When I was a kid (UK 80s), a friend had a sort of geology toy. It was two pieces of glass (7 by 4 inches) sandwiching a thin layer of water and different colored sand. The sand would fall into different layers like strata when you shook it up. Anyone know what I'm talking about or what it is called? I'm looking to buy one for Xmas. [more inside]
I'd like to add a lavender scent to some kinetic sand for a friend. I was wondering if I could somehow add a scent to store bought batch? [more inside]
We're moving into a house that will be an easy bike ride to the beach. We want to obtain a shelter solution that will fit our needs. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
My husband and I will fly down to Florida for 1 week. I am looking for some activities in south Florida that you went to and you loved. We don't have kids :) Thanks
Calling moderate to biggish wave surfers: Every time I watch a surfing video, I always notice the amount of sand suspended in the water column - aka at 1:11 of this video. I know there's a lot of other things going on for a surfer to think about, but I've always wondered if surfers feel or notice sand grains in any way. [more inside]
We are currently vacationing on the Gulf in Alabama and have noticed something odd. We are staying at a very large condo complex and a significant number of people leave their flip flops/shoes at the end of the dock before they slog with their stuff to the waterfront. This isn't a short walk and some of these shoes are expensive. It's odd to me that people wouldn't just wear their footwear to their claimed spot on the beach. Is this a regional thing? I've seen a few pairs left at the end of the boardwalk on my native Georgia and Florida beaches but never in these numbers. Any clue? Thanks.
We need sand for our daughter's sandbox - I think it takes like 17 50 pound bags. However, based on research we are all worked up now about the horribleness of the "Fake" sand from ground up quartz - due to inhalation issues. However, we know there can be an issue with real sand as well. So I am looking for somewhere that can provide safe real sand - so probably real sand that has been washed to remove the very small particles. This type of thing can be ordered online but it is hugely expensive. I could call around to every landscape company but I know many are business only, have huge minimums or simply wouldn't want to talk to the type of sand I need (which is probably river sand or beach sand).
Hello, fellow salt-deprived victims of this over-generous winter! I am fanatical about clearing my front walk, but my salt supplies are almost depleted and both salt and the usual alternatives are out of stock in my Toronto neighbourhood. In addition to dedicated shovelling and attacking residual ice with the appropriate metal tools, what can I do to fight problems like a thin slick of black ice that results from the occasional melt-friendly temperatures we get? [more inside]
How can you get rid of sloppy muddiness in a relatively large area quickly? [more inside]
Any idea's on how to remove a large amount of sand? [more inside]
Do I need a mat when doing yoga on the beach? [more inside]
People who know about cameras, or who have had this experience - what should you do with a digital camera that gets sand in it? [more inside]
Should we sand and prime patched-up holes in our walls or hire someone to do it? [more inside]
The sand paper keeps slipping off this Dremel sanding drum. How do I make it not do that? The bit is secure and the sand paper is the proper size for the drum.
Where/How can I watch Spartacus: Blood and Sand? [more inside]
Could a person survive for 1.5 hours in a casket, buried ~0.5-1m in desert sand? [more inside]
What interesting things can I be doing at the beach and marsh while it's too cold for the usual summer activities? Sciency, educational, artsy craftsy, exercise/activity...
What unique activities could I be doing at the beach and the marsh over time to take better advantage of both while it's too cold for swimming, sunning, and the usual beach activities? Educational things, amateur science experiments/measurements, artsy craftsy things, exercise other than jogging, etc. Let your imagination run wild. [more inside]
Plumbing puzzle: my neighbor has what looks like find sand which collects in her *hot water* eventually clogging metal screens on faucets, etc. The obvious answer is that this is some sort of mineral precipitate as the system has been flushed several times and a filter installed on the water coming into the house. What is causing this precipitate in the hot water and why doesn't this happen with my hot water which is the same town water on the same street (same pipes) that is going into her house? [more inside]
Easiest way to level sand? [more inside]
What killed my Lavender? Suspects: Cats, weedkiller, poor soil, poor plants or my terrible gardening skills. [more inside]
We live across the street from the beach and are constantly losing the battle to keep sand out of the house. What are your tips and tricks for dealing with this problem?
Dear MeFites, what fabulous book recommendations can you give me for a week of becoming one with the sand? I will have about 5 days in paradise and my plan is to read as many books as possible. [more inside]
Planning a shed on a beach. How should I build the foundation? [more inside]
I am trying to create a garden on an extremely sandy soil. I am going to bring a foot worth of quality soil from outside. What would be my best bet? Raised beds? Wide Rows? [more inside]
On the beach I visited in Cancun, there was a continuous construction project, and I'd like to know what they were doing/the process involved. [more inside]
A four year old boy who HATES sand. His parents both love the beach. He refuses to set foot on it. Anyone ever known anyone similar who got over it? [more inside]
How can I be comfortable sitting on the beach for a few hours, without my back and arms seizing up? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me the name of the song that starts playing 1 minute and two seconds into the movie trailer for The House of Sand (Casa na Areia). The trailer link is here. The song sounds jewish, but I can't remember what it's called.
What the hell is the sand-like dust under my rug, and why won't it go away? [more inside]
We want to incorporate some sort of sand design into our wedding as an alternative to a unity candle. This would be sort of like a Tibetan sand mandala but nowhere near as complex. How the heck do we go about this? [more inside]
Sand in my Ixus camera! Should I pay the repair charge or try to fix this myself? [more inside]
Looking for the origin of a quote referenced by Dennis Covington in Salvation on Sand Mountain as being something he "read somewhere": "Mystery...is not the absence of meaning, but the presence of more meaning than we can comprehend." [more inside]
Is it possible for me to refinish my cheap piano (pics inside) [more inside]
Should I sand the binding of my Edwards Les Paul? [more inside]
My favorite sweatshirt company has gone out of business - who else makes quality, thick sweatshirts? [more inside]
A-E-I-O-U! Does anyone know this old sand animation show and song? What about the red-and-blue clay? [more inside]
Quicksand without lots of water. What gives? [more inside]
There was a game I played in elementary school which we called "Pomp." At my school we had a sand field. Weird, I know. One guy would stand in front of everybody and yell "Pomp" and then everybody'd charge towards the other side of the sand and the 'pomp'-yelling guy would try to tackle somebody. Kind of a smearthequeer thing. [more inside]
Help me find this short art video online! [more inside]
I have a sand pool filter that is made out of fiberglass. It has sprung a couple pinhole leeks. Is there any easy way to patch it up? [more inside] [more inside]