• Should I let my daughter redo her room?

    Best answer: It depends on what you mean by redo it. If you are just deciding to change the color and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, I don't see a problem with that. It's relatively inexpensive and mainly costs time, which at that age she should be capable of handling a brush or roller and helping... show more
    Best answer: It depends on what you mean by redo it. If you are just deciding to change the color and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, I don't see a problem with that. It's relatively inexpensive and mainly costs time, which at that age she should be capable of handling a brush or roller and helping out.

    However, if we are talking about replacing all the bedding, the furniture, and possibly getting new art for the walls, that's something that can cost a pretty penny and it's not something I'd want my kids deciding they want to do every 2-3 years.

    I can almost read between the lines of your question when you say this is the last time she will do this... We know that statement is not true. Because the needs of a 12-13 year old will certainly change once they reach age 16-17. Her teen idols will change. She may become more interested in causes. She may have a new BF or BFF that does not like the room she chose as a pre-teen. Or she may just want something that's more adult than what she picked.

    Figure out what the costs would be to redo the room. Better yet, have her do the math. Explain what materials will be needed so she can see how expensive the changes she wants will be. And make that cost hit home. Parents are not always made of money and it's important that be demonstrated by making any changes also affect her, such as costing her in chores or allowance.
    12 answers · 12 hours ago
  • Mattress too big for bed?

    So I recently got a new mattress and bed - both of which I love - but the mattress is a few inches wider than the frame. It fit when I shoved it in, but it now creaks when I move. What can I do about this?
    So I recently got a new mattress and bed - both of which I love - but the mattress is a few inches wider than the frame. It fit when I shoved it in, but it now creaks when I move. What can I do about this?
    16 answers · 3 days ago
  • What is the lifespan of a carpets?

    6 answers · 21 hours ago
  • My wife has THE WORST taste?

    Okay I'm a guy, I don't really care about looks. But the way my wife decorated our house, I'm embarrassed to open the door for the delivery man! It is HIDEOUS!! She doesn't even know what she likes, she just buys random things online that she thinks will make our house better, and puts them all in... show more
    Okay I'm a guy, I don't really care about looks. But the way my wife decorated our house, I'm embarrassed to open the door for the delivery man! It is HIDEOUS!! She doesn't even know what she likes, she just buys random things online that she thinks will make our house better, and puts them all in the same room, regardless if they go or not. I sound dramatic, but she spends so much money on our house, yet it looks terrible. I've told her before, "Are you sure you want to keep that?" "I think a carpet without brown on it would look better" etc. She takes it to heart when I tell her. I don't mean to hurt her feelings, but I can't stand my own home. I want us BOTH to feel comfortable. How do I politely tell her that there needs to be a change, without hurting her feelings? I've tried shopping myself, because my style honestly is pretty decent. But if I tell her, "I'll shop for a new carpet online for our dining room, and I'll run it by you."......3 days later, theres a new hideous carpet in our dining room that she bought.
    12 answers · 6 days ago
  • Could an earthquake tremor jar loose wirenuts and cause a fire?

    Best answer: Wirenuts should be taped as well so no they shouldn't come loose.
    Best answer: Wirenuts should be taped as well so no they shouldn't come loose.
    4 answers · 2 days ago
  • Where to find battery powered ceiling lighting ?

    Best answer: Does the room have electrical outlets? You'll get better light at far less expense with a swag lamp which is plugged in at the wall and hung on two or more hooks suspended from the ceiling, one near the wall and one where you want the light to come from. Often there's a large-link chain involved, partly to... show more
    Best answer: Does the room have electrical outlets? You'll get better light at far less expense with a swag lamp which is plugged in at the wall and hung on two or more hooks suspended from the ceiling, one near the wall and one where you want the light to come from. Often there's a large-link chain involved, partly to hide the cord and partly to support the weight of the light itself.

    Here's some links to show you what's available:
    https://www.target.com/s/hanging+swag+la...
    https://www.walmart.com/c/kp/swag-lamps
    4 answers · 2 days ago
  • Anyone know effective ways to find studs/joists on popcorn ceilings?

    Covering popcorn ceiling with drywall. Saw a youtube video and some guy used his studfinder over piece of cardboard, put it up to popcorn ceiling and he claimed it worked. I tried to no avail. On the 2nd floor it was easy to find the studs in the ceiling because we just went up to the attic and could tell where... show more
    Covering popcorn ceiling with drywall. Saw a youtube video and some guy used his studfinder over piece of cardboard, put it up to popcorn ceiling and he claimed it worked. I tried to no avail. On the 2nd floor it was easy to find the studs in the ceiling because we just went up to the attic and could tell where they lied 16 inches apart. But on the main floor/living room, where we plan on doing the next project, I am having a difficult time trying to find the studs in the ceiling. Anyone have any tips? Thanks
    8 answers · 7 days ago
  • After a house is paid off what are the life expenses after that?

    Like utilities and stuff that you have to pay for the rest of your life
    Like utilities and stuff that you have to pay for the rest of your life
    9 answers · 1 week ago
  • What are the pros and cons of building a brick and board shelf like the one pictured here vs. your standard all-wood shelf with some 2x4s?
  • What do you call that one wood-and-wool style of cottage?

    Best answer: I'll presume you're talking about wattle-and-daub construction, though nothing about it is "fluffy":
    https://www.google.com/search?q=wattle+a...
    Best answer: I'll presume you're talking about wattle-and-daub construction, though nothing about it is "fluffy":
    https://www.google.com/search?q=wattle+a...
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • Bathroom opinions?

    I bought a house two years ago (1000 sqft, one level ranch with full unfinished basement). 3 bedrooms on main level (one is kinda small, only 9x9), and one four piece bathroom. My original idea to make my dream home was convert the small bedroom into a master bathroom and closet, but I have recently decided that... show more
    I bought a house two years ago (1000 sqft, one level ranch with full unfinished basement). 3 bedrooms on main level (one is kinda small, only 9x9), and one four piece bathroom. My original idea to make my dream home was convert the small bedroom into a master bathroom and closet, but I have recently decided that maybe this house isn't my forever home so I should keep the main level a 3bd/1ba vs changing it to a 2bd/2ba. I still plan to live here for years to come though. Also, FYI, I do plan to finish off most of the basement, add a couple bedrooms maybe. It did/does have a really cheap, thrown together "bathroom" consisting of a toilet and shower (phone-booth size) that was literally just sat on top of an already existing floor drain, but not actually connected (we have torn out the shower). There's a sink outside this "bathroom" in the laundry area. My questions: Should I make a real basement bathroom as cheap as possible just to have another functioning bathroom for when my roommates move in soon? Or should I put a tiny bit more money into it to make up for the master bathroom I'm not giving myself anymore? Like a soaking tub, shower (possibly tub/shower combo, I like them put together), existing toilet can stay, then add a sink vanity; add a real floor or maybe use that cool looking colored epoxy over the concrete, obviously real walls are needed as currently there is paneling nailed to 2x4s. Any opinion helps, thanks!
    5 answers · 5 days ago
  • A good way to hang posters up without damaging them?

    Best answer: If you don't have much of a budget, places like IKEA have fairly good poster frames in at least 2 shades of wood or faux wood. If you have a better budget than that, go to a craft store's framing department and talk with them. Metal or plastic framed poster frames are at various locations, including... show more
    Best answer: If you don't have much of a budget, places like IKEA have fairly good poster frames in at least 2 shades of wood or faux wood. If you have a better budget than that, go to a craft store's framing department and talk with them. Metal or plastic framed poster frames are at various locations, including Target, for ex. OR, there are various kinds of white or blue putty or glue adhesive products for walls (Sticky Tac, Poster Putty, Poster Tack, Sticky Tack, UHU Tac, Tac n' Stik) if you're trying to go very cheap. Elmer's, Duck, and Scotch all sell them in white which is nice if you're doing a wall that is white. You don't want blue stains on a light colored wall. A lot of the newer white putties come right back off again with no sticking, but you want to hang it on a wall that has a little bit of a sheen to the paint (not flat paint). They are great for dorm rooms that are usually painted white, so you aren't penalized when you check out of the room.

    If you have a very expensive or rare poster, you should not use sticky tac or another glue adhesive though. Try to find a frame that is an anti-glare plexiglass (not glass).

    I have signed full-sized movie and movie teaser posters from Francis Ford Coppola films and they are in a natural wood frame from IKEA. I've been pretty happy with the protection and clarity. If you have one in the area or are driving by one, go with the poster measurements you need and take a look. Some come with acid-free matting you can choose to use or not, some don't. You can also measure your poster and shop online from Amazon, etc, though finding a 5-star frame may be expensive.
    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • Can I move a kitchen sink?

    I am going to remodel my kitchen. The kitchen sink is awkwardly in the corner, and I want to move it about 3 feet so that it is more well centered in the kitchen counter. I've replaced kitchen sinks before, but never moved them. Will I run into any trouble just extending the drain and water pipes over three... show more
    I am going to remodel my kitchen. The kitchen sink is awkwardly in the corner, and I want to move it about 3 feet so that it is more well centered in the kitchen counter. I've replaced kitchen sinks before, but never moved them. Will I run into any trouble just extending the drain and water pipes over three feet? There is space for me to do it.
    5 answers · 6 days ago