Solved: What does ‘Brushless Motor’ Mean?

Brushless motors are more expensive than their counterparts to produce, but their benefits outweigh the initial cost. (DepositPhotos)

The latest advancement in power tools is the use of brushless motors. But what exactly is a brushless motor, and what are its benefits?

To fully understand this technology, let’s take a quick look at the existing technology: brushed motors.

How Brushed Motors Work

In a typical electric motor, there are permanent magnets (stator) on the outside, and a spinning armature (rotor) on the inside. The rotor contains an electromagnet. When electricity passes through the electromagnet, it creates a magnetic field inside the rotor that attracts and repels permanent magnets in the stator.

However, to make the motor spin 360 degrees, it’s necessary to change the polarity of the electromagnet, and a pair of brushes helps do that.

Motor brushes aren’t brushes at all, but small blocks of carbon connected to a compression spring. The brushes press against spinning electrodes attached to the rotor. As the electromagnet spins, the brushes change the magnetic polarity.

Brushed motors are reliable, relatively efficient and inexpensive to manufacture, but they have distinct limitations.

First, carbon brushes eventually wear out and must be replaced. As the motor

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DIY Kwanzaa Kinara 

As we countdown to Kwanzaa, The Home Depot and Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love are excited to share an easy-to-make kinara that can be customized to you and your family’s Kwanzaa traditions!  No worries! Check out Amber’s blog below for some other great family craft ideas, tips and tricks!

Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrating African American history, heritage and culture. The week-long celebration is observed from December 26th to January 1 and culminates with gift giving and a big dinner. Each night of Kwanzaa, families light the kinara – a seven candle holder. Each night of Kwanzaa is centered around one of the seven principles: Umoja (Unity) , Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith).

In the spirit of Kuumba, I’m excited to share an easy-to-make kinara that you can customize for your own family’s Kwanzaa celebration.

Unexpected Materials Make an Awesome Impact

I love using materials in unexpected ways and this project is no exception. Here’s a look at what you’ll need:

Hampton 4 in. x 4 in. Pressure-treated Wood Pyramid Post Cap

4 in. x 4 in. Pressure-Treated Unfinished Pine Ball Top Finial

A 2.5” wide wood

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Review of Loyalty Lawn Care

Find the best lawn care service in your area and keep grass healthy. This review looks at Loyalty Lawn Care for its quality of service and value for money. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © SingjaiStocker

Keeping your lawn healthy, lush and free of weeds is no easy task. Proper lawn care takes more than just regularly mowing the grass. It’s crucial to fertilize turf with the right balance of nutrients, get rid of crabgrass and other weeds and prevent grubs from destroying your grass. To keep lawns looking pristine throughout the year, many homeowners hire professional lawn care experts to handle this part of property ownership. Lawn care technicians have the expertise to maintain your lawn and prevent and mitigate any issues affecting your lawn’s health. 

Choosing the best lawn care provider in your area can be challenging, though. You need to find a trusted lawn care company that has good recommendations and reviews from many satisfied customers. To help you with this task, our reviews team has evaluated top professional lawn care companies. In this comprehensive Loyalty Lawn Care review, we take a thorough look at the range of services this company provides, the value you’ll get for your

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Holiday Season Shining in the Garden

First-time holiday decorator? No worries! With a bit of help from The Home Depot, Stacie Abdallah of Stacie’s Spaceswas able to infuse some holiday flair into her outdoor garden and arbor for the first time. Check out her blog below for some great DIY tips and tricks!

Can I let you in on a little secret? I have NEVER decorated outside for Christmas! I know… that sounds crazy right? I love decorating the interior of our home for the holidays, but I have never attempted to do it outside. When The Home Depot  invited me to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge, I was both nervous and excited! It was time to step out of my comfort zone (literally) and try my hand at lighting up the great outdoors! I was given the theme of season shining and I tried my best to make our greenhouse and garden area shine for the holidays!

Decorating The Garden Arbor

Season Shining in the Garden

When we built this garden and arbor earlier this year, I did not consider all of the possibilities there would be for decorating it. I was just thinking that my garden needed an entrance! Now I know that this entrance is perfect

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5 Things You Should Know About Kitchen Cabinet Design

Planning your dream kitchen? Much of its success hinges on the kitchen cabinet design — after all, cabinets take up the most space. And you need to make a lot of decisions about those cabinets before ordering them.

Here are 5 things you should know before choosing your cabinets.

Professional designer at Cabinets To Go discusses a remodeling plan with a new client

1. Your Kitchen’s Measurements

It’s common to flip through magazines, scroll through blogs or spot something on TV and want it for your home.

And buying it may be as easy as picking up the phone, tapping a button or ordering through a digital assistant like Alexa or Google Nest.

But while that works for appliances, décor and window treatments, you need a different approach for big permanent installations in rooms with limited space.

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, one size does not fit all. You may like what you see in a galley kitchen, but the same design won’t work in your L-shaped kitchen.

On top of that, you may have specific wants that require more space than your kitchen allows.

That’s why it’s important to know the room’s exact measurements. Your designer can use this information to create a cabinet plan that maximizes space and works for you. 

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: How to Make This Delicious Treat

Want a tasty fireside treat? Roast some pumpkin seeds — it’s easy! (DepositPhotos)

Whether you’re carving pumpkins or removing your fall decor, don’t forget that pumpkins are useful for more than their exterior. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious — and healthy — fall treat!

“Pumpkin seeds … are rich in magnesium, which can aid in heart and bone health, lower blood pressure and even prevent migraines,” the American Heart Association’s website states.

Here’s the recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds:

  1. Scoop out the pumpkin’s seeds and place them in a bowl.
  2. Rinse the seeds to remove all the stringy goo. On that note, many people ask, “Should pumpkin seeds be soaked before roasting?” Not necessary! Just a little rinsing will do, but you can soak them for a few hours to refine the texture. Then spread them out on a towel to dry overnight.
  3. Toss the seeds in a bowl with a little melted butter and salt.
  4. Spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally, until they’re a nice golden brown. (This takes about 20 to 30 minutes, but keep an eye on them.)
  5. For variety, you can spice them
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