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    Big rim leak

    I dismounted and remounted a tire using my Harbor Freight tire changer. This was on my winter car so I could deal with the 20 years corrosion at the bead seat. Sandblasting and painting took care of the corrosion. But after mounting the tire and reseating the beads, I found one area on the...
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    Floating docks and winter

    I am in the process of shopping for a dock at my lakefront property. I got rid of a very heavy wooden dock that needed to be assembled and disassembled seasonally. I'm now looking for a floating dock that extends 40 feet to where the water is deep. One problem is the water depth is no more...
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    71 Cutlass vapor lock?

    I have a 1971 Cutlass 350 (stock) that I've had for 37 years. I used to drive it regularly until the past 5 years, where I was lucky to take it out once a year. The last time I took it out, I took it for a 15 mile drive. It ran well, but decided to stall out on my driveway and I couldn't put...
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    Motorcycle accident

    While riding my Harley, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shiny new convertible pulled up with a very beautiful woman who asked, "Are you okay? As I...
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    A pastor goes to the dentist

    A pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth. The first Sunday after he gets his new teeth, he gives his sermon for only 8 minutes. The next Sunday, he gives his sermon for only 10 minutes. The third Sunday, he talks for 2 hours and 48 minutes until the congregation had to mob him...
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    What is this toaster piece for?

    I bought a used toaster. It came with a piece where I don't know where or how it is used. Can someone enlighten me?
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    HVAC starter capacitor leads

    My a/c has developed an intermittent problem where the unit faults when it first turns on, but eventually comes on, on the second or third attempt.. I wanted to replace the starter capacitor, but I couldn't disconnect the leads from the capacitor posts. I certainly didn't want to put too much...
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    02 Volvo S40 coolant capacity

    While working on the Volvo S40, I drained the radiator and disconnected the lower radiator hose. I captured 6 qts of coolant. The published capacity of the system is 6 qts. Did I truly drain ALL the fluid? I always thought some was left in the system (e.g., engine block, heater core).
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    Why is raw sugar expensive?

    Isn't raw sugar unrefined sugar? This suggests it is cheaper to produce by bypassing a processing step. So why is it more expensive?
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    Should coil packs be scheduled for replacement?

    I have experienced ignition coil failure on nearly every car I own. They seem to go south around the 100K mark. My Volvo had the coils replaced at 100K, and now again at 195K. BMW is the only manufacturer I know that recommends ignition coil pack replacement at regular intervals (100K)...
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    Bicycle pump hose broke

    I need to replace the hose in my bicycle pump. It looks like a thick, unreinforced vacuum line, that sees up to 100 psi. ID is 1/8", OD is just shy of 3/8". Is this something I can get from an automotive store?
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    Guests keep walking into my screen doors

    They are black screens and hard to see, especially in the evening. I'd like to solicit ideas on what I can put on the screens to alert people. I'm looking for something practical and aesthetic. I was tempted to look for a home decorating forum for this advice, but why not ask here?
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    Take the refund or let negative feedback stand?

    I decided to replace the shaver blades for my Norelco rotary triple head shaver. They cost $30 from Norelco. I opted to buy the chinese knock-offs for $4, delivered to my door. When I got them and put them in service, they did a horrible job of cutting and hurt my face like a son-of-a-gun...
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    Dehumidifier icing

    This is a 25 year old unit that has worked fine until this year. I took it apart and cleaned the accumulated dust, but it still ices over. The picture is after two hours running. There is no temperature probe to control the compressor. Why has it started icing? <a class="lb-image-link"...
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    May he rest in yeast

    Dear friends, It is with the saddest heart that I pass on the following. Please join me in remembering a great icon. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly-greased coffin...
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    Blue and Orange pipe being laid next to road

    A work crew is laying blue and orange plastic pipe next to our street where I work. It's not the first time I'm seeing this type of work. What is this for?
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    Thinking of rebuilding the alternator

    My winter car has 95K with an original alternator. I'm thinking of rebuilding the alternator when it's retired for the summer. It seems I can do it with the $50 kit from this web site. <a href="" target="_blank">Alternator starter rebuild kits</a>...
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    How to bench bleed a master cylinder

    I need to replace the brake master cylinder on my 2010 Nissan Murano. I already bought the new unit. The instructions give a choice of bleeding methods. One is to plug the ports and pump the piston until it can't move. The other is to use bleeder tubes that direct the fluid back to the...
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    Excessive battery terminal corrosion

    My car has developed corrosion on the positive battery terminal. The problem is that it seems excessive and needs cleaning more often than I can remember. I've had this car for 15 years. I normally don't bother with terminal coatings or felt pads, but I may have to with this car. It's a...
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    Best place to exchange American & Canadian money?

    The published rate is $130 Canadian to $100 American. Anywhere I go I get $117 Canadian for my $100. I think that's a big hit. Where can I get the best rate?