I really like microwavable hot packs (often a sock filled with grain). I also really like hot wet washcloths. They work great on tension headaches and the little muscles in my head. But they don't last very long - certainly not long enough for me to use one to heat all the different places in my head that want heating. Do you have any suggestions for long-lasting heat for my head muscles? [more inside]
I live on the east coast and it's been very hot. I am worried about my cat in this heat - being covered in fur must suck right now. How can I help him be more comfortable? [more inside]
One one of the hottest days of the year here in the UK, train delays and outright cancellations are being explained as due to Hot Rails and the threat of rail buckling. Can someone explain this to me? More specifically why I have not heard of this in Southern countries such as Spain or Italy where temperatures like this (33C) are the norm during summer and where winters can be even colder.
I am headed to Zion National Park to do some solo hiking over the 4th of July weekend. From what I understand it is going to be extremely hot and crowded. For anyone who has been there before, can you offer some tips on logistics, stuff to pack, recommended hikes, beating the heat, etc. I will be staying in Springdale. I would like to do The Narrows but will avoid Angel's Landing due to my trouble with heights. Any info you can provide that would make this awesome would be much appreciated.
How do I store medication in the summer when I don't have central A/C? [more inside]
How will stickers/decals on the lid of my (2014-ish) MacBook Pro impact the heat dissipation? Major impedence, or negligible?
What could be causing an internal furnace-like heat on the left side of my body? And more importantly, how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
I searched AskMe for the the exercise/itch questions and got some interesting results. Tbh I still don't really know why. But the immediate problem facing me is, I don't know what kind of bottoms I can wear to pilates because the ones I've been wearing seem to make the problem worse. [more inside]
Going to Florida in a week, where it is hot and humid. Right now, I have buzz (#1 all over, slightly grown out) but I'm wondering if I should go fully bare in order to maximize heat loss. [more inside]
My single radiator heats the main living areas from one side and the bedrooms from the other. At night it gets down into the 30s/40s. Is there a way I could safely heat just the bedrooms at night? Diagram inside. [more inside]
Can you help educate me on what a modern home heating system should look like? [more inside]
Can one buy a gaming laptop that not overheat on a regular table and still play modern games? (Hopefully for under $2000) [more inside]
I recently moved into a house without central heat. Is there a safe way to safely keep my house warm overnight and when I'm not home? [more inside]
Looks like our Circulon 30 cm frying pan is fried, so I'm looking for a replacement that will work with high heat. Someone who will go unnamed really likes to crank the heat on most of the stuff he cooks, and it's pretty much bricked our big frying pan, so I'm looking for recommendations for something reliable and high quality to replace it, particularly for British or European available brands (US-only brands will almost definitely be too $$$ w/shipping). [more inside]
It makes sense that things being very hot take a long time to cool off, it makes sense that some materials don't get too hot and others hold heat for a very long time, but how is it possible that some material can both get extremely hot while also cooling off very quickly? [more inside]
What regular maintenance / preparation for the winter is required for a gas fired boiler (forced air)? Is there a need to call a professional?
Just moved to LA, and doing lots of street parking for the time being. Would it be worth getting the windows tinted? Definitely more to reduce heat than for appearance sake. I don't want to end up with a bubbly, blue mess on my windows either, and I'm not sure if that happens over time and/or only in the case of sloppy self-installation...?
I've been thinking of getting a new desktop computer--one that is adequate for gaming and doing high-res artwork (I'm a comic artist). But also I live in in a place where the weather is hot all summer and autumn. [more inside]
I sometimes make iced coffee by placing a glass mason jar filled with ice into my single serve coffee maker and letting it brew / fill with hot coffee. I include a metal spoon inside the jar to act as a kind of heat sink and prevent the glass from breaking due to thermal stress. But should I bother? Does that spoon actually do anything?
Sometime during the mid or late 1980s, I remember my parents discussing a news report of a marathon run held in Australia during the height of summer. One runner, the focus of the report, had apparently run so long (without rehydrating? maintaining electrolyte balance? resting?) that their leg muscles denatured or "cooked" and parts of leg needed to be surgically removed. Is this real? Can anyone guide me to a news report or similar evidence? Case study? Exhibit of medical curios?
I live in a 130-year-old house modernized with air conditioning that works reasonably well keeping the house a decent temperature through the summer. However, my kid's room gets warmer than any other room in the house. [more inside]
It's supposed to be ONE BILLION degrees (OK, 90-something in Portland for the next few days, during my first visit to the area. I need help. What's fun for two people to do while avoiding the heat? [more inside]
I just moved into a new apartment and there's a huge open attic that's all mine. I'm in the process of turning it into studio space, but as a renter I can't make significant modifications. It's going to get very hot this summer and I'm worried it'll become unbearable. Has anyone used the rolls of radiant barrier foil? It sounds like a good solution, but dropping a bunch of cash on something that might be woo makes me nervous. [more inside]
I need to buy a sun shade for my car. I’m in New Mexico and am looking for a high quality sun shade that is well fitted to the windshield that blocks heat extremely well. [more inside]
I’d like to get a better understanding (or, really, any understanding) of how cats are able to survive under extremes of temperature. [more inside]
Our heading system got flooded and now there's tons of water in a couple steam heat radiators that are in the wall (not sticking out like so many). Every time it starts heating the water bangs up against the metal and makes huge, scary banging noises. With a normal radiator I would shim up a side so the water runs out, but these are embedded in the wall. I need help identifying which part of the radiator to unscrew to drain it. [more inside]
Bonus: live in Minnesota. Also bonus: not my apartment, but my dear boyfriend's. [more inside]
This is my first winter in an apartment with radiators and I am trying to understand what to expect from them. So far, it pretty much feels cold all the time. Is this normal? [more inside]
We have an issue with the hot water supply from a 2004 Peerless oil furnace/boiler with tankless hot water. The shower starts at full temp, but quickly goes tepid (too cool for a comfortable bath/shower, but not ice-cold) and returns to full heat after 5-10 minutes. This is most apparent during the first two showers of the day or bath in the evening - subsequent showers or baths don't seem to have the problem to the same extent. This makes troubleshooting difficult, as we can't tell until an hour or so after running all that hot water to see if the problem returns. It's most pronounced in winter, during the summer the issue seems to go away. (Details inside) [more inside]
I have roof cables installed on my roof to help with our awful ice dams. Problem is, it is very expensive just to leave them running all the time when I am at work. But if I turn them off and a snowstorm starts while I am at work, then the ice dams form before I get home. Can anyone suggest some kind of a remote activation device. Ideally something that would let me turn on the cables from my phone or from the web. The system is already installed on the roof, so all I need is some kind of system to turn it on and off. Please do not suggest modifications to the roof - we have been through every type of soffit, sheathing, roofing solution over a period of 20 years - these ice dams are just an insoluble problem and the only way to control them is with the cables. So I am only looking for replies that can suggest ways to turn the cables on and off remotely. Thanks!
We have been trying to have gas service turned on for a week in our apartment. The gas company has been out three times, only to find that access to the shut-off valve is locked. Our maintenance man refuses to come to the building to unlock the door, since they have shown up after business hours/weekend. We pay for 24 hour maintenance. Our landlord is completely unsympathetic and won't do anything. It is getting down to 30F tonight and we have no heat. We are in NYS, if that matters. What can we do? [more inside]
What is the best location for a wood stove in a one-story ranch house? The options are: an insert for the fireplace in the living room, a free-standing wood stove in the unfinished basement or no woodstove at all. [more inside]
We are moving to the tropics (specifically, Cairns, Australia) in January. I have never lived in a climate like this before. We are also going to be first time homeowners. Talk to me like I'm five and explain to me all the things I should know about this situation before I screw up my house, electronics, etc. [more inside]
My boyfriend, who lives in Tempe, AZ near Phoenix, just had his 2000 Subaru Outback give up the head-gasket ghost. He's going to need another car, but neither of us know much about cars which are built to withstand heat. Please suggest cars to look at! [more inside]
I'm headed to Malaysia in September and plan to do some hiking around the jungle there. Because of the mosquitos, leeches and other critters, I'll need to cover up even if it is very hot and humid out. Does anyone have any recommendations for lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants for a size ~18 woman?
What should a young male academic wear when it's hot? [more inside]
We made some tie dye tshirts using Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. The instructions say to set the ink, put the tshirts in the dryer for 15 minutes--but won't I set the dryer on fire? [more inside]
Please explain to me how to maximize natural ventilation in my house. [more inside]
I live in the SF Bay area and I'm thinking about moving to colder climates at some point, but for various reasons I can't handle a cold ambient temperature inside my home, even if I bundle up. In colder areas (specifically New England and the Midwest), how easy/possible is it to find apartments that are well-heated (perhaps buildings with a whole-building radiator system?) or other situations where I can have a warm (68-70 degree) home without paying through the nose for utilities? [more inside]
I intend to buy a scratch & dent furnace from these guys, even after shipping (100 dollars) It will be much cheaper than buying a new one. I want to find some heating/cooling company to install it for me.. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
We stay in a cabin for a week each July. The cabin has no air conditioning. This is not usually a big deal, but last year we had 3-4 beastly days in a row and I was crabby and had trouble sleeping. I'd like some tips on dealing with the heat and humidity. [more inside]
I live in an open, large, loft-like apartment that gets face-meltingly hot in the New England summer. Easily near 100F in the afternoon. AC is impractical for such a big space. I've tried box fans, but I haven't found one that moves enough air to make a difference and even those were as loud as airplanes. An even faster fan sounds like a bad idea, but a much bigger and slower fan might just do the trick. Something like these, but preferably something that doesn't need to be permanently installed? Where does one find an enormous fan?
Late last year a few friends and I started an informal bartering club. My contribution is baked goods, usually bread of some kind, but as the first heatwave of the season kicked in I realized I’m going to need an alternative to oven baking. Cooks and bakers of MeFi, hope me some bready recipes that I can make during red flag season. [more inside]
i want to document in order, the merits of different methods of estimating performance for copper tube aluminium fin heat exchangers. ashrae standard documents the most valid methods of testing, basically with a primary method and 5 confirming methods. to do a paper study, there are many ways to go about it. what i want to do is review and collate these methods, as a background to the development testing my company does. however i don't want to do the legwork if there is already an analysis that covers the general structure and merits of the theoretical methods. is there anything out there that does the comparison for me?
Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult. [more inside]
Looking for tips on making the best of summer in Washington, DC. [more inside]
A steam radiator valve fail on a cold day flooded my apartment with a hot steam cloud, and a couple pieces of framed art - photo prints on 200lb/300gsm paper - bathed in it enough to be showing some buckles as it dried out. The pictures are behind glass, and there's still a tiny bit of condensation back there with them. Any tips on caring for / restoring this steamed art?
I'm interested in trying a hot yoga class, but historically I've been one of those people that occasionally passes out from heat/humidity. Can (or should) I do this? [more inside]
Just moved into a wonderful new apartment that the lady friend and I are in love with. Fantastic neighbors, perfect location, amazing view. Except that we face the lovely California sunshine and the temperature difference during the day can literally be 20 degrees or more. I work from home quite a bit and I've actually taken to working on the stoop because when its 65 outside, it can be 85-90 inside. What can we do to keep it cool? Deets inside. [more inside]
I left a non-stick pot on the stove with the burner on overnight -- is it safe to cook in it? [more inside]