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How CNC Milling Machines changed the Industry

CNC Millings machines are, without a doubt, one of the most important inventions in human history. Even though CNC Milling machines have revolutionized our industry and had a huge impact on our daily life, they are still quite unheard of. This is probably because the people who aren’t a part of the machining industry won’t ever come in contact with these CNC Milling machines.

The impact factor of CNC Milling machines come with their computer controlled nature and multiple axis. These are the two things that weren’t available before CNC Milling Machines:

CNC Milling machines are computer controlled because they require a series of numerical code to operate. These are basically a series of instructions for the machine that tells it where to go next which helps in making the product they want to make. This numerical controlled aspect wasn’t present before the CNC Milling machines which made pretty efficient over the manual drilling or cutting machines.

The second thing that set the CNC Milling machines apart from others is their multiple configurations. Unlike other manual machines that could only drill or cut in one direction, CNC Milling machines can actually work in 5 different axis which makes them pretty impressive.

With a CNC Milling machines at your disposal, there isn’t a shape that you cannot design your products in. This is why CNC Milling machines dominated the industry back in the late 1900s and our industrial products still reply on them.

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Development of Gas Powered Remote Control Cars

When we talk about radio controlled vehicles, I think that it would be safe to say radio controlled cars are most popular kind, and they have been holding that title for many decades. However, with the new discoveries in the technology field staring at us with every new day, there is much, much more radio controlled car models to choose from now, than it was possible 30 or 40 years ago. Because of that, when you go out to buy yourself a new rc car, it is quite important to know about some basic differences between models.

First, we have electric models. These kinds of rc vehicles are using electronically utilized speed control units, and thanks to them, they are able to adjust the amount of power that is being distributed to their electric motors. It comes really simple when you think about it – the more you pull the trigger, the faster will your radio controlled car will go. Also, most of these models are using their electric motor as the magnetic brake. This ensures that you have better control than with other types of rc cars.

Nitro powered remote control cars use one servo for the controlling of throttle and brakes. When servo rotates, throttle on the carburetor is going to open, and this is going to provide more air and fuel mixture for the internal combustion engine. With the most rc models, engines are varying between the size of 0.12 and 0.35 cubic inches. This is regulated by the law that applies to the radio controlled cars. However, there are models that aren’t made for the official races and usage, and these models have significantly bigger engines. Engine size is usually in some proportion to the size of the vehicle, but there are exceptions, and typical example for that are numerous models from Schumacher that come with the engines that are pretty large when compared to the other companies’ models.

Gas powered rc cars are maybe the best kind of the rc cars. They come pretty expensive (from $500 to $3000), they are much bigger and they require a bigger space to run. However, all of this doesn’t come as a disadvantage, because when you once own gasoline powered rc cars, you really don’t need any other rc vehicle. They don’t go quite as fast as nitro and electric models, but they do not take a lot of fuel to run, and they are really durable in the power terms. Also, it is quite possible that these gas powered models are going to cost you less than other models in total, because you’ll hardly ever need to tune their engines, and they are known to have a very long lifespan. In addition to this,they don’t spend that much fuel, so you won’t spending much money on that wither. To be truthful, gas powered radio controlled cars are made for those who prefer sale over imagination, and they are mostly used by radio controlled cars professionals.  Because of that, if you are beginner, you’ll probably want to stick to the nitro or electric models.

Remote Control Airplane Tips

The earliest types of remote control aircraft were hydrogen-filled model airships of the late 19th century. They were used as a music hall act around theater auditoriums using basic spark-emitted radio signal. Today, technology has gone a lot further and things look a bit different. As same as rc boats there are two general types of rc airplanes – the electric powered airplanes and the gas powered rc airplanes

The world of remote control airplanes has gone wild, and it gives you so much trouble in deciding which rc airplane suits you the best. Of course, everything depends on your skills and experience. The are various types of rc airplanes and all of them take different amount of times to assembly, and different costs.

Constructions can also vary, as they can be made of foam and plastic, or entirely balsa or plywood. They also come in different states depending on their construction.

  • They can be Ready to fly (RTF), which means that they come already preassembled, and all you have to do is attach wings or something as simple as that.
  • Then they can be Almost ready to fly. ARF planes usually require one final attachment, such as engine or fuel tank installation.
  • Bind-N-Fly models are similar to RTF, but the only difference is that they don’t come with the transmitter, so they are most rather than not preferred by those who already have the transmitter.

The characteristics that can make the difference are number of channels, turning, or v-tail systems. If you’re a beginner, maybe you should try with some simpler types of remote control airplanes like park flyers or trainers. If you want to experience something a bit different, you can turn to remote controlled helicopters or quadcopters. Some rc airplanes are designed even as birds. Yes, birds! They are so called “ornithopters”, and they fly by flapping wings.

Since 2004, a toy RC airplanes have emerged. That means they look same as the big guys, but they come in smaller sizes and they are a lot more secure to use, because they are intended for kids. If you are proffesional and skillful enough, you can speed thing a bit by using Pylon racers. They are small propeller-driven aircrafts, and they tend to be very hard to see, because they can speed up to 240 km/h. These planes are primarily made of fiberglass, but the also use composites at high load points. Wings are often hollow to save weight, but still, all of the planes must meet the requirements of minimum weight so that they would be fully functional and, primarely, safe to use, with dropping the chance of crash to minimal.

Then there are gliders. They do not usually have any type of propulsion. Unpowered glider flight must be sustained through exploitation of the natural lift produced from thermals or wind hitting a slope.

Remote controlled jets, on the other side, are pretty expensive and in the U.S.A. flying of these aircrafts is being heavily regulated. It is possible only in approved AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) sites, because with remote controlled jets, things tend to become very serious. So there it is, a short guide to the world of remote controlled planes. Now, yours is just to decide which one fits you the best, and start piloting!

Organize Bills

Household bills can be a big contributor to paper clutter. Everyone has bills and they can seem to arrive faster than you can figure out what to do with them.

It is easy to just throw them in a pile and think you will deal with them later.

Does later ever really come?

With a good system to organize bills you will be able to tame your paper piles, save money and live a happier, more organized life.

Before we start talking about organizing bills, let’s define “bills.”

On this page I will show you ways that you can organize all of those recurring payments that you make each and every month. Things like…

  • Your electricity bill
  • Your telephone bill
  • Your auto loan payments

Don’t confuse your monthly bill for your auto insurance policy with the insurance policy itself. Your monthly bill falls into the category of bills, but the policy itself falls into the category of vital records which need to be organized in an entirely different way.

How Long to Keep Your Bills

With only a few exceptions, there is no need to keep your monthly bills any longer than one year.

If any of your recurring monthly bills will also be used to substantiate claims you will make on your tax returns, after you pay them they should be kept with your income tax records.

If you have a dispute about one of your monthly bills, make your notes about the resolution on your statement. Write down who you spoke with, on what dates and any information that was provided to resolve your dispute. Keep that statement for at least 2 years, in case the issue comes up again.

So now you might be asking, how do I organize my bills?

How to Organize Bills

How to organize your bills is somewhat of a personal decision. You have to create a system that works for you and your lifestyle. If your system is not easy enough to maintain, you won’t do it.

Here are two great methods that I have used. Both work equally well. Choose the one that best suits your needs, or use these ideas as a jumping off point to come up with your own system.

The Two Drawer Method

For this method you will need a two-drawer, plastic storage unit, small enough to fit on your desktop. Designate one drawer for unpaid bills and the other drawer for paid bills.

Whenever a bill comes in the mail, immediately place in the unpaid bill drawer. When you have paid the bill move it to the paid bill drawer.

At the end of every year, shred the contents of the paid bill drawer and start fresh for the new year.

This system works well because it allows you to see, at-a-glance, what bills you have outstanding. It also eliminates the possibility of years worth of unnecessary bill stubs piling up and creating clutter.

The Monthly Folder Method

For this method you will need 13 file folders and either a file box, stand-up file, or file drawer. Label 12 folders with a month of the year. Label the last folder “Unpaid Bills” and place the folders in your file box, stand-up or drawer.

When a bill comes in place it in your Unpaid Bills folder. As you bill each bill, place the stub in the folder for the current month.

The following year you will start off each month by shredding the existing contents of the current month’s folder. The main difference between this system and the Two Drawer System is that you only have to shred one month of the previous year’s bills at a time.

Choosing the System That is Right for You

Whether you use one of the systems I have described or create one of your own, the most important thing about a system to organize bills is that it works easily for you.

Don’t procrastinate about creating a system because you don’t have time to go back through the 5 years of old bills you have stashed away and start completely fresh. Start your system now. Put the old bills in a box and work on discarding them a little bit at a time.

Start getting your paper piles under control with a system to organize bills.

Clorox Toilet Wand

These are great for cleaning toilets. I also use them for quick, in-between cleans on the floor around the toilet (especially in my son’s bathroom), the sink and the bathtub. You don’t have to get your hands dirty using them and the best part is that they are disposible so you are not building up all the germs that exist on regular toilet brushes.

I have three bathrooms and I can use one scrubbing pad to clean all three toilets. Doing this makes purchasing the refills a little more economical and cuts down on waste.

Long Distance Communication

Use these long distance communication tips to find new and creative ways to keep in touch with your friends and family around the world.

Technology has come a long way. When distance separates you from your loved ones, take advantage of technology for your long distance communication.

In this age of cell phones, video phones, digital cameras and the internet, keeping in touch with friends and family is easy.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Set up a regular call schedule. Hearing each other’s voices is the best way to communicate. A lot of phone companies are now offering free long distance – especially for cell phones. Find a long distance plan that fits your needs and schedule a regular time, whether it is once per week or once per month, to talk to your loved ones.

 

  • Email often. When you can’t see each other regularly, keeping up with the day to day happenings in life can be a great way to feel connected. If your child says or does something cute or funny, share it with your friends. Send them an email to tell them about your big promotion. Sending a quick note just to say hello can brighten someone’s day.If you do not currently have an email account, here a couple of websites where you can set one up for free:

 

 

Yahoo mail

Hotmail

 

  • Send e-cards. Keeping the lines of long distance communication open is always fun when you send or receive a card right in your email inbox! Here is the site that I like to use to send free e-cards to my friends:

 

 

Hallmark Free E-Cards

 

  • Create an online photo album. There are a ton of websites offering free photo album services. Simply register, upload your photos and provide the link to your friends. It’s that easy! Check out Google’s photo organization software:

 

 

Don’t have a digital camera? Don’t let that stop you. It is very easy to take your prints to a copy shop and have them scanned onto a disk that you can use to create your online album.

Also, for under $10.00 at any drug store you can purchase a disposible camera with a digital option. When you bring the camera in for developing you will have the option to receive the prints on a disk at no extra charge!

 

  • Create an online journal to keep your loved ones updated. Here are some websites offering free journals. They can even be password protected so you choose who gets to read them.

    Live Journal

    Dear Diary

    Keeping in Touch With Younger Children

  • Color across the miles. You can rip out a page in a coloring book, coloring a small section of it and them mail it to the child you are keeping in touch with. When the child received it, he or she can color a little bit and mail it back to you. You can continue mailing the picture back and forth until it is completed.
  • Send cards for every holiday and occassion. Place the cards in brightly colored envelopes. Tell the child that you have sent them something and tell them what color the envelope is. The child will be excited to check the mail every day and watch for that special envelope just for them.

I hope these tips help make your long distance communication fun and easy.

 

Kids Birthday Party Ideas

I used to think that throwing a cool kids birthday party meant either spending a fortune to have the party at a popular location or spending hours planning lots of games and activities for home. The truth is that a fabulous birthday party does not have to be that difficult.

When it comes to throwing a birthday party, my advice is to keep it simple. Kids will have just as much fun with a couple of inexpensive activities and they will never know (or care) how much money you spent (or didn’t spend).

Choose a couple of activities that the kids can do on their own. Things like coloring pages for younger ones or a simple craft project for older kids work well. When the party guests arrive, invite them to participate in the projects at their leisure. If they want to do it they will. If not they won’t. The point is that you will not have to be stuck overseeing anything and can attend to whatever else you need to.

A pinatta is always a fun birthday activity for children of all ages. Pull string pinattas have taken the place of swinging a bat for smaller children. Instead of taking turns, my son always invites his friends to all grab a string and pull on the count of 3. This way, nobody feels badly that they were not the one to break open the pinatta.

Birthday Party Food

Another challenge can be the food. It is easy to get carried away preparing food for a child’s birthday party. You may think things like…

  • you can’t serve the same thing as last year,
  • you have to have a variety to suit different tastes and
  • you have to have food to appeal to the adults as well as the kids.

This kind of thinking truly just over complicates things. It’s a kids birthday party. It is okay to cater to the kids. Nobody will be expecting gourmet cuisine.

Pizza, salad, chips and cake will go over great with the kids and make it easy on you. Foods like this are a perfect choice for a kids birthday party, even if it is the same thing you served last year.

Party Supplies

You don’t even have to leave your house to buy all of your party supplies. From invitations through thank-you cards and everything in between. You can get it all with the click of a mouse.

Another huge time-saver that I have discovered is Birthday in a Box. Birthday in a Box seems like it was made for parents trying to save their own sanity while planning a great birthday party for their child. It has worked for me and I know it will work for you too. Find out why I love it.

Party Planning

Here is a checklist to get you started planning and hosting the perfect birthday party at home…

Before the Party

  • Pick a theme based on the birthday child’s interests.
  • When sending the invitations be sure to state a start time and an end time for the party.
  • Decide upon the party area. Good choices would be your backyard, your finished basement or your child’s play room.
  • Purchase decorations and supplies based on the chosen theme.
  • Set up a table and chairs for the kids to eat in the party area. A tablecloth matching the party theme makes the table look fun and festive.
  • Set up a table or two with age-appropriate craft projects.
  • If your party will be hosted in an area where your child’s toys will be available for party guests to play with, be sure to put away any special or fragile toys that your child would not want to have accidentally damaged.

When the Party Starts

  • When the children arrive, show them to the party area. Introduce the craft project and invite them to do it at their leisure.
  • Show the adults to the area you have set aside for them to gather and enjoy the party.
  • Let the kids play for a little while and then serve the food and cake.
  • Open gifts after the cake is finished. Be sure to enlist somebody to write inside each card what gift was given to make thank you notes more personalized.
  • Try to time it so that the kids will have about 15 more minutes to play before the end of the party.
  • If you need to suggest that the party is over, begin cleaning up at the stated end time for the party. Parents should get the hint that the party has ended and begin rounding up their children to take them home.

I love to entertain for any occasion and I like my guests to feel comfortable and to have a good time.

In the past I have planned my son’s birthday parties, not only for the kids, but for the adults as well. I have learned, though, that a kids birthday party is just that…..a party for the kids so I have started planning just for the kids and I have found this to be a great way to throw a successful kids birthday party.

My son has a blast at his parties and your kids will too.

I hope your next kids birthday party is a huge success!

How to Organize Your Kitchen

Why should you take the time to learn how to organize your kitchen?

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where people tend to gather during parties, it is where you prepare meals for your family and friends and it can be a room you enjoy being in if you follow some simple tips to help you keep it organized.

How to Organize Your Kitchen
Identify and Fix Hot Spots

Hot spots are areas in your home that seem to attract clutter and disorganization and a kitchen is full of them! Let me walk you through some of the infamous kitchen hot spots and show you how to tame them.

How to Organize Kitchen Counters

Kitchen counters are prime suspects for clutter. They get filled with mail and other papers, and overcrowded with small appliances and decorative accessories. There are some simple things you can do to declutter your kitchen counters:

  • Place a basket near your entry door, or mount an organizer on the wall to hold the daily mail.
  • Reserve counter space only for appliances that are used every day. Appliances that are only used occasionally should be stored inside a cabinet or nearby closet.
  • Limit the number of decorative items you place on your counters. Your kitchen will look more beautiful if it is well organized. Bring any unnecessary decorative items to Clutter Central.
How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets can become cluttered, making it impossible to find what you need when you need it. Learn how to organize your kitchen cabinets and simplify your life. Here’s how:

First, remove everything from all of your cabinets. Spread the items out on the counters and a table, if necessary. If you see anything that you simply never use bring it to Clutter Central. Since your cabinets are now empty, this would be a great time to give them a thorough cleaning.

Next, separate the items you use frequently from the items that you do not use very often. The seldom used items should be stored in the cabinets that are more difficult to get to, including cabinets over the refrigerator, the very back of deep corner cabinets or very high cabinets.

Last, separate the frequently used items into groups: pots and pans, mixing bowls, dinnerware, serving pieces, etc. Put these items away in the most logical location depending upon their use:

  • Place pots and pans in a cabinet near the stove.
  • Place dinnerware in a cabinet near the table or entrance to the dining room.

You get the idea. Remember to put heavier items in lower cabinets or on the lowest shelf of upper cabinets. The key is to make the most efficient use of your kitchen storage.

You can also take care in arranging cabinets that you use to store food items and organize your pantry.

How to Organize Kitchen Drawers

Having drawers in your kitchen can be a real luxury. Your use of drawers will depend on how many you have.

You will need a drawer for cutlery, which can easily be kept tidy using a cutlery organizer.

If you have a drawer near your food preparation area, I would suggest purchasing an in-drawer knife organizer. It will eliminate a knife block from your counter top and it will protect your knife blades – and your fingers when you reach for a knife inside the drawer.

Drawers can also be the perfect spot to store dish towels, food storage bags, plastic wraps and foils, serving utensils and any other small kitchen accessory you need to store.

Keep your kitchen drawers organized by following these guidelines:

  • Group similar items together.
  • Do not overstuff your drawers or you will never be able to find anything in them.
  • Store items in drawers located nearest to where the items will be used. Place knifes in a drawer near the food preparation area, place cutlery in a drawer near the table, etc.
Avoid the junk drawer!

Many people have a tendency to create a junk drawer for all of those little things that tend to gather in the kitchen. It starts off as a good idea, but a junk drawer can quickly turn into a disorganized disaster.

Assess the items you have in your junk drawer. Determine the best home for these items and put them there. If some items do not have an existing home, create one for them. Be persistent. The reward will be an organized kitchen.

How to Organize Your Kitchen

How to Organize Your Kitchen

Make it Efficient

Now that you have learned how to organize your kitchen, here are some tips you may want to consider to keep it running smoothly:

  • If you do a lot of cooking invest in a large chopping block. They are indispensable for making meal preparation more efficient. You can chop every ingredient in the recipe and place them in piles on the board where they will be ready and waiting for you when you need them.
  • Be sure to have a plastic or silicone cutting mat on hand to use when chopping meats. These mats can be placed in the dishwasher to sanitize them after use and you don’t have to worry about germs gathering on your wood board.
  • Consider placing all of your cooking utensils in a crock next to the stove. No more digging around in a drawer to find that spatula you are looking for. Everything is visible and within easy reach when you are cooking.
  • Reserve the cabinets around the stove for cooking-related items like measuring cups, spices, oils and seasonings. This way, if you need something while you are cooking you never have to walk away from the stove.
  • If you bake a lot, create a baking center in your kitchen. Keep all of your baking necessities together and place them as close to your preparation surface as possible.

How to Organize Your Kitchen
Simple Maintenance

As you go through the steps above to get your kitchen into tip top shape, take a few extra minutes to wipe out the insides of your cabinets and drawers while they are empty. Give the sink and the counters a good scrubbing and thoroughly wash the floor.

Now that you have completed a clean sweep and figured out how to organize your kitchen let’s talk about how you can keep it looking that way.

  • Keep your sink and counters clean daily. Place dirty dishes into the dishwasher or wash them immediately to keep them out of the sink.
  • Keep your counters cleared by returning items to their rightful homes and not letting them pile up in your kitchen.
  • While cleaning up after dinner, wipe your sink and counters with a disinfecting cleanser every night.
  • Keep your stove top clean by wiping it after each use. At least once per week remove the burners and burner covers and give them a thorough cleaning. A good way to clean your burners is to spray them thoroughly with oven cleaner, place them in a plastic bag and tie it tightly. Leave them over night and rinse them off in the morning.
  • At least once per month clean your oven, or run the self-cleaning cycle
  • At least once per week, wipe down the outsides of all cabinets and drawers.
  • At least once per month wipe down the tops of your cabinets.
  • Keep the floor swept as often as necessary to keep it free from debris. Wash the floor at least once per week.

Now that you have learned how to organize your kitchen, I hope that you find enjoyment in the heart of your home.