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]
Does anyone know the history of Boston's use of Futura Black as its "official" municipal font? Examples inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I make an easy, tasty, and safe cake on fire? [more inside]
Crappy New Year! What to salvage when returning to an apartment that has post-fire water damage? Give me some tips! [more inside]
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
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]
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.
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]
Any know how to manually light an old Whirlpool Cleantop oven? [more inside]
Has anyone had experience with house fires? [more inside]
What caused this strange candle behavior? [more inside]
Contaminated apartment/building due to fire - can my friend expect to get anything out eventually? [more inside]
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]
How do you work as a sub contractor for insurance companies? [more inside]
How can I weld in my garage without burning my house down or getting slag all over my car? [more inside]
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]
I am looking for digital copies of old songs by a band called Jonathan Fire*Eater...but there are problems. [more inside]
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).
Do I really have to mow my one acre meadow to prevent fire hazards? [more inside]
Would a concrete planter function as a firepit? (see pic inside) [more inside]
How do I stop my hearthless fireplace burning down the house? [more inside]
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.
What should we do with over 10,000 pictures of food? [more inside]
How do I remain emotionally stable with a highly anxious, micro-managing boss? [more inside]
What can I carry that will let me easily, consistantly and reliable make burning? [more inside]
How fast would you have to throw a baseball in order for it to catch fire? [more inside]
I have a lot of paper - journals, art, etc. Fire makes me nervous! Are there any good fireproof/fire resistant storage options for an apartment dweller? [more inside]
Has anyone ever experienced a personality change after a life-endangering experience? [more inside]
Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)? It involved walking around collecting different boots that let you walk across fire, ice, ect. I think it may have been called something like sim's sims or something like that. Pardon my lack of usable description of the game - I was 6 when I played it, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. Thanks! -Charlie
How did I not burn down my house? I realized I had run close to 5000 watts on a 15-amp line, where 1500 watts would be considered the most to put on the line. [more inside]
Looking for a briefly popular internet joke from a year or two ago. Setup was if the discovery of fire had been posted to slashdot (Digg? other?). Response is something like: "Too hot, smoke gets in your eyes, goes out too fast. Fail." Ringing any bells? Google is failing me.
Would spraying a stick-on (paper) CD label with artists' fixative make the disc unsafe to play? [more inside]
I need to build a small bonfire in Oakland,Ca. Tonight. Something campfire sized at largest. Want to be both safe and within the law. Emergency mourning. [more inside]
Seeking fire department incident response websites from anywhere in the world – updated on the fly (e.g. Toronto) or whenever they get the chance (Shropshire), it doesn't matter. Does your area's fire service do this?
Looking for an Austin-area restaurant or bar with an outdoor firepit. A decent winelist would be swell. [more inside]
How can we sell our house, when everyone is scared off by the vacant burned house next door? [more inside]
Before the sharp steel razor became generally available, what did most people shave with? Fire seems the best choice. Right? [more inside]
Less than a year ago, my SO left a pan on the stove and the rental house burned. Now, the owner's insurance company wants her to pay. [more inside]
We want to add a wood stove to my wife's studio, currently under construction. Is outside combustion air a must or a maybe? [more inside]
I have a two part question about fires and making firewood. The two parts are related so I assume this is fine... [more inside]
Tomorrow I have to take psychological testing for a firefighter job. If anyone has been through anything similar I'd appreciate any advice. [more inside]
Our cast iron skillets caught fire. Can they ever be used again? [more inside]
Bizarre question. Where would I get a fabric tested for flammability in NYC on a Saturday? Asking for a friend, I assume it's for a theater production going up tomorrow night!
how to empty the fire escape as quickly as possible in the event of NOT a fire [more inside]
[Spoilers for Song of Ice and Fire books] Why is that Arya Stark... [more inside]
2-Part question: 1) Why did my wok catch fire? 2) Why did it turn blue? [more inside]
I want to add soot as an element to one of my paintings. How do I create soot? [more inside]