Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Comedy is hard, but teaching comedy to children is hilariously difficult. Kevin Nealon is giving the challenge to some world-famous comedians. As these young minds meet with comedy’s best, get ready to learn some valuable comedy lessons, and to laugh!
James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Executive produced by Zoe Saldana (who will be the subject of one episode), a celebrity travels back to their hometown to pay tribute to the one person from their past (before they were famous) who helped change their life by giving them an over-the-top, heart-felt surprise.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
Digital influencer Justine Ezarik (iJustine) is back. After covering the world of wearable tech last season, iJustine is expanding her coverage this year by profiling the hottest tech trends across the country.
Documentary shorts conceived of and directed by famous actors. Jeff Garlin, Katie Holmes, Alia Shawkat, Judy Greer, and James Purefoy
A 12 episode documentary series following 5 startup companies competing in the 2013 San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield as they fine tune their products and eventually present in front of a panel of judges in hopes of winning $50,000 in funding.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson spend time with women who've overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity.
Tim Carter walks you through how to select the best snowblower for you. He points out all the trade-offs and features that ...
you can help you narrow the many snowblowers on the market.
Tags:How to Pick a Snow Blower,ask the builder,How To Choose a Snow Blower,How to Select a Snow Blower,How to Select a Snowblower,Snow blower guide,Snowblower Buying Guide,askthebuilder,tim carter
Grab video code:
How to Pick a Snow Blower
Hey, how are you doing? I'm Tim Carter from askthebuilder.com. Tell me this is going to be a sweet looking machine, do you see what it does? Yeah, it blows snow. That’s what they called Snow Blowers. And I want to talk to you a little bit today about snow blowers and more than anything, the differences between them when you go shopping for one because you know what, you can get confused really quickly, so let me show you something here really quickly.
Look at this one. So, this snow blower here looks a lot like this snow blower here. It’s the same color. It’s the same company that’s selling it. They look almost identical but you know what there are some pretty big differences. Here is the one thing you need to see right away. Look at how wired they are. This particular one, it’s 26 inches. This machine over here, it’s only 24 inches from here to here, not much of a difference but you know what it may take a little bit more effort for you to turn the larger one and they even come bigger than 26 inches.
Now, another thing you want to look at is how do you control the shoot where the snow comes out of? That is really important. And look at this one. Once again, imagine you're at the store, both of these look identical but there are vast differences how you control parts of the machine. On this particular model, I can make the snow go to the left, straight, or to the right by cranking this handle. Alright, so that’s not bad. But if I want to snow to go up straight or down lower, I have to come out here and I have to kind of undo that little handle and then I have to rotate this shoot by hand. Well, you may not want to do it that way so look at this one.
This particular machine, everything’s up here very near to your hand your controls much closer and I can make the shoot to the left or right by simply rotating this like a joystick left or right. And look at this, with just my hand, I can make the shoot go up or down while I'm standing behind the machine. That’s pretty important. From a control aspect, you got to think about that when you go to buy your snow blower. Finally, pay attention to the size of the engine you know the bigger the engine, the more power, the more it’s going to be able to handle heavier snow and of course when you look at the engines, they’ll tell you, they used to tell your horsepower, they’ve kind of gotten away from that. Now, they tell you how big the engine is. The engine on this one is 208 cubic centimeters of displacement and the engine on this on says a 179 cubic centimeter, so no doubt this is a smaller engine not going to produce enough power is the bigger one.
Here is the last thing. How does the snow blower work? So, the way these snow blowers work and notice it’s not on. You never want to put your hands down here when the thing is turning because you’ll get your hands cut off. This is called the dual stage or two stage snow blower. Here is why. This work and they’re curve in such a way that they cut into the snow and they fit it back into the machine here. And back deep in here, I don't want o put my hand there, it’s really dangerous. I don't know if you can see this, now these ogres turn kind of slow. They’re not really, really fast, but back here is this high speed empower that’s a lot like a, oh I don't know it’s just like a paddle yeah it’s just like just a paddle on an old paddle boat. And that bad boy, it really spins fast and think how fast this got to be able to be spin to be able to handle all these snow out here into that small area. And each shoots that snow out there and it could shoot it 20, 30, 40 feet sometimes. But look at this machine, come here. Here is a cute little snow blower, same thing, kind of a snow blower but guess what, it’s a single stage. It only has one way that it actually takes care of the snow. This particular machine, it’s got an ogre like you see but it feeds the snow back and then as the ogre spins, it just spins around and this part of the ogre throws the snow up into here so you can see how this one works. But imagine that spinning around very, very quickly and that’s the only part of the machine that throws the snow. So, that’s a single stage. So, keep that in mind and typically you're going to find that the dual stage machines have a lot more power. It can throw a lot more snow, would do a lot more work.
So, it’s really that simple. That’s how snow blowers work and I highly recommend that you talk to some friends and neighbors that have one maybe even rent one if that is possible just to see how they feel but here is the best part. Most of these bigger ones are a gas powered, they’re all self-propelled, they’ve got different gears and transmissions. It’s easy to operate. You just kind of walk behind, it’s like a self propelled—hardly any effort at all and make sure you get one that’s got electric start where you actually can just push a button if you want to after you’ve plugged it in to an extension cord. They’re going to work really great.
I'm Tim Carter for Ask the Builder. And one last thing, make sure when you get one of these things, read the safety instructions really, really important. I'm Tim Carter, Ask the Builder.
If you want to discover more home improvement tips, go to askthebuilder.com.