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Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,635
Posted By gmiguy
I don't think you need to have a set plan for...

I don't think you need to have a set plan for this up front. Put them all up for sale with an asking price on the high side of reasonable.

Whichever two sell first keep the third and see how it...
Forum: The Garage 07-30-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,682
Posted By gmiguy
You don't need to physically exclude people, you...

You don't need to physically exclude people, you just need the average pedestrian to not want to get inside.

I'd just add a warning label that makes it seem like a bad idea to remove the cap.
...
Forum: The Garage 07-08-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,395
Posted By gmiguy
I'd cut a piece of plywood that spans the width...

I'd cut a piece of plywood that spans the width of the trailer or otherwise self-fixtures and either bolt a harbor freight chock to that or put on some dimensional lumber to constrain the wheel.
...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,336
Posted By gmiguy
It's your first bike, you don't know enough about...

It's your first bike, you don't know enough about bikes or riding to really have any "preferences" and what you think you want now will likely be very different from what you will know you really...
Forum: The Garage 05-13-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,907
Posted By gmiguy
I'm also not sure why people get so worked up...

I'm also not sure why people get so worked up about the warranty on a hand tool.

I like good tools that do what they are supposed to.

I don't care if I'll be able to overload said tool to the...
Forum: The Garage 05-08-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,506
Posted By gmiguy
What is failing on your plugs? As...

What is failing on your plugs?

As mentioned already, there are fuses inside most/all 12VDC cigarette-lighter type plugs. Any chance those are opening?

As you would expect from a legacy...
Forum: The Garage 05-08-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,017
Posted By gmiguy
Does California require ethanol blends? ...

Does California require ethanol blends?

Last I heard there were only 9 states that required ethanol specifically, and although Oregon and Washington were among them California (somewhat...
Forum: The Garage 05-03-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,527
Posted By gmiguy
Even in non-motorcycle applications, the rated...

Even in non-motorcycle applications, the rated minimum rated bend radii for belts is generally greater than the rated bend radii for the equivalent chain.

Within reasonable limits an individual...
Forum: Road warriors 04-29-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,457
Posted By gmiguy
Bandit 1250 might be worth a look It's not a...

Bandit 1250 might be worth a look

It's not a twin, but who cares? If you like torque it has more output than the Superhawk at half the revs.

They're solid a comfy bikes. I very nearly bought...
Forum: The Garage 04-29-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 721
Posted By gmiguy
Why would speed bleeders be any more likely to...

Why would speed bleeders be any more likely to leak than normal bleed screws?

Don't both designs seal on the solid point at the bottom of the screw, and isn't the part on a conventional bleed...
Forum: The Garage 04-28-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,967
Posted By gmiguy
Torque is just a force acting over a distance. ...

Torque is just a force acting over a distance. If you know the force and the distance you know the torque.

It's easy enough to check any torque wrench by hanging a known mass from an arm of known...
Forum: The Garage 04-23-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,323
Posted By gmiguy
Seems like a complete waste of time to me. ...

Seems like a complete waste of time to me.

I'd apply some of that effort to just picking a make/model/build that is unlikely to need extensive repairs or complex diagnostics during the warranty...
Forum: Equipment 04-10-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 997
Posted By gmiguy
The item in the link appears to be raw material...

The item in the link appears to be raw material that is intended to be made into a rigid composite part. This isn't a usable finished product, it's feedstock that must be combined with other...
Forum: The Garage 03-31-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 153,666
Posted By gmiguy
Problem with these breaker bars is that the...

Problem with these breaker bars is that the handle design makes it hard to get a piece of pipe over the end.

Not sure if that was on purpose or not; but I'd prefer some basic knurling that would...
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,797
Posted By gmiguy
How can you say that when there are people with...

How can you say that when there are people with cancer in the world right now?
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 336
Posted By gmiguy
Are you positive about that? I understand denier...

Are you positive about that? I understand denier to be a direct measure of liner mass, with 1 denier being equal to 1g per 9000m.

Denier is sometimes (but not always) is a decent approximation of...
Forum: Equipment 03-20-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,797
Posted By gmiguy
Do you really contend that it's inappropriate to...

Do you really contend that it's inappropriate to post/complain about gear or warranty concerns in the "Equipment" forum because other people have unrelated but much more serious health and personal...
Forum: The Garage 03-12-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 721
Posted By gmiguy
Just leave it in gear and have somebody apply the...

Just leave it in gear and have somebody apply the rear brake while you undo the bolt.
Forum: The Garage 03-11-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By gmiguy
I'm a 10+ year HVACR system design engineer who...

I'm a 10+ year HVACR system design engineer who also lives in Western NC, so I'm familiar with the climate in the area.

From the information you have given, I expect a geothermal system will not...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,148
Posted By gmiguy
They also recommend that you wear gloves whenever...

They also recommend that you wear gloves whenever you use them to prevent picking up carbon fiber splinters. No thanks.

Based on that, I'd be hesitant to use them around electronics. The last...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,148
Posted By gmiguy
My experiences with aluminum drive tools...

My experiences with aluminum drive tools generally is that the problem is wear on the surface that contact the fastener rather than bending or other failure of the tool body.

Aluminum in contact...
Forum: The Garage 02-13-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,655
Posted By gmiguy
From a friend who has 10+ years experience with...

From a friend who has 10+ years experience with the fundamental design, failure analysis, and testing of automotive disc brakes:

"The rotor metallurgy and dimensional control on el-cheapo rotors...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,782
Posted By gmiguy
I'm sure they said similar things about riding...

I'm sure they said similar things about riding goggles 100 years ago.

"Bah, getting hit in the eye with rocks is part of the 'real-world' discomfort of riding. If you leave that part out you...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,782
Posted By gmiguy
I doubt it, a true breakthrough in the efficiency...

I doubt it, a true breakthrough in the efficiency of practical Peltier cooling would be big news and the results would show up first in much higher-value applications than recreational comfort...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,782
Posted By gmiguy
This meets the definition of "real" AC as it both...

This meets the definition of "real" AC as it both cools and dehumidifies the air.

Besides the obvious advantage of not having to "recharge" the ice reservoir, I think the air-only design does...
Forum: The Garage 02-12-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,655
Posted By gmiguy
Are you sure it's a parts issue? Is the...

Are you sure it's a parts issue?

Is the specific make/model known for warping rotors? If not, repeat failures across multiple quality parts from different vendors is a good indicator of...
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 18,216
Posted By gmiguy
Why go through all the trouble of developing a...

Why go through all the trouble of developing a new tire when it would be much easier to just raise the prices on the old ones?
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,493
Posted By gmiguy
If the Metzler China factory is recently built...

If the Metzler China factory is recently built and therefore representative of the current state of the art in tire manufacturing it is entirely possible, even likely, that the tires coming from that...
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,655
Posted By gmiguy
How did he torque the lug nuts down? ...

How did he torque the lug nuts down?

Uneven or excessive lug nut torque can cause near-term rotor warping.
Forum: The Garage 02-10-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,122
Posted By gmiguy
I can't help much with your exhaust selection,...

I can't help much with your exhaust selection, but I have a correction for you to consider:

On a 4-stroke engine the intake valve is only open every other downstroke; your airflow calculation...
Forum: Equipment 02-07-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,493
Posted By gmiguy
Aston Martin is not owned by Tata, they're owned...

Aston Martin is not owned by Tata, they're owned by a private British/American/Kuwaiti/Indian consortium.

Jaguar and Land Rover are both owned by Tata.

For the most part vehicles from these...
Forum: Equipment 02-06-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,493
Posted By gmiguy
So you never fly on airplanes or ride in vehicles...

So you never fly on airplanes or ride in vehicles manufactured after about 1995?

Where are your smoke detectors made?
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,685
Posted By gmiguy
A Grade 8 5/16 bolt is rated for a clamp load of...

A Grade 8 5/16 bolt is rated for a clamp load of 4,750 pounds at a tightening torque of 25 ft/lb.

That's the standard recommended tightening torque, it will of course support significantly more...
Forum: The Garage 01-16-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,494
Posted By gmiguy
These are also good. Anybody who gets an OBD...

These are also good.

Anybody who gets an OBD that interfaces with a laptop - I highly recommend you make sure it has a direct USB connection.

There are still versions on the market that...
Forum: The Garage 01-15-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,511
Posted By gmiguy
There are some valid reasons to deviate from OEM...

There are some valid reasons to deviate from OEM tire size, such as:
-You have modified the vehicle in a way that necessitates a different size
-The type of tire you want is unavailable in the OEM...
Forum: The Garage 01-13-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,685
Posted By gmiguy
I've always found the HF presses to work well as...

I've always found the HF presses to work well as long as they're set up right and everything is parallel/perpendicular in order to assure that the force is going where it's supposed to.

Even the...
Forum: The Garage 01-13-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,494
Posted By gmiguy
Yep, this is the same as I have and it is...

Yep, this is the same as I have and it is cost-effective, functional, and convenient.

The data logging feature is a great diagnostic tool.
Forum: The Garage 01-10-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 153,666
Posted By gmiguy
Their 16" x 36" plastic service cart is a winner....

Their 16" x 36" plastic service cart is a winner.

http://www.harborfreight.com/16-x-30-two-shelf-industrial-polypropylene-service-cart-69443.html

It's sturdy and well thought-out, mine has...
Forum: The Garage 01-07-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 153,666
Posted By gmiguy
Their single-piece neon orange dead blow hammers...

Their single-piece neon orange dead blow hammers are great.

Functionally identical to the big name compo-cast hammers for a fraction of the cost, and available in a good range of sizes.
Forum: Old's Cool 10-18-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,293
Posted By gmiguy
Feel free to put that together and post it for...

Feel free to put that together and post it for everybody's review any time you want.
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