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?
Name that classic arcade game! [more inside]
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]
Is it possible to create a steam-based fake fire , like the one seen here, at home using a steamer and lighting? [more inside]
I start a new job tomorrow. Help me not make an ass of myself! [more inside]
Help me use my wood-burning stove! [more inside]
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]
Help me get the nasty smoke smell out of my house after a cooking accident! [more inside]
Prompted by this mention of a 10-alarm fire, where the hell did that scale/terminology come from, and how does it work? [more inside]
Some Danish & Norwegian embassies in Syria were just torched over some caricatures of Mohammed... [more inside]
I want to go camping somewhere on the coast of North or South Carolina over New Year's. [more inside]
what are the facts on heat, fire, and old brownstone radiators? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
Can anyone give me advice on the best way to ignite a brushpile before the drying days of summer? (MI) [more inside]
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]
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.