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How to Practice Proper Safety with an Air Rifle

When it comes to safety while hunting or target shooting with air rifles you can never be too cautious. Bb’s or pellets are very dangerous and especially so with some of the high powered air rifles that reach up to 1000 fps and sometimes even above. You would be surprised how much damage one of these guns can actually cause. It would be unfortunate to accidentally shoot yourself, another person, or any object that wasn’t meant to be shot at due to not following basic air rifle safety. With that being said, after reading the tips below you should be well on your way to becoming a safe, responsible air rifle user.

Air Rifle Safety Precautions & Tips

  1. Wear appropriate eye protection at all times.
  2. Air rifles are not toys. Do not play with them.
  3. Never point the gun in a direction you do not mean to shoot at.
  4. Keep the safety on until you are ready to fire your air rifle.
  5. When you are not using the rifle store it unloaded in a safe, out of reach place.
  6. Avoid causing the pellets to ricochet after being fired.
  7. Treat the gun as if it were fully loaded at all times.
  8. Keep your finger away from the trigger until the exact moment you are ready to shoot.
  9. Before shooting, check your target and the area surrounding it.
  10. Never drink prior to or while using an air rifle.

The Better Way to Heat the Water in Your Home

History of the Water Heater

The Water heater is the mistreated appliances in our homes, normally tucked away in a corner of the garage. We do not pay much attention to it till it breaks apart. It has been around in its present form since a long time. It was invented in 1889 by Edwin Ruud and it has not changed much since that time. It consists of forty or more gallon container, cylindrical in shape, with an electric element or sometime a gas burner. It heats water slowly and keeps it hot till you manually disconnect the power source (i.e. gas or electric). The modern model of the traditional water heating system is known as Tankless water heater or on-demand water heating system.

Disadvantages of a Tank Water Heater

Its burner has a pilot light that’s burning gas and main burner which starts into action periodically to heat the water again as water in the container has cooled off after some time. Well, that goes on regularly even if water is never used. That’s because water loses its heat to the surrounding. It’s like having kettle full of water on the cook top. The contemporary water heaters are quite fine insulated as compared to the previous versions to reduce standby heat loss, but they never lose heat and water and should be constantly reheated. These days where energy has become quite pricey and would become even more, that’s a complete waste of money and energy. It burdens the environment unnecessarily and contributes towards the climate change and global warming.

tank vs tankless water heater

The tank water heater is also quite inefficient, not just it loses its heat, but it also does not do a good job heating water through its old design. Depending on hardness of water, it could rapidly fall to 30 percentages or above as of water sediments buildup at bottom of tank, just like kettle in which water sediments build-up, when water in it is getting heated again and again. Tank water heater has a few health issues also. Germs and bacteria love standing warm water & grow rapidly and easily in that specific environment. The water is normally not hot sufficient to kill them. Over the time there could also be rust build up in the water tank that reduces heating efficiency of water heater.

It has faced by all of us that we literally run out of warm water while taking a bath or a shower. And there’s no quick heat up of water. The water heating system is just not designed for that & it takes lots of time and energy again to heat more than 40 gallons of water. Lots of families have to schedule their showers as in a household with lots of individuals. Usually people take showers in the morning prior to leaving home for going to the office. The water heating system isn’t intelligent enough to know that after the shower you all leave the house and will not need hot water until later in afternoon when everybody gets back at home again. So it heats up the water again and keeps it hot all day by continuously heating it again and again. And of course it does not know that you will not be requiring hot water after taking shower and leaving for bed, so it heats up the water again and keeps it hot during the whole night and as a result your gas or electricity utility will touch the sky.

The Solution

To overcome the entire above mentioned problem, you have to look for an easy option which is suitable for you according to your particular need and requirements. Tankless water heater can be an ultimate choice in that case because it is the type of water heating system which is only activated when you turn on the shower or faucet and stop using the source of energy (gas or electric) as soon as you close the faucet. Confused, right? Well, this is a contemporary model of the traditional heating system, but it does not require any kind of tank to hold the water and make it hot before usage. There is some kind of pipe installed in that heating system in order to provide you the hot water right after you open the faucet. If you only need hot water on the go or for outside usage then check out a portable tankless water heater.

How it works

When you open the faucet, the valve of the gas automatically opens and allows the gas to pass onto the burner and at the same time this system makes a spark which allows the burner to start burning and producing enough heat to make the flowing water warm as you required. It completely depends on you if you are looking for a real hot water output for putting the dishes into it or you are looking for lukewarm water in order to take a bath, this can be easily done with help of a couple of knobs. One knob is responsible for increasing and decreasing the gas pressure and another one is for increasing the water flow from the main source which is of course the cold water storage.

Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater and Outdoor Shower

The L5 water heater is a portable water heater, a solution to every outdoor camping trip. In fact, it can be used in every outdoor setting imaginable; it can be applied around the house, in your garden, or around the pool; it can be mounted on a tree on the nearside river or lake; or, it can be used at the beach, in case you want take that salt off quickly and efficiently.

 

Simplicity

One of its many fortes is that it runs on only two “D” cell batteries, so don’t forget to bring them if this is your first time using it. Another is the absolute no chance of overheating. Talk about simplicity will you? While we’re at it, you can also pack it in a backpack, as it is 14.5 inches tall, 11.5 inches wide, 4.5 inches deep and it only weighs about 12 pounds.

 

The system itself is also designed to be perfectly suitable for modified water systems such as a 12-volt pump. Battery ignition is automatic, so you don’t have to worry about electricity and it regularly produces 1.5 gallons of hot water per minute. There’s also a 17-minute turn-off safety mechanism, in case you forget to turn it off manually. If your showers last longer than 17 minutes, naturally, the heater will turn itself off, but you can turn it right back on and continue showering.

 

Setup

While installing it, ideally, the operating PSI needs to be between 20 and 80 of water pressure. The pressure is adjusted by a screw (it’s under the right side of the water regulator), and if set up correctly, water will drip around it. You need to re-tighten it about one to one-half turn, and it’s best to set the water regulator to ‘MIN”. Furthermore, pay close attention to where the pump is placed, because it needs to be directly underneath the heater, i.e. the water intake fitting. Also, keep in mind of the wind, if any, because it may turn off the igniter and you’ll end up with chilly water. One way to deal with this issue is to improvise and build a “potty” around it, protecting it from the wind.

Overall, it’s a very nifty water heater. Whether you’re somewhere in the middle of nowhere and in need of a hot shower or doing work around the house like gardening, trimming the bushes or getting a sun tan. If you are out there on a camping trip, you can also use it to clean the dishes. It comes with a shower nozzle and a garden hose adapter. Warranty is limited to 1 year on its parts.