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My parents are slobs and it's making me sick.

I live about five hours away from my parents and visit them frequently. However, their house is so dusty and in such disrepair that the visits are exacting a toll. I have dust allergies that go berserk in their house, and my dust-free sleeping solution (air mattress) is starting to hurt my back. Whenever I try to raise these problems with them, I get a million reasons why nothing can be fixed, and often a giant guilt trip to boot. Not visiting: not an option. Inside: details to make Wilson Bentley proud. [more inside]
posted by the_blizz on Jul 20, 2014 - 44 answers

False smoke alarms in AC ducts: troubleshooting tips?

Our new commercial space is experiencing frequent false smoke alarms in one specific area of our AC ducts. The company that installed the AC system is stumped, and so is the electronic security company that installed the smoke detectors. We've just had our ducts cleaned top to bottom but the problem persists even though we're presumably dust-free. Any thoughts on what to try next? Engineers? Inspection services?
posted by ducky l'orange on Jul 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Not orbs, just ugly on my photos!

Can anybody help me diagnose the digital photography trouble I'm having? Link to blurry whitish spots all over my pix inside...TIA! [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Feb 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Roomba, Roomba, wherefore art thou, Roomba?

Will a robotic vacuum be an asset to our (snowflake filled) home? If so what makes, models, or features are worth the cost nowadays? First hand experience preferred but any input is welcome. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Searching for an essay about dust

I'm looking for an essay I read several years ago (circa 2002–2007) that is an appreciation of dust, especially dust gathering in the home/not dusting. Its author is female. It may be part of a book/collection of essays by this author. A detail I remember from the essay: the author writes that it's not necessary to clean your cups very well, except when you have company at your home. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Oct 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Dust to Dust

How can I clean dusty surfaces more effectively, so that it actually gets removed rather than moved around? [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Aug 21, 2013 - 13 answers

"Congress created dust bowl"? What gives?

I recently drove from LA to San Francisco and back along I-5 and I noticed that there's a ton of signs along the highway that simply say "Congress Created Dust Bowl." There are a few other signs that mention Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic politicians, but it was difficult to get the full picture of what the signs were talking about. Can anyone provide some context/background to what these signs are about?
posted by averageamateur on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

How concerned should I be about glass dust?

Last week I broke the sunroof to my car and significant amount of glass fell into the car. I've cleaned the big pieces out and vacuumed. I've also replaced the window. However, I'm worried about glass dust. [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Take your drum and beat it... uh, clean it.

I am encountering unexpected difficulties cleaning a kit of PDP drums. I've owned several sets of drums from different manufacturers over the years, but this one is hands-down the biggest pain in the tail to clean. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jan 26, 2013 - 3 answers

You got your carbide in my fuel oil! No, you got your fuel oil on my carbide!

In 1980 Mark Knopfler watched the object of his desire turn and walk away in a roar of dust and diesel. Was that a reference? If so, to what? [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Oct 18, 2012 - 10 answers

My laptop is a magic dust-creator!

Why does my laptop seem to produce its own dust? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

None of us could ever commit a crime.

What methods have you used to reduce and clean up pet hair (cat picture included), human hair and human skin? I feel like I'm living in some sort of suffocating winter wonderland. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on May 21, 2012 - 37 answers

Please recommend me some kitty litter

Seeking kitty litter recommendations of the non-dusty kind. I think the dust from our scoopable litter might be causing / contributing to cat coughing issues. [more inside]
posted by marble on Apr 23, 2012 - 22 answers

I'm getting old.

Can we talk about vacuums please? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Nov 21, 2011 - 58 answers

What is the best dusting tool?

Haven't dusted in three years. What's a good tool or technique to make this fast and easy? I'm looking for an 80% or 90% solution - don't need to get everything. [more inside]
posted by Lady Li on Oct 20, 2011 - 25 answers

Please make it stop.

What is it about my apartment that makes me so itchy!?! [more inside]
posted by gursky on Oct 16, 2011 - 21 answers

What are these white marks around the top of my shirt?

I have some odd white marks on a lot of my hanged t-shirts, not sure why. (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by lankford on Sep 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Need to find a good dust cloth

Looking for recommendations for a good dust cloth. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Allergies and Asthma suck

Please help me deal with my newly diagnosed Asthma and allergies. I know you are not my allergist. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Apr 11, 2011 - 25 answers

Is the stuff from the attic going to make me sick?

I opened the attic in the house I'm renting and some dust containing who-knows-what fell down on me. I didn't have a mask or safety glasses on. Are there any health risks? [more inside]
posted by chris p on Dec 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me fix my dusty holiday pictures.

Some of the pictures I took on my last holiday have turned out to have fairly obvious dark smudges. Seems like my trusty point and shoot digital camera has a bad case of dust on the sensor and will need servicing, but is there anything I can do software-wise to salvage the pictures? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno on Nov 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Hypochondria filter ... Health effects of spackling dust?

Hypochondria filter ... What are the possible health effects of my inhalation of spackling dust? [more inside]
posted by pantheON on Jun 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Is there anything I can do to clean the dust from inside my zoom lens?

Do I really have to replace my digital camera because of a little dust inside the zoom lens? It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and everything else about it is working perfectly. [more inside]
posted by raygan on Jun 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Help solve a Noir mystery!

Help solve Noir mystery! Looking for info on P J Wolfson author of the noir novel Bodies are Dust (1931). [more inside]
posted by Zipf on May 18, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I keep my laptop functioning in my dusty room?

How do I keep my awesome new laptop functioning well in my incredibly dusty room? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Apr 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Too much dust in apartment

Dust, dust, everywhere! I recently moved to a new apartment on the 12th floor of a high rise building in Philadelphia and find that dust accumulates all over everything like crazy. Is there something I can do to slow it down? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Oct 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for a dustrpoof pillow cover that isn't annoying.

Allergyfilter: Need recommendations for a dustproof pillow cover. [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork on Aug 2, 2009 - 2 answers

Dinosaur extinction due to space dust?

Could large land animals have died out due to the Earth's gravity increasing over millions of years? [more inside]
posted by OneCrayon on Jun 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Mystery dust.

A mysterious gray film/residue is appearing on all of the plastic in my apartment. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Feb 17, 2009 - 21 answers

Kill my orbs! Please!!!

Digital photo filter (-orbs, please!): What's with the light blotches that have suddenly started appearing in my pix of very dark things? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Aug 22, 2008 - 3 answers

accident involving lots and lots of soot-like dust and my bedroom...

accident involving lots and lots of soot-like dust and my bedroom... [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Which air sterilisers/purifiers work?

Do you use an air steriliser or purifier? Does it work? Tell me about it please. [more inside]
posted by rose selavy on Apr 5, 2008 - 12 answers

AhhhhCHOOOO!

Cleaning Filter: Help me make an oasis of clean in my bedroom, to fight back the chaos in my household? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Mar 23, 2008 - 29 answers

Dust spots? Water marks? Crud on film?

Why am I getting blotches on my black and white negatives? What are the marks? Are they dust? Water spots? How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto on Nov 28, 2007 - 13 answers

Health risks from neighbors' hardwood floor installation?

Upstairs neighbors had hardwood floors installed. I think they've gone on vacation while the installers did their work (stage 1 was Monday, stage 2, yesterday). The paint-fume smell in our condo is awful. What kind of health risks are there to ourselves or our cat? [more inside]
posted by cybercoitus interruptus on Nov 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Dust Buster?

Has anyone paid to have their air ducts cleaned? [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo on Nov 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Air purifiers, are they any good and how do I know which one to buy? Anyone know the "real" deal on these things?

Air purifiers, are they any good and how do I know which one to buy? Anyone know the "real" deal on these things? [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Nov 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Drywall dust nightmare

Drywall dust has seemingly ruined my new couch -- and health. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Oct 18, 2007 - 7 answers

Out, out, damn dust!

City dwellers! How do you dust? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Sep 15, 2007 - 17 answers

Motar Dust on my neighbor's house

My chimney was in need of repair so i am having part of it re-built/ new caps and re-tuck pointed. The contractors created a lot of dust grinding out the old motor joints. Some of the dust landed on our neighbor's house and she is complaining about the damage it has caused to her in progress paint job. We are working on a solution, but who is responsible for this? What legal responsibility do i have if she discovers permanent damage in the future? Would the contractors be held responsible after I have paid them? [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Aug 9, 2007 - 7 answers

How to clean a point-and-shoot image sensor?

DigitalCameraFilter: I think my Canon point-and-shoot has a dirty sensor. How to clean? [more inside]
posted by virga on Aug 6, 2007 - 3 answers

Smeary sheen of sheetrock sand, be damned!

Home Renovation Filter: How do I get the last lingering residue of smeared sheetrock/joint compound dust off of my wood floors and ceramic tiles? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Jul 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Will raising my computer up off the floor really help?

Some tech guy once told my wife that leaving your computer tower on the floor will destroy it. His solution was to raise the tower up an inch or two off the floor. That's the part I doubt. I know computers suck in a lot of dust. Does raising them up that little bit really help much? [more inside]
posted by Sean Meade on Jan 11, 2007 - 38 answers

What causes dust build up and how can we keep it to a minimum?

What causes dust build up and how can we keep it to a minimum? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Oct 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Refresh my sofa

My sofa has been in a cupboard for a while. It stinks of dust. How do I clean it? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang on Sep 13, 2006 - 3 answers

This sucks

Why won't my Shark HEPA vacuum roller spin on it's own any more? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jul 26, 2006 - 3 answers

Diamond Dust Mirror

What can you tell me about diamond dust mirrors and how they were made? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Jun 12, 2006 - 4 answers

Notebook repeatedly restarts after a second or two.

My notebook repeatedly restarts after a second or two. Anything I can do before next week's repair, if possible, to save some cash? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2006 - 9 answers

How to get dust out of my Razr (phone)

I carry my cell phone in my pocket (front right), and they have all suffered from "dust under the screen" syndrome. I thought the problem would be solved by switching to a clam shell (my trusty Razr), but no... it still persists. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on May 30, 2006 - 13 answers

dusty fans!

how do fans get so dusty? [more inside]
posted by BSummers on Mar 9, 2006 - 9 answers

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