Love to hear the details.
One friend of mine describes it like this:
Hey Chris it looks pretty good, your lesson. Out of everything
you put out I
have one suggestion. It's about your foil blanket. I like to
one time I got stranded with one of my son's and my nephew on the
side of a
mountain all night. We didn't have our full backpacks with us
just what we
could carry in our day packs which means we didn't have our
among other things. Anyways in my 10 essentials kit I had one of
little foil blankets. I had never used it but I figured now was a
necessary time to put it to use. When we tried to fold it out it
apart into ribbons along the fold lines. I talked with some
people about it
afterwards and was told "Oh yeah that's common knowledge" and
besides replacing these little Mylar space blankets from time to
should upon purchasing them unfold and refold them not on the
lines but into about a 4" square. Well that's a small thing I
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Maybe not useful for a backpack emergency kit, but useful for a car kit-
aluminized sun-tanning blankets (if you can still find them, now that
tanning is a no-no), are almost as useful as the mylar blankets, and a lot
more durable and reusable. I used to have one in my car kit, but now that I
think about it, I haven't seen it in awhile- guess I better add it to my
list of missing crap to track down or replace.
On Mon, 05 Feb 2007 21:15:48 GMT, Paul M. Eldridge
My favorite I heard on Leno.
It was a Superman costume, and the label said, "Warning, cape does not
enable wearer to fly."
Some day they're going to find out that 6-year olds ignore words that
give them trouble, or that they think "enable" means "prevent".
That has to be the best one I've heard so far. I only wish I could
have been at the boardroom table when the company lawyers delivered
I also enjoyed the reference to Gary Larson "not of step" warning.
The man is a comic genuis. One of my favourite Far Side cartoons is
of a really excited dog calling a 1-900 sex line and what he hears on
the other end is "I'm just a poor helpless kitten with a broken leg
trapped on the front veranda with no place to hide..."
You are a genius:)
I am a happy camper now. I meant to keep this unit in the closet to
warm up the closet for a few minutes so that in the morning after
getting up and when going to bed, I won't have to put on cold
Good thing I posted here. I almost got rid of it. This prompt me to
wonder whether my paper shredder can be salvaged. It's not a cheap
kind. I did try different outlet on that one.
On really cold days, my mother would put my coat over the furnace hot
air vent in the hall -- I think the vent was in the hall -- so it
would be warm before I left for school.
She didn't warm my pajamas but I wasn't going out and the house was
still warm. There were no setback thermostats in those days, but she
set the thermostat down at night anyhow, of course. The problem was
that it *was* cold getting up in the morning, but we tolerated it
because we didnt' have much money. We were happy to have enough money
for 68 degrees when we weren't sleeping. :)
If I leave the central heater on at night ( the lowest setting I could
program is 45 degree) and it would get turned on. If so, it would
get too hot for me and I get woken up in the middle of the night. I
sleep well when cold. It doesn't snow where I live.
If the central heater was set for 45, it would get too hot for you?
I don't get that.
Are we talking about 45 degrees Fahrenheit? (I think 45 degrees
centigrade, is 113 F. That would be too hot for most of us.)
BTW, when I say "warm the bed" I include "taking the chill out of the
bed". I used to use my electric blanket to do that too, especially
when I was afraid of getting cancer from my old-design electric
blanket. (The older I get the less risk I have of getting cancer
before I die anyhow, and the less I have to lose.
You need an electric blanket. Or to convert your bed to a canopy
bed and bolt the heater to the headboard.
My suspicion is that there's
a fusible ling somewhere in the thing, and it melted, but it's
also possible that the heating element broke. No way to tell
without opening it up and testing for continuity.
One would think that any electical engineer would know how to fix such
things better than I do, or at least that all are interested in fixing
electrical things, but I'm pretty that not all do or are. So don't
give him a hard time if he begs off. I'm sure he knows electrical
engineering better than I do/
OTOH, if he will be interested, you should either have a supply of
tools available somewhere or warn him before he leaves home. I keep
having to buy voltmeters when I visit my brother, because I don't
normally keep one in my suitcase, and more than once I"ve needed one
to fix something he has. At least I could get a different model each
time, and I was saving him money. I really have enough voltmeters
now, so I hope I remember to take one in my suitcase, but the TSA will
probably think it is a bomb.
I have doubts about sleeping with the heater. Electric heating pads
warn against sleeping with the pad because, they say, you may end up
lying on the pad, and indeed my mother did once and got a burn that
did not heal quickly.
Not the same thing as a heater of course, but I wonder how hot the air
gets and if it could set fire to the sheets and blankets.
A heating blanket is the most efficient way to stay warm when in bed.
Anything made in the last 20 or 25 years has been redesigned in case
there was anything to the fears about low frequency radiation. WRT
high-tension lines, they finally decided it was not a problem, but I
think once they redesigned electric blankets, they stopped doing
research on the old ones. ??
I didn't plan on insisting he fixed it. I was just going ask to take a
look and see whether it's fixable easily.
Home Depot is 5 mins w/ no highway travel from me. Whetevr he needs,
we could get it.
I am a very light sleeper. And I don't fall asleep when noisy and when
it's hot. This heater is not quiet as advertised. If I dozed off for
a reason and get burned, I would only blame myself, not my luck.
This heater has auto shut off feature when it gets too hot.
I don't want to stay warm.
I might buy an electric throw but I am trying not to watch *any* tv
anymore. Lately, if I watched any, I dozed off anyway. That's how
boring everything on TV is these days.
I would not use the heater. It sounds like the thermal protection was
working properly. It sounds to me like there are problems other than
the protection, and it is a good thing that the protection was
You can get a new one at Walmart for 20$ I just did, and it came with
a 3 year warranty.
Why risk a fire? Toss it.
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