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Monday, February 21, 2005 Volume XIII, Number 174

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday, February 22 for President’s Day.

Did Ya Know?... Spare Cat Rescue is offering spay/neuter assistance for your pet. Call 358-6808

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Council/Family Neighborhood Center is selling colorful trashbags as a fund-raiser to support Adult Literacy programs in Jasper County. Durable trash bags come in two sizes; 13 Gallon 1.1 mil and 33 Gallon 1.5 mil. and in a variety of colors; green, blue, orange, purple and yellow. For more info please call 358-5926.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Humane Society needs volunteers to take pets to Petsmart on Saturday Mornings. Call 358-6402 for more info.

today's laugh

Foreman: "Do you think you’re fit for really hard labor?"
Applicant: "Well, some of the best judges in the country have thought so."

"Yes, Bill and I are partners in the selling game, but we don’t carry the same goods."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, Bill goes around selling a stove polish that leaves a stain on your fingers, and two days later I go around with the only soap that will take it off."

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Cab Axle Broke.

Chas. Monett of the Wellls Drug Co. having occasion to take a typewriter (machine) home last night, called a cab. On going down the hill from the square on West Fourth street, the hind axle of the carriage broke off close to the right wheel and allowed that corner of the vehicle to drop with a dull thud. Mr. Monett was slammed over against one side of the carriage but fortunately was not hurt.

A Rare Sunny Day.

The boys of the fire department sat out in front sunning themselves this morning with all doors open.

"This is the first time since the 2nd of January that we have been able to air ourselves out this way," remarked Chief Shipps.

Mrs. John Manker has been very ill for several days with grip but is better today.


Today's Feature

Library Memorandum on Agenda.

The City Council will meet tomorrow evening at 7:00 with a full agenda. The Council will be discussing the memorandum of understanding for expansion of the Carthage Public Library. The memorandum has been in negotiation and was returned from the Library to the Budget/Ways and Means Committee last Monday.

Nine ordinances will be in their first reading at the meeting. Five of the ordinances come from items discussed at the last Public Services Committee meeting, including the agreements with the Adult Soccer League, Carthage Softball program, Carthage Driller baseball team, Youth Softball League and the Carthage Little League. As proposed, the agreements from last year with each of these teams will be carried over another year with little or no changes.

Another ordinance on the agenda will amend the Annual Operating and Capital Budget for the City regarding a transfer of appropriation for the General Fund. This transfer allows for better categorization concerning money spent for professional services rendered at the Police Department including translation and cleaning services.

Just Jake Talkin'
Some folks just don’t understand tools.

I knew one guy who claimed ta have at least one a ever’ Snap-On wrench in the catalog. For those who don’t hang around professional mechanics, Snap-On is one a the most respected names around. This guy also had a big tool box with what appeared ta be a couple a hundred drawers in it and they were indeed full of tools of all shapes and sizes.

Now whether this guy knew what they were all for I don’t have the slightest idea, but the fact was that although it was an impressive sight, they weren’t bein’ used. They all just sat there at the back of his two car garage.

Now the potential was great for this collection of finely crafted equipment, but they were of little use unless they got picked up ever now and then.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin.

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"Frozen" Pipe Stalls Shower Leak Repair

Q: The shower in our master bath has a single pull-out handle, which had a leak. I tried to replace the old stem; however, the only thing I could remove was the center handle, while the cylinder remained frozen inside the water pipe. So I took the new stem out of the new cylinder, and put it into the pipe. This hasn’t fixed the leak. How can I fix this quickly? I live in a 10-unit condominium, and when I work on the pipes I have to shut the water off to all 10 residences. — John M., Springfield, Pa.

A: The leak is almost certainly from the cylinder (cartridge) inside the pipe, as deteriorating seals inside this assembly can cause the type of faucet leak you describe. So, the cartridge has to come out.

Check with the manufacturer of the faucet. Some assemblies have unique release mechanisms and methods (like a retaining clip that must be removed first) or require a special tool to "unstick" the cartridge from the valve body. Contact the faucet maker with the model number (or replacement model number) to see if any special instructions exist.

If there are no special instructions, it’s back to the old "wiggle method" as you try to get the cartridge out. Inspect the cylinder again, looking for plastic parts that might be removed or threads or nuts that can be firmly gripped by a wrench or needle-nose pliers. Use side-to-side and up-down motions to try and work the cartridge free. Also, try prying the cartridge loose using a flat-head screwdriver — a coat of plumber’s grease between the cylinder and pipe may be the culprit.

Note: Once you have loosened and removed the cylinder, write down or sketch the position of notable features on the unit: any notches or bumps, lettering and colors (especially around intake holes). The replacement cylinder’s position must match that of the old cylinder so that hot and cold water settings are not reversed. Since the replacement will be installed almost as tightly as the old cylinder, you don’t want to have to tug it out again anytime soon.

HOME TIP: When removing faucet fixtures with a plumber’s wrench, wrap masking tape around the area to be unscrewed. This prevents scratches and gouges in the finish.

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