We called them shmucks. We used them in the convention industry for wing
nuts. Take a piece of 1/2" conduit about four inches long. Cut a
transverse groove in one end so that it fits over the wing nuts wings. Add
a piece of garden hose that can be slid on there after being heated in very
hot water in a microwave, or just glue on an oversized piece. This is to
make it a little larger in diameter and ease the wear and tear on hands.
Increases traction, too.
Simple, cheap, and works good.
On Sat, 21 May 2011 19:11:40 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
That's what I do, and I use my fingers for the nut.
That's on my own toilet seat. If it were someone else's, I make him
or her use his own fingers.
Not that the nut itself is dirty, but your hand could conceivably get
This particular toilet seat, a Bemis, did not have a screwdriver slot.
Instead, it fastened by threaded rods, which were screwed into the
metal hinge pieces from below, and tightened in place by the plastic
nuts. When new, the rods kept loosening in the hinge pieces, with no
good way to tighten them; when the metal hinge broke, however, they
had rusted or corroded into place. In my cramped bathroom, with the
toilet I have, it is very difficult to grasp the nuts from below by
hand or with a Vise-Grip.
It turns out that there are a couple of wrenches on the market
designed to fit the plastic nut. I got one at Home Depot, but its
well does not go deep enough for the unusually long threaded rods that
came with the Bemis (the others I found on the Web seem to have the
same problem). I wound up having to cut the rod with a hacksaw just
below the hinge hardware. But the toilet seat wrench I bought was
very helpful in installing my new toilet seat.
I had a Bemis that did the same thing...I had to drill it out from the
top. Not a bad job because it seems to be made of some king of cheap
Mine was one of the lids that drops slowly. Came apart in about two
It won't be any dirtier than it gets when you normally use the toilet.
Geez, people get such germ phobias. At work, there is a constant pile of
towels inside the bathroom door from people afraid to touch the handle.
But they have no qualms about touching the elevator button 20 feet away,
which at lunchtime is mainly pressed by people that just walked out of
It is a proven fact that the dirtiest germiest nastiest item in the house is
the sponge or washing thingie in the kitchen sink. I have seen a lot of
people do all sorts of things to clean and keep their kitchen areas clean,
yet use one of those five for a dollar at the Dollar Store for so long, the
scrubbie part comes off.
I did a convention that had a lot of NSF stuff, the theme of the convention
being hygienic public equipment. There are actually no touch bathrooms
where one can go in, and not touch any item that anyone has touched beside
them. Sensors everywhere. Still, like you, I think that they would
eventually touch something.
I don't know if it's like this at your house, but at mine, I think the
nastiest dirtiest things are the grandkids. Yes, they take a bath every
day, and all, but they come in contact with some heavy stuff every day at
school, and it always seems like we come down with something while they are
here, or shortly after they leave.
But we love to have them come. They will spend two weeks with us twice this
summer, and now they are 6 and 8. Both boys. I love yanking their chain,
and they know that they shouldn't take me serious sometimes. But I do get
them on some practical jokes. We just found out that the small stream near
us has small fish, so this summer is going to be a lot of fun just walking
to the creek.
I did Scouts for many years, and there's just a smell when you walk into a
Scout meeting of little boys. A cross between peanut butter and
insufficiently wiped hinies. There was some film where two little boys were
hiding from witches at a witch convention, and the witches said, "I smell
re: "It is a proven fact that the dirtiest germiest nastiest item in
the house is the sponge or washing thingie in the kitchen sink."
Not in all houses.
A regular nuking of a damp sponge as part of the kitchen cleaning
process will keep the sponge germ free. After I'm done using the
sponge (no, not every time) I toss it in the microwave for a couple of
Used to be latex gloves were insanely expensive. Now, you can get
many different kinds/grades at most any hospital/medical supply store
for a reasonable price. I've worn high quality left/right number
sized $1 ea clean-room gloves and these are as good as any I've used:
I pay $15 box, locally, and still consider it an excellent bargain.
I'm sure that does at the start, for the first 10 years, or 20, or 50,
and I agree 100% about that time, but there may an age where it starts
to work the other way.
Are there really kids who don't play in the dirt now. I had a sandbox
with no bottom, so when I got past the sane, there was only dirt.
(although I never went deeper than an inch, I got plenty of dirt and
grass and bushes elsewhere. Maybe that's why I'm not allergic to
anything. When I was 19, I was allergic to pHisoHex, the skin cleaner
with hexachlorophene, that now requires a prescription, but after a
year or so I got over it. It's good to prevent pimples, but not
shaving with an electric razor is even better. Growing a beard might
be beter yet, for boys.)
On 5/22/2011 5:10 PM, mm wrote:
Growing a beard might
Nit-pick time. You don't GROW a beard- it isn't like planting flowers.
You just stop scraping it off at skin level every day.
(Yeah, I know, that is the common usage, but I cringe every time I hear
it. Also cringe-worthy is 'clean shaven', as if people who don't care to
shave are 'unclean'.)
I hate "grow the business" and "grow the economy".
When I stopped shaving, I thought I would be less clean, because it
woudl be it would be harder to wash my face, and I'd get more pimples.
I had the beard for about three months, and when I shaved it off, my
skin was almost perfect and the pimples never came back to the extent
they had been. (They were never terrible and never left pocks, but
they much fewer after the beard.)
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.