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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

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

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