Re: [MBZ] Caulk closed the sunroof?

2020-12-31 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Allan wrote:

> Thanks, I will probably give it a try! Did you buy it from the
> website or is it sold at retailers?

Eternabond is a common RV roof repair item.  If you want to buy
locally, check an RV supply store.

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Re: [MBZ] Mac laptop

2020-11-06 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Mitch wrote:

> Which brings me to why I don't leave iTunes on my computer,
> Apple acting like it owns my computer too.

Use a virtual machine (like VirtualBox) guest.  Run it only when
you need iTunes.  As far as iTunes/apple is concerned, it is the
only software installed on the computer.  And it's easy to
"unplug" the ethernet that connects to the web but you can still
use host-only network or guest-shared directory to access files on
the host computer.

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Re: [MBZ] Way OT: Pulls like a freight train

2020-11-04 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> > > G wrote:
> > >
> > > The steam valve switches to push on the back stroke, at the
> > > end of the front stroke.

> > Mitch wrote:
> > 
> > At least this one has a clutch and a gearbox, so if you stop
> > at exactly TDC you can still get it rolling.

By de-clutching and turning the flywheel by hand?

> Craig wrote:
> 
> Which is why freight train locomotives have their two sides out
> of phase.

The other reason is smoother torque.  Because as the one side
nears the end of the stroke (0 or 180 deg) where the torque is
less, the other side is nearing max torque (90 or 270 deg) net
result is fairly smooth torque even at low rpm.

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Re: [MBZ] Way OT: Pulls like a freight train

2020-11-03 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Buggered wrote:

> I bet that thing has about 42000 lb-ft of torque at 150rpm

2626 lb-ft of torque = 150 HP at 300 RPM.

And a steam engine has maximum torque at zero RPM.  With more info
(steam pressure, piston size, number of cylinders) it could be
calculated what the zero RPM torque would be.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Pumpkin Shortage?

2020-09-27 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Peter wrote:

> Those big decorative pumpkins don't make good pies, you want the
> small "sugar" or New England Field ones.  The big ones have
> watery slop for pulp when cooked.

Odd.

Over the years we have made many, many, pies from quite a few big
decorative pumpkins.  It works just fine.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - VirtualBox & Copying a VM to a Physical Machine

2020-08-20 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dan wrote:

> My STAR system is on a VM that runs off an external drive. It
> works fine, but it’s sluggish and I don’t care to have the
> hassle of an external drive. I found a larger hard drive for my
> laptop, but I want to move the VM to the larger hard drive and
> put it into the laptop as the boot drive.

Why not keep it as a virtual machine?  It is very easy to copy,
move to new hardware, keep special software running on old
operating systems, etc.  Especially since from what I remember
STAR is picky.  If it's happy in a VM - leave it there!

> I can’t get the VM to recognize the USB connected drive as a
> hard drive.

Virtualbox or VMWare?  I haven't used VMWare in more than a decade.

Virtualbox can mount external harddrives via USB.  But the recent
open source versions of virtualbox need "extensions" to allow
USB.  Those are separate pieces due to licensing.  I only run
Virtualbox host on Linux, so I can't comment on what is included
on a Mac on MSWin install.

Might that be your problem?

I still recommend keeping it as a virtual machine and not turning
it into hardware.  But maybe I'm not understanding what you are
really trying to do.

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Re: [MBZ] I found a leak ...

2020-08-12 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> OK wrote:

> Hmm, corroded fitting? Make it smooth with emery cloth, or clean
> and fill till smooth with epoxy?

I have filled pits many times.  Clean with Hydrocloric (muriatic)
acid, then use JBWeld (slow, not fast cure) and work it into all
the pits making sure that all the low spots are filled.  To tall
can be removed later.

I save the stick and mixing "plate" to monitor the cure without
disturbing the real repair.  I like using flat sections of clear
plastic packaging as the mixing plate.  Once the JBWeld is set
firm, but ideally before it is fully cured is when I like to use a
knife to remove the major extras.  Once fully cured, I use a file
and/or sandpaper to make it smooth.

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Re: [MBZ] Opinions needed on flooring

2020-08-10 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> She wants to do the pergo thru the whole house that is currently
> carpeted and in the utility and bathroom. 

Pergo isn't waterproof - right?

Using that in the bathroom and by the washing machine is as silly
as using carpet in those places.  There _will_ be water on the
floor!

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Re: [MBZ] Are Hurricanes fun?

2020-08-01 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Mitch wrote:

> On Fri, July 31, 2020 1:36 pm, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:
> > When the big blow hit the Carolinas in the 90s, the name which
> > escapes me, we were in Wisconsin prepping to ship stuff down
> > there after it cleared and had a TV on in the break room.
> > National TV news came up with a picture of a service van with
> > a Chyron about price gouging.
> 
> 
> Chyron?

Brand name of a text over video processor (character generator).
Any informational text/graphic, especially "lower third" (on the
bottom 1/3 of the screen) can be called  Chyron, even if it wasn't
created by a Chyron.

> Anyway, let's assume you have 40 units in stock and 400 people
> want them, right now, today. What's the best way to allocate
> them?

Preventing "price gouging" is just interfering with true free
market.

> 3. Raise the price until only 40 people need them that badly.

This is free market.

"But it favors the rich"  

Yup.  And motivates those without money to get involved in the
market because there is a good opportunity and they might have
more.  The poor will always be with us, and still poor no matter
what is given to them.

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Re: [MBZ] Partial Score

2020-07-24 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Allan wrote:

> Thanks -- I see they have DIY kits also. Wonder how tricky a job
> that is?

It's not.

There are various "levels" of reconing.  The most involved would
be replacing the coil, spider, cone, and suspension.  In that
situation getting the coil gap is even is important - but the kits
I've used include a jig to get the spacing right.

Probably the easiest replacing foam suspension.  No alignment jigs
needed.

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Re: [MBZ] Mask wearing

2020-07-23 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dimitri wrote:

> Sorry but that is total crapola. Wear the damn mask. Protect
> others, protect yourself. Contain this virus and let’s move on!

It CANNOT be contained.  Slowed - maybe. Contained - no.  Protect
those who are have a high risk, and the rest of us should move
on.  If you feel you are at risk by all means isolate!!

Most of us will catch it.  Most of us won't notice we had it.
Those that do have symptoms can partake of the documented
treatments to help.  Once most of us have had it, the protected,
high risk folks can emerge.

Or not, because there will be another seasonal flu.  And corona
virus colds.  And all manner of things for our immune system to
fight.  Those who have a high risk will be at a high risk from all
that stuff!

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Re: [MBZ] OT Study: Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks

2020-07-20 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Karl wrote:

> I think the imposition to liberty here is very minimal.

I think imposition to liberty and freedom is NOT minimal.

It is so easy and simple to give up a liberty, especially when a
bully is demanding it "or else"

But it usually requires a fight with bloodshed to get them back!

And what of the folks who fought, bled, lost everything, or died
to provide the freedoms we do enjoy?  Do we toss their
contribution in the rubbish heap?  And for what?  Fortunately for
all of us, there have been many, many people who have gone before
us that decided there are things MORE VALUABLE than life.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Britain's next fighter jet?

2020-07-16 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> > Andrew wrote:

> > Britain's next fighter jet could be powered by batteries

> Craig wrote:
> 
> Wars are not won with fads.

Well, they might be, but it's a risky gamble

My first thought was "Jet?  Electric?  Huh???"  Ducted fan - yes.
Jet - I don't see how it could possibly be.  

By strict definition, a jet's thrust is from jet propulsion.  I am
not aware of any method of using electricity to generate jet
propulsion.

That said, most subsonic "jet" aircraft engines are turbofans and
generate most of their thrust from the bypass fans driven by a
turbine rather than from jet propulsion - thus making it more of a
ducted fan than a jet.

For supersonic flight, a jet is more effective.  And generally a
fighter is required to achieve speeds greater than Mach 2.

And that's just the engine - ignoring the problem of batteries,
weight, and refueling.

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Re: [MBZ] Real info about covid

2020-07-15 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> OK wrote:

> So, how do you download youtube videos?

youtubedl   https://youtube-dl.org/

VideoDownload Heleper extension

Or look for other extensions.  There are quite a few.




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Re: [MBZ] Don’t go to New Mexico

2020-07-15 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Karl wrote:

> Not to beat a dead horse, but this is why testing and tracing is
> so important.

> ...sensible measures like masking... and tracing as many contacts
> as possible 

Once the tracing Pandora is out of the box, how do we ever get it
back in again?  When will this "crisis" be over?  At which point,
what is the likelihood of some other "crisis" will appear that
will require tracing everyone to continue?   How much is liberty
cost is it worth?   Patrick Henry has one view.  Not everyone
believes keep life at any cost.  Liberty and freedom is not free!!

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Re: [MBZ] Real info about covid

2020-07-15 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Mr. Mann wrote:

> Do we all enmass genuflect 3 times and deposit our life savings
> in the poor box by the door, or did someone save the file in a
> form that can be passed along?

archive.org to the rescue!

https://web.archive.org/web/20200706024417/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIGdv-TybUk


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Re: [MBZ] Plane broke down

2020-07-13 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Floyd wrote:

> Once you get to altitude you can open the windows and get some
> cool breeze, duh

The air conditioner is almost that simple!  At least 20 or so
years ago it was ram air makes it compressed, air-to-air
intercooler to cooled down compressed air, let air expand and it's
cold, let it into the cabin.

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Re: [MBZ] VPN, not political

2020-07-13 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Mitch wrote:

> Maybe Kaleb is right to want to get Spencer off free VPN.
> 
> https://www.cnet.com/how-to/best-free-vpns-5-reasons-why-they-dont-exist/

Absolutely!!

https://restoreprivacy.com/free-vpn/

https://restoreprivacy.com/no-logs-vpn/

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Re: [MBZ] VPN, not political

2020-07-13 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> > > Mitch wrote:

> > > Question about buying a VPN subscription: What's to prevent
> > > multiple people from sharing a multiple device VPN account
> > > and thereby drastically lowering the per user VPN fee?

> > Dan wrote:

> > Private Internet Access might allow that, I think the
> > subscription covers everyone in a household.
> >
> > I use them because they don't keep logs.

> Mitch wrote:

> Not keeping logs is the whole point of VPN, isn't it?

VPN in general?  No.  This particular application of VPN?  YES!

> I would assume that when you're running the VPN's client
> software on a device, the VPN doesn't care if that device is in
> your household or not, just that there are no more devices on
> your VPN account at any particular time than you're allowed to
> have.

Maybe.  What I was reading showed I could have the VPN from my
router so all the traffic from my LAN could be through the VPN.
That is one device with VPN, but any number of devices on the
LAN.  But it is also only one VPN link opened.

That could easily be worked around if a tunnel, or VPN was setup
between my house and your house.  Then my internet traffic could
be set to go into your house, then out through the
privacy/anonymous VPN service we are sharing the cost of.  My
outbound traffic would show up for you as both download (my house
to your house) and upload (your house to internet).  The reverse
for my downloads - they would all pass through both your download
and upload.

Anybody with Gbi fiber who wants to share?

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Re: [MBZ] VPN, not political

2020-07-12 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> > Scott wrote:
> > What about TOR?


> Mitch wrote:
> 
> TorGuard?

Nop.

TOR (The Onion Router) is in no way related to TorGuard VPN.

The "Tor" in TorGuard apparently reference "Torrent".

TOR isn't a VPN, though is some ways it is similar.  It is no
cost, open source, de-centralized privacy network.  No promises
about fast, completely uncertain where your packets will exit into
the clear internet.  This means in won't necessarily help if
someone wants to use Tic Tok (hacker pipeline to chi co m) on a
network where it is blocked.  It might, but no certainty like is
possible with a VPN.

As others have said, rarely is anything really free (no cost).  If
not money, then information, privacy, or something else is how
payment is made.

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Re: [MBZ] The lack of evidence lockdowns actually worked is a world scandal

2020-07-08 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Meade wrote:

> Sure, when one is sick, wearing a mask to catch the droplets
> when you cough or sneeze is valid.  No argument there.

Maybe there should be.  Big droplets will quickly drop to the
ground.  Most folks recognize that the ground isn't clean and
rarely put their feet or their faces without washing first.

With a mask, those droplets stay on the mask, and can easily get
on hands, and then hands touch other things that are usually
treated less carefully than the floor.

So there _is_ an argument than a mask could make it less safe for
others than no mask.

Just say'n.

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Re: [MBZ] The lack of evidence lockdowns actually worked is a world scandal

2020-07-08 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Jaime wrote:

>  ...lock down has been very successful. 

Or it did nothing and the virus was much less dangerous than forecast.

> Saying otherwise is ignoring scientifically proven facts for
> political agenda. 

Or saying it help is ignoring scientifically proven facts and
favoring political agenda.

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Re: [MBZ] Barry Manilow

2020-07-06 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Allan wrote:

> Sometimes I see trucks/trailers placarded "Not For Hire" so
> maybe that relieves the owners of some regulatory hassle?

Yes.  Then it is not commercial, and so FMCSR and CDL don't
apply.  But states can still do what they want for some intrastate
stuff.

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Re: [MBZ] Bleeding 240D clutch

2020-07-06 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> The one that came with the MC was much shorter than the MB one
> that came off the car so I stuck the one that came with the MC
> back in.  I had a hell of a time compressing it to get it back
> to the bolt hole.  Finally got it, screwed it back down and now
> the clutch works!

If the master cylinder piston doesn't go ALL the way to the top,
the port where fluid gets in from the reservoir will be covered
and no fluid will ever get in to deal with clutch wear or leaks.

It might take compressing the piston a bit to get it all in there,
but the rod should not be tight - ie, it should not be pushing the
piston in at all.

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Re: [MBZ] Bleeding 240D clutch

2020-07-05 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curt wrote:

> Have you checked to see if the line from the master to the slave
> is clear? Maybe that was the problem all along. My suggestion is
> to use the rod from the car, not the replacement master.

Can't always do that.  I've seen at least three different
rod-to-cylinder interfaces.  Not all were interchangeable.


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Re: [MBZ] Bleeding 240D clutch

2020-07-05 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> If you push pedal down all the way it stays down but will pop
> back up to the top on its own if you pop it up a little 

Once the lines and cylinders are full of oil, the clutch spring
will help push the master cylinder back to the top.

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Re: [MBZ] Bleeding 240D clutch

2020-07-05 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> I had to push the rod in about an 8th of an inch or less to get
> it to line up with the pedal mounting point. Would that make a
> difference?

YES!

That is too far in.  It won't bleed - and the master cylinder will
never get fresh fluid from the reservoir.  You must have a rod
that is not too long.

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Re: [MBZ] Bleeding 240D clutch

2020-07-05 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> ...have pumped the crap out the brake pedal and still no pedal
> action (pedal stays down, does not come back up).  I seem to
> recall reading something about certain brands of replacement
> master cylinder the rod does not come all the way back up.  I do
> know on this one in order to attach it to the brake pedal I had
> it push the rod in maybe an 8th of an inch or so.

That's the problem.

It will ONLY bleed if the master cylinder is ALL THE WAY out.  1/16" depressed 
blocked the port on mine.

> Otherwise, any other ideas for getting it bled?

I will never fill with fluid if that port is covered.  Shorten the
rod, either by adjusting the eccentric bolt or by grinding off the
end of the rod.

I think it was TRW brand that I got that I had to grind off the
rod.  It came with both a short and a long - and neither was right!

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Re: [MBZ] jasper transmissions

2020-07-05 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Allan wrote:

> Honda Element transmission went out and left me on the side of
> the road tonight.

I'm totally unfamiliar with the mechanicals of that car.

> Anyone familiar with Jasper transmissions?

Very large rebuilder of engines and transmissions.  Stock builds
only, from what I could find.

> DIY rebuild feasible? Never done that.

Automatic transmissions are doable.  Lots of small parts,
hydraulic system so clean is really important.  The only ones I've
done are GM longitudinal, non-electronic.  Very few specialty
tools needed for those.  For a Honda?  I don't know.

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Re: [MBZ] Mini splits

2020-06-04 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Mitchell wrote:

> Biggest advantage to a multi split that I can
> think of offhand is you only need one circuit breaker to power
> it.

The big commercial Mitsubishi is clever enough to use the heat
from cooling one room to warm another.  Can't do that with
separate systems - but maybe the residential won't do that anyway.

And I'll admit there may be less need.  A theater building with a
room full of light dimmers and amps gets warm enough to need
cooling even when other rooms might want heat.  Less likely to
happen in a house, I would think.  Although, the south rooms with
lots of sun could be "cooled" to warm other rooms...

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Hydroxychloroquine randomized clinical trial study

2020-06-03 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Meade wrote:

> Prevention of infection is not the goal, prevention of
> hospitalization and death from the infection, THAT is the goal.

> Sounds like they moved the goal posts in order to get the
> outcome they desired.

The goals have obviously been moving ever since the curve was
flattened.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Dichotomy

2020-06-03 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Mitchell wrote:

> Back in March I heard they were paying $400 an hour.
> Was that wrong, or was that not for working on the NJ State Gov
> contract? Mitch.

Don't know.  When the plea went out "NJ needs COBOL programmers!"
I looked long enough and deep enough to see they were asking for
volunteers to help with the "major overload".  I stopped looking
then.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Dichotomy

2020-06-03 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curt wrote:

>  Are you going to get a job working in COBOL for the state of
> New Jersey? ;) -Curt

They only wanted folks who would work for free.  I checked.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: cure worse than disease

2020-05-26 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Mitchell wrote:

> Have you enjoyed your free 30, I mean 90, I mean 360 day trial
> of Communism?
> 
> https://genesiustimes.com/poll-most-people-unimpressed-with-their-30-day-free-trial-of-communism/


The attached file, "free-trial.jpg" is not a jpeg, but a Web/P
file.  Odd that the extension is wrong.

Web/P is a format developed and pushed by Google.  Maybe the file
was hosted by google and they converted it?  But still with a .jpg
extension

It's a conspiracy!!  The communists and web admins are in cahoots
plotting to destroy the internet by distributing images with wrong
extensions!  The world as we know it will end   We will all
die!!!

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Re: [MBZ] Way OT: Photo management/sharing database-type software

2020-05-26 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Allan wrote:

> Take all the boxes of photos, and throw them away.

And some future generation genealogist will curse you and hate you
for destroying forever a glimpse into the lives of their ancestors.

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Re: [MBZ] Way OT: Photo management/sharing database-type software

2020-05-26 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Floyd wrote:

> I have boxes and boxes of old family photos.  I bought a Brother
> ADS 2700W scanner I am going to use to scan these photos.  I
> need some sort of management app where I can put in a
> descriptor, names/places, years, etc. to set up some sort of
> searchable database of all these pics, then share the
> database/photos somehow/where for the extended family to access.

I would plead that you get a solution that will put the info into
the EXIF, IPTC, and or XMP.  These are "tags" that stick the
information into the same file as the image itself.  

An external database will allow searching the photo's data a lot
faster than having it dig through the tags in the images - but
using the tags is like writing on the back of the photo.  Unless
it is removed, that info is stuck with the photo even if you make
copies, share with others, etc.  20 years from now, so long as a
jpeg can still be opened, that info will still be with it.  Nearly
all photo tools today honor the tags, unlike even a few years ago.

You made no mention of the OS.  I have no suggestions for MSWin or
Mac.  Digikam has been the one I find I most recommend.  But even
with that one there is a menu setting for "store the info in the
image tags" and it is off by default.

Finally, if you use an on-line photo archive, be respectful of the
privacy of (especially still living) people.  Some/many/all of the
online methods will make use of facial recognition and other
processes that might be considered invasive by some people.  Once
the information is "out", there is no way to ever get it back "in".

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Re: [MBZ] OT: cure worse than disease

2020-05-25 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Scott wrote:

> Collateral damage includes everything from suicide and drug use
> to domestic violence, to delayed disease diagnosis, to delayed
> medical procedures, to hospital near bankruptcy and unemployed
> health professionals.  Then there are the economic impacts like
> unpaid bills and social damage like lost education. 

That doesn't even touch on the loss of liberty, intrusion on
freedom, and the "mommy state" telling us what we can and cannot
do.  "Wear your jacket!"  "Don't go outside until you put on your
Wellingtons!"  "I'm cold, you need to wear a jacket."

Freedom means the individual gets to choose what they think is
best - even if they are wrong.

If someone feels they are at risk, they can stay home.  Or wear a
mask.  Or keep 12 ft away.  But don't force me to hide under my
bed because you are afraid, and I won't force you to leave your
house and take off your breathing mask.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Now it's the washing machine

2020-05-24 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Clay wrote:

> It does a much better job than the turd HE top load, 

>  Whites are dusky instead of BRIGHT white

Maybe it the water...

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Re: [MBZ] What is the deal with light bulbs?

2020-05-24 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Jim wrote:

> They don't have anything to replace those 500W tube halogens.
> Need a 10,000 lumen cob array, in warm white.

Maybe like this?

https://www.amazon.com//dp/B07SRLWQZL/

I'm not sure if that one has an IR remote.  Some of the PAR-type
instruments do.

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Re: [MBZ] What is the deal with light bulbs?

2020-05-24 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dan wrote:

> The power supplies for the LED bulbs generate RF in the same
> range as automatic garage door openers, enough that it’s been
> shown that their use will reduce the range of the wireless
> remotes due to interference.

Depends on the LED driver.  There are quite a few different ones.

The Dollar Tree lamps current limiter probably won't cause
troubles as it is not a switching mode power supply, though it
might generate some broad band RF noise.  I have not checked.

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Re: [MBZ] What is the deal with light bulbs?

2020-05-23 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> The fixture... says max 25W.  

> I bought a box of 60W equivalent which are  actually 5W I
> believe.  Since they are actually only 5W is it OK to use in
> this fixture?

Yup.  Watt is a Watt.

"Watt equivalent" is [omitted]!

However, if it is a very enclosed fixture, the LED lamp may not be
cooled as well as it expects.  Some LEDs are rated for "base down"
applications only and not enclosed, recessed, ceiling mount, base
up applications.

The fixture would be fine - but the 5 W LED might overheat and
fail early.

Usually the LED portion is fine, it's actually the drive circuit
that fails.  All too often long before the million hour life
rating of the LEDs.


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Re: [MBZ] What is the deal with light bulbs?

2020-05-23 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Jim wrote:

> LEDs can't take the heat, nor do they generate much.  So don't
> use them in your brooder houses...

Or lava lamps

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Re: [MBZ] What is the deal with light bulbs?

2020-05-23 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Craig wrote:

> I just got 6 each 60 W equivalent for $4.95 with the Public
> Service Company of New Mexico (power company) discount.

Light output?

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Re: [MBZ] What is the deal with light bulbs?

2020-05-23 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> I got the cheapest per bulb I could find

> the highest I found were 60W equivalent.



[strong expletives obscured] "Watt equivalent"

Use Lumens.

Lumen is a measure of the total light output with no regard to
direction or distance to illuminated surface.

"Watt equivalent" is whatever the marketing folks want it to be.
I've seen anything from 450 to 800 L for a 60 "Watt equivalent".



600-700 L is probably about what you expect.  And with lumens, it
doesn't matter if the light is from incandescent, halogen, LED,
CFL, fusion, carbon-arc, acetylene gas, or lightning bugs.

> I ended up spending way more than I wanted to between the
>fixtures and the various bulbs we
> needed for the house.

If you are willing to support the communists in China, Dollar Tree
has 8 W, 800 L ones. (for $1).  I opened up the first one I got
and it uses a simple, rugged, and low-heat current limiter.  So I
bought a few more.  I _REALLY_ don't like supporting the enemy,
but I also really don't like spending money on poorly designed
lamps.

For the garage, I used to look for at least 1000 L for the 75 W
incandescent lamps I used in there.  I'm still looking for a well
built, non-expensive LED with 1000 to 1200 L output.

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Re: [MBZ] Advance auto parts

2020-05-22 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> I have never had one fail, just leak. The other day the pump got
> low and was whining and brakes still worked fine. 

I haven't seen a system fail either.  But if the belt fails, or
the pump seizes both steering and brakes will not work as expected.

I like it.  I think it's a whole lot better than vacuum boost -
especially for a car that doesn't have inherent engine vacuum.

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Re: [MBZ] Advance auto parts

2020-05-21 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> > Kaleb wrote:

> > I ordered a hydroboost for my Suburban on Tuesday night, it
> > arrived at the house today.

> Craig wrote:
> 
> And what, pray tell, is a hydroboost for a Surburban?

For either engines without vacuum, or for applications that might
require more than 15 psi for brake boost, GM makes a hydraulic
brake booster.  It uses a spring charged accumulator and the power
steering pump to store a whole lot of force to assist with brake
application.

The light duty suburban and pickups might have had vacuum brake
boosters driven by the mechanical vacuum pump, but the 3/4 ton and
larger diesels, and more than 1 ton gasoline I think all got
hydroboost.  At least through the 1990s.

It's a good system.  Simple, rugged, reliable, and the driver will
know there is a loss of hydraulic pressure because the steering
will be effected.

Maybe the fact that brakes and steering both change if pressure is
lost could be considered poor design...

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Re: [MBZ] OT Study says: face masks

2020-05-20 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Karl wrote:

> This was a recent summary, with refs:

> There are no harmful effects; whoever wrote the O2 thing is full
> of BS.

Not all masks are equal!

> https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=137495654570048=100553591597588

> Ever had surgery? Did you notice all the fully alert, bustling,
> masked people- many of whom wear masks for 24+ hours in a row

Those are not N95 rated masks to protect the one wearing it.
Rather, they do NOT seal against the wearers face and are there to
protect the people FROM the wearer.

> More specifically, the porous nature of the material used for
> both medical-grade masks and cloth masks fully permits normal
> respiration. 

> COPD patients are extremely vulnerable to viral infections and
> could use the extra protection masking affords.

The surgical style mask will do effectively nothing to protect the
wearer.  The type that seals out particulates are not the ones the
TV doctors wear for 24+ hours in a row.

> Don’t be an emotional support peacock.

What?!?   

> FACEMASKS: THEY’RE ABOUT YOUR FACE, BUT NOT AN ABOUT-FACE
> 
> There is confusion about why initially masks were NOT
> recommended, but now they are.  ...the public was
> advised not to wear masks. That was not because masks weren’t
> safe, effective, or a great idea. It was because masks were
> RATIONED where they were needed most.

Oh. So we were lied to.  Big surprise.

> ...If you feel sick, you should definitely wear a
> mask, to protect others (and you shouldn’t be out and about). If
> you are medically fragile you should wear a mask, to protect
> others and yourself.

Masks aren't all equal!  Just grouping all mask together is as
silly as grouping all PPE together.  Safety glasses are
ineffective against loud noises.  Steel toed shoes won't keep skin
on your fingers.  Surgical style and nearly all home-made mask
won't keep the virus out.  A good particulate filter will have an
exhaust port doesn't do much to protect others but will protect
the wearer.

So shifting back and forth between types of mask make me really
question the value of the rest of the data.

> -a mathematical model for influenza showed if only 25% of people
> wore masks which were only 20% effective, there would be a 30%
> drop in transmission. (2)

Total cases infected or rate of infection?  Big difference.  And
mathematical models can model almost anything the modeler wants to
show based on the "assumptions" that are inherent in ALL
algorithms.

There are documented studies on all sides of the argument.  Does
that mean civil liberties don't matter?  That the constitution is
suspended?  That the government can ignore it's contract to the
people to whom it's a servant?

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Re: [MBZ] Hey... We’re all upside down!

2020-05-16 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> G wrote:

> ...fill me in, what are you driving and fixing.

Oh Grant,  you should look back a couple messages and read his sig. :)

> > Euan

> > 1985 W123 300TD 5-spd manual
> > 223K miles

> > Christchurch, NZ

I betting that '85 is just fine - I'm sure not fond of the MBUSA 1985 models!

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Re: [MBZ] 240D rehab/clutch

2020-05-16 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> OK wrote:

> ah, grasshopper. Did no one teach you to drive a manual without
> a clutch??

> You have to "match shift" going up and down the gears - match
> the engine speed as closely as you can to the next gear - 

With the synchromesh it's easy.  The shifter won't move into the
next gate until the speeds match.  Just apply a bit of pressure
until it moves, then snap it into gear.

> I learned this way back when - the clutch cable in my 1951 VW
> broke while I was on the other side of town - figured it out and
> drove home without incident. It helped that this tranny had NO
> synchromesh -

Without synchromesh, the shifts can be faster because the matching
speed can be anticipated just a bit.  But it's also a lot easier
to miss and make a lot of noise.  "Just lightening the truck a bit
by taking some metal off the gears."

With 7 (rare) 9, 10, 13, 15, or 18 speed transmissions there is
lots of opportunity to practice.

Truck driver call this clutch-less shifting "floating" and many,
many of them do it. Most truck still use manual transmissions
without synchromsh - but that is changing...


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Re: [MBZ] Sticking my neck out - an Antipodean perspective

2020-05-15 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Euan wrote:

> Hi all, from the Southern Colonies 

Always a pleasure to hear from you.  Glad you can join in now and then.

> Were I to offer a suggestion, then how about creating sublists:
> one for technical stuff, one for cars and prices, and one for
> general commentary on the American Way of Life? Is that feasible?

Feasible?  Yes!   But it has been tried before - here and other
places.  There is sort of a "critical mass".  That is, if there
isn't a moderate amount of traffic it just dies out.

Maybe it would work this time...

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Re: [MBZ] 123 clutch

2020-05-15 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Jim wrote:

> > I prefer to use my pressure bleeder for just this reason if
> > possible.
> 
> The beautiful part about using the brakes is that you never
> under/over-fill the brake reservoir.
.
> Fast, cheap, and easy.

It is pretty clever.

I have always used a pump to put fluid in at the slave.

It will work ONLY if the clutch master cylinder is ALL the way to
the top.  A push rod of the wrong length (TRW) may prevent it and
then it won't bleed.

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Re: [MBZ] Face mask

2020-05-11 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> > Dimitri says:

> > I’ve been advocating to myself and my family and friends for
> > months to wear masks and gloves despite the early advice
> > against it

> Rick wrote:

> Masks with exhaust valving would be best.

Only for the benefit of the wearer.

Most of the masks I'm seeing are home-made or surgical style -
useless for the wearer but helpful to protect others from the
wearer's sickness.

A mask with an exhaust valve does exactly the opposite of a
surgical or most home-made masks.

> As far as gloves, I suspect that most people won't change them
> enough, because they don't understand cross contamination,
> rendering them useless at best. 

So true.

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Re: [MBZ] Waterproof wire connectors

2020-05-03 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> What do you all think of these?
> 
> https://odyhouse.com/products/waterproof-solder-wire-connectors

I question the "pullout" strength.

Solder is not especially strong and it has long been understood
that it is poor practice to depend on solder for mechanical
strength in a joint.

Ah - but it has adhesive!  The adhesive is on the tube.
Polyolefin tube will stretch when cold.  Then shrink when hot.
Thus "heatstrink tubing"

And soldering is less durable in a high stress and vibration
environment than a crimp.  

It should be fairly waterproof though.

I would be inclined to use gooey on the inside heatshrink
tubing over ordinary crimp butt splices.  Or wheel bearing grease
and ordinary shrink tubing.

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Re: [MBZ] Facebook

2020-05-01 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Craig wrote:

> Does one have to be registered with facebook to see anything on
> that website?

Mostly.  Some stuff is posted as 'public' or something so anyone
can see.

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Re: [MBZ] Can ultraviolet light penetrate glass.

2020-04-23 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Craig wrote:
>
> Sorry, Jerry, it's a fool's errand. It was tested in 2003 and
> that with the right kind of cars!

> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12925188/
> 
> Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2003 Aug;19(4):175-81.
> UV exposure in cars.

> Scott wrote:

> From HPS: Standard window glass, according to the International
> Ultraviolet Association, will allow UV-A to pass through while
> almost 100% of the UV-B and UV-C light is blocked.

But for a lipid virus, it doesn't matter because full sunlight
doesn't provide "strong" enough UV to inactivate it.

The heat will hasten it's demise.

And the UV that does get through might be effective against other
stuff.

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Re: [MBZ] Can ultraviolet light penetrate glass.

2020-04-22 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curt wrote:

> I read the other day that a mask does little to protect you from
> random COVID. Supposedly the mask keeps you from passing COVID
> to somebody else... 

Yup.  Unless it seals tight against your face it does almost
nothing to protect the wearer.

A surgical mask it to keep the surgeon from infecting the patient,
not the other way around!

https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/409903O/respiratory-protection-against-biohazards.pdf

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Re: [MBZ] Can ultraviolet light penetrate glass.

2020-04-22 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Jerry wrote:

> After wearing my COVID face mask in the car, I leave it on the
> dashboard  so the sun's rays have an opportunity to kill any
> harmful microbes that may be present. Which brings up the
> question of whether or not  the ultraviolet rays can penetrate
> glass, specifically automotive windshield glass.

Yes, UV will get through, but greatly reduced.

> It is my understanding that to kill microbes, a wavelength of 254
> nanometers is necessary, most of which doesn't make it to earth.
> So is this a useful practice or a fool's errand?

The intensity of full sunlight is insufficient to deactivate a
lipid virus, so the UV exposure will do nothing for the Wuhan
flu.  However, the elevated temperature will definitely decrease
the time for the virus to deactivate.  

The UV exposure may be enough for bacteria or fungus - I don't
know.

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Re: [MBZ] Why is gas not running about .25 per gallon?

2020-04-21 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dan wrote:

> Bunker fuel is about the bottom of the refining chain, as it’s
> about as close as you can get to crude. Very low BTU content,
> quite heavy, too, as I recall.

Err, BTU content of bunker fuel is high.  Higher than diesel.

Though there are two ways of measuring - energy/volume or
energy/mass.  Bunker C rates quite high on energy/volume as it is
dense.  Propane rates much higher on energy/mass.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Patching PVC Sprinkler Line Hack

2020-04-19 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dan wrote:

> Worst case, it continues to leak. Best case, it doesn’t. If I
> end up with just a few small leaks around the patch I’ll get
> more epoxy and slather it around wherever there are leaks.

Don't wait too long if it leaks.  The tree will send a lot of
roots to the source of a leak.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Patching PVC Sprinkler Line Hack

2020-04-19 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Craig wrote:

Hah!   backhoe.65.jpg sure looks like a green tree growing from
that root wad!

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Patching PVC Sprinkler Line Hack

2020-04-19 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dan wrote:

> Both lines are  surrounded with tree roots, as they’re barely 6’
> from an oak tree that is probably 24” in diameter. The roots of
> the tree have distorted and stressed the lines, 

> I can’t possibly cut the roots, as some are as large as 3”-4”
> surrounding these lines. To do so would risk damaging the rather
> fragile lines not to mention I would have to do some serious
> excavating to get enough space to get my chain saw at them.

Use an ax.  Replace that whole section with Sch 80 pipe.  Put the
pipes in sand, and add zig-zags to allow pipe stretch.  That
should gain you a few years.

> There’s no way I could dig them up and “bypass” the tree, as
> there’s really nowhere to go in close proximity that isn’t
> rootbound.

Close proximity to a tree is NOT what you want if long service is
a goal.

> Anyone else have an idea? 

It appears to me that _anything_ you do there would be short term
- 5 year max - as the tree and roots will tear up anything you
do.  Repairing the leak that's there will probably only last until
it is stretched more.  Like this summer.

Get to that zone another way, or kill the tree and put in new
lines - or don't irrigate that zone.

I think the tree will win no matter what you do unless you get at
least 15 - 20 ft away.

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Re: [MBZ] Fwd: OT truck battery

2020-04-17 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Scott wrote:

> The acid test is to hold the meter probes in the actual battery
> posts while someone cranks the starter.  If the voltage (at the
> posts) stays above 10v there is a problem elsewhere.

Yes.  But if it drops below 10 VDC it could be either a starter
drawing too much OR a weak battery.Measure the voltage drop
across the wire from battery to starter to determine which.

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Re: [MBZ] Fwd: OT truck battery

2020-04-16 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> G wrote:

> Remove the cables from the battery and clean them and the
> battery post.. re-install them using some "battery cable grease".

Wheel bearing grease works well.

> Clean, Bright, and Tight... you are missing one of those
> three... IF the battery is holding good charge... have you load
> tested the battery? Most FLAPS will do it for you, for free.
> Start cheap, clean the cables and check for good ground
> connection and hot lead connection on the car... then test load
> test the battery.

A bad starter and a bad battery can act much the same if "turn the
key" is the only test.  The volt meter will help sort that out.

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Re: [MBZ] Fwd: OT truck battery

2020-04-16 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Buggered wrote:

> I have 6month old El Mercado de Wal battery in my truck.
> Doesn’t want to crank the engine over recently, occasionally.
> The voltmeter on the instrument cluster shows 14V which
> suggests the alternator is charging (right?).

Maybe. 

> Do you think the battery could have crapped out already?

Sure is possible.

> Starter might be going bad?

Also possible.

>... I want to check anything else first, and avoid EMdW if
> possible.

A voltmeter may be all that's needed.

#1 Battery (ideal, post to post) voltage at rest.
   (13.6-14.2 is normal)

#2 Battery voltage under load.  Starter is good.  But also a high
   load of somewhat known size.  Headlights can work. (if it's
   less than 9, either the battery lacks capacity or the current
   draw is really high)

#3 Voltage between engine block and battery "neg".
   (more than 1 VDC indicates there is probably a problem - likely
   bad connections)

#4 Voltage between starter motor and battery "pos"
   (More than a couple volts suggest a starter that is drawing too
   much)

#5 Optional - voltage between starter terminal and engine block.
   (This really ought to be batter voltage under load minus the
   drop of the starter wire as measured in test #4)

It is okay to use a long, thin wire to extend a terminal to the
meter for one that is out of reach  - like the starter.

What can really help diagnosis is to have all those readings for a
system that works good.  But even without that, these should be
able to narrow it down to likely culprits.

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Re: [MBZ] Question for Clay

2020-04-16 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Randy wrote:

> Anyone know if used synthetic oil burns the same as
> non-synthetic in a waste oil heater?

Yes.  Burns the same.

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Re: [MBZ] Current Tap

2020-04-15 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Jim wrote:

> Sweet.  I'd attempt to paint a "x 10" on that ring somehow, it's
> amazing how leaky memory can be sometimes.

Labeling is always a Good Idea.

Though with the visually obvious 1x on the neutral, it should be
pretty easy to compare and figure out the multiplier for the loop.

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Re: [MBZ] Current Tap

2020-04-14 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Craig wrote:

> I have been frustrated by not having a current tap, something
> with which to measure the current drawn by an AC load,

> The line wire is wound in a 10-turn loop, so it provides a 10x
> point on which to clamp the ammeter.

Nice.

I built one by stripping the jacket off of an 1ft extension
cable.  Quick and easy - but no current multiplying.

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Re: [MBZ] People are hoarding chickens now

2020-04-12 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Clay wrote:

> Three hens will have you choking in eggs.

Only if they are happy enough to be laying.  And still alive.  And
the critters don't get the eggs before you.

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Re: [MBZ] People are hoarding chickens now

2020-04-12 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Allan wrote:

> When you can buy a dozen eggs for $1 I think the economics of
> raising your own chickens don't work.

Money isn't the only consideration.  Eggs from true free-range
chickens really do taste a lot better.  A _lot_ better.

As well as control over pesticides, hormones, feed, etc.

> > Kaleb wrote:

> >  I guess they think they will suddenly raise chickens to get
> > their eggs. It is really getting ridiculous.

Why not?  It's just a matter of buying chicks, turn 'em loose in
the yard, and pick up eggs - right?

The opossums, raccoons, and coyotes will be feasting soon!

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Re: [MBZ] Was the world really a better place 30 years ago?

2020-04-12 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Karl wrote:

> Yeah. We have kids and they will watch as much as they are
> allowed to. I end up disconnecting their devices from the
> internet but it is harder now with all the home schooling stuff
> as they use the same devices for both.

Set up a very short DHCP lease time and give the portables a bogus
gateway except when it's "school time".

Just a thought.

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Re: [MBZ] Was the world really a better place 30 years ago?

2020-04-12 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> As the subject says, was it?

No.

Or yes.  

It was different.  But for at least 4 thousand years, the
up-and-coming younger generation has been worthless, and has no
value, and is degenerate and lazy and won't amount to anything.

> With the situation as it is today it really makes
> me yearn for the good ol' days.

What has changed is government

Oops.  Wrong list.

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Re: [MBZ] Stuck calipers

2020-04-09 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> > Allan wrote: 
> > I assume you also need to plug the brake line fitting?

> Curt wrote:

>  Shouldn't have to. 

But how will it build any pressure if the line fitting is open and
the grease gun is connected to the bleeder screw?

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Re: [MBZ] Standard Beetle on BAT

2020-04-08 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curt wrote:

>  When my parents got married my mother had a VW Type 3 fastback.
> Dad said it was difficult to start in the northern Maine winter.

> I asked him why he didn't just put a block heater on it, he
> said it never occurred to him... 

A heat lamp on the floor under the oil pan worked will on the '68
bus.  It was mounted to a board and just sat on the garage floor.
When the car was parked it was in place.  Not even a cord to
remember to unplug and plug in.

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Re: [MBZ] ***SPAM*** RE: OT: Eats?

2020-03-30 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Greg wrote:

> I'm pretty sure that 1 lb. of grain yields 1 lb. of flour.

Yup.  But I think Dan is asking for a volume measure.  Cups or
liters or other such measure.

I don't have a scale, but from what I understand, mass measure is
SO much more accurate and repeatable than volume measure -
especially for flour.

> Because whole grains have less gluten, I add gluten to my
> recipe.

Whole grains can have just as much.  But the source has to be a
high gluten wheat berry!  Hard white wheat is my preference for
bread.

> It's worth it for me because I can't find real whole grain bread
> with a significant portion of rye commercially, and certainly
> none that are as fresh and as good as what I make.

Rye has almost no gluten.  So if the rye is a significant portion
of your flour even a really high gluten wheat may not be enough.
So then adding gluten makes sense.

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Re: [MBZ] Beer virus from China

2020-03-30 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Floyd wrote:

> Leave it sit unattended for 3-4 days,

That will help.

> open it and leave the bits in the sun for awhile

That won't do much - except more time.  I have found no dependable
info that sunlight effects it at all.

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Re: [MBZ] ADMIN message from the owner

2020-03-28 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Scott wrote:

> Concerning the pandemic, it is telling us a lot about what works
> and what doesn't.  That may sound cold but I was trained as a
> mishap investigator (among other things).

Will we learn from it?  So that if there is something that is
actually dangerous and contagious we might respond correctly?

Sadly, history of humans suggests the answer is "no".

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Re: [MBZ] OT well that fixed an annoyance

2020-03-27 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Larry wrote:

> one day someone will figure out how to put EFI on small engines
> at a cost comparable to carbs and carbs will disappear
> completely - like they have on cars.

Stihl has it on the 500.  The big selling point, or at least the
big talk-about point, is the lighting fast throttle response.  Not
quite as much power as the 750 it is supposed to replace.

Like I really care about throttle response on my saw.

No mention of decreased fuel consumption, that I have seen.
Noticeable price difference.  I imagine it will "trickle down" in
time.

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Re: [MBZ] OT well that fixed an annoyance

2020-03-26 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Floyd wrote:

> Actually two.  I have these 3 Stihl things, a chainsaw, a string 
> trimmer, and a blower.  They are constantly out of "tune" with
> the mixtures.  


> Anyway, in short order I got them both running fine after being 
> frustrated with the things pretty much forever.

> Yay me, although I am probably now a federal (or at least in 
> Kollyfawnya) felon for adjusting the carburetors on these tools.

Yup.  Ironic that by adjusting them you _decreased_ the emissions
- the very thing those goofy caps were supposed to insure, yet you
had to bypass or remove them

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Re: [MBZ] Cheap rotors

2020-03-22 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Scott wrote:

> This is interesting.  Some say rotors literally warp and others
> say it's a break-in issue.  Does anyone really know?

Gotta brake in the breaks right.  Actually, "bed" them.  

I used to have a lot of trouble with my Suburban.  After finding
the info from Carroll Smith I have not had _any_.  And I've done a
few brake jobs on a few cars.
https://www.brakes-shop.com/brakepedia/general/myths-of-the-braking-system

Seems accurate, sciences holds up (so far as I can tell).

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Re: [MBZ] Cheap rotors

2020-03-22 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> I bought some cheap rotors off rockauto a while back for the 01
> e320. They seem to already be warped as I am already getting
> some pulsation on braking.  I just figured a piece of metal is a
> piece of metal as far as rotors go.  Perhaps not.

Sounds like the fault of the installer, not the metal.

See this article by Carrol Smith.  My experience aligns with this article.
https://www.brakes-shop.com/brakepedia/general/myths-of-the-braking-system

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Ceiling Fan/Electrical Quandary

2020-03-22 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curt wrote:

>  "Remote switch" is really a relay. "Alexa turn on the fan"
> there are a variety out there... -Curt

Lutron Casseta is pretty nice and seems reliable.

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Re: [MBZ] LIST MOM was OT: other effects of wuhan CV

2020-03-21 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dan The list Mom wrote:

> ... in which it was delivered clearly was [political]. As a
> result the list member who posted it has been placed on
> moderation.

*sigh*  Really?  Whatever  But if that triggers moderation
status, there are a lot of others that should be too.  Just sayin'.

> be sure to read it first and remove any political or
> inflammatory content.

Inflammatory content like W123s with stacks through the hood?

Or mini-splits with refrigerant that could be contributing to
global warming?

Or green is a good color for a car?

Or islands closing borders?

Or C41 is easier than E6 processing?

Or blaming drug use for nutty for sale postings?

Or any Facebook link?

If you have a standard - hold to it for everyone.  Probably just
make all posts moderated...

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Re: [MBZ] OT: A contrarian view on COVID-19, plus good news - there's a CURE!

2020-03-20 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dimitri wrote:

> Seems to me that Dr. Reem is a fear mongerer.

Yeah - statements like this throw red flags

> > It has been years since I have posted anything on this page.
> > As a physician at Harvard Medical School, I have amazing
> > access to the best information and resources for #Covid19

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Re: [MBZ] FW: Mfg - was :Thank God They Put the Paper Floor Mat Down....

2020-03-19 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
That's good.

Anyone able to identify the manufacture of the car?  I'm fairly
certain I know.

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Re: [MBZ] Ok y’all **it just got real

2020-03-16 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Buggered wrote:

> 2 reasons:
> 1) The Chinese are lying about everything to do with this
> disease 2) the disease has overwhelmed the ability of the
> medical system to deal with the afflicted 

3) a lot of people are sick and not reporting it?

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Re: [MBZ] Video - was: Ok y’all **it just got real

2020-03-15 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curt wrote:

> I also have to help Angie work out how to give online tai-chi classes. 

> ...I suggested we at least try it her way first. Then I
> offered extra lights and a microphone. We'll see...

The quickest, cheapest way to improve a video is to close mic the
talent.  Then get light on their face.

If you are going to bother doing it - at least do a fair job!  

My opinion (well documented at NOT being the least effort, or the
fastest...)

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Re: [MBZ] OT: We Will Survive

2020-03-13 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Max wrote:

> Six months from now, or even sooner, this will be largely
> forgotten.

Yup!

Except for those who took a major economic hit from the hysteria.
The university has canceled all events with more than 50 people,
which includes the theater.  So the community theater group has
lost it's chance to perform and get ticket revenue from their big
show.  Multiple 10s of thousands of dollars have been invested in
anticipation of the ticket sales.  Maybe it can just be
postponed  Otherwise this will likely impact them for at least
4 or 5 years as they try to recover and build back. 

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Re: [MBZ] crookedest street WUZ Good spots for lunch and dinner in SF

2020-03-12 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Dan wrote:

> That’s the sucky part of business travel. It’s fun that you get
> to see all of this cool stuff, but it sucks that you can’t enjoy
> it with a friend or family. I used to think about that a lot
> when I traveled, as in “The kids would really like this”, or, "I
> wish the wife could see this.”

Yeah...

Truck driving is worse.  Most of the cool stuff is only seen from
just out of reach - due to roads and/or time.  There sure have
been a lot of really cool places to visit that I got to drive
past...

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Re: [MBZ] Dfw

2020-03-09 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> Dfw is a ghost town compared to normal. In fact I was the only
> person on the train from b terminal to d terminal. 

Not much chance of catching _anything_ if there is nobody else around...

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Re: [MBZ] Who wants a real 5 speed 300D?

2020-03-09 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Allan wrote:

> Tempting -- anyone know if an OM617 turbo would be a "bolt in"
> upgrade or would it not mate up with the 5-speed?

A turbo 5 cylinder should bolt right in where an non-turbo
5-cylinder came out.

Exhaust will be different.  And I don't know what Euro  '85
cars have compared to USA, but the USA of that year have a number
of "advancements" that I don't like.  KLIMA relay, extra vacuum
thingies, and other stuff only used that year on OM617 motors.

If I were to mess with it I would find a pre '85 doner car and if
necessary "down-convert" to something earlier.

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Re: [MBZ] watching the news

2020-03-06 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Buggered wrote:

> And just announced 2 possible cASR’s in SC including one local.
> We’re all gonna diee!!!

Yup.  In no more than 100 years from now we will all be dead.

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Re: [MBZ] Booze not safe as hand sanitizer

2020-03-06 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> archer75--- wrote:

> 
> March 6 (UPI) -- The Texas-based makers of Tito's Handmade Vodka
> issued an unusual statement in response to a customer's comment:
> Do not use vodka as hand sanitizer.

70% is preferred.  Quite effective against lipid virus.  So find
(or distill) some 140 proof and there you go!

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Re: [MBZ] Corona Virus in Tampa

2020-03-06 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curt wrote:

>  I was coming out of the bathroom at work today and I thought
> there might be a market for a little hook thing that could help
> you open doors without touching them... 

Heh.  How quick can you get it to market?

I have one already!  Plies or letherman in a belt holster.

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Re: [MBZ] I go out of town and they buy the kid another car

2020-03-06 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> Suddenly the price range has gone up and they buy the kid

I see a pattern here.  Wait until you are to far away to object!

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Re: [MBZ] 2004 MB E320 4Matic Window Wiper Issue.....help!!!

2020-03-03 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Robert wrote:

> 2004 Mercedes Benz E320

> I went to turn on the window wipers and they did not work in any
> of the positions.

> The wipers do work when I pushed in the arm to activate the
> wiper fluid for a cleaning

I know nothing particular about your car.  Sorry.  

But in general, ou are on the right track.  You know the motor is
okay.

I would source a wiring diagram and start looking for where washer
and wiper circuits differ.

Next I would look for relays.  Maybe there is a different relay or
control power path for "normal" vs "washer".


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Re: [MBZ] (no subject)

2020-03-02 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Karl wrote:

> In unrelated news, I seem to have an extra w123 sls pump. I
> guess there is a rebuild kit for it, so maybe I will shine it up
> and put it on ebay. Unless someone here wants it.

A OM617 SLS pump?   In fair shape?  I'm interested

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Re: [MBZ] 240D clutch

2020-03-01 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> Can you bleed the clutch with a pressure bleeder like I use for
> the brakes?

I don't know.  The slave cylinder is very much at the bottom.  I'm
pretty sure I just used my rig to pump brake fluid in through the
bleeder screw.

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Re: [MBZ] 240D clutch

2020-03-01 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curley wrote:

> Is that the low pressure hose from the reservoir to the master?

Yes.

> The high pressure hose should be more like a brake hose.  I
> can't imagine the high pressure hose being an accordion.

Yeah, I would not call the pressure line a "hose"!

> > fmiser via Mercedes wrote on 3/1/20 4:03 AM:
> > TRW part number 555-33011-381  I had to grind 3 mm off the end
> > of the short rod to make a TRW work.  DON'T BUY TRW.
> >
> > FTE I got from AutohauseAZ had both rods. It seems typically
> > the long rod has a black loop and the short rod has a white
> > loop.
> >
> > Mater cylinder   001-295-44-06
> > Slave cylinder   201-290-03-11
> > Hose 003-997-12-52
> >
> > The original hose was molded.  The replacement is an
> > "accordion" flex hose.

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Re: [MBZ] 240D clutch

2020-03-01 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Curley wrote:

> If it were mine and I was gonna drive it, I'd buy a new master,
> slave and hose.

My notes are:

TRW part number 555-33011-381  I had to grind 3 mm off the end of
the short rod to make a TRW work.  DON'T BUY TRW.

FTE I got from AutohauseAZ had both rods. It seems typically the
long rod has a black loop and the short rod has a white loop.

Mater cylinder   001-295-44-06
Slave cylinder   201-290-03-11
Hose 003-997-12-52

The original hose was molded.  The replacement is an "accordion"
flex hose.

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Re: [MBZ] 240D clutch

2020-03-01 Thread fmiser via Mercedes
> Kaleb wrote:

> This 240D I just picked up has a dead clutch.  As in, it just
> goes straight to the floor.

The car is useless.  I'll take it off your hands 'cause I'm such a
nice guy. [smiles]

> I have never dealt with clutch issues before. Does the master
> and slave cylinders need to be replaced or any sort of testing
> to determine the issue?

Master cylinder pulls brake fluid from aft reservoir.  Make sure
the fluid level is above the clutch outlet hose.

Chances are it's the master cylinder because there is no place for
the fluid to go if the slave is leaking - except out and so the
leak would be obvious.

There are two different length clutch rods - and at least three
different manufacturers with incompatible piston-to-rod types.

The system won't bleed unless the master cylinder goes _all_ the
way out (pedal up) so if the rod is just a bit too long - no bleed.

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