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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Audio Podcast: Episode-710- Holly Hirshberg from The Dinner Garden

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In 2008, in the midst of a crumbling economy, Holly Hirshberg came up with a plan to help families and communities could weather the tough times by growing produce themselves.  Much like the Victory Gardens of the First and Second … Continue reading →

Quick Car Maintenance

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“In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn't have to ride around with jerks.”

-Scott Adams
StumbleUpon.com offers Finances in 55 Seconds: Quick Car Maintenance, six ideas for your car that take less than a minute each.

  • Do a quick de-clutter: Grab a bag and remove all the trash in your car. You may want a second bag for all the clutter that has accumulated.
  • Check the fluids and top them off: Regularly check your fluids and top them off as needed.
  • Look for leaks: Take a few seconds to look under the car for leaks. You can save yourself greater costs and aggravation if you take care of issues now.
  • Check your tires: Properly inflated tires can be helpful as you work on improving your fuel efficiency. Check and "fill-up" all four tires. While you at it, look also for cuts, bulges and tread depth.
  • Check filters: If you have the know-how, you can quickly check your own filters, and possibly even change them.
  • Check lights: With a friend you can quickly check your light bulbs on brake lights, as well as your turning signal and head lamps. Change all burnt out lights.
Bottom Line

Check your car at least monthly for the items above. The total time is only a few minutes.

Easy To Make Gravity Water Filter (Tutorial)

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Here’s a quick way to transform an emergency straw type filter into a gravity flow drip system that can filter nasties down to 3 microns. Exit the tubing, valve, collapsible water container, glue, CamelBak, and ... technology.

Keep it simple and light!

A Pristine Pioneer Emergency filter or Aquamira Frontier Filter. You can buy one for about 15$. It can filter about 75 liters.

STEP ONE: Ditch the cap. Using a knife, cut open the bottom of the (empty) bottle to make a funnel.

STEP TWO: Ditch the straw. Insert the filter tightly in the bottleneck, making sure the output end of the filter is on the outside of the bottle. With the bottle I used, the seal was quite tight. I guess one could use a length of tape to make it really watertight.

STEP THREE: Fill the funnel with water, and put it over your bottle. It drips slowly, but take a deep breath...

Now you’re ready to drink, or to treat your water more thorougly with chemicals or UV. If the water is very dirty, you can cover the input end of the filter with a coffee filter and a rubber band, in which case the flow rate will probably be reduced.