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  1. I don't know what your willingness to work on such stuff is, but if it dosn't extend to resoldering battery packs, a few calls to cell phone repair places will find someone who will do it, probably pretty cheap.
  2. A former office was recarpted overnight, while I was working the overnight shift. It was not communicated to anyone working in the space it was going to happen, the guys just showed up at about 8pm. So no one had done any cleaning or other prep. They cleared a small area, ripped the old carpet up, glued the new stuff down, and put stuff back. This was carpet tiles, not rolls of carpet, which made it easier. Huge crew, they did several thousand square feet by five am. Apparently, many people didn't even notice the work had happened (it was a different color carpet, but not by much).
  3. use it in place of celery in mirepoix in hearty soups or stew.
  4. There's a company called Dolly, who provide muscle for hire. I've used them move radiators from one floor to another, and to have some furniture moved from one location to another. Don't know if they're where @JoNorvelleWalker is, or not, though.
  5. the assets from many of the recently closed Godiva retail shops are up for auction. https://www.grafeauction.com/events/upcoming There are around 87 locations for auction, online only, closing 19 February. there are tempering machines, fridges, blenders, tools, display stuff, and other random things.
  6. It's relatively expensive in the most of the US, and it's not as dramatically pretty as walnut (which is also expensive). In areas where it's common, it gets used for cutting boards. I have a large edge grain board made of birch; it came from a restaurant supply place. It claimed to ave been made in finland, home of many birch trees.
  7. We had a whole bunch of really good pears this fall. Normally, two or three I buy are okay. This year, we had them every week for five or six weeks, and they were excellent, once ripened.
  8. After replacing the one that got stuck in my ear, it's been working pretty well. Scrapes jars well, small enough to get into even little jelly jars, doesn't seem to have odors stick to it. I'd buy another, but we lack space in the counter utensil canister./
  9. There three imperfect vans parked in front of my house the other day when I came home. I was afraid they were going to get me for saying bad things about them, but I think they were just doing inventory transfer between them.
  10. So have various grocers in inner cities. Very little of the produce imperfect et al sell was in any danger of going to waste, at least before they ended up in a consumer's kitchen.
  11. Carefully block the spout (don't burn yourself) when it's boiling. If it it whistles, the problem is in the spout. If it doesn't, it's the lid.
  12. I bought lots of used text books in college, saved lots of money. the markings in them told you a lot about the prior owners. Most had random highlighting and underlining, some had interesting marginalia. One, I was sure had never been used, until I got to chapter five, where nearly every single word was highlighted, as words, with gaps in the highlighting between them. Just the one chapter, which was on legislative process or something. Similarly, I mark up my cookbooks. Notes about "needs more parsley" or "leave out the parsnips", or cooking instructions, or scaling.
  13. Everyone reuses casting sand. It's not just sand, it's sand with stuff in it to make it behave the way the foundry wants it to. Typically that's a clay, and water. As you pour molten iron into the sand, some of the clay gets cooked. As the amount of used up clay in the sand increases, it behaves poorly, so it has to be discarded. Most foundries discard part of the sand, and replace it fresh stuff, more or less continuously. It's possible to separate the clay from the sand, and just add the appropriate amount of clay back. That's expensive. It takes time, it requires expens
  14. Yes, I've seen it done. T&S brass sell a number of lavatory faucets that work like this (and parts to make others work, as well). It's possible to put kitchen spouts on them. I suspect most commercial faucet lines have the parts required to do this. I've also seen it done with with a check valve (probably a pair of them, but I didn't get under the sink to check it out), on a mainstream kitchen faucet. The faucet's mixing valve fed the spout with a hose, the valve went there, allowing the spout to get water from either the regular handle or the foot pedals.
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