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”

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?”

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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Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

If you ever lose the bolts, you might end up wondering what's the best bolt grade for swingarm spools
If you ever lose the bolts, you might end up wondering what’s the best bolt grade for swingarm spools

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, I’m guessing you’ve either lost the bolts that came with your swingarm spools, they’ve rusted, or they’ve started to bend until the point where it looks like they just might break at any moment. Rather than simply buy whatever is in stock at Home Depot, you actually used that meat between your ears and thought it would be appropriate to look up what’s the best bolt grade for swingarm spools. Good for you! The only problem is that it would seem like almost no one lists the right spec. Thankfully, here we’re gonna tell you what you should be looking for in the right bolt for spools or sliders. Continue reading “Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?”

Compact Gloves for First Aid or Mechanics

Compact First Aid or Utility Gloves - Title

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

I bet you’ve been there before. You’re already late to class or work, and the chain on your bike slips off the sprocket and gets tangled. You know exactly how to fix it quickly, and you do so, but now your hands are full of grease and heavy duty degreaser is nowhere to be found. Or you have to jump start your car. Or bandage a bad cut on a coworker. You may even be reminiscing that roadside tire change last week where this would have been a lifesaver. Having a compact, portable set of gloves close by is way more convenient than having to clean up afterwards.

This Instructable isn’t so much a how-to, as much as it is simply a “Hey! You might want to copy this” type of thing. While storing gloves this way isn’t exactly new, it isn’t the type of thing you see that often either.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Difficulty: You can do it while watching Youtube vids
Tool Requirements: What’s in your kitchen drawer
Time: ‘a little while’
Cost: Chump-change$ Continue reading “Compact Gloves for First Aid or Mechanics”

Motorcycle First Aid Kit

Motorcycle First Aid Kit

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

There is no need to speak about the risks of motorcycling. Not only is it inherently dangerous given the little protection it provides, but you’re also constantly exposed to the elements with all that that entails. Nonetheless, that only makes the experience even more thrilling and rewarding.

As such, a compact First Aid Kit (FAK), and the skills to use it, should be a must-have in any rider’s kit. Here I’m going to detail what I carry in my comprehensive kit as inspiration for anyone else, as well as some tips. If you have any recommendations or suggestions of your own, I’d be happy to hear about them, too! Continue reading “Motorcycle First Aid Kit”