Ram 2500 Long Horn in Fort Worth – Texas You can check out each Coast to Coast report here Many thanks to David Curry for the pictures in this article. The Coast to Coast reports are back, and after New Orleans we now land in Texas, literally the land of pickups trucks. This time Albert, my Ram 1500 ecoDiesel feeling now absolutely at home, took me to Houston, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth before heading North to Oklahoma City. Texas makes it look like the rest of America I have visited so far wasn’t really trying. It may sound cliché, but everything is bigger in Texas. My impressions as well as official sales data courtesy of JATO are below. USA Coast to Coast trip so far. Map courtesy of Google Maps. First a bit of trivia about Texas, one of the most symbolic States of the United States. The name Texas is derived from the word “tejas” which means “friends” or “allies” in Caddo language. This term was used by the Spanish … [Read more...] about USA Coast to Coast: Everything is bigger in Texas
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This homeowner shows off his Christmas decorations. Rob Lewine/Getty Images Christmas lights are a big part of the holiday season. As November and December roll around, you might see strands of lights everywhere -- on Christmas trees, houses, shrubs, bushes and even the occasional car! Have you ever wondered how these lights work? Why is it that if you pull out or break one of the bulbs, the whole strand of lights goes out? And how do they create the lights that sequence in different color patterns? If you were to go back in time 30 or 40 years and look at how people decorated their houses and trees with lights, you would find that most people used small 120-volt incandescent bulbs. Each bulb was a 5- or 10-watt bulb like the bulb you find in a night light. You can still find strands of these bulbs today, but they aren't very common anymore for three reasons: They consume a lot of power. If you have a strand of 50 5-watt bulbs, the strand consumes 250 watts! Consider that … [Read more...] about How Christmas Lights Work
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Repair Your Christmas Lights DCL Part of the Planet Green mantra goes something like "'Tis better to fix and reuse than to throw away." This goes for just about everything in your life, but it can be especially meaningful during the holiday season, which is typically marked by raging excess and unchecked consumption. This is especially true of holiday decorations, like the ubiquitous strings of lights, which you buy, use once, put away for a year, then pull out of the box only to discover that they don't work any more. Thankfully, at a site called Cyphers by Ritter, there are very thorough instructions for fixing busted strings of LED lights and the more traditional (but more energy-intensive) incandescent bulbs. Read them and repeat after us: "Don't despair, repair...don't despair, repair..." [Via ::Make] Difficulty level: Moderate … [Read more...] about Repair Your Christmas Lights
This house has a lot of lights, but Christmas displays can get a lot bigger (and brighter)! iStockphoto/Thinkstock Your outdoor masterpiece has taken days of preparation, but you know it'll make your house the talk of the neighborhood. After placing a final string of lights on the bushes, you plug in the cord and voila! A stunning display of electric holiday cheer. But your neighbor is also finishing up his own massive Christmas lights spectacle. Maybe it's time for a friendly competition between the two of you, you think. Next thing you know, other neighbors want in on the fun, and you've suddenly got the makings of a Christmas contest that will make the holidays brighter -- literally. With a little organization and preparation, hosting a Christmas light contest is easy. First, define the contest area. This can be as small as a few homes or as large as a neighborhood competition. If the Christmas spirit is overflowing, it could even be a town-wide celebration. Next, define the … [Read more...] about How to Host a Christmas Light Contest