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Four Types of Longboarding

Four Most Common Types of Longboarding

Carving

When it comes to longboarding, carving plays an essential part, helping longboarders control their speed. This typical style makes an “S” pattern by shifting your body weight to your feet. Consequently, it slows you down and gives protection against losing the speed control.

And if you practice step by step regularly, carving will no longer be a challenge.

But how?

Firstly, you move the back foot to get some first speed and head straight at the same time. After bending knees slightly, it is time to shift your body weight to your heel for reaching a higher speed. In case that the board tends to head too much to the left side, you should stop and start again.

The game will become more challenging for the toe carving, which may cause the unbalance on the board. To make it easier, we suggest to push toes down and lift heels simultaneously.

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Downhill

As a hardcore style, downhill longboarding is not for newbies.

In this game, longboarders focus on the velocity at most. For example, many players do downhill at high speeds ranging between 50 and 65 mph. Or even the record, now, reaches more than 80 mph.

So, unless you can overcome your fear, it is not good to try this potentially deadly, longboarding way. And tucking is an important technique that you need to know before doing a downhill ride. Managing to do this position lets you reduce the wind resistance and then ride downhill at the max speed.

Both two feet are in a vertical line on the board forward the toe pointing. The back one stands on tiptoe slightly. Then, you bend your knees at 90º to ensure that the rear knee touches the front leg’s calf.

We turn to the upper body. It must lean forward horizontally so that your back is parallel to the ground and your arms are behind your back.

Cruising

While downhill comes as a hard challenge, cruising on a longboard does not.

So, how do longboarders define this style?

Well, it means that you ride a longboard in a very relaxed way in any pleasant area of your cities. This popular longboard skill is suitable for all ages as well as levels of longboarding experience.

There are two popular types of cruising longboard. They include:

  • Boardwalk riding: You must practice pushing mellowly, brake feet, lean for full turns. Leaning forward will help to balance your weight with the front leg. Next, you drop your rear foot to the ground for kicking.
  • Long-distance cruising: The essential technique for this skill is power pushing. You get the balance on the front foot, lower gravity with the bent front knee and let the back foot kick the ground.

Dancing

Besides carving, downhill, and cruising, another exciting discipline is longboard dancing that has gained lots of attraction for years. People consider it as an arty and stylish performance when dancing on a longboard for sure.

As for the longboard dancing, cross stepping to walk up and down on the board, then make S-turns is a fundamental skill. You can ultimately make it with six steps below.

  • Step 1: You stand on the board with a normal position and get the very first low speed.
  • Step 2: The front foot heel is right in front of the back-foot, and your shoulders face forward.
  • Step 3: You cross over your feet.
  • Step 4: You do a repetition of crossing over feet.
  • Step 5: You bring the back foot to the rear, bend knees, and push the toes of both feet into the front rail to continue your frontside turn.
  • Step 6: It is time to start over the first step and get ready for the heel carving.

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Multimeter

Seven Things to Consider Before Buying Your Digital Multimeter

Overview of Digital Multimeter

There is a multitude of digital multimeters available in the market and online for testing currents, voltages, resistances, capacitances, and many other parameters. Digital multimeters are extensively used in the testing, installation, and repairing of electrical devices. With the exponential increase in demand for this testing equipment and the consequent increase in the variety of digital multimeters, online market places have been inundated with, it is not surprising if you find it difficult to choose your pick.

List of Essentials Things to Consider While Buying Your Digital Multimeter

Here are seven things to consider before spending money on a digital multimeter:-

#1. Digital Multimeter Specifications (DMM Specifications)

The performance of a digital multimeter is decided by the digital multimeter specifications. By DMM Specification, we mean understanding the capabilities of the multimeter in terms of its DC current, AC current, DC voltage, AC voltage, and resistance.
• Choose a digital multimeter with a higher main voltage than is required to operate electrical devices that you want to observe the readings for.
• It is important not to use the multimeter above the current range it can withstand. Higher Amperes of currents can end in severe hazards.
• When buying higher-end digital multimeters, check whether it provides the true RMS value which may also account for any DC components if any.

#2. Digital Multimeter Accuracy (DMM Accuracy)

Ensure that the digital multimeter you are about to buy is accurate. The accuracy of a DMM is defined as the maximum permissible error limit in the observed readings.

#3. Digital Multimeter Resolution (DMM Resolution)

DMM Resolution is defined as the number of digits up to which the signal strength can be measured. It is the measurement of the change in the output signal, as a result of the most minuscule fluctuation made in the input signal. Higher-resolution DMMs come with the disadvantage of increased times to observe the rightmost value – after the rightmost digit stabilizes.

#4. Input Impedance

Accurate measurements can be attained by choosing a multimeter with high input impedance if you want to measure the more sensitive electronics.

#5. Frequency Measurement

Some DMMs are capable of measuring the frequency and in turn monitoring voltage and current within a frequency range. If your device is powered by steady AC voltage, ensure that it maintains the correct frequency.

#6. Energy Capacity

It is always wise to know the energy capacity of the circuit you’re working on in advance. One should know the maximum transient voltage that the DMM can tolerate without any risk of damage.

#7. Temperature Measurement

If you have frequent temperature monitoring needs, get a digital multimeter with a dual differential temperature function; this functionality allows you to measure two temperatures simultaneously.

Thus keeping the above seven factors in mind, you will be able to choose the best quality digital multimeter that suits your requirement. Some of the best brands selling digital multimeters online are Fluke, Meco, Mastech, Rishabh, HTC, Extech, Motwane, and Sigma. These brands provide you with reputed multimeters capable of making accurate measurements.

source:https://www.industrybuying.com/articles/seven-things-to-consider-before-buying-your-digital-multimeter/

further reading: Measuring resistance voltage-current digital multimeter.

 

3D Pen Filament

3D Pen Filament

Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel. One Mark twain is responsible for this timeless piece of advice. Although it was in reference to the common biro pens, I find more than applicable to 3D pens. 

In that regard, if you are seriously into 3D art, you must know the importance of having enough 3D pen filament. Not just talking of quantity – quality matters also.  

If you don’t yet have a 3D Pen, check this awesome review by Reviews Rabbit for a definitive guide on picking the best 3D pen. Otherwise, read on as I delve deeper into all you should know about 3D pen filaments.

What is 3D pen filament made of?

I bet you are no stranger to terms like PLA, ABS, and the like. In a nutshell, those are types of plastics commonly used in the manufacture of 3D pen filaments. Aside from ABS and PLA, we also have TPU and PCL. Here is a brief look at the characteristics of these different plastics.

PLA filaments

If you are wary of smells, this is the filament to choose. And perhaps this is the reason why it is most popular among hobbyists and artists alike. 

PLA is the short for Polylactic acid. This is a plant-based polymer, and thus it is biodegradable. That makes you and your art environmentally friendly, unlike with other filament types, as we shall soon discover.

Many praise the smooth manner in which it flows, in addition to its low temperature requirements.   

ABS filaments

Unlike the PLA filaments, ABS filaments are made from petroleum based chemicals. This means that they are not biodegradable. Additionally, you may notice some not-so-pleasant fumes while using it. You are therefore advised to work in a well ventilated space when using the ABS filaments.

TPU filaments

Thermoplastic Polyurethane filaments

Models made from the above two filaments are somewhat rigid after the extruded filament hardens. With the TPU filaments, the 3D models are largely flexible and elastic. And thus you can use it for items that you can wear.

Other popular terms for the TPU filaments are TPE and FLEXY.

PCL filaments

Call it polycaprolactone in full. This is the ideal filament for your kids since it melts at only 600 Celsius. You can also use it for simple repair tasks such as mounting lights on bicycles. One important thing to note is that it takes a bit longer to harden. 

PETG filaments

PETG stands for Polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified. Think of the common plastic water bottles and you can visualize what material we are talking about. Though you may have to struggle with the printing – as it is not that smooth – the end product is reasonably strong and durable.  

Can you use 3D pen filament in a 3D printer? 

It is very natural and human to want to save that extra coin. And that is perhaps why many want to know whether they can use the 3D pen filament in a 3D printer. Why bother with an entire 1 kg, $40 roll while you can make use of some multi-color 3D pen filament with less than 10 bucks?

Ideally, the materials used to make the 3D printer filament are the same as that for the 3D pen. What you may need to take note of is the diameter of the filament. 

But don’t fret when it runs out quicker than you expected. You certainly can’t compare a 1 kg spool with 10 feet filament.

  

What is the strongest 3D pen filament? 

Going by the experiments of Airwolf 3D, it is evident that the polycarbonate filament is the strongest in the market. This is followed by the PLA, PETG, ABS, and TPU, respectively. To compare the strengths, they printed hooks from the different filaments and suspended weights from these hooks. The filament strengths were thus measured and graded as outlined above.

How long does 3D filament last?

The lifespan of 3D pen filaments greatly depends on the storage conditions you provide. The biodegradable types will disintegrate easily when subjected to poor storage conditions. Another pointer to their lifespan is your usage. If you are doing heavy 3D printing, you’re likely to run out of the filament within days.

Do squirrels eat mealworms?

Daylight Robbery! So reads the title of a recent article on The Guardian. Statistics have it that Britons alone spend about 210 million Sterling pounds on bird feed. However, squirrels steal quite an amount of this feed — to the tune of millions of pounds!

Do squirrels eat mealworms

As a matter of fact, recent research revealed that squirrels eat more than half of the food reserved for birds. What readily comes to your mind is bird seed. But the current hot debate is: Do squirrels eat mealworms? 

I shall answer this and other questions about squirrels and finally show you the best way to get rid of them, as proposed by Airgun Maniac experts. 

What do squirrels eat?

Unlike cats or some of us fussier human beings, squirrels do not carefully choose what to eat. They eat quite a lot of things. If I were to list all things squirrels eat I would certainly run out of space. And so here is but a brief outline of some popular squirrels delicacies.

1. Vegetables

Squirrels eat a wide range of vegetables. Almost any gardener can attest to this. You must have caught them nibbling on your lettuce, kales, arugula, chard, spinach, tomatoes, corn, beans, radishes, squash, peas, beet greens, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, leeks, eggplant, okra, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and the like. You get the point. They like greens. They’re heal-conscious I suppose.

2. Cereals

On top of veggies, squirrels seriously love grains. And not only natural grains – squirrels simply don’t give a damn whether the grains are salted, sugared or flavoured. So you’ll see them gulping down Cheerios, Chex, corn flakes, Cap’n crunch, Kashi Go, Alpen Muesli, Almond, wheat berry flakes, bran, and pumpkin crunch, among others.

squirrels seriously love grains

3. Cheese

Having lived around humans for centuries, squirrels have gradually adapted their taste buds to such foods you wouldn’t expect in their natural setting. As long as they can access your garbage bin, they won’t mind such fatty stuff to keep them up and going during the cold season.

4.  Nuts

Be careful of anything with nuts! This is the squirrel’s natural favorite. Whether it is genetic or environmental influence, we’re yet to know. Squirrels really love chestnuts, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, acorns, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, and hickory nuts. They in fact eat to their fill and stash away any extras to eat later on.

squirrels like nuts

5. Birdseed

Enthusiastic backyard bird watchers have one common enemy – squirrels! They philanthropically leave lots of birdseed on bird feeders to attract the beauties. But squirrels smell the delicacy from far and literally take over. Their presence really annoys the birds and they may simply stay away. 

6. Fruits

You thought the list was over? Nope, not yet. Squirrels happily eat fruits such as pears, apples, grapes, kiwi, peaches, avocados, figs, mangoes, plums, citrus, berries, bananas, watermelons, you name it!

Squirrels happily eat fruits

7. Others

  • Insects – caterpillars, grasshoppers, butterflies, crickets, bugs
  • Fungi – mushrooms, truffles, lichen
  • Eggs – including young chicks not under the protection of their parents
  • Dog and cat food
  • Leftovers – cakes, sandwiches, 

8. Mealworms

So yes, Squirrels do eat mealworms. Mealworms are essentially the tiny larvae of beetles. They stay in this larval stage from 2 up to 8 weeks. Just in case you thought of replacing the birdseed with mealworms to fix the squirrel nuisance, you are in for a shock. Squirrels hungrily eat meal worms too. 

What then?

If you are a fan of squirrels and you really enjoy seeing them in your yard, you now have a near-complete list of what you can feed them. But if you are with the majority who don’t appreciate squirrels because of their overly destructive nature, you can eliminate them through any of the following methods:

  • Using repellants
  • Trapping the squirrels
  • Using deterrent odors
  • Shooting the squirrels

Without getting into much detail, Airgun Maniac recommends shooting as the best method to get rid of squirrels. 

  • Shooting does not involve the use of environmentally harmful chemicals.
  • Shooting eliminates rather than simply deterring the squirrels.
  • You can eat squirrel meat after shooting. 
  • Shooting is fun – oh yes! Time to turn a nuisance into an enjoyable pastime activity.

Make sure to check out their guide on the top ten air rifles for squirrel hunting.