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2013-05-23 07:13:57 PM
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"Ok, I get it. I have bad teeth."
 
2013-05-23 07:14:38 PM
Turn the AC down means make it warmer. To say that and mean make it colder is like saying I could care less, or I miss not seeing you. In a word, WRONG.
 
2013-05-23 07:17:03 PM

Mirrorz: Walker: The ceiling fan thing is dead on though. I always pull the wrong chain when visiting peoples houses that have them.

Just visually track the chain. If it goes into the light fixture, it controls the light. If it goes up into the fan housing, it controls the fan. It's not rocket math.


And you would still fail, despite it being so simple.  WHY? you ask, because even the example given in the article is the kind where the chains BOTH go into the lower part of the body and so neither can be clearly identified as to purpose.

Allow me to make it simple for you, pull BOTH chains (one at a time) then you'll know what they do.
4 pulls turns on, and then OFF the fan.
2 pulls tuns on and off the light

(possible other inputs based on model( mine has a remote control))
 
jvl
2013-05-23 07:18:42 PM

Tunney: Can someone explain why American houses are usually made of wood rather than a material that won't blow away/get termites?


Well, in California we have wood walls because we hate when brick walls crush us to death in an earthquake.
 
2013-05-23 07:20:49 PM

jvl: Tunney: Can someone explain why American houses are usually made of wood rather than a material that won't blow away/get termites?

Well, in California we have wood walls because we hate when brick walls crush us to death in an earthquake.


And large swaths of the country don't have a handy supply of Roman ruins or other ancient stonework that we can plunder.

While we're at it, we generally don't make our roofs out of grass, either.
 
2013-05-23 07:29:20 PM

feckingmorons: Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.

Unless you're on a septic tank.


Lived in a really old house in the country with a septic tank... had a disposal.
 
2013-05-23 07:32:43 PM

FrancoFile: While we're at it, we generally don't make our roofs out of grass, either.


Crap. That reminds me. Time to mow the roof.
 
2013-05-23 07:33:26 PM

Baldrick's Cunning Plan: feckingmorons: Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.

Unless you're on a septic tank.

Lived on septic my whole life, and never had a disposal. We just don't put food waste down the sink. That's what a compost bin is for.


It's OK to use a disposal with a septic, the microbes like that stuff.

/took a course on septics for my RE CE
//so yes, I do know shiat
 
2013-05-23 07:33:28 PM

MissFeasance: Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.

Wrong.  I've never had an apartment with one, even in my penthouse apartment in NYC, and we never install them in our rental houses.


I've noticed that the Midwest is a lot better about "amenities" than the coasts.

$600/month rat-infested shiathole in the midwest: Brand new dishwasher with garbage disposal and a big sink (and 3 prong plugs)
$2000/month midlevel apartment in the Bay Area: dinky 1-bay sink with no garbage disposal, no dishwasher, and 2 prong plugs all over the place.

/Garbage Disposal is for scraps ONLY.  If you have more than scraps, toss it in the trash.
 
2013-05-23 07:33:59 PM

Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.


No, that is simply your bias, and not in any way related to the facts.  MOST domiciles in the US do NOT have a garbage disposal, and only anything built  (roughly) after 1980 is even likely to be compatible with one.

Just saying.
 
2013-05-23 07:34:55 PM
FTFA: The main thing to remember is to run cold water when disposing of food, and keep it on for 30 to 60 seconds after you've finished.

I have to deal with this nightmare every time the inlaws, who are chinese, visit.  They're so budget conscious that they refuse to run the water and disposal longer than about a half second, no matter how many times I've explained that proper operation requires... longer operation.

Thus, I have to take some time to properly clear and flush out the disposal then scrub the sink every evening because running the water results in all the day's partially ground-up nasty shiat floating back up into the sink with the rising water.  In some cases I have to disassemble and clean the plumbing under the sink, too.

This is despite the fact that I pay the bills, not them, so they really don't need to worry about the cost of running the water and disposal little longer.
 
2013-05-23 07:36:13 PM

Tunney: Can someone explain why American houses are usually made of wood rather than a material that won't blow away/get termites?


Lumber is very affordable here because we have a lot of Canadian wildness still available to mow down for our housing needs.

It's also very quick to build with; you probably can't put up a stone or brick house in a few days.
 
2013-05-23 07:37:32 PM
If you have A/C in your house, you either have way too much money, or you live in the wrong part of the country.
 
2013-05-23 07:41:56 PM

Shorelinefarker: If you have A/C in your house, you either have way too much money, or you live in the wrong part of the country.


Or you have a desktop.

/8*12*8 dorm room.  20" Box fan running full blast in the open window, desktop running full blast.  It's 20 degrees outside and 75 in my dorm room, which is about 5-10 degrees hotter than the hallway outside.
//Of course that desktop fried about $1000 worth of parts over the first 6 months of operation and then settled down once I gave it some extra fans.
 
2013-05-23 07:48:43 PM

MissFeasance [TotalFark]

We have them for the ceiling fan in the bedroom. It's useful as I'm not clever enough to remember which is the light and which is the fan. The entire thing runs by remote control anyway so I don't see the point, but eh. They were like $3 at Home Depot.

Wait... You can't figure out how to look up? The chain connected to the light-y part is for the *pay attention now*... LIGHTS. The chain connected to the big fan motor is for the Fan-y part.

/notices the "Total Fark" tag... ahhh It's alllllll clear now.
 
2013-05-23 08:04:45 PM
I love shiat like this...

But seriously though, are ceiling fans really this hard to figure out?  They don't have these things in jolly old England?
 
2013-05-23 08:05:08 PM

antnyjc: I am pretty sure the reason the Brits don't have screen doors (or windows) is because screens are taxed. At least this was the popular theory when I was stationed there.


Or maybe they don't have swarms of mosquitoes or lots of house flies (not sure about that last one).  Or maybe it's usually to gahdammed chilly outside to want to open the windows or doors.
 
2013-05-23 08:12:39 PM

Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.


That may be one of many things unique to the US.
 
2013-05-23 08:16:01 PM

Tunney: Can someone explain why American houses are usually made of wood rather than a material that won't blow away/get termites?


Because we did not burn it all in the middle ages.
 
2013-05-23 08:17:00 PM

Kahabut: Voiceofreason01: Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.

EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.

No, that is simply your bias, and not in any way related to the facts.  MOST domiciles in the US do NOT have a garbage disposal, and only anything built  (roughly) after 1980 is even likely to be compatible with one.

Just saying.


My grandmothers 1960's house/neighborhood all have garbage disposals...  But it is an upper-middle class place...

/even has a wet bar
//texas
 
2013-05-23 08:23:04 PM

RatOmeter: antnyjc: I am pretty sure the reason the Brits don't have screen doors (or windows) is because screens are taxed. At least this was the popular theory when I was stationed there.

Or maybe they don't have swarms of mosquitoes or lots of house flies (not sure about that last one).  Or maybe it's usually to gahdammed chilly outside to want to open the windows or doors.


Oh they have bugs. No idea how they deal with them. I spent about 2 years over there for work and in the summer, the "air con" barely did anything but if you opened up all of the windows to try and get a breeze you would spend the whole damn night swatting bugs. I asked a bunch of my friends over there why they didn't have screens so they could enjoy fresh air without having to worry about tons of bugs getting in...

I never got a good answer, the question just seemed to not compute with them.
 
2013-05-23 08:30:12 PM
You mean your ceiling fans don't have a remote? What kind of savages are you?
 
2013-05-23 08:32:22 PM

Voiceofreason01: EVERY house has a kitchen sink with a disposal in the US, even shiatty little apartments have them. I kinda assumed it was one of those things that made modern plumbing work right.


Not every. Until we moved to our current place none of them had a garbage disposal unit except for one and that was when my son was 5 years old (over 25 years ago). In fact the residence we lived in when my son was 5 years old was the first one that had a garbage disposal and since I had zero experience with them I asked for instructions on how to use it, which is a good thing. If I hadn't asked I wouldn't have known you're supposed to run cold water down the disposal while it's running. I would have ended up burning out the motor.
 
2013-05-23 08:34:07 PM

tallguywithglasseson: And don't forget to accidentally pull the chain for the fan one time too many, so you have to cycle back through the speeds.


Yep. I've done that more than once.
 
2013-05-23 08:35:09 PM

OnlyM3: MissFeasance [TotalFark]

We have them for the ceiling fan in the bedroom. It's useful as I'm not clever enough to remember which is the light and which is the fan. The entire thing runs by remote control anyway so I don't see the point, but eh. They were like $3 at Home Depot.
Wait... You can't figure out how to look up? The chain connected to the light-y part is for the *pay attention now*... LIGHTS. The chain connected to the big fan motor is for the Fan-y part.

/notices the "Total Fark" tag... ahhh It's alllllll clear now.


Using your brilliant technique, please let us know which chain is linked to the light, and which is linked to that singular braincell rattling in your otherwise empty head?

my.jetscreenshot.com
 
2013-05-23 08:38:07 PM
It's funny because the US has higher rates of tooth decay than the UK and they've all got screen doors on their trailer homes so they're experts in wire mesh portal technology.
 
2013-05-23 08:38:12 PM

Dead-Guy: OnlyM3: MissFeasance [TotalFark]

We have them for the ceiling fan in the bedroom. It's useful as I'm not clever enough to remember which is the light and which is the fan. The entire thing runs by remote control anyway so I don't see the point, but eh. They were like $3 at Home Depot.
Wait... You can't figure out how to look up? The chain connected to the light-y part is for the *pay attention now*... LIGHTS. The chain connected to the big fan motor is for the Fan-y part.

/notices the "Total Fark" tag... ahhh It's alllllll clear now.

Using your brilliant technique, please let us know which chain is linked to the light, and which is linked to that singular braincell rattling in your otherwise empty head?

[my.jetscreenshot.com image 640x498]


Well besides the fact that wit would be silly to buy fan with such a poor design....the light is on the right and the fan is on the left.
 
2013-05-23 08:39:30 PM

Walker: The ceiling fan thing is dead on though. I always pull the wrong chain when visiting peoples houses that have them.


It's not that hard to figure out... 2 chains, one either in the center or just off-center(Depending on the light fixture), and one up higher. The light is down in the lower part of the assembly in the center, so the center-oriented chain is for the light. The one that is up higher(Near the fan motor itself) is for the fan. Now the dance between 2 unmarked light switches and whether or not the fan and light are in the on position on the fixture itself is another matter entirely...
 
2013-05-23 08:43:57 PM

MissFeasance: Wrong.  I've never had an apartment with one, even in my penthouse apartment in NYC, and we never install them in our rental houses.


That's funny, I've never had an apartment WITHOUT one. Even the shiathole In Phoenix that had maybe 200 units, yet had the police there every other night... Actually, I lived in a couple of other shiatholes in between apartments as well(Maybe a month or two), and they had them too... Maybe New York is the problem here.
 
2013-05-23 08:45:50 PM
The UK is really an advanced third world country in a lot of respects.  It's almost like the whole country gets a masochistic kick out of doing without comfort or convenience

/ Visited many times; lived there.
 
2013-05-23 08:48:58 PM

Flint Ironstag: As a Brit sitting here with my ceiling fan, home AC and ice maker in the fridge I'm really getting a kick etc.

Don't have a waste disposal, though they are available here, or a screen door, which aren't common but hardly rocket science.


Wait, I thought your name was Bolt Vanderhuge.

/or was it Brick Hardmeat?
//Gristle McThornbody?
///Bob Johnson?
////...oh wait....
 
2013-05-23 08:51:56 PM
OK, so I get the whole Air Conditioning thing. Not every place needs it, especially a notoriously sunny place like England. What I DON'T get is how the terminology can be confusing and why people need to be reminded not to leave a bunch of windows open when the A/C is being used to cool the house.

How can you people not handle screens? They aren't exactly a new invention, and they serve a purpose. Do you not have ANY insects in GB? Flies, mosquitoes, bees, wasps, etc? What about stray animals? A front door screen will keep the neighborhood cats from wandering in just as well as it keeps bugs out.

And ceiling fans... Sure, the dance between the wall switch and the pull chains can be maddening(And truth be told, it's a sign of incorrect installation to have both anyway), but this is written as if the British didn't even know what a ceiling fan was int he first place.

Garbage disposals? These things have been around almost a hundred years, how can you be flummoxed by those? They're really pretty basic.

And I'm guessing by the last line of the article that people don't have ice makers in GB also? While they aren't as common as garbage disposals, they aren't exactly rare, either.

Do you guys all pump your own well water and heat up bathwater on the stove also?
 
2013-05-23 08:53:00 PM

Walker: Not true. It just depends on the person. If someone said to me "Turn the A/C down" I would think they mean that's it's too cold. And someone asking me to turn it up would mean to blast it. As in "I'm cold! Turn the A/C down!" or "It's hot, turn the A/C up".


kidgenius: Though I agree on the "turn it down" part, in my experience most people want it colder.

Personally, that should be "turn the temperature down"...but i've learned to adjust....


andersoncouncil42: Turn the AC down means make it warmer. To say that and mean make it colder is like saying I could care less, or I miss not seeing you. In a word, WRONG.


It all depends on the AC or heating unit in question. If it's in a house it's generally run by a thermostat that you're adjusting rather than the unit itself. A lot of newer cars have climate control stuff where you're setting the temperature rather than adjusting the unit as well. If you're dealing with a thermostat, then to "turn it down" means to make it colder, and conversely to "turn it up" means to make it warmer. Doesn't matter if you're running AC or heat, the thermostat will cycle the unit on and off for you to try and keep it around the temperature you specify.

If you're in an old car or a really shiatty apartment or trailer or something, then you'd "crank up the AC!" to make it colder as well as "turn on the heat" to make it warmer, because you're dealing with primitive technology where you're adjusting the unit itself. Everybody that's anybody has a thing to control the other things for us now, so this is outmoded terminology and usage.
 
2013-05-23 08:55:26 PM
Obligatory...

i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-23 08:57:22 PM
Most of the questions here can be answered with the same response:

Q: Don't you have A/C there?
A: No - it's a temperate (but cold) climate.

Q: Dont' you have ceiling fans there?
A: No - it's a temperate (but cold) climate.

Q:Don't you have screen doors there to keep out the bugs?
A: No - it's a temperate (but cold) climate.

As to the waste disposal - that just goes in the bin because we dont have to worry about insects because it's a temperate (but cold) climate.

Hope this helps!
 
2013-05-23 08:57:44 PM

Mikey1969: Sure, the dance between the wall switch and the pull chains can be maddening(And truth be told, it's a sign of incorrect installation to have both anyway)


I had both in my bedroom.  Meant that I could just flip the switch every time I left the room, while using the cords to manually control whether it was fans & lights or just one of the above.

/Somewhat funnier was that that same light switch controlled a plug in the corner to which we would occasionally plug in important things.
 
2013-05-23 09:16:36 PM

Mikey1969: Garbage disposals? These things have been around almost a hundred years, how can you be flummoxed by those? They're really pretty basic.


I'm Canadian and I'm pretty sure I've never seen one in my life. I've heard about them by watching American television but I never realized that they were so common until this thread.

I was also completely baffled by the lack of screens on windows on my first visit to California (San Francisco). But they don't really need them, I saw very few bugs.
 
2013-05-23 09:22:22 PM

Voiceofreason01: MissFeasance:
Wrong.  I've never had an apartment with one, even in my penthouse apartment in NYC, and we never install them in our rental houses.

huh, I've been all over the Midwest from new houses, old houses and crap rental properties and I've never seen one that didn't have one. Maybe it's kinda a Midwest thing?


My mother in law puts frkking bones down it.  too lazy to go to the trashcan?  I dont know.  Maybe she likes to replace them onece in a while.
 
2013-05-23 09:22:57 PM
That person just has retards for friends.
 
2013-05-23 09:34:23 PM

Mikey1969: OK, so I get the whole Air Conditioning thing. Not every place needs it, especially a notoriously sunny place like England. What I DON'T get is how the terminology can be confusing and why people need to be reminded not to leave a bunch of windows open when the A/C is being used to cool the house.


They do that in the US too..  It's called being biatches.  I cant tell you how many times wife or nanny opens the window becasue it is sunny outside....  AC is cranking..

or my favorite.   It was chilly last night.  chilly this AM  turn on the heat downstairs... but the upstairs is still set on AC.
 
2013-05-23 09:34:42 PM

Bedstead Polisher: Mikey1969: Garbage disposals? These things have been around almost a hundred years, how can you be flummoxed by those? They're really pretty basic.

I'm Canadian and I'm pretty sure I've never seen one in my life. I've heard about them by watching American television but I never realized that they were so common until this thread.

I was also completely baffled by the lack of screens on windows on my first visit to California (San Francisco). But they don't really need them, I saw very few bugs.


Yeah, screens are pretty useful... We have 2 missing in our house and very inaccessible to try and replace.. I end up with wasps and bees in the house every week or two, I can't imagine not having them being the "norm".

I seriously thought garbage disposals were more mainstream though, they don't cost THAT much. Hell, I'm thinking of installing a second one because nobody in the house has managed to figure out which side has the disposal and which side doesn't... ;-)
 
2013-05-23 09:42:24 PM

Kahabut: And you would still fail, despite it being so simple.  WHY? you ask, because even the example given in the article is the kind where the chains BOTH go into the lower part of the body and so neither can be clearly identified as to purpose.


NO... The failure lies with you.

In the picture, one chain hangs straight down from the center bottom of the ceiling fan, the other is higher up and on the side. The one in the center/bottom is the light, the one higher up and on the side is the fan. Yes, the one in the picture from TFA is set up that way, you don't need a PhD in Engineering to figure this out.

Well, I don't, at least.
 
2013-05-23 09:47:53 PM

Nutsac_Jim: They do that in the US too..  It's called being biatches.  I cant tell you how many times wife or nanny opens the window becasue it is sunny outside....  AC is cranking..

or my favorite.   It was chilly last night.  chilly this AM  turn on the heat downstairs... but the upstairs is still set on AC.


Or the opposite... We'll have a cold snap, and my brother in law will open every window he can get his hands on, bringing the overall temp for the house down to about 50 degrees...

Freezing ut the house isn't any better than letting the place roast. He seems to think he can store up cooler air for use on a hot day in the future, doesn't grasp the concept of keeping the house in a nice consistent temperate zone, rather than try for extremes.

We're really hosed if the cold snap is too cold and we've turned off the heat already, it's a radiant heat system, so it takes 24-36 hours to get the house up to temp...
 
2013-05-23 10:30:43 PM
Holy crap, enough about the teeth already. You morans are getting this impression from legends of WW2, pre-NHS, where the only exposure you had to our culture were your armed forces mingling with ours, and most of ours were poors / conscripts. Since 1955, dentistry has been free, unlike you savages whom I regularly meet with bits hanging out of their mouths since healthcare = price gouging here. Picking the inbred hicks out of The Sun or Daily Fail as examples is like me calling everyone rednecks because of a couple of trailer parks. Give it a rest already.

Screen doors still confuse me. Everywhere is air-conditioned, so why?
 
2013-05-23 10:32:54 PM
Here's one for you; I live in Canada, and no place I've ever lived in, looked at or really spent any time in had a garbage disposal. I'm aware of what they are, but I have never used one.
 
2013-05-23 10:38:19 PM
So, the big secret about Sherlock Holmes was that he really wasn't a genius? He was just a guy with an American-level intelligence in a nation full of Britards?

"You mean that the killer used a gun to put a bullet into that man's body? Good Heavens, Holmes! You're absolutely astounding!"
 
2013-05-23 10:45:30 PM
I remember how shocked I was in Europe with no screens. And then I realised that  Europe is so pleasantly mosquito free.

You get used to using screen doors pretty damn quick in northern Canada.

heck, you can't even roll your car windows down for 2 seconds.
 I'll pull over on the highway and within 5 seconds they are all over the outside of the car, dive bombing my windshield, mocking me..... come out, come out! if you dare.... Did you want something out of your trunk?? muahahahaha


 /mosquitos are jerks, especially when they travel as clouds.
 
2013-05-23 11:13:42 PM

Tziva: I realise this is supposed to be a bit playful but man does it make people seem like morons.


You called?
Oh wait,
nevermind.
 
2013-05-23 11:19:27 PM

OnlyM3: MissFeasance [TotalFark]

We have them for the ceiling fan in the bedroom. It's useful as I'm not clever enough to remember which is the light and which is the fan. The entire thing runs by remote control anyway so I don't see the point, but eh. They were like $3 at Home Depot.
Wait... You can't figure out how to look up? The chain connected to the light-y part is for the *pay attention now*... LIGHTS. The chain connected to the big fan motor is for the Fan-y part.

/notices the "Total Fark" tag... ahhh It's alllllll clear now.


A bunch of women are going to show up at your house and beat you up I bet.
 
2013-05-23 11:20:58 PM

Mikey1969: Bedstead Polisher: Mikey1969: Garbage disposals? These things have been around almost a hundred years, how can you be flummoxed by those? They're really pretty basic.

I'm Canadian and I'm pretty sure I've never seen one in my life. I've heard about them by watching American television but I never realized that they were so common until this thread.

I was also completely baffled by the lack of screens on windows on my first visit to California (San Francisco). But they don't really need them, I saw very few bugs.

Yeah, screens are pretty useful... We have 2 missing in our house and very inaccessible to try and replace.. I end up with wasps and bees in the house every week or two, I can't imagine not having them being the "norm".

I seriously thought garbage disposals were more mainstream though, they don't cost THAT much. Hell, I'm thinking of installing a second one because nobody in the house has managed to figure out which side has the disposal and which side doesn't... ;-)


I think plumbing codes prohibit that. I asked a plumber once why both sides didn't have them. That was his answer.
 
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