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I am not so easily shocked nor do I wish to be shocked more often.

A dimmer switch in my house started shocking me recently. We investigated yesterday and the switch was not grounded (it is now). Did my wool slippers put me in jeopardy? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jan 9, 2017 - 2 answers

What are all the above ground NYC Subway Stations?

I need a list of all the NYC Subway stations that have above ground platforms. I've seen this map, and Wikipedia has this. But, ideally, I would like a table or list of the actual stations in text form. I found this fantastic NYC Transit Subway Entrance And Exit Dataset, but it doesn't list if the station is underground or not (not sure if I can infer from the data it does have?). Transportation nerds of MeFi, can you help me?
posted by bluefly on Nov 8, 2016 - 1 answer

Fenceposts in clay soil

Hello! I am looking to install some fenceposts in soil that is very clay-heavy, and wondering what I should set them in. Details (WITH SCIENTIFIC DIAGRAMS) inside! [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Nov 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Removed above ground pool; what to do about the ground?

Just removed a 16x24 foot Doughboy pool. Underneath is 2-3 inches of sand and some very fragile black plastic sheeting. I would like to add some soil and till all that stuff into the ground. May I, internet? I'm in Central Texas and my soils is rocky and poor.
posted by kristymcj on Sep 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Ice on puddles when low temperate is above zero?

I've been seeing ice on the tops of puddles when the low temperature for the day is forecast to be low (2 or 3 degrees) but not freezing. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Feb 9, 2015 - 7 answers

HiFi Hell 2: Ground Loop Boogaloo

I can't seem to eliminate this hum/buzz in the phono stage of my stereo receiver. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Feb 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for a small table to write sitting on the floor

Hey, I want to try doing my work, reading, using laptop, etc. while sitting on the floor. Actually I am buying a Zabuton too to do meditation so I was thinking sitting on that instead of directly on the floor. But I couldn't find small tables... I'm not even sure what the keyword to search for that is. Surely such tables exist! I'm thinking a slightly inclined table would be better instead of having too rigid angles for my neck. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Dec 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Not so much should I eat it but rather does anyone else eat it?

There is a dish that my family grew up eating that I still make today (as do my siblings) that none of us have ever seen served anywhere else by anyone else, or heard speak of anywhere else in the world ever. [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Oct 3, 2014 - 51 answers

Rain into a barrel I know I know it's series-us

Please share with me your experiences with rain barrels linked in series. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Sep 27, 2014 - 3 answers

How should I cheaply improve this terrible front yard?

Moving into a rental house and the lawn is bare and weedy. I don't want to sink a lot of money in it, but I do want it to look better. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 1, 2014 - 24 answers

Replacement power supply adapter doesn't have ground prong - dangerous?

The replacement power supply adapter I purchased for an older laptop came with a two prong cord instead of three, which the original had. Is this dangerous? Details and model number within. [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Feb 20, 2014 - 9 answers

How much for a Wireless Tower ground lease?

A wireless carrier has approached us about building a cell tower on our property in Northern Virginia. Aside from using the bandits that pop up in a Google search, how do we determine a fair ground lease price? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Light Fixture Wiring?!

I bought a light fixture yesterday at Ikea and I was all like YEAH THIS IS GOING TO BE SO EASY. Ha. Can you help me not die? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 15, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I help Marissa Alexander stand her ground?

What can an ordinary 20-something do to help Marissa Alexander who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot? [more inside]
posted by rip on Jul 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Fixing unwanted cpu noise with audio interface. Please help!

Please help me get rid of frustrating audio interface noise! I have a new pc and a presonus firestudio mobile audio interface. When I plug in the firestudio via firewire there is a pulsating sound and some buzzing sound. [more inside]
posted by niruniru on Nov 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin?

Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Oct 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Is ground beef that's packed in a tube as good as the stuff that comes in a tray?

Is ground beef that's packed in a tube as good as the stuff that comes in a tray? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Sep 20, 2012 - 20 answers

Recipes for ground Kobe beef

I am being gifted several pounds of Kobe beef. What shall I do with it? [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Sep 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Danger high voltage!

Another home wiring question: Old apartment, and I want to plug a three-prong plug (for a small fluorescent grow light) into the only two-prong outlet. For the past couple of days, I've been using a cheater plug, but I supposing this is not a good long-term solution. Should I just bite the bullet and use an extension cord to a grounded outlet? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 4, 2012 - 23 answers

How can I replace the ground in my car?

How do I replace the "big 3" (battery to chassis ground, engine block to chassis ground, battery positive to alternator) on a Honda s2000? [more inside]
posted by skybolt on Mar 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Quick dishes to cook pork mince (ground pork meat) in a pan?

What are some quick dishes to cook pork mince (ground pork meat) in a pan? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Dec 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Jump-land from high cause rectum pain

I am male. When I jump down from a fence, why is there a sharp pain in my rectum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Where does this exterior drain go?

How do I find where an exterior drainage pipe in the ground goes? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jul 22, 2011 - 8 answers


What can people do* with ground beef that does not require bread or pasta? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jun 29, 2011 - 79 answers

Why is my car randomly refusing to start after new stereo install?

Why is my car randomly not starting? I just installed a new stereo head unit and I assume it has something to do with the ground... [more inside]
posted by lakerk on Nov 12, 2010 - 4 answers

I'm picking up bad vibrations...

Very annoying noise in monitor speakers following connection of external firewire sound card to new Mac Book Pro. Is it "ground hum"? Don't think so. [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots on Oct 21, 2010 - 10 answers

White Plains to Manhattan

I'm taking a quick trip to NYC and the cheapest flights I can find are to White Plains. How difficult will it be for me to get from the White Plains airport into the city (my hotel is on Park at 26th)? Thanks!
posted by tmharris65 on Jul 10, 2010 - 7 answers

What low maintenance plants to plant on steep sunny hillside to enhance home’s curb appeal?

What low maintenance plants to plant on steep sunny hillside to enhance home’s curb appeal? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jun 29, 2010 - 9 answers

grass / synthetic surface run in the bay area?

anybody know of a grass / synthetic surface for a run in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by evanm on Aug 22, 2009 - 1 answer

GroundCoverFilter: What's the best ground cover for around my newly landscaped front yard?

GroundCoverFilter: What's the best ground cover for around my newly landscaped front yard? [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Jul 20, 2009 - 12 answers

How to prevent plastic roll static shocks?

How can I ground a large roll of plastic wrap to prevent static electric shocks when unrolling it? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Sep 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Couple of car troubleshooting questions anyone?

Snazzy Blaupunkt stereo installed in car, but I find myself plagued by a whine which I am assuming is originating at the alternator. If anyone could explain in simple terms how I might be able to eliminate this noise without too much fuss I would be really grateful! [more inside]
posted by dance on Jun 8, 2008 - 6 answers

How do you -really- ground yourself?

Help me clear up my understanding of how to ground myself when working on my computer. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Feb 28, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I test a ground?

How can I test whether something (like a cold water pipe) is a ground? [more inside]
posted by blisterpack on Jul 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Help keep my computer from frying.

I need to add grounding to an outlet. How bad an idea is it to chain the ground to the ground of another outlet that is on a different circuit a few feet up from that one? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Jul 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Where to view London tube posters online

On the London tube there are posters called "Above Ground" that show an above ground view of the route of the train you're riding in relation to various landmarks, museums, major streets, etc. Does anyone know if these posters can be viewed online somewhere? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jul 22, 2006 - 6 answers

Do you have any suggestions for a concrete yard garden ?

Do you have any suggestions for a concrete yard garden ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Apr 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Advice on Good Groundcover?

I’m looking for suggestions on what to plant as a groundcover in our backyard. I live in Los Angeles, California and am searching for the ideal ground cover which would: - require little water - not require super drainage (we have a fair amount of clay in our soil) - thrive in a sunny area - handle occasional foot traffic - grow moderately quickly - be evergreen - not be poisonous to kids The real kicker on the ideal groundcover would be cost—if we could plant it by seed that would be superb. Am I asking for too much? Should I bite the cost and buy thyme plugs?
posted by krudiger on Mar 29, 2006 - 7 answers

Grounding appliances in a 2-prong apartment?

Grounding my old Marantz stereo amp in a two-prong outlet? (We're talking American 110v.) [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Jan 5, 2006 - 8 answers

How to detect the neutral/ground in a power outlet?

Does it make any difference if the ground and the neutral in a power outlet are reversed/swapped? Can this be detected somehow? How? [more inside]
posted by yeoz on Oct 3, 2005 - 17 answers

Renting at a place where 3-prong outlets not grounded properly

My wife and I recently rented a house in the Phinney Ridge area of Seattle. When renting I saw that all of the outlets were 3 prong outlets and that there was a breaker box and not a fuse box, so I assumed it was all wired correctly. Now that we've moved in, I've found that 6 of the 10 outlets are coming up as "open ground" when using a grounding tester. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper on Jul 4, 2005 - 13 answers

Laptop Audio Hum

I use my laptop in conjunction with midi controllers as a live instrument. When running off the battery it sounds great through the PA system, but when I plug in the AC adapter I get a very loud humming sound. Is there any way to get rid of this? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott on Jun 16, 2005 - 20 answers

Cheap transportation from RDU airport to ECU campus

I am looking for an easy and cheap way to get from Raleigh (RDU airport) to the ECU campus in Greenville, NC, the weekend before Labor Day weekend. Appreciate any ideas you can offer. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Apr 25, 2005 - 3 answers

It's Electric!

The outlets in my new apartment are two pronged. I've been tearing the third prong off of power strips in order to plug them into the wall. Is this bad?
posted by tomharpel on Feb 13, 2005 - 18 answers

How can I ground my computer and audio setup?

My gear is giving me electric shocks, and I don't know what to do. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by fuzz on Sep 10, 2004 - 16 answers

Installing window air conditioners

I have an old house with old wiring in the walls. The question inside is about installing window air conditioners. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 16, 2004 - 21 answers

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