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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

Desalinated Drinking Water Price

What is the selling price of desalinated drinking water? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 on Aug 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Name me a "casual restaurant on the water" in Seattle.

"Someplace casual and on the water" in Seattle ... which restaurant should I take a party of 7 to this coming Friday night that fits these criteria? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Aug 10, 2012 - 16 answers

Cats need easy-to-clean water fountain

Need easy-to-clean pet water fountain for cats. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Aug 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Filter blues.

Need to change an Everpure H-300-HSD filter cartridge. The model number on the cartridge is 9720-75. How important is this number? Ordering direct from the Everpure site seems to get me a generic 300-HSD filter, and I'm finding -74 and -76 and -72 and so on models with a price difference of twenty+ dollars on other sites such as Amazon. If I'm off a number is that likely to not work at all?
posted by curious nu on Jul 10, 2012 - 0 answers

Sometimes I run the tap while i'm brushing my teeth and think about how when I'm old I'm going to look back on this and feel like an idiot.

Assume I will live for another 50 years and that I live in North America. Will we "run out" of drinkable water in my lifetime? If not, how bad will the upcoming decades get as far as availability and pricing?
posted by radiosilents on Jul 10, 2012 - 15 answers

seeking true grit

How do I identify the grit on a sharpening stone? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

What determines drownings after an ocean sinking?

I read today of a capsized yacht that killed over two dozen people, and I realized that I think I may over-estimate my ability to survive a sinking. I have always thought that I could tread water or float on my back for a long time if that were to ever happen, but the fact that people generally drown and sometimes soon after the sinking makes me think that there's a lot of complex things happening during the sinking (and I am probably over-estimating how much energy it would require for me to keep swimming). What is ordinarily the causes of drownings in sinkings at sea? [more inside]
posted by scunning on Jul 5, 2012 - 35 answers

Water started gushing from under my bathroom sink for no apparent reason. Why, and what's the best way to get this (potentially large) problem fixed?

Water started gushing from under my bathroom sink for no apparent reason. Why, and what's the best way to get this (potentially large) problem fixed? Details inside, obviously. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

hot water + food

How do I get hot water whilst traveling in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jun 19, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm drowning in sorrow, water, frustration...

I have been battling with the sprinkler system at my house for almost a year (previously on MeFi) and I am about to give up as it appears that it has gotten the better of me, here is a brief history... When we moved in the outdoor watering system was a mess, there were drip lines on 24 hours a day, many of the sprinkler valves were not working properly, etc. I have spent many hours fixing, replacing and getting a better understanding of what is going on out there, I found multiple system and wiring all dead from neglect, quite a mess. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jun 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to raft in Georgia?

White Water Rafting in Georgia; where to go for a newbie? [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman on Jun 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Best sealant for acrylic paint / paper-maché?

I'm augmenting my bike helmet with a bit of paper-maché and acrylic paint. What should I put on as a final layer to make it water proof?
posted by Squid Voltaire on Jun 14, 2012 - 9 answers

What's the greenest way to boil my tea water?

What is the most environmentally friendly way to boil water for, e.g., tea? [more inside]
posted by acm on Jun 6, 2012 - 23 answers

Please help me clean my Camelbak!

Cleaning Camelbak's and other water reservoirs (bottles, tubing, mouth pieces, etc). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on May 29, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I make a water filter for my crock?

How to make my own water filter? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on May 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I water my lawn this way?

A question about the lifting capacity of sponges, gravity, pvc tubing and whether my lawn can be irrigated. [more inside]
posted by otto42 on May 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Has a copy of John James Audubon's The Birds of America ever survived a flood by floating?

Has a copy of John James Audubon's The Birds of America ever survived a flood by floating? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on May 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Dog Friendly Watering Holes Near Denver

Our new rescue dog (Abby) loves water. I mean, LOVES water. Help us find awesome spots to take her to play near Denver. [more inside]
posted by shew on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Take the Water Out of the Log

I greatly over watered my emerald green arborvitaes this season, so now the tops are drooping. How do I fix this, or don't I? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on May 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Save my pipes!

Would a whole house water softener be worth it? [more inside]
posted by M Edward on May 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Tell me about water.

Looking for facts about water, in part because I'd like to pass them on to a conservative friend. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Why do I experience ear pain a few hours after bathing?

Why do I experience ear pain a few hours after bathing? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Hey presto, your waterfall is a tomato plant!

I want to fill or cover a large water feature on my property so it's child-safe, does not require maintenance, and ideally, allows planters/planting. Advice? Online guides? Experience? [more inside]
posted by bq on May 2, 2012 - 13 answers

Where is our septic system/leach field? Can we build/play on the lawn?

My wife and I have found a house and we love it, except that it's on a septic system. We don't mind that, but we're trying to find out if the septic/leach is going to make our backyard unusable or not. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Apr 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Where can I find narrow water-friendly hiking sandals?

Please help me find some awesome men's water-friendly hiking sandals. Problem: narrow, low-volume feet! [more inside]
posted by introp on Apr 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Wasting warm water woes - Stop a leak on my hot water heater.

Indoor Plumbing Filter: Help me understand a valve on my hot water line and how to stop a leak. [more inside]
posted by msbutah on Apr 14, 2012 - 8 answers

My harp will go on. Underwater. Glug glug.

How did harps come to be associated with (under)water? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Apr 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Best water filter?

I want to start filtering my tap water with those things that screw onto the faucet or those pitchers you fill up with water. What is the best (in terms of actual badness removed) thing I could run to Costco, WalMart, Target, or similar and pick up tonight?
posted by jsturgill on Apr 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Row row row your phone gently down the stream

If I take my possibly-water-damaged iPhone to the Apple Store, will they replace it on the spot or will they be able to see if there's life in it yet? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Mar 30, 2012 - 20 answers

Freezer full of frozen water. Please advise.

Definitive answer please. Why does ice smell? [more inside]
posted by tigrefacile on Mar 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Okay, How Does This Trick Work?

What trick did the water sales person use today in my office? [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Mar 20, 2012 - 30 answers

Improbable Seas

Give me some examples in media of the creation/summoning/existence of an improbable sea. [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Mar 19, 2012 - 22 answers

Have we poisoned our baby?

We cluelessly fed our 4-month old baby three or four 4-oz bottles of formula made with lukewarm water from the tap over the last 7 days. Should we have her tested for lead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 - 24 answers

How can we get our Cat Mate pet fountain working?

Last summer we bought a Cat Mate Pet Fountain for our cats. One of them ignores it and drinks from the old ceramic bowl, but the other is crazy about it. It's stopped working a couple of times (you can hear the motor running, but water does not move), but cleaning the parts has fixed it before; now it doesn't. Does anybody have experience with this? (In general, the product gets excellent reviews, so we'd prefer to avoid having to try another brand unless we have to.)
posted by languagehat on Feb 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Can high sodium intake be offset by drinking a lot of water?

Can high sodium intake be offset by drinking a lot of water? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Feb 15, 2012 - 10 answers

bean+plate+car+rain=me

How to remove water from my car, specifically the carpets - they squish! [more inside]
posted by bendy on Feb 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Need RO filter

Do you own a good countertop reverse osmosis water filter? Help me get one that's not made of pvc. [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Feb 7, 2012 - 5 answers

I just want to wash my hands with warm water!

[plumbingfilter] My bathroom and kitchen faucets don't give cold water until they've been running for at least one minute. The shower runs hot much quicker (10-20 seconds). Is this something that can be fixed? My landlord says no. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Feb 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Where's the water coming from?

How to identify, fix, and clean up after a water leak without destroying my walls and ceilings (any more than I have to)? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Feb 5, 2012 - 8 answers

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