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Is upholstery on topic?

A new question was posted about upholstery. To me, this doesn't seem to be within the defined range of topics for the site. I checked the upholstery tag, which contains no guidance, and there are ...
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When to close for product recommendations

I do a lot of closures on the main Stack Overflow site so I've seen more than a few recommendation requests. While DIY is a different subject set, I've been increasingly baffled by people wanting to ...
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Can I ask about industrial construction on DIY.SE?

I know the site is called Home Improvement, and the tour says "Don't ask about... questions that are not about home improvement", but there is not a general 'construction' Stack Exchange site that I ...
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Is a question about using the hammer function on a specific type of drill on-topic?

I inherited an old drill. It supposedly has a hammer function (it's a Black & Decker that calls itself Schlagbohrmaschine), but I don't know how to switch it on, and need help. Is that too ...
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Would a question about where to report a contractor's behavior be on-topic?

I have the following question: Subj: Where would I report bad contractor behavior? A contractor in my area is asking for 50% of the quoted price for the work as cash up front with a promise to ...
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Home Sales question in Home Improvement SE

I'm new to home Improvement and have a rather specific question I need answered. I am not sure, however, if it is off topic. In summary, I'm looking for some advice on selling my house during the ...
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Is a question about HVAC filters on-topic?

It's just about effectiveness generally. It's not strictly home improvement is why I ask.
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Can I ask how to find someone else to do home improvement for me?

On Home Improvement, would it be on-topic to ask for a website recommendation where I would seek to purchase somebody elses time to do DIY-related work for me? For example, would the following ...
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Could “cost estimate” questions be reworded to be on-topic and answerable?

From time to time, we get questions (usually from newer users) asking if a cost estimate from a contractor is reasonable or how much the OP should expect to pay. These questions have been off-topic ...
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Are questions about modifying appliances on-topic?

From time to time we get a question from someone who just bought an appliance, and wants to modify it to be more something. An example from earlier today: How to make Ariston Hotpoint FMG 863 SK ...
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What home automation questions are on topic?

Since home automation is coming our way now, which questions do we consider on topic and where is the line drawn. From an earlier meta question we already clarified that shopping advice is off topic. ...
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Is a question off topic when asked by professionals or corporations?

There have been questions closed because they were asked by people representing companies (e.g. this question was debated). Should be person asking the question impact whether the question is on or ...
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Asking for non-brand specific tool qualities- on topic?

I am looking for a drill press... but I don't want a recommendation for a specific drill press. Instead, I want to know what qualities are important to consider while buying a drill press. I would ...
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Is furniture assembly off topic?

We've seen a few furniture assembly questions lately that are in a gray area for me. I'm incline to close them, but want to be sure that the community agrees. Two examples: IKEA table problem ...
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When (and/or where) is it okay to ask questions about homemaking processes?

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 ...
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Is there interest in a separate SE site specific for woodworking?

I enjoy the Q&A-format for researching information quite a lot and I noticed that there wasn't one available specific to woodworking. There are many woodworkers here on Home Improvement, but the ...
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Are resale/worth questions OK or not?

I have seen several questions that basically want an opinion on if doing a project is worth their time as far as resale value or what would be the best thing to do while keeping resale value. I ...
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Defining the site scope

In another meta question, I mentioned "The core of the site is mostly around parts of your home that were there when you purchased it, the structure, utilities, and major appliances." That leads to ...
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Should carpentry be made on-topic in our FAQ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are woodworking questions in scope? I've seen a lot of questions that are less based on home improvement that you would ask a building contractor, and more about carpentry (...
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Correct place to ask about wiring up my house with Ethernet cables?

I have a question about wiring up an ethernet face plate and I'm unsure whether I should ask here, StackOverflow or SuperUser. Should I ask on multiple sites or just the one specfic site?
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Close old off-topic questions?

I'm thinking about closing the question Are air purifyers and ionizers effective? for being off topic, even though it's an old question. Is there any reason not to?
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Is this question on topic?

Can I use an induction cooker to restore silica gel's water absorbency? This question was posted recently - apparently after the OP was pointed to our site from the Electronics site. Is it on ...
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What is meant by decoration with regards to site scope?

In the FAQ, it says Decorating advice. is outside the scope of the SE. What is meant by this? Does it mean that all questions about projects where the purpose is decoration are off topic, or does ...
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What should be the status of questions about domestic appliances?

This question on a fault with dishwasher turned up today. We've had a few, but not many, questions in the past, but I noticed that the FAQ (recently updated by me!) doesn't make any mention of such ...
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Is this furniture question on topic?

My concern is that since it has nothing to do with building or modifying furniture it's a little suspect. However, I think this community could answer it without stretching much. "How do you ...
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Gardening and Landscaping is in beta

The gardening and landscaping site is now in beta. Is it appropriate to start migrating a bunch of our slightly off topic questions over there? If so, do the mods want a bunch of flags to deal with, ...
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Should questions about building things that are not part of your home be on-topic?

The question https://diy.stackexchange.com/q/3712/21 is an example of a "non-home DIY" question, i.e., a question about building personal property that isn't part of your home. It's a good opportunity ...
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DIY vs Home Improvement?

Just joined this site a while back, and I as wondering if DIY is the right place for do-it-yourself questions, which aren't home improvement related? If not, is there an alternative StackExchange ...
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Home Improvement or DIY - scope change to grow site

Buried in comments and answers to other questions here on meta (some linked below), there is an underlying questions that we need to talk about. Are we a Home Improvement community or a DIY community?...
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Are woodworking questions in scope?

We've had a few questions that deal more with woodworking than with home improvement per se: best materials for non toxic wooden blocks Making your own height adjustable desk How to paint Pine ...
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Are questions about tool lists or supplies for a specific project on-topic?

This (now closed as duplicate) question asks for tool recommendations for a new home-owner. However, it also provides a list of projects that the OP plans, which made me think that the original ...
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Questions on product recommendations

This question What is the quietest range (cooker) hood? is asking for a product recommendation but it is for an appliance. I think this type of question is off topic and should be closed. ...
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Should we expand the scope to real-estate questions?

The amount of traffic on our site is not growing. In fact, it has been falling a little every week. I have been thinking of ways to grow the community, and one option is to expand the scope of the ...
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Are questions of price on-topic?

After my first question helped to determine that I had an electrical problem for which I would need to hire an electrician, I asked a second question about how much a service should cost. Is this ...
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Should general questions on lawn maintenance be considered on topic?

Over the past 2 days there have been several questions involving general lawn maintenance: Bermuda grass is invading my Kentucky Blue? Any solutions that don’t involve Roundup? What is the best ...
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Can I ask “self-learning” questions about handmade stuff?

Hi! Can I ask (and maybe self-answer) questions about computer modding or handmade stuff how-to? Thanks!
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Are “getting to know you” questions off topic, and is this question one of them?

https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/372/what-is-the-most-interesting-thing-you-have-found-when-opening-up-a-wall I voted to close on the premise that this question is too discussiony and doesn't ...
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Are appliance-related questions in scope?

Looking at: https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/appliances Raises the questions: Are appliance repair questions in scope? Are appliance installation questions in scope (eg, installing ...
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Should we allow questions about stuff “outside” of the home?

Questions about sheds, pole barns, retaining walls, decks, patios? All these are questions and issues that home owners have, and typical DIY'ers like us have to deal with. All the ones listed above ...
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Should questions about building codes and electrical codes be considered on-topic?

Should questions about building codes and electrical codes be considered on-topic? StackExchange sites usually shy away from narrowly localized questions, but building and electrical codes have many ...
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Should questions about working with contractors/subcontractors be considered on-topic?

The name of the site implies questions geared towards DIYers and contractors, but I think there is a lot of potential for good questions related to hiring and working with contractors? Examples: ...