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Mystery Solved: How to Tighten Single Kitchen Faucet Handle on Moen Adler

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You won’t find any information about the size of the allen wrench that you need to simply tighten the handle on the Moen Adler. You’d think they’d be courteous or have someone there that might think that us consumers might need that information instead of a part number that has no part associated with it.  At any rate, perhaps someone will find this in a Google search and save themselves some angst.

I just used a 3/32 size allen wrench in the hole on the back side, that of course you can’t see into, and the handle is nice and tight.  Hope that helps someone.  I wonder if thinking about the end use will ever return to product manufacturing

Adler chrome one-handle low arc kitchen faucet

Model #:  CA87530


Written by Tony Pfau

April 25, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Op Ed

War On Vaping, Tyranny in Action

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I smoked for over forty years. I like many smoked because I enjoyed it.  I didn’t want to quit, although I tried several times for several reasons.  I’m not the only one who at one time or another was thinking about quitting, only to find some ban, some new tax representing the government ordering me to quit. So, like many, I said screw you, I’m a free man, so I didn’t.

The assault on smokers started years ago.  Many of the so called facts they cited in order to ban, tax, criminalize tobacco use have had to be “revised”.  Studies show that 66% of cancer they can only attribute to bad genes.  The remaining cancer cases, they can’t really pin down the cause.  They can’t explain old people that smoke and are still alive.  They even had to remove the label from cigarettes that said smoking causes lung cancer, because it was never proven.

Despite all of the laws, taxes, negative press, name calling, they never did remove smoking from society, nor will they.  They never kept kids from smoking. They may have reduced the numbers, but, how can you take them seriously when the same smoke haters are vape haters, that seek to ban vaping which many use to quit smoking tobacco.  So, it never has been about health then has it.

I quite dismayed at the endless misinformation chatter from those who are working to ban vaping. So many reports misleading, don’t report the other facts, or in many cases flat out lie. The fact is that for millions of us, vaping, e-cigarettes is the only thing that helped us quit smoking tobacco, even though it is full surrender to an unfair assault on our freedom. Now, governments and nanny state do gooders are working to ban vaping, which is more of a health solution than a health risk. The most popular is a report about formaldehyde found when a cronie tested vapor made using a power level that no one would ever do. Many reports never show a control set, as in the test with just air, or against tobacco. California just banned it based on false claims that hundreds of thousands will die from vaping.

I’m sure I speak for many of us who have successfully quit smoking thanks to vaping, that the unfair attacks on vaping, the lies, the over reach by governments to tax, regulate, ban, restrict and send now non-smokers out to inhale second hand smoke is very upsetting. The notion that it looks like smoke so it must be, is quite amazing considering those leading the charge against vaping claim to be the intellectually superior.

The question those opposing need to be faced with is simple. Does a free American have the right to drink coffee, smoke a cigarette, vape as a matter of liberty, or are we to surrender to a group of folks who dictate that we must live as they see fit. If you are on the side where you think it’s okay to ban smokers and vapers from smoking or vaping, then how will you handle the bans that come your way for your legal and moral choices?

Since when did liberty become taxable?

Written by Tony Pfau

March 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm

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Monetize Web Video- First things First.

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In 2009, 187,000,000 videos were streamed online.[1] Many businesses, believing that just having any video is enough to race off and jump into the cyber-ocean with their ill thought, talking head “video”.  Instead of finding increased business, leads, and fame, they find themselves as a brine shrimp in a sea of unwatched talking heads, baffled about why they aren’t seeing immediate sales increases. While everyone wants to find out how to make web video make money, many over look the basic foundation that enables them to do so. If you take a look at how the funny viral videos that do make money you’ll get a clue. Business promotion videos have the same requirements as do the entertainment videos on the web. The first step to making web video work for your business is to have something good for the audience to watch.

Much like a home won’t sell if it doesn’t show well, neither does a talking head, or disjointed video that’s boring, that the audience doesn’t watch. You can’t expect to promote your brand and make money, if you’re putting a crummy foot, half effort, forward for your first impression.

Jessica Kizorek and Steve Young, [2] online video marketing experts, point out that even if you are to get millions of hits, poor quality, boring material works against the marketing efforts.
Unfortunately, apparently facts don’t matter to some. There is still a mindset that regarding web video, quality doesn’t matter and that audiences expect, low resolution, home made video.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. You are wise to reject that notion. When did your image, your brand stop mattering? Simply take a look at how television, commercials, radio, movies and advertising business works. The audience experience matters. Every picture has a purpose and should convey something to the viewer.

Simply making a video is not the same as creating a good, effective, cohesive, interesting, short video that a viewer likes and responds to. Can you afford run off your business? With millions of talking head social videos out there, that all look and sound the same, one promoting themselves needs to do something to stand out, that is quality. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Tony Pfau

August 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Posted in Op Ed

Ministry of Deception: A Despot’s Dream

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There is no question that freedom previously protected by the Constitution and prosperity is in the hands of aloof representatives and the press.  Americans are discovering that what is being reported is not at important as what is not; for in the omissions hide the tempests.  The environment dilutes clarity, and creates the perfect air of confusion, distrust, and paves the way for a corrupt dishonest state to push forward with an agenda it would otherwise be disallowed. The realities behind the old Jewish proverb, “A half truth is a whole lie” is evident now more than ever. A compliant media that advocates government policy presents a threat to American freedom and safety just as any approaching army.  Preserving freedom requires diligent questioning by the public of the media coverage of government policy.

George Orwell illustrated the manipulation of the population through the media in his book “1984”.  The “Ministry of Truth” [i] was a branch of government that wrote the news to propel its propaganda, facilitate the party agenda, and control the people. The current similarities are frightening. Today, we see reports of the economy growing, production is up, job creation and support of an agenda that threatens liberty.  Unfortunately, despite the trumpeting, the people are not seeing the results of the alleged economic recovery in housing, jobs, or sentiment in the market.

In 1946 Supreme Court Justice Justice Felix Frankfurter stated, “Without a free press there can be no free society … Without a lively sense of responsibility a free press may readily become a powerful instrument of injustice.” (Penneckamp v. Florida). Faced with today’s issues, advocacy of bad policy could easily become the “instrument of injustice.” Spewing half-truths or talking-points seems to be par for the course anymore. A compliant press that advocates government policy presents a threat to liberty just as any approaching army.  Americans deserve a responsible press that will find the other half of the truth to protect against despotism. Why are they derelict? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Tony Pfau

May 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

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