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$$$$ US POSTAGE TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES $$$$| TRAFFIC INFO | NC ROAD PROJECTS/CLOSINGS | SEE ALSO: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS | 3D MOVIES | 4x4 | African Safaris | Africa Traveler's Health | AWD vs 4x4 | AFCI | Complete AFRICAN Photo Safari & Travel Information | African Traveler Health Issues / Information | Africa - Cell Phones for us in | Africa Safari Planning | Air Conditioning | AIRLINES | Airline Flight DELAYS | AIRPORTS | ALDI (Discount Groceries) | ALL ELECTRONICS | ALL Weather TIRES | American AIRLINES | American Greetings eCards | ANT Insecticides (killers) |
Appliance Companies - who owns what Appliance Company | Appliance PARTS | Appliance Power Consumption | April - items on SALE | Astronomy | Audio | August - items on SALE | Auto/Truck INFO | OVER-HEATING - AUTOMOBILE | PROLONG LIFE of YOUR CAR - AUTOMOBILE | RADIATOR / LEAK PROBLEMS - AUTOMOBILE | Auto/Truck Repair Manuals | Auto/Truck TIRE Info | Automation (Home) | AWD vs 4x4 | BED SIZES | BG 44K |
BLUE LIGHT may cause Macular Degeneration | Blu-ray Movies | BOILED EGG SHELL sticks to Egg | Braided Hoses leak less | Brake Failure | BRIGHTNESS (of Light bulbs) | BROTHER All-In-One Printer Reviews |
BULBS - Lumens (brightness), Sockets,... EVERYTHING | Bulbs (CFL | Bulb SOCKET SIZES | Bulb TEMPERATURE (perceived color) | BUNDLES - (Internet, TV & phone) | BUSINESS News | California King Bed size | CAMERA DISCOUNTS | CAMERA REVIEWS | CAMERA REVIEW SITES | Candelabra socket | CANON All-In-One Printer Reviews |
CARBON MONOXIDE - Detecting & Poisoning | Car Door Lock/Unlock Remote Replacements | CARDS (eCards)| Chinese/Japanese Computing | CD Info | CD / DVD - BLANK MEDIA | Cell Phone - LOCATE Your phone | CELL PHONE STUFF - DISCOUNTS | CELL PHONE INFORMATION - LOTS OF | CFLs | CFL RECYCLINGs | CLOSEOUTS | CLOSINGS, ROAD/SCHOOLS/BUSINESSES ** |
Clothes Dryer - Fix | Clothes Washer - Fix | COLD Weather Tire Pressure | Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) | COMPARISON SHOPPING | Complain, Gripe, Rant & Vent | COMPLAINTS - Companies, Products | COMPUTERS - DISCOUNT | COMPUTER GLASSES | COMPUTER Information | COMPUTER SECURITY | COMPUTER VIRUS Information | CONTRACTORS - Reviews of Home Contractors, Handymen, Maintenance People | COST of LIVING Elsewhere |
CPAP and Battery powered CPAP/APAP | COUPONS | CRAIG's LIST - RALEIGH | CRAIG's LIST - PHONY MONEY WARNING | Crockpot Fish recipes | Cruise Control Danger | CURRENCY Converters | Cutting the (TV) Cable (OTA) | CyberGuys - hard to find technology | December - items on SALE | Deer, hitting |
DEET | DEET Sellers of | Department Stores | Diabetes | Diesel Fuel | DIGITAL | Digital Cameras | Digital CAMERA DISCOUNTS | Digital CAMERA REVIEWS | Digital CAMERA REVIEW SITES |
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS | DISCOUNTS | Discount Airline Tickets | Discount BOOKS | Discount CAMERAS | Discount Codes (online shopping) | Discount DRUGSTORES | Discount ELECTRONICS | EYEGLASSES - Information about | Discount EYEGLASSES | Discount GROCERIES | Discount OR Unusual JEWELRY | DISCOUNTS for SENIORS | DISCOUNT Stores (so they say) | Discount Travel (so they say) |
DMV | Doxycycline | Driving | Driving in ICE & SNOW | DROUGHT | DVD Info | E10 | E15 - may damage your engine | E26 socket | EARTHQUAKE | Eastern King Bed size | eCards | EGG SHELL sticks to Boiled Egg | Electrical Home / House Wiring | Electrical Home Wiring BOOKS| Electricity Consumption Calculator | ELECTRONICS, Discount | Electronics on the Internet | eCard and eMail SCAMS | Emergency Escape Ladders | Emergency Flashlights | Emergency Radios | ENCRYPT your data and email it | Energy Efficiency (Home) | Envelope Sizes | EPSON All-In-One Printer Reviews | ERGONOMICS (prevent injury)| ESL Bulbs | EXPLOSIVE GAS DETECTORS | Extra Long Twin Bed size |
Eyeglasses - COMPUTER | Eyeglasses - DISCOUNT | Eyeglasses FRAME - MEASURING | Eyeglasses - GLARE | Eyeglasses - PROGRESSIVE Lenses | FAST FOOD | FAXES | February - items on SALE | Fescue | FINANCIAL |
FIRE DETECTORS | FIRE EXTINGUISHERS | FIX / REPAIR | FLASHLIGHTS - Emergency | FLEX-FUEL / ETHANOL Gasoline Fuel Mixtures | FLIGHT DELAYS | FLIGHT TRACKING | FLU - Seasonal & H1N1 | Fluorescent Bulbs | Fluorescent Bulbs (includes CFLs) grow more DIM as they age | FOG, Driving in | COMBATING FOGGY CAR MIRRORS | FOOD - Discount | FRAUD, Consumer Problems | FREEZE YOUR CREDIT TO PREVENT THEFT | Frugal - Being | Fuel Injector Cleaner | Full Size / Double Bed size | Gardening | Gardening PESTS |
GPS - Complete Information | Garmin Features | Garmin Model Numbers - APPENDED LETTERS | Garmin Nuvi - (permanent) BATTERY REPLACEMENT | Garmin Nuvi - RESET | GAS DETECTORS (natural, propane,... gas) | Gas Pedal Stuck| GEMS | Generators, Natural Gas | Generic Prescriptions | GFI | Glare (Vision) | GOVERNMENT | GOVERNMENT OWE YOU MONEY? | GPS - Complete | GPS Screen PROTECTORS | GRAPHICS | Green Valve Stems | GROCERY STORES (Discount) |
Hallmark eCards | Halogen Bulbs | HARDWARE STORES - Raleigh, NC | HDTV | HDTV Definitions | HDTV DTS vs Dolby Digital |
HEADLIGHTS | Headlights - Halogen | Headlights - BRIGHTEST Halogen | Headlight Lens - Clean Glazed Plastic | Headlights - HID | Headlights - LED | HEALTH | Health, Travel | HEAT PUMPS | Herbs - Discount | HEV may cause Macular Degeneration | H.I.D | HiFi (music) on Internet | Hollywood Contempo - Women's Purses |
HOME SECURITY & MAINTENANCE | Home Theater | HOTELS | HOUSE INFO | HOUSE TRADING / SWAPPING(vacations) | HOW Stuff Works | HOW TO... | How to get a real person on the phone | HP All-In-One Printer Reviews |
Humidifiers / De-Humidifiers / Humidity | Humor |
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS | HVAC | Incandescent Bulbs | Insect Repellent & Killer | INSURANCE | Insurance Points (NC) | INVESTING | eCards | January - items on SALE | July - items on SALE | June - items on SALE | KENYA - what you Really MUST Know | KENYA - Information that you Really MUST Know before you go | LANGUAGE Converters | lawns - FESCUE | Lawns - GREEN | lawns - SOD | Lawns - WATERING, CONSERVE | Leaky Switches (lighted) KILL CFLs | Leaky Timers and Dimmers KILL CFLs | Leather, Bonded Leather, Pleather & Vinyl | LEAD-FREE Water Hoses |
LED Bulbs | LED Flashlight Bulbs - general info | LEGAL CLAIMANT SERVICES | LEXMARK All-In-One Printer Reviews | Light Bulbs - EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW | LightBulb TEMPERATURE (perceived color) | Lighted Wall Switches may shorten CFL lifespans | Lumens | LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS - Airline/Airport | MagicJack - IP telephone connection |
Complete MALARIA Information | Malarone | MAPS | March - items on SALE | May - items on SALE | MEDICAL INFORMATION | Medium socket | Mefloquine | Metofluthrin | METRIC | Midget | Minature socket | Mogul socket | Monitors | MONOPOLIES - who owns what Appliance Companies |
MONOPRICE - discount electronics | MOSQUITO Repellents & Insecticides (killers) | Mosquito Netting | MONTH - SALE - What's on sale THIS MONTH | MOVIES | MOVIES - Blu-ray| MP3 | MPEG | Music | NATURAL GAS DETECTORS | Neon | Nitrogen in Tires | North Carolina **| North Carolina Magazines/Newspapers/Radio/TV | North Carolina MISC | North Carolina ROADS |
November - items on SALE | Nuvi | Nuvi - RESET | October - items on SALE | OFF Clip-on mosquito protection | Online Promotion / Discount Codes (online shopping) | OOMA (VoIP) | Overdrive | Paper Sizes | Party, Paper & Art Supplies | PASSPORTS | PASSPORTS with RFID - Hacked | Patents | People, FINDING | Periprel | Permethrin | Personal | PEST Control & Repellents | Phone - CALL / TEST YOUR PHONE | Phones | Photo Editing | Photography |
Plastics - Safe & UNsafe Types | PLUMBING | POISION | Poisoning by DEET | Poisoning by Insecticides | Poisoning by METOFLUTHIN | Poisoning by PICARIDIN (not very likely) | Poisoning by PYRETHRIN | POISON IVY | POISON OAK | POISON SUMAC | Polycarbonate Lens |
USPS - HOLD MAIL | Postage RATES | Power Cleaners / Filters - 120 VOLT AC | Power Consumption of Appliances | Power Consumption - Standby | Prescriptions | Price Comparisons | Printers | Progressive Lenses | Promotion Codes (online shopping) | PRP | Queen Bed size | Radio | RADON | RADIOS - Emergency | ** RECOMMENDATIONS - PC & PERSONAL SECURITY** | Recreation | Recycle CFLs | REFERENCES | REPAIR | Replacing Bulbs with LEDs | Resolution (Pixels) | RETIREMENT | RID insect repellent | Safety Hinges | SALARIES | SALES (what month is what on sale) | Save Energy at Home | SAVE MONEY | SCANNERS | SCANNING | SENIOR DISCOUNTS | September - items on SALE | SEVERE WEATHER | SHOES - Discount | Silver Ions | Skype |
Sleep Apnea | SMOKE DETECTORS | SOCIAL SECURITY | SOD | Complete SOUTH AFRICA Travel Information |
SpyWare | Standard King Bed size | SUNGLASSES |
SUNSCREEN - Complete Sunscreen Information, Ingredients, Products & Resources | SURPLUS (Raleigh, NC) | Surge Protectors | Surge Protectors - WHOLE HOUSE | SURVIVAL TIPS | TAX Forms Online | Taxes, property |
Timers that work with CFLs | TIME ZONES,... | TIRES | Tire Pressure for COLD Weather |
TiVo | TOOLS (hand, info, power, wood,...)| TOOLS - DISCOUNT| TRAFFIC Info | TRAVEL | TripleTred TIRES | TV/Video | Twin Bed size | UPS / AVR | USEFUL, Interesting Info | UV - Ultra Violet Lights | Vendor Outlets | Video |
VIRUS Info (Computer) | Vitamins & Herbs - Discount | Volt-Amps (VA) | VONAGE - Convert your phone service | VONAGE More information | Water Leaks - Automobile |
WATER LEAKS - INSIDE HOUSE | WATER LEAKS - OUTSIDE HOUSE | WaterSense - EPA water efficiency ratings | Western King Bed size | WEATHER | WIND-UP Emgergency Flashlights & Radios | WINE - a few Tips |

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4-Wheeling How To 5 Safety Tips When Going Off-Highway 5 More Safety Tips When Going Off-Highway Airing Down - Tire Deflation Methods Getting Unstuck Getting Unstuck, Part II (Winch) Preventative Maintenance Tired of Your Tires? Tire Pressure for 4-Wheeling Using the Hi-Lift Jack Whatcha Need to Getcha Back


Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon NASAWindows to The Universe

AWD vs 4x4 - Cars, SUVs, Trucks

In mine and other people's opinions (there are dissenters), All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) with Traction-Control does a better job of providing on-road safety in slippery conditions. This is primarily because the traction-Control (really brakes), controls each of the four wheels individually, giving better control than 4x4 (without traction-control). The only true 4x4 that I've heard about with Traction-control is the AM Hummer (at least the original Hum-Vee - I don't know about the h3 nor the H3). I admit that I have not really looked for 4x4's with traction control, AWD is not normally suited for real off-road driving. All things equal, AWDs get better milage than real 4x4s.
4-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel-Drive Systems: Know Your Options All-Wheel-Drive Versus Four-Wheel Drive What's the difference between "all-wheel drive" and "four-wheel drive"? What is the difference between Four Wheel Drive (4WD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD)? Driveline Options: Transmissions ALL-WHEEL DRIVE (AWD) - Definition of How Four-whel Drive Works

Automobile / Car / Truck BUYING / SELLING / VALUE


Find car dealers by state Maintenance, costs & repairs - Clark Howard Auto123 Autopedia - the Automotive Encyclopedia Autoweb Dot Com - research, reviews, pics,... Candian Driver Car & Driver's Car Buyers Info Car Smart Car Talk - Car Information Consumer Guide Consumer Reports The Internet discount BEAT ALL credit Union and other discounts that I ever saw. Edmund's Automotive Buyer's Guide Kelley Blue Book values | Used EDMUND'S TOP TEN LISTS & TCO - YEAR by Year - Carmax NEW CAR REVIEWS & Research - NEW CARS by PRICE Range, MPG, CLASS, etc - SCROLL DOWN -

BBB - Check out that Car Dealer

Is there a Better Business Bureau Complaint against that Dealer

BG 44K Fuel Injector Cleaner

In my personal opinion, BG 44K Fuel Injector Cleaner is the best fuel injector cleaner that can be purchased. Many new car dealers use BG 44K to clean your fuel injectors. Some new card dealer parts departments will sell the product to the average citizen. If you buy BG 44K, GET THE CAN that you pour into the gas tank - do NOT get the complete kit. Some dealers will only sell you the kit, which costs too much and does the typical person no good, as the product can not be dumped into the gas tank. The "K" (BG 44K) might be the kit, rather than the can that pours into your gas tank. I'll check. I've been going into Cary, to: Bowden Street Automotive 303 Bowden Street Cary, NC 27513 (919) 465-4488 to get my BG44 - GOT to find a closer place to Me. Customer Reviews: BG 44K Fuel System BG44K: Automotive BG products, Inc. Fuel system and injector tune up? - Automotive Message Forums bg44 - explorer forum - search for "bg" autobahn - internet -BG 44K


NOTE: ETHANOL yields only 80% of the energy of gasoline, So while cheaper, you milage will DECREASE when using ethanol. E15 = 15% Ethanol, 85% gasoline - most cars can NOT use this. Only FLEX-FUEL vehicals can safely use E15. Can your (fairly new) vehicle use FLEX-FUEL? - PDF E15 - COMPLETE INFO - may damage your engine E10 = 10% Ethenol, 90% gasoline


How to Buy a Car Infinityhelp dot com J D Power & Associates J D Power Consumer Center Kelly Blue Book LEMON-AID Car Guides RECALLS & SAFETY NOTICES - Autopedia/NHTSB *** Microsoft Carpoint Motor Trend Motor Trend's New Car/Truck Evaluation Tools Motor Trend's Road Tests ** NTSB Popular Mechanics New Car & Truck Guide Road & Track SkyReport So You Wanna Buy A Used car? Vehicle Inspection Reports - Edmunds Wheels24

Automobile / Truck Info

FUEL ECONOMY - EPA How Cars Work Fuel Efficiency Review (how to save) Anti-lock braking system - Wikipedia AUTO *** Auto dot com AUTOPEDIA AutoRepair, About Understanding Fuel Economy Ratings Car Brakes, How Do They Work? Cartalk Home Page Car Talk Column Directory Click & Clack Talk cars Crash Test Ratings Databases Diagnose car problems online Drivers Environment Family Car - Info Inspections FAQ ** Links to Magazines & other online auto resources ** Loan Calculator Motor Trend ONLINE What's that noise - Diagnose car problems online

Automobile/Truck Magazines

Candian Driver Car & Driver Motor Trend Road & Track


Do NOT use Cruise Control in wet or icy weather. If your tires slip, cruise control may cause you to loose control of your car.

DIESEL FUELS - normal, biodegradable, green & ULSD

B2: - 2% Biodiesel B5: - 5% Biodiesel B20: - 20% Biodiesel B100: - 100% Biodiesel SVO = Straight vegetable oils. ULSD - Ultra-low sulfur diesel - available in 2006. WVO = waste vegetable oils. Most vehicle manufacturers do not recommend using blends greater than 5% FOR NEWER VEHICLES - using higher blends will void some engine warranties. Note: You should never fuel your vehicle with clean or used grease or vegetable oil that has not been converted to biodiesel. It will damage your engine. Biodiesel - PROs/CONs - Biodiesel 101 - PBS Hydrocarbon Processing: Biodiesel: A Renewable and Biodegradable Fuel - PDF Biodiesel is an obvious candidate for use in marine applications - Bio-Diesel - Application of a Biodegradable Lubricant in a Diesel Vehicle A comparison of the short term effects of diesel fuel and ... Diesel Vehicles - carmax Campa as fuel - Campa and the environmen San Diego Regional Energy Office : Biodiesel GREEN DIESEL: ScienceDaily: Green Diesel: New Process Makes Liquid ... New Way to Make 'Green Diesel' from Coal - LiveScience Green Diesel From Plants to Power Cars Honda's Green (Diesel) Machine Diesel to Vegetable Oil engine conversions - DieselVeg E90 DIESEL FUEL: Coming Soon


While I do not believe that amber glasses help you see further in foggy weather, I do believe that amber colored glasses increase the contrast of what you view, allowing you to more quickly see and identify objects. WWII pilots used amber lenses in their flying gogles in foggy weather. Polarized lenses should also help.


I use Rain-X Anti-Fog to combat fog on glass inside our cars.


Headlight Information - Wikipedia HID - High Intensity Discharge Headlights - Wikipedia LED - Light Emitting Diode Headlights - Wikipedia More information about LEDs


Halogen Headlights dim with age - replace them. Plastic headlight lenses dim with age - REPAIR THEM - REMOVE THE GLAZE. HOW Halogen works Silvania SILVER STAR ULTRA is now the SECOND BRIGHTEST Sylvania HALOGEN BULB AVAILABLE BRIGHTNESS - BRIGHEST ON TOP - also widest beam on TOP Silver STAR Ultra = The Brightest - Widest beam = RUN TOO HOT - DIES IN 9 MONTHS LASTS 9 MONTHS IN MY 2003 CRV I've gone through EIGHT of them Silver Star = next brightest - more narrow beam = RUN TOO HOT - DIES IN 9 MONTHS LASTS 11 MONTHS IN MY 2003 CRV I've gone through TWO of them Xtravision = next brightest - more narrow beam <== I NOW USE ONLY THIS ONE It is My PERSONAL OPINION, is that these bulbs (Silver Star ULTRA) burn TOO HOT. THE LOCAL AUTOZONE MANAGER COMPLETELY AGREES - USE XTRAVISION, NOT SILVERSTAR nor SILVER STAR ULTRA Halogen headlights. Perhaps some newer cars can handle them. I love the light they put out, but I have now replaced SIX of these SILVER STAR ULTRA BULBS - they are lasting LESS THAN NINE (9) MONTHS per bulb, in my 2003 Honda CR-V. You may not have my problem - these do a great job of lighting the road. Local AutoZone Manger said his customers getting about 11 - 12 months with Silver Stars - his observation and personal opinion.They may work for you. Headlight product comparison - Sylvania Bulb type 9003


Don't put up with cloudy/glazed plastic car headlight lens - they can be cleaned. While they might not look or work like they are new, they make an amazing difference to how much light your headlights can put on the road. Without proper care, plastic headlight lens degrade (mostly due to UV light) and become glazed/murky, evetually turning opaque - just look at cars in a parking lot. Cloudy Lens can cause a severe loss of ability to put light on the road, in as little as three years in Southern states. I got tired of the poor night visability in my wife's 1996 Pontiac Sunfire, so I went to Advance Auto parts and purchased one of the many brands of plastic headlight lens cleaner/rubbing compund. These are specifically formulated for cleaning the glazed plastic headlight lens used on many cars, such as some Chrysler Neons, Fords and General motors cars. I used Meguiars PlasticX on mine. You can get the polish, and a rotary "buffer" for your drill to power out the glaze, for about $20 from Walmart. Here are some popular brands: I suggest that you ask your auto parts dealer for a recommendation. (NOTE I have not used these products - use at your own risk): Wolfgang Plastik Lens Cleaner - COMPLEX, BUT MORE COMPLETE SOLUTION Meguiars Plastic Care - I HAVE USED THIS ONE - IT WORKS ken-co - shows a mild example, I've seen MUCH worse Club Avalanche -> Headlight lens cleaning? How to clean headlight lens?? - Club Lexus BLACKFIRE One Step, Plastic Cleaner, Polish & Glaze (Aerosol)


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BAR's RADIATOR STOP LEAK Aluminum powder (looks like) radiator leak sealer. I recommend that you do NOT flush your radiator, but slowly run water through the cooling system. The reason I say this, is EVERY time I had the radiator flushed, I had to have it reparied. I think that the reason for this is that if the radiator is so rusted that you have leaks, flushing seems to dislodge more particles, which then clog the radiator. In my experience, if you need to use a radiator stop-leak product, you may soon have to repair the radiator anyway.


If you have an aftermarket car door remote control whose remote no longer functions correctly, you may be able to order a replacemnt part. I ordered a replacement part for my wife's after market Ratler from DR DETAIL SHOP -

Repair Manuals / Service Bulletins / Shop Manuals

free on-line Vehicle repair guides online Factory Repair Manuals (yearly subscription) Can often get a copy of a service bulletin on the domestic forum here


Note: locking out overdrive (the use of your highest gear) will cause the engine to rotate slightly faster, causing a slight increase in engine wear. You generally don't want to lock out overdrive (other than short periods of time), if that causes your vehicle to exceed, let's say, 4,000 RPM (adds more wear to your engine). This 4,000 RPM is an arbitrarly number that I just came up with. You might want a different value. I accept no liability. That said, I lock out overdrive under any of these conditions: 1] Climbing a long steep hill. With overdrive engaged, the gear is too high to give me good speed. The only way I can achieve the speed that I want is to [1] either push the accelerator to the floor, going into passing gear (this then burns too much gas, and causes me to go to fast, having to hit the brakes), or [2] locking out the top gear (locking out overdrive). 2] Others may not agree, but I use it in high traffic conditions in either rain, snow or ice, to allow me to accelerate more quickly in emergencies and to allow the engine to instantly start slowing the car when I need to stop in a hurry (when I take my foot off of the gas pedal). 3] Heavy freeway traffic, 25-50 MPH. This allows faster acceleration and deceleration if needed (as soon as I take my foot off the accelerator, and start to put it on the brake, the compression of the engine has already started to (mildly) slow my car down.


While a stuck gas pedal can be disconcerting, there is NO reason to allow a stuck gas pedal to cause you to crash into something. ANY OF THESE ACTIONS MENTIONED BELOW, MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR, OR MAY CAUSE THE CAR TO BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO STEER, OR TO STOP - MACHINERY RUNNING FASTER THAN DESIGNED, MAY EXPLODE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK - I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENCES. I am not a mechanic, not a physicist, nor do I have any training in these fields. 1] In an emergency ONLY, and remembering that you probably have both power brakes and power steering, you can SHUT OFF THE MOTOR (don't forget that you probably have to bypass (manipulate) the safety switch that is supposed tro prevent your child from accidentally turning off your car while you are driving. Leave the car in gear, so that the motor helps slow you down. YOU DO THIS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK - IT IS DANGEROUS YOU WILL THEN PROBABLY HAVE A TERRIBLE TIME STEERING THE CAR (no power assist). YOU WILL THEN PROBABLY HAVE A TERRIBLE TIME STOPPING THE CAR (no power assist).


ANY OF THESE ACTIONS MENTIONED BELOW, MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR, OR MAY CAUSE THE CAR TO BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO STEER, OR TO STOP - EQUIPMENT THAT RUNS TOO FAST MAY EXPLODE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK - I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENCES. I am not a mechanic, not a physicist, nor do I have any training in these fields. 2] If your brakes fail, TRY THE EMERGENCY BRAKE, it may work even when the brake pedal does not. NOTE that the Emergency brake usually only tries to stop two tires, usually the rear tires, so your car may handle differently than you expect - be expecting unusal braking behavior. 3] Downshifting (Your transmission may allow you to put, the car in Second, of even First gear - WHICH MAY DAMAGE YOUR MOTOR AND/OR TRANSMISSION, (do so at your own risk) may slow the car down. 4] You can attempt to put the car into Reverse, or even better, into Park - THIS WILL CAUSE EXTREME DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR, but it might be better than driving off of a cliff. 5] A final thought FOR A STUCK GAS PEDAL (NOT for brake failure) is to take your car OUT OF GEAR (put it in neutral or depress the clutch) - THIS MAY EASILY BLOW YOUR ENGINE UP, which might be preferable to hitting a bridge at a hundered miles per hour - THIS IS YOUR DECISION. I ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY. CHECK WITH OTHER SOURCES FOR OTHER SUGGESTIONS.

Automobile/Truck TIRE Info

Aged Tires: A Driving Hazard? - video - ABCnews Determining the Age of a Tire Until last year (2010), this info was on the INSIDE edge of the tire (you have to crawl under the car, or take the tire off, to see this information). Goodyear ASSURANCE TripleTred - Highest Rated Ice, Snow, Wet & Dry (all-weather) Tire - 2004/2011 NOTE: TripleTreds are NO substitute for real Winter tires nor tires with chains, but if you live in an area that occasionally sees snow and ice (as I'm going to get tonight) - TripleTreds give me a lot more grip (I've converted 4 vehicles to them), and they are fantastic in rain (mine and other people's opinions). But, If you drive in real snow storms, you need real Winter tires and chains. I do chuckle at the time I drove right up a steep, icy road (the back way into my residence), passing a Lexus, just spinning it's wheels. See my note in the link above, about REAL TripleTred tire treads - Goodyear makes a very similary named tire that in no way has the same Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tread. Of course AWD/4x4 is preferrred for snow/ice. Also, NEVER use Cruise control in RAIN, SNOW nor ICE, as the tires may spin very fast, then find a grip, and rocket you at excessive speeds. Everything you need to know about tires Sidewall Markings, Understanding Tire Rack - Online Ordering TISC - Tire Industry Safety Council Uniform Tire Quality Grade Labeling - TireRack UTQG ratings


"For every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in the outside temperature, the tires' air pressure will change by about 1 pound per square inch (psi) (unless you use Nitrogen in your tires). - Cool Weather and Tire Pressure Your LOW TIRE PRESSURE WARNING LIGHT MAY COME ON IN THE WINTER (as your tires may not be holding enough pressure (see above link). I anticipated this, and sure enough, it happened to my Wife's 2008 Toyota Corolla). SEE ALSO: Aluminum Tire Rims cause Loss of Tire Pressure

eCards - (electronic) CARDS - In-order-of popularity

eCard annd eMail SCAM Information

The Greeting Card Scam Version 1 The Greeting Card Scam Version 2 How to differentiate between legitimate ecard email and a fraudulent email? Watch Out For E-Card Scams.html - Greeting card scams
Email - Protection / Scanning ECards and Birthday Alarm - reminds you of birthdays Free eCards,Free Greeting Cards,Birthday eCards,Love eCards ... - FREE CARE2 - eCards - FREE - must answer a few questions E-Cards - has SOME FREE CARDS JibJab eCards - Still FREE to use FUNNY ECards - still FREE - NOT FREE BlueMountain E-Cards - NOT FREE - Create (FREE? - must join, but not seeing a $charge) Invitations Free E-Cards Online - Free Ecards For All Occasions Free-E-Cards - FREE - wants to DOWNLOAD - I'LL NOT USE IT Hallmark free eCards - NOT FREE 123Greetings - McAfee SiteAdvisor - AVOID SITE - may contain adware DO NOT KNOW IF THIS IS STILL TRUE - THEY HAVE A LOT OF NICE CARDS. PERHAPS JUST AVOID DOWNLOADING ANY APPS?. Symantec Says that Scam Emails Mimicking are wide spread. They have beautiful cards, but NOW they are selling email addresses, so even if you only send out ONE card, you'll be inundated with ecards from total strangers! NOT COOL!!!! “Used to be good, now it's CRAP! - SELLS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS” All 4 Love - Requires an installation - I'LL PASS
Very Pretty NOT Free Cards - Jacquie Lawson More complex - more animation - $12/year for unlimited cards. They also have some complex, almost puzzle types - $4 Christian eCards

Chinese/Japanese Computing

NJSTARChinese / Japanese Software

DEER, Hitting with Your Vehicle

According to WRAL (?), if you realize that you will hit a deer with your vehicle (happens 1.6 million times a year in the US): [1] Brake as hard as you reasonably can [2] Just before your vehicle will hit the deer, LET UP ON THE BRAKES! It is hoped that the deer will then go under your vehicle, rather than over the hood and through you and your windshield.


I like to be prepared, but some of this is way beyond my needs.
** DISASTER PREPAREDNESS LIST - highly recommended **
WEATHER - web sites often not up-to-date during a crisis - do NOT depend on them for accuracy See also: HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS NC Govenor Easly's Hurricane Disaster Supply Kit Recommendations ASPCA: Disaster Preparedness for PETS Survival Guide and Tips How to Prepare for an Emergency Storm Central - Progress-Energy Preparedness Links Recreational Vehicle Vacation Checklist Are you prepared? Preparedness - An everyday task for everyday life - Red Cross be prepared for thunderstorms Emergency preparedness: FPRI Terrorism SitRep Memorandum - PDF Disaster Preparedness - SBA - Small Business Administration CARBON MONOXIDE - Detecting & Poisoning FIRE DETECTORS FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FLASHLIGHTS - Emergency FLU Generators, Natural Gas RADIOS - Emergency SMOKE DETECTORS WIND-UP Emgergency Flashlights & Radios I know nothing about these companies - Caveat Emptor: C Crane Company Inc Preparedness Center Quake Kare (all types of emergency gear) EQUIPPED TO SURVIVE - Disaster Preparedness Earthquakes can strike at any time; we’re completely at the Earth’s mercy on this one. As such, any time is a great time to get educated and prepare for if an earthquake should strike! Red Cross Disaster Safety Checklist Home Safety Checklist Disaster Preparedness for People With Disabilities How to Prepare Your Home for an Earthquake Emergency Planning - Protect Your Pet Earthquakes, Insurance, & Loss Prevention Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills COURTESY of: Jasmine Dyoco -



I neither recommend, nor, not recommend these stores

COMPARE PRICES - do NOT assume these are the best prices

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU - Check Out a Business or Charity CRAIG's LIST - RALEIGH, NC NOTE - recently, Craigslist stated that over 80% of all Cashier's Checks and Money Orders used on Craiglist are BOGUS (fake) - your bank will hold you finacially responsible. Triangle Trader COST HELPER - Readers post WHAT THEY PAID for IT FYI - I actually used it for TOOTH IMPLANT prices (so not just for "building information")

AUTO PARTS - Discount

Advance Auto Parts - includes Capitol Blvd, Raleigh AutoZone - includes Capitol Blvd, Raleigh - free battery test/replace Batteries Plus (batteries only)- Includes Atlantic Ave., Raleigh - free test/replace Pep Boys Auto Parts

BOOKS, DISCOUNT - So they say - eBay just bought them, so who knows what will happen Amazon

Building Supplies - Discount

(building suppply) Surplus Warehouse - 3900 Capital Blvd # 152, Raleigh, NC Habitat for Humanity - ReStore PLUS THE USUAL PLACES - Click here for Tools and related items

BUNDLES (Internet, TV & IP Phone) - Discount

BundleMyServices - Bundle Your Internet, Phone & TV to Save

CAMERA DISCOUNTS - just personal opinions

Peace (Street) Camera - Raleigh & other places - 836 - 2222 M-F 9-6 SAT 10-4
PriceRunner Databazaar - charges NO shipping B and H Photo - Video - Pro Audio Adorama CalumetPhoto - Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Photography Equipment USA LOCATIONS: United States 1.800.CALUMET M-F 8 to 6 CT Sat. 9 to 5:30 CT Oak Brook, IL 1600 W. 16th Street Oak Brook, IL 60523 630.860.7458 M-F 9 to 7 Saturday 10 to 6 Sunday 12 to 5 Boston, MA 65 Bent Street Cambridge, MA 02141 617.576.2600 M-W,F 8:30 to 5:30, Th 8:30 to 7:00 Sat. 9 to 5:30 Chicago, IL 1111 N. Cherry Avenue Chicago, IL 60642 312.440.4920 M-F 8:30 to 5:30 Sat. 9 to 5:30 Los Angeles, CA 1135 N. Highland Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90038 323.466.1238 M-F 9 to 6 Saturday 9 to 5:30 New York, NY 22 W. 22nd Street New York, NY 10010 212.989.8500 M-F 8:30 to 5:30 Sat. 9 to 5:30 Santa Ana, CA 1430 S. Village Way Santa Ana, CA 92705 714.285.0143 M-F 9 to 6 Sat. 9 to 5:30 San Diego, CA 830 W. Valley Parkway Suite 330 Escondido, CA 92025 760.737.6002 M-F 9:30 to 6:00 Sat. 9 to 5:30 San Francisco, CA 2001 Bryant Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415.643.9275 M-F 8 to 6 Sat. 9 to 5:30 Philadelphia, PA 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19147 215.399.2155 M-F 8:30 to 5:30 Sat. 9 to 5:30 Abes of Maine - Watch Shipping Price Willoughbys - Digital Frames, Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Lenses
47st Photo A&M Photo World Beach Camera Broadway Camera Focus Camera Inc Video Guys Wholesale Connection Fry's Electronics Outpost (Web) - (high?) Canoga Camera - CHECK SHIPPING COST Samy's Camera - PRO gear - LA, CA - NOT DISCOUNT

CD / DVD - BLANK MEDIA - Discount?

Cascade Media - Professional audio, digital recording equipment and blank media American-Digital - Blank media, hardware and accessories Note: lately (10/2007), some brick-and-motar store prices for name brand media has been lower than Internet prices for no-name media.


Cell Phone Shop dot Net - Tom says: good, cheap & fast Let's Talk - Find the Perfect Cell Phone


I have had a lot of help and bought one phone from, and am very happy with: Kevin Mclennon WIRELESS CONNECT WORKS 6320 Capitol Blvd Suite 135 Raleigh, NC 27616 (919) 874-7404 Kevin (WIRELESS CONNECT WORKS) can handle most NON-contract cellular plans, including: T-Mobile, NET10, H2O, Ultra Mobile, PagePlus (runs on versizon), Simple Mobile, GoSmart,,,. WIRELESS CONNECT WORKS - Kevin Mclennon


eCost OLLIE's OUTLET - "Good Stuff Cheap" "One of America's largest retailers of closeout merchandise & excess inventory" RALEIGH (former Babies R US) 3501 Capital Blvd (919) 790-7900 CARY - 651 Cary Town Blvd (919) 469-0197 DURHAM - 3823 Guess Road (919) 477-2122 just noticed them - I know nothing about the place(s) Overstock Woot - online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap SmartBargains Big Lots


CHECK THE MERCHANT's RATING - IS SHIPPING INCLUDED? ANY TAX? COST HELPER - Readers post WHAT THEY PAID for IT mySimon NexTag PriceScan Price Watch PriceRunner Yahoo Shopping Shopzilla (was BizRate) Dealio PriceGrabber NexTag MSN Techbargains Shopping Shopping YAHOO dot com ShopZilla Smarter Become - prices, review, etc

COUPONS - Discounts

I know nothing about these sites. Coupon codes, promo codes and discounts at over 150,000 stores - COUPONS.COM requires their software (download) to print them BLACKFRIDAY dot COM RetailMeNot - Find and share instant discounts Savings dot Com Kind donates 50% of all profits to charity GOOGLE: Retail-company-name + coupon example: "hhgregg coupon" NOTE: HHGREGG is out of business. Tech Bargains FatWallet - Sometimes has some coupons Free Shipping ORG Free Shipping COM Amazing-Bargins Deal Taker - Coupons & Deals Ebates Got | Apex? Slickdeals Net Coupon Suzy COUPONS (Reader's Digest - INCLUDES FOOD COUPONS): Shortcuts - you can tie eCoupons to your Grocery store's discount card (MVP, Kroger,...) The Coupon Clippers My Grocery Deals Coupon Mom Coupon Sherpa Dazzling Deals Deal Catcher My Grocery Deals Webby Planet Wow Coupons

COUPONS & PROMOTIONAL CODES for online shopping

Many online sites have a place for you to input a COUPON CODE. If you don't know the code, you can not get the discount. LOOK UP THE DISCOUNT CODES FOR A SELECTED STORE Key Code Current Codes - Retail Me Not . com Shopping Codes

DRUGSTORES - Discount - CHECK Prices/Shipping in Winston-Salem - Usually great prices (so I hear) Drugstore dot com See also DISCOUNT VITAMINS / HERBS

ELECTRONICS (check the weekly bargains)

Best Buy - Glenwood: 881 - 4388 540/Capitol: 876 1003 Big Lots - for cheap cables BJ's Wholesale Club - Briar Creek, Raleigh - (919) 806-5000 Bose Showcase Store - The Streets at South Point, Durham, NC 27713, Tel: 919-806-5115 TIGER DIRECT - online ONLY Connect-It Inc - Raleigh NOW MOVED TO: 4805 GREEN ROAD, Raleigh 919-872-8491 We carry a large variety of electronic components, datacom products, telecommunication products, structured cabling products, and computer parts. We also provide custom cable and component fabrication.and equipment. CONN's HomePlus - Raleigh new in late 2016 2900 E Millbrook Rd in Capital Crossing Raleigh, NC 27604 919-876-2701 Store Hours Mon-Fri Sat Sun 10:00am-9:30pm 9:00am-9:30pm 10:00am-8:00pm LOCATED in old LOWES Supermarket store, next to Staples, across from Lowes at Capital/Greenwood, Raleigh in Capital Crossing shopping Costco - Raleigh - Six Forks & Falls of Neuse & Durham - Broad & Leon St If the price ends in "97 cents", item has been marked down BELOW THEIR COST - Clark Howard FRYS.COM Garner TV & Appliances, Inc. - 875 Hwy 70 West - (919) 772 - 3757 AND near Old Wake Forest and Gresham Lake ??? NOTE: HHGREGG is out of business. Intrex Computers - Repairs & Parts - lots of RTP locations 4009 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh NC 27609 (has other sites). (919) 872-4427 In the ALDI discount supermarket shopping center. RADIO SHACK is OUT OF BUSINESS Stay-on-Line - 1-888-346-4688 - RTP CHECK THE ONLINE "STORES" - Click HERE SOMETIMES THESE OFFICE SUPPLY GUYS HAVE COMPUTER ACCESSORY BARGAINS: Office Depot Staples Office Max
ELECTRONICS ON THE INTERNET - personal choices, but I didn't pick them tartancable - great cables... cheap prices - says a good, knowlegable, friend
Bizrate - USE them to Check satisfaction rating of other companies


I use a lot of esoteric computer appliances and devices. CyberGuys just sent me a catalog containing interesting things I've never seen elsewhere. While I have not compared prices, their prices some very reasonable. CyberGuys - home of hard-to-find technology. (800) 892 - 1010 - Cordova, California, 95742 ALL ELECTRONICS - where Maximum PC shopped Monoprice - CHEAP - got a Certified HDMI DVI Cable 28AWG - 15ft (Gold Plated) $9.68 - good prices - NO one I know has bought from them CableWholeSale - mentioned by PC World Mouser Electronics StarTech - mentioned by PC World - had some great gear from them ZipZoomFly Mwave FatWallet - Sometimes has some coupons Focus Camera Inc Cascade Media - Professional audio, digital recording equipment and blank media American-Digital - Blank media, hardware and accessories Abe's of Main Addonics - computer storage, etc - Internet>/b> BUYDIG BEACH CAMERA Amazon MarkerTek - America's Broadcast Supply House NewEgg PriceWatch
Tech Bargains Dell J&R Music / Computer World Black Box - excellent, not usually cheap [an opinion] B&B Electronics Manufacturing Company CHECK Actual STORES ("Brick and Mortar") - Click HERE

EYEGLASSES - Information

WHAT SUNGLASSES SHOULD DO/a> BLUE LIGHT (HEV - 400 to 500 nm) May help Cause Macular Degeneration UV400 = UVA, UVB plus UVC = 100-400 nm UVA = 320-400 nm UVB = 280-320 nm UVC = 100-280 nm Glossary of Sunglass (And EyeGlasses) Terms - BluBlocker

Computer Glasses

One goal of Computer Glasses should be to reduce/eliminate Blue Light getting to your eye's macula. A second goal should be to reduce Glare. I strongly suggest that you include Polarization in your computer glasses. Stop Frying Your Eyes - Gunnar Zip (Melanin Lens Computer Glasses) Melanin - Wikipedia Optical Absorption of Melanin Computer Glasses - "the lenses of your computer glasses should include anti-reflective coating." Computer Glasses - Dry and Fatigued - FramesDirect

Glare (Vision)

Glare (Vision) - Wikipedia Glare - What is an Anti-Glare Computer Screen?

Measuring your eyeglasses FRAME

How To Read Your Eyeglass Prescription How to measure glasses frame, Frame Measurement Guide Sizing What's My Eyeglass Frame Size? Polycarbonate Lenses - High index, light weight, impact resistant What are the thinnest lenses? 1.59 polycarbonate or 1.67 index Polycarbonate Lenses


Progressive bifocal lens do NOT have a visible line on them

Progressive Lenses Replace Bifocals for ENHANCED Vision Note that Progressives come with different widths of correctedness (some types extend the progressive changes in lens magnifcation ALL the way to the outer edges of the glasses - THIS IS THE ONLY TYPE TO GET! (my opinion) Other, (stupid) vendors sell you a narrow gradudated field of vision - this will CAUSE BLURRY views in your peripheral vision - I threw mine right out the window on the drive back from the Optometrist.


Zenni Optical was recommended by Clark Howard in 2007

I have NOT tried most of these companies - I can Not personallly recommend them

We have tried and recommend Zenni

Clark's eyeglasses from Zenni Optical - Nov 09, 2007 Excerpts From Clark's Shows: Discount Eyewear Zenni Optical - NOTE - also a lot of COMPLAINTS about this company My wife liked her progressive bifocal glasses from Zenni - 1/2010. ZENNI SAYS (8/28/2010)With Every Order You Receive: High quality stylish frame Thin and Light 1.57 index lens Anti-scratch coating Full UV protection Lens edge polishing and beveling Quality Hard Eyeglass case Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth Our Guarantee - Sprang up as a competitor to Zenni Optiical You can upload your picture to and see what the glasses (size and style) will look like when you wear them. - Sprang up as a competitor to Zenni Optiical One of Clark's Listeners suggested:


Frugally Blonde (Blog) - Living the Good Life on Less


GROCERIES - What's on Sale at Which Store? ALDI (CHEAPer groceries) - 4241 Louisburg Road, Raleigh (off Capital & 64) ***** Also on FALLS of NEUSE just south of New Hope Church Rd (closer to the 440) accepts CASH, food stamps/EBT cards, and PIN-based debit cards ONLY 25 cents (refundable) to get a shopping cart Must buy shopping bags or Bring your own boxes (WE BUY BOXES OF CANNED GOODS. so get boxes). As an ALDI shopper, you bag your own purchases (put the boxes in your cart) ALDI Locations - Raleigh / Cary / RTP area Shortcuts - you can tie eCoupons to your Store's discount card (MVP, Kroger,...) My Grocery Deals See also: COUPONS



JEWELRY - Discount or Unusual

Taxco Sterling - Raleigh-Durham International Airport - UNUSUAL - I doubt it's discount

Movie Theaters - DISCOUNT

Carmike Blue Ridge 14 DISCOUNT Cinema - $ 2.00 per person Raleigh, NC 27606-6307 (919) 645-1111

SALES - What Products are on Sale by Month

THINK ABOUT THIS - OBVIOUSLY OFF-SEASON WOULD BE CHEAPEST. For example, Who needs a DEhumidifier on Winter? or a Humidifier on Summer? GROCERIES - What's on Sale at Which Grocery Store? CONSUMER REPORTS THOUGHTS ON WHEN ITEMS ARE ON SALE: Airline Tickets are often cheapest on Wednesdays CDs & DVDs come out on Tuesdays and are usually Cheaper then - Try Jewelery MOST expensive around Valentine's day SOME ITEMS TYPICALLY ON SALE IN THIS MONTH - Check Consumer Reorts for more. Information from Consumer Reports (the best resource for this topic) was supplemented by extensive Internet Searches and Clark Howard. The Best Times to Buy Anything in 2011 - Lifehacker JANUARY: Bedding CDs & DVDs Christmas items Cookware Furniture Houses / Condos Linens Swimwear Toys Treadmills Weddings are Cheaper White Sales Winter Clothing FEBRUARY: Electronics - small personal Houses and condos (school is in session, sounds like the worst time) Humidifiers - seems early for sales on these Indoor Furniture Treadmills MARCH: Computers Humidifiers TVs Winter ANYTHING APRIL: Digital cameras Spring clothing MAY: Athletic apparel and shoes Cordless phones Electronics - small, personal JUNE: Computers Indoor furniture Electronics - small, personal Summer things (seems weird they'd be on sale) JULY: Computers Furniture Swimwear AUGUST: EVERYTHING SUMMER & OUTDOOR RELATED Air conditioners Camping equipment Computers Dehumidifiers Lawn mowers Outdoor furniture SEPTEMBER: Bikes Computers Electronics - small, personal Gas grills Shrubs, trees, perennials OCTOBER: Bikes Digital cameras Gas grills Winter Coats NOVEMBER: Baby products Biles Computers Gas Grills Toys DECEMBER: Bikes Computers Gas grills Electronics - small, personal Toys TVs

OTHER Discounters

AT HOME Decor - may or may not be "discount" AT HOME - the Home Decor Superstore 4700 Green Road- Corner of Capital & Millbrook Raleigh Raleigh, NC 27604 (in Capital Crossing - the old Target store) (919) 334-4260 AT HOME by Departments Explore By Departments Home Décor Furniture Kitchen & Dining Bed & Bath Storage & Organization Patio & Garden Home & More Seasonal Store Hours 11/13/2016 Monday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Tuesday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Wednesday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Thursday: 9:00am - 11:00pm Friday: 8:00am - 11:00pm Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm We're closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Black Friday (11/25) we will be open: 8:00am - 11:00pm At Home Bed Bath & Beyond Big Lots - Closeout retailer BJ's Wholesale Club - Brier Creek & 70 BJ's One Day Pass - also at Customer Service desk Costco - Raleigh - Six Forks & Falls of Neuse If the price ends in "97 cents", item has been marked down their BELOW COST - Clark Howard Kmart Marshall's Pier 1 Imports ROSS Dress for Less - 8191 Brier Creek Parkway Rugged Warehouse - Store Locations SAM's Club If the price ends in "one cent", it IS already marked down - Clark Howard Target T.J. MAXX Walmart




Quill Corp - rumored to be afilliated with Staples


IF YOU SHOP OR EAT AT ANY OF THESE PLACES, YOU MIGHT AS WELL ASK FOR THE DISCOUNT. You have to ask for the discount from them. They are not automatically given. Restaurants with Senior Discounts: (some of these have some really great discounts!) Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) Arby's: 10% off (55+) Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+) Bennigan's: discount varies by location Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+) Boston Market: 10% off (65+) Burger King: 10% off (60+) Captain D's Seafood: discount varies on location (62+) Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+) Chili's: 10% off (55+) CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+) Culver's: 10% off (60+) Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+) Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+) Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+) Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter (55+) Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+) Golden Corral: 10% off (60+) Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+) IHOP: 10% off (55+) Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+) KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+) Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+) Long John Silver's: various discounts at participating locations (55+) McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday (55+) Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+) Shoney's: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+) Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+) Subway: 10% off (60+) Sweet Tomatoes 10% off (62+) Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+) TCBY: 10% off (55+) Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+) Village Inn: 10% off (60+) Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+) Wendy's: 10% off (55+) White Castle: 10% off (62+) Retail and Apparelwith Senior Discounts: Banana Republic: 10% off (50+) Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+) Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+) Big Lots: 10% off Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+) C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+) Clarks: 10% off (62+) Dress Barn: 10% off (55+) Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) Kmart: 20% off (50+) Kohl's: 15% off (60+) Modell's Sporting Goods: 10% off Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+) The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+) Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+) Grocery with Senior Discounts: Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+) American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+) Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+) DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+) Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+) Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+) Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+) Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location) Kroger: 5% off (date varies by location) Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+) Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+) Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+) Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 5% off (62+) Travel with Senior Discounts: Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+) Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount) Amtrak: 15% off (62+) Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members Best Western: 10% off (55+) Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+) Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+) Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+) Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+) Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+) Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Greyhound: 5% off (62+) Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance Hertz: up t0 25% off for AARP members Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+) Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+) InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+) Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+) Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+) Motel 6: 10% off (60+) Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+) National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) Activities & Entertainment with Senior Discounts: AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+) Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+) Busch Gardens Tampa: $3 off one-day tickets (50+) Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+) Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+) Regal Cinemas: 30% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+) SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+) Cell Phone Discounts with Senior Discounts: AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+) Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+) Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+) *Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to you! Miscellaneous with Senior Discounts: Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+) Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+) Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for your buck.

SHOES & BOOTS - Discount

Aldo Soes (and Boots) Sheikh Shoes - My wife got some whose SIZE seemed WRONG

TOOLS & TOOLS STORES - Discount - Click here

UNUSUAL STUFF (not discounted ?)

Brookstone Discovery Stores Sharper Image Tool Crib dot com


Dell Outlet HP factory Outlet Amazon Outlet Apple Store


My friend Daine recomends: "iHerb" You can save lots of money by shopping here! And, no, I'm not getting a cent to recommend them! Sample: I pay $50 to buy something in the store (Wild Oats); at iherb it's about $32 - now that's some savings! Plus my order arrives in two days with regular shipping - true for Southern California orders, because iherb is located in Southern California. Give it a try. I rarely recommend things, but this website is something else. The man in charge of herbs and vitamins at Wild Oats told me about it. I've been using it since February 2006 and am totally satisfied." - Diane

DEPARTMENT STORES (I'd not call them discount)

Department Stores in the Triangle, NC Shopping on Citysearch BELK Bloomingdale's DILLARD's JC PENNEY KOHLs MACY's Mervyns NORDSTROM SEARS

HARD-TO-FIND (not discounted)

Cash's APPLIANCE PARTS - 5512 Old Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh (between Atlantic and Spring Forest) THEY GIVE GREAT ADVICE AND INSTRUCTIONS - M-F: 8 - 5:00 SAT: 8 - 1 | (919) 790 - 1331 OTHER PHONE: (919) 790-1390 NO LONGER OPEN ON SATURDAYS THEIR WEB SITE NO LONGER EXISTS - THEY DO STILL STILL EXIST, 8/2/2016 Cash's - NOT THE REAL SITE Cash's Appliance Parts - FACEBOOK Todd's Appliance Repair? (919)791-6235? Always Open, Labor $75, 9a - 9p.? Raleigh NC 40 Mile Radius, Same Day GrayBar Electronics Long Life Lighting of Raleigh - can order any bulb - 8810 Westgate Park Drive, Ste 100, Raleigh (near Westgate PO) - M - F 8 AM - 5 PM 833 - 1292 Odd Light Bulbs - information McMaster - 435,000 items for projects Maryland Metrics - METRIC hardware source METRIC Conversions Santa Fe Wind - (INDIAN (American) art, leather, furniture, pottery,...) 568 Village Ct. - Garner, NC 27529 - 772 - 8838
Sharper Image STATE ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY (SHEPHERD Electric Supply Company, Inc.) STATE ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY FORMERLY SHEPHERD ELECTRIC SUPPLY GROUP I get lots of stuff here. 3925 Tarheel Dr., Raleigh NC 27609 (919) 821-5320 WILDER's Nuts & Bolts, off Hodges, in Raleigh, NC 2406 Alwin Court Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 833-2761

EGG SHELLS - Why does the shell stick to a Boiled Egg?

COOK YOUR EGGS FOR 30 MINUTES, NOT 15 - The shells won't stick.. Add a pinch of salt - if the egg cracks, this prevents it from flowing all over the place. Try a couple of teaspoons of vinegar in the water you boil the eggs in. Someone said: add vegetable oil to the cooking water (not my response). Why does the eggshell stick to the hard boiled egg sometime and other times slips right off? Boiling Eggs and Why are some hard boiled eggs hard to peel?- seems to contradict ADD VINEGAR? How do you keep a hard boiled egg's shell from sticking - WikiAnswers Thread: why,just some, hard boiled egg shells stick. Why are hard boiled eggs sometimes hard to peel? Why does the shell always stick to my eggs when I hard boil them? Removing Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs "I agree with the person who said add vegetable oil to the cooking water." "Try a couple of teaspoons of vinegar in the water you boil the eggs in." "When you are ready to use put the hard boiled egg in a glass of hot tap water for a few minutes."


How Foods Work


If you need a FAX service and don't want to have your own, or use a local service (Mailboxes Etc [Now UPS?],...), you can get your faxes via the Internet. While there competitors, my brother was happy with eFAX, and says: I suggest that you sign up for eFax (eFax). I used to use it when I was in business on the internet. They have competitors, too. They give you your own fax phone number to receive faxes, and email you when one comes in. Then they forward the fax(es) to you as email. You can also send faxes via email via eFax. You might also check out: FaxZero FreeFax


Business/Financial News Social Security

FLU - Seasonal, Swine & H1N1

CDC 2009 H1N1 Flu 2009 H1N1 Flu ("Swine Flu") and You Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 - Wikipedia 2009 flu pandemic - Wikipedia SEASONAL FLU: flu dot gov N95 Particulate Masks N100 Particulate Masks

FRAUD/Consumer Problems

Picture of a moving bug Dave's Bugs/Recalls/Scams,... Page

Gardening,... - LINKS

AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening American Bamboo Society Before & After Pictures Garden Encyclopedia Garden Living, Premier Garden Show and Magazine Hirt's Greenhouse & Flowers : Bulbs for Fall Planting Hirt's Greenhouse & Flowers : Bulbs for Spring Planting Lowe's Knows-How to Care for Plants and Shrubs Master Document Index Purdue University Garden Publications Super Fast Growing Trees

Gardening Pests/Problems

Garden Pests, Master Index Ortho Online

GOVERNMENT (see also NC)

Government Officials (locate them) Social Security Online


MISSING MONEY Most widely used site in America NAUPA - Foremost Authority on UNCLAIMED PROPERTY - Unclaimed Property Main Page - CALIFORNIA Search CALIFORNIA'a UNclaimed property Database MIXED OPINIONS about the company: LEGAL CLAIMANT SERVICES: Personally, in a short search, I have found nothing at BBB about LEGAL CLAIMANT SERVICES itself. There is an entry for the parent company, believed to be Venio LLC doing business as Keane (Venio LLC purchased The Keane Organization, formerly headquartered in PA, on 12/14/2010. MY snail mail letters and brochures arrived on 4/25/2014 and said it was from Legal Claimant Services, a division of Keane. Draw your own conclusions - I'm still making up my (personal) minds. LEGAL CLAIMANT SERVICES - an article by the NY Times fraud? - Legitimate unclaimed property that doesn't appear in... - BBB Completes Keane Unclaimed Property Review with A+ - Venio LLC doing business as Keane - Legit unclaimed property that doesn't appear in state sites?

GPS - Global Positioning System - Reviews, Features & Opinions

It is my (and other's) belief that Garmin makes the best GPS unit for automobiles, and it is a Garmin NUVI series. GPS NEWS / MAGAZINES

Significance if any Letters appended to a GARMIN NUVI model number

LM = Lifetime Maps LMT = Lifetime Maps + Lifetime Traffic information (where available) LT = Lifetime Traffic information T = Traffic Message Channel W = Wide Screen


ON THE ROAD FEATURES Bluetooth CityXplorer Connected Services Custom avoidances and Advanced detours - The former allows you to specify individual streets or sections thereof (see image below) and complete areas to avoid. Advanced detours gives you some new options when you tap the Detour icon, including the ability to exclude specific roads from routes on the fly - gpstracklog ecoRoute - Helps you calculate a more fuel-efficient route Enhanced Pedestrian Navigation = Park your car and nüvi will guide you as you walk around town. Exit Services - it displays points of interest (POIs) for the next 10 exits or so, when travelling on limited access highways. - Garmin gets Exit Services Garmin Voice Studio - USE YOUR OWN VOICES Junction View = Realistically displays 3-D road signs and junctions on your route while clearly marking the correct lane to use. Lane Assist - Provides arrows that indicate the proper exit lane for complicated highway interchanges. Lifetime Traffic - The lifetime traffic feature is ad-supported, which is a big turn off for a lot of people. But the ads are very low-key, and will primarily display when you are stopped or viewing traffic details - Lifetime Traffic - gpstracklog MSN direct for online traffic, weather and gas pricing. MSN Direct is ceasing operations on Jan 2012 and only two current production Garmin units have a comparable feature using a different service provider - called NuLink. myTrends = Predictive routing that uses your “Favorites” list to figure out your destinations without your input. nuLink Services nuMaps Lifetime POI - Every nüvi comes preloaded with nearly 6 million Points Of Interest trafficTrends = Learns historical traffic flow, average street speeds per hour, and suggests the best routes to take. Voice-activated navigation = Name your nüvi and it will respond to its name and your spoken directions. No remote required. There are a confusing number of Garmin GPS (and other vendors') model numbers. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS TRUE (3/2011): 13xx - fairly new 23xx - fairly new - 2300 series DOES support ecoRoute HD on it's Bluetooth capable units 24xx - 5" screen, well-done voice, blue-tooth, custom avoidances, advanced detours - 2460LT - Gpstacklog 3xxx - The 3000 series has Voice activated commands - you tell it what you want. 37xx - supposedly top-of-the-line, for now - more about style I see that Garmin now offers lifetime access to new maps for Garmin Nuvis. $120 from GARMIN: nuMaps Lifetime OR $100 from Costco. How To Replace The Internal Battery on A Garmin Nuvi GPS Garmin Nuvi 660 Battery Replacement Kit with Installation Video, Tools, and Extended Life Battery. # 361-00019-02 Garmin Nuvi 750 Battery Replacement Kit with Installation Video, Tools, and Extended Life Battery. # 010-00583-00 1250mAh Li-ion Replacement Battery for Garmin Nuvi 750, Nuvi 755, Nuvi 755T Garmin Nuvi 760 Battery Replacement Kit with Installation Video, Tools, and Extended Life Battery. #361-00019-11


This will void your warantee. This may destroy your GPS. You replace the Garmin battery at YOUR own risk. Well, I tried the replacement battery kit for the Nuvi 660 (kit is very good), BUT the MORONS AT GARMIN HAD TIGHTENED ONE OF THE INTERNAL SCREWS SO MUCH THAT THERE WAS NO WAY TO REMOVE IT - IT STRIPPED. I was able to drill the screw out, but this is also dangerous, as you may break something, or bits of metal, if not completely removed, may short something out. GPS Features that we desire (and Have) Garmin Nuvi GPS Units (Nuvi 855 & 885T) with Voice Command & REPLACEABLE Battery Garmin Nuvi 755T - My latest (11/2009) recommended GPS GPS thoughts by Myself and People whom I know How To Reset Garmin Nuvi GPS Device (Access Maintenance Mode) GPS - wikipedia gps GPS - msnbc GPS World GPS Tutorial - Trimble GPS World GPS - Make Your own maps [I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THEM] GPS VIRUSES BLUETOOTH VULNERABILITIES GPS MANUFACTURERS: DVS Korea - Makers of Plenio GPS Navigation Devices Plenio Pro 3000 Updates Garmin Garmin Updates & Downloads Lowrance Electronics - GPS division Magellan GPS Navman TomTom, portable GPS car navigation systems


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ESL bulbs produce about 40 lumens per watt, compared to 7-24 for incandescent, 12-36 for Halogen, 44-80 for CFL, and 30-60 for LED. ESLs - Electron Stimulated Luminescence - bulbs are the wave of the near (end of 2011 ?) future. CFL - Compact Fluorescent ESL - Electron Stimulated Luminescence Halogen Incandescent (normal light bulbs)

LUMENS per Incandescent Bulb

incandescent bulbs are the regular bulb type, used in the last 100 years. DIFFERENT BRANDS OF BULBS PRODUCE DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF LIGHT: I would NEVER buy a "60 watt" bulb that outputs less than 800 Lumens. A Typical 200 watt incandescent bulb produces about 3890 Lumens A Typical 150 watt incandescent bulb produces about 2780 Lumens A Typical 100 watt incandescent bulb produces about 1275 Lumens A Typical 75 watt incandescent bulb produces about 1110 Lumens A Typical 60 watt incandescent bulb produces about 800 Lumens A Typical 40 watt incandescent bulb produces about 490 Lumens A Typical 25 watt incandescent bulb produces about 210 Lumens A Typical 15 watt incandescent bulb produces about 10 Lumens A Typical 7 watt incandescant night light bulb - C7 ~ 30 Lumens CLEAR A Typical 7 watt incandescant night light bulb - C7 ~ 20 Lumens WHITE (not clear) A Typical 4 watt incandescant night light bulb - C7 ~ 17 Lumens CLEAR A Typical LED night light bulb - C7 ~ 4 Lumens White LED HAS GONE UP - I CAN NOT FIND A LUMEN RATING ON NEW ONES I, PERSONALLY, CONSIDER THIS (4 Lumens) TOO DIM TO BE USEFUL Night light and energy saver light test results - Updated 11/16/2009 "Beware that many low power white LEDs, even good ones, fade significantly within 10,000 operating hours at "normal power" LEDs, Lumens and Brightness - "How many lumens are they?" "LED ratings of 25,000 mcd become conceptually difficult to understand when we're accustomed to light being expressed in terms of lumens. Published lumens represent the sum of all the light emitted by the bulb in all directions." ESL bulbs produce 40 lumens per watt, compared to 7-24 for incandescent, 12-36 for halogen, 44-80 for CFL, and 30-60 for LED (10/2009). Lighting Reference Guide - Understanding the Theory - Color Temperature of Common Light Sources. Color temperature Incandescent light bulb - wikipedia POWER - Incandencent Watts, Lumens & Efficiency Incandescent light bulb - wikipedia Screw thread / bulb base "Green" Light Bulb Buying Guide

Bulb TEMPERATURES (the color you perceive)

2700K-2800K is THE same bulb color that you have used ALL your Life The higher the number, the whiter and then bluer, the color. The lower the number, the more yellow-gold Soft White = (2700K) Deco CFL <<< YOU HAVE ALWAYS USED THIS COLOR (Incandescent) bulb) Warm White = (2700K) - same as Soft White GE Reveal = (2500-2850K) - I hate these Bright White = (3500K) or 3000K-4100K - I don't like them Daylight = (5000K) or 5000K-6500K - I hate them How to Choose the Right LED Lighting Product Color Temperature - seesmartled I had my info before finding this site. Light Color - Home Depot Incandescent Light Bulbs - Wikipedia

Compact fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are similar to fluorescent bulbs, but come in smaller sizes so that they can (often) be used to replace standard light bulbs. The ballast for a CFL is built into the bulb (as opposed to non compact fluorescent bulbs). Typically, a CFL creates the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb, using about one-fourth as much energy. Most CFLs these days are using electronic ballasts, rather than magentic. CFLs will dim slightly with age. Neon lights up in the visible spectrum when ionized. Fluorescent lights ionize mercury vapor which gives off ultraviolet light (outside the visible spectrum) this in turn energizes phosphor which coats the inside the tube and causes it to fluoresce thus the name fluorescent Light. Click here for more information about Fluoescent Bulbs H.I.D. (High Intensity Discharge) is an Arc Lamp. It's called an Arc Lamp because it shoots an electrical arc between two electrodes and the light given off is created by that electrical arc. OPINIONS STATED ARE MY OPINIONS. I AM NOT AN ELECTRICIAN, NOR AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER. I try to provide what seem to be facts. Please alert me to any errors. Fluorescent Bulbs contain a small amount of dangerous Mercury. Please check with your city on how to dispose of old CFL bulbs. You can also check: Where/How to recycle your old CFLs (fluorescent Bulbs). What to do with broken CFLs - SNOPES I just noticed (10/1/2008) that Home Depot now recycles compact CFLs (but not tube-type fluorescent lights). Presumably, Lowes might also be recycling CFLs? CFLs have a projected life of between 8,000 and 10,000 hours. A CFL will typically pay for itself in about 500 hours. Most CFLs, these days. use electronic ballasts, rather than the older magnetic ballasts. Magnetic ballasts have a hard time starting at temperatures below 20 degrees farenheit. Electronic ballasts can usually start at temperatures around a negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit - CHECK THE PACKAGE LABEL for any details. However, magentic ballasts will work with more photocell detectors, motion detectors, etc., so be careful when using CFLs with these types of "switches" (the bulbs will burn out much faster). A Relative says CFLs are too blue - she is buying the wrong ones, and probably a long time ago. Mine are the same apparent color as incandescent bulbs, and can now be bought in the following hues: 1] SOFT WHITE (my favorite) 2] BRIGHT WHITE and 3] DAYLIGHT. For more information about Bulb colors, warmth & Brightness, click HERE I get most of my CFLS at Home Depot (their latest brand is N:Vision) and some unusal candelabra base types at Lowes. Every time I buy a new CFL, I see that they have, again, gotten physically smaller, so that they will fit into more locations. They also keep getting faster, so that you don't see any delay between when you turn it on, and when you see its light. You can also get "covered" CFLs - they look more like a standard incandescent bulb. We use covered CFLS in most of our lamps (you can even clip a lampshade to them), and in places that uses the long skinny "pole lamp" bulbs. Some CFLs are supposed to be dimmable - I have not tried dimmable CFLs. We even use CFLs in our ceiling fan lights. I also have outdoor CFL Floodlights - they put out the same amount of light as 90 to 150 watt incandescent flood lights, and consume UNDER 15 watts. Here are some of the CFL types that we use. You may not like them. Prices and stores given ONLY to give you some idea of the cost, and could be incorrect. READ THE PACKAGE - Some wattages listed indicate comparable incandescent light output (i.e., "60 watts"), while others list the actual number of watts consumed by the CFL. If in doubt about the amount of light produced by the CFL, check the number of Lumens (amount of light) produced.


The higher the color rendering index (CRI) of the bulb, the more true the colors will appear. I've also seen CRI stated as: cri/irc: 60 (for a CRI of 60. A "cool" white bulb commonly has a color temperature of 4,100K. This is in the low range of blue color, similar to ice. A "warm" fluorescent bulb often has a color temperature of 3,000K. It imparts a more orange / red light on objects. If you decorate with reds, browns, and oranges, you want to illuminate these rooms with bulbs that have a color temperature in the 2,750 - 3,000K range. if you happen to like green carpets, or blue colors, light these rooms with bulbs that produce color temperatures of 4,000K or above. They use a color rendering index (CRI). It is simply a scale of 0 to 100. The closer a bulb is to 100, the better job it does at rendering true colors. If you want 'neutral' looking CFLs you have to find some 4100k. The only decent looking CFLs above 4100k are enhanced CRI bulbs that are a specialty item. - GE sunshine 5000K CFL 5000k / high CRI is pretty nice to work under, but you aren't going to find them for cheap. Reveal Kitchen & Bath COLOR = 2600 K (a little too pink for me) = 1125 Lumens = CRI 60 Light Bulb Color Temperature Color rendering light sources Kruithof curve - Wikipedia The Kruithof curve relates the illuminance and colour temperature of visually-pleasing light sources - Wikipedia The Color of White: Is there a "preferred" color temperature for the exhibition of works of art? Daylight: Is it in the eye of the beholder? by Kevin P. McGuire Developing Standards In Lighting Click here for the typical number of LUMENS of incandescent ("regular") light bulbs. HERE are some of the more special types of CFL that we use: Feit Electric 2-Pack 7 Watt CFL Chandelier Bulb (Candelabra base w/standard adapter) - $9.98/for Two - LOWES "75 watt" CFL Flood Light (uses 23 watts) - $ 8.48 - Lowes Yellow, covered, CFL (Bug light) - uses 14 watts - $ 7.98 - Lowes 25 Watt Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb - for 3-way lamps - Lowes Bright Effects #276505 60 watt Candelabra Base - smaller than a normal 15 watt bulb. We are using these in a ceiling fan as 40 watts was not enough - Lowes. Some (all?) magnetic ballasts should be able to run on digital timers, so they say - CHECK THE PACKAGE. I, PERSONALLY,WOULD NOT RUN ANY FLUORESCENT BULB ON A DIGITAL TIMER that does not use a physically solid electrical contact to supply voltage to the bulb - Click here for information about Timers safe for CFLs. Most Timers, Dimmers and Photocells allow a small amount of electricity to flow through the bulb (anything plugged into them) at all times - this causes the CFL to attempt to start without having a sufficent starting voltage, causing damage to the CFL. Most CFLs can NOT be safely used with timers, dimmers, photocells or completely enclosed housings. My electrician confirmed my suspician that lighted wall switches also leak voltage and could possibly shorten the life of fluorescent bulbs. We detected a current/voltage leak on my three- way lighted wals switches, and replaced them. Timers that DO work with CFLs Dimmable CFLs - wikipedia Many new CFLs are rated to start at zero degrees Farenheit (older ones at 32 degrees F.). If they do start at these low temperatures, they probably will not output their full, normal amount of light. You should not use a CFL outside unless it states that it can be used in outside situations. Most CFLs rated for outdoor use have an additional glass/plastic cover over the bulb, to protect it from the environment. I have used regular CFLs in porch lamps the have glass covers to keep rain from striking the bulb. CFLs are usually easier on the eyes, when reading, than incandescent (normal) bulbs. CFLs do tend to get gradually darker as they age, so they will put produce less light as they age. While CFLs continue to get smaller in size, they can still be larger than an incandescent bulb, so check to see that the desired CFL will fit in the your bulb housing, especially if the housing has a cover. What's the difference between a compact fluorescent light bulb and a fluorescent bulb? On the way to energy efficiency: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - very slightly dated Can I use a compact fluorescent light bulb with a dimmer switch? Can I use a compact fluorescent light bulb in an enclosed light fixture? Can I use a compact fluorescent light bulb with an electronic timer or photocell (AKA electric eye)? What do I do with a CFL when it burns out? What is the proper disposal of a CFL bulb? What should I do if a CFL breaks? Do light bulbs (such as compact fluorescent bulbs) give off hazardous amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light? Aube Solar Timer Switch, 40-500w - White - Claims Timer can be used with Floursecent, but no details - INVESTIGATE. See also Replacing Bulbs with LEDs Incandescent light bulb - wikipedia "Green" Light Bulb Buying Guide

ESLs - Electron Stimulated Luminescence

ESL bulbs are the wave of the near (mid 2010 ?) future. ESLs produce about the same light for the same wattage as CFLs. I believe that ESL use less heat than CFLs for the same wattage. ESLs do NOT contain mercury. ESLs are fully DIMMABLE. Instant ON. ESL bulbs produce 40 lumens per watt, compared to 7-24 for incandescent, 12-36 for halogen, 44-80 for CFL, and 30-60 for LED. ESL (Electron Stimulated Luminescence): Move Over CFLs and LEDs ... Vu1 Corporation sees bright future for ESL light bulbs - short vide ESLs by VU


I have very little use for Halogen Bulbs as replacements for incandescent light bulbs. I use CFL bulbs instead (except, perhaps when I need a dimmable bulb). Many fires have been started by high-wattage halogen bulbs. Halogen bulbs produce a brighter, hotter light than do incandescent bulbs. Halogen bulbs are about 20% more energy efficient than are incandescent bulbs. see also: HEADLIGHTS I have fluorescent tube lights (30 watts) under some of my cabinets. I have noticed that items placed on the bottom shelf of these cabinets get very warm (in my opinion) - too warm for me to want to ever use these fluorescent lights when I am not in the house, for fear of a possible fire (my opinion). Halogen bulbs are even hotter. I, personally, would NEVER use a Halogen bulb under a cabinet. Since fluorescent bulbs consume about 25% of the energy of an incandescent bulb for the same amount of light, and halogen bulbs consume about 80% of the energy of an incandescent bulb, why would I want to use a more expensive-to-use halogen bulb rather than a CFL? Halogen life spans seem to be 2000 to 2500 hours and they cost about Four ($4) dollars for a 75 watt halogen bulb. Incandescent bulbs typically have a lifespan of between 750 and 1250 hours, and cost about Fifty Cents for a 75 watt incandescent bulb. CFLs have a projected life of between 8,000 and 10,000 hours. A CFL will typically pay for itself in about 500 hours. CFLs can NOT be successfully used with most electronic timers or photosensors, as these devices leak small amounts of current, causing the CFL to continually try to start when the voltage is too low - this quickly burns out the bulb. Timers that DO work with CFLs. You should be able to use Halogen bulbs with electronic timers, photo-sensors and motion detectors - just remember that these bulbs are hotter than incandescent bulbs.

LED - Light Emitting Diode

Most DIMMERS can KILL most LED bulbs. CHECK THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT OUTPUT FROM AN LED, BEFORE YOU BUY IT. There are still a lot of TOO CHEAP LEDs being sold. Typical LUMENS per regular incandescent bulbs> I am now (2015) using CREE LEDs exclusively (if they have the size/lumans. They are made her ein North Carlina, and have been rate the best by several big name companies, The are sold by HOME DEPOT. I was in Lowes the other day (4/2/2010) - they have about 25 new types of LED Bulbs (not as bright as their CFL nor Incandescent counterparts) ACTUALLY, modern LEDs, such as CREE's are just fine. More information about LEDs How fast can LEDs replace fluorescent light? I expect ESLs to replace LEDs for household use, even before LEDs make sense for household use. CREE Lighting LEDs almost never wear-out (typicaly last 100,000 hours). They usually consume the less power and run cooler than other "bulbs" (except, possibly, for ESLs. retrofit LED bulbs out later this year that can pay their replacement costs in one year We are using two different types of under cabinet LED light fixtures (obtained from Lowes, but not listed on their website 1/2008). My favorite is: Portfolio Item #240230 (50505/05) LED Puck Accent Lighting - a 4" round LED fixture with a push on, push off switch and 20 Bright white LEDs. We are using these to light our Lowboy cabinet with stained glass doors, and in my closets and other small areas. I will also put some under kitchen cabinets and many closets. Portfolio Another useful LED fixture is the Portfilio #50509/05 and #50510/05 LED Strip Light Accent Light. This comes in both a 16.5 inch long (14 LEDs) and a 24 inch long (20 LEDs) LED bar. These LED light bars cane be joined together. I did not find the LEDs in these units to be as bright as the Puck LED light (see above). Of course, there are fewer LEDs in these units than in the LED Puck, but I still think that the LEDs in these are not as bright as in the Puck light. I can find a lot of useful places to put these. We bought ours from Lowes, but these are not on the Lowes web site. For non-wired (battery operated) LED solution for closets and other small spaces, I like the LUMEN Wireless LED Puck Lights. They have high, low and off settings. These are NOT the tap-on lights, but you do tap them switch the light output level. The have FIVE BRIGHT white LEDs and run off of Three AAA batteries. I like the battery life. They can also be swiveled and pivoted. They are Model LPL623CPB, item # 103517. I got these at Costco. There are lots of other brands, which may be just a s good, but I really like these

LEDs to Replace Normal Bulbs

I have no experience with these. LEDs to replace standard flashlight bulbs LEDs to replace standard household bulbs LED bulbs: a bright idea? - MSNBC Review of Crane's LEDs Light-emitting diode - wikipedia More LEDs to Replace Normal Bulbs Odd Light Bulbs - information Long Life Lighting of Raleigh - can order any bulb - 8810 Westgate Park Dr. - 833 - 1292 See also Compact fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

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MONOPOLIES - who owns what Appliance Company

Ologopoly Watch APPLIANCES - WHIRLPOOL: Whirlpool owns Maytag Whirlpool makes Kenmore appliances (last I knew) ELECTROLUX: Electrolux owns Frigidaire and Tappan Electrolux owns White Westinghouse, Eureka and Kelvinator TOOLS - WHO MAKES WHAT TOOLS






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Nitrogen in your car Tires

Newer tires are now filled with Nitrogen rather than air. Tires filled with nitrogen are supposed to have GREEN valve stems. Nitrogen expaneds and contracts less than ordinary air, and allows tires to perform better and last longer. I think they use it in airplane tires because there is no moisture and therefore no freezing and lumps as with car tires when they get cold. Remember, airplane tires may get to 65 below zero at 42,000 feet and moisture freezing and thawing would really give that rubber some extra punishment. Nitrogen Tire Inflation - The "mephitic air" advantage - WIP - nitrogen in tires, work in ... Selling Nitrogen In Tires - Is It All A Lot Of Hot Air? Nitrogen May Improve Gas Mileage, Using Inert Gas In Tires Keeps ... The Coalition of the Swilling: Nitrogen in Your Tires Dave's North Carolina Information **

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PRP - Petroleum Remediation Product

PRP was discovered by NASA by accident. It does an unbelievable job of absorbing oil, which is then disposed of by naturally occurring microbes. PRP floats. Commercial PRP products are extremely good for cleaning oil off your driveway, or oil spills similar to the Exxon Valdez. Products are available from: Universal Remediation, Inc. (UniRemInc), of Pittsburgh PRP: The Proven Solution for Cleaning Up Oil Spills


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SOCKETS (for lightbulbs)

SCREW BASE LIGHTBULB SOCKETS: Candelabra - smaller than normal - used in many decorative fixtures Candelabra to Medium base adapters exist. Medium - Edison Socket = E26 - the NORMALLY used socket - most bulb sockets have and are of this size. Mogul - 1 19?32 inch in diameter - not used much any more - used in old floor lamps for 3-way 100, 200 & 300 watt watt bulbs. Mogul to Normal Edison Socket (E-26) adapters exist. MORE RARE: Mini-can - 7/6 inch in diameter - some high-intensity lights Minature - 3/8 inch in diameter - nightlights Midget - still smaller incandescent household light bulbs, sockets, sizes How to select the correct socket for your lamp Sockets - Replacement Bulb Sockets, Automtive See also LIGHTBULBS

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Habitat for Humanity - ReStore 2420 Raleigh Boulevard Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 833-6768 Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; closed Sundays Surplus Warehouse 3901 Capital Blvd # 152 Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 878-0104 Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm Saturday - 8:30am - 3:00pm Sunday - (Closed) Bob's Army Surplus 1217 South Saunders Street Raleigh NC 27603 (919) 833-8223 Monday - Friday 9 am - 6 pm Saturday....9 am - 5:30 pm We are Closed on Sunday State Surplus Property Agency Warehouse 6501 Chapel Hill Road Raleigh, NC 27607 919-854-2160 Store Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM North Carolina State University 3240 Ligon Street Raleigh, NC 27606 919-515-5525 Store Hours: Second Friday Each Month 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM


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