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Old 4 Days Ago   #31
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Mebbe chicken terri-yaki for you ? ? ?

My doorbell is disconnected, by me. Visitors use their cell phone.
Yes, because I made sauce today and need chicken, but this probably won't be my last guess on #1886, either.

If I don't make a note on the calendar to maintain battery operated items, smoke alarms start chirping in the middle of the night and I don't have a way of knowing if the doorbell is dead or if no one ever comes over anymore. It's been both ways. A text or call is a much better announcement, but I like to know when a package is left at my door.
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Non-slamming door closer ?

That spring is what emerges when
the screw-off maintenance-access
cap is removed ?

Vaguely reminds me of some kind
of pressure regulator. You already
said "no fluids." And not everyone
has natural gas service or propane.
So, why would it be fairly common
to have two such thiggamajiggies ?
I don't even have a pneumatic door closer around the place that I know of. The front screen door used to have a simple tension spring to close it, but no longer has one. None of the other doors around the place have anything like this. This device has no pneumatic or hydraulic actuators or regulators of any kind, nor do most of the devices of this kind. There may be some multipurpose devices that incorporate the basic function(s) of both the mystery object and something with pneumatics/hydraulics in it, but I have never heard of one.

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I wonder if it's a thermostat, and routine
maintenance is just replacing the battery.

Or maybe a battery powered closet, back
hall, cellar stairway, etc lamp. That taper
on the spring looks waaaaay much like a
verrrry typical AA/AAA battery terminal.
Images #2 and #3 might be a photocell
and the "messy black thing" is some sort
of movable bracket.

And the screw cap would fit the AA/AAA
batteries idea ....

Does nearly every household have one or
mebbe even two of those ? Beats me and
there are no "normal" persons hereabouts
for me to ask ...
You are right in that this is a spring-type battery terminal. In this case, it is for AA batteries, or at least it works with AA sized cells, but it might also work with cells of somewhat larger diameter. You are still way off on the 'movable black thing" though. Also, neither this device nor most such devices have photocells.

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Battery driven nose hair trimmer ... two
per household, do both nostrils at once.
Maintenance ? Obvious !
And totally off-base.

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I think I know what it is! It's a doorbell!
Well, is it time for a chicken dinner
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My doorbell has springs, battery compartments, holes, dust, buttons and other parts. One special battery goes in the remote button and ordinary batteries go in the ringer. There are quite a few kinds.
I have three outside doors, so I could have more than one, and so on.

( not if separated )
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Mebbe chicken terri-yaki for you ? ? ?

My doorbell is disconnected, by me. Visitors use their cell phone.
Dinner will be late tonight. The apartments in this building don't even have doorbells.
Besides, both of you are ignoring the clue that this is primarily a handheld device.
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Yes, because I made sauce today and need chicken, but this probably won't be my last guess on #1886, either.

If I don't make a note on the calendar to maintain battery operated items, smoke alarms start chirping in the middle of the night and I don't have a way of knowing if the doorbell is dead or if no one ever comes over anymore. It's been both ways. A text or call is a much better announcement, but I like to know when a package is left at my door.
Almost all of the devices like the mystery one are battery-powered. I also have a device of this type that isn't, but it is very much the exception.
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Does it come with a blade?
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So, any household having not even one of these
is verrrrry unusual, almost imponderable, and it's
fairly normal to have more than one .... and it's
handheld and runs on AA batteries. And, oh yeah,
with great effort at set-up, it might be operatable
by remote .... but we don't know how a user may
benefit thru remote operation vs hand-holding it,
cuz we don't know how, or why, to use this thing
that we almost certainly DO have, and maintain,
unless we're like TOADALLY abnormal.

And it has that uglee messed up black thing, and
every example of the mystery object hasta have
its own equivalent of the UMUBT.

Did I miss anything ? Oooopz .... right ! Alan and
his immediate neighbors have no doorbells, and
Linda has some sauce in need of some chicken.

Since I know of no device that meets all of these
conditions, and considering that I actually have
one or two of them, and have been maintaining it
and yet I can't recall maintaining ANYTHING ... I
think I'm gonna ignore all the info and just stare
at the images.
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Does it come with a blade?
Typically not. This one doesn't, nor do any of the others I have.
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So if it's not a hat, or a chicken, it
could very well be a remote control.

That would hafta be hand-held and
it would be kinda weird to set up a
way to remotely operate a remote !

Most remotes don't use a screw-off
cap for maintenance access, nor do
they have a UMUBT ... but remotes
are the only thing that all normal
households have at least 1 or 2 of,
and it would be waaaay normal for
Alan to have the only remote in the
world with a screw-off battery cap
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.....This one doesn't, nor do any of the others I have.
Syntactically, this implies that your household has not merely
the typical one or two of these but AT LEAST three of them ...
as in [1] the device in the picture clues, and [2] "the others"
which are the plural of "not the one in pictures".

1 + plural = at least 3.
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So, any household having not even one of these
is verrrrry unusual, almost imponderable, and it's
fairly normal to have more than one .... and it's
handheld and runs on AA batteries. And, oh yeah,
with great effort at set-up, it might be operatable
by remote .... but we don't know how a user may
benefit thru remote operation vs hand-holding it,
cuz we don't know how, or why, to use this thing
that we almost certainly DO have, and maintain,
unless we're like TOADALLY abnormal.

And it has that uglee messed up black thing, and
every example of the mystery object hasta have
its own equivalent of the UMUBT.
More or less correct, but a few corrections are in order.

* This particular device runs of AA cells, and it is easy to find versions that do, but only a minority of them run on AA cells. The majority of these devices run on a different size cell.

* You might be able to find households without these devices, but you would need to look long and hard to find a Camelian that doesn't have ready access to at least one. My parents once had a 1950 Plymouth DeLuxe that I remember had a clip in the passenger compartment to hold one. And if you needed one and didn't have one, you could get one readily enough, even in rural areas.

* Although you don't actually need to hold one in your hand to use it, remote-controlled versions might be very hard to find. Most likely you would prefer to hold it in use unless you had a special reason you couldn't. There are also hands-free versions of this device, but they have a different physical configuration and typically go by a different name.

* Not all of these devices have the UMUBT, but almost all of them do, in some form. The UMUBT doesn't actually have to be black, but the majority of them are.
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Did anyone say flashlight (or torch for the Brits) yet?


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