From: The Real Bev on 13 Dec 2009 20:41
Dean H wrote:
> I was outside just now, getting stuff under cover in the Here Comes
> The Rain Dance.
> Then it dawned on me.
> Sorting our hardware is a noble goal, sort of like world peace; we may
> not see it achieved in our lifetime, but that doesn't mean we can't
> try to make things better for our children.
Gag me with a spoon! One of my children is on the other side of the country
and the other allowed a Craftsman 3/8" ratchet to sit around outside for two
years. Cost me a whole penny to fix it...
I love tools, but life is too short to worry about some stuff. Sorting screws
is one of them.
> Now it's raining, so I must move to my indoors mess, and maybe some
> ebay listing.
> Do you think LED Christmas lights will be more reliable?
> Don't get me going about CFLs.
I've been pretty happy with them. Very few burnouts since we started using
them maybe 5 years ago. The city gave us a lot of them, we bought some cheap
at yard sales, and Costco had some on sale at a good price a while back. I
think we have a several-lifetime supply now. The problem is that the damn
things just aren't bright enough. I want a 200-watt equivalent for one of my
lamps and I can't get it.
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Tell him that the
government will give him lots of fish and he will vote for you forever.
When he doesn't get any fish, blame the other guys." --A Taxpayer
From: Dean H on 13 Dec 2009 22:37
> > Don't get me going about CFLs.
> I've been pretty happy with them. Very few burnouts since we started using
> them maybe 5 years ago. The city gave us a lot of them, we bought some cheap
> at yard sales, and Costco had some on sale at a good price a while back. I
> think we have a several-lifetime supply now. The problem is that the damn
> things just aren't bright enough. I want a 200-watt equivalent for one of my
> lamps and I can't get it.
If anybody's found a 3-way CFL that lasts more than two weeks let me
The ones I used from a company that starts with phil and ends with
lips all burned out in spectacular fashion, one getting so hot I think
it might have been a fire hazard had nobody been home. They actually
get hotter after they burn out. Nice feature.
<a figurative light bulb goes on>
I wonder how much power a burned out CFL uses. How many of those
energy vampires will be darkly sipping our juice in a decade? Perhaps
we will grow to appreciate the simplicity of the incandescent bulb's
built-in fuse feature.
Nice to have lightbulbs in the hazmat collection now, speaking of
having too much junk laying about.
randomly selected Incandescent bulb = 28.9 grams of metal and glass.
No problem in a landfill or incinerator. Sold safely in paper and
cardboard for generations.
randomly selected CFL bulb = 83.8 grams with most of the difference
being less degradable materials, plastic and even some nice toxic
mercury. Sold in a plastic package that is no good for sorting
I saw a CFL collection box at the big orange home improvement cartel.
Not that they're in on it. I mean, not that there's anything to be in
If the elaborate package says green it's got to be true.
Kermit was right.