Design Unites Charity Auction Supports Black Artists + Designers Guild

Jene J. Long
Photo credit: Courtesy of Isla Bella Beach Resort; Photography by Alaric Campbell
Photo credit: Courtesy of Isla Bella Beach Resort; Photography by Alaric Campbell

From ELLE Decor

With the recent reckoning the world is experiencing due to racial injustices, the Hearst Luxury and Design Group, through the broader #DesignUnites initiative, is supporting the Black design community by hosting a charitable auction to benefit the Black Artists + Designers Guild, a nonprofit organization that aims to amplify the art, projects, and voices of Black creators and makers.

You have the opportunity to give back while you bid to win a resort stay or gorgeous chair. The lot includes a mix of beautiful furniture, chic accessories, and one-of-a-kind experiences. All funds raised through the CharityBuzz auction will go toward the guild’s initiatives, including Mission Fund, education, and the BADG Concept House.

Here is the list of all items being auctioned, and visit the CharityBuzz site to start your bidding here.

Auction Lots:

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How to Replace Your Bike Chain at Home or On the Go

Jene J. Long
Photo credit: Trevor Raab
Photo credit: Trevor Raab

From Bicycling

Besides your tires, your bike’s chain is arguably the component that needs the most frequent replacing. Wait too long, and your chain will wear out, diminishing your shifting quality and shortening the lifespan of the rest of your drivetrain components.

Below, we explain when and how to replace or repair a bike chain—both at home and during a ride.

When to Replace Your Bike Chain

So how often should you replace your chain? Before answering that question, it helps to understand the process of chain wear. As your chain ages, each link’s internal bushings slowly lengthen. In turn, your now-longer chain puts added pressure on your cassette cogs and chainring teeth, causing them to wear faster. This also hampers shifting quality.

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The 2,000-Mile Rule

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Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters

Jene J. Long

Plumbing

Plumbing

These systems include fresh water supply, water heating and sanitation. You need leak-proof plumbing pipes, connectors and faucets for care-free installations.

Equipment And Tools

A trap is a curved section of plumbing pipe that seals the pipe to prevent sewer gas from getting into the home. Traps also help prevent unwanted items, like hair or debris, or things that fall down the drain, like rings, from going down the drain and getting stuck in the waste system. If you have a very large home, then the culprit could be long pipe lengths between the water heater (usually in the basement) and the bathroom (master baths are usually on an upper floor).

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This custom camper van was created out of a Ram ProMaster for less than $20,000. See inside the design from one of the newest camper converters.

Jene J. Long
Dirtbag Conversions' Ram ProMaster build.
Dirtbag Conversions’ Ram ProMaster build.

Dirtbag Conversions

  • Oregon has a new camper van conversion company: Dirtbag Conversions, which was officially registered in May.

  • The company was founded by Kevin Marquardt, who has been converting vans for several years under the “Dirtbag Conversions” name.

  • Despite the company’s infancy, Marquardt has already seen a large number of inquiries, which he attributes to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • One of his builds, created on a 159-inch ProMaster with a high roof, was completed for under $20,000 for a client who wanted a van to take on long weekend trips.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

There are a multitude of van conversion companies in the market right now. One of the latest to enter the scene, Dirtbag Conversions, turned a 159-inch Ram ProMaster high roof van into a custom camper RV for under $20,000 for a client who wanted a van to

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