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Contractor set the house we're buying on fire. Now what?

We're under contract to buy a house. Two weeks before closing, a contractor performing agreed-upon presale repairs caught the house on fire. We've got a lot of questions about what happens next. [more inside]
posted by treblemaker on Apr 4, 2012 - 19 answers

How much oxygen would a candle burn if a candle would burn oxygen?

How does the oxygen consumption of a candle compare to that of a person? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 14, 2012 - 9 answers

No Glee in Mudville

Our new Kindle Fire is great, but it tells us we need to update our Flash Player when we want to watch Glee. If I try to DL the new file from the Adobe message, it seems to stall right after it starts. If I go to settings, it shows that Flash is " Always on". I haven't tried any other shows on FOX, but it seems to work fine for NBC stuff. Any Ideas?
posted by lobstah on Mar 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Can stage curtains of unknown origin be tested to get certification of fire code compliance?

Our school is being asked to remove the stage curtains to comply with fire codes, since we do not have documentation proving they are fire safe. Rather than buy new curtains (gulp), is there a way to send a piece of the fabric out for testing and to get back the necessary fire code certification? I'm in MA, if that matters. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Jim Biancolo on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

So how many appliances can I plug in there before starting an electrical fire?

I have a two-plug outlet with a three-plug adapter, meaning that I have four things plugged into the outlet. Am I going to set my sublet apartment on fire? Or rather, how can I keep from doing so? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Feb 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Help a Wishy-washy technophile

Ipad vs Fire. We had this question which is related but not directly to mine. [more inside]
posted by notned on Feb 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me build a rocket stove

I plan on building a rocket stove similar to this one. I want a smokeless (or nearly smokeless) fire for toasting s'mores, etc. Does anyone have some tips, such as where to find cans that aren't coated in bpa or old paint?
posted by gray17 on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

The future of news?

Best magazine (newspaper, or other publication) for tablet? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Dec 2, 2011 - 4 answers

You might as well burn that $200

So I've got a Kindle Fire - I don't need an interface to the Amazon ecosystem so I'll probably never use it - unless.... I root it. So... [more inside]
posted by mrs. taters on Nov 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Preoccupied with the problems of his kingdom, Peagood accidentally let the cakes burn.

So, now that the oven fire is out, what do I do now?! [more inside]
posted by peagood on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I be coming down with the flue?

Our new apartment (in Oakland, CA, if that matters) has a functional fireplace. Yay! Every other fireplace I've ever been around had a chain or handle of some kind to pull to open the flue. There's nothing of the sort here. Boo! Is this some kind of strange California fireplace without a flue? How can I tell? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Nov 11, 2011 - 22 answers

Can I break my lease after fire from landlord negligence (more inside)?

Landlord negligence caused a fire in the apartment below me, causing significant damage in my apartment; had to temporarily relocate. Looking to explore my legal options/rights/advice. [more inside]
posted by kelechv on Nov 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Old king coal ... burn him!

My cousin long ago found some coal along the tracks and tried to light it in the wood stove. It wouldn't light but now it makes me wonder how you can take a piece of coal or a pile of coal and light it? Maybe I could make a small outdoor oven to bake bread with coal. Any ideas?
posted by CodeMonkey on Oct 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Quick-release window security bars

I'm trying to find window security bars that can be opened from the inside in the case of fire but can't seem to find a way to buy them. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Let's Make Like a Tree: and Leaf [Leave] hahaha!

What am I seeing here? In lush green west New York state? [more inside]
posted by uncanny hengeman on Aug 10, 2011 - 25 answers

Boston to Fire Island?

I am attending a bachelorette party next weekend on Fire Island, NY and live in Boston, MA. I've been unable to find an efficient route that doesn't include 2 ferry rides and would appreciate any suggestions that allow me to take my car as far as possible.
posted by dagnyduquette on Aug 4, 2011 - 11 answers

How much to worry?

Burning hunk filter: How long can you let salt dough sit in an oven at 200 degrees before it burns or becomes a problem? Do we need to wake people up or call 911? Or can it stay in until morning? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 answers

If we do it right, the guests will not also be on fire

What would you serve at a dinner party featuring food that is on fire? [more inside]
posted by rosa on Jun 14, 2011 - 28 answers

Should we buy the fire house?

Earlier this month, there was a fire in the house my boyfriend and I were renting. Basically the attic fan caused a fairly extensive fire which moved through the ducts and damaged the roof and ceiling. Not much damage was done to the ground floor, other than smoke and water. My boyfriend and I are now considering buying the house, and are looking for advice and experiences you might have for this situation. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on May 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Can my employer fire me because I am unable to work due to a motor vechicle accident?

Can my employer fire me because I am unable to work due to a motor vechicle accident? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on May 18, 2011 - 23 answers

In a fire is it better to try and rescue my child or get out and wait for the fire department?

Fire Safety: I have a 16 month old son. If there is a house fire while I'm sleeping is it better to try and rescue him or get out of the house and wait for the fire department to rescue him? [more inside]
posted by bingwah on May 3, 2011 - 32 answers

Small fire pit inside gazebo... bad idea??

Is it possible to put a small fire pit underneath a metal/fabric gazebo? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Apr 25, 2011 - 10 answers

What do I do after my automatic sprinkler goes off?

What do you do after an automatic sprinkler in your home gets activated? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Apr 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Bonfire of the Vanitizzle [rap-filter]

Seeking urban bonfire imagery in rap videos. Usually the fire is just in the background and/or a crowd is gathered around it, while the rapper does his (usually his) thing. I feel I've seen plenty but am blanking on specific examples. Not thinking of scenes where the rapper is walking away in triumph from some scene of vengeful or simply spectacular explosion, however. (Sorry for horrid pun in title.)
posted by taramosalata on Apr 1, 2011 - 17 answers

Kitty fire drill!

I know it sounds ridiculous, but I really want to have a kitty cat fire drill. In case of emergency, I need to be prepared to wrangle my three cats and get out FAST. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Mar 16, 2011 - 38 answers

What on Earth is this?

What is this? I've had it hanging on my wall for a year or two. It was found on the sand below the water line at the Fire Island National Seashore/Wilderness. It's lightweight and friable, like a sea creature. It's 24 cm (9.4 inches) long by 11 cm (4.3 inches) wide. 24 cm is 1.7 monkey skulls, if that helps.
posted by jcrcarter on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

How to deal with looting and mismanagement after an apartment fire?

A large group of friends recently lost nearly everything they owned in a devastating apartment fire last month. Since then, the building - and their lives - have sat in limbo while looters have been free to ransack the building at their leisure. What options, legal and otherwise, do my friends have to hold somebody accountable for this gross mismanagement? [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Feb 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Pahk the police cah in Futurah Blahk

Does anyone know the history of Boston's use of Futura Black as its "official" municipal font? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Why did my HD catch fire?

I inserted a power cable into a hard drive and it caught on fire (started smoking and crackling). Now I'm paranoid about leaving my computer on. How often does this happen, and why? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Fire risk of bathroom candle

Fire safety filter: My husband thinks that a lit candle left unattended on the back of our toilet in the bathroom is not a fire hazard, and I disagree. Please help us settle this argument with facts and figures. [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Jan 23, 2011 - 76 answers

Thank god for apartment insurance, now how do I light this cake on fire?

How can I make an easy, tasty, and safe cake on fire? [more inside]
posted by rosken on Jan 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Fire, Smoke and Water in my apartment

Crappy New Year! What to salvage when returning to an apartment that has post-fire water damage? Give me some tips! [more inside]
posted by stray on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Identify the music in this trailer

Does anyone know if the music in the English trailer for The Girl Who Played With Fire is original to the film, or if it was pilfered from somewhere else? SLYT
posted by New England Cultist on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 answers

On a quest for pajamas that have not been treated with flame retardants...

Where on earth can I find regular-sized (not the snug-fitting long johns) older kids' pajamas not doctored up with chemical flame retardants? I'm, of course, in the US. This probably wouldn't be a question in another country. [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Dec 9, 2010 - 19 answers

Howto: rebuild my life & home after a disaster?

I lost pretty much everything I own when my apartment building burned down about a week ago. I had been putting most of my energy & time into job search. Now I've had to take a big step backwards & deal with some basic problems involving recovering from a disaster & rebuilding my life from scratch. That's where I'm turning to you, the Hive. I'm looking for ideas, tips, stories & practical suggestions for starting over after you've lost everything in a disaster. I'm somewhat at a loss & anything you can do to make this process easier would be greatly appreciated.
posted by scalefree on Nov 30, 2010 - 31 answers

What makes a man start fires.

Our downstairs neighbors have made a makeshift firepit in the backyard of our New York City apartment building. This seems like it must be incredibly illegal. But is it? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Nov 29, 2010 - 17 answers

quest for fire

Any know how to manually light an old Whirlpool Cleantop oven? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Nov 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Seeking advice on what to do after serious house fire.

Has anyone had experience with house fires? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Nov 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Calling all pro/amateur fire investigators

What caused this strange candle behavior? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Nov 4, 2010 - 11 answers

What can be salvaged from a contaminated apartment

Contaminated apartment/building due to fire - can my friend expect to get anything out eventually? [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Please don't fire me QUITE yet?

How can I minimize the risk of getting fired from my current job when the boss finds out I'm seeking employment somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2010 - 14 answers

How do you get jobs or work as a contractor for insurance companies?

How do you work as a sub contractor for insurance companies? [more inside]
posted by rwmacy on Oct 12, 2010 - 1 answer

Building a fire-resistant welding space in my garage

How can I weld in my garage without burning my house down or getting slag all over my car? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Sep 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Fire in the apartment next door

There was a fire in the next door apartment, and as a result many of our things were damaged. What should we be doing? [more inside]
posted by gushn on Sep 26, 2010 - 17 answers

Help finding old JF*E tracks!

I am looking for digital copies of old songs by a band called Jonathan Fire*Eater...but there are problems. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Sep 10, 2010 - 7 answers

I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas

The house I am preparing to move into has a "cosmetic" fireplace. It looks like a fireplace, it's built into the wall, but can't be used as one. What clever decorating ideas do you have for it? I'm game for anything--funny, functional, stylish, classic, clever, funky, hell--even some sort of tasteful heat retrofit--just anything that doesn't involve putting a fire in it (that would probably result in death).
posted by sourwookie on Aug 18, 2010 - 26 answers

Is my one acre meadow a fire hazard?

Do I really have to mow my one acre meadow to prevent fire hazards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Help prevent an avoidable fire related backyard accident!

Would a concrete planter function as a firepit? (see pic inside) [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Jun 1, 2010 - 10 answers

How not to burn down the house?

How do I stop my hearthless fireplace burning down the house? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on May 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Will my weed torch cause an underground fire?

I bought a 100,000 BTU weed torch to kill the weeds in my driveway and etc. Can I safely use it to burn weeds in my lawn and other dirt areas without starting an underground fire that will spread for miles and burn uncontrollably forever? FWIW, I'm in Seattle.
posted by carterk on May 16, 2010 - 14 answers

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