What is so Good About Halogen Bulbs?

We are constantly being bombarded with advice to stop using normal bulbs and switch to halogen ones - but we are not usually given the background information as to why.

So, I was glad to receive an e-mail from DaveyP asking me to explain more detail.

What are they?
Put to use as an alternative to the regular bulb, halogen bulbs are a distinctive type of light bulb which will generate light by employing halogen gas which enables the bulb to produce an increased amount of light plus an extended life span from the light bulb as well.

How do they work?
All of this can be done thanks partly to a chemical process that gives a continuing way to obtain a brighter light yield and also managing to keep the light bulb permanently clean. The light bulb is constructed out of a strong translucent glass generally known as quartz, and is tougher, and thus permits the pressure of the gas to get higher, consequently lowering the degeneration of the filament. Consequently now you can see precisely how these elements used in combination is actually allows halogen bulbs to work with an increased light voltage.

Where to use them?
There are several various places and conditions at which halogen bulbs can be utilized. Handled very much the same just like a normal light bulb will be treated, the halogen bulb might be put into use throughout industrial and also residential places. As part of the limitless uses of the halogen bulb the most widespread ways in which it is actually utilised would be the following: work lights, motor vehicle headlights, spotlights and floodlights, under cabinet lighting, and many more. Even though there are a lot of positive aspects in the applications of the halogen bulb, a single basic bad thing is all the generated heating which is discharged because of all the high voltage output. Therefore, safety precautions call for halogen bulbs often be protected by a grille or a grid.

What is the Difference Between Distilled Water and Deionized Water?

As you are probably already aware, distilled water and deionized water are NOT the same.

They differ in the manner in which they are produced, and if you are looking for one significant difference, it is that, in most cases, deionized water is more pure than distilled water.

Having said that, for most of the common reasons for using them, they are interchangeable.

Distilling water is fairly straight forward, you can even do it at home if you can be bothered. It is simply boiling the water, and then collecting and cooling the steam so that it returns to liquid state. Most of the ‘nasties’ in the water are left in the kettle, and the water that you end up with is far purer than it started off.

Deionising water is more complicated, and involves passing the water through a bed of Ion Exchange resin beads. There is a reaction that takes place which, in laymans terms, leaves the ‘bad stuff’ in the resin beads. For more information, you can find information, and even order, from this dionized and distilled water site.

Although there may be some instances where one is preferred over another, if you are simply wanting pure water for normal household applications, either will do just fine.

What is a Paddy Whacker?

Somebody asked me whether there was any connection between the phrase ‘paddy whacker’ and the childrens song ‘knick, knack, paddywhack’.

I think this unlikely - I can find not evidence of any connection at all.

The phrase in its most common usage is a somewhat discriminatory term referring to a machine used by builders to level the hard core or soil prior to laying a drive way, or doing building work. These machines, more correctly known as ‘compactors’ get their epithet from the ‘fact’ that many of the workers doing building work and driveways were of Irish origin; ‘Paddy’ being a generic, and slighty derogatory, term to describe all Irish men.

I as also found some evidence to support the theory that the ‘whacker’ part is NOT related to the ‘whacking’ that the plate does, but instead comes from the English pronunciation of a German company name that produced many of the early models. You can make your own mind up on that one. All I will say is that even construction equipment manufacturers have some cunning marketing skills, and this may be behind this myth.

What is the Best Way to Cook Sausages?

To start the ball rolling, a question that came up down at the Red Bull the other night.

What is the Best Way to Cook Sausages? sausages.jpg There was a heated debate, and no agreement between the clientele - even though one of them was a Butcher!!

I can settle that argument now for ever…..

Lets consider the three most popular options:

1/. Fry them
No No No! It is not healthy, the sausages often split and the cooking time is often too short. Forget this option, it is perhaps the worse of all the options.

2/. Grill them
Better than frying them, clearly it is healthier - but it still suffers from the short cooking time problem. Get it wrong and the outside is overcooked and the inside undercooked.

3/. Oven Cook Them
The winner :)
Your oven may vary, so do test them as you go along, but what usually works well is around 35mins at gas mark 7. They come out perfectly cooked, lower in fat, and they never burst.

Let me know how you get on when you try it.


My friends tell me I know everything… I think they are just making fun of me, and implying that I am a bit of an obnoxious know-it-all - but then, you see, that is just even more proof that I probably DO know everything.

“STFU”, they say, “if you want to show off, go get a blog” …so I did.

I plan on using it to put right a few misconceptions and answer questions that you may want to throw at me.. but first a few ground rules….

1/. If you ask about politics or religion I WILL make fun of you - so only do so if you have a thick skin.
2/. Unless your questions and comments are either ‘intelligent’ or ‘amusingly stupid’, I will probably just delete them.
3/. My blog, My bat, My ball - freedom of speech to me means ‘get your own damned blog’,

OK - off we go then…