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Old 24th Oct 2007, 08:36   #1 (permalink)

 
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Thumbs up 100 VERY useful things to know.

Here's a great starter. I've been driving for a loooong time and never knew this, e-mailed to me yesterday. On which side of your car is the fuel filler? I'll bet you didn't know the fuel gauge tells you. Bottom left pic, it's on the left. Bottom right pic, on the right. Now someone spoil it - and tell me it's wrong.

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Old 24th Oct 2007, 08:41   #2 (permalink)
 
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There are little 1/4 inch triangle marks on the edge of your (UK/europe) tyres that point to where there are raised sections of rubber between the tread that are depth markers to show excessive tyre wear.
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 08:50   #3 (permalink)
 
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You are wrong about the fuel gauge.

Checked on mine and it is just the opposite.
It makes more sense as being a picture of what the bowser should look like as you pull up to it. (hose on left of pump to fit into right side of vehicle)
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 09:00   #4 (permalink)

 
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Bugger! Two cars outside are different and both work, but I agree with Dingo, it makes more sense as being a picture of what the bowser should look like as you pull up to it. Never mind. Anybody with really useful stuff.
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When one buys Turf at the garden center there's a little arrow sticker on the green side that says, This Way Up.
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 09:51   #6 (permalink)
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From thread on the Private Flying forum:

Problem - add 1:55, 1:35, 1:45
Solution - using the calc enter 1055+1035+1045

Result - 3135

To this add 940 repeatedly until the last three figures equal less than 60
ie 3135+940=4075+940=5015 Answer = 5 hours 15 minutes

Don't ask me how it works.
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 09:56   #7 (permalink)

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Use fuse wire to hold gaskets in place when re-assembling fiddly components.
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 10:17   #8 (permalink)
 
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Fuel Cap Mystery

There is a theory that many fuel fillers are situated on the opposite side to the car exhaust pipe. So if in doubt, check which side the exhaust is mounted, and look for the fuel filler on the other side!

(This may of course be very confusing for drivers who own cars with twin exhausts)
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 10:32   #9 (permalink)
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The declared mains voltage in the UK is 230V
The declared limits are -6% & +10% (216.2 - 253)
All electrical equipment sold should be capable of operating within that voltage range
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 10:45   #10 (permalink)
 
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Easier still: add as decimals 1.55 + 1.35 + 1.45, but keep an eye on the result each time and add .40 (40 minutes) every time the sub-total exceeds .60 (equivalent to the next hour).
So: 1.55 + 1.35 = 2.9 so add .40 = 3.30 (3hrs 30 mins); add 1.45 = 4.75 so add .40 = 5.15 = 5hrs 15 mins.
Piece of doddle. The RAF was doing this when the first Sinclair pocket calculator came out in the early 70s (@ 100 IIRC).

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....or an old Jag XJ6 with twin fuel tanks and filler caps.
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 11:36   #11 (permalink)
 
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Your trick works because you get your total in the format hmmm.
i.e. hours = 1000s, and minutes are the next three digits.
You then rearrange that number by adding 1 hour and taking off 60 minutes (1000 -60 = +940) until the minutes get less than 60.

Zoom does the same thing using 3 digits.
1 hour (1.00) - 60 minutes (.60) = +.40

Thought you would like to know.
(I hate people so smart with numbers!)
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 11:49   #12 (permalink)
 
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Alternatively, do it in your head - it is quicker.
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Old 24th Oct 2007, 11:56   #13 (permalink)
 
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With you there Bern,

My maths sucks, but I managed to muddle through that in my head without having to memorise an easy way of needing a calculator to do it for me.
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Old 25th Oct 2007, 18:38   #14 (permalink)
 
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Re post #2. On Michelin tyres this marker is actually a tiny Michelin Man.
Guess I'd better go and hide in the SAD room....
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Old 25th Oct 2007, 18:45   #15 (permalink)

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A little known fact is that is doesn't actually matter which side the filler is because provided you park correctly the pump hose is long enough to reach either side. Duh!
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Old 25th Oct 2007, 19:21   #16 (permalink)
 
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Bingo! Shy Torque
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111,111,111 multiplied by 111,111,111 gives the result 12,345,678,987,654,321
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Old 25th Oct 2007, 19:34   #18 (permalink)
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Old 25th Oct 2007, 19:52   #19 (permalink)
 
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In the days when the London area code was '01', the switchboard of the corporate that had 01-234-5678 was (I believe ) ........Citibank (Citicorp? - now citigroup anyway).
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Old 25th Oct 2007, 20:06   #20 (permalink)
 
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I drive two cars and the filler caps are on different sides so I always forget which side of the pump to go to. If you pull the pipe over the top of the car you can guarantee that half a litre of petrol pours out and ends up your sleeve or over your shoes.

Sorry Folks
Just looked at title of thread and I guess this is not 100 VERY useful things to know.
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