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Oil-burning Tankless Hot Water Heater Temperature-recovery Problems.

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]
posted by Slap*Happy on Dec 3, 2014 - 5 answers

It has the word "heat" in its name, so.

What am I not understanding about my HVAC system? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Nov 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Survival strategies for a "Black Swan" event?

My industry has just had a Black Swan event and has entered a period of systemic risk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Administrative roles in oil/gas and offshore

What administrative roles are there at oil/gas plants or offshore rigs, in addition to HR and office clerks? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Oct 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Car engine smoking on engine surface after repair--normal?

I had some work done on my car today. It's a 1994 Nissan Altima. I had a belt and pulley replaced, the engine gasket replaced, and the plugs and wires replaced. The oil was changed as well. Oil had leaked through the gasket and gotten on the engine, which they cleaned off. I drove 10 miles with no problems. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Oct 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Did something dumb - oil down drain edition

I had a jar of coconut oil that got contaminated with raw chicken (long story) and I mindlessly dumped it down my drain. I immediately realized this was the WRONG thing to do. How can I prevent a plumbing problemo? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Sep 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me make a beet slaw I can refrigerate for weeks.

I want to make a beet slaw for adding to lettuce-based salad. The thing is, I'm unlikely to eat it all immediately, so I want to make a bunch, put it in a jar in the fridge and consume it over a period of weeks. I want to do this without dying of food poisoning, mold eating, or fermented beet alcohol poisoning. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Jul 28, 2014 - 18 answers

What can we do with flavored (olive) oils?

We have two bottles of really tasty flavored oils (one is jalapeño olive oil and the other is olio piccante, some sort of spicy Italian oil) and we're looking for ideas on what to do with them. They don't heat well (the flavors dissipate quite a bit), so we're looking for suggestions on what to do with them. We like to drizzle them on soups right before serving and over hummus. Any other great ideas?
posted by jroybal on Jun 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Do we need animal materials to extract or refine petroleum?

The reliance of industrial agriculture on petroleum products is fairly well-documented. Is the reverse also true? Would we be able to produce oil without industrial farming? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Jun 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Lawnmower and Oil (Please tell me no math is involved)

I currently have 3 gas cans in my garage that may or may not have been mixed with oil. I know one of them has because I know my leaf blower requires it. I know one doesn't because my lawnmower takes straight gas. My challenge is I don't know which is which. Does anybody have an recommendations for how to solve my problem? [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 on May 6, 2014 - 11 answers

1,000's of fishes

How many fish are killed for every fish oil pill I consume? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Feb 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Oil change: miles or time?

Oil changes: miles or time? I drive a little 2011 Mazda M2. My commute to work is about 14 miles round trip. I don't drive it much else. My last oil change was January 2013 and 5231 miles. The sticker says next change is May 2013 or 10231 miles. Needless to say it's well beyond May 2013 but I'm still only at 9200 miles. Should I get an oil change or wait for the mileage? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Feb 11, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me find the right Master’s Programme specialising in Oil in Germany

Hi there, I’m in a conundrum - I hold a Bachelors Degree in Physics and I am currently searching for a Master’s Programme at a German University specialising in the management of Oil resources and/or the relation to Oil and Physics that I studied. [more inside]
posted by theTrap on Dec 20, 2013 - 3 answers

I need to update my hair care regimen

I used to be able to shampoo, blow dry, and curl my hair and then sleep on it for a day or two at a time to spare my ends daily heat damage. Then I got bangs. My bangs get oily mere hours after I get out of the shower, forcing me to shower, dry, and style my hair every day and accumulate the repercussions of constant heat contact. Dry shampoo makes my hair look even oilier. So how can I keep my roots/bangs oil-free and my ends healthy? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 27, 2013 - 19 answers

How to clean the grease off my cabinets?

Can someone please PLEASE help me figure out how to clean grease/oil drips off my cabinets? These are splatter drips that come from sauteing, deep frying, etc. [more inside]
posted by torticat on Oct 23, 2013 - 39 answers

Rags soaked with sunflower oil will spontaneously combust?

How can I prevent a bunch of cotton rags I soaked in sunflower oil from spontaneously combusting? [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small on Oct 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Fish oil - or snake oil?

Recently I was talking to someone about health related issues and she mentioned that she took fish oil ending with the broad statement that it helps with about everything. I have read over the years about how fish oil helps with menopause (which I'm beginning) and ADHD (which I have) and just about every kind of condition known. I saw a previous mefi about the inefficacy for fish oil on depression but wondered how it relates to other conditions. Googling shows all sorts of results, both positive and negative and as I am not medically inclined I'm wondering if there is any benefit to it or is better to steer clear? Anecdotal evidence too please.
posted by lasamana on Oct 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I use garlic infused oil to prevent an ear infection?

I have a huge, life-determining standardized test tomorrow. A bit of ear plug got stuck inside my ear this morning when half of it ripped out as I tried to remove my earplug. Now, my ear has started hurting a little, and I'm terrified! I'm highly prone to ear infections, and am fearful of waking up with one tomorrow. It would be a huge distraction during this 3 hour test that has required months of preparation! [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 10, 2013 - 24 answers

Knock, Knock. Who's There? CAR TROUBLE!

My car started making a weird noise on my drive home from work tonight. I got home, did some research, and discovered that the noise sounds a lot like "engine knock". I checked my oil level, and it's borderline low-ish. Is is OK to drive to a mechanic or should I walk/take the bus to AutoZone and top up the oil before starting it again? Am I already completely screwed? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

two damn tablespoons of olive oil...

I'm going car camping next week, and I'd like to bring a small amount of oil to cook with. I currently have a giant jug of oil and no desire to spend $6 on a tiny glass bottle of the same stuff. is there a container I can decant the oil into that WILL NOT spill in my car? I'm also looking to avoid a leaky container in an oily nasty ziploc. Clearly a cheap or recycled option would be best, but I'd be willing to buy something if it could be washed and reused and would never, ever leak.
posted by genmonster on Sep 9, 2013 - 31 answers

Tell me about your frugal, toasty ways, Metafilter

Can you share all the information, products, tips, etc., about weatherstripping and all other ways of keeping my house from leaking heat--and letting in cold air--when it's cold? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 23, 2013 - 37 answers

Finding information about person in a portrait

We have inherited a portrait of Prof. Jacques Stock painted in the late 1930's. Based on family tradition he might have been a professor of art. Is there some site or some way we can search the web based on the face in the portrait? We've tried many different ways to search by name and keep coming up with nothing. The artist was a family member who died several years ago. The portrait was discovered after he died. We do know the family member studied portraiture under Thomas Eakins, but that is about all we have to go on. Many thanks for any help you can give.
posted by fgdmorr on Aug 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Which cooking oil(s) will be least likely to turn rancid?

I cook with Dutch Oven sometimes. After you cook, you clean and very lightly oil the oven. Problem is, I don't use the dutch oven often so the next time I cook, the oil is rancid. I've read that Coconut oil never goes rancid and is the best to use. I've read that Crisco never goes rancid and is the best to use. I've read the oil with the highest smokepoint (avocado oil) is the best to use. I've read that the oil with the lowest oxidation index is the best to use (I have no idea which oil that is). No one seems to know. If any one of you have advice or knowlege, I would like to hear it!
posted by luvmywife on Jul 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Non Destructive Testing in Canada's Oilpatch - experiences?

I'm considering a career switch, and I'm looking at taking a certification (or more) in non-destructive testing, with an eye to working in the oilpatch. I'm curious about how work is structured and what the conditions are like. Any input would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Jul 24, 2013 - 2 answers

How much does oil heat cost in Milwaukee?

I'm trying to find information on how much I should budget for heat in an apartment that uses oil heating. If you use oil heat, can you give me an estimate of your bills for that service as well as how many square feet you are heating? I'm in Milwaukee, WI.
posted by philosophygeek on Jul 22, 2013 - 6 answers

A waveform? A landform? Just a lovely abstract?

Can you help me learn more about this painting and/or the artist? [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

What non-sketchy sites can I buy unscented bath beads from?

My Mom used to love using bath beads, but we haven't been able to find them for ages (We used to get them at a little red shop instead of a bigger store; I think it was a body shop inside of a Sears or Bay or something like that?) Anyway, I figured I would get her some for mother's day. This is turning out to be a lot more challenging than I anticipated. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 7, 2013 - 13 answers

How does multi weight non detergent motor oil work?

I seen this oil at home depot called "Powermate Non-Detergent 4-Cycle Engine Oil - 10W30" my oil knowledge is at a beginner level but I thought multiweight oils were a emulsion. How do they make a 10w30 oil if there is no detergent in it?
posted by john123357 on Apr 29, 2013 - 7 answers

When was the Spanish printer Artes graficas del Rio in operation?

I have an old Spanish olive oil label. The printer's name/location, as they appear in fine print at the bottom the label, are as follows: ARTES GRAFICAS - DEL RIO - LUARCA. I am trying to determine the age of this label. Herminio Azcárate Campo died in 1944, but I don't know when he inherited his father's business, which was established sometime after 1891. The label can be viewed here. If I knew when this printer was in operation, I could get a better idea of when this label was in use. Any useful information on ARTES GRAFICAS - DEL RIO or Herminio Azcárate Campo would be appreciated.
posted by kirsti on Apr 5, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I repair a rip in oil painting on canvas?

Have an oil painting, self portrait of my old man, there is an L shaped rip around 6x4in flap. What's the best way to repair it?
posted by daveo'h on Mar 15, 2013 - 6 answers

When was the olive oil brand L'Aiglon in use?

I have an antique olive oil label, probably from France, that I suspect was printed in the early or very early 1900s. It reads as follows: "L'Aiglon Marque déposée Huile d’olive vierge extra douce Superfine Poids net 800 Gs". The printer's name is not indicated, nor is the name of the company. I would like to know when this brand name of olive oil was in use.
posted by kirsti on Mar 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Fake a lipstick treatment

We're doing a show that requires a character to write on a laminate surface every night with what is supposed to be lipstick and are looking for some work-arounds to deal with expense and time. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Feb 3, 2013 - 14 answers

How to remove an oil stain from a canvas bag

I just noticed the stain recently but it feels set-in. It's roughly 3 inches around. What's the best way to go about removing the stain?
posted by mizrachi on Feb 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Castor oil for both ends? Neither?

I accidentally bought 250ml of Castor Oil instead of Cod Liver Oil. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Feb 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Is $3.79 Ok For Heating Oil?

I'm paying $3.79/gallon for heating oil in Westchester county, NY. Is that a reasonably ok price? If not, can anyone recommend another supplier (I'm using Castle).
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Other oils to protect steel

I play an Array Mbira. The tines are made of spring steel. I have sweaty hands, so the tines tend to rust unless I coat them with oil. The folks who make the instrument recommend 3-In-One Oil, which is what I've been using. Does it contain anything toxic? Are there other oils I could use to protect the tines? [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Dec 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Rule of thumb for initial break outs?

At what point do you decide that the initial breakout is now a reaction breakout? [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze on Dec 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Tea Tree Filter

Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Loose oil cap fix?

[Carfilter] The oil cap on my car vibrates itself loose, causing oil to spill out onto the engine and thus wreathe my hood in some lovely smoke. Oil cap has been replaced once already to try and fix this, to no avail. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Is a hybrid water heater more efficient than oil?

Help me analytical-types! Do I upgrade my current water heater to the GE Geospring Hybrid for practically free?? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Oct 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Emissions problem and low oil

My car, for the first time in 12 years, did not pass an emissions inspection in California. Right before this, my oil light had started to periodically blink. On inspection, my oil was very (very) low. I filled it back up after the test. What are the chances that this caused the high emissions levels? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Oct 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me keep my SmartyPants image shiny.

Considering the huge amount of oil/energy expended driving trucks full of food all over the country, would it make more sense to increase our train infrastructure (is that even possible?) to move more food? That's the question, but not why I've come to Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Aug 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Tips on setting up an art studio

Need tips on setting up my art studio [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Aug 6, 2012 - 9 answers

So, what do YOU fry your porkchops in?

What is the healthiest cooking oil ? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Aug 2, 2012 - 39 answers

why is tuna in oil a thing?

Ive ben wondering about this since i was little. At the store you can get tuna packed in water, or tuna packed in oil. what's tuna in oil got that water doesn't? i would think that tuna in oil won't work if you don't want the oil, and if you do, you have many better oil options that the the oil in that can, that most likely just got sluiced out the top of a tanker truck or held for months belowdecks in unwashed tankards on a tuna boat.
posted by facetious on Jul 20, 2012 - 22 answers

Avocado oil

100% pure avocado oil [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jul 15, 2012 - 11 answers

What is this painting I am thinking of

Help me find this painting I think I saw at the the Met. [more inside]
posted by murfed13 on Jul 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Are we talking Road Warrior or Children of Men here?

Are we as environmentally screwed as I think we are? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on Jun 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Chicken Chunks At Home?

How can I re-create chip shop style chicken chunks at home? Specifically I am trying to re-create the kind of fried chicken chunks made at NYC's A Salt And Battery, in general I am trying to get that moist, crunchy, batter-just-pulls-away taste and texture found in fry joints. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 28, 2012 - 7 answers

An inappropriate choice of lubricant

I put two-stroke oil into my four-stroke lawn mower engine. How bad is that? [more inside]
posted by cardboard on May 8, 2012 - 9 answers

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