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Know a (food) oil sprayer that works well?

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 - 2 answers

Is rationing the answer to high fuel prices?

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 - 27 answers

Black Gold, Texas Tee Time!

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 - 7 answers

He makes it look so easy.

I could paint that. Couldn't I? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Oct 17, 2007 - 40 answers

Documentaries About Living in Hi-Tech Artificial Environments

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 - 19 answers

Good lubricant for a squeaky printer?

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 - 14 answers

Looking for good, cheap olive oil

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 - 15 answers

Smelly face?

What would cause my face to...smell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2007 - 11 answers

Does fish oil last like any other oil?

Does fish oil last like any other oil? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Aug 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Why do we smell oil when the heat hasn't been turned on for months?

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 - 5 answers

Oily Stain On Silk

How do I get a stain out of a silk tie? [more inside]
posted by davehat on Aug 1, 2007 - 11 answers

Peak Oil and Investing

Investing to benefit from Peak Oil while entering retirement. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc on Jul 15, 2007 - 31 answers

Carpal Tunnel Redux

Carpal tunnel relief question and a request for an Atlanta-area specialist. [more inside]
posted by on Jun 18, 2007 - 15 answers

How many nukes would we need to replace oil, coal, natural gas

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 - 52 answers

Is the Big Bad Wolf really that bad?

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 - 16 answers

Can you explain engine oil weights?

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 - 9 answers

Your cumin is in my peanut oil.

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 - 18 answers

I think I killed my car.

CarOilFilter: 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 - 20 answers

Avocado oil in non-tiny quantities?

Please help me find a good "bulk" supplier of edible, refined avocado oil. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Feb 19, 2007 - 18 answers

Cold showers

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 - 8 answers

How Much Energy?

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 - 9 answers

Feta cheese in olive oil?

Help me marinate feta cheese in olive oil without the oil solidifying in the refrigerator. [more inside]
posted by ontic on Jan 5, 2007 - 12 answers

Oil me up, sweetcheeks.

I want to smear canola oil all over my body. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Nov 13, 2006 - 26 answers

Need advice on a new oil furnace

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 - 4 answers

Flaxseed? Huh?

How do you consume flaxseed oil? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Oct 26, 2006 - 35 answers

What's up with the acceleration!?

What's going on with my girlfriend's car? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Oct 23, 2006 - 16 answers

What's the minimum oil we need?

What's the minimum oil will it take to keep our new apartment warm through the winter? We're in a relatively moderate climate (Pacific Northwest). [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Take you ridin' in the car car

Hollywood, FL Car Repair Filter: help us maintain our 2000 Isuzu Rodeo and our 2001 Honda Accord. It's time for a tune-up. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Oct 9, 2006 - 5 answers

Olive Oil vs. Unfinished Red oak floor

I spilled olive oil on our new red oak hardwood floor, the day before the contractors are coming to sand, stain and finish it (a small bottle fell off the shelf and the top popped off) . How screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by Scoo on Oct 8, 2006 - 11 answers

Car Filter: Slightly too much oil?

How bad is it to run an engine with slightly too much oil? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Sep 25, 2006 - 6 answers

Living in a Kevin Costner Sci-Fi Movie

Where should I move in order to maximize my chances of surviving the apocalypse? [more inside]
posted by Telf on Sep 6, 2006 - 37 answers

CookingFilter: 2 of Graham Kerr's tools

Asking for my mom: Help us find 2 kitchen tools that Graham Kerr uses on his Gathering Place show. They are not branded with his name. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Aug 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Need a weed-wacker for my heating bills

I'm looking for a take-no-prisoners strategy to reduce home heating bills. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Aug 14, 2006 - 9 answers

I'm an oil virgin. Please help!

Home Heating Oil question. I've never lived in a house heated by oil, so I have no idea how the whole thing works. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Aug 4, 2006 - 16 answers

Obesity and oil consumption

My parents came to visit and my father couldn't fit in our Honda Civic. His girth makes it necessary for him to drive a behemoth in order to be comfortable. This got me thinking: How many barrels of oil do you think the U.S. would save if we cut our obesity rate in half? I can think of a half dozen ways that being thinner would consume less oil. I'm especially curious to know if carrying around heavier people affects the average car's fuel economy in any meaningful way.
posted by Crotalus on Jul 4, 2006 - 16 answers

What kind of water heating system is this?

What kind of water heating system do I have? And can I install a timer on it? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Jul 4, 2006 - 3 answers

BioDiesel or Veggie Oil?

Vegetable Oil vs. BioDiesel? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Jun 26, 2006 - 8 answers

The price of gas

How does the price of crude relate to the price of gasoline? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Jun 26, 2006 - 5 answers

BioDiesel or Veggie Oil?

BioDiesel or Veggie Oil? What is working for you? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Jun 15, 2006 - 8 answers

Really thick socks

Tomorrow I sign a lease for a huge old house built in the 1800's, and I am worried about how much oil will be required to heat the place. How can this be predicted without appropriate historical data? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on May 14, 2006 - 10 answers

Energy, Lots of Energy

If I wanted to learn all about the energy industy, what would be some good books and resources? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on May 4, 2006 - 8 answers

I'm pretty sure the technical title is "Little Dipstick Tube"...

Well, here's a dumb one: can I pour motor oil down the, uh, little tube where my dipstick rests? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Apr 23, 2006 - 13 answers

What Happened to U.S. Oil Production?

I remember back in the eighties when a huge output of oil came from the United States, particularly three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. My question is simple - What Happened??? Why isn't there a lot of oil coming out of those states anymore? I have heard about "capped" wells and don't understand. Are companies still drilling in the oil rich states? If so, why can't it be increased to deal with the current Middle East oil supply? Inquiring gasoline consumers want to know!
posted by Gerard Sorme on Apr 17, 2006 - 20 answers

Can I mix different weight oils in my car?

I just got the oil changed in the car. I usually get them to put in 20-50, but this time they only had 15-45 or whatever it is. Problem is that I have about 10 quarts of the former and none of the latter in my trunk. When I top off the oil in the coming months, can I use the heavier stuff, or should I get the lighter?
posted by zorro astor on Apr 17, 2006 - 11 answers

How can I profit from a short-term increase in gas/oil prices?

I'll be getting a net refund of about $300 from my fed & state tax returns and would like to invest it in some short-term way -- my wife and I are going to San Francisco for a conference in August, and I'm guessing we'll have about $500 in leftover costs once my work-related stuff is reimbursed. I'd like to turn that $300 into whatever I can to help cover those costs. Yesterday's report that gas will likely hit US$3 this summer points me in that direction. [more inside]
posted by aaronetc on Apr 12, 2006 - 32 answers

How to build your own Atlantis.

So i was kicking the old peanut around and wondered if anyone else ever thought about getting some old oil tankers and converting them into a floating nation. [more inside]
posted by stilgar on Feb 18, 2006 - 45 answers

Oil for Israel

Where does Israel get its oil?
posted by Raybun on Feb 4, 2006 - 8 answers

Where can I find historical crude oil prices?

Where (online) can I find historical crude oil prices?
posted by richard m on Jan 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Is the 3,000-mile oil change a scam?

Is the 3,000-mile oil change a scam? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Dec 29, 2005 - 24 answers

Peak oil, oil shale and tar sands.

Peak oil, oil shale and tar sands. Is peak oil a concern? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Dec 3, 2005 - 17 answers

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