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Lifetime Warranties

Price Pfister Kitchen Faucet

I googled Lifetime Warranties as I began this blog.  There are a number of companies who provide lifetime warranties for their products, some of the more famous being Tupperware and Tilley. As it turns out, lifetime generally means the lifetime of the product, not the human being’s lifetime who bought the product. Shucks! I’m not sure how long a bathroom tap is supposed to live, or a bath tub tap & shower assembly or a kitchen spray faucet but clearly 7 and 14 years old is not too long! Here’s my story …

My recent  move has left me challenged for hot water in both kitchen and bathroom. Three visits from various plumbers and heating technicians have produced hot water to the sources – but the taps and shower head were failing to deliver it properly. Result: scalding or freezing in the shower, and low flow of cold water only in the kitchen.

Frustrated and not wanting to spend more money on the problem –  I turned to the huge folder I keep of product information and warranties. I found the warranties & parts lists for the taps and shower assembly and the manufacturer’s customer service phone number easily. Or you can take a picture of your fixture with your cell phone and match it to ones online. Google Images also has countless photos of practically everything and I found my bathroom taps and their name easily. (My son showed me these things – cool!)

A couple of quick toll free calls to the Price Pfister Customer Service representatives have resulted in shipments of brand new replacement parts for 3 various taps in the house. The parts that were sent are of higher quality than the original parts and consequently I now have plenty of hot water in the kitchen and a sprayer that is free from mineral deposits. Yay! The bathroom shower assembly is also producing plenty of nice, hot water (but NOT scalding).

Last  night UPS delivered (for free) the last pieces I need to fix a leaking bathroom faucet. We’ve even managed to replace these parts ourselves, without the need for a plumber. Pfice Pfister, I’m impressed! Thank you for standing by your Lifetime Warranty. In an age when so many things are disposable, thank you for allowing me to repair my fixtures, rather than replace them.

Everything is working as good as new! I’ve now moved on to the dishwasher although after fourteen years of service to a family of four I’m not expecting too much! And the stove is a Viking original from Eaton’s … Stay tuned!




A relaxed mind

Echo Jaipur bedding

A relaxed mind

A relaxed mind is a creative mind – who was it who said that? Was it Yogi Bhajan or just conventional teabag wisdom … well anyway s/he was right! This past month I did move – not exactly on a whim, but certainly on the fly …  to use a few idioms! Although I had been sporadically packing items not used on a daily basis, I was not ready to move only one week after making the final decision. I was still packing the morning of the move after the truck had been picked up! What was that I said about my mind again?

Right! Being relaxed. Moving involves a myriad of details – from changing utility bills, to letting friends and family know about your new contact info, new patterns to commute to work, adjustments to your new surroundings and so on. And that was only for a move within Hamilton for two adults!  Add to that some temperamental hot water resulting in freezing or scalding showers and no hot water in the kitchen. This too shall pass … However, relaxed I am not.

I’ve also been putting off the inevitable – that even though I’ve moved home and work this month and everything is still not settled and working perfectly, its time to get back to what I was doing before I moved. This includes my regular work, both social and real time networking, and blogging. I only began blogging in the past 6 months and I regularly tell anyone who is interested that this is one of my favourite parts of being a business owner. So I wondered why I’d been avoiding it. Throughout the move I’d been making mental notes to use in future blogs, such as what I did right and wrong during the move;  how most of us underestimate the physical toll of moving; that even if I’m not a “Senior” I can feel somewhat disoriented being in new surroundings and so on …

Its just today when I am too physically exhausted to do any more, its pouring rain and I’ve surfed the net shopping for new bedding for a few hours that my fingers and my thoughts have finally connected on the keyboard. No, I’m not doing nothing, I’m relaxing a bit and my brain now has enough space for some creative thoughts. Coming home from a vacation I’ve noticed the same thing … great ideas start coming forth unbidden.

Keep a notebook or two around so you can capture ideas when you relax … you never know where one will lead!



Stuff and the 80/20 rule

home is where you keep your stuff

Strange isn’t it, that humans spend the first half of our lives accumulating things and the second half of our lives disseminating the same items! We are born with nothing and we take nothing with us when we leave this world … but we seem collect a lot of stuff in between!

This spring I plan to be moving to a different home and although I’ll have more room in my new place,  I’m spending time while I’m packing now to purge un-needed items. The last thing I want to do is clutter up my new space with stuff I don’t need … and I’m beginning to see a pattern.

Early in my career in the business world I learned about the 80/20 rule or the Pareto Principle. We learned that 80% of our sales came from 20% of our customers. Twenty percent of our products accounted for 80% of our sales, and so on. This seems to hold true in my wardrobe – I wear 20% of my clothes 80% of the time. And with my belongings, I use the same few items over and over while the rest sits untouched…  I’ve packed up many of my possessions, and the household seems to be functioning quite well. Better in fact!

Less stuff = less decisions = less stress.

Decide before you buy or get something new if you can afford to keep it. In addition to initial outlay of money, there are hidden costs you may not think about when you acquire an item. Don’ t forget there is also upkeep & maintenance, depreciation and storage of the item. Maybe it would be better to borrow or rent it. I’ve decided to stop buying books, DVD’s and CD’s. I just don’t want to carry them around with me anymore.  And I generally follow the “one out – one in” practice when buying new clothing. I just have one question -

Does anyone need a crockpot?