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2013-05-23 11:27:04 PM

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


Hmmm, I wonder why that would be? Maybe the weight of 2 disposals is too much? Either way, I'm seriously going to consider it when I buy my house, then I'll just change it back before I sell it.
 
2013-05-23 11:28:32 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?

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The one on the right goes to the light. It's lower than the one on the left. The light is lower than the fan, so the chain that connects at a lower point goes to the light.
 
2013-05-23 11:45:37 PM

shArkh: 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?


screen doors allow you to have the door open on nice days.  If it is buttasshot out or ultra humid then you can use the AC.  Or, if you are a woman and do not pay the bills in the house, you use the AC, because it is too much of a bother to open windows.    Not kidding.
 
2013-05-24 12:15:18 AM
screen doors are awful. who needs another door on their door? i just want to get in and out
 
2013-05-24 12:17:37 AM
Ex-Brit here.
Don't have the nasty bugs in the UK, so screen doors aren't needed (but you still see those terrible plastic drapes that get in the way as you swish through them, and if there are any bugs, wouldn't be stopped.)
Sink waste disposal, living all over the US, it's more common than not, but still not seen in some rentals (that as listed above, is probably one more thing to worry about that can go wrong, so if you don't need it, don't install it).

AC...
Ah, the fun of that.  When I first moved to DC, never turned it on at first, just opened the windows and got a nice through breeze.  Coming home one day, the whole apartment filled with Cidadas... yeah, never opening a window again.  

Now live in Miami, and did ok at first.  Winter just opened the windows (with the screens on) for some air, and had a 25-30buck electric bill a month.  The boss running his AC/heater pool, 700 bucks a month.    When it got a bit warmer, was hard to get out of the habit of not opening the windows, letting the cold out, but got into it in the end, especially as some corners were getting a bit of an odd colour with mold and was told that the AC isn't just for temp, but also to knock out the humidity.     Don't get why anyone with a pool doesn't have their AC hooked up to it to warm the pool, cool the house.  Something for later.

Funny reverse time.
Wife, who's lived in Miami all her life, went to Germany last year.  Was April and still a fair bit chilly.  Enough that the heaters were on.  She likes things to be really cold, and was uber stressed how hot the room was 'Just turn the heaters off babe' 
'heaters? I thought they were towl warmers'
'well.. yeah, they are too, but in colder climes, that's what we use to warm the room, you just need to crank it down there to stop the hot water coming in that warms the room up and I'm amazed you've not encountered this before and stop glaring at me'
'I've been ringing the front desk complaining how hot it is in here, and that the AC doesn't appear to be working, but even with the heater off, it's still too hot, let me ring up to complain again"
"honey, don't..."  /10  mins later
"Hallo, vot appears to be zee problem?"   /wife explains how hot it is in the room.  German bloke looks puzzled;  "ya, it iz April, to make zee voom colder, vee open zee vindow" "but what if it gets too cold?" "vee close zee vindow"
I had to sleep in the pull out couch that night because I was laughing so much.  This was exactly what I'd been saying to her for years.
 
2013-05-24 12:36:08 AM
I was equally befuddled by the accommodations when I visited London.  First, every hotel room is the size of a broom closet.  The hotels lack coffee makers and instead have some bizarre hot plate plastic pot thing.  I also had a heated towel bar of all the useless things.  It didn't work anyway.  There is always an inch high transition / speed bump between the main room and the bathroom that you will trip on every time.  Lastly there are the toilets. Not a toilet tank in sight.  They apparently build them into the wall.  I cant imagine how expensive it must be when you have to replace the chain or some other part.  Ripping out all the tile and putting a hold in the wall just to fix some component of the toilet tank seems utterly insane to me. ok, that wasn't quite the last thing.  One day I was there I spoke to several natives who commented on what a hot day it was.  It was maybe 70F at most.  What I considered quite nice, as opposed to every other day there, which were bone chilling cold.
 
2013-05-24 02:38:58 AM

Maul555: 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


Well, I guess that's MY bias showing up.
 
2013-05-24 03:30:41 AM

Badgers: Obligatory...

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Don't bother. Trying to explain reality to Farkers is like trying to teach a sea cucumber about outer space.
 
2013-05-24 05:26:00 AM
Who doesn't understand screen doors? I'm a bit puzzled as to their utility, at least in my in-laws Californian houses where the a/c is never turned off except when the heating is on in the middle of the night, but they're not exactly a mystery. The fans are, though, absurd, as are the a/c rituals, and don't get me started on the (incredibly noisy, utterly ineffective, wildly expensive, stale air recirculating) ducted air heating.

Ima4nic8or:
I also had a heated towel bar of all the useless things.

Nothing useless about heated towel bars, if you live in a climate that's relatively cold and damp for most of the year it's a luxury to have warm, bone dry, towels every morning without having to think about putting them in the dryer.

Lastly there are the toilets. Not a toilet tank in sight. They apparently build them into the wall. I cant imagine how expensive it must be when you have to replace the chain or some other part. Ripping out all the tile and putting a hold in the wall just to fix some component of the toilet tank seems utterly insane to me.

There's an access panel. In hotels it's often in the neighbouring room.* Unfortunately the quality of American fittings and appliances is often painfully bad, which might colo(u)r your view on their service life, too.

ok, that wasn't quite the last thing. One day I was there I spoke to several natives who commented on what a hot day it was. It was maybe 70F at most. What I considered quite nice, as opposed to every other day there, which were bone chilling cold.

I have no explanation/excuse for our behaviour. That's both true and weird.

*Many many years ago I worked as a commercial fitter's skivvy
 
2013-05-24 06:48:50 AM
ghall3: "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."


 Ex-Brit here.
Ex-Brit here. Don't have the nasty bugs in the UK, so screen doors aren't needed (but you still see those terrible plastic drapes that get in the way as you swish through them, and if there are any bugs, wouldn't be stopped.

I lived near Bedford (about an hour north of London), and in June-ish we had a couple weeks a year that the area was infested with Wheat Bugs. Tiny little bastards that covered everyone and everything and were especially noticeable when you wore light colors, like our dress blues, They looked a lot like chiggers, but didn't burrow into the skin and were small enough screens would not have offered much protection anyway.

Also England's temperature is very mild. Doesn't get too hot, doesn't get too cold. At least not as an extreme difference as it is in most area's of the world. Rains a bloody lot though. Very similar to Seattle.
 
2013-05-24 08:18:27 AM
Oh, by the way, we don't have lawn sprinklers either. Because we have this thing called rain.
 
2013-05-24 08:34:11 AM

Blueintheballs: 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!


Ha!

A former colleague of mine joked, "yes, in the UK they serve beer at room temperature, but that's OK 'cause the room is COLD!"
 
2013-05-24 08:40:39 AM

antnyjc: Also England's temperature is very mild. Doesn't get too hot, doesn't get too cold. At least not as an extreme difference as it is in most area's of the world. Rains a bloody lot though. Very similar to Seattle.


Seattle has a 3 month dry season.

England's dry season is 3 days.
 
2013-05-24 09:09:21 AM

RatOmeter: Blueintheballs: 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!

Ha!

A former colleague of mine joked, "yes, in the UK they serve beer at room temperature, but that's OK 'cause the room is COLD!"


I explain 'room temperature' for wine means 55-58 degrees.  Room temperature in a manor house in England, circa 1880, with no central heat.  They invented tweed for a reason.
 
2013-05-24 09:42:36 AM

MrDoh: Don't get why anyone with a pool doesn't have their AC hooked up to it to warm the pool, cool the house.


That's actually a brilliant idea and there is no technological reason I'm aware of that it can't be done.  More a matter of convention.  It's just be another variation on ground-loop or ground-source heat pump technology but where the sunk heat actually does some good.
 
2013-05-24 06:46:11 PM
Broktun:

Seattle has a 3 month dry season.

England's dry season is 3 days.


Hah! I do remember it raining every day for the month of July in '91
 
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