Hobby: Metal Detecting – Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries will save time, cause less waste, and over time are much more affordable than non-rechargeable batteries. Most metal detectorists use rechargeable batteries and you should too! It just makes sense. Use them for your pinpointer too! Let’s look at some of our options below.

The Garrett rechargeable battery kit comes in at under $30 online. It offers a wall charger and comes with 2 9V Ni-MH batteries. This charger can be used with any Garrett metal detector that uses 9V batteries. This also works for other metal detectors that make use of the 9V batteries. The wall charger has an LED indicator light to let the user know when the unit is fully charging. Charging generally takes 8-10 hours for a full charge.

Hobby: Metal Detecting – Sand Scoops

Metal detectorists hunting beaches or in other sandy areas definitely need to have a sand scoop. It is vital for this environment as it allows to user to easily sift through sand to find their item. Whether you’re hunting the dry sand, the surf at low tide or ankle deep in salt water you will need a sand scoop.

A major thing to consider when buying a sand scoop is will your equipment resist the harsh elements. Sand scoops generally come in plastic , aluminum , or steel. Let’s take a look at a few options.

First off we’ll look at the Garrett Metal Sand Scoop. It comes in at 10 x 8 x 6 and weighs about 2 pounds. While 2 pounds might not sound like much; do keep in mind that you’ll be lugging it around the entire hunting trip. It comes with a short handle and is incredibly durable. The shorter handle allows the user to easily sift through sand to find their item. The shovel blade itself is very sharp and cuts through the sand with ease. It comes in at under $40 and if you’re hunting the beach or any other sandy environment it is an ideal tool.

Next up we’ll check out a plastic sand scoop option. Pro Hand Held Plastic Sand scoop comes in at a very affordable $13. It measures 14 x 3 x 5.5 and weighs only 11.8 ounces. The sifting holes are specifically designed to be smaller diameter than most coins. It does not offer sifting holes on the sides though. For being made of plastic it is surprisingly durable. I would recommend this scoop if you’re only an occasional beach hunter.

Finally, let’s look at an aluminum option. Whites Aluminum Sand Scoop weighs only 1 pound and it 12.6 x 9.8 x 7.9 inches. It offers a rubber grip and a reversible handle. The reversible handle is a really great feature as it gives users to option to dig in any direction. It works well in dry or wet sand and offers sifting holes on the bottom and sides. While the aluminum lessens the weight of the tool it isn’t quite as strong as steel. Avoid rocks are other materials other than sand or risk denting the shovel scoop.

Having the proper tool for the job is ever apparent with sand scoops. Be sure to find the right job for you and your environment. Next up we’ll take a look at protective gear for your metal detector.

Hobby: Metal Detecting – Pouches and Bags

By now you’ve spent a good bit of money finding the perfect metal detector , a pinpointer , digger , and shovel but how are you going to carry all this and still be comfortable while hunting? The answer is clear! Find the best metal detecting bag you can find! Today we’ll look at a the relic metal detector pouch.

The Relic Elite Metal Detector pouch is always open. This allows the user to easily contain their tools while also leaving them easily accessible. The outside of the pouch offers a zippered pocket that can be used for smaller items such as your car keys or cell phone. On the inside of the pouch it has a 2 smaller pockets which can used for toothbrushes or other minor items. The bottom of the pouch has the option to have a mesh bottom or leather bottom. The mesh bottom while initially may not be the best option for users in more rugged environments but it does allow sand,mud , or other debris to fall from the items while you’re out hunting. The pouch has an over the shoulder option or a waistbelt option. Made from durable materials the Relic Elite Metal Detector Pouch can be found for around $50 online.

Next up we’ll look at sand scoop options..

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 interactive film written by Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade. Released on Netflix December 28th 2018. Bandersnatch follows Stefan Butler who is adopting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure into a video game.

Bandersnatch is about choices or the lack thereof. Periodically through out the story users has 10 seconds to make a decision. This decision ultimately dictates the progression of the story. There are 150 minutes of unique footage divided into 250 segments. According to Netflix , there are five “main” endings. The shortest path being only 40 minutes. If the path you choose leads to the end, watchers are given the option to start over at a critical choice and they can explore the alternate endings. Some endings though are inaccessible as the story progresses.

Bandersnatch is the first Netflix interactive content for adults. Bandersnatch stars Fionn Whitehead , Will Poulter , and Asim Chaudhry.

28 Ways to Use Vinegar Around Your House

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1. Window cleaner

Mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water. Apply to windows with a sponge. Wipe clean using a squeegee. (Remember to wet the squeegee blade first so it won’t skip.)

2. Blinds

To clean washable blinds, mix 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and 1 gallon of warm water. Using a sponge or cloth, wipe blinds with mixture. Rinse with clear water.

3. Automatic coffee makers

To dissolve minerals and oily build-up, fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run the coffee maker through a brewing cycle. Empty the carafe. Rinse away vinegar residue by running a full reservoir of water through the brewing cycle. (As always, follow manufacturer’s care instructions.)

4. Kill grass

Forget store-bought grass and weed killers. Pour full-strength white distilled vinegar on unwanted vegetation. Reapply as needed.

5. Keep cut flowers fresh

Fresh flowers last longer if you add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water in a 1-quart vase. Trim stems and change water every few days or when water starts to get cloudy.

6. No-wax floors

For rinse-free cleaning, mop using a solution of ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water. Change water as it gets dirty.

7. Microwave

Boil a solution of ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave until steam forms on the window. Wipe away food residue.

8. Hair rinse

After every few washings, remove shampoo build-up by rinsing hair with a solution of 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar (either white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar) and 1 cup of water. Adjust amount of vinegar to suit your hair type. Less vinegar for dry hair; more vinegar for oily hair. A second rinse with plain water is optional. Hair will be silky and shiny.

9. Cleaner dishes and glasses

For sparkling results, add 1 ½ to 2 cups white distilled vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher. Wash on regular cycle using the usual amount of detergent.

10. Copper, brass and pewter cleaner

To effortlessly remove tarnish, apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of white distilled vinegar and enough flour to make a paste. Apply to the metal and allow it to stand for 15 minutes. Rinse with clean water and polish with soft, dry cloth. (The flour keeps the vinegar and salt in contact with the tarnished surface.)

11. Bathtub film

Remove bathtub film by wiping it first with white distilled vinegar then with baking soda. Rinse away grime with clean water.

12. Shower doors

To prevent soap scum build-up, wipe shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar. No need to rinse.

13. Clogged showerhead

Use vinegar to dissolve mineral build-up in showerheads. Add a cup of vinegar to a plastic storage bag. Position the bag so that the showerhead sits in the vinegar. Allow it to soak overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and turn on the shower to rinse.

14. Boiling a cracked egg

When boiling a cracked egg, add some vinegar to the water — about 2 teaspoons to a quart of water. This will keep the white from running out.

15. Pet urine in carpets

Blot up as much of the urine as possible by laying several paper towels over the area and walking on them (the extra pressure increases absorption). Replace towels and blot until most of the urine is removed.

Before treating the area with vinegar, test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous place. If colors don’t run, saturate the stain with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water. Allow it to sit on the area for 10 minutes. Blot as before, replacing towels as needed. When the carpet is mostly dry, sprinkle baking soda on the area. This will help absorb odors. Vacuum in about an hour.

16. Bumper sticker removal

To remove bumper sticker residue, saturate the area with distilled white vinegar. Bumper sticker pieces should peel off easily. Test first on an inconspicuous area of the car to make sure it doesn’t damage the paint.

17. To soften a paint brush

Soak the paintbrush in hot white distilled vinegar until brush softens. Then wash with warm, soapy water.

18. Wine stains

To remove wine stains from all-cotton, cotton/polyester and permanent press fabrics, it’s important to treat the stain within 24 hours. Sponge white distilled vinegar directly onto the area until the stain disappears. Launder according to directions on care label.

19. Clothes rinse

Remove dingy soap and detergent residue in clothes by adding 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse. To remove soap residue from heavier blankets and quilts, add 2 cups of vinegar to the final rinse.

20. Deodorant and antiperspirant stains

Rub the underarm areas of white or light-colored clothing with white distilled vinegar then launder as usual. If stain remains after washing, do not machine dry. Re-treat the area with vinegar and place garment in the sun to bleach.

21. Keep colors from running

To keep colored fabrics from running in the wash, first soak them for a few minutes in white distilled vinegar.

22. Setting colors

When dying fabric, help set the color by adding a cup of white distilled vinegar to the last rinse water.

23. Unclog steam iron

To dissolve mineral residue in steam irons, pour equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water into the water reservoir. Turn the iron to the steam setting and allow it to steam for five minutes in an upright position. Unplug and cool the iron. Empty the reservoir — and the dissolved minerals.

24. Clean a scorched iron bottom

Heat equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub mixture onto the bottom of a cooled iron to remove scorch marks.

25. Scorch marks on clothes

Dip the corner of a cloth in white vinegar. Rub lightly on scorched area of fabric. Wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat as needed.

26. Deodorize the kitchen drain

To keep drains fresh, pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes then flush with cold water.

27. Fruit-stained hands

Wash berry-colored hands with vinegar to remove fruit stains.

28. De-calcify sleep apnea (CPAP) machines

To remove calcium deposits in the reservoir, heat 1 ¾ cups of vinegar in the microwave for 2 minutes. Pour vinegar into reservoir and replace the cap. Allow this to sit for 1 hour before pouring out the vinegar. (As always, follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.)

Source: today.com ; Karen B. Gibbs