First a note on cooking: It's long been known that some of
the best gourmet chefs are men. Well here in the shed we may
not be le petite fromage but we can put together a meal when
the wife's away.
The following recipes are quick, easy, nutritious or
- Toaster Cheese Sandwiches:
- Toast bread first, then put cheese in the middle and nuke
until the cheese drips out. Let sit for a few seconds for the
cheese to melt a little more. Less sinful and easier than
pan-fried and no clean-up!
- Indian Crock Curry:
- At indian restaurants meat falls apart with a fork and
the flavors of the stew are fully developed and fresh. The
only way I know to duplicate it is in a crockpot. Crockpot
cooking takes some planning, but no watching, so it is one of
the easiest ways to cook.
- Don't bite off more than you can chew. That flat area on the back is for breaking through topsoil, held togrther with roots. If you try to push the shovel all the way into the ground, you will bend any shovel made. Take it easy, never fill it over half full unless you are moving preworked soil. Don't rush and don't lift with your back. Always use the weight of the shovel as a counterbalance for your butt, doing so will keep your legs bent and protect your back.
- Sharpen them. Usually all you need to do is cut the weed seedlings. The types of weed which will grow back from being cut, must be clawed out with a cultivator. Ripping the soil up with a hoe only makes it more inviting to sprout even more seeds.
- Sharpen the blade only once, then replace it. Change the oil every year. Use HD-30 oil. Automotive weight oil burns out lawnmower engines alarmingly fast. If the bottle says 5-30 or 10-40 or such, it is for cars.
Saw: Hello my name is Saw and I am here to-
Vise: I'll tell them about it.
Saw: Okay, go ahead.
Vise: Okay we are here to tell how to make things out of
Saw: And other things
Vise: No just wood
Vise: Of course nails
Saw: You said just wood.
Vise: Obviously you need nails
Saw: Not so obviously. You could use fancy joinery
Vise: Too hard. I like glue though.
Saw: You admit to using glue?
Vise: Yeah, wood, glue and nails.
Saw: We use screws too.
Vise: Anything else?
Saw: I thought you wanted to tell them.
Vise: Not anymore
Saw: Okay then be quiet. We use wood, nails, glue and screws
to make furniture.
Vise: Anything else?
Vise: What about hand tools?
Saw: Hand tools aren't a material. Anyway, we mostly use
Vise: Name one.
Saw: Table saw.
Vise: That's it, just a table saw? Ha!
Saw: No. You said name one.
Vise: Okay, name two!
Vise Aha! That's only one! Another one is a circular saw!
Saw: A circular saw is almost the same thing as a table
Vise: More versatile.
Saw: Less accurate. Are we making fine furniture or would we
be better off using particle board?
Vise: I happen to like particle board for certain things.
Saw: Do you cut it on a table saw or with a circular saw?
Vise: Never you mind.
Saw: They're almost the same thing anyway.
Vise: Okay I see you're point. Especially if you clamp a
straightedge to the board.
Saw: A table saw can do lots of fine cuts. Bevels and perfect
parallel cuts. If I had my choice I'd get a table saw. Then
I'd get a good solid jigsaw for little work.
Vise: We treat our tools pretty well. We always let the tool
do the work. Sometimes it's hard to go be patient and
concentrate on the cut at the same time.
Saw: For you.
Vise: What do you do?
Saw: I buy really heavy duty tools.
Saw: Heavy duty, not invincible.
Vise: I'm never lending you my tools.
Saw: Yours are all old anyway. Oh; I see your point.
Vise: I paid through the nose for my tools buddy. I'm
serious, keep away from my tools.
Saw: I swear I won't even think about them. Can I borrow your
Vise: Get your own. I need all of mine.
Saw: I was just kidding. I don't really oil my tools; I'm not
Vise: I oil the bits. That way they don't burn the wood.
Saw: I never thought of that. It works?
Vise: Look into my eyes...
Saw: I am getting sleepy.
Vise: Okay see ya tomorrow!
There isn't any great mystery about what goes on in an engine.
- The sparks fly
- which light the gas
- which pushes the piston
- which pushes the crank
- the distributor
- the camshaft and
- the driveshaft.
The distributor times the sparks. Every time the piston comes
to the top, the spark goes off.
The camshaft times the valves. Valves control when the gas
goes in and the smoke goes out.
The driveshaft connects to the gearbox. If you have a problem
with your gearbox, get somebody who knows more about cars
than me. Basically the driveshaft makes the car go.
Okay one question, 100pts.
Describe a four stroke engine:
Beep. Time's up.
If you said:
Four stroke refers to the number of times an engine's piston
goes up or down before each valve has opened and closed
I give you a C.
If you added:
There are two main cycles, intake and exhaust
I give you a B.
If you added:
Then you get an A!
|why it happens ||what the piston does ||how
the valves are ||What it's called
|As the fuel burns ||the piston is forced
downward ||Both the valves are closed ||This is
called the power stroke.
|Momentum of weights on the crank ||forces the
piston back upward. ||The exhaust valve is open
||This is called the exhaust stroke.
||Momentum continues ||to drive the piston
downward and gas is sucked in. ||The exhaust
valve is closed and the intake valve is open ||This is
called the intake stroke.
|Momentum continues ||to drive the piston upward
and the gas in the cylinder gets pressurized ||Both
valves are closed ||This is called the compression
Those were the big impressive metal parts.
The intake system is also important to the proper workings of
a car. It looks cool too. It usually has cool(ing) fins cast
onto the outside and is all sorts of wierd businesslike
shapes. Did I mention it's on top?
What it does is mix the gasoline and air to make (gas?) the
It also contains the throttle. Basically your engine is
designed to go faster and faster until it bursts. Except for
the throttle, it is a flap which closes off the flow of air to the engine. No air, no burn, no go.