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Fun, Inexpensive Baby Shower Gift?

Help me think of a not-too-expensive gift (under $50) to take to a friend's baby shower. They have a registry but I'd rather get them something fun that they weren't expecting. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 9, 2015 - 20 answers

What's the plumber going to find in my shower?

One shower in our two-bath ranch house backs up whenever we use the other shower, and then drains exceedingly slowly. Tell me what kind of thing this is that I don't know how to do. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Oct 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Please help me come up with a great $50-100 baby shower gift!

I came down with a cold and missed my friend's baby shower. I'd like to get them a nice gift, maybe around $50-100, but their registry only has burp cloths left. I know that they already have a car seat and baby monitor and that they will be using cloth diapers. Parents: what items/services in that price range have you found to be really useful?
posted by robstercraw on Aug 24, 2015 - 36 answers

Shower door won't stay closed due to a stuck "ball"/"bullet"

My shower door in my new home won't stay closed. It looks like the door catch used a bullet/ball, and it is now permanently depressed - which makes me kind of depressed (hah?). How do I get this sucker out and working again? See inside for picture! [more inside]
posted by Mushroom12345 on Aug 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Bathing in San Francisco

Along the same line as this post that inquires about bath houses in Los Angeles, I'm looking for a place to get clean in The City! [more inside]
posted by starscream on Jul 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Shower in PVG

Is there any place for me (and possibly up to 12 other people) to change and shower in Shanghai Pudong airport prior to a long flight?
posted by btfreek on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me get INTO hot water.

Does running the hot water on full help the hot water reach the faucet more quickly than running a hot/cold water mix? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me keep my kids clean without a bathtub.

We are in the middle of buying a house that has no bathtub - just a shower. I have two smallish children. Give me some bathing solutions, please! [more inside]
posted by meggan on May 29, 2015 - 25 answers

Should I request off work to attend a friend's wedding shower?

Last week, I received an invitation to a good friend's couple wedding shower that's happening a week from now. It happens to be on the same day that I work. I just started a new job and the company is short-staffed currently so I feel bad about requesting a day off to go to her shower. I'm reluctant about asking for a day off because I'm afraid that the manager might get mad at me. Plus, I wasn't sure if a week would be too short of a notice. Do you think I should try to request off to go to the shower or do you think it's not a big deal? [more inside]
posted by missybitsy on May 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Baby number one due in T-minus 4 months. What should I register for?

Having my first kid. Need to get stuff. Looking for for some tips! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Mar 2, 2015 - 33 answers

Near-sighted or bifocaled? How do I do shower stuff when I can't see?

I've been wearing glasses and/or contacts to correct far-sightedness for most of my life but recently I bit the bullet and switched to bifocals. The has mostly been a great improvement but now I find that basically all the below-the-knee grooming stuff is really difficult in the shower, where I can't really wear my glasses. I feel kind of dumb, but I can't be the only one with this problem. Have you faced this problem? Did you find a workaround? Or is this just another frustrating PITA part of getting older? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 7, 2015 - 21 answers

Fun baby-shower me

I am looking for ideas for a (fun!) baby shower game for my boss who is expecting. The shower is happening in a restaurant with a small group of co-workers so it can't be too involved or outlandish. There's also that whole I-work-with-you atmosphere that makes things that I would normally think of for friends seem strange. Would be thrilled to see if anyone has suggestions. Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini on Feb 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Am I obligated to attend my brother's baby shower after being "flaked"?

My brother's wife is due to have a baby boy sometime this month. I will be an uncle for the first time. The baby shower is taking place this upcoming Sunday. My girlfriend since May of last year is not a big fan of my brother. She hasn't even met him to begin with. She felt that he flaked out on me during my college graduation and birthday last year. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Jan 4, 2015 - 60 answers

Shower in a bottle

So, I really like fresh, clean smelling perfumes - like you just stepped out of a shower. I love Pure Grace by Philosophy, which pretty much encapsulates this. My only issue is that the scent doesn't last long and I have the EDP version. Can you recommend a fragrance that smells like soap and water but has longer lasting properties? Basically Pure Grace except with staying power.
posted by Jubey on Dec 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me spend too much on a bar of soap

In the spirit of self-care in the dead of winter, I want to treat myself to some fancy soap. I am not really aware of high-quality hip-or-classic skincare brands that might have a bar soap (not liquid!) that fits what I'm looking for:
  • a unisex scent palette (I like savory, spicy, vanilla-y scents more than florals),
  • moisturizing properties,
  • natural ingredients,
  • a bit of exfoliant
  • [more inside]
    posted by thirdletter on Nov 23, 2014 - 31 answers

    Used pipes + new shower = nasty water. How to fix?

    Landlord installed a new shower in my rented home. Did all plumbing himself, used second-hand (salvaged?) copper pipes and metal fittings. Now the shower water is gritty, burns my eyes, and has clogged 2 shower heads with disgusting debris (photo inside). What is causing this? [more inside]
    posted by falldownpaul on Oct 10, 2014 - 32 answers

    What small plant(s) would like to live in my shower niche?

    Instead of placing soap in the platform of my shower designed to hold soap, I would like to have one or a few small plants grow there. What species should I be considering for this periodically moist environment? Difficulty level: history of repeat herbicide. & I want these plants to quietly flourish.
    posted by bertran on Aug 19, 2014 - 13 answers

    I don't wash my legs

    I shower daily, and thoroughly wash everything from my head down to my hips. But I basically never wash my legs or feet. I guess I assume that the collateral water and soap running down from the top of my body will take care of things down there, and I also find it a big pain to bend over and wash my lower half. How big of an issue is this? How common is this? Additional information: I'm male, with a reasonable amount of hair on my legs. I've never noticed or had anyone comment on the cleanliness of my legs. Thanks!
    posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2014 - 40 answers

    How to attach shower head to sideways Pre-War NYC bathroom

    Anyone in NYC (maybe elsewhere, too) with Pre-War apartments might recognize the hoop-style shower curtain rod, the 4 tub faucets, and the centered shower head that I have just moved into. What I'd like to do is connect a hand-held shower head to this shower and clamp it to the curtain rod, turning my shower to the usual length-wise orientation. Any ideas on how to do this?
    posted by antipode12 on Aug 3, 2014 - 8 answers

    Bathroom cleaning hacks for older homes?

    I thought I knew how to clean bathrooms? But my new bathroom is a dust-sink, hair-trap, and I can never seem to get the porous white sink, tub, and toilet to appear clean, despite frequent cleaning. Looking for practical hacks or product recommendations from people who have similar vintage or antique bathrooms. [more inside]
    posted by stellaluna on Apr 3, 2014 - 14 answers

    Help me construct a levee between the Shower Zone and the Toilet Zone

    I am renting an apartment with what I consider to be a relatively simple bathroom. While the walls and floor are tiled, there is no barrier separating the shower from the sink and toilet. Apparently the correct terminology for this is a "wetroom". And it does get very wet. I would like to be able to go to the toilet without wading through a wet toilet floor, so I need to jimmy up a simple, effective, hygienic solution. [more inside]
    posted by Aiwen on Feb 28, 2014 - 23 answers

    Hosting an online baby shower?

    Some friends are giving our friend a little baby shower...online. She recently moved cross country, and her friends and family are scattered around the country. I am planning to set up a group Skype so people can see her open the presents we send. I am thinking she can take us on a tour of the new house/baby's room, but is there anything...showery we can do? I could send her some decorations, maybe order for cupcakes to be delivered? Some easy little games like guess how big around she is (do pregnant moms not like that one?) We aren't expecting a real party, but seems like something more than opening presents would be nice. [more inside]
    posted by lemonade on Feb 15, 2014 - 6 answers

    What I should know about adding a shower to a half-bath in NYC?

    I live in a 1.5 bath NYC condo. The half-bath is large enough to accommodate installation of a small shower stall, without requiring relocation of the existing sink and toilet. I've received approval from the building's board to begin this process and the owner of the vacant commercial space below me will allow access for the simple drain installation but, before I retain an architect ($$), I would appreciate input, in general, on what I can expect from the city permit process (permits required, cost, time) and advance notice of any other issues I should be aware of before embarking on this road? Thank you.
    posted by mbx on Jan 9, 2014 - 13 answers

    My tub! It cannot be cleaned!

    My husband and I are moving into a house soon (woo-hoo!) and want to leave our apartment spotless. This isn't an issue for any part of the place except for the bath tub! [more inside]
    posted by Verdandi on Dec 27, 2013 - 28 answers

    Will we be able to clean off "nie wieder bohren" adhesive?

    Our rental apartment has a tile-covered shower but no built-in curtain rod. Right now we are making do with a spring tension rod that collapses at the lightest touch. I am considering purchasing the Rotator Rod and installing it with the No-Drilling Required Adapters for Hard Surfaces that uses the "nie wieder bohren" semi-permanent adhesive to attach. I am concerned it might be difficult to remove when we move out of the apartment months or years later. Do you have any experiences or advice that might inform this decision?
    posted by grouse on Dec 1, 2013 - 11 answers

    Saving water in the shower and at the toilet

    I'm looking for ways to save water at home. We already have a water efficient dishwasher and washing machine, so I'm looking at the shower and toilets. I live in the US and own my house. Shower: * We waste a lot of water waiting for it to warm up. Is there something we could install so that the water is warm immediately? * What's the best low-volume shower head? * Strategies for an on/off switch at the shower head so we can wet down, shut off, soap, turn on to rinse? Toilets: * What's a good low-volume toilet that won't clog up? * Dual-Flush toilets (for when you do a number 1 or a number 2) Thanks!
    posted by GernBlandston on Nov 15, 2013 - 26 answers

    Excellent baby gifts for new parents

    Friends of mine will be new parents! I want to get them a sweet-ass gift. They have a wish list but say they welcome any other gifts not on it if especially good. Veteran parents, what did you wish you had when your baby came along? [more inside]
    posted by schroedinger on Nov 1, 2013 - 30 answers

    Paging Dr Seuss

    I need to craft a Seuss-like ditty for the gift portion of a baby shower invitation, but my rhyming skills have deserted me. Could you, would you, with a goat? Would you, could you, on a boat? [more inside]
    posted by DarlingBri on Oct 23, 2013 - 13 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

    Help me replace a faucet and save $457.50 (plus tax!)

    How do I replace a shower faucet? (difficulty - Stripped screw) [more inside]
    posted by ramix on Sep 20, 2013 - 13 answers

    Dam shower!

    I am in the process of a bathroom remodel and am ready to get a door put on my new tub/shower. Please help me figure out whether any modifications should be made to the tile first. I will get my contractor's opinion tomorrow, but seeing as he did the framing/tiling in a way that the shower door guy considers problematic, I wanted to ask the internet for a third opinion. [more inside]
    posted by karbonokapi on Sep 10, 2013 - 7 answers

    help me take a shower

    i just moved to my new apartment. i can't get the shower to work. the bathtub turns on, but nothing makes the water come out of the shower head. [more inside]
    posted by millipede on Aug 31, 2013 - 18 answers

    Ideas for Bride/Groom Wedding Shower Gifts - Outdoors/Nature Inspired

    My two good friends are getting hitched in September. Both are going to be present at the 'wedding shower'. I'm trying to come up with a good gift to give them that is outdoor/nature themed. My original idea was to get them something like a double person sleeping bag (way too expensive though.. $200+) and now I'm still trying to put something together. I will probably add in a giftcard with $20 on it for them to purchase midnight snacks, smores ingredients. As their wedding gift I will be getting them the National Park Annual Pass which is why I'm hoping their gift now can be used during their camping/hiking adventures. They have all the typical gear like tents, boots, etc. Any other clever ideas out there?
    posted by melizabeth on Jul 15, 2013 - 10 answers

    Don't want to register for my baby...am I making a mistake?

    I don't want to register for the upcoming birth of my child. Nothing against people who do it, but (1) I am a minimalist; (2) I enjoyed the wedding gifts I got that didn't come from my registry (heartfelt, unique, awesome); and (3) what I do need is on the more expensive side (so I can either load up the registry with crap I don't want or come off looking greedy). Am I making a big mistake? [more inside]
    posted by juliagulia on Jun 1, 2013 - 59 answers

    Where can I take a shower and leave a bag for the day in New York City?

    In a few weeks I'll be flying into NYC around 9:00 AM and flying out around 9:00 PM, and I'd like to take a shower somewhere and maybe even leave my bag for the day so I can wander the city. So far the only options I've found are to pay about $50 for access to an airline lounge, which seems too pricey for what I want, or to book a hotel room. Surely there are cheaper options? I'm not too picky about location, but somewhere in Lower Manhattan would probably be best. Please help me out, New Yorkers!
    posted by reductiondesign on May 13, 2013 - 20 answers

    SCUM Manifesto

    I do not think of myself as a dirty person, but when I'm in the shower and I scrape my nails over my neck/chest/back area, a grayish scum collects under my fingernails. What is this disgusting medley, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
    posted by airguitar2 on Apr 22, 2013 - 19 answers

    What's broken: shower, tank, pump, thermostat, boiler, or all??

    I live in rented accommodation in the UK. The hot water is scaldingly hot. The radiators burn to touch. The shower temperature is hugely unreliable -- scalding or freezing. The landlord is worried that a plumber will rip him off, based on bad experiences in the past, and unwilling to pay to investigate. Can you help me understand what's going on? I'd like to put my landlord's mind at rest regarding plumbers, and set his expectations regarding likely diagnoses and solutions -- and hence cost. I also suspect this situation is wasting energy and hence driving up the cost of heating bills. I'd like to persuade the landlord that fixing it might be a good idea. [more inside]
    posted by ajp on Apr 12, 2013 - 23 answers

    Sweat -- do I have to wash it off (besides for smell purposes)?

    I've been looking for info on showering/bathing in relation to sweating and whether it's sanitary or not. I can only seem to find articles that basically say "yeah, you need to shower cause you'll smell" but can't find anything that confirms whether or not it's actually sanitary or not e.g. infections. What do ya'll think/know? [more inside]
    posted by defmute on Apr 11, 2013 - 19 answers

    Extreme Basement Finish: Bath Edition

    I've had a change of heart in what I want to do with my basement shower. Are my ideas feasible? [more inside]
    posted by SquidLips on Mar 22, 2013 - 8 answers

    I promise I'm clever...

    I somehow cannot figure out how to make the water switch from bath to shower in the place I'm housesitting. Please help me determine what incredibly obvious thing I'm missing. [more inside]
    posted by c'mon sea legs on Feb 20, 2013 - 18 answers

    Looking for a shower bag/caddy for the gym

    I recently started going to the gym in the mornings before work. Looking for a convenient shower bag/caddy to help. [more inside]
    posted by dbirchum on Feb 19, 2013 - 10 answers

    Waterproofing a hand shower mounted on a bath enclosure?

    I'm renovating my bathroom, and want a hand shower mounted in the tile of the batch enclosure, on a hose, like in this image. But it seems like water can get into the hose hole and then collect under the bath. There will be a shower over the bath, although at the other end of the bath to the handheld. My plumber is a bit worried about how to waterproof it. How are these type of retractable hand showers normally waterproofed?
    posted by dave99 on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

    Looking for a high pressure shower head

    Hi, I'm looking for recommendations on a high pressure shower head under $30. Not looking for anything fancy, just want something that would wash away the soap as quickly as possible so I don't have to spend 30 minutes in the shower. I saw this online and it looks promising (if it works like they show in the video) I'm ok with buying in store (Home Depot, Menards, ACE hardware, walmart, bed bath n beyond, sears) or buying it online. Thanks.
    posted by WizKid on Jan 17, 2013 - 12 answers

    showering after gym?

    Mr. Lasamana and I have a teenage son who likes to work out. The problem? Son 16 yrs doesn’t like to shower afterwards - eewww. [more inside]
    posted by lasamana on Dec 11, 2012 - 36 answers

    I Want a Hot Shower

    When my furnace is running, I don't get hot water in my shower. What's going on? [more inside]
    posted by backwords on Dec 3, 2012 - 25 answers

    how do you work science?!

    Can someone explain with SCIENCE, how this glass jar just exploded in my bathroom while I was taking a shower, and ended up almost entirely on the other side of the shower curtain? [more inside]
    posted by raztaj on Dec 1, 2012 - 28 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

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