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Say Hello to Elio a 3 Wheeled Power House

If you thought you couldn’t possibly own a new car for $7,000 dollars you would be right at any other time in history. However today, that is all about to change because we are entering a brave new world of car ownership in the form of the Elio’s 3 wheeled car that is coming in right around that price point. And oh yeah it also gets 84 MPG if you’re in to the whole, saving money and the planet thing.

The Elio company claims that it is locking in on its prices for different levels of reservation holders. If you are willing to put down a deposit, there is good news you will get about 500 dollars of if you are willing to make the non refundable commitment. This is because Elio really needs capital because they have not been met with a lot of fan fair or even respect from the general public or car buying public in general.

But when we think about what is going to be the most fuel efficient and affordable car on the market then there is really no rival, if they can actually stand and deliver, a task that is easier said than done. But all things considered we are on the predispose of something that could be pretty remarkable if it can take off and be something special.

The company has announced that it will be having the official pricing for its three wheeled vehicle that is running a cool $7,300. The announcement was made in an email sent by company founder Paul Elio (I wonder where he got the name for the company) which also said that the company has gone public and has planned out the option ordering system for the car.

The Elio is something that hasn’t delivered a single car to date, yet to a customer and it needs loans to start its production in the USA so don’t hold your breath if you think you are going to get it when they said they are going to be able to produce them, because as is the case you will probably be waiting a very long time. This is going to save you big times on your energy bills.

So the catch is if you were to say it is that you are likely going to pay the $7,000 outright to purchase an Elio three-wheeled car, but that payment is non-refundable. You are going to essentially going to be running the risk that the company will go bankrupt before you ever get the car, rendering your $7K a total waste and you would get nothing back except a fat headache. That is the risk you gotta take if you want one of these things because if they ever actually get their production up and running then you can imagine that it is safe to say that they are going to be working through all the back orders for so long that it will be months or even years before you can buy one on the open market. But that is just one mans opinion. What the Elio represents is a new trend in transportation and frankly I’m excited.

There is Festool, Then There’s Everyone Else

I am often asked when prospective tools buyers are in the market for something new whether or not they can justify any Festool products given their on average much higher pricing. For any carpenter you are going to need to decide what the needs of your shop are and what you are willing to spend; that said when it comes to finish carpentry it really comes down to Festool and everyone else. fasFrom their precision longevity and revolutionary dust collection system that works with all of their products there is no one that comes close. To understand this leap in performance consider using a Ryobi or Porter Cable Product and the difference in performance when you begin using a tool on par with Makita DeWalt; The leap from those brands to Festool is as significant if not more significant.Unless you are a profession carpenter, or a very serious hobbiest it may not be practical for you to spend the kind of money you need to have an entire Festool shop. However, if you are in the market for a table saw as a hobbiest the Festool TS plunge track saw may actually be a practical purchase for you. This is their jack of all trades saw and delivers the capabilities of a table saw, a miter saw, a radial arm saw, and even a panel saw.  All this with an unmatched precision and compact portable means that will not eat up your shop space. god sawThe reason being that the actual machine is no larger than ant standard circular saw, the tracks they run can be stacked nicely and neatly into any wall storage. The freedom this allows is that you can clamp the track into place and know exactly how your cut is going to end up before you begin saving a lot of the hassle of making sure your material runs along the fence precisely and evenly. Another major perk of the Festool TS is the safety, you are never going to have a kick back or binding of the material as you cut, if at any point you want to stop you merely raise the blade from the material and adjust your cut accordingly. They Can also be hooked up to a larger air vac system to ensure total dust efficiency.

The Festool dust collection system is incredible in terms of its effectiveness in  doing just that, keeping the dust out of your shop and more importantly out of your lungs and eyes. That said, they are somewhat lacking in how it is implemented onto the tool itself, it is often the case that they will bind and tug as you are doing a long cross cut, which is an inconvenience but is not going to affect the cut quality, its just kind of a pain. A pain that you are more than happy to deal with with when it comes time to clean up the shop after a long day of cutting and there is nothing to sweep.

If you are a professional Carpenter and you want to separate yourself from the competition then implementing the Festool system into your shop will pay for itself with the higher quality you will produce.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner

It only takes one sweltering hot day to teach you the importance of a functioning air conditioner; past a certain point, heat can have a negative influence on your emotions, productivity at work, and health. Therefore, if you decide to buy an air conditioner, it’s not only going to be worth your money, but it will be worth your time and effort to maintain it correctly. With the help of this article, you’ll have the knowledge to do exactly that.

air conditionerWhen it comes to maintaining your air conditioner, it helps to have a basic understanding of that components allow it to do its duty and where those basic components are located on the machine. Central air conditioners have a condenser and an evaporator. The condenser is generally located outside the house on a concrete slab, whereas the evaporator coil is generally mounted in the plenum or main duct junction above the furnace.

If you have a central air conditioner, its likely connected to your home’s forced-air distribution system, meaning that the same motor, blower, and ductwork used for heating are used to also cool down your house via the air conditioning system.

When you turn on your air conditioner, it causes hot air to flow to your furnace through the return-air duct. It then passes through the cooled evaporator coil in the plenum and chills out before it is redistributed across the house.

It’s important to note that if your air conditioning system is fully functional but your house doesn’t seem to cool as much as you would expect given the energy it’s sucking up, it’s likely that your air distribution system is at fault.

Because your evaporator and condenser are sealed, anytime you want to perform major revisions to your system you really ought to call a service professional. Even if you’re not having problems, it’s not a bad idea to have your central air conditioner professionally inspected and adjusted from time to time, especially at the beginning of summer when it’s about to get put to work.

air conditioner2Again, there aren’t many repairs that you’re fit to perform yourself, but there are specific maintenance procedures that even you can handle. If you choose to allot a little time to maintenance every once in a while, you can keep your system operating at peak efficiency and limit how often you have to call up professionals for necessary services.

The first and most important step? Make sure you turn the power to the air conditioner system (meaning to both the condenser and the evaporator assembly) is shut off.

If you want to clean the evaporator, remove the foil-wrapped insulation at the front of the plenum (and any tape that keeps it fastened in place) and unscrew and lift the access plate. Clean the underside of the evaporator unit with a stiff brush and a hand mirror for improved visibility. Clean the tray below the evaporator unit and pour one tablespoon of bleach over the tray to prevent fungus growth. Then put everything back.

Top 4 Appliances for RV Living

Whether you’re planning to spend one week or the rest of your life in an RV, the quality of your experience is going to be largely affected by the appliances you have handy. “Different strokes for different folks” definitely applies here; some people are going to want to cart around an all-in-one washer-dryer, others don’t mind stopping at the laundromat but can’t feel at home without filtered water. The key is to notice your tendencies while you’re living in your stationary home and figure out the best way to translate those habits into a more nomadic setting. Here’s some info about your options so you can choose what’s best for you:

Filtered Water

Depending on where you’re traveling, your drinking and washing water may have tastes, smells and sediment contents that make you uncomfortable. If you opt into ensuring your cleanliness and save=ing on bottled water, you have multiple options when it comes to investing in a water filtration system for your RV.

Filter all the water-

You can process all your water before it enters your RV by purchasing a water filtration system that attaches to your RV’s hose. You can get one of these handy devices along with brass hose fittings for under $30 (Omnipure K5667, 3/4″ brass hose fittings).

britaFilter only your drinking water-

Here you also have a variety of options. You can either get an under-sink system installed so that your kitchen tap provides filtered water or, if you don’t mind washing the dishes with unfiltered water, you can just buy a standard water pitcher with a filter built in and keep it in your fridge. The Brita White Everyday Pitcher is highly rated and holds up to 10 cups of water for under $20. The only real issue with that option is the sacrificed fridge space.

Stove Topper

With proper organization, an RV’s kitchen can be spacious enough to accommodate most culinary needs (although an oven tends to be out of the question). That said, if space is not properly utilized, the kitchen can be not only cluttered and claustrophobic, but legitimately dangerous.cutting board

That’s why so many RV owners opt into a stove topper, which is generally a durable slab of polyethylene or cutting board material with a matted bottom that allows for grip and quiets stove rattling. Lay that sucker down and you can cut up carrots in the space generally reserved for stir frying.

Stove toppers are handy but surprisingly expensive; a good one like the Camco 43753 will cost you around $30. Still, for the ease and space it provides, it might just be worth the cost.

Fridge Bars

fridge barKeep these from being an afterthought- you’ll save yourself some time and Tapatio. Fridge bars are rubber-tipped, spring loaded plastic bars that can be installed alongside the shelves of your RV refrigerator doors. They’re a low cost ($3.99 on adventure.net) way to avoid spilled and wasted condiments.

Outdoor Grill

When RV living makes the world your backyard, you’re going to want to barbeque. You’ve got a lot of options in the portable grill department,  with prices ranging from $60 to $3500. For the RVers traveling on a budget, I’d recommend the Coleman RoadTrip Portable Gas Grill ($95). It’s a highly-rated grill that has all the most important amenities without forcing you to splurge on the bbq lover’s bells and whistles.