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Kotatsu Question: please recommend floor chairs

I need some floor chairs for a kotatsu. I've never used one before so I don't know what to look for. What is a good price for a floor chair that will last about 3 years? Are there particularly "ergonomic" floor chairs? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Sep 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Best way to clean old wood floor.

My new place has an old hard wood floor that is in serious disrepair. Patched by metal signs, covered in particle board in parts. What is the best way to clean them? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 18, 2014 - 6 answers

8" floor joists, 15' span

I am putting an addition on an old house that has 8" floor joists. For various reasons, it's very problematic to change the ceiling height between the original house and the addition. However, the smallest engineered floor joist I can find is 9 1/2". Code allows me to span 15'7" with 2x8" on 12" center. That's currently the only option I have, however, I've been told my floor will be bouncy.'' Is there anything else I should be considering?
posted by alcahofa on Jul 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Ceiling crack - should I still buy the house?

We went to view a house yesterday that we would love to buy - this is in England. It's a gorgeous old Victorian house built in 1877 and it has a lot of good qualities. Not so good, however, is a crack in the ceiling that runs along the length of the living room and dining room ceilings in a straight line. And the floor upstairs is kinda bouncy and squeaky around this area. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Mar 12, 2014 - 20 answers

Creative ways to spruce up an apartment kitchen floor

I rent an apartment with a water-damaged kitchen floor. The flooring has permanent stains on it that I want to hide. The landlord won't pay for the full-scale subfloor repair that would be necessary to renovate it nicely. I thought we could just paper it over with a new layer of vinyl flooring but a workman took one look at it and said he couldn't work with such a damaged floor, without a major renovation. I wonder what the best cheap way would be to just hide the stains and make the kitchen look civilized? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Dec 4, 2013 - 25 answers

Peroxide for Urine Stain on Hardwood Floors?

I am renting a house with nice, very old wooden floors, and I just discovered a 20" square dog-urine stain under a box I had on the floor. For some reason, it never smelled until I moved the box, so it may have been there for a long time. It has clearly soaked the wood. I'm extremely embarrassed. What are my options? I've read an earlier askme post where the conclusions are basically that replacing the floorboards is the only option. But it might have only been there for a day - is there anything I can try first, in case I can clean it up myself before it turns into a huge expense? I've done a bit of searching and found some testimonials about covering with hydrogen peroxide soaked rags. Is that worth a try?
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Flor tiles on stairs. Bad idea?

We're tossing the old carpet and getting the hardwood floors refinished. So happy. We've looked at Flor tiles for the hallway, but what about the stairs? Will they be secure enough? Flooooooorrrr!
posted by smelvis on Aug 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Painted tile floor - something to paint on for a durable finish?

My wife and I are redoing a powder room that had some hideous tiles on the floor. We have neither the time nor the money to redo the tiles, so we've decided to paint over them in a semi-gloss white. [more inside]
posted by fso on Jul 20, 2013 - 9 answers

I need you to go to the mat for me.

Sometime in 2009, I bought a few of these floor mats from Costco. They're 36" x 23", have a rubberized grippy backing, a soft top texture, and are not padded. Costco hasn't carried them for some time, and I haven't seen them anywhere else. Now they're starting to fade and fray and I regret not buying more when I could! Has anyone seen this identical mat pattern and style available somewhere recently? I know it's kind of a longshot, but these are a brilliant match for my home decor. Thanks!
posted by planetesimal on Jul 7, 2013 - 1 answer

Where to buy floor heat vent covers?

I want to replace my floor heat vent covers with solid metal plates but my Amazon-fu and Google-fu are failing me. Online shopping geniuses of MetaFilter, please hope me! I'm in the USA. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Jun 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Hardwood floor woes

We may have made our already-ruined wood floor worse. How can we fix this, at least temporarily? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on May 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Reflooring part of a rental property (kitchen and living room).

My boyfriend owns a house in North Florida that needs to have the floors in the kitchen and living room redone. He rents out the house. He's looking for a good 'middle way': not expensive, but not so cheap that it will have to be replaced soon; nice, but not so nice that it it might get easily damaged by renters (nor ugly, which would lower rent value). N.B.: the price has to include installation since he won't be around to install it himself. Any suggestions for what types of flooring he should look at, especially given N. Florida's climate?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me clean my old gross quarry tile

I recently moved into an older apartment with many quirks and charms. The floor is not one of them. It's quarry tile, like you find in restaurant kitchens, and it is disgusting. At one point it had been sealed or varnished, and the sealant is now peeling off. The grey grout looks like someone mashed dirt into it even after it's been scrubbed with Comet. Help! [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Apr 8, 2013 - 17 answers

What is the best way to insulate the floor of my cold flat?

We live in a first floor flat with an empty space (the entrance to the under-flat car park) below us. Although it's a modern flat with supposedly high insulation, the floor in the lounge seems very cold and draughty and the heating takes ages to warm the place up. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Feb 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Half-Remembered Quote From Cathedral Floor

Back in 2005, I visited St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York with a friend of mine. Recently he asked if I remembered a quote engraved on the floor, something to the effect of, "Forget the [...], take up the chorus". While this sounds very familiar to me, I can't recall the full quote or the source. I remember it was part of a series of quotes engraved on the floor, mostly from (I believe) 20th-century writers and thinkers. Other than that, I'm stuck.
posted by Yiggs on Jan 31, 2013 - 4 answers

My back... it hurts! And I'm so tired.

Help save our Christmas! My wife and I are sleeping on the basement floor of my parent's house during Christmas week. We've stayed on a queen-sized inflatable mattress before and it is incredibly uncomfortable. Any recommendations for alternatives? [more inside]
posted by swhitt on Dec 12, 2012 - 22 answers

Wood floor gunky glue begone

How do I remove a thin layer of vinyl tile backing glue from a hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by baggers on Dec 8, 2012 - 10 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

Hardwood floors: can an amateur do a decent job refinishing?

I need some advice about refinishing hardwood floors. Is this something I can do on my own? I've done plenty of research but I want to try and collect input from DIYers with actual experience. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Oct 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor?

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor? [more inside]
posted by joshwebb on Sep 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Wax On, Wax Off

Floor wax alternative to Bruce Liquid Paste Wax with Cleaner? [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Sep 24, 2012 - 0 answers

Grating grates!

I recently had the hardwood floors redone. The floor guy did a great job, except dropped the ball in the floor registers, now what? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Need to clean nail polish stain off hardwood floor, help!

Doing cleaning for moving out. We had nail polish stain on our hardwood floor. Need advice how to clean it up. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Aug 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Carpet common?

So I'd like to know if homes built in the USA in 1958 commonly had wood floors and it is possible this owner added the carpet later. If true we'd have hope that the wood below has possibility for restoration. [more inside]
posted by usermac on Jul 20, 2012 - 21 answers

My laminate wood flooring creaks and cracks!

My laminate wood floor creaks like crazy. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jul 8, 2012 - 9 answers

What's the Catch?

What is the difference in quality between Home Depot/Lowe's porcelain tile and that from a specialty tile store? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 3, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I set up a mildew-free workout space in my unfinished basement?

I want to use my unfinished basement as a workout space and have laid down some interlocking foam tiles on the bare concrete floor. However, the floor under the tiles has started showing mildew after a few weeks in place. How can I set up a comfortable workout space in a typically humid but not wet basement without having to lift the tiles every couple of months to scrub out the mildew? [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on Feb 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Is there a way to level a wood floor?

Leveling a wooden plank floor to install tile, for dummies. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Installing hydronic radiant floor heating when building a new house?

Installing hydronic radiant floor heating when building a new house? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Feb 1, 2012 - 8 answers

The ever-so-slightly-split-level living room

My living room is on two ever-so-slightly different levels; is this going to cause problems when it comes to laying a carpet? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Jan 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Best way to sit on the floor?

I sit on the floor a lot. It's uncomfortable and difficult to sustain. Please share with me your techniques and poses to help me achieve this. Bonus points for Alexander-related techniques.
posted by tel3path on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Floor by the door chore

Do I absolutely need cement board under my tiles? What happens if I don't use it? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Nov 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Insulating a small brick area.

How can I insulate under my front door? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Like my great-uncle's back hair.

Will my rug shed forever? [more inside]
posted by TallulahBankhead on Oct 16, 2011 - 5 answers

The Crumbs Remain

I have a small, tile, kitchen floor (small space, largish tiles). What is the best swiffer-type product to use after sweeping to get the last bit of dirt and crumbs that are left? Or is a traditional mop still the best bet?
posted by nadawi on Oct 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Hope my uterus

Looking for non-surgical ways to stop/improve the condition of a uterine prolapse. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Moving Out Of My Apartment - And Discovering The Floor Is Scuffed

I'm moving out of my apartment at the end of the month—and we've discovered that the hardwood floor in our office is moderately scuffed up as a result of a rolling office chair that's dug a bit into the floor. Can we fix this? Pictures and other details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 19, 2011 - 15 answers

I may have just lost my deposit

Is there anything I can do about this relatively small stain on my hardwood floors? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Where does sex typically happen for people without beds?

Where do couples from floor-sleeping countries have sex? [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie on Jul 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Best seat in the Arclight Dome?

What are the best seats in the Arclight Dome theater in Hollywood? [more inside]
posted by the other side on Jun 24, 2011 - 4 answers

A different type of planking

Any ideas what this type of flooring is? [more inside]
posted by timshel on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Liquid vinyl or epoxy floor covering for plywood floor in "cat room"?

What options can you suggest for replacing carpet in a "catbox room" with something moisture-resistant and easily cleaned? Some of the cats occasionally get confused and miss the boxes. The sub-floor is plywood. I've been thinking along the lines of the 2-part epoxy coating I applied to the concrete garage floor several years ago, but don't know if it works well on wood, which flexes. Flooring companies have pointed out problems with conventional floor coverings either absorbing or being etched by cat urine. The room has a wood-burning stove in it, so something that won't burst into flame if exposed to an occasional ember would be best. X/
posted by Death by Ugabooga on May 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me improve my floor!

Can we paint our dull, lousy-looking laminated timber floors? [more inside]
posted by lottie on May 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Is it unsanitary to do yoga on shared bathroom floor?

Is it unsanitary to do yoga on the bathroom floor? [more inside]
posted by defmute on May 15, 2011 - 29 answers

laminate flooring - HELP

Hi everyone, I am thinking of putting in (DIY) laminate floorboards from Bunnings (australia) into my open plan kitchen/living area. Does anyone have any experience with the the boards from Bunnings or any other useful advice, thoughts or opinions. [more inside]
posted by katelizabeth on May 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Am I moving to a decent apartment or a human kiln?

Has anyone survived a Texas summer (or a similar hell-like environment) living in a second story 110 year old building that has floor vents for air conditioning? Yeehaw. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Apr 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Choosing shower floor tile shouldn't be this hard.

Now I need help choosing tile for the shower floor. Is the one I picked going to hurt me? I know you are not my tile setter but I've got to order tile soon. Testing the tile before ordering is not an option. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

What type of flooring should I install in my home gym/dance studio?

I'm building an addition to my home which will include a dance studio/gym area. Looking for advice on what sort of flooring to install. Activities will include pole dancing, might include ballet, yoga, tae kwon do and falling down a lot. I want cushiony floor for the falling, but floor that I can spin around on and slide across for the actual "moves". Do you have any experiences/advice to share on flooring?
posted by Hobbit on Feb 10, 2011 - 9 answers

christmas is ruined

How do I remove nailpolish from a wooden floor? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Dec 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Padded Room With a View

Soft Floors - are there any reasons not to use those interlocking foam squares as a floor covering? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Nov 12, 2010 - 15 answers

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