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Insulation Information?

Our house is a small Cape, with a crawlspace attic. We’re going to get a home energy audit in the next couple of weeks, and the insulation of the attic is of particular concern for us, as it really gets quite warm on our second floor. Can I get your insulation wisdom here? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Air conditioners allow fresh outside air into the room (fan setting)?

Do some AC's allow fresh outside air into the room? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Jun 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Connecting in Toronto Pearson

What happens to bags on US-international connections in Toronto Pearson, and is it feasible for me to go into Toronto for a day on a long layover? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Is my problem electrical or mental?

When my central air turns on or off, I hear a loud popping sound coming from the thermostat area. I have replaced the thermostat and still hear it. I'm sure that I have always heard it and that other ac's have made that noise but, for the past few months, it seems to have gotten louder and it wakes me up throughout the night. It is driving me crazy. Is your thermostat that loud? Could this be an electrical issue? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Jun 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Leaving from Canada for a work trip?

I am a US citizen working for a US company who is being sent to Europe later this year on a temporary (~1 month) work assignment. My ability to work in the destination country is not an issue. My flight to get to and return from the destination leaves from Canada. I have a NEXUS card but won't be arriving in Canada via a NEXUS lane, so I'll do regular land-based Canadian immigration. How do I tell them the purpose of my visit? If I say "flying to Europe," is "for work" an acceptable answer if they ask why, or will CBSA even ask why? I'll have copies of my air tickets away from and back to Canada, along with proof of ties to the US. Am I over thinking this?
posted by fireoyster on Jun 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Can my 27" Cinema Display fly?

I have one of the 27" Apple displays. I am flying from Seattle to Hawaii next week, and need to take the display along for work purposes. I have the original box, and the airline is fine with me checking this kind of 'luggage'. But I have a few concerns... [more inside]
posted by roygbv on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Processor Specs for MB Pro and MB Air

I'm confused about processing specs on newer/older Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on May 16, 2014 - 10 answers

iPad and iTunes Question (Seperate Computers)

How do I set up/configure an iPad on a computer that won't be used as the main/regular computer? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on May 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Evaluating air quality risks to infants

We are thinking about starting a family, but are concerned that our house is too near the highway and some other industry for a potential infant. How do we figure out if it is so bad that we should definitely move first? [more inside]
posted by slidell on May 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Too many volts?

I'm moving into a new (to me) NYC apartment, and I need to buy two window-unit air conditioners. The super said that the power there is 110 volts, but the ACs I want are 115 volts. Is that a problem? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Mac Air vs. Pro 13"?

I'm in the market for a new personal laptop and have decided to switch to OSX after a lifetime spent on Windows. Trying to pick between the Mac Air and Pro w/ Retina, both 13"? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Apr 20, 2014 - 26 answers

Finding an apartment without the nasty trash compactor odors

This is a question about NYC real estate, specifically about a building maintenance issue. After many years of renting, I am in the market for a co-op apartment in the five boroughs of NYC. There is a problem with my current building that I am willing to tolerate as a tenant that would be a complete deal-breaker as an owner The issue is this: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Apr 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Adobe Air Removal

Using Revo Uninstaller, I have tried to uninstall Adobe Air from My Think Pad E545 running Windows 7 pro. Unfortunately, it left behind its ugly icon on the taskbar that I can’t seem to eliminate. The control panel section for modifying the taskbar doesn’t even list it for hiding or modification. Any ideas how to kill this unwanted intrusion would be appreciated. Thanks.
posted by NinaLee on Mar 31, 2014 - 1 answer

Purchasing an Macbook Air?

I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

The air at the Dead Sea

It's my understanding that the atmosphere at the Dead Sea has a higher concentration of oxygen than the sea level norm because of the extremely low elevation (roughly a quarter mile below sea level). My question is: what does it feel like to breathe this air? Is it refreshing? Does it feel thicker than air at sea level? Are there any objective medical findings associated with long-term exposure to oxygen at this concentration? Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 4, 2014 - 20 answers

"RA-1, Channel One. Special Service Air Channel."

Rockford, IL: So, I made this recording of a mysterious telephone loop in 1991... [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 1, 2013 - 6 answers

What science experiments can I do with a balloon full of carbon dioxide?

This Halloween I did some Halloween candy science experiments with my nieces and nephew. One of the experiments we didn't get to do (but soon will) is: Pouring Pop Rocks into a bottle of pop will make all that pent-up carbon dioxide escape but not fizz over. If you put the rocks into a balloon, then fit the balloon over the bottle's mouth and let the rocks fall in, it inflates the balloon with carbon dioxide. But what can I do with a balloon full of carbon dioxide? ...Is it a stupid idea to inhale it to see if I get a funny voice? [more inside]
posted by Jacob Knitig on Nov 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Is it worth it to leave Moscow (SVO) airport during 17 hr layover?

I will be transiting SVO (Moscow) airport during a round trip from NYC to Bangkok... [more inside]
posted by bunky on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

To breathe or not to breathe

I am currently living about 5 miles from a coal-fired power plant. The smoke plume is obvious and seems somewhat ominous. Should I be worried about adverse health impacts? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Sep 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Getting over the air stations in the middle of nowhere

We just moved to a new town where, apparently, over the air television signals cannot reach. When I input my address into AntennaWeb, I get this response: "No Stations were predicted for this address. Due to factors such as terrain and distance to broadcasting towers, signal strength calculations have predicted no television stations may be reliably received at this location." Without giving away my home address, I live in zip code 17837. I really would like to get OTA stations without purchasing cable or a satellite. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Aug 4, 2013 - 12 answers

How wet is too wet for a basement carpet?

The basement floor drain where condensation from my AC unit drains backed up, leading to a minor leak which soaked a small section of carpet (maybe 50 sq feet). I'm guessing it was 4-8 gallons of water total that leaked, and that it had been wet 24-36 hours before we noticed. The back up now is fixed. I've got every fan in the house blowing on the area of carpet. Do I need to do anything else? I'm thinking I don't need professional help given the amount of water and that a few days of the fans blowing in that corner of the basement will dry it out without permanent damage.
posted by COD on Jul 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Which should I get -- the 11 or the 13 Air?

Now that the Macbook Air refresh is out, I'm looking to finally pick up an MBA. I've read the other questions here. I've googled extensively. I've been to the Apple store and tried both models. But I simply cannot figure out which model I want! [more inside]
posted by cgg on Jun 16, 2013 - 21 answers

What do you wish you'd known when buying a portable air conditioner?

I'm buying a portable air conditioner for our second-floor apartment. All our windows have openings at the bottom that are of the 2 panel slider variety, and no window unit will fit. Since I've never bought such a thing and I'm not very handy, I could use a few tips, especially concerning the feasibility of moving it from room to room every day. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me find this AC: SPT WA-1211S for Baltimore pickup today.

I have settled on the brand and model. OK, grab the keys, let's go get it. But where?! [more inside]
posted by joecacti on May 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Should I buy an air fryer?

Has any one used an air fryer? If so, would you recommend them? If (further) so, what brand should I buy? (I'm in the UK).
posted by Optamystic on May 4, 2013 - 4 answers

The company located next to my house won't stop spraying paint fumes.

The company located next my house sprays noxious paint fumes into the air and my yard. Despite years of trying to get them to stop, they haven't. What are the next steps to take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Buying used air conditioners

Craigslist regularly has listings for units that are almost $500 cheaper than what I would pay retail. What should I be looking out for with used air conditioners? [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Regular plus student flights combined?

My husband and I and my college-age son are contemplating a trip to Europe this summer. If we want to fly together, is there no possibility that my son can get a student fare, or do student fares only apply to special flights? I'm thinking of NYC to Paris, Paris to Barcelona, and then Barcelona back to New York, for a total vacation time of around 2 weeks. Any help in getting cheap(er) flights appreciated. I generally find flights through kayak. com.
posted by DMelanogaster on Apr 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Where can I get a classic Mac desktop theme for my new MacBook Air?

I recently got a new MacBook Air and I love it. Sometimes, however, I'm struck by an overwhelming sense of nostalgia for the Apple II I had as a child. Are there classic Mac desktop themes that I can download to rock my Air old skool style?
posted by Avenger on Feb 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Should I join the Air Force if I want to break into Diplomacy/Intel?

I am 27 years old, and now considering whether I should join the Air Force on an intelligence track in order to improve my chances of getting a job at State, or just improving my career options in general. Is this a wise decision? [more inside]
posted by masterisosceles on Feb 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Are air purifiers useful for asthma/allergy sufferers?

Are air purifiers useful for asthma/allergy sufferers? Our 11mo son is currently sick with pneumonia, is at high risk for asthma and our doctor has recommended a air purifier. [more inside]
posted by Admira on Jan 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Finding the perfect Mac laptop for an indecisive Windows-based web developer

I'm a web developer / eLearning developer on Windows 7 looking to: 1) Get a Mac because I need to be able to test sites quickly and easily on my own; 2) Get a Windows-bootable unit that can act as my backup machine when my Asus throws a tantrum as it did this week; and 3) Get a reasonably portable Windows-bootable laptop that can handle Photoshop and other resource hogs so that I can work on it at client sites without having to barely squish the Asus (aka "The Clydesdale") into my largest backpack. Ideally, I could get all three in one machine that wouldn't cost the earth. Please join me as I anguish over the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and other options. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Airline logo and livery history?

Is there a good source of airline livery/logo history anywhere on the internet? [more inside]
posted by wander on Dec 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Which computer is faster/better and is it worth the price to upgrade?

Which computer is faster/better and is it worth the price to upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 on Nov 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Why were airplanes flying the wrong way over LA today?

Why were airplanes flying the wrong way over LA today? [more inside]
posted by univac on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Macbook Air with Time Capsule or Asus UX31a with external hard drive?

Macbook Air with Time Capsule or Asus UX31a with external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Oct 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Cheap Airline Tix?

Hello everyone, This is my first post, though I'm a longtime reader. I am trying to find out if there are any ways I haven't thought of to buy cheap airline tickets from Reno, NV to Nashville, TN and back three times a year to visit family. [more inside]
posted by michellenoel on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you hear the wind blow?

Can wind affect sound waves? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Sep 7, 2012 - 8 answers

I spent a long time looking at those empty plastic bottles, wondering if they could save me.

If I was in a life threatening crisis, how much time would the oxygen in a soda bottle buy me. [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Air Canada: Easy to buy. Impossible to refund.

I have a cash voucher from an airline. HELP! [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Aug 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Recommendations for hot air balloon or helicopter tour in DC?

Recommendations for hot air balloon or helicopter tour in DC? [more inside]
posted by telsa on Aug 18, 2012 - 3 answers

He needs to cool off fast!

Need help finding the right air conditioner. My son cannot find a window unit for his apartment - the window is a bizarre 15.25" wide, 11" high. According to calculations, he should need something that pushes out no more than 6,000 BTUs, but his current portable is rated at 8,000 BTUs and is still not cooling off the room. The brand name is "Roam-Air" an older machine my husband took from a building that was closing down. My son lives in Queens and it's HOT....any suggestions?
posted by schoenbc on Aug 5, 2012 - 15 answers

How do I revive my Patton P-20SW?

How do I revive my beloved Patton P-20SW? I tried to turn it on today and there was a spark and smoke then no response. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Jul 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Will this RAM work in my Macbook Air?

Will This RAM work in my brand new Macbook Air? [more inside]
posted by LudgerLassen on Jun 18, 2012 - 6 answers

iPad or Air?

Air or iPad? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Jun 12, 2012 - 24 answers

AC unit for narrow windows?

How to cool a medium-sized room with extra narrow windows? We have heavy curtains and a ceiling fan already, but we'd like to know about our temporary ac options. [more inside]
posted by phisbe on Jun 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Please recommend an air conditioner!

I need a recommendation for a window air conditioner unit. Preference: as quiet and energy efficient as possible. [more inside]
posted by aparrish on May 26, 2012 - 8 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

Blowing Hot Air About Cold Air

Blowing Hot Air About Cold Air: Reviews of portable air conditioning units are rather vague about how loud they are. There are a few that advertise "library quiet", but I'm not so sure. Does anyone have experience with one of these machines? I need a QUIET one. If I could get down to half the volume of a window unit, I'd be very happy.
posted by ecorrocio on May 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Summertime, and the living is extremely hot and sticky oh jesus

How do I choose a good portable air conditioner? Your help is welcome, details inside. [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

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