Ace is the place…

I had to install smoke/carbon monoxide detectors near each bedroom in the house to be able to pass inspection; as long as I had the stepladder out, I thought I’d upgrade the incandescent light bulbs in a couple of ceiling-mounted fixtures to LED (the bulbs had been there since the electricians installed the fixtures 10 years ago).

The only way I could see to remove the shade was to unscrew the screws in the recessed holes you can see in the photo above. And naturally, I dropped one of the screws and couldn’t find it. But I was able to take everything apart and replace the bulbs.

I took the remaining two screws to my nearest hardware store, Los Gatos Ace Hardware, to get a replacement. But they didn’t have it (it apparently is an odd size); the salesperson, Zach, told me he could use a tap and die set to change the hole in the fixture so I could use a normal machine screw, but he couldn’t do it until today.

We did laundry this morning and Diane found the missing screw in the lint filter, so I decided to try to put things back together myself. I couldn’t figure out how to reassemble everything – back to Ace and Zach.

He spent 15 minutes reassembling the shade – for free. And I discovered what I should have done in the first place – all I needed to do was use my finger to loosen the finials on each of the clamps holding the rings together and the shade would come down easily.

I also discovered that I’d made a mistake by buying non-dimmable LED bulbs and putting them on a fixture controlled by a dimmer switch. I thought about changing out the switch and decided it was much easier to buy dimmable bulbs (which I did get at Ace, of course).

I guess I’m not completely out of the Covid brain fog. :-)

Inspection Passed!

The Los Gatos building inspector came today and approved our heat pump installation.

And I just got the word that the final inspection for the solar power system will happen on Thursday. I suspect that one may be more elaborate.

Today I learned…

We had lunch with friends today; as we were chatting, David F. claimed he was seeing upload speeds north of 100Mbps on his newly-acquired Comcast connections. That seemed extremely improbable to both me and our friend Dan, since our Comcast uploads are quite firmly capped at 40Mbps.

But it’s true – David F. has “Gigabit Extra” service and is renting his modem/router from Comcast, so they give him significantly more upstream bandwidth. It’s almost time for my every-other-year discussion with the Comcast retention people, and now I have something else to discuss. :-)

The town building inspector is coming tomorrow, so I had to add a carbon monoxide/smoke detector to meet the current code. It was a lot cheaper at Target than it would have been at Ace or Home Depot.

Not a very exciting day, but I thought I’d write something while my eyes are still open.

The River Bride

We went to see City Lights‘s production of The River Bride this afternoon.

It’s based on a Brazilian fairy tale, but you didn’t have to know anything about Brazil to enjoy the show. The staging was superb, as usual, and I found myself getting lost in the story.

It’s playing through June 11, and I recommend seeing it if you can.

Australia, 2023

We went to Australia in April, 2023, to see the total solar eclipse on April 20. Here’s the outline of our trip.

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