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Engine Oil Grades for Diesel Engine

Diesel bulldozer in the desert

Engine oils can be specified by two properties or characteristics. They can specify their performance capabilities and their viscosity. For any typical motor, the correct viscosity to be chosen will be dependent on the highest ambient temperature during operation and also the lowest start up temperature. Both of these can typically be found in your vehicle’s operation manual. The original equipment manufacturer will usually list a chart of recommended engine oils viscosity grades for the ambient temperature conditions that are likely to be experienced.

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Marine Grease vs. Regular Grease

Excavators in water.

There are many factors to look at when analyzing the differences of marine grease vs. regular grease. The most popular thickener that is added to the base oil to create a grease would be lithium soaps. Most conventional marine greases and regular grease are made up of lithium soaps. Added to the formulation for those greases would be your standard additives for extreme pressure, rust and corrosion, and additives that can enhance the grease’s ability to deal with water. Again, we’re talking about your conventional, run-of-the-mill marine grease and regular grease. Lithium soaps do not perform naturally well in wet environments. To make them perform better, they require specialized additives. The end result is a grease that is a compromise between regular performance and those needs for moisture resistance.

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An EGGcellent way to start your day: All about eggs and their benefits

Boiled eggs and bread.

Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day; and eggs are considered to be one of its main components. What exactly makes eggs such an important part of our daily food intake and how do they benefit our health and everyday life?

Poultry eggs, especially chicken eggs are the most commonly consumed type of eggs. Eggs have been a diet staple for a very long time; they are affordable, easy to cook and readily within reach most of the time all while being filled with nutrients.

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How to Keep Diesel Fuel from Gelling

Excavator in the snow.

When cold weather starts to approach and temperatures drop, it is critical for diesel operators to keep fuel flowing effortlessly. Diesel fuel contains wax and when temperatures start to become colder, the fuel can start to cloud. Clouding means that the wax starts to form crystals, which can cause filters to start to clog and create problems in engine performance. If the fuel goes beyond clouding to where it actually gels, then diesel equipment will come to a screeching and abrupt halt. Today’s diesel fuel filtering systems can more easily lead to filter clogging due to their far more restrictive design. Modern fuel filters can filter fuel from 10 microns or less. Older style filters had a filtering capability of 25 microns. 10 micron filter, because of their stricter and finer filtering capacity, can easily become clogged when temperatures drop and when cloud points are reached.

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Best Vegetarian Sources of Protein


Surprise! Plants also offer great protein sources

If you are seriously thinking about becoming a vegetarian, don’t worry, you don’t have to struggle to get adequate protein. What is a vegetarian? A vegetarian is someone who leaves out fish and meat – sometimes even animal byproducts from their diet for religious, moral, or health reasons. But the thing is, protein is the absolute key for maintaining your muscles and keeping them strong. Protein, too, is the macronutrient you need when you are dieting because it keeps you feeling full and satisfied. People also wonder where vegetarians actually get their proteins from. According to Dietary Guidelines, men need to get 56 grams of protein a day and women need 46 grams of protein a day. This depends on your activity levels, age, and a few other factors though. Let’s take a look at some great high protein vegetarian-type foods that vegetarians can add to their diets:

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Find The Utmost Comfort in Pristine Bed Sheets

Cozy bedroom with clean sheets.

People often say that home is where the heart is but in some cases, the bed is where the utmost comfort lies. Sometimes you want nothing more than to bury yourself deeper into your sheets as you chase dreamland. More often than not, it’s what you look forward to the most when your work shift is ending or if your classes are almost done for the day. Nothing beats the warm welcome that your bed can offer you every day. This is the very reason why it is important to be more aware of how it can affect your overall health.

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Key Benefits of Probiotics

It’s a familiar story, you were looking forward to a long overdue lunch date with an old friend. Unfortunately, it will have to be pushed back yet again because you have a sudden case of the bubble guts. An upset stomach can put the brakes on any hot date and while you could take the over the counter remedy quick-fix; wouldn’t it be better to address the root cause of the upset rather than mask the symptoms? Imbalanced gut bacteria can cause indigestion, nausea, constipation and diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances. That’s why maintaining a healthy gut is important for everyone. Besides avoiding stomach pains, a healthy gut can also contribute greatly to conditions such as a well-balanced immune system and good heart health. The question remains though, how do we keep our gut healthy?

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Enjoy tranquility, health, and fresh air with Indoor plants in your home

Aloe vera plant.

Life is hectic, period. These days adults and children alike are over-scheduled; constantly zipping from one commitment to the next and by the end of the week, everyone is exhausted and seeking refuge and recuperation for what seems like seconds before the vicious cycle resets. But did you know that in you can achieve Zen like restoration in the comfort of your own home? By adding a few therapeutic plants you will not only improve the aesthetic, but also the air quality while adding a few health and mood elevating benefits.

Houseplants actually do the opposite of what we do when we breathe; they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, freshening the air and eliminating the harmful toxins. NASA’s extensive research reveals that houseplants can remove up to 87% of toxins in the air within 24 hours.

Here are some de-stressing plants noted to provide your home with peace and tranquility!

1. Aloe Vera

The gel found on this plant has amazing healing properties; it’s a skin soother as well as a body detoxifier. This plant also maintains the air quality in your home, clearing the air of pollutants that are in your cleaning products, for example, and keeping your home beautiful and fresh. Aloe Vera plants love the sun and coming in various sizes, blend into almost any décor.

2. Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)

Maybe you already have this in your pantry, but Green Tea is a must-have in your home. Boosting digestion, alleviating colds, and giving your skin a glow of health green tea is a super food with a laundry list of internal and external benefits. It’s also wonderful as a healthy rinse for hair, keeping it smooth and shiny.

3. Ferns

Ferns are well-loved and sought-after plants in the home because they are great at removing negative energy from a room. It’s because they purify the air and even absorb harmful toxins from the environment. Soft and gentle, don’t put them in direct sunlight, but maybe in the corner of a room where there is a bit of humidity.

4. Rubber plant

Rubber plants clean the air in your home and many homes have them because they are so easy to grow. They love more dim light and cooler temperatures; these plants are excellent at removing toxins and purifying the air.

5. Witch Hazel

Who doesn’t love the witch hazel plant? If you want a plant that provides excellent benefits to the skin, this plant is it! It’s excellent at fighting acne and is used as a wonderful toner for the skin. You can make the most of this plant by just mixing up a bit of lemon juice with your witch hazel extract and water and you’ve got your own skin toner – excellent for getting rid of scars caused by acne as well.

6. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

Mmmmmm – who doesn’t love the smell of lemon! This gorgeous plant will enhance your indoor garden with its lovely aroma. If you get bitten by insects while enjoying a balmy evening, rub some lemon balm over the bite and it will instantly soothe it. Lemon Balm has ferulic acid in it, protecting the skin from damage, so it’s not surprising that it can be made into an ointment for sunburn and sores.

Houseplants are so good for your health

A sense of wellbeing comes over you when you see such beauty. Studies show that indoor plants improve productivity and even concentration by up to 15%. They also reduce stress and boost mood. It’s no wonder that hospitals add plants to their rooms.

Plants speed up the recovery rates of patients – this is according to researchers from the Kansas State University. When they compared the records of patients who had plants in their rooms to that of patients who did not have any plans in their rooms they founds that patients who had plants requested fewer pain medications, their heart rates and blood pressure were lower, they were less anxious, they experienced less fatigue and their average recovery rates were higher.

The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture reported that adding plants to office settings decreased fatigue, headaches, colds, coughs, flu-like symptoms and colds.

According to the Agricultural University of Norway, instances of illness fell by more than 60% among employee offices that had plants!

Stop what you’re doing and head to your nearest nursery, you’ve got some plant shopping to do!

‘Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity’ ~Lindley Karstens

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How to Improve Fuel Economy in Diesel Engines

Fleet of diesel trucks.

When looking at the operating budget of diesel fleets and trucking companies, the singular item that stands out in terms of being the biggest consumable expense would be diesel fuel. It is imperative to find as many ways as possible to lower the operating expenses for diesel fuel. Both truck manufacturers and diesel engine manufacturers agree that there are common rules to follow when trying to control fuel consumption costs. Specifically, we’ll try to address how to improve fuel economy in diesel engines by applying some simple, yet powerful, strategies.

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