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]
posted by EastCoastBias
on Apr 8, 2014 -
So just moved in to a temporary living situation and found out that the downstairs neighbors are chainsmoking alcoholics. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier
on Mar 4, 2014 -
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.
posted by Jack V
on Feb 3, 2014 -
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]
posted by Ned G
on Jan 16, 2014 -
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]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Dec 31, 2013 -
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?
posted by BuddyBoo
on Oct 10, 2013 -
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]
posted by medusa
on Jul 16, 2013 -
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]
posted by gerryblog
on Mar 12, 2013 -
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]
posted by supercres
on Feb 21, 2013 -
yet another smoke stink question. I looked for answers and found some that would be helpful, BUT... [more inside]
posted by fifilaru
on Jul 28, 2012 -
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?
posted by matt_od
on Jan 24, 2012 -
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]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 29, 2011 -
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]
posted by Ms. Toad
on Dec 18, 2011 -
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.
posted by anonymous
on Nov 10, 2011 -
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]
posted by AthenaPolias
on Nov 6, 2011 -
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]
posted by stormpooper
on Oct 5, 2011 -
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]
posted by cecic
on Jul 19, 2011 -
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]
posted by unSane
on Jul 4, 2011 -
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]
posted by halogen
on May 23, 2011 -
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]
posted by BigVACub
on Mar 9, 2011 -
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]
posted by longtime_lurker
on Feb 16, 2011 -
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]
posted by Knigel
on Nov 8, 2010 -
Why did my fireplace spew smoke out into the living room when I burned some stuff on a hot day this summer? I've checked the chimney and it looks clean... [more inside]
posted by crapples
on Sep 14, 2010 -
How can I intentionally make charcoal smoke? I need to carry a smoking container for a costume. I ordered hookah coals to put in the container. They burn great, but have minimal smoke. I'd like it to smolder and smoke for as long as possible. Any suggestions?
posted by juggler
on Aug 5, 2010 -
[TV vs. Reality askme] Just watched an episode of Law and Order
where Anthony Anderson
chooses a cigar over some type of nose vapor rub offered by his partner when they encounter a decomposing body. The science escapes me. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1
on Mar 2, 2010 -
I had a party at my place and stupidly let a friend have a smoke. How do I get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by vanitas
on Feb 26, 2010 -
I got this book from the library that I have been waiting months to read. Problem is that it reeks of cigarettes with every page turn. I can barely keep it within five feet of me. Which makes reading near impossible. Any way I can destinkify it so I can enjoy it?
posted by beautifulcheese
on Feb 3, 2010 -
A new neighbor moved in and now the hallway and my entire apartment reek of second-hand smoke 24/7. I live in Pennsylvania. [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on Jan 12, 2010 -
Would pre-industrial cultures have been familiar with the odor of electrical smoke under another name? Are there natural sources or was it introduced to the world with the adoption of electrical appliances?
posted by Jeff Howard
on Dec 11, 2009 -
So... The US has banned clove cigarettes. This is the only type I smoke because I dislike the taste and feel of smoking a tobacco-only cigarette. What options to I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 23, 2009 -
I'm really looking forward to my upcoming trip to Spain, but I'm afraid that the second-hand smoke is going to drive me crazy. Tips? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds
on May 10, 2009 -
Does anyone know anything about the back corridors in malls behind the stores? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Mar 15, 2009 -