Good and Bad Batteries

Good and Bad Batteries

One of the most difficult decisions a family of limited means has to face when dealing with batteries is the decision to reduce a battery bank. When batteries begin to fail it forces owners to make difficult decisions, namely to cut out the bad batteries from the battery bank (and reducing bank capacity) or buying new batteries. While it is natural to resist taking the decision to remove bad batteries, it is vital that you do this earlier rather than later, the longer you keep even one bad battery in a battery bank, the more the harm will spread, – bad batteries make weak batteries worse and eventually you find yourself with several bad batteries and a next to worthless system.

Obviously in an ideal situation you buy new batteries, even fewer new batteries are better than a larger battery bank of weak batteries, but resist the urge to just replace one or two batteries with new batteries, as while this is an option the new batteries will have shorter lives and in the long run is generally counter-productive. The weaker batteries will “lean” on the new batteries and it will shorten the useful life of the good batteries.

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Enjoy the Outdoors without Mosquitoes Giveaway!

Mosquitoes can be one of the major causes of not having a nice time at a picnic, or outside with family and friends, or maybe even while camping. Being outdoors doesn’t have to be that way when you have a great repellent like this one that Thermacell and Tom’s Take On Things is giving away.

The Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent is a rechargeable battery operated device that can help keep those flying pests at bay. With easy to use insertable cartridges, you will be able to use this for 6 or more hours on a single charge or even more when it is plugged in while it’s recharging.

Tired of getting all those bites? Then it’s time to enter to win one below and start enjoying your time outdoors more. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States only who are 18 years of age or older. Participating bloggers nor Tom’s Take On Things is responsible for prize delivery. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email notification. Total ARV of the Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent and the 2 refills is $89.97. Good Luck from all of us.

One winner will receive the Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent and 2 Refills!

Sheep Shearing Nicks and Cuts

While the topic of accidental injuries is often mentioned, very little seems to be offered on how to minimize the occurrence. First off I should say that the occasional nick or cut is almost unavoidable, though it is almost always the shearer’s fault and usually due to a lack of control of the animal, the machine or blade position. Often times other factors like exhaustion, frustration or dull blades can play a role. One needs to remember the animal is scared and often exhausted itself and losing your temper can only contribute to a greater likelihood of more nicks and cuts, so attention should be given to your state of mind and the animal’s behavior.

The areas most prone to a problem are areas where wrinkles and creases or folds occur, this includes the neck, the area under and around the elbow, the tail and the softer underbelly where the skin is thin and the nipples are (you want to keep the full comb flat against skin, not go up narrow folds). None of these are especially troublesome if everything is going well and the animal is calm and well controlled, but things the shearer do can contribute to problems, – pulling or twisting the skin creating a fold or crease will allow skin into the space between the comb’s teeth. Abrasions and nicks are common and utterly unavoidable, even on flat areas where you have good control and keeping the skin flat, but cuts and serious abrasions can be minimized if enough patience is exhibited.

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