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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

Hard H2O Hair Hell

I've just moved to the country from New York City, and although many things about living here are easier, the water is really really hard. My skin is fine but my hair looks just awful--where it used to be big and bouncy, it's now flat, dull and frizzy. I tried adding baking soda to my shampoo (per thriftyfun.com) and that helped for about a day but now things are back to terrible. I just came from getting a haircut--which I'd hoped would help--but it's still awful. Help me. Please. Products, techniques, anything?
posted by supercoollady on Jun 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Drinking water: Is it clean? How clean is clean? How clean is too clean?

So, I'm thinking about getting a reverse osmosis water filter for my kitchen sink but have some questions. Is revese osmosis the appropriate technology to address my concerns? Is demineralized water safe, especially for children? Can you recommend a particular filter or brand? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

My cat was drinking mosquitos?

I just found what looks like mosquito larvae in my cat's water bowl. I use one of those automatic waterers where there is a gallon or so of water in a upside down container, feeding a small bowl of perhaps 2 cup capacity. In the large upside down container, there was actually one live, flying mosquito. In the small bowl that my cat actually drinks from, there were approximately a dozen apparent larvae, about 1/4" to 1/3" in length. Should I be concerned for my pet's health at all? I am not sure how long they were in there, but I changed the water for fresh immediately.
posted by Exchequer on Jun 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Why does the water make me tired?

Why do I get so tired after going in the water? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 29, 2011 - 10 answers

peace lily leaves keep turning brown at tips

why do the tips of the leaves on my peace lily keep turning brown? [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on May 27, 2011 - 3 answers

I am forty pounds lighter than you, therefore if you aren't fat, I'm not fat.

Fitness Filter: A male friend of mine is just about the same height as me and weighs 40 lbs more. Can muscle mass/being a dude really justify this weight discrepancy? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on May 18, 2011 - 23 answers

Re-Solder Copper Pipe After Water Leaked

Help Soldering Water Pipe - AGAIN (please don't recommend shark bites or any shortcuts - I did it last year, and it leaked again, thats why I'm trying to do this the right way). [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on May 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Water dissolving and water removing. There is water at the bottom of the ocean.

I have a perfectly spherical lead weight that weighs 1 kilogram. I drop it from the surface of the ocean directly into the Mariana Trench. How long does it take to hit the bottom, and how fast is it traveling when it hits? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 10, 2011 - 24 answers

Help with solar hot water heater.

Help me find info and/or company for my old Solar Hot Water heating system. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on May 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me remember a Spanish quotation about water and rivers and life

Find a quote by a 16th or 17th century Spanish writer that metaphorically compares life with water flowing from rivers to the sea. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 2, 2011 - 5 answers

How do you bring cash to a closing?

How does selling an under water house where you bring cash to the closing actually work? What happens if you come up short? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Apr 27, 2011 - 7 answers

What can I attach to my hose to send water 40-50 feet away?

What can I attach to my hose to send water 40-50 feet away? [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on Apr 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Choosing a mold remediation contractor

What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Is it dangerous to heat water in the microwave?

MythFilter: I get these chain emails every once in a while about how dangerous it is to heat water in the microwave. I can't seem to get a straight answer from anybody! Is microwaving water really that dangerous? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Mar 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Help with leak management!

Help! Managing a window leak overnight, need ideas about the best way to keep the water off the floors. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Mar 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Emergency Japanese water bags?

Japanese emergency water bags as seen here: does anybody know where I could get something pretty similar and/or what exactly they are called? [more inside]
posted by benk on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Water, Water Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink

After having drainage and a sump pump installed in our basement, we’ve noticed an unusually large amount of groundwater being pumped out into the connecting dry well. We’d like to determine the source of this water, but, as usual, there are some unusual details…. [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Mar 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Who could be against clean water?

Homework Filter alert! We need at least two sources which are against government regulation of water. Pro regulation sources we can find, Con sources have escaped us for the past week. [more inside]
posted by Northwest on Mar 3, 2011 - 11 answers

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