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  1. Oro_O

    Weirdly appropriate USPS "gun" stamp

    After fighting some intertia, I got around to re-upping my FFL. I used my normal method(s) of acquiring a USPS first-class stamp in this mostly digital age. Which is either: a) Bumming one from a more organized female family or household member, or b) When very desperate, driving to the post...
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    Any great "all-Japanese" or pan-Asian parts houses/suppliers?

    I need to so some suspension work on a Lexus. I wish I could find a reliable place to just be comfortable going to for things, like I can with European cars. For example, I can go to RM European, FCP Euro, etc. for European makes and not have to comparison shop a lot. I know I can always wade...
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    Landscaping advice - flagstone walkway edging

    I need to install some edging on this flagstone walkway to keep it clear of grass. I can't come up with anything brilliant other than to put in some plastic edging and then fill it with pea gravel. Any other great ideas? We laid it about 15 years ago and it's been fine, but the last several...
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    Mounting a portable/home tire changer?

    I picked up a set of older Volvo "Perfo" wheels I intend to refinish and mount with summer tires. I wanted the tires dismounted before refinishing and decided to get one of the HF changers to do it myself, and have the tool/changer for the future. OK, so what's the best way to mount it? I...
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    What is a good BMW motorcycle forum?

    I don't have a BMW bike myself (have others), but my neighbor does. I wanted to find a forum to ask some questions re his bike to help him. 2016 K1600GT. What is the most visited/most popular one; I see several. Thanks!
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    How to disconnect this plumbing connector (quick connect?) - Under sink

    I need to replace the pull-out hose for my parents' kitchen sink. Price-Pfister with the pull-down sprayer head. I don't quite see how to disconnect this connector. It has some play with the white T connector above, But I can't find a release or method to get it off w/o excessive force. I...
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    52k mile, 8 year old Volvo OE (Mahle?) fuel filter cut open.

    I swapped in a new fuel filter on a 2000 model year Volvo I bought recently. For giggles, I cut open the (presumably) original filter. I am fairly certain this was the original filter. (corrected below!) Nothing dramatic. It was easy to pull the inlet end off after cutting it open. The...
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    Question on deep scratch treatment

    I picked up a really clean, relatively low-mile older Volvo recently. I had a P2 XC70 I loved and planned on driving a very long time that was rear-ended. :( This one is an interim until I can find the "perfect" replacement newer model in the future. This car is a 2000my V70 XC in Moondust...
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    Please help me find a micro-adjustable air regulator (for wastegate adjustment)

    I need a fine gauge from like 0 to 20psi so I can check the wastegate pressure on a few turbos. What I'm looking for is something like the tool shown between 3:45 and 4:10 in this video (and you can see right there on the still shot): Preferrably just DIY quality. I will use it a few times...
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    I don't always change my transmission fluid in the snow, but when I do...

    And it was worth it. Oh my gosh how much better it shifts and responsive it is now, 2000my Volvo XC with 117k. I think the fluid was original. Also, it cost like $33. RM European has the nice Dex III Total for $3.30/qt delivered (with a $99 order total price). I bought some other things...
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    Who's a woodworker? How to fix a cherry furniture finish?

    This is a very old Cherry four-post bed that has been in storage a long time. My parents are now well retired and want to convert a former home office back into a guest bedroom. Two things to address: 1) Somehow some water(?) got on some parts of the footboard and removed the finish on the...
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    Stripping chrome chemically?

    Helping my dad with a bike restoration (posted elsewhere, '81 GS100). Instead of living with this taillight housing (he might), or re-chroming, I thought I'd paint it a gloss black/clear coat and it would be innocuous enough and not look weird. This is the only bad chrome on the bike, the...
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    What is the best Jaguar forum (for an XK8)?

    Today I looked at a used late 90s Jaguar XK8. Always loved them; found a local one cheap as it needs a few repairs - great drivetrain and body, so nothing deal-breaking. I wanted to double check a few things before I jump in. I need to find a good forum to ask knowledgeable folks a few...
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    Advice on sealing wooden Carriage House (garage) doors

    My parents have large double swinging "carriage house" doors on their bedroom. They were un-hung and refinished a few years ago by Dad, new weather stripping. It's leaking now; the water is coming down the face of the door, pooling, then coming through the seal and wicking into the flooring...
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    Anybody know L322 Range Rover locks/alarms? (locked out)

    2004 Range Rover, locked out - driver's door lock broken, car not responding to aftermarket remote. (I posted this at RangeRovers.net, but my old account was apparently disabled (I had not used it in years). I opened a new account but it's "awaiting moderation" - I'm leary of that as it took...
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    Elder Project, '81 Yamaha XS11 style...

    Yes, the legendary Yamaha XS Eleven. ;) My father is getting older, mid-70s. (Read the rest with deprecating irony, ok? ;) ). I look after his health by giving him difficult projects and guilting him into doing them. For example, this 15,000 original mile 1981 Yamaha XS1100 (oh yes). It...
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    Does she criticize your driving all the time? My B/N is a nightmare...

    My Bomb/Nav is the hardest jury I have. Never happy, always fidgety, sometimes even getting handsy over on the cockpit side. We weren't even doing anything moderately aggressive and she looks over and says: "Your heel/toe work is on par with Michael Schumacher. After the head injury at...
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    Who knows Northern Idaho well? Sandpoint, CDA, elsewhere?

    I had an itch to travel a bit; needed some space. Took off after social work today and got as far as Spokane. The finest view I've ever seen at the Columbia Gorge. (more below), in many years. I always stop at the "wild horse" viewpoint. Anyway, tonight I'm in a cheap hotel in Spokane. Have a...
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    Between these snow tires: Blizzak WS80, Pirelli Ice Zero FR, GY Ultra Grip Winter

    Available and in my budget, these tires only (215/65-16 on a Volvo XC): Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Bridgestone WS80 Pirelli Ice Zero FR (maybe also Hankook icept IZ2 WS616, mainly interested in the above though) Usage is going through Snoqualmie Pass very often; heavy wet snow frequently, ice...
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    To clear-coat these roof rails, or not?

    I refinished my roof rails today (or partly so). They are cast aluminum and have a rough finish, had black paint on them. I've applied about three light coats of Rustoleum paint and they have a nice finish, but not deep. I did the cross-wise load bars, which are the same aluminum. Should I...
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