Tips & Tricks for Renting a Drain Cleaner Tool

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

If your main drain line is clogged, you're probably going to have to rent one of these commercial drain cleaning tools.
If your main drain line is clogged, you’re probably going to have to rent one of these commercial drain cleaning tools.

Got a plugged drain? It happens to the best of us. Regrettably, owning a commercial-grade drain cleaner just isn’t viable for the vast majority of people. Hardcore DIYers included. That’s even more true if you know you’re dealing with roots. As such, when my shower started overflowing, it was straight to Home Depot to rent a drain cleaner. They’re also known as drain opener, auger and snake, among other cute names. Here I’m going to go over some basic tips in case you are considering renting a drain cleaner tool. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks for Renting a Drain Cleaner Tool”

Phoenix Arms Upgraded Safety – HP22A/HP25A

Phoenix Arms hp22a/hp25a upgraded safety

Last updated on May 12th, 2018

While the HP22A & HP25 is one of the best rock-bottom priced .22lr pistols out there, its safety features are awful. Though I’ll admit that isn’t too surprising for a pistol designed in California. However, the excessive safety features can pretty much make this firearm unsafe to handle. At least in the opinion of gun-enthusiasts like me. Thankfully, it’s a pretty easy problem to solve. With a Phoenix Arms HP22A/HP25A upgraded safety (Ebay) you can quickly and easily make your firearm work like the majority of firearms out there. Plus, it will also work on other weapons in the family like the Phoenix Arms HP22, HP22A, HP25, HP25A, and possibly more. If you want to see what the part does and how to install it, keep reading. Continue reading “Phoenix Arms Upgraded Safety – HP22A/HP25A”

Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

When deciding whether to crimp or solder, consider what method is mostly used by the factory.
If you’re wondering whether to crimp or solder, ask yourself when is the last time you saw a factory soldered joint on your bike?

Most people wouldn’t believe how controversial this topic still is. Should I crimp or solder this connection? Ask this in any forum and you’ll find opponents willing to passionately debate the topic to death.

On one side you’ll find those who will quickly crimp a connection without giving it a second thought and go on with their day. On the other side you’ll find those more than happy to call the first group “hacks” or lazy. They will insist that a soldered connection is much more reliable and has better performance. But who is right?

The truth of the matter isn’t that simple. Continue reading “Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?”

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance – Cleaning & Lube

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

So it’s time to clean and lubricate the chain, huh?
It might not be the most glamorous job, but it’s necessary if you want your chain and sprockets to live a long life. It’s a pretty basic job, but if you’re new to DIY motorcycle maintenance or want to see if there are any tips and tricks, keep reading. Today I’ll be cleaning and lubing the chain on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 (Z650).

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 30 min
Cost: ≈0$

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How to Teach a Friend to Shoot – Free PDF Booklet

Last updated on May 12th, 2018

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If you’re vocal about counting firearms and shooting among your hobbies, eventually someone will ask you to take them to the range. Or if you’re like me, you’ll try to bribe a few skeptical friends to give it a try. Regardless of how familiar you are with firearms, how to teach a friend to shoot is a whole different skill, compared to shooting. Regardless of how many decades you’ve been a firearm owner, consider taking a look at this guide on taking someone new to the firing range. You might even learn something new.

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How to geotag images with the TG-5’s GPS Logs

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

If you have an Olympus TG-5, then you probably know it has GPS capability. But do you know how to geotag images with the TG-5's GPS log? And by that I mean images from OTHER cameras.
If you have a Olympus TG-5, then you probably know it has GPS. But do you know how to geotag images with the TG-5’s GPS log? And by that I mean images from OTHER cameras.

I am a pretty happy owner of the Olympus TG-5 rugged waterproof camera. I bought it on a whim as a sidekick to my main Sony a6000 mirrorless camera. To my surprise, I’ve gotten a lot more use out of it then I would have ever imagined. But I never gave the GPS logging feature a try until recently. After staring at the “Log” switch, I wondered how to geotag images with the TG-5’s GPS Log. In particular, if I could geotag images from other cameras like my main Sony. I didn’t even expect it could be done. Olympus certainly doesn’t show you how in the manual. Thankfully it is possible, and here’s how.

Heads up – Though there are many ways to do this, I’ll be using a Olympus TG-5 camera and Adobe Lightroom. If you don’t have Lightroom, you can also geotag your images with free geotagging software. Continue reading “How to geotag images with the TG-5’s GPS Logs”

Lightroom Keyword Hierarchy – Tips & Best Practices

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

The Lightroom keyword hierarchy is a very powerful organizational tool - Here are some best practices
The Lightroom keyword hierarchy is a very powerful organizational tool – Here are some best practices

Keywords are a powerful tool. They are what allow you to sift through tens of thousands of images in seconds with a quick search. If you sell stock photography, it’s even more important. That’s how your clients will find your images. However, if your really want to maximize the power of keywords, you definitely should be using a Lightroom keyword hierarchy. If you still aren’t familiar with them, here are some tips and tricks to get started.

Note: A keyword hierarchy is just a way of organizing your keywords. You can do it in any recent version of Lightroom. You don’t need any plugin or add-on.

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DIY – Portable Table-Mounted Mag Vise for AR-15 Rifle & Pistols

Last updated on April 30th, 2018

If you frequently work on your rifle in your kitchen or at your computer desk, you might want to consider how useful a portable table-mounted mag vise could be.
If you frequently work on your rifle in your kitchen or at your computer desk, you might want to consider how useful a portable table-mounted mag vise could be.

I found myself longing for some way to keep my AR-15 rifle or pistol sitting pretty whenever I wanted to do some work on it. Without having to drill through the table or take up a lot of space. If you frequently upgrade your Barbie Doll for Men™ at your computer desk while browsing tutorials, you know what I mean. I needed a portable table-mounted mag vise, but I just couldn’t seem to find one commercially available. Eventually, I resigned myself to make my own, and the result was pretty good. Here’s how I did it.

Project Specs

Difficulty: Intermediate
Tool Requirements: Intermediate
Time: One day
Cost: 45$ Approx.

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My 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Mods List

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Mods List - Title

Last updated on May 17th, 2018

Here’s my 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 mods list. It’s a list of all modifications and upgrades I’ve done to my 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. As of now, at least. Some are easy bolt-on parts, and others are full-blown custom installations. And keep in mind that most will also fit the 2017 Kawasaki Z650, too. If you’re interested in seeing what I chose to install, take a look at my 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 mods list below. Continue reading “My 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Mods List”

How to Clean Hayward Pool Filter

How to Clean Hayward Pool Filter

Last updated on May 13th, 2018

In this comprehensive DIY we’re going to go over how to clean a pool cartridge filter. This How-To will work for virtually any pleated cartridge pool filter on the market. It will also work for jacuzzis and hot tubs with the same type of filter. We will go over which is the best and cheapest off-the-shelf product for filter cleaning. Keep reading to find out how to keep your pool in the best working condition without having to spend a fortune on new filters!

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: Between an afternoon and a weekend
Cost: <20$ Continue reading “How to Clean Hayward Pool Filter”