Bought a Ring Stamped 14k on One Side and STS on the Other. Is It 14k White Gold, Sterling, Stainles

No its sterling silver plated with 14k white gold. you got ripped off babe. trust me i watch jtv all the time and i seen somthing like that on there last night. as you are discribing

Bought a Ring Stamped 14k on One Side and STS on the Other. Is It 14k White Gold, Sterling, Stainles 1

1. Cooking with stainless steel cookware...?

pre heat the pan, I have AllClad and it will stick if I dont pre heat it first. Same as when I worked in a deli, they would pre heat also. Check out cooksillustrated.com the "Consumer Report" of cooking, they explained the science behind pre heating.

2. Can a ceramic knife sharpener sharpen a stainless steel blade?

yep, think so

Bought a Ring Stamped 14k on One Side and STS on the Other. Is It 14k White Gold, Sterling, Stainles 2

3. Can we use both Galvanized and stainless steel chimney pipe in a chimney?

Galvanized metal will not with stand the constant heat from a chimney. If the chimney in question is going to be used on a wood stove or fireplace should be all stainless steel with a temp rating of 2100 degs. if the chimney is going to be for a gas heater an aluminum chimney might be able to be used. Either way you can not mix and match chimney metals because of the corrosion that will take place under the constant heating conditions

4. can i gauge my ears with plugs instead of tapers?

Well, tapers should not be worn as jewelry in the first place. Tapers are used to gradually stretch your ears and then once they are through they should immediately be followed by plugs. Stretching without tapers and just forcing the jewelry through is not a good idea at all. If your lobes are a standard size, you will probably want to start off at 16g. There are plenty of websites with jewelry and tapers on them... Just make sure that you do not get cheap acrylic body jewelry. For fresh piercings after you stretch them you want to be wearing stainless steel or titanium. If you do not know a lot about stretching, I strongly recommend you either talk to a piercer or do a lot of online research on what to do and what not to do. It's really easy to screw up your piercings.

5. 1/2 inch Stainless Steel Banding Buckles (100)

This 1/2 inch wide Banding Buckle is made up of 201 stainless steel that provides good resistance to oxidation and many moderate corrosive agents. This buckle can be used with many types of BAND-IT stainless steel banding providing superior fastening strength. Ideal for standard duty applications including hose assemblies, cable bundling and general fastening. Email us at or Call us at 1-800-474-7570 or 602-272-8128 You will get a prompt reply!

6. What color walls would look the best with medium oak kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances ?

Reds,Peaches, beige's, bronze, browns, taupe,sunny yellows,sage greens for the wall color choices...For the floors....One could go to Medium blond to red oaks or maples in floor laminates....But you could go darker into the walnut shades as well for the floor ,( as it would help balance the ubatuba dark counter tops) The distressed looks are clean and beautiful . ...Flooring placed on the diagonal makes a space appear larger

7. What details should I consider when replacing my toilet whilst adding 1" of height to the bathroom floor?

Yes there are extensions for this very thing. A big hardware store will have it. Just know beforehand the I.D. = inside diameter of the flange, cast iron or PVC, and do not forget to buy another wax ring if your toilet style is an old model installed years ago. (common in the US) You will have to consider the two bolts that are on either side of the toilet base. Are they rusty? Change to stainless steel, or do you call that INOX in Europe? (whilst...) Making the toilet height HIGHER than it used to be on the old floor is uncomfortable. But lowering it one inch will not. (in my experience of doing it the wrong way, long ago.)

8. how to clean rust from stainless steel sink?

Try rubbing the affected area with a lead pencil

9. Stainless steel versus plastic bowls?

I dont think so, plastic bowls the dog will try to chew it up as tosy,. keep you tolit closed and something heavy on top of the lid to keep him/her out, forcing the dog to use other source for water. if the dog get thirsty enough he/she will drink from it cause you can not go with out liquids in you body. They say you can lead a horse to water but can not make him/her drink it.

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The Ruger SR40c: the Most Dangerous Handgun on the Planet?
Kyle MizokamiSecurity, One of the more powerful compact pistols on the market, the Ruger SR40c combines a discrete size with the Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun cartridge. Invented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after an infamous shootout, the cartridge is meant to provide additional power over more traditional medium handgun calibers.The 1986 Miami shootout was a watershed moment for law enforcement firepower. The incident pitched two criminals armed with a rifle and shotgun against FBI agents with service firearms. The gun battle, for which the agents were unprepared, was an extended one which saw 140 rounds by both sides. Both criminals were killed, but at the cost of many lives. Two FBI agents died and four other people were wounded during the gun battle. The two criminals were repeatedly struck by bullets but fought on despite their injuries.The incident prompted a call for the FBI to adopt a new medium weight pistol caliber with greater energy than the nine millimeter round then used by the bureau. The FBI rushed to adopt the 10 millimeter (.40 caliber) Norma cartridge but then transitioned to the .40 Smith & Wesson round. The .40 S&W round gradually became the go-to cartridge for law enforcement, with up to seventy percent of police and sheriff’s agencies using it over the nine millimeter round.The Ruger SR40c is one of many semi-automatic handguns using the .40 S&W round. The SR40c is the SR9 handgun adopted to the compact size category and modified to carry the .40 caliber round. The gun is 6.85 inches overall with a barrel length of 3.5—about average for its compact contemporaries. The barrel has six grooves and a 1:16 right-hand twist for stabilizing popular .40 loads. It has an overall height of 6.81 inches and measures a slim 1.27 inches wide.The SR40c is a recoil operated, locked breech handgun. It features a double stack magazine carrying fifteen rounds of .40 S&W ammunition, plus an additional round in the breech for a total of sixteen rounds. Aiming is via standard three dot sights, adjustable for elevation and windage, and both front and rear sights can be removed and replaced with aftermarket parts. It also has a built-in Weaver rail for attaching weapon lights and aiming lasers.The SR40c is a two-tone handgun, with a frame made of brushed satin stainless steel and a black glass-reinforced polymer frame. This results in a pistol that weighs just 23.4 ounces. The combination of lightweight, compact dimensions, and a dehorned exterior—that won’t get caught on clothing while being drawn—results in a handgun that strongly lends itself to carry.Ruger’s compact .40 pistol comes with two magazines, one nine-round magazine that sits flush with the grip for carrying purposes and a larger fifteen-round magazine that makes the pistol almost as tall as the full-size version. In states that have enacted high capacity magazine bans it ships with two nine-round magazines. The magazines are made of steel, making them long-lasting and resistant to deformation.The SR40c has several features to ensure safe operation. The pistol includes a firing pin block safety to prevent accidental discharge if dropped, and a magazine disconnector that prevents it from firing if a magazine is not inserted in the mag well. It also features, like a Glock handgun, a trigger safety. Going one step beyond Glock—and like many Ruger handguns—it also has an ambidextrous manual thumb safety.Ruger’s .40 caliber handgun is also left-handed shooter friendly, with ambidextrous magazine releases and thumb safeties. Rather than include backstraps of separate sizes, the SR40c has a single reversible backstrap for hands of different sizes. The pistol’s ergonomic features are rounded out by aggressive slide serrations for a positive grip when racking a round.The SR40c is a capable handgun backed by the .40 S&W round, making it one of the most powerful concealed carry handguns available today. For those gun owners that feel the need for a compact handgun in a caliber greater than nine millimeter, the SR40c delivers.Kyle Mizokami is a defense and national-security writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in the Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and the Daily Beast. In 2009 he co-founded the defense and security blog Japan Security Watch. You can follow him on Twitter: @KyleMizokami.Image: Ruger.Read full article
India's First Manned Submersible: Studying the Sea: India
CHENNAI: At a time when India has successfully launched its heaviest rocket-GSLV-Mk3- capable of carrying humans to space, work has begun on building a vehicle to take man deep into the ocean. A team of scientists at ESSO-National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) is ready with a preliminary design for the country’s first manned submersible that can accommodate a three-member crew. Expected to be ready in five years at a cost of Rs 500 crore, it will be able to take scientists about six kilometres deep into the ocean to look for precious metals and lesser known life forms. Once the vehicle is ready, India will join an elite group of nations sending man underwater in a craft. At present, only China, US, Russia, France and Japan have conducted manned deep-sea expeditions. NIOT director Satheesh Shenoi said the organisation submitted a proposal to the government and was awaiting approval. "Once we get the nod, an expert committee with members from scientific institutions like ISRO, DRDO and IIT will review and fine tune the design," said Shenoi. According to the design, the craft will be lowered into the sea from a ship. The crew, lying prostrate, in a 3.2 diameter titanium sphere, will be able to perform their task underwater for eight to 10 hours. A robotic arm will help them collect samples from the seafloor while they get a clear view through a glass pane. At present, India is conducting explorations for polymetallic nodules and polymetallic sulphides in certain regions of Indian Ocean on contract with the International Seabed Authority as part of the Deep Sea Mission launched by the Union ministry. The submersible is also part of the mission. "It is difficult to remotely operate unmanned vehicles to collect samples from small chimneys venting sulphides deep in the ocean. Manned submersibles will make the exploration less complex," Shenoi said. But before a bigger mission is executed, scientists are planning to make a similar looking spherical submersible in the next three years and send people about 500 m deep into the Indian Ocean. The smaller vessel will give scientists confidence and the required experience to get the final model ready. "Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited in Trichy has experience in making stainless steel vessels but not of the dimension we have planned. We are still debating on the material to be used and are looking for companies that can fabricate it here. We may also get from abroad. Once the sphere is ready, we are planning to make other components indigenously," Shenoi said. Indigenously making a submersible out of titanium — a metal that can withstand high water pressure —is a challenge. "We are in discussions with ISRO too as many aspects of the vessel are similar to a spacecraft," he added. Read this story in GujaratiDownload The Times of India News App for Latest City .
A Symphony in Stainless Steel
After almost 40 years, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is performing its very last concerts in Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In the fall, the orchestra moves across the street, into a brand new home. The Walt Disney Concert Hall has been 15 years in the making, at a final cost of some $274 million. It's designed by one of the most acclaimed contemporary architects. NPR's Susan Stamberg went to downtown Los Angeles for a hard-hat tour of the new building."This just might be one of the great American buildings -- right up there with the Chrysler Building in New York, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water in Pennsylvania," Stamberg reports for Morning Edition Disney Hall is designed by Frank Gehry, who got so much attention for his Guggenheim Museum, in Bilbao, Spain. "The Bilbao museum is clad in titanium -- a billowing swoop of gold and sunset colors. Gehry's Los Angeles concert hall is swooping, too. But the L.A. swoops are silver," Stamberg says."We selected a different finish so it would stand apart," Gehry explains.The building features stainless steel "just one-sixteenth of an inch thick -- curving and sailing in waves to form two towers, an entry way, the auditorium," Stamberg says. "In the sun, the stainless turns pewter, then greige, with a smudge of blue. In clouds, the steel goes flat -- to matte gray. It's like a fine old black and white photograph -- or an Astaire and Rogers movie. A soaring swirl of a building -- not a straight line in sight -- occupying a full city block smack in the center of L.A.'s dull downtown skyscrapers." The new building stands in "not a particularly beautiful part of the city -- actually a very tough gritty urban part of the city," says Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for The Los Angeles Times . He calls the concert hall "sexy," adding that "nothing in this country looks like that. No, nothing." L.A. Philharmonic conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen can only imagine what the auditorium will sound like. The orchestra won't start rehearsing there until the end of June. But Stamberg says, "the final sound remains a mystery until the official opening in late October -- and it will take months of adjustments before the sound is fully set." Still Salonen and Gehry just couldn't wait to hear the music. One day, the conductor asked principal violinist Martin Chalifour to play his instrument inside the half-completed auditorium (the seats weren't even installed and there was a hole where the stage should be).Chalifour was so excited he didn't even want to tune his violin. He just launched into Bach.Gehry says that as he sat with Salonen in the back of the auditorium, "I grabbed his hand and the first notes we started crying."
Seven Native Teens Dead Or Missing While Away at School
THUNDER BAY—Grade 9 student Jordan Wabasse vanished Feb. 7 after getting off a city bus, just a block from his boarding house but hundreds of kilometres from home.“We have no idea what happened,” says Derek Jacob, who does not believe his son has run away.Wabasse, 15, is one of seven native teens to have disappeared from the Thunder Bay area since 2000. All had come from remote northern reserves to attend high school because there was no suitable school for them back home.A provincial coroner’s inquest into the October 2007 drowning of 15-year-old Reggie Bushie, which was scheduled for June 2009, has been delayed indefinitely because of legal arguments. The inquest into his death and the four students who died before him was also to have looked at the effects of removing native children from their home to send them away to school.“These are 14- and 15-year-olds trying to manage on their own,” says Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “They are just kids.”In Canada, native education is a federal responsibility and funding to the schools has simply not kept up, says National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo. Some schools are missing science labs, libraries, computers, or, there isn’t a school at all and children are sent away.On average, a child going to school on a reserve is funded at $2,000 less per year than a child going to school in a neighbouring community, Atleo says. “There is a basic and fundamental inequity here,” Atleo says. “It denies our children what every other child in Canada has.”Since Bushie’s death, Kyle Morrisseau, the grandson of famed Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau was found dead in the McIntyre River floodway, Wabasse disappeared, and three of the other teens were eventually found drowned in the waters that feed into Lake Superior.Robyn Harper died of asphyxiation in an alleged alcohol-related death. She was the only one not found in water. It is unclear of the circumstances that lead up to the deaths of most of the teens.Six of the dead natives were students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, which is administered by the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and funded by the federal government.Nearly 100 kids go to school here. Each has left their home in the Sioux Lookout area, hundreds of kilometres away, to board with other families. “The kids who come to Thunder Bay do not come by choice,” says principal Jonathan Kakegamic. “They come to further their education. For our people in Sioux Lookout, you need to leave.”Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School first opened in 2000 and since then, the loss of six students — Jethro Anderson, Paul Panacheese, Curran Strang, Harper, Bushie and Morrisseau — is palpable. (Wabasse attended the Matawa Learning Centre.) “It’s awful,” says vice-principal Sharon Angeconeb. “Everyday we thought they would come back.”Teacher Greg Quachegan, who taught Curran and Panacheese, still finds it painful to stare at their desks.When the kids come to Thunder Bay they are not used to being in a city, they are homesick with free time and often no money, he says. Students can be targets of easy targets for native gangs. “Students get harassed for not joining,” he says. “They get homesick. They miss traditional foods — wild meat. A lot don’t have money.”Conscious of the loneliness, DFC teachers act as surrogate parents, says Angeconeb.Native art hangs throughout the school and large murals painted by the students adorn the walls. There is an elder on site all day. She occupies a comfortable room that always has tea brewed and bannock at hand. DFC provides breakfast and lunch for the kids as many come to school hungry. “We tell all our staff they have to be committed, they need to come for the students,” she says. “We are their moms and dads. Our school work doesn’t end when the bell rings.”To that end, some of the staff are on call 24 hours a day in a unique after-hours program. They patrol the streets in a van, searching popular hangouts including the river banks, after school until the wee hours of the morning looking for wayward kids. “When you send a 14-year-old to high school — hundreds of them — logic dictates there will be accidents,” says Kakegamic.Wabasse was from Webequie First Nations, a growing community 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. With a birthrate three times higher than the national average, First Nations communities are teeming with children and Webequie is no different. Sadly, many are born into lives of poverty and despair. The unemployment rate at Webequie hovers at 95 per cent even though the reserve’s traditional lands sit on what international mining companies are calling the Ring of Fire — a potentially $30 billion deposit of chromite, the mineral used to make stainless steel.Wabasse, a talented hockey player, longed to play with other boys in a more organized league and at a real hockey rink, says his dad, Derek Jacob. Jordan begged to go to Thunder Bay to school. The Jacobs thought he could have a better education in the city and let him go.This was Wabasse’s first time alone in the city.On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the Thunder Bay boarding house where Wabasse was staying called his parents to say he didn’t come home the night before.Since then Wabasse’s parents, Derek and Bernice Jacob, have lived a nightmare. With the support of their band, an outpouring of donations from northern First Nations and even Jordan’s hockey team the Current River Comets, a command centre was set up in an old Canadian Red Cross building downtown.It has been more than 71 days since he went missing yet the volunteers — many from neighbouring northern bands with experience in tracking — keep coming. Nearly 60 people a day are fed lunch, dinner and sometimes breakfast.On March 21 volunteers found a sneaker believed to belong to Jordan on the shores of the Kaministiquia. Police divers using sonar equipment have scoured the river twice but have found no trace of the shy teen.Two weeks ago, Thunder Bay police announced DNA tests prove the Maple Leafs hat found offshore by searchers is Wabasse’s.Footprints were also found by the shoreline, says Thunder Bay Police Services executive officer Chris Adams.“In the absence of not finding Jordan, we can’t rule out foul play,” he says.Native educator Cindy Blackstock says it will take a “million man march”— reminiscent of U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. — to raise awareness of education inequities.Governments, provincial and federal, build two bridges for children, she says. “One for non-aboriginal children that goes from one side of a rapid river to another side,” she says. “Most children are able to safely cross to a possibility of opportunity and life.“And then governments build a bridge for First Nations children but it only goes halfway over the rapids. And when the children fall into the rapids and First Nations children and their families are screaming, the province of Ontario and the federal government say to First Nations, ‘Aren’t you thankful for the half of a bridge we built?’ ”The federal department of Indian and Northern Affairs would not comment on this story. Instead, they referred calls back to the aboriginal authority in charge of DFC.
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