The Acetylene Carbide Lamp

Calcium Carbide lamps were once ubiquitous across America.  Carbide gas lamps illuminated mines, provided lighting for homes, and served as headlights for cars and even bicycles.  Calcium carbide itself is a remarkable substance.  The cement-like material produces volatile acetylene gas when combined with water.  Acetylene, while highly explosive, provides a clean, white, fantastically bright flame. … Continue reading The Acetylene Carbide Lamp

The Hunt for Quality at Walmart

For this edition of Maintenance Monday, I decided to go over a few well-made household items that can still be found at Walmart.  I suppose today's installment is my own version of a prudent product buyer's guide.  Maintenance Monday is about keeping your possessions in good order, which starts with buying high quality stuff to begin with. Today, most … Continue reading The Hunt for Quality at Walmart