Sealing Furnace Ducts with Mastic

When we first bought our house, I found the ducting leaked a lot of conditioned air into non-conditioned spaces. We were loosing quite a bit of energy by unintentionally heating parts of the house no one lived in, and was probably making it comfortable only to the bugs and other…

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Cold Air Blowing Through Wall Outlets

Air infiltration occurs when outside air finds its way inside your house. Most people notice this in the winter when cold air blows through a wall outlet on an exterior wall. Or in the summer when the hot 100°F air finds its way into your cool inside living space. You…

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Why Does Thunder Rumble?

Thunder is caused by the rapid expansion and contraction of the air surrounding a lighting bolt. On average, a lightning bolt is about 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, or about 50,000°F! This causes the air to become super-heated and as a result, the air rapidly expands…

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Should You Open Windows During A Tornado?

A long standing tornado myth states that if you open windows during  a tornado, it will prevent the roof from being blown off. There’s another myth that says you should only open north facing windows. I’m not sure where these myths originated, but they are both pretty silly. It’s really…

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My BMW 650 GS Dakar Review

When it came to choosing my first motorcycle, I decided on the 2005 BMW 650 GS Dakar over some other comparable single cylinder motorcycles for a couple of simple reasons; looks and performance. Bottom line … I LOVE this bike! Some of the other bikes I looked at were the…

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Shape of a Rain Drop

Rain drops are often drawn in books or shown on TV as being tear drop shaped. This isn’t true at all. In reality, the shape of a rain drop changes as its size gets bigger, and they are never shaped like a tear drop at any point during their life-cycle….

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Do Rubber Tires Prevent Lightning Strikes?

Most people believe the rubber tires on a car prevent lightning strikes. Ironically, it’s not the rubber tires insulating the car, but rather the conductive metal framing which protects you. It does so by conducting the electricity around the exterior of the vehicle protecting the occupants sitting inside. The truth…

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