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One of the most confusing parts of electronic work is choosing the right wires. If they're too thin, they may not be providing enough power. If they're too thick, they may be taking up precious real estate if you have a densely-packed project. Figuring out the right wires to use also involves a fair amount of math. Let's hope you were paying attention in algebra.
While we are still a long way from rogue artificial intelligence enslaving the human race (at least I hope we are), the necessity for batteries remains largely the same. Batteries power most things in our lives. Phones, watches, cars, tools- all of these things are powered in some part by batteries.
Soldering is probably a lot older than you'd think. It dates back to at least 3,000 B.C. where the Sumer people of Mesopotamia used soldering to assemble their swords. Historically, soldering was used mainly for jewelry, cookware, and stained glass. Today it is widely used in electrical work and electronics.
So, you want to hang that new family photo in the living room, or set up that fancy mirror you got for a steal at your neighbor's garage sale. If the picture frame is light enough, you can probably get away with hanging it wherever it looks good, but most of the time you're going to need to find a stud. And no, I don't mean a tall, dark, handsome man who can solve all of your household problems with a Colgate smile. I'm talking about the vertical wood framing that holds up your entire house.
Should you use a nail or should you use a screw? It's a question as old as time itself. Or, at least as old as woodworking. Or, at least as old as nails and screws. In order to answer this elusive question, we need to understand each ones' strengths.
Although many people do it, it’s never been okay to dispose of hazardous waste by dumping it in the gutter or on the ground. Get caught doing it by the wrong people (as in police officers or health officials) and you’re in for a very nasty and costly surprise. The penalty can range in places […]
The last thing on your mind after a long and exhausting install or repair is tool care. In an effort to salvage whatever time is left of the day, you quickly gather your dirty tools and toss them into the toolbox or hang them back up on your wall rack. Tools can last a lifetime […]
Who needs a size chart? The bigger the pipe the more the powaaahhh, right? Well, up to a certain point. So if you’re getting ready to install a new system that’s as wide as a Brontosaurus’ tail, you may want to hold up a sec. The best size for your application depends on both engine […]
Like most car enthusiasts, you’ll want to add some modern comforts to your classic or muscle car – and that means an alternator upgrade to power them all. In the early days, there wasn’t much need for high-amp alternators because the only accessory they really had to deal with was an additional pair of speakers […]
Visit any automotive forum and you can’t help but stumble upon a long running debate on which direct to metal product is better, etch primer or epoxy primer. You will hear all kinds of technical facts, personal experiences as well as flat out unsubstantiated opinion. Then throw in the thousands of products available for the […]