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Can you spray paint a tub bottom?

Can you spray paint a tub floor gold and actually keep it looking good? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 4, 2016 - 14 answers

How to rid of odor from bathtub overflow?

There was a rat infestation under the bathtub and wall/floor space. Yes..gross. It caused an odor issue coming out of the overflow. We took the tub out and cleaned out the area. Rat odor is gone...but now there is a different sort of odor. What to do next? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Jul 25, 2016 - 3 answers

What does the Braille on this restroom sign say?

A friend recently saw this bathroom sign in Utah; we agree that the imagery and wording for the sighted are pretty great. But what does the Braille say? Looks like the letters are ??WOME -- but transliterating doesn't really help me understand the text. I couldn't find anything similar on these ADA bathroom signs. Help?
posted by zebra on Jul 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me keep my bathtub clean

My water pressure is very strong, and as a result, the drain cannot keep up. This makes it very difficult to keep it clean. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by RUPure on Jul 20, 2016 - 18 answers

Where do you hang your bath sheets (huge towels) to dry?

We recently replaced our ordinary sized towels with bath sheets (approximately 36x72"). A problem we didn't anticipate is that they are substantially too large to hang on the towel rack we have without folding (inhibiting drying) or touching the floor (gross). If you have large towels, how/where do you hang them to dry? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Jul 6, 2016 - 29 answers

Please help me break into my own bathroom

I'm in a new place, and my daughter just pushed the privacy lock on the bathroom door before closing it (she is outside the bathroom, thankfully). With most of these knobs you can just push something through the hole to pop it, but that is not working. There are no keys over the doorframe. There are no exposed screws on this side of the knob. The door hinges are on the other side of the door. Please help! [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Jul 1, 2016 - 38 answers

Sometimes my air feels not so fresh

I need a new air freshener for the bathroom. The one I loved was discontinued and I kinda hate all the other ones I've tried, or if I don't hate them they cost one million dollars. Please give me suggestions for a new one. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Jun 6, 2016 - 12 answers

Living with a Badly Placed Toilet

Deeply embarrassed, but need to tap the groupmind for brainstorming on an indelicate subject: using a badly placed toilet for a year's time or more. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 4, 2016 - 22 answers

What is this noise coming from the bathroom?

We've already emailed our landlord about it, but what do you suppose this noise is? It just started today. It's really loud and lasts for several seconds, then it stops for minutes or hours.
posted by perryfugue on May 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Bring the best of the world to my home reno!

I'm a Canadian doing a large scale home renovation. I know Japanese-style toilets, and German-style tilt and turn windows, and they're amazing. But what else am I missing? Can you recommend any other game-changing home innovations from around the world that aren't common in Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
posted by evadery on May 24, 2016 - 35 answers

tiny luxurious spa bathroom: no-bathtub renter's edition

Could you give me your recommendations for the most luxurious, spa-like, and renter-friendly accoutrements for a bathroom with no bathtub? I'm moving into a new place and would like to kit it out with the finest towels, mats, robes, and accessories. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on Mar 29, 2016 - 17 answers

How do I get a shower curtain rod that will last?

I have a history of owning metal shower curtain rods that rust away before my eyes, bit by bit. It's depressing. I can't help but think that as a civilization, we can do better--that we have done better. Someone out there is enjoying their metal shower curtain rod. Who are these people, and how can I get a metal shower curtain rod like theirs? [more inside]
posted by springo on Mar 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Bathroom Renovations for Dummies - Part II

As a follow-up to this Askme I asked last year (with your great feedback), I've slowly made progress on our renovation and have had a lot of fun (and frustration) learning how to do this. I now have additional questions that I can't quite find the answers to regarding framing and eventually drywalling/tiling. [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

WHY do men spit in the urinal???

For the love of God, and WHY am I the only guy that doesn't do this? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jan 24, 2016 - 28 answers

Please help us turn this tiny, ugly bathroom into a fun feature!

Our new house has this tiny downstairs bathroom. We'd like to turn it into a fun(ky) feature or themed room. We're open to any and all suggestions. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 23, 2016 - 20 answers

What are the best toilets?

Have to replace a toilet: what's the best one? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Jan 22, 2016 - 26 answers

I need two of these to mount a soapdish. What are they?

I bought some vintage soap holders. They have some kind of slide mounting. I need some new ones but I don't know what the name is for them or where you get them. They look like this: PICTURE. So what are they and where do I get two more?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 4, 2016 - 5 answers

How do you deep clean a vinyl shower curtain?

What should I do for a scrub or soak or other method that'll help get the job done? It's a vinyl curtain that's kind of stiff and hard to deal with (not cloth), and it's too big for my washing machine. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by atinna on Jan 3, 2016 - 22 answers

Toilet anxiety

Often when I go to urinate - whether in a public or private restroom/toilet/bathroom - if there's someone within hearing distance, I can't go (i.e. urinate) until they've left and I'm alone. I end up standing there as if I'm confused about what I'm there for, no matter how badly I needed to go only seconds earlier. How can I overcome this apparent anxiety? Any tips or tricks for uninhibiting whatever it is that's causing my body to tense up? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Dec 23, 2015 - 28 answers

THE BATHROOM SMELLS DISGUSTING

The accessibility bathroom at work smells absolutely vile. Please suggest to me something that will help, like a particular kind or type of scent neutralizer or diffuser. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Dec 14, 2015 - 30 answers

Renovation in NYC

My wife and I are considering buying a place that requires a kitchen and bath renovation in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Our real estate agent is suggesting we get an architect or contractor to come in, take a look, and give us an estimate before we even put in an offer. A couple questions: (i) is this necessary? We've done some research online and have a good general idea of how much kitchen and bathroom renovations cost - or I am I wrong and we really need a individualized estimate?; (ii) we don't have any friends who are architects/contractors - how would we go about finding one to come by a place we haven't even put an offer in on yet and give us an estimate?; (iii) assuming we go forward, with or without getting an estimate up front, how do we find a good architect and/or contractor - and do we need both? Any answers, suggestions, resources, etc. would be greatly appreciated - thanks!
posted by slide on Nov 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Does this faucet need replacing?

Side by side sinks, seen here, and one has a metal bar rusted out. The rusted one is now loose, as a unit (taps, faucet), but still seems to work. No obvious leak, but something caused the rust, right? Where the lines attach to the faucet seem tight. What needs to be done?
posted by rux on Oct 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Why won't my kid wipe his butt?

I am the father of a five-year-old who was a bit late in being potty trained (he was nearly four). Everything seemed fine until recently when I started noticing he would forget to flush the toilet after pooping and there would be poop in there but no toilet paper. When confronted he hems and haws and absolutely REFUSES to go back in and wipe himself unless threatened with loss of privileges (video time, etc.). What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2015 - 23 answers

What should I put in my bottles?

We have a collection of small bottles in our downstairs bathroom. They're all sort of oddly shaped, some have cork stoppers. They're the sort of thing you might see in a mad scientist's laboratory, your stoner older brother's room, or perhaps in the Oddly Shaped Bottle aisle of your local craft store. I would like to fill them with... things. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 1, 2015 - 62 answers

Where can I buy this sink?

Where can I buy this sink? My Google-Fu is completely failing me, and at this point, I'm not even sure it exists as a real thing that a person can buy.
posted by schmod on Sep 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me paper a wall with Bazooka Joe comics.

I got it into my head that it would be fun to cover the wall next to the downstairs toilet with this stash of Bazooka Joe comics I recently found, but I'm not sure the best way to go about it. What kind of adhesive should I use? Will the wax paper deter adhesion? The wall is currently painted with a blue flat latex. What should I prime the surface with? I'm figuring I'd apply them one at a time, but is there a more efficient way to do it? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Sep 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Cabinet arrangement in a bathroom remodel

We are about to have our master bathroom remodeled. I have picked tile and counters and fixtures and everything has gone great, but I am stuck on cabinets. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Aug 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Make my washroom pleasant

The place where I am temporarily living has one bathroom, and that room is pretty sorry. What small and inexpensive things can I do to make it better? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Jun 22, 2015 - 32 answers

DIY Bathroom Renovation for Dummies

Mrs. Karaage and I consider ourselves a low-intermediate home DIYers and are considering trying to renovate our basement bathroom ourselves, (while being willing to contract out plumbing and electrical). I’d like to hear from mefites who have done this before on their own and can share experiences and specific links/books/resources they’ve used to educate themselves for the project. [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Jun 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Tiling floor and walls in a small bathroom - help me do it well

I will soon be re-tiling the floor and walls of my small bathroom, after having a new subfloor installed, and old tiles removed and walls plastered. This is my first time tiling more than small mosaics for fun, and I want to hear your guidance, horror stories, and hard-learned lessons. [more inside]
posted by sldownard on May 31, 2015 - 13 answers

Do I need to rip up entire bathroom floor to replace broken lead pipes

We have a small bathroom (sink, toilet, small tub) on the second floor of our house that hasn't been touched since original construction (sometime in the 1950's). When using any of the three bathroom fixtures, water leaks through the ceiling below (just started last night after plunging the toilet). A plumber came out, took a look and said we'd need to rip up the entire floor as the pipes are all lead and the only solution is to remove entirely and replace with something newer. This sounds odd and expensive. Any advice/suggestions?
posted by thankyoumuchly on May 28, 2015 - 8 answers

What makes a good sink?

I have lived with lots of sinks. And I've treated them all basically the same. And sometimes the sink slowly clogs until it barely drains at all, and sometimes it doesn't. Even two sinks with the same, uhhh, drain hole (?) will act differently. Why could this be? [more inside]
posted by middlethird on May 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Why does my bathroom stink?

A few years ago, I had an attic fan installed to reduce heat build-up on the second floor of my home. Ever since, I have noticed foul sewage odors in my first-floor half bath. The odor is only present when the attic fan is running. What is causing the foul smell, and what can I do to solve this problem? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin on Apr 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Cool natural history poster for bathroom contemplation

We have a big, blank wall over the toilet in one of our bathrooms that several of us naturally spend, over the course of the week, a good number of minutes staring at. I'd like to find a graphically interesting, information-dense poster on some aspect of natural history, cosmology, geology, botany, etc. that I can put up there so that we can put this time to better use. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 20, 2015 - 18 answers

Show me more sconces like this one

I like this sconce (with the plain white shade) from Schoolhouse Electric but am wondering if there might be others available that are more affordable and/or that I might like even more. [more inside]
posted by contraption on Feb 28, 2015 - 6 answers

I THINK It's Toilet Paper...

What would lead to these very small toilet paper scraps ending up on the bathroom floor? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Feb 25, 2015 - 23 answers

Can I remove paint up to a line

So, I want to strip some (matt emulsion) paint off my (plaster) bathroom walls so that I can apply tiles to that section. But! I don't want to have to re-paint the whole room, so I only want to strip the paint up to a straight line where the tiles will end. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Feb 19, 2015 - 12 answers

What is he DOING in the bathroom?

I work in a small office. The boss of our group works remotely but is in town occasionally. One of my (male) coworkers tends to go to the washroom 1-2 times a day for periods of 20-40 minutes, when our boss is not in town, but abstains from this behaviour when the boss is around. What could he be doing in the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by sockermas on Jan 22, 2015 - 73 answers

Beauty of the 1980's: Mauve and gray, you guys. Mauve and gray.

Our bathroom is mauve and gray. Nothing major is in the cards as far as renovation. Is it possible to make mauve and gray work, and if so, how. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 16, 2015 - 35 answers

How can I clean stains caused by cleaning liquid?

I spilled some Kaboom on my toilet seat cover. How can I get the stain out? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Best Shaving Mirror?

I have been tasked with a very specific Christmas request: the best illuminated, magnifying shaving mirror available. That's the sole requirement. I think they'd also like if it had a reservable regular mirror side. What is the best illuminated, magnifying shaving mirror out there?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Help with bathroom fan that is driving me bonkers

The fan in one of our bathrooms has been working intermittently since I cleaned it (more inside)--most recently, it worked for a few weeks, but is having trouble again. It will start if I "jump start" it by starting it spinning, and then seems to run fine. Not sure what to do, but due to the fan's slightly odd size, I don't want to replace it (i.e., cut up my ceiling) if possible. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 14, 2014 - 8 answers

How to remove the cartridge from a Glacier Bay two-handle bathroom sink?

I have a leaky Glacier Bay two-handle bathroom sink. I am attempting to replace the cartridge(s) but I am stuck, and also have a question. More to follow... [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba on Oct 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Hindsight is 20/20

Please help me deal with the aftermath of a disastrous remodeling job. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Oct 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Bathroom light turning off

You are not my electrician but I was wondering if you might experienced this problem. My bathroom has a fluorescent light with a pull switch and a ventilation fan that comes on automatically. I think they run off the same circuit. The light normally comes on fine but after a while- probably about half an hour normally- the light goes off. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Oct 10, 2014 - 10 answers

replacing just the vanity

Is it possible to remove a tiled vanity (in one of those all-tile fifties bathrooms) without damaging the adjacent tile? I want to replace the vanity, but I don't want to redo the whole bathroom. [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Oct 2, 2014 - 12 answers

Who should pay for retiling the bathroom?

My tiles have fallen off in the bathroom, and it looks like the whole lot will need replacing. Who should pay for this? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Aug 26, 2014 - 22 answers

NYC plumbing cost. Recommendation for queens/north brooklyn plumbers?

We're doing a pre-war renovation in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC where our co-op requires we have a plumber replace the branch piping, new valves and shower pan for both the bathroom and the branch piping/valves in the kitchen. Questions: i) Is the below cost estimate reasonable. ii) Any recommendations of pre-war savvy licensed/insured plumbers in Queens or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 22, 2014 - 0 answers

Bathrooms are gross. Cleaning shouldn't be worse.

How do you clean your grody tiled bathroom floors -- without causing more mess to clean up now or later? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 21, 2014 - 30 answers

Help Me Finish My Sears-Kit Home's Bathroom!

I live in a 100 year old Sears kit home (Dutch colonial). I've partially renovated the upstairs bathroom (trying to be respectful of the period). Could use a little assistance with decor/painting/tiling choices! [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Aug 4, 2014 - 10 answers

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