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Give me more music for the stairs to nowhere!

After six weeks of being immobilized by the election, I'm back to the gym. I need more music. There are many "music for the gym" recommendations on metafilter, yes, but I've looked at those. I need more! I need different! Snowflakes are inside! [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Dec 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Help for slippery carpeted stairs?

Our landlord put in new carpet just before we moved in, and it's very thick and very slippery, especially the stairs! At least once a week, myself or my husband seems to slip down them. The carpet is soft enough really so we don't hurt ourselves, but we have a new baby coming and this CANNOT happen then. Any ideas for non-permanent solutions? Rubber soled slippers? Carpet treads? Help!
posted by heavenknows on Jan 29, 2016 - 7 answers

What's the best ladder for using on stairs?

We have a staircase in the middle of our house, which has a 90 degree turn and two 45 degree turns. Above it is a pair of recessed lights, which are very hard to replace the bulbs in. I'd also like to hang a piece of art on the tall wall above the stairs. So I'm thinking it's time to try to find a ladder that will work there. But I don't know what to get. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

somehow, we aren't dead yet.

Why does the kitty try to murder us on the stairs? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Aug 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Stair Fixings

I am (probably foolishly) building a set of stairs. I haven't done this before. Could you help me not miss out any bits I need. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Aug 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Preventing elderly guests with poor vision from falling down stairs

My family has a summer house with a steep, poorly lit stairway to the basement. The top exits into the kitchen. There is a door that is normally kept closed at the top, and guests other than children rarely need to go down these stairs. So, what's the problem? Recently, a family friend with a similar setup had their elderly friend tumble down such stairs (presumably confusing it with the bathroom), and were badly injured and had to be rushed to the hospital. We have lots of elderly friends/family/neighbors that regularly come over. So... [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jun 21, 2015 - 23 answers

Painting them white seemed like a good idea at the time...

I need a classy, fairly easy, and affordable way to make the staircase in my house look great and take the abuse of human and cat traffic. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on May 5, 2015 - 13 answers

How to baby proof stairs with openings?

I have three stories of stairs with openings both in between stairs and horizontal banisters. Any suggestions how to best baby proof this? I was looking for some sort of rail net initially but selection is very limited. Maybe someone has a good DIY idea.
posted by djfreex on Mar 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Upstairs, downstairs (well, mostly down the stairs)

This feels the dumbest question, but can you help me get better at taking the stairs? I don't mean motivation to take the stairs, which seems to be what I get when I Google this, I mean literally putting one foot in front of the other quickly, expediently, safely. Has anyone else ever had this problem? Can you suggest exercises to help? Or suggest good stair-taking technique? [more inside]
posted by chocotaco on Mar 2, 2015 - 21 answers

Alternatives to beagle-carrying

My dog Milo (obligatory pics 1 2 3) is starting to have trouble with stairs. My apartment is a second-floor walk-up. My roommate, who is usually home with him during the work day, currently has health issues that mean toting around a 20+ lb dog is a no-go, especially while navigating stairs. Are there other options for her to get him outside and back when I'm not home? [more inside]
posted by alyxstarr on Feb 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Help diagnosing a sudden, sharp abdominal pain from injury?

A middle-aged female neighbor, Rachel, fell down a long flight of carpeted stairs yesterday while sleepwalking. She seems okay and says she's very fortunate as she hit everything several times including her head. They made the decision not to go to the hospital and we neighbors did our best to help. Today she's doing very well but we wonder from her description of a sharp pain upon landing whether she might have a fractured rib. I've already read this post about rib fracture. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Jul 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Moss grows fat on my (unmoving) stones (well, stairs)

I have brick stairs to the front and back porches. They tend to get lots of moss growing on them. How can I get rid of the moss ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Feb 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Helping family with knee problems visit my home on the 2nd story

I live on the second floor of a building, and some of my family has difficultly climbing the stairs. If I'm not able to come up with a solution they won't be able to visit. There is no elevator. The railing is a simple metal one. There are about 25 stairs. Are there any creative ideas I'm missing?
posted by daniel.poynter on Jan 9, 2014 - 12 answers

What flooring should I install on stairs in a house with all laminate?

My traditional, two-story house currently has dark laminate on the first floor, carpeting on the stairs leading to the second floor, and carpet on the second floor (containing a hallway and three bedrooms). I'd like to get rid of the carpet and replace it with something else - likely laminate. How should I handle the stairs? [more inside]
posted by pitseleh on Jan 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Tools For the Spatially Challenged: Couch-Movers Edition

Wizards of Hive, Before I buy that 90" couch from a friend, how can I make sure I'll be able to get it up my L-shaped stairs? Sure, there are a lot of variables. But is there a tool or methodology for figuring this out ahead of time (presuming I know the depth and height of the couch too)? I don't think I have the cardboard to build a mockup. This couch is 50 miles away and can't be returned. Thanks!
posted by baseballpajamas on Aug 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Women Falling Down The Stairs

Hi there, I'm looking for instances in which female movie characters tumble down the stairs (onscreen). I have a bunch of the obvious ones like "Death Becomes Her" and "Showgirls," but surely there are tons I'm missing. As many as possible please!
posted by BE ADEQUITE on Apr 29, 2013 - 35 answers

Help for slippery steps

Help us make these wet, slippery, wooden steps safer! [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Dec 26, 2012 - 18 answers

86 flights. 1,576 stairs. Please help me not die.

I got into the Empire State Building Run Up! Um...now what? [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Dec 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Nursery in a loft: are we crazy?

Would you set up a nursery in a mostly enclosed loft area? Wife and I love a potential new apartment, but a steep staircase is making us a bit worried. [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Jul 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me get someone else to help my mom.

I'd like to have some one-time physical assistance/qualified help on hand to help my disabled mother go down a flight of stairs, but what kind of service should I be looking for, and how do I contact them? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jun 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Why do stairs confuse my cat?

My cat went down the apartment stairs but thought she was still on our floor. Why did she think that? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Apr 24, 2012 - 22 answers

the worst stairs.

Why aren't these stairs getting easier? Will they ever? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Apr 17, 2012 - 19 answers

Upstairs, downstairs: Advice on walking please!

If you've improved your ability to walk down stairs or down escalator steps, how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Apr 10, 2012 - 23 answers

Chicago buildings for running stairs?

What are the best / tallest buildings in downtown Chicago to sneak into and run stairs? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Jan 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Any better ideas for clearing snow from stairs from the top down?

Any better ideas for clearing snow from stairs from the top down? [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX on Jan 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Can I demolish these stairs? They might be required for egress.

A question for California architects and builders and city permit experts -- are there egress options I don't know about? Can I demolish a (worthless) egress staircase and rebuild it later? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 26, 2011 - 15 answers

I want to run up the stairs

Are there stair climbing marathons and how do I learn about signing up for them?
posted by parmanparman on Jul 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Old building, tiny entrance, big furniture, oh my!

How would you go about moving or buying furniture when your new place has a single entrance that is, when opened, only 26 inches wide and has very steep stairs? I posted earlier and got great responses about my new place that I thought I'd bring another challenge to discussion and would love the feedback. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on May 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Victorians had very little furniture I guess.

The bin is out front, my reciprocating saw is ready... too bad we haven't settled on a floor plan for our reno. AskMe, we need your votes! [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on May 7, 2011 - 28 answers

Help Me Get My Doggie To Use The Stairs

I Shi-Tzu Not... [more inside]
posted by Splunge on Mar 23, 2011 - 21 answers

What should my hardwood floor stairs look like?

May I please tap the Hive Mind for some advice about hardwood floor stairs? I'm not sure how to identify what I want. [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on Feb 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Stairs, why are you so complicated?

We're trying to figure out a way to fill in the space between the railing and the stairs in our home so that little people can't slip underneath. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Dec 13, 2010 - 12 answers

How to deal with an awkward under-stairs space?

Another installment of GiddyAdventuresInHouseRevonationFilter! How to make the most of an awkward (narrow and enclosed) under stairs space? [more inside]
posted by psychostorm on Mar 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Should i bother about this headache?

i get a headache while climbing stairs,especially if i climb fast and more than one floor. The headache goes away in a few minutes. i am 22. should i see a doctor, or is it no big deal. this started about a year ago.
posted by niyati182 on Mar 10, 2010 - 11 answers

How high is too high?

The good news is that my wife is 3 months pregnant! The bad news is that we live at the top of a 6th floor walk up in NYC and have to move. Please tell us what is the highest manageable floor we can live on in our new apartment and still be able to reasonably deal with our small dog, the pregnancy, and then the baby and stroller. [more inside]
posted by avex on Jan 9, 2010 - 21 answers

Taking the outdoor stairs in Portland - where to go and what to do?

Portland exercise question: where are the good places to do stairs/stair work in the Rose City? What am I getting myself into? [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy on Oct 7, 2009 - 5 answers

I run daily but stairs still kill me. please explain why.

I run daily but stairs still kill me. please explain why. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Sep 13, 2009 - 30 answers

Taming a treacherous staircase

Our new house has a steep steep staircase. What are some ways I can make this feature safer for my family, and especially for our soon-to-be-toddling baby? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 11, 2009 - 19 answers

Where is there a large outdoor staircase in the SF bay area, similar to the Spanish Steps in Rome?

Where is there a large outdoor staircase in the SF bay area, similar to the Spanish Steps in Rome? Needed for wedding proposal [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 on Nov 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Easy-to-install winter stair treads?

Where can I get easy-to-install winter stair treads? [more inside]
posted by Riverine on Nov 18, 2008 - 4 answers

Ooh, what's inside there?

So what's inside areas that are closed off to the public, in buildings? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Jul 17, 2008 - 40 answers

Why not emergency slides?

Why don't tall buildings have slides? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Feb 8, 2008 - 28 answers

Will Lapeyre stairs work for a roof hatch in a Brooklyn apartment?

What do you know about roof hatches in Brooklyn co-ops, Lapeyre stairs, and the ol' DIY spirit? Can I just order or a pair, or is this a job for a contractor? Do I have to get an architect involved or something?
posted by paul_smatatoes on Jan 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Soon we'll be Living the Dream, but first: How to move an arcade game cabinet up the stairs?

What is the best way to transport a an arcade game cabinet (Ms. Pac-Man, if you must know) across town and then up the stairs? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 5, 2007 - 17 answers

Mobile Baby + Stairs = Dangerous Combination!

Our newly walking one-year-old has learned how to climb up stairs (oh, joy), but not down. Help us put in safe a baby gate. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Jun 15, 2007 - 18 answers

How can an extremely obese and underconditioned man begin exercising?

Is walking at your normal walking rate, but increasing the distance you walk, sufficient enough to be considered exercise? Can anyone recommend exercises for people who are very underconditioned and extremely obese, but not in poor cardiac health? And, finally, is there a medical professional who is the equivalent of a gym's personal trainer? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2007 - 38 answers

Stairs & Calories

Does taking the stairs 2 at a time burn more calories than stepping on all of them? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on Apr 5, 2006 - 18 answers

What is that phrase about stairs?

What is that odd phrase for when of you think of the perfect response, but at a time far too late to respond? It has something to do with "stairs."
posted by a47danger on Feb 24, 2006 - 12 answers

Why no stairs in office buildings?

Why are there frequently no non-emergency stairs in office buildings? Is it so unheard of that one would want to take the stairs, and not the elevator, from the first to the second floor?
posted by kenko on Apr 29, 2005 - 28 answers

MovieFilter: door under steps

My mother cannot remember the name of a movie. It involves a mother and son and a flight of steps. [more inside]
posted by itchie on Apr 16, 2005 - 4 answers

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