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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
(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?
posted by coffeefilter
on Apr 2, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
Where to find a replacement oil pressure switch for 1980 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD? [more inside]
posted by shaarog
on Mar 9, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
I have just been given a load of fresh chillies by a colleague at work. Apart from using them in a Chilli or a curry not really sure what else to use them for. One thought I have had is make a chilli sauce. Any tips on the best way to make a chilli sauce?
posted by lloyder
on Dec 15, 2007 -
my mom wants an oil sprayer or mister that works. she doesn't care if it mists finely or sprays more roughly, but she wants a personal recommendation of one that keeps working (she had a misto and a generic brand and they both stopped working, despite cleaning). that, of course, is why i'm posting the question here rather than doing a web search. thoughts?
posted by lgyre
on Nov 9, 2007 -
Is there anything that individuals can do to bring down the price of oil? If gas and oil were rationed would that bring down prices? Will high prices or shortages make rationing necessary? [more inside]
posted by msbaby
on Nov 8, 2007 -
The oil we use today was made from a biomass from a certain era. When was it, and how long was that era? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie
on Oct 27, 2007 -
Is there any one definitive, super-evocative portrait of life on on offshore oil rig? Preferably with lots of oh-cool gnarly imagery? ....that I can buy on DVD, download from iTunes or GUBA or torrent, etc?
I know there are lots that sort of fit the bill, but I'm looking for extra transportive, extra in-depth cool treatments.
Also of interest: looks at life on aircraft carriers, antarctic base stations, etc. I'm into transportive experiences of living in really artificial (and preferably somewhat high-tech) environments. Very XY chromosome I guess...
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Sep 28, 2007 -
I have a really squeaky printer. I tried WD-40, but the squeakiness comes back. One of my engineering friends suggested that I needed something similar to sewing machine oil, but perhaps a little thicker, since the gears are plastic. Any ideas on what kind of lubricant I should get? And where I could get it? Aside from the squeakiness, this REALLY is a good printer (Canon MP130), and I really don't want to get another one.
posted by ssnickerer
on Sep 27, 2007 -
I know relatively nothing about olive oil except that my local grocery stores sell overpriced crap. Can you recommend a good oil that's available online from a reputable source? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome
on Aug 31, 2007 -
We have oil heat, but as you might expect in the middle of summer's dog days, we are not using it. So why do I periodically get a very strong smell of oil? This seems to have just begun in the last few days - at least I didn't notice it before.
I checked the basement oil tank, no visible leaks and there is no strong smell down there. There have been no recent deliveries of oil that would explain this.
Thanks for any help.
posted by mmf
on Aug 7, 2007 -
Lets just say that the U.S. decided to stop burning hydrocarbons (oil, coal, natural gas) completely for environmental reasons. Lets say that everything went electric. Cars, Power Plants, factories, everything. How many nuclear plants (using current technology) would we need to produce? Would there be one in every moderate sized town? Also, how long would the raw materials last before another energy crisis was imminent (peak uranium, I guess)?
posted by DarkForest
on Jun 6, 2007 -
Tell me about the oil industry. It's one of the places I could possibly work upon graduation. Is it as evil as it is sometimes made to look? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen
on May 8, 2007 -
Can someone explain the importance or relevance of different weight engine oil? How much and why should your local climate affect your oil choice? [more inside]
posted by mdion
on May 7, 2007 -
What are the rules of thumb for mixing various spices and cooking oils for optimum flavor? [more inside]
posted by bingo
on Apr 5, 2007 -
: Oh, dear lord. I put oil in my car tonight, and thought everything was fine until ... [more inside]
posted by brina
on Mar 3, 2007 -
Please help me find a good "bulk" supplier of edible, refined avocado oil. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by kalessin
on Feb 19, 2007 -
Please help me figure out what is going on with my hot water heater. I want to have a less foggy understanding of what may be wrong before I start asking either my landlord or the oil company questions. [more inside]
posted by mkb
on Feb 14, 2007 -
We hear a lot about global warming that is attributable to greenhouse effects, etc. Can anyone link-to/guestimate the actual thermal energy we are putting into the planet directly, as a result of burning, moving, etc.? [more inside]
posted by clord
on Jan 20, 2007 -
Help me marinate feta cheese in olive oil without the oil solidifying in the refrigerator. [more inside]
posted by ontic
on Jan 5, 2007 -
My husband and I are in the market for a new oil furnace. Help us make sure we get the right one. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty
on Nov 8, 2006 -