3/13/15 FUN FAC T FRIDAY – The Invention of the Flashlight

March 20, 2015

“Let There Be Light” — The flashlight was invented in 1898 (patented in 1899), and the biblical quote of “Let There Be Light” was on the cover of the 1899 Eveready catalog, advertising the new flashlight. In 1888, Russian immigrant and inventor, Conrad Hubert founded the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company (later renamed Eveready). Hubert’s company […]

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3/6/15 FUN FACT FRIDAY – – – Foot Pedal Faucet Controllers

March 6, 2015

I want one ! ! ! ! ! ! Foot pedal faucet controllers allow you to control a faucet hands-free. These devices are efficient and hygienic — they are commonly found in commercial kitchens and hospitals. I’m not sure why we don’t see them in more homes. You can reduce water use by 50% using […]

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2/27/15 – FUN FACT FRIDAY – How to Interpret Screw Sizes

February 27, 2015

http://www.ehow.com/how_5939076_interpret-screw-sizes.html”>http://www.ehow.com/how_5939076_interpret-screw-sizes.html 1. Locate the first number in the screw size to learn the diameter of the screw. For example, in the screw size 1/2-15 x 3, “1/2” means the screw’s diameter is 1/2 inch. 2. Identify the screw’s thread count by the number between the dash and the “x” in the screw size. For example, […]

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2/20/15 FUN FACT FRIDAY – Solar Power, Without All Those Panels

February 20, 2015

  http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2HWSNV/1XSDcHKVd:g+F9+cop/www.encyclopediaofhomeimprovements.com/topic.html The main way for homes to harness solar power today is through bulky panels added to the rooftop or mounted on the ground. But companies are now offering alternatives to these fixed installations, in the less conspicuous form of solar power roofing shingles, tiles and other building materials that have photovoltaic cells sealed […]

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2/13/15 – FUN FACT FRIDAY – Preventing Frozen Pipes

February 13, 2015

Burst pipes are difficult and expensive to fix. Not to mention the damage that they can do. A small break in a pipe can empty thousands of gallons of unwanted water into your house. The first step is to insulate your water pipes. Foam pipe jackets are inexpensive and easy to apply to exposed pipes. […]

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2/6/15 – FUN FACT FRIDAY – The Forgotten Art of Building A Long Lasting Fire

February 6, 2015

by Raymond W. Dyer.  Old Farmers Almanac 183(1975) pp 80-81. You may think your method is best, but do try to keep an open mind . . . From generation to generation, the fire on the hearth is one of the very few things passed on from primitive man to modern man.  In every age […]

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January 30, 2015

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/portable-generators/generator-safety-tips Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings. Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open. Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building. Make sure to install carbon […]

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1/23/15 FUN FACT FRIDAY – – The new light bulbs.

January 23, 2015

I’m a bit slow on the learning curve. But honestly, I do not understand all the hoopla of these new LED bulbs. So my mission is to learn enough to explain it in plain English. And try to understand the difference and importance of making the change. #1 Efficiency – – a 60w Incandescent bulb […]

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1/16/15 FUN FACT FRIDAY – Tip for removing Dents and Scratches from Wood

January 16, 2015

Wood Dents Supplies: iron, paper towel, or scrap fabric water Iron the dents flat Lightly wet the dented area (just enough to cover the dent) Cover the dents with the paper or fabric. With the iron on the highest level, iron the dent (continuously make small movements back and forth and in circles) Keep pressing […]

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1/9/15 FUN FACT FRIDAY Simple tricks that make you look smart.

January 9, 2015

Keep a dripping faucet from driving you crazy by tying a string around the end of the spout (long enough to reach the drain). Until you can fix the faucet, the water will flow down the string silently instead of dripping. When painting use Press’N Seal wrap instead of having to tape everything, great to […]

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