You know the old axiom: for want of a nail, a shoe was lost. In this case, for want of a nail, a working rubber gasket, a well-calculated electrical circuit and your tools and appliances can blow up in your face.

It’s said that Darwinian laws cull the shabby from the durable. In the case of tools, appliances and furniture, the culling is assisted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC rounds up public complaints of product hazards and leans on manufacturers to gain recalls. Here are a few recent ones:

Give ‘em the chair

Photo by CPSC

Photo by CPSC

Office Depot has agreed to recall 319,000 Brand Biella Leather Desk Chairs sold in the U.S. and Canada between January 2002 through December 2008. If the weld to the seat plate has yet to give way and send you flying, it just might. Check with Office Depot to see if your chair is potentially unsettling.

Not your biggest fan

Photo by CPSC

Photo by CPSC

The CPSC has encouraged Westinghouse to recall 7,000 ceiling fans (24, 30 and 42-inches) for fire and electric shock hazards. It was found that the two 60-watt bulbs in the fan light exceed limits and can cause overheating or failure. Check the CPSC’s recall page for model numbers involved in the recall. (If you need moving air, open a few sliding windows.)

Cut to the chase

Photo by CPSC

Photo by CPSC

Just in time for summer: a fire-hazard recall of more than 20,000 Husqvarna grass and hedge trimmers with a faulty rubber fuel spacer. The units in question were sold at Lowes, Sears and Husqvarna stores from May 2011 until January 2012. Consumers are asked to call Husqvarna toll-free at (877) 257-6921 for recall details.

A word of appreciation

The CPSC says that faulty consumer tools, appliances, toys, furniture and other items cost the nation more than $900 billion a year. Big props to the CPSC and consumers that file reports on product incidents. You can report your experiences to Safe Products, the CPSC’s reporting arm.

It’s time for kitchen wall clocks

Has the digital age eliminated the need for wall clocks? Not so, I say. Your wall clocks may begin from the notion of decorating, adding a fresh design to a drab wall.

After a fashion, I can report from experience, no matter what the clock looked like originally, eventually you’ll just notice where the hands are located on the dial. I’m of an opinion (one of millions) that wall clocks should have hands and numbers around the wheel. That’s because I learned to tell time on those military, stiff clocks on the walls of my elementary school.

Some of the more-unique clocks I’ve seen are designed for kitchen walls. We seem to take more liberties there than in other rooms. If you’re considering kitchen remodeling, remember that clocks provide complementary accents to the decor.

You’ve hit the big time

Photo from Etsy

Photo from Etsy

The 17” inch diameter of this old school clock from Jewell, Kansas harkens back to those days when your life orbited around the classroom timepiece. This clock, for sale at Etsy, no longer works. But twice in every 24-hour period, it tells precisely the correct time.

Nice kitty

Photo from EBAY

Photo from eBAY

Clocks, like other appliances, can sport a unique design and be functional at the same time. I owned a model of this clock for many years until the mechanism would no longer operate the wagging tail and wobbling eyes. And after a while, the novelty wore off and all I saw was a dial and hands. I found this one on eBay, where it was selling for $39.95.

Time flies

Photo from Toxel

Photo from Toxel

Toxel, a most-excellent design blog, hosted this freakishly unsettling wall clock. After a while, would you even notice that the design has a few bugs in it?

Lost in time

Photo from Hometone

Photo from Hometone

Shades of M.C. Escher! The convex mirror on this clock from Hometone puts you in the center of time, at the middle of the moment or, completely in the NOW!

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