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Hanging up pictures for DIY beginner

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 - 15 answers

Renting a room. The walls are pink. I'm a dude. What I cover it with?

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 - 28 answers

How to stop someone from urinating on the bathroom wall?

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 - 31 answers

How to hang stuff on the walls without nails?

My new place doesn't like us putting holes in the walls with nails. How do I hang up framed art that has some substantial weight? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 12, 2013 - 16 answers

"Old Reliable" by Sherwin Williams

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 - 19 answers

Help me find a stud.

I'm having trouble finding wall studs in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Mar 13, 2013 - 10 answers

On the wall - a framed Waterman Butterfly projection map. Possibly.

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. Any suggestions? We live in Sweden. For our sins.
posted by jan murray on Mar 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me cover a wall in 11x17 color copies

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 - 14 answers

Wall a town to keep out the wind?

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 - 20 answers

Where in SF proper can I go to find nice art to put up on my walls?

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 - 8 answers

Glitter wall alternatives for an adult?

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 - 6 answers

Drill baby drill. Or give up, hire a contractor. Whatever.

Can you take a guess why I'm having trouble drilling? Surprisingly long! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Sep 22, 2012 - 35 answers

How do I share my abusive childhood experience with my in-laws?

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. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2012 - 34 answers

Next: same question but with Zombies.

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 - 38 answers

Where's the water coming from?

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 - 8 answers

Don't want my black clothes to turn orange...

Have you painted a closet a bright color? How did it turn out? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Cutting out reproductions from artbooks and framing them?

Cutting out reproductions from artbooks and framing them? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 8, 2011 - 18 answers

I need help raising donations

Who can I ask for a fairly large donation for a "green" school project in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by smeater44 on May 24, 2011 - 12 answers

I love these walls, but...

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 - 21 answers

Tactical nuclear strike is the NEXT option

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 - 9 answers

Out, damned spot!

What the heck are these little red spots on my walls? [more inside]
posted by srrh on Jul 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Please recommend a good painter and decorator in South West London!

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 - 2 answers

Decorative graffiti

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 - 10 answers

I don't want to hear my neighbours... ever.

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 - 9 answers

What do I use to replace basement wall coating?

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 - 9 answers

Something nice for the walls

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 - 16 answers

Will 3M Command strips damage the paint?

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 - 14 answers

A (padded) room of one's own

Help me figure out a solution for textured rental walls? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Feb 10, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I fix my walls?

DIY home repair - I would like to re-paint the walls in my apartment by myself. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres on Feb 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Where online can I find a magnificent selection of wall shelves and other screw-in fixtures?

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 - 4 answers

The Blob

What is this orange goo dripping from my walls? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Dec 16, 2008 - 15 answers

my apartment makes me want to kill myself

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 - 25 answers

stucco yucko

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 - 20 answers

A room of one's own... please.

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 - 10 answers

I think I need a putty knife...

I need to hang things from my walls and ceilings, but can't. Help! [more inside]
posted by roygbv on May 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Where does the lady sit if the wall has a nice view?

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 - 15 answers

What is the strange discoloration on my walls?

What is the strange yellow discoloration on the walls of my house? [more inside]
posted by griseus on Oct 4, 2007 - 6 answers

Please help me save some $.

How do I go about drilling holes (for hanging things) in my flat without ruining my walls? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles on Aug 16, 2007 - 14 answers

Moldy Walls

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 - 8 answers

Help me remove the layer of filth from my walls

How do I clean my walls? It's more than just run-of-the-mill dirt. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Apr 22, 2007 - 16 answers

White scum on subway walls?

What is the white scum that builds up on tunnel walls? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Feb 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Shared walls in San Francisco

How annoying is living with shared walls in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by crawl on Jul 14, 2006 - 23 answers

Finished Basement Flooding & Cinder Block Walls - How to Fix

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 - 11 answers

How do I mount surge protectors to the wall?

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 - 25 answers

OutDamnedSpotFilter:

Nice white walls in the new place, a few bad scuffmarks from the moving hooligans...help! [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on May 21, 2005 - 15 answers

Something to cover my office wall

What can I use to cover my large and unfinished and unpainted cinderblock wall at work? [more inside]
posted by turbanhead on Mar 7, 2005 - 13 answers

Mysterious Condo Noises

There's a noise in my wall [mo]. [more inside]
posted by goethean on Mar 15, 2004 - 10 answers

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