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Excel Mileage Tracking

Help me set up an Excel spreadsheet to track my gas mileage on my car. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Publishing N00b Questions

I've got a publication I'd like convenience stores and others to sell. How do i get them to do that, and what kind of financial arrangements are involved? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Aug 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Pro-ana car

Car help: why can't i fill up my tank? (hint: it has nothing to do with the economy) [more inside]
posted by speef on Jul 31, 2008 - 13 answers

Please explain the economics of energy and oil.

How do gas companies get away with raising prices so much when they are reporting such high profits? [more inside]
posted by F.Jasmine Addams on Jul 31, 2008 - 16 answers

Why does my pan, heating, smell like lighter fluid?

Just started heating a newish stainless steel Alclad pan and noticed a weird smell as I was throwing onions into them (I've used it a few times before, and have never noted any strange odor). The best description I can think of for the smell is a charcoal grill, or lighter fluid. There was a whitish residue on the pan before I started cooking, which I thought was just hard water markings, but it could have been dish soap, too. Can soap smell like this when heated in a dry pan? [more inside]
posted by stance on Jul 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Ask a chemist - cooling CO2

A question for chemists - I am doing a calculation about the energy requirements of taking CO2 at atmospheric pressure and temperature and compressing it to 2 MPa (2000 kPa, about 300 psi) and cooling it to -31ÂșC and am a bit uncertain about handling the phase change from gas to liquid. [more inside]
posted by gspm on Jul 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Are Elmira stoves good stoves, or do they just look good?

Is anyone familiar with Elmira stoves, especially the Northstar? My mother wants to know if they are anything special besides the obvious retro-charm appeal. My instinct is to tell her if she is going to spend this much to buy a Wolf, which is a fraction of the price. I think if the Elmiras are as well-performing as Wolfs or Vikings she might want one regardless of the cost. (I found this, but it's not quite what I'm looking for.) [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 8, 2008 - 2 answers

Air conditioning the outdoors?

Are gas station forecourts really air conditioned in some places in the USA? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Jul 3, 2008 - 37 answers

Is there a google map type service for calculating gas usage?

By using Google maps, I can figure out not just how to get from point A to point B, but also the number of miles and approximate time it would take to get from A to B. Is there a map that will also let me approximate gallons of gas? [more inside]
posted by jujube on Jul 2, 2008 - 9 answers

Agoraphobia, schmagoraphobia.

I'm going on a road trip this summer. I have weird fears about being in the middle of nowhere. What can I expect in terms of frequency of rest stops, etc.? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin on Jul 1, 2008 - 17 answers

if i had waited ten more exits the gas would have been 10 cents cheaper!

How can I find the cheapest gas along a route? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jun 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Water well and propane heating

I'm considering moving to a nice house twenty miles away from the big city I'm currently in, but the new home uses a water well--I don't know exactly what type at the moment, but let us assume I won't need a bucket--and propane for heating. What should I expect from these in regards to water quality, water pressure, cost of propane versus gas provided by public utilities, and anything else those experienced with these systems can think of.
posted by mithiirym on Jun 24, 2008 - 14 answers

How to fairly split costs on a roadtrip

What's the fairest way to split gasoline and other costs between riders on a roadtrip? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu on Jun 23, 2008 - 12 answers

Would it be absolutely ludicrous to look into buying a car that takes premium fuel in this day and age?

Would it be absolutely ludicrous to look into buying a car that takes premium fuel in this day and age? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 15, 2008 - 55 answers

Gas crisis.

My own private gas crisis. Looking for a couple of simple stretches I can do. [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Jun 12, 2008 - 6 answers

I fell in love with Sweetie McFartsalot

The SO and I are shacking up. We have a very good relationship and we love each other. However, there is a problem in the bedroom. No, not that kind of problem. See, my girlfriend has really bad, eye-watering, stomach-turning gas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2008 - 28 answers

Looking for a green family car

Help us pick a car! We're looking for a good used family car. We have two daughters, a 2 1/2 year old and a newborn and need a car that can accommodate an infant car carrier without putting the front passenger's knees in the glovebox. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Jun 5, 2008 - 23 answers

It's a gas

I bought a used gas dryer, and need help connecting it. [more inside]
posted by Pants! on May 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Is natural gas conversion a slam dunk?

Other than the cost of switching, is it pretty reasonable to convert from oil to natural gas? I own my home, and am unlikely to move.
posted by portabella on May 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Should I bail out of my SUV now?

Should I dump my SUV? I have a 2006 Expedition, I've only put 12,000 miles on it since I purchased it new. My commute is 12 miles round trip and I only drive it in the winter and when it rains in the spring and summer, I bike on all other days. My concern is two fold. First, I am currently under water on my loan and will have to come up with around $5,000 on a trade or private sale. Second, if I keep the vehicle am I effectively throwing good money after bad, will this vehicle be unsellable / undriveable in a few years. I know that my question requires some prognostication, but I would appreciate some opinions.
posted by revan on May 23, 2008 - 27 answers

Does this waste gas?

When I push the gas pedal on my manual car down beyond where it accelerates, am I wasting gas? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on May 14, 2008 - 11 answers

Road trip! Wisconsin to Arizona

From Thursday-Saturday, I'll be moving from Eau Claire, WI to Mesa, AZ. I have to drive. Money-saving tips? [more inside]
posted by charmston on May 11, 2008 - 13 answers

NASCAR and Earth

Why are "NASCAR", "peak oil", "global warming" and "gas prices" never mentioned in the same sentence? Are there statistics on how much gas / oil / petroleum products that are used for a typical race? What about practice races?
posted by yoga on May 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Should I give up on gas?

My new gas range is breaking my heart. WTF is wrong with it? And if it is a goner, should I bother trying to replace it with another gas range, or give up and switch to electric? [more inside]
posted by Enroute on May 6, 2008 - 17 answers

Carnac the Magnificent

Can gasoline futures be used to predict the price we will pay for fuel at the local pump? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Tricks to get better MPG

Simple tricks to improve MPG? For instance, I've thought about removing the rear seats/internal molding to lighten my car. I've also thought about aero-improvements, such as moon-disc wheel covers, or even somehow making a cover over my rear wheel wells. I'll be removing my rear wing this weekend, but what other tweaks could I do? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso on Apr 29, 2008 - 39 answers

Faster Than a Speeding Gas Pump

Does it take longer to fill up a gas tank when the price goes up by 25%? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Apr 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Haunted by a pop art painting from my childhood -- who painted it?

60s pop art painting of a Gulf sign -- who is the artist? [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Apr 14, 2008 - 10 answers

My car says it has gas but I don't think it does. It won't let me put more in. What to do?

My car, which is rarely driven, is unexpectedly acting like it's full of gas and will not accept more. I have no recollection of filling it with gas, though I do recall that the last time I drove it, it was hope-i-make-it-home almost empty. Am I just super forgetful? Or is there another explanation? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Mar 15, 2008 - 42 answers

Water Boiling Point Question

At what air pressure will water boil around 65 Degrees farenheight? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 on Feb 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Thoughts on possible bad gas - the car kind?

Bad Gas, the car kind, I think - advice? [more inside]
posted by rainbaby on Feb 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Fuel Injectors Leaking

I drive a 97 Cavalier that is otherwise in good condition, but I am having a terrible time with the injectors leaking gas. [more inside]
posted by blue shadows on Feb 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Why would a gas station remove the hold-open lever on the gas nozzle?

I've noticed that nearly all of the gas stations in my new domicile (upstate NY) have removed the hold-open levers, forcing motorists to squeeze the handle for the duration of the fill. Why do they do this?
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Feb 5, 2008 - 43 answers

-Enter your zip code please -Across the street from you

Why was I asked for my zip code when I payed at the pump? ID verification? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas on Feb 5, 2008 - 30 answers

Greenhouse gas emissions per kg of fossil fuel

Given that, say, 100kg of fossil fuel is used in the making of a certain consumer product, I am interested in knowing - roughly - how much greenhouse gas emissions this might produce. Anyone know off-hand? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 21, 2008 - 6 answers

I love it, but it makes me smell

I was going to post this as myself, but I bottled out. I can be contacted on cabbagebreath68 @ googlemail.com. What can I do to limit the amount of gas produced by eating foods such as beans, cauliflower, radishes, etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2008 - 16 answers

Gas Puzzler

OK, I know this is a little silly but it's really beginning to bug me. Is there a way to get the nozzle from a commercial gasoline dispenser out of my car without spilling a few drops of gasoline onto the car or the ground? I have tried shaking the nozzle every which way, i have tried fiddling with the hose, but nothing seems to work. Is spilling a little gas every time I fill up a law of nature, or am I missing something that everyone else knows somehow?
posted by ubiquity on Jan 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Why do liquid fuel rockets vent gas?

Why do liquid-fuel rockets vent gas while on the launch pad? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Dec 30, 2007 - 7 answers

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while?

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while? I usually fill up at Shell, and there is 87, 89 and 91 kinds of gas, with 87 being the cheapeast and 91 being the most expensive. I usually get 87. However, I heard that if you own a car and want it to last longer, it is beneficial to fill it up with the most expensive gas, to "clean the engine". Is that true? If so, what is the explanation behind it? I drive a 2002 Kia Rio, if that makes any difference.
posted by esolo on Dec 22, 2007 - 22 answers

Getting our natural gas turned back on by Christmas?

Do I have any options as far as getting our natural gas turned back on by Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Dec 20, 2007 - 17 answers

look at that S car go

My friend says the fuel injection in my 2002 Jetta wagon (non-diesel) suffers if I let the tank get less than 1/4 full. She also believes that "el cheapo" gasoline, from locally-owned non-chain stations, isn't as good, or is actively bad, for the car. Is there any truth to either of these claims?
posted by luriete on Dec 7, 2007 - 29 answers

Heater woes.

Can I fix my gas heater without hurting myself? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor on Dec 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Why WaWa?

Why do people like WaWa so much? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Nov 26, 2007 - 34 answers

My clothes dryer doesn't stay hot for long

My gas fueled clothes dryer initially gets hot but soon after goes cold...hivemind help me debug the problem. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino on Nov 8, 2007 - 13 answers

Why is my house using so much gas?

Why is my natural gas bill insane this month? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Oct 18, 2007 - 13 answers

Smell ya later!

DigestiveEnzyme filter (or maybe FartFilter): Beano is the best! But is is just a band-aid solution for something more serious? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Oct 14, 2007 - 15 answers

The peachtrees are killing my gas mileage!

How can I maximize fuel economy in a car with an automatic transmission? [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Oct 9, 2007 - 25 answers

question about aesthetic of gas fireplace

Should I take out my gas fireplace insert? [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity on Sep 18, 2007 - 12 answers

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive?

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive? [more inside]
posted by esolo on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 answers

Instruct me in the ancient art of SBDs.

Instruct me in the ancient art of SBDs. [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on Sep 14, 2007 - 14 answers

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