I’m looking for examples of fire, water, and/or ice being used as religious symbols or in religious practice in some way shape or form. Help? [more inside]
When a candle is burnt indoors, what happens to the wax? An amount of smoke equivalent to the mass of the candle is released as it's burnt (?)--does this manage to escape the house, or does most of it stay in the room and coat the walls, floors, ceiling, etc.?
With regards to the recent LA/Orange County fires: has anyone done a Is-it-on-fire? web site similar to what the USGS has done with their Did-you-feel-it? earthquake intensity reporting site? [more inside]
Investing/Day Trading -Why is it bad to pick stocks off the losers of the day assuming they will rebound? [more inside]
I bought an Ikea Kassett cardboard box with drawers, and have rigged the bottom drawer for a power strip, top for my mobile gadgets power station-style. Is this a fire hazard? [more inside]
Can I use a fire pit in a screened-in porch? [more inside]
Can I seal the inside surface of an exterior brick wall in my house without trapping moisture in the brick or in the insulation? [more inside]
Is there any way I can get relatively current Washington, DC police/fire/EMT dispatch information onlineor on my desktop? [more inside]
My house had two fireplaces which were walled over by the prior owner. I'd like to reopen them and possibly retro fit them to be gas fireplaces. How horrible (read expensive and time consuming) of a construction job would this be? [more inside]
NYC-Renters-filter. How do I make my management company make the ass-hat neighbors upstairs stop using our patio as an ash-tray. [more inside]
What's-that-movie time! Featured character: a man wrapped in full-body bandages because he was in a fire. [more inside]
Which is more environmentally-friendly: matches or lighters? [more inside]
Greetings, Hive Mind. I need to know if I'm going to start a house fire. [more inside]
Name that DVD: A requiem performance, a burnt-out building, and footage of the fire that gutted the building. [more inside]
I set fire to a colony of tiny red ants. Now they have gone away. Why/how did this work? [more inside]
Hypothetical Filter: Would someone be able to throw a cigarette out of their window and catch my car on fire? [more inside]
My friend's apartment just burned down and everything she owns is gone. How do I help? Any advice for her I can pass on? [more inside]
At what "proof" will most spirits burn? [more inside]
How to clean a fine porcelain teacup that found its way into a bonfire? [more inside]
What is wrong with my electricity? Lights started to flicker, circuit breaker didn't trip, circuit started to buzz, now afraid the house is going to burn down. [more inside]
What was this guy on the street doing with a black iron pot on a spit that produced a gunshot-like sound? [more inside]
Our family is going to be reuniting at the historic cottage in St. Donat, Quebec. The agreement is that each person will cook dinner for all on their night. I have set myself (and my daughter) the challenge that we will cook everything that day on an open fire. Please help me. [more inside]
I need to install some fireblocks (aka fire stops AND fire block[ing]) in my basement. What can I use to make these? Can I use regular sheetrock to make these or do they have to be some special type of sheetrock? If I can't use sheetrock, what type and thickness of wood do they need to be?
Where can I get 2007 MLS lettering for a Chicago Fire home jersey? [more inside]
Why don't tall buildings have slides? [more inside]
I would like to build an outdoor wood fired oven similar to the one Jamie Oliver uses on his cooking shows. Can anyone suggest how/where I could find plans for this sort of structure? I know there are safety concerns involved and want to be aware of all the issues before I go ahead.
What significant items have been irretrievably lost? [more inside]
Where can I get firewood in New York City? [more inside]
Will my coffee maker burn my house down? [more inside]
Why are all but the basement doors locked in the stairwell where I work? [more inside]
We're having a Fire and Ice party - how can we, 'scuse the pun, heat it up? [more inside]
Should I fire my freelance client? If so, how? [more inside]
What causes false Alarms in hardwired smoke detectors? [more inside]
Facist housing says we can't open our windows because it will set the fire alarms off...really? [more inside]
Where does the idea come from that an alarm company can actually tell whether the system actually is armed? [more inside]
Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts: Replace fuse in a computer power supply? [more inside]
What kind of lighter is this and where can I find one? Here are a couple of pictures. My brother got this lighter as a gift years ago and I've always wanted one. Anyone know where I might be able to find one. My brother always refers to it as a "miners lighter" and on the bottom it says; IMCO TRIPLEX SUPER austria 6700
A job was offered to me, I quit my current job, and a week before I was supposed to start the new place said oops, they didnt want to hire me after all. Do I have any legal recourse against them? [more inside]
What type of lubricant should I use on the hinges to the fire escape window bars? It is exposed to the outdoors. Also, should I use a penetrant to clean them beforehand?
What is that alarm-like sound that you hear in the background when the news is showing footage of fires. (This question is not as stupid as it looks... look inside) [more inside]
This morning I set my kitchen counter on fire. The only real damage is that an empty plastic bag of shredded cheese has melted to the counter, which I think is made of Formica or similar. Is there a good way to clean this?
How do I get the smell of smoke out of my bags? [more inside]
Can anyone point me to a reference of how long the average person would last before succumbing to smoke inhalation in a burning building? (By succumbing I mean passing out). 2 scenarios: making a run for the exit, and making a crawl for the exit. [more inside]
Last week at a friends house we were sitting around a nice fire, when my brother found one of those silica gel packets, and (stupidly) threw it in. The room almost immediately filled with noxious fumes, and our throats hurt for a couple days afterwards. What happened when that silica burned, and was any permanent damage done?
Yet another movie question, possibly a comedy, possibly not. The trick is I only remember one snippet, darkly comic. [more inside]
I live in a hundred-year old house (in Los Angeles, no less!) that has limited electrical outlets. I have unlimited (it seems) electronics - three computers, monitors, two laser printers, two air conditioners, electric heater (in the winter), etc. The house was upgraded from old-style fuses to circuit breakers a few years ago. It is a rental so I am not able to do any upgrades. None of the wall outlets are three prong, so I am using adapters. In the summer, my office is just overdone with things drawing power - all three computers, the printers, AC, and probably 20 (or more) smaller items - cell phone, postage scale, radio, etc.... [more inside]
Is it really so bad to leave a toaster plugged in? [more inside]
I am looking for some really small webcams. Micro webcams or something similar. [more inside]
How do I dismiss my lawyer? I know what I need to do and have already found another lawyer. I just need to know the best approach. [more inside]
What is the lowest possible flame temperature? No, not your cold-hearted ex, but actual fire. Google-search provides a host of information suitable for engineers and mathmeticians, but not for me. Help?