Van Project: Hands-Free DC Water Pump Paddle Switch

We made a hands-free water pump switch by using a momentary on-off (SPST) push-button and wiring that in parallel with our old on-off switch. On top of the button we built a wooden paddle that allows us to put a leg or a knee onto the paddle in order to achieve hands free activation of the water pump. Easy as that.

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Top 5: Mountain Bike Trails in Oregon & Washington

There is a huge amount of fantastic mounting biking in Oregon and Washington. And while I haven’t been able to ride every trail in these states, I have managed to get in some pretty amazing rides on some excellent trails throughout the pacific northwest. Coming up with a list of just my five favorites was pretty difficult and I debated many of these quite a bit – but in the end, these are five trails I could (and have) ride over and over again and always have a smile on my face.

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Sprinter Stock Stereo Upgrade and Speaker Replacement

We replaced the speakers in the front doors, added rear 6×9 speakers and a separately powered subwoofer. We kept the stock stereo (cost, practicality, stock look) but added a 300W amp to power the new speakers. The system sounds great and the install was fairly straightforward. It required removing the stock stereo (though not removing the entire front dashboard) to get at the speaker wiring and removing the door panels to replace the front door speakers. But overall the install process was pretty straightforward and only took about 4 to 6 hours (including a lot of fidgeting, thinking, and theorizing).

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2016 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 – First Oil Change, Filter Replacement, and Maintenance Guide

Changing the oil and filter on the 2014 – V-Strom DL1000 is pretty straightforward. All it takes is a 17mm socket wrench, an oil filter wrench, compliant oil, and a new filter. Overall shouldn’t take longer than an hour. Here are the steps to complete a successful oil and filter change as well as the requirements for the general inspection of the motorcycle.

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