The Home Handy Book; A Compendium of Useful Things to Do Around the Average House and How to Keep It in Repair

The Home Handy Book; A Compendium of Useful Things to Do Around the Average House and How to Keep It in Repair

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...light goes out it stands to reason that the lamp has burned out. When two or more lamps go out at the same time it is a foregone conclusion that a plug fuse in one of the branch cut-out boxes has blown. Should all of the lights in the house go out simultaneously you will know that the fuses in the main cut-out box have blown. For a house of ordinary size 10 ampere fuse plugs are about the right size for the branch cut-outs. Coloring and Frosting Electric Light Bulbs.--The bulbs of incandescent lamps can be given any color by cleaning them in warm soap suds, rinsing in clear water, drying with a cloth, polishing with tissue paper and then dipping them into the following solutions: First beat the white of an egg to a froth and thoroughly mix it with 1 part of rainwater and filter, and be sure there are no bubbles on the surface of the solution. Tie a string around the plug end of each lamp, dip it in the solution and hang it up to dry; after drying thoroughly dip it a second time and let it dry again. Next make a solution by dissolving 20 grains of soluble aniline dye, which can be had in any color, in 4 ounces of collodion. Dip each bulb in the solution, hang it up and let it dry over night. Dip the bulbs again and again, letting them dry thoroughly by dissolving as much alum in the water as it will take up. By adding cochineal for red, turmeric for yellow, and indigo for blue to the solution frosted bulbs in these colors may be made. Testing and Fixing Electric Heating Appara.t1J.S.--Should an electric iron or other piece of electrical heating apparatus fail in its action test out the connecting cord first, as the fault is usually to be found in either it or the socket ends. To test it simply connect the plug end with a battery and bell...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123683206X
  • 9781236832061