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The Poison is Fictional, but My Brain Needs an Antidote.

I'm under the impression that I have some sort of clinical, WAY beyond rational fear of being poisoned. My food, my drinks- even the air itself seems to be conspiring to kill me day in and day out. It's begun to interfere with my normal daily life. Is there anything I can do to overcome this? Anything to keep me from staying up half the night on account of panic attacks? [more inside]
posted by Krazor on Feb 26, 2011 - 13 answers

home science filter: Why is my water is singing!

I just microwaved a mug of water. And after about a minute it started making a loud humming noise, like what happens when you run a wet finger around a champagne glass. It sounded like there were aliens landing in my microwave. What happened? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Feb 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Help identify this murder method from a short story

What is this short story (maybe by Asimov?) ... [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by bleary on Feb 25, 2011 - 7 answers

must be something in the water...

This is a question for anyone who knows about houses from the inside out: Do homes ever use aluminum pipes for plumbing? We just had our water tested by the national center for water quality at Heidelberg University using samples from two separate faucets in our home. One sample came back totally normal; the other had double the rate of acceptable aluminum per billion parts. Readings for all other substances were fairly close to each other between the two faucets (and except for the aluminum, no other concern.) Why could one faucet have a higher aluminum rate than another in the same home? [more inside]
posted by Tylwyth Teg on Feb 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Why oh why do you not work, fantastic washer of garments?

Did I break my washing machine? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Feb 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me show that this Evian for your face is bunk, with science

Is this this Evian spray bottle of water for your face is just bunk? Seeking cites one way or the other based on the science of skin moisturization. [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Feb 10, 2011 - 25 answers

How to plug a water leak, food-safe?

My stovetop espresso maker has a small leak. I don't think returning it will help me. Are there any recipes for food-safe 'stop leak' compounds? [more inside]
posted by anthill on Feb 8, 2011 - 10 answers

What is this title sequence?!

Help me remember a title sequence... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Jan 28, 2011 - 2 answers

What is this about?

I just came across this; it was a banner ad on a site that was linked to from a comment here. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Jan 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Is it something in the water?

Why shouldn't I drink the water from the taps in my new dorm room? I just moved into a residence hall in London, and the residence hall info packet instructed us to drink water from the kitchen taps only, not the taps for the sinks in our bedrooms. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jan 25, 2011 - 23 answers

In-line water heater suggestions?

What kind of water heater can I put under our bathroom sink to heat the water until the house water heater takes over? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 23, 2011 - 12 answers

There's something about boiling...

What is it about boiling water that does stuff to things being boiled? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jan 22, 2011 - 25 answers

I'm H20 Intolerant.

Theoretically speaking, is it possible that the water coming through my pipes is over fluoridated, and if so, could a standard water filter in my shower help eliminate some of that fluoride? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Jan 16, 2011 - 8 answers

How do we rig up a sink in a room with no running water?

How can I rig up a sink in a room without running water? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Jan 11, 2011 - 16 answers

In or out of hot water?

Exchanging a water heater with previous home-owner to avoid loan on unit, am I opening myself up to trouble later? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Jan 6, 2011 - 18 answers

What could be wrong with our tapwater?

What could be causing the hypersensitivity in my teeth to tap water at my parents' house? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Jan 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Tree of Life

Oh Christmas Tree - Our tree is too big for our stand, yet we love it. What's the best to keep it watered using cheap engineering tactics? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Dec 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Washing dishes in the developing world

I'm interested in dishwashing practices in the developing world. If you were one of roughly the half of the people in the world without running water in your home, how might you wash your dishes? What kind of set up would you have? Are sinks common even if you collect water from a public well or water truck? Or would you have a washbasin/plastic tub? On a countertop, table, or floor? Cloth or tarp outside? Would you use non-potable water to do the washing up? Save the graywater for next time or for other cleaning tasks? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Dec 8, 2010 - 31 answers

What to look for when buying a gas hot water tank?

What to look for in buying a new gas hot water heater? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Dec 2, 2010 - 13 answers

I Liked It Better When I Had No Choices

Where can I find clear information about setting up utilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 2, 2010 - 3 answers

What interesting things can I be doing at the beach and marsh while it's too cold for the usual summer activities? Sciency, educational, artsy craftsy, exercise/activity...

What unique activities could I be doing at the beach and the marsh over time to take better advantage of both while it's too cold for swimming, sunning, and the usual beach activities? Educational things, amateur science experiments/measurements, artsy craftsy things, exercise other than jogging, etc. Let your imagination run wild. [more inside]
posted by Askr on Dec 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me stop my windows from dripping

I need advice on fixing condensation on aluminum window frames. My house has a ton of aluminum window frames. Now that the weather has turned cold water is condensing on them, puddling at the bottom of the frames, and causing problems. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bq on Nov 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Hard Water and Clean Dishes, Can We Have Both?

HardWaterFilter: My mother is frustrated because she now has to soak her dishes in lime-away to get them as clean as they used to get in the dishwasher. She believes this is because the amount of phosphates in diswashing soap has recently been lowered. She is on well water and it is pretty hard water. Is there anything she can do to get her dishes clean in the dishwasher again? [more inside]
posted by Mozzie on Nov 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Is city rainwater "dirtier" than country rainwater?

Is city rainwater "dirtier" than country rainwater? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 27, 2010 - 12 answers

What are these green spheres in my water?

I have green spheres in my water pitcher. Can someone help me identify them? [more inside]
posted by woolite on Nov 26, 2010 - 16 answers

Runaway faucet

Came home from the holiday and one of my outdoor faucets won't stop running. What's broken? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Nov 26, 2010 - 9 answers

how to make a water container with todays news?

I need to make a vessel that will hold half gallon of water, and will not leak for at least 1 hour. The catch? I can only use 1 newspaper, 1 pound flour, 1 tablespoon of salt. It has to be ready for tomorrow. I can use my oven to bake it or dry it, so it has to fit in my oven. These are the "only" limitations. Any ideas?
posted by uauage on Nov 16, 2010 - 26 answers

Can you help with our well problem, please?

We seem to be having a problem with our well/water system where water intermittently goes out for a short time (about 30 seconds). I'm not sure what the likely problems are, and would appreciate your help diagnosing the problem so I can (1) repair it, or (2) figure out who to call for a repair. Details/my observations thus far are inside. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Nov 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Water Damaged Camera - Any Chance at Reasonable Repair Cost?

I broke my underwater camera by not sealing one of the openings properly. Is it worth sending in for repair? [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Nov 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Need a better method than ionic silver for purifying humidifier water

My humidifiers keep developing a brown muddle. How do I keep them clean? [more inside]
posted by Make Way for Ducklings! on Nov 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Prepetually remembered motions.

Help me identify a movie or tv show based on a half-remembered scene involving a bar patron ordering whiskey and water. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Oct 26, 2010 - 21 answers

please help me identify and care for my new plants

Can you identify my office plants from the photos, and give me tips for caring for them? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Oct 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Which liquids can I drink?

Which liquids, apart from water, can humans drink? [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape on Oct 23, 2010 - 42 answers

Is solar water distillation not economically viable for a whole home water supply

Is solar water distillation not economically viable for a whole home water supply? Some friends live outside the city limits and don't get city water. They have a well, but it produces smelly, sulfur (?) water that isn't potable (or at least that isn't desirable). I figured solar distillation would be the way to go, but most stills I've found only produce 3 liters a day. Is there anything that can do 400+ gallons a day that the average US home uses? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Oct 19, 2010 - 19 answers

How long is too long to wait for water?

[TenantsRightsFilter] I know that landlords and property management companies are required to provide hot water, but is there a time frame associated with this hot water? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Oct 17, 2010 - 23 answers

How do you get jobs or work as a contractor for insurance companies?

How do you work as a sub contractor for insurance companies? [more inside]
posted by rwmacy on Oct 12, 2010 - 1 answer

Why is there "sand" in the pipes?

Plumbing puzzle: my neighbor has what looks like find sand which collects in her *hot water* eventually clogging metal screens on faucets, etc. The obvious answer is that this is some sort of mineral precipitate as the system has been flushed several times and a filter installed on the water coming into the house. What is causing this precipitate in the hot water and why doesn't this happen with my hot water which is the same town water on the same street (same pipes) that is going into her house? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Would a chocolate teapot work in space?

Is there an atmospheric pressure at which the melting point of chocolate is higher than the boiling point of water? [more inside]
posted by public on Oct 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Water issue in garage: who do I call?

Who do I call to investigate the source of and a solution for a water problem in my garage? Is this a big problem or a small one? [more inside]
posted by grayber on Oct 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Drinking more water should make me less thirsty, right?

Is there a reason that drinking more water during the day would make me feel more thirsty and cause chapped lips? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy on Sep 30, 2010 - 13 answers

Water Pump for Misting Fan?

I want to build a misting fan, but I don't have easy access to a garden hose tap, so I want to use a pump to generate pressure. Where can I find such a pump? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Sep 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Which is a better way to stay hydrated while hiking outdoors: large quantities at infrequent intervals or smaller amounts frequently?

Which is a better way to stay hydrated while hiking outdoors: large quantities at infrequent intervals or smaller amounts frequently? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Sep 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Don't make me refinish these floors...

What kind of doormat can I use to protect my wood floors? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Sep 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Cat food + leaky trunk = mold nightmare

Mold in my car's trunk, very very nasty. I have a water leak, spilled some cat food in the trunk, and we had some very heavy rains recently. I've started cleaning it but want to know what's best to disinfect it, and whether I need to rip out the carpet. [more inside]
posted by marble on Sep 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Lady of the Unknown Artist

This is a painting that a friend's mum copied from another (well-known?) artist. I'd love to find the original. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by indienial on Sep 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Tanks in advance!

We need a new hot water heater and are considering a tankless model. Do you have one and can you tell me if it's worth the higher price? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Sep 11, 2010 - 26 answers

will a portable dishwasher work with low water pressure?

My roommate found a portable dishwasher for sale by one of our neighbours. It's a Beaumark Hotpoint whisper wash and we have 2 concerns: water pressure and expected performance of the unit/brand. [more inside]
posted by adamemanon on Sep 11, 2010 - 5 answers

How can we get 800 litres of hot water in the UK within twelve hours?

Can you recommend a way for me to heat a large amount of water quickly at a venue that does not have a reliable boiler? I am involved in a UK event where we will have a hot tub. Unfortunately we can't get access to the venue until the morning of the event, meaning that the usual 24-48 hour period to use the tub's own heater is not an option. I have sourced a few potential solutions but am hoping the hive mind will help me narrow them down or suggest others. [more inside]
posted by skylar on Sep 6, 2010 - 33 answers

Feet in the water.

Feet in the water in Philadelphia or New York? Someone I care about and I have been through a rough time, and we're looking for a non-creepy, non-scummy body of water or river where we can take off our shoes and socks, dangle our feet in, and just sit for a while.
posted by zeek321 on Sep 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink

Should I be worried about my sudden change in hydration levels? [more inside]
posted by chara on Sep 5, 2010 - 8 answers

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