Take the Huntington Beach Historic Walking Tour

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By Mcclane2010 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35323902

Looking for something fun to do in the Huntington Beach area? The Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board has been kind enough to write a very comprehensive outline to follow for a self-guided Historic Walking Tour through the downtown Huntington Beach area. Starting in front of the information kiosk at the Huntington Beach Pier, the walking tour will hit many of the area’s great local attractions. Here are a few highlights:

The Pier: Dating back to 1904, the pier has a rich, colorful history of its own.

Helme/Worthy House: Currently being renovated by the Worthy family, this home, built in 1901, is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Huntington Pacific Condos: These condos couldn’t be built now due to building restrictions, but they’ve persevered to this day despite their origins in the 60s.

International Surfing Museum: What says California like a museum about surfing? Check out the numerous exhibits, including a cornerstone of the 1914 pier.

Perqs Nite Club: Originally a school in 1905, Perqs was turned into a night club with the arrival of the oil-hungry “roughnecks” in the 20s. Now, it’s a photography studio.

The Huntington Beach Historic Walking Tour includes many other interesting sites besides these, so be sure to check it out.

How to do a DIY Oil Change

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Changing oil is something all car owners have to do at some point. The recommended amount of time between oil changes is three months, but don’t we all procrastinate on getting things done from time to time? Plus, taking your car in to get serviced takes money. If you want to save yourself a bit of cash, you can easily change your oil at home. Here’s the step-by-step process for a DIY oil change!

You’ll need an oil filter, oil (check the owner’s manual for what kind), a ramp or jack stand, a large drain pan, and things like rags and gloves to help with the mess.

Let your vehicle cool off before starting this process so you don’t burn yourself. After that’s done, pop open the hood to the engine and unscrew the oil cap. This helps prevent a vacuum from forming as you’re draining the old oil so that it drains faster. Ramps are a safer method of elevating your vehicle than jacks, but a jack stand will do. Raise the vehicle, place the drain pan underneath the oil drain, and pull off the drain plug.

Loosen the oil filter while the oil is draining and replace it with the new oil filter. After the oil is drained, simply put the plug back on and put the proper amount of new oil into the engine before putting the oil cap back on. Then, you’re done. Performing a DIY oil change is easy, takes less than an hour, and saves you a lot of money in the long run.