What is it about boiling water that does stuff to things being boiled? [more inside]
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]
How can I rig up a sink in a room without running water? [more inside]
Exchanging a water heater with previous home-owner to avoid loan on unit, am I opening myself up to trouble later? [more inside]
What could be causing the hypersensitivity in my teeth to tap water at my parents' house? [more inside]
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]
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]
What to look for in buying a new gas hot water heater? [more inside]
Where can I find clear information about setting up utilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Is city rainwater "dirtier" than country rainwater? [more inside]
I have green spheres in my water pitcher. Can someone help me identify them? [more inside]
Came home from the holiday and one of my outdoor faucets won't stop running. What's broken? [more inside]
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?
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]
I broke my underwater camera by not sealing one of the openings properly. Is it worth sending in for repair? [more inside]
My humidifiers keep developing a brown muddle. How do I keep them clean? [more inside]
Help me identify a movie or tv show based on a half-remembered scene involving a bar patron ordering whiskey and water. [more inside]
Can you identify my office plants from the photos, and give me tips for caring for them? [more inside]
Which liquids, apart from water, can humans drink? [more inside]
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]
[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]
How do you work as a sub contractor for insurance companies? [more inside]
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]