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Monday, February 21, 2005 Volume XIII, Number
Did Ya Know?... The City
of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and
Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday, February
22 for Presidents 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
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Humane Society needs volunteers to take
pets to Petsmart on Saturday Mornings. Call
358-6402 for more info.
Foreman: "Do you think
youre 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 dont
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.
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
Some folks just dont understand tools.
I knew one guy who claimed ta have at
least one a ever Snap-On wrench in the
catalog. For those who dont 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 dont have the slightest
idea, but the fact was that although it was an
impressive sight, they werent 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.
Oldies and Oddities
This Is A Hammer
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 hasnt 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, its 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
plumbers 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 cylinders 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 dont want to have
to tug it out again anytime soon.
HOME TIP: When
removing faucet fixtures with a plumbers
wrench, wrap masking tape around the area to be
unscrewed. This prevents scratches and gouges in
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