Technical Advice for Operating a Floor Jack

Completing minor maintenance and repairs on your primary vehicle has the potential to save quite a bit of money when compared to the cost per hour for a certified mechanic at a shop to perform the same repair. Some of these repairs will require the operator to access the part to be repaired or replaced from underneath the target vehicle. For a first-time repair job, this can be quite a daunting task, but the inclusion of a solid hydraulic floor jack can not only speed the repair up, if used properly, can provide a level of safety that is unparalleled among do-it-yourself chassis lifting equipment.

With that said, there are some basic safety rules that must be followed to ensure property operation of the floor jack to be used. As a general rule of thumb, if the following tips of operation are employed, the task at hand can be a breeze:

  • First and foremost, always follow the weight limit established by the manufacturer of the jack. Exceeding this weight limit can cause very dangerous operating conditions.
  • Once the weight class of the jack has been verified to correlate to the weight of the vehicle, it is important to thoroughly read the instructions provided with the floor jack upon initial use of the equipment.
  • Generally speaking, always find a spot on the frame of the vehicle that is positioned to achieve adequate access to the part without overstressing the limits of the jack. If available, the owner’s manual to the vehicle to be repaired with specify where these lift spots are. On hydraulic floor jacks, there will be a hydraulic knob that must be closed in order to allow the jack to build enough pressure to lift the vehicle. Engage this knob and test your hydraulic system by attempting to use the jack handle to move the jack up.
  • Once this has been done, continue to crank the floor jack up until there is enough space to slide in a safety-designed jack stand.
  • After the first jack stand has been inserted, release and lower the floor jack and perform the same step on the opposite side of the vehicle, making sure to safely place the second jack stand.
  • For added safety, always make sure that lighting conditions are adequate.
  • Once you have located the part to be removed and replaced, properly follow instructions for how to remove this part with the least amount of force and torque necessary, all the while making sure not to allow your foot to come into contact with the opposite jack stand.
  • Once your part has been removed, check the stands for stability and safety. If adjustments need to be made, use the floor jack to lift the chassis off of the stands enough to allow for repositioning.
  • After checking for stability, replace the part using a reverse method of how you removed it. Make sure that all appropriate fasteners and/or wires are in place as well as check to make sure you have no “leftover” parts, as this can be a sign that the job has not been performed correctly.
  • After your repair is complete, use your floor jack to raise the vehicle enough to remove the jack stand. Once removed, slowly disengage the lowering knob on the floor jack to allow for slow, steady lowering of the vehicle.
  • Repeat the process on the other side.

By following the above steps, one can save time and money by using a floor jack and performing certain simple repairs or replacements, such as replacing a starter. Careful precaution must be taken as all times to avoid serious injury. Once again, never get under a vehicle unless the vehicle has been placed on jack stands that are graded to hold the appropriate amount of weight. Also, check periodically to ensure that the jack stands have not shifted. As with anything, remember that safety is always the key.

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Natural Way to Stay Healthy

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Do you notice that nature is actually taking care of us by giving us a lot of things that we can consume? In addition to that, have you realized that everything that we can consume from the nature contains a lot of good things?

Coconut milk nutrition facts for you to know is what we are going to talk about today because there have not been so many people who are fully aware with the advantages of this kind of fruits. I hope that learning how beneficial this kind of fruits to you, you will be able to more aware about this fruit so that you can take the advantage for you and for other people.

So I am sure that you want to get a view more than the fact that the coconut s just nutritious. You want to know about what kind of vitamins are there in the coconut. The first thing that you can see if you make coconut milk is the fat. I am sure that you are shocked when you heard about the word fat here. However, you are totally wrong if you think that this kind of fat is bad for you. Well, it is bad for you if you consume too much oil coconut fat greedily. If you consume enough fat from this coconut oil, you will be able to have a very health digestion system and a better metabolism function of your body.

In addition to that, if you want to make your hair grows fabulously, you can learn about how to use coconut oil for hair growth in the internet because one of the functions of coconut oil is to make your hair grow. So, what do you think of this fruit? I am sure that you know more about the goodness from nature now.

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A Few Nuts A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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Here’s the lowdown on why almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, and pistachios are good for you… and why peanuts didn’t make the list. Okay, here’s the honest truth: I’d eat nuts whether they’re good for me or not. But, it does make me feel better to know that they are indeed nutritious. Here are four particularly healthy kinds and their benefits.

Almonds
Almonds are small but they’re packed with nutrients. According to Men’s Health, 1 ounce of almonds provides 50 percent of your daily value of vitamin E, 8 percent of your calcium (more than any other nut), and 10 percent of magnesium. Vitamin E is important because it’s an antioxidant that can help protect cells and thus possibly protect against heart disease and cancer. Almonds are also a good source of protein, which helps fill you up, gives you energy, and helps your muscles develop. And they have fat, but it’s mostly monounsaturated fat—the good fat—which may help lower cholesterol. (Justin’s makes single-serving almond butter packs that are healthy and very tasty!)

Walnuts
The special thing about walnuts is that they contain omega-3 fatty acids (the kind also found in fish). Omega-3 fatty acids help your heart and blood vessels function. In fact, according to medical expert Dr. Andrew Weil, the FDA has approved the claim that eating 1.5 oz of walnuts daily as part of a low saturated fat and low-cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Walnuts also have protein and monounsaturated fat.

Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are high in selenium, another powerful antioxidant. And again, they have protein and mono fats.

Pistachios
According to my health guru, Dr. Weil, “One ounce of pistachios contains more fiber than a half-cup of spinach and the same amount as an orange or apple…” In addition, they contain vitamin B-6, thiamin, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, protein, and mono fats. And they’re fun to eat!

Other Nuts
Cashews, pecans, and hazelnuts (filberts) are also good sources of mono fats and vitamins, especially potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. And here’s a special thing you might not know about hazelnuts: they have more folate (a B vitamin particularly important for pregnant women) than any other nut.

A Note on Portion Size
Nuts are good for you, but they’re also high in calories—most have between 240–280 calories for 1/3 cup—so you do have to be careful with your portions. (To see calories based on numbers of nuts, rather than by cup, see this MedicineNet page.) Those bags of mixed nuts you buy at the deli often have 2 or 3 servings in them. You really only need 1 oz. or less (about 25 pieces or fewer). I suggest buying big bags of nuts and then dividing them into small Ziplock bags or tubberware cups. Do this on a Sunday night so you have snacks prepared for the week. I often put nuts into small takeout salad-dressing containers because they hold just the right amount of nuts; if I used baggies, I’d be likely to overstuff them! Or mix nuts with dried fruit, so you won’t eat as many.

How To Eat Them
Raw and roasted nuts are both fine, though raw nuts do spoil less quickly, according to Dr. Weil. I like plain nuts, but sometimes I do buy flavored ones, like tamari almonds. Stay away from sugar-coated varieties, though, which are even higher in calories (unless you’re eating them as a special treat, of course. I love my mom’s Christmas almond candy, and I make yummy buttery spicy pecans when I entertain in the summer).

Why Didn’t Peanuts Make The List?
I know peanuts might be one of your favorites, but the reason they didn’t make this list of healthiest nuts is that they’re not nuts!  They’re technically legumes (in the beans, peas, and lentils family), not tree nuts. Sorry, that’s very school-teacher of me! But don’t worry; I’m not ignoring them; I’m just saving them for a post of their own.

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Some Tips And Tricks For Laying Down A Laminate Tile Floor

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Laying down a laminate tile floor is often seen as a daunting task for the DIYer, but in reality with the new laminates that have come down the pike in the last few years it has become a simple matter to put one in yourself and with the tools, you probably have in your workshop already.

Today we are going to give you some home improved tips in getting the job done right and when you are done, you will have a new floor that will be the envy of the neighborhood and perhaps you neighbors will call on you to help them putting in one as well.

First off, be aware there are two ways to go about it. The First is to remove to old flooring first along with the underplaying cladding and lay an entirely new floor.

You will lay down a new plywood under floor, then a water barrier, and insulated padding. This in some cases is provided with the tiles themselves, depending on the type you buy.

The second way which some do in their basement that have a slab concrete floor is to put in a raised/floating floor. This is where the tiles are supported by a frame and you have a void between the concrete and the flooring.

If you are going with Asian Bamboo tiles from Korea, you can have the tiles heated as well. It is a bit more expensive to go this route, but an electrically heated floor in the basement is great during the winter.

The secret is in the preparation
The 7 Ps is an old motto that has been around some say since the days of Caesar and it is true today now as it was then. Since it is a bit rude, we will just include a link for you to see what the 7Ps are.

So having all the materials in place up front is key to a successful Laminate tile installation for whichever technique you intend to use. This includes hand tools, a miter saw (to cut tiles to fit) and if you are going with a floating floor you may want to buy a floor jack to help align the tiles. Otherwise, a rubber mallet (BFH) that will help you get the tiles to align and interlock properly. You can get away with using a regular hammer if you use a soft piece of wood to cushion the knocks needed to join the tiles together.

Some tips to make the work go easier
1. When buy the laminate tiles get about 10-15% more than you need. (You will thank us later). This is because, you will make mistakes and cutting the tiles to fit may take a try or two to get it right, this especially true of the last tile going in.

2. Remember to buy enough spacers as the floor will expand and contract with the weather and a good rule of thumb is one spacer every 12 inches

3. When you start, the first tile is the most important. Getting it, right will make or break the entire project. Lay along the longest wall first with the groove in the tile facing the wall and make sure it is flush.

4. A BFH (Big Flipping Hammer) will help you get the other tiles to seat with each other. Remember to use light taps to prevent damage to the grooves and tongues of the tiles. (Another reason to have extra tiles around)

5. Your Miter saw is your friend, as it will cut the angles you need to fit the tiles around corners and odd-shaped protrusions in the room. Amazon has a good one and you can check it out here. Trimming the last tile can be frustrating, so take care and do it right.

6. Thresholds may need to be installed between the tile flooring and where it meets with the flooring of other rooms in doorways. Make sure you leave enough spacing to deal with this. You may need to trim the tiles again to fit. (A third reason to have that 10-15% of extra tiling available.)

7. Finally, remember to remove the spacers prior to installing/reinstalling the molding. You want the floor to expand and contract with the heat and humidity. Leaving the spacers in could lead to unevenness and bulges if the floor is unable to expand properly.

8. If you went with the floating floor, you may also need a floor jack to make sure the floor is trued with the walls and framing to allow for the installation of spacers needed to even things out.

Final Thoughts
With a bit of prior planning, your new laminate tile flooring can go in with little or no difficulty. Having the right tools and enough tiling available goes a long way to ensuring you project success. In addition, using our tips will help you install a DIY Laminate Tile Floor (LTF) with flair, panache, and style.

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