We have walls that desperately need painting, but haven't been able to adequately neutralize the glue left from the wallpaper. Hope us? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad
on Sep 2, 2014 -
I have a bunch of ethernet cables running through my walls. I imagine they're at best Cat 5. I'd like to replace them. I have a half-assed plan for doing so. Will my half-assed plan be at all likely to succeed? Any way to increase my chances? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie
on Aug 24, 2014 -
My first attempt at hanging a picture in my new flat resulted in a hole in the wall where the screw should be. What's the best way to hanging my pictures securely? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on
on Apr 27, 2014 -
Is there any cheap neutral-colored wallpaper that I could use that's temporary? Or anything else that I can cover it with that I can take down later? I just can't do a pink room, man. [more inside]
posted by suburbs
on Dec 18, 2013 -
He urinates in the bathroom walls and uses the near by hand flush to wash it off.
I have to shower next to this wall everyday. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sausagedoggie15
on Nov 11, 2013 -
Can someone recommend a specific pleasant white-ish or neutral shade of paint that I can use on my walls repeatedly for like, forever? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama
on May 7, 2013 -
My 16 year old son has just re-done his room. With a lttle help from Mum of course - I said he was 16. Anyway.
Dust of ages - gone.
Childish things - gone.
Cuddly toys, bats, monkeys etc relegated to the cellar.
Even the torn Sex Pistols poster has come down.
The naked walls round his multiscreen rig cry out for decoratian of some kind.
He thinks a Waterman Butterfly projection map of the world would be the coolest thing ever - for some reason. He would frame it himself.
Where on earth would we find such a thing? Googled the map place in Seattle - but they no longer have them.
We live in Sweden. For our sins.
posted by jan murray
on Mar 2, 2013 -
I would like to cover an entire bedroom wall in color photocopies. I have put this off for years, for fear of destroying my rental suite bedroom wall with whatever adhesive I used, but recently learned that some people have had success affixing images cut out from color copies (though not necessarily entire 11x17 sheets) to their walls using aerosol starch, and later being able to remove them without leaving any traces; others have failed to get the images to stick at all using this method. Have you experienced success or failure in attempts to do something similar? What are my other options here? [more inside]
posted by tenderly
on Feb 23, 2013 -
Mad science/weather physicsfilter: I live in a small town in the Midwest right at the moment. It gets very, very cold, and most of the actual suffering part of the cold is due to high winter winds. Why can't towns like this just build city walls, ancient Athens-style, say 20 feet high or so (more?) to keep the wind out? There must be some obvious physics/ecology reason why this wouldn't work, someone explain it to me?
posted by paultopia
on Feb 11, 2013 -
The walls of my apartment are seeming a little bare as of late, and I'm wondering where in the city I could go to pick up some nice art or prints to put up on them... [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau
on Feb 6, 2013 -
Dear AskMeFi: is has to be some way to get the effect I'm looking for on my walls but with a shimmer? I like this tree branch graphic
for my walls, but I would like to have it shine like glass beaded wallpaper
. As I understand it, glitter never sticks to anything you want it to but sticks to everything else. I'm just not sure how to get the effect on my walls that I envision. Ideally it would be removable because we live in an apartment. Thank you for your help!
posted by Issithe
on Nov 12, 2012 -
How do I "read in" my in-laws on my childhood physical/verbal abuse?
My wife's immediate family is very close and I spend a fair amount of time with them (I see some of them weekly and all of them at least once a month). One part of my life that I've only shared with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend (in a very generic way) is that I was sadistically abused by both of my parents for a good portion of my childhood. This has created a barrier between us and while I've only heard whispers about it from my wife, I know they sense that I don't give them much in terms of who I am and what I'm feeling. I've known them throughout my relationship with my wife which started over 16 years ago, so there's a lot of history there.
posted by anonymous
on Aug 8, 2012 -
Could an average person, sufficiently motivated, break through a wall built to current U.S. building code standards without the use of tools? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Feb 14, 2012 -
How to identify, fix, and clean up after a water leak without destroying my walls and ceilings (any more than I have to)? [more inside]
posted by zvs
on Feb 5, 2012 -
I'd like to understand how plaster and lath walls work...and best practices for hanging a variety of things on them. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz
on May 20, 2011 -
I hear the pitter-patter of little feet. No, there's no BabyCres on the way. Rather, we have mice, or some sort of animal, in our ceiling. Halp. [more inside]
posted by supercres
on Jan 27, 2011 -
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good painter and decorator who will work on my house located in South West London? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver
on Mar 22, 2010 -
Art filter: I'm thinking about using spray paint to decorate the walls of a shop. I've never done this before, please help! [more inside]
posted by bluelight
on Jan 3, 2010 -
I'm going to buy a home soon, probably a semi-detached bungalow. I want to have an educated guess at how soundproof a property is while I view it.
Are there any tips/tricks to help me judge how soundproof a home will be while viewing it for (let's say) just 30 minutes at a time? When during those actual 30 minutes there are no neighbours making any noise, or maybe they're making a lot of noise but I just can't hear it. [more inside]
posted by selton
on Sep 27, 2009 -
My old house's basement walls are deteriorating and need attention. But, I'm just not sure how to prep them and what to use to re-coat them. Also, should I be worried about moisture problems? See pictures here [more inside]
posted by Swede78
on Sep 9, 2009 -
Any suggestions for large-size, office appropriate wall art? The walls in question are that institutional cream-colored cinder block. Can't be too girly or too grim. Online and budget-conscious a must. [more inside]
posted by amethysts
on Aug 3, 2009 -
I'm considering using 3M Command strips to hang some lightweight pictures on the walls of my new apartment. These walls are painted taupe, and I don't want to mess up that paint when I eventually move out. Will the adhesive on these strips take any paint with them when they're removed? Do they come off easily? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun
on Mar 11, 2009 -
Where online can I find a magnificent selection of wall shelves and other screw-in fixtures? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo
on Jan 5, 2009 -
My new apartment is a room. Like, one. The whole place is a dreary, yellowish mess, and I will go to absurd lengths to make this bat-cave a little more cheery. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa
on Sep 2, 2008 -
Mrs Baggers and I have just bought a house, and one of the rooms has walls covered with this ugly, bumpy stucco like stuff (photo here
). What's the best option for getting rid of it? Should we sand it down or try and cover it over?
posted by baggers
on Aug 19, 2008 -
My friend recently moved into a new apartment where the two bedrooms are separated by french doors (with glass panes). What is the best way to soundproof this wall? Interested in both the cheapest and most soundproof solutions. Thanks!
posted by purplefiber
on Jul 7, 2008 -
Seating at a restaurant. I understand that in one-on-one situations, etiquette suggests that lady is offered the seat with the view into the room, and the gentleman takes the seat facing the wall. This
and other sites seem to agree. But what if the "wall" is floor-to-ceiling glass with nice views of the outside? [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack
on May 11, 2008 -
My family has mold growing on the lower portions of inside of the walls in the central area of our 15-year-old home. We're getting the house sprayed, but the price the contractor gave us seems extremely high. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by silasjones
on May 9, 2007 -
The torrential rains here on the east coast a few weeks ago resulted in some fairly minor flooding in my finished basement - one room floor was completely covered by 1/2" of water (where the leak seems to have originated) , and 2 other rooms were partially covered by the same amount. Have owned the house since 1991 (it was built in the mid-1970's), and we met the original owner a few years ago who said he had done an extremely thorough job water-proofing the lower floor/basement area. Until this incident, we never had a single drop of water come through. [more inside]
posted by Kellyu
on Jul 7, 2006 -
How do I mount surge protectors (surge strips) to a newly painted wall so the surge protectors are flush and appear professionally mounted? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision
on Jul 11, 2005 -