Okay, so the last couple of giveaway prizes have been a bit "female-centric." But for day eleven of our Twelve Days of Giveaways we're tipping the scales over to the testosterone side of the equation with a $500 gift card courtesy of that mecca of maleness: Home Depot.
During a recent wind storm, a small section of my roof was damaged. A few shingles went flying into the night and the wood beneath got a little bit damp. Nothing major, but something that needed to be addressed nonetheless.
Although this was not a huge expense, I wanted to save as much money as possible and I wanted to avoid dealing with a potential roofing scam. To do this, I figured I would have to call in at least two roofing experts for quotes.
Before I got around to the second contractor, though, I had already made up my mind.
As the weather gets cooler, we'll all be spending more time indoors, even in L.A. so now's a good time to fix stuff. You should take care of these little home repair and improvement projects now (or at least prepare yourself) since they get more annoying as the days get longer and you get cabin fever. And there is nothing more annoying than the dripping faucet.
When a faucet drips, or worse yet won't shut off, the most common cause
is a bad rubber washer. When you close the faucet the rubber washer is
pressed into a metal seat. With time the rubber hardens, and compresses,
and sometimes even starts to fall apart.
Have you ever flushed the toilet, only to go back to the bathroom an hour later and find it still running? Do you live alone, but wake to the sound of water running in the middle of the night? It's not ghosts, it's your toilet's flapper valve.
Toilets are fairly simple. They are far less complicated than your TV, for instance. Still they are more complicated than the kitchen sink. When it works normally, the flush handle opens the flapper flooding the bowl and sending your deceased goldfish down the drain. How Stuff Works has a great cutaway diagram of a toilet, with flush-able animation.
Ah, The humble A19 60-watt soft white incandescent light bulb. How many have you changed in your life time? How many people did it take? Cue rim shot and canned laughter. Could Edison have ever seen the day his greatest, most difficult-to-perfect invention would sell for less than $1 each? The 60-watt light bulb doesn't have long to live folks. It has already been outlawed in several countries, and there were reports of hoarding when it was announced that they would be phased out in the EU.
Pay attention: the US is supposed to be phasing them out by 2014!
People, you have nothing to fear. There is no need for petitions. We don't need to create a "National Incandescent Association" and get some celebrity to talk about prying light bulbs out of his cold dead hands. There are more and better options being produced everyday. Between CFLs and the newest LED technologies, the lighting in your house of tomorrow is going to look radically different--or exactly the same. It's up to you.
One thing is for certain though, you are going to save money on your lighting bill!