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    Retirement location suggestions

    The Okanagan valley in British Columbia is a favourite retirement area in Canada - mountains, lakes, vineyards, orchards, hot (but not too hot) and sunny summers, short and not very cold winters and very expensive real estate. But when you cross the border into the US there is hardly anyone...
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    A better way to park!??

    We used to live in a snowy climate. Our driveway was only gently sloped. We used to have freezing rains so slippery our dog couldn't walk down the street without falling down. One day our Volvo was parked on the drive (manual transmission, in gear with parking brake set) and slid out into the...
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    Road & Track magazine ending?

    I copied that article - still have it somewhere. Bought the equipment and supplies mentioned too. Good advice. Works great.
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    Is there a decent can opener out there?

    Another vote for the Swingaway. We ruined our first one by too much washing (it rusted under the grips). The replacement has been doing fine for 20 or 30 years. There's no reason to buy anything else.
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    Frying pan dilemma

    Uncle Dave has it about right. I think you need a heavy cast iron pan for some things and a "good" quality non stick pan for things that stick. And you'll need silicon tools to go with the non stick pan. We've had a heavy cast iron pan for about 40 years - ever since I found it on the road on...
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    What exactly is "COVID-19 Disinfect"?

    Extra profit?
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    Road & Track magazine ending?

    I subscribed to R&T for a couple of decades. They had great articles on new sporty and sports cars that anyone could afford, classic cars that might or might not be worth a lot of money, what to look for when buying an older Corvette, Triumph or MG, Peter Egan's cross country driving adventures...
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    Bizarre metal pieces found in the sink and my mouth, help me identify

    It seems quite plausible that these pieces are coming from your toothbrush. Assuming these are some type of bristle retention system, have you ever noticed bristles missing from a toothbrush? This may be a European issue but what brand of toothbrush are you using? How often do you replace your...
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    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    You need the correct diagnosis first. Carpal tunnel surgery does not help if you don't have carpal tunnel syndrome.
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    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome doesn't make a hand "go cold". It causes numbness and tingling in a characteristic distribution, often at night, and often relieved by shaking the hand in a characteristic way. Suggest you read up on "hand-arm vibration syndrome" and "Raynaud's syndrome".
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    Features you've discovered about your car after a year or more

    The hand grip to close the trunk on the BMW without touching the paint or getting your hands dirty. There's even an arrow showing where it is.
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    The property lines for my current property were unclear (we have a mostly unfenced 1/2 acre) and when I asked my neighbours they said no-one cared but then told me where the thought the lines were, taking as much as 20' off of my property. I didn't want to pay for a survey so with a bit of...
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    Any UOA's of never changed, "top off oil only" vehicles?

    I suggest that the result would be different between an oil leaker and an oil burner. For an oil leaker, the oil and everything it holds in suspension is being replaced periodically. If you have replaced all the oil over a typical oil change interval I can't see why you'd want to replace it...
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    Oil for a VERY old Engine

    In western Canada around 1965 the usual oil for usual engines was 10W-30 in summer and 5W-20 in winter. Do keep in mind that our temperatures would (rarely but still occasionally) get down to -40 C or F in winter. And people used a block heater in winter. It was necessary to change the 5W-20...
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    Who changes filters between oil changes

    I change the oil filter every second oil change. On the BMW that would be no more than 20,000 Km and on the Honda about 16,000 Km. In my opinion, changing it more often than that would be a waste of resources. The oil in my Honda stays very clean and I get to see the filter in my BMW whenever I...
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    Your Major Annoyances on Your Car!??

    My only annoyance with my BMW is that it's 20 years old, and nothing lasts forever. 2000 528i 5 speed manual, M-sport package, interior appearance package
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    Dodge Ram loose hood - how to adjust?

    While it doesn't sound like your hood is about to come loose, I was in a vehicle when it happened. We were driving on the highway in a friend's '57 or '58 Dodge sedan. The hood suddenly flipped open and the airflow bent it back over the windshield and roof. My friend was able to see a bit...
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    Hvac duct cleaning: Have you? How often?

    The environmental health officer I used to work with was not a fan of duct cleaning. In his experience there was more inhalable particulate in the house after duct cleaning than before. That kind of makes sense too. If there's dirt in the ducts it's packed down. Removing some of it will disturb...
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    People born in the wrong decade

    Some years ago Road and Track talked about the best year ever for automotive styling. As I recall their final answer was '67. Think of all the great cars that year: Impala SS, Camaro, Mustang, Galaxie 500 GT, Fairlane GT, E-type, and on and on. I can't disagree though I am still partial to '63...
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    People born in the wrong decade

    You are correct. Originally a "computer" was a person who computed. I believe computers were most often female. Remember how to do calculations using logs? Not since I got a calculator.