June 18, 2010
Dear Martha: I'd like to hang an antique print in my bathroom. Is there a way to safeguard it against moisture damage? A: With fluctuations in humidity and temperature, a bathroom is no place for your finest art. Moisture causes paper to swell, which can lead to buckling or wrinkling. It also increases the risk of mold and foxing, a term for spots caused by a type of chemical degradation. If the print is rare or of sentimental value, forgo the bathroom and hang it in a stable environment, such as a hallway or a powder room.
November 19, 1999 |
Not so long ago, the bathroom was barely tolerated as a necessary evil. But with today's burgeoning fascination with alternative healing therapies and New Age notions of rejuvenation and well-being, the bathroom has come into its own as a place to relax and unwind. Bathrooms (PBC International, $34.95) underscores the point. The book - by writer Bernadette Baczymski and James W. Krengel, owner of a kitchen and bath design firm in St. Paul, Minn. - features baths ranging from about $8,000 to more than $80,000 that indulge the owners' every whim.
October 1, 1987 |
A 10-year-old girl was knocked unconscious yesterday in a bathroom at the Lanning Square School in Camden by a male intruder who then bound and gagged her, police said. Camden City Detective Lt. Thomas Long said the girl, who was not sexually assaulted, was treated for a facial laceration at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center. Her identity was not released by police. Long said the girl had finished eating breakfast in the school cafeteria along with other children at 8:30 a.m. He said she then went alone to a second-floor bathroom, where the man grabbed her and punched her in the face.
March 15, 1986 |
Many of us have had relatives who heard voices. We've had an uncle who heard a voice tell him to bet the rent on a horse in the fifth race at Gulfstream. We're discussing disembodied voices here. I prefer voices with bodies attached, even if the bodies are not shapely and what's being said is unpleasant. Yet disembodied voices are taking over the future, which is why I don't want to go there. Voices with nobody attached make me nervous. When I call a friend and get a recording of his voice asking for name and business, I hang up. When I hear a voice offering directions to perfume and lingerie on the department-store elevator, I go home.
March 18, 2011 |
Question: In a recent "Haven" article in the Sunday Home section, a woman referred to having her more colorful, period ceramic tile reglazed white. Is such reglazing cost-effective in refurbishing bathrooms, and what is the reglazed tile's life span? Additionally, if retiling completely, that tile may well have a more modern appearance, so is it possible to conclude whether, in resale value, updated tiling is likely to be more advantageous? Answer: I called the homeowner, Chris Winterer Ryan of Ambler, and posed your questions to her. First, Ryan and husband, Rod, had the pink-and-gray 1950s tile in both upstairs bathrooms of their 55-year-old split-level reglazed white about three years ago. At $950 to $1,000 for each bathroom, it was a lot less than the $15,000 it would have cost to gut and redo them, she said.
September 17, 2015 |
FOUR DAYS after a Philly cop posted an online rant about being denied access to a Center City Starbucks bathroom, the Seattle-based coffeehouse Goliath announced it had apologized to the officer. In a Facebook post that went viral last week, the unnamed sergeant said he entered the Starbucks in the Macy's building at 13th and Chestnut streets in full uniform and asked a "young blonde liberal" employee if he could have the key code for the coffee shop's bathroom. She told him the bathroom was for paying customers only and recommended a bathroom down the street.
September 14, 2011
A woman was robbed Tuesday morning in a building that is part of the University of Pennsylvania's dental school, officials said. The woman, who was a client of the school, was in the Thomas W. Evans building at 40th and Spruce Streets when she went into a second-floor bathroom shortly before 9 a.m. Once inside the room, another woman punched her and demanded her money, school officials said. The victim handed over her money and the woman fled. University police are reviewing security footage from the area.
June 13, 2015 |
A motion-sensing toilet that lifts the seat and flushes was just what was needed for the Magladry family of Voorhees - two parents and four kids younger than 9. Installed eight months ago, its incorporated night-light was especially appreciated by mom Heather when she was pregnant. "None of my boys remember to flush the potty - ever, it seems - so that's one of the nice things," she said. Most smart toilets ($3,000- $5,000) come from Japan and require their own electrical outlet.
January 28, 2012
A threatening note scrawled on a bathroom wall at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster prompted officials to search all students entering school Friday morning. The note was found Thursday afternoon by a student, who reported it to administrators, according to Donna Farrell, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She would not specify what the note said. Parents were notified of the threat about 7 p.m. Thursday. Police dogs scoured the school's halls and grounds but found nothing, Farrell said.
May 1, 2004 |
The wait for the bathroom never was supposed to be this long. But that's what happened when former big-leaguer Jeff Liefer got locked inside a dugout bathroom, forcing a 20-minute delay in Thursday night's Triple A game between Indianapolis Indians and the visiting Louisville Bats. "I went to the restroom, a perfectly normal thing to do during the game," said Liefer, 29, who has played for the Chicago White Sox, Montreal and Tampa Bay. "When I went to leave, the handle didn't want to work on the door, so I was stuck.