Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Product Recall: Flushmate(r) III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System

via press release:

Flushmate Recalls Flushmate(r) III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Flushmate(r) III Pressure-Assist Flushing System

Units: About 2,330,600 in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada

Manufacturer: Flushmate, of New Hudson, Mich., a division of Sloan Valve Company

Hazard: The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact or laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.

Incidents/Injuries: Flushmate has received 304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries.

Description: This recall is for Series 503 Flushmate(r) III Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks. The recalled systems were manufactured from October 1997 to February 2008. The units are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. The date code/serial number is 16 characters long and is located on the label on the top of the Flushmate III. The first six numerals of the serial number are the date code. The date code range for this recall begins with 101497 (October 14, 1997) and continues through 022908 (February 29, 2008).

Sold at: The Home Depot and Lowe's stores, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide for about $108, and sold to toilet manufacturers including American Standard, Crane, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mansfield and St. Thomas.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off the water supply to the recalled Flushmate III unit and stop using the system. Consumers should contact the firm to determine if their Flushmate III serial number is included in the recall and to request a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Flushmate toll-free at (800) 303-5123 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at and

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:


Removing The Blogger NAVBAR: A How To from 2012!

I've been trying to figure out how to remove the Blogger Navbar for some time, but all the hits I keep finding on my web searches seem to pull up older, outdated results or info.  This info relates to the old or input and modifications.  Those instructions are not as accurate or helpful to me these days.  Why?

Because Google has enhanced and things are a little different now.  With that in mind, I had figured out how to remove that modern-day blogger navbar.

They say that the navbar is a helpful tool for web cruisers to easily come across your site.  I've never used it myself.  It's too random for my tastes and I don't think I've seen traffic come from that navbar either.

So I'm not too worried about losing traffic by removing it.

So here's how I did my change up.  Here we go...

I hit up my Blog control page ( and went to my "Layout" control page for my template.

There, I hit up link near the upper right corner that says "Template Designer."

It's a new page you may have not seen before.  Don't freak out.

Just head to the 'Advanced' link.

If you don't see 'Add CSS' at the bottom of your menu, use the slide-bar to go to the bottom of your options and you should see it.

If you have not mucked with your blog before, more than likely, the "Add custom CSS" square is blank.

In that blank space, past the following code into it:

#Navbar1 {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
display: none;
visibility: hidden;

Then hit the orange "Apply to Blog" button in the upper-right corner of this page.

For me, that was a "Wallah!" and it worked.  It removed that telltale navbar and now my blog was one step closer to looking more like an independent website than a blogger space.