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DIY Winterizing

This is only my second year experiencing the freezing temperatures Illinois has to offer and I am still trying to adapt. A big thing for me last year was the slick icy sidewalks and the ice all over my car I was lucky enough to get to scrape off every morning! This year I wanted to try a few DIY tricks which should help to solve these issues for me this year.

DIY Sidewalk Salt

What you will need:

1 Teaspoon Dawn dish soap

1 Tablespoon Rubbing Alcohol

8 Cups of hot water

1 Large bucket

What to do:

  • Grab your bucket and mix the Dawn dish soap and the Rubbing alcohol together really well, until completely combined.
  • Add the hot water **caution** and continue to stir until everything is completely combined.
  • You are now ready to use your Sidewalk salt! All you will need to do is pour the mixture over any areas that would typically freeze over with ice.

This mix will not freeze and best of all it will NOT eat away at your concrete like the salts can!

DIY Ice Melt

What you will need:

Sugar

Epsom Salt

Bucket

What to do:

Grab your bucket and ingredients

  • Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part Epsom salt (You can use however much of the products needed to cover the trouble areas)
  • Sprinkle over the area you wish to melt the snow/ice

** This mixture will not hurt plants, ground, birds, dogs, or cats!

   DIY Frost Proofing Your Car

What you will need:

1 spray bottle

Vinegar

Water

What to do:

  • Fill the spray bottle with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water.
  • Spray down your car windows before you go to sleep or just after you get home to prevent the ice build-up on the windows!

** The vinegar contains acetic acid which will raise the melting point of water which prevents it from freezing! If you forget to do this before you go to sleep, no problem, spray the windows down in the morning and it will melt the ice away.

 Enjoy your winter a little more hassle free with this quick and easy DIY tips!

 

 

Have a Safe and Spooktacular Halloween

From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents alike. It can pose dangers to young revelers.  To help make this year’s festivity a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips:

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  • Choose a light-colored costume because these are easily seen at night. Add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag.
  • Only buy a costume that is labeled “flame-retardant.” This means the material won’t burn. If you are making your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.
  • Make sure wigs and beards don’t cover your kids’ eyes, noses, or mouths.
  • Kids shouldn’t wear masks — they can make it difficult for them to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup. Have younger kids draw pictures of what they want to look like. Older kids will have fun putting the makeup on themselves. Test the face paint or makeup on your child’s arm or hand before applying to make sure the paint doesn’t irritate the skin.
  • Avoid colored or decorative contact lenses, unless they have been prescribed by an eye doctor for your child.
  • Put a nametag — with your phone number — on your children’s costumes.
  • Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes that could cause kids to trip. Make sure the rest of the costume fits well, too, which can help prevent trips and falls.
  • Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.

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Trouble-Free Trick-or-Treating

  • Accompany young children (under age 12). Make sure they know how to call 911 in case they get lost. Check to make sure they know their home phone number.
  • For older kids who are trick-or-treating on their own, find out the route they’ll be taking and when they’ll be coming home. Also be sure that they:
    • carry a cell phone, if possible
    • go in a group and stay together
    • only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never walk through alleys or across lawns)
    • walk from house to house (never run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads
    • stay away from candles and other flames
    • know to never go into strangers’ homes or cars
    • cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop
  • Give kids flashlights with new batteries. Kids may also enjoy wearing glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces.
  • Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you and your children know.
  • When your kids get home, check all treats to make sure they’re sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know.
  • Don’t allow young children to have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home, too. Remove anything that could cause kids to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn. Make sure the lights are on outside your house and light the walkway to your door, if possible. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.

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Gobbling Down Halloween Goodies

  • Offer a filling meal before your kids head out to trick-or-treat so they won’t scarf down too much of their haul.
  • Consider purchasing Halloween treats other than candy. Stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils, coloring books, and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are good choices.
  • Know how much candy your kids have collected and store it somewhere other than their bedrooms. Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Let kids have one or two treats a day instead of leaving candy out in big bags or bowls for kids to sample at will. Consider giving some of the treats away.

Take these quick and easy precautions to help your little ghosts and goblins have a hauntingly happy and safe Halloween.

Modernized Pumpkin Carving!

Spice up your pumpkin carving skills with a drill.  You don’t have to worry about handling carving knives. You can just use different sizes of drill bits for all sorts of designs.  You won’t have to be limited to the standard jack-o-lantern face. Make your magical fall nights twinkle.  It is a very simple process.

First you need your pumpkins. You can buy these at your local Rural King.

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Secondly, you would need to carve a large circular opening into the bottom of your pumpkin. Clean out the inside thoroughly, scooping away the pulp and seeds with a spoon.

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Next, make a rough design on paper first, then mark the dots on the pumpkin with a permanent marker (which can be found at your local Rural King or RuralKing.com) Try a swirling or geometric design, or randomly space dots on the pumpkin shell.

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You would then need to drill holes using a drill. You can use difference size drill bits for different sizes of holes. Rural King sells several different types of drills.  This would be a great excuses for revamping your tool collection. Check out all the drills Rural King has to offer by clicking here. :)

The last step required is just to fill the pumpkin with some type of lights. You can use candles or even get an extra use out of your old Christmas string lights.

Once you have your pumpkin all set up, just put it out for the world to see just how creative you are.

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Cozy on up to Fall

..School is starting..
..Football Season is approaching..
..Bonfires and cool nights..

All of these things mean that colder weather is creeping up on us. My favorite things about colder weather are bonfires and hoodies.  Rural King sells different kinds of fire pits and items to keep cozy.  Stop by your local Rural King or RuralKing.com to stock up on these absolutely necessary fall items.

Culvert 36″ Fire Ring 55160

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Coghlan’s Magnesium Fire Starter 7870

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Well Traveled Living 28” Bon Fire Patio Fireplace 01471

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5.11 Tactical Lock Up Fleece 42182AG

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Rigid Industries Women’s Hoodie 020W

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Oh and to be on the safe side… It is always handy to have a fire extinguisher. Rural King sells different brands with different sizes. Take a look for yourself! (Rural King Fire Extinguishers)

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So come on down to Rural King to cozy on up to Fall! :)

 

 

Drones are taking over Rural King!

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Don’t worry they are harmless!

For more information and a video please click here

The 350 QX AP Combo captures incredible aerial footage without any of the hassle of buying several components and is backed by the best support in the industry should you ever need it. Feel free to stop looking, you’ve found the perfect AP solution for your fleet!

The 350 QX is very stable and is able to hold position even in wind conditions of 10-15 mph (and small gusts slightly higher) shouldn’t be a big issue.  Anything higher than that may make it difficult to fly.

The transmitter used in the 350 QX2 AP Combo is a full-range, hobby-grade radio control transmitter and is capable of controlling the 350 QX2 beyond the range at which the quad will no longer be visible to the pilot.  Basically, if you can see it, you can control it. In the unlikely event of losing radio contact the model will enter fail safe and return to a range where the radio can communicate again, and at that point the model can be put into return home.

Regarding altitude, when flown in Smart mode (which is for beginners) the quad will only go as high as about 160 feet.  In other modes, it will go higher, but again should not be flown out of the pilot’s line of sight.  Customers should also check for any local laws or regulations that further impact the altitude that this type of product should be operated.

 

Key Features:

  • Included 2-Axis Brushless Gimbal
  • Included C-Go 1 Camera 1080P/30
  • 5.8Ghz Wi-Fi Video Downlink to Supported Devices
  • Large 3S 3000mAh Flight Battery
  • Improved Receiver with External Antenna
  • Improved GPS
  • Visual Compass Error Detection
  • Compatible with All Spektrum Radios

This model includes a plethora of new features including:

  • 2-axis brushless gimbal with optional pitch control
  • 1080/30 camera with 720/30 video downlink to mobile devices
  • 3S 3000 mAh flight battery for extended shoots
  • New DX4 Transmitter

FAQs for BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900

  • What is the range of the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900?
    • You should always keep recreational aircraft in your line of sight (it is a FAA requirement).  The range is how far you can see the craft to fly it depending on your location and the terrain (trees, hills, etc. that might impede your ability to see it). 
  • How far is the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 safe to fly from the pilot?
    • You want to be at least 20 feet (closest) and be able to see the craft to fly it (farthest).  
  • Does the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 have a removable/replaceable battery?
    • It comes with a rechargeable LiPo (lithium polymer) battery that will provide 10-15 minutes of flight time depending on the flying conditions. 
  • What is the range of the flight from transmitter?
    • The transmitter used in the 350 QX2 AP Combo is a full-range, hobby-grade radio control transmitter and is capable of controlling the350 QX2 beyond the range at which the quad will no longer be visible to the pilot.  Basically, if you can see it, you can control it. In the unlikely event of losing radio contact the model will enter fail safe and return to a range where the radio can communicate again, and at that point the model can be put into return home. 
  • What is the sound level of the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900?
    • If flown lower the sound may be heard by animals, there is definitely a sound associated with it, although if flow above tree lines it should be minimal to something on the ground.  
  • How long does it take to recharge the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 battery?
    • It will take about an hour to fully recharge the battery with the included charger. 
  • Can the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 take a picture and video?
    • It can take both picture and video.
  • Can pictures or video be viewed remotely while the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 is flying?
    • With a supported Android or iOS device and the CGO1 app, the pilot can control the camera and see the footage being captured while flying using the included radio mount. 
  •  Are the batteries in the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 easy to replace?
    • The batteries slide in very quickly and easily. It is common for individuals to take multiple charged batteries out with them and replace when needed.
  • What is the altitude/height that the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 can fly?
    • When flown in Smart mode (which is for beginners) the quad will only go as high as about 160 feet.  In other modes, it will go higher, but again should not be flown out of the pilot’s line of sight.  Customers should also check for any local laws or regulations that further impact the altitude that this type of product should be operated.  
  • What is the resolution of the camera?
    • 1080p/30 recording or 720p/30 when streaming;  PIC Resolution 1920×1080;  Downlink Resolution D1 720X480/30p
  • Can the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 tell the difference in height of a hay crop?
    • Unfortunately not, because it is basically a digital action camera.
  • What are the dimensions of the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900?
    • 18.3 in (465mm) – Length x 18.3 (465mm) – Width x 7.48 in (190 mm)
  • Is the BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 fully assembled and can it be disassembled for transport?
    • The BLADE 350 QX2 AP Combo RTF Photo Quadcopter-Drone BLH7900 is fully assembled, and the landing gear can be removed for flatter transport if needed.  This would make it about 3 inches in height without the landing gear attached. The main body does not fold up at all.