Cleaning Refrigerator Condenser Coils

Refrigerator Condenser Coils

The other day, my 4-year old son was playing in the kitchen and accidentally launched a brand new $1.50 Ferrari under the refrigerator. It was imperative that I retrieve this Ferrari immediately so I popped off the lower front grille and started swooshing a ruler back and forth. In the process of trying to retrieve the famed car I was stunned to see that the underside of the refrigerator had turned into a fuzzy dungeon off lost receipts, pieces of food and a crap-ton of dust. As I slid the…
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Is Ethanol (E85) Good or Bad?

You’ve probably heard of E85, or maybe you’ve even seen a few gas stations selling this stuff. Perhaps you’ve read that it’s the new, greener alternative fuel for cars that’s supposed to help wean us off our foreign dependency on oil. After all, anything that can achieve that is a good thing, right? Well, maybe not. Ethanol is basically a high proof alcohol (just like we drink) which is created by fermenting organic matter such as sugar cane, corn, wheat, grains, and even our trash (source: Technology Review) and turning…
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Corrupt US State Department – Paul Bremer

No wonder Iraq hates us. It’s not because we removed Saddam from power or have killed many of the militant factions that seem to thrive on violence in that part of the world. It has more to do with very corrupt politicians, including the president, exploiting the War in Iraq as a way to make a tremendous amount of money and murder innocent people with total immunity from any laws. Where are the weapons of mass destruction? Where are the Al-Queida terrorists? Where are all the dangers the President of…
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Rain Barrel Illegal in Colorado

Colorado has the most screwed up water rights laws of any state in the Union. Some call them unique, I call them inadequate and based on a concept of when the state was young and had relatively few inhabitants. The process of acquiring water rights is very expensive, complicated, inefficient and bureaucratic. Water officials have already put too many straws into the glass of coke and not everyone is getting anything to drink. This will get worse unless things change. So, what does this have to do with rainwater harvesting…
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Weird Weather: When It’s Really Cold Outside

When it’s really cold outside, strange things start to happen. There aren’t too many eye-whiteness accounts of such conditions because it’s so cold it’s dangerous, and any exposed skin can instantly freeze resulting in frostbite. However, on one occasion at Snag airport in the Yukon of Canada, the temperature dropped to an official -81.4°F on February 3rd, 1947. There were 16 employees on duty at the time and two weather observers, Wilf Blezard and Gordon Toole, recorded the following observations: We threw a dish of water high into the air,…
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Record Low Temperature by State

The following is a list of record low temperatures for each of the 50 states and on what date that temperature occurred. These temperatures are official and don’t take into account wind chill. All these records are based on 2004 data: State Temperature Location Date Alabama -27°F New Market January 30, 1966 Alaska -80°F Prospect Creek January 23, 1971 Arizona -41°F Hawley Lake January 7, 1971 Arkansas -29°F Pond and Gavette February 13, 1905 California -45°F Boca January 20, 1937 Colorado -61°F Maybell February 1, 1985 Connecticut -37°F Norfolk February…
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Record High Temperature by State

The following is a list of record high temperatures for each of the 50 states and on what date that temperature occurred. These temperatures are official and don’t take into account heat index. All these records are based on 2004 data: State Temperature Location Date Alabama 112°F Centerville September 5th, 1925 Alaska 100°F Fort Yukon June 27th, 1915 Arizona 128°F Lake Havasu City June 29th, 1994 Arkansas 120°F Ozark August 10th, 1936 California 134°F Greenland Ranch July 10th, 1913 Colorado 118°F Bennett July 11th, 1888 Connecticut 106°F Danbury July 15th,…
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