Must-Know Stick Welding Tips

Must-Know Stick Welding Tips

Learning how to weld? Study these welding tips for beginners and experts to create the best welds!

Spend some time to prepare

Just as you need to prepare yourself for a theater play, you also have to prepare before you stick weld. Stick welding could be the most forgiving welding process out there when dealing with rusty or dirty metal, but it doesn’t mean you won’t prepare the material the right way. And when I say prepare, I mean cleaning the material. Use a grinder or a wire brush to get rid of the grime, dirt, or rust from the metal you wish to weld. Otherwise, you’ll increase the chances of coming up with a bad weld. Unclean conditions could also lead to porosity, inclusions, cracking, and lack of fusion. So, make sure you prepare everything—the material, the spot, and the clamp to be used. Remember, you’d want to have a stable and good electrical connection to maintain the arc quality.

Position yourself correctly


It’s not enough to clean everything; you should also know how to position yourself to have the best view of the weld puddle. Think of it as placing yourself on stage like an actor. You shouldn’t block the audience’s view with your back. It’s similar to welding. Make sure you keep your head off to the side and away from the smoke. This way, you can see the joint you’re welding as you keep the arc on the leading edge of the puddle. Also, be sure your stance will enable you to support and control the electrode comfortably.

Groove Welds

To produce beveled edges on thick materials that are more than 3/16″, use a grinder or a plasma cutter. However, you can settle with a square groove weld for thin metals.

Follow the right angle

Whether it’s a square groove weld or a v-groove weld you’re doing, ensure that the electrode is kept at the right angle to the metal, but do lean it in the direction that you are welding. Tilting it in another direction will make your welds ineffective, and the whole welding activity would be dangerous.

Have grace under pressure

When you start your arc, don’t worry if your electrode gets stuck to the metal. Just slightly twist the electrode. Doing so will loosen it, enabling you to attempt again.

Move the electrode smoothly and steadily


Do this so that the arc won’t break. Moving the electrode too distant from the metal isn’t a good idea. To correct this, start over and make sure that you keep the same distance away from the joint. Work out the most suitable arc length. Read the manufacturer’s guidelines and specifications. In general, however, electrodes with a diameter of 1/8″ or more require an arc length of 1/8″. For smaller electrodes, an arc length of 1/16″ is more appropriate.

Apply the right speed

Your travel speed can also affect the penetration. If you move the electrode too slowly, your weld pool will build up, and you’ll end up with excessive weld deposit. If you move too fast, your welds will be inconsistent and narrow. The key is to find the right speed, which you can figure out if you take some time to practice.


Stick welding isn’t actually that complicated. It’s a simple welding process as long as you know these crucial tips. And now that you do, you can now apply them the next time you weld!

Mastering the Art of Wood Planer Maintenance

Mastering the Art of Wood Planer Maintenance

Becoming a great handyman is like becoming a great actor: You need the skills, the talent, and a lot of practice. To master the art of maintaining a wood planer, you should consider it as mastering the art of acting where practice and a lot of patience are needed.


Wood planers make home improvement projects look like they were completed by a professional. They were made to smoothen, trim, and level wooden boards so that they have the same thickness. Planers make your boards ready for any project.

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DEWALT DW735 13-Inch, Two Speed Thickness Planer

  1. Inspect the planer table

It should be flat with a long straightedge. Evaluate the width and length of the table and even assess it diagonally. If the planer table has low spots or is warped in any way, call your manufacturer for assistance.

  1. Reduce snipe correctly

You can do so by setting the outfeed and infeed extension tables in a way that the outer ends are 1/6” inch (around the thickness of a penny) higher than your planer table.

  1. Keep the planer table clean

Use mineral spirits to clean your planer table. After which, apply a coat of paste wax using a soft cloth so that the boards can smoothly glide across as the feed rollers pull them.

  1. Keep the area clean

If possible, use a dust-collection tool. You may also opt for an air compressor to blow away the debris from the rollers, cutterhead, and table surface. Do this after every use to avoid dimpled wood surfaces and feed rollers which slip.

  1. Examine the motor brushes.

Every 100 hours, check the motor brushes for wear on the carbon faces. You’ll know they need to be changed when the carbon is less than ¼” long. Think of it as evaluating your acting skills and replacing lousy acting habits with good ones.

  1. Clean the guide posts and head elevation screws

Use compressed air to steer clear of the dust and chips. If needed, use a quality brass-bristle brush then lubricate the threads and posts using dry paraffin wax.

  1. Clean the sprockets and drive chain

Are they covered in chips and dust? It only means one thing: They’re screaming for some cleaning. Use compressed air or a brass-bristle brush again to clean them. Avoid removing lubricant or grease from exposed gears.

  1. Keep the knives clean

For your wood planer to run smoothly, make sure you get rid of the pitch and dust from the blades using mineral spirits. You should also use a brass-bristle brush (or a clean rag). You must perform this maintenance tip after planing wood with tar, high sap, or oil content like teak or pine. Be extra cautious when doing this tip or else you might cut your own fingers on the knife edges.

  1. Sharpen or replace knives when dull

planer-knivesDon’t keep using dull knives because they could pull chunks from the surface or tear the wood. Sharpen them as soon as you spot the first sign of dulling. It’s just like sharpening your acting skills by attending seminars or workshops after a few exposures. However, don’t bother sharpening a double-edged, disposable planer knife. Replace the knives if they can no longer be sharpened. This is the very reason why you need to have a spare set of knives available anytime.

Becoming a Great French Press Coffee Brewer

Becoming a Great French Press Coffee Brewer


There are four things you have to know before using a French press.

SterlingPro-French-Coffee-Press-8cupg-2First, you need to get a quality one. Here are the best French presses for the money (in our opinion). Second, you need to ensure your French press is entirely clean before you use it. Old grounds that have been stuck in the mesh filter will only make the coffee bitter than it should be. Third, it’s best to begin with whole coffee beans then grinding it before you proceed to the brewing (more of this later). Grinding coffee too soon may cause it to lose a lot of its compounds that are responsible for aromatic scent and delicious flavor. Lastly, use this guide to make the brewing easier:

Servings Cups of Water Amount of Coffee Beans
1 1 cup (8 fluid oz.) 2 tablespoons
2 2 cups (16 fluid oz.) ¼ cup
4 4 cups (32 fluid oz.) ½ cup
8 8 cups (64 fluid oz.) 1 cup


To become a great French press coffee brewer, follow all the steps below.

Step 1: Warm the French press up.

Do this by rinsing it with hot water. Warming it up while it’s still empty will help it keep the temperature as it brews.

Step 2: Measure and grind.


If you’re only going to serve coffee for yourself, then measure two tablespoons of coffee beans and grind it. It’s best that you use a burr grinder for this step since it can keep the flavor, scent, and consistency of coffee better than others. Set your burr grinder to its coarsest setting then grind. If you don’t own a burr grinder, grind using a blade grinder but grind in short, sharp pulses, pausing every two seconds to invert the grinder. Next, shake the grinder while holding the lid on. The texture should be evenly-sized, as coarse as breadcrumbs, and without a lot of fine grit.

Step 3: Heat water.

For a single serve, heat one cup of water using a kettle. Water for French press coffee should be heated to 195°F, which is below boiling (212°F at sea level). After heating the water, remove it from the heat for a minute before making your coffee. You may want to use a thermometer for this step.

Step 4: Add the water and coffee grounds.

Next, put the coffee grounds in the bottom of your press, then pour 1/3 of the heated water you prepared earlier. Let them all sit for half a minute before gently stirring it. Doing this will ensure that all the grounds are thoroughly saturated with the water to get the most amazing flavor. After stirring it, add the remaining water and secure the lid on your carafe.

Step 5: Steep for four minutes.

Want a robust brew? Soak the coffee grounds for 4 minutes. Brewing shorter than four will make your coffee sour and thin, brewing longer than six minutes will make your coffee too strong. For this step, make sure you use a timer.

Step 6: PRESS!


Firmly press the plunger all the way to the bottom, then enjoy your coffee!

Note: Don’t put too much pressure because it may cause your hot coffee to spray out of the carafe and onto you.

Follow these tips and steps to be a master at French press coffee brewing!

How to be a Great Pool Owner

How to be a Great Pool Owner

There are three Cs you have to know if you want to be a great pool owner, and these three words are all about maintenance. So, let’s skip the lengthy introduction and start right away!

Circulation of water


Having a proper pool water circulation is crucial. Good flow can keep your pool away from the nasty stuff that algae and cloudy water bring. And besides, who would want to swim in green, murky water?

To make sure you have the correct circulation of water, check your pump and filter. Their smooth operation will tell you that the pool water is in excellent condition. The longer they run, the better the circulation. However, not all of us can afford to run a filter and pump for 24 hours, 7 days a week. If you truly want to save money, invest in a variable speed pump. With this kind, you can run it for 24/7 without having to spend a lot as when you use a standard pump.



Dirty pool water is disgusting. And if your pool is, chances are people will also see you as a person who doesn’t value hygiene. A great pool owner knows how and when to clean his pool. The perfect thing to do is to use an automatic pool cleaner when cleaning. These machines are tailored to make the process easier for you while leaving your pool spotless. learn more


pool-chemicalLastly, a responsible pool owner knows how to balance pool chemicals the right way. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a difficult topic at all. Your pool’s chemical balance is made up of:

  • pH (acidity/alkalinity level) = 68%
  • total alkalinity (TA) = 16%
  • calcium hardness = 16%

Be sure to monitor your pH and chlorine levels once a week or every day if you use it often. The calcium hardness and total alkalinity should be monitored less often. To help you with this last C, get yourself a testing kit so you can test your water first before adding any chemical.

And that’s it! Just remember these three Cs, and you’ll be a great pool owner!

CSGO Trade Up Contract: What You Ought to Know

CSGO Trade Up Contract: What You Ought to Know

Want to be great at CS:GO Trading? Know about Trade Up Contracts first!

What is this contract?


Formerly known as the Arms Deal Contract, it’s a tool that can be accessed from a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player’s inventory. It allows players to trade 10 normal weapon skins or 10 Stat-Trak skins of the similar grade from any collection with a new skin that’s under the next highest grade tier. Note that the skins are randomly chosen from one of the available collections.

How does it work?

To trade, a player has to open a contract and choose 10 skins. After which, a contract screen will appear, displaying the form number, name of the player, the rank, date, and a confirmation that 10 skins are selected for trade. A prompt for the player to sign will also show up.

Traders can sign anywhere and anything on the contract using their ol’ reliable mouse. If in case a player no longer wants to trade, he can still cancel the trade before clicking the final “Submit Contract” button. Filling out the contract will be hassle-free because the contract will fill out itself. Talk about convenience, right? Anyway, after signing the contract, an approved stamp will appear on the contract, and the player will be rewarded with a skin.


As long as the skins are in the same tier, you are allowed to mix weapons from different collections.

You’ll most probably get the following grade qualities:

Covert – Red (ancient)

Classified – Pink (legendary)

Restricted – Purple (mythical)

Mil-Spec – Darker blue (rare)

Industrial – Light blue (uncommon)

However, some weapons cannot be traded up, such as knives, souvenir weapon skins, ancient or red-colored weapon skins, immortal or light brown skins (they were discontinued), and skins from a collection grade that has no next highest grade skin available including mixing collections. For example, the Tec-9 Ossified skin is a rare skin (meaning it has a mil-spec grade), but it can’t be utilized in the Trade Up Contract as it is the highest tier skin that’s obtainable in the Aztec Collection.


Note: Remember that you can’t choose what you’ll receive since the skins are selected at random. Therefore, it’s best to be sure you’re ready to receive anything before signing a Trade Up Contract.


If you need more information about trading, you can visit CStrading. They have all the answers to the questions you might have in mind.


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Going the Extra Mile

Going the Extra Mile


Doing the best you can and then some in every situation may seem like a tiring way to live. But going the extra mile is not as difficult as some people might believe. The pursuit of excellence is a trait everyone can learn. And with clear focus and vision, the mindset of going the extra mile every single time can be life-changing.

Create or clarify your vision. Set aside time every year or as often as you want to reflect on your vision and see if it is still aligned with your goals in life. Do not edit yourself during the process. Let the thoughts and ideas flow and take it from there.

Align and focus. Visualize your goals and how you see yourself in the near or distant future. Imagine yourself in six months, five years, or in a decade. Find that vision or image in your mind that compels you to work on the things you need to accomplish to make it a reality.

Make room for flexibility. As a popular adage says, nothing is set in stone. You have to make room for flexibility so you can adjust as quickly as you can when the time or situation calls for it. Expect that your life goals may change over time. The sooner you accept it, the easier you can adapt to the unexpected that may affect your vision or long-term goals.

Design a lifestyle that is in line with your vision. Building a lifestyle that supports your goals allow you to focus on the things you need to do. A clear vision can serve as a guide when you have to make decisions in life.

Tips On How You Can Be A Great Actor

Tips On How You Can Be A Great Actor

We are all allowed to dream so dream big! Becoming a famous actor might seem to be a fantasy but it can turn into a reality. All of the famous stars you know today came from nothing. They started without a name but since they dared to dream, their names are marked in the walk of fame. We don’t want to take out the theater from the picture so here ‘s a little trivia for you. Did you know that some biggest names in Hollywood came from theaters?

Be Teachable

We don’t expect that you can pick things right away. We handled countless of talents and they all went through the beginners stage. What separates the best actors from the mediocre ones is their ability to learn from their mistakes. Being teachable is a personality you should develop if you really are serious about acting.

 Memorize Your Lines Even If You Have To Repeat It A Hundred Times

Delivering your lines becomes natural when you memorized them too well. It’s okay to overly do it. In stage plays where everything is real time and live, you’d rather be over prepared. One of the techniques to memorize long lines easily is to learn how your character thinks. Remember the reasons why your character said those lines.

Don’t Be Intimidated

As a beginner you will have seniors just like in high school. Don’t get intimidated by them because once you are on the stage, there is no senior or junior anymore. You are all equal. You work on the same goal, to give the audience the best play of their life. You and crew will wait for that standing ovation. That’s our goal.

Warm Up

Just like in exercising, you have to warm up to get ready for the play. Move your face muscles and modulate your voice. Jump around and stretch a bit to waken up your game face mode.

Treat Rehearsals and Audition The Same

You don’t have the luxury to be lame in rehearsals. Give your best in every rehearsals just like what you did in audition that put you on that role. The reason why we don’t tolerate lame rehearsals is because that energy is contagious. When you’re fired up, you share the same energy to the rest of the crew. And taking rehearsals seriously will prepare you for the real thing.

Have Fun And Enjoy The Journey

Becoming an actor is a wonderful journey. Enjoy every pieces of it. Don’t waste your time with worries, just give your best and acting will love you back. Don’t hesitate to give your all. Acting is one of the most enjoyable job, take the privilege and have fun.