Jan 18th 2011 10:03AM I don't see how this would be that hazardous - it seems that if a fixture is dripping, then the fixture should be repaired immediately. Clean up should not be hard to do.
I would have to hear from an authority (who doesn't have a vested interest in making a lot of money from "clean up") just how bad of a situation this is. I don't believe most ballasts ever leak - I just replaced a 20 plus year old Lithonia florescent fixture in a friends mobile home - the ballast had never dripped after all of these years.
Dec 14th 2010 10:01PM Part of this equation is knowing when to refuse credit also - I finally accepted a credit card with a low credit limit, a annual fee that was not too large, and a somewhat reasonable interest rate.
I turned down a lot of "offers" that had ridiculous annual fee's, extremely high interest rates if you were "late", or other ridiculous terms. Don't forgot to ignore somewhat the initial wonderful interest rate - if it promises to go way up if you are "late" or it is not locked in for a long time.
Remember, the best thing is to say "no" if the offer is not good enough - eventually a better one will come along, or force yourself to put money in the bank so you will have a cushion when something happens - because you can bank on the fact that something ALWAYS happens eventually - the car needs a repair, a pipe bursts, a relative needs a small amount of money quickly - etc.
Dec 9th 2010 8:26PM I have mixed feelings - on cars, I have been burned twice by extended warranties, the last time when Warranty Gold went out of business - to me, on a car the only worthwhile warranty to buy is from the car company itself, i.e. Chrysler, Ford, etc - and is something to negotiate on the price - it normally isn't worth what they want to charge for it.
On some items, like my condo's two a/c units from Sears and Whirlpool, the extended warranty is worth it to me because my condo is difficult to cool, and I have pets that must have a/c, and I have allergies and asthma - so to me, getting the a/c repaired quickly is important (at least one of them) and I often don't have money for these types of repairs.
Also, I read a lot about the newer refridge's of the last few years, and the many complaints about compressor failures and such - of them, when I replace my 22 year old Amana 3 door I will consider an extended warranty, but research the company first to see how well they satisfy their customers, and their BBB rating.
Nov 15th 2010 3:15AM I just read the post about florescent bulbs and dimmers - the florescent bulb must be labeled dimmable, but also a dimmer that is designed for florescent bulbs is supposed to perform better, and not have the bulb "drop out" when you turn down the brightness a lot. I just replaced a florescent standard PAR 38 with a Phillips dimmable PAR 38 florescent, and was confused at Home Depot - none of the dimmers seemed labeled for florescent bulb usage. I was thinking a dimmable florescent bulb could be used with a standard dimmer, and that is what the Home Depot person said he believed was true.
I did find with the Leviton standard push on/off rotary dial dimmer that when I turn the bulb down a lot, it may "drop out" - but for now, it still performs fine, so I will not upgrade to a "florescent dimmer" for some time.
Oct 4th 2010 8:58PM Let's have Lynda Carter involved also - she deserves a great place in a current movie or tv show -
Oct 3rd 2010 6:50AM I am against the ban of these light bulbs, however most of my condo is lit by florescent - bulbs very rarely break, and are easy to recycle at Home Depot and other stores. I just collect used bulbs, batteries and such until I have enough to make it worthwhile to take them with me to recycle.
Most CFL's have very little mercury in them, and it is being phased out - not nearly as much as in a mercury thermometer. It a bulb is broken, it is easy to clean up. Open the windows, leave the area for about 15 minutes, then clean up with gloves and a wet clean-up method - don't vacuum. Put the breakage and clean-u stuff into a plastic bag and discard it.
One thing I find interesting - a watt is still a watt! Our store made great strides in energy-efficiency when we opened in a brand-new building - however, traditional florescent panel-lights were used in the office areas - these still burn more watts than just a few well-placed 100 watt old-fashioned light bulbs would have used! We do have a system that is supposed to turn lights off when no one is around, but in some areas this has not been done - so lights are left on 24 hours per day unless someone like me complains about it and gets people to turn off the light switch.
However, by doing most of the things right, our business is saving over $20,000 per year with our new building over our old building, with the new building being bigger and more comfortable.
Sep 29th 2010 6:58AM Her past employment should not matter - after all, how many teachers have been caught having sex with their students? Hopefully, she has grown up, and is no longer at the immature stage, and has recognized that she wants to do something more meaningful with her life.
What is life about if not about learning from your mistakes, and looking for a different, better path?
Sep 22nd 2010 7:45PM I love her - also, she was hilarious on Malcolm in the Middle - her character was so eccentric, strong, and strange - she played it so well! Plus, I love the reruns of Phyllis, and of course Young Frankenstein -
Sep 22nd 2010 4:07AM Big Deal - I think Wonder Woman's plane was a whole lot better - and she looked awesome flying in it -
Sep 14th 2010 6:44AM It would be perfect with some pug dogs running around - maybe with a butler to help attend to their wants and desires ---