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[#] Wed Nov 20 2013 11:16:48 EST from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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This has nothing to do with dryers or washers or 220V-AC cords. However, this story goes toward "it should not be so - everything in electricity/electronics, even the *math* says it should not be so - but..." category.

Many years ago I was visiting a "high end" (expensive) audio store near where I was living in New Jersey. While there, one of the sales folk started talking to me about this new line of speaker cable they had just started carrying in the store. The manufacturer was a small and unknown (up to then) company called MonsterCable.

The guy gave me the standard sales pitch. I told him "all that stuff you just said is fine, at **radio frequency** but at audio frequencies it simply does not apply." He knew me. Knew what I was teaching (Physics).

He said "take these home; swap them into your system for the speaker cables you are using now; if you don't like them bring them back and if you do like them just come in and pay for them next time you are in the store."

I took them home.
I removed my 8 guage insulated copper wire pairs that had been connecting my speakers to my amplifiers. Just a 2 channel "stereo" back then. This was before CDs. Before "Dolby Anything". If you had a high end system you had two speakers and if you really were a fanatic you had a subwoofer. I had a subwoofer. It was a Velodyne ULD12. But I digress.

I put the 10-ft MonsterCable set of speaker cables into the system. Powered everything up. Put on my roughly 40th copy of Dark Side of the Moon.

WOW !!!!!

To this day I cannot believe what my ears were telling me. Night and day difference is an understatement. Just putting those cables into my system made a difference equivalent to installing a new pair of speakers.

Instead of just 'reproducing music from an LP' the system *sang*.

I went immediately back to that store; paid the guy; told *him* what I just told you right here.

And that pair of cables is STILL in my system which has, over the years, *massively* "grown up" around those two cables.

The moral here? Sometimes "things just happen" that everything you think you know about science tells you should not happen. But it does.

You see, there's that thing they never put in the books, which no Ph.D. ever incluces in a lecture; which will never be heard or read in a formal context.

That thing?

"Shit Happens."

[#] Wed Nov 20 2013 12:07:44 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Why */can't/* you use the old cord? If it's in good enough shape (no
fraying where the wires insert into the screw blocks, no
cracking/breaking/damage to the insulation), why wouldn't it be
reusable?


It voids the warranty aka they want you to spend more. WHY NOT INCLUDE IT?

[#] Wed Nov 20 2013 12:17:57 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have never heard of an electric dryer whose warranty would be voided by the reuse of an existing cord. There are still some installations out there where there's no cord at all, it's just hard wired into a junction box.

Now what I really want to know is, why hasn't the world of electric dryers moved towards twist lock receptacles?

[#] Wed Nov 20 2013 14:38:50 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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The salesman told us that it voids the warranty when we purchased a dryer. See my long story somewhere above.
Apparently when you threaten to return the dryer it no longer will void the warranty.

[#] Wed Nov 20 2013 15:38:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I think I would prefer to void the salesman ... or at least the sale.

[#] Wed Nov 20 2013 18:15:41 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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The old cord would simply not get your clothes dry enough, the humidity that will be left in the dryer will damage it, hence the void...



[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 04:14:47 EST from vince-q @ Uncensored

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Personally I prefer solar-powered clothes drying systems.

About 20 ft of rope tied between 2 strategically placed trees, a wooden prop placed mid-way, and a goodly supply of clothes-pins.


[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 05:17:28 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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If you get new trees or a new prop, would you have to replace the rope with a new one for warranty reasons?



[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 08:58:07 EST from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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Nov 21 2013 2:17am from the_mgt @uncnsrd (Uncensored)
If you get new trees or a new prop, would you have to replace the
rope with a new one for warranty reasons?


No. Only if you replace the Sun. Then you'd need a new rope so the rope would be "in sync" with the new Sun's radiation variances...

[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 11:48:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Personally I prefer solar-powered clothes drying systems.

Grandma? Is that you? How are you still doing laundry when you've been dead for seven years?

[#] Thu Nov 21 2013 15:17:30 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Nov 20 2013 3:38pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
I think I would prefer to void the salesman ... or at least the sale.


We did void the sale.

[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 08:20:01 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Wed Nov 20 2013 02:38:50 PM EST from zooer @ Uncensored
The salesman told us that it voids the warranty when we purchased a dryer. See my long story somewhere above.
Apparently when you threaten to return the dryer it no longer will void the warranty.

And there you have it. Salesdroids lie, if they think they can get some additional money out of you. I frequently call bullshit on them, and love watching them backpedal when I tell them to show me where, in the warranty or other documentation, the voided warranty clause is.



[#] Wed Nov 27 2013 10:11:44 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yesterday I pulled up some of the carpeting in my living room to see what the floor looked like underneath. It appears to be a wood floor, although a bit on the old side.

Any tips for changing over to a nice finished floor here?

[#] Wed Nov 27 2013 17:12:56 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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The parents of my girlfriend recently removed the carpet tiles that covered all of their floor, too. The floor boards are about 60-80 years old. We rented a machine which grinds off the top layer, looks really really nice. Only annoying thing is hammering in the nails, so that they do not damage the machine. Oh, and it is a bit messy/dusty. You can finish the floor with some kind of wax or something.

They have three nice rugs/carpets now, one directly when you enter, the other two were you tend to sit, under the dinner table and where the couches are. Looks far more luxurious than an old carpet covering the whole floor. I can provide some pics, if you like.



[#] Sun Dec 01 2013 23:59:08 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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I have not done any floor sanding.  I did rip out the carpet here and put down laminate in some rooms, and one of them has a re-subsurfaceable top.  The former owners of course said that there were hardwood floors below the carpet -but of course it was not..., but it looks like you have it for real IG.  If the carpet is done for, I say go for it.



[#] Tue Dec 03 2013 22:38:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I did some YouTube-ing on this topic. Lots of interesting information out there. The clever ones recommend saving some of your sawdust and using it to make your own wood putty, so that it is guaranteed to match the wood. Nice.

I was also concerned that the floor molding doesn't come all the way down to the floor, and has the rug tucked under it. However it seems that this can be corrected by the addition of quarter round at the bottom, which installations without rugs always seem to have anyway.

[#] Sun Dec 22 2013 14:45:18 EST from Shazam @ Uncensored

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I bought silicone and went around the house closing up the gaps between the windows and the walls with my caulk gun. I started with the white caulk that I'd had left over from the when I'd done the bathtub, but saw immediately that I'm like the opposite of professional and it was going to become messy, so when it ran out I bought clear silicone. Some of the gaps were quite large too.

[#] Tue Dec 24 2013 19:10:15 EST from Shazam @ Uncensored

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This morning it was cold outdoors, cold enough to test the insulating I was trying to put on my daughters room.
It really helped. Until now when it was cold outside her room was about 7 degrees colder than the rest of the house. Now her room is a degree warmer than the rest of the house. I'm so excited that it actually worked.

[#] Wed Dec 25 2013 12:22:18 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well then -- mission accomplished!

[#] Sun Dec 29 2013 02:26:03 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Good job!!

 



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