Your Corner Wrench: A few tools that can help around the house

first_imgDoing DIY repairs? Here’s how to keep your warranty intactIf you’ve ever tried to locate almost anything on a modern engine that wasn’t bolted directly on top, you’ll know the benefit of having a set of eyes that can go almost anywhere. These cameras are great to help locate fluid leaks, or to identify what type of fastener you’re trying to reach and then guide your wrench to the correct spot. They can let you take a detailed peak inside your engine (via a spark plug hole) to check for carbon build-up or general cylinder conditions, and they can give you a sneak peek behind trim and body panels to identify fasteners before you break something trying to remove it. And of course, almost every use that makes them invaluable in the garage will make them indispensable around the house.Digital infrared thermometers can also be handy around both the garage and house. They’re readily available under $100, but their uses under the hood are limited — they can help diagnose a cooling system blockage, or give you fair warning if the part you’re about to grab is hot enough to burn. Some will even use them to help check out exhaust system components; on larger inline engines, they can also pinpoint a cylinder that’s experiencing incomplete or poor combustion by measuring the difference in surface temperatures. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED RELATED TAGSSafety and MaintenanceCorner WrenchFeature StoryMaintenanceNew Vehicles COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A borescope isn’t just useful under your car’s hood, it’s also handy around the house.  Supplied / via Getty Images center_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” And because they’re fairly accurate from a distance, they can help detect heat loss locations and blocked or leaking HVAC ducts around the house. If cost was no object, every automotive DIYer would have a cabinet full of the latest technology in tools. But since most home driveway mechanics are trying to save money — not spend it — they make do with what’s at hand. However, there are some time- and labour-saving devices that deserve a second look as prices dropped substantially, not only since their introduction into the auto service world, but also as our cars and trucks get more complicated and cramped under the hood.It wasn’t that many years ago that any type of borescope, commonly known as inspection cameras, would set you back the equivalent of a car payment. But now, basic units are available for less than $100. They’re equipped with small, water-resistant cameras attached to a narrow cable, letting you see into the most hard-to-access places.Some come with a colour monitor built into the handle, others with a separate cell phone sized screen, and a few with just a cable that plugs into most electronic devices. The best ones to look for are those with longer cables for better accessibility, and with an adjustable light, letting you increase the illumination for extra dark areas. See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | last_img read more

Comprehensive glut management programme to be developed

first_imgComprehensive glut management programme to be developed AgricultureJanuary 27, 2011 RelatedComprehensive glut management programme to be developed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries plans to develop a comprehensive programme for effective glut management and response. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, speaking at his Hope Gardens office in Kingston on January 25, said the initiatives are being developed to support the $50 million Glut Management Fund established last year.  “There are initiatives (such as) cold storage and we are doing the packing houses now, which allow for better storage of produce when there is excessive supply. Post harvest management is key… we want to reach the stage where no food is wasted in Jamaica,” he said. In the meantime, he informed that the Ministry is looking to stage another series of farmers’ markets within the next two weeks in order to address the glut in some produce. “We are going to be ensuring, working with the respective RADA (Rural Agricultural Development Authority) parish offices and farmers that the events are better planned, better co-ordinated, that the farmers are mobilised more efficiently, that the days on which we plan the events don’t conflict with traditional market days,” he said. Dr. Tufton pointed out that while the first staging on Friday, January 21 was a success, farmers and organisers had underestimated the strong public support. The events were held in six parishes. The Glut Management Fund, which is being administered by Agro-Investment Corporation (Agro-Invest), seeks to address problems agro processors experience, including shortage of raw material and inability to purchase additional quantities when supplies are abundant. The Fund, which has an interest rate below 10 per cent, provides interim financing for agro-processers to take off the excess capacity and to store supplies for use during shortages. Agro-Invest negotiated funds from the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Limited for on-lending to eligible borrowers. RelatedComprehensive glut management programme to be developed RelatedComprehensive glut management programme to be developed Advertisements CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more