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How badly did I screw up my hot water heater?

My gas hot water heater's pilot light has been going out regularly. I replaced the thermocouple in an effort to solve the problem, but I seem to have botched it: Not only does the pilot light still go out after the tank is heated, but now the gas continues to flow after the pilot goes out. [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Oct 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Any plumbers awake?

We need to disconnect our refrigerator's water line (going to the ice maker) ASAP. Like, tonight, or before 8am tomorrow. (It's a long story.) There is a copper line that runs from the fridge to a hole in the floor. There are no valves. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 6, 2013 - 11 answers

What's wrong with my water?

City water suddenly tastes AWFUL. Water filter doesn't change this. The water quality at local businesses and a friend's house, under a mile away, seem unaffected. How do I find the problem and solve it? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 3, 2013 - 7 answers

How much water covers the earth?

If you looked at the planet Earth from space and were able to view the whole of the globe, on the average, what percentage would be water? (not as simple as it seems) [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Aug 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Tips for living with hard water

What simple, cheap things can we do to lessen the damaging effects of hard water on our fixtures and appliances? (Apart from installing a water softener which is not cheap or easy for our living situation.) [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Water quality testing

I have previously posted that my water appliances like hot water pot and coffee machine quickly descaled when i moved into my home. I never could figure out why. If one were to get home water tested, is it necessary to know what I am testing for? Anyone know of any reliable testing outfits?
posted by dougiedd on Aug 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Soda water bottle, have a banana?

In the curious 1975 comedy Linda Lovelace For President, there's a scene in which, faced with the bankruptcy of her campaign, Lovelace starts inexplicably chanting the phrase "Soda water bottle, have a banana." This is picked up on by members of her marching band, and then becomes a series of calls and responses. The scene, completely safe for work, can be seen here. What on earth is this a reference to?
posted by eschatfische on Aug 13, 2013 - 7 answers

After a flood caused by fire hoses, what can be kept? What can't?

Firefighters put out a fire 2 floors above my apartment this week. Thankfully the fire didn't spread but my apartment suffered some water damage from the fire hoses. The water was smelly and brown, and got on some possessions. What can be cleaned and kept? What should be thrown out? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Aug 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me lower my monthly water bill, please.

Moving in to a new house in San Diego. Records show an average water bill of ~$175 a month. This seems exceptionally high (or is it?). Automatic lawn sprinklers and 2 adults who take quick showers. Looking for ways to lower this usage, please. [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Jul 24, 2013 - 40 answers

Anyone have experience with whole house water filters?

We are considering one. Seems like there is zero consensus on what type of filter is best - we feel like reverse osmosis is out because of the waste water it creates, but beyond that we're lost. Consumer Reports seems to prefer under-sink filters to whole house filters. Does anyone have any thoughts on the subject? We live in Los Angeles.
posted by malhouse on Jul 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Sump pump backup recommendations?

Yesterday's unprecedented rain event + power outage left a lot of folks in Toronto with flooded basements. We were home to bail out our sump but I'd like the piece of mind of knowing we have a reliable backup system. Amazon has a highly rated water powered unit called the Basepump RB 750, so I'm leaning towards that kind of system but would appreciate input from anyone here. The battery powered unit would be much easier to install but I'm wondering how reliable people have found them to be over time. Would it just be a matter of replacing the battery every 5 years or so, like in a car? . [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Jul 9, 2013 - 3 answers

What is in my water that has caused changes to my, um, bowel movements?

What is in my water that has caused changes to my, um, bowel movements? (Some graphic details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2013 - 15 answers

How to draw the vectors for cohesive forces and adhesive forces?

How does the adhesive force between the water and the material of the capillary tube exert an upwards force to create the concave meniscus shape of H2O (or the convex meniscus shape of Hg)? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jul 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Hard water? Bad water?

So at our house we have hard water, or bad water, or some kind of water. I don't know, but my dishes all look like this now, wether hand-washed or from the dishwasher. I'm drinking it too (though filtered). What can I do? My wife says it's hard water, and we can get an expensive water softener solution put in. Is this the case? Any ideas on what this and a solution?
posted by xmutex on Jul 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Talk me through water filtration and purification

As I'm spending more and more time on bike trips where there are many long stretches without access to reliable tap water, I'm starting to investigate water filters and purifiers as a supplement/backup solution in case the extra water I carry runs out or spills or whatever. But there are so many kinds, and some of them seem really sketchy, and I'm getting overwhelmed! Can you point me to a good, comprehensive resource on how to choose and use water purifiers and filters? Or can you talk me through a typical real-world use? Take for granted that I'll be using them within the US and am unlikely to be traveling in areas where the natural water supply is seriously contaminated.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Hose-cooling a dog?

It's super hot and my dog is getting old. Today I soaked her gently with cool hose water. (She doesn't love it but tolerates it well if I am gentle.) I figure it will help her cool off both as the water is running over her and later as the water evaporates. I am reading online that wet dog fur traps heat. What's the real story?
posted by Camofrog on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

What is the best faucet-mounted water filter?

What brand/model of faucet-mounted water filter works best? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Need sensible criteria to choose a new filtered water solution.

We were kinda-sorta thinking about getting an undersink RO system, but now it has escalated, not to "urgent", but to "let's get this thing done". [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Jun 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Organization focused on 3 plant species, all adept at filtering water

I can't remember the name of this organization, and I've seen online crowds do better. The website I remember was focused on 3 plants, and the organization's major goal was cleaning waterways by replanting in places where we have uprooted for the sake of a better view or access to the water etc. It's possible they've branched into more species, but at the time they seemed pretty dedicated solely to a tree, a bush, and another plant. Thanks, here's hoping.
posted by Atticus Swanson on Jun 3, 2013 - 1 answer

What are your favorite water-friendly hiking sandals?

What are your favorite water-friendly hiking sandals? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on May 31, 2013 - 17 answers

Health and weight effects of medicine metabolites in water?

I'm aware that there are metabolites of the many various medicines that people take in the water supply in many US cities and towns. What are the health effects of this (known or theoretical)? Has drug residue/metabolites ever been linked to weight gain in humans? How can it be removed from the water (is reverse osmosis the only way)?
posted by mintchip on May 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Icky karma germs in the ocean?

Yesterday the body of a surfer was found naked and nibbled by sharks at my daily surf spot. While surfing today in the exact vicinity I couldn't shake the feeling parts of his body, both physically and meta-physically were still 'there'. Have one science and one karma question about this: [more inside]
posted by remlapm on May 10, 2013 - 24 answers

My corn plant is pissed and I don't know what's wrong ...

What's wrong with my corn plant? The tips are all burnt and dead. I definitely do not over-water it ever since this happened - am I simply under-watering it? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Apr 27, 2013 - 6 answers

My brooklyn tub won't drain and now brown water is coming up!

I live on the top floor of an old apartment building and my shower stopped draining the other day. After trying drano, I upgraded to Pequa last night and its not working. Or it seems like its working, and then it stops. Before, some brownish water came up before it went down. But now that I've poured the last of the Pequa down the drain some really dark rusty water has come up. Is this a good sign? And if I let it sit for an hour or two and flush with warm water I'll be saved? Or do I have to deal with my inept landlord? (Which I'm trying to avoid)
posted by Unred on Apr 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Down the drain

For 6 weeks, due to a broken septic tank, we have been unable to put any water at all down our drains. This has involved driving to the gas station/grocery store/town park/etc every time we had to go to the bathroom. It has meant keeping buckets in all of our sinks for tooth brushing/dish washing/etc that we have to empty in our driveway whenever they fill up. It has meant either showering at the pool or, if in a rush, stopping up the drain in the bath tub and showering before work and then bucketing out the water when returning home. It has basically been like living in a 250k tent with climate control and real beds. On Monday (purportedly) it will finally be fixed. We want to have a big, water-usage themed party (sorry, environment) to celebrate this miraculous victory. Please help with suggestions. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Apr 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Sweat -- do I have to wash it off (besides for smell purposes)?

I've been looking for info on showering/bathing in relation to sweating and whether it's sanitary or not. I can only seem to find articles that basically say "yeah, you need to shower cause you'll smell" but can't find anything that confirms whether or not it's actually sanitary or not e.g. infections. What do ya'll think/know? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Why am I dehydrated?

The last few years it seems I've had to drink more water to stay hydrated; I drink, on average, 3.5 liters a day (0.92 gallons), more if I exercise, and still I'll wake up with a mild headache and mild nausea from dehydration about two days a week. [more inside]
posted by martinrebas on Apr 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Identify this poem by W.H. Auden please

Can you name (and ideally link to) this poem by Auden - the only thing I remember is that the theme is that he is imagining a civilization (or a city?) built out of water [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Keep Water Off My Bathroom Counter

The counter for my bathroom sink sits below the level of the counter (picture). When the water is turned off, or the soap dispenser used, water dripping off hands gets all over the counter and eventually runs to the edge of the counter onto the floor. I want this to stop. The fix for the faucet is to find a new faucet. But I'm not sure what to do about the soap dispenser. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Mar 31, 2013 - 6 answers

But Honey, Its Just Too Hard!

I'd like to hear from people who have installed water softeners in their homes. What are the pros and cons, the prices, and the life expectancy of a whole house system? I'm not on a well. I have municipal water so would be most interested in answers from people who are also on municipal water. The other big concern I have is that I have an allergy to salt (yes i do) and wonder if the salt softened water would bother me. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Mar 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Mildewy water from faucets for a few seconds?

The water from all the faucets in my apartment (bathroom and kitchen) smells and tastes mildewy for about a few seconds after they're turned on. It's then fine unless the faucets are left off for more than an hour or two and then they must be run for a few seconds again. Any fixes? This has been going on for several months now.
posted by shivohum on Mar 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Ack! Help me figure out what kind of water to drink at home.

I am totally overwhelmed trying to figure out what water (tap, bottled, filter, RO, etc.) to drink at home at this point. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 12, 2013 - 25 answers

No need for matching linens

Looking for a pretty, small, old, and inexpensive hotel within a short drive (up to 4 hours) of Seattle. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Do diamonds erode?

My girlfriend says if water is constantly flowing over a diamond eventually it will break down and apart. I say that because diamonds are harder than anything that might be in water, they are immune to such erosion and weathering. She says that's idiotic, and BOY does that grind my gears! What do you think, green?
posted by lain on Mar 4, 2013 - 25 answers

How bad is that rumbling pipe?

I got a water softener and when it goes into recharge mode it drains all the water from my water heater. This happens about once a week and it causes the water heater to try and fill. Of course as there is no water being provided this just means it is sucking air. The pulling of air is so violent that it shakes the intake pipes and creates a thundering racket. [more inside]
posted by M Edward on Feb 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Whitewater rafting in West Virginia

Does anyone have a recommendation for white water rafting excursions in West Virginia. Planning for the upcoming summer, with 2 parents and 4 teens, all beginners, but thrill seekers.
posted by Huron90 on Feb 22, 2013 - 8 answers

H2O + CO2 = Solid?

What's that white, soluble solid coming out of my SodaStream's nozzle while I carbonate? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Feb 14, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror?

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Feb 10, 2013 - 4 answers

How to make the softest, most chewable ice

How do I make the softest, cloudiest, most chewable ice at home? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Feb 4, 2013 - 16 answers

How to thicken liquid, namely water or milk.

Looking for suggestions on how to thicken liquid, namely water or milk, for the purposes of photography. [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Jan 28, 2013 - 25 answers

Did I just ruin my pizza stone?

Did I just ruin my pizza stone? I washed it in water and was then told that was a big no-no...so how bad is it and is there a way to recover from it? Any other pizza stone cleaning/storage tips would be appreciated!
posted by man down under on Jan 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Water Alarm System For Crawlspace

I'm looking for a water detection system with a wireless alarm. [more inside]
posted by shew on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

I don't want to bleach the state land, thanks.

We recently moved to a new house and our washing machine hook-up does not drain properly. Instead of fixing it, our landlord keeps being pushy about how we should just drain it into the state land behind the house. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Dec 20, 2012 - 27 answers

How to keep animal's water from freezing in winter without electricity?

I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda on Nov 29, 2012 - 36 answers

should my eyes water when I poop

My eyes water when I poop. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by TheJoven on Nov 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Tell your secret to the water?

I'm sure I once read a myth about someone telling a secret to a pool of water--and even this strategy backfiring. The moral of the story being, if you want to keep something secret, never utter a word, not even to the water or the wind. I've tried googling with no success. Can anyone flesh out this memory for me?
posted by uans on Nov 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Spilled water on my MacBook Pro and it's still making noise. What's happening?

Spilled water all over MacBook Pro. I turned it off to dry it out, but it's making horrible crackling sounds. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Oct 27, 2012 - 26 answers

No more bursting bottles!

I like to keep a case of bottled water in my car, for emergencies and inconveniences. During the winter months, the bottles tend to freeze (and thaw). What is the most burst-proof brand of bottled water, or what sort of shape/style of bottle should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Oct 22, 2012 - 24 answers

Shallowest water in the ocean

Where can I stand on the ocean floor, with my head above water? [more inside]
posted by It's Never Lurgi on Oct 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Diagnose my leaky pipe!

Can you help me to understand what the problem with my sink and washing machine pipes is? A heavy load of draining water spills out from near the U-bend. [more inside]
posted by tumples on Oct 17, 2012 - 9 answers

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