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What is happening to our bathroom drywall? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Dec 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Do you close the bathroom door when you're home alone?

On the most recent episode of Homeland, a female shut the bathroom door during use, which allowed an intruder to make a clean exit. The people I watched this with were baffled as to why she would close the door when she was home alone. This is something I do 90% of the time, and after talking to some other people I'm definitely not alone in doing this. I'm just curious if this normal, a guy or girl thing, something cultural? I guess for me it just feels odd to have the door open while in the bathroom.
posted by signondiego on Nov 29, 2013 - 121 answers

How do you throw out tampons in a house with a minimum of yuckiness?

What is the best (most hygienic/cleanest/least gross) way to dispose of tampons at home if you can't flush them? Is there a specific type of bag for this? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Nov 11, 2013 - 54 answers

How to stop someone from urinating on the bathroom wall?

He urinates in the bathroom walls and uses the near by hand flush to wash it off. I have to shower next to this wall everyday. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sausagedoggie15 on Nov 11, 2013 - 31 answers


What are these tiny worms I found? Are they dangerous? And how to I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Nov 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Where can I source a (nice!) replacement vent grill for my bathroom?

I live in a co-op building (built in 1960) and the bathroom has a metal grille covering the bathroom vent. I'd like to replace the old, nasty grille with a nice stainless steel or brushed nickel version, but my google-fu is not turning up a suitable replacement. Anyone know where I can find one or have one made? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Oct 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Help identify a musty smell in a bathroom?

Our small main floor 2-piece bathroom has had a musty smell for the last couple of months. We can't seem to identify the source and aside from the smell there is no sign that anything is wrong. We had a plumber in and he spotted a very small amount of (orangy coloured) mould inside the toilet tank, but even after cleaning that up with MoldEx the smell has not abated. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Oct 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me un-SAD my bathroom

I recently moved. The only light in my bathroom is from five of these bulbs (with the smaller bases -- I don't know exactly what they're called) over the medicine cabinet. I'm wondering if there are nice, bright, LED (full spectrum?) SAD-fightin' bulbs, ideally with warm white light, that I could screw in in their place. Any additional brightness would be welcome to help my brain as I get ready for the day and the year gets darker (I have to get up very early for work). Thanks very much!
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Oct 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me kludge a shower

My wife and I are buying an old house in which the bathroom just has a tub, not a shower. We'd like to redo the bathroom and put in a proper shower before too long, but in the meantime we'd like to set up an all-around shower curtain and rig up a shower as inexpensively as possible. [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Oct 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Oh sticky, sticky, oh naughty, sneaky.

I want to attach a suction-cup soap dish in the shower. Suction cups don't work on my tiled bathroom walls. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Why does my bathroom sink smell?

My bathroom sink smells after I take a hot shower, any ideas why? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Oct 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Was walked in while doing #2. Feeling violated. Any ideas what to do?

I have anxiety when it comes to doing #2. I was recently walked in when doing so at a previously safe spot. Now, I don't know if I can feel comfortable going poop again at the university. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Oct 2, 2013 - 39 answers

Best Bubbly Bath Bomb?

I tried my first bath bomb/epsom salt mix a few days back and I loved it, but I wanted more. I want my tub to temporarly become a high powered jacuzzi. Where can I find ( or how can I make) the most aggressive, bubbly, foamy, churningly tingly bath time additive?
posted by The Whelk on Sep 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Are 24"x12" wall tiles too big for a standard 5' bathtub surround?

We fell in love with some large travertine tiles but I'm worried that they may not be appropriate to the size of our bathroom. The large-sized wall tile examples I see online are all in big rooms with soaker tubs or oversized walk-in showers. I can't tell if this is because large tiles aren't suitable to "real world" bathroom sizes or if these floor-to-ceiling applications just showcase the tiles better. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Sep 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Turn my tiny bathroom into a spa--with a new bathtub.

My existing claw foot tub doesn't fill deep enough. I would like to replace it with a deep soaking tub, of course for the best value possible. Give me your ideas please. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Aug 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Nice bathroom, but where do I put my stuff?

Need lots more storage in my cramped bathroom, but don't know how. Would prefer something that works well and looks nice, and doesn't require drilling or otherwise altering the walls. More details and pictures too after the break [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jul 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Caring for brand new tile and grout

When our bathroom renovation is complete this week, our house will have tile and grout for the very first time: white subway tile with light gray grout on the shower walls and porcelain faux slate with dark gray grout on the floor. How do we keep it clean? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Jun 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Bathroom Design Color Mismatch

Bathroom renovation snafu. The adobe-colored corian stripes in the shower don't quite work with the dark brown floor tile. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jun 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Ulcerative Colitis Filter: Tell me about your poop.

Am I normal? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Jun 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Is my employer legally allowed to track where I go during work?

I work a desk job in an office building. There are about 4 doors on our floor that require a keycard to access. One leads to a bathroom, the other leads to the kitchen, which has the coffee maker and water fountain. The other two go to other departments. My employer has notified me that they have registered a very high frequency of passing through these doors. They run reports on what keycards are used to open doors, and how often they are used. I drink a lot of water and coffee at work an urinate frequently, hence my passing through these doors. Can they legally do this? Can they punish me in any way? Obviously, I'm in the US.
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Jun 24, 2013 - 33 answers

Help me understand towel terminology

Towel buying noob here. I'm after new bath towels and the towel marketing world has moved on since I last bought towels when there was a choice of crappy, OK and expensive. Now there's all talk about combed cotton, Egyptian cotton, pile length, grams per square metre and I don't understand any of it. Please enlighten me you froody mefites who always know where their towel is. Requirements (not many! we're talking about towels here) inside. [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Jun 10, 2013 - 16 answers

A bathroom question: What looks good on the counter?

It's a weird question, I know, but my bathroom has a weird counter. The sink sits on the far left. On the far right, there's a hand-towel hung from a loop on the wall. But there's an awkward empty counter space between the two. I'm not looking to fill the space. I just feel like something should be sitting there against the rear of the counter to make the space look not so empty. But what? I'm a single bachelor, so yeah, this is as much a question about style as it is about functionality. Even strange suggestions are welcome! I have a nice dispenser of hand soap by the sink. Other than that, there's nothing on the counter and it looks like there should be. Like I said, it's a weird question, but it's bugged me for a while so I figured I'd ask the hive mind. What looks good on a bathroom counter?
posted by Mr Ected on May 3, 2013 - 50 answers

Keep Water Off My Bathroom Counter

The counter for my bathroom sink sits below the level of the counter (picture). When the water is turned off, or the soap dispenser used, water dripping off hands gets all over the counter and eventually runs to the edge of the counter onto the floor. I want this to stop. The fix for the faucet is to find a new faucet. But I'm not sure what to do about the soap dispenser. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Mar 31, 2013 - 6 answers

Best. Toilet. EVER

I would like to buy an amazing toilet for our home. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Mar 23, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I wipe "front to back" without making a mess?

Ok. I can't believe I'm even asking this question, but here goes: How does a woman effectively wipe "front to back" after urinating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I unbend a towel rack?

I have a cylindrical towel rack that is bent. I need to unbend it. How can I do this without damaging it further? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 7, 2013 - 16 answers

What is this thing in my friend's bathroom?

My friend has this thing in her bathroom beside the sink and she doesn't know what it is. It was there when she moved in and the former owners are long gone. Does anyone know what it does and does it have an official name? Like, would I be able to find a new one in a store? Here is a small gallery of 3 photos I took of it. Thank you!
posted by Sully on Mar 4, 2013 - 5 answers

My bathroom is so gross.

I bought a house last year that I've been continually remodeling & up next is the bathroom in the basement. However, the walls really confuse me. What are my options? Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

why do men spit in urinals and keep flushing while pissing?

OK, weird question this week, but I have wondered about this for a while. I've noticed in public bathrooms there are a lot of men who either 1) spit in the urinal continuously while peeing or 2) keep pulling the flush handle while standing there pissing or 3) do both of these at the same time. I'm sure there are multiple reasons for why to do this, but I am curious as to your speculations about why they are doing it. Is the spitting some way of being macho? Is the constant flushing some way of disposing that which is "dirty"? the "normative" behavior is to piss and then flush, so why this variant (which also wastes a lot of water BTW)? Why the combination of both spitting and flushing? I think we may reveal something about male psychology or social ideology here.
posted by cmp4Meta on Feb 17, 2013 - 18 answers

What will fit into this oddly shaped bathroom space?

We're redoing a bathroom in a house we plan to sell. It's a very old house, so nothing is quite standard. Between the new sink cabinet and the stacked washer / dryer there is a space that's about 10 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 80 inches high. We'd like to make it functional in some way. It also should look nice. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Feb 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Keep trying to remove the trap arm, cut it, or give up?

60-year-old house, trap arm and drain/vent are galvanized, trap arm is rusty and I want to remove it. Or should I cut it, or hire someone to do it for me? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jan 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Locking a Bi-Fold door

Can anyone think of a reliable, simple and compact way to lock a two part/bi-fold door? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jan 13, 2013 - 14 answers

1950s Bathroom / Bar Graffiti

I'm helping the art director on a 1950s period webisode series. There are a few shots which are inside of a bar bathroom. We're interested in recreating graffiti that would have existed in that era and before, since the bar has been open about twenty years. I've come across references to 'Kilroy was here', but not much else. Can anyone help me out?
posted by edaptlab on Dec 31, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I get this mildewy mess out of my bathroom?

Water collects in a recessed area on the edge of my tub. How do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Dec 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Stinky shower drain! I tried bleach/hotwater method, but is it time to call the plumber?

Stinky shower drain! I tried bleach/hotwater method, but is it time to call the plumber? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Nov 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Using wood for a shower floor

I am having my bathroom professionally remodeled and I am strongly considering having the shower floor made out of wood (most likely Teak or Ipe), resting over conventional concrete drainage. Any experience, advice or vendor referrals from people who have done this or from professionals would be appreciated. I'm particularly concerned with the ongoing maintenance and durability compared to traditional pebble or tile shower flooring. Is it worth the elegance and tactile comfort enhancements? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 on Nov 15, 2012 - 8 answers

What's this weird bathroom cabinet-like thing for?

My friend's apartment had a small fixture in the bathroom that I've never seen before. Help me identify it. [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Oct 23, 2012 - 12 answers

my toilet is talking back to me

After fixing a clog last week, my toilet is making loud gurgling sounds each time it flushes. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Help us keep the water in the tub

Need your experiences with bathtub door/screen that doesn't cover the width of the tub. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Oct 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Hot air heater for a cold damp bathroom?

Can anyone recommend a sub $100 heater for a bathroom? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Sep 29, 2012 - 14 answers

my business ain't nobody's business

Help me write a funny, effective, non-shaming sign asking people to please not talk on their cellphones in the office restroom. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Sep 27, 2012 - 27 answers

There's a hole in the countertop, dear Liza, dear Liza

What should we do with this big 1'x2.5' hole in the top of a bathroom countertop? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for no-rot baseboard corner blocks

Where do I find no-rot (PVC, plastic, etc.) baseboard corner blocks for a bathroom? I found the trim easy enough, but the corner blocks I can find are all wood. Please help me not have to miter cut. (Already tried HD and Lowes)
posted by BeeDo on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there an optimal way to hang towels on a heated towel rail?

Is there an optimal way to hang towels on a heated towel rail? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Aug 8, 2012 - 6 answers

The chisel isn't cutting it. No, seriously, it's not cutting at all.

How do I remove a small concrete shower pan lip without losing my sanity in the process? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Aug 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Is my landlord right about air circulation & mold prevention?

Landlord is very insistent that if we don't open our bathroom window a particular way, the air will not circulate and the mold will take over and also there will be doom. Does he know what he's talking about? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 23, 2012 - 24 answers

Water water everywhere.

Why is my bathroom "sweating" after a shower? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Jul 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me find an urban-friendly contractor to renovate our condo!

Renovating a condo for the first time in downtown Toronto: How do we find great contractors and designers? How do we get started? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jul 2, 2012 - 2 answers

hey, it's better than socks

Do you have FABULOUS bath towels? Tell me about them! [more inside]
posted by Bebo on Jun 26, 2012 - 33 answers

They both seem right Which one is righter?

Sink first or tile first? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jun 24, 2012 - 11 answers

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