My new housemate smokes. He is supposed to smoke outside exclusively, however bits of our house still smell of smoke. I've never seen him smoke indoors but we are often in separate rooms. Is the smell normal or is he smoking indoors sometimes? He has lived here for 3 weeks so far.
I just moved into a new apartment and am having trouble with my smoke detector. Should I get a new one, or is there another fix? [more inside]
What can I do to measure the amount of residual smoke before and after a tenant's occupation? [more inside]
Hi all - as you may or may not know, there are tons of forest fires in the Pacific Northwest. Today, Portland, OR was inundated with a ton of smoke. As someone with asthma, it's been pretty tough to handle. Where can I drive to be in an area with less smoky conditions? More below the fold. [more inside]
Pretty much what it says, but also experience with ozone generators? [more inside]
How can I get hidden and entrenched cigarette smoke out of a room? [more inside]
We have a Maytag Gas Range/Oven that is about four years old, and it seems that a large food-stuff that got in the vents to a place where we can't clean it. Every time we use the oven it smokes up the house, and sometimes there's even flame coming in the left rear vent. I can't figure out how to open the oven box up from either the inside or bottom, and so figure the only option is self-cleaning which hasn't worked. So, have we just not self-cleaned long enough? Or is there a way through to the burners so I can clean it by hand? [more inside]
My roommate got very drunk, put some chicken in a covered pot on the stove to reheat, and fell asleep. I woke up to an acrid-smelling room (my room is on the other side of the house from the kitchen) and the hallway smoke detector going off. She could have easily started a serious fire (she didn't wake up when the alarm went off, and when I woke her up, she initially didn't even remember that she'd put something on the stove). Even though she didn't burn the kitchen down, the house smells TERRIBLE. Like possibly uninhabitably terrible. Can my landlord evict her for this? Can he make her pay for any necessary smoke removal services? What are MY rights here? Mostly I want her gone, but if that's not possible...? We are in a rent-controlled apartment in SF, and each of the roomates is on a separate lease (not month to month).
In my house I have 6 smoke detectors. At least one started going off in the middle of the night to remind me to change the battery. I changed the one I thought was low, and after a repeat performance next night, changed the batteries in all the others. In my house with high ceilings, this is a big deal involving risky ladders in awkward positions. One is still sounding in the night. AARGH! How do I find the one that is still complaining? [more inside]
The damper is OPEN. The chimney is clean. But every time I build a fire, the flat fills with smoke. Please help. [more inside]
We're looking for storage places in or near Hudson County to stash an apartment's worth of soot/smoke damaged (but not burnt) furniture and books, so they can air out for a bit. Obviously we need a complany that is not bothered by the current odor of the stuff, but we'd also love a place that had electric outlets in the units to run an air filter / scrubber for a while. [more inside]
I had repeated sparks and smoking coming from the upper left side of my microwave when trying to heat a bag of popcorn and some soup (I immediately stopped it of course). However, after a thorough cleaning the problem seems to have stopped. Is it safe to assume the microwave is fine? [more inside]
See a doctor? Or overreacting? [more inside]
I had some work done on my car today. It's a 1994 Nissan Altima. I had a belt and pulley replaced, the engine gasket replaced, and the plugs and wires replaced. The oil was changed as well. Oil had leaked through the gasket and gotten on the engine, which they cleaned off. I drove 10 miles with no problems. [more inside]
My neighbor smokes at all hours of the day and night. We don't have an AC and have to have our windows open at night in the summers, with a fan pointed out one window, drawing his smoke in the other while we try to sleep. It bothers me and my wife a lot. Wakes us up coughing dry throat. He won't stop, we asked nicely. Are there any sort of filters we can use as a screen that will make any difference? I think it's cigars.
What other smoked/slow cooked (on the BBQ) delights should I be getting my husband to make me? (using pork or beef preferably) [more inside]
Our new commercial space is experiencing frequent false smoke alarms in one specific area of our AC ducts. The company that installed the AC system is stumped, and so is the electronic security company that installed the smoke detectors. We've just had our ducts cleaned top to bottom but the problem persists even though we're presumably dust-free. Any thoughts on what to try next? Engineers? Inspection services?
I've bought two secondhand items in the past few years that have a strong, nauseating smell, kind of like tobacco multiplied by ten. Both are plastic-based. What is it and how can I remove it? [more inside]
I'm in Seattle for a few days, and I purchased a small amount of pot. Where can I legally smoke it? Preferably near Belltown.
I want a device that I can attach to our front door, and if the building's alarm goes off, a signal would be relayed to an alarm outside our bedroom door. Does this kind of thing exist? [more inside]
So just moved in to a temporary living situation and found out that the downstairs neighbors are chainsmoking alcoholics. [more inside]
I often stay over at my girlfriend's condo, she lives with her mom. Both she and her mom are chronic smokers. Her entire family smokes. They both smoke inside the condo. My girlfriend will at least leave the room and go to the washroom to smoke. But when I go to take a shower I can smell the smoke strongly. Her mom will smoke in the living room while watching TV. I can feel the smoke in my lungs after leaving her place. I have a history of lung cancer in my family as many of my family members have passed away from lung cancer after smoking for years. My dad is also currently battling colon cancer. My dad's battle has made me realize that this kind of situation is very bad for my health long term. I don't know what the solution is as my girlfriend doesn't drive, so cannot come to my place often and we live 30 minutes apart. I want to ask her to quit smoking but I know how hard it is to do. It isn't my place so I cannot tell them what to do but I'm just worried about my health from second hand smoke as well as her health. She doesn't seem interested in quitting smoking as it seems like something the entire family just does. I love her but this is a concern for me.
I'm thinking of going down the e-cigarette route, but I've got a few questions I'm not sure about, in brief: 1) Is there any research out there on their effects on your health? I get that it's early days, and they've got to better than smoking, but are there side effects/dangers that I should be aware of? 2) Is there much difference between a cheap one I can buy at the supermarket, compared to an expensive one I buy on the internet? 3) What have your experiences been like with them? Is it difficult to make the jump from normal cigarettes? [more inside]
I’ve worn the same cologne off and on for about 20 years, and I think it’s time for a change. I’m looking for scents for everyday wear with woody notes (or citrus/fresh notes, like what I wear now). Nothing musky or spicy! [more inside]
Whenever I cook, my apartment fills with smoke. How do I prevent this? [more inside]
The fan above my stove broke. I cook on the stovetop often, I've heard that the smoke from cooking could cause health problems down the road - but it's all anecdotal evidence. I've tried looking up some concrete information online, but what I can find is sparse. I'm opening the windows at the moment, but it's going to be too cold to do that soon. Is a fan necessary, or is cooking smoke not as bad as it's cracked up to be? Anyone else not using fans?
I need to add some hardwired combined smoke/carbon monoxide detectors to my house. I like it to be very dark when I sleep and so I would like to install alarms that do not emit light (either steady or blinking) during normal use. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
Hey, I am hoping that someone more mechanically-minded can help me out here. Is my car drivable or doomed/a deathtrap? [more inside]
The other night there was a fire in my friend's building in New York City; the fire was on the 10th floor, he lives on the 21st. He wasn't present while the fire happened, but there was smoke damage to his apartment, particularly to his clothes. My friend doesn't have renter's insurance. [more inside]
I have a lot of barbecue experience (low and slow smoked meats), but I've never been happy with my smoked poultry. Need to please some non-mammal-eaters, so I want to get it down this time. Veteran bird-barbecuers: Help? [more inside]
Why does my heater make my apartment smell smoky? [more inside]
How did you (or someone you know of) beat smoking with clean living? [more inside]
yet another smoke stink question. I looked for answers and found some that would be helpful, BUT... [more inside]
Should I buy a washer/dryer from someone who smokes? [more inside]
I need to setup a internal static IP for my computer at home where I'm running Autodesk Smoke on Mac. We currently have terrible wireless by AT&T running from a motorola ngv510 DSL modem/router. Please help? I tried "just figuring it out" and managed to kill the house's internet for over an hour tonight. Anyone have any experience with this?
So I kind of made up my mind a few days ago to quit smoking via the Wellbutrin/Zyban method. But now I can't get a Doctor's appointment until Feb 8 and I'm already losing my resolve! [more inside]
Weird art/design/engineering filter: I need help designing a small, self-contained unit that will make a beam of light "visible" by filling the unit with smoke. [more inside]
Any experience in Chicago with resolving secondhand smoke disputes? The neighbor across the hall in the condo I live in smokes incessantly when she is in town. I have reported that the smoke bothers me via the building management, but the smoke from her unit has only increased. It fills the hallway, as well as the unit I am renting. I went through cancer treatment about a year ago, so I am particularly sensitive to cigarette smoke now. I experience headaches and nausea from the smoke. My unit smells like smoke-furniture, clothes, towels, etc. I am worried I will get cancer again. I tried to seal the front door, but am not sure if I have done it the best way. (I'm not too handy.) I am also looking into filing a complaint with the department of public health. I live in a private high-rise residence; however, a good portion of the building is used for short-term corporate and vacation rentals. My neighbor owns her unit. Thanks for any ideas.
Bad smells filter through the heating system in my building, meaning that my apartment - and by extension, me - smell like these bad smells (cigarette smoke + other). Help us both to smell like something more pleasant? [more inside]
Antifreeze burned up in car yet no leak. White smoke billowing out only one day. Cannot recreate. Mechanic thinks possible head gasket blown. New engine or new (used) car? [more inside]
Help Mefites! Stupid fireplace question. I was burning some papers in the fireplace this evening and forgot to open the chimney flue. By the time I realized what happened and I got it opened, the room had filled with smoke. How to best get the smoke smell out? [more inside]
TubeAmpFilter: my 1970 Fender Twin Reverb started smoking when hooked up to a generator. Still works. Opened it up and can't find the culprit. What's the mostly likely diagnosis? [more inside]
How do I get rid of the smell of liquid smoke on my skin? I rubbed beef for homemade beef jerky with liquid smoke using my fingers, and now my hand smells delectable. I can't stop salivating and I'm about to start gnawing on my phalanges. Help! [more inside]
What could cause someone to smell like clean campfire wood smoke--besides camping by a fire? [more inside]
Which commercial is playing in the background of this scene (NSFW due to swearing) in Wayne Wang's 'Smoke'? I'm trying to figure out the company behind that duck and phone commercial. Secondly, is that Fruit Rings cereal real? [more inside]
How do I get the cigarette smell out of 3 dry-clean only suits that have spent years in a heavy smoking environment? [more inside]
Smokey car. How to fix? [more inside]
Elephant with stuff in his ears, villains plotting to dirty a PI's teeth, and a man crawling under descending cardboard smoke: help me find footage of these early-80s PSAs. [more inside]
Help me evaluate these claims from a chimney sweep. [more inside]
How can I find out who invested in certain movies and how much they invested? I am trying to find out where the product placements are coming from in movies. Right now I'm working on Wayne Wang's 'Smoke', but also want to find this kind of information for other films. [more inside]