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  1. Artie

    Artie AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    So, I need to change the valve cover gaskets on my '67 327 Chevelle. My brother bought me a torque wrench for my birthday. Cool. The torque spec is right on the gasket package. Click, click, click, snap. I learn that some torque specifications are in inch-pounds. NOT foot-pounds. That bitch leaked oil for the next 20 years. :dunno:
     
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  2. Frankie's Market

    Frankie's Market AK Member Subscriber

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    Don't poke the bear, literally or figuratively speaking...
     
  3. mshultz

    mshultz Member

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    Closely related to this: I was talking to the Director of Administration some years ago. We had replaced the original mild steel lime slakers and troughs with stainless steel. I suggested that stainless steel water towers would save money over time due to the reduction in maintenance costs. He replied "There is never money to do it right, but there is always money to do it over."
     
  4. freQ(*)Oddio

    freQ(*)Oddio We tried to talk it over but words got in the way Subscriber

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    test the brakes when using a unfamiliar vehicle......... before the first traffic intersection.
     
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  5. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

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    Really really make sure polarized capacitors are installed correctly before you power up the kit tube amp you just spent 100 hours carefully building. BzzzzzzzzzPOP!
     
  6. 1970's Fan

    1970's Fan AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Because of my spinal injury, if I drink too much Laphroaig (sigh), I literally have to drag one of my legs because it feels like rubber. The first time I noticed this little "trick", I had to drag it all the way along Leith walk in Edinburgh to my b&b. I got some funny looks from people :D.
     
  7. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

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    I see that as an extra added feature. Once you go rubbery, you know you're done drinking for a while. I could use that! Would prevent waking up on the 8th green in a golf cart with everyone mad at me. :)
     
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  8. bobsvinyl

    bobsvinyl Painfully Aware Subscriber

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    Don't pass up an item at the flea market/thrift/yard sale and expect it to still be there on your return trip.
     
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  9. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    bob, I learned this with a pair of Klipsch Heresy's for 40 bucks. Grrrrrrrrr.
     
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  10. vonclod

    vonclod AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    A good tattoo isn't cheap, and a cheap tattoo isn't good:eek:
     
  11. Gazdatronik

    Gazdatronik Well-Known Member

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    In auto repair:

    Its never the relay.

    Buy a torque wrench.

    The A/C never "just needs a recharge."

    You don't have the wheel lock keys.

    The timing belt was never serviced.
     
  12. Ronald1973

    Ronald1973 8-trackin', Hank, Sr. man

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    Reminds me of my grandmother! She was used to no power steering or power brakes. My uncle tried to give her his vehicle that was equipped with power brakes and power steering, so she took it for a drive out here to see my parents (I own the house now). Poor little ole lady, she almost threw herself through the windshield!
     
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  13. Artie

    Artie AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    And never take more money than you can afford to spend, because you will spend it all.
     
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  14. Alobar

    Alobar Pulling out of the Last Chance Texaco.. Subscriber

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    Fuses don't blow without a reason.
     
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  15. bluesky

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    1st... Read & fully understand the instructions.
     
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  16. MaxxVolume

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    When changing the fluid in your transmission, always remove the fill plug first....

    (Don`t ask how I know this :) )
     
  17. NH-MAN

    NH-MAN AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I have no butt and cannot ride my motorcycle as long as I would like. despite it's nice seat.
     
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  18. usedto

    usedto Lunatic Member

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    Farts don't have lumps.
     
  19. Alobar

    Alobar Pulling out of the Last Chance Texaco.. Subscriber

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    Don't ever attempt to live in a house while you are actually building it.

    Surprising how many people here are doing just that. So many in fact that a local phrase has been coined. "Build a house, lose a spouse".
     
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  20. rxonmymind

    rxonmymind AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Especially gambling. ALWAYS fill up a full tank of gas so you can get home( my friend failed to do this. I had to loan him money) and leave the ATM card in the glove box.
     
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