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Help staying cool without AC in Wisconsin in July

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]
posted by soelo on May 28, 2014 - 23 answers

Following a burst pipe, is soaked flooring salvageable?

So the hot water pipe leading to our kitchen sink in our house burst during the night and I came down to find our kitchen, bathroom & half our livng room under 2 inches of warm water. Now everything is tidied but the floor material - vinyl - is damp on the underside. What to do? Damp slushy snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ianso on Mar 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Will hanging this canvas in the bathroom ruin it?

We just found a great place in our apartment to hang this Vintage Color Wheel canvas, but not sure it's the best place given the humidity from the shower. I can only find warnings against mixing oil paintings or acrylic paintings and humidity. This isn't exactly high art, so I'm not as sure that we should avoid hanging this in the bathroom. At the same time, I don't want to wreck this awesome find. Do you think we'd do much damage if it was hung in our relatively small bathroom?
posted by meindee on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

How to hot yoga

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]
posted by greta simone on Jan 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Make it foggy this winter?

Help me understand humidifiers and purchase one that will help deal with my overly warm/dry winter apartment without breaking the bank. Difficulty level: Canadian! [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Jan 2, 2014 - 12 answers

It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Using a mini fridge part time.

So I have a seven year old mini fridge, very similar to this one, only seven years older. How can I use it minimally? Or should I let it go 24/7? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Aug 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Anything special about buying a car in a really hot, humid climate?

Is there anything I should look out for or try to get when buying a car in a really hot, humid climate? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Running without turning into the wicked witch of the west

What are your best tips and tricks for making running outside bearable in hot, humid, urban-US-east-coast-summer weather? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jul 22, 2013 - 33 answers

How do I de-damp the walk-out basement of a lake house?

My in-laws have a lake house in Maine that's about 35 years old. It is a great place, except it gets very damp inside, especially in the basement/lower level, which is above ground on the east side and below ground on the west side. (The yard slopes down to the lake on the west side, starting at the top of the house.) What tactics and strategies can we undertake to de-damp the place? Or is this just the way life is with a lake house? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Sweet travel tips

I want to make homemade candy for holiday gifts but am traveling from a semi-humid place to a quite humid one. Help me avoid a sticky mess! +other travel-with-candy tips. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Its not just the heat, its the humidity and the heat.

LocationFilter: Is there a region in the US where it is consistently humid (~50%-70% humidity) and consistently cool (~60-80F) year-round that is a decent place to live and work? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Apr 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Will my hair look like Monica's?!

What is the weather really like in Mexico in mid August? And will I be able to stand the humidity?! [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Mar 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Bad way to start the day.

The air is usually very dry in the winter. Why are my car windows always frosted over without exception? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Hairstyles that withstand humidity?

I have shoulder length, straight, dense, ultra-fine hair. What are some cute hairstyles I can pull off that don't rely on heat styling? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Dec 1, 2011 - 5 answers

help me control humidity in a tropical climate, please!

A question about dealing with humidity in a structure that's not closed in. [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow on Nov 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Should we get a dehumidifier or do something else?

Is a dehumidifier the right solution for my problem? What else should we be considering? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Oct 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Barge in

The front door to my house gets stuck on humid days. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Sep 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Cake puddle avoidance.

I am baking my first wedding cake. 4 tiers. In July. Frosting dilemmas ensue: [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U on Jun 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Is the air louder in the winter?

Is the sound of blowing warm humid summer air quieter than cold winter air, or is it just my imagination that it is much louder to open the car windows in the winter?
posted by smackfu on Jun 2, 2011 - 8 answers

It's humid, we're pissed.

Help me settle a debate. It is very humid outside, and it will be drizzling all week long. The apartment has windows that allow for a cross-breeze. Which of the two options will make it feel less humid inside: windows open or windows closed? [more inside]
posted by hooray on May 16, 2011 - 18 answers

Cheap DIY way to dehumidify a basement during a rainy spell?

What is the best creative way to dehumidify a basement without buying an expensive dehumidifier? I don't want to run one constantly, but with all the flooding rain, I need to do something. [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on May 2, 2011 - 23 answers

How can I find discrete geographic areas around the world which meet certain meteorological conditions?

I need to identify certain areas of the world - figure zip cod/international analogue is discrete enough, although more granular is preferred - which meet a variety of meteorological conditions. [more inside]
posted by dyerfr on Apr 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Moist is a horrible word

My new dehumidifier has me curious...how many gallons of water are in the air in my building at a given temp and relative humidity? Plus a couple of related questions. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Jan 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Idle Curiosity About Measuring indoor humidity

I use this humidifier in my office. The office is approx. 8' x 10'. I have used four different hygrometers (humidity measure-ers) over the past 6 weeks or so, placed within 4-5 feet of the humidifier. Despite always having the humidifier on the highest setting, the hygrometers never measure higher than 16-19% relative humidity, which is quite low. Why don't the relative-humidity readings go up as the humidifier puts out moisture? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Jan 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Ouch.

Hoo boy, these photos are in trouble. Can they be rescued? [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Oct 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Another Sauna Showdown

[Arachnid Filter] Why don't these two spiders eat each other? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads on Aug 12, 2010 - 12 answers

How to de-steam bathroom most efficiently?

After a shower, to get rid of the steam in the bathroom, is it more effective to run the bathroom fan or just open the window? Does it help to do both? [more inside]
posted by lakeroon on Jul 2, 2010 - 11 answers

ack, i have to wash my face AGAIN...bleh....

Humid Office Filter: our hvac sucks. it's always humid in here but when the a/c is on, it gets down right wacky - it's muggy AND chilly. i feel sticky all day, my exposed skin is breaking out in pimples which i never ever get except in this gross indoor climate. what on earth can i do? a dehumidifier is out - i'm not in a closed space and we already have an office one...and i can hear the alarm on the one in the server room telling us that it's more humid than it should be. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jun 16, 2010 - 23 answers

All the cat pee smell with none of the cute kitten cuddles

Goddamnit, why does my apartment smell like cat pee? Difficulty: I don't have a cat, and I live in a pets-verboten building. Preliminary research suggests it may be mold? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Jun 12, 2010 - 19 answers

It's like a sauna in here.

What's the most effective and efficient way to keep our small apartment cool? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on May 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Cheap "Dry Box" For Camera Gear?

Are there cheap alternatives for the large and elaborate "dry boxes" I see listed for use as dehumidified storage cabinets for lenses and other camera gear? I've built up a little collection, live where the summer humidity is often high, and do not run my AC 24/7. My first thought is that this is basically an airtight box with a bunch of dessicant inside. Can't really be that simple, though.
posted by justcorbly on Jul 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Where to buy unlined linen or other lightweight jacket online?

Where can I buy an unlined or lightweight men's linen jacket or similar like this for very hot, humid Kyoto summer? Must be worn with white dress shirt, tie and black pants. Degree of difficulty: 46L/XL and shipping to Japan. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Jun 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Attics, Televisions and Missouri Summers

New place has a lovely attic, finished but no AC up there. We're planning on having the windows open with fans in them to keep the air moving and bearable. Would it be a bad idea to have a TV (plasma) up there in the humid southeastern Missouri summer? [more inside]
posted by luftmensch on Apr 23, 2009 - 14 answers

And in that sleep of death what dreams may come

Help me choose a bed. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Jan 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Pray for my Pralines

Help me salvage these pralines... [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Dec 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Straight as an arrow, flat as a pancake

How do I keep my fine hair from going flat and losing its curl during the slightest wave of humidity? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Sep 12, 2008 - 7 answers

How to fix a warped book?

I've just laid out money on a very expensive book, and to my chagrin it arrived with its pages warped and wavy from humidity (I live in a very humid city in the southeastern US), even though it was shrinkwrapped. How should I go about fixing this?
posted by Merzbau on Aug 21, 2008 - 16 answers

Looking a gift [warehouse] in the mouth.

Long Term Storage Filter: Is climate control a necessity? What items need special prep to be in non-climate controlled storage? [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose on Jul 14, 2008 - 8 answers

store in a DRY place -- storage of pills in rainy season

What is the best way to store pills when one is faced with 90-90% humidity everyday because of rainy season? [more inside]
posted by dbooster on Jun 30, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I stop the extreme condensation in my refrigerator?

How can I stop the extreme condensation in my refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert on Jun 21, 2008 - 8 answers

moldy mouldering mold

Will a dehumidifier work for my mold problem? The size charts say a 25 pint one (~$150) would be fine for my square footage, but would one be able to cover the bathroom, living room and bedroom considering they are separate rooms? Would the air flow be good enough, or should I get some of the much smaller (seems like less well-reviewed too) dehumidifiers that go for $50-$70 on Amazon and put one in each room? [more inside]
posted by Post-it Goat on May 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Acoustic guitars and humidity

Acoustic Guitar Question: My Martin has a few dead frets, apparently because the guitar has dried out. Is this fixable by just using a humidifier? [more inside]
posted by eightball on Apr 7, 2008 - 12 answers

What material is appropriate for a hermit crab fountain?

What material should I built my small fountain out of? Should be easy to work with, durable, waterproof, and hermit crab safe! [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Mar 20, 2008 - 11 answers

I need more humidity in my house!

How can I increase humidity in my house? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Nov 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Nooooooo!

Did Charleston, SC kill my digital camera with its southern hospitality? [more inside]
posted by Eringatang on Oct 26, 2007 - 7 answers

What can we make lots of little Stevenson Screens out of?

Handy people: What's a good way to make lots of small, Stevenson Screen type things on the cheap and easy? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Sep 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Air plz?

Facist housing says we can't open our windows because it will set the fire alarms off...really? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Aug 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Running when it's hot and (especially) humid

It's not the heat, it's the... you know. Tips on running in high humidity? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Aug 10, 2007 - 21 answers

What else can be sensed passively?

What else can be sensed passively? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Jul 17, 2007 - 17 answers

Healthy Dry, Sick Humid

Feeling better in dry conditions and sick in humid places: common? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 28, 2007 - 11 answers

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