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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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!
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!
Help us make these wet, slippery, wooden steps safer! [more inside]
I got into the Empire State Building Run Up! Um...now what? [more inside]
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]
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]
My cat went down the apartment stairs but thought she was still on our floor. Why did she think that? [more inside]
Why aren't these stairs getting easier? Will they ever? [more inside]
If you've improved your ability to walk down stairs or down escalator steps, how did you do it? [more inside]
What are the best / tallest buildings in downtown Chicago to sneak into and run stairs? [more inside]
Any better ideas for clearing snow from stairs from the top down? [more inside]
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]
Are there stair climbing marathons and how do I learn about signing up for them?
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]
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]
I Shi-Tzu Not... [more inside]
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]
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]
Another installment of GiddyAdventuresInHouseRevonationFilter! How to make the most of an awkward (narrow and enclosed) under stairs space? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
I run daily but stairs still kill me. please explain why. [more inside]
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]
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]
Where can I get easy-to-install winter stair treads? [more inside]
So what's inside areas that are closed off to the public, in buildings? [more inside]
Why don't tall buildings have slides? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Does taking the stairs 2 at a time burn more calories than stepping on all of them? [more inside]
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."
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?
My mother cannot remember the name of a movie. It involves a mother and son and a flight of steps. [more inside]