decades ago. Now they're the vanguard of revitalization.
The study already seems out of date.


New York is the Unhappiest City in America Design News
7/23/14 12:49 PM

Ugh. Just ugh.
They really have no shame.


NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/22/14 03:24 PM

Just noticed that you have gas rather than electric for your stove. That's even better. Electric ranges are generally about $100 less expensive than gas. The frigidaire I linked to in the above comment does have a less expensive electric option.
Oh and paint the fridge until you can replace it. If it's smooth, go with chalkboard paint. If it's not, try an appliance paint. Maybe you can stick your cutlery to the side of the fridge with magnetized strips.


What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 11:27 AM

Step one: Call Ikea to get a measurement team to your house. Even if you don't get any ikea cabinets, you can use the measurements and the layout they send you to plan changes painlessly using their modified 20/20 Kitchen planning tool.
Step two: If you're going to replace one thing, replace the stove. Cooks need good tools (my kid is a CIA trained cook) and that one looks like it's about 24" wide. Definitely needs a replacement. I recommend a Frigidaire Gallery Convection http://www.homedepot.com/p/Frigidaire-Gallery-30-in-5-0-cu-ft-Gas-Range-with-Self-Cleaning-Convection-Oven-in-Stainless-Steel-FGGF3032MF/203556796?N=5yc1vZc3oyZ75h. It's 30", which means you will need to reconfigure your bottom cabinets. (See step one above.).
Step Three: Get rid of the upper cabinets, replace them with open shelves. This is especially important if you intend to replace your refrigerator down the road. Most appliance manufacturers do not make a lot of choices for refrigerators that have less than 68 inches of clearance space. I know this because I work in kitchen and bath stuff and I see this problem every day. So, until you have the money to do a major remodel, take the cabinets down.
Step Four: Get a simple, inexpensive counter like butcher block or plywood with an ardex feather finish.
Reconfiguring the bottom cabinets ($700) + new stove ($850) + new sink ($150) + new faucet ($150) + butcher block counter ($150). Not too shabby. I'd try to get the microwave off the counter. You really don't have room. Tuck it under the island or put it one one of your open shelves. Get an over the range hood if you're feeling extravagant for about $349 at the Home Despot.


What Can I Do with $2000 to Update This Kitchen? Good Questions
7/22/14 11:17 AM

I say, "Wow, you should thank your lucky stars that you don't have to live here!"


Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 02:01 PM

Former Navy brat here. I used to love military housing, mostly because of the high number of military brats also living there. My mom used the same furnishings in each reassignment. My sister and I learned at an early age how to put our twin beds together and pull the moving stickers off the headboards.
Be flexible, use a lot of white curtains and area rugs and go with the flow. It's not the end of the world. It's only temporary.


How Do I Leave My Heritage Home For a Cookie Cutter Duplex? Good Questions
7/2/14 06:20 PM

I vote no playdate. Period.
The playdate is a weird and abnormal symptom of modern life. Children should be free to make their own friends without the interference of parents and those parents' schedules. Designate a room in your house where kids can play, like a kids' bedroom or the basement or even the backyard and get the hell out of their way. The kids don't care how messy the house is and by eliminating the playdate, you don't have to clean up for fussy parents or parents who you only like for the kids' sake.
JMHO


To Playdate or Not To Playdate When Your House is a Mess?
6/30/14 11:50 AM

Definitely NOT a maximalist.
BTW, I've been to Versailles and it looks unfinished compared to the Pitti Palace in Florence.


10 Signs You Might Be a Maximalist
6/28/14 09:38 AM

Adhesive spray + favorite fabric. Use it instead of wall paper or paint. When you leave, pull it off the walls and wipe them down. No damage done.
Clickable Ikea wood flooring. It floats on top of the floor. Take it with you when you're done.
Area rugs. Pictures.


How Do I Decorate Greige/Yellow Graduate Housing? Good Questions
6/26/14 04:47 PM

I priced a replacement door for the townhouse I sold last year. It was from the general contractor in my townhouse association. The door HAD to be a standard style door, because god knows what might have happened if we had ordered something even a teensy bit more appropriate for the style of the house {{rolling eyes}}. It might have looked "better" than the standard generic doors on either side and we can't have that. I think the door itself was only like $500 or less but the labor was astronomical. The door plus installation, including frame, was $1200. I cut the new owners a check and got the hell out of New Jersey.


How Much Did it Cost to Buy & Install Your New Front Door? Reader Intelligence Request
6/19/14 11:04 AM

It's lovely but unless my math is wrong, the floor plan adds up to less than 400 sq ft. I used my calculator. Even with the long hallway included, it's not 650 sq ft.


Lexie's Beauty on a Budget Small Cool Contest
6/7/14 09:20 PM

The problem with the word "budget" in the post is not that these are outrageously expensive items. A few years ago, I might have bought a couple of alcapulco chairs during a sale without too much flinching.
The problem is that everyone is watching their pennies these days and such chairs look like an extravagence. It seems like the retailers haven't caught up to this grim reality yet.
I don't know who their target demographic is these days but it used to be mine and now we're all laid off or forced into unemployment or worse.
So, it's a bit of a mystery.


Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Outdoor Furniture & Accessories
6/5/14 12:46 PM

Having worked part time in a big box store's appliance department, the answer nationwide is about $120 for installation.
Of course, you CAN do it yourself. I have. It's not that difficult. That would include hooking up your garbage disposal to the dishwasher as well. There are youtube videos that will walk you through it step-by-step. Get a helper and devote about an hour of your time. Read all instructions thoroughly and have all the equipment you need before you start. This is the key part, and probably why most people prefer to have someone else do it for them. They can't be bothered to read the instructions. Once they overcome that barrier, they see that having someone else do it for them is an unnecessary expense.
One more thing. Women can do it too. There's this concept out there that I've run into repeatedly that somehow a Y chromosome is necessary to do mechanical and electrical maintenance, installations and repairs. This is untrue. All that is needed is that you read the instructions and attempt to do it yourself at least once. This is the secret of mens' success. They actually make an attempt. Once you have done something once, you tend to be a bit of an authority to people who haven't done it. And then there is the utter BS that women are not mechanically inclined by nature {{rolling eyes}}. Just get a helper to assist with the stuff that requires upper body strength. Other than that, there is no difference between the sexes.


How Much Does It Cost To Install a Dishwasher?
6/5/14 09:16 AM

Hear! Hear! I triple the Brit stuff. Check out Lucy Worsley and A Very British Murder. Also, anything by Alice Roberts, Bettany Hughes and the best self-build architecture show, Grand Designs with Kevin McCloud. The Isle of Skye house is amazing. Simple, energy efficient, elegant and what a view.


Holy Premium Channels: Where To Stream HBO & Showtime Shows Tonight
5/30/14 08:23 PM

LOL! That's the funniest looking sink/faucet combination I've ever seen. But seriously, I'd go with option number 4. Ikea isn't expensive but it is very practical. And if you're going to be in the apartment for another three years, it's going to stop being a conversation piece and start being a real pain in the a.


Options for Tiny Sink/Enormous Faucet Combo? Good Questions
5/30/14 08:10 AM

Would the owners consider selling subscriptions? With 94 rooms, surely, surely there will be overnight guests, ne-c'est pas? Think of it as the Lincoln Bedroom of renovations.
OR, do they need extra help? I have some time on my hands and an itch to see France again...


We Bought a 94-Room French Chateau
5/28/14 12:13 PM

Kelly who?


Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Sell SoHo Penthouse Design News
5/16/14 10:12 AM

Get a projector and a web cam. Project the image from the out door web cam onto one of your walls. Frame the image.
Or not.
Next best thing to a window.


Suggestions for Decorating Windowless Living Room? Good Questions
5/16/14 09:48 AM