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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
For the love of God, and WHY am I the only guy that doesn't do this? [more inside]
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]
Have to replace a toilet: what's the best one? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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!
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?
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
What would lead to these very small toilet paper scraps ending up on the bathroom floor? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I spilled some Kaboom on my toilet seat cover. How can I get the stain out? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Please help me deal with the aftermath of a disastrous remodeling job. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How do you clean your grody tiled bathroom floors -- without causing more mess to clean up now or later? [more inside]
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]
Middle Class home decoration tropes: I've noticed that even in homes with a very staid and conservative overall "look", that in the bathroom you will frequently find wall-hangings that evoke mild titillation, or demonstrate humorous scatology, or low-brow humor. Is this a real thing, or just overrepresented in the bathrooms I've seen most often (white, Midwestern, Protestant)? Or is it not a thing at all, and just confirmation bias on my part? [more inside]