I have an old fireplace (gas log insert) and the bricks around it are rather
dirty. Tried to clean with a bristle brush and soapy water but did not have
much success. Any suggestions how to clean same.
This question was posed here on 1-6-07. Here are portions of the best
1. Rutland makes some good products for this ...
2. We use a product called Aquamix which we bought at Lowes. It is for
deep cleaning of stone or porous(sp) surfaces.
3. On page 245 of their book "Home Maintenance for Dummies" (ISBN
0-7645-5215-5) the Carey brothers recommend the Advanage cleaning
products (note the spelling) from www.advanage.com.
Whatever it takes.
I know that the fan is supposed to turn one way for cold weather and the
opposite way for warm weather. Which way should it go to kick the warm air
that has risen back down again--clockwise or counterclockwise?
Clockwise and counterclockwise depend on whether you switch the fan from
above or below, don't they? Anyway, this is not the forum for those
terms because some readers are in the UK, where they drive on the wrong
side because their clocks run backward. (They'll get a lot more tourist
dollars when they make Big Ben digital like Time Square.)
In summer people may get the best draft if you blow down. If your fan
is near the ceiling, that also the best way to distribute heat in
winter. However, people below the fan might find the draft chilly.
So you try blowing up in winter. People in the middle of the room will
feel much less draft, but the hot air may never get to the floor.
If the fan is several feet below the ceiling, blowing up may distribute
heat more efficiently. If the fan is several feet above the people,
blowing down may be okay. If the people are near the walls, blowing
down may be okay. If you live in Oz, substitute down where I said up
and up where I said down. (I know that's only common sense, but I've
found that people outside America sometimes lack common sense.)
I hope you weren't referring to ME as a troll. I learned about the ceiling
fan direction at one time but forgot which way it was. We have 20 foot
ceilings. Heat rises. To get the heat to come back down to where the
people are, the warm air has to be recirculated DOWN. In our last house we
had lower ceilings but the fans still had a button to go either clockwise or
counterclockwise depending on the season. It has nothing to do with living
in the US, the UK or down under in Australia. I'll google my answer
elsewhere I guess. Jane
Are you both quite mad?
Do read the posts again and unless you have the brain of a gnat you will see
my troll comments were directed at Denominator. Having said that, he/she,
did make sound comment in his/her post but spoiled it with a few easily
spotted trolls aimed at people outside of America.
This thread reminds me that I haven't dusted the fans today, despite doing
all my polishing earlier.
You were right the first time: trolls. If "Lady Boot" were really in
Boot Camp she wouldn't have usenet access. She's probably trying to
start a flame war between the Marines and the less professional services
like the Rangers. Which side would Nan be on? A flame war is a
terrible thing once it gets started. Thanks for snuffing this one out
with your timely warning.
I don't understand how I might have become a troll...and I have nothing to
do with boot camp. Perhaps I have posted here before, but really don't
recall that being the case. What a welcome for an honest question!
...in my part of the world, boots are the shoe of choice...looks like
someone was being ugly...I just wanted to know about the fan setting.
I see you have visited our website. I've asked to have my photo
replaced with one made after my makeover, which is scheduled for October.
When you say boots are the shoe of choice I assume you are alluding to
Denominator's posts, which some find "too deep." The ahc guidelines
encourage the superficial, but Denominator represents a major corporate
sponsor whose name they have asked us never to mention in connection
with this group.
I wasn't the one who called you a troll. Google would probably give you
only a general answer, but I included the answer for your specific case,
20-foot ceilings. With a low ceiling, blowing down would mix air most
efficiently if the draft isn't a problem. With a high ceiling, the hot
air would remain above the fan. Blowing up will mix the air in winter
and you won't have to worry about drafts.
I thought Mrs. Bonk was too hasty in calling you a troll, but now I see
that in your original post you attempted to make fools of us all by
failing to disclose that your ceilings are unusually high, and now you
have denigrated my perspicacious advice. Hats off to Mrs. Bonk, down
there on her knees with a well-wrong cloth.
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