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CHECK ENGINE LIGHT!

Check Engine light is on and there is a ominous whirling sound coming from my engine? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Apr 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Oil + Garlic = Free Botox!

[(50 Garlics + 3/4 teacup of Olive Oil) * Food Processor] + Long Term Storage = Botulism? If yes, what could be used to replace the oil? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Apr 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Resources about Oil for High School Students?

Can anyone recommend some good resources (articles, books, DVDs, websites) about oil that are appropriate for a secondary school curriculum? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart on Mar 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Is non stick cookware going to give me cancer in 25 years?

What are the dangers and benefits of non stick cookware (teflon/generic teflon type)? It's obviously healthier to cook without using lots of oil, but I've heard rumors of health problems such as cancer being linked to long term use of non stick pans. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 22, 2009 - 21 answers

Hot Oil for My Hair?

Do hot oil treatments for hair work? Are they good for curly/frizzy fairly thick hair? Will they make my hair silky smooth? Or do they do nothing? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Mar 18, 2009 - 21 answers

How can I wash oil/grease out of my leather gloves?

How can I wash oil/grease out of my leather gloves? [more inside]
posted by autojack on Mar 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Oli Heater that uses Waste Engine Oil

What are the pros and cons of trying to switch heating systems from a traditional furnace to a waste oil heater that burns used gasoline engine oil, particularly for an automobile repair garage? [more inside]
posted by franklen on Feb 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Can I use metal paint on wood?

What exactly does it mean for paint to be formulated "for metal substrates only"? Can I use it on wood? [more inside]
posted by torticat on Feb 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Where can I buy Peanut Oil?

Where can I buy large quantities of peanut oil in New York City? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Feb 22, 2009 - 5 answers

pan. zoom out. repeat.

gmaps filter: what am i looking at? [more inside]
posted by sponge on Feb 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me unstain my pans!

How can I prevent or remove polymerized oil from aluminum sheet pans? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Feb 17, 2009 - 14 answers

OilFilter

Is too much oil in a car engine something to worry about? [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number on Feb 11, 2009 - 6 answers

How can I fix my walls?

DIY home repair - I would like to re-paint the walls in my apartment by myself. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres on Feb 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me with pressure and busting cells?

Nerdy-science-geek question: What kind of pressure am I looking for if I want to bust algae cell walls by sending a algae-concentrated liquid through a small aperture? I mean, behind the aperture, size of aperture, etc....knowing that the sudden reduction in pressure *should* bust things up. Any thoughts? Of course, I am wondering about doing this in terms of what I've read, and may experiment with in future, but don't have firsthand knowledge of. Thanks in advance!
posted by Kickstart70 on Jan 28, 2009 - 12 answers

What has mushrooms, garlic and oil and little else?

What simple pasta dish has just mushrooms and garlic and olive oil and some spices? [more inside]
posted by davathar on Dec 20, 2008 - 22 answers

Simple way to make long term bet on oil

Can anyone explain this website which shows the prices of crude oil options? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Nov 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Not that I'm complaining, but how did gas get so cheap?

Not that I'm complaining, but why have gas prices dropped so dramatically in recent weeks? I understand how they rose so high-- chaos in the Middle East disrupted the oil supply and hurricanes destroyed some processing capability in the US-- but I'm seeing close to $1.80 a gallon now when I thought I'd never see under $3 again. Forgive me for my ignorance, but I feel like I missed something.
posted by Faint of Butt on Nov 25, 2008 - 24 answers

Oil is dwindling. Right now it happens to also be cheap. I should "buy" it, right?

So the price of oil is ridiculously low right now. But since we're running out of the stuff in the mid-to-long-term, can you explain to me why i shouldn't pour a nice big chunk of my investment egg into oil futures? [more inside]
posted by snortlebort on Nov 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Ill-prepared, but taking up oil painting anyway

Artfilter: I've decided to take up oil/canvas painting. I have good artistic sensibilities, but no formal training and no supplies. What do I need to know/own? [more inside]
posted by charmston on Nov 16, 2008 - 18 answers

Crude Oil Charts

Where can I find crude oil charts online? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Nov 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Past prices on oil and airfares?

Is there a resource anywhere that will give me either (a) historical data for the last year or two on the price of oil (b) similar data for airline tickets or (c) ideally, both? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Nov 9, 2008 - 3 answers

oil lens spectacles

I remember reading about these spectacles that'd let you control their focal lengths by varying an oil film between two rectangles of glass that were held together by the frame ('oil inside the lens'). Links?
posted by Taksi Putra on Oct 25, 2008 - 5 answers

Alternative energy - when, where, how, why?

What would it take of an alternative energy to make a serious impact in current global energy consumption? What cost/benefits would it need to demonstrate over and above existing sources? Who would need to seriously start using it? Anybody have some good sources of information or discussion on this topic?
posted by zaebiz on Oct 22, 2008 - 19 answers

Seeking Mass Energy Testimonials

For Massachusetts residents: Do you have experience with using the Mass Energy consumer alliance for heating oil? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Oct 14, 2008 - 2 answers

How much fuel would a national 55mph limit save a year?

If we lowered the speed limit nationally to 55mph, how much fuel would we save? [more inside]
posted by mikeyk on Oct 13, 2008 - 31 answers

Frozen Coconut Oil Turned Green

We had some coconut oil in containers in our freezer (we use the oil for popping popcorn - we buy it in bulk and then freeze it for later) and for some reason this latest batch has all turned green. [more inside]
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys on Oct 7, 2008 - 8 answers

lock in or take my chances re heating oil rate?

I'm looking for thoughts on whether I should lock-in a heating oil rate of 3.79 for the season. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Oct 1, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me locate a transcript of this clip.

Please supply me with a transcript of this Australian interview. [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground on Sep 24, 2008 - 16 answers

old oil

Oil Filter: I'm resurecting a bike that's sat for 5 years. Do I really need to replace the engine oil? Surely modern oils are pretty stable and won't have degraded significantly in 5 years? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Aug 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Is there really such a thing as "foreign oil"?

Why is there so much talk about dependence on "foreign oil"? (Meaning, as opposed to "domestic oil," not alternative energy sources.) Is there really any meaningful distinction between foreign and US oil, given that the oil market is mostly global? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jul 31, 2008 - 17 answers

Please explain the economics of energy and oil.

How do gas companies get away with raising prices so much when they are reporting such high profits? [more inside]
posted by F.Jasmine Addams on Jul 31, 2008 - 16 answers

What is a dense/heavy transparant oil or inert/safe non-water-based liquid?

I need a crystal-clear transparent liquid that is as heavy (dense) or heavier than water, not dangerous, and not difficult to obtain. The heavier the better. The catch - it can't be water-based. [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jul 18, 2008 - 23 answers

Latin American Geopolitics

Help me learn more about recent/current Latin American geopolitical turmoil. [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Jul 18, 2008 - 11 answers

I can haz job? will travelz.

I'm interested in jobs where you go to some possibly unpleasant place, work really hard and come back flush. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jul 7, 2008 - 30 answers

How would I go about buying gold?

How would I go about buying gold? [more inside]
posted by muthecow on May 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Mineral Oil - Uses? 'Banned in Europe'?

Uses for mineral oil, and (why) is it 'banned in europe'? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp on May 21, 2008 - 32 answers

Who's responsible for $4 a gallon?

Can anyone show me some articles or books that explain or theorize why gasoline prices are so much more expensive than a decade, two decades ago? I'm a bit dense, so concise is ideal. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 29, 2008 - 20 answers

Make plastic look new?

How can I clean the plastic of a cellphone that has become matte again without ruining it? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Apr 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Faster Than a Speeding Gas Pump

Does it take longer to fill up a gas tank when the price goes up by 25%? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Apr 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Oil, oil everywhere and not a drop to drink...

What fundamental differences keep the US from nationalizing and/or heavily regulating the oil industry as a whole, much like electricity has been regulated? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Apr 18, 2008 - 17 answers

I feel like I'm eating oil for breakfast

What are the top 3 things I can do this year to avoid consuming non-renewable resources? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Apr 17, 2008 - 32 answers

I'm tired of coming home to a cold house!

Which approach really burns more heating oil - keeping the house at a constant medium temperature (say, 64 degrees) or keeping it very low most of the time (58-60) but bringing it up to a higher temperature (say, 66 degrees) once or twice a day? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Cost for a new hot water oil burner/furnace

(Oil Heat) - Getting a new oil burner / furnace. (1) How much should it cost, including installation, for a new oil furnace that's at least pretty good/efficient? (We've gotten one estimate, so far, for $10,000 (!) $11,000 for antifreeze pipe system.) What's the cost for the equipment vs cost of labor? (2) The $10K was for a System 2000. Is the System 2000 really that good? Anyone have one? How much did it cost? How much did it reduce your heating bills? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Apr 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Please no HURF DURF Big Oil

Why are oil companies making so much money? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Apr 1, 2008 - 19 answers

Swimming in oil?

I'm trying to visualize the amount of oil the world has consumed since 1900 and, just for fun, how much there is left ...using bodies of water as a reference. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Mar 23, 2008 - 12 answers

Educational cartoon short about oil/petroleum?

I'm looking for a great short educational cartoon about oil and petroleum that may or may not have been posted in the blue a long time ago, definitely elsewhere on the net. My extensive searching has uncovered nothing and someone else may simply remember the title. It was 50's cartoony, obviously biased in favor of the industry, but seemed scientifically accurate. Any clue?
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Mar 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Replace oil pressure switch in motorcycle?

Where to find a replacement oil pressure switch for 1980 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD? [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Mar 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Fry me to the moon

What should I fry? Give me your favorite fried food ideas. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Mar 7, 2008 - 52 answers

Prepare for Peak Oil without looking like a nutjob?

Best way to mitigate effects of potential peak oil and global warming issues without looking like a nutjob? CYOA in a realistic manner? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Mar 4, 2008 - 12 answers

How to replace cocos fat in an chocolate-dessert?

Chocolaterie-filter: Is it possible to replace cocos fat with some other household-fat in an emergency? What's the best replacement (≈ least damaging)? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer on Dec 30, 2007 - 7 answers

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