May 17, 2013 |
Question: We moved into a home with 20-year-old sliding glass doors that were treated with what appears to be a thin plastic coating or plastic shield for sun glare. Is there any way to remove this coating? One slider has clouded over, and the coating has chipped and blistered in spots. It could be a broken seal, but the areas that have no coating are perfectly clear. Answer: The best solution I've read is from my buddies the Carey Bros. of San Francisco: Spray the coating with ammonia, cover it immediately with Saran Wrap, wait 45 minutes, and then scrape it off with a broad-blade putty knife.
May 12, 2013 |
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts making a rare, hastily planned space walk replaced a pump outside the International Space Station on Saturday in hopes of plugging a serious ammonia leak. The prospects of success grew as the minutes, then hours, passed and no frozen flecks of ammonia appeared. Mission Control said it appeared the leak may have been plugged, although additional monitoring over the coming weeks will be needed before declaring a victory. "I will tell you that we're happy.
July 4, 2012
A woman was arrested after killing a stray cat and injuring two others by dousing them with ammonia Tuesday afternoon in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia, authorities said. The woman, who lives in the 4800 block of Westminster Street, was trying to get rid of stray cats in her neighborhood, said George Bengal, head of humane law enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA. "If people have an issue with cats in their neighborhood, there are agencies and organizations that can help.
March 24, 2008 |
Fuel line bombed? PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Twenty-five trucks carrying fuel to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan have been destroyed in a possible bomb attack on the Pakistani border. Dozens of injuries are reported. Fishing boat sinks off Alaska; 4 dead, 1 missing ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Four crew members are dead and one is missing after a Seattle-based fishing boat began sinking yesterday off Dutch Harbor, Alaska, according to the Coast Guard. Forty-two other crew members who abandoned ship early in the morning have been recovered safely, said Coast Guard Lt. Eric Eggen.
June 29, 2006 |
Cleaning up after flooding presents peculiar challenges. Following are some issues that might arise. Question: How do I get rid of the smell after a flood at my house? Answer: After removing water and mud with a broom or wet-dry vacuum, spray surfaces with lukewarm water, starting with the floor, then moving to the walls and working up. Use a coarse brush or long-handled broom to scrub these surfaces. Then use hot water with a heavy-duty cleaner to scrub all surfaces, again from the bottom to the top. Follow with a rinse, using a brush moistened with a solution of 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach per gallon of water.
June 17, 2006 |
More than four dozen residents and 30 workers were evacuated yesterday morning after an ammonia leak at a food-processing plant sent a potent smell through the 600 block of West Sedgley Avenue in North Philadelphia, authorities said. Although ammonia is toxic, no injuries were reported, said Executive Fire Chief Daniel Williams. Residents reported the smell about 8:30 a.m., as workers were already evacuating Yardley Farms, an egg-processing plant where a refrigeration valve failed, authorities said.
August 31, 2005 |
A 1995 Massachusetts Institute of Technology survey revealed most people think inventors are old and eccentric. Unhappy with such a stereotype, the people at Inventors Digest set out to improve their image. From this effort sprang the designation of August as National Inventors Month, during which the public is encouraged to consider the real, hopefully not-so-old and not-so-eccentric people behind the products that have enriched our society. What better way to mark the month than to think about the question, "Of all the inventors from New Jersey, who was the most influential?"
July 11, 2003 |
A refrigeration system at a South Philadelphia food-processing company poses a serious and potentially fatal safety hazard to its 700 workers, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in issuing 76 violations and assessing $183,600 in penalties. But the company, Procacci Brothers Sales, said it would appeal the July 3 citations because OSHA is heavy-handed, and because workers have not died or been seriously injured. "Isn't it odd that they cited us even though we have a safety committee with union members and our engineers, and we adhere to highest safety [standards]
March 22, 2000 |
Illicit drug-makers are sneaking onto farms and stealing a common chemical fertilizer also used to produce illegal methamphetamine. And their sloppy handling of the dangerous chemical is endangering the American public, the Environmental Protection Agency warned yesterday. In an unusual chemical safety alert, the EPA warned anhydrous ammonia users to beef up security because theft-triggered chemical accidents were soaring. The corrosive chemical can be fatal when inhaled, burns the skin, and is highly explosive.