Some household odors are easy to identify; some are not. I've had a few of the latter kind.
What to do with family heirlooms? Sometimes you feel like a conscripted caretaker, forced to care for items that someone in your family will later sell off without thought.
If you think something is wrong with your glasses or contact lenses, fuss about it. Get a second opinion or even a third if you have to. Don't let a technician's mistake affect your comfort.
Pedants are find of pointing out that we are not really afraid of heights or even of falling - we are afraid of hitting the ground, they say. As amusing as that observation may be to some, it isn't true. People with a fear of heights really are afraid of heights. The fear starts even if they only...
Revenue stamps have been used for all manner of goods - whiskey, cotton, tobacco and more. If something was taxed, there was some way of proving that the tax had been paid. That proof was often a "revenue stamp". With modern computerization and record keeping, many of these methods have passed into...
I grew up in a home with large, old fashioned radiators. The house was built in 1900, in the typical style with a massive central fireplace. As radiators had only been invented a few decades earlier, the house may have originally depended on that fireplace for heat, but when our family moved in,...
Nobody pays the actual metal value. Refiners have costs and even without that, you usually aren't selling to the actual refiner. In many cases, you aren't even selling to someone who actually is selling to the refiner - you'll be selling to someone who sells to someone else and maybe they...
The woman seemed so anxious and distracted that I told the clerk to go ahead and help her first. She blurted out a tale of woe about some electrical thing. Her husband had sent her out to buy a "continuity tester". The clerk shook his head sorrowfully and said he didn't think they had anything like...
While there are some disadvantages and problems with Google Voice, the advantages for a sole proprietor like me are great. In this article, I'll cover everything I like about Google Voice as well as everything that causes problems.
If you wake up in a blizzard and find yourself without heat as I did this morning, there are a few things that you might want to try before you give up and call for repair. Even if you can't fix the problem yourself, you may be able to determine at least some information about what is causing...
I measured the humidifier fan as drawing 60 watts. That won't change - if we run it for eight hours, it will pull nearly half a Killowatt hour. Of course, that doesn't reflect its true operating cost: those filters are expensive and we were using a fair amount of vinegar to clean it.
What attracted us was its obvious simplicity and ruggedness, the comfort, and that it really can provide everything from a short, extremely high intensity workout to a more leisurely long aerobic session.
We males do tend to minimize things we should not, and that can be dangerous. I imagine women do the same at times, especially when stressed by the demands of work or family. I will also note that our current medical system contributes to this by making it difficult and time consuming to see a...
I suspect the 1950's were probably the ideal time for collecting U.S. coins from pocket change. You could find Mercury dimes and Buffalo nickels daily. Even the older Barber dimes and the Liberty or Shield nickels would turn up now and then. Standing Liberty Quarters and Half Dollars were common....
You might think that the low demand for half cents was because of the low face value, but the purchasing power of a half cent in 1855 was roughly equivalent to a dime today (2010). An unskilled workman earned about seven cents an hour then, so this was not an insignificant amount of money. It may...
A confession here: I'm a bit of a compulsive brusher. I can't go for more than a few minutes after eating without flossing and it's not long after that I want to brush. I very often brush three to four times a day. The dentists and oral hygienests needn't panic just now. I use a soft brush, I'm...
I mentioned losing a battery in our Club Car EZGO electric golf cart at my "How to repair a broken battery terminal". That repair didn't last long; I soon had to buy a new battery.
How to clean your shower, your car and even your pepper mill with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (Melamine Sponges)
I used to hate cleaning the shower. The built up soap scum on the walls and the glass doors seemed to be nearly impossible to remove. People said to use vinegar - that didn't work. Abrasive cleaners didn't do much better. We bought foul smelling chemicals that I was really afraid to breathe and...
Mice belong outside. How I rodent-proofed basement windows, pipe openings, and cabinets.
My golf cart came to a sudden halt. My battery meter was fluctuating on and off. With some help, I managed to repair my broken battery terminal post. Here's how I did it.
One of our complaints about the GE was that it didn't seem to wash very well. We happen to be big water drinkers and we filter our tap water rather than contributing to more pollution with bottled water. We had noticed with the GE that we'd see little soap bubbles if we didn't rinse our glasses...
Making the decision to leave your home and move to a retirement community isn't easy. Learn what we experienced.
We bought a Keurig B-60 single-cup coffee maker about a year ago. Since then, many friends have also discovered the convenience and possible cost savings these devices offer. Learn what we like and don't like about our single cup brewer.
Whether it's penny ante or matches, playing cards is a popular pastime. Learn some fun wild card poker games to spice up your game night.