Talon was instilled with a passion for cars, engineering, and technology practically from birth. An old home videotape shows him at 2 years old, calling all his Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys by make and model. He's applied this knowledge and enthusiasm to pieces for The Drive, Popular Mechanics, Car and Driver magazine, and now to HowStuffWorks.

Recent Contributions

Most of us have been told that driving with the air conditioner switched on uses a lot more fuel than simply rolling the windows down to cool off. But is that always true?

By Christopher Neiger & Talon Homer

A coping saw features a U-shaped frame with a swiveling spigot, or clip, that eases the job of making turning cuts. We'll show you how to use one.

By Talon Homer

You probably don't give your water heater much thought until your shower goes cold but it's an important appliance in your home. Find out how these produce hot water and which is right for you.

By Sara Elliott & Talon Homer

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You've probably seen a raw file option on your digital camera or smartphone. How is it different from the typical JPEG file and when should you use it?

By Talon Homer

Smartphones and social networking let us plan spontaneous meetups and discover new people. But do they also make us vulnerable to surveillance?

By Stephanie Crawford & Talon Homer

The power supply in your PC provides all the different voltages your computer needs to operate properly. Find out how it puts the pieces together and troubleshoot your power supply problems.

By Gary Brown & Talon Homer

Buying movies, video games and music online may be convenient, but what if the company you bought it from stops providing it or goes out of business? You could be out of luck.

By Talon Homer

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You have your favorites on YouTube but can you download them and keep them? We'll explain when and how.

By Talon Homer

Driving with your brake lights out puts you and your passengers at risk. So how do you identify and fix the problem? We've got some answers.

By Brian Boone & Talon Homer

Nobody likes the brake and shake — that is, when you hit the brakes, it feels like your steering wheel is about to wriggle free from the shaft. If you're experiencing this, you may want to check your rotors.

By Colleen Cancio & Talon Homer

Kits cars are custom-made enthusiast vehicles that often take the shape of classic sports cars. Many can be assembled at home, while others can be bought pre-built from dealers at higher price points.

By Talon Homer

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When it comes to long-term vehicle performance, you need to know which components the most reliable cars offer. Here are three.

By Talon Homer

Believe it or not, the marvel we know as the helicopter began as a Chinese top consisting of a shaft — a stick — adorned with feathers on one end.

By Tom Harris & Talon Homer

Without special auto glass, we'd be in trouble every time we hit a pothole or got into a fender bender. Auto glass is specially made to keep from shattering. Find out how.

By Christopher Neiger & Talon Homer

Diesel locomotives are some of the coolest modes of transport out there. Giant machines like these are just full of technological treats. Explore a hybrid-diesel locomotive — from engine to engineer controls.

By Karim Nice & Talon Homer

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While creating online accounts, you're often given the option to sign up via your preexisting social media. But should you be worried about doing this?

By Talon Homer

How do you slow down a fire? These six building materials are particularly resistant to fire and intense heat, reducing the possibility of fatalities.

By Jane McGrath & Talon Homer

It had a good run, but after a couple of decades, 3G service is ending as we embrace 5G. What does this mean for our phones, car navigation systems and home alarms?

By Talon Homer

Engines were made to run; but if you've ever tried to start an old car that's been sitting unused for a long time, you know that it isn't always as easy as just turning the key.

By Christopher Neiger & Talon Homer

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Heat pumps use a small amount of energy to move heat from one place to another. They serve a dual purpose; they can use that heat transfer to cool a home as well. But is one right for your home?

By Laura Cowan & Talon Homer

Think you need to depend on Mother Nature for snow? Think again. With cool temperatures and a good supply of water, snow makers can cover the ground in the fluffy white stuff in no time.

By Tom Harris & Talon Homer

One piece of equipment you need at home is a surge protector. They safeguard your high-tech electronic devices from power surges. But how do you know which ones are best?

By Tom Harris & Talon Homer

Bad weather equals bad driving conditions — and bad drivers. To avoid becoming one of the wrecks on the road, take a look at six common driving errors to steer clear of (pun intended).

By Rachel Oswald & Talon Homer

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Is a random number you don't know blowing up your phone? Try reverse phone lookup and maybe you can solve the mystery of who it belongs to.

By Diane Dannenfeldt & Talon Homer

Before you sell or give away an old computer, you need to wipe the files from the hard drive. But deleting data takes more than just dragging and dropping it to the trash bin.

By Talon Homer