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Can i heal this dying cactus?

The house I live in was flipped and landscaped with these cactuses before we moved in. The largest one seems to be dying. It looks rotten in the center and even has some mold. I suspect the recent heavy rains and lack of good drainage. The question I have is two fold: Is it possible to fix this guy, or is he a goner? If I do replace the plant, what kind of plant is it, and how should i prevent this from happening again? Here are some pictures of the plant.
posted by jonclegg on Jun 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Please help me find the perfect doormat.

I need a new doormat to go inside my front door. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on May 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Need the perfect rain coat, because soggy wool isn't cutting it anymore.

I'm looking for a recommendation for a women's rain coat, with some specific requirements, because I'm really done with freezing in something waterproof or being warm and soggy in wool when it's 30-45F out. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

60% chance of rain

What does it mean when the weather forecast says that there is a 60% chance of rain? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Apr 8, 2014 - 11 answers

A dove has been perched on my recycling can for hours, in the rain.

There's a dove perched on my recycling can outside my backdoor. He's been there for hours, sitting in the rain. He keeps trying to get in the house, but I have cats. It seems like it's someone's pet, he's very big and pretty, completely white. What do I do? His wet little head is breaking my heart.
posted by Katine on Mar 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Irri(g)tation

Got the lawn done, now need to decide if I HAVE to buy a new irrigation timer? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 9, 2014 - 5 answers

What am I seeing?

It's a very rainy evening as our plane goes into the landing phase over Barcelona; my window seat is just over the front edge of the wing, and we're below the clouds. As I look outside, alongside the plane, lit by the steady wing lights, there are perfectly horizontal, continuous strings - of slightly variable thickness - of rain. (At the wing tip, the flashing white beacon singles out perfectly horizontal, short stringlets of rain.) I know that rain doesn't fall sideways, so: what, exactly, am I seeing?
posted by progosk on Jan 25, 2014 - 12 answers

awful running weather trifecta

After months of training, I’m due to run my first 5k on Saturday morning. It’s going to be quite cold. And windy. And pouring rain. Thinking about it makes me shiver, and really, really not want to run it. Can you help me not quit it and get through the rain? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Nov 20, 2013 - 37 answers

Rain, rain go away...

I am installing some gutters in my house. I hate gutters, but need to divert the rain water due to issues we have had with mold and moisture under our house. The gutter along the back of the house will have a single downspout. It comes to a corner where a cement patio starts and "can" drain onto that area, which has a gentle slope towards the front of the house and the street. But we are thinking about the following as alternatives plans: Using a rain barrel for collection, but I hate the black pickle barrels I see everywhere and not sure what the best options are. If we use a barrel, I would imagine it fills very quickly, like one storm would overfill a 50-60 gallon barrel? Am I completely off on that? (I live in central Los Angeles) The other option is that we are pulling out a large tree that is right where the downspout is going to be and I thought why not dig a big whole and back fill it with gravel and turn it into a leech pit, is that a crazy idea, any thoughts on the best way to do that? And lastly, do people ever run there rain water into their sewer line, is that legal? Thanks MeFites
posted by silsurf on Oct 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Rain jacket recommendations

Anyone have recommendations for a men's, black, medium-weight, hooded rain jacket that has no logos? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Please help me run in the rain without horking my phone!

I've recently been bitten by the running bug. Yay! I live in Portland and we're entering into our rainy season. I'd like to run listening to music on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S3) and not worry about it getting ruined by water damage. Can anyone recommend an armband or other solution? [more inside]
posted by funkiwan on Oct 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Place to read and talk all afternoon in London

Where can my girlfriend and I sit down, relax, read, and talk for a long while during our visit to London? When weather is good, we love parks. When it's raining, we're at a loss. Are there any especially good libraries or other places for this kind of thing? Thanks!
posted by honest knave on Oct 14, 2013 - 14 answers

It Never Rains In Southern California

First of our annual 4 rainy days in San Diego came yesterday and we learned all sorts of fun things about the new house - one of which is, as there are zero gutters, the rain just cascades directly off the angled roof on to our patio, and patio furniture, and things left on the patio because it never rains. Looking for a minimalist, easy DIY gutter solution. Pic and slightly more info inside. [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Oct 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Quick, Help! Birthday Event in Central Park Planned, Now Rained Out!

Where can I bring about 20 friends who were planning to meet me tonight in central park for a birthday gathering? Storm clouds are brewing and I need a good backup, like a bar. Help me save the day!!
posted by amoeba on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

A short film about a horse, possibly featuring the Grim Reaper?

Anybody remember this? A boy rides his horse in the rain, it gets stuck in the mud, the boy screams his horse's name (Philip), a lot, while the figure of Death looks on? [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo on Aug 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Wanted: Tall size, nice looking, lightweight men's rain jacket

Can you recommend a men's rain jacket that is available in tall sizes, lightweight, and doesn't look overly sporty or technical? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Best backpack for a college student?

I need to get a good backpack for college. For the first time in my life, I will be walking (and perhaps biking) to get around. I need something that will keep my books and laptop dry. Bonus points for a backpack that I could comfortably wear on bicycle trips. [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Jul 11, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me find this movie ...

When i was a kid in the late 70's, early 80's ... i saw, what i think was a movie (could have been a made for TV movie, IDK), on TV. It was about a bunch of school children living on (what i THINK was earth)... possibly even set in the future. It rained... all the time. And the 1 girl was a bit of an outcast... but she had remembered when it didn't rain (possibly from her childhood maybe being on earth). One day the sun came out for just a day.... and the other kids locked her in a room... ran out to play in the sun.... and later, forgot they locked her in the room... and at the end gave her a bunch of flowers they all picked .... I don't remember much more.... wasn't particularly special or anything, but i think my kids would like seeing it. Any ideas? It's a bit more on the obscure side for sure.....
posted by foodybat on Jul 9, 2013 - 8 answers

How to keep mildew at bay?

Is there a best practice for keeping my walls free of mildew? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Jun 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me keep the hose on my rain barrel from wandering into my roses

The rain barrel in my garden has a plastic flex clip on it to hold the hose that's attached to the barrel. Or rather it did. Half of it broke off months ago. I've checked Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Rona, and none of them carried a replacement clip. The rain barrel was installed about five years ago courtesy of the City of Toronto as part of their drainpipe disconnection program, so I don't have the option of going back to the supplier for it. Does anyone know where I can get a suitable replacement clip on the internet?
posted by orange swan on Jun 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Rainy days on the Olympic Peninsula?

My girlfriend and I are going to drive to Port Angeles, WA Friday night and stay through Monday. We originally planned three days of hiking and Sol Duc Hot Springs but now it looks like it is likely to rain at least one day, maybe more. We're bringing books and a board game, but what other things would be good rainy day activities in the Port Angeles area? Are there wineries or other things to see that you would recommend?
posted by grouse on Jun 21, 2013 - 9 answers

"Emergency" eavestrough repair

Can I quickly repair eavestroughs in the rain? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Recommendations for cheap, lightweight rain jacket-y thing for biking

I bike commute every day year round and as a result often end up biking in the rain. I need recommendations for a lightweight, compact rain jacket-y thing that I can carry with me every day in my bag. It needs to be comfortable for summer. If it's a women's jacket, it needs to fit an XL-XXL with broad shoulders; men's jackets are also okay provided that the fit is fairly tailored. Compactness is key - I carry a medium-sized messenger bag and my current rain jacket takes up most of the room when I bring it. Warmth isn't really a concern as this is for times when I can't wear a wool jacket and hat. Should not be designed to fit super tight, as it will need to go over a shirt and possibly a light cardigan. Cheap is better than expensive, but I would pay for a spendy one if it were perfect.
posted by Frowner on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Getting the boot

Help me find (not rain) boots for a rainy, not terribly cold climate. Bonus difficulty level: in South Africa! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Apr 17, 2013 - 2 answers

I want the absolute best, most bombproof compact umbrella available

What is the best compact umbrella I can buy? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 26, 2013 - 20 answers

Things to do in Barcelona on a rainy Monday

I'm in Barcelona with a friend. We've spent two pleasant days wandering around and seeing the sights, and we'd be happy to keep doing that, but tomorrow the weather is forecast to be wet. No problem, we'll go to some museums! But tomorrow is Monday, and most of the museums are shut... What can we do instead? [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Mar 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Who asks who out after a raincheck?

If you mutually agree to raincheck who should ask who to do something next time? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Mar 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Rain booties for friend's enormous feet and platform pedals

My roommate bikes about 4 miles to work. His feet are size 13 and he uses platform (flat) pedals. He wears pretty chunky shoes. We live in Portland, OR. For HolidayGiftingTime I bought him some Sugoi Resistor booties, but within a month they have shredded and ripped to the point of uselessness. What are some other options for the large-footed, shreddy-pedaled biker? Are there any booties specifically for platform pedals? [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon on Jan 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Waterproofing a wool coat

Can I scotch guard my coat? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jan 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Book recommendations for a rainy weekend

Fiction for a rainy weekend? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Nov 30, 2012 - 16 answers

rainy LA

I'm visiting LA for the first time. It's raining today and for the rest of the week. I have no car. What should I do and where should I go? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Nov 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Ceiling Cat has nothing on Ceiling Bugs!

With the first real rain of the season. it is now time for BUGS TO DROP OUT OF MY CEILING! What are they? (pix inside) [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Oct 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Need shoes that will help me stay upright.

Help me replace my Danskos with shoes that won't make me fall over. [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Sep 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Our basement leaks in places during torrential rains

Richmond Hill/GTA Ontario filter: I'm looking for one of those companies that fixes leaky basements. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Sep 5, 2012 - 3 answers

How do you know to cancel an event if the rain hasn't started yet?

When should you cancel an outdoor event because of rain? When the chance of rain is 50%? 75%? When there is a little lightning bolt in the picture? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Jul 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Rainy Days and Mondays

I am looking for a messenger bag or backpack that will be good for bus/bike commuting in the rain, i.e. will keep my lunch, reading material, and spare clothing dry whilst I am getting soaked. I would also prefer it to be durable and green.
posted by Celsius1414 on Apr 11, 2012 - 26 answers

Best rain gear for rainy San Francisco winters?

Please recommend rain gear that will keep me dry and comfy walking around the city this winter. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 8, 2011 - 12 answers

On Such a Winter's Day

I need a day trip from Los Angeles this upcoming (rainy) weekend. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Urban Outdoor Winter

It's going to snow in NYC this weekend. What does OWS need? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 27, 2011 - 17 answers

Snow long, farewell ...

Why do snowstorms last so long? We live in the Denver area and it snowed for 18 hours, from 9 PM last night to 3 PM this afternoon. My wife asked me why it never rains for that length of time. I muttered something about convection in the summer, then stopped when I realized I didn't know what I was talking about.
posted by lukemeister on Oct 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Where is that rain coming from?

Several people I know here in Chicago, including myself, have witnessed very small isolated rain showers. They are usually no more than 6 feet in diameter, clearly not coming from a building, no clouds in the sky. One of saw this happen in a wide open intersection, one in an open quad area and one on a sidewalk. These showers tend to last anywhere from 40 seconds to 2 minutes and seem to be coming from absolutely nowhere. They are clearly unusual enough that people stop, stare, comment and try to locate it's source. Is this a naturally occurring phenomenon? Is there a name for it? Where is that rain coming from?
posted by smich on Oct 21, 2011 - 13 answers

A Vintage Bicycle Tour

I ran across a travelogue a while back of two young women going on a long bicycle tour in the Eastern U.S. in the 1930s or 1940s. I think they started from Pennsylvania or another nearby state and originally intended to go west, but ended up going south. On the return trip, I think they took a boat up the Mississippi or another major river. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Sep 21, 2011 - 2 answers

What are the best (inexpensive) rainy travel destinations?

Where can I inexpensively go on vacation and reasonably expect it to rain much of the time? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Aug 11, 2011 - 32 answers

It's Memorial Day Weekend, it's supposed to be warm and sunny!!

I'm throwing a small outdoor party tomorrow (25 people) and now there's rain in the forecast. It being graduation season, I don't want to spend all day calling party stores to find someone who can still rent me a tent. So, will a pop-up canopy like this protect people from the rain or is it a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on May 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Yosemite in the rain

yosemite in the rain: does it suck? [more inside]
posted by supermedusa on May 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Window Air Conditioner Noise From Rain?

Did rain cause my new window air conditioner to make a spattering noise or was it normal operation of the unit? [more inside]
posted by flyingcowofdoom on May 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Keep me dry

Fender suggestions for a road bike [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Apr 16, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I find discrete geographic areas around the world which meet certain meteorological conditions?

I need to identify certain areas of the world - figure zip cod/international analogue is discrete enough, although more granular is preferred - which meet a variety of meteorological conditions. [more inside]
posted by dyerfr on Apr 13, 2011 - 5 answers

I need Rain Gear

Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking. [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants on Mar 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Thanks for the free broken stuff, lady.

Is rain ruining the appliances I'm supposed to Freecycle? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Mar 9, 2011 - 4 answers

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