Ford Focus top commuter car

Posted: June 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »

From - The Ford Focus used to be like that one entrée on the menu you almost considered at dinner. It sounded good, but in the end you saw something better that you decided to order instead. That was true until a couple years ago when the second generation Focus went on sale. Now the Focus is no longer an also-ran in the commuter car world, but a serious contender.

2010 Ford Focus - With a twin-cam 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making an ample 140 horsepower and 136 lb-ft. of torque, the Focus has no trouble getting up to highway speed.

This is in addition to the incredible 24/34 mpg (City/Hwy) fuel economy the Focus achieves.  And as a 4-door sedan capable of seating five passengers comfortably, the 2010 Focus is the perfect candidate for a carpool vehicle.

Plus, with standard features like Sirius satellite radio with a free 3-month trial subscription and optional features like Ford’s  SYNC in-car connectivity system compatible with bluetooth and  most MP3 players, the commute is made that much more enjoyable.  So if we were to list the 2010 Ford Focus on our menu, you’d find it under the “Chef’s Recommended Dishes” section.

2011 Shelby Cobra GT500 is Faster and Lighter

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Driven: 2011 Shelby Cobra GT500
A Lighter, Faster Mustang

One way journalists get to evaluate new cars is to attend press events. These events are tightly choreographed. Schedules must be maintained and driving routes followed. But on a recent trip to North Carolina, serendipity struck.

Ford had scheduled a stop at a small, local racetrack called Ace Speedway. Of the dozen or so cars in our group, we were the first to reach the 4/10th-mile paved oval. Brad Allen, the track's general manager, met us, and without saying a word, motioned us to follow him. We dutifully followed his golf cart from the garage area to the entrance of the banked track. All along, my co-driver and I thought this was all part of the press program Ford arranged to showcase the 2011 Shelby GT500.

Then Allen leaned in the open window and said, "This wasn't part of the deal, but I thought maybe you'd like to take a few laps." He then swung the gate to the track wide open.

There are a few things as risky as letting a journalist loose on a racetrack with a 550-horsepower car that's not his own, even if it is fully insured. I took a few spins and managed to keep the shiny side up.

Allen had told me that he held the track record in one class, so I eagerly gave up the Cobra's wheel to see what he could do. He slid into the Shelby's leather bucket and quickly bested the laps I ran. His practiced line straightened out the oval's corners, enabling him to hustle up some serious speeds. The roar of the new exhaust mixed with the high-pitched whine of the supercharger produced a unique mechanical symphony that reverberated off the banking.

After a few laps, he drove up off the track and back to his golf cart. "I may have to drop the track's pace car sponsorship and see if I can get the local Ford dealer to give me one of these,” Allen said. “I think I just ran faster than most everybody else did last Saturday night."

Yes, the new Shelby Cobra GT500 created by Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) is racecar fast. Any doubters need to experience what zero-to-60 miles per hour feels like when it happens in just 4.2 seconds.

While it looks almost identical to the 2010 model, the 2011 GT500 is significantly different from the 2010 edition.

To find all that's new on the 2011 GT500, one needs to look under the hood. The engine now has an aluminum block that weighs 102 pounds less than the cast-iron block of 2010, a weight savings the nose-heavy GT500 really needed. While on the diet, the 5.4-liter V-8 gained 10 horsepower over the 2010 edition's 540. Torque remains at a substantial 510 lb.ft.

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What size septic tank do you need

Posted: June 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
What size septic tank do you need?

If you are installing a new septic system there are many items you need and many things you need to know. You need septic lines, a septic tank, a permit from the town, and the location where the tank is going to be installed. Location is determined through what is known as a percolation test, how fast clean water returns to the water table. The size of the tank is the other factor that needs to be determined and this can be decided a couple different ways; through water usage or based on the size of the home.  The most productive and efficient way of determining size is to base it on water usage in the home.

Calculations by Water Usage
Based on the total water usage of a home, the following is the expert and local government recommended tank size:
  • Up to 500 gallons per day: 900 gallon tank
  • Up to 700 gallons per day: 1,200 gallon tank
  • Up to 900 gallons per day: 1,500 gallon tank
  • Up to 1,240 gallons per day: 1,900 gallon tank
Calculations by House Size
This type of calculation assumes that all rooms in the home will be used. The following is the expert and local government recommended tank size based on calculating the house size:
  • One or two bedrooms: 750 gallon tank
  • Three bedrooms: 1,000 gallon tank
  • Four bedrooms: 1,200 gallon tank
  • Five or six bedrooms: 1,500 gallon tank

Test for Radon

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Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Radon can be found all over the U.S.  Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.

You should test for radon. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools.

Testing is inexpensive and easy — it should only take a few minutes of your time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.

Basement Cleaning Tips

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One of the rooms that most easily gathers clutter in your home is your basement or cellar. By its very nature, it's where you stick stuff that you rarely need.

Basements are usually not as well maintained as other rooms of your home. They can often be VERY humid and go through wild temperature swings. This can cause huge damage to whatever is stored down there. If you're going to store things there, make the effort to help those items survive the storage.

Get yourself a humidity checker - they're pretty cheap in any home or hardware store. Many thermometers you find will also detect humidity. Your aim is for about 50% humidity. That makes sure that the area is dry enough that mold does not form - but moist enough that items do not dry out and crack. Try to keep the temperature within a normal human-comfort range for the same reasons.

Don't let your items sit right on the floor of the cellar. Cellars are notorious for having bugs, mice, spiders, etc. You give your possessions a fighting chance by keeping them 4" or more up off the floor. Plastic shelving units are great because they never rot or rust, and let you organize your gear.

Do a sweep at least once a year and determine what you actually use and need in your cellar. We all have hobbies that we love for a period of time, and then move on. If you loved ice skating when you were 10 - but are now 30 and have never ice skated since - accept that as a change in your life. Donate the used items to charity, or sell them on eBay. Take pictures of the item if you wish to treasure their memories, but give the actual items away. They can do far more good for some happy child somewhere by being in use. If you really, really decide at some point in the future to get back into ice skating, it would be far safer for you to buy a fresh set of skates.