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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

Is a hybrid water heater more efficient than oil?

Help me analytical-types! Do I upgrade my current water heater to the GE Geospring Hybrid for practically free?? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Oct 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Engineering design mistake

I can't find a Wikipedia page I saw a while back. It was about a sort of design error or cognitive bias whereby designers or engineers reject as irrelevant (or are unaware of) a relevant factor in the requirements of a design because it is outside of their field. It gave an example which was about designing and providing water supplies in Africa. There were known ways to prevent a certain disease in the water, but the engineers were not familiar with them, so the disease spread.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Oct 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Starbucks water at home

1. How exactly does Starbucks treat their water? I've seen references to "famous triple-filtered" and "reverse osmosis" but nothing definitive or comprehensive. 2. Can this process be duplicated at home? If so, how? 3. Objectively, how is water that has gone through that process different from tap water or bottled water? 4. Subjectively, how would you describe the taste and mouthfeel if you wanted to say that I want water that is.... To me it feels both cleaner and more minerally, somehow fuller, maybe more alkaline? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Oct 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Fit from drinking water too fast

My 14 year old daughter had a short 'fit' after drinking water too fast, does anyone know what could have happened and should we do any medical follow up? [more inside]
posted by foleypt on Oct 9, 2012 - 17 answers

What's making my tap water smell weird?

What could be the cause of this distressing chemical smell in my tap water? [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Oct 7, 2012 - 16 answers

How to swim? Rather, how to exist comfortably in water?

Help me learn how to swim. No, scratch that; help me learn how to learn how to swim. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Oct 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Odd basement drainage feature?

We're thinking about making an offer on a house. However, it has an odd feature in the basement that may be related to drainage. Can anyone tell us what this might do or what could be behind the wall? Picture here - it's the 4" bumpout in the back left corner. [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars on Sep 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Will a swim shirt help keep me warm in the pool?

Is there a swim shirt that will help keep me warm in the pool? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Fizzy water without an explosion

Are there safety data available regarding the maximum internal pressure of a 2-Liter PET bottle at standard temperature and pressure? [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Sep 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Could well water cause kidney stones?

Could my kidney stone have been caused by the copious minerals precipitating out of my well water? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Aug 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Questioning the Water Bobble

I've been using the Watter Bobble filter bottle, but I'm having misgivings about cost and hygiene. Mostly hygiene. [more inside]
posted by carbide on Aug 19, 2012 - 7 answers

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