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(Mother Nature Network)   Congratulations on remember to adjust your clock for Daylight Savings Times. Now did you also flip your mattress, change your air filter, and make sure your ceilings fans are all spinning counterclockwise?   (mnn.com) divider line 72
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2012-03-12 03:32:56 AM  
You forgot smoke/CO2 detector batteries.
 
2012-03-12 03:37:04 AM  
I did all of the above except the fans.
I already flip my mattress every 6 weeks (if you've ever grown mushrooms, then you know it's necessary).

Now all I have to do is change my socks and underwear, and I'm good until autumn.
 
2012-03-12 04:02:06 AM  
I have a one-sided mattress. I couldn't lift it if I tried anyways.
 
2012-03-12 04:05:15 AM  
You only need to check your ceilings fans if you live in pancakes house.
 
2012-03-12 04:10:24 AM  

xl5150: I have a one-sided mattress. I couldn't lift it if I tried anyways.


Same here.
Pretty damned difficult to turn the sidewalk upside-down.
 
2012-03-12 04:19:22 AM  
I've got a pillow top. Pretty sure its not to be flipped.
 
2012-03-12 05:30:03 AM  

TommyymmoT: I did all of the above except the fans.


I can't believe you didn't flip your fans. How will you feel smug about how green you are if you don't do completely pointless things that have no impact on the environment?
 
2012-03-12 05:33:13 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: TommyymmoT: I did all of the above except the fans.

I can't believe you didn't flip your fans. How will you feel smug about how green you are if you don't do completely pointless things that have no impact on the environment?


It's more saving money than helping the environment. Better air circulation = less heat/AC necessary.
 
2012-03-12 05:50:48 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: TommyymmoT: I did all of the above except the fans.

I can't believe you didn't flip your fans. How will you feel smug about how green you are if you don't do completely pointless things that have no impact on the environment?


I don't have fans, I have central air, but I'll be glad to go outside and flip the compressor if you'd like.

I do use room fans quite a bit though, and only turn the air on when I absolutely have to.
 
2012-03-12 05:57:28 AM  
grown mushrooms

wat
 
2012-03-12 06:03:40 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: grown mushrooms

wat


Dirt.
 
2012-03-12 06:06:15 AM  
During the warmer months, a fan's blades should be spinning in a counterclockwise direction so that cool air is pushed downward and distributed throughout a room.

Nevermind that this depends on how the blades are configured, but this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. The hot air is near the ceiling, and the fan would be pushing it down. You would need fans to take up more area than the rest of your ceiling to cause this effect. But it wouldn't matter then, anyhow, because all fans do is circulated the air in the room, so the air coming from outside is regularly exchanged. The "coolness" you feel from a ceiling fan is the air blowing against your sweat.
 
2012-03-12 06:13:43 AM  
I thought that modern smoke alarms and Co2 detectors were made so that they start chirping when the battery needs to be replaced, thus eliminating the need to change the battery on a regular basis. At least that's been the case with every smoke detector my family's had for the past 35 years.
 
2012-03-12 06:14:06 AM  
Don't forget to lube your headlights and change your dishwasher's oil.
 
2012-03-12 06:18:07 AM  
I flipped one of the umbrellas in my hallway, so that it was hanging the same way as the other two.
 
2012-03-12 06:21:07 AM  
I reversed the polarity of that time-space thingy in my closet. It's not spitting out giant glowing beetles anymore but now I'm missing half my socks.
 
2012-03-12 06:26:43 AM  
All the clocks in my house jumped ahead themselves.

/moonpie
//what an age to be alive.
 
2012-03-12 06:43:51 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: I thought that modern smoke alarms and Co2 detectors were made so that they start chirping when the battery needs to be replaced, thus eliminating the need to change the battery on a regular basis. At least that's been the case with every smoke detector my family's had for the past 35 years.


That and I use Ultralife lithium 9V batteries in my smoke detectors: the batteries are designed to last ~10 years which is about the rated life of ionizing smoke detectors (according to the label). When the battery is slow and the detector beeps I replace the whole smoke detector.

/checks the blinky test light and pushes the test button every few weeks to make sure things are still working
//doesn't want to DIAF
 
2012-03-12 06:48:38 AM  
Daylight Saving Time
 
2012-03-12 06:49:01 AM  
I didn't even get the first part right as I'm 40 minutes late for work.
 
2012-03-12 06:50:28 AM  
dl.dropbox.com

...Daylight savings time overrated, clock don't need no adjusting.
 
2012-03-12 06:56:40 AM  
I flipped my air filter, changed my ceiling fan, and spun my mattress counterclockwise.

/Was one hell of a party.
 
2012-03-12 07:00:15 AM  
There is no way in hell I'm changing my ceiling fan's rotation yet, it was snowing here for fark's sakes today.
 
2012-03-12 07:18:14 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: I thought that modern smoke alarms and Co2 detectors were made so that they start chirping when the battery needs to be replaced, thus eliminating the need to change the battery on a regular basis. At least that's been the case with every smoke detector my family's had for the past 35 years.


Some of us have really shiatty landlords who still have the 70s smoke detectors
 
2012-03-12 07:19:00 AM  
Congratulations on remember to adjust your clock for Daylight Savings Times. Now did you also flip your mattress...

[gets in tea chest]
And did those feet in ancient times, walk upon England's mountains green...
 
2012-03-12 07:23:45 AM  
Where's 'The Monday after switching to DST sucks' thread?
 
2012-03-12 07:34:47 AM  

StrikitRich: Where's 'The Monday after switching to DST sucks' thread?


I'm on UTC, so it don't matter to me.
 
2012-03-12 07:39:25 AM  
I also need to change the water filter in my fridge.

But at least I live in Florida, where the ceiling fans can spin counter-clockwise all year.
 
2012-03-12 07:50:49 AM  
Congratulations on remember to grammar correct.
 
2012-03-12 07:51:54 AM  

way south: [dl.dropbox.com image 590x521]

...Daylight savings time overrated, clock don't need no adjusting.


farm8.staticflickr.com

Spider thread!
 
2012-03-12 08:17:09 AM  
I cleaned up my computer work area this weekend. Opened the system up and blew out all the dust. I rounded up all the dust bunnies and washed all the surfaces on the desk. For the next couple days, you can take a black light to the area and you won't know what I was doing there.
 
2012-03-12 08:28:11 AM  
I flipped my mattress twice. That way, it's good until next March and I can skip the November flip.
 
2012-03-12 09:02:52 AM  

nicoffeine: During the warmer months, a fan's blades should be spinning in a counterclockwise direction so that cool air is pushed downward and distributed throughout a room.

Nevermind that this depends on how the blades are configured, but this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. The hot air is near the ceiling, and the fan would be pushing it down. You would need fans to take up more area than the rest of your ceiling to cause this effect. But it wouldn't matter then, anyhow, because all fans do is circulated the air in the room, so the air coming from outside is regularly exchanged. The "coolness" you feel from a ceiling fan is the air blowing against your sweat.


In the winter, you should have the celing fans push the hot air down the center of the room. In the summer, they should pull the hot air up, letting in cooler air from outside in.
 
2012-03-12 09:15:55 AM  

Flab: nicoffeine: During the warmer months, a fan's blades should be spinning in a counterclockwise direction so that cool air is pushed downward and distributed throughout a room.

Nevermind that this depends on how the blades are configured, but this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. The hot air is near the ceiling, and the fan would be pushing it down. You would need fans to take up more area than the rest of your ceiling to cause this effect. But it wouldn't matter then, anyhow, because all fans do is circulated the air in the room, so the air coming from outside is regularly exchanged. The "coolness" you feel from a ceiling fan is the air blowing against your sweat.

In the winter, you should have the celing fans push the hot air down the center of the room. In the summer, they should pull the hot air up, letting in cooler air from outside in.


Hot air rises up anyway, and you'd need a hell of a ceiling fan to be able to actually push hot air down. Like, turbine sized blades. Thirty feet long each or so.
 
2012-03-12 09:25:13 AM  
Not only that, but I lubed my radiator bearings and rotated my spark plugs.
 
2012-03-12 09:26:19 AM  

Kar98: Hot air rises up anyway, and you'd need a hell of a ceiling fan to be able to actually push hot air down. Like, turbine sized blades. Thirty feet long each or so.


You're in luck!
 
2012-03-12 09:36:04 AM  

ShawnDoc: I've got a pillow top. Pretty sure its not to be flipped.


I believe you're still supposed to rotate them. At least, that's what I do with my pillowtop. Maybe I'm wasting my time.
 
2012-03-12 09:56:11 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: I thought that modern smoke alarms and Co2 detectors were made so that they start chirping when the battery needs to be replaced, thus eliminating the need to change the battery on a regular basis. At least that's been the case with every smoke detector my family's had for the past 35 years.


I think the recommendation is for added safety, and also meant to save you a sleepless night when the batteries finally do go bad at 3 a.m.

Many people leave their homes for several days at a time for vacation, and in that time your smoke detector battery could begin chirping and run out of juice by the time you return.
 
2012-03-12 10:17:11 AM  

xl5150: I have a one-sided mattress. I couldn't lift it if I tried anyways.


In all seriousness, I have a pillow-top mattress, so can't flip it. If I flip it, the pillow-top is uselessly cushioning the boxspring. Best I can do is turn it around occasionally.
 
2012-03-12 10:24:42 AM  

Iczer: There is no way in hell I'm changing my ceiling fan's rotation yet, it was snowing here for fark's sakes today.


Maybe it's snowing because your ceiling fan is going the wrong way!

Unless, you've been running your A/C with a window open and have been cooling down the outside.
 
2012-03-12 10:25:35 AM  

Teenwolf: I believe you're still supposed to rotate them. At least, that's what I do with my pillowtop. Maybe I'm wasting my time.


Wasting your time? Yes, you are. However, you feel like you're doing something important and that's all that matters.
 
2012-03-12 10:26:03 AM  
I had the shop do a complete flush and refill of my blinker fluid and greased my muffler bearings. I should be good for the next month or two.

/my god those guys at the garage really like me. Each time I visit they are all grins and handshakes.
//Cannot complain, they always catch something that is life or death important to fix on my 2011.
 
2012-03-12 10:27:07 AM  

Intrepid00: Daylight Saving Time


Yes, for the Pete of sake can people please spell/say it correctly?

Gotta run to get some money out of the ATM machine and I forgot my PIN number.
 
2012-03-12 10:27:17 AM  

Teenwolf: ShawnDoc: I've got a pillow top. Pretty sure its not to be flipped.

I believe you're still supposed to rotate them. At least, that's what I do with my pillowtop. Maybe I'm wasting my time.


It would be easier to move the pillow to the other end.
 
2012-03-12 10:27:18 AM  

Kar98: Flab: nicoffeine: During the warmer months, a fan's blades should be spinning in a counterclockwise direction so that cool air is pushed downward and distributed throughout a room.

Nevermind that this depends on how the blades are configured, but this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. The hot air is near the ceiling, and the fan would be pushing it down. You would need fans to take up more area than the rest of your ceiling to cause this effect. But it wouldn't matter then, anyhow, because all fans do is circulated the air in the room, so the air coming from outside is regularly exchanged. The "coolness" you feel from a ceiling fan is the air blowing against your sweat.

In the winter, you should have the celing fans push the hot air down the center of the room. In the summer, they should pull the hot air up, letting in cooler air from outside in.

Hot air rises up anyway, and you'd need a hell of a ceiling fan to be able to actually push hot air down. Like, turbine sized blades. Thirty feet long each or so.


When people say it "pushes hot air down" they mean it circulates the air. It's a standard term people use. I *think* you are thinking about the choice of words in a very literal sense. Ceiling fans work because they circulate the air. If your ceiling is only 8' tall the fan will not be that beneficial. They work well if you have tall cathedral ceilings.
 
2012-03-12 10:29:10 AM  
jtown:[farm8.staticflickr.com image 640x547]

Spider thread!


Those aren't spiders, they're harvestmen.

/you're doing it wrong
 
2012-03-12 10:30:19 AM  
My girlfriend tests the smoke detector everytime she uses the oven.
 
2012-03-12 10:34:01 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: I thought that modern smoke alarms and Co2 detectors were made so that they start chirping when the battery needs to be replaced, thus eliminating the need to change the battery on a regular basis. At least that's been the case with every smoke detector my family's had for the past 35 years.


Our detectors do that, but I'm considering going back to the old way given that the routine is now...

0:00 Chirp.
0:01 What's that?
4:00 Chirp.
4:01 Hmm, smoke detector battery needs to be changed. Better go find where I hid the 9Vs this time.
8:00 Chirp.
12:00 Chirp.
13:47 OK, here they are... well, here it is. I only have one left, better put them on the shopping list. Now which one is it...
16:00 Chirp.
16:01 Ah, somewhere down the hall.
16:46 Sounded like it might be this one. I'll pull the battery out and wait...
20:00 Chirp.
20:01 Nope. OK, must be the one in the guest room.
24:00 Chirp.
24:01 OK, not that one either. The only one left is the office, it must be that one.
28:00 Chirp.
28:01 Gah! Which one is it!? The sound is everywhere and nowhere at the same time!
29:20 OK, swapped the batteries back in the one in the office. But that should be all of them on this floor...
32:00 Chirp.
32:01 THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE! I CHECKED THEM ALL!
36:00 Chirp.
36:01 I SWEAR THE BUILDER MUST HAVE HIDDEN ONE IN THE CEILING JUST TO @#$% WITH ME! I WILL HAVE MY REVEN... oh, here's one I didn't check. Let me try that.
40:00 [Waiting pensively...]
41:00 Whew. OK... putting 9V batteries on the list and this time I'm buying a 12-pack and changing the rest of them next weekend.
[Three weeks and 964 distractions later...]
00:00 Chirp.
 
2012-03-12 10:36:40 AM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: Intrepid00: Daylight Saving Time

Yes, for the Pete of sake can people please spell/say it correctly?

Gotta run to get some money out of the ATM machine and I forgot my PIN number.


Are you putting your personal PIN number into one of those new automatic ATM machines?

I heard they just put one of those in down by The La Brea Tar Pits.
 
2012-03-12 10:47:56 AM  
The main plus is my greyhound is willing to wait for his morning walk. In the fall, things get ugly.
 
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