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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Do you sell covers for a mop bought at Wal-Mart?

Subject: Question about the product Product Code: =ES-SH-002A
Q:"refill for mop head 4 inches wide and 15 inches long It uses velcro for fastening I cannot find this refill in Wal-Mart where I bought the mop. Please send price list and information on where I can obtain these. "=Maxine

Answer: Maxine, we sell the Bona Kemi brand microfiber mop refill pads for all mops 4 x 15 inches that use the velcro type fastening. Bona recently changed the fiber to a twist fiber so that the mop moves more easily whether you use it wet or dry. We also sell the white long strand microfiber dusting covers by Starfiber that also velcro on and off.

Pricing varies according to our promotions and quantities you buy. Please look at our website for current pricing.

Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Will the Animal Away work for Rats?

Question about the Animal Away Repeller P7810 Product Code:ES-P3-P7810
Q:"Does this work for mice and rats? We need something like this where I work. Thank you!"-Michelle.

Answer: The Animal Away is designed mainly for outdoor use against larger animals like cats, dogs and raccoons. We sell several different devices for rats and mice. These include ultrasonic repellers that directly plug into the wall, ultrasonic repellers that have a line cord for better placement on the floor, rat and mice zapper traps and a strobe light repeller for attics and crawl spaces.

The direct plug in units range from small ones with or without nightlights to larger more powerful ones with one or two speakers. For example, the Lentek Pest Contro 600 have night lights. For these to be effective, plug into unobstructed, un-switched wall outlets in rooms to be covered by ultrasonic sound power.

The corded units such as the Transonic Pro are easier to place and also can be set to repel other animals. These units may be both silent and noise generating. To be most effective, you need to get "bounce" off hard surfaces and also "shoot" the ultrasound down floor edges across doorways, registers and other possible openings for the rodents to enter the rooms.

The electric traps are powered by batteries. There are two models, one for rats and one for mice.

The Evictor strobe light comes in two models, one for homes or smaller buildings and the professional Evictor for larger areas.

Getting rid of mice and rats once they are nested is difficult and requires a multi-faceted approach. Do remember that all foodstuffs need to be in secure containers both for storage and for trash. All openings to the outside should be sealed after you've used ultrasonic or strobe light applications for several weeks. Look for openings in attics and basements, too.

Professional exterminators may be necessary. Do remember that using poisons means that animals may die in wall spaces, ceilings, etc and the stench can be awful. Glue traps are also effective although some find them distasteful and dealing with live rodents is not pleasant.

Good luck. Let us know if we can help your employer to get these nuisance rodents out of your building.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Warning: Keep Smoke Hood Sealed Until Use!

Question about the product: TWO Safe Escape Fire and Smoke Hood ASE30A, Hard Case.

Q: "Is this unit still usable? I removed the smoke hood from the plastic bag because I was curious about what it looked like. I did not remove the plugs which were taped over. And I did not wear it. After I did this I wondered if the unit was all right to use. I put it into a heavy plastic storage bag and used a vacuum cleaner to remove all the air". - Thanks, Bernard.

Answer: I contacted the USA distributor. Here is his response: ""The SECURITY Label states quite clearly that once the SEAL is broken the unit is considered used. Also the Label on the actual Vacuum Sealed Bag indicates that once the sealed bag is opened that the unit is considered used and must be thrown away. These units are vacuum sealed (at the Factory under stringent monitored conditions) specifically to insure a 5 year shelf life to the unit and ALL of its contents. Once this is broken it has voided any and all expressed or implied warranty and must be immediately discarded as it is considered to be used.

We have training units which are designed specifically for training purposes available in both the ASE30A and PurifyAir 30M CE Hard Case units."

Sorry I had to give you the bad news that the warranty is voided on that unit.

Sincerely,
Barbara


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Monday, June 23, 2008

Will Supersonic Mole Chasers Affect Dogs or Cats?

Question about the Product Code: ES-P3-P7907-4, Four Supersonic Mole Chasers

Q:"Will this product affect dogs or cats in any way?" Bob

Answer: The Supersonic, Vibrasonic and green standard mole chaser stakes that we sell are powered by 4 D cell batteries and vibrate every 15 to 18 seconds. These are mow over units: to install you dig a hole and bury the unit upright so that only the screw on cap is visible above the ground.

Because they are almost entirely buried, the units are barely audible to humans. We've never had any reports of any dogs or cats being affected by them. Perhaps a curious animal might pause near a mole chaser and cock their head when the unit first activates. I have two Boston Terriers who roam the fenced in yard where there are 4 stakes. They have never paid any attention to them, at least never in my presence.

So, the answer is, these devices should not affect a dog or cat.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

How Cool Does A Cooler Cool?

Question about the product, Koolatron Krusader 12V Thermoelectric Cooler 52 Qt.

Question: Your information says these coolers keep items cool to 45-50 degrees below the ambient temperature. Does that mean if the inside temperature of my car is 80 degrees it will cool items in the cooler to 35-40 degrees? Thank you in advance for your response." Gary

Answer: We checked with Koolatron, the manufacturer of the Krusader and other thermoelectric cooler models. Here is their representative's response:

"Your customer is correct, the ambient temperature is the temperature within the environment where the cooler is placed. If the cooler is in his car, and it is 80 degrees, the Krusader or other Koolatron coolers will cool down to a low of 35 degrees inside the cooler. Please note that thermoelectric coolers do not reach freezing, so 35 degrees is the coldest the cooler will get inside. In other words, if the inside of the car is 65 degrees, the temperature inside the cooler will go down to around the 35 degree level, not down to 15 to 20 degrees F."

We recommend that you purchase an AC adapter and precool the unit before moving to your vehicle. During your trip, use AC to power the cooler at night if your camp site has AC available or use AC in your motel or hotel room.

Please contact us if you have additional questions. We sell several brands of thermoelectric coolers and warmers including Koolatron and Vector.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Will this cushion give me a 3 inch boost?

Subject: Question about the product Product Code: Seat Wedge Cushion with Blue Washable Cover Product Code: : CA-227

Q: "Hello, I need at least a three inch boost to see the road. Will this cushion give me the boost or will it collapse? How firm is this cushion? Thanks," Eloise

The maximum thickness of this cushion is 3 inches. It is a fairly firm cushion. However, the compression you'll experience is also related to your weight. Our experience is that if a cushion is too firm, it is also uncomfortable. (We once received a sample of a thick booster cushion that was so firm that when a 200 pound employee stood on the cushion, it made barely a dent. Mom who was then 85 tried it and sent to back to us as too hard.).

My favorite is the memory foam coccyx wedge seat cushion. It comes in tan or navy .

One other option is the Fleece Coccyx Wedge Seat Cushion with Handle which I share on my desk chair with Buddy, the Siamese cat. (He sleeps there when I am at the office during the day.)

All three cushions are 3 inches thick. You may need two cushions to boost you high enough.

Please contact us if you have further questions.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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Can I use the LED flying insect trap outdoors?

Question about the Product: P3 International LED Flying Insect Trap and Bug Trap

Q: "Can this be left outdoors (i.e. is it waterproof)?"

Answer: Yes, the P3 LED Flying Insect Trap can be used outdoors under awnings or patio covers. The unit is water resistant but not waterproof. You can also use the unit indoors.

This unit, like others we sell, uses UV lights to attract flies, yellow jackets, bees or gnats. These are LED lights which should last about 50,000 hours. This unit sits on a table or other flat surface. Once in range, the vacuum fan sucks the bugs inside where they are captured in the removable collection net. Like all bug attraction/kill units, this one works best when it is the only light source.

Another popular unit is the Koolatron 12V UV Light Insect Killer. This is a 12 volt unit handy for camping trips that can be used indoors with an AC adapter. These flying insect traps are silent as are the Koolatron mosquito traps. The older bug "zappers" that electrocute the insects and snap, crackle and pop are rarely sold now.

Please contact us if you have additional questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Blood Pressure Monitors with Detachable Stethoscopes

Question about the Product: Medic Palm Aneroid Sphygmomanometer Purple Rain, Product Code: : MDF-848XP-PR.

Q: "Can the stethoscope be detached from the cuff?" -anna

Answer: The Medic Palm aneroid sphygmomanometers do not come with the stethoscope included. You would need to purchase or use your own stethoscope. The MDF Palm Aneroid Sphygmomanometer is a 300 mm Hg portable instrument with Inflation Bulb and Valve integrated to the Gauge. This is a professional grade manual inflate blood pressure monitor designed for single hand use and totally latex free.

Safe Home does sell another unit by MDF instruments that has an attached cuff. That is the MDF-808-PR. This unit has an attached single head stethoscope, providing home users with a true self-monitoring blood pressure unit. The Lumiscope 100-021 is a less expensive self taking blood pressure kit with an attached stethoscope. This unit is also used by medical professionals or those with training.

Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara


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Is there a more powerful power dome for emergency power outages?

Question about the Product: Wagan 400W Power Dome Portable Power Source Generator Product Code: : WA-2354

Q: "Is there a more powerful unit other than this one here. I live in Northern Ontario, Canada and the winters up here can be very brutal. Last year I was taken to the hospital with hypo thermia. I got hypo thermia while I was inside the house that I was renting. Something to run the radio and lights a little while later would be nice."

Answer: A power inverter or portable power pack like the 400 watt one is not what you need. You need to purchase a generator that runs on either gasoline or propane. Our experience with the gasoline generators is that they run about 4 to 5 hours before running out of fuel when run at full power. Depending upon the size, you could at least operate an electric heater or an electric blanket or electric throw plus a few other appliances. A 5500 watt gasoline run generator would power your furnace motor so if you heat with natural gas, you'd stay warm. At 50% power, these units are supposed to run 10 to 12 hours.

Hope this helps. Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Refills for the Contech Fruit Fly Trap

Question about the product: Contech Fruit Fly Trap and Lure

Q: "Do you have the refills for these? How would I order those at the same time?"

Answer: We do sell fruit fly trap refills. There are two lures and two sticky pads in each refill. Since the refill weighs very little, we recommend that you add these to your initial order to avoid additional shipping charges.

A natural attractant entices fruit flies into the decorative trap, where a disposable sticky pad ensures they don’t escape. These traps are safe, effective, and 100% pesticide free. This is an easy and effective way to eliminate fruit flies from your kitchen, without using harmful sprays or chemicals. Included in each kit are two jars, two lures and two sticky pads. Each lure combination lasts about 5 days.

Please contact us if you need more information.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Getting Squirrels Out of Attics & Eaves

Question about the product Evictor Strobe Light Squirrel and Rat Repeller Product Code: EP-MB10K

Q: "Squirrels have eaten into our eaves, but have not gotten into the house (yet) Will this or a similiar product work in that type of area? We are not exactly sure where they are, but have seen them go in and out."-Debbie

Answer: The Squirrel Evictor Strobe Light is designed to be used indoors. It is a very large strobe light and will most likely cause the neighbors to complain. You could install one indoors in the attic area in case they do get in. You may want to try Bird Proof Gel or Bird Proof Liquid . You can apply the gel using a caulk gun or the liquid can be sprayed on. This is an EXTREMELY sticky substance and the squirrels HATE it. Once it gets on their fur they can't get it off.

Thanks for your question. Good luck!

Sincerely, Barbara

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How does a Babinski Hammer work?

Question about the product Product Code: = MDF-535 MDF Babinski Hammer.

Q: " How does it work and how do you use it?"- Michelle

Answer: From the MDF website:" The MDF Babinski Hammer is the instrument of choice by neurologists. Named after the French Neurologist, Joseph Francois Babinski, and best known for the "toe phenomenon". This diagnostic instrument is also often referred to as the Rabiner. MDF has modified the hammer to incorporate modern design and functionality for eliciting myotatic and plantar response with less effort and greater patient comfort.

Handle: The weighted chrome-plated brass handle is precisely balanced for increased control of force in the percussion. The sand brushed hexagon handle is also designed with a pointed tip used as an additional stimulus for cutaneous reflexes. Head: The swivel thermo-plastic-rubber head is crowned with chrome-plated brass disc that enables usage of the head in both the perpendicular and parallel positions to the shaft. The flexibility provides greater effectiveness in eliciting myotatic reflex involving ankle, knee, abdomen, forearm, biceps and triceps. "

In other words, this is a reflex hammer, a medical instrument used by physicians to test deep reflexes. Testing for reflexes is an important part of the neurological physical examination in order to detect abnormalities in the central or peripheral nervous system. Reflex hammers can also be used for chest percussion. Go the Wikipedia for lots more information.

Thanks again for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Getting rid of barn swallows in a pole barn arena.

Question: "I have a huge problem with barn swallows nesting in my pole barn arena. They make a mess in the rafters and on the arena sand. I worry about disease around my valuable horses. What product would you reccommend that is not cost prohibitive or harmful to the arena structure? I looked at your spray on products but 1 of them said it was not for foam and I have Thermax insulation lining the ceiling right where the birds make their nests. Thanks.-Diane

Answer: We contacted our manufacturer for advice. This is their response: "Nests need to be taken down if possible. Afterwards, the Quadblaster Ultrasonic bird repeller unit, the QB-4, can be installed HIGH up in the rafters and activated without bothering horses!

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What does the tone control operate on the GE Amplified Speaker Phone?

Question about the product Product Code: =29579GE1 General Electric 29579GE1 Amplified Speaker Phone with Tone Control

Q: " I have been reading about the tone control but I am not clear whether it controls the incoming message or the ringer." -Gerald

Answer: The tone control lets you adjust the tone for the handset. Besides amplifying the ringer up to 90db, the GE 29579GE1 has handset boost up to 40db and exclusive graphic equalizers to customize the amplification for individual hearing loss. The 3.25 inch amber backlit LCD caller id has time/date. Tune the sound the same way you adjust the tuning knob on your radio to bring in a station as clearly as possible. There is a three-band tone graphic equalizer.

This big button amplified phone from GE is recommended for those with moderate to severe hearing loss who may or may not use hearing aids There is also Braille on the keypad that improves dialing ease for people with visual impairments. Hearing aid compatible: complies with all Hearing Aid Compatible Standards. There is even a bed shaker feature supplied with ths phone.

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Can you mount Guardian Angel window guards on the exterior of a house?

Question about the product Product Code: = SF-GA3558-45V Guardian Angel Window Guard Vertical Mount 3558-45V

Q: "Is this product suitable for mounting on the exterior of the house? If not, do you carry anything which can be externally mounted?-Rob

Answer: The window guards we sell are truly meant for mounting on the inside of a house or apartment, inside the interior window frame. Both the John Sterling brand and the Guardian Angel brands can be mounted on the exterior of a house. Be aware that corrosion will occur due to moisture. If you choose a fixed window guard, the corrosion will require periodic painting of the metal guards.

If you choose a removeable guard like the Guardian Angel or the John Sterling 1170 series, removal may be impaired by the corrosion. The Guardian Angel units telescope apart, extending to snap into the mounting bars. The John Sterling 1170 extend. Although the bars are painted, extending them and compressing them can rub off paint.

The window guard most comparable to the GA-3558-45V is the John Sterling model JS-1175L , which will mount vertically to protect casements or sliders that are 21 to 25 inches wide and 40 to 60 inches high. This is a unit that can be used both for security and safety.

Please measure your windows and we'll help you make the best choice to protect them.

Sincerely, Barbara

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What Mop Covers Work with the Sh-Mop?

Question about the product Product Code: =ES-SH-001-C, Sh-Mop Complete Kit

Q: "What other mop heads do you have for the mop?" -Emily

Answer: The complete Sh-Mop kit you are referring to includes one platform base (15 x 8 inches), one extending mop pole, three cotton mop covers and one 4 oz. bottle of Bona Kemi concentrate that, when diluted, can be used to clean wood or hard surfaces including floors, cabinets, etc.

We offer six different covers for the Sh-Mop. These covers also fit the larger Bona Mop, the similar O'Cedar mops, etc. In other words, they fit any platform based mop with a 15 inch by 8 inch base.

  1. Sh-Micro Dusting Head for 15x8 Mops, Yellow. This is a 100% microfiber cover. Use wet or dry for hardwood floor, tile or laminate floor cleaning. This thinner flat woven micro fiber mop cover glides easily whether wet or dry. Elasticized.
  2. SH-Duster (Natural Cotton Loop) Cover . This is a 100% natural cotton loop dust cover for the Sh-Mop and all 15 x 8 inch based platform mops. Use wet to clean satillo and other irregular tile or dry for dusting. This cover is not elasticized but slips over both ends of the mop.
  3. Sh-Duster Synthetic Looped Dust Mop Cover This is a yellow acrylic looped dust cover. This is not elasticized but slips over both ends of the mop head.
  4. Sh-Wooly Plush Duster Cover This cover is a synthetic lambs wool duster. Use the Sh-wooly wet to wash cars, RV's, trailers, boats, etc. Highly absorbent, retains water.
  5. Bona Kemi Microfiber Mop Cover This is an elasticized blue microfiber dry dusting or wet mopping cover.
  6. Bona Kemi Cotton Mop Cover (Limited Quantities) We have limited quantities of the original elasticized cotton mop cover for Bona and other mops.

Thank you for your question. Remember we also offer packages of these covers in 3's, 12', 36's and 100's.

Sincerely, Barbara

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    Using Power Inverter to Run a Sump Pump?

    Question about the product: VECTOR 1200 Watt Power Inverter VEC053D.

    Q: "My fix-it man wants a Vector Model 056D power inverter. He reports that we need 16 amps minimum to run 2 same model sump pumps (Wayne Submersible pumps 4200 GPH, 15 amp min, 120v, 60 hz, 1/2 HP, ) Can't find the VEC056D and most info on inverters do not include amps info. Will this one work for my 2 pumps?

    Answer: We consulted with our Vector distributor about this answer. Here is what Devin responded:

    "I would go with the VEC051D to be safe. This would put out 27.5 amp continuously and 55 amps for start up loads for a short period of time. The reason I suggest this one is because all of those pumps have a start up draw (surge) that is higher than the power they use when already running. It’s like riding a bike. It’s easier to peddle a bike once it is already moving than to have to get the bike to begin to move from a stopped position."

    Thanks for your interesting question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Using Soyclean Graffiti Remover

    Question about the product: SoyClean Graffiti Remover 22 oz.

    Q: "Can this product be used on automobiles without harming the car finish?"- Geraldine

    Answer: Soy Clean does not recommend use of this product on a car as damage may occur to the finish. If your car was spray painted, we suggest you take the car to an auto body/paint shop for their evaluation.

    SoyClean's Graffiti Remover was formulated to remove graffiti, inks, magic marker and paint from hard surfaces. It works well to remove silver paint, black paint and enamel paints. SoyClean is a 100% natural, soy-based, non-toxic product that rinses away with water. Most other graffiti removers on the market are harsh and even dangerous to users and the environment. SoyClean contains no hazardous ingredients.

    Good luck.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Using a Mail Box Mail Alert in a Curbside Brick Enclosure

    Question about the Product: Mail Box Mail Alert with Chime Model 1200 ,

    Q: "What about use with a mailbox mounted in curbside bricks as is common in suburbs?"

    Answer: We checked with Robert Hanna,the manufacturer. This is his response: "We have never had anyone tell us that the Model 1200 failed to work with mailboxes mounted inside a brick surrounding. It really is no difference between using the Mail Alert in this mounting and mounting it on the outside of a brick wall of a home."

    Thanks for your question. We hope it helps others, too.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Saturday, June 21, 2008

    Will the Rat Zapper Zap Squirrels, Too?

    Question about the product Product Code: M240, Victor Woodstream Electronic Rat Trap.

    Q: "We would like to use this in our backyard to kill the rats that are being attracted to our bird feeder, 1st year we have had the problem in 15 years of having a bird feeder. My questions is, we also have squirrls that we do not want killed. Is the opening only large enough for rats???" -Gail

    Answer: The opening of the trap is about 4 inches wide and 3 inches high, tunnel shaped. It is unlikely that a squirrel would venture into this trap. However, anything is possible. Usual bait is peanut butter or peanut butter and bread. Some folks use bird seed. The trap is about 8 inches long and about 5 inches high. A green light goes on when there is a rat in the trap. The unit operates on batteries which should be sufficient to kill about 12 rats.

    These traps work well on rats because there is a double shock on the grid as the rat's heart is harder to stop. Voltage applied for up to 2 minutes to insure death.

    Good luck with your rat problem.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Are bulbs replaceable on the Mini E-Trap?

    Name : Lentek Mini E-Trap FT05G Indoor Ultraviolet Bug Zapper
    Product Code: : LK-FT05G

    Question: "Can you change the ultraviolet light or is the product no good after the lights burn out?"-Susan

    Answer: Yes, you can replace the ultraviolet lights on the Mini E-Trap. We suggest you purchase extra bulbs when you place your order for the Mini E-Trap so you save additional shipping charges With all the rain this year, especially in the MidWest, our sales of bug catcher traps is way up. We do offer other models by other manufacturers, P3 International and Viatek and a 12 volt model, too.

    The P3 International LED Bug Trap Model P7880 uses 6 purple ultraviolet attraction LED lights and a fan to lure in the flying insects. It is silent as well.

    Viatek Zap Em doubles as a night light. It also uses an LED ultraviolet light. This is a small direct plug in unit.

    The Koolatron 12 volt Insect Killer plugs into any 12 volt outlet to lure the bugs away from your picnic table or campsite.

    And for the ones that still pester you, the Lentek Racket Zapper is a battery operated swatter that doesn't require smashing the insects against a wall or counter. Just activate and touch the flying insect in mid-air. These really work. The fly or mosquito drops dead.

    Hope this helps with your questions. Sometimes knowing all the options helps.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Shutting Off the Flood Stop for Water Heaters Remotely

    Question about the product:
    FloodStop 3/4 in Valve Water Heater Shutoff COMPRESSION Product Code: : FS-3/4-C .

    Q: "It looks like your system has a control box with buttons. Can I turn the system off or on with this controller placed remote from the shutoff valve? I would like to be able to turn the whole water supply off when I am away." -Kevin

    Answer: The FloodStop controller must be placed near the hot water heater. The only extension wires available are for the AC adapter.

    Yes, you can turn the system on and off remotely. The FloodStop Controller indeed has three buttons, mute, close valve and open valve.The outputs are normally closed. You can use contacts for any device that can utilize them, like auto phone dialers, alarm systems, X10 home automations devices., etc. There is a 4-pin connection to valve/sensor connector.

    We do sell a whole house water shut off device, the WaterCop , that has a remote shut-off option. That unit is installed on the main water valve into the house. Water sensors are placed under or near appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, water dispensing or ice making refrigerators, etc. The remote shut off can be placed anywhere you please as long as it can be connected to the Watercop controller with Cat 5 cable.

    Please contact us if you need more information. The manuals for these products are on our website.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Friday, June 20, 2008

    Which Blood Pressure Monitor for a Low Vision Person?

    Question about the product: Lumiscope 1100 Manual Inflate Blood Pressure Monitor.

    Q: "I am thinking about buying this unit for my mother who has low vision. So the display area has to be large. Can you tell me how large the numbers are on the display? Also the pumping bulb has to be easy to pump. Our doctor says the manual ones are most accurate."-LAURA

    Answer: The Lumiscope 1100 is a manual inflate blood pressure monitor with a digital read-out. This is called a semi-automatic blood pressure monitor because it requires inflation using a pump up bulb. Some people like being in control of the inflation level. The bulbs don't require a lot of force to inflate but have to be squeezed quickly many times to inflate above the person's anticipated blood pressure level. The bulbs last several years or more and then can be replaced for under $15 plus shipping.

    The newer blood pressure monitors made in the past 4 or 5 years all have features that limit the amount of inflation and/or learn how much inflation is needed based upon the last user's level.

    We do sell manual blood pressure monitors with or without attached stethoscopes. The manual blood pressure monitors used in physician's offices are professional models and are used by trained medical professionals. Taking your own blood pressure using a stethoscope and a manual blood pressure monitor takes practice and training. If you mom is well coordinated and has a teacher, she can learn to take blood pressure using a manual unit.

    Most manual units do not have large numbers on the display. If your mom has low vision, I suggest that you either choose a unit with a large display or choose one of the talking blood pressure monitors. The automatic units are quite accurate these days. If you use the monitor properly, which means the proper sized arm or wrist cuff and sitting in the proper position, the readings will be quite accurate.

    The Lumiscope 1145 automatic wrist blood pressure monitor and the Oregon Scientific BPW810 automatic wrist blood pressure monitor both feature multiple memories (60 per user or 120 total) and large numeric displays. If your physician wants a log of readings, your mom can display the readings along with the date and time when they were taken. Wrist units fit almost everyone unless they have a wrestler's size wrist or are extremely petite.

    The arm units all require that the arm be measured so that the proper arm cuff is ordered or that the person purchase a unit that either comes with several arm cuffs or has an arm cuff that fits small to large arms.

    So, please make sure you measure your mom's arm with a cloth or plastic tape measure before you purchase any arm blood pressure monitor. And do the same if her wrist is tiny or very large and you plan to buy a wrist cuff model.

    Hope this helps with your decision.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Wednesday, June 4, 2008

    Can a Life Hammer Break Laminated Glass?

    Question about the product Original Life Hammer Escape Hammer (Orange)
    Product Code: : SM-IN-LH002

    Q: "Does the original Life Hammer work on laminated side windows? Another similar product does not and I don't know if my windows are laminated ?"- Renee

    Answer: I appreciate your bringing this question to us. It was my understanding that tinted safety glass was the material used in automotive side windows. The Life Hammer will break safety glass but not laminated glass like that in windshields. I contacted the manufacturer. This is what the company president suggests:
    • Contact your dealer to learn if you indeed have laminated side windows made from the same material as your windshield. He states that typically only luxury vehicles have this option unless you have opted this as an upgrade to your vehicle.
    • Tinted side windows are usually safety glass with a laminated film. A Life Hammer will break out this type of window.
    Nothing will break out laminated glass. There are some interesting discussions about the pros and cons of laminated and safety glass for side windows that you can find on the internet. Go to overlawyered.com and hunt for laminated-glass-in-car windows. One person said it took him 5 minutes with a special saw to saw through a laminated side window.

    My summary of that discussion is that safety glass allows for escape from a car without undue force or time while laminated windshield type glass side windows means that getting out is nearly impossible. There was a 31 million dollar legal decision against Ford due to a roll over accident in 2003 where the occupants of a 2000 Ford Explorer were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from a vehicle with side windows of safety glass. At the time, 99.9% of the cars through the 2000 model year had side windows of safety glass.

    I hope you found this as interesting and terrifying as I did! I don't know if you have electric windows but I do only on the front windows of my 2003 Windstar van (the dual rear doors slide but the windows don't open.). I plan to contact Ford and learn what material my windows are made from.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Is this product (Bird Proof Liquid) safe for pets?

    Subject: Question about the product Product Code: =ES-LIQ-1
    Bird-X Bird Proof Liquid Repellent GALLON


    Q: "Is this product (Bird Proof Liquid Repellent) safe for pets?"-Jennifer

    Answer: Is your pet a dog, a cat or a bird? Are you planning to spray the interior of a barn or a shed or spray trees, bushes, ledges, etc.? If used correctly, Bird Proof is not dangerous to pets or other animals. Please read on.

    Bird-X, the manufacturer of Bird Proof, states that this liquid bird repellent is safe if used as directed and if pets, livestock, food, water and feed are removed from the area being treated during the spraying. Once the repellent is dry, the only risks would be if a pet ate bushes, plants or trees that you sprayed with repellent. I will go into more detail below. Of course, you would not want to leave the container, the sprayer or clean-up clothes or solvents where animals might choose to sleep or might be tempted to lick or taste.

    Bird Proof is sold in both gel tubes applied with a caulking gun and in liquid that is sprayed on ledges, sills, beams, rafters and other indoor and outdoor locations where nuisance birds may alight or roost. Although Bird Proof is non-poisonous and contains no toxic materials that would harm animals, the Bird Proof spray could physically block and prevent respiration if inhaled during the spraying. The manufacturer recommends avoiding contamination of food, water or livestock feed which could occur if that food, water or feed was not removed from the area during the application or not stored in a tightly covered container during the application.

    Bird Proof is a long lasting tacky bird repellent that is transparent and can effectively discourage nuisance birds fromroosting or returning to a treated area for up to one year. To remove Bird Proof, use Bird-X Safety Solvent Cleaner, mineral spirits, naphtha or powder type cleaning agents. If cleaned immediately, spills may be washed off with water. Bird Proof should be applied when temperatures are at least 40 degrees F in calm weather so that drying is facilitated and spray drift is minimized.

    Coverage varies with the object being treated and the spray equipment. Generally, 1 gallon treats an average of 125 square feet or an average tree with a 5 inch diameter trunk or about 6 three-foot high shrubs.

    I hope this answers your question. Please contact us if you need more information.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara


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    How does a thermoelectric cooler work?

    Question about the product: KN-P27 Koolatron Voyager 12-Volt Cooler 32 Quart

    Q: "How does a thermoelectric cooler work? I am considering purchasing the Koolatron Voyager but need more information." George

    Answer: Thank you for asking this question. I did not know the answer so I went to the Koolatron site where I gleaned this information.

    Thermoelectric coolers use a principle called the "Peltier" effect. In 1834 Jean Peltier noted that when an electrical current is applied across the junction of two dissimilar metals, heat is removed from one of the metals and transferred to the other. Koolatron uses this principle to keep the Voyager and other Koolatron thermoelectric coolers cold.

    Thermoelectric modules are constructed from a series of tiny metal cubes of dissimilar exotic metals which are physically bonded together and connected electrically. When electrical current passes through the cube junctions, heat is transferred from one metal to the other. Solid-state thermoelectric modules like the ones used in the Koolatron coolers are capable of transferring large quantities of heat when connected to a heat absorbing device on one side and a heat dissipating device on the other.

    The Koolatron cooler's internal aluminum cold plate fins absorb heat from the contents, (food and beverages): the thermoelectric modules transfer it to heat dissipating fins under the control panel. There a small fan helps to disperse the heat into the air. The system is totally environmentally friendly and contains no hazardous gases, no pipes no coils and no compressor. The only moving part is the small 12-volt fan.

    Thermoelectric modules are too expensive for normal domestic and commercial applications which run only on regular household current. They are ideally suited to recreational applications because they are lightweight, compact, insensitive to motion or tilting, have no moving parts, and can operate directly from 12-volt batteries.

    Advantages of a KoolatronThermoelectric Refrigerator (Cooler) Over Compressor Coolers (Freon Using), Absorption Coolers (Ammonia Solution Using) and Ice Chest Coolers:
    • Compact: More usable space due to small size of cooling components: thermoelectric module is the size of a matchbook.
    • Weight: Weigh 1/3 to 1/2 as much due to lightweight cooling system. Ex. A 36 qt. capacity unit weighs only 17 lb.
    • Lower Cost: 20% to 40% less expensive than compressor or absorption units.
    • Portable: carry with one hand. Unaffected by motion or tilting.
    • Low battery draw: average is about 4.5 amps - less than your car's headlights
    • No Melting Ice: Food and beverages are kept cold and dry. Helps preserve ice 3 to 4 times longer than an ice chest.
    • Cooling Performance: Koolatron units will refrigerate in sustained ambient temperatures of up to 95 degrees F. If Koolatron coolers are kept full, they will refrigerate satisfactorily even if peak daytime temperatures reach 110 degrees F as the temperature of the contents lags behind the ambient. The food will be just starting to warm up when the air cools off in the evening which will bring the food temperature back down to normal.
    • Reliability: Koolatron thermoelectric modules do not wear out or deteriorate with use. They have been used for military and aerospace applications for years because of their reliability and other unique features.
    • Ease of Servicing and Maintenance: Koolatron units have only one moving part, a small fan with 12 volt motor which can easily be replaced with only a screw driver. Most parts are easily replaced by the end-user.
    I hope this answers your question about not only how a thermoelectric cooler works but also why this is the best choice for most people needing a portable cooler.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

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    Tuesday, June 3, 2008

    Will GripOn Stain Concrete in a Shower?

    Question about the product Product Code: =SS0004, Name : 4 Oz. Bottle Grip On Anti-Slip Solution

    Q:" I am staining the concrete in my outside shower and then want to seal with a water based sealer. Will your product discolor or harm the stain? How long do I wait to treat with your product?

    Answer: Grip On will not discolor or harm the stain. Wait about 24 hours after you stain the floor to treat the surface. That way the surface will be thoroughly dry. The 4 ounce bottle of Grip On® Anti-Slip Solution treats 12 square feet.

    GripOn is a colorless solution that does not change the appearance of the granite, ceramic or other surfaces on which it is applied. Application is simple. Wash and rinse the surface thoroughly and spread on the Grip On with a clean mop or cloth. Since it is invisible, don't worry about spreading it right to the edges where no one will walk. Let it dry. The coefficient of resistance is increased 100% to 500%.

    We also sell Grip On in gallon containers that treat up to 400 square feet of surface and in 5 gallon containers that treat up to 2000 square feet of hard surfaces.

    Thanks again for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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