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How To Change A Smoke Detector

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

FEMA recommends you change the battery in your smoke alarm once a year and replace the entire device once every five years.

Smoke detectors are often forgotten about the safety feature of your home. That is until it begins to beep to remind you to change the battery. FEMA recommends you change the battery in your smoke alarm once a year and replace the entire device once every five years. 

Replacing the Battery

What You Need:

9-volt battery (typical battery used, may vary)

Ladder or Step Stool

Process:

  1. Set up the ladder underneath the smoke detector to give you better access.
  2. Turn the smoke detector counterclockwise so the face either comes off or drops down still attached by a few wires.
  3. If there are wires attached to the face, squeeze the area where they connect and they should pop off. If they don't, leave it be and move on to step 4. Do not cut the wires.
  4. The smoke detector may beep once it is disconnected, that is okay. Remove the backing over the battery housing and replace the 9-volt battery. Most current models do not require a screwdriver for this.
  5. Place the smoke detector back over the base and turn clockwise to lock it in. You should hear or feel it click.

For more information on smoke detectors, see the FEMA page here

The Famous Buc-ee's Restrooms

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Buc-ee's gas stations can have more than 70 restroom stalls!

A household name across Texas, Buc-ee's is revered by Houstonian's like the best rest stop in all of America. What sets it apart from the others? Apart from its massive size, halls of candy and plethora of beef jerky, when people think of Buc-ee's they think of its world-famous restrooms. 

How do they stay so clean? There is a staff fully dedicated to inspecting the bathrooms every hour on the hour 24/7. Buc-ee's has also risen the standards of 'clean' too much more than just a wipe down and a quick mop up. Toilets alone are cleaned every hour with more care than most people give their own johns. While this makes for a much less desired job, Buc-ee's had no problem compensating their employees with above minimum wage pay. 

For more information on Buc-ee's and their pristine toilets see the below links.

http://www.terrelltribune.com/community/article_09cb1ed2-0b89-11e5-836d-b788f34eda39.html

https://intelligentfanatics.com/forums/topic/buc-ees-bathroom-obsession/