What's the best light bulb option these days? I need to replace the bulbs in my bathroom (9, 40 watt bulbs currently). Lights are typically on for about 20 minutes a day. Occasional they'll be on and off quickly. There are no windows. I want to be environmentally conscious, but price does factor in at some level. [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Jul 22, 2008 -
AskMe, I need a new toilet! The one we have now just isn't cutting it, so to speak... [more inside]
posted by DMan
on Jul 2, 2008 -
Real Estate Filter! I'm thinking of doing a little addition to my house which would add bigger closets, create a bigger master bedroom and add another bathroom. I'm considering one feature which I can't decide whether it would be too weird or not... [more inside]
posted by amanda
on Jul 1, 2008 -
Seen any pretty shower curtains? Bonus points for colorful, abstract designs.
(Also, are there any tricks to keep mildew from savaging the part that drags against the tub?)
posted by lester the unlikely
on Jun 2, 2008 -
We just bought a house, and the bathroom fan currently vents into the attic. I know this isn't good, and I have done a bunch of googling, but I still have questions. Like: who should do the work -- a roofer, a handyman, someone else? Is it better to vent through the roof or through the wall, as our handyman suggests? Any other things I should know?
posted by trillian
on May 14, 2008 -
This question has to do with number 1 and number 2. So if you're not interested in reading about bathroom things skip this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 30, 2008 -
I'm doing my bathroom over with marble for the floor and tub/shower surround area. How do I trim that area around the tub/shower? [more inside]
posted by beccaj
on Apr 10, 2008 -
I have about a week or so to find some of this carpet.
Yep, it is that stuff that's everywhere. You probably even have 3 rolls of it under your house as we speak. It's almost safe to say, at some point, you really did have like 3 rolls of it - what did you do with them?!! Where should I inquire about getting a scrap of it?? (30cm/12inch -sq.) Demolition.. people? The dump? Is there like an Elephants Graveyard but for carpet??
Also.. I need a hand with repairing melamine/laminex?? ( Bathroom vanity
and a cupboard
). And (omg!) this blind
( /s)... [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har
on Apr 2, 2008 -
Certain people in our office *have* to talk to me if we're in the bathroom at the same time. No, they can't come into my office before or after, they just have to talk to me while we're in the freaking bathroom. What's a good way to politely but firmly tell them "hey, let's talk shop outside of the bathroom, when I'm not holding my private bits!" I mean, I'm not the kind of guy that thinks it's gross or anything like that. But I think it's kind'a rude and a real imposition.
posted by edjusted
on Mar 28, 2008 -
I'm looking for some way to find (or at least ask google) about an oddly-shaped ceramic tile I recently saw. [more inside]
posted by sluggo
on Mar 25, 2008 -
The previous owners of my house obviously painted the bathroom ceiling with the wrong kind of paint. I now have extensive mold growth. Do I have any options, other than ripping the ceiling out and starting over? [more inside]
posted by davebush
on Mar 16, 2008 -
[ToiletMysteryFilter]Why would someone clog a public toilet with paper every day? [more inside]
posted by dubold
on Mar 14, 2008 -
2 part question:
1) We found a mushroom in the bathroom this morning. I crawled into the crawlspace and pulled down the insulation and the subflooring (?) is all wet. I know I need to call someone but is it a plumber, a handyman or a hazmat team? Everything I have read (including this
) just say "call a professional".
2) Is this something which I should file a homeowners insurance claim on (AllState)? My wife thinks that doing that will just make our rates go up and eventually cause us to get blacklisted by the insurance company. I think that I have insurance for just such an occasion.
And yes, I am totally freaked out and disgusted by this and worried that it explains why my son and I both wake up with headaches and congestion every morning.
posted by GrumpyMonkey
on Mar 10, 2008 -
What do people do in public bathrooms (besides the obvious) that takes so long? Why am I quicker at it? [more inside]
posted by Gucky
on Feb 1, 2008 -
After what has felt like months of waiting, it now looks as though I may very soon have a new flat (yay!) and need builders to carry out renovations in that flat. Although several friends of mine have made recommendations, I am having trouble finding recommended builders who work in (very) central London, WC1 to be precise. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc
on Nov 25, 2007 -
I just moved and have a new job that will, fortunately, give me the opportunity to purchase nice furniture for the first time in my life. I'm more into modern designs, but with a quality touch. If there is a manufacturer that makes super high quality, modern stuff that would be the ticket for me. Anyway, I'm looking for online stores to shop on. I'm looking for literally everything a typical two person home needs. We currently have no furniture save a recliner, so we need a lot!
I'll admit I don't know the first thing about design, furniture history, etc. But I do want to learn. The ideal shops will offer quality and education.
I'm not looking for IKEA or super cheap options.
Basically, just give me some links of some kick ass online furniture and furnishing joints!
posted by Bob Dobbs
on Nov 16, 2007 -
There's a mushroom growing from the grout under our bath tub. How do I effectively get rid of it (are there fungicides I can use?) and how can we prevent it from coming back? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud
on Nov 6, 2007 -
Why dont they make a "garbage disposal" for my shower drain as well as my toilet? Or do they? [more inside]
posted by jak68
on Oct 16, 2007 -
Remodeling bathroom, and looking all over the web. Question: any tips for searching, sites that I should check out? And are the tubs and vanities listed on Costco online good or crap? All help appreciated, hivers. [more inside]
posted by Arch1
on Sep 4, 2007 -
Are bathroom hand dryers REALLY unsanitary? A co-worker claims she doesn't use them because they blow contaminated air on your hands. I'm not finding a lot of evidence online. I'm specifically interested in scientific proof or a scientific argument either way.
posted by anonymous
on Aug 30, 2007 -
When I turn the cold water tap, the faucets in my upstairs bathroom are putting out room temperature water. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by ND¢
on Aug 23, 2007 -
Why would a sink in a public bathroom which had an automatic water sensor suddenly turn on even though there was no one nearby? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee
on Aug 16, 2007 -
I am regrouting my basement bathroom tile, and as I look down at the sandy mess at my feet, I am wondering how to clean it! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey
on Aug 1, 2007 -
I'm a pretty hairy guy all over -- and I've got long hair on my head to boot. The problem is that I shed, from pretty much everywhere -- but luckily not so much from the head. How can I be a good roommate and clean up after myself in the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud
on Jul 31, 2007 -
I'm going to do what seems to me to be a rather weird craft/decorating project, and I'm not 100% sure how to not screw it up. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven
on Jul 8, 2007 -
I've run out of money on our house remodel and still need to do a downstairs bathroom. Any suggestions for finding some affordable, modern-looking bathroom sink/vanity combos online -- like this unit from Ikea? [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on May 30, 2007 -
My family has mold growing on the lower portions of inside of the walls in the central area of our 15-year-old home. We're getting the house sprayed, but the price the contractor gave us seems extremely high. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by silasjones
on May 9, 2007 -
I have a vision for decorating my bathroom. It sort of involves an amateurish take on trompe-l'oeil -- I know I've seen it before, but I can't think of where. I'm hoping the Hive can put me on the right path to creativity. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby
on May 8, 2007 -