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Tow Trailer Lighting: A Primer on Troubleshooting and Repairs

Many types of tow-behind trailers depend on the simple plug in hook-up to enable the turn signal, brake and tail lights, to operate correctly. Whether it’s a tow behind RV, boat trailer, or small utility trailer, they all use basically the same system. If your vehicle has a tow package already installed it is just a matter of converting the trailer plug to the one on your vehicle. The most common type of plug is the four prong. This is a flat plug with three female and one male on one end with the matching end being three male and one female. There are also several round plugs with a six and seven prong set up.

To make it much easier you can buy adapters to match different plugs on the tow vehicle and trailer. Most major auto parts stores carry a wide variety. These come in handy if you have more than one trailer with each having a different plug type. In some businesses this isn’t all that uncommon.

Sooner or later after the trailer has a few years on it you will inevitably have lighting problems. Usually you don’t know there’s a problem until you are ready to use the trailer. The last time you used it everything worked perfectly and now the lights are acting screwy or not working at all.

A bad ground on the trailer can cause many lighting problems. For instance, when you activate your turn signal both of the lights will blink. They may stay on and blink, or they may just stay on. The towing ball and the receptacle for it is used as a link of the grounding system itself. This is done to eliminate extra wiring and works well most of the time.

The lights themselves have to be grounded to the trailer frame to complete the circuit and enable the lights to perform properly. Check to be sure a clean surface is available for the lights to complete the circuit. A 12 volt test light with a sharp probe is the best to use for this application. It has a clip on ground wire which enables you to check the electricity going to the lights themselves.

Before you connect the trailer to the vehicle, use the probe to check the power coming from the plug on the vehicle. Attach the ground clip and turn the parking lights on the vehicle on. By inserting the probe into the prong holes you can see which hole carries the tail light current. Repeat this with the turn signals and brake lights. Having someone to push the brakes is helpful.

If everything checks out here the problem is on the trailer end. By using the test probe you will be able to completely check each individual light for proper grounding and good power connections. The probe is easier to use than an ordinary voltage meter because it leaves one hand free.

The sharp probe can be used to check for a broken wire by pushing it through the insulation at points along the wire until the light inside the probe handle doesn’t light up. In most cases replacing the entire wire is preferred but in some cases, such as in RV’s the wire cannot be exposed because of an area being inaccessible.

By clipping the ground wire on the probe to the metal frame or metal covering of the particular trailer you can check the power to the light assembly itself. By removing the bulb and activating the turn signal the probe can be inserted into the socket to check for a closed circuit.

Do not touch the inside of the socket itself. A fuse can easily be blown by touching the contact point where the wire enters and touching the socket wall at the same time. This will also tell you if a bad bulb is the problem. If the light in the probe glows and the bulb doesn’t work a new bulb is probably the answer.

Usually the white wire on the trailer end of the plug is the ground. In many cases it is attached directly to the frame. Many times this contact point will rust or become corroded causing the ground to be bad. Often this is simply a self tapping bolt with the wire wrapped around it. A thorough cleaning with steel wool or sand paper will often solve this problem.

I have observed many different ways to attach the ground wire to the frame even soldering. Sometimes it is just better to reattach the wire in a new spot. Using a flat, round crimp on terminal will usually give a better ground than just wrapping a wire around the bolt. Once again, your local auto parts supply can help you.

Sometimes though, the lighting system itself is so corroded that replacing the entire thing is the best way to go. For RV’s, you may be able to replace the old lights with new ones by ordering them from the company. Usually the wiring is good and the fixtures themselves have become corroded. It is a simple matter to unscrew the wires, one at a time and connecting them to the proper spot.

On other types of trailers such as a boat trailer, the light fixtures attach directly to the frame and replacing the wiring is a snap. Be sure the surface contacted by the fixture is clean and shiny. If you do a lot of towing, or even just on occasion, learning how the system works and how to use the test light probe will save you a lot of time and frustration.

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Acupuncture: An Effective Form of Alternative Medicine

At a point in my life when I seemed to be changing prescriptions daily, I turned to alternative medicine. I was desperate to relieve the daily headaches and stomach pain.

At my husband’s insistence I made an appointment with an acupuncturist. My acupuncturist was very calm and soothing.

I was still very tense. I was afraid of the needles. I was afraid of the size I thought he would use. I was extremely scared of the number of needles he would need to use.

Before we began the first session he explained that I was in control of the number of needles and how deep the needles were inserted. He showed me the tiny size of the needles. I began to breathe easier.

He gave me five minutes to lie down and listen to relaxing music before out session began. I discovered I was very receptive to acupuncture. Do to this discovery he reduced the number of needles we used the first day.

When the session was over I felt relaxed. The pain and anxiety I had been suffering had lessened. For several months the alternative medicine, of acupuncture kept my pain under control.

Finally, I was forced to see a specialist. After spending a week in the hospital they removed my gall bladder.

When I was released from the hospital I went back to my acupuncturist for pain control. I react poorly to pain medication. Acupuncture was able to control my pain and aid in the healing from my surgery.

I would recommend attending an acupuncturist pre and post op. In my experience it helps control the pain, while shortening healing time.

In searching for an acupuncturist ask for referrals among your friends including your doctor. Find out if the acupuncturist will bill your insurance and determine if your insurance covers acupuncture.

Determine the length and type of training. What type of needles does the acupuncturist use? What is the cost? Is there a higher fee for the first visit? Will the acupuncturist be able to provide you with an estimated timeline for visits?

Do not be afraid to try this ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Did you know that you can save money by making your own cleaning wipes? It is very easy to do too. All you need to do is get your favorite cleaning product and a roll of very stronge paper towels. You will also need an airtight plastic container to hold your wipes.

Instructions

Take your roll of paper towels and tear off 12 sheets
Divide these sheets into two
(You now have 24 wipes)

Place the paper towels in your plastic container

Pour your favorite cleaner onto the paper towels
(Do not over-saturate the towels)

Surprise!!! You now have cleaning wipes.

Types of Cleaning Wipes

Dusting wipes
Glass cleaning wipes
Sanitizing wipes
Baby wipes
(Be creative)

Ideas for keeping your wipes handy

Use decorative containers to store your wipes
(Keep them in all of your rooms throughout your home)

If you decorate them carefully, no one will ever know that you have cleaning wipes so handy throughout your home

Keeping your wipes in decorative containers will benefit you in a couple of ways. First, you will not have to worry about storage issues and secondly, they will be easy to get to. This will encourage you to clean more often.

Examples of handiness

You may be watching television in your living room. At a commercial break, you realize that there is some hand prints on a light switch nearby. Go to your handy container and grab a wipe. Presto!!! The hand prints are gone and you didn’t even need to drag out all of the supplies.

You are in the restroom and realize that the mirrors are dirty. Grab your glass wipes that are handy. Wallah!!! Your housework just got easier.

Homemade baby wipes are great to have around the house also. It is quick and easy to grab some for the dirty little hands and faces. You won’t mind sharing them with the rest of the family because they are so cost effective. Have fun making all kinds of different scents too.

Cost Effectiveness

Once you realize how many wipes you can make out of one roll of paper towels, you will be amazed at how much money you will be saving. These wipes will also not go to waste. Only make as many as you need at a time. This way you will ensure that they do not dry out like some of the products on the market.

What is the Cause of Endometriosis?

The cause of endometriosis is still unknown. One theory is that during menstruation some of the menstrual tissue backs up through the fallopian tubes into the abdomen, where it implants and grows. Another theory suggests that endometriosis may be a genetic process or that certain families may have predisposing factors to endometriosis. In the latter view, endometriosis is seen as the tissue development process gone awry.

According to the theory of traditional chinese medicine, endometriosis is a disease which is caused by the stagnation of blood. Blood stagnation may occur due to one or more abortions or lower abdominal or pelvic surgeries. Additionally, engaging in sexual intercourse during menstruation may very likely over time cause blood stagnation. Emotional trauma, severe stress, physical or emotional abuse can all lead to the stagnation of blood. Additionally, diet may be a precipitating factor. The constant, long term ingestion of cold foods can congeal blood and thus contribute to the stagnation thereof. Cold foods include raw vegetable, ices, ice cream, ice in drinks, frozen yogurt, etc. Remember, cold congeals. Think about what happens to a normal glass of water when put in the freezer. It turns to ice. The blood is affected similarly. That is to say, it congeals, doesn’t flow smoothly and can form endometrial adhesions, chocolate cysts, uterine fibroids. Whatever the cause of endometriosis, its progression is influenced by various stimulating factors such as hormones or growth factors. In this regard, investigators are studying the role of the immune system in activating cells that may secrete factors which, in turn, stimulate endometriosis.

Source: Acupuncture Arlington Heights IL

Life Coach: Should You Hire One?

Several years ago I found myself the lucky winner of 3 free sessions of life coaching. I was ecstatic! I was pumped! I couldn’t wait to start!
After the excitement of winning something waned, I realized that I had no idea what to do with those 3 sessions. I’d never purchased the services of a life coach. I had no idea what one did or how one could benefit me.
Okay, so I had a vague idea. I knew they talked to people…other people. Maybe people who had no idea what they wanted in life. But that wasn’t me. Or was it? Did I really have my act together? Hmm….maybe I could use some life coaching.

As my first session approached, the ‘coach’ sent me some questions to mull over, fill out, and send to her. As my last session ended, I knew I had more focus in my life and I had identified a few areas that I really needed to work on.
So, should you hire a life coach?
You should if:
Your business is growing faster than you can keep up
You deal with difficult people
You’ve lost your job
You’ve decided to change career paths
You need to balance your career and family
Your creativity has stagnated
When shopping for a life coach, this is what you should look for:
Certification by an accredited professional school
References
Someone with which you feel a comfortable connection
A free sample session
A reasonable fee
Benefits of life coaching:
You can define & design a plan to achieve your goals
You can identify and eliminate obstacles to your goals
Find a way to a joy-filled life
Find a way to success
Did my 3 sessions benefit me? Most definitely. I defined several areas in my life that could use some work. I also began focusing more on my strengths rather than my weaknesses. Doing this allowed me to become more successful and less stressful than I had been prior to my life coaching.
Best advice is to do your research and find a certified life coach that best fits your personality and offers the type of coaching you need or want. Also, look for a coach that offers a fee you can afford. Currently life coaches charge between $40-$500 per session. Prices may vary depending on the area you live in.
Should you hire a Chicago life coach? Only you can answer that question. Realize that a life coach is not there to do the work for you. You must be committed to make the necessary changes to get you from where you are to where you want to go. The choice is yours!