Welcome to the Apple Viz newsletter for July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.

1. Bright Guide – messenger (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Bright Guide is a convenient messenger designed specifically for blind
people and working with the Voice Over screen access
program. The Bright Guide application allows you to send text and voice
messages, images and documents, as well as subscribe
to popular channels in Telegram.
In the interface of the Bright Guide application, all the buttons are
conveniently located, there are no extra headers and not always
necessary notifications, which are often found when using Voice Over.
We also thought out and added some convenient features that can please
users:
In order not to return to the “Back” button every time, you can double-click
on the screen of the phone with two fingers. This
activates the “Back” button in all places of the application
By sending a voice message, you can always listen to it before sending it,
overwrite it or simply delete it
Being in the chat with a user, scrolling up or down, you can select the
function you need for further action
We also developed a special search system “Alphabetical Index”. It allows
you to search quickly through your contacts by the
first letter of the name or surname with Voice Over. For example, choosing
the letter “B”, you activate the search for users
whose first or last name begins with the letter “B”

Current Version: 1.1.2 (May 31, 2020)
Read Bright Guide – messenger’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/bright-guide-messenger
Visit Bright Guide – messenger’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bright-guide-messenger/id1458917846

2. Nicolas Eymerich – The Demon (iOS/iPadOS, US$5.99)
Dear brothers and sisters! The wait is finally over… The Inquisitor is BACK!
Immerse yourself in this roguelike-inspired RPG and
follow the last adventure of Nicolas Eymerich.
An exciting game mechanics in 8 different scenarios: haunted woods, caves
invaded by monstrous creatures, crypts full of secrets
and the Final Clash with the Evil One.
An innovative audio-navigational system to explore maps in the most remote
corners. From the village of Calcares to the dungeons
of the Abbey.
A brand-new combat mechanics in which you will control both Eymerich and
Jacinto Corona. You will use the strength, the spirit, and
the power of the Faith, to banish the Evil!
Dialogues in which to discover precious clues or the demonstration of the
Lie of the Heresy.
Enigmas to solve with the ingenuity of divine intuition.
An accessible audio game for the visually impaired, enhanced with hand-drawn
graphics and also playable in video mode.

Current Version: 1.3 (July 14, 2020)
Read Nicolas Eymerich – The Demon’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/nicolas-eymerich-demon
Visit Nicolas Eymerich – The Demon’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/nicolas-eymerich-the-demon/id1506739998

All recent app entries posted to applevis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for August 2020

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for August 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Replacing Faulty Light Switches and Wall Outlets
* When the Lights Go Out, Replacing Fuses and Resetting Circuit Breakers

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Protecting yourself at a hotel
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

For this month:
We see that those phone scams continue to be an annoyance.
Be ware of the number that calls you, does not leave a message or hangs up,
and then they hope that you call them back.
Calls from India and China continue to make their presence felt.
These are scams looking to encourage you to disclose your personal or
banking details.
Don’t take calls from those research companies whose names you do not
recognize.
Ignore fax numbers that you do not recognize.

An interesting bit of info about the aging of dogs?
A dog’s first year is the equivalent of 30 years of adult life.
By the time your dog reaches 4 years, it is the equivalent of 52 years of
adult life.

And here is another tip on dogs:
If you notice that they are either rubbing against the wall excessively or
licking themselves in the same way or even scratching, then your poor dog
may be suffering from a skin problem or even an allergy.
Check with your vet as soon as possible.

Squirrels?
They can destroy your flowers but they also love those bird seeds that you
may leave in your outdoor bird feeders.

Want to make your own hand sanitizer?
Use 3 parts water and one part rubbing alcahol.
Also, any hand soap is also quite good.

One way to ensure that your plants survive the summer heat?
Do not over water, just make sure that soil is damp.
It is always easier to revive an overly dry plant than an over soaked one.

About those pesky musquitoes?
They usually fade away during very hot temps.

Want to give your room the appearance of being larger than its physical
size?
Then you need to paint it in a very light colour.

Ways to measure your waste and hips?
Your waste is 3 fingers down from right under your breast bone.
Your hips is is 3 fingers further down.
This is a good way for you to locate your waste and hips.

All about the benefits of dry shampoo?
There have been great strides when it comes to the use of dry shampoo.
There was a time when it came in a powder form but alas!
It now comes in the form of a spray, there are several very refreshing
fragrances, and it does a great job keeping your hair looking fresh and easy
on the eyes.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Replacing Faulty Light Switches and Wall Outlets
These directions are intended for both the general population as well as
blind and/or low vision home repair enthusiast.
Light switches and electrical wall outlets can occasionally become
defective, working only sometimes or not at all. In addition to
this making the light or appliance unreliably usable, it can be unsafe. Many
people are afraid to tackle electrical projects fearing
that they will be shocked or injured. Any person, with or without vision can
safely and successfully replace electrical switches and
outlets by making sure the electricity to that switch or outlet is turned
off and following the five steps described below.
If you do not have enough vision to identify the colors of the electrical
wires and the color of the terminals, you will most likely need
assistance from a sighted person to identify the color of the wires and to
be sure you know which terminals are brass and which
are nickel so that you can safely install them.
Tools that you may need:
·
Straight or philips screw drivers
·
Pliers that incorporate a wire cutter, sometimes referred to as
linemen’s pliers
·
Needle-nose pliers
·
Wire stripper or sharp knife for stripping insulation from the
electrical wire
Parts you may need:
·
Replacement switch or outlet of the same amperage capacity and
color of the one you are replacing
·
Replacement switch or outlet covers if the one you remove is
marred, dirty, or cracked
·
Electrician’s tape
·
A selection of wire connecters, also referred to as wire nuts, used
to connect two or more electrical wires together or to cap off an
unused wire
Switches are, or should be, mounted in a plastic or metal junction box
inside a wall. Most often, light fixtures are controlled by only
one switch, sometimes called a single-pole switch. It has a lever which when
moved into the “on” position allows electricity to flow
to the lights or other device and when moved into the “off” position, breaks
the circuit thus stopping the flow of electricity. Usually,
the switch is installed so that when the lever is up, the light is on, and
when the lever is down, the light is off. Sometimes two
switches are installed in the same junction box with two separate switches
that are side by side or two switches incorporated into
the same housing. These switches have two screws or terminals usually
located on one side of the switch where the incoming and
outgoing black supply wire is connected. A third terminal is located on the
end of the switch where a “grounding” wire is
connected. The grounding wire which may be red or some other color than
black or white will be grounded to a water line or
grounding rod somewhere near where the electrical wires enter the building.
A dimmer switch works in a similar manner. It will have a sliding lever
which, when moved up or down, increases or reduces the
amount of current thus raising or lowering the illumination. Some light
fixtures such as fluorescent lights can not operate on a
dimmer switch. The dimmer switch may have three wires to connect the power
and ground rather than terminal screws. These can
be connected to the wires in the junction box by twisting the uninsulated
end of the wire from the switch to the incoming and
outgoing wire using wire nuts.
Light fixtures can also be controlled from more than one location with a
two-way (double-pole), or three-way (triple-pole) switch.
The three-way switch will have three terminals and the four-way switch will
have four terminals. The least complicated to install is a
light switch that operates from only one location although multiple location
switches are not much more difficult to replace.
Replacing switches that operate lights from two or three locations is
similar to the following steps except that there are more wires
to connect. When removing a two-way or three-way switch, pay attention to
which color wire is connected to which terminal on the
switch and try to install the new switch following that pattern.
Electrical wall outlets also should be mounted in a plastic or metal
junction box inside the wall. Sometimes outlets are connected
to a switch in another location. This is usually done so that lamps can be
turned on near an entrance to the room.
Electrical outlets that power appliances with 120 volts of electricity have
two screws or terminals on each side, one set being brass
colored and the other set a shiny nickel color. The incoming black supply
wire is connected to either one of the brass terminals and
the outgoing white wire should be connected to one of the nickel colored
terminals. If another outlet is connected through the
outlet, an outgoing black wire may be connected to the second brass terminal
and the white outgoing wire should be connected to
the other nickel colored terminal. You may not be able to tell which wires
feed the outlet and which go on to another outlet, but it
really doesn’t matter so long as the black and white wires are connected as
described above.
Tip:It is helpful to put a small piece of electricians tape on the black
wire to tactually identify it. You can also use the orientation of
the light switch or the outlet to help remember where the brass terminals
are located.
Almost all outlets have two places where an appliance can be plugged in. In
older installations, the outlet will have two slots into
which the plug can be inserted. Newer outlets have a third opening where the
third prong of a plug can go in. As with the light
switch, there is a grounding terminal located on the end of the outlet which
connects the third prong of the plug to the grounding
circuit. Outlets that are installed in a bathroom, above kitchen counter
tops, or outside should be equipped with a ground fault
interrupter circuit (GFI). The outlet has a circuit breaker incorporated
into the outlet which trips if too much current is drawn or if a
short occurs because of moisture. The GFI outlets connect in the same way as
described above.
Appliances such as kitchen stoves and clothes dryers which operate on 220
volts of electricity have only one place to plug in the
appliance instead of two like the 110 outlets. It is usually controlled by
one circuit breaker that is distinguishable from the 110
circuit breakers because it is much larger and is located in a separate
circuit breaker box. A 220 outlet is replaced in much the
same way as a 110 outlet but is connected to 3 wires of a much heavier gauge
inside the junction box.
Steps to Replace Electrical Switches or Outlets
Step One: Turn off the circuit breaker
You must first turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse governing the
circuit to which the switch or outlet is connected. Older
homes and apartments often have one or more fuse boxes with anywhere from
two to eight fuses. The fuse box is metal and may
be located in a stairwell, closet, basement, or garage. The surface of the
box may be flush with the surrounding wall or it may stick
out a couple of inches. The box will have a metal door which must be opened
to expose the fuses. Fuses lay flat on the outward-
facing surface. They are round and screw into a socket in the box very much
like the socket for a light bulb. The fuse can be
unscrewed by turning it counter-clockwise. Circuit breakers are standard for
all newly constructed and remodeled homes. They
serve the same function as older model fuse boxes, and are generally found
in the same areas of the home. Circuit breakers look
like small light switches and are generally organized in rows of two to
eight or more that can run horizontally or vertically. To trip a
breaker, the switch-shaped button is moved down, up, or side-to-side
depending on the position in which it was installed.
When electrical circuits were installed, the installer should have provided
a list that tells which outlets and lights are on each
circuit. If no additional outlets or lights have been added since
installation, you can quickly tell from this list which fuse or breaker
governs the switch or outlet you need to replace. If the circuit list is not
available or has not been kept up-to-date, it may be difficult
to determine which fuse or breaker governs that particular switch or outlet.
You may wonder how you can tell which fuse or breaker
governs a non working light or outlet. If you are not certain you have found
the correct fuse or breaker, you can turn the power off
to the entire house or get a circuit tester to determine if there is
electrical current in the wire by the switch or outlet.
Tip: If there are two switches mounted side by side in the junction box or
two switches on one unit, be sure that the circuit
governing both switches are turned off.
Step Two: Remove the switch or outlet plate cover
Once you are certain that the electricity is turned off to that circuit,
remove the plate which covers the switch. There are usually two
screws holding the plate in place. Wall outlet covers are anchored with one
screw in the middle of the cover between the two
electrical outlet.
Tip: If the plate has been painted over, the slot in the screw may be
covered with paint. You can expose the screw slot by scraping
away the paint with a screw driver or point of a knife. If the wall and
outlet cover have been painted or covered with wall paper you
might carefully cut the wall paper with a knife just at the edge of the
cover before removing it. This will help avoid damaging the
finish on the surrounding wall. You can get a slightly larger plate cover
than the one you removed which will cover the edges.
Step Three: Remove the switch or outlet
The switch or outlet is anchored in place with a screw at either end. These
screws may also have paint in the screw slot which
should be removed as described above. Once these screws have been removed,
you should be able to grasp the switch or outlet
and pull it out of the junction box.
Step Four: Disconnect the old switch or outlet and connect the new one
In older installations, the switch may only be connected with two wires, the
incoming and outgoing black supply wire, and there
may not be much slack wire in the junction box. The white wire may be
connected somewhere in the circuitry or it may be found at
the back of the junction box. In older installations, a grounding wire may
not have been installed. To remove the defective switch,
disconnect the two wires from the terminals by loosening the screws in a
counter-clockwise direction. The screws can be removed
entirely but the last turn or two may require a bit of force because of the
way in which the threads holding the terminal are made. If
you do not remove the screw, you should find that the wire is curled around
the screw terminals in the same direction that the
screw is tightened. By using the point of a knife you can straighten the
wire enough to lift it off the screw. If the wire is not
connected to the screw terminals, it may be connected by being inserted into
a spring loaded slot on the back side of the switch or
outlet. You may be able to release the spring and withdraw the wire by using
a straight screw driver or the point of a knife in an
access slot that is provided. If the spring doesn’t release, you may have to
cut the wire with a wire cutter. If you do, make the cut as
near to the switch as possible thereby leaving as much slack wire in the
junction box as possible.
Tip: If, for some reason, you cannot finish connecting the switch or outlet
and have to complete it at another time, you can place
wire nuts over the ends of the unconnected wires and turn the electricity
back on until you have the time to finish the job. If the
wire nuts are snugly fitted to the end of the wires, there should be no
danger so long as no one moves the wires around or loosens
the wire nuts.
Connect the new switch or outlet by connecting the wires to the screw
terminals as described above. Be sure to make a loop using
the needle-nose pliers and placing this behind the head of the terminal
screw head. Be sure that the loop curls in the direction that
the screw tightens. You can close the loop before tightening the screw by
using the needle-nose pliers so that the wire doesn’t slip
out from under the screw head as you tighten it. Tighten the screw by
turning it in a clockwise direction until it is snugly tight. Be
careful not to over-tighten the screw. If you had to cut the wire to remove
the switch, remove ½ to ¾ inches of insulation from the
wire with the wire stripper or by carefully cutting it away with the knife.
Be careful not to nick or scratch the wire if you strip it
thereby weakening the wire and possibly causing it to break when you bend it
to go under the terminal. If you prefer, you can
insert the stripped end of the wire into the spring-loaded slot. If there is
no grounding wire, there is not much you can do about
grounding it unless you want to install a grounding circuit which can be
difficult because of accessing the outlet junction box inside
the wall. The switch or outlet will function without the grounding wire but
electrical code usually requires that the switch or outlet is
connected to a grounding wire.
Tip: It is a good idea to place a strip of electrical tape over the
terminals thereby helping to assure that the terminals will not make
contact with the junction box.
Step Five: Finish the job
Anchor the switch or outlet back into the junction box with the new screws
that are supplied.
Tip: If the junction box is recessed a bit below the surface of the wall,
you can put plastic spacers which look like thick washers on
the mounting screws between the outlet or switch and the box. This will
allow the switch or outlet to be mounted flush with the wall
which will make it easier to use.
Tip: Bend the connecting wires before pushing the switch or outlet into the
junction box so that they fold in behind the switch or
outlet and then insert the mounting screws to secure it in place. This makes
a much neater job and helps eliminate excessive force
on the connection at the terminal screws.
Tip: Remember to orient the lever on the light switch so that when it is in
the down position, the light will be off. If the light is
operated from two or three locations, the lever may be up or down depending
on which switch was last activated.
Lastly, replace the cover. Turn the electricity back on and if it was the
switch or outlet that was faulty, your light and outlet should
work properly.
By Gil Johnson from VisionAware
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-repairs/gils-guide-to-home-repairs/replacing-faulty-light-switches-and-wall-
outlets/1235

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When the Lights Go Out, Replacing Fuses and Resetting Circuit Breakers
A sudden loss of electrical power—it’s one of those experiences that every
homeowner is either familiar with or soon will be. The summer months are an
especially vulnerable time as air conditioners are going full blast
for hours at a stretch, pushing electrical circuits to their limits. Even if
you replaced burnt fuses or reset the circuit breaker many times as a fully
sighted person, you may feel reluctant to fiddle with wiring if you have
lost
some or all of your vision.
Don’t be discouraged, however. In most instances, you should be able to turn
the power back on by devoting just a bit more care and attention to the task
at hand.
Understanding the Problem
Occasionally, a neighborhood—or even an entire city or region—will
experience a large-scale power outage. There’s little you can do about this
from your home, of course, so it’s important to keep fresh batteries, a
flashlight or two and a battery-operated radio on hand at all times.
More typically, power failures are confined to the home. The cause could be
an electrical short. Circuit breakers and fuses will audibly “pop” almost
immediately if there’s a short or loose wire. These can be quite
dangerous, so it’s best to have a licensed electrician fix it for you. More
often, the issue is a blown fuse or tripped circuit caused by excessive
electrical current flowing through the wires. The fuse or breaker will
automatically cut off the current to prevent the wires from overheating and
causing a fire.
The best way to prevent such outages is to make sure not to use too many
appliances on one circuit at the same time. It’s one thing to multitask, but
it’s best not to pop the English muffins in the toaster until after the
ironing is done. If several high voltage appliances are rigged to one
breaker or fuse in your home, you may want to have a licensed electrician
migrate one or more appliances to another breaker/box.
Fuse Boxes vs. Circuit Breakers
Older homes and apartments often have one or more fuse boxes with anywhere
from two to eight fuses. The fuse box is metal and may be located in a
stairwell, closet, basement, or garage. The surface of the box
may be flush with the surrounding wall or it may stick out a couple of
inches. The box will have a metal door which must be opened to expose the
fuses.
Fuses lay flat on the outward-facing surface. They are round and screw into
a socket in the box very much like the socket for a light bulb. The fuse can
be unscrewed by turning it counter-clockwise.
Fuses are rated at 15, 20, or 30 amps depending on the size of the
electrical wire they protect. You should replace a fuse with the same, or
lower, ampier rating than the one you are replacing.
Circuit breakers are standard for all newly constructed and remodeled homes.
They serve the same function as older model fuse boxes, and are generally
found in the same areas of the home, but are easier to reset.
Circuit breakers looks like small light switches and are generally organized
in rows of two to eight or more that can run horizontally or vertically.
When a breaker is tripped, the switch-shaped button is forced down or up
depending on the position in which it was installed. You can easily locate
the affected breaker by running your hand along the row of breakers and
locating the one that is out of line with the rest. To reset the breaker,
simply press the switch to bring it in alignment with the others.
For the “off” breaker to engage in the “on” position, you may have to push
the breaker that has tripped to the “off” position then back “on” again. The
circuit may immediately break again if the cause of the initial
overloaded circuit was not corrected.
Kitchen ranges, dryers, and other large appliances typically connect to
large-sized breakers that require 220 volts of electricity. These are easily
distinguished from the common 110 volt breakers for lights and outlets.
Power Off/Power On: Replacing Fuses and Resetting Breakers
Replacing fuses or resetting breakers is not a frequent occurrence, but when
it is necessary, there are steps you can take to complete the task safely
and with minimum aggravation.
· Check the circuit list. When electrical circuits were last
installed, the installer should have provided a list that tells you which
outlets and lights are on each circuit. If no additional outlets or lights
have been added since
installation, you can quickly tell from this list which fuse or breaker
might have been tripped by the overload. It is a good idea to keep this list
handy in case replacement or resetting the breaker is needed.
· If the circuit list is not available or has not been kept up to
date, you may have to experiment by removing one fuse at a time until you
find the one that has burned out. If you remove a fuse and no other circuits
are
affected, you most likely have found the culprit.
· Fuses can be changed while the power is still on but take care. It
would be like removing a light bulb without first turning off the switch.
Exercise extreme caution when removing fuses.
· Do not stick anything in an empty fuse socket as this can trigger
an electrical short, which could cause a serious injury or fatality.
—-author: Gil Johnson
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-repairs/gils-guide-to-home-repairs/fuses-and-circuit-breakers/1235

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Protecting yourself at a hotel

As soon as you enter a hotel there are some things that you need to protect
at all times.
If you have pre booked, then you need to take along your passport and credit
card and when asked for them at the service desk, be sure that only you and
the service desk rep are the ones to see them.

Next, keep your key card very close to you.
If this falls into the wrong hands then someone will be able to enter your
room and have free reign to everything you own.
Do not leave your passport and credit card lying around in your hotel room.
Either keep them on you whenever you leave your room or lock them in your
suitcase.
Do the same for your bank card.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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A review of the Ottawa airport

A review of the Ottawa Airport
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
In comparison to several other airports in Canada, the airport is small but
it continues to grow and and its importance remains absolute.

I ahve found this airport to be extremely friendly and the airport staff is
wonderfully helpful and always willing to go the extra mile. Especially so
when it comes to assisting passengers with special needs.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for travelers with special needs – 5
Assistance at airport restaurants – 5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.

About airport staff:
Friendly and welcoming.

Any suggestions?
Just keep up the good work!

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Making a garden more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
Making a garden more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

Believe it or not, making your garden accessible to not just yourself but to
others as well is not as difficult as you may think. The trick here is to
ensure that it can be reached easily, is easy to navigate, and can be
enjoyed by everyone.

Here are a few suggestions for you.
1. Make sure that your garden is easy to access. That is, it is easy to
reach and enter.

2. That your flower beds are well laid out in a way that they are easy to
see and to walk among.

3. That there is enough space between each flower bed.

4. That flower beds are not too close to the entrance of your garden.

5. If your garden includes seats and benches, that they are not too high or
too low and that they are in colours that are easy to see.

6. That they are in locations that are accessible and easy to reach.

7. That shrubbery is kept properly manicured so that they do not pose any
challenges to those walking by. That is, that they are not too bushy.

This should be a good start.

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Welcome to the Apple newsletter for June

Welcome to the June 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.

1. BBC iPlayer (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
BBC iPlayer brings you the latest and greatest TV series and box sets from
the BBC. Watch live, on-demand or download to take away with you – all in
one app!
Enjoy watching live TV in the palm of your hand, from live news coverage,
music and big sport events to great comedies, gripping documentaries and
nail-biting dramas. Looking for a little
entertainment for the children? Create an account for a more child-friendly
experience and your little ones can watch all of their favourite shows from
CBBC and CBeebies!

Current Version: 4.87.1 (June 25, 2020)
Read BBC iPlayer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/bbc-iplayer-0
Visit BBC iPlayer’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-iplayer/id416580485

2. Braille Translator (macOS, US$1.99)
Braille Translator translates text into braille, as you type.
It features support for contracted and uncontracted translation for many
languages.
The result can be exported as ASCII Braille, Unicode Braille, PNG and SVG.
Supported Languages:
English Unified (Grade 1)
English Unified (Grade 2)
English U.S. (Grade 1)
English U.S. (Grade 2)
English U.K. (Grade 1)
English U.K. (Grade 2)
French (Grade 1)
French Unified (Grade 2)
German (Grade 1)
German (Grade 2)
Spanish (Grade 1)
Czech (Grade 1)

Read Braille Translator’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/braille-translator
Visit Braille Translator’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/braille-translator/id1349481300?mt=12

3. Folx (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Folx is a free download manager for macOS with a true Mac-style interface.
It offers convenient downloads managing, flexible settings, etc. Folx has a
unique system of sorting and keeping the
downloaded content.
Folx can split the downloads in 2 threads for faster downloading; can
automatically resume interrupted downloads; offers multiple ways of adding
download tasks.
PRO version of Folx is an excellent torrent finder – you don’t need to open
multiple torrent trackers in a web browser to find what you need.
It is easily the best torrent search app because without you leaving its
interface, Folx will search through the extensive list of torrent trackers
at once.

Read Folx’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/folx-5
Visit Folx’s website
https://mac.eltima.com/download-manager.html

4. Home Quest – Idle Adventure (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Build your Town: You find yourself in an unknown place. Unsure of what these
lands might hold, you decide it’s best to grow your settlement. Provide
housing and farms for your people. Create
workplaces, military facilities, and more.
Recruit an Army: Once settled in, eliminate threats, fight your enemies,
conquer the lands, and expand your reach. Choose between different units and
army compositions.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (June 28, 2020)
Read Home Quest – Idle Adventure’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/home-quest-idle-adventure
Visit Home Quest – Idle Adventure’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1503150114

5. loud typer (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
The Loud Typer application loads into the system menu bar and makes sounds
when you press any key. This works system-wide and in all applications.
Although the Loud Typer app has a wide range of built-in sound themes to
choose from, you can also use your own sounds. (Note: in the free version,
the choice of sound themes is limited to the
default theme.)
Loud Typer allows you to customize keyboard sounds individually for each
application.
Loud Typer loads the icon into the system menu bar to access application
settings. The main program window is opened using: System menu bar > “Loud
Typer” icon > “Settings …” menu item.

Current Version: 6.4 (June 26, 2020)
Read loud typer’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/lifestyle/loud-typer
Visit loud typer’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/loud-typer/id1493508558?mt=12

6. pulsepoint respond (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
PulsePoint Respond is a 911-connected app that can immediately inform you of
emergencies occurring in your community and can request your help when CPR
is needed nearby.
PulsePoint helps create an informed and engaged community that drives a
“Culture of Action,” a key strategy in strengthening the Chain of Survival
for cardiac arrest victims. In addition to nearby
“CPR-needed” notifications, you can choose to be notified of significant
events that may impact you and your family. These informational
notifications provide an early heads-up to local threats
such as wildland fires, flooding and utility emergencies. You can even
monitor live dispatch radio traffic for most PulsePoint-connected
communities with a simple tap on the speaker icon.

Current Version: 4.28 (May 28, 2020)
Read pulsepoint respond’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/medical/pulsepoint-respond
Visit pulsepoint respond’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pulsepoint-respond/id500772134

7. SirenGPS (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Walking somewhere and don’t feel safe? Whether you’re walking to your car in
a dark parking lot or going for a jog in an unfamiliar place SirenGPS helps
keep you safe with a panic button on
your phone. With just the touch of a button connect immediately to 911 – or
its equivalent – almost anywhere in the world.
More than 75% of 911 calls are made from cell phones. Most people think that
when you call 911 from your cell phone, the 911 dispatcher automatically
knows where you are. Surprisingly, for
virtually every 911 call the dispatcher needs your help to effectively send
an ambulance, fire service or law enforcement. You need to be able to
explain your location.
If your community subscribes to Siren 911, when you make an emergency call
from the SirenGPS app local first responders will receive your location and
profile in real-time enabling a faster,
more efficient emergency response.

Current Version: 2.26.0 (December 31, 2019)
Read SirenGPS’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/lifestyle/sirengps
Visit SirenGPS’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sirengps/id771924564

8. SkySafari 6 Pro (iOS/iPadOS, US$19.99)
SkySafari 6 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience. It
has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system
object ever discovered, offers unparalleled
accuracy, flawless telescope control, Augmented Reality (AR) mode, and
provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it.
Discover why SkySafari 6 Pro is the #1
recommended astronomy app for serious amateur astronomers since 2009.

Current Version: 6.7.2 (June 11, 2020)
Read SkySafari 6 Pro’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/reference/skysafari-6-pro
Visit SkySafari 6 Pro’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/skysafari-6-pro/id1306165506

all recent app entries posted to applevis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for July – a bit of everything for everyone

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
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Helpful tips for July 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Simple tips to keep things beautiful and working Well Around the House
* Unclogging Stopped Drains

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Protecting your passport
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

The mask scam:
Be ware of those bogus websites and companies that are advertising masks
that you need to use to stay safe.
These are nothing but scammers looking to snatch your money in return for
either masks that do not work or they do not even ship what they promise.

The puppy scam:
These are online scams with persons advertising puppies and other pets for
sale.
Again, nothing but scams.
You pay for a puppy or other pet and the puppy or pet never shows up and
then your money is gone!

False advertising of cosmetics using names of celerities?
Well, here is the news!
These celebrities never gave their blessing to these ads so make sure you
check things out before purchasing!

Okay, here is a home remedy for dealing with unwanted faxes.
When the phone rings and you determine that it is indeed a fax; do this.
Start pressing the buttons on your phone’s keypad.
Press buttons at random and hold down each button for at least 3 seconds.
Or you can press buttons one after the other in quick succession.
Do this also for a few seconds.
This is guaranteed to interrupt the fax and confuse its beeps.

Want to grow nice sweet tomatoes?
Plant them together with herbs such as basel.
Intermingle these 2 plants.

A good way to relieve some of the stress at this difficult time?
Why not invest in some plants on your balcony or even indoors?
Believe it or not, plants help to relieve stress and create calm all around
you.

Here is another way to instill restful sleep:
Buy yourself a white noise or sound machine.
They do not cost very much.

How to deal with those potent skunk smells!
Well, if you are unfortunate enough to smell these aweful smells, gently rub
some vix under your nose.

About your Gut!
It accounts for about 70% of your immune system so in this case you really
need to ensure that you take care of it!

Another way to keep cool during this warm summer?
If you are using a fan, then place a wet towel close by and the air from the
fan will become cooler as it works to dry the towel.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
Simple tips to keep things beautiful and working Well Around the House
By Mary Hunt
FABULOUS FIXTURES. So you splurged on some really beautiful—dare I?say
expensive—sink fixtures for your kitchen or bathroom. Here’s a fabulous way
to keep them looking
beautiful for many years to come.
Once a month or so, wipe the faucets down with a rag that you havesprayed
with a wax-based furniture polish. This will keep mineral deposits from
building up and staining or
pitting the surface of even the most exquisite fixtures.
DUCT TAPE REPAIR. Got a shower curtain with a ripped ring hole that makes it
sag? Don’t throw it out quite yet. Instead, get out the duct tape and cover
the entire hole on
both sides. Using a hole punch or craft knife, re-create the ring hole. Now
it’s stronger than new. But maybe not so attractive. Not to worry. These
days duct
tape comes in loads of colors and even patterns. You may even want to
reinforce the entire top strip of the vinyl curtain with a bright color or
design and redo all of the
holes while you’re at it, not just the torn one.
BLOW-DRYER LONGEVITY. The intake area of a blow-dryer does more than
draw in air to cool the heating element. It also sucks in dust, hair,
makeup, hair spray, powder and anything else around it. That’s hard on the
motor and can cause it to
overheat and burn out. To keep your blow-dryer working for years, make sure
to vacuum the holes at the back of the dryer every time you vacuum the floor
in that room.
AUTOMATIC POTATO WASHER. When you have to wash a lot of potatoes (like
for Thanksgiving, which will be here soon), just put them in your
dishwasher—but
don’t add soap! Set it on a short wash cycle and “air dry.” The clean
potatoes can go right into the oven or pot.
HAPPY MOUSE. If you use a rollerball computer mouse—one that has a ball that
you can see when you turn the mouse upside down—then you need to clean the
inner workings at least
every month to keep it working smoothly. Otherwise, you’ll be paying for
replacements more frequently. Here’s how to clean it:
1) Unplug the mouse and turn it over. You will see the tracking ball as well
as a round ring that holds it in place. 2) Remove the ring by pressing down
and rotating it
counterclockwise until you can lift it off. 3) Flip the mouse over so that
the ball drops out. Wash the ball with warm tap water and mild soap, then
thoroughly dry it with a
lint-free cloth.
4) Before replacing the ball and ring, look for three small
rollers (each about 1/16th-inch wide) inside the mouse cavity where the ball
sits. They will likely be covered with built-up dirt. Use cotton swabs or a
toothpick to scrape
off the dirt. Gently knock the still-open cavity down into the palm of your
hand to get rid of loose particles.
5) Replace the ball and ring cover.

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Unclogging Stopped Drains
By
Gil Johnson
Sometimes, sink, shower, tub, and toilets will become stopped up and will
only drain slowly or, worse yet, not at all. This may
cause a messy overflow. In sink, shower, and tub drains, the blockage may be
caused by accumulation of food particles, grease,
soap, and hair. In toilets, it may be due to large wads of tissue, wash
cloths, or other materials which have fallen into the toilet
bowl. Although it is not the most pleasant household maintenance project to
tackle, it can bring good results, sometimes more
quickly than spending the money to hire someone like a plumber to take care
of the problem. It can also be very satisfying to
accomplish this. Persons with limited vision or no vision at all can open
plugged drains just as successfully as someone with good
vision by using the “right” tools and following the steps outlined below.
Tools you may need to unplug sink, lavatory, tub, or shower drains:
·
Drum augur (sometimes called a “snake”)
·
Channel lock pliers or 12-inch pipe wrench
·
Straight or philips screwdrivers
Tools you may need to unplug toilets:
·
Toilet plunger
·
Closet augur also known as a toilet augur
Any of the tools listed above are available at hardware or building supply
stores.
For those who may not be familiar with the drum augur or toilet augur the
following description may be helpful.
Drum augur: The drum augur consists of a flat bottomed cone shaped canister
with a 1/2-inch tube coming out of the middle of the
top of the dome. A plastic handle slips over the tube allowing the canister
and tube to rotate while the handle is being held still. At
the end of the tube is a thumb screw. Inside the canister is a coiled 20-25
foot cable 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch in diameter. The cable is
like a stiff but flexible spring that can go around fairly sharp corners.
To operate the drum augur, insert the end of the augur into the drain line.
Slide it forward until the end of the augur encounters a
turn in the pipe or the debris. Leave about 6-8 inches of the cable between
the end of the tube and the opening into the drain line,
lock the cable in place with the thumb screw, turn the canister clockwise
with the round knob on the bottom while holding the
handle on the tube at the top of the canister. The augur will turn around
and around as you rotate the canister and by applying
forward pressure, you can work the cable further into the drain line. When
the top end of the tube is close to the opening of the
drain line, loosen the thumb screw, pull out more cable, tighten the thumb
screw, and work more cable into the drain line.
Toilet augur: The toilet augur consists of a tube (usually plastic) about
3/8-inch in diameter and about 30 inches long. One end
makes a sweeping 90-degree turn and extends about three (3)inches. A steel
rod protrudes out of the other end of the tube which
is attached to a crank handle. The other end of the steel rod is attached to
an augur which is about 24 inches long. The augur is
like a stiff but flexible spring which can go around turns in the toilet
bowl or sewer drain line.
To operate the toilet augur, insert the end of the tube into the bottom of
the toilet bowl and begin turning the augur handle
clockwise while holding the tube and pressing forward to work the end of the
augur around the turns in the bottom of the toilet
bowl. When the end of the augur encounters the blockage, it may push through
or the debris may get hooked by the augur. In that
case, you can attempt to withdraw the augur with the debris attached to the
augur by continuing to turn the crank handle
clockwise while you withdraw it.
Steps to Unplug Sink or Lavatory Drains
Step 1:
You may first try to unstop the drain line by using a measured amount of
chemical or herbal drain line cleaner which you can
select from a variety of types and strengths from most hardware stores or
building supply centers. Before choosing the drain
cleaner, review the directions and cautions carefully as some of the
chemical drain cleaners are quite caustic and can damage the
drain line pipes and may also emit hazardous fumes. The drain line cleaner
can sometimes loosen the stoppage which then can
be flushed away with warm water.
Tip: Manufacturers recommend not putting chemical drain line cleaners into a
garbage disposal unit as this may cause damage to
the disposal.
Safety tip: If you use a chemical drain line cleaner and the blockage is not
cleared, run water into the drain line and let it drain
away before using the drum augur. If a chemical solution remaining in the
line splashes out on you, particularly your face or eyes,
it can cause a chemical burn. If it does, rinse it off immediately.
If the chemical or herbal drain line cleaner doesn’t open the stoppage or
only allows slow drainage, you can follow the next steps
to eliminate the blockage.
Step 2:
You should first put on a pair of thin surgical gloves to protect your hands
from infection. The thin gloves allow you to detect your
work by feel. You may be able to insert the end of the drum augur into the
drain opening at the bottom of the sink or lavatory.
Many bathroom sinks have a stopper which is activated by a knob or handle.
In these cases, you will need to remove the stopper
by reaching under the sink, detaching the trip leaver that raises and lowers
the stopper, and then removing the leaver and stopper.
Sometimes, the blockage occurs where the trip leaver connects with the
stopper. Clearing this debris may solve the problem.
If that is not the case and you can not insert the end of the augur into the
drain opening, you will need to remove part of the drain
line called the “trap” from below the sink or lavatory. The trap looks like
the print letter U. It helps keep fumes from the sewer from
coming into your home because it holds a small amount of water that blocks
the sewer gas. You can remove the trap by using a
channel lock pliers or pipe wrench to loosen the chrome or plastic hexagonal
nuts that hold the drain line together and also
compresses the gaskets that prevent leakage. Sometimes the blockage occurs
because debris gets lodged in the trap but more
often it is further down in the drain line.
Tip: if the drain has been in place for a long time, the locking nuts
(particularly metal ones) may be rusted and break into pieces. If
so, you will need to replace them with nuts of the correct diameter. The
gaskets may also have deteriorated and need to be
replaced so there will be no leakage. You can get an assortment of gaskets
and locking nuts from any hardware or building supply
center. Occasionally the drain line itself will have deteriorated and need
to be replaced.
Tip: You should place a pan or other container under the trap to catch
contents from the trap and the drain line to keep spillage
from the floor or bottom of the cabinet.
Once the trap is removed, insert the end of the drum augur into the drain
line and follow the operating directions in the above
description. When you think you have loosened the debris, pull the augur
cable in and out a few times while continuing to turn it
clockwise and then withdraw the augur from the drain line. You can either
reconnect the trap and drain line or insert a garden hose
into the drain line to test whether you have penetrated the blockage. Once
you get water to flow through the drain line, you may
want to run the augur in again to further dislodge the blockage.
Step 3:
Reassemble the trap or reinstall the sink stopper. Be sure the brass or
plastic nuts holding the drain line together are snugly
tightened with a good gasket in place, but do not over tighten.
Tip: Before replacing things you may have stored underneath the sink or
lavatory, run water threw the line and check to see if
there are any leaks. If there are leaks, slightly tighten the nut where the
leak is found. This usually will stop any drips. If dripping
persists, it may mean that the gasket needs to be replaced.
Tip: before storing the drum augur, rinse the augur cable off with warm
clear water as contents from the drain line will sometimes
adhere to the cable. Allow the augur to dry before returning it into the
canister to prevent it from rusting.
Steps to Unstop Tub or Shower Drains
Step 1:
You can try to clear the stoppage by using the chemical or herbal drain line
cleaner as described above. If this is not successful,
follow the next steps.
Step 2:
Before you begin, put on the protective thin surgical gloves to protect your
hands. The procedure is much the same as for
unstopping sink or lavatory drains except that the trap underneath the tub
or shower is usually not easily accessible. For the tub,
you will need to remove the stopper and run the augur into the drain line
where the stopper was. For showers, you will need to
remove a slotted covering over the drain at the bottom of the shower. These
are usually held in place with a couple of screws
around the outer edge of the drain cover. Insert the drum augur as described
above, and if the blockage is not too severe or too far
down the drain line, you should be successful in unstopping the drain line.
Tip: Before putting the tub stopper or drain cover back in place, run some
warm water through the line to wash away as much of
the debris as possible and to make sure the water is draining away at a
sufficient rate.
Tip: As above, rinse the drum cable and allow it to dry before putting it
away for storage to be certain that any debris has been
washed off and the cable does not rust.
Unclogging Stopped-up Toilets
Step 1:
Begin by putting on thin surgical gloves to protect your hands. Often times,
using a toilet plunger will open the blockage by
dislodging the contents if they are stuck in the trap at the bottom of the
toilet. Depress the plunger, place the plunger over the
drain at the bottom of the toilet, then, pull up on the plunger handle. If
the debris is not too compacted, this may loosen the
blockage by pulling the clog back toward the plunger rather than compacting
the clogged debris into a solid mass. If this
technique does not loosen the blockage after you have tried several times,
place the plunger against the bottom of the toilet bowl
keeping the handle as near to vertical as you can. Work the plunger up and
down. The plunger will tend to form a seal with the
toilet bowl which helps increase the downward pressure on the blockage. If
after a number of vigorous attempts this doesn’t work,
follow the next step.
Step 2:
Use the closet augur as described above. This will most often, but not
always dislodge the blockage. If it does not succeed, it may
mean that the blockage is further down the drain line than the augur can
reach. You may have to try to find a “clean out” opening
to the sewer line which should be located somewhere below the pipe coming
down from the toilet. You would need to remove a
cover with a wrench and would most likely need to use a stiffer cable.
Tip: Be sure to rinse off the plunger and augur and let the cable dry before
storing it.
If the line was installed a number of years ago and there are trees in the
surrounding area, tree roots may have grown into the
sewer line. This usually requires a powered cutter blade inserted into the
line. It may be more practical in that case to hire a
company like Roto-Rooter to do the work. Also, in older installations, the
sewer pipe under ground may have been broken which
would mean that the sewage might be leaking into the ground which could
contaminate the soil surrounding the pipe. In this case,
the line might have to be repaired or replaced.
If you have been successful in unclogging the drain line, you can feel a
great sense of accomplishment knowing that you have
solved a significant problem. And, you will also have saved some money. Best
yet, you will come away with a sense of satisfaction
in knowing that you have accomplished something that many have been fearful
of attempting.
By Gil Johnson at Vision Aware
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-repairs/gils-guide-to-home-repairs/unclogging-stopped-drains/1235

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Protecting your passport

There are two major things that you need to protect when it comes to your
passport.
First your date of birth
Next your photo ID.

These are the two things that scammers grab when it comes to your passport.
They use these two pieces of info to create fake passports for others.
This is called identity theft.
You are always asked to produce your passport whenever you travel
internationally
and it is the main piece of photo ID when travelling by air domestically.

Another piece of important passport info is your passport number.
Always guard this with your life.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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A review of the Royal Bank branch at the Bridlewood mall

A review of the RBC branch at the Bridlewood mall
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This bank branch is probably one of the most physically accessible that I
have ever visited and its customer service ranks second to none!

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for persons with special needs – 5
Assistance at branch – 5

Remarks :
This branch is one of the most welcoming ones and staff is highly trained.

About branch staff:
They are very conscientious, great listeners, and so very willing to assist.

Any suggestions?
Keep up the great work!

Contact info:
2900 Warden Avenue
Toronto
Tel 416 497 1230

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How to make a backyard more accessible – good way to attract more seniors and persons with disabilities

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make a backyard more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan
By Donna J. Jodhan

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

This is for the one who is in the business of building backyards and I
strongly encourage you to use these tips to ensure that a very hidden
segment of your market is reached quickly and affectively.

The objective here is to ensure that these consumers can enjoy a backyard.
Who are your consumers then?
They are seniors, retirees, and persons with special needs.

1. Make sure that the backyard you build is easily accessible. That is,
easy to get to with the minimum of steps to navigate.

2. Ensure that the surface of the backyard is nice and level with as few
bumps as possible.

3. Make sure that the back yard is well laid out and that if it includes a
garden that it is easy to reach and water and look after plants.

4. Choose plants that are easy to look after.

5. Make backyards managable for their owners.

6. Make sure that the backyard you build is filled with colors that are easy
to identify. Example, benches, fences, etc.

This should be a good start.

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Welcome to the Apple Viz newsletter for may – new apps to check out

Welcome to the May 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.
If you prefer, you can also use the link below to read the entire
newsletter.
https://www.applevis.com/newsletters/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-april-2020

1. Amaroq for Mastodon (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Amaroq is a lightweight universal client for any Mastodon instance! Simply
enter
the instance you belong to, log in, and enjoy the all the wonders of the
federated
social network from your phone.
Features include but are not limited to:
View all your timelines, whether it’s your home, local, or federated
View and follow all your friends’ profiles
Search your favorite hashtags
Emoji support for your statuses
View and participate in threads
Gif and video upload support
Multiple instance support

Current Version: 1.1.16 (May 30, 2019)
Read Amaroq for Mastodon’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/amaroq-mastodon
Visit Amaroq for Mastodon’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/amaroq-for-mastodon/id1214116200

2. City of Blood – World Crime RPG (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App
Purchases)
The city rains blood tonight. Join a massive world-criminal network RPG and
become the most elite fugitive in the world!
The acclaimed World of Blood RPG series features hundreds of hours of
action,
stories, missions, and powerful equipment. Find old and new friends in a
dark
and bloody world.

Current Version: 1.10 (March 31, 2015)
Read City of Blood – World Crime RPG’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/city-blood-world-crime-rpg
Visit City of Blood – World Crime RPG’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/city-of-blood-world-crime-rpg/id881776096

3. FastestVPN – Security for WiFi (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App
Purchases)
FastestVPN is a blazing-fast, log-free virtual private network service for
data
protection. It is a secure VPN that offers the ultimate online security.
Browse the
web anonymously with unparalleled privacy.
Online security is just a tap away with FastestVPN apps.
FastestVPN gives you private internet browsing that guarantees protection
against hackers, ISPs, third-parties and other prying eyes. Safeguard your
private data over any unsecured Wi-Fi network.

Current Version: 2.3.0 (February 7, 2020)
Read FastestVPN – Security for WiFi’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/fastestvpn-security-wifi
Visit FastestVPN – Security for WiFi’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fastestvpn-security-for-wifi/id1332852583

4. HW Buddy (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Learn, teach and interact with HumanWare’s Products
Take away the stress of learning something new with the HW Buddy App!
Find your way around HumanWare’s products. With the HW Buddy App by your
side, you can achieve your goals and accomplish tasks that you thought you
could never do.
The HW buddy is designed to assist teachers, students and professionals to
have
a successful and enjoyable experience with HumanWare’s products by
interacting
with easy to read step by step guides.
HW Buddy provides all facets of our user base with comprehensive training
and
resource materials that can often be difficult to locate in one simple
portal. In
addition to the days of aimlessly wandering websites for product resources
being
over, all aspects from videos to text instruction can be found. With HW
Buddy
you’re never alone and if you cannot find what you are looking for, you can
even
directly contact support for more top-notch assistance.

Current Version: 1.5 (April 7, 2020)
Read HW Buddy’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/hw-buddy
Visit HW Buddy’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hw-buddy/id1503313942

5. NaviLens (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
NaviLens is a high-density artificial markers system for long distance
reading.
The tags generated by this system are designed in order to be readed from a
long distance, without the need of focussing and even in motion. This makes
them useful for blind and low vision people. All you need to do is to point
the
camera of the device to a tag in order to quickly read its contents.
The application has a new sound system with which a blind person can locate
the
label in the space with precision, without the need for headphones.
Notice: While we are installing this signage system in different locations,
you can
download sample labels in the same application.

Current Version: 2.0.22 (May 28, 2020)
Read NaviLens’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/navilens
Visit NaviLens’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/navilens/id1273704914

6. Not Ok (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
notOK is a digital panic button service to get you immediate support via
text,
phone call, or GPS location when you’re struggling to reach out.
“Depression and anxiety inhibits to a person’s ability to ask for help.
Making it
THIS easy IS necessary for many people.”
FEATURES:
Peer Support via your Trusted Contacts
Simple message to take the guesswork out of asking for help
Immediate help with notOK’s one tap solution
Accurate GPS location
Trusted contacts are NOT required to download app

Current Version: 1.2.1 (August 9, 2019)
Read Not Ok’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/not-ok
Visit Not Ok’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/notok/id1322629109

7. Pirate Poker! (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Aye Matey! Do ya dare board the dreaded pirate ship and try your luck at
Pirate
Poker? Come aboard and try your luck at this fun, funny and addicting video
poker experience!
Key Features include:
100% Voiceover accessible!
Progressive jackpot!
Customizable pirate sound effects!
Daily and All Time leaderboards!
Activity Feed!
Statistics!
Read Pirate Poker!’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/pirate-poker
Visit Pirate Poker!’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pirate-poker/id1490153432

8. ?Radio Talking Book (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
The Radio Talking Book Network (RTB) is a free news and information service
that broadcasts 24 hours a day, every day, to listeners across the nation.
We broadcast daily newspapers, current magazines, and a wide variety of
books
to appeal to diverse interests. All are read by skilled volunteer readers
and
broadcasters.
The Archive Daily Listings within the app offers a view of our wide-ranging
programming.
With the Radio Talking Book smartphone app you can listen to the live stream
of
the Minnesota Radio Talking Book at any time. Just tap the listen button on
the
main page of the app. You can also listen to any program which has been
aired in
the past seven days. First tap on the day of the week you which to pick and
then
choose the hour of the program you wish to hear.
Available to anyone with a disability that makes reading print difficult.

Read ?Radio Talking Book’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/news/radio-talking-book
Visit ?Radio Talking Book’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/radio-talking-book/id1483640951

9. Skies of Blood – Sci-Fi RPG (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
The skies glow blood red. Join a massive strategy-RPG in a post-apocalyptic
sci-fi
universe. Utilize advanced weaponry to become the most powerful force in the
skies and space!
The acclaimed World of Blood RPG series features hundreds of hours of
adventure, stories, missions, and powerful items. Find old and new friends
in a
dark and bloody universe.

Current Version: 1.10 (March 30, 2015)
Read Skies of Blood – Sci-Fi RPG’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/skies-blood-sci-fi-rpg
Visit Skies of Blood – Sci-Fi RPG’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/skies-of-blood/id882126698?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

10. Spectrum Access: Enabled Media (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Welcome to Spectrum Access, formerly known as Actiview. Enjoy free audio
descriptions and closed captioning for the movies and TV shows you love.
Download your preferred assistive track, choosing from over 300 titles. Sync
your tracks to the TV with your device’s microphone. Sit back and enjoy an
inclusive entertainment experience.

Current Version: 1.0.1 (May 6, 2020)
Read Spectrum Access: Enabled Media’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/spectrum-access-enabled-media
Visit Spectrum Access: Enabled Media’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spectrum-access-enabled-media/id1492182876

11. Surfshark VPN – Secure Proxy (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App
Purchases)
Wherever you go, your phone goes. And so does your private information. We
made it our mission to secure your digital life, with zero effort on your
part.
Your privacy and security are important – but it takes a lot of time to
manage
things like that. Unless, that is, you install Surfshark VPN.
WHAT THE APP HELPS YOU DO
Secure your identity online
Make sure every public Wi-Fi is safe
Stay private with our strict no-logs policy
Encrypt all your traffic to protect it from snoopers
Keep your real location unknown
Protect all the devices you have
Get help from 24/7 live support team

Current Version: 2.7.0 (May 27, 2020)
Read Surfshark VPN – Secure Proxy’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/surfshark-vpn-secure-proxy
Visit Surfshark VPN – Secure Proxy’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/surfshark-vpn-secure-proxy/id1391782046

all recent app entries posted to applevis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for June – here’s how to keep up

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for June 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* spendthrift or skinflint?
* Fixing Toilets That Do Not Shut Off Properly

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* A password for your computer when you travel

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

What are some of the most common Covid-19 scams these days?
Emails telling you that you are entitled to Government subsidies but you
need to log into a certain website.
Please; do not fall prey to this.
Take the time to verify that you are indeed entitled.

Emails telling you that the sender of the email can help you to collect your
subsidy.
Again, do not fall prey to this type of email.
Please; collect your own subsidy if you are entitled.

How long can a bleach mix last in a spray bottle?
According to the experts, about one week.

Should you wash your meat before seasoning?
According to the experts; you should not.
Why? Because when you do the water splashes everywhere and spreads germs.

A safe way to keep your cutting board sanitized?
Clean it with a mixture of salt and lemon juice.

A good home made mix for spraying countertops?
3 parts water, 1 eight part of bleach, and 1 eight part of pine sol.

Some tips for your kitchen:
To prevent your eyes from watering when chopping onions, place onions in the
freezer for about 15 minutes.
Remove and then chop.
Voila! Your eyes won’t be watering.

How to make herb cubes?
Place herbs in a bowl, chop and cover with oil.
Then scoop mixture in to ice cube trays.
Freeze and use as needed.

How to grate soft cheese?
Place cheese in freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove and cheese is ready for grating.

How to prevent water from boiling over?
Place wooden spoon on the rim of your pot.

How to prevent your baking from sticking?
Place an ice cube in your pan.

How to prevent your cling wrap from sticking?
Place in the freezer and use when needed.

Land line versus cell or cordless phones?
A land line never goes down during a power outage.
Cordless phones go down during a power outage.
Cell phones can operate on their batteries if they are aptly charged.

An observation:
It appears that many hackers and scammers attack their Facebook victims on a
Sunday!
Yes, in the early hours of the morning up until around 6:30 am.
So keep this in mind when you go to access your Facebook page on Sundays.
Of course, there are also other popular times for these no-good persons but
this appears to be the favourite hour.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

spendthrift or skinflint?
quiz. spendthrift or skinflint? take this quiz to discover where you fall on
the spending spectrum. penny-pincher. big spender?
are you a wild spender, living lushly in the moment, or are you a
penny-pincher who worries deeply about every single purchase? or do you fall
somewhere in between? to find
out, count how many times you answer “true” to the following 20 statements,
then check your score.
1. i have more than 18 rolls of toilet paper in stock at my home. true.
false.
2. i bring water or homebrewed coffee on long car rides, rather than
stopping for drinks. true. false.
3. i have a second refrigerator or freezer so i can stock up on food. true.
false.
4 . i buy the generic or house brand over the name brand when i think the
quality is comparable. true. false.
5. i belong to three or more loyalty programs at grocery or drug stores.
true. false.
6. i have never paid full price for clothing at a high-end department store
such as nordstrom or bloomingdale’s. true. false.
7. i have more than $100 in coins in a container somewhere in my home. true.
false.
8. i have never paid more than $150 for a wristwatch. true. false.
9. i have used a discount coupon at a restaurant in the past three months.
true. false.
10. if a museum’s suggested donation is $20, i’d likely donate less. true.
false.
11. i can’t remember ever tipping more than 20 percent for dinner at a
restaurant. true. false.
12. given the choice of a $5 turkey sandwich from subway or an $8 turkey
sandwich at a nice deli, i’d opt for the subway. true. false.
13. it takes me at least 20 minutes to book a hotel room online because i’m
checking out all the possibilities and prices first. true. false.
14. if a wedge of cheese has a spot of mold, i cut it off and eat the rest.
true. false.
15. even if i could, i would never pay for business- or first-class airline
tickets. true. false.
16. i would drive five extra miles to save 20 cents a gallon on gasoline.
true. false.
17. i would never pay more than $10 for an alcoholic drink. true. false.
18. i would rather spend four or more hours handling a home repair myself
than pay an expert to make the fix in 30 minutes. true. false.
19. if my smartphone screen cracked, i would continue using the phone as
long as it worked. true. false.
20. i keep a car until it’s at least eight years old. true. false.
scoring:
0-5: supreme spendthrift. being frugal has little appeal to you. as a
result, you might be wasting money that you very well could need someday.
6-10: savvy spender. you are open to savings when they present themselves,
but overall aren’t too concerned about keeping spending in check.
11-15: firmly frugal. although you consistently make sensibly frugal buying
choices, you appreciate the finer options in some aspects of your life.
16-20: certified cheapskate. cost factors into almost every purchase you
make. that’s smart if you are on a tight budget. but if you have a good
income, you might be denying
yourself things that could make life happier or easier.
source: aarp magazine

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A Dan Thompson contribution
Fixing Toilets That Do Not Shut Off Properly
From the perspective of a blind person

I found this article quite useful when faced with having to fix our toilet.
So maybe someone else may be needing some guidance. Have a grate day.

By
Gil Johnson

Over time, toilets may leak small amounts of water from the tank into the
toilet bowl causing more water to be added. This not only uses water
needlessly, but can be startling if it occurs during the night when you may
be awakened by the sound of the tank being refilled. Usually this is caused
by one of three problems which can easily be fixed. The water level in the
tank may be at or above the top of the overflow pipe; the flapper or stopper
ball that closes off the outlet at the bottom of the tank may be defective;
or the fill valve may need replacing. This guide does not address repairs
that occur when water leaks onto the floor from the tank or at the floor
level. If there is interest, a future guide could address these problems.

Any of the problems of water leaking from the tank into the toilet bowl can
be repaired by someone with little or no vision by having the right tools,
correct replacement parts, and following these steps.

Tools you may need:

. Straight or philips screw drivers

. Channel lock pliers

. 8-inch or 10-inch adjustable wrench

Parts you may need depending on the cause of the leakage

. Replacement flapper

. Replacement fill valve

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Steps to adjust the water level in the tank

You can tell by touch if the water level is above or near to the top end of
the overflow pipe. If this is the case, water is probably trickling down the
overflow pipe and down into the toilet bowl. The amount of water in a toilet
tank is usually adjusted in one of two ways. Older style fill valves have a
threaded rod about 6 or 8 inches long which is attached near the top of the
fill valve. A plastic or metal cylindrical float is attached to the end of
the rod. The float is about 2.5 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches long and
is rounded on each end. As the water level in the tanks raises, the float
and attached rod gradually closes the fill valve until it is totally turned
off. If the water level is above the overflow pipe, the valve can not
totally shut off. If there is a water level adjustment screw on the top of
the fill valve, you can lower the level of the water by turning it. If there
is no adjustment mechanism or you can’t find it, you can adjust the water
level by slightly bending the float rod down with your hands thus forcing
the valve to close with the water at a lower level.

Tip: Before bending the rod, make sure the rod and float are hand tightened
so that they will not rotate thereby eliminating the effectiveness of the
bend in the rod. If it is difficult to bend the rod while it is inside the
tank, you can unscrew the rod from the valve, bend the rod and then replace
it. Be sure when you reinstall the rod and float that the bend you have just
made has slightly lowered the float.

Tip: You may want to bend the float rod down a bit and then make another
bend so that the float is not pointed downward but is relatively parallel to
the surface of the water.

Newer style fill valves have a plastic float that slides up and down the
outside of the fill valve. This float is attached to a connector rod which
gradually turns the fill valve off. If the water level is too high, water
can run into the overflow tube. The float can be adjusted by setting the top
stop by adjusting a pinch clamp on the rod. This is quite easily done and
doesn’t require any tools.

Either of these adjustments take very little time and can solve the problem.

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Steps to replace the flapper or stopper ball

The opening at the bottom of the tank is closed off allowing the tank to
fill with water with one of two different designs. A “flapper” or “stopper
ball” is attached to the flush lever. When the flush lever is raised the
flapper or stopper ball is pulled up allowing water to flow from the tank
into the toilet bowl. The stopper ball looks like a round rubber ball with a
hole in the bottom and a threaded insert at the top. The top of the ball is
attached to a threaded rod which is linked to the flush lever arm which,
when raised pulls the stopper ball away from the opening in the bottom of
the tank allowing water to flow into the toilet bowl. As the water flows out
of the tank, the ball is drawn down and closes off the opening at the bottom
of the tank. If the ball has developed cracks as can happen over time, it
will not properly seal off the opening and water may trickle down into the
toilet bowl.

Tip: If the flapper or stopper ball has developed cracks, you can often
detect these by examining the bottom of the stopper ball or flapper. Very
often you can feel the cracks or tell that the material (plastic or rubber)
has hardened thus preventing it from properly sealing the opening. The
flapper or stopper ball may also warp because of the effects of chlorine in
the water which may not be detectable by touch. Sometimes you can tell if
you raise and lower the flapper or stopper ball and let it drop. If it does
not fall properly into the outlet, it may need to be replaced.

Tip: It is a good idea to take the flapper from your toilet to the hardware
store or building supply outlet so that you can get the correct replacement.
Each brand has slight but important differences.

When the water levels drops low enough, the fill valve will open and the
tank will refill. The flapper serves the same purpose but is usually
attached to tabs on the fill valve tube. The flapper is attached with a
plastic or metal chain to the flush lever arm. As with the stopper ball, the
plastic flapper may have deteriorated over time and may not seal off the
opening properly. Replacing the flapper or stopper ball is not difficult to
do, usually does not require any tools, and often solves the problem.

Tip: When replacing the flapper or stopper ball, be sure that the opening
where they drop into is clear of debris or accumulated slime as this may
prevent a good seal.

Tip: After replacing the flapper or stopper ball, you may need to slightly
bend the flush lever arm to make sure it is lifting the flapper or stopper
ball straight up. You may also need to adjust the length of the chain that
connects the flapper with the flush arm.

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Steps to replace a defective fill valve

You can sometimes tell if the fill valve is defective by lowering and
raising the float thus turning the water on and off. If it does not turn off
quickly when the float is raised, the washer inside the valve may have
deteriorated. To replace a defective fill valve you must first turn the
water supply off. Most often there is a shut off valve on the water supply
line just where it comes out of the wall just below the tank. If there is no
shut off valve or it does not totally shut off the water as can happen if
the shut off valve was installed some time ago, you will have to turn off
the water where the supply line comes into your house or apartment.

With newer fill valves, you can easily unscrew the valve assembly from where
it attaches at the inside bottom of the tank by grasping the top of the fill
valve and turning it counterclockwise. The replacement valve can be screwed
into the threaded fitting at the bottom of the tank and hand tightened.

Tip: Be sure that the replacement valve is the correct height for the size
of the toilet tank.

In many cases, you will need to detach the water supply line just below the
bottom of the tank by loosening the connecter nut on the supply line with a
channel lock pliers or adjustable wrench.

Tip: Some water supply lines are flexible and can easily be pulled away from
the threaded end of the fill valve. Older installations may have a copper or
brass connector line that can be slightly bent allowing it to be moved away
from the fill valve line. Sometimes in doing so, the tube will be bent
creating a “kink” in the tube. Moving it may also loosen the connection with
the tube where it attaches to the shut off valve. You may want or need to
replace the copper or brass line with a flexible line of the correct
diameter which will be easy to install and less likely to leak.

Before removing the locking nut that holds the fill valve in place, you
should remove as much water from the bottom of the tank as you can because
when you remove the fill valve assembly, any water will run out of the tank
onto the floor. To remove the hexagonal nut that secures the valve to the
tank, turn it counterclockwise. Once this nut is removed, you can reach
inside the tank and lift the valve and float assembly out of the tank. If
you are replacing a valve that has a float attached to the shut off valve
with a threaded rod as described above, you will most likely replace it with
a newer style valve that has the shut off float that slide up and down the
fill valve as described above. As mentioned before, be sure that the
replacement valve is the correct height for the size of the tank. Tighten
the nut below the tank being sure that the gaskets that seals off the
opening inside and below the tank are in place. Then, reattach the water
supply line and turn the water back on.

Tip: If you do not replace the water supply line from the valve to the tank,
be sure the old washer or gasket has not deteriorated as this will cause it
to leak.

Tip: Once the water line has been reattached, check for leaks. Usually,
small leaks can be fixed by slightly tightening the appropriate locking nut.

Following these steps should fix any small leakage of water from the tank
into the toilet bowl and reduce your water bill.

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
A password for your computer when you travel

If you are concerned about ensuring that your computer is fully protected
from any potential intruders or the one who decides to take possession of
it, then you definitely need to password protect it.

You may be okay to not have a password for your computer if you either live
alone or you live with someone or with persons who will not interfere with
your precious computer.
However, if you travel with your laptop computer, then it is most advisable
for you to ensure that your computer is password protected.
There is nothing worse than either misplacing your laptop or having someone
steal it.
More often than not, you have private documents and emails on your computer
that you do not wish to share with anyone let alone unknown persons or
prying eyes.

So be sure to password protect your traveling computer.
Choose a password that is easy to remember, difficult for someone else to
guess, and use the cardinal rule;
a combination of letters, numbers, and at having at least one letter in
upper case.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

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