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    Plumbing help on a shower isolation valve seat replacement

    Been playing with this early 1960's or 1970's 1" shower valve for several days now to stop seat leak by....a gallon every couple of hours at first. Then after several attempts to fix it's up to around 1 gallon per hour. Probably an Eljer brand valve though not labeled. 4 spokes on the...
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    Shell Pennzoil $22 gift card rebate 2/2/20 to 2/23/20

    $22 Shell gift card good at any Shell gas station for fuel, supplies, food, etc. The list of participants near me does list my local Walmart. Includes Amazon, Auto Zone, Napa, AAP and most other major retailers. This amounts to a free 5 gall jug of Pennzoil Platinum....to fill up with...
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    Looking to replace some copper piping to PEX. Pros and Cons?

    My hot water line in the 1st floor bathroom has some very light weepage that drips down the pipe in to the basement. It's coming from inside the wall where the copper line goes into regular cast metal pipe/valve body/bushings. I opened up the wall to get a decent view. So that definitely...
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    Son's van is giving multiple warning lights that come and go - vehicle dies

    Trying to give some ideas to my son. First the ABS warning light came on. Then the check engine and engine oil warning lights. Then they went away and everything was fine for a few miles. Then they came back again in similar sequence. These lights are flashing, not steady. He stopped...
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    Where to find Zerex "old green" coolant or something equivalent?

    Been a while since I needed old green. But my newly purchased 2001 Lincoln is still on old green and I intend to keep it that way. Simpler that way. I'm not up for a full system drain and fill via engine drain plugs and removing the thermostat. Just a few simple radiator drains and fill...
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    Is it feasible to patch over the bottom part of my driveway?

    Figured I'd toss this one out there for those who have technical knowledge of the industry in repaving or replacing/repairing driveways. A local paving company offered to patch OVER the bottom portion of my lump driveway where it's the most distressed. For the past several years I just seal...
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    Summary of the USS Fitzgerald collision in 2017

    <a href="https://features.propublica.org/navy-accidents/uss-fitzgerald-destroyer-crash-crystal/" target="_blank">Article summarizing USS Fitzgerald collision </a> We had a thread on this collision just after it occurred. This article summarizes what the author(s) dug up on the subject...
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    Facebook doesn't recognize my name, email, or phone number....how do I get in?

    It's like Catch 22. You can't get back in w/o FB identifying your proper email or phone number. I haven't changed them. And they were written down so I didn't type them in wrong....at least not the dozen or so times I've tried the past 2 days. But in the past 2 days they no longer...
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    Places to go to learn about wheel/tire design and theory?

    A friend of mine asked where he could go to learn more about wheel and tire design/theory. He likes stock equipment, but wants to know a lot more.......and not the usual pitches from wheel or tire makers. In particular he's focused on 1995-2005 Toyota & Lexus for which he has several cars...
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    Old Maytag A511 washing machine drum kicked over

    Already spent an hour surfing the web for information. But this unit is 25+ yrs old and I haven't found a video yet on how to take the top part off to access the tub area. From what I've read so far a suspension spring probably broke, causing the tub to tilt about 2" forward to the right...
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    Sloppy steering on 2016 Huyndai Sonata Eco - normal or a problem?

    My brother just bought a 16K mile 2016 Sonata....1.6L DI turbo, 7 seed dual clutch auto transmission, and 3 modes of drivability....eco/regular/sport. One issue he has with it is that the steering wanders and constant small movements in the steering wheel are required. It doesn't do it as...
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    What's too low for ATF level in a Ford/Lincoln AX4N transmission?

    Just did a pan drop and filter change on my 2001 Lincoln Continental AX4N. Measured 6.25-6.50 qts coming out. Put 6.1 qts of SuperTech Mercon V back in. Was sort of surprised it didn't come into the normal range on the dip stick after a 6 mile drive. Maybe it will go the rest of the way...
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    Purchasing used car - tires mismatched - options??

    A 2001 Lincoln Continental I am buying. Comes with Cooper made Starfire RS-C 2.0 (225 R16) up front which are nearly new. The rear tires are factory original Michelins built in late 2000 - and dry cracked way too far - they almost look pitted. But still have decent tread at 40K miles...18 yrs...
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    Risks in buying low mileage car that sat for 3 yrs

    I'm considering a 2000 Lincoln Continental 4.6L DOHC car with 43K miles that sat for the past 3 yrs when the owner was too sick to drive. With his passing the car is being sold. I'm very familiar with this model as I've owned 2 of them. The weaknesses are the tight clearances in the engine...
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    My buddy's long time Frankenberry engine oil mix

    Can't recall if I mentioned this before. But he's been using this on his Crown Vics, Lexus, Acura, Camry, etc. for many, many years. No engine failures. And these are all well-used cars that he gets around 100K-150K miles and takes them out to 250K+ miles. 1 qt pure synthetic 10w-30 1 qt...
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    What ATF & periodicity for 2002 Camry 4 cyl?

    OK. I'm going to ask for your guy's expertise. I did about an hour of reading on these cars. My brother owns a 2002 Camry V4 automatic with 155K miles. We were discussing our "old" cars and I asked him about transmission fluid. He knew really nothing except it never needing changing per the...
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    Both of my back yard flood light bulbs failed

    Looking for the most likely cause. My wife had this dual bulb, motion sensor unit installed 15 yrs ago. Since then, she's replaced bulbs once. So this time, changing bulbs would have been the likely fix. Today I installed new LED style bulbs (120 v). When the lamps came on, they were...
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    Celebrity rides. Mostly good. Some BAD.

    I'm speechless on this one. A lot of high powered cars out there. <a href="http://loanpride.com/jaw-dropping-celebrity-cars-good-car-insurance/87/" target="_blank">Car #87 in this celebrity vehicle listing</a>
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    Need base board heating advice - 1 zone is down

    Changed out a failed Taco 007IFC circulator pump today as the old one would no longer pump. I had been trying to get a certain heating/plumbing guy to show up and help me as well as doing an annual boiler clean and tune up. He took the job in April....and I finally tossed in the towel 2 weeks...
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    Replacing serpentine belt and tensioner 2002 Conti

    My original serpentine belt has been slowly spitting off little tiny "melted" rubber pieces for the past 15 months or more. The belt itself is not cracked or missing any V's. There's a tiny oil leak either from the inner, lowest part of the front valve cover gasket or the power steering...
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