It’s been a standing rule ever since man started putting doors on cars, if an automobile

It’s been a standing rule ever since man started putting doors on cars, if an automobile has more than two doors it’s going to look stodgy and if it’s a four-door station wagon think beyond stodgy—it’ll be orthopedic-shoe ugly. That was the 20th century and the rules have changed a lot since then. In fact, there aren’t any rules anymore. Take for example Dan Taylor’s 1966 Dodge Polara station wagon, fully restored and customized by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff of Escondido, California. The saga of Dan’s Dodge wagon starts out in reverse, with his son buying it for his first car, a surf wagon to drive to high school and ultimately transportation to college. The pass from son down to father—having the Dodge parked in his driveway for six years—spawned a vision in Dan’s mind of how the 1966 wagon could look with the right touches. Dan’s wife, Amy, agreed to the project if she could be in charge of paint colors and interior design. Randy Clark, owner of Hot Rods & Custom Stuff (HR&CS), planned to keep the exterior of the 1966 Polara wagon relatively stock appearing, but underneath he had big plans to update the Dodge into a 21st century hot rod surf wagon. The Chrysler Corpor...

10 Ways To Hang Just About Anything on the Wall PM_Logo PM_Logo

Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a link. How we test gear. Decorating your home with pictures, hanging a mirror in the bathroom, or installing shelves for displaying heirlooms requires the correct fastening system to support the weight. Here are 10 tried-and-true ways to hang items. Before you start, review this story that shows how to determine what’s behind a wall before driving fasteners. Also make note that it’s best to stay well under the maximum weight allowance that is stated for a hook. If none of these options will work for you, then build your own french cleat which can be customized anyway you choose. A variety of these anchors are available, typically supporting 50 lbs. to 100 lbs., depending on the brand, fastener size, and drywall thickness. They’re strong enough for mirrors, towel racks, large pictures, and other items. You can use them in the ceiling, too, for hanging flower baskets. The anchor is inserted into the wall—you use a screwdriver instead of the old method of drilling a hole and sticking in the anchor. When the included screw is driven into the anchor, the anchor expands to lock into the dryw...

Next-Gen Boost: Testing Whipple’s Gen-5 Cobra Jet Supercharger

If you’ve been following along on the Boosted Coyote project, you already know we started the project with Livernois Motorsports and Engineering “rebuilding” Ivan Korda’s 5.0-liter Coyote engine into their Race-Series long-block. As such, the engine is now capable of handling well into the four-digit horsepower range. Built for strength, the Race-Series Coyote engine has a Darton-sleeved block, Livernois Powerstorm forged I-beam rods, and heavy-duty pistons, which put compression into the 11.5:1 range. The ported heads flow solid numbers with the larger 1.500-inch intake and 1.262-inch exhaust valves, even with the use of the stock camshafts. With a 2.9-liter Whipple Gen-3 supercharger on the car, the engine outran the fuel system on its first dyno pull, which led to a full fuel system overhaul. The next trip to the dyno saw the combination max out the boost available using the stock-diameter crankshaft pulley and the smaller 2.75-inch-diameter supercharger pulley for the Gen-3 Whipple, without reaching the 1,000-horsepower goal. That presented a fork in the road for the project: Option one was to drive the Gen-3 blower harder to pick up the 125 wheel-horsepower needed to achie...

No laptops, no Uber, and definitely no phones: unique professor rules

This is the routine in nursing major Shanneah Manchur’s English class: As students walk into the classroom, they take out their phones, turn them off and line them up on the lip of the dry erase board. If a phone goes off? Their professor will place it on his desk and at the end of class assign the phone’s owner a paper. Syllabi often include certain things such as a statement about the university’s plagiarism policy, a breakdown of the course grades, explanations of how things are graded and the numerical equivalents for letter grades. Rules about attendance, late work and technology are expected, but some students say a few professors have rules that are more unique that others. Senior biology major Katie Moreland said she had a class where halfway through the semester the professor decided that students were not allowed to use laptops, and if she saw students on their laptop or phone, she would confiscate it immediately, no exceptions. The problem? Moreland said students were expected to look at the slides during class, and the slides were only uploaded five minutes before class. “It’s one thing to take off points, but I think confiscation was a step too far,” said Steven She...

The Basics of Recycling Scrap Metal for Money | Earth911.com The Basics of Recycling Scrap Metal for Money

Most of us know the value of recycling and reusing items like plastic bottles, hand-me-down clothing, and newspapers. Through reuse and recycling, we can reduce what goes to the landfill, reduce waste, and save on energy used to produce new materials. But one sector of the recycling industry that may not be as popular, but is just as important, is scrap metal recycling. Scrap metal exports are one of the largest in the U.S. And by recycling metals, we reduce the amount of ore mining throughout the world. Some of these metals include copper, steel, aluminum, brass, and iron. Unfortunately, these materials often end up in the garbage due to the lack of knowledge and sources for metal recycling. We’re here to help educate the community about the opportunity to bring your unused metal items it to the right place for recycling — and make some cash, too. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links we will receive a small commission from the sale. Many people don’t know that most scrap metal can be recycled for cash payments at local scrap yards around the country, keeping this useful material out of landfills. Scrap metal yards deal with customers i...

PORTLAND — Coming off three non-league contests in which they scored 35 runs on 42 hits

PORTLAND — Coming off three non-league contests in which they scored 35 runs on 42 hits to open the season, the Port Angeles Lefties suffered a reversal of fortune at the plate as they fell 3-0 in the West Coast League opener against the Portland Pickles. A trio of Pickles pitchers limited the Lefties (2-2, 0-1 WCL) to three hits in Tuesday’s contest played before an opening night crowd of 2,213 at Walker Stadium in Portland. Lefties starter Dwayne Angebrandt (0-1) pitched a good game, going five innings and giving up just one earned run on four hits. But he couldn’t get any run support and took the loss. Lefties’ pitchers gave up just eight hits and two earned runs. The Lefties got their hits from Ronnie Rust, Trevor Rosenberg and Justin Fugitt, with Rust’s knock a double. Rust was left on second base following a one-out double in the first inning and the Lefties missed a golden opportunity in the third to break through for a run. Alex Garcia and Trevor Rosenberg led off the inning with walks, but Portland starter Brad McVay coaxed a strikeout and inning-ending double play ball to get out of the jam. Portland got to Angebrandt (0-1) in the fourth inning when Gabe Skoro doubled ...

THE HANDLE, which varies in length according to the height of its user, and in some

THE HANDLE, which varies in length according to the height of its user, and in some cases is made by that user to his or her specifications, is like most of the other parts of the tool in that it has a name and thus a character of its own. I call it the snath, as do most of us in the UK, though variations include the snathe, the snaithe, the snead, and the sned. Onto the snath are attached two hand grips, adjusted for the height of the user. On the bottom of the snath is a small hole, a rubberized protector, and a metal D-ring with two hex sockets. Into this little assemblage slides the tang of the blade. This thin crescent of steel is the fulcrum of the whole tool. From the genus blade fans out a number of ever-evolving species, each seeking out and colonizing new niches. My collection includes a number of grass blades of varying styles—a Luxor, a Profisense, an Austrian, and a new, elegant Concari Felice blade that I’ve not even tried yet—whose lengths vary between sixty and eighty-five centimeters. I also have a couple of ditch blades (which, despite the name, are not used for mowing ditches in particular, but are all-purpose cutting tools that can manage anything from fine g...

Graduating Secured Credit Cards to Full Featured Products

In Mercator Advisory Group’s research on secured cards, we noted how the market changed since the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) eliminated a series of unfair practices. Before the regulation, the market was filled with hard money lenders who took advantage of borrowers with sky-high interest rates and even worse junk fees. Things like application fees, activation fees, and risk fees tainted the product. The CARD Act cleaned up the business, and now top lenders, from Bank of America, Chase, Discover, and US Bank, offer worthwhile cards, with interest rates ranging from 11.65% to 24.99%, and reasonable, in-range fees.  Mastercard and Visa also came out with more rigorous standards for their franchisees. We peg the U.S. market at almost 5 million cards today, with the potential to embrace 500 percent more, given the number of low-banked, underbanked, and unbanked in the market. Working in credit for decades often brings friends and acquaintances with questions about “what is the best card for me to get?” Many times my answer is something along the lines of a Chase Freedom card, which I like because it carries an excellent reward st...

The Federal Trade Commission’s bread-and-butter mission is to prevent deception and unfairness in the marketplace.  FTC

The Federal Trade Commission’s bread-and-butter mission is to prevent deception and unfairness in the marketplace.  FTC CID investigation lawyers have the power to investigate and  agency staff also brings law enforcement actions against false or misleading claims that a product is of U.S. origin. Consistent with applicable FTC Made in USA compliance standards, marketers and manufacturers that promote products as Made in USA must meet the “all or virtually all” standard.  Additionally, as with most other advertising claims, a manufacturer or marketer may make any claim as long as it is truthful and substantiated. The agency has issued an Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims to provide guidance to marketers that want to make unqualified Made in USA claims under the “all or virtually all” standard and those that want to make qualified Made in USA claims.  The Enforcement Policy Statement applies to U.S. origin claims that appear on products and labeling, advertising, and other promotional materials.  It also applies to all other forms of marketing, including marketing through digital or electronic mechanisms, such as Internet or email. U.S. content mus...

TV Wall Mount Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Mounting a TV is a great idea — today’s ultra-thin panels (like LG’s Wallpaper TVs) look fabulous on the wall, and it saves space, too. Doing this yourself may seem daunting, but mounting a TV isn’t actually all that hard. It starts with picking the right kind of wall mount, and that’s surprisingly easy. In this guide, we cover what you need to consider when shopping for the perfect mount, including what your wall is made of, your TV’s specifications, and the different mount types available. Almost all TV wall mounts are compatible with drywall and come with all the necessary hardware you need to install your mount, including bolts and drywall anchors. If you are installing your wall mount on a plaster or masonry surface, you’ll need some stronger hardware that won’t come in the wall mount box. (Not sure what type of material your walls have? Check out this helpful guide.) This may require a trip to the local home or hardware store to gather the necessary power tools and products. One other thought about location: We suggest you avoid mounting a TV over a fireplace if you can — check out this article for our thoughts on that controversial topic. Just as most TV wall mounts...

Your view: Tell your legislators to vote no on radar expansion

You don’t think you’re a speeder, do you? You drive a speed you feel safe, don’t you? And most of the time you are right, since real speeding causes about 1.6% of all the accidents, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. The radar lobby sees things in terms of how much money can be made from ticketing the 98.4% of safe drivers (it’s hundreds of millions of dollars per year). The numbers on speed limit signs are lower than the safe speeds that you decide to drive every time you get into your car, and that makes you a “speeder.” The numbers on the speed limit signs are there to make it easy to write “speeding” tickets. The Legislature is trying as hard as it can to give radar to municipal police to facilitate ticket writing. One tactic is to proclaim “Everyone is speeding!” and too many people think this is true. It is not true, and drivers need to fight back. Tell your representative to vote No on Senate Bill 607, radar for municipal police, or there will be speed traps everywhere. As lifelong residents in District B in the Rolling Mill Hill area of Wilkes-Barre, we have seen the commitment and caring our councilman, Tony Brooks, has shown during the p...

Huge 5-Day Auction of High-Volume Precision CNC Machining Operation from Triumph Manufacturing

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Hilco Industrial, in partnership with Machinery Network Auctions and Machinery Marketing International, announced that they will conduct a 5-day auction consisting of over 3,500 lots of machinery and equipment used for Tier 2 automotive parts manufacturing from Triumph’s 130,000 sq ft. facility in Tempe, Arizona. The auction will be split into a 2-day live, onsite & webcast auction held on 6 & 7 November 2019 at 10 am MT and a 3-day online-only auction closing 12 – 14 November 2019 starting at 9 am MT. Triumph Manufacturing was a high-volume Tier 2 automotive parts manufacturer specializing in the production of turned and machined parts utilizing a variety of machining processes for several major Tier 1 automotive suppliers worldwide. The webcast auction will feature over 1,500 lots including (150+) CNC & Multi-Spindle Screw Machines, CNC Swiss-Type Lathes, CNC Turning Centers, Rotary Transfer Machines, Centerless Grinders, (7) CNC Vertical Machining Centers, from manufacturers such as Tornos, Schutte, Nakumura-Tome, Mikron, Haas, Ganesh, Cincinnati-Milacron, and much more. The online-only auction will ...

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