The best portable air compressor and tire inflator for cars in 2019

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Car tires have a way of leaking at the most inconvenient times, usually when you’re nowhere near a gas station. I first purchased a portable air compressor for my car when I moved to a rural town, where the nearest gas station was a half-hour away. I’ve since relied on the compressor to top off the tires on my car, lawnmower, and trailer, as well as to inflate an air mattress. The compressor lives in my vehicle so it’s always there in case I need it.   Whether you work on vehicles at home or need to maintain air pressure in your own car or lawn equipment, these portable air compressors are affordable and offer unbeatable convenience. Most of them are powered via a vehicle’s power outlet (12V cigarette lighter socket). Outside of the car, with adapters, you can use them to inflate many different objects, from air mattresses and sports balls to pool floats and more. Many of these air compressors can...

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the launch of Disney+, Disney’s new streaming service.

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the launch of Disney+, Disney’s new streaming service. But, once it premieres, what’ll actually be on? Plenty, as it turns out — both old and new. In addition to a library of beloved (and even forgotten) movies, Disney+ has several original series in the works, from big-budget limited series to reality competitions to reboots of old favorites. Take a look at what’s going to be available to stream on Day One, in addition to what’s planned for the future. Disney+ won’t be available until November 12, 2019, but you can already sign up and subscribe for $7/month. It’s easiest to watch if you have Hulu, since Disney will offer a $12.99/month bundle for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN. After launch, it will be available to stream on most major devices, which include Roku products, Apple devices, Android phones, Chromecasts, Xbox One consoles, and Playstations. At the moment, Amazon Fire Sticks are not on the list of supported devices. They may not be the stars of the big MCU series, but these characters finally get the chance to tell their own stories. •The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: This is the first Marvel ...

PGA Championship Course Installs Hydronic Green Conditioning | 2019-04-22

There are golf courses, and then there are elite, world-renowned country clubs. Most often, what sets them apart comes down to real estate, luxury, aesthetics, and playing surface. It’s a point of distinction rarely appreciated outside the exclusive culture of golf. Groomed, nourished, and perfected — it’s tough to improve so mature an art form. Yet, the managers and groundskeepers at Southern Hills Country Club (SHCC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have raised the bar. BIG JOB: After the country club voted to install green conditioning systems in 2016, the 300-acre property was closed in early 2018 to permit renovations. Founded in 1936, SHCC is a private, member-owned course. It’s recognized among the top 100 courses in the world and has been host to 15 major championships since 1946, including the PGA Championship — four times. To be esteemed as one of the nation’s leading courses takes an incredible level of commitment to the game, facilities, and player experience. SHCC has dedicated itself to maintaining a prestigious reputation for more than 80 years. One look at their greens tells the whole story. “It’s generally accepted that creeping bentgrass provides an unrivalled green surface...

Workshop focus: What you need to know when buying a compressor

After the sledge, vice and vise-grip, an air compressor is of the most regularly used tools in the agricultural workshop – yet it is often overlooked. Typically day-to-day jobs include inflating tyres, blowing down machinery or operating pneumatic tools – like (air) impact wrenches or paint-spraying equipment. A typical on-farm compressor will be driven by a tractor’s PTO, an electric motor or an engine. A crankshaft is connected to one or more pistons; these ‘pump’ air from the atmosphere through valves into a tank, where it is stored under pressure. Drive from the power source can be either direct or via a belt(s). Single-cylinder designs are the most cost-effective; twin-cylinder versions tend to be quieter and smoother. Twin-cylinder compound models (where one cylinder feeds the next) tend to be more efficient, producing more air and/or higher pressure for the same power consumption. Single-phase (electrical) power supplies can limit potential compressor size but, if power supply is an issue, some manufacturers offer twin-motor, twin-pump units. In this configuration one motor starts – then, after a few seconds, the second motor kicks in. This helps to reduce start-up curren...

Murder-accused bought acid-proof boots after uncle’s disappearance, trial hears

A Brisbane man accused of murder purchased protective clothing including goggles, a mask, gloves and boots to “work with acids” a week after his uncle disappeared, a court has heard. Robert James Wagner pleaded not guilty at the beginning of his Supreme Court trial in Brisbane to murdering his uncle Gerhard Wagner in January 1999. The court heard neither his body or motorbike has ever been found, and that his death was financially motivated because he held significant assets. Prosecutor Phil McCarthy said Robert Wagner was in a “precarious financial position” at the time of his uncle’s disappearance. He said an employee from a hardware store would give evidence about a customer who purchased protective clothing about a week later. “The customer he was dealing with specifically indicated that he was working with acids and he was working with acids to clean a garage floor,” Mr McCarthy said in his opening address. “Together through this trial we will learn about the precarious financial position of the defendant at that time. The prosecution told the jury it would hear evidence that Robert Wagner told a friend police had accused him...

Windows 10 tip: Find your PC’s original product key

If you’ve purchased a new PC with Windows pre-installed in the past few years, chances are it has a product key embedded in its BIOS. With a little PowerShell wizardry, you can find that well-hidden key and learn more about your current licensing status. If you’ve purchased a new PC with Windows pre-installed in the past few years, you might have noticed a few changes on the outside of the device. The biggest change is the absence of a product key, which was included on the holographic Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker with PCs that came pre-installed with Windows 7 or earlier versions. Beginning with Windows 8, that information is no longer on a COA but is instead embedded in the BIOS. If you re-install the same version of Windows that came with your PC, it should activate automatically. If you want to record that product key so that you can restore Windows later, it’s easy enough to do. Open a PowerShell window and issue this command: If you see no output, that means your system does not include the Windows key in the BIOS, as is often the case with home-built PCs, devices built by a System Builder OEM, or those that were originally sold with a Window...

When I got my first 3D printer I was excited, but now that I’m contemplating adding

When I got my first 3D printer I was excited, but now that I’m contemplating adding a forth to my collection, I have to come to the terms with the fact that these machines have all the novelty of a screwdriver at this point. Which is fine; getting the cost down and availability up is the key to turning a niche piece of technology into a mainstream tool, and the more people with 3D printers at home or in their workshop the better, as far as I’m concerned. But still, there’s a certain thrill in exploring the cutting edge, and I’ve been looking for something new to get excited about as of late. Lasers seem like an interesting next step in my quest towards complete in-house fabrication capability, so I started researching cheap setups to get my feet wet. In the course of looking up diode-powered laser cutters, I came across the NEJE DK-8-KZ. At only 1W, there’s no question this device isn’t going to be cutting a whole lot. In fact, it’s specifically sold as an engraver. But given the fact that you can get one of these little guys for around $70 USD shipped, it’s hard to complain. Now I wasn’t 100% sure what I would do with a laser engraver, but I thought it would be a good way to te...

Pro Tips On Wiring Your Vehicle With Ron Francis Wiring

Automotive upgrades are a big part of our hobby. Every car enthusiast enjoys making changes to their pride and joy, those personal touches that individualize the vehicle to the owner. Many of these upgrades turn out to be electrical accessories, which puts a burden on factory wiring. Especially original factory wiring that is 40 years old or more. Many car enthusiasts tend to overlook a vehicle’s electrical wiring or simply avoid the idea of re-wiring their car because of the intimidation factor. An old or poorly done wiring job won’t let the electrical accessories work properly or to their full potential. In addition to poor performance, an aging and out of date wiring system may be unsafe. We reached out to Scot Bowers at Ron Francis Wiring for some tips on how to properly re-wire a vehicle without worrying. “It is always a good idea that the installer is also the owner/driver. They will learn from the install and if there is trouble down the road, they will be more familiar with how the electrical system is done.” For most jobs that a home builder takes on, a common set of hand tools is usually good enough. Doing electrical work requires a few specialty tools to do the task c...

Global Iron or Steel Wire Rod Market 2019 To Showing Impressive Growth by 2029: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Top Manufactures- Global Steel Wire, Metallia U.S.A LLC, North American Stainless

Market.us announces the publication of its most recently generated research report titled, Global Iron or Steel Wire Rod Market by Product (Round Steel Wire Rope, Weave Steel Wire Rope, Oblate Steel Wire Rope), By Application (Oil and gas, Construction, Elevator, Port crane, Mining, Other), and by Region – Forecast to 2029.”This offers a holistic view of the global Iron or Steel Wire Rod market through systematic segmentation that covers every aspect of the target market. The Exploration study offers an in-depth assessment of the iron or steel wire rod market and helps market sharers to gain a solid base in the industry. The motive of this strategic research report entitled Iron or Steel Wire Rod Market 2019 is to provide company officials, industry investors, and industry members with consequential insights to enable them to make reliable essential decisions regarding the opportunities in the iron or steel wire rod market. Further, this research also pinpoints Insights Business Opportunities and provides analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the iron or steel wire rod market outlook from 2019-2029. Factors that have the potential to significantly impact the i...

More than a million residents across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont remained without

More than a million residents across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont remained without electricity on Tuesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Irene hit  New York City on Sunday  as a weakened tropical storm after raking the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to New Jersey. So far, the storm has killed at least 44 people. With Irene’s brutal rain replaced by crisp temperatures and brilliant blue skies, utility repair crews, cleanup teams and state and federal relief officials crisscrossed the region to assess the damage and reassure residents that help was on its way. Track the latest Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms, and look back over past seasons at WSJ’s Hurricane Tracker. A southerly dip in a jet stream on the U.S. mainland and warmer-than-usual water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are helping push Hurricane Irene farther north along the Eastern seaboard than most tropical storms, say meteorologists. But the Category 3 hurricane also could lose much of its force if it moves slowly over cooler waters north of the Carolinas, they add. Read more >> Power companies on the Eastern seaboard braced for Hurricane Irene...

True to the history of other types of semiconductor products, LEDs offer better performance at a

True to the history of other types of semiconductor products, LEDs offer better performance at a lower cost with every passing year. So much so, in fact, that the other elements of a conventional LED lighting fixture – the housing, connectors, PCB, optics, and most of all, the power supply – have assumed a large share of the total system cost which five years ago would have been dominated by the cost of the LEDs alone. This has driven attempts to create a far cheaper architecture, dramatically reducing the cost of the power supply. In luminaire types such as low-end downlighters, linear fixtures and bulkheads, low cost is the most important attribute to buyers. Here, the concept of ‘AC-direct LED systems’ has been developed to eliminate entirely the need for a conventional (but bulky and expensive) AC-DC switch-mode power supply (SMPS). The first implementations of AC-direct LED systems, however, gave their designers tricky design problems to solve, and severely limited their freedom to optimise operational features and the luminaire’s form factor. Now an improved architecture for AC-direct LED systems appears to offer both competitive performance and design flexibility. But doe...

For homemade jerky or fruit leather, a kitchen equipped with the best food dehydrator makes preserving

For homemade jerky or fruit leather, a kitchen equipped with the best food dehydrator makes preserving food at home easy. These nifty appliances come in all shapes and sizes, but all work to dry food and preserve it by removing the moisture. To find the best dehydrator for you, consider the size of your kitchen and about how much food you want to preserve at a time. Two major categories divide dehydrators: those with vertical airflow versus those with horizontal airflow. Dehydrators with vertical airflow tend to be more compact and budget-friendly, though they can be expanded with additional trays. But, if you have more space to work with and are dedicated to dehydrating food on the regular, you may prefer a machine with horizontal airflow, which tends to heat and dry more evenly, but will be larger and weigh more. In either style of dehydrator, food is placed on trays and the capacity among models varies. If you’re set on making jerky in a dehydrator, it may be worth investing in one with a higher temperature range. Meat destined for jerky needs to be heated to at least 160-degrees Fahrenheit (and to 165 degrees for poultry) before drying, so it’s convenient to take...

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