Monday, July 31, 2017

Recycling Bin Designed For NYC Regulations

Tomorrow is the day that NYC recycling enforcement takes effect which means non-compliant businesses will receive fines.  These rules became effective August 1, 2016 but were not enforceable until one year later on August 1, 2017.

The rules require all businesses in the city limits to "recycle certain materials and ensure to the best of their ability that those recyclable materials are properly handled by their private carter." 

NYC Business Recycling Receptacle
Our Made in USA stainless steel recycling bin is an example of a can that complies with NYC new business recycling regulations. It contains three waste streams that are color coded and labeled for easy identification. Paper goes in the green, trash goes in the white and black, and metal, plastic, and glass goes in the blue.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pool Rules Sign

Everyone has their own pool rules.  What are yours?

Pool Rules Sign 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Lightbulbs Do Not Fit My Garage Door Opener

When I went to change the lightbulb on my electric garage door opener I ran into a surprise and I can't be the only one.  I couldn't find a lightbulb that fit!  The old burnt out 60 watt incandescent lightbulb that I removed could not be replaced by one of the new 60 watt LED equivalents.  Unfortunately I didn't realize this would be a problem and I didn't stockpile any of the old lightbulbs before they became extinct.

The LED lightbulbs have an extended portion above the base before the glass portion of the bulb.  This built up portion blocked the lightbulb from going into my fixture opening.  I tried several brands of LED bulbs with the same result.  A CFL bulb has a similar built up portion and also wouldn't fit through my fixture opening.

The portion of the bulb above the base prevented this LED
lightbulb from fitting my electric garage door opener.
To solve this problem, I found Chromalux full spectrum lightbulbs will fit.  They continue to be the shape of the traditional 60W incandescent lightbulb.  They meet the new energy efficient requirements but they don't have the raised portion above the base like LED lightbulbs do. Their full spectrum nature even makes colors appear more accurately, leaving you to better appreciate the junk cluttering your garage.

Garage door opener with a Chromalux full spectrum lightbulb
 installed.  I left the second bulb out to illustrate the circular
fixture opening that  prevented an LED lightbulb from fitting.
I would imagine there are other situations besides my garage door opener in which LED bulbs don't fit leaving Chromalux bulbs, or similar full spectrum lightbulbs, perhaps the only solution.  Do you know of any?


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Slate House Number Sign Modified For Lawn Mount

Our slate address signs are popular for wall mounting but what happens if you want to lawn mount one?  Customer Randy Rettenberger did just that with our P1071 number sign with pine tree design.  First he framed it out, then he put a stake on it.  See these photos of how Randy used the product.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hanging Address Sign

Last month we modified our wall mounted oval house sign at customer request to create a hanging 2-sided sign.  The finished result is shown here hanging from a decorative steel bracket that we also supplied.  This hanging sign is now available in 3 sizes.  Details at this link:

Hanging Address Sign
Comfort House P2387 Hanging Address Sign

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Best Electric Blanket 2015

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Is Your Number Up?

Everyone is aware that time is of the essence when responding to an emergency.   The loss of even a minute or two in providing life saving interventions, be it defibrillation, medication or airway control can be the difference of life or death.  

To provide appropriate care, of course, the  Emergency Medical team must first find you or the patient.  During the day that is usually pretty easy since house numbers are normally readily visible on the front of your home and Comfort House has an extensive selection of shapes, sizes and styles of address numbers to fit these needs. 

At night, however, due to the design of your home, it may be almost impossible to see the number on the front of your house even when your front light fixture is turned on.   If this is the case at your home, consider moving your numbers to a better location or choose one of the many styles of illuminated house number signs that are available from the Comfort House selection. 

Can you see the house number in this photo?
Can you see the house number?
Ever had friends stop at a neighbor’s house to ask were you lived because they couldn’t find your house number?   Even something so simple as a pizza delivery person finding your address may be almost impossible and could result in a cold pie.

Many towns and cities have an ordinance defining the minimum size in inches of height for house numbers.  Depending upon the area, this minimum is usually between 3" and 6”.   Check your local requirements when re-doing your numbers and then meet or exceed the minimum.  Remember, the larger the better, but obviously consider the aesthetics of your particular situation.

It makes sense that numbers should be placed on or beside the front door if they can easily be seen from the roadway.   If your door does not face the street, attach the numbers to the side of the house facing the street or to a permanent fixture like a post or fence near the street.  If on a post or fence keep surrounding vegetation trimmed away since what starts as highly visible in the spring may be invisible by mid-summer.  

If you have a rural-style mailbox on the street, make sure to place large numbers on each side of the box so vehicles approaching from either direction can see them.

Make sure your numbers are of a contrasting color to their back ground for good visibility.  Pretty pastels may not be visible from the street.

If night time visibility is a concern, consider reflective or illuminated numbers.

The life you save could be your own.