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Having a really bad day. I opened the oil lid thinking it was a dipstick and the lid fell in a hole that is unreachable frown.gif

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Is it in a hole in the ground or is it wedged in a spot in the car you can't reach? If It is hung-up somewhere in the car, try straightening a wire coat hanger so you can push at it and get it to fall through.

I need a set of cheap tires for my commuter car. I drive 120 miles/day - the car doesn't weigh much (2011 Hyundai Elantra) and my priorities are: 1) Good treadwear, 2) Cheap, 3) Low road noise, 4) Comfortable ride. No snow or ice where I live, so I don't care about "winter driving." Needs to survive sustained, real-life speeds of 85-90 MPH without melting into slag. This is all California freeway driving, so I don't need it to be road racer sticky (you will notice handling is not in my list of priorities). We have an America's Tire in my town as well as many other tire shops, so just about any brand is available. P205/55-16

Suggestions?
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I'm a Michelin guy (and sometimes Goodyear) and the Defender is a great tire, can really take a beating without getting damaged and has great longevity without being too noisy.

OMG, they're tearing down my garage! eek.gif Actually they're here to expand and change a few things. Today they're dozing and clearing then later this week they'll be pouring foundation and erecting the expansion. I'd figured we'd be doing this eventually, but I didn't think eventually would mean < a year. When all is done, we'll have 7200 sq/ft (80'x90') on the floor level... which is pretty big, but still only 1/2 the size of Leno's. What will I do when that one is full? I'm already talking with the realtor to buy the 4 acre plot next to mine and adding more storage as needed.

Ahh the sound of backhoes in the morning, sounds like expansion! biggrin.gif
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Sorry for the tangent, but this is too cute.  It reminds me of Emma.

 

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I'm a Michelin guy (and sometimes Goodyear) and the Defender is a great tire, can really take a beating without getting damaged and has great longevity without being too noisy.

OMG, they're tearing down my garage! eek.gif Actually they're here to expand and change a few things. Today they're dozing and clearing then later this week they'll be pouring foundation and erecting the expansion. I'd figured we'd be doing this eventually, but I didn't think eventually would mean < a year. When all is done, we'll have 7200 sq/ft (80'x90') on the floor level... which is pretty big, but still only 1/2 the size of Leno's. What will I do when that one is full? I'm already talking with the realtor to buy the 4 acre plot next to mine and adding more storage as needed.

Ahh the sound of backhoes in the morning, sounds like expansion! biggrin.gif

I'm liking that Defender - I didn't know about that tire. I guess the decision point is that I can buy a set of Michelins for $700, or I can buy two sets of generic off-brand tires for $350. My Dad always bought either Bridgestone or Michelin, and that's what I used to do too - but in the last few years, when I've been putting so many miles on, I have started buying cheaper tires. Some have been fine, others have been just OK, and others have been pretty disappointing. Several years ago I bought a set of cheap BF Goodrich from Sam's Club - they were horrible! They were noisy as he11, the sidewalls rolled if you were the LEAST bit aggressive in a corner, and 6 months after I bought them, the left front tire simple exploded (really!) I'll never buy BF Goodrich again. On the other hand, I put a set of "Barum Bravuris 2" on my son's Honda - they were half the price of Michelin, and they have been great - they have really worn well and they are reasonably quiet and smooth. I have had Coopers that I liked and others that didn't wear well at all. Yokohama's were excellent tires, but too darn expensive for the pitiful treadwear life they provided.
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Cooper's on my Jeep. Very expensive in Oz but great longevity. I got 60k on one set and 65k on another. Pretty silent too but can't comment on fuel since never bothered to check. Grip and handling was alright.
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Sorry for the tangent, but this is too cute.  It reminds me of Emma.
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She doesn't get around that well, but she is an independent little thing. Every time we'd stop at Dollywood she wanted to be put down so she could walk and investigate things (like the ducks at the big pond there, she thought they were awesome). The leash really came in handy. Then we'd get ready head off and I'd say, "okay Emma, let's go" and she'd walk back to me and I'd put her back in the stroller. I don't see why people complain about parenting, this stuff is easy. wink.gif


The guy with the DC comics for sale is arriving this evening with 15 (!?) long boxes, filled with golden and silver age books. eek.gif That's going to take some time to sift through and come up with a value. I think I'm gonna call my comics bud and draft him into helping.
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She doesn't get around that well, but she is an independent little thing. Every time we'd stop at Dollywood she wanted to be put down so she could walk and investigate things (like the ducks at the big pond there, she thought they were awesome). The leash really came in handy. Then we'd get ready head off and I'd say, "okay Emma, let's go" and she'd walk back to me and I'd put her back in the stroller. I don't see why people complain about parenting, this stuff is easy. wink.gif


The guy with the DC comics for sale is arriving this evening with 15 (!?) long boxes, filled with golden and silver age books. eek.gif That's going to take some time to sift through and come up with a value. I think I'm gonna call my comics bud and draft him into helping.

Yeah, it's all fun & games until they become teenagers. I think it's a survival trait - if they acted like teenagers when they were babies, none of them would live to be teenagers.
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I want to keep her this age and size forever, it's like having the ultimate pet that returns all your love, unconditionally.
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They asked her if she wanted to come in next week to help with grading and reading papers and she told them, "Oh yeah, sure" then gave them the finger. tongue.gif

 

Did she really?  If so, she's got some huevos bro.

 

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the Brooklands is amazing.

 

Wait, you did get it right?  I just don't see how (or why) you'd want to pass that one up.  BTW, I wouldn't change a thing on it appearance wise, especially the paint job.  Leave the paint, take the cannolis.

 

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I'm watching Eric Bana's movie about himself and his car, called "Love The Beast", on Amazon Prime Instant....it's quite good! 

 

Great flick! He's a really good rally driver, surprisingly enough.

 

Yeah, that caught me off guard as well.  I was thinking that he just loves Falcons but didn't have any real skill.  But to my surprise as well, he held his own, right up until...

 

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I just bought a pair of vintage Dunhill and Stanwell pipes, c1930s, for $55 off ebay. All they need are stems, of which I have several extras. Madness! eek.gif That Dunhill alone is worth >$700.

 

Whoa, was the dude completely ignorant?  Just just trying to get rid of stuff in the worst way possible?  Also, exactly how does disinfection work with used pipes.  After all, it's not like the thing can be washed right?

 

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We went and did the family thing at Dollywood today

 

That place is real?!

 

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Having a really bad day. I opened the oil lid thinking it was a dipstick and the lid fell in a hole that is unreachable frown.gif

 

How does that happen?  I mean, the entire reason why circular lids are used is because they CAN'T fall in due to their constant diameter.

 

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OMG, they're tearing down my garage! eek.gif Actually they're here to expand and change a few things.

 

Just out of curiosity, where do the cars go while the renovations are underway?

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Did she really?  If so, she's got some huevos bro.

Indeed she does, but like me, they know how she is and they accept it.

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Wait, you did get it right?  I just don't see how (or why) you'd want to pass that one up.  BTW, I wouldn't change a thing on it appearance wise, especially the paint job.  Leave the paint, take the cannolis.

Yes, I did (that's not my car in the photo, but it has the same paint scheme). I couldn't really afford it but I bought it anyway, they don't come up for sale too often and I had to make an executive decision.

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Whoa, was the dude completely ignorant?  Just just trying to get rid of stuff in the worst way possible?  Also, exactly how does disinfection work with used pipes.  After all, it's not like the thing can be washed right?

They looked scruffy, poor descriptions, no stems. They can be restored, you just need some mineral spirits, pipe cleaners, a reamer, wood polish, and elbow grease. I like fixing up old estate pipes, they're like works of art.
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That place is real?!

Indeed. They also have one of the best coasters in the world.
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Just out of curiosity, where do the cars go while the renovations are underway?

On the far side of the garage and outside, under tarps.
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Wait, you did get it right?

I couldn't really afford it but I bought it anyway

 

Hahahahaha!

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I didn't comment on the Brooklands, but that is a very cool vehicle. You just gotta love a car like that. There is absolutely no reason for that car to exist. But I'm glad it does! It reminds all those Prius driving twits that not everyone thinks cars should have as much character as a box of organic fiber flakes.
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I didn't comment on the Brooklands, but that is a very cool vehicle. You just gotta love a car like that. There is absolutely no reason for that car to exist. But I'm glad it does! It reminds all those Prius driving twits that not everyone thinks cars should have as much character as a box of organic fiber flakes.

Absolutely. It's an entirely unnecessary car and beautiful in its wanton extravagance. wink.gif Even the Conti GT and Phantom coupes feel like poor cousins, in comparison. What's so cool is that, despite the length and breadth, it's really a supercar, not a luxury sedan or limousine (like a Mulsanne or Maybach). It was built to be driven by its owner, not for them to ride in the back (even though it is very nice back there). It handles, feels, and accelerates better than any 6000lb slab of car has a right to. My wife wanted a "special occasion car" and the Brooklands is it, in spades.
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Hahahahaha!

My Q1-Q2 hobby budget is blown all to hell, seriously. So I financed it for 24 months, 2 months deferred interest and payments, and I'll pay it off at the end of June, before the "juice" starts running. I didn't even know my FICO score until a couple days ago. redface.gif
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How does that happen?  I mean, the entire reason why circular lids are used is because they CAN'T fall in due to their constant diameter.

 

It fell on the side. I have no idea how it happened. 

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