Q: You may not be able to answer this but I thought I would give it a try. I want to buy a new mattress. When I traveled abroad this year I stayed at a hotel that had a terrific mattress. I found the same type; however, it is very high (thick), about 7 inches higher than my current mattress. The top of my current mattress is already pretty high, at 31 inches off the floor. Can I use it without a box spring so it is a reasonable height? Why is a box spring necessary? Should I buy it anyway and live with some possible difficulty climbing into bed? Or should I just look for another mattress?
A: A box spring protects the mattress from whatever is, or was, at the bottom sleep surface. And thus my opinion is that you may need only a piece of 3/4-inch plywood as a base, with curved corners and maybe neatly wrapped with a heavy cloth.
Q: Apparently the wallpaper in my house was applied over wallboard that was not sealed or painted. There is a heavy vinyl in one bedroom and a lightweight vinyl paper in a bathroom. How can I remove them without destroying the wallboard? Or shall I just remove the wallboard and start from scratch? These rooms need to be redone.
A: Houses built in the second half of the 20th century continue to be plagued by a cheap builder's trick of slapping wallpaper on untreated plasterboard: No painting and/or no glue size; the latter was used for ages so the paper could be removed neatly and easily. Yes, there is one thing you can do: Paint both walls and any others, if the paper is in good shape. Apply a thin coat of interior latex primer and finish with a latex eggshell finish interior wall paint. Thin coats always spell success. Or, if you want to re-paper, apply glue size to the walls before hanging paper.