Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fridge Deliveries – Just Say No to Copper

Ordering a new refrigerator is an iffy deal at best. It's not an appliance you can test drive, after all. Buyer reviews are always helpful, but the balance seems to weigh in the negative for most brands these days.

If you're not too handy and happen to have copper tubing installed for water and ice dispensing, you can forget about an assist from the delivery folks. They're instructed to handle only plastic tubing. For one, there are fewer risks – plastic is bendable. Copper is not. It can easily break with a sudden, even light, twist and stores/delivery services are not going to take that risk. However, if you're willing to make the hookup yourself before they have everything else checked out, you should be OK. The conscientious delivery people will stick around to make sure there aren't any links from your handiwork.

On the other hand, make a note to switch out that copper for plastic the next time a plumber is in the 'hood.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Handy Dandy Extra-Long Light Bulb Changer

Now, here's a tool that could be a real lifesaver for anyone who has high ceilings. It's an extendable light bulb changer that can grab onto any size bulb. No more ladders and no more precarious angles against walls for those towering ceiling lights. This is truly an accessory everyone should own, especially senior adults and those who live by themselves. These are great time-savers, too, as there's no ladder lugging.

The Handy Imp loves the Bayco brand changer. It comes with two different extractors for broken bulbs and three grabbers for various sized bulbs, including floodlights. Use it indoors and outside to extend your reach up to 11 feet. Even if you have to stand on a smaller stepstool or the first few rungs of a ladder, it's still safer than climbing to precarious heights.

Put the Bayco light bulb changer on your shopping list for the ones you love - and for yourself. Be sure to get the package with attachments (even if you don't need them now) for the best deal.