I'm getting conflicting opinions on how often a septic system needs to be pumped, and pumping isn't cheap. My current system is about ten years old, and it's been mostly just me using it. I've heard of other low-use households that have been pumped maybe once in 30 years. Conventional wisdom seems to be thus: pump every 3 years or so or risk anything from a bad smell to a total system wipeout and replacement. Is that for real? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog
on Jun 30, 2014 -
Hard drives always fail on me. I need usb/flash/thumb drive alternatives that are not online-based. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on
on Mar 5, 2014 -
How can I text without typing on an iPhone? Is there a way to get voice translations right into a text without cutting and pasting on a 3Gs? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty
on May 23, 2012 -
I'm getting some kind of RSI on the side of the end of my thumb (exterior, adjacent to the right side of my thumbnail.) It feels like it is burning and getting worse. It is the spot where I hit the spacebar/trackpad. I'm worried, but in reading up on thumb pain, can't find this particular injury, nor any suggested remedies.
posted by soulbarn
on Dec 21, 2011 -
I use my smartphone a lot and my hands/thumbs are getting sore. I know how to stave off pain from typing and hunching over my computer, but those techniques don't work for this. Can you recommend stretches or massage techniques? [more inside]
posted by heatherann
on Nov 26, 2011 -
Help me save Mabel, my new spider plant, who is not adjusting to my apartment very well at all. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek
on Jul 8, 2011 -
I need help identifying a sweater style. Please help me name this sweater so I can find it and buy it! [more inside]
posted by msali
on May 7, 2011 -
Sprained thumb?- pain and stiffness won't go away. What could it be? Hopefully not a ruptured ligament. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied
on Dec 18, 2010 -
Would like to watch my DVD movies on my netbook. How do I transfer these movies to a thumb drive or memory card? Step by step instructions would be much appreciated as I tried Googling this and there was so much various information on what types of programs to use and why it was confusing. Gracias!
posted by MsKim
on Mar 4, 2010 -
(YANMD, but) what is this odd twinge that occasionally alternates between two points on my body? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 10, 2009 -
Please identify a picture in the movie "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead". (Semi-spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by joaquim
on Jun 29, 2009 -
Does anyone else ever feel the presence of a phantom thumb jutting out of the side of their foot? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes
on Jun 28, 2008 -
I'm looking for a men's thumb ring in the NYC area. I've never had a ring before, so I'm looking for something inexpensive, simple and casual to see if I like it first. Inexpensive is definitely under $50, preferably around $20. There's a lot of simple stuff I like here
, but I'd really like to go somewhere I can get sized and try a bunch on in person.
posted by The Dutchman
on May 12, 2008 -
Need a metric/rule-of-thumb for IT staffing. Like, X people on helpdesk for every Y users, X admins per Y servers, etc. [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Apr 28, 2008 -
Two-year old caught his thumb in a door. After two hours, the child no longer complained of pain, was using thumb fine. No swelling, cuts, or outward signs of trauma. However, the thumb "clicks" and locks in a straight position if the child extends his thumb. Is this a permanent injury? What damage was sustained? What should we ask the doctor when we visit? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel
on Apr 9, 2008 -
I need to find a way to keep all of my various bits of information handy in one application on my USB drive - things like notes, to-do lists, addresses and project information - and would be very grateful for any recommendations or help you can give me :) !
I'm happy to pay for the right software so paid or free options would both be great.
What I'm looking for is something that is...
- Self contained: must run on, or from, the USB stick and not
* require a webserver or apache to work (browser-based apps are fine if they meet this criteria)
- Easy to use
- Secure (a login would be ideal)
- Has checklists for my to-do items
- Has the ability to write freeform text for project info / notes
Do you know of a portable PIM or similar application that would fit the bill? A huge thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out :)!
* Web servers, wiki's and Wordpress (so many w's!) are out of the question sadly since my work computer is in serious IT lockdown and I can't even change the apache port.
posted by katala
on Jan 24, 2008 -
MedicalQuestionFilter: Thumbnail looks like a tectonic plate. Should I go see the doctor? (Warning: Not for the squeamish) [more inside]
posted by smcniven
on Oct 4, 2007 -
Now that I've just taken a big chunk out of my thumb with my cheap Sakar tripod, can someone please enlighten me as to the CORRECT way to collapse its legs when I'm done using it? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Aug 14, 2006 -
I slammed my thumb in my car door this morning, and it hurts. A lot. What can I do to keep my nail from falling off? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven
on Mar 1, 2006 -
Is thumb sucking by young children consistant across cultures?
posted by R. Mutt
on Aug 24, 2005 -