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What Is Quartersawn Wood?

There’s more than one way to cut wood, with each method presenting different pros and cons. The methods include plainsawn, riftsawn, and quartersawn. Plainsawn wood is the simplest and most straightforward, and maximizes the amount of wood that can be “harvested” from a single log. Basically, it...

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What Is Ripping a CD?

Ripping a CD does not mean tearing it up into two. (That’s actually impossible—and when you think about it, pointless.) Ripping a CD means to copy music from a compact disk (or, in its more familiar abbreviated form, CD) to a computer. You can copy it file by file or use special software that...

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What Is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is an industrial breakthrough that has led to stronger buildings and more hygienic food preparation surfaces. Stainless steel is known for its ability to withstand corrosion. Most metals will become encrusted with rust after being exposed to the elements; stainless steel lasts...

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What Is Velvet?

Velvet is a kind of fabric. It tends to be associated with luxury and sophistication, because (traditionally) it was a very rare and expensive material used only by the rich for special occasions or for fine décor. It was the favored fabric of royalty and was prized not only because of Its beauty...

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How Can I View the EXIF Data of a Photograph?

The EXIF data of a photograph contains the file data related to that image. It includes the shutter and aperture settings and the type of camera used. It can also provide the date when the picture was taken, or (if programmed) the image and copyright data. Professional photographers (or anyone...

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How Do I Dispose of Batteries?

Most people will simply throw old, used batteries in the trash can. However, this is not the safe way to get rid of batteries. In fact, this habit wreaks havoc on the environment. The chemicals in the batteries can leak and seep into the environment. There is a “proper” way to get rid of them. Old...

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How Do I Remove Wax From Carpet?

Getting any stain out of a carpet can be a pain in the neck, but getting wax out is a total nightmare. In mere minutes the melted wax from a candle hardens and becomes entangled with the carpet fibers. You could spend quite a long time, crouched uncomfortably on your hands and knees, picking at...

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What Are Variable Electronic Throttle Control Systems?

Variable electronic throttle control systems can be found on an increasing number of motorcycles from manufacturers such as Aprilia and Ducati. These systems allow a rider to choose engine response and power to best suit riding conditions. A "Rain" mode, for example, may reduce both horsepower...

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What Is the Most Stolen Motorcycle Brand?

According to data published by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Honda motorcycles are the brand most often stolen in the United States. From 2006 to 2009, Honda motorcycles accounted for 25% of all motorcycles stolen in the United States, followed by Yamaha (20%), Suzuki (17%),...

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What Is the World Record for the Highest Parachute Jump?

The world record for the highest parachute jump belongs to Colonel Joe Kittinger (USAF, retired), who jumped from a helium balloon at 102,800 feet (over 19 miles) as part of the the U.S. Air Force's Project Excelsior. The purpose of the jump was to test pressure suit design, and to verify that...