Phil Swindler

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since Jan 21, 2016
Wellington, Kansas, United States
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Jan White wrote:Different glues come off with different methods, as well.  After you've done the hot water thing and removed the paper part of the label, check if the remaining glue will just wash off with water and soap.  A lot of them will.  Some come off best with acetone, some with Goo Gone, whatever that consists of.  My husband gets pretty obsessive about getting labels off jars and has different products he uses.  I've started just ignoring the labels and glue.  They'll either come off with washing eventually or not and that's good enough for me.



I have a degree in chemistry, have worked in labs, and taught chemistry for 20 years.
Jan is absolutely right.
Different adhesives need different solvents.
Some come off with water, some need acetone, some come off with "rubbing" alcohol.
Just keep trying different things until you find one that works for that particular glue.
4 days ago
I know there are several books on the subject of making wooden toys.  I used one 2 1/2 decades ago while making toys for my son.
I was living near Wichita, KS and picked up a couple from the Wichita library.
As I recall the books ranged from simple enough for a monkey to stuff so complicated Roy Underhill and Norm Abrams would find them challenging.
1 month ago

F Agricola wrote:I appreciate all music ... except RAP, primarily because it isn't - just a lot of untalented people with dubious connections that have nothing worth saying but do so regardless. (Eminem is just funny)



I don't like RAP either.  But, I work with teenagers and have seen some lyrics to some RAP.  A little of it does actually show some talent at putting together some fairly complicated rhymes.
Now if they just could write music.
1 month ago

Kate Nudd wrote:Oh David all those wonderful pumpkins....
I hope you'll try
baked stuffed pumpkin...using a bread or rice stuffing
as Burra mentioned...crustless pumpkin pie....I love it.
I've been making pumpkin leather for using up softening ones...stores & travels easily and a yummy treat,too.
I'll look up the recipes if you'd like.
Matu..I will definitely be trying pumpkin with sage on my next pizza..sounds great
All the best
Kate



A stuffed pumpkin recipe I enjoyed as best as I can remember -

Brown hamburger
Mix with veggies, seasoning, a few eggs
Fill small pumpkin with the mixture
Put the stem back on
Bake a couple hours at 350 Fahrenheit
Slice into wedges

I imagine you could use a large pumpkin.
However, that would take a lot of filling.
2 months ago
I've been listening to Roomful of Blues quite a bit lately.
They've been around since the 70s and are still touring.
They have a very strong horn section.
Try listening to "Boogie Woogie Country Girl"
3 months ago

Anne Miller wrote:Old timers always used white wash to make the barns look nice ...

This guy has some good ideas ...



I live near Wichita, KS in Sedgwick county.  The county runs a household hazardous waste facility similar to what he mentions in the video.
I've gotten gallons and gallons of paint there.
3 months ago

I think all that fast driving costs you. I have read that every five miles over 55mph costs you 3% in fuel consumption.

On the Los Angeles city streets i drive the people behind me nuts because i don't drive fast just to get to a red light. Sometimes the car behind  me will change lanes just to be able to pull in front of me. To my mind all part of city sickness.



Absolutely right.  Wind resistance is an exponential function of travel speed.  So a 5% increase in speed will mean more than 5% more wind resistance.  It depends on the vehicle how much more.
4 months ago
The bunk bed idea can work.
My aunt and uncle raised 4 daughters {my cousins} in a 2 bedroom house.  It wasn't a tiny house.
They had 2 sets of bunk beds in the girls' room until the oldest ones left for college.
People raised families in small spaces for centuries.  Having your own room is a relatively recent thing, except for the wealthy.
4 months ago
Vinegar for hard water deposits.

The house we live in had massive hard water deposits in the bowl when we moved in.
I poured a quart of vinegar in the bowl right before leaving for work each morning.
Each evening I would do a quick brush.
Each time a layer of calcium build up disappeared.
It isn't an instant solution, but, it is a low effort one.  Also, vinegar is pretty safe.  You can neutralize it with a couple spoonfuls of baking soda before flushing if you like.
5 months ago
Baking soda is   Sodium Bi Carbonate  also called   Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate
Washing soda is  Sodium Carbonate     without the Bi or Hydrogen
They are chemically similar.  But, the Bi Carbonate will neutralize acids where the Carbonate just dilutes acids.

I have used Baking Soda to clean the burnt stuff off the stove top with great results.
The procedure I used was as follows.
Clean off all the easy to remove stuff.
Mist the surface with Hydrogen Peroxide.  I use 3% from the grocery store.
Spread Baking Soda over the burnt on areas.
Re-mist to keep the area moist for an hour or more.  This mixture eats through a layer of burnt on gick.
After an hour, or overnight, wipe off.  A layer will be gone without any scrubbing.
Depending on how thick the original mess was you may need to repeat a few times.
This process isn't quick, but, it is really easy.
5 months ago