Why Use an Impact Driver?

Why is an impact driver an important addition to your tool box?In a word: TORQUE. An impact tool gives you more driving power to drive screws, nuts, and bolts. Remember the noise you hear in the auto garage or pit row at a car race? That vibrating, impact noise you hear is an air driven impact wrench. Today, that same technology is available in battery tools. In fact, many NASCAR teams now use DeWalt battery impact wrenches on race day so they don’t have to worry about those pesky air hoses.

HOW DOES AN IMPACT DRIVER WORK?

As the name suggests, impact wrenches slam the drive mechanism with a tremendous amount of force, then back up and slam it again.  To better understand this concept imagine you are trying to knock down a brick wall with your car.  If you inched up to the wall, touched it, and then applied the gas you’d be able to exert a certain amount of force on that wall.  Depending on the strength of the wall it might move or it might not.  But if you backed up 10 yards, slammed on the gas, and hit the wall with some speed and momentum you’d have a much better chance of making a significant impact on that wall.  (To keep the attorneys happy, we must say that this is for illustration purposes only and not recommended.)  The same concept applies when thinking about a drill versus an impact wrench.  A drill is like pulling your car up to the wall gently, and then pressing on the gas.  The impact wrench is like hitting the wall with speed from 10 yards back.  The impact has a much more significant effect.

PROS AND CONS OF AN IMPACT DRIVER

There are a few drawbacks to the impact driver which help set its role and place in your toolbox. Unlike traditional cordless drills, impact drivers don’t have adjustable chucks meaning you will not be able to use your old round bits. Instead, impact drills use hex locking bits with a releasable sleeve on the tip of the drill, or an anvil, which accepts sockets. Another drawback is the lack of clutch. On a normal drill the clutch will disengage the bit when a certain amount of resistance is reached. This helps to prevent screws being drilled too far or stripped. Impact drivers are fast and powerful, and without a clutch you could potentially ruin a job you’re working on if you’re not careful.

For each con an impact driver has it seems to have 100 pros. Today’s light weight and powerful 20V Lithium driver produces a torque somewhere around 325 in-lbs, while an impact wrench has a torque somewhere around 1,600 in-lbs! A drill consumes a lot more power as it strains to deliver maximum torque and means you’re swapping batteries a lot more.

Since the drill bit and motor aren’t directly connected on an impact driver, you won’t have to experience the high-level torque while you work.  You also won’t have to exert as much force when driving screws because of an impact driver’s high rotational force.  All of this means less fatigue and reduced muscle strain.  This can make a significant difference on projects that involve driving a lot of screws, such as building a deck, installing tile backer board or screwing down sub-floor.

To put it another way, an impact driver has very little reactionary torque.  If you’ve ever gotten your hand smashed against a stud when cutting a hole with a drill, you’ll clearly understand what this is.  Reactionary torque is what twists up your wrist as you’re laboring to drive or drill on a traditional drill.  The impact driver efficiently delivers nearly all of its energy to the drive head instead of your wrist – dramatically reducing fatigue and risk of injury.

A FEW CONVENIENCE FACTORS

Thanks to modern innovation people have found ways to take a great product and improve it. An impact driver does not drain the battery like a drill will under maximum strain. The lithium-ion batteries that come with the Porter Cable impact driver that Koopman carries recharge in only 30 minutes! Plus, they will hold that charge even after being stored for extended periods of time. Top rated impact driver are also significantly smaller and lighter than drills, reducing fatigue. The snub-nose design allows you to get into hard to reach places and the lightweight design lets you use it with one hand, allowing a free hand to hold/steady yourself or your project. Finally, everybody’s favorite feature that’s available in many DeWalt models: a light that projects a beam forward that allows you to work effectively even in poorly lit areas.

WRAP-UP

The impact drill is an indelible tool that we can’t get enough of. If you’ve never used one on a project then you’re missing out! It could forever change the way you build. It won’t replace your cordless drill, but it’s a perfect compliment to it. Stop by a Koopman location today and try one out. Our trained staff will help you get outfitted with an impact driver that’s right for you, and give you the know-how about how to use it best!

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What Are Causes Of a Dripping Kitchen Faucet?

Did you know that United States E.P.A said that, Kitchen faucet leaks could reach up to 10,000 plus gallons of wastage per year, which is enough to fill up a swimming pool. You can estimate the wastage caused by one simple mistake, which can be fixed. In common issues which have been submitted by the Environment, Department data says, almost 19% of the wastage comes from Dripping Faucets. By fixing the problem, you can save 10% every month on your water bills.

If you don’t know, why the Dripping causes then let us give you few hints on it. You may come across some of the issues and fix it.
As we all are aware that there are many causes behind the Dripping, so we are going to discuss major issues.

  • The Problem in The O-Ring: This problem occurs specifically in cartridge faucets. If you never heard of the O-ring, then you can find it in the hold of Faucet. A small disc is attached to it if that is compromised then the leak is possible. One of the common reasons when the dripping causes are Small Disc is Worn off. If you are looking to replace it, then that is the wisest idea. If you plan to repair it or adjust it, then reconsider it. Also check best blenders for smoothies reviews on Uphomes.
  • Corroded Valve Seat: When the valve is used for years then it will be worn off or even get blocked with dust particles. It is highly advised you clean the valve seat once six months with the help of a professional.
  • Worn out Washer: Every time you use the Faucet, it is evident that the washers will be part of the process and when that happens the friction will occur. The friction will wear the washers out within a matter of a year or so.
  • Improper installation of Washer: Mistakes takes places even when the process is done by the professional and have years of experience in the plumbing. Washers are something which needs to be fixed properly, and you cannot confirm it until you use the Faucet. Make sure to check if the bushings are installed correctly.
  • Loose Parts: Due to heavy usage of the service will have some loose ends after few months of the installation. It’s recommended that you try to check if the problem is fixable with fitting the loose ends.
  • Broken Plumbing: It is rare that the plumbing has broken in some areas, but sometimes excess weight or any changes in infrastructure can prove to damage the edges. The incident is known to many professionals, and you can always check for leakages from a broken pipes or so.

Conclusion
There are many reasons behind the Dripping Kitchen Faucet, but the above reasons can be the culprit. You can find the culprit by examining each and every point we have discussed with you all. If you have any questions or have any suggestions for the community, then you can comment down below.

City Wanderings: Bi-Rite Creamery

ever since my good friend Sarah wrote an article for the SF Bay Guardian about explosion of small, homemade ice cream shops in San Francisco, I vowed to myself to visit every one of them, to find out which one was best, the most decadent. The list of six different shops, with detailed descriptions of their most popular flavors was supposed to ease this “difficult” task. Mexican Chocolate from Mitchell’s, Saffron Ginger from Xanath, or Goat Cheese  from Holy Gelato – all sounded enticing, but I had my heart set on Bi- Rite’s Salted Caramel, which has been one of my long time favorite flavors. Plus, I really wanted to see what the whole hype was about, and why there always seem to be so many people waiting patiently in line, just to get their ice cream.
As it turned out, the Salted Caramel  lived up to its tasty reputation and paired really well with some other amazing flavors they had to offer. I  especially liked  it combined with white chocolate-blackberry swirl  and ricanelas, which is (oh, my!) cinnamon with snickerdoodles. So, when few weeks ago M. and I found ourselves eating Bi-Rite’s ice cream in the rain, under the palm tree, we knew we were in trouble. We had become “those” people! Addicted to creamy, sweet, salty goodness.
For months Bi-Rite Creamery kept me from moving down on Sarah’s list, but promise is a promise, so Humphry Slocombe, you better stock up on your Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee flavor, because you’re next!

their soft serve window offers different flavor each day.

not in a mood for ice cream? try their freshly baked cookies and fancy sodas.

for more info on Bi-Rite Creamery head over to their website.
you can read Sarah’s article here.

Fall Smoothies, And Where Should We Go?

M and I are in the middle of planing our little fall getaway. We’re trying to decide whether we should just go north: Inverness, Bolinas, Point Reyes in search of delicious oysters and gorgeous views, or go down south, looking for warmer weather, and finally organize our fall picnic, we’ve been talking so much about. We usually hate planning, we just hop into the car and get on the road, but this time our getaway will be very short, so any ideas???

In the mean time, we’ve been also playing around with smoothies, a lot. Since our CSA boxes have been overflowing with apples, pears, carrots and oranges, more than we could ever eat, we decided to give our healthy summer sippers a little seasonal update.
So here are our three favorite recipes: carrot-apple for our nagging sweet tooth, spicy pear-orange for heat and energy, and heart healthy pomegranate-orange smoothie.

 

 

Carrot-apple smoothie is my healthy sugar fix. I usually use 2 small purple carrots, 1 apple, plum and freshly squeezed orange juice or cantaloupe, if available. Blend everything with plenty of ice until smooth. And, if I still want some extra fiber I also add flax seed.

 

 

Spicy pear-orange smoothie is my pick-me-up concoction. I mix pear with freshly squeezed orange juice and spice things up with a Thai pepper. I usually just use half of it, as it has a really strong “kick” to it. Blend everything with ice and enjoy it’s fiery flavor.

And just in case you missed it, here is the fall smoothie #1, pomegranate-orange:

 

enjoy!

A Brief Look at Gaggia Coffee Machines

Getting in the morning are not still the easiest thing, even though we get a good amount of sleep. A path that a lot of people deal with this question is while drinking coffee the morning. Coffee is the ice-cream take me get your body that goes and in gear.

While coffee is easy to make and inexpensive enough it doesn’t mean that always is good. The whole coffee is not the same and either the makers of coffee are we use to prepare coffee. A mark of the superior quality of coffee makers for that was around during some time is Gaggia. They are from Italy and are a mark of the very known name that produces high makers of the coffee of the quality. They were even the first to patent the first pressurize the express machine. The range of products that Gaggias make goes consumer’s whole path to use.

The commercial most popular machines sold for use of the consumer are the only machines of the pod of the service of Gaggia. It is fundamentally maker of coffee who uses a pre-measured amount of coffee that is in a pod and you insert it in the machine and extract coffee while crossing water pressurized through the pod. While it is a little different from to grind, while packing down and strap your own stroke of express, they constructed their machines of the pod to produce the coffee of the quality equal. It also produces a drawn more logical tasting of express. It is because there is not as a lot of variables as to pull the stroke express individually.

Whether looks you for a commercial express machine for your business or just wants that a maker of the excellent coffee uses home, the express machines by Gaggia are a big for plain use.

The Perfect Coffee Table

It Perfect can appear like no small task to find the low table perfected to complete your decor of the house, especially since it will serve like a focal table environment – but a low table for your living region can be if a lot more! Normally, a low table is a small table that is low to the earth that sits down in the center of a living room. It uses holds coffee, books, magazines, or other articles of decor often. The low tables became popular in the 1920s, but they really have an a lot longer history. The low tables have really been found in the Ottoman empire, and they have normally been placed in gardens.

After tea First world war, the low tables even became more popular in the American house, and they have often been sold with the sets of the furniture suits instead of by themselves. These days, the tables can be on their own, and they frequently work like an intricate piece to add more ambiance even to your interior design.

To existing begin with, are some tips of basis here in to choose the best table for you. The first thing to take in consideration is your furniture of living room existing. It will count directly on your style and taste. If you have a traditional style, you can want to choose a wood in the table that will equal the wood of your furniture. Another choice of the table that is traditional is a table with a summit of the glass makes with metal or the copper. There are also papered several tables that can work like a table or sit down to use for company.

Moving along, there are even more intricate choices in the tables if you have a modern touch in your house. Nowadays, you can find a lot of cubes made of leather, wood, Plexiglas, or equal metal. They are often decorated with ceramics or stone to add a special touch in your living region. When you choose a table, insure that it is the good dimension for your living space, while leaving a small on a foot between the sofa and the table himself. As an empiric method, it is always a better idea to have a bigger table that a table that is too small to the use.

Many tables is constructed around to 16 inches big, but some of the more modern choices can be nearer to a big foot. If you look for a comfortable and comfortable choice that people can put their feet on while they like their coffee, you can want to choose a table made of papered wood that will be stronger than a summit of the glass.

Banana Pecan Engagement Muffins

I’m sure your hear stories of someone getting engaged over muffins every day.
And you patiently sit there and listen to her describing: how it was typical San Francisco’s cold and foggy morning, and how she missed her trip to the farmers’ market, and how she needed some comforting, so she put two pairs of socks and thick sweats on, and how she decided to make their favorite breakfast: banana-pecan muffins, and how he was making coffee, and how she was mixing and toasting and mashing, and how he was suspiciously weird and nervous that morning, and how she was reaching for a baking powder and grabbed some tiny box instead…
and you can only imagine what happened next…pecans got toasted to a carbon black, the dough got over-mixed and muffins turned out dense and over-baked, but… delicious, best she’d ever had!
And you still sit there with a big smile on your face wondering…if there are any muffins left???
So, I’ll spare you all the sappy details and just share this delicious recipe instead.

Banana Pecan Muffins
adapted from Chocolate and Zucchini blog

1 C sugar
1 egg
1/2 C unsalted butter
2 large ripe bananas
1/4 C milk
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1tsp salt
1Tbsp vanilla extract
1 C pecans, toasted and chopped

Preheat the oven to 360F, and grease muffin pan or line them with baking cups.

In a large mixing-bowl or in a food processor, cream together the sugar, the egg, vanilla extract and butter. In a small bowl, mash together bananas with milk. In another separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three parts, alternating with banana-milk mixture in two parts, stirring with spatula until just combined (don’t overmix or your muffins will be a little dense). Stir in the pecans.

Pour the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins are nicely golden-brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes then transfer onto a rack.

They taste delicious with whipped butter, lemon curd or honey.

Herbed Goat Cheese Tart With Roasted Beets

How was your weekend? Were you fighting off the heat wave, enjoying almost-here-summer days, picnicking or hiking??? I did some of these things plus trip to the farmers market and some good cooking. I had this herbed goat cheese tart on my mind for quite some time now, was just waiting for a perfect summer weather as an excuse to make it…..just in case a  picnic dish was needed. It’s made with marinated roasted beets, whole wheat pastry flour, fresh herbs, goat and ricotta cheese, delicious. Perfect for a picnic at the park or day at the beach.

marinated roasted beets

  • 2 golden beets
  • 2 small red beets
  • 1 small Albina Vereduna, white variety (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2Tbs sherry vinegar
  • sea salt, fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme

for the pastry

  • 1cup whole wheat pastry flour and
  • 1 1/2 all- purpose flour or if you prefer use 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

for the filling

  • 10 ounces soft mild goat cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mixed fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano

for garnish
fresh chopped herbs, baby arugula
fresh ground pepper, sea salt

directions

To roast the beets wrap them in aluminum foil, place on the baking sheet and bake for about 30-40 min in 425F oven, wait until cool enough to handle and use paper towels to slip the skins off. Slice thinly  and place red and golden beets in two separate bowls. Mix olive oil, vinegar, garlic, thyme salt and pepper, pour over each bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
In the mean time mix all of the ingredients for the pastry dough until smooth, flatten into a disc, wrap and refrigerate until ready to use ( at least 30 min).
In the food processor blend all the ingredients for the filling, until smooth.
Preheat oven to 350F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/8-inch-thick rectangular shape( if you’re using this kind of pan) . Roll the dough around the rolling pin, and lift it over a tart pan with a removable bottom( I used 10.5×7.5). Line the pan with the dough, pressing it into the corners.You’ll most likely use only 2/3 of prepared dough. Prick dough all over with a fork. Transfer to  refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes. Bake for 10-15 min on the middle rack. Remove from oven, add the feeling and bake on the middle rack for another 30 min. Remove from oven, arrange the beets on top, garnish with chopped thyme, oregano and baby arugula, drizzle with some oil and vinegar mixture saved from marinating beets. Tastes great with mixed greens salad and sauvignon blanc wine.

Are You Sure Coffee Is Good for You

Well, let’s see. According to the association of the British Coffee, its research shows that to drink three cups of coffee one day can reduce the risk of illness of the fatal liver by until 40 percent. But, it is the association of Coffee! Could they be just more that a few biased? In my quest to find if coffee is indeed good for you, I discovered some facts.

In interesting 2006 gathered Data on 88,259 women in a Survey of the Health of the Nurses found these drinkers of coffee lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by 13% if to consume 1 cup per day, 42% for 2-3 cups per day, and 47% for 3 cups per day, compared to the drinkers of non coffee. In an interesting way, the beneficial effects of coffee were not due to caffeine; these reductions in risk of the illness were similar for those to drink caffeine-free as well as caffeinated, filtered, and same immediate coffee.

As well, research found that to drink coffee is in no path associated with to increase a woman’s risk to develop the breast cancer. Nor is there all conclusive evidence that the consumption of the coffee/caffeine increases the ovarian cancer.

A risk study in the January 2006 question of the Nutrition Newspaper found it among women before the menopause, consumption of accustomed (caffeinated) coffee, but not black tea, has been associated with the linear declines in risk of the breast cancer. A 40% reduction in risk of breast cancer has been seen in women before the menopause that drink at least 4 cups of coffee a day.

Although caffeine can be found in the milk of the chest, it is present in the very small quantities, and the normal coffee that drinks some women doesn’t put their children to risk. In any case, a moderate hold doesn’t constitute all risk.

Then I read a thing in “You, The “Owner’s Manual that moderate consumption (2-4 cups per day) appears to have the considerable advantages, including improved memory, and a risk reduces Alzheimer by 25% and Parkinsons by 50% !

The the Society of the National osteoporosis in the United Kingdom declares that, ` We must see all conclusive evidence again that the consumption of coffee curbed is a factor of the considerable risk in the development of osteoporosis.

Note: apparently it doesn’t apply to women who receive the therapy of the replacement of the hormone (HRT)! Other aspects of the food and manner to live, as stress, habits smoker and obesity, are however, risk well established factors.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones are bent or is demineralized, which can lead in turns to a risk increased fractures to occur. A survey of two years of 92 post-menopausal women by researchers to State of Pennsylvania the College of Medicine confirmed that all obvious report between consumption of caffeine and bone the mineral content disappears completely if the factors of the risk knew are controled. You can help to reduce this risk to follow a healthy food, to exercise regularly, of it and taking the calcium, D vitamin and antioxidant supplements.

In summary, while this cannot be big for people with nervous digests, syndrome of the irritable intestine, or ebb acidic, some studies showed that coffee has completely some health benefits, including to lower the risk of a lot of illnesses by 20-25%, including Parkinson, 2 diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and colorectal that the cancer.

The result is typed that the coffee bean is the fruit of the coffee plant of that is consisted of antioxidants! Personally I don’t believe that it is coffee himself, or caffeine, but the qualities!

I of the antioxidant doesn’t suggest, therefore, that you increase your consumption of coffee or even begins rightly on a “kick of coffee” because it can have advantages of the antioxidant! The best and most strong antioxidants are especially formulated, whole fruits concentrated in their own natural juices for optimum consumption and benefits.

At the same time I am happy to reassure the lover of coffee that most the evidence suggests that the regular consumption of coffee doesn’t have any considerable report with the risk of cancer to all site.

However, you know best your own body. If you get yourselves every time so many to the stage fright as appearance to one cup of coffee, then you know that it is not for you!

As in all: Moderation and the common sense is the key! And remembers: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Tips on How to Clean Your Coffee Machine

To possesses an entirely clean coffee pot is as important as to use excellent coffee beans also, burning coffee or to grind them the good path. In the event your coffee pot is not cleaned you correctly very probably can after one month or two of use that the taste of coffee won’t have an ideal taste all precise more.

Merchandise to clean machines

You of coffee can arrive certainly of the products in the grocery store that is specific to clean some coffee pots. These are merchandise produced of manufacture of the compact acid him more convenient for you.

Even you can use therefore, as vinegar and juice of the lemon that want operate the same quality rightly as coffee dearer cleaner articles. Vinegar and juices of the lemon are usually more accessible, as getting these articles therefore is merely a waste of money.

Never use soap to cleanse the circuit completely since it can make the pain and then to let a lot of moss. Soap can leave behind a rest and which can damage the maker of coffee and coffee will have a horrible taste then. On the other hand, to clean the coffee pot and the tray of the filter it is recommended to use soap and to rinse them correctly with water.

The K Tasse whole Machine can deliver you a cup perfected of coffee in seconds in your big cup directly. In the fast pace, drive through, world of microwave in that we live, the preparation of coffee also took quickly this producing pace without sacrificing the quality. The offers of the Cup of the K you a variety of choice to choose of. You can choose the mark, level of the roast or flavor of coffee you would like and you even order them of the convenience of your personal computer. There is so much different K Puts in cut to choose of, you will be sure to find the one that satisfies your buds.

Preparing taste Joe’s cup with the brewer of the Cup of the K can be executed even with the easiness when you are hurried. Fill your reservoir of water merely, choose the Cup of the K of your choice, place it in the possessor and close the lid. Place your cup under the hose of discharge and push the button there to the. From here that you buttered your toast; your Joe’s cup will be ready for you to enjoy.

Ways to clean

* As just stated previously, disconnect all part that can be washed with to purify soap. It includes the pot of the glass more the container of the filtration system. Some devices have the system of filtration integrated and it should be cleaned every time after after use.

* Make the maker of coffee definitely got cold before you didn’t begin this. Clean the dust of all surfaces to use a wet sponge or cloth and to clean soap entirely, in particular on stains in top where dust the construction quickly. If there are stains of coffee on the heating component you have need to use vinegar to wash it with care with a cloth or sponge or rug.

* TO this point it is time to clean the components entirely on the inside the device. There are 2 big solutions for the meantime to get this makes: Vinegar or maybe juice of the cool lemon. You heard the right, these execute as well as good as in these extravagant products of cleaning to the grocery store that cost you a lot more. Mix vinegar or lemon juice 50:50 with water and pour it in the reservoir of water. Place the container of the filter and also the coffee pot in place as normal. It is not necessary to use all system of filtration. Begin the machine and wait until the process is finished. If you use the maker of coffee more that then you should operate two times once daily, this technique to be definitely indeed it is cleaned thoroughly.

* Now it is the last step. Make the same mentioned once again method precisely previously, but to this point use water only. It cleans the elements and insure that there are not all vinegar or juice of the lemon outside that the coffee pot remaining within.

The should now be cleaned entirely therefore indeed that coffee should taste really better again again.