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  1. On older vehicles, cars at least, the chassis was...

    On older vehicles, cars at least, the chassis was used as ground return. This was mostly OK for things like lights and door switches, but not so much for modern electronics. Even with lights,...
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    Just call room service and ask for one. But be...

    Just call room service and ask for one. But be careful of your pronunciation. You might get a gay Shah! :rolleyes:
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    Bored in Japan? Geishas! :rolleyes:

    Bored in Japan? Geishas! :rolleyes:
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    You can't fully judge sharpness or performance...

    You can't fully judge sharpness or performance from an image. I changed that image to one from the same factory, and it looks marginally better. But I haven't found many images of comparable...
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    Images and/or video would be very helpful. I've...

    Images and/or video would be very helpful. I've only used carbide tooling on my lathe, without problems. I've used cheap Harbor Freight HSS 2 flute end mills on my mill/drill, usually at low speed,...
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    The carrier, typically about 10 kHz, constantly...

    The carrier, typically about 10 kHz, constantly switches between about 350 volts to zero, with pulse width variation from less than 100 uSec to 10 mSec, with rise and fall time in the order of 1...
  7. I haven't used it, but shipping via Greyhound bus...

    I haven't used it, but shipping via Greyhound bus might be economical enough (station to station). But maximum weight is 100 pounds:
    https://howtoship.com/going-greyhound-shipping/

    Another option...
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    Lots of useful or just cool looking parts in old...

    Lots of useful or just cool looking parts in old printers and scanners. Mostly shafts and gears, but also motors, RGB LED bars, sensors, and a nice flat glass plate. I wish I had cannibalized my old...
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    Tom, thanks for the info. It seems like good...

    Tom, thanks for the info. It seems like good paint.

    Another project related to the house painting will be fixing this pump house which is adjacent to the house. Originally (perhaps 100-150 years...
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    I don't think it's Cedar - at least it doesn't...

    I don't think it's Cedar - at least it doesn't have that sort of grain or smell - but it's 150 years old! Rotted siding was a much more recent addition, and it just seemed to have a bad spot (top)....
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    I have a Canon LBP6200 laser printer I bought 3...

    I have a Canon LBP6200 laser printer I bought 3 or 4 years ago for less than $100, and it's still on its original "start-up" toner cartridge. Meanwhile, my HP OfficeJet has been mostly unused for...
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    There have been some good dog movies. When I was...

    There have been some good dog movies. When I was at the Hagerstown KOA this past weekend, they showed a "Marmaduke" movie, mostly for the kids, but it was pretty funny.

    Then Sunday night I watched...
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    I do hate to hear of cases where someone kills a...

    I do hate to hear of cases where someone kills a dog, but in this instance, there was a rather dangerous precedent, and the fact that the dog was close enough to Gordon that he could hit it with the...
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    "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday...

    "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun" :)
  15. Multiple layers of stupidity in that story. ...

    Multiple layers of stupidity in that story.

    1. With enough layers of blankets, or a good sleeping bag, and multiple layers of clothing, she could have stayed warm enough to avoid frostbite, and...
  16. It looks like the Lehr propane tools were a flash...

    It looks like the Lehr propane tools were a flash in the pan, and they are no longer available. Too bad - seemed like a good idea. I would like to try converting a weed trimmer to propane, but the...
  17. I had many problems with my Poulan Pro chainsaw,...

    I had many problems with my Poulan Pro chainsaw, possibly caused by ethanol, but I have always used the premix cans for that. It was always hard to start, then I was able to tweak the hi/lo mixture...
  18. AIUI you want to use the tool on the left as a...

    AIUI you want to use the tool on the left as a ball turner to reproduce the tool on the right to function as the unbroken one in the center. As suggested above, diamond burrs are less than a dollar...
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    I thought maybe vinegar (acetic acid) might be...

    I thought maybe vinegar (acetic acid) might be safer to neutralize the lye, but apparently that is not so good, either. Apparently copious amounts of water is recommended to dilute the caustic, and...
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    I found some info on 2 phase to 3 phase...

    I found some info on 2 phase to 3 phase connections:

    http://machineryequipmentonline.com/electric-equipment/transformerthree-phasethree-phase-to-two-phase-conversion-and-vice-versa/
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  21. You might consider pounding a length or rebar...

    You might consider pounding a length or rebar into the soil at the bottom of the hole, and boring a deep hole in the bottom of the post. That should greatly help stabilize it and keeping it oriented...
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    My father once used clear spray paint on a fly....

    My father once used clear spray paint on a fly. It kept going, but slowed down as the paint hardened, and it dropped to the floor.

    There was a joke about the three Samurais who were being tested...
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    True 2-phase actually has 90 degrees between...

    True 2-phase actually has 90 degrees between phases, but it is quite rare. The usual 120/240 VAC power for US homes is actually single phase, or sometimes called "split phase", but there is no way to...
  24. It also may be better to use metal "flags" on the...

    It also may be better to use metal "flags" on the bottom of the posts to keep them from tilting. Concrete is good only if the surrounding soil is very solid, and/or if the bottom of the hole rests on...
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    Good point. When we were using a hose spray to...

    Good point. When we were using a hose spray to clean some of the previously painted surfaces, it developed small blisters that got larger and then ruptured and peeled off. Most of the siding is...
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