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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

Testing and Adjusting Water for Bread Baking

A would-be bread baker in northern Westchester county complains about lousy results, and says he suspects the local water. So: he's wondering how to test (and, if necessary, adjust) PH and mineral content. Any suggestions of ways to get started without paying big bucks to labs? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Water proofing metal

I want to collect small amounts of liquid through a sheet metal funnel, but the liquid sticks to the walls, so I need to make them water repellant. I thought about using one of those nano sprays, but don't know if they actually work and which one would be the best. Any ideas?
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon on Jan 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me install my dishwasher

Help me connect the water supply to my dishwasher. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Dec 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Water, water everywhere (but I guess a Brita filter isn't good enough)

Do you have a *residential* water dispenser in your kitchen or similar? I need some advice on picking and servicing. [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Dec 21, 2011 - 14 answers

How to unstick brass valve?

How do I unstick this brass bypass valve? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 16, 2011 - 9 answers

shower me with tips!

We have no water pressure and may be without it for some time, which makes showering difficult. What can we do about this? By which I mean (a) what can we do to get our water pressure back, and, in the meantime, (b) what are some tips and tricks to keeping clean without a working shower? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 16, 2011 - 35 answers

Ectoplasm? Algae? Nanobot sheddings?

Why does my fridge's filtered water taste ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE but only at certain times of day? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Forensic Hydrology?

How can you tell where water came from? Lets say I give you a bucket of water taken from a local water source (river, lake, etc). There's some plants and maybe a fish in it as well. What could you tell me about where this water came from, could you pinpoint which body it came from, and how would you come to this conclusion? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 1, 2011 - 21 answers

Splash-slash-slosh?

I have forced-hot water baseboard heating in my apartment. It sloshes. Should it slosh? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Is it normal to enjoy food and drink more on thyroid meds?

I think my thyroid medication is making food and water taste super-delicious - is this normal? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Clean water no matter what

Water: that convenient thing you can't live without. Tell me about a portable desalination / purification device. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Nov 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Can you mix chlorine with juice mix without any problems?

We are creating a tablet that purifies water and delivers a nutritious "juice". However we are designers, not chemists, and we need some basic guidance. Would it be problematic to combine chlorine (or preferably, a safer purification chemical) with a vitamin-based juice powder or liquid? Are there any health dangers to consider with this mixture? [more inside]
posted by thebigpoop on Nov 10, 2011 - 22 answers

Buying a hot water heater. Is there a good way to choose one?

Buying a hot water heater. Is there a good way to choose one? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Historic Gold Rush Trails

From "The Call Of The Wild" ..Seven days from the time they pulled into Dawson, they dropped down the steep bank by the Barracks to the Yukon Trail, and pulled for Dyea and Salt Water. I wonder where the Barracks and Salt Water are located. I tried to find them out on a map, but only found the place of Dawson, Dyea, and Yukon Trail. Maybe "Salt Water" means the sea?
posted by mizukko on Oct 20, 2011 - 4 answers

What volume of 14 C water do I need to add to 30 L of 24 C water to have a product of water at 20 C?

What volume of 14 C water do I need to add to 30 L of 24 C water to have a product of water at 20 C? Is there an easy calculation for this sort of thing so that I can do this with different levels of water and/or temperature differences? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Oct 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Water, Water, Everywhere but Only Evian to Drink!

Getting tap water to taste like Evian? [more inside]
posted by citystalk on Oct 18, 2011 - 24 answers

How to get the wood smell out of a chinese thermos stopper?

I have a traditional chinese thermos like this one with a wooden stopper. How do I get the smell out? My water tastes like wood.
posted by joshwa on Oct 6, 2011 - 4 answers

My phone won't go to sleep.

I dropped my Samsung Focus into water two days ago. It works fine (yay), except the screen keeps lighting up unbidden. Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Sep 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Trying to remember the name of a toy we played with in the 70s.

I am looking for the name of a toy that we used to play with a lot when we were growing up. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Can you help me figure out why my cat is so manic about water?

Why does my late middle aged cat always crave water? [more inside]
posted by krisak on Sep 7, 2011 - 38 answers

Problems from polydypsia?

Assuming I maintain my electrolytes, can drinking large volumes of water be bad for my health? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Sep 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Soaked HDD

Recovering data from a soaked HDD? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Aug 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Water heater entraining water in exhaust flue

Why is my water heater not working, and why is it throwing out exhaust gas entrained with cold water? [more inside]
posted by drollix on Aug 18, 2011 - 3 answers

The (almost) indestructable camera

My camera fell into a lake. Yikes! Took it home, let it dry in a bowl of brown rice and now it turns on (Yeah!) but the screen shows the view as a monotone blob of something. Help! [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Jul 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Energy required to turn seawater into drinking water

Assuming an island with its own supply of power via generator and/or solar power, how much electricity is consumed to turn N liters of sea water into potable drinking water? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jul 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Does filtered water have less estrogenic activity?

Does a water filter filter plastics like BPA? Is there a way to test my tap water for them? Are there water filters that do not contain plastic? Does Aquafina or any other filter plastics? [more inside]
posted by vash on Jul 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Significance of cotton ball taped to water bottle in hotel room?

I'm staying at a hotel in Taipei. After the last time my room was cleaned (that is, earlier today), I noticed that a partially-consumed water bottle I'd left in my room had had a cotton ball taped to it. Any idea what the significance of this might be?
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on Jul 23, 2011 - 10 answers

How to get water out of a ear/stop ringing

[Water + Ear + Pain + Ringing] YANMD: Jumped/cannonballed into a lake this weekend - the water went down to 10 feet. The moment I was underwater my ear had a sharp pain. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jul 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Where can I find a reusable water bottle with a small mouth?

Where can I find a reusable water bottle with a small mouth? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jul 15, 2011 - 29 answers

Magical fingerprints

What is this optical effect? It looks like it's transmitting my fingerprints through plastic, but only the fingerprints. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Jul 14, 2011 - 7 answers

How to clean a water bottle with a black cap?

I have a water squeeze-bottle on my bike. It has a black cap/drinking-assembly and I'm concerned that it might get really gross under there without me ever knowing about it. How should I clean it? Should I just get a different bottle?
posted by circular on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the most efficient way to clean produce when the water isn't safe?

What is the most efficient and effective way to wash produce when my tap water is unsafe (microbes/heavy metals)? I live in China, and cook a lot. [more inside]
posted by joshwa on Jul 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Can I run a water hose across a city street.

Can I run a water hose across a city street? [more inside]
posted by travis08 on Jul 6, 2011 - 18 answers

Inflatable pool care

Inflatable kids pool - best way to warm the water and keep it clean over a long weekend. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 4, 2011 - 8 answers

ideas for massive risky stunts for a purpose?

I'm developing a series of specials based on big, dangerous, epic stunts all revolving around water to raise awareness about all the ways we're abusing and destroying this vital precious resource. would love some ideas along the lines of - kayak the Bering Strait, as it's about to be threatened because of climate change opening up the Northwest Passage. serious, significant risk is a must. [more inside]
posted by TMezz on Jun 28, 2011 - 13 answers

U.S. Water scarcity

I need a list of the most (and least) water scarce cities in the U.S.
posted by victory_laser on Jun 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Best way to dechloraminate tap water?

What's the best way to remove chloramine from tap water for the purpose of soaking grains? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 23, 2011 - 17 answers

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