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How does it work if you don't have a water meter?

Article in the Washington Post today says that Sacramento is just now installing water meters for its homes and businesses. How is that possible? Without a meter, how would they know how much your bill should be? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on May 22, 2015 - 16 answers

Liquid Damaged Macbook Pro Retina 15"

I have a ~2012 Retina 15" that received some unexpected water in the vent under the LCD. The LCD no longer works (no backlight, no image), however the machine functions totally fine otherwise with a HDMI display attached. Is my best bet to sell it for parts? It seems as though a replacement logic board and installation would cost more than selling and buying a used machine.
posted by SirStan on May 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Water reclamation in CA

Orange County currently fills 20% of its groundwater basin with recycled wastewater. Is there any other water district in CA that tops this figure, in terms of treating wastewater for supplying a basin that provides direct, potable (drinkable)? If not, which water district takes 2nd place?
posted by invisible ink on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

We wanted a porch, not a pool

Thanks to everyone's help in response to this AskMe, we built a screened porch and love it. But we've run into a little problem that we hope someone can help us solve: [more inside]
posted by DrGail on May 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Recommend me a loud freestanding backyard fountain.

It's springtime, I've hung my hammock, and I'm considering getting a backyard fountain to add some white noise to help drown out the sound of cars from the busy two lane street that runs in front of my house. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on May 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Manga title required

My friend described a film: "Japanese Lesbian Swimsuit Sisters Fighting Water Zombies". Any ideas what it could be? Most likely Manga, or possibly something more x-rated given the nature of her unique restaurant.
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Apr 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Increasing pressure into tankless water heater

The water supply to my house has rather low pressure, and today I'm about to buy a tankless water heater (haven't decided on gas or electric). Is it advisable to use a pressure bladder tank to raise the water PSI before it reaches the heater? Also, is there a way to estimate PSI without a gauge? (more detail inside) [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Apr 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Water physics

Earlier today I was warming up a test tube in chem lab by placing its bottom in a warm stream of water from a faucet and I noticed something peculiar; the stream of water seemed to capture the test tube and hold it in place. [more inside]
posted by aldurtregi on Mar 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for a good raincoat that will keep me very dry but not warm

I need a new raincoat. I would like it to keep me very dry. I need to be able to pack it in a small space. I have a great trench coat that I love but sometimes rain soaks through it and it's a little bulky for travel. What raincoat should I get? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

DWP billing quagmire

Last July we received notice that the DWP had mistakenly charged us due to the installation of a new meter at our house and that we owed like a thousand dollars in usage. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Backyard Drainage Woes

We have a lake in our backyard. We'd like to fix it, or get it fixed, cheaply. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Mar 19, 2015 - 21 answers

How to cope with required lack of water

I have an upcoming surgery scheduled for 1:30 PM. I am not allowed to drink any water (also no food candy or gum) after 12 midnight the night before. How can I manage fatigue/dizziness? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Mar 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Non-Khaki-Scouts Seek Aquatic Outdoor Adventure

This summer, my nine year-old son and I want to journey down a local creek on some form of inflatable vessel. Help us have a watery adventure! Difficulty level: we are nerds, NOT grizzled outdoorspersons. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 26, 2015 - 13 answers

I want Voss plastic bottles without the Voss water.

I've been searching high and low for empty plastic bottles like the ones Voss water uses, but with no luck. Help? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Feb 10, 2015 - 5 answers

On A Wet, BlackBerry

So I dropped my BlackBerry Q5 in a swimming pool yesterday. [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Feb 6, 2015 - 10 answers

What type of boat is this?

I saw this boat floating in Puget Sound a while back. Can you identify the make/model? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jan 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Help for a brown thumb

What can I do to save a large indoor gardenia plant with browning, dry leaves? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 14, 2015 - 4 answers

What kind of water should I use for espresso?

I'm confused. I have a nice-ish consumer espresso maker (Breville, $500 range) and like it quite a bit. There seems to be a lot of controversy online about the water to use both for machine longevity and the best coffee. Does anyone have any advice? Tap water, bottled water, filtered water or distilled? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Jan 12, 2015 - 15 answers

New washing machine that actually uses water?

We just got a new washing machine we want to return. It seems like almost all new washing machines use almost no water and despite the claims they don't clean well. Stains remain, hairs remain, soap doesn't get rinsed out properly, clothes dont feel or smell clean, etc. Has anyone else gone through the process of buying a new washing machine recently that has some insight on what machines actually use water or give you control over the water or at the very least clean really well?
posted by blueyellow on Dec 24, 2014 - 61 answers

Will the mold kill me?

I thoroughly cleaned my water bottle just now and wiped black stuff from the sides of the inside. I assume it's mold, and I think it's probably been there for a while (days? weeks?) already. I drink at least 1 L of water from it daily. Will I suffer any effects? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Dec 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Shower in a bottle

So, I really like fresh, clean smelling perfumes - like you just stepped out of a shower. I love Pure Grace by Philosophy, which pretty much encapsulates this. My only issue is that the scent doesn't last long and I have the EDP version. Can you recommend a fragrance that smells like soap and water but has longer lasting properties? Basically Pure Grace except with staying power.
posted by Jubey on Dec 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Hot Water Weirdness

My natural gas water heater just got replaced and a couple of oddities: 1) if I have my shed door shut all the way for a day, the next time I walk in there, it smells of natural gas (not an overwhelming odor, but you know the gas is present in the air); 2) the hot water doesn't last for an entire shower like the old water heater had. [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Nov 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Source of phantom wet spot on the parkway?

This weekend, a wet spot appeared on the parkway in front of my house and has persisted: it hasn't grown or shrunk in the 24 hours that I've been aware of it. The soil seems to be wet as far down as I can push a stick, so I'm afraid a pipe below it has sprung an upwards leak. Does anyone have any strategies for diagnosing what the issue is? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Nov 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Best Hydration System for Running

What is the best hydration system you have used for running? I would love to hear the pros and cons of whatever gear you are using so I can make an informed purchase. When I search online it seems like it is all marketing spiel. Tell me what works and what doesn't work for you, please! [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Nov 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Should my kitchen sink be generating heat when it's turned off?

This morning when I went to use the kitchen sink, the floor around the sink was warm to the touch. I opened the cabinet under the sink and the air inside it was hot, and the bottles of household cleaners I store beneath the sink had condensation bubbles on the insides. The surrounding cabinets are warm too. This is is not normal. Before I email my landlord, is there any non-negative reason this could be happening? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Oct 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Brief water leak through ceiling track lighting-- what now?

Clueless new homeowners here. After a shower and a use of the toilet upstairs, water started dripping through a screw on the track lighting in the kitchen. It started maybe 10 minutes afterwards and lasted maybe 10 minutes, maybe a cup or so of water total, then stopped. What happened? What do we do now? Call a plumber, presumably, but how urgent? An electrician too? Is there danger because of the light fixture? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Oct 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Make the inside of my 4 year old stainless steel dishwasher sparkle!

I have had my dishwasher for about 4 years and this year the hard water build up has started to be very noticeable inside on the stainless steel interior. There are streaks of white, and spots inside of it, etc etc. It just looks blah. What are your suggestions for products or home remedies that I can use to make the inside of the dishwasher (somewhat) sparkly again? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Oct 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Convert water measurement into speed measurement?

I have a hose that can put out water at 60 litres per second (16 gallons per second) and I want to know if this hose can roughly replicate a wind speed of 275 kilometres per hour (170mph). We will put an object right in front of the hose - so there will be little pressure fall-off from the hose. Is this conversion measurement at all possible? I don't mind if the answer is a little approxiamate.
posted by meech on Oct 5, 2014 - 22 answers

Suddenly wet floor in bedroom in rented apartment

My wife lives in a rented apartment in Edinburgh. For several weeks, she's heard dripping in her bedroom intermittently, but didn't really think much of it, until last night, when she woke up to a soaked carpet. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Oct 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Water in the living room: not plumbing, not A/C condensation, not roof

Who you gonna call? -- What else can leak water? We called a plumber; no pipe leaks. Found more water in the room; it's on the other side of the wall from the A/C in the garage. We have *replaced* the A/C. We've been up in the "attic" and there's no water or water damage up there. The carpet puddle keeps getting bigger. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Sep 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Failures in Hydration, Cream Edition

Like this questioner here, I too am a grown-ass woman who fails at hydration. However, I do find that I am more willing to guzzle down creamy drinks, such as milk or hot chocolate. Are those enough to hydrate me, will I die from too much milk, and what other drinks will help fulfil both the cream craving and the hydration? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 15, 2014 - 23 answers

Displaying sentimental water?

I have roughly 150ml of water, a little bit of sand, and three small rocks from a recent international trip. Crafty Mefites, do you have any suggestions for how to make this into something neat that I can hang on a wall? It doesn't matter to me if the rocks and sand stay in the same place. My first thought was something like an Ecosphere that I can fill myself but I'm not sure if that would work out long term.
posted by fireoyster on Aug 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Educate me on reverse osmosis water filter systems for the home

Looking for anecdotes and experiences about buying and installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system for the home, for drinking water. Where did you buy it? Who installed it for you? What's this I hear about over-filtration and stripping water of its essential minerals? I'm especially concerned about systems that are good at reducing hexavalent chromium. Finally, our sink has a granite top. Who do I hire to drill a hole in this (not a plumber, right?)
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Aug 9, 2014 - 6 answers

How to bring blueberry bushes back to life?

I got a pair of blueberry bushes recently. They were potted and intended for ground planting, but I was unable to plant them. I was out of town for a week and a half and they went about that long with little or no water. When I returned, the leaves were brown and crispy and the soil was bone-dry. I put them in the ground and watered them copiously every day, but it's been a few days and they seem no better. Is there anything I can do to revive them, or am I out of luck?
posted by Slinga on Jul 24, 2014 - 3 answers

How are water rates set in California, and why is water still cheap?

California is in a severe drought. The state just passed a law authorizing heavy fines for people who use water in visibly wasteful ways, and some municipalities are rationing households or talking about doing so. However, my impression is that actual water rates (prices for ordinary use) haven't gone up much. Is that correct? And if so, what would need to happen for rates to go up, and why isn't it happening? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Jul 16, 2014 - 17 answers

My son is panicking about learning to swim. Help?

My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 11, 2014 - 43 answers

Can I take my water in pill form?

If I eat 8 oz. of water frozen as ice, is it the same as drinking the water as a liquid? Assume I'm not chewing ice, it's in bits I won't choke on, I'll go slow and take it easy, and I already have a high tolerance for and strong preference for cold, ice, and icy drinks/frappucinos/Slurpees.
posted by blnkfrnk on Jun 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Summer Fun and Structural Integrity

So I'm the proud owner of a new above-ground swimming pool. I set it up in the corner of my building's rooftop and filled it with water. Everything's perfect, but there's one nagging thought: should I be worried about the floor not holding up? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 27, 2014 - 28 answers

How to craft ice

I have one of those insane ideas for a birthday present for my other half, but it involves making an 'ice crystal' out of acrylic or glass or something and I have no idea where to start, or where to start looking for help... [more inside]
posted by Muppet Pastor on Jun 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Short Story set in developing country- protagonist is white Western male

[ShortStoryFilter]: Sort of canonical (I'm sure I read it in junior high school in a collection) - unnamed Western tourist is in some village in unnamed developing country. Gets thirsty and asks for water from nearest hut- is given bucketfuls, and asks for more to douse himself. [SPOILER]: Later finds out that the only water supply in entire area comes from one faucet that drips tiny amounts and entire village waits in line for hours to fill one bucket. Ring any bells?
posted by war wrath of wraith on Jun 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Wet electronics

I just gave all of my personal electronics an (accidental) bath. Are they all ruined? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on May 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Poo vs Gravity

As a by-product of this FPP about a very large water slide, have just been involved in an inconclusive and heated argument about the physics aspects. Hypothetically, what would happen if, halfway down this very fast waterslide in a raft, you (accidentally or deliberately, it doesn't matter) defecated? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on May 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Who do you call for leak detection services?

I've got an automatic backyard sprinkler system that has sprung a leak, but I have no idea where or how. I'd trust the gardening company that installed it, but they weren't very good at previously finding leaks in their own work (they installed it). Are there professionals that use modern tools to solve these kinds of problems? Should I just call a plumber or HVAC guy or is there someone more appropriate? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 12, 2014 - 3 answers

How to deal diplomatically with zealous environmentalist landlady?

Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Apr 20, 2014 - 18 answers

How best to safely control hot water to a bathroom faucet?

How can I control hot water to a bathroom faucet (tap)? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Apr 14, 2014 - 16 answers

"Trench warfare" vs. water in basement?

Before we bought our house, our home inspector suggested a solution to a minor water issue in the basement. I'm considering his solution and others, and welcome knowledgeable opinions. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Apr 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Why does my hair get cleaner when I shower at my friend's house?

Hi. My hair always has felt icky and grimy when showering at home. It's almost like there is a buildup of residue in my hair. I have tried many different shampoos. I showered at my friend's house the other day, and my hair felt clean for the first time in a while. I could literally feel the difference as I shampooed. My hair stayed clean for days, whereas at home I would have to wash it every day. I tried my friend's shampoo at home with the same icky residue feeling, so I know that it is not the shampoo; the only other reason I can think of would be the water. I don't know much about this. Could shower water be an issue, and is there anything I could try to fix the problem?
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Apr 2, 2014 - 14 answers

Drinking water safe adhesive available in the UK

I need to glue a better aerator on to the old aerator in my kitchen tap. I want a glue that's safe for potable water, gluing metal to plastic, but all my searches bring up US results that I can't find in the UK. Can anyone recommend one, preferably from experience? [more inside]
posted by danteGideon on Mar 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Aluminum wiring! Asbestos! Termites! Are they a big deal? What to do?

First-time homebuyers under contract for a 60-year-old house-- how serious/expensive are these problems: aluminum wiring, friable asbestos insulation, termites, undisclosed window leak causing water damage? Along with original plumbing and an old HVAC, is this a pretty standard situation that falls under the umbrella of "all houses are going to have some problems, no house is perfect" and is this the kind of stuff they mean when they say you'll be spending 1%-ish of your home value on this kind of stuff every year? Or are these costs and issues on the high side, and this is probably on top of another 1%-ish every year on other repairs and maintenance? Help us put this in perspective! (We need to decide whether to give the sellers' relocation company the right to cancel our contract by requesting repairs. And we need to figure out what we should fix and how much it'll cost if we go ahead and buy the house without repairs.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Mar 20, 2014 - 30 answers

Will this alternative energy idea work?

My friend theorizes that a miniaturized dam, which he calls "The Waterboy", would be a great form of alternative energy and wanted to get feedback on whether this idea would actually work. This document he drafted up describes The Waterboy further and includes calculations.
posted by defmute on Mar 18, 2014 - 14 answers

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