Does your Fire Extinguisher work?
Did you know? The ABC powder inside your fire extinguishers can compact at the bottom over time leaving it potentially useless when an emergency strikes.
The chemical used in ABC fire extinguishers will separate from the nitrogen used to pressurize it. The chemical then settles to the bottom of the fire extinguisher and becomes cake like. After several years it can become so hard it will no longer flow up the tube and out the fire extinguisher. Loosening the chemical from the bottom of the fire extinguisher is important to keep the fire extinguisher working properly.
Solution: Turn the fire extinguisher upside down and tap on the bottom with a rubber mallet to loosen the chemical. Do this every several months to loosen up the powder and make sure you have the tools you need, in the unlikely event of an emergency fire.
Fire extinguishers should be inspected every year to make sure they are in proper working order. Here is a good article with even more information to consider.
Lake Huron is 12 inches above its level at this time last year. I'm feeling more INVINCIBLE...
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SUCCESS !! I received a confirmation email from Rogers today, "We’re pleased to let you know that your new phone number 705-366-50xx is now active." Persistence pays off.
Another serious issue however is the "physical location (of phone) information has to match up perfectly" because it's "all done electronically". I gave Rogers the name and number of the radio phone guy since no "physical location" information is on my Canada Bell bill.
FYI: Bell Canada Radio Based Phone Service
You can now port your 705-366-50xx phone number to Rogers.
Last fall I received a letter from Bell Canada saying,
"The technology that is used to provide your telephone service requires equipment that has now been discontinued by the manufacturer, making it increasingly difficult for Bell to service and maintain... ...we recommend you consider an alternative phone service..."
I literally spent hours, at the end of May, going back and forth between Bell Canada and Rogers trying to preserve our island radio-based phone number, going to higher and higher levels. The good news is Rogers now has a "porting agreement" with Bell for our area. Today I was told by Rogers that they had "submitted the porting request and it should be completed next week." Hooray!!
We are using a Rogers Rocket Hub for internet and phone service. The cost will end up being similar but we get internet now too. The Rocket Hub will even ring the old ancient rotary phone. No dialing out of course with it. The Rocket Hub has two phone jacks, but the manual says you can connect up to five phones with a splitter.
Note: You can do a six month temporary suspension at a minimal cost.
- Rock Hunter
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JANUARY 2014 GREAT LAKES WATER LEVEL SUMMARY: Lake Michigan‐Huron’s average water level ... fell less than an inch from its mean December level. This water level decline is less than Lake Michigan‐Huron’s typical decline from December to January. The January mean level was... 15 inches above its level of last year... The Lake Michigan‐Huron basin received less precipitation than normal for January, but total precipitation over the last 12 months has been 5% above average. Over the next six months, Lake Michigan‐Huron is forecasted to be 8 to 14 inches above last year’s levels...PDF (Created 2/5/2014)
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