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Why does the road salt (in the Northeast, anyway) come from far away?

With all these winter storms here in the Northeast (and Midwest and South), I've been hearing a lot about salt supply issues. Supposedly much of it has to come from Chile...but there are plenty of salt mines in North America, aren't there? What about solar evaporation from the ocean right here? Wouldn't such sources save on the costs and environmental impact of shipping long distances? Are domestic sources just exhausted by demand in the Midwest and parts of the South far from ports?
posted by Seeking Direction on Mar 2, 2014 - 4 answers

 

Other sites like American Science and Surplus?

I do quite a lot of building small music devices using DIY kits and recycled cases and parts. What are the best sites for for weird, bulk supplies? What are the other sites like American Science and Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com)? [more inside]
posted by archivist on Jun 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Should I Pursue a CPPB Designation in Canada?

Is this purchasing designation known and sought after among SCM professionals in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Deodand on Jun 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Portland OR telephone/data/wiring brick and mortar?

Portland OR telephone/data/wiring brick and mortar? Preferably on the eastside? [more inside]
posted by dan g. on Sep 11, 2012 - 4 answers

How much energy does a modern LCD display use?

If you have a recent 18" to 20" size LCD monitor and a kill-a-watt watt meter, can you please plug it into the watt meter and tell me how much power it's actually drawing? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Sep 6, 2012 - 7 answers

LA to DC - Fabric and leather supply stores

LA to DC Crafting - Fabric and Leather supply stores? [more inside]
posted by krikany on Aug 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Me and logistics: A love story looking for a plot

Please help me create a hobby or semi-constructive pastime out of my fascination with supply chains, logistics, and shipping. Let me explain. [more inside]
posted by kinsey on Jan 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Bike and camping supplies in Las Veags?

I'm planning a trip do Death Valley in january and I'll be landing in Las Vegas where I'll spend the first day or two preparing, and I wonder if anyone has some recommendations for places where I can get the supplies I need. [more inside]
posted by tristpinsm on Dec 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Computer power connection malfunctioning

Is it possible to replace the female part of the power cord connection in a laptop? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Dec 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Graphics card seems fried after a few weeks of working fine

I installed a new video card and power supply in a new desktop computer, but the machine had problems (restarting occasionally for no obvious reason over a few weeks) and now the card seems dead. I need help figuring out what has gone wrong! [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Nov 24, 2011 - 9 answers

I plan on making custom USB cables and I need sources for parts.

I'm looking to buy a supply of cable that would be ideal for making USB cables. Also are there any suppliers for tips and ends that can supply to Canada? I'm tired of crappy usb cables that are never the lengths that I want them to be. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Nov 3, 2011 - 18 answers

UPS next to hard drive?

Is it a terribile idea to put my small UPS next to my hard drives? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Sep 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Dealing with Bipolarity

I am in need of bipolar power supply that is +/-5vdc to work with an electronic device that is not important (thus I'm not worried about frying it). I was wondering if it would be possible to get two 5 volt adapters and wire one into the +5v circuit and the other into -5v circuit with the corresponding -/+ wires going to ground? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Sep 5, 2011 - 14 answers

BR2 Cable?!

I'm trying to identify a +- 10 V cable for an electromagnet power supply I recently purchased. The manual calls it a "BR2" cable but I can't seem to find it anywhere... [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Aug 30, 2011 - 1 answer

Stop the beeping!

The battery in my APC RS900 UPS is dying, and I've ordered a replacement. Unfortunately, it doesn't know that help is on the way, and is beeping at me relentlessly. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jul 6, 2011 - 7 answers

PC Power supply help

Need some advice please. I tried to install a new Power supply in my 2 year Old Dell PC in anticipation of installing a new Hi Spec Graphics card. Did all the necessary connections (I think) except connecting up the Sata cable to the Optical Disc drive (It wouldn't reach, I'll come to that in a minute). Powered it up, nothing. I noticed a light came on, on the motherboard (so It's getting power right??) Took out the power supply, refitted the old one and it all works. Questions - 1.Does not attaching the Sata cable to the optical drive matter?? 2.Can I buy a Sata cable extension?? 3.Is the light (showing on the motherboard) indicative of the Power supply working?? 4,Is it possible that the new power supply is not functioning??? 5.Is there something really obvious I'm missing?? Any help advice would be gratefully accepted, thanks
posted by maxmix on Jun 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Which PSU is the right one for my external hard drive caddy?

Which PSU is the right one for my external hard drive caddy? [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots on Jun 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Desktop computer smelled like smoke- now will not power on. Already changed Power supply?

Desktop computer smelled like smoke- now will not power on. Already changed Power supply? [more inside]
posted by l2yangop on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Is my PSU an expensive brick?

Did I bork my power supply? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on May 9, 2011 - 13 answers

300w or better external PSU?

How can I find a "laptop style" power supply that is good for more than 120 watts? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Jan 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Boston suppliers for my fish n' spices?

Cooking Latakia style fish fillets...where to get aleppo pepper in Boston? [more inside]
posted by ajliberto on Nov 4, 2010 - 6 answers

What's the best portable office supply case that will fit in a backpack?

I need help finding a good portable office supply case. [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Jun 14, 2010 - 5 answers

edundant switchmode power supply

Where are some redundant switchmode power supplies with dual 240 AC inputs and a 12V DC output... I am looking for some models but google is not working for me. [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 24, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I go about finding a local freight pickup/delivery service in the Boston area?

How do I go about finding a local freight pickup/delivery service in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 19, 2010 - 2 answers

230V in the USA

Can anyone recommend a UK-based supplier of 230V consumer electrical products that will ship by Royal Mail to the USA? I'm looking for something similar to this, maplin.co.uk a store which unfortunately only ships within the UK. I need to buy some assorted 230V stuff for development of products that will be sold in Asia. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 13, 2010 - 6 answers

What am I doing wrong with my PSU?

PSU was missing from computer. Bought a new one, now it gives me one continuous BIOS beep when I turn it on. What have I done wrong and how do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by battlebison on Dec 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Lather over Lotion?

Why does Palmer's Olive Butter Formula Lotion vary so wildly in price? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 15, 2009 - 2 answers

i can has online restaurant supply stores?

Are there any decent online restaurant supply stores? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es on Jun 26, 2009 - 16 answers

Extra RAM destroys my PSU!

I installed new RAM, and blew my power supply. Now, after installing a better power supply, the same symptoms which led to the broken power supply are happening again. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Jun 23, 2009 - 10 answers

Apple Powerbook Powersupply Woes

Received a replacement power supply for my Powerbook G4 today. The Apple power supply stats are "Input: AC 100-240V 50/60HZ 1.5A Ouput: 24.5V === 2.65A" The replacement supply reads "Input: 100-240V ~ 2.0A, 50-60HZ Ouput: 15-24V === 4.3A & 75W MAX". Is the new power supply incompatible with my Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by jofuu on Apr 17, 2009 - 4 answers

fat round things in cords?

what are the fat round things sometimes found inline on various types of electronic cords? [more inside]
posted by karl88 on Feb 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Non-traditional building supply sources?

I'm planning a home addition but would like peruse building material sources beyond what's available in consumer hardware stores. What sources do architects and contractors use for non-standard windows and other items? Is there a McMaster-Carr-equivalent for building materials? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Using Old Laptop Charger?

My old laptop blew the motherboard after 3 years of great use (Acer Aspire 5670). I just bought a new laptop (Acer Extensa 5630Z). Can I use the power charger/AC Adapter from my old on my new without doing damage? The new one is rated 19V 3.43A. The old one is 19V 4.4A. (plugs are the same). Long live the hive mind!
posted by bytemover on Dec 20, 2008 - 10 answers

I need 1KWh

I need just one portable, reusable, near-silent, non-dangerous kilowatthour. [more inside]
posted by felix on Dec 4, 2008 - 15 answers

Fried laptop?

Did I fry my laptop? (I was really stupid) [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Aug 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Is my power supply dead?

I just noticed that my Macbook's battery is running down even though the power supply is plugged in. Do I need a new power supply or could it be something I can fix?
posted by Andy Harwood on Aug 17, 2008 - 10 answers

How much sense does it make for a business to expand horizontally in the supply chain?

How much sense does it make for a business to expand horizontally in the supply chain? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly on Aug 5, 2008 - 4 answers

Please explain the economics of energy and oil.

How do gas companies get away with raising prices so much when they are reporting such high profits? [more inside]
posted by F.Jasmine Addams on Jul 31, 2008 - 16 answers

Why are hybrid vehicles so scarce?

Why are hybrid vehicles so hard to find? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on May 31, 2008 - 29 answers

I'm a clumsy oaf and broke a pin on the apparently irreplaceable power supply to my external hard drive. What to do now??

I broke a pin on the power supply to my Lacie external hard drive. Only problem is they have ceased to exist, in stores or on ebay... Is there a generic version that would work, or do I have to get someone to solder the pin back on? [more inside]
posted by letahl on May 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Where do I go to look up global commodity supplies?

How do I look up current global commodity supplies? Even better, is there somewhere I can compare global commodity prices versus their supply and consumption rates over an extended period? [more inside]
posted by onalark on Apr 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me find a power supply in NYC

Where can I find an AC adapter with 18-24 Volt DC output capable of 1.5+ amps in New York City. [more inside]
posted by miniape on Oct 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts: Replace fuse in computer power supply?

Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts: Replace fuse in a computer power supply? [more inside]
posted by itheearl on Jun 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Does anyone know of a company that makes a single metal file drawer?

Does anyone know of a company that makes a single file drawer? I mean in metal (or some other sturdy material, ie. hard plastic) like a file cabinet but with only one drawer. I found this, but this is carboard, so not good for my purposes, but the form is perfect. I've searched and searched on the internet and I can't find anything, but it seems like something that should exist. Can anyone help?
posted by semidivine on Jun 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Medical supply question

MedicalSupplyFilter: Those blue absorbent thingys? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jun 21, 2007 - 10 answers

Battery charger for 12V power supply?

Calling electricians: can I use one of those "battery chargers" they sell at Auto Zone to power a small appliance that needs 12V? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten on May 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Looking for angle iron source for shelving

I'm trying to find angle iron uprights for industrial shelving. My small non-profit was given shelving (well, shelves) that we originally expected uprights to come with and they ended up without the uprights. I'm looking for angle iron around 8 ft(96inches) long, of reasonable strength, and with bolt holes running the length. Holes on the shelves are approximately 3/4" on center from the corner, but are oval. leads are appreciated as my google-fu has mostly failed me. thanks.
posted by bagelche on May 11, 2007 - 11 answers

Turn on, damnit!

YACQ (Yet Another Computer Question) - does this sound like a power supply issue? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Apr 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Welding / Metal Supply for Hobbiests in Northern VA / DC

I'm taking up welding as a hobby and was hoping someone might know of a good metal supply shop that would be a open to hobbiest (i.e.: they are willing to sell small quantities and have weekend hours). I find that home depot and lowes offer a limited selection of steel, so it would be nice to find a place i can buy mechanical tube steel, small gage pipe, and other misc steel.
posted by NGnerd on Mar 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me fix a poor student's computer

Please help me fix a poor college student’s Dell Dimension E310 desktop PC. I need to know whether they use an industry standard power supply unit or a proprietary Dell unit. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Feb 7, 2007 - 3 answers

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