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]
Is there an atmospheric pressure at which the melting point of chocolate is higher than the boiling point of water? [more inside]
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]
Is there a reason that drinking more water during the day would make me feel more thirsty and cause chapped lips? [more inside]
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]
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]
What kind of doormat can I use to protect my wood floors? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Should I be worried about my sudden change in hydration levels? [more inside]
Water company is about to chase me for money - it's their fault they didn't contact me about this for a year. Is my strategy for negotiating this issue sensible? [more inside]
I would like to obey my thirst, but... I recently realised I don't seem to get thirsty when I should. I had to take a tablet and grabbed a glass of water to do so. As soon as I began drinking I felt desperately thirsty and drank a second glass. But I swear if you'd asked me a minute before, I'd have said I wasn't thirsty. In this thread, people are saying it's healthy to drink before you start feel thirst. But I don't seem to feel it much at all. [more inside]
Where can I find long (1-2 miles?) open water swimming near Santa Barbara? Obviously, I know about the ocean. [more inside]
How can I defeat the evil "There is no Sim card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate" message after water damage" message? [more inside]
Which substance is more efficient at destroying water surface tension: detergent or oil? This would be for a hypothetical trap for pest insects.
I am emotionally attached to an old Sigg aluminum drinking water bottle (ie, I've had it for many years). But now it's badly dented. Is it still safe to use? The metal is unbroken, but I'm concerned that any kind of coating on the inside may be cracked/compromised. Any advice please from water bottle gurus.
Are water mains more likely to break in the middle of summer? There have been many water main breaks in the DC area lately. [more inside]
Verrrrryyyy slooooowwwwly accruing water damage on our first floor ceiling. What gives? [more inside]
I'm looking for information regarding the safety of using water from a rain barrel in a vegetable garden. Has anyone seen any studies that test water from a rain barrel to determine its quality? How would I go about getting water tested to make sure it's safe?
Are there any pet-safe, waterproof sealants/paints/etc that can be used to coat a flaking concrete/terracotta water fountain? [more inside]
Help me find songs about water and weather! [more inside]
Why do the pipes in my house make a groaning sound when the front sprinklers turn on in the morning? [more inside]
I've been procrastinating about finalizing my travel plans and now find the weekend looming and nothing planned. I've got Friday afternoon to Tuesday evening to start in Eugene (mid-state) to get anywhere in a 200 mile radius to have some fun. I love to mountain bike, be outdoors and get in the water. All else is optional. Not into campgrounds or crowds. The 4th is obviously a big weekend to travel. There's a lot to do here. What are some favorite places to get away and see some beauty away from it all. [more inside]
Where did the mystery water come from? There were huge storms in the Twin Cities tonight. We returned home to find a puddle of water surrounding the furnace, which is located in the middle of the basement. There is no evidence of any water near the walls, or any leak from above. Where could this water have come from? [more inside]
What do I need to know about wetvacs before I buy one? [more inside]
Looking for a water screen, Where as the water falls, it is chopped up into "pixels" and simple logos, graphics can be formed in the negative space where no water is. This is NOT the type where video is projected onto a waterfall or fogscreen. Has anybody seen this device? Need to rent for an event.
I'm going to be out of town for three weeks. Is it safe for me to turn off the water heater in my high rise apartment? Each unit has its own and I'd like to save water while I'm gone.
How can you make water more filling? [more inside]
I have an infusion pitcher and I am not afraid to use it! But I need ideas and some basic technicals about timing and storage. Inspired by this question about popsicles, I want to make refreshing, astonishingly creative, non-sugary, home-made waters to replace my resource and money-intensive diet sodas. Iced tea is so ho hum. Help me develop a passion for water again. [more inside]
What should I do with an unopened bottle of sports drink that has bits of rubber and other contaminants floating in it? [more inside]
I'm not a very good swimmer. I can tread water, float on my back somewhat, and do a mediocre backstroke. But in a few months I'm going to Hawaii, and I'd like to have some fun snorkeling. What swimming skills should I focus on trying to learn? Should I start with learning finless swimming things first, such as the front crawl, or jump right into using fins and snorkel? [more inside]
I've built my first square foot garden, and I'm looking for tips on how I can automate (or at least make easier) the watering process. [more inside]
I work in the marsh and we need to carry some pretty heavy equipment soon; we have been trying to think of some way we can carry it all. We are thinking of some sort of sled/wagon that could handle diverse ground going from firm ground to puddles/ponds to very muddy, soft ground. Does anybody have good ideas? [more inside]
I think I heard a lie from a cave tour guide as a kid, and it's only recently that I realized I took it for granted as a property of optics. Can you confirm this? [more inside]
This morning while cleaning the crock pot, I noticed that the baking soda I was using was foaming up, as if i had added an acid like vinegar. So, I poured some baking soda in a clean bowl, to see if it was the water. It foamed! Is there a reason my tap water would be so acid? The only thing I found on the internet was a vague suggestion the chlorine can cause acidity in the water. [more inside]
Yet another iPhone/iPod Touch in water question. But wait, this one is different! [more inside]
Are there any speakers (well, readers, technically) of Japanese who would be so kind as to translate the instructions on my water-bottle cleaning solution? I know it's basically "add water" but I'm look for specifics. Links to photos inside. [more inside]
Is it safe to drink water filtered by a 15 year old Pur hand-pump camping filter that I haven't used in a decade? I rarely used it even back when I originally got it. I'm going camping tomorrow and just wondering if there's any reason to believe that chemicals in an old water filter may somehow become unsafe or ineffective over time.
Calling water purification gurus! Help me with an off-the-grid water recyclin' shower! [more inside]
Why does Cambridge, MA have a separate water system from the rest of the metro Boston area? [more inside]
How do municipal water treatment facilities ensure that water is safe? [more inside]
I have a community garden plot and it's around the corner from my house! Yay! Apart from a shared rain barrel, there's no water available AT the garden site! Booo! What's the best/easiest/cheapest way for me to get water from my apartment to my plants? [more inside]
How can I stay hydrated while travelling (with limited bathroom access)? [more inside]
Help me start drinking water at work! [more inside]
Where can I buy more of these water bottles? [more inside]
Help me make a "water feature" - for visual/aural esthetics, as well as attractive to birds and other wild life. [more inside]