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  1. Xoon

    General cars and vehicles thread.

    Its a metal piece, close to the metal cog connected to the axle. On the opposite side there is a cable connected with a nipple that looks way to flimsy to be a hydraulic coupling. There is also another hose which is way beefier which looks exactly like a hydraulic hose. Considering it is a single acting piston, it should not need more than one hose. The thing looks like a crude axle pulse encoder, basically every time the metal piece passes the cog teeth, a metal sensor detects the metal and sends a pulse to the ECU/ABS controller/thing and it counts it. 360 degrees equal the amount of teeth, the more teeth, the higher resolution. Its either the cars wheel speed sensor or the ABS wheel speed sensor or both. Found this:
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    General cars and vehicles thread.

    Finally got the drum on, found the adjuster. So you believe that replacing the break fluid from DOT 3 to DOT 4 is safe? It says on the container: "ONLY USE DOT 3". The car is pretty old though, 1995-1999 model. I do have a oil pump, do you think it could do the same job? That is true, it makes me feel better, since I would have to remove the rust anyways. Going to remove the rust and weld shut the hole. I am thinking about just gluing on plate though. For now I just taped over the hole to stop snow and mud from getting into the channel. Luckily it is not actually the structural channel, just exterior cosmetics. Yeah, its pretty shit, I am going to get a better tool soon. And yeah, the concept of "correct torque" is non existent here. A friend of mine literally used all his weight and force to tightened his wheels. Poor threads. I found the adjuster, hidden in between there. Messed with it for a bit. It was adjusted all the way out, explaining why I could not get on the pads. Though it is a pain to accurately adjust loved to jump several teeth. The problem is that the plug broke, snapped in half. Now the hole is permanently plugged. I either I drill it out and tap a new thread, or I just replace the entire thing. Its only a L shaped metal piece, so I might find the part laying around. No, ventilated discs at front, and drums in the rear. So all the shoes are equal length. The car is a Mazda 323F GLX 1,8L (BA) (EU) 1998 model. Does anyone know what this is? The cog and the tap sticking out. It is connected with a hose/cable. My car lacks ABS or traction control, but it could be bought originally as extra equipment. Is it the ABS sensor?
  3. Xoon

    The Psychology and Mental Health Thread

    One thing I have been thinking about is how to help a suicidal person if they are actively been bought down by a close relatively like a parent or spouse, when you have no way to removing said individual. On the pure mental, how ever much one tries to help the suicidal person, it is undone by the significant other, since they are more important in life then yourself. For every plus you give to the person, they give them a bigger minus. And considering negatives are usually stronger than positives for the same action, you are working at a loss.
  4. Xoon

    General cars and vehicles thread.

    I took my car into the garage today, to do some general maintenance. Was going to change the break liquid, but I bought the wrong type. So I tried changing oil, but the drain plug was so stuck and hard to get that I needed to lift the car, and since I lacked the stands to have it on, so waited with that too. Then I began changing the drum break pads. I could not find the lift point, so in my half hypothermic, half feverish state I mistook the side channel for the lift point and did this: After swearing a lot and getting a better jack, I found the correct point and starting dismounting the drum breaks. Of course, one of the nuts for the wheel got stuck in the wrench, which a had to knock lose with a hammer and screwdriver. After a lot of messing with the breaks to get the got damn pads of, I could not get the drum on. Furious beyond belief, I went in to defrost and ease my back pain. Now I feel very sick. All in all, a typical day, working on the car in -12 C.
  5. Do a DNA test on all US born children and legal immigrants and store it in a national database. Also store their thumb print. So when you need to access health care, you scan your thumb, for the more expensive procedures and/or when you have ripped off all your fingers, do a DNA test. This would solve parental fraud, and give a surefire way to identify if a individual is accepted to health care or not. Else their own health insurance will cover it, or given the bill directly. It would also make police work much easier with a complete data base of all american citizen's DNA. To differentiate out refugee children from a adult, use the proven tooth analysis. To rank how much help a refugee needs, rank their country by how bad it is, which can be voted on electronically by US citizen, if they feel Yemeni refugees has it worse than Syrian refugees. For normal immigration, do a cost analysis on how much the country would earn from the said individual and shave off from the top. A immigrant would have to give up full education, work experience, family situation, criminal records and so fourth. If they give lacking or dubious information, rank them lower. A young experienced English civil engineer with no family and a clean record would obliviously be more cost efficient than a old Sudanese unemployed war criminal with 6 babies and a wife, plus grandparents and relatives. First of, a younger person, with a full education is a lot more cost effective than a old (50+) person because of health costs and work efficiency on average, experienced further increases this. Then the person in question being English means they do not require any language education, and very little cultural conversion. A Pole would need to learn English, and even if he does, he would need to learn the engineering lingu in the US. A Englishman could also much easily adapt to the american values, than say a Sudanese or Norwegian. Having no family also means no factoring in the cost of having the family immigrate with the person at a later date. The criminal record is obvious, no one wants a war criminal. This would all be handled by algorithmic software with certain modifiers, then accepted by the immigration office. For example, say your country has a very high gender imbalance, like Sweden, then you would try to have more woman immigrate compared to men. Same if you need more mechanical engineers instead of electrical engineers, or simply more welders. This way, people would be have less negative opinions about the immigrants, since they were the best in their class. It would put many anti-immigrant movements at ease, since they know that the process is done to benefit them the most. But honestly though, I don't get why trump likes Norwegians over say, swedes or Englishmen.
  6. I am not arguing against it, it was just a study seemed a bit poor in my eyes. I have a small insane theory about the wall. The wall is made by steel pillars. American steel. Trump has talked a lot about restoring the domestic steel industry, and for example introduced tariffs. Could the wall/fence be a mega project initiated to help grow the american steel industry? As a "Casus Belli", they would use the ongoing migrant crisis to justify the mega project. I find this idea intriguing, and it almost justifies the fence in my eyes, though I would like a proper study on the cost/benefits first before making a proper decision.
  7. The studies is a bit small, roughly 1000+ people. No information on where the study was conducted. More heavy on democrats (33%) compared to republicans (27%), more heavy on woman than men (51%). Though, it is defiantly more accurate than simply guessing. I think a bigger study should be done, with at least 1 million, to narrow down the error margin. Though I assume the results would be the same or very similar. The study kind of confuses me, it actually says 52% of voters disapprove how trump is handling the immigration policy. But 53% of voters approve how he is handling border security. Though most voters (49%) think that the wall is not a immediate priority for the congress. 49%. 56% of voters believe that trump should comprise on the wall, to stop the gridlock. Note, that pretty much all these opinions can be flipped with the 4,2% error margin. Except the wall comprise to avoid gridlock. Source: http://maristpoll.marist.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/NPR_PBS-NewsHour_Marist-Poll_USA-NOS-and-Tables_Immigration_1812051721.pdf#page=3
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    I Learned Something Today

    I don't know a lot about the US climate, so I just guessed, thanks for correcting me. And yes, I assumed they did, it is the norm her in Norway for washrooms and bathrooms to have tiles, sometimes the hall too. But if you speak about what is the most cost efficient, electric floor heating is not worth is at all. It's a "luxury" thing, people want it so that they can have fancy floors that tend to be very cold, and still have a warm feeling from beneath their feet. A rug is way more cost efficient. The only real upside is the very well distributed heating. I am not sure about the US, but most people know a carpenter or construction worker, or knows how to do flooring in Norway. We do all the prep work for the electrician, then he does the wiring and fuses, and we add the floor again. Sometimes we let the craftsmen do it do have it be extra nice. So it tends to be pretty reasonably priced. Not sure what would break in electric floor heating. It is all solid state, it would outlast your fuses, even the thermostat. Most houses in Norway lack ducting outside of simple air ducts that lets fresh air in, and the blower to getting the cooking fumes and steam out. Most people do have a HVAC and wood stove though. The stove is mostly for the cosy feel, but it is also a back up in case of a power outage, in which it gets very cold in the winter. Electricity is "dirt cheap" here, so that is a big factor. Gas is not reasonably priced. Almost all houses in Norway lack water borne heating. Some do in special cases, like when a furniture factory is nearby and sells he excess heat. Only modern houses have balanced heating with ducts, which means most heating comes from HVAC, heaters, wood stoves and floor heating. New houses tend to have floor heating in every room. Old houses only in the bathrooms and halls, places with tiles. So yes, we use almost purely electrical heating, either through HVAC or heating elements. Never heard of in Norway. Water borne heating is awesome, if you can pay for it. Much more efficient and allows a lot of power saving. Thermal solar panels, wood/gas heating, electric heating, heat pump heating. Though it is simply not worth it to retrofit in most Norwegian houses, and most opt for electrical heating instead in modern houses to save cost.
  9. Xoon

    I Learned Something Today

    I was thinking in relation to this, the gulf stream is what keeps Norway from being a cold wasteland. Considering that Ohio is center north in the US, it should be a bit colder than, for example, Italy. But I see your point. Remove the flooring tiles, cut into shape the heating mats, add a power cord and heat sensor, and hook it up to a thermostat. Then re add the flooring. Not very expensive at all. Besides, who uses water borne floor heating outside of eco houses?
  10. Xoon

    I Learned Something Today

    I think the hottest summer we have had is 34 degrees C. Heated floor is pretty standard here, pretty much all bathrooms, some washrooms, and in new houses, most floors. Though, I asked a friend in Ohio, and she had never heard about them. Isn't Ohio a tad bit colder?
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    I Learned Something Today

    I am from Norway, north-west Norway. The land of heated floors and salt.
  12. Xoon

    I Learned Something Today

    Today I learned that heated flooring is not a common thing in the US.
  13. Here in Norway pretty much everyone knows how not to fall off cliffs. So we don't need most of these campgrounds and rangers. But then we were surprised when tourist kept falling of cliffs and shit, a lot. So we finally made tourist trails on the most tourist trafficked trails in the country and basically made them gravel roads with plenty of patrols. But yeah, outside of that we do have the red cross, and social services which help you out when you broke a leg or some shit. We literally dispatched a helicopter, over 100 people, plus police and medical personal and volunteers to find a woman who got lost in the forest.