All posts by Benjamin Smith

Aging and Disease


Aging is not a process we’re looking forward to but, unfortunately, it is inevitable. However, learning how to embrace it and even slow down its permanent effects can help you live longer, healthier, and happier. And, even though there is still a long way ahead before discovering the Fountain of Youth, these tips and tricks will help you remain independent and healthy, even if you’re well into your 60s.

Drink plenty of water

As we age, our skin produces less collagen, an element responsible for skin firmness. In time, this leads to the appearance of fine line, wrinkles, and saggy skin. One way to prevent this is to make sure you stay hydrated.

Don’t forget to drink at least two liters (65 fluid ounces) of water daily. This will quench your thirst but may also prevent headaches and water retention that can lead to swollen feet and bloating.



Another essential tip when dealing with aging skin is to use deeply moisturizing creams, lotions, and serums. Applied regularly, they will slow down the aging process, prevent the appearance of new wrinkles, and diminish the existent ones. Don’t forget to use a night moisturizing cream and sunscreen to limit the negative effects of sun rays.


Stay active

We cannot stress enough the importance of living an active life. As you grow older, your body starts losing collagen, making your joints and muscles stiffer. Therefore, apart from collagen injections or supplements that will help your body, you need to exercise as often as possible.

However, since you will have to deal with reduced mobility and other possible health conditions that impose certain activity restrictions, we suggest starting with mild workout routines.

Jogging, yoga, and Pilates are great ways to improve your posture, release stress and anxiety, and stretch your bones to prevent back pains. They are also accessible for everyone as you won’t require more than a pair of good running shoes and comfortable clothes.

Swimming is another great physical activity that will work on all your muscle groups, helping you remain healthy, strong, and active, no matter your age.


See doctors regularly

In order to look after your health and detect possible health problems in time, you need to go to the doctor regularly. You should get a full physical at least once a year, while you should visit your dentist and your ophthalmologist every six months. If you are a woman, make sure to also book a routine checkup every year.


Stay tech savvy

Technology develops rapidly so you’ll always hear about new gadgets. Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep up with gizmos after a certain age, so you should stick to helpful inventions with a senior-friendly design. Learn your way around a computer and, if you’re not fond of smartphones and tablets, keep it simple by choosing a specific cordless phone for seniors.

What Is Osteoporosis?


Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is said to make one’s bones porous. When affected by this disease, bones lose their density and mass and, therefore, are likely to break easier. If you are over 50 and you happen to break a bone, it is advisable that you also ask your healthcare provider to do a bone density test.

Is it common?

If you get diagnosed with osteoporosis, you should not feel alone, as this disease is not at all rare. Studies have shown that around 54 million Americans suffer from it. Additionally, studies point out that one in four men and one in two women that are aged 50 and older will eventually break bones due to osteoporosis. White and Asian women that are past menopause, are most likely to develop this condition.


Symptoms and medical attention

According to the specialists, there are no evident symptoms that might alert you that you’ve started to lose density in the bones. However, as the disease advances, there are signs you should not ignore. For instance, you might have to deal with back pain caused by collapsed or fractured vertebrae, loss of height, a stooped posture, and frequent bone fractures.

The best moment when you should seek medical attention is after you have gone through early menopause. Similarly, those that have undergone a corticosteroids treatment for several months, and those that have/had blood relatives that had hip fractures should also see a medic.


Risk factors

Numerous doctors have argued that there are a couple of risk factors that are out of the patient’s control. For example, your gender, if you are a woman, and your age, as the older you get, the higher the chances of developing the disease are. Family history and body frame size are some other factors that should also be taken into account. Those that have a sibling with osteoporosis are at higher risk. Also, people with smaller body frames are also at risk as they might a lower less bone mass.

Hormones and dietary factors

It has been proven that osteoporosis is more likely to appear if a person has too much or too little of specific hormones. Those that have low levels of sex hormones tend to have weaker bones. Hence, treatments for prostate cancer in men and those for breast cancer in women are said to accelerate bone loss.

Thyroid problems can also lead to weaker bones. Other glands that might affect the integrity of your bones are the adrenal and parathyroid glands.  

When it comes to one’s diet, it is worth keeping in mind that osteoporosis is likely to occur in those people who had gastrointestinal surgery, eating disorders or overall low calcium intake.

Why Do We Lose Our Teeth?


As we age, our bodies go through a wide array of transformations. The hair starts getting grey, our collagen production is reduced which eventually leads to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin, and we also begin to lose our hair and our mobility. Although aging is natural and inevitable, losing our teeth once we grow old is not natural!

Here are some of the reasons behind the process and how to prevent this phenomenon that affects over 30% of the total American population.

Why do we have two sets of teeth?

We start growing our first set of teeth around the age of 8-9 months and, by the age of 10-12 years, we’d already lost most of our “baby teeth.”

Primary teeth or baby teeth are important because they offer the foundation for our second set of teeth, the ones that we will be stuck with for the rest of our lives, if we’re lucky. Baby teeth help “set the ground” by developing the oral cavity and making the necessary space to grow our second set of teeth.

The root of a baby tooth is not as strong as the one of a permanent tooth but it provides a place to grow and pass through the gums. As we age and our body develops, our jaws increase in size as well, creating more space, which will determine the baby tooth to loosen and eventually fall out.

The second set of teeth is stronger and more powerful but, because of bad genetics and poor health care, we can start losing them since the earliest stages of adulthood. Here are the main reasons why we have dental problems.


Excessive wear

Although strong, our teeth were not designed to grind, crack nuts or act as beer openers. In time, the protective enamel layer will become thinner, causing teeth to chip, crack, and fall.



There are various health conditions and diseases that trigger dental problems and patients suffering from them should pay more attention to their oral hygiene. Diabetes and cancer are some of the most dangerous diseases that will also affect your cavities. People who suffer from diabetes heal slower, which means that open wounds will have more chances to catch bacteria and cause infections.

Gum disease or periodontitis is the number one cause in adult tooth loss and can be prevented through a complete oral hygiene, including regular visits to the dentist.


Substance abuse and poor eating habits

People who smoke, take drugs, drink alcohol or excessive amounts of caffeine are up to 90% more prone to develop gum problems and caries. Similarly, those who base most of their diets on sodas and fast foods will also lose their teeth sooner.


Life Expectancy and the Way It Has Changed over Time


Even though mankind didn’t manage to find the Fountain of Youth or a cure for mortality yet, we are closer to these discoveries than any other generation before us. Life expectancy has changed dramatically in the past few centuries and, due to higher life standards, our planet is now facing an accelerated aging process, especially in the developed countries.

In other words, the global population is now at its absolute peak, counting for over 7.2 billion people and, according to a United Nations Report, it will exceed 9 billion people by 2050. Overpopulation is a worldwide concern if combined with an increased life expectancy.

Paradoxically, although there are more living people on this planet than ever, countries like Germany, France, Norway, Japan, and even the United States face an alarming aging phenomenon.

Life expectancy in history

Life expectancy at birth is influenced by many complicated factors and has increased or decreased depending on the era we are referring to. International organizations like the United Nations and national organizations claim that in the Iron Age and Bronze Age, life expectancy was around 26 years. By comparison, in 2010, the average global life expectancy at birth was approximately 67 years.

The LEB (life expectancy at birth) slightly increased in the Ancient times and reached 32-35 years in Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. However, LEB is influenced by infant mortality which was as high as 35-40% back in the days. In other words, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all people died in their 30s.

Statistics remained approximately the same up until the 1800s since we cannot talk about a dramatic increase in the quality of life. LEB in Europe in the 1800s was between 30 and 40 years, especially since we were talking about a reduced access to clean running water and personal hygiene products.

The Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800s had a huge impact on worldwide demographics and opened the door towards modern technologies that would ultimately improve life standards and positively affect longevity.


Factors that influence life expectancy

As we previously mentioned, there are countless factors that influence the quality of life that ultimately translates into more years spent on this Earth.

Access to personal hygiene products is a mandatory condition for people to grow healthy and develop in a stable environment. Up until the 20th century these products were considered a luxury, together with antibiotics.

Another factor that influences life expectancy is closely related to a proper hygiene, and that is disease. Before the worldwide spread of antibiotics and the eradication of various diseases such as cholera or plague, people died from a simple cold.

How to make your grandparents happy


Grandparents represent an essential part of your family. Without them, your parents wouldn’t be here, and you wouldn’t be here, either. That is why it is essential that you treat them with all the affection, care, and attention you can offer. If you’re wondering what you can do to make your grandparents happy, here are some ideas.

Offer help with the dishes and other small chores

Even if your grandparents are in good health, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need help. Be a considerate grandson or granddaughter and offer some help around the house. Do the dishes, or vacuum the floors. Remember that you will be a grandparent, too, one day, and having someone help you can mean a lot when you’re at that age. Also, this is a sure way to put a smile on your grandparents’ face.


Stay in touch

Although you are busy and you cannot visit regularly, nothing stops you from calling your grandparents once in a while, or even more frequently. Ask them how they have been doing, if they have been sleeping well, and make inquiries about their health. Knowing that you care for them will surely make them happy.


Help them get in touch with new tech

Your grandparents would love to learn about new things, and especially technology, but they might feel shy to ask you about such things directly. So be the one to take the first step, and show them how to use an app or how to watch YouTube videos on topics they might find entertaining.


Don’t forget to be respectful

Unless your grandparents are incapacitated, never treat them like they are disabled or as if they have the same mental capabilities as a child. That would be insulting and might cause them a lot of grief. So, while you are visiting or you are talking to them over the phone, don’t forget to show the respect they have earned.

Offer your help so that they can make decisions, but do not make the respective choices for them. Growing old should not equal a loss of dignity, and, as long as you will treat them with proper respect, your grandparents will be thankful.


Give them thoughtful gifts

Anyone is happy to receive a gift. Be it a special occasion, such as their birthdays, or holiday celebrations, or you just want to show your appreciation, pay them a visit with a beautifully wrapped present in your hand.

There are so many Xmas gifts that cater perfectly to grandparents you can choose from. Seniors can take joy in many things, and whether the one you get for the elderly members of your family is a practical item or just something you know they will like, it doesn’t matter. As long as you make them happy, you will know you did the right thing.


What are good places to visit with your RV while visiting Canada

There’s something for everyone in Canada, as it’s filled with jaw-dropping sights and amazing places to visit. If you’re making your trip in an RV, all the better, as you’ll have all the time in the world to look at the beautiful sights and take the perfect Canadian trip. If you’re feeling a tad puzzled about what destinations you should consider visiting, we’ve decided to give you a hand and compile a short list of the most popular ones.

The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

If you’re into wildlife and panoramic views, the Cabot Trail is by far the perfect destination for you. It’s located on Cape Breton Island and you can get there by driving your RV from Halifax. This way, the route will have around 600 miles. We recommend you spend around three to four days at this campsite, just to make the most of it.


Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba

This destination is overflowing with sights, what with its prairie grasses, flora and fauna, as well as breathtakingly beautiful forests. It’s quite a big one, as the park occupies 7,400 acres. The best thing about visiting this location is that, if you travel with your children, they can become Park Explorers or Junior Naturalists, depending on their age, as long as they complete activities around the place.


Gaspesie, Quebec

This peninsula was featured in National Geographic’s Best Trips. Aside from the fact that it covers over twenty-five of the area’s highest peaks and a plethora of customized driving routes, Gaspesie also has six wildlife sanctuaries, as well as four parks. If you think you’ve had enough of nature, you can check out any of the historic sites or museums discoverable in the same area.


Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

Like the beach? What if your kids like the mountains better? No problem. This park has everything anyone might ever be looking for, from mountains plunging into the water to beaches next to fjords. Cruises are available at the local shops, just in case you may feel like exploring the view from a different angle.

Kluane Lake, Yukon

This National Park’s highly appreciated sight is Mount Logan, the highest peak in the country. The park doesn’t disappoint even if you aren’t a big fan of hiking, although you’d probably experience it better if you chose to do any fishing, mountaineering or biking around the place. Horseback riding is also available at a cost that depends on the season and the year you decide to take the trip.


Banff National Park, Alberta

Adventure and education are two major parts of what you’ll experience at the Banff National Park. You can tour the area either by foot or decide to go scuba diving or perhaps even hop on the park’s gondola. Filled with magnificent lakes and dazzling rivers, this park is clearly a place to consider if you’re planning to take a trip to Canada with your motorhome. More details on this park and route you can find on,7773/



Fish Hunter PRO review


Some people say that the Fish Hunter Pro is one of the fastest and most capable portable fish finders out there and I’m not here to differ. I decided to purchase it in spite of the fact that I was feeling a bit weary with regards to the efficiency and performance of products like these, which relied on the use of a separate transducer that could be connected wirelessly to any mobile device I owned. In my case, it’s an iPad I received as a birthday present. Since the iPad is virtually useless while I’m at home or at work because I can’t seem to find any purpose for the device, I decided to purchase a fish finder that could work with it easily.

One of the things that I was impressed with when I read the product description of the Fish Hunter Pro was that the transducer had a casting range of 150ft and a depth of up to 150ft, as well. I intend to take advantage of the model as much as I can, even when winter starts to settle in and I’m able to go out and do some ice fishing. Based on the owner feedback that I went through, it seems that this unit offers reasonable value for the price, what with it costing less than two hundred dollars.

There are three viewing modes to speak of when it comes to the Fish Hunter Pro. You can either use the FISH VIEW, the RAW VIEW, or the unique ice fishing flasher. I’ve taken to the internet and watched some tutorials on how to operate the device so that I know whether the interface would be too complicated to learn the basics of once I got the fish finder delivered at home. Since this is a three-frequency fish finder, I can use it both for fishing in deep and shallow waters alike.

It goes without saying that one of the best things about this model is that it comes with a complimentary app that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Of course, not all fish finding apps are the same, but I couldn’t help noticing that this one has gathered an immense critical acclaim, which is why I was eager to test it out. The pictures displayed are so vivid that I was able to catch five panfish in the first hour after starting to use this application. I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually manage to get more than two per day. While it has been argued that my fishing expertise isn’t up to par, I consider myself a rather relaxed individual and act accordingly. The Fish Hunter Pro is so good at doing its job that it ruins my laziness. I can now have all the fish I want and eat it, too, given that my wife sometimes accompanies me in my fishing trips and later on cooks the catch.

All in all, the Fish Hunter Pro is well worth every penny I spent on it.

What are spin cast reels


If you’re new to fishing, you may be wondering about the different reels you can find in tackle stores. The first thing you need to know about fishing reels is that they can’t be used but with the matching rod, so if you have a spincast rod, you will have to use a spincast reel, because it is the only type that can be attached to that rod.

A reel is basically a device that attaches to the end of the handle on a rod, to keep the entire line at hand and to release it gradually as you cast your lure. It also allows you to simply and safely retrieve the line while pulling the fish out of the water. All types of reels contain a spool on which the line is rolled, but the spool of a spincast reel has the advantage of being immobile, thus avoiding excessive line release, and so managing to eliminate unfortunate tangling.

Unlike baitcasting and spinning reels, the spin cast reel has a metal cover that encompasses the spool and all the elements that are visible on the other types of reel. This maintains a clean line and minimizes the risk of entanglement. The line simply exits through a small hole in the cover every time the angles pushes a thumb button.

A spin cast reel for bass fishing  is one of the easiest to use types of reel, so it is usually recommended for children and beginners in the art of fishing. It consists of a spool covered with a metal nose, a reel handle, a thumb button and a drag adjustment, and because it is so simple in its construction, this type of reel is also very cheap, so if you break it, it won’t be such a big investment loss.

One might wonder why, in the face of such ease of use and affordable price, do so many fishermen still prefer baitcasting or spinning reels. The answer is pretty simple. As simple as they are, spin cast reels cannot accommodate a sufficient quantity of line and therefore are not well suited for long casting and don’t do well with heavy fishes. Also, they are known for a certain lack of casting accuracy and may cause trouble when the time comes for retrieval.

On another note, in order to preserve the simplicity and easy usage, they are usually manufactured from different plastic materials, which have a shorter lifespan and require frequent replacement. In addition, if ever the line should tangle on the spool, the angler will have to take out the cover and then place it back, which might prove to be irritating.

As a conclusion, a spin cast reel is a great beginner tackle item, suited for small, lightweight fish, and at the same time, a great way to enjoy a fishing trip without having to constantly unwind a tangled line.

Lift up your camping trip


If you are looking for a way to camp in your vehicle without losing important cargo space you might want to consider a roof top tent. While this may seem a little strange, it is quickly gaining in popularity with all types of camping enthusiasts. Not only does roof top camping ensure that you are definitely sleeping off of the ground, in many cases it is actually more comfortable than sleeping inside your vehicle. Here are a few things you should know about roof top tents, and maybe this will help you decide if “lifting up” your camping trip is something that you should consider.



Lift up your camping trip with a roof top tent


One of the first things you should be aware of is that roof top tents are available in several sizes that can range from a cosy 2 person model, all the way up to one large enough to sleep up to 6 people relatively comfortably. Your vehicle will determine the tent’s size, and it is recommended that you ensure that everything is a perfect fit before you make a final decision. The last thing you want is to realize that the tent won’t safely fit on top of your vehicle once you are at the camp site.

The shape of the tent can also vary and should be considered. If you need the maximum amount of space that your vehicle will allow a tent with standard vertical walls will probably be the best choice for you. If you know that you are going to be camping in windy conditions you will want the stability you get from a dome shaped tent. These tents are also quieter when the wind is blowing making it easier for you to fall asleep at night.

Roof top tents ( along with a good bed tent) can also come with a variety of features, and this will depend on your budget. If you are planning to be gone for awhile you might want to choose a tent that comes with a privacy divider. This also makes it easier to save space for your gear, so you don’t have to constantly climb back down every time you realize you need something else. Mesh windows are another convenient feature that most campers must have, and you can find these in most roof top tents.

Almost everything that comes with a traditional ground tent can now be found in one designed to be set up on the roof of your vehicle. These tents give you the freedom to camp comfortably almost anywhere your off road vehicle can go, and will keep you safely off the ground away from anything that might be creeping or crawling nearby. With several top quality makes and models to choose from, you might soon find yourself joining the legions of others that are taking their camping trips to new heights.

Kendal FBD1023 review

I absolutely adore foot spas and I can easily see myself having a warm bath every single night, though I don’t always have time for one. I used to prepare my foot massager at home, using a normal wash basin and warm water and pedicure my nails during the bath. I’ve always wanted to buy a foot spa machine, to see if these products are indeed worth buying and if they are able to offer more than my simple bath, as everybody says. It wasn’t an easy choice, as it is really unbelievable how many options there are available for sale on the internet.

However, the Kendal FBD1023 has caught my eye from the first moment I saw it, as it looked like a really high-quality product (compared to many others I have seen), so I’ve decided to give it a closer look. I was amazed by all the functions it offered and I’ve decided to buy it and try it. In addition, I’ve read many positive reviews regarding the quality of the product, and the overall quality of the products offered by Kendal. So, here’s what I most appreciate at it and why I consider myself a happy buyer after a couple of months of use.

The product includes various controls that enable you to use it according to your individual preferences. My personal favorite is the time setting. When you get the machine, it comes with a default 20 minutes spa duration, but you can set it to work for intervals between 5 or 60 minutes.

When you receive the package, you will also find the instruction manual that will help you assess the capabilities offered by this product. The temperature can be adjusted from 20 degrees C to 48, so, even those who prefer hot baths will be fully satisfied with the heating possibilities. To maintain and heat water, the product uses a PTC heating semiconductor and multi-insulation. You’ll notice that the light temperature indicator changes color from blue to red when the temperature reaches 43 degrees.

This foot bath machine also provides various types of massage: oxygen bubble massage, water wave and waterfall massage, motorized rolling massage devices and trigger points massage. All these in one single product. Moreover, this foot spa includes an air function to dry your feet at the end of your bath and, though you can easily use a towel instead, there’s nothing like the feeling of air drying your feet softly. Certainly, you don’t have to use all the massage functions at once, but choose the ones you like, excluding the bubbles and vibrations that are activated by the same button.

It is obvious that this foot bath machine is made with outstanding quality materials, the reinforced durable plastic of the basin ensures you will be using it for a long time without any inconveniences. The splashguard yields the same quality, as it is strongly built and won’t crack even if you trip over it or drop the product on a hard surface.

Why I chose a battery backup sump pump

Rainstorms are quite a common thing in the area I live. This is the reason I had to choose a sump pump right after purchasing the house. I couldn’t think of a single reason for avoiding getting this type of product, as it would save me a lot of dollars that I’d have to spend on repairing the cellar. Soon enough, I came to the realization that I had two options. I could buy a simple electric sump pump or I could opt for such a unit and a battery backup sump pump. The first has a lot of advantages in that it might not lack performance, and maybe it even doesn’t make all that much noise. It’s rather easy to install and gets the job done no muss no fuss, but it does have a problem. In the eventuality of a blackout, it’s useless.

Since rainstorms tend to be a bit rough on electricity, I decided to choose a battery backup sump pump as well as a main unit. This way, the base model will raise up to par under normal circumstances and the backup will do what it’s supposed to do if there’s any power failure. The first thing that I noticed was that pumps that came with a backup were less affordable compared to their regular counterparts. Even so, I was willing to spend a pretty penny on such a system so I could sleep well at night.

Most battery backup sump pumps can be used with deep-cycle marine batteries ( more details on this subject), but I have to emphasize that you should not try to use any other kind as it’s probably not a good idea. For one, it might not be compatible with the rest of the system. Second, it probably doesn’t even have enough power. The neat thing about this type of ensemble is the fact that it’s kept charged by a separate electric charger at all times, and so the battery almost never risks failing. Obviously, some problems might occur over time, when you’ve used the sump pump for a decade or so. Not all batteries are created the same, just like not all of these units are worth your time and effort.

Another thing that I have to point out is that, if you’re prepared to invest in a good-quality alternative, it’s going to cost you. Most of the models I stumbled upon while prospecting the market were priced anywhere between three hundred and five hundred dollars, and some of these units are even more expensive. Regardless of the model you’ll end up choosing, my personal recommendation is to choose a battery backup sump pump over a regular one as it can take safety to a whole new level. Plus, the installation of most of these machines is a breeze.

Why I use cordless electric brooms


I have tried both cordless and corded electric brooms and, even if I didn’t always have positive experiences when using them, I would always choose a cordless product over a corded one. Many will say that if you need a quality broom that offers plenty of suction power, you must definitely choose a corded model. I would disagree. I own a cordless one and it works just fine on hard floors, as well as carpet areas.

Most certainly, the most obvious and useful advantage of owning this type of product is the absence of the cord. It means you won’t have to plug it in and unplug it each time you use it, which makes cleaning easier and can even turn sweeping into a pleasant task. Perhaps you’ve noticed yourself how the cord always gets tangled and twists in every possible way, making you feel stressed when you’re in a hurry and need to sweep your house fast and well at the same time.

Quality electric brooms from Hoover will offer you great suction power, while also allowing maximum mobility around the house. It is quite important to have a portable device for cleaning, and a cordless electric broom will give you precisely that. When, for example, you need to reach in small spaces far away from the outlet, you will be grateful your vacuum doesn’t have a cord attached to it, allowing you to sweep the entire room without worrying about its length. In addition you won’t be forced to make use of an extension cable that you may stumble on and injure yourself in the process

The battery doesn’t necessary have to be a problem. It is true, most sweepers take several hours to fully charge, but that doesn’t mean they are not fitted with long-lasting batteries that allow you to finish your job in a single charge. Some batteries can offer you up to one hour of continuous sweeping time and will charge in about 5-6 hours. Moreover, certain products are fitted with alert lights that will notify you when your battery is running low. This way, you will never be caught off guard, and you will have your broom prepared at any time.

Contrary to the general opinion, a cordless broom isn’t necessarily a product that offers low suction power. Fitted with strong batteries and useful attachments, these small appliances will clean dirt caked on the floor, pet hair and even large debris. That is possible due to the newest developed technologies that enable them to work perfectly on any type of surface. In case you are dealing with large debris or hard to reach messes, you can buy a product able to switch through several power levels. This way, even if you usually use your broom at a low speed, you can benefit from a boost of power when the normal speed isn’t up to the task.

Finally, a cordless broom is convenient to store. Without having to find a place for the cord, which is usually non-retractable, the slim design of the broom ensures you can fit it with no trouble in almost any place.


Using a Drill Press for the 1st Time


Using a drill press can be a daunting task for a first-time user, which is why I’ve decided to go through some of the steps that are required when installing and employing such a machine. It’s important to note that a drilling machine, regardless of the type you may have in your workshop, is one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment out there, so you need to pay extreme attention when operating it. The first safety tip that I recommend is to avoid using your hands while the machine is in use, so be sure to avoid performing any adjustments by hand. For enough protection, it might be a good idea to use a holding device so that your hand is can’t become damaged in the process. Both eye and hand protection are required to make sure that the entire operation is safe and efficient as this way, you’ll be able to maneuver the workpieces in a correct manner.

Typically, there are two types of drilling machines ( more details on each type)  you may choose from when starting to prospect the market. Some are hand-feed, and others are power-feed. The first are light-duty and are somewhat more widespread and more affordable when compared to their power-feed counterparts. By contrast, the latter are heavy-duty and significantly larger than the other types, but the main advantage of choosing such a machine is that it is capable of feeding the tool into the work automatically. As such, they’re considerably safer to use, have more force, and can drill through many more kinds of materials.

The first thing you need to do, right after getting the unit delivered, is to read the instructions offered by the manufacturing brand. Many people overlook the manual but the fact of the matter is that it is oftentimes the most comprehensive and concise resource to use when you have little to no knowledge or experience. The instructions can tell you exactly how you can set up the unit so that it doesn’t affect your work in a negative fashion.

After you’ve made sure that your drill press is installed properly, what you need to do is set the speed. Most of the models out there come with adjustable speed settings, allowing you to select the right one for the kind of material you may using at a certain point. Faster speeds are utilized for wood whereas slower ones are required for metal. Proceed by removing the chuck and fitting the bit. Always begin by drilling a small hole in a piece that you can do without. Continue by setting the right table height and gauging the depth. A crucial thing to keep in mind is to secure the workpiece so that it doesn’t go running around when you’re trying to do your drilling. On the one hand, you have to do this because it can be harmful to you and other people around the drill press. On the other hand, you should do this so that your drills are precise.

Drilling is easy as long as you’ve installed the unit properly. As a preventive measure, it is recommended that you make use of some cutting oil so that you don’t burn out the bit.

How much should I invest in a weather radio?


Believe it or not, weather radios are not what you may call a big investment. Most products have prices ranging from 20 $ to 100 $ ( more details on weather radio prices )  and will work just fine no matter how much you pay for them. Even the less expensive products are capable of transmitting weather alerts to you. However, there are significant quality differences that are related to the amount of money you pay for one. Of course, a quality product will pick up more incoming signals, will provide better sound quality and will be able to capture a signal in places where cheaper radios wouldn’t. Moreover, modern products have quite useful functions included, that may prove lifesaving in dangerous situations: they can include a built-in flashlight, double as a phone recharger for you to be able to call for help, and they may include other useful features as well, depending on the model and the manufacturer.

That is not to say you need to spend 100 $ on a radio. As technology evolves, more and more radios include additional features at smaller prices, and yet do not fail to deliver high quality. Looking from another perspective, additional features installed on a weather radio will surely consume more energy and, in case of a prolonged power outage, you need to keep your weather radio functioning to find out if the weather conditions worsen or improve. It is recommendable that you buy an energy saving device or one that supports at least 4 batteries, thus lasting longer. Top products can be equipped with a hand-crank power generator or, even if running on batteries they will last up to 200 hours using only the backup energy.

The most expensive products you will find in this category will enable you to receive any types of alarm (tornado, fires, severe rain, floods, etc.), will be able to memorize more than 20 SAME codes for various regions and will work at fast rates, intercepting signals right away even on really bad weather (which is when you need it the most). In case you don’t hear the sound alarm, your radio will use light alerts as well, to ensure the alerts doesn’t pass unnoticed.

If you do decide to acquire a pricey product, it is recommended that you buy one from well-reputed manufacturers that will not only offer products including all the necessary functions, but will also build their products with high-quality materials and technology.

Why I Think Radar Detectors Should Be Legal in All US States

There is quite a lot of heated debate over the issue of whether radar detectors should be legal or not. Opponents of these gadgets say that people who know that they cannot be stopped for speeding will only use the opportunity to drive more recklessly. However, nothing could be further than the truth. On average, drivers who own radar detectors appear to have fewer accidents than those who don’t. For sure, there are certain drivers who just drive recklessly, but the fact that they have or do not have a radar detector does not influence their behavior as much as it is believed.

First of all, even the best radar detectors do not make your car invisible to police radars. What they do is that they signal you that there is a radar approaching. Knowing that, you will start driving slower, and this way, you are more cautious. Also, police radars are usually installed close to points of interests, at crossroads, in crowded areas, and so on. These are the areas where a traffic accident is more likely to happen than in others that are less frequented. So, the argument of those who are against radar detectors simply does not stand up.



Second of all, I have heard on multiple occasions that those who are pushing for radar detectors to be made illegal in all US states are lobbyists for insurance companies. How do these guys benefit from the ban of radar detectors? They claim that radar detectors can make drivers become more reckless when in traffic. As showed a little earlier, that is hardly the case.

Insurance companies, on the other hand, seem pretty bend on the idea that radar detectors should be banned. What could be their reason? If we only think about it a little, things become quite clear. Insurance companies need drivers to pay premium fees, and those who have been involved in traffic accidents are usually the best kind of customer for them. If a driver becomes “safer” by getting less speeding tickets and by being involved in fewer traffic accidents, the fee they will pay to the insurance company will be quite low. So, do you see where the interest of insurers lies?

Last, but not least, I think it will help make things simpler for drivers who are passing through a state where radar detectors are banned. Instead of being forced to know the legislation of every state you happen to pass through, you will be relaxed and safe, knowing that your radar detector will not become a reason for you to be charged with a crime you have not done by the police. On the long run, radar detectors can save drivers a lot of money, and because they will be involved in fewer incidents on the road, others will not have to suffer, either. All in all, it is my honest opinion that radar detectors should become legal in all US states.

Homemade yogurt is the best breakfast

Did you know that homemade frozen yogurt makes the best breakfast ever? Starting your day with a great dose of good bacteria in your digestive tract is perfect, and this is what yogurt is full of: good, active bacteria that you can enjoy in optimum amounts. For great-tasting yogurt, Greek style is the best. Greek yogurt is the result when you strain regular yogurt heavily to take away the lactose and liquid whey, giving you a creamy, tangy product.

Plain Greek yogurt boasts half the sodium, half the carbs plus double the protein of regular yogurt. It can serve as the perfect substitute to other fats during cooking or baking. When you turn your regular homemade yogurt that you’ve cooked in a yogurt maker to a Greek style yogurt, you can enjoy a more expensive variety without actually shelling out more grocery money.

Greek yogurt is perfect to top when you want a higher-protein and lower-carb breakfast bowl. Take a cup of plain Greek yogurt and top it with some cut up banana and kiwi, then sprinkle with a bit of unsweetened corn flakes or chopped unsalted roasted cashews. You can even make smoothies out of the kiwi-and-banana topped yogurt by freezing it first.

Or you can make some fabulous granola yogurt parfaits by layering a parfait glass alternately with plain Greek yogurt, granola and fresh fruit. Drizzle the parfait with a teaspoon of pure maple syrup at your option. You can also fill some pint-size mason jars with layers of fruit and plain Greek yogurt alternating with one another. Cover the jars and store them in the fridge overnight to enjoy for breakfast at home or at the office. Another great breakfast Greek yogurt recipe uses cantaloupe as your bowl that you fill with plain Greek yogurt. Top this with pumpkin seeds and berries.

You can also blend some plain Greek yogurt with some frozen berries and a bit of honey until smooth. Top the nicely blended mixture with granola or toasted nuts. Yet another fantastic breakfast recipe that uses Greek yogurt is this one that also needs some peach and cinnamon. Take some plain Greek yogurt and top it with some diced peaches. Use a dusting of cinnamon to finish. Click here to read more about yogurt makers.

If you love cereals for breakfast like I do, try this simple recipe. Top some plain Greek yogurt with your favorite bran boxed or whole grain cereal. Sprinkle some chia seeds for texture.

Truly, having yogurt for breakfast is always a fantastic treat to jumpstart your day!

Quesadilla maker for large families

My whole family loves quesadillas, which is why I have had to retire my ancient 8-inch quesadilla maker to give way to a machine that can make larger quesadillas at a single time. I still have to make two or three batches for dinner every time because everyone of us loves quesadilla, but that’s easier now since I got this fantastic quesadilla maker that I researched on and found thanks to the information provided by this wonderful site. The quesadilla maker is made by MaxiMatic, a popular provider of small kitchen electric appliances and a variety of other household items for more than a quarter of a century. From exclusively marketing the Pillsbury line, the firm has grown successfully to developing its own brands that have been available in all major US retailers, whether online or brick-and-mortar stores.

This quesadilla maker I found carries that unique Can Do attitude, helping me cook Mexican food without too much effort. The appliance is capable of churning out 11-inch quesadillas in just 4 to 5 minutes. Yes, it’s that fast! Moreover, the machine delivers consistently crispy quesadillas that you can make as gooey cheesy as you want! You can add your favorite fillings including the most basic like chicken and green peppers plus pepper jack cheese. Just top everything off with some guacamole and sour cream and you’re all set to enjoy fantastic quesadilla after a few minutes of cooking. No waiting, no complicated mixing, no hassles! Just let the quesadilla maker do its magic with the food.

The MaxiMatic quesadilla maker bakes and slices quesadillas automatically and neatly into six equal segments, all in five minutes or less. The secret is not to pile the fillings too high so cooking is quick and easy. The quesadilla maker offers a mess-free, convenient and tasty snack or dinner that the entire family can enjoy together. It’s a fantastic kitchen countertop appliance that you can choose to leave on the counter or store in a convenient upright position without worrying about the electronic parts inside the unit.

You will love the nonstick cooking surface that ensures hassle-free cleanups every time. No need to scrub or use abrasive cleaners since you can just basically wipe the cooking surface clean. The drainage rim comes with a neat grease catching tray that ensures that all the fat is caught in it so it won’t create a huge mess on the countertop. The power and ready indicator lights let you know the machine is on and ready to cook. The locking latch seals the quesadilla in during cooking, which also ensures that all the flavor gets locked in. Lightweight at just 5.45 pounds, this unit measures 13.4 inches x 13.6 inches by 6.3 inches.