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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Jennifer » 10 Jun 2018, 15:25

Jeff just checked his car (he didn't do it last night because he wanted to wait until the engine completely cooled down, which did not happen before sunset). The coolant level was indeed very low, though it's too early to tell if that's a leak, or just ordinary-use coolant loss. (The car is IIRC four years old; he's had it for almost two years -- we bought it just as we were moving from VA to here -- and I don't know that he's ever added to the coolant level before. No knowing if the car's original owner did.)

So now he's going out for a test-drive, and I'm staying home by the phone just in case something goes wrong enough that he needs me to go out and pick him up.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Kwix » 11 Jun 2018, 18:26

Jennifer wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 15:25
The coolant level was indeed very low, though it's too early to tell if that's a leak, or just ordinary-use coolant loss. (The car is IIRC four years old; he's had it for almost two years -- we bought it just as we were moving from VA to here -- and I don't know that he's ever added to the coolant level before. No knowing if the car's original owner did.)
In normal use a modern car's coolant system is, for all intents, a closed system. You shouldn't be losing any coolant sans a leak.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Jennifer » 11 Jun 2018, 18:35

Kwix wrote:
11 Jun 2018, 18:26
Jennifer wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 15:25
The coolant level was indeed very low, though it's too early to tell if that's a leak, or just ordinary-use coolant loss. (The car is IIRC four years old; he's had it for almost two years -- we bought it just as we were moving from VA to here -- and I don't know that he's ever added to the coolant level before. No knowing if the car's original owner did.)
In normal use a modern car's coolant system is, for all intents, a closed system. You shouldn't be losing any coolant sans a leak.
Thanks; I'll mention this to Jeff. He does at least know to keep the extra bottle of coolant in his car, and said he intends to check the levels again in a few days.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Highway » 11 Jun 2018, 19:55

Make sure he's mixing the coolant with water. Check your vehicle's particular mix, but it's usually 50-50 water and coolant.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Warren » 11 Jun 2018, 20:06

Highway wrote:
11 Jun 2018, 19:55
Make sure he's mixing the coolant with water. Check your vehicle's particular mix, but it's usually 50-50 water and coolant.
Coolant is sometimes sold pre-mixed. Make sure you're putting the right coolant in. If you put the green stuff in a car that calls for the orange stuff, you'll not only have to do a complete flush, but may also get to replace all your hoses.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by lunchstealer » 11 Jun 2018, 22:08

I was under the impression that no modern coolants (for modern cars) required mixing anymore.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Highway » 11 Jun 2018, 23:18

lunchstealer wrote:
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I was under the impression that no modern coolants (for modern cars) required mixing anymore.
That's possible, but it's not universal, especially if you pick it up at the gas station or supermarket or something. Apparently they try to use "Coolant" for diluted and "antifreeze" for concentrated.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by tr0g » 14 Jun 2018, 15:47

So, in the second great move of 2018, I have lost a hose clamp so I can't set the laser up. It's raining and I don't want to go outside, but I need to get the laser up and running. Meh.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Jasper » 14 Jun 2018, 16:16

tr0g wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 15:47
So, in the second great move of 2018, I have lost a hose clamp so I can't set the laser up. It's raining and I don't want to go outside, but I need to get the laser up and running. Meh.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by tr0g » 14 Jun 2018, 16:27

Jasper wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 16:16
tr0g wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 15:47
So, in the second great move of 2018, I have lost a hose clamp so I can't set the laser up. It's raining and I don't want to go outside, but I need to get the laser up and running. Meh.
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I also have to find the power cord for 110V since I had been running it on 220V, but I'm pretty sure I know where that is.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Kolohe » 14 Jun 2018, 20:59

How the heck do you do lasers on the sharks without the cordless models?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Warren » 15 Jun 2018, 09:28

tr0g wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 15:47
So, in the second great move of 2018, I have lost a hose clamp so I can't set the laser up. It's raining and I don't want to go outside, but I need to get the laser up and running. Meh.
Hose clamp? Does your laser have cooling system?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by tr0g » 15 Jun 2018, 11:14

Warren wrote:
15 Jun 2018, 09:28
tr0g wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 15:47
So, in the second great move of 2018, I have lost a hose clamp so I can't set the laser up. It's raining and I don't want to go outside, but I need to get the laser up and running. Meh.
Hose clamp? Does your laser have cooling system?
Air cooled, but you need an exhaust for the smoke, etc., generated during cutting. Requires a minimum of 350 CFM for exhaust so I'm running a Grizzly dust collector for the exhaust blower. Works great.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Warren » 15 Jun 2018, 11:33

tr0g wrote:
15 Jun 2018, 11:14
Warren wrote:
15 Jun 2018, 09:28
tr0g wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 15:47
So, in the second great move of 2018, I have lost a hose clamp so I can't set the laser up. It's raining and I don't want to go outside, but I need to get the laser up and running. Meh.
Hose clamp? Does your laser have cooling system?
Air cooled, but you need an exhaust for the smoke, etc., generated during cutting. Requires a minimum of 350 CFM for exhaust so I'm running a Grizzly dust collector for the exhaust blower. Works great.
Well shit, can't you just use duct tape?
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