After 71 years, their marriage — and that wedding gift of a toaster — endure
SEATTLE — It was after 3 p.m. and the breakfast dishes had long been put away, but Gloria Witt was happy to make toast. She almost had to.She and her husband, Frank, had spent the last hour talking about their toaster, a 1949 Sunbeam T-20 model; a two-slicer so shiny you can see yourself in it.That’s all it was, really — a reliable appliance — until their daughter, Margaret, took a photo of the couple on their 71st wedding anniversary last month, and had them hold the toaster between them. It had been a wedding gift.But unlike so many that had been spent, lost or broken, this one had been with...
The Seattle Times
Sound Advice: More generator tips
Q. I was very interested in the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 inverter generator that you mentioned in your column recently. Is there something equivalent approved for use in California?— D.K., San Jose, CaliforniaA. The CARB-compliant Champion 6250-Watt DH Series Open Frame Inverter with Quiet Technology sells for around $1,000. It has 6,250 starting watts and 5,000 running watts, about the same as the Q6500. I have not tried it, but the Champion brand has a good reputation and I believe it to be a safe buy. championpowerequipment.comThe generator columns have been extraordinarily popular with read...
Tribune News Service
Sound Advice: The bigger the house, the bigger the generator and more elaborate the transfer switch required
Q. I have questions about home backup power. Are manual transfer switches available in a range of maximum power to be transferred? Also, do they make automatic transfer switches that operate when no one is home during a power failure, and if available what is the price range?— D.M., Naperville, IllinoisA. Many brands and types of transfer switches and generators are available, covering a wide variety of power and price ranges.The system I described in print is not automatic. When the power goes out I flip the manual transfer switch, wheel out my Q6500 inverter generator, start it up and connec...
Tribune News Service
Daniel Neman: None dare call it conspiracy
At what point does it stop being a theory and start being an actual conspiracy?I only ask because my kitchen appliances are out to get me. My refrigerator and dishwasher are clearly in cahoots.Both were going along fine, for the most part, cooling food and cleaning dishes, respectively. And then, they both decided to break at the same time.Don’t tell me it was a coincidence. I’ve seen them whispering to the stove and the microwave when they thought I wasn’t looking.They have been subtle about it, too. Nothing as obvious as completely stopping. Instead, their simultaneous deterioration has been...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
California experiences first rotating power outages in 19 years. What went wrong?
The bad old days — and nights — of rotating power outages in California are back for the first time in nearly 20 years. And they could be back in a big way for the next few days.But unlike 2001 when market manipulation from rogue entities like Enron were at the root of rolling blackouts, grid operators blame these outages on a combination of reasons that include finding sources to back up energy sources that compose the current grid in the state and a heatwave that not only affected all of California but its neighboring states as well.“We are scouring every corner of our world to find addition...
The San Diego Union-Tribune