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Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 08:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
If you have to re-stab the distributor, be...

If you have to re-stab the distributor, be prepared to turn the oil pump drive just a bit to get it to line up with the new position of the distributor gear. (I'm assuming the distributor drives the...
Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 07:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,510
Posted By troidus
BTW, if your factory rotors have two threaded...

BTW, if your factory rotors have two threaded holes 180 apart in the hat, they're there so you can use a couple of bolts to push the rotor off of the hub. No sense beating on them with a hammer if...
Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 02:31 PM
Replies: 1,605
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Views: 361,099
Posted By troidus
Awful. Gotta be worse now with unibody vans,...

Awful. Gotta be worse now with unibody vans, because you can't even lift the body away for easier access.
Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 10:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,522
Posted By troidus
Who accepts delivery of a vehicle with a blown...

Who accepts delivery of a vehicle with a blown tire?
Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 09:57 AM
Replies: 1,605
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Views: 361,099
Posted By troidus
I did a set of head gaskets on a '69 with the...

I did a set of head gaskets on a '69 with the 318. Miserable is about the kindest word I can use for that job. I should have removed the engine and done it outside of the van.
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,510
Posted By troidus
I know someone who used to do that, because he...

I know someone who used to do that, because he bought $25 rotors. Maybe that's why he had to change them every time.
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
The manufacturer/distributor is sending a new...

The manufacturer/distributor is sending a new probe and a box to send the defective one back.
Forum: The Garage 05-19-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,510
Posted By troidus
In my experience, the pistons are on the inboard...

In my experience, the pistons are on the inboard side, if they're not on both sides.

As for rust pitting on a car with 60k miles in three years, that's only 20k a year, which leaves plenty of...
Forum: The Garage 05-19-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
Both pieces arrived yesterday. Looks like I have...

Both pieces arrived yesterday. Looks like I have a bum probe, because I'm not getting ambient temp data from it. The wind speed part works, though, which is cool. I have e-mail in to support on...
Forum: The Garage 05-16-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,522
Posted By troidus
U-Haul is bad about that. They insist on doing...

U-Haul is bad about that. They insist on doing the initial hookup, and then often do it wrong. Chains cross under the tongue.
Forum: The Garage 05-15-2015, 12:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By troidus
We're talking about automotive fuel systems.

We're talking about automotive fuel systems.
Forum: The Garage 05-14-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 845
Posted By troidus
I was thinking ABS module, too. It's telling...

I was thinking ABS module, too. It's telling that it's fine while the key is off, but once there is power, then it goes to crap. And the OP has an ABS light.

Any OBDII codes? Dunno if home...
Forum: The Garage 05-14-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By troidus
It is for anyone who grew up with suction lines...

It is for anyone who grew up with suction lines between the tank and engine-driven diaphragm pump, and 4.5 psi between the pump and carb.
Forum: The Garage 05-13-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
So I bought one of these: ...

So I bought one of these:

http://moderndevice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Arduino_uno_top-450x340.jpg

and one of these:
...
Forum: The Garage 05-09-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
While I appreciate the sentiment that modern A/C...

While I appreciate the sentiment that modern A/C would be better, I have to work with what I have for the foreseeable future. $1400 for a Netbotz may be out of reach, but at least I know it exists...
Forum: The Garage 05-08-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
You definitely need to retard your timing. Move...

You definitely need to retard your timing. Move the distributor body in the direction of rotor rotation to do that. If it pings all the time, you need to knock at least 5 out of it. Do it soon,...
Forum: The Garage 05-08-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
The older GM vehicles that didn't have marks had...

The older GM vehicles that didn't have marks had a tube on the front of the timing cover that accepted a GM-specific probe and held it in a precise orientation. Then there was a small notch cut into...
Forum: The Garage 05-08-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 1,605
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Views: 361,099
Posted By troidus
Half a liter of peppermint schnapps spilled under...

Half a liter of peppermint schnapps spilled under a car seat will make your eyes water when it's 100 degrees out.
Forum: The Garage 05-07-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
I'll have to look at that. We have a Symmetra PX...

I'll have to look at that. We have a Symmetra PX 20kW unit in there. Not sure how a barometric pressure unit helps, with no ducting available to measure. Separately, I see that there are some...
Forum: The Garage 05-07-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
I do have a panning IP camera in there, so I...

I do have a panning IP camera in there, so I could use the streamer idea, but that won't call me if one quits. Someone here who used to work for Borders said that their motion sensors would go off...
Forum: The Garage 05-07-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
Only the 2-ton has a brand name on it, and that's...

Only the 2-ton has a brand name on it, and that's a Liebert. The other two are plain beige boxes. Most of the rest of this building is zoned and running on unmonitored units. The five units I can...
Forum: The Garage 05-06-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 993
Posted By troidus
A hot tub is a bathtub with an expensive heater. ...

A hot tub is a bathtub with an expensive heater. A spa retains heat and uses treated water similar to a swimming pool. And it's not spray foam, it's pourable foam. There is a difference in...
Forum: The Garage 05-06-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 993
Posted By troidus
Talked to a friend who used to sell and service...

Talked to a friend who used to sell and service spas. You want closed-cell pourable foam. It would be easier if you could turn the spa completely upside down so you don't have to dam the voids...
Forum: The Garage 05-06-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 993
Posted By troidus
You need excellent insulation that is flowable,...

You need excellent insulation that is flowable, waterproof, self-supporting, and environmentally stable. There aren't a lot of choices that tick all of the boxes.
Forum: The Garage 05-06-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 993
Posted By troidus
It's low density and not UV-stable. Not that...

It's low density and not UV-stable. Not that there should be any UV light under a hot tub, but I don't know if it's ozone-stable, either.
Forum: The Garage 05-05-2015, 10:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 993
Posted By troidus
Put it up on its side and put AB foam back in. ...

Put it up on its side and put AB foam back in. You may have to build a dam across part of the cavity to keep it from running out before it expands and sets up.
Forum: The Garage 05-05-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,423
Posted By troidus
A friend of mine heats his house with wood. He...

A friend of mine heats his house with wood. He caught his thigh a couple of years ago. Fortunately superficial.
Forum: The Garage 05-04-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
Temperature alone won't tell me if an evaporator...

Temperature alone won't tell me if an evaporator is iced up.

Edit: I see your suggestion about measuring coil refrigerant outlet temp. All three units don't run at the same time (they can, but...
Forum: The Garage 05-04-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 1,605
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Views: 361,099
Posted By troidus
Better that it leaked out during the fill, rather...

Better that it leaked out during the fill, rather than getting blown out under pressure. Then you'd be taking handfuls of kitty litter to the walls and ceiling.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-04-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By troidus
I'd be worried about the heat of the fire...

I'd be worried about the heat of the fire changing the metallurgy of both the caliper and rotor.
Forum: The Garage 05-04-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,062
Posted By troidus
HVAC monitoring question

I have a server room cooled by three wall-mounted units, two 2.5 ton and a 2 ton. At a minimum, I'd like to monitor discharge airflow and temperature and be able to post the results up on a web app...
Forum: The Garage 05-04-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
I don't see a problem with what you've drawn. ...

I don't see a problem with what you've drawn. And you don't have a dieseling problem, that was just a suggestion on my part when I had incomplete information.
Forum: The Garage 05-03-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
This. And ideally you control it with a...

This. And ideally you control it with a thermostat so you don't have to remember a switch.

Some cars will run the fan for a bit after the key is switched off, but I don't know how something...
Forum: The Garage 05-03-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
No, that's not dieseling. This is dieseling: ...

No, that's not dieseling. This is dieseling:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wo8cVCTvv-I?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Forum: The Garage 05-03-2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
Dieseling? That's usually from hot spots in the...

Dieseling? That's usually from hot spots in the combustion chamber, and those are often carbon deposits.
Forum: The Garage 05-03-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
A bad ground causes an open, not a short, and...

A bad ground causes an open, not a short, and shouldn't pop the fuse. You have the positive feed for the circuit coming in contact with something it shouldn't and that something is probably the body...
Forum: The Garage 05-03-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,061
Posted By troidus
You want electrical contact cleaner, not carb 'n...

You want electrical contact cleaner, not carb 'n choke cleaner, when trying to clean electrical stuff. You could have burned your ride to the ground. Glad you didn't.
Forum: The Garage 05-02-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,732
Posted By troidus
I keep spare fasteners on hand for the plastic...

I keep spare fasteners on hand for the plastic pans under the engine bay. Sometimes they pop out from scrapes against steep driveway approaches, and sometimes they break when being removed for...
Forum: The Garage 05-01-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,044
Posted By troidus
We have a 100-pr copper line running into the...

We have a 100-pr copper line running into the building. It got backhoed about 12 years ago during curb replacement, because out at the street, it wasn't trenched into a limestone bench. Instead, it...
Forum: The Garage 04-30-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 1,605
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Views: 361,099
Posted By troidus
The principle still works, just not as...

The principle still works, just not as efficiently. I used it when helping a friend build a shed, when his ridge beam warped and needed to be pulled into position. I tied one end to the top plate of...
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