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    Remove Trailer Weight When Parked??

    My student employee parked our workplace F250 pickup truck with attached commercial wood chipper and jacked up the chipper to take weight off the truck springs. His dad taught him to do this (almost) every time it was parked to save the springs. EDIT: I.E., you park the rig for a few hours to...
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    Receiving End of Payed Forward Twice!

    My wife was on the receiving end of getting payed forward twice in less than a week. First time was in a butcher shop on senior citizen day for $100. The next time was in a Fresh Thyme natural food store ($30) where she let 2 people with one item go ahead of her. In each instance she went...
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    Table/Workbench Top Project

    I reworked two ratty 60 year old oak laboratory tables in my workplace shop multi-purpose room (lunch, work, etc.) . I cleaned up the ugly painted tops, installed oak edge boards, followed by loose-lay vinyl plank flooring. The flooring will take moderate abuse and is cheap ($36) and easy to...
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    Pre-Retirement Options

    Hello all, I am considering retirement in about 2 years at age 66.5 and have already begun planning for it (optional - my career is an enjoyable passion). I am married (homemaker with only SS income), I have a TIAA 403b and small Roth IRA (under 50K) - already moving to less risky portfolio...
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving today. Thank you to Helen and all the behind-the-scenes people that keep this site great.
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    Spark Plug "Tester" ?

    Does this plug tester show anything meaningful??
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    Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) Results

    Below are before and after pictures of a parking lot ding I received this past spring. My PDR guy was in Texas doing hail damage repair through mid-July and I waited a few weeks after his return (Covid precaution) to get this done today. $300 vs. about $600+ for a body shop repair. A...
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    Covid-19 Diversion

    I've been tuning in to Youtube and this live feed of brown bears (and wolves) feeding on salmon at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park in Alaska: <a href="" target="_blank">https:/<wbr>/<wbr><wbr>watch?v=IcWTPFnqOLo</a> Fascinating...
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    Mower Engine Diagnosis Help

    Hello Gang, I have a sick engine on my workplace Exmark commercial zero turn mower. 12 years old with 900 hours. 23 hp Kawasaki FH680V 2 cylinder engine. Air and fuel filter good. <span style="font-weight: bold">Plugs</span> are at 150 hours, look good - maybe should try replacement...
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    Visitor Fawn at Work

    Was shocked to see this resting near our greenhouse yesterday. We let it be the entire day, knowing that mama was probably around. This morning it was gone. As cute as they are, mixed blessings because of all the crop (tree) damage they do. <img...
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    Any Rotor Foundries in U.S.??

    Just out of curiosity, I was wondering if there are any actual foundries left in the U.S. that manufacture rotors from scratch. Or, is the example below cast in China and the "blank" is machined in the U.S.? What exactly is a blank? Thank you. This MOPAR rotor states "Made in U.S.A." on...
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    Electrician's Help With Circuit Breaker ?

    Licensed electricians, Where can I find the document that states that a Siemens circuit breaker (Q2100) is UL listed and/or classified to use in an ITE panel?? You know the conundrum surrounding this and AHJ's. In my case, the ITE labeled panel is circa 1986, 3 years after Siemens acquired...
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    Random Pics of 2020 Winter Activities

    Got to play with trains with my club setup at the local museum: <img src="" alt="[Linked Image]" class="post-image" style="height:auto!important;max-width:100%!important;"/> <img...
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    NGK Conventional vs. Ruthenium Plugs

    My car with 4 cyl. non turbo 2.4L GEMA engine is due for its 3rd plug change next month at 90K miles. It came with OEM NGK conventional v groove nickel electrode plugs with 30,000 mile change interval (aka "copper" plugs). <span style="font-weight: bold">I'm itching to try the new Ruthenium...
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    Critical Windows 10 Update

    I received this notice at my workplace yesterday: <span style="font-style: italic">Recently, a critical security vulnerability was discovered among all Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016/2019 systems. Microsoft reports that the vulnerability leaves these systems open to cyber attacks. A software...
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    Quick 2004 F150 alternator ???

    2004 rust bucket F150 with 6 cyl. engine. My coworker showed up at work with flickering battery light. Battery is below 12V. Voltage at battery, engine running is below 12V. Directly out of the alternator output cable is reading 11 volts while running. Is this an accurate test of bad...
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    First Time Rotor Dial Guage User

    I'm hooked! Blame The Critic and Hangfire. I installed new front brake pads and rotors yesterday and have to admit that I like using a dial gauge to check runout. My first rotor was good at 0.002 and the second one started at about 0.003. By changing the rotor position I was able to get...
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    Blue-Green "Algae" Kills Dogs!

    Wow. I just saw this on the news. I never knew about this. <a href="" title="httpswwwfreepcomstorynewslocalmichigan20190813bluegreenalgaekillingdogpoisoning1996204001"...
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    FCA ELM327 Diagnostic App Available

    Just passing along useful information. Moderators please remove if it violates link sharing guidelines. I have no connection with this company. There is a diagnostic app. available for FCA vehicles that works with an ELM327 device (maybe similar to Fordscan?). The program advertises...
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    Automated Manual vs. Step Shift Trans.??

    Can someone please explain in layman terms the difference between an <span style="text-decoration: underline">automated manual transmission</span> and a <span style="text-decoration: underline">step shift transmission</span>? Examples of each? This is related to Molakule's recent DW-1 ATF...