On Nov 16, 4:26 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The scariest thing is probably the house itself and the effect it has
had an is continuing to have on the environment. Although
, most of the electricity it uses comes from hydro; but that involved
flooding land. Do we really need such a large and wasteful structure;
now that family is raised?
Or possibly the microwave. Once described as "The most dangerous home
appliance ever invented"! Keep away (especially children) from them
when they are operating.
Or maybe the possibility of a water pipe break. Fortunately our full
basement is not finished, most of the piping can be seen and inspected
from below. We have replaced the old rubber type hoses (a common cause
of water damage) to the clothes washer with insurance co. approved
braided ones. Also when we leave the house for more than a few days we
check everything and turn off the water pressure and electrcity to the
hot water heater. When we refinished bathroom on our single main floor
a few years ago I replaced the hot and cold water pipes (then about 35
years old) with brand new copper, connecting it to the old below floor
level. Maybe over-caution but perhaps cheap insurance for next 30 or
Also when a hot tank or other appliance shows any signs of
deterioration, maintain or replace it promptly.
That and keep everything maintained has so far in the 40 years since
we built this house, kept out the weather even at wind gusts over 130
kilometres per hour (about 80-90 mph.) and heavy snow. BTW don't let
snow accumulate on roof; get up there and shovel it off as soon as
there is a break in the weather. We have also had to remove two 30+
year old trees some 20 feet from house which due to loose rooting
could have fallen on the house. Fortunately we have planted 60 to 70
other trees, thus offsetting our carbon footprint (or at least our
conscience) one would think?
The general name for the described malady is "Diplychiphobia" - Fear of
accidents. The scientific name for fear of falling ceiling fans is
Phobias cannot easily be reasoned away or mitigated, they must be
circumvented. Agraphobics shop online and have their purchases delivered.
Acrophobics live in one-story homes. I personally wear a clove of garlic
around my neck to ward off vampires (Sanguivoriphobia).
Simply telling her "I have five ceiling fans in my house and in twenty years
only one has fallen!" just won't be satisfactory. She just has to find an
accommodation that works for her.
On Sun, 16 Nov 2008 01:26:21 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
There's nothing much scary in my house, but then you don't live there.
Unless your fan was installed by someone from a Poe novel, it couldn't
decapitate you, relief that that may be for the rest of us, even if
you stuck your scrawny neck right in the middle at the highest speed.
You could get a nasty bruise, though.
If you are really so terrified, just disconnect the switch.
Do you also put little plugs in all the outlets to keep the dangerous
electrons from leaking out and causing havoc as they go careening
around the house?
well, maybe if you have a Briggs and Stratton powered industrial fan...
My friend has a big ass 36" fan mounted on a pole with a hugeass cast
iron base in his garage. It's what those cheezy plastic "utility fan"
things they sell at Home Depot want to be when they grow up. I'd be a
little hesitant to stick any part of my body in that thing while it's
running, and the manufacturers must agree, because it's got a rather
fine grille that's impossible to stick anything much bigger than a
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I'm scared of that darned garbage disposal. What were to happen if I were
working over the kitchen sink and my male appendage happened to free itself
of my boxer shorts and drop into the garbage disposal - then someone
accidently flips the disposal switch on? Or, in the case of my wife,
purposely flips the disposal switch on?
I shudder at the thought.
I've threatened my wife with divorce, but she seems to welcome the idea.
Go to Google, type in:
ceiling fan decapitation
Read some of the links.
If you are still afraid, you have an unreasonable fear.
Otherwise known as a phobia or anxiety disorder.
Type those 2 terms into Google, you'll find a lot of useful
information there too.
DO NOT expect those around you to understand.
If you seek treatment, tell your husband or children.
Removal of the fan is not a good option.
You will just find something else to be afraid of.
One of the accepted treatments is desensitization.
Most fans have switches right on them for turning them off. Check to see if
yours does. If not, they make small caps to go over wall switches, all you
need to do is remove the switch plate screws and install them right over the
switch to keep people from switching the switch underneath.
> In my house the scariest thing is that ceiling
fan in the living
> One never knows when the propeller will come off and
> someone else. It came with the house and I want it removed. I
> sign by the switch that says "DO NOT TURN ON". But somehow
always turns it on. Then I have to risk my life walking in that
> to shut
it off. I dont know why they put dangerous things like this
> in houses.
I'm really so frightened about that fan, I would disconnect if from
so nobody will turn it on and I'll get an assurance that
nobody will get hurt.
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