The Difference Between Scrabble Dictionaries

The internet has changed the face of Scrabble play – there are lots of online games such as the official Scrabble game by Hasbro, and similar word games such as Wordscraper, Lexulous and Words with Friends. Each of these games offers several options for the game dictionary – which should you use when playing with friends versus playing in a tournament?

The ‘Official Scrabble Players Dictionary’ was originally compiled in 1978 by members of the US National Scrabble Association for use in sanctioned tournaments. For a word to be included in this dictionary it must be present in one of five standard print dictionaries – Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate, Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary of the English Language, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Webster’s New World Second College Edition, and The Random House College Dictionary. The current version of this scrabble list is OSPD4.

In the United States, Canada and Thailand tournament play now uses the Tournament Word List (TWL) which is a modified version of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. The dictionary has been edited from the original OSPD version to remove some words which are less suitable for tournament play. The removed words are those that could be considered offensive to players. The current version used in competition is TWL2, and is sometimes referred to as OWL (Official Word List).

Within the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand the dictionary used is ‘Official Scrabble Words’ (OSW). This is a collection of all the words and combinations playable in tournament Scrabble within those countries and uses British English.

In the rest of the world, the SOWPODS dictionary is used. The SOWPODS dictionary is an amalgamation of the British OSW and National Scrabble Association’s OSPD dictionary. It is not published as an actual dictionary with definitions, rather it allows for either of the OSW or OSPD dictionaries to be used as a reference when playing Scrabble.

So, which list should you use? The SOWPODS word list has the most words in it, which would give you the most possibilities to play in a friendly game. If you’re practicing for a tournament or playing in a more competitive game, the official word list for your country should be used.



Source by Dave Shimoda

Skateboarding – The Most Extreme Sport

There is nothing that is more extreme then the sport of skateboarding. Skateboarding started out by simply nailing rolling skate wheels to a plank of wood and has since evolved into a worldwide phenomenon and recognized extreme sport. Skateboarding has gone through a lot to get to the point it is at now but that discussion is for a different article. Here I want to talk about why skateboarding is so extreme and so popular. Skateboarding takes a kind of athlete that very few sports require. Balance, strength, intuition, guts, skill and a natural ability are just a small sample of what a person needs to become a great skateboarder. The skateboarders of today are quite possibly the most talented athletes in the world. When you compare the difficulty, danger, skill level, variety and competition of the sport it is really not hard to see why. There are also a number of avenues that the sport of skateboarding has been down that solidified it as an extreme sport, avenues like the X Games and the Gravity Games.

When you think of an athlete you generally think of a football, baseball or basketball player. Perhaps you think of a track and field athlete, swimmer or tap dancer (kidding). Before the recent skateboard revolution in the 90’s and today not many people would have lumped skateboarders into the category of athlete; thug, trouble maker, talented or maybe skilled, but not athlete. But now when you compare the types of tricks skateboarders are doing, and the unbelievable things they get their bodies to do when they are 15 feet in the air and then land smooth just to hit another huge air seconds later to the things “typical” athletes do, people are actually starting to say that skateboarders are arguably MORE athletic then a what we know as a “typical” athlete. After watching competitions like the X Games I am not one to argue that point. What professional skateboarders are able to do with a chunk of wood on wheels is uncanny.

Simply the danger and difficulty of skateboarding are enough to steer thousands of hopeful professional skaters away from the scene, but those that press through know what it took to get there. There are not too many other sports that draw comparisons of difficulty to skateboarding. Take this for example you take off going extremely fast launch into the air, while your in the air you flip your body, rotate the board under your feet, catch the board with your hand, put the board back under your feet, land on the board and keep riding… oh and do it all with style. It is pretty amazing what skateboarders are able to do these days and very fun to watch. Luckily the main stream has caught on to this incredible sport and competitions like x games and gravity games now highlight skateboarding as one of their main events. This gets the word out and shows the world that these guys are in the most extreme sport and deserve to be called world class athletes.



Source by Josh Brennon

The Rise of Freestyle Stunt Scooter Riding

Stunt Scooter Riding is quickly becoming the new rage among young people at skate parks all across the world. This is probably because it is so much fun, relatively easy to learn, and the list of stunts and tricks seems endless. This fantastic emerging sport is definitely one to watch. In this article, we’ll I will talk about the sport and the type of scooter you’ll need.

An Emerging Sport

Some of you may remember the rising skateboard movement of the 70’s, right? Well, probably most of you will not! But just like the skateboarding movement did, stunt scooters are emerging from the shadows. Scooters aren’t just for little kids anymore. With new technology, cool styling, and lots of riders performing amazing stunts, the scooter movement is taking the world by storm.

You will now find at pretty much all skate parks some young people who have well built scooters working on their tricks and stunts. Is this legit or some passing fad? From what I’ve seen (And I’ve looked into this in-depth), freestyle scooter stunt riding is here to stay. And in my opinion, you’re seeing the beginnings of an extreme sport that will meet or exceed the popularity of skateboarding. And let me explain why.

Why is this becoming so popular?!

It’s simple really. You take something very simple – a scooter. And then riders go and do all these amazing tricks and stunts with it that require skill, creativity, and lots of practice. Now you have a legitimate sport that tons of young people want to try out for themselves. It’s all really very neat and fun. And it feels so new and hip. Not old school like skateboarding. And having tried out some of these top end scooters myself as an ‘old person’ I can vouch that this sport is loads of fun. In fact, I grew up around lots of skateboarders in my day and even tried it out. But it never connected with me. Stunt Scooters on the other hand have simply been heaps of fun and I feel like a kid again. My little ones and I are having all kinds of quality time together on these new high quality scooters doing hops, stalls, 360’s, manuals, and all the rest. It’s all great fun and certainly better than staying home all day playing video games.

Modern Stunt Scooters

If you’re still thinking of those foldable scooters that have blinking lights built into the wheels then you need to think again. Scooter construction has come a long way recently. You will find the kind of technological advances common in established sports like cycling and skiing. High end manufacturers are making scooters that will stand up to the abuse that a day of stunts at the skate park requires.

High quality alloys, precision machining, and name-brand parts are all being incorporated into new designs which are lightweight, very strong, and very cool looking. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular high quality brands.

Madd Gear Pro

MGP has been around since the beginning of the Freestyle Scooter movement in Australia ten years ago. So they know what’s up and what’s needed in an excellent ride. I’ve really checked these out carefully and they are definitely my favorite. If you’re looking to get into this rapidly rising new sport, then you’ll want to consider one of these stunners made by Madd Gear. I ride one myself and it’s made all the difference – what fun a well made scooter provides for me and my kids!



Source by Thad Miller

Don’t Buy a Razor Dirt Rocket Mx350 Bike Until You Read This Review

If you are worried about letting your child ride a Razor Dirt Rocket mx350 Bike this honest review will help you make up your mind. I would recommend this dirt bike for a child who is 8 years and up.

At first I too was a little worried about the age limit on this product, but provided you get adequate safety gear and if your child is pretty coordinated they will have no problem getting to grips with this neat little machine.

The Razor Dirt Rocket mx350 Bike is absolutely awesome. Because of the level of quality and the sheer uniqueness of it, I really think it is actually worth a lot more than the current price. The free shipping is crucial because this is a big and weighty object and if you had to pay additional for shipping it would cost you a fortune.

It assembles fast and effortlessly using the tools supplied. You will need to charge it up through the night prior to it’s first use therefore you need to manage your child’s expectations once the bike turns up, as they will no doubt expect to ride it the minute it comes out of the box. But who are we kidding? I am more than 200 pounds and I was able to ride that thing while my children were asleep. Made me feel like a kid again. I almost did not want to give it to my son.

The bike seriously flies. The suspension is really effective and it rides over rough ground with ease. The electric engine is so quiet it takes some time getting used to and since it is so fast, you expect there to be a lot more noise.

If your child can ride a bicycle without the use of training wheels, they will easily be able to ride Razor Dirt Rocket mx350 Bike. However you will need plenty of space, because it is so quick, it can get from one side of the yard to the other in a heartbeat.

Safety Advice

Your child will inevitably fall off and combined with the fact that this bike is fast, I would strongly recommend that you purchase some proper safety equipment, such as a real crash helmet as this will protect your child far better than a bicycle helmet. I would also recommend getting shin pads and wrist guards too for extra protection.

The Razor Dirt Rocket mx350 Bike is also quite heavy and if your child is little, they might have a problem getting it off of them if it falls over so make sure they are well protected.

Everybody in my local community has the same reaction that they wish they had a bike like this when they were a kid.



Source by Cole Lewis

Suicidal Tendencies Interview

TIS= The Indie Spiritualist

DP= Dean Pleasants

EM= Eric Moore

TIS: This is a really nostalgic tour you’ve put together here. You have the Cro-Mags, DRI, Underdog…all of who, along with yourselves, are hardcore legends! What’s the tour experience been like for you so far?

DP: It’s been really cool man. Sort of a blur, as tours usually are, but a lot of fun. We call the bus we’re on “the submarine”, we go underwater and we emerge at the gigs. Every day is a different crowd of people but its always fun. We’re playing stuff off the No Mercy record as well as Suicidal Army and other older stuff, so the crowds really enjoying it, and we are too. We’re really getting into our niche right now, which is usually what happens, and then tour is over. We’re all bonding and it’s just been a lot of fun.

TIS: Is it me, or do you guys tend to steer clear of touring with a lot of the newer “punk/hardcore” bands?

DP: Not really, we just do what works for us. We did some shows recently with Deftones.

EM: Yeah and we toured with Lamb of God a while ago. We tour with a lot of the new bands, and then we smash them, haha.

DP: We did some festivals in Europe and it was just such a diverse lineup. We did a show with Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, Kiss. It was crazy.

EM: Yeah, believe me, it’s diverse. Suicidal is very diverse.

TIS: Did you guys ever skate yourselves?

DP: Oh yeah, absolutely.

EM: Dean still skates. His board is right over there. I used to skate when I was skinny too. Like all the time. I fell and busted my lip and shit, but I’d always get right back up.

TIS: Haha, cool. So what boards did you grow up on?

DP: Well when I was a kid, my first board was this little polyurethane, plastic thing when they first came out. That was before they were skating bowls and stuff. I’m skating a Pep board now with monster wheels and Indy trucks. I can show it to you.

TIS: Yeah that’d be awesome if you don’t mind.

DP: No, not at all!

EM: I always had the Wal-Mart boards man. I had the Wal-Mart board of life. I’d tell my mom I wanted the one that scooped on both sides and she’d be like, “No! You’re gonna get this $10 board, and you’re gonna like it”, and I’d be like, ok, fine, I’ll just ride some BMX bikes. Because when you’re a thug growing up, you’d just be stealing whatever you liked.

DP: So here’s my board. It’s definitely got a work out on this tour and is definitely a cruiser. The guys at Rip City (Santa Monica, CA) hooked this up for me. I told them I played in a band with Jim’s brother and they hooked it right up.

EM: Yeah, the only reason he’s skating a Pep board is cause Pep is our homeboy.

DP: Yeah. I really like to cruise, so on this thing, it’s like two kicks and you can go forever, and it’s fast. Before this board, I skated Dogtown’s and I also had a Jesse from Santa Monica Airlines.

TIS: Rad. So Sucidal, particularly Mike Muir has been noted as having a beef with Rage Against The Machine. In fact, he wrote a song called Do What I Tell You, which is a parody of the lyrics from Rage’s song Killing In The Name. Is this still an ongoing thing?

EM: Hahahaha.

DP: Honestly, I don’t know too much about it. We actually just came from South America where we played with Rage.

EM: Yeah, we played with them. It was only three bands, us, The Mars Volta & Rage.

DP: Yeah and that was pretty cool, so I don’t want to say anything bad about them.

EM: But we really don’t have anything bad to say anyways.

DP: They put on a hell of a show. It was crazy. There were 50,000 people going nuts. I mean, we all put on a good show, but Rage PUT ON A GOOD SHOW.

EM: Yeah, Rage was killing it.

TIS: Cool. So is it safe to say you don’t play that song anymore, or at least didn’t then?

DP: We definitely didn’t play it there.

EM: It was really a beef between people, not bands. It wasn’t like we had to whoop their asses, or they had to come at us.

DP: It was a war of words, which Mike was involved in. What happened was the bands were on tour together, and someone was on the phone, and someone pushed someone, and it was really all Tom Foolery. Then they said something about Mike in an interview and the band being old or something funny. Mike asked us if we’d mind if he wrote a song about them. He didn’t really want to involve us. I wasn’t mad at those guys. So then he wrote Do What You Tell Me, I was like, ok, he really is mad at them.

So we were going to South America, where we’d been offered two festivals, one in Chile and the other in San Paulo. Rage’s manager was like, well I don’t know if they want you guys to come, but he asked them and it had been long forgotten. And the Brazilian people said they wanted Suicidal to come, so we went. We got there and saw Tom, and Zack, and said hi and everything was cool.

TIS: Right on. What’s the word on the new album? Is there a tentative release date?

DP: Well we wanted to release the No Mercy/Suicidal Army record to tour on because Mike had a vision of doing the records over and showing people a harder side of Suicidal. We usually play three or four of the songs in our set. As far as the new record, it’s really based on timing now because of the way the industry and distribution is. We really want to be out right now and rebaptize the people who were into us before, as well as show the newer generation of kids who we are before we put out a record. We don’t want to release something that isn’t going to be heard. That’s really important to all of us. When you put your heart and soul into something, you want it to be heard. And we’re going from this US tour onto Europe and South America etc.

TIS: Yeah my friend Randy was saying on the way up how much he liked the new recordings of the No Mercy stuff and what you guys did with it.

EM: Yeah man, that’s that new, hard and fast stuff.

DP: It’s a throwback to the way they recorded a long time ago. I was originally in Infectious Grooves, before Suicidal, and we were used to doing stuff a certain way, a lot of jamming and writing, but there was a formula to Suicidal that made it sound the way that it did. And we went back to that formula. Mike was doing the hard rhythms and I was doing the solos, and the drummer and bass player were doing their thing. It really makes for a different type of recording. And that’s what we did with No Mercy. When you listen to it, you can hear everybody doing what they do best.

TIS: You mentioned Infectious Grooves. You guys are playing your first U.S. show in 10 years on Nov 23rd. Can you talk a little about that?

EM: Yeah man, it’s going to be a big show. We’re playing at The House of Blues in Hollywood.

DP: Infectious was able to play in Chile with RATM and The Mars Volta, and we’d never played there before. We’ve done some touring in France, Europe and Australia though. Infectious’ first tour was opening for Ozzy.

TIS: Yeah I remember that. Would he come out and sing Therapy with you guys?

DP: Yeah, and actually, when he shot the video with us, he had a broken leg. We were in Chicago and I’ll never forget it. Anyone can say what they want about Ozzy, but he’s the nicest guy, he really is.

TIS: So is there any truth to the Suicidal/L.A. Sureno Venice 13 gang rumors? You can nod once for yes, and twice for no if you’d like.

EM: Hahaha, oh man.

DP: Haha, well there’s a lot of gangs that claim Suicidal but I myself am not a gang member.

EM: I wear red so…(laughter).

DP: We have a lot of people who are into the band that are also into other things that may not be savory. When we play in Ventura, we have Hell’s Angels at our shows all the time. We have a lot of 1% biker gangs that are into Suicidal. They never really cause trouble at the shows, but they’re there. When we play Ventura, the whole street is lined up with Hells Angels.

TIS: Sounds insane.

EM: It’s weird.

DP: Yeah, it’s crazy. So a lot of people like our music and for us, that’s an honor. There’s a lot of people in prison that like our music and they say it helps them through their day so that’s great. For us, it’s most important to touch somebody. If you can help someone through their day when they’re having a hard time, that means something. So as far as the gang thing, I don’t know. It’s crazy and people are definitely doing their thing.

TIS: Cool guys. Thanks for your time.



Source by Chris Grosso

One of the Best Mountain Bike Trails in North County San Diego

San Diego climate ranges from Mediterranean in the north to semi-arid to the south and east and is often described as perfect, with mild and sunny weather much of the year. The varied San Diego topography creates pockets of climatic differences called micro climates. Temperature rarely stray outside the comfortable range of 50 to 77 degrees along the coast with rainfall averages around 10 inches. San Diego topography is as varied as the climate with low-lying coastal areas and adjacent mesas to inland canyons and hills. As you plan your bike rides around the county, it is best to prepare based on the microclimate found in the area of the ride.

Combined with the near ideal weather, the variety of topography in the region provides a number of excellent places to ride from the gentle coastal plain, especially in the north coastal area of San Diego. Coastal Region rides are long or near the northern coast and can be ridden year-round.

A big part of the enjoyment of mountain biking is exploring new areas and experiencing the beauty of the North County Coastal areas. Over the last 10 years the trails of this area have become smaller and smaller. With more people are bicycling of the trials of North County Coastal areas a balance must be maintained between enjoying our natural surroundings and preserving them for current and future generations. Unlimited use of outdoor areas is just not feasible any more. In order to continue using the trails me must all abide by these guidelines.

Best Trail in North Coast San Diego

If you had to pick one trail in the North Coast area is that is close to the major populations it would be Rancho La Costa. In the center of Rancho La Costa area is Denk Tank Mountain. Denk Tank Mountain is the highest point in Carlsbad. Denk Tank Mountain offers a spectacular panoramic view of much of coastal San Diego. Rancho La Costa Preserve is managed by the Center for Natural Lands Management(CNLN). Through out the year, CNLN and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association have trail building days. These trail building days are a key part of keeping these heavily use trails in good condition for the mountain biker.

Rancho La Costa has three main trails. Visit one of the San Diego Bike shops to get a map of the trails. There are two trails going to the top of the hill on the south side of Denk Mountain (“Switchback” on the west side and “Vista Del Mar” on the East side). Connecting these to trails is Tank Hill / Denning fire road along the ridge of the top of Denk Mountain.

I suggest that you start at the parking area near the crossing of Camino Junipero and Corta Romero and ride east to Sitio Salvia and turn into the gravel road on the east side of the road. From there you can connect to the west switchback trail call “Switchbacks” or “The Old Switchbacks”. A mile up the “Switchbacks” you will come to the Tank Hill fire road. If you are an aggressive down hill full suspension mountain biker you can make a sharp right turn and go down the NASCAR. This is the best steep downhill trail in the entire San Diego Coastal region. You will often see fully armoured downhillers on their Trek full suspension mountain bikes bombing down NASCAR.

If you are looking for a longer, less aggressive route I would suggest that you continue east on the Tank Hill / Denning fire road up to the top of Denk Mountain and take a breather and be impressed with the 360 degree view of San Diego.

Once you are rested and have placed a rock on the pile at the vista (This is a ritual that all in the know mountain bikers do), continue east to the Vista Del Mar trail. Eventually you will descend to Corte Romero near where your car is parked.

This mountain bike route will take mountain bikers 45 to 90 minutes. Catch your breath and try the other trails of Rancho La Costa.



Source by Lou Johnson

Learn the Parts of a Dirt Bike Before You Ride

Before you get on a dirt dike for your first time you want to make sure you have the proper safety equipment like helmet, gloves, goggles, pants, etc. You don’t want your first experience on a dirt bike to be a bad one when you could have prevented an injury by wearing proper safety equipment. The first thing you need to know before you get on a dirt bike is how to start it.

When you’re straddling the dirt bike before you sit on it, put the kick stand up while hold the bike upright with both hands on the handlebars. Hold in the clutch and on your right side there will be a lever you push down with your foot. It may not work you first time as you aren’t sure the force you need to use to get it to turn over. However, after a few times it should turn over.

Before you get start riding it’s important you know where each of the brakes are and how they work. There is a back break and a front brake which can later be used for tricks like wheelies. Your front brake is on the right handlebar which you squeeze, and your back brake is by your right foot where the gear shift is, but on the opposite side.

If you’ve ever drove a stick shift in a car, it will help when you’re learning how to ride a dirt bike because you have the general concept of how the clutch works. After the bike is started and you’re ready to start moving, on the left side there will be another lever you push down with your foot just once, this will put you in first gear. Be sure you have the clutch in this entire time otherwise the engine will shut off unless it’s in neutral. Twisting the right handle will give it gas which you can hear by revving the engine. Give it a little gas and slowly let out on the clutch and you’ll start moving.

Take note, that if you let out on the clutch too fast and don’t have enough gas it will jump forward a little and then die, or if you give it a lot of gas and let the clutch out fast, hold on, because you’re off to a very fast start. You’ll eventually find the right amount of gas you need I order to get a smooth take off and a good way of doing this is to listen to your engine and how hard it’s working. Now you know your way around the bike and can learn to ride it.



Source by Matthew Straub

Hacksaw, Handles & Blades – No, You Don’t Know How to Use One

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.

Reviews. Or Don’t buy one at Wally World

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.

Follow the link below for ToolBoxHero to buy your new Hacksaw, read reviews and get more information:



Source by Paul Sikkema

We Need More Skate Parks

Do you have skate parks in your city? Are you aware of the significant impact skate parks can have on a city or town? Most skateboarders are all too familiar with the “No Skateboarding” signs that are posted in many desirable skating locations. Providing towns with skate parks gives the skaters a safe, designated place to skate and it benefits the youth of the community as well as all of a community as a whole.

Building skate parks takes effort from many different individuals and organizations and it’s not as easy as it may seem which is likely why there are not enough skate parks as it is. If you want to help fight the good fight for more skate parks across the nation and even across the world, what can you do?

First, to build skate parks, you need to have the help of as many people as possible. You will want to form an organization. This is the first step toward getting in touch with skateboarders you know or see and also soliciting the aid of other people in the community. While many people incorrectly think that city council members will want to see adults speak about the construction of skate parks in towns, we have noticed that often quite the opposite is true. It is much more compelling to have the actual skateboarders do the lobbying since they are the ones who will want to use this skate park.

If parents, teachers, local businessmen and other individuals in the community support your plan to build a skate park, you should definitely make this known and add all you can to your committee but to really make your case heard, you are going to need as many actual skaters as possible. You will want to personally show that there is a direct need for a skate park in your community and no one can do that as well as the skaters themselves.

In communities all over the globe, many skaters are losing their places to skate because of legislation, tenant complaints, zoning regulations and neighborhood restrictions. These are the people that need to be there speaking out for more skate parks. These are the people who will directly benefit from the skate parks and they need to be directly involved with the process of requesting one.

In addition to skateboarders, you are also going to want to bring to your team, in-line skaters, BMX and freestyle bikers and other people in the skating community. Do not limit yourself to only the skating community. You will also want to get important people from your community involved such as religious leaders, local law enforcement and even local business owners. It will take all of your efforts combined to see action in your town.

Once you have your organization and members, you will begin forming a plan to lobby for skate parks in your area. Remember that you are going to be asked to prove the need for them in your area. You will need a location to have meetings and be sure to have regular meetings to keep everyone fired up and on pace with your project. Have an agenda and stick to it and you will begin to see things happening and hopefully more skate parks appearing all over the world!



Source by Chris Angelo

Don’t Buy a Razor Dirt Rocket Mx350 Bike Until You Read This Review

If you are worried about letting your child ride a Razor Dirt Rocket mx350 Bike this honest review will help you make up your mind. I would recommend this dirt bike for a child who is 8 years and up.

At first I too was a little worried about the age limit on this product, but provided you get adequate safety gear and if your child is pretty coordinated they will have no problem getting to grips with this neat little machine.

The Razor Dirt Rocket mx350 Bike is absolutely awesome. Because of the level of quality and the sheer uniqueness of it, I really think it is actually worth a lot more than the current price. The free shipping is crucial because this is a big and weighty object and if you had to pay additional for shipping it would cost you a fortune.

It assembles fast and effortlessly using the tools supplied. You will need to charge it up through the night prior to it’s first use therefore you need to manage your child’s expectations once the bike turns up, as they will no doubt expect to ride it the minute it comes out of the box. But who are we kidding? I am more than 200 pounds and I was able to ride that thing while my children were asleep. Made me feel like a kid again. I almost did not want to give it to my son.

The bike seriously flies. The suspension is really effective and it rides over rough ground with ease. The electric engine is so quiet it takes some time getting used to and since it is so fast, you expect there to be a lot more noise.

If your child can ride a bicycle without the use of training wheels, they will easily be able to ride Razor Dirt Rocket mx350 Bike. However you will need plenty of space, because it is so quick, it can get from one side of the yard to the other in a heartbeat.

Safety Advice

Your child will inevitably fall off and combined with the fact that this bike is fast, I would strongly recommend that you purchase some proper safety equipment, such as a real crash helmet as this will protect your child far better than a bicycle helmet. I would also recommend getting shin pads and wrist guards too for extra protection.

The Razor Dirt Rocket mx350 Bike is also quite heavy and if your child is little, they might have a problem getting it off of them if it falls over so make sure they are well protected.

Everybody in my local community has the same reaction that they wish they had a bike like this when they were a kid.



Source by Cole Lewis