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2013-05-23 05:34:15 PM  
No wonder they needed out help in the war

/yes I mentioned the war
 
2013-05-23 05:35:48 PM  
Nobody, not even the British, can be that stupid.
 
2013-05-23 05:37:25 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: No wonder they needed out help in the war

/yes I mentioned the war


DON'T MENTION THE WAR!
 
2013-05-23 05:38:00 PM  
The article doesn't even mention how to use the 3 seashells to those poor saps.
 
2013-05-23 05:39:45 PM  
Having just returned from a two week vacation in the UK I am really getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2013-05-23 05:40:54 PM  
Reading this article makes me ask "WTF UK?"

They're puzzled by air conditioning, screen doors and garbage disposals? Really?

Then they have to give instructions on how to use them:
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. Without wishing to state the obvious, never put your hand down there until it's switched off and the (very sharp) blades have come to a complete stop.

Really? Really? You don't have these in the UK? What century are you in again?

The question "Do you want the A/C turned down?" actually means, "Do you want this room to be even colder than it is?" since turning A/C down refers to the temp rather than the ferocity.

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".

The ceiling fan thing is dead on though. I always pull the wrong chain when visiting peoples houses that have them.
 
2013-05-23 05:44:52 PM  

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.
 
2013-05-23 05:52:09 PM  
Listen, don't mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.
 
2013-05-23 05:52:50 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".


I've been in a many heated argument over this logic as well...
/You're turning the temperature  up,so you're turning the A/C  up...
 
2013-05-23 05:55:03 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.


Our new apartment has a ceiling fan, the first one we've even had. My son extended the chains for me so I don't have to use a pair of kitchen tongs to turn it on & off (I'm less than 5 ft in height) and he made the chain to the fan portion a little longer than the one to the light portion. My vision isn't good enough to tell where the chain originates.
 
2013-05-23 05:56:15 PM  
i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-23 05:57:21 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 keep ahold of the chain after pulling it. If you feel the motor running (a Bb in your hands) it's not off.
 
2013-05-23 06:00:09 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-23 06:03:17 PM  
I've never seen a garbage disposer in a sink in Ireland, but we generally have slightly different sinks:

www.kitchenindex.ie

Or

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-23 06:06:22 PM  
Cor blimey, that was a smashing manoeuvre! Good show, chaps! Pip pip, cheerio and all that rot!
 
2013-05-23 06:14:13 PM  
"Why must you turn my office into a house of LIES?!"

i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-23 06:20:14 PM  
Took this earlier in the week, either in Turnhouse or Heathrow, can't remember which.

i39.tinypic.com

So... progress?
 
2013-05-23 06:24:01 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.


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.
 
2013-05-23 06:26:57 PM  
assumeawesome.com
 
2013-05-23 06:27:45 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.


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.
 
2013-05-23 06:28:10 PM  
And if you want to drive yourself crazy, try switching off a ceiling fan/central light combo when you go to bed. Basically, the fan can be controlled by the regular switch on the wall or by a chain hanging from the fixture itself. The lights above or below the fan are also controlled this way, and often by an additional switch elsewhere in the room - next to the bed, for example. You have more chance of winning the lottery than of both light and fan simultaneously coming on when you first hit the wall switch, and thus begins the dance.

I lol'd. I think this describes the general user experience with this type of ceiling fan/light combo, rather than just that of foreign visitors.
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.
 
2013-05-23 06:30:49 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.


Unless you're on a septic tank.
 
2013-05-23 06:31:08 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 always had them, even in the sh*tty roach infested garden apartments I lived in back in the 70's.
 
2013-05-23 06:31:16 PM  

MissFeasance: [assumeawesome.com image 250x238]


That's pretty nifty.

I mean, not as good as having all the controls on the wall and consistently laid out from manufacturer to manufacturer, but neat idea.
 
2013-05-23 06:32:29 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 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.
 
2013-05-23 06:33:18 PM  

feckingmorons: I've never seen a garbage disposer in a sink in Ireland, but we generally have slightly different sinks:

[www.kitchenindex.ie image 480x335]

Or

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x583]


Is that the poop-shelf bidet I keep hearing about?
 
2013-05-23 06:34:29 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.

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?
 
2013-05-23 06:35:06 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: MissFeasance: [assumeawesome.com image 250x238]

That's pretty nifty.

I mean, not as good as having all the controls on the wall and consistently laid out from manufacturer to manufacturer, but neat idea.


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.
 
2013-05-23 06:37:07 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?


They're common, yes, but terrible for the pipes and drainage systems.  In a home you own, it's fine if you want to deal with it.  In a rental it's a hassle and a half to deal with the plumbing issues not to mention replacing them.
 
2013-05-23 06:42:12 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: My son extended the chains for me so I don't have to use a pair of kitchen tongs to turn it on & off (I'm less than 5 ft in height) and he made the chain to the fan portion a little longer than the one to the light portion. My vision isn't good enough to tell where the chain originates.


Tie a piece of ribbon to the light chain. That's what I did for my mom besides extending the chains.
 
2013-05-23 06:45:58 PM  
MissFeasance:
They're common, yes, but terrible for the pipes and drainage systems.  In a home you own, it's fine if you want to deal with it.  In a rental it's a hassle and a half to deal with the plumbing issues not to mention replacing them.

Why are they bad for the plumbing? I've always heard the opposite: it takes an especially bonehead move to plug up a drain pipe with something that's been through a disposal.
 
2013-05-23 06:46:28 PM  
Comedy and horror movies ?
/I swear I was looking at one that tried its' best to be a serious horror ,but it was a huge joke.
 
2013-05-23 06:47:10 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.


They're not too common in Canada. I've never used one in my life.
 
2013-05-23 06:48:47 PM  
All the ceiling fans/lights in my house have remote controls.  The only problem is when the boy thinks he's clever by changing the rocker switches inside his so he can turn on his sister's fan.
 
2013-05-23 06:50:15 PM  

Walker: Reading this article makes me ask "WTF UK?"

They're puzzled by air conditioning, screen doors and garbage disposals? Really?

Then they have to give instructions on how to use them:
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. Without wishing to state the obvious, never put your hand down there until it's switched off and the (very sharp) blades have come to a complete stop.

Really? Really? You don't have these in the UK? What century are you in again?

The question "Do you want the A/C turned down?" actually means, "Do you want this room to be even colder than it is?" since turning A/C down refers to the temp rather than the ferocity.

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".

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


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....
 
2013-05-23 06:50:26 PM  
this new fangled invention called a "ceiling fan," which is simply an oversized fan attached to your ceiling and also contains a light, not mentioned the name "ceiling fan," is overly complicated and when it's dark it's difficult to operate the insanely high number of chains hanging from it
 
2013-05-23 06:51:20 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Why are they bad for the plumbing? I've always heard the opposite: it takes an especially bonehead move to plug up a drain pipe with something that's been through a disposal.


*shrug*  It comes down to how they're used.  In the theoretical realm they're probably not that bad.  In the real world, people treat them like shiat and they're hell to fix.  We've been in the landlording business for 35 years and garbage disposals are verboten.
 
2013-05-23 06:55:02 PM  
And their note about ceiling fan blade turning directions? I'm sorry, but growing up in AZ I'm not trying to bring cold air up or push hot air down, I'm trying to create a breeze by blowing the air onto me. It's like a desktop fan. You point the thing AT you to get a breeze hitting you.
 
2013-05-23 06:56:09 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.


Ditto. Grew up in the country, on a septic tank. The household garbage disposal has always consisted of chickens. They're very efficient.

/Meat scraps go to the barn cats.
//Also quite efficient.
 
2013-05-23 06:56:19 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Why are they bad for the plumbing? I've always heard the opposite: it takes an especially bonehead move to plug up a drain pipe with something that's been through a disposal.


If you don't have a disposal, you're not tempted to put solids down the drain.  No solids beat finely diced solids.

/No disposal in my 1964-built house.
 
2013-05-23 06:57:09 PM  
I realise this is supposed to be a bit playful but man does it make people seem like morons.
 
2013-05-23 06:57:21 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-23 07:02:01 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.


Do they just not have as many flying bugs as we do in the states?  I live in the greater Seattle area and most of the year we could leave every window and door open and not be bothered by flying insects.  If we didn't live across the street from a small swamp, and the yearly hoard of mosquitos that it gifts us with, we wouldn't need screens at all.

On the garbage disposal thing, I never had one when I rented apartments in Boston, but when I moved west I found that every apartment had them, plus, strangle, washer and dryers were common out here in units (or at least hookups) and many apartments had fireplaces (though these were being removed in some buildings back in 2000).  There are probably just regional things, or have to do with the age of the buildings involved.
 
2013-05-23 07:02:34 PM  
My tiny little apartment has a garbage disposal in the sink. And I even throw bones in there to get shredded. And if it gets clogged, at least mine is easy enough to unplugged from the outlet, remove from the drain pipe then clean out. The cold water thing I did not know about, I usually let warm water run ansd put some dishwashing liquid in the running water.
 
2013-05-23 07:02:48 PM  

Voiceofreason01: MissFeasance:
They're common, yes, but terrible for the pipes and drainage systems.  In a home you own, it's fine if you want to deal with it.  In a rental it's a hassle and a half to deal with the plumbing issues not to mention replacing them.

Why are they bad for the plumbing? I've always heard the opposite: it takes an especially bonehead move to plug up a drain pipe with something that's been through a disposal.


I finally got my wife to quit sending gallons of food through the disposal when I made her pay for the last of a semi-regular snaking.  Disposals are for minor food waste.  Toilets are for potfuls.
 
2013-05-23 07:04:19 PM  
FTFC: Britain doesn't have screened doors and windows? How do they keep bugs like mosquitoes and flies out when the window and doors are open?

We keep the mosquitoes out by not living within 1000 miles of them.*

* may not be literally true, haven't checked a map to see the closest location
 
2013-05-23 07:07:28 PM  
There are still plenty of places in Britain without Central Heating. A/C? Plumbing? Ha!
 
2013-05-23 07:08:37 PM  
"First off, many homes have air conditioning..."

I'm sorry, are you from the past?
 
2013-05-23 07:10:11 PM  
Why am I getting a black screen when I hit the link. Anybody else?
 
2013-05-23 07:12:52 PM  
Can someone explain why American houses are usually made of wood rather than a material that won't blow away/get termites?
 
2013-05-23 07:13:57 PM  
images.sodahead.com
"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.
 
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?

[my.jetscreenshot.com image 640x498]


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...

[i48.tinypic.com image 555x481]


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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