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Administrative roles in oil/gas and offshore

What administrative roles are there at oil/gas plants or offshore rigs, in addition to HR and office clerks? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Oct 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Lynch and Herzog—in book form

Looking for Lynchian and Herzogian books and authors. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Oct 17, 2014 - 18 answers

What to do with my fireplaces?

Winter is coming, as they say, and I'm not sure what to do with my fireplaces. The prior owner of my house did next to nothing by way of maintenance on the house, and even from my lay perspective, the flues have lots of creosote that needs cleaning. But is it worth it to bother with a cleaning when a gas retrofit might be much nicer? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 25, 2014 - 19 answers

How To Get Rid of a Nearly Full Gas Grill Propane Tank

I've got a propane tank for a gas grill which I estimate to be about 7/8 full. I don't need it, and I'm having difficulty getting rid of it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by tckma on Sep 11, 2014 - 21 answers

CO sensor accuracy, placement, risks.

I'm moving for the first time into a house with gas (stove and heat) and I'm completely terrified that my two small children are going to die of CO poisoning. Please help me understand sensors, risks, what to look for and such to help alleviate my paranoia. [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Jul 25, 2014 - 16 answers

I want to cancel my natural gas service this summer. Is that possible?

I would like to cancel my natural gas service this summer. Last year, I didn't use any natural gas during June-August. I have a gas furnace and also a gas stove/fireplace. I do not have a hot water heater since that's supplied by the building. I don't cook or use the fireplace. [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on May 28, 2014 - 5 answers

How to quickly get rid of some old gas?

I have one of those cherry red gasoline jugs that I use to store gas for my lawnmower. Usually I just re-use the gas from year to year, but I know that's bad (OLD GAS!), and I'm trying to take better care of my mower and do things like use new gas and change the oil and, you know, stuff, so I'd like to get rid of it and get some new gas... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Lawnmower and Oil (Please tell me no math is involved)

I currently have 3 gas cans in my garage that may or may not have been mixed with oil. I know one of them has because I know my leaf blower requires it. I know one doesn't because my lawnmower takes straight gas. My challenge is I don't know which is which. Does anybody have an recommendations for how to solve my problem? [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 on May 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Why does waiting too long to eat make me bloated?

So, I've had this issue as long as I can remember where if I wait too long between meals my stomach becomes painfully bloated. I've got some techniques for dealing with this when it happens, but what I want to know--and Dr. Google cannot tell me-is: why exactly is the lack of food is causing this? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on May 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you diagnose my gas stove burner that won't light?

One of the burners of my gas stove does not go "click click click" when I turn it to "light". It does light if I turn it on and then light any of the three other burners. Can anyone diagnose the problem? Any DIY fixes?
posted by xo on Apr 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Landlord wants to replace gas oven with electric. Help?

We have enjoyed 6+ years of our gas oven/stovetop, but now our NYC landlord is planning to replace all the ovens in our building with electric. This seems like it will make our (already high) electricity bill even higher. Is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial on Mar 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Preparing for a cold night: Gas fire on or off?

We are in a small apartment in Georgia. It's going to be cold by Georgia's standards: the forecasts predict a minimum of about eight degrees Fahrenheit. We're leaving our taps running slightly. We've done all we can to insulate the windows. We want to know whether to leave our gas fire on or off. If we turn it off, we increase the chance of a pipe bursting. But we're worried that leaving it on will be dangerous. We don't have a carbon monoxide detector. The only other heater we have is a small electric storage heater. Please help, metafilterians!
posted by HoraceH on Jan 6, 2014 - 8 answers

What would be involved in converting an old SUV into an electric vehicle

This is just a thought experiment at this point, and probably will remain so. In the back of my mind I have the idea that when my old SUV finally gives up the ghost I might rip out the internal combustion drivetrain and convert it to an electric vehicle, possibly with a removable range-extender generator. Setting practicality aside for the moment, can you help me envision what this would involve? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Meter Reader Craziness

Help me understand why the energy company seems to (somewhat randomly) choose to estimate my energy usage rather than billing me for actual usage. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Dec 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Is It Better To Not Fill Up?

My car weighs 4013lbs (with me in it) and averages 17mpg on my 21.7m (roundtrip) commute. My gas tank holds 20 gallons, but I only ever fill it up half-full. The reason I do this, is because my brain knows how heavy 4 x 2.5 gallon containers of water is, and thinks that not carrying this additional approx 60lbs of weight (1.5% of the 4013lbs) will be better for both mpg and performance (i.e. less liquid sloshing around the tank). Is my brain crazy?
posted by forallmankind on Dec 14, 2013 - 19 answers

How to manage bloating? Halp

I've had about 10 days straight of distended belly due to bloating. I look 5 months pregnant if I stop sucking in my stomach. I've tried Gas-X and charcoal pills and so far nothing has worked. What should I try? [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi on Nov 26, 2013 - 20 answers

How might I squeeze a little extra mpg out of my old truck?

I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 19, 2013 - 28 answers

What regular maintenance should I schedule for our new home?

We bought a house, yay. It’s a small 1910’s bungalow with gas appliances and everything basically works. The foundation’s been replaced in the not-too-distant past and it’s ready for an earthquake. I've never been anything but a renter, so what kinds of regular maintenance should I be thinking about to minimize the risk of catastrophic emergency repairs? Plumbing, gas, heating, electrical, sewers: what’s a good schedule, and what kinds of things do I ask for to make clear that there’s nothing particularly wrong but I’d like to keep it that way? I looked at this old question, but most of the interesting-sounding links are dead.
posted by migurski on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Heating contractor in the Twin Cities

Who is the absolute best heating contractor in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 16, 2013 - 7 answers

When is E85 worth it in a FlexFuel vehicle?

Our vanpool just switched to a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. It's a FlexFuel vehicle and we'd like to know when/if it makes sense to use E85 fuel. We live in Minnesota. Our typical commute is 40 miles at highway speeds. Environmental concerns will be weighed, but so will economical ones.
posted by advicepig on Oct 9, 2013 - 8 answers

So wait. People can hold farts in?!?

I have made it to middle age without realizing that other people are capable of holding in their flatulence until a time and location where it can be expelled without offending greater society. My body does not work this way. After a small window of warning, they just. Come. Out. Am I a freak of nature? How did my bowels never learn this marvelous trick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2013 - 52 answers

Natural Gas Furnace Producing a Whole Lotta Gas Smell

Last night around 5 in the morning, we woke up because it smelled like natural gas--hard. After determining it wasn't coming from the oven, I remembered groggily to check the maintenance closet in our hallway, which contains two water heaters--one for our apartment, one for the apartment next door--and the natural gas furnace that heats our apartment through vents. I think something is happening to our furnace that causes it to do this, but I don't know what; I managed to stop it, but I'm not sure how. [more inside]
posted by stresstwig on Sep 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Can I make Fire + Wood Deck = Safe?

We will be building a deck in a few weeks, and another aspect we would like to have with our new outdoor environment is a nice small fire to sit around for the cooler Minnesota evenings. What are our options without risking burning the deck (and/or the house) down? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Aug 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Natural Gas Smell

I did something colossally stupid this evening: Put up some pasta on the stove and then fell promptly asleep for a little while on the couch. Woke up to a terrible smell of natural gas. Found the water in the pot had spilled over and doused the flame of the burner it was cooking on. With the gas on high. It was probably like that for about 10 minutes or so. And now, four hours later, the house still has a strong-ish odor. Here is my question: does the smell indicate that gas is still present in the house, and if so, should I be concerned for the health and safety of my small children, who are sleeping a hallway away from the kitchen? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Will haz explosion?

Smell that isn't like gas from the oven/burner but is like when radiators go on in winter is in apartment. Freak out or no? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Aug 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Why is stomach gas making me feel so terrible?

Whenever I eat, I get a lot of gas in my stomach. It starts building up shortly after I start eating and makes me feel short of breath, extremely yawny, and tired - even dizzy sometimes. It lasts for hours. It takes dozens or hundreds of burps to clear this up, and when I can successfully burp enough it always resolves. Why might the gas make me feel this way? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Jul 24, 2013 - 19 answers

How bad is air travel for the climate, really?

I'd like to better understand the climate impact of flying, as someone who flies quite a lot but in a rather unusual manner. [more inside]
posted by mai on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Compact Car for a Floppy Family

Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

I don't want to blow up, but I also want a cleaner oven.

I have an old, small gas oven in my new apartment that desperately needs cleaning. The problem is that it has pilot lights. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Jun 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Dried Apriocots = Gas Pains from Hell?

Why did eating a bunch of dried Apricots cause me to have the worst gas pains of my life? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Jun 3, 2013 - 21 answers

They tell me it's non toxic...

I had a small natural gas leak in my home for 9 days. No one seem alarmed except me. Put my anxiety to rest? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky on May 14, 2013 - 13 answers

How to capture, transport and test a gas?

I want to test what the composition of a gas is, and I don't even know where to begin. I don't have access to a lab, but I know enough people that might have access to equipment to help, if I knew what to ask for. And I also need some ideas of how to capture and transport the gas. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on May 7, 2013 - 25 answers

Help for balloon [wo]man

What can I do in the short term to feel better while losing weight when everything seems to make me gassy, swollen and uncomfortable? My doctor's answer to everything seems to be "Lose weight!". That's not going to help these problems in the moment. TMI descriptions follow... [more inside]
posted by jezemars on May 7, 2013 - 24 answers

She wants to save money—and not f*ck up the environment

Mom wants a fuel-efficient car . . . what should she get? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Are there new cars that have relatively even pedal heights?

We need to get a new car where the brake pedal and the gas pedal are approximately the same height. We're located in the US. So far almost all of the cars we've tried have a rather substantial height difference between the brake and the gas (some as much as 2"). I'm looking for within 1/2" difference. Does anyone know of a late model cars that have a small difference in pedal height? [more inside]
posted by NormieP on Mar 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Some questions about excess gas

I have dropped and broken a 20 pound container of CO2 in my basement. It was terrifying. While I air out the basement, I have a few questions: [more inside]
posted by Acari on Mar 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Any precautions needed in soldering to a millivolt gas control system?

A gas stove in our family room uses a thermocouple, millivolt valve and manual switch to control the gas to the stove. I need to solder a new switch to the leads that go to the old switch (the total wire length is about 4 feet). What precautions do I need to take to ensure that I do not blow out the millivolt gas valve when I do the soldering? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

What to do when Life's a Gas

You've got insane gas but you need to keep working. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2013 - 20 answers

How much electricity does a gas boiler use?

I know this question is a little bit arbitrary, but any response will be helpful. I live in a 2 family spilt house/condo. I noticed that my electrical box is powering the OTHER unit's gas boiler. I assume that the electrical just feeds the thermostat and maybe triggering the pilot to boil the water?? (My knowledge here is limited.) Without knowing too much about their heating use, I am trying to determine the urgency of getting an electrician to switch it from my electricity to the other unit's electrical box.
posted by lccslug on Jan 13, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I know if my gas fireplace has a blower?

Does my gas fireplace have a blower? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 9, 2012 - 10 answers

I always need to fart

I frequently feel gaseous. Help me with my digestive system. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2012 - 25 answers

Most Efficient Anaerobic Digestion?

All other factors held constant, what types of microbes at what temperatures would yield the most efficient way of turning an organic waste stream into a a source of methane fuel for use as natural gas? [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Dec 3, 2012 - 1 answer

Home Physics Filter: Does squeezing the bottle of a carbonated beverage help keep it from going flat?

Does squeezing the bottle of a carbonated beverage help keep it from going flat? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Nov 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Can I make it from Boston to Brooklyn tomorrow (Saturday?)

Any issues with roads traveling from Boston to Brooklyn tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Nov 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Post-Sandy gas for trip from NYC to upstate New York?

Post-Sandy gas for trip from NYC to upstate New York? [more inside]
posted by lips on Nov 2, 2012 - 16 answers

help a baby out - eating and sleeping shouldn't be mutually exclusive

Babyfilter: At just over five and a half months, baby machine is starting to try solid foods. So far what this seems to mean is that about 4 hours after he goes to bed at night he wakes up crying due to gas. I'm looking for suggestions or anecdotal experience around how to help the little guy out. [more inside]
posted by machine on Sep 30, 2012 - 17 answers

Have I breathed in something bad for me?

Is my unseated toilet pipe going to kill me somehow overnight? [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Sep 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Gassy baby is gassy

Please give me your best tips to burp a six week old, or otherwise soothe a gassy infant. [more inside]
posted by bq on Aug 7, 2012 - 27 answers

Is NJ gas better than Massachusetts gas?

New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Jul 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Can someone give me an estimate of how long food takes to go through your digestive system.

Can someone give me an estimate of how long food takes to go through your digestive system. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Jul 21, 2012 - 20 answers

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