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]
When should I drink water in relation to when I work out or compete? In terms of water drinking in general this snopes article makes a lot of sense to me. I hear so many, different, and contradictory things about how much water to drink and when. [more inside]
Water is leaking into the car. Mechanic says ask the glass people, the glass people can't find the leak. [more inside]
Why does the tap water in my apartment make me thirstier than I was before I drank it? [more inside]
Does the Osage River contribute the largest volume of water of all the tributaries of the Missouri River?
Can you identify these wine (water? sherry? liqueur?) glasses? Pics 1, 2, 3, 4. They are from before 1960 and feature an etched design and, oddly, rose pink bases. Bonus question: what beverages are the different sizes/shapes meant to contain? [more inside]
What does full disclosure really mean in a real estate sale? [more inside]
I can't believe she's wasting a question on this filter: Is there some technique for changing the bottle in a water cooler that I'm completely unaware of? [more inside]
Without warning my hot water (and hot water only) has suddenly started running brown, and when I drain a tub of it silt like material is left in the bottom. I suspect it's rust. After running the water for a long time it does not seem to be going away. Am I right in thinking that this is probably my boiler and it should be replaced? The suddenness seems weird. Also: my family has been showing and bathing in this, could it be harmful in any way?
Master bathroom shower takes FOREVER to get hot water. The hot water heater is outside, less than fifteen feet from the actual shower. Other faucets in the house are much farther away (up to 30-40 feet away) never fail to get us hot water in less than 15-30sec. What gives? How do I fix it? [more inside]
I bought a Takagi Jr tankless heater and was wondering if anyone could help me with getting the right venting for it. I'm going to be venting it through the back wall right into my backyard.
If I take an aluminum ball and drop it in water it'll sink as it is denser than water. However, if I make it super duper flat, is there any chance it might float? [more inside]
The Holy Grail of water bottles? Looking for a wide-mouth food grade stainless steel water bottle made in the U.S.A., preferably holds one liter or more... [more inside]
Help me stop my cat from tipping over drinking glasses filled with liquid (water, beer, wine, milk, etc). She does it for the lulz. This shit has to stop. [more inside]
I normally don't like to buy/drink bottled water because of the waste and expense, but I really like the taste of Hint water, and I'm supposed to drink lots of water because I am pregnant. Does anyone know of a similar home recipe? Is it as simple as mixing fruit essence oils with water?
My hot water pot and coffee machine suddenly (over a period of 2 days) simultaneously completely descaled themselves, leaving piles of scale on their bottoms. This despite no use of descaling agents, or any other efforts to do this. I am thinking something must have changed with our tap water to have done this, but can't imagine what this would be. Any thoughts or other possibilities?
Is bathroom sink water any different than kitchen sink water? I have a sink in my room now, so I've been drinking out of that faucet.. but before, I've always felt a little skittish (maybe based on cultural norms).
I am thinking about cultivating a small vegetable patch area near a river. What would be the best method to thoroughly test the water for nasty contaminants like arsenic, lead or other spooky chemicals I can't even pronounce? [more inside]
How do I change the heating element on a small 20 gallon electric water heater if I can't find the drain? [more inside]
Is it safe to insulate around the crawlspace exit point for a hot water heater vent pipe? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a counter top faucet-attached Water Filter? [more inside]
Why did only one bottle of water freeze? [more inside]
I have a tub of water draining into a small hose - it's creating a horrible squeaking, help me fix it! [more inside]
Whenever I wake up in the middle of the night and drink a glass of water, I always wake up with a foul taste in my mouth. Why is this? [more inside]
My landlord pays the water bill for my apartment complex. Today the water was shut off in the middle of the day. When I called the water company, they said that the complex was shut off due to non-payment. Are there any legal requirements about notice or use of rental fees by the property management? [more inside]
Is my apartment management company responsible for water damage to my laptop that occurred as a result of their lack of maintenance? [more inside]
We have hard water and I've had to pull apart our dishwasher to clean out water deposits and gunk. Is there any way to limit accumulations without buying a water softener? [more inside]
Water privatization: I'm starting a pilot research on this subject and I am looking for quantitative data, reports and studies on any water privatization experience. At this point, anything that doesn't show up in a few obvious google searches is welcome, as well as suggestion for websites or publication on the subject.
Water spilled on my desktop computer, what now? [more inside]
Help me not blow up my kitchen, while simultaneously not spending hundreds of dollars on a water distiller. [more inside]
My basement is currently flooding. Anything I can do before it stops raining? [more inside]