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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 29 Apr 2018, 15:08

About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator. Car seems okay when I back it out of the parking space to put it in position to be lifted by the tow truck and there were no noticeable fluids on the ground where the car was parked, but on general better safe than sorry grounds I decided to let him tow me and the car back home, lest I break down on the Interstate highway. I'll take it to our mechanic tomorrow morning so they can lift it up and take a closer look for damage. I was planning on driving to Austin tomorrow but now it looks like I'll need to reschedule. *sigh*

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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Warren » 29 Apr 2018, 15:37

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:08
About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator.
You called AAA without bothering to take a peek under the car first?
Sell your car. You are unfit for car ownership.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Aresen » 29 Apr 2018, 17:01

Warren wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:37
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:08
About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator.
You called AAA without bothering to take a peek under the car first?
Sell your car. You are unfit for car ownership.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Warren » 29 Apr 2018, 18:57

Aresen wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 17:01
Warren wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:37
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:08
About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator.
You called AAA without bothering to take a peek under the car first?
Sell your car. You are unfit for car ownership.
You have obviously mistaken Mr. Ridgely for one of the proletariat.
Allow me to rephrase.
You called AAA without having your driver taking a peek under the car first?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Kolohe » 30 Apr 2018, 12:21

well played.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dhex » 30 Apr 2018, 12:35

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:08
About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator. Car seems okay when I back it out of the parking space to put it in position to be lifted by the tow truck and there were no noticeable fluids on the ground where the car was parked, but on general better safe than sorry grounds I decided to let him tow me and the car back home, lest I break down on the Interstate highway. I'll take it to our mechanic tomorrow morning so they can lift it up and take a closer look for damage. I was planning on driving to Austin tomorrow but now it looks like I'll need to reschedule. *sigh*
that's unusual. any ideas how it got there?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Andrew » 30 Apr 2018, 12:53

dhex wrote:
30 Apr 2018, 12:35
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:08
About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator. Car seems okay when I back it out of the parking space to put it in position to be lifted by the tow truck and there were no noticeable fluids on the ground where the car was parked, but on general better safe than sorry grounds I decided to let him tow me and the car back home, lest I break down on the Interstate highway. I'll take it to our mechanic tomorrow morning so they can lift it up and take a closer look for damage. I was planning on driving to Austin tomorrow but now it looks like I'll need to reschedule. *sigh*
that's unusual. any ideas how it got there?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 30 Apr 2018, 13:08

Andrew wrote:
30 Apr 2018, 12:53
dhex wrote:
30 Apr 2018, 12:35
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
29 Apr 2018, 15:08
About twenty miles away from home this morning I start to hear a scrapping or grinding sound from the undercarriage of the car. So I call AAA and they send out a guy with a flatbed tow truck and he finds a piece of re-bar wedged in not far from the radiator. Car seems okay when I back it out of the parking space to put it in position to be lifted by the tow truck and there were no noticeable fluids on the ground where the car was parked, but on general better safe than sorry grounds I decided to let him tow me and the car back home, lest I break down on the Interstate highway. I'll take it to our mechanic tomorrow morning so they can lift it up and take a closer look for damage. I was planning on driving to Austin tomorrow but now it looks like I'll need to reschedule. *sigh*
that's unusual. any ideas how it got there?
Sabotage by one of those vicious poors.
I was in Irving TX when it happened. The city is going full bore on highway construction as if the Roman Army needed it all finished by next week so they could invade somewhere. The result is construction and its debris right up against neighborhood side roads. My best guess is a dump truck or flatbed truck hauling debris hit some bump and some crap fell out.

It wasn't a thick rod, which is how I usually picture re-bar; it was a mesh of less than pencil thin wire in 6" x 6" squares, the entire piece I drove over was maybe 2' x 3' and it somehow wedged in the area of the front wheel well / axle / radiator area. I took the car to my mechanic this morning and he couldn't find any damage. There were no fluids of any sort beneath the car at the parking lot in Irving or overnight at home, so I think it's safe to drive to Austin, which is what I'm going to be doing later today.

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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Kolohe » 30 Apr 2018, 13:54

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
30 Apr 2018, 13:08
I was in Irving TX when it happened.
Well there's your problem right there.

You have long standing connections to the DC area, this was an immune response.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Highway » 30 Apr 2018, 14:07

Yeah, welded wire reinforcing steel is going to be a lot less of a problem than any sort of rebar. It's like a crappy net for your car.
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Post by Warren » 30 Apr 2018, 14:12

Highway wrote:
30 Apr 2018, 14:07
Yeah, welded wire reinforcing steel is going to be a lot less of a problem than any sort of rebar. It's like a crappy net for your car.
I'd say it's the other way around. Rebar is guaranteed to sink in water and that's about it. It's thick soft iron. Those thin metal wires are stiff and can poke holes or get wrapped around and cut stuff.
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Post by JD » 30 Apr 2018, 14:19

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Post by Mo » 30 Apr 2018, 21:59

When moving to a country with different voltage, you realize how many fucking things you plug in and what you need to toss vs. get adapters for.
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Post by Jadagul » 01 May 2018, 00:33

My experience was that everything non-trivial (like all the laptops and serious electronics) was okay with the higher voltage, and I just needed a plug adapter. But the cheap stuff I'd have needed an actual voltage stepper.

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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by lunchstealer » 01 May 2018, 01:40

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
30 Apr 2018, 13:08
I was in Irving TX when it happened. The city is going full bore on highway construction as if the Roman Army needed it all finished by next week so they could invade somewhere.
So Irving is pretty much unchanged from 1994?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Mo » 01 May 2018, 09:41

Jadagul wrote:
01 May 2018, 00:33
My experience was that everything non-trivial (like all the laptops and serious electronics) was okay with the higher voltage, and I just needed a plug adapter. But the cheap stuff I'd have needed an actual voltage stepper.
Not my TV.
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Post by Warren » 01 May 2018, 09:55

Mo wrote:
01 May 2018, 09:41
Jadagul wrote:
01 May 2018, 00:33
My experience was that everything non-trivial (like all the laptops and serious electronics) was okay with the higher voltage, and I just needed a plug adapter. But the cheap stuff I'd have needed an actual voltage stepper.
Not my TV.
Isn't that more than a voltage problem though. NTSC vs PAL. Or does that not matter anymore?
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Post by Mo » 01 May 2018, 10:05

From what I've read NTSC vs. PAL is not an issue with modern TVs.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 01 May 2018, 13:13

lunchstealer wrote:
01 May 2018, 01:40
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
30 Apr 2018, 13:08
I was in Irving TX when it happened. The city is going full bore on highway construction as if the Roman Army needed it all finished by next week so they could invade somewhere.
So Irving is pretty much unchanged from 1994?
Except there's more of it.

Re: US v European electrical issues, better safe than sorry. First, of course, check the specs on what you already own, as an ever increasing number of appliances and electrical gizmos either have a 110/220 switch or switch automatically. Things that turn electricity into heat or light probably aren't worth taking overseas. Same with major appliances. Well, unless they're dual voltage and you have a very generous moving allowance. Even then, you're probably better off with dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers that hold 1/3 the load of American appliances and take three times as long. When in Rome....

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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Kolohe » 01 May 2018, 13:22

I thought he was going to England, not Italy?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Jasper » 01 May 2018, 13:39

DAR still remembers when Londonium was still in Rome.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Aresen » 01 May 2018, 14:36

Jasper wrote:
01 May 2018, 13:39
DAR still remembers when Londonium was still in Rome.
*shakes pilum at Jasper*
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 03 May 2018, 18:41

Kolohe wrote:
01 May 2018, 13:22
I thought he was going to England, not Italy?
Last I checked, England uses 220v / 50Hz current same as Continental Europe. The plugs may still be shaped differently, which is why most decent converters come with multiple plugs.

ETA: Oh, "When in Rome..." I get the joke now. Hilarious.

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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Kolohe » 03 May 2018, 19:11

I'm no stranger to sarcasm, sir. ;)
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Jennifer » 04 May 2018, 14:22

Once AGAIN there's no water coming out of the taps. As usual, I discovered this while trying to wash my hands after a visit to the bathroom. (Luckily, by now I know enough to keep several gallons of not-for-drinking water under each bathroom sink, in addition to the water in the fridge and the pre-filled bottles of drinking water in the storage closet.)

The water main break during the extreme [for Georgia] cold snap a few months back, I could understand. But it's currently 82 degrees out, sunny, without a breath of wind.

Granted, those similar conditions did not prevent another water main break down the road from us last week. I have literally experienced more water losses in the >2 years I've lived here than in my entire life before that. And previous losses were due to actual natural disasters, not "Apparently someone sneezed on a water main, thus breaking it."
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