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Twenty minutes ago, Arie learned that the tiny bits of plastic and paper he and his brother threw down the heating vent in their room two years ago didn't burn up in the furnace but instead is sitting somewhere in the ductwork. Since then, he's spent the past twenty minutes crying and debating in an effort to get me to dismantle the ductwork and remove the twenty cents worth of crap that's inside it. He's also started asking Éiden if he's going to throw stuff down the vent when Éiden has gone up to his room. If I never hear someone talk about crap in the ductwork again, it'll be too soon.
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And, because the E and A on our keyboard was sticking, I decided to take it apart tonight and give it a thorough cleaning. Two and a half hours later, after cleaning each nook and cranny and key with rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip, the keyboard is shiny and new and works like a dream. And in spite of the length of time it took, it was a hell of a lot easier than taking apart the Mighty Mouse and cleaning it out like I did about a month ago.
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I am still totally freaking out over how great my records are sounding.  They have never sounded this good -- not even new.  I just cleaned Black Flag's My War and played the first track on the first side.  Bill Stevenson's tom fills were actually truly inside my left speaker.  I am not speaking in hyperbole.  My new record cleaning kit has actually placed Bill Frickin' Stevenson inside my speaker just to play his tom fills.  How cool is that?
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As [livejournal.com profile] haddayr can agonizingly attest to, I can get pretty obsessive compulsive about cleaning.  One of my favorite things is to polish up scuffed boots or go to town on my guitars, picking out all the crud around the frets, using naptha to remove any difficult sticky crap, buffing the finish up nice so it shines.

Well, as she can also testify, I get especially compulsive and anal when it comes to records.  Today I have combined my two OCD joys as I purchased an enzymatic cleaning kit for my vinyl collection.  Starting on the first records, I was a little suspect about what the result would be, yet kind of hopeful after reading some online reviews by audiophiles.  After cleaning the first lp -- PiL's Second Edition -- I put the needle in the groove for a test drive.  The sound was absolutely, positively amazing!  Not only were all the tiny pops and crackles gone, the bass actually seemed to pop out of the speakers more than it did before the cleaning.  The high and low ends were both deeper and better heard.  I really couldn't believe it.

To put the cleaner to the real test, I set out to clean some old 45's that had been sitting in a stack, uncleaned in nearly fifty years (if they ever were cleaned, that is), covered in greasy fingerprints.  Before the cleaning the pops, hiss and crackles almost made the record unlistenable.   After the cleaning there was no longer evidence of any finger smudges on the vinyl.  When I put the single on the platter and dropped the needle, I could still hear some slight crackling (due to the fact that they'd been stored unsleeved in a stack most  of their life and had developed little nicks and scratches) but the vast majority were gone and the sound was incredible.  Needless to say, I am utterly delighted!

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