Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sometimes, you just have to write about reality, removing a BATHTUB stopper

UPDATE: July 11, 2012  Three years has past and its time to get to the bottom of this project all over again.

The bathtub plug, out of the drain, threaded at the bottom

Or, if you prefer, rightside up as a side elevation.

My bathtub started to not drain properly, so I went on the internet and discovered that I could find more dirt on politicians that I can on finding an easy method of removing a singular bathtub plug. Yes, a bathtub plug, which is not to be confused by the layperson as being the same as a bathtub drain. BIG DIFFERENCE!!!

The "plug", in this case is no where near as to what the BC Liberals are doing every time they pay advertisers to write about how they have been spending our tax dollars on promoting themselves. Its an absolute "No" on finding a "plug" that shows, and tells a method like a "How does it work" scenario that should be available on the internet.

I can only speak for my own home, which is in its infancy (2001) when compared to our old home (1924) on the same property. By BC Building code laws only new products may be used for toilets (ensuite/bathroom), bathtubs (bathroom), sinks (kitchen), and basins (bathroom). The old tub's stopper was a rubber plug thingy, which was great because with the more volume of water contained in the bathtub, the greater the pressure of the water on the plug.

The knurled part on top is for pulling up and twisting, it has nothing to do with the removal of the plug from the drain. The object in removing the plug is to twist in a counter clockwise position while its almost down, and plugging the drain. Too much force will unscrew the knurled part, too little pressure, and nothing happens. However once the plug is unscrewed, with the knurled part in tact (with a little help from a pair of visegrips) it then becomes a simple matter of getting down to the nitty-gritty work of cleaning that which lies beneath the bathtub plug.

Forget about a liquid drain cleaner, the blockage is typically within the first two inches of the bottom of the bathtub, besides, usng a toxic drain cleaner only adds to the pollution that is killing our planet.

My theory on why to write about a bathtub and its stopper is simple, most people who have access to a computer, typically have access to a bathtub, and some day they will want to know how to make it work, and oh, one other minor detail, the overflow that supposedly is designed to prevent the water from running over the top and not cause major damage throughout the house, is in fact NOT capable of doing exactly that. The hole in the wall of the tub is more than large enough but the piece of chrome that covers the hole isn't.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Note to Premier Campbell: "Booster" was a downer; "Pumps" may be too

In todays newspaper its being reported that the NDP are ahead of the BC Liberals in the polls by five points, and its all because of the government's own doing, for having introduced the Carbon Tax and pay hikes for their executive.

I have a suggestion for the government (if they want to stay in power), please, Please, don't do another one of those photo shoots where its only the BC Liberal MLA's that get to hand deliver Booster car seats to their constituents.

From a CBC News file still residing on the internet:

"....ministry officials acknowledged that only Liberal MLAs were given the chance to distribute the booster seats and to get their pictures taken for local papers, though they insist it wasn't meant to be political."

Fact is, after checking the website for the BC Government, even after their having been villified by the press, and the public on this issue, they still leave the impression that not everyone has equal access to the Booster car seat program when only 2,000 have been shared out across the province amongst low income families. In Metro Vancouver alone, there must be at least the same number.

On page A11, the Vancouver Sun headline is "B.C. to start paying for kids' insulin pumps", and even before I can say "Give me another shot of a Hawaiian brewed Jack Daniels, bartender, officer" I'm stopped in my tracks because of yet another photo op, which is surely going to be taken the wrong way by the public, again. Sure, its the moment that is being orchestrated ... celebrated.... but it only shows the BC Liberals doing another one of their one minute high five's act without breaking into a sweat with their "'blue-la' hoop challenge as part of World Diabetes Day".

......."Government will fund insulin pumps for eligible children with type 1 diabetes, announced Premier Gordon Campbell and Health Services Minister George Abbott."

Now this promise is far different than the one on the Booster seats which was restricted to only 2,000. How different in actual numbers is not clear.
Are we getting close to a Provincial election?

In a Letter to the Editor in the Vancouver Sun, the writer indicated that as they attended an advanced voting station, an election official a big, booming voice for all to hear .... told the voter to remove her lapel pin which was in support of her candidate (I'm guessing here, since voting is still done by secret ballot).

The point is, as much as the BC Liberals want to show they are the ones who are doing something for the province, on an hourly basis... just look at the Press Releases.... I have to ask, where the heck is that Elections BC official to say Mr. Premier, you are not permitted to shovel our Taxpayer's monies off of the back of our hybrid truck!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pet Vets ripping off owners via medication prescriptions

CBC did it last November with "Cat's got your wallet", so too has David Baines done it now with "Barking up same tree over pet drugs" in the Vancouver Sun, but when is there going to be a change made to the lucrative markup fees that Vetrinarians now enjoy, at the expense of loving (distraught) pet owners?