Is there a clear guideline about what makes a homemaking question appropriate for this site?

I'm interested in process improvements, however, there seems to be some inconsistency about whether homemaking questions are on topic or not.

Are there a better SE sites for home-making questions?

While it's clear that all general cooking questions belong at SE cooking, it seems obvious that it would be more appropriate to ask questions about stove repair on here. Further, questions about how to adapt a stove for use as a convection oven seem to blur the line.

Moderators: please note and help resolve the duplicate tags I found

  • What exactly do you mean by "home making"? I think I know, but I could well be wide of the mark.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 0:17
  • @ChrisF I've clarified my quesiton a bit more, and added a link to the wikipedia definition for you.
    – virtualxtc
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 0:39

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Using the linked Wikipedia article as a guide:

Household tools

Potentially on topic, when asking about the use and maintenance of said tools.


Off topic. See Seasoned Advice.


Off topic.


Off topic, unless asking about the maintenance, repair, or installation of washers and dryers.


On topic.

Home Maintenance

On topic.

Lawn Maintenance.

Off topic. See Gardening & Landscaping.


Off topic.


Off topic, unless asking about building shelves or other storage furniture.

Household Purchasing

Off topic.


Off topic.

Work Strategies

Off topic.

Gender Deviance

Off topic.

  • so where does sub optimal operation of an appliance (a type of tool) fall? Especially if the under performance is within the manufacturer's spec? ie: washing machine not getting clothes clean, stove burner not lighting? It's not repair, but might be modification and thus fall under maintenance? or work strategist?
    – virtualxtc
    Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 21:05
  • Decluttering is on-topic at [productivity.se]; money management at Personal Finance & Money.
    – Niall C. Mod
    Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 0:09

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