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« Reply #8790 on: December 13, 2013, 12:01:54 AM »
Whilst we're talking about cooking...are powdered sugar and icing sugar the same thing?

Yes they are.  Powdered sugar, icing sugar, and confectioner's sugar are all names for the same thing---extra finely ground fluffy sugar.

But if it's icing mixture, there's cornflour in there too.
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« Reply #8791 on: December 13, 2013, 12:39:24 AM »
Whilst we're talking about cooking...are powdered sugar and icing sugar the same thing?

Yes they are.  Powdered sugar, icing sugar, and confectioner's sugar are all names for the same thing---extra finely ground fluffy sugar.
It also has anti-caking stuff in it. 

My MIL called it 4X sugar.  She gave me her Xmas cookie recipe () at DH's request, and I had to ask her what the devil it was.

Icing mixture has anti caking agents (usually corn flour) but icing sugar is the pure stuff hence it gets way more lumpy and always needs sifting. It also sets harder

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« Reply #8792 on: December 13, 2013, 08:26:54 AM »
Whilst we're talking about cooking...are powdered sugar and icing sugar the same thing?

Yes they are.  Powdered sugar, icing sugar, and confectioner's sugar are all names for the same thing---extra finely ground fluffy sugar.
It also has anti-caking stuff in it. 

My MIL called it 4X sugar.  She gave me her Xmas cookie recipe () at DH's request, and I had to ask her what the devil it was.

The number of Xs is to indicate either the number of times the sugar was sifted or the size of the grains of sugar--there are various definitions out there.

Domino's Sugar (a fairly common brand in the US) used to have "10X" printed in a quite large font on its boxes of powdered sugar, so a lot of people started calling powdered sugar "10X sugar." My mom did, as did all the women in her family. The 10X is still there on the box, but it's printed a lot smaller these days.
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« Reply #8793 on: December 13, 2013, 09:02:41 AM »
As a child, I always thought that 'Ten X' was Domino's trade name for confectioner's sugar.  Thanks for clearing that up. 

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« Reply #8794 on: December 13, 2013, 09:14:25 PM »
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« Reply #8795 on: December 14, 2013, 11:11:59 PM »
Recently when the USA TV Network shows promos for their shows, they end with the phrase "Characters Welcome".  What does that mean?
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« Reply #8796 on: December 15, 2013, 12:31:34 AM »
Recently when the USA TV Network shows promos for their shows, they end with the phrase "Characters Welcome".  What does that mean?

I've always assumed it means they like quirky, off-the-wall characters - people with character.
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« Reply #8797 on: December 15, 2013, 06:39:45 AM »
New question --

I just bought a new treadmill (delivered from Amazon.) The instructions say to plug it into a surge protector instead of directly into the wall outlet.

Is this really necessary? What would happen if I plugged it directly into the wall?
Your treadmill will run fine without the surge protector. 

Your new treadmill has fragile electronics in the control box and/or display.   The surge protector protects those electronics from small power surges, like when your partner turns off a power tool or when a drunk driver hits the power pole in your front yard and when the power company repairs the damage. 

A surge protector will not protect your treadmill or other electronics from a lightning strike, even if that strike does not take out the power to your house.  I learned that the hard way.  I lost a washing machine to lightning.  It was on a surge arrester when the electronics in the control panel were fried. 

I live in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.  That's on the edge of Tornado Alley.  I get lots of storms.  My house is up on a ridge, making it even more vulnerable.  I keep my washer, dryer, and microwave oven unplugged when they are not in use.  I unplug the computer when storms are forecast and I'm not planning to be home.  If I'm home when a storm rolls in I unplug the garage door opener. 

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« Reply #8798 on: December 16, 2013, 01:01:17 PM »
New question --

I just bought a new treadmill (delivered from Amazon.) The instructions say to plug it into a surge protector instead of directly into the wall outlet.

Is this really necessary? What would happen if I plugged it directly into the wall?
Your treadmill will run fine without the surge protector. 

Your new treadmill has fragile electronics in the control box and/or display.   The surge protector protects those electronics from small power surges, like when your partner turns off a power tool or when a drunk driver hits the power pole in your front yard and when the power company repairs the damage. 

A surge protector will not protect your treadmill or other electronics from a lightning strike, even if that strike does not take out the power to your house.  I learned that the hard way.  I lost a washing machine to lightning.  It was on a surge arrester when the electronics in the control panel were fried. 

I live in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.  That's on the edge of Tornado Alley.  I get lots of storms.  My house is up on a ridge, making it even more vulnerable.  I keep my washer, dryer, and microwave oven unplugged when they are not in use.  I unplug the computer when storms are forecast and I'm not planning to be home.  If I'm home when a storm rolls in I unplug the garage door opener.

I lost a surge protector/power strip to lightning. It hit the house, literally melted holes in the solid metal fuse box frame (two, one incoming and one outgoing, and you could see the spray from where the molten metal had exploded), went up the lines to my bedroom and arced through the power strip back onto itself. Luckily nothing was plugged in and the loose papers I lived with were far enough away that they didn't catch fire, but there was smoke and there's still a charred mark on the floor in that room. All we lost that night was the fuse box, and the power company replaced it for us, but it was terrifying to be home alone that night.

Surge protectors are great for small surges (heater kicking on, someone turning on the microwave, any other minor fluctuations) but nothing will protect anything plugged into the wall from lightning.

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« Reply #8799 on: December 17, 2013, 08:54:17 AM »
There are lightning protection systems for homes and businesses.  I was once in a LTR with a man who designed and installed them.  It's a fascinating field.  He did systems for colleges, churches, government buildings, residences and even trees on golf courses.  If DH and I ever have a home built, it will have lightning protection.

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« Reply #8800 on: December 17, 2013, 09:13:19 AM »
Friends of mine had a lightning strike between their property and the neighbours.  The neighbours had one of those invisible fence things for their dog.  The lightning ran along the fence line underground and blew the controller for the fence inside the house but nothing else.

My friends lost almost all of their electronics that were plugged into the wall.  The lightning hit close to their garage and then travelled the electrical lines from the garage into the house.

I'm going to be having some major kitchen renovations done in the next few years that will involve some electical work.  So I'm going to have the panel replaced and have the whole home surge protection put right on the panel at the same time.
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« Reply #8801 on: December 17, 2013, 09:37:37 AM »
So far, I've had two surge protectors fry.  One was due to a power surge in the lines that was not lightning related.  I'm lucky in that only the power strip, which happened to be plugged into the outlet closest to the fuse box, died.  Other houses lost appliances.  The owners were trying to get the electric company to pay for the replacements, but I don't know if they succeeded.

Nothing like walking into the house and smelling burned insulation.   :(

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« Reply #8802 on: December 17, 2013, 10:07:58 AM »
So far, I've had two surge protectors fry.  One was due to a power surge in the lines that was not lightning related.  I'm lucky in that only the power strip, which happened to be plugged into the outlet closest to the fuse box, died.  Other houses lost appliances.  The owners were trying to get the electric company to pay for the replacements, but I don't know if they succeeded.

Nothing like walking into the house and smelling burned insulation.   :(

I'm sure there is. Walking back to your bedroom and smelling smoke.  :'(

The worst part of the night the house got hit? Sis was at a friend's for a sleepover. Various local grandparents were all out of town. Parents were out to dinner for anniversary, and left their cell phone in the car. I literally could not communicate with anyone. Left a hasty note (which would have been useless had the house actually been on fire) and ran to the neighbor's house. We knew our neighbors well, and they managed to calm me down and keep me safe and warm until parents got home.

Then there was the storm where lightning hit the transformer nearby and knocked out the electronics in the car. Killed the car, meaning there was no more forward momentum. We got caught in a deep puddle that we would have been able to drive through with power.

Then there was the time I was driving south along the highway and lightning kept hitting street lights along the road I was on.

Then there was the time when a tree blocked my car down at an easily flooded area on a river during a thunderstorm and I had to move it by myself before driving back to a camp that was completely deserted.

People still don't believe me when I say that I have justification for being terrified of thunderstorms. The list above is only a partial list of my bad experiences. They still try to tell me it's all in my head, or what's the worst that could happen? I mean, it's only weather, right?

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« Reply #8803 on: December 17, 2013, 12:04:34 PM »
Wow, cwm.  I think you need to build yourself a rubber room in any house you live in!

(Not the straight-jackets and locked door kind; the insulated kind where no electrical current can get through.)
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« Reply #8804 on: December 17, 2013, 12:18:48 PM »
Outdoor Girl wrote:

"Wow, cwm.  I think you need to build yourself a rubber room in any house you live in!"

Or go find the nearest traveling carnival and pay the fortune teller to lift whatever curse you picked up.  That's a lot of storm trouble for one person who doesn't live in monsoon territory.

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