Automotive and Technology

The technological innovation has always provided the humanity with the sudden advancement that has always served as the path for progressive developments. The invention of personal computer and availability of internet has collectively revolutionized the world in an effective manner and has empowered the user at every end with power of ultra-fast virtual world. The smartphone has also been proven to be a key to this ongoing revolution which has enabled the user to get benefit with power of connectivity.

The internet for definition is just an interconnected network of networks which enable the user to interact and share data with one another. The invention of 'WWW' in 1989 or World Wide Web has involved the real power to connect and interact with internet using various protocols which comes under TCP / IP. The World Wide Web has opened the gates for various users to share information through web pages or websites. A website is a collection of related web pages including multimedia content which could have been identified with a common domain name. A website / webpage is what an internet is made up of.

Website development professionals – a must

Today in this era of internet, the websites / webpages are major elements on which an organization, institute or people are judged. These web pages are not only used to get information but are also served as a primary element which presents the first impression about an institute or work and sometimes serve as the medium to get connected. Therefore it is of utmost importance to have the website designed by groups of professionals which are not only responsible for content on the webpages but also for the overall interaction and behaviors of a webpage. These professionals use various complex languages ​​to write and set the attributes of a webpage such as java, HTML etc.

The recent digitalization has opened wide avenues for website designing. The major shift to digital technology has let many small to large business holders to create digital signatures for their work through a website that has directly or indirectly created demand for webpage developers / designers. A sudden rise in demand for website development and design also led to theception of numerous startups that provide the users with the promises of impressive work.

For instance, website development companies could be named as one of the best examples of new startup companies which provide services like designing, development, maintenance to their users that stabilizing the raised market demands. A website development company plays the role of a key catalyst in the overall progress journey of any company. Not only do they help in creating the base for any company's face for the customers but also lets the company stay instrumental in keeping up pace with the rapidly moving times to flourish and survive in the market.

(Times and speeds quoted are typical, but do not refer to any specific hardware, merely give an illustration of the principles involved.)

Now we introduce a ‘high speed’ memory with a cycle time of, say 250 nanoseconds between the CPU and the core memory. When we request the first instruction, at location 100, the cache memory requests addresses 100,101,102 and 103 from the core memory all at the same time, and retains them ‘in cache’. Instruction 100 is passed to the CPU for processing, and the next request, for 101, is filled from the cache. Similarly 102 and 103 are handled at the much increased repeat speed of 250ns. In the meantime the cache memory has requested the next 4 addresses, 104 to 107. This continues until the predicted ‘next location’ is incorrect. The process is then repeated to reload the cache with data for the new address range. A correctly predicted address, when the requested location is in cache is known as a cache ‘hit’.

If the main memory is not core, but a slower chip memory, the gains are not as great, but still an improvement. Expensive high speed memory is only required for a fraction of the capacity of the cheaper main memory. Also programmers can design programs to suit the cache operation, for instance by making a branch instruction in a loop take the next instruction for all cases except the final test, maybe count=0, when the branch occurs.

Now consider the speed gains to be made with disks. Being a mechanical device, a disk works in milliseconds, so loading a program or data from disk is extremely slow in comparison, even to core memory – 1000 times faster! Also there is a seek time and latency to be considered. (This is covered in another article on disks.)

You may have heard the term DMA in relation to PCs. This refers to Direct Memory Access. Which means that data can be transferred to or from the disk directly to memory, without passing through any other component. In a mainframe computer, typically the I/O or Input/Output processor has direct access to memory, using data placed there by the Processor. This path is also boosted by using cache memory.

In the PC, the CPU chip now has built-in cache. Level 1, or L1, cache is the primary cache in the CPU which is SRAM or Static RAM. This is high speed (and more expensive) memory compared to DRAM or Dynamic RAM, which is used for system memory. L2 cache, also SRAM, may be incorporated in the CPU or externally on the Motherboard. It has a larger capacity than L1 cache.

If you need to know how to spy on a computer, I’ll tell you right now that it’s with software. But not all are created equal… some can spy on certain activities, but not everything. What’s more is that most do not do so invisibly – and this is the key thing here. Invisibility and stealth are paramount to the success of monitoring computer activities no matter the reasons. Why?

For example, this is not how to spy on a computer; if you’re trying to keep an eye on your kid while he’s online to make sure he doesn’t go off on some crazy bestiality porn site, it would do nothing if there’s some blinking fireball of an icon pulsating in the system task bar. He’ll clearly know he’s being watched, and go off to a friend’s house to check out some porn on his friend’s computer.

Obviously, that is not how to spy on a computer at all. In order to do so effectively, you absolutely positively need stealth. You need to be invisible, or it just ain’t happening, period. For this reason, when you seek out some software to monitor computer activities, it’s got to run silently and invisibly… like the types used by businesses who keep tabs on whether their employees are indeed working, or stealing account information and client files for their own ends. These software programs record everything, every detail, instant message, every keystroke, and hides them on secret invisible files that then get discretely e-mailed to the observer who plays it all back for view.

Technology advances in cellular phone field.

Cellular phone shoppers can find many excellent cellular phones in the USA at the current moment. Cellular phone companies produce phones that are technologically advanced, have attractive design and small size, provide access to many useful features, and are easy to use. People have access to digital and camera cellular phones, as an example.

Cellular phone companies.

Nokia Corporation produces many new and technologically advanced Nokia cellular phones. Examples are Nokia 9290 Communicator that provides access to many business related features, Nokia 3589i Phone that has many advanced features, and Nokia 7210 Phone that allows you to exchange images. Samsung has many great phones like SPH-a600 digital camera cell phone that allows access to the web and SGH-e105 phone that allows multiple messaging capabilities. Another example would be Motorola cellular phones like Motorola T720i Phone with Camera.

Wireless standards for cellular phones.

Currently in the US cellular phones use either analog service or digital service. Most new cellular phones use digital technology. Currently three digital wireless technologies are used in the USA: TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access), CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications). Unfortunately, many times digital cellular phones may work with only one technology: TDMA, CDMA, or GSM.

Choosing a cellular phone.

First you need to find the cellular phone plan that you would like to sign up for. After you have decided with the service plan and the cellular phone company and are satisfied with the cellular phone services that that company offers you can select the phone that you like. By selecting a company and a service plan first you cover yourself from a mistake of selecting a cellular phone that uses different technology from the one that is offered by the wireless provider. At this point you can pick the phone that has all the features and characteristics that you would want.

There are amusing and horrific stories of the trials and tribulations associated with the transfer of technology, and the implementation of new systems and architecture. There are lessons that we can learn from those who have blazed the trails before us, and those who have been burned by the blaze. Get your fingers ready to count the five fundamental considerations for implementing new technology.

What we learned from Oracle

"The original plan was to transition the existing IT infrastructure to Oracle over a period of three months. It is three years later, and we think that we are almost done with our Oracle implementation." Does this sound familiar? If so, you have plenty of good company. Oracle is a powerful engine. It is high octane, scalable, and has flexible object oriented architecture to allow continuous growth and integration. So, what went wrong?

Quite often, in the eager anticipation to install the latest and greatest engine, the other parts of the car were forgotten or overlooked. Sure you have a powerful new engine, but your steering wheel is gone. It was replaced by a series of point and click drop down boxes to precisely instruct the car to turn at a specific angle. Do you want to make a 30 degree turn, a forty degree turn, or a 90 degree turn, right or left? Simply choose the appropriate item from the drop down menu and you will have the exact turn that you desire. Gone is that old fashioned and inaccurate steering wheel that required manual intervention and guidance to gradually adjust the turn in process, and installed is the precision turning device that is managed by your mouse. The problem is, nobody mentioned that the new steering mechanism was sold separately, and would take another six months to program. Nobody mentioned that everyone responsible for driving the car would have to learn a new steering methodology, lose the ability to make manual adjustments along the way, and need to learn to be more predictive and accurate in the selection of the accurate turn. Adjustments can be made along the way to correct a turn, with more point and click menu selections, if necessary. The extra time, design and development costs, and employee training are sold separately. You see, Oracles sells that powerful engine, not the steering wheel.

Does that sound funny or familiar? If it sounds familiar, then the humor is bitter-sweet. If it sounds ridiculous, then you have not experienced it yet. The steering wheel is only one example. Once the steering mechanism is programmed and put into place, then the other discoveries begin. That powerful engine comes with a speedometer and tachometer, so you can see your performance and the RPM of the engine. Is not is exciting to see that you have only partially tapped into the incredible power of this magnificent Oracle engine? Unfortunately, if you rely on other dashboard devices like signals for turns, air conditioning, or a radio, then you have to build these things yourself. After all, the engineers of the engine realize that you turn on different roads than everyone else, you have personal preferences for your climate controls, and you have personal preferences for terrestrial or Sirius satellite radio stations. Therefore, you need to build the point and click objects, menus, and radio buttons to accommodate your personal preferences, and all the possible variations thereof. Someone forgot to mention that all of these functions and amenities need to be custom designed for each driver.

Once the common dashboard and control devices are designed, developed, and implemented, then the next wave of discovery begins. The old buttons, knobs, and dials are gone. Everything has been replaced with the convenient control of a single device, your mouse. That seemed like a wonderful convenience when it was first described to you. All of the controls are at two fingers on one hand. Once you are past the pain of installing all of the other controls at additional cost, it happens to you that it might be a little complicated to switch between steering the car, sending a command to roll up the windows, turning on the air conditioner, Selecting a radio station, and signaling your turn, all at the same time with one device. All of these things require a different set of menus, so you need to choose your work stream very carefully. Otherwise, you may run into the back of a truck while trying to turn off the heater, and turn on Howard Stern. Just then, it begins to rain, and you realize that the windshield wipers have not been coded yet.

Dear Larry Ellison, please forgive me if my sense of irony has inadvertently presented what could be perceived as an unflattering commentary. It is purely intended to make a point about proper planning for transition of technology. After all, you do build a beautiful engine.

So, what should we do?

1) Be Aggressive

It is appropriate to be aggressive when implementing new technology that provides a competitive edge. The competitive edge may be related to overall system performance that empowers employees to become more productive. A competitive edge may be a utility that empowers clients and customers to become more self-sufficient, like installing the ATM machine outside the bank for customer self-sufficient convenience. The competitive advantage may integrate multiple functions, partners, or streams of data that allow for more intelligent decisions or effective business. If the implementation, integration, or transfer to new technology is going to have a substantial and measured competitive advantage, then be aggressive about the pursuit of technology.

2) Be Cautious

If the transfer of technology touches upon the core competency or revenue of your business, then be cautious about making any significant changes. This does not mean that you avoid improving technology. It sincerely claims that it is appropriate to be more cautious in studying the ramifications and ancillary applications which may be impacted by even a minority change to the code. There are horror stories from companies that implemented seemingly innocuous changes to billing, and then failed to produce invoices or statements for the clients. During this period of the transfer of technology, revenue was suddenly reduced. The result created financial hardship for the billing company, and for the disgruntled customers who suddenly received several months worth of accumulated billing once the invoicing system issues were resolved. Not only was this an impact on cash flow during the interruption in billing, but it affected the relationship with the clients as well. Be aggressive about competitive opportunities to grow your profit and performance, but be cautious when it comes to implementing changes that may impact your core business offerings, clients, or billing.

3) Be Quick

Be quick to implement minor changes, and carefully monitor the impact. When it comes to performance enhancement, internal suggestions for simplifying routines, or improving the customer experience, do not delay. Design the small changes, test the changes thoroughly, and create a schedule to consistently roll out enhancements. Quite often, the little improvements have the biggest impact to business performance.

4) Be Slow

When it comes to major changes in the architecture or systems that sustain your business, be slow in implementing change. Frequently, the core architecture and functions of the business are the most efficient and streamlined. The processes that get the most use are the ones that get the most attention, and are often the most highly evolved. Unfortunately, these are also the processes that are typically selected for the first priority when it comes to implementing a transfer in technology. On the contrary, avoid the allure of focusing on familiar ground, and reserve the primary processes until the transition has been tested on some of the more complex, and less often utilized, utilities. By focusing development on the most complex and least used functions, there is a tremendous knowledge to be gained by the experience, and the least amount of impact to the business. There are too many horror stories of companies that eagerly transferred the main processes, and then spend months or years working out the bugs that could have been identified by developing a much less needed or impactful part of the process.

5) Be Safe

There is no better time to address the vast array of potential security needs than during the design, development, and implementation of new technology. What personal data to you manage, process, forward, or store? This is not limited to credit card transactions or bank account numbers for wire transfers. Somewhere in the intense archives of data, you are probably holding precious private information on every one of your own employees. Employee records contain social security numbers, bank accounts for direct deposit, names and addresses, and possibly even reference to medical coverage. Quite often we think about the pipeline to our customers, and forget about the goldmine of private information inside our own facilities. Do not we owe the same protection to our own employees?

Privacy data can include medical records, financial records, and personal information. Driver's license numbers, credit card numbers, or even matching email address with telephone numbers, are all potential risk to privacy. The threat is not limited to how people access the information from the outside, or the number of firewalls that you put into place. The threat is also from the inside, and what kind of information is available to employees and associates. How easy it is to look up client records and download the information to a thumb drive? How easy is it to copy the entire company database of customer information, account information, or intellectual property? What would it be worth to a disgruntled employee to take valuable client information to a competitor?

There is no better time than the present to have a security expert evaluate the potential gaps of privacy in your organization. If you have customers, credit cards, customer accounts, client information, intellectual property, financial information, medical information, or employee information stored electronically, accessible on a network, or printed in files, then it is time to consider security.

If you are in the middle of preparing for a technology transformation, design, development, integration, or implementation, then it is the perfect time to review all of the related documents with a security and privacy expert. If you are organizing all of this information, then why not take advantage of your efforts to protect your customers, your employees, and your business? Executives and management are increasingly being held responsible for ignoring or overlooking the potential security breaches in their respective organizations, both from protecting customers from external threats, and for controlling the actions of disgruntled employees. Mitigate risk to the company, and the executives of the company, by taking appropriate and reasonable precautions for expert analysis, controls, and privacy.

Words of Wisdom

"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."

– Putt's Law

"For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three."

– Alice Kahn

"There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology – the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it is not any good."

– Robert Pirsig

"Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons."

– R. Buckminster Fuller

So, you’re ready to knit your first baby blanket. You’ve oohed and aah-ed over pictures of sweet, soft, and comfy blankets that are perfect to snuggle a sweet little baby. You’ve walked the aisles of your favorite yarn store and felt every pastel yarn there is, testing the softness. You’ve fantasized about holding your precious bundle in a blanket you handcrafted with your own two hands or you’ve basked in the admiration you’ll receive as your friend opens your gift at the next baby shower.

Then reality hits. You have an idea of the perfect hand-knit blanket but a few ‘minor details’ are missing — like what size this blanket should be. This is a good question and unless you have a great deal of experience with knitting or babies or both, you’re probably at a loss as to what to do next.

Blanket Sizes

When it comes to baby blankets, there are three main sizes — crib blankets, swaddling blankets, and receiving blankets. You may not have known it, but each of these has a specific purpose.

· Crib Blankets — These blankets do exactly what the name says — they are for the crib. Think of this blanket as a bedspread for the baby crib. This blanket is usually around 36″ x 52″ and while it’s perfect for making the crib look nice and keeping an older baby warm at night, it is too big to swaddle a small baby. If you want to knit a blanket to decorate the baby’s room, this is it.

· Swaddling Blankets — This blanket is the small blanket you use when the baby first comes home from the hospital. Usually lightweight, it is about 30″ square and is perfect to wrap tightly around a baby to give them that ‘in the womb’ feeling. This is a good blanket to swaddle a baby and give her a sense of security when putting her down for a nap.

· Receiving Blankets — If you want to get the most use possible, knit a blanket, knit a receiving blanket that is 34″ x 36″ is perfect. This size is works best because it’s small enough to snuggle a small baby but also perfect for the baby to carry around when he reaches toddler age. This size works great in baby carriers and car seats and is pretty much an all-purpose blanket.

Now that you know the standard sizes, all you have to do is decide on the baby blanket that best suits your needs. Once you’ve made that decision, choose your favorite pattern, buy your yarn and get those knitting needles clicking.

If you have a particular car that you like but do not want to go through the hassle of getting an auto loan and repaying it you should consider auto leasing. When leasing a car you are paying money to use it for a limited lease period and one it is finished you will generally have the option to upgrade. The mechanism of auto leasing is similar to renting an apartment. As with leasing anything, there are pros and cons that you should consider before making the final decision.

Pros of auto leasing

• Saves money-this is a big advantage of auto leasing as it costs less. When you lease a car, you sign a lease agreement that states the duration of the lease and the amount paid each month. The amount to be paid each month is the predetermined value of the depreciation of the car during its usage. The payment also includes interest. When comparing the monthly lease payment to an auto loan monthly payment, the lease amount is less. If you are low on cash then leasing is the best solution

• Tax benefits-when you lease a car you do not have to pay upfront any sales tax on the lease amount. The sales tax is bifurcated and included in the monthly payment.

• Low maintenance-if you lease a car whose warranty is still current you will not have to spend any money whatsoever on expensive repairs.

• Variety-with a lease agreement of short duration, which is generally two to three years, you can return the car and lease another one. This way you can drive a variety of brand new or older model cars.

Cons of auto leasing

• Restricted usage-most of the auto leasing agreements comes with conditions. They can limit the number of miles that the vehicle can be driven in a year so if you use more miles that allowed you may have to pay additional fees. With a limited number of miles per year, this could limit where you can go on vacation or if you can even take any spontaneous weekend trips.

• Eligibility requirements are higher-it can be very difficult to lease a car if you have bad credit. Before leasing a car to anyone, they always consider the credit history because the auto leasing company does not want any lapses in monthly payments.

• Early termination can be expensive-it is not easy to get out of a lease agreement early. If the leased car is totaled, stolen, or you want to terminate the lease you may have to pay the rest of the lease. When totaled or stolen it the amount owed may be too much that your insurance will not cover it.

Are you still looking for a proper computer repair solution for your slow computer? Well, to repair your slow computer, you can follow these easy steps and make it run faster again in just minutes. You do not need to purchase a new computer to replace the slow one.

#1 Run a disk defragment to repair your slow computer. Fragment in the hard disk especially the system disk will seriously slow down the computer system speed. This can repair parts of slow computer problems and speed it up at least 30%. I recommend you run disk defragment for your hard drive once a month.

#2 Another computer repair solution is to disable unnecessary Windows services and remove programs on the startup. How long does your computer take to enter the whole system? My PC boost up time is less than 30 seconds normally. By typing msconfg in the start-run menu, you can get to the right place to disable unnecessary Windows services and startup programs. This computer repair method can speed your slow computer up.

#3 To repair computer slow problem, you also can update the device drivers regularly. There would be some conflicts among those outdated device drivers and that is the reason why you often get blue screen of death. If you want to repair and avoid system errors such as blue screen of death, system boost failure, don’t be lazy to update device drivers in your computer.

#4 The most important computer repair step is to fix Windows registry. Maybe you have a question that why you should repair your slow computer by repairing Windows registry. Well, registry is the key part to Windows system. Any incorrect registry settings, damaged registry will make your computer run extremely slow and unstable. Therefore, it is very necessary for you to repair registry errors if you never clean up them. You can make your computer run faster again after repairing all of the registry errors.

Hacksaws are one of the most common hand tools. Nearly everyone owns one, and if you don’t have one, you need to buy one. Hacksaws are inexpensive and very economical to use. But most of you never use it because the one time you tried to use it things didn’t go well. You broke the hacksaw blade, the blade kept falling out of the handle, or it kept getting stuck in the piece you were trying to cut. If you did manage to get the piece cut, it took forever and the cut ended up crooked.

The main reasons most people have difficulty when sawing metal with a hacksaw are:

You have the blade in wrong

You aren’t using a sharp blade

There is too much flex in the blade

The number of teeth is to low for the project

You are putting too much pressure on the saw

You don’t clamp the work.

I will cover each of these difficulties as you and I go through this article.

Hacksaws and hacksaw blades are designed to cut metal (I will tell you how to use it to cut wood and plastic) and most people find cutting metal very difficult and frustrating. The reason, most of the time, is that they don’t really know how to use the metal hacksaw.

What is a Hacksaw?

A hacksaw is a metal frame designed to hold a tempered metal blade. The blade is typically 1/2 inch high and the majority of them are 12 inches long. The blade has a hole on each end that fits into pins on the hacksaw. Hacksaws are designed to cut on the push stroke. The handle (grip) on a properly designed saw is angled just right so you put a little pressure on the blade when you push it through the material you are cutting. Even though some so-called “experts” will tell you that you can put the blade in the other way a hacksaw does not work well if you have the blade in backwards.

Do you need a Hacksaw?

You can cut almost anything with a hacksaw. Although it was designed to cut metal, you can use it to cut plastic, wood, metal tubing, aluminum, copper, and brass. It works very well to cut electrical tubing (conduit), BMX (flexible metal tubing), plastic water pipe, (PVT & CVT) and even nuts and bolts. You can use it to cut a 2X4 in a pinch and with the right blade porcelain tile.

Setting up the Hacksaw to Cut.

Step 1. Determine which blade you will use to cut the material. Use a 32 t.p.i. blade for conduit, an 18 tooth blade for cutting off a bolt or plastic pipe and an 8 tooth for wood. In practice you want at least three teeth in contact with the material at any time. If you are cutting deeper than the depth of the blade use a blade that has wavy teeth. The wavy blade leaves a wider slot (kerf) that keeps the blade from sticking in the groove you are cutting.

You can use it to cut wood. It will cut a lot slower than a wood saw, but it works if you don’t have anything else. Use a 8 or 10 tooth blade and mark the cut line on the board both horizontally and vertically. Use the horizontal mark to make you initial cut (groove) and the vertical mark to keep your cut straight. Take your time and don’t put a lot of pressure on the hacksaw.

Step 2. Insert the blade so that the teeth are pointing forward. If you can’t see this, rub your finger gently over the teeth of the blade.

You will feel the teeth “grip” your finger. Put the blade so it grips when you push the saw. The holes of the blade go into the pins on the bottom of the frame. Many hacksaws are designed to take different length blades so if you have an adjustable frame you may have to shorten or lengthen the frame to fit your blade.

The teeth should try to “grab” your finger when pushed. If they don’t feel sharp, the blade is dull and should be replaced. Blades are inexpensive so don’t be afraid to replace it.

Step 3. Tighten the thumbscrew until you can’t turn it with your hand (Hand tight) This amount of tension on the blade should keep the blade from bowing as you cut. Sometimes when I am have problems with the blade falling off, I will tighten it another 1/4 turn with a pliers.

Ok, Let’s Cut Something.

I am going to use a metal pipe for this example. It is easy to cut and once you get a little experience using the hacksaw, cutting metal will be a breeze.

To really use a hacksaw well you need to clamp your work. I have a vise on a workbench that I usually use.

If you don’t have a vise, screw a 2X4 onto your bench and hold the pipe against the 2X4 with your left hand. When possible use a vise or clamp to secure the metal you want to cut.

Step 1. To use a hacksaw properly, grip the frame with both hands. (I am right handed so I grab the handle with my right hand and use my left hand to hold the other end of the saw.) Hold the hacksaw so that your right hand index finger is pointing ahead to help guide the saw. As you push the blade (forward stroke) use your left hand to guide the saw so that it cuts straight. DO NOT use your left hand to apply pressure, just use it to guide your cut. Use most of the blade. If you apply pressure on the forward stroke with your left hand the teeth will usually grab too much and the saw will “stick”. Again a hacksaw handle is angled to give you the proper down pressure on the blade.

Step 2. When you get to the end of the forward stroke, stop and pull the saw back with your right hand. As you pull back don’t apply any pressure with your right hand. (It only cuts in the forward direction and putting pressure on the return stroke will just wear out the blade prematurely). A lot of teachers will make you lift the saw on the return stroke so you don’t destroy the blade. Move your body forward and back as you cut, pressing on the forward stroke and easing off on the return one.

Step 3. Repeat this until you saw all the way through the pipe. With a little practice you will be able to cut at about 1 stroke every second. Don’t stroke any faster than this because it will create too much heat and again wear out the blade prematurely.

Don’t put too much pressure on the blade. You may have to break a blade or two before you get the feel of how much pressure you can apply. Don’t worry, they are cheap. Don’t saw too quickly as that can cause the blade to break as well. Always check to make sure that the blade is secured tightly in its frame.

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Believe it or not, I could tell you a lot more about using a hacksaw, but this is enough to get you cutting properly. Buy a good quality hacksaw I recommend on my website. Even the cheap one I recommend is good quality and will last you years. With a quality saw it won’t take long before you get good at using one.

DON’T buy a cheap one at the local dollar store. Why? The hacksaw handle has to be strong enough to keep the blade tensioned correctly and the cheap ones will give you nothing but years of frustration. Also buy a hacksaw with the handle tilted like the Stanley 150565. Some hacksaws have a straight handle and are very hard to use for a beginner.

Blades are cheap, so buy a box of them in at least two “teeth” numbers (32 teeth for metal conduit and 18 teeth for solid steel, plastic pipe and general use. But don’t buy cheap blades. The cheap blades are too brittle and you will end up breaking a lot of them. A good hacksaw blade cuts on it’s own with very little pressure from you so change the blades as soon as they get dull. To tell if a blade is dull pull your finger over the blade. If it is still sharp the teeth will try to “catch” on your finger. A dull blade won’t. I prefer Milwaukee blades because they will flex without breaking, and last a long, long time compared to the cheap blades. Better yet, buy two inexpensive hacksaws and keep different blades on each. Dull, worn blades take a lot of work to cut an item, so change them as often as you would a utility knife or razor blade.

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