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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] JapaneseToiletControlPanel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] An article in houzzz.com says: "Indoor plumbing is arguably the greatest invention in the history of humankind (with the possible exception of Peeps sushi). And the porcelain and chrome toilets that grace most bathrooms in the industrialized world work fine. While most people think, "‘If it ain’t broke, why fix it?’" some gadget-happy companies — especially in Japan — say,...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Photograph of a chain-drive garage door opener. This residential unit is manufactured by The Chamberlain Group, Inc. under the LiftMaster brand name. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] When was the last time you thought about your garage door or its automatic opener? Right, thought so. Like any mechanical system, the door and opener need some periodic, preventative maintenance. If you live in an area of frequent thunderstorms, a tight, well...