June 28, 2013 |
I had a question awhile back from a reader who had a smart meter installed and checks online for usage. The reader reported usage was normal for one or two days, then surged for the next day or two. There is no pattern to the surges. She said it was almost like a timer was turning on. Not realizing the problem dated back several weeks - there is a backlog of hundreds of questions, and I receive 75 to 100 new ones every week - one reader suggested that perhaps, because of the recent heavy rains, the basement dehumidifier was the culprit.
March 29, 2013 |
Janice Sachen of Chicago offers what she says is a sure cure for that cat-urine smell. "My older cat started urinating on the basement floor and she would always go back to the same spot because she could smell the urine. "I tried everything to mask the smell to no avail. Finally I tried peroxide, the regular drugstore kind, although there are stronger concentrations available at chemical supply houses. "I sprayed a full-strength solution on the concrete area, and it neutralized the smell.
February 28, 2013 |
A tenant in a Haddon Heights building that exploded Saturday because of a natural gas leak told authorities that she had smelled gas four hours earlier in her apartment, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday. The tenant, who was rushing out of her unit when she smelled the gas, told investigators about the odor after the explosion and fire that leveled the house around 3:30 p.m. Jason Laughlin, the spokesman, could not immediately say what floor the tenant - who was not home at the time of the explosion - lived on. Raquel Nunn, 26, who lived on the third floor, suffered burns over 60 percent of her body in the blast, which authorities said was fueled by a leaking natural gas line to an appliance on the second floor and triggered when Nunn turned on her stove.
February 20, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Cadaver dogs were searching the smoldering remains of a Kansas City restaurant that burned to the ground Tuesday night after a gas explosion and huge blaze at the upscale Country Club Plaza shopping area, a fire official said. At least 15 people were injured. Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said late Tuesday that the search for possible victims could take hours and that he expected his crews to be at the scene through the night. While officials have said they had no reports of fatalities, Berardi said: "I would always fear there are fatalities in a scene like this.
November 9, 2012
By James Brobyn If you asked me what I remember most about my time as a Marine in Iraq, my answer would probably surprise you. More than anything, I remember the smells. To this day, I can still smell the aromas of Iraqi towns and foods, which trigger fond memories of exploring a new culture with my fellow Marines. And I can recall the less pleasant smells of hydraulic fluid leaking from my light-armored vehicle, and of a platoon of Marines who hadn't showered for 45 days. And then there are the sinister odors of dead and decaying bodies, blended with the strangely sweet smell of explosive residue.
November 8, 2012 |
If Brad Pitt wants me to douse my body in Chanel No. 5, then I will - even if he barely makes sense. The world's iconic women's fragrance kicked off its latest advertising campaign last month with a 31-second commercial featuring gray-templed Pitt mumbling nonsense. "It's not a journey," Pitt says (so serious!). "Every journey ends, but we go on. The world turns and we turn with it. Plans disappear. Dreams take over . . . . " Is this a 12th-grade sonnet class or a TV ad?
October 21, 2012
They died in a puff of smoke. One brief, billowing, black cloud against the bluest sky was the only visible evidence that something awful and monumental had just happened in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands that Tuesday morning 11 years ago. A photograph of that puff of smoke, hovering like a malevolent storm cloud over a peaceful landscape of red barns and green pastures, was taken by someone living a mile and a half away minutes after the crash....
October 19, 2012 |
Nick Lachey has come out squarely on the side of parents who like to smell their children. Yep, he says, I love sniffin' my son. Nick, whose wife, Vanessa , delivered their first baby, son Camden John , on Sept. 12, has a unique way of expressing parental pride. He sniffs his son. He takes in the bairn's odorous aura. "That smell of your newborn baby doesn't last very long, but it's something you'll always remember," Nick, 38, tells Parade. "So I find myself sniffing his head and his neck.
October 1, 2012 |
Come back, Mitt! Last week, the Republican presidential candidate returned to Pennsylvania for the first time since mid-July. Thanks for stopping by! At a morning Union League fund-raiser, Romney said it would be a "shock" if Pennsylvania "actually did come our way. " By the time he arrived at Valley Forge Military Academy, the former governor was feeling triumphant, promising, "We're going to take Pennsylvania. " Clearly, Romney embraces change, in the span of an hour going from shock to awe. President Obama's been equally elusive.
July 31, 2012 |
Question: While I love the "new car scent" of my new SUV, I can't help but think that it's not good for me to breathe in those chemical fumes. How dangerous is it? Answer: The new car smell that many of us love is nothing but glue and plastic fumes given off from a freshly manufactured car. Despite the alluring scent, chemical fumes like those aren't healthy to breathe in. A 2001 Australian study found the following chemicals released from a new car's interior: benzene, cyclohexanone, and styrene.