My ferritin is low. Low enough to destroy my concentration and stamina and make my hair fall out among other things. I'm doing tons of research and apparently there is a bunch of stuff that inhibits uptake and Im having a hard time NOT cultivating anxiety and obsessive thoughts about this. help. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet
on May 5, 2014 -
I bought this lovely '60s cast iron enamel kitchen sink on craigslist (and a "hudee ring"), and am obtaining some repurposed bowling alley wood out of which to cut a countertop. But it suddenly occurs to me that the sink may be too damn heavy... it's probably like 50 lbs or something.
Is this project doomed? And if there is anything I can do, do you think it worth the trouble? I like the sink a lot but it was only $10.
posted by qzar
on Nov 7, 2013 -
My sister just had a baby two weeks ago and is breastfeeding, and I'm taking over cooking dinner for her, her husband, and me while I'm visiting. I'm looking for quick-ish, iron-rich vegan meals I can make for them that I can also make extra of to freeze for when I'm not around. Also taking suggestions for brands and types of pre-cooked meat that are healthy, good, and commonly available. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs
on Aug 7, 2013 -
I have a Weller SP23 (23W) soldering iron which I've used for a couple of small through-hole kit projects. It's got a chisel tip which seems to have a ~4mm wide edge. I think I want a smaller chisel tip (maybe 2 mm) or maybe a new, versatile soldering iron. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Jul 14, 2013 -
Just bought a nice suit, but when I brought it home my wife pointed out the lapels were slightly asymmetrical -- one is a bit narrower than the other. The lapels have a gentle roll to them, they aren't sharply creased. So: is it easy/adviseable to coax one of the lapels into laying differently with an iron or other method? If so, how (suit made of Italian wool)? Or best to simply return it?
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Jun 19, 2013 -
I want a clothes iron that will work for more than six months. I don't have big demands. I just want it to produce steam when I need it, and to not vomit water all over my clothes. I've been through at least four irons in the past few years -- Sunbeam, Shark, Rowenta and others -- and they have all failed way too soon. I keep buying more expensive models, and they keep failing. Which is the clothes iron that is built to last?
posted by Balonious Assault
on May 31, 2013 -
I have a cast iron wood stove at my house that sort of looks like this.
I suck at getting a fire light in it reliably. Can you help figure out what flues and doors and vents to open and close and devise a process to always get a fire going? [more inside]
posted by neustile
on Nov 7, 2012 -
I gave double red-blood-cells at the blood bank two and a half weeks ago and I've been having trouble running ever since then. I'm no one's elite runner but I was easily able to keep a 9.5 to 10 minute pace going for three miles and now I can't do that for a mile. How do I recover as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe
on Sep 3, 2012 -
Went to the doctor for extreme fatigue, breathlessness, hair thinning, joint pain, and irritability. Blood results show high iron. How do I advocate for myself properly during my upcoming appointments? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne
on Aug 29, 2012 -
I want to buy a fabric steamer to iron curtains, but not sure which model to choose (details inside) [more inside]
posted by usertm
on Aug 11, 2012 -
Which brands carry decent non iron slim fit dress shirts for Men (size -14.5 - 32/33)?
I have almost bought every single one I like at Brooks Brothers. Their fit is good but I am looking to shop from another brand so that I have more choice. Also I would prefer to go with a brand that has a good online store (hate going to the mall). Please note it has to be non iron. I am okay with BB prices but wouldn't mind learning about more reasonable options - Thanks!
posted by r2d2
on Jul 4, 2012 -
I just finished sewing a kimono-style bathrobe
out of 100% woven cotton fabric. When it came out of the dryer, the belt, bottom hem, and front band were wrinkled enough that I had to iron them. Ironing a bathrobe is not what I signed up for! Short of taking the robe apart to put interfacing in to prevent wrinkles, is there anything I can do? In case it matters, I have a HE front-loading washer and the matching dryer; the robe was washed in warm water and dried on normal heat, then removed immediately. The fabric was washed once before being cut, and I was scrupulous about laying the pieces out on the grain.
posted by DrGail
on Jun 25, 2012 -
What is this dryer mode? I have a Samsung dyer (DV4006) with various modes, two are "Iron" and "Rotary Iron". What is the difference? [more inside]
posted by tiamat
on May 14, 2012 -
Which one of these supplements is most likely to increase body temperature (within normal range): iron supplement (100 mg), flaxseed oil (2 tablespoons), or prolonged release melatonin (2 mg)?
posted by leigh1
on Apr 24, 2012 -
In the U.S., what options exist for a nearly immediate increase in hemoglobin levels (or iron) outside of a blood transfusion in a hospital? [more inside]
posted by who squared
on Nov 15, 2011 -
Speaking of cast-iron skillets, I have two, and they worked brilliantly on a gas stove. But now that I have a flat-topped glass stove, they work less well because they're not perfectly flat. One is a bit convexly rounded
on the outside, so some of it gets hotter than the rest; the other is concave
on the outer bottom and sort of mounded on the inner bottom, so that oil pools around the edges, around the mound, if you can picture that. Both pans work great for baking stuff like cornbread, but not so good for steaks or such. So I've got two pans I love but now understand why I could buy them cheap at thrift shops.
Question: Is there any way to make the bottoms of these pans perfectly flat again so they'll cook well?
posted by fivesavagepalms
on Oct 20, 2011 -
I just picked up a cast iron skillet from a thrift store and need help identifying the manufacturer/year, if possible. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor
on Oct 20, 2011 -
I'm trying to find window security bars that can be opened from the inside in the case of fire but can't seem to find a way to buy them. [more inside]
posted by slidell
on Oct 8, 2011 -
In the absence of an abundance of easily burnable carbon-based fuels, how would you refine iron ore into iron or steel, and what byproducts would be released? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK
on Sep 18, 2011 -
Cast iron pan question - did I ruin something at my host's house that I'm going to have to replace? [more inside]
posted by makethemost
on Jul 24, 2011 -
I have oddles of iron oxide and I am not afraid to use it... so, I would like to do so and make ferrofluid.
Problem is, all instructions I have been able to find in my search thus far have provided directions in which I am obtaining my magnetic particles from an alternate source.
Can any of you Mefites help me come up with a recipe for ferrofluid success?
posted by caveat empress
on Jun 6, 2011 -
Iron deficiency anemia causing sustained exhaustion and fuzzyheadedness. How can I treat the symptoms? (Underlying cause is undiagnosable so far and only worsening.) [more inside]
posted by sparrows
on Apr 21, 2011 -
Left my stove burner on LOW for more than 24 hours; my roommate's cast-iron skillet was on it. Explosion narrowly averted, but the cast-iron skillet now powerfully smells metallic when it's heated. [more inside]
posted by greggish
on Dec 3, 2010 -
Which garment steamer should I get, this Rowenta
, or this Haan
? Or something else altogether? Is there any advantage of having a metal head vs plastic? This is mostly for button-down shirts and dresses. I don't own an iron.
posted by rmless
on Oct 1, 2010 -
I am trying to find ways that molten iron could produce sound, and hopefully musical sound.
things could be added to the molten iron, or effected by the heat it produces
does anyone have any idea's?
posted by frequently
on Jun 25, 2010 -
FerritinFilter: I know YAN my doctor, but I'm supposed to have a septoplasty & turbinate reduction on Monday, and my ferritin is back to the very low end of normal. Ok to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 14, 2010 -
The future Mrs. and I recently came into possession of a Hi-Steam SVP-24 Steam Iron, unfortunately I can't figure out how the blasted thing works. Any mefites have any experience? [more inside]
posted by nulledge
on May 7, 2010 -
I just threw out a whole batch of quinoa, and I'm not that bad a cook. Best tips and advice on mastering this staple? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger
on Feb 12, 2010 -
Blood donation question: how long does it take to fully recover from donating blood? Yesterday was the first time I've ever donated..some questions.... [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93
on Jan 28, 2010 -
I need to buy a bunch of iron or steel discs (but not stainless steel). Having trouble finding them. [more inside]
posted by squarehead
on Jan 8, 2010 -
I seem to be perpetually anemic, but my doc does not support my continuing to supplement with iron beyond bringing my lab numbers into the very low end of normal. Experiences, advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 12, 2009 -
How do I press/iron a woman's business pant suit? Am I supposed to iron out the creases? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 5, 2009 -
I've 'inherited' at least 50kg of some sort of ferrous filings in one large can, and one cotton/burlap bag. What should be done with them? Can I just take them to the dump? Should they go to some scrap metal depot? [more inside]
posted by csmason
on Sep 28, 2009 -