“CFL? The 90’s called and they want their light bulbs back.” Well, here’s the deal. These lights are rated at 2,800 lumens and 6,500K color temp, for under $5. A comparable LED bulb will cost at least 4x as much, and be slightly larger in size.
“But why would I want a used light bulb?” These are listed as Like New condition. I ordered four of them. They arrived in the original retail packaging and appeared factory fresh. Better condition than bulbs on the shelf at Walmart or Home Depot.
As far as brightness and color temp… they are much brighter than my 100w equivalent LED bulbs, and very, very white/blue in color. Not dull or dingy like cheap LEDs or old tungsten incandescent bulbs. For under five bucks, I’m very pleased with my purchase.
These are rated at 8,000 hours lifecycle (compared to about 25,000 for a $25 LED bulb), but 8,000 hours will last me maybe 3 to 5 years. By then the LED bulb market will have evolved, and I may be able to replace it for $3 for a similar LED bulb. Net result=WINNING!
@ruouttaurmind CFLs are unsafe if used where the base is higher than the bulb, there is vibration or moisture.
In my part of the world you can have the electric company (PECO) do an energy assessment where they will inspect your home for energy efficiency. This includes replacing all non LED bulbs, one free smart power strip, a shower head and/or kitchen and bath aerators for $25.
@callow This was the case 20+ years ago when CFL technology was emerging. Though the primary threat was that the bulb would fail prematurely, not that it posed a risk to life or limb.
As you can imagine, much has changed in the nearly 3 decades since CFLs became popular, and the technology has improved over that time, increasing efficiency, functionality and reliability.
CFLs are definitely not the future of lighting technology, but until LED technology improvements make higher lumen bulbs available at reasonable prices, CFL is still the best option where brighter lighting at a reasonable cost is required.
@ruouttaurmind Last year my brother had a CFL bulb burn out which he smelled from upstairs (his picture). We did research and found many similar and recent stories. I buy 60w equivalent, 800 lumen LED bulbs for most things and find them pretty cheap.
For all my preaching, I do still have a few CFL’s in lamps but won’t buy any more.
@callow@ruouttaurmind I have switched out most of my CFLs to LEDs where feasible. The one place I haven’t done so is the garage where I’m using some big 42w (150w equivalent) ones. Equivalently bright LEDs aren’t cost effective enough here.
(Granted, it’s also because they were $2.98. New. For a case of 12. This was about 4 years ago from a local thrift store.)
@callow FWIW, the 200w incandescent bulb I replaced with the CFL did exactly the same thing in my living room table lamp (upright fixture). I turned on the lamp and the bulb basically self-destructed. Burnt the fixture and scorched the shade. That risk isn’t limited to just CFL, but any bulb which generates heat.
Penzeys has free pie spice (1/2 cup jar) with purchase to honor Pi Day. I just picked up mine along with $2 chili 3000 and $1 tumeric. I don’t know what to do with tumeric but it was a buck and a guy I know says it helps prevent dementia. Yeet!
@sammydog01 turmeric supposedly has several health benefits. It’s reported to be an anti-inflammatory, and useful for arthritis. Or so says a woman who works for me. She adds it to foods, and takes it in supplement form for her arthritic knees. She swears it works great.
Woot Prime Exclusive Deals. Both are new, not refurb, and include Amz 1 year warranty. If I didn’t jump ship to commit to Roku, I’d probably consider these a decent option for streaming (anything other than YouTube, YouTube TV, or anything in my Google Play movie library).
@becca In my experience, Roku is the way to go. Roku gives you access to hundreds of downloadable “channels” (what Roku calls the streaming apps for each content provider). This includes all the major content providers like Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube and YouTube TV, Hulu, Vudu, Movies Anywhere, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and on and on.
I’ve tried Fire TV, Chromecast, streaming from Xbox and Wii U… my living room TV is a newish Vizio with built in smart features and I even got a Roku for it. That’s how much better Roku is than the other options.
@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 thanks! I’ve been happy with FireTV, which was much better than going through the smart TV, whose apps never seem to update, but I’m thinking of trying out YouTube TV instead of PlayStation Vue.
@becca My Fire experience was a 1st Gen. Fire TV Stick I used until a few months ago when I upgraded to Roku. I was frustrated by the poor performance, confusing interface, and lack of support for a great many streaming options (stuff from the Googleverse as well as other streaming content providers).
My Roku devices each included a 30 day trial of YouTube TV. As far as “streaming cable TV” services go, YouTube TV was ok, but has some flaws that weren’t ideal for the way I prefer to watch (cloud DVR limitations, no 4K streaming, many channels in 720p). I think for the cost, it’s probably a reasonable option for many people.
@becca@sammydog01 Local channels was the thing I found to be the best attribute of YouTube TV. Unlike the other providers I tried, YouTube TV actually offers all local channels in my area, including four major networks and the five largest independents. I have yet to try Hulu Live. It’s on my list after I’m finished with the Sling retry.
@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 I really only use the tv service for sports and use Hulu or individual channel apps for most everything else. It feels ridiculous to pay $40+ for essentially one channel (NESN), but still beats shelling out for regular cable.
Her math strives to be as accurate as the rest of her content*… Some things are free, some things are less than half off, and some are more. And according to the blog post explaining the going out of business sale, the sale should maybe be over already, depending on what date you look at (“through March 6” but later ”store closes March 5"). Weird.
* That sounds worse than I mean it, but there is a certain amount of liberty taken in the name of oversimplification.
@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 looks like they only have red in stock. They do seem to have fixed the weird issue where it worked for 4 and 5 units last time. Now it only does the deal in multiples of three, any others are full price in the cart.
@compunaut I haven’t had much success with Porter Cable power tools. I’ve had a palm sander and a angle grinder burn up on me, and my 1/2" drill hasn’t much longer to go before I’m putting pennies on it’s eyes.
@compunaut I’ve had good service from Makita and Hilti for hand power tools. I prefer Lincoln in welders. I have a 50+ year old Craftsman table saw and drill press which are excellent, but any Craftsman power tools made in the last 20 to 30 years are quick fails.
My use profile isn’t typical of the average homeowner though. I mostly tend to use my power tools for extended periods. Multiple cuts, hours of grinding, hundreds of holes drilled in a single session.
Offered by two different Top Rated Plus sellers, each with excellent feedback ratings. Apple has in stock identical, but REFURB models for $509 plus tax.
I’ve had one in my cart for a few days now, hoping eBay would offer a discount code or Bonus Bucks or something. Thank goodness I came to my senses and stopped short of following through with the order. It’s a great price, but I just can’t spend that much right now after nearly $4,000 in oral surgeries over the past 2 months.
@ruouttaurmind I wonder if a built in microwave with convection/browning element exists. Seems like they may require a lot of space above to allow the cabinet to radiate away heat.
I’d really love one but no way I’m convincing my wife to let me put something else on the counter when we have a spot for a built-in. I can’t really spare the counter space anyway; it’s something my kitchen lacks.
@ruouttaurmind it says countertop only Thanks for digging, though. I was really idly wondering but I appreciate the effort.
Based on what I’ve seen if I can find a built in and the necessary trim for less than $300 it probably fell off the back of a truck somewhere. Never mind looking for convection included. It makes me pray my existing one has a long and healthy life and I can just forego any fancy convection type stuff.
@djslack I bought my current built-in at Sears about 2 years ago (Kenmore by Whirlpool). It is specifically designed for over the range mounting and included everything needed to mount above the stove. Even hardware and ducting for connecting to a vent if it’s replacing a ducted vent hood. Sale price was about $230 and I didn’t have to buy anything else for the installation. Not a top shelf model, but a well equipped and featured midrange model.
So I guess I’m saying it shouldn’t be difficult to match your price point without much time and shopping once you get motivated to have one.
@narfcake@ruouttaurmind yes, it’s confusing. The built in goes into a cabinet spot that is fully surrounded, so it has to vent to the front I guess.
Here’s my full story: my built-in microwave was being persnickety last week, and the door didn’t want to open when the button was pressed. I kind of had to press hard on it and wiggle the door. I jacked with it and it’s good for now, but I don’t know exactly what I did so it’s not as as satisfying as knowing I fixed it. I’ve also eyed the microwaves with an extra element for radiant heat with a little bit of the wants.
I saw the one you linked and read up that it’s countertop only, and saw it specifies 12" clearance above. In the related items there is a Panasonic inverter, straight microwave, for like $150 that can be countertop or built-in and I thought I’d mark it as a potential replacement. Then I looked up the trim kit that goes with it to complete the built-in setup: $200 more. That’s nuts! I did find built in combination units with convection for like $2k and up!
I kind of wondered out loud because someone might have a combo unit that’s not a budget buster. But in the meantime I’m keeping my fingers crossed that mine is fixed
@djslack that reminds me of a countertop microwave we had when I was a teen. The door stopped opening when we pushed the button. We ended up fixing it with a long rubberband around the latch part. That microwave worked for years with that band.
@narfcake Oy. When I was living in Ireland it was a hob. When I stayed in England it was a cooker. A stove, mostly across the UK refers to a wood or coal burning heating stove rather than any kind of cooking implement.
@narfcake@ruouttaurmind Hence the term, “hob-knobber”, as in a traveling tradesman who fixes the controls on the hob, bangs your wife for payment, and leaves you with a smiling wife when you get home from the factory.
@mfladd Looking like the deal is dead. No coupon to clip in the item listing.
DogFoodAdvisor.com confuses me. Their reviews seem almost arbitrary. I compared Blue Buffalo to the brand I feed them now (one of the Purina One nameplates). The Purina has a slightly better protein/carb/fat ratio and higher meat content, similar “other nutrients” value, and significantly fewer recalls than Blue Buffalo, but they panned Purina with a 2 star rating versus 4 stars for Blue Buffalo. They seem weighted with a bias against Purina brands for some reason.
@ruouttaurmind It seems on SD that some people are reporting they could see the coupon, others couldn’t. I don’t know how amazon lists coupons. I would have thought it would be available for everyone, not just a few.
$3 off coupon for Purina cat or dog food https://www.purinaone.com/coupons
Even if you don’t have pets get one and give it to someone or give it to me so I can give it to the two remaining cattery workers who have cats (one has a dog too) and still don’t have new jobs yet (the other two have finally found work) - that gofundme is still operating and one worker in particular needs it as she need surgery for a health issue and isn’t really able to work at the moment. She has both a dog, 9 cats (some were in foster care for the cattery and she didn’t give them back to be put down, instead she kept them and is trying to find homes for some of them) and is feeding a fixed and stable feral colony. One of the (only) perks of working there was free pet food and vet care. Now of course this is creating a problem. The other worker still looking for a job only has one cat and one rat. https://www.gofundme.com/help-cat-shelter-workers-who-lost-their-job
Whoa! WHOA! Hey now! Slow down there Chief. You’ll get snagged up in the time vortex and the next thing you know @Barney-bot will be telling you how she still wears her poodle skirt and saddle shoes while listening to 45rpms and thinking about that dreamy Ricky Nelson.
I actually asked her about poodle skirts and saddle shoes once when I was a wane and Happy Days syndication reruns were popular. She said “How old do you think I am, kid?”
Since then I’ve been able to do the maths and realized my mother was born shortly after Juli Charlot was reported to have created the original circle skirt. This would mean it was probably becoming unfashionable as mom would have reached an age to be fashion aware. I am only guessing, but it’s unlikely a fashion fad would have lasted from 1947 through the end of the '50s. But you are certainly in a better position to answer that?
@ruouttaurmind I lived in a stereotypical 50’s/early 60’s blue collar neighborhood when I was growing up. Lots of kids to play with/lots of stay-at-home moms to make sure us kids stayed out of trouble (for the most part).
However, almost all of the neighborhood kids were boys – most were older than me. So in order to survive, because it was a rowdy group, I had to become a tomboy.
Depending on the season, the kids in my neighborhood were playing sports from midday until dark (none of us were early risers). And I was pretty damn good, for being a “shrimp”.
Anyway, poodle skirts were the last thing on my mind. But the neighbors, north of us had two daughters, both waay older than me (at least to my eyes). They were often my babysitters and they seemed to live in poodle skirts. Their skirts were beautiful. Their mother made them.
My mother worked full time and didn’t have the time or I’ll admit, the talent to make poodle skirts. But my two dear, older friends/neighbors did give me a couple of hand me downs that they had outgrown. Oh, how I loved those skirts.
So now you know that, yes, I am old.
Edit: I did wear penny loafers with them. I wouldn’t have been caught dead in saddle shoes.
@ruouttaurmind Yup and some seriously cool ones some of those folks have built. They also have put together videos for how to make some of this stuff too. There was a yahoo group prior to this and there is a lot of good stuff buried in their archives there. Have fun on that site. I have built a few small ones, including one where I cut apart pop cans and stapled them to cardboard and then taught kids how to make them that way.
This is the same set they were offering for $20 on Black Friday. But it’s not Black Friday anymore. Also, the LEGO 900pc Classic Creative Fun Box 11005 is $40 for basically the same stuff. So, ya, still a bargain at $25.
Walmart has Fog of Love on clearance for $10, down from an original $50. Shipping is $5.99 or free on $35. In store pick-up and ship to store were not available for me but maybe YMMV.
It’s a 2 player board game where you role play as a romantically involved couple. Each character has their own traits and ambitions and your job is to decide how they would respond to various scenarios that can either strengthen your relationship or push you apart.
I grabbed this game last week when it was $20 and thought I was getting a steal. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet but from the reviews I’ve seen people either really enjoy it or absolutely despise it.
They also have cover variants with same sex couples which is pretty neat.
@ruouttaurmind Do you use the payroll? Last I checked it looked like you had to do the monthly subscription.
I have an older version the I got for around this price that I use for simple accounting and check writing. I used the payroll a few years but it got too expensive for the small number of checks I need.
@speediedelivery I don’t use their payroll service. I use a similar cloud based full-service provider which offers everything Intuit does, including direct deposits, for a fraction of the Intuit price.
It’s my understanding the “plus payroll” version on sale at Amz includes your first yearly subscription. You still need to pay for additional employees, etc, but the core subscription is covered. I opted to stick with Desktop Pro 2019 and continue with the payroll service I already use.
Help your young LEGO® builder understand the basics of gears, force and movement with this cool LEGO Technic™ 42088 Cherry Picker. This 2-in-1 model comes with realistic functions and features, including a detailed lifting mechanism with working boom and basket, 4 hazard warning lights, 2 warning beacons and chunky tires. Rebuild this 2-in-1 LEGO Technic set to create a robust Tow Truck.
Summer is coming (some day?) so get ready to thin out those pups!
For about a tenner, I guess I’ll give it a shot. My little monster is so fuzzy and her hair grows like a weed. I tried my Trym trimmer, but her hair is so fine it doesn’t cut well. Plus the Trym makes so much noise it freaks her out. Hopefully this one does better.
@ruouttaurmind it says it has either a cooper-axis motor or a copper-axis motor depending on which part of the write-up you believe. Either way it looks rotary.
I’m in for one too, the dogs need trimming from time to time and a cordless clipper might be good, especially for the little one who is kind of squirrelly.
Also, Amazon just promised me delivery on Sunday! I used to get Sunday deliveries at my old house, but when we moved we apparently moved out of the Sunday delivery area and we haven’t had them for a few years now. I’m way more excited than I probably should be by this, but once you’ve had Sunday deliveries waiting an extra day sucks.
@djslack Interesting you mentioned Sunday delivery. They offered me free same day delivery (for a $10 item?) I haven’t been offered free Same Day since shortly after they rolled out the service in my city.
@djslack@mfladd I was home late last night so I didn’t fuss with it. This morning I popped open the box and surveyed the damage.
Initial impression? Not bad actually. The clippers have a little heft to them and there’s lots of fiddly bits in the box. 8 sizes of trimming guards, including a couple tapered ones.
Without charging, I attached the longest guard and trimmed up the monster’s belly. It’s reasonably quiet (MUCH more quiet than the Oster clippers, slightly quieter than Trym). Zoe wasn’t freaked out by these like the clattering Oster.
It cuts quickly and does a better job than the Trym. Without any guard in place (trimmed the fur on the bottom of her feets) it’s like a hot knife through butter. If a total shave was what I was after, I think these would make swift work of it.
Overall… longevity will be the true test, but even if I only get a few uses, I’m after calling this one a bargain. Charging up the battery now and hoping to do a full trim this evening.
Now if I could figure out a way to trim her nails without having to fight with her. She’s totally freaked when I get out the nail clippers.