Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How The Salvation Army Can Improve Family Day

  If you happen to be a big thrifter like I am, then you probably know that on Wednesday's The Salvation Army has Family Day. Now on Family Day almost everything in the store is 50% off. However there is one little teeny weenie exclusion, a certain color tag is excluded. This week that color tag was yellow.
  This is what really annoys me about family day. The color tag that is excluded in the 50% off sale. The items that you usually really want on family day are the ones with the excluded color tag. This is really insulting to the shopper. I don't want to pay full price for the item that I want there. I want it to be 50% off.
  I like to buy a lot of clothing there to test my shop scissors on to see how well it cuts through them. As for the past 3 weeks of going to the Salvation Army every Wednesday morning has been a waste of time for me. I'm trying not to spend my money at thrift stores as much anymore but The Salvation Army's color tag exclusions on Family Day really ruin it for me.
  I see something really cool and nice and it's excluded this week. What a shame. I saw a few nice items this week that were excluded and it got me thinking why do I even bother coming here anymore? Recently The Salvation Army has become a hit or miss place anymore to find anything good. I noticed that their selections of certain items have diminished significantly. One of those items is men's hats. I've found a lot of nice sometimes brand new hats there in the past for really good prices. Sometimes I found them on Family day where the hat prices were the excluded color tag. That didn't bother me at all sometimes. It's the bigger ticket items or obscure things that I see that annoy me. They haven't stocked any new hats in about a month or two.
  Other things that irk me about Family Day is that they sometimes don't include furniture. That makes sense in a way. I would never buy a couch or a chair from The Salvation Army. My uncle swears off on going in there since he once saw them one morning spraying the furniture for bed bugs. My uncle has a nickname for The Salvation Army, he calls it The Bug Store since they spray the furniture for bed bugs like the Orkin Man.
  If the Salvation Army really wants to improve Family Day they need to include ALL color tags in the 50% off sale not exclude one color. It's that one day of the week that is like their Black Friday. It really couldn't kill them to include everything at 50% off since they all got the stuff for absolutely FREE OF CHARGE. It's not like they can take a loss on anything. Rant over.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dumping Junk at USAgain Dumpsters

  We've all probably have seen those green and white colored used clothing dumpster bins around since they have become quite popular in recent years. However there is one problem with these donation dumpsters, the dumping of junk that isn't clothing or shoes. At my Walmart they have 3 of these USAgain dumpsters in the top of the parking lot and everytime I seem to go past them I notice a trend, bags of junk left there that people don't bother to put in the dumpster because they are too lazy or my personal favorite CRT Television sets.
  Now in bold lettering all over these USAgain dumpsters it clearly states USED CLOTHING AND SHOES ONLY. I don't think anyone ever takes notice to this policy. People love to dump everything in front of these used clothing bins. I think a lot of people in my opinion do this after they have a yard sale and just take the unsold junk and leave it in front of a dumpster. Heck one time I saw a person dump a huge trailer full of stuff in front of a USAgain Dumpster and didn't bother to put a single thing inside of it. It was all boxes of stuff that didn't sell at their yard sale. This is a problem with illegal dumping but it's a grey area since it's technically donations.
  As a matter of fact most thrift stores won't take old CRT TV's for donations since nobody want's them. Well maybe except for the classic gamers who have systems like an NES or Sega Genesis. Every time my area has a huge electronics recycling drive they fill up the amount of stuff they can take within an hour or two and then they can't accept items anymore, thus leading people to dump their unwanted CRT TV at the nearest USAgain dumpster.
  The fact that people disobey the clothing and shoes only rule doesn't surprise me one bit. People just don't give a damn about it. If they want to get rid of it they'll get rid of it. Just don't dump a bag full of old Baby toys and moldy clothes. It's disgusting to see what people leave in front of these dumpsters once they are exposed to the elements such as rain or snow.
  The overflow of donations that people dump in these dumpsters is what gives these donation dumpsters a bad rap. It's not just USAgain dumpsters that fall victim to this dumping and overflow, other competitors such as Planet Aid suffer from overflow. Secondly the other problem which helps feed the fire here is the fact that these dumpsters are found in just about every parking lot from here to eternity. I wonder how often Planet Aid empties their dumpsters out. I've never seen their truck around cleaning them out.
  A solution to this dumping problem with these dumpsters can be solved by cities and townships passing ordinances limiting the amount of these dumpsters that can be allocated to a parking lot or geographical area. These dumpsters need to be limited to where they can be placed and how many you can place in  a parking lot. These dumpsters are nothing but trouble and makes illegal dumping acceptable

Snap-On SGDMRC44B Soft Grip Ratcheting Screwdriver Review.

  I wanted to make a YouTube video reviewing this screwdriver but I no longer have a tripod for my digital camera. The tripod broke when I tried putting a full size Panasonic Omnimovie VHS Camcorder onto the tripod and it couldn't support the massive weight of the behemoth camcorder from 1988. You'll have to excuse me for that apology. I haven't made a new YouTube video in years. I need to get back into the reviewing various toys and other stuff that I own.
 I had acquired the Snap-On SGDMRC44B Soft Grip Ratcheting Screwdriver from my father around 2016. When my father still had his appliance repair business, he would buy Snap-On Tools. Now lets get this straight here, Snap-On Tools aren't really marketed at the appliance repairman demographic, they are more or less in the professional automobile mechanic demographic. So my dad had bought this ratcheting screwdriver from Snap-On, when he did I have no idea. 
SGDMRC44B The best damn screwdriver there is

  Let's review the screwdriver now. The Snap-On SGDMRC44B Soft Grip Ratcheting Screwdriver has got to be the best screwdriver I ever owned and used. It's very convenient and easy design to use. The Black and red soft grip handle contains a thumb dial where you can turn it to three positions, right side to turn to the right, left side to unscrew or loosen. The middle position locks the ratcheting mechanism. This thumb dial makes it easier to switch fastening positions by just flicking your thumb left or right. It can be used both left handed or right handed.  In order to use the Ratcheting mechanism of the screwdriver you need to turn the handle back and forth very gently so it drives the screws in or out very easily. This ratcheting mechanism saves your hand from getting sore from driving screws. It's very ergonomic and has a comfortable feel in your hand.  I've used this screwdriver extensively to hang up MOC Hot Wheels cars on my wall in my attic. I can drive screws into the paneling without any problem. This ratcheting mechanism can act like a manual drill so to speak.
  I've used this screwdriver to disassemble a fan. however due to the fan being metal and the magnetic hex shank this can be a tricky issue with the screwdriver. The magnetic hex shank can sometimes stick to the area you are trying to reach the screw at.
  Now here's the best kept secret about this screwdriver, you can use any magnetic bit for it. You don't need to use the Snap-On bits in it. Although the screwdriver does come with a #2 Phillips bit and a flat tip bit. While we are on the subject of bits, the handle of the screwdriver can hold up to 10 different bits. There is a little red cap on the end of the handle that comes off to store the bits inside of the handle.  
  Now the Magnetic hex shank can also magnetize screws as well in order to hold them into place. This makes it convenient in case the screw falls out or slips out, you can easily pick some screws that are magnetic back up. Not all screws will get magnetized by the hex shank. Not all screws are made out of a magnetic metal. So don't get angry if it won't hold the screw in place just because some screws aren't magnetic. Overall it holds the screws in just fine.
  The Magnetic Hex Shank will fit any magnetic screwdriver bit from any brand. There are some screwdriver bits that won't fit this hex shank such as a #4 Phillips bit which is the largest Phillips Screwdriver type that there is. Snap-On does make other Hex Bit Shanks for this screwdriver such as a 9" one and a 3-1/4" inch one as well. They even make a Speeder for this screwdriver. All of these shanks are sold separately.
  The price of this screwdriver is $77.95 which may seem a little hefty for a screwdriver. Don't let the price scare you away, it's really worth the money. If you buy it online from Snap-On you get free shipping on all orders under $500.
  Now for a $77.95 screwdriver this is the best screwdriver there is on the market. It's manufactured here in the USA which is very uncommon for tools to be made domestically nowadays. Snap-On manufacturers a majority of their tools here in the United States. As Snap-On once said as their slogan There Is A Difference. That slogan is the truth. There are two types of tools out there, OK made tools and then there's quality made tools. Snap-On is quality. You're paying the price for unmatched quality and an unbeatable lifetime warranty.
  Overall I give this ratcheting screwdriver an overall 10/10 stars. I will never go back to my old screwdriver again.