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Insulation Information?

Our house is a small Cape, with a crawlspace attic. We’re going to get a home energy audit in the next couple of weeks, and the insulation of the attic is of particular concern for us, as it really gets quite warm on our second floor. Can I get your insulation wisdom here? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Ask the milkman, white with foam.

Is there something I could add to whole milk that would make it froth better without affecting it negatively in some other way? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Jul 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Sofa, not so good

I need new sofa cushions. Help! [more inside]
posted by dudekiller on Sep 15, 2013 - 2 answers

What kind of foam cuts well on a router-based CNC machine?

I have a CNC machine and I usually use it to cut plastic, wood, metal, etc. But recently I've been doing a lot of my own g-code programming and I'd like to do some testing with foam materials. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Sep 13, 2013 - 16 answers

Where can I find this set of (foam) children's chairs?

Our local bookstore has a great children's play/reading area. In that area, there is a (child-sized) chair and table set. The chairs look like this. The table is a similar pattern. They seem to be made of some kind of high-density foam - they are sturdy and moderately heavy for their size, but have some "give" to them; they are not wood or plastic. I can't see any markings on the chairs or the table and no one at the store knew where they were from. Any ideas of where I can find these?
posted by Betelgeuse on Aug 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Hey, what's in these things I put my head on every night?

Mr. K brought home 2 foam pillows for $10 from Costco, and my immediate reaction was "Gack. What do they out in them to be able to sell them for $5 each?" Then I remembered that I have actually never thought much about pillow insides. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Mar 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Glass in gun cases?

I have noticed that in most portable gun cases which are hard plastic on the outside with a foam core inside there seems to be pieces of shiny glass embedded in the foam. I have only noticed this in gun case foam not other types of foam for example, the foam inside couch cushions or bedding. Why would they put glass inside gun case foam?
posted by john123357 on Jan 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Polyester-friendly way to remove/dissolve Oasis wet floral foam

How to remove/dissolve Oasis wet floral foam? Problem: must be polyester friendly. [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee on Dec 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Comfortable, cool, allergy-friendly bed setup?

Our bed has reached the end of its life. Best foam bed setup for side-sleeper comfort, cool sleeping, and allergy symptom reduction? We're considering latex. [more inside]
posted by moira on Nov 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me work with green high density foam

I am at the "what have I gotten myself into THIS year?" portion of the costume making season and am struggling with my material choice - 1 inch thick green high density foam. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Oct 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Foam or liqud soap?

Does foam hand soap work as well as liquid soap for cleaning purposes? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

How to pick a good memory foam mattress.

Anyone still recommend the Sleep Innovation Memory Foam Mattress after owning it for awhile? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Sep 12, 2012 - 16 answers

What sort of mattress topper won't cause overheating in bed?

I need a mattress topper that will dampen the effect of my husband rolling over in bed without causing overheating. I like memory foam, but am worried it will be too hot, especially in summer. What would people recommend? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 6, 2012 - 11 answers

How to clean a foam mattress topper?

How to clean a foam mattress topper? [more inside]
posted by cupcakemuffin on Apr 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me rehab my spa pillows

Spa Pillow Rehab? Looking for suggestions on how to replace "skin" over foam spa pillows. [more inside]
posted by Big_B on Mar 22, 2012 - 1 answer

Memory foam mattress. What's the winner?

I need a new mattress. I'm looking at memory foam and would like to keep the costs down to $500-600. What is the winner? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Mar 16, 2012 - 30 answers

Where can I buy a nice box and some foam in Vancouver?

Where can I buy a nice box and some foam in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on Mar 12, 2012 - 4 answers

We would like to purchase a shikibuton (folding foam bed) somewhere in eastern Massachusetts this weekend.

We would like to purchase a shikibuton (folding foam bed) somewhere in eastern Massachusetts this weekend. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on Mar 2, 2012 - 5 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 aluminum foam strong? Or just really cool looking?

Aluminum foam is said to have a compression strength of ~350 psi. Does this mean that it can support up to 350 pounds of stuff on top of it before it crushes? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Dec 5, 2011 - 17 answers

Differences in mattress foam thickness?

What's the difference between 2" versus 4" egg crate mattress foam? Is the larger one worth the extra cost? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Aug 13, 2011 - 4 answers

My fiancee would murder me if I murdered the baby birds.

When can I fix this hole in my house without killing the baby birds? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Apr 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Why does nose-oil make the foam go away?

Why does nose-oil eliminate the foam from carbonated beverages? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Apr 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Another thrilling Tempur Pedic mattress question...

I'm going to get a Tempur Pedic mattress, and would like some advice on the particulars. [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Jan 22, 2011 - 13 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

Easiest and/or best way to repair a small hole in a brick wall?

DIYFilter: I have a small hole in a brick wall. Can I use expanding-foam to repair it? [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Oct 23, 2010 - 5 answers

I guess Victorians had better blankets

Insulating my attic cathedral ceiling, but I'm trying to be (a little) cheap about it. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Sep 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Make the Foam Stick to the Wall

What is the best adhesive to use to permanently affix Auralex acoustic treatment foam tiles to cinder block walls? I'd like it to be strong, but not impossible to remove in the future. I don't want any glue to soak through (about 1.5" of foam). Small job, just need the best glue.
posted by fourcheesemac on Sep 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Purchasing/Owning Experiences with Latex Mattresses

latex mattresses: seeking reviews of vendors, experiences w/returns, etc. more inside. [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones on Feb 22, 2010 - 6 answers

You can do almost anything with a Pelican...

Pelican-question: I need to transport some heavy equipment in medium-sized Pelican cases. The default soft gray pick-and-pluck foam is too soft and compressible for this purpose. I'm looking for a source to buy sheets or blocks of a very dense black foam that can be cut to my custom shapes with a hot wire knife. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Foam Bookmarks, the fewer the better!

Can you help me find these foam bookmarks in quantities of less than 72? [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Dec 12, 2009 - 9 answers

What malleable substance can be shaped like clay for craft projects but turns out lighter like styrofoam once hardened and dried?

Does this substance exist? Arts & crafts people or hardware store people: for a craft project, I want a material that is malleable like clay but winds up lighter-weight like styrofoam/polystyrene once it has set and hardened. Maybe it it's dispensed from a tube or can? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz on Nov 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Best Tempurpedic Alternative

Does anyone know of the best alternatives to a Tempurpedic matress? They are just too expensive for me to justify purchasing, but I love the way they feel. I have been researching memory foam mattresses, but it is very hard to filter out the hype and get real information. First hand accounts from the hivemind would be greatly appreciated.
posted by gogomickey on Aug 26, 2009 - 14 answers

Foam top mattress way too hot

How can I make my foam-topped mattress less hot? [more inside]
posted by Majorita on Jun 26, 2009 - 11 answers

How no more sideways beer foam?

Is there a trick to having my bottle of beer NOT foam over when I open it? [more inside]
posted by chococat on Jun 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Something better than the (packing) peanut gallery.

I need to buy packaging/shipping foam from a brick-and-mortar store in Northern VA. Is there such a place? [more inside]
posted by hellogoodbye on Jun 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Throwing a party, where can I get a foam machine?

Throwing a party, where can I get a foam machine? Hosting a party on Friday in the Philadelphia area. Cant seem to find a place to get a foam machine (either online or brick and mortar). Any recommendations/suggestions?
posted by Blandanomics on Feb 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me buy a foam mattress on a budget

How can I find the best foam mattress on a limited (<$400) budget? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 13, 2009 - 8 answers

Dried Foam is nasty.

Help me remove some nasty, dried upholstery foam from a Church pew. [more inside]
posted by god hates math on Feb 10, 2009 - 9 answers

[Consumer Filter] Memory Foam mattress recommendations?

What are your memory foam mattress recommendations and experiences? [more inside]
posted by gnash on Jan 27, 2009 - 29 answers

You know in the movies when they have a briefcase with a pistol in it, and it's embedded in some sort of foam that's cut out so that it hugs the gun perfectly?

You know in the movies when they have a briefcase with a pistol in it, and it's embedded in some sort of foam that's cut out so that it hugs the gun perfectly? [more inside]
posted by Glendale on Nov 18, 2008 - 20 answers

Wherefore foams?

What is the point of foams in modern cooking? Is it for taste, or presentation, or just to be innovative?
posted by smackfu on Sep 27, 2008 - 10 answers

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing?

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing? I assembled a new Ikea Karlstad sofa five days ago, and while the odor has decreased a bit, it still smells. Worse, there's some VOC that irritates my nose and throat after I sit on it for half an hour or so, which is rather worrying. (My wife gets the same 'acrid feeling' too.) [more inside]
posted by sebastienbailard on Aug 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Good uses for an old memory foam mattress topper?

I have an old 3" memory foam full size mattress topper laying out in my garage. Looking for some DIY projects or ideas as to what I can do with this foam, as opposed to tossing it out or trying to sell on craigslist. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Aug 18, 2008 - 8 answers

I wash my ears regularly, I swear...

How do I wash / clean foam earplugs (specifically, these ones) without completely ruining them? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jan 7, 2008 - 17 answers

Steamy milk, coming right up.

What's the best tool (besides an espresso maker) to generate some nice, foamy milk for cafe au laits? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Oct 29, 2007 - 21 answers

Where do I get foam for my cans?

I need to replace the approx 3" diameter foam discs on my Beyerdynamic headphones - the ones that sit between the baffle and the driver. There's no information on the Beyerdynamic site, and I had this problem with Sennheiser before - these things are damn hard to come by (I know that Sennheiser make spares, but finding the ones that fit your cans is another story). Can I just make my own? Where would I go to buy thin foam that would feel nice pressed against my ears on a daily basis? Any other suggestions?
posted by russmail on Sep 8, 2007 - 3 answers

Conditioning Shampoo

Why doesn't conditioner lather like shampoo? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Aug 29, 2007 - 18 answers

Replacement foam for a larger Pelican case

Need to some replacement foam for a larger Pelican case. [more inside]
posted by hobbes on Jun 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Where do I get a rigid queen-sized board for a foam mattress

Where do I get a rigid sheet of plywood, plastic or thick particle board to go under my queen sized (60" x 80") foam mattress? [more inside]
posted by sirion on May 15, 2007 - 16 answers

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