It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's SuperAlloy

Superalloys have changed the world we live it. From high speed jets to state of the art medical devices our lives are made better by these materials and the fasteners used to hold them together. What are they: Superalloys are combinations of elemental metals that display excellent mechanical strength and creep resistance at temperatures above…

Stacking Firewood – Where Is the Joy?

Sometimes hard work can simplify things, ease the mind, instill a sense of accomplishment just at the right time. Cutting and stacking firewood does that for me. Stacking is especially enjoyable. A well organized wood pile is a visual and aromatic delight, a Robert Frost poem come to life. Of course, a well ordered wood…

The Lang Model 60 BBQ Smoker

At the time we wrote “Competition BBQ Secrets”, we were using the Lang Model 60 exclusively. So all the tips in the book will work on this barbeque smoker in addition to all others. The Lang Model 60 is a very nice smoker. If you don’t mind the little bit of extra work involved in…

Seeking Protection Against Arc Flash

Arc flash is a common phenomenon that needs to be safeguarded against in some working facilities. This is a kind of electrical explosion that occurs due to a low impedance connection. This connection could be with the ground or another voltage phase from an electric system. There are various methods that can be employed to…

How To Unclog A Kitchen Sink Drain

It is always unpleasant to discover a clogged drain. Fortunately, there are several methods available you can try before needing to pick up the phone and contacting your local plumber. The first thing to try is running very hot water down your drain for about 5-10 minutes. Sometimes, this is all you need to break…

Bench Pillar Drill Hazards to Avoid

A bench pillar drill also known simply as a bench drill is the bench-mounted version of a pillar drill. This article outlines some of the hazards that you need to avoid when using your bench pillar drill. Insecure base — like all pillar drill tools, the bench drill is heavy; heavier than you may think…

Fretwork and Scroll Sawing Experiences

Fretwork is "decoration or patterns or patterns on a surface made by cutting into or through the surface", according to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary. But to me, fretwork and scroll sawing, as it is often referred to, is a great way to relieve stress and at the same time get a sense of accomplishment when your item…

How to Select the Perfect Cutting Board

A kitchen would just not be a kitchen without a cutting board. In fact, the cutting board has become a main tool of our kitchens as it provides us a safe place for food preparation and cutting. In today’s kitchens you will find all kinds of cutting boards varying in size, shape and material. It’s…

Where Does That Word Come From?

"Instead of a handshake, I gave Toby a high-five to break the ice; and when we sat down on the front porch and started talking off the cuff, it was as if serendipity brought us together." That sentence contains several words and actions you see and hear every day. But have you ever wondered where…

Finding A General Contractor

If you have decided to build your dream home or remodel your existing home you will become quite familiar with the words, general contractor. This is the person you will hire to run your project, coordinate the efforts of all of the materials needed for the job hire the sub-contractors and take care of payroll…

Sheet Music and Song Book Styles

Rock and pop sheet music will range from simple guitar and vocals to full instrumental scores, and from popular single songs to complete albums. You might also see artist compilations, complete works and volumes focusing on specific time periods of artists, or compilations of a genre or era. If you're looking for a certain piece…