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Unleaded Gas vs. Coleman Fuel
Topic:equipment   Date: 2012-11-29
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For horrible reasons that I'm embarassed to admit, I recently purchased a Coleman Peak1 lantern. It is a great small lantern made in 1985, model 222a:


The first thing that crossed my mind is if I could use unleaded gas in it. I did some research, and the flash point of unleaded gas is much lower. Coleman fuel is not the same thing as unleaded gas. You will end up burning off your face if you use unleaded gas. It smells different. It feels different. It has kind of a half-kerosene smell to it. I noticed that if you turn up the lamp too high it does that smoke thing like a kerosene lamp. Anyway... just use the Coleman Fuel.

Cleaning the Hood Fan Filter
Topic:chores   Date: 2012-10-27
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Sprinkle some laundry detergent over the greasy side of the hood fan filter and get it damp before you scrub. It will clean it up quickly.

Replacing a Leaky In-Sink-Erator Tank
Topic:equipment   Date: 2009-11-18
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I have an instant hot water system that I installed a little over two years ago. I started to notice water leaking out under the sink and traced it down to our instant hot water tank. Our tank is a 2/3 gallon model sst. I called the 800 number on the label of the tank and was able to get a customer service representative live within a few minutes. I called at 7:30AM Los Angeles time on the hunch that I might beat the US West coast but the line would be open. I didn't have a receipt, but I was willing to go with the manufacturing date. There is a three year warranty on my tank. They gave me the option of installing myself with a gift card or having a service call. I elected to have them send me a new tank at no charge. This is the way it should be. I'm very impressed. A three year warranty is fine, and the fact that InSinkErator didn't force the issue with the receipt was very nice. The dispensers are a bit spendy these days, but with this level of customer service it is worth it.

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Unleaded Gas vs. Coleman Fuel2012-11-29
Cleaning the Hood Fan Filter2012-10-27
Replacing a Leaky In-Sink-Erator Tank2009-11-18

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