• Should electric appliances smoke when first used?

    I recently bought an electric skillet, and when I first tried to used it, I could smell a faint burning and then the unit began to omit a tiny amount of smoke. I checked Amazon reviews and saw that other owners had similar experiences, and one person mentioned that that s common with electric appliances and they... show more
    I recently bought an electric skillet, and when I first tried to used it, I could smell a faint burning and then the unit began to omit a tiny amount of smoke. I checked Amazon reviews and saw that other owners had similar experiences, and one person mentioned that that s common with electric appliances and they just need to be "broken in". Is this true? I know that some convection ovens do this but is it true for smaller appliances like this or should I return this unit?
    11 answers · 5 days ago
  • Is it possible to make love to a cactus?

    Best answer: It's not only possible, it's probable. Cacti are awesome.
    If you are dying of thirst in the desert and you discover a cactus, believe me, you will want to shag it.
    Best answer: It's not only possible, it's probable. Cacti are awesome.
    If you are dying of thirst in the desert and you discover a cactus, believe me, you will want to shag it.
    9 answers · 5 days ago
  • How hard would it be to drain all of the oil out of a mower engine with a "turkey blaster" ?

    Best answer: Even if you were able to get *most* of the old oil out with a turkey baster, the little left behind would be the worst.....heavy sludge that sits on the bottom. You could (as somebody suggested) tip the mower and drain it through the filler hole, but that's pretty messy. Would it really be that difficult to... show more
    Best answer: Even if you were able to get *most* of the old oil out with a turkey baster, the little left behind would be the worst.....heavy sludge that sits on the bottom. You could (as somebody suggested) tip the mower and drain it through the filler hole, but that's pretty messy. Would it really be that difficult to remove the motor and drill a hole in the deck?
    10 answers · 6 days ago
  • How to handle room mate temperature wars?

    It is 24 degrees outside. I turned the heat on because it is freezing! Plus I don’t want to run any risk of getting sick or the pipes freezing. This house was at 49 degrees on the inside and that is unacceptable for me. We all have our space heaters and I turned the heat on to 62 which I think is still too cold,... show more
    It is 24 degrees outside. I turned the heat on because it is freezing! Plus I don’t want to run any risk of getting sick or the pipes freezing. This house was at 49 degrees on the inside and that is unacceptable for me. We all have our space heaters and I turned the heat on to 62 which I think is still too cold, but pretty reasonable if we’re trying to save on heat. I have 6 months of this lease left so I just can’t leave yet.
    6 answers · 5 days ago
  • How do you utilize your kitchen counter space?

    I live in a somewhat small apartment and have a small kitchenette area. There is limited counter space. There is no room for separate shelving to store my small kitchen appliances such as : Toaster , coffee maker , blender , air fryer , slow cooker . The most important thing out of all of those is my microwave .... show more
    I live in a somewhat small apartment and have a small kitchenette area. There is limited counter space. There is no room for separate shelving to store my small kitchen appliances such as : Toaster , coffee maker , blender , air fryer , slow cooker . The most important thing out of all of those is my microwave . I use it the most. Do you personally display all of your kitchen appliances on the counter? Or do you store and put away the appliances which you seldom use?
    11 answers · 7 days ago
  • Inground spa vs above ground spa?

    I'm looking at getting a spa in the future. What is cheaper and nicer in the long run? Building a spa, or getting a nice above ground one?
    I'm looking at getting a spa in the future. What is cheaper and nicer in the long run? Building a spa, or getting a nice above ground one?
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • What can I do to encourage fruit flies to go into my trap instead of sitting on top of it?

    Best answer: Put apple cider vinegar in a jar or bowl, stir in a squirt of dish soap or like anonymous posted add fruit or fruit juice to vinegar in a jar/bowl w/a squirt of dish soap, they will go in to drink and drown.
    *dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar so the fruit flies can't just sit atop the liquid
    Best answer: Put apple cider vinegar in a jar or bowl, stir in a squirt of dish soap or like anonymous posted add fruit or fruit juice to vinegar in a jar/bowl w/a squirt of dish soap, they will go in to drink and drown.
    *dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar so the fruit flies can't just sit atop the liquid
    4 answers · 5 days ago
  • Are smart meters safe?

    Best answer: People think cell phones cause brain cancer from radiation too but as I tell everyone I spent many years in the Air Force on radar and radio sites where the radiated energy was in the megawatts and I never knew anyone who got cancer from it. Your fears are totally unfounded. Any radiation is only during... show more
    Best answer: People think cell phones cause brain cancer from radiation too but as I tell everyone I spent many years in the Air Force on radar and radio sites where the radiated energy was in the megawatts and I never knew anyone who got cancer from it. Your fears are totally unfounded. Any radiation is only during transmission of data and is brief and in the very low milliwatt range.
    9 answers · 1 week ago
  • Do humidifiers really work?

    I'm not really sure if it's worth paying for. Looks like it just spreads smoke or something into the air. Wondering if for a child in Africa it would help prevent/reduce risk of malaria, fever, and other heat-related diseases.
    I'm not really sure if it's worth paying for. Looks like it just spreads smoke or something into the air. Wondering if for a child in Africa it would help prevent/reduce risk of malaria, fever, and other heat-related diseases.
    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • Found one bed bug, should I be worried?

    Best answer: It would help a lot if you posted a picture of the bug in question. Some people are certain they have bed bugs when what they have are bugs, and the bugs are on their bed (or nearby). I'm not saying you're wrong, but again - it would be helpful. White is not recently fed, if it is indeed a bed bug (which... show more
    Best answer: It would help a lot if you posted a picture of the bug in question. Some people are certain they have bed bugs when what they have are bugs, and the bugs are on their bed (or nearby). I'm not saying you're wrong, but again - it would be helpful.

    White is not recently fed, if it is indeed a bed bug (which you specifying that suggests you actually know what you're talking about, kind of uncommon on Y!A). Alone, however, is dubious at best.

    You're going to need a flashlight and some time. When I inspect a space for bugs, I dig into all the crevices. Places you wouldn't even think about, like the slots where the ends of the bedrails drop in at the headboards, and the creases of the seams of the mattresses, and inside shoes. Anywhere that isn't too far away from where people sleep, but is sure to be dark and fairly closed in during the day.

    Heat kills bed bugs. Get them much warmer than 125 degrees and they die in under a minute. If you have anything you're not sure about, stuff it in the dryer and set it on HIGH and put it through a full cycle. 125 degrees kills in under a minute, a dryer on HIGH - even the cheap ones - goes past 140. Not even the eggs can survive that.

    My son is an entomologist who has researched the urban bed bug expansion, so I follow his recommendations on how to kill bed bugs. He doesn't even worry about it, just shucks off at the kitchen door, throws everything into the dryer, turns it on and walks away. He's been doing that for years, and it works. No chemicals, no fuss.

    So: inspect, detect, heat and dryer.

    Good luck with it.
    6 answers · 1 week ago
  • Buying a maisonette?

    What exactly is a maisonette? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
    What exactly is a maisonette? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • Bats on our house? What to do?

    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • I am unemployed and i want to win enough money to buy a house how do i pay for the bills?

    Best answer: Claim disability
    Best answer: Claim disability
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago