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  1. wilheldp_PE

    Home Improvement/Repair Questions

    I did some wiring last night, and it took more cussing than I budgeted for. I got a couple of new receptacles wired up with one of them being switched. I took some continuity measurements before turning the breaker back on, and kept finding 40 ohms between hot and neutral. I was convinced that I had damaged a piece of Romex somewhere by pulling or hitting it while installing things. After not being able to find any obvious damage to the wiring, I finally decided to try unplugging everything attached to that circuit. Turns out I had a bunch of wall warts plugged into a power strip on this circuit. They have been sitting there burning 360 watts continuously for god knows how long.
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    Random Topics 3.1

    I have not tried that lobster roll on a stick, but your post jogged my memory about something else. I was in Vegas in November 2017 and November 2018. In '17, I remember there being a Fat Tuesdays about every 5 steps along the strip. When I went back in '18, I only saw a couple of them, and they weren't in prominent areas of the strip. It's weird how quick that fad ended.
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    How do you exercise your creative side?

    I have CNC machines and run a side business doing laser cutting/engraving. Designing in CorelDraw kills my CAD/Engineering soul, but I can see the artistic benefits of the way the software is configured.
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    Flu season - who's catching?

    That always confused me. Why is it only possible to protect against a few strains? Why couldn't you get multiple doses, with each protecting against a different set of 3 or 4 strains? Another thing that concerns me is that there seems to be an ever-expanding list of influenza strains. Are we causing influenza to mutate by developing vaccines? Is it possible for influenza to mutate to be resistant to all forms of vaccine (kinda like antibiotic-resistant bacteria)? For the record, I'm not taking a side in this debate. These are just questions I've always had about the flu vaccine.
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    The Automotive Thread

    Not really a car thread topic, but it is for me because I primarily use my air compressor for airing up my tires, but I just made probably my favorite tool purchase ever. I got a California Air Tools, 4.6 gallon, aluminum tank, ultra quiet air compressor. That thing is ridiculously quiet when it's running, and pretty damn light for its size. The jury is still out on this claim, but with the aluminum tank, you aren't supposed to have the corrosion/explosive decompression problem that you have if you don't regularly drain condensate out of the tank.
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    Random Topics 3.1

    Luckily for you, literally 0 flights per day out of DFW take off on time. I hate American Airlines and DFW, if you couldn't tell.
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    Random Topics 3.1

    If you were invited to 2 parties, just tell each host that you are going to the other party then go to neither.
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    3D Printers

    I have a Solidoodle 2 that has an 8" cubed build envelope. It's pretty old, though, so the technology has advanced quite a bit in the 6ish years I've owned it. If I used it more, I would probably be looking to get a new one. My only contribution to this discussion is that I would not use any 3d printed part as a structural element in a car. They are fine for prototyping and mock-ups, but I wouldn't consider them structurally sound at all.
  9. wilheldp_PE

    Christmas gifts /

    Wine/bourbon barrel stave candle holder?
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    Flat Earthers

    I've watched several videos on that $100k challenge. A pilot and YouTuber named Wolvie6020 has completed the challenge 3 different times, and the flat-earther challenger changed the rules each time the challenge was completed. First Wolvie proved the route using digital charts on the iPad he actually uses in the cockpit of his plane. Flat-earther says that the challenge must be completed on a specific brand of digital chart. Wolvie completes the challenge on the requested digital chart. Flat-earther says that the challenge must be completed with paper charts, and adds requirement that the route must incorporate destinations "that you can actually fly to." Wolvie had been using the north pole for simplicity sake...you could just go 5000 miles down a line of longitude, go 5000 miles around a line of latitude, then go 5000 miles up another line of longitude. Both Wolvie and another YouTuber named MC Toon have now completed the challenge using paper charts cut-and-pasted together showing a route between non-North Pole locations. MC Toon went a step further and actually taped the charts to a hemisphere made out of PVC to show that the route lays flat when wrapped around a sphere and doesn't work on a flat plane. I can only suppose that the next new requirement will be for Wolvie to actually take this idiot up in a plane and fly the route. Even then, the flat-earther will probably just claim that the airplane's instruments have been hacked by NASA to make it appear to be flying around a sphere.
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    What does the Fox say?

    Whether or not a computer will boot from a USB drive or external device is related directly to the BIOS on the motherboard. If you don't see the option in the BIOS screen, it won't do it...at least without a firmware update.
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    The Baking Thread

    How is that even possible? What, specifically, are you allergic to? Pork, salt, or maple syrup?
  13. wilheldp_PE

    The Baking Thread

    That you're a "baker"?
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    Random Topics 3.1

    If the trainer puts on weight, do they starve the baby giraffe?
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    The Automotive Thread

    That's one good thing about Kentucky. There is a state law that insurance companies have to pay 100% of a windshield repair/replacement, and they cannot count it against the customer (i.e., raise rates, drop the customer, etc.). It's considered a safety/visibility issue to drive around with a cracked windshield, so our legislature did something productive about it.
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