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Drag racing, a contest between two cars beginning from a complete stop over a distance of a 1/4 mile (1320 feet) depends heavily on first 60 feet of the race, or the launch. The technique used for launching varies greatly depending on the how the car is equipped. The type of transmission, which wheels are being driven, tires, power, suspension and track preparation all play key roles in how to go about getting the best launch possible from the car.
Improvements on the time it takes for the car to travel the first 60 feet down the track have significant implications on the final ET (estimated time). As a general rule, improvements in the 60 foot time, are magnified by 2x on your final ET. For example, a Dodge Viper GTS that runs a 12.2 @ 120 MPH in the 1/4 mile with a 60 foot time of 2.0 can make significant improvements to it’s 1/4 mile times by obtaining a better launch. If the Dodge Viper GTS is able cut .2 (two tenths) of a second off it it’s 60 foot time, by covering the first 60 feet in 1.8 seconds, it’s final ET for the 1/4 mile would be around 11.8 @ 119 – 121MPH. More examples can be found by searching through the thousands of 60 foot records in the http://www.dragtimes.com drag racing database.
The best possible launch is obtained by obtaining the optimal balance of applying the most amount of power to the ground with the least amount of wheel spin. If too much power is applied during the launch and the tires spin, the resulting 60 foot time will be poor. The same goes for not applying enough power, thereby causing the car’s engine to bog, and having the car limp off the line slowly.
When launching a car with an automatic transmission, a technique called power braking is used. After properly staging the car at the drag strip’s staging lane, tightly hold down the brake with one foot, while slowly applying the accelerator peddle with the other foot. The car’s engine RPM (revolutions per minute) should slowly increase to a point where the car will either start to move or start spinning the tires. Hold down both the brake and accelerator peddles just below the point where the car is starting to move or spinning the tires. When the christmas tree lights reach the last amber light before the green, lift off of the brake and slowly push the gas peddle all the way down. The correct RPM to launch at will be different every car depending on all of the variables mentioned earlier. Start conservative with the first launch and keep increasing the RPM at which the car is launched at during the subsequent runs. If the car starts spinning the tires after the launch, lower the launch RPM and try again.
When launching a car with a manual transmission come to a complete stop after the car is properly staged. Press the … Read More
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You are trying to decide if you should put your home up for short sale. You have left in a hurry, leaving no time to fix up the issues to get the home ready to be put on the market, nor do you have the time or the energy to put into a home you are being forced to sell. It could be the case you have finally been harassed and pushed over the edge by the bank and you just want out. The loan modification that once looked so hopeful isn’t sounding nearly as appealing as it did on TV and you don’t want to be in the same boat you’re in at this moment, three, four, five or six years from now….Or you could be the unfortunate landlord left with a property that tenants have destroyed, fines continuing to pour in from the HOA and the city. Your agent keeps telling you the utilities must be on for a home to be inspected and you know that the majority of buyers will pay to have the home inspected before buying it.
It could be that today while driving down the block to pick up your children from school, you start to notice how every vacant home you see has broken windows, overgrown grass, or green pools. You fear squatters may claim your home, you have already heard about the vandals stripping homes for copper, air conditioning units, cabinets and counter-tops. Not having these items, will make buyer s unable to qualify for an FHA loan – the most common type of financing – leaving you with even less options to sell.
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To have a do-it-yourself (DIY) mentality can be very rewarding. Apart from saving you the few bucks you would have given to a professional, you will develop yourself technically in areas outside your career job. Some of the issues you usually experience at home when using some of your bathroom and kitchen fixtures are easy to repair if you have the right tools. There are some basic tools you must have in your tool kits for unexpected home repairs and some of them are:
1. Pipe Wrench: This is an adjustable tool used to tighten or loosen the threaded end of pipes and fittings with round surface. This is also called plumber’s wrench and it comes in various sizes and can be used for various purposes. The serrated teeth help the wrench to grip the surface as you turn but when not used properly, can damage a fixture’s finish. An adjustable spanner can be used in place of this tool.
2. Plunger: This is an indispensable tool to have at home as it is used to dislodge clogged drains, tubs, toilets, showers, and floor drains. When using it on a blocked sink, press it hard against the drain opening (for 5 seconds) and pull with force, do this continuously until the drain clears.
3. Measuring Tape: This tool is commonly called tape measure used by technicians to get a quick and exact measurement of an object’s length. It comes in different designs like cloth, steel, fiber glass, etc and sizes which can either be in meters or feet.
4. Hacksaw: This is a versatile tool that has two parts which are the frame and blade and both must be tightened together to get a complete hacksaw. It has an adjustable frame that can be loosened to fit blades of different sizes. They are used for making precision cuts through metals, plastics, screws and bolts.
5. Hand Gloves: You should consider having this on before you start any work because it provides a protective cover to your hands from injuries. It has different openings for each finger and thumb and comes in different colors, sizes and designs.
6. Hand Auger: Most times referred to as plumbers snake is a slender, flexible wire used to remove clogs from showers, sinks, toilets, tubs and drains lines. For home use, a 15ft to 20ft auger is good; it is your best friend when plunger fails.
7. Tongue-and-Grove Pliers: Commonly known by its original name, Channel lock is a tool used for holding, twisting, loosening and tightening bolts and nuts, screws and other materials. It has serrated jaws with rubber clothed handle for safe handling.
8. WD 40: This is the brand name of a water-displacing and oil penetrating spray that comes in a can with a smart straw sprayer. This lubricant is a multi-purpose product that works well in the displacement of water from a surface leaving a viscous oil that ensures smoothness. It can also be used … Read More