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]
posted by quin
on Jun 19, 2008 -
What was this guy on the street doing with a black iron pot on a spit that produced a gunshot-like sound? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF
on Jun 14, 2008 -
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]
posted by Turtles all the way down
on May 10, 2008 -
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?
posted by tickettrader
on Apr 22, 2008 -
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.
posted by frizelli
on Feb 4, 2008 -
Facist housing says we can't open our windows because it will set the fire alarms off...really? [more inside]
posted by melissam
on Aug 17, 2007 -
Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts:
Replace fuse in a computer power supply? [more inside]
posted by itheearl
on Jun 27, 2007 -
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
posted by blackout
on Jun 21, 2007 -
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]
posted by outsider
on Jun 8, 2007 -
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?
posted by doctorcurly
on Mar 19, 2007 -
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]
posted by Thrillhouse
on Mar 6, 2007 -
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?
posted by Jeanne
on Mar 6, 2007 -
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]
posted by GleepGlop
on Feb 3, 2007 -
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?
posted by splatta
on Jan 11, 2007 -
Yet another movie question, possibly a comedy, possibly not. The trick is I only remember one snippet, darkly comic. [more inside]
posted by tomierna
on Dec 1, 2006 -
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....
posted by soulbarn
on Sep 16, 2006 -
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]
posted by raddevon
on Aug 5, 2006 -
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?
posted by jsteward
on Jul 29, 2006 -
How easily would my house burn down if I left something cooking in the oven and forgot about it? Also share your favourite tips for not forgetting that theres something in the oven! [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop
on Jul 5, 2006 -
Locally signed band ready to release their cd is about to fire their lead guitarist. He's performed on the cd and written two of the songs as well. Would like to know the legal ramifications of handing him his walking papers... [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung
on Jun 6, 2006 -
I just bought a new cast iron wood stove and have only had three fires in it so far. Everytime there has been a horrible chemical smoke that burns off of the body which I assume is the blackening ont he cast iron? It has been significantly less each time but will it eventually stop? Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Help!
posted by cdcello
on Oct 18, 2005 -
We have a number of open fires in our house, and I'd like to start using them. But where can I find a decent source of wood? [more inside]
posted by blacksky
on Sep 14, 2005 -
I'm going to be in San Francisco for a conference from 3/14-->3/18, but sadly not the emerging technology conference. Anyway, I was wondering if there is anything like Japan's Akihabara--some sort of dense flea market with strange gadgets and such, that I might visit.
Any sort of robot-themed "performance" involving flammable materials would be cool too, but I've heard that Survival Research Labs isn't allowed to play in the city any longer.
In short, what would be some cool geeky/techy things to do while there that might not be available elsewhere and won't land me in jail? [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Mar 10, 2005 -
Can anyone give me advice on the best way to ignite a brushpile before the drying days of summer? (MI) [more inside]
posted by docpops
on Dec 24, 2004 -
I love having fires in my fireplace. But I hate the fact that it makes my apartment smell like smoke for weeks afterwards. [mi] [more inside]
posted by SpecialK
on Sep 22, 2004 -
ObscureNewsResearchFilter: Does anyone remember a fairly recent news story regarding a performing arts academy (possibly a music school, specifically) being destroyed by a fire? I want to go even further and say that it happened in Salzburg, Austria, but I may have hallucinated that particular detail. I've googled to no avail.
posted by scody
on Jun 12, 2004 -
An empty gasoline container stored on the carpeted floor of a vehicle: good idea or forthcoming explosive disaster?
posted by keli
on Mar 4, 2004 -