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All true. Unfortunately, fuel stabilizer helps only with the problem of gasoline degrading as it ages. It does nothing to prevent ethanol from gumming up the internals of the engine, carb, fuel lines, etc.
Red Max and Stihl are the most common brands you see all the commercial crews using. I generally prefer to buy used commercial equipment off Craigslist at a somewhat lower price than new consumer grade equipment. The commercial grade stuff will last forever if you take care of it and you're using it only for your own yard and you get the benefits of the commercial grade stuff which is generally better power, lower cost of operation, and better "repairability" -- i.e.,...
It's pretty hard to beat the price and availability of Hardie. This is certainly more expensive fiber cement out there such as Nichiha, but I'm not sure what the value proposition is. I went round and round with considerations for cladding the exterior of a new garage I put up that had a more modern feel to it and in the end, I went with Hardie siding combined with Tamlyn Xtreme trim as it was much cheaper and more readily available.
I agree that the US played lackadaisically in the final minutes when they should have locked Portugal down. That said, the whole completely opaque "injury time" thing is a total crock. Portugal scores 4:50 into overage time and 5 seconds later the game is over. Yeah, I buy that. FIFA needs to add an official timekeeper with a visible clock so that this nonsense doesn't happen anymore.
I prefer winter tires to AWD because winter tires will help you accelerate, steer, and brake whereas AWD helps you accelerate but does not help you brake or steer (there's some steering advantage with AWD in certain circumstances, but not ones that the average street driver is likely to experience). Of course, there's nothing stopping you from using both AWD and winter tires, but since you pointed out the extra weight of the AWD system, it seems that is a priority for...
I called it:It is exceptionally difficult to warp a BMW rotor under street driving conditions. They are spec'ed considerably beyond anything that would be required for commuting or the occasional "spirited" drive. On the other hand, a bad wheel bearing is a perfect explanation for the vibration problems GF was describing.
Well, I hope it's just a pair of bushings although I don't know how expensive those are on an E60 M5. That said, I'd happily throw in an oil change with front brakes for $1700. If I did only one of those per weekday at a conservative 2.5 hours per job, I could make $112.5k/year in profit. If I did two per weekday, I'd be right at the StyleForum backup job level of $250k/yr.
I see pricing on those parts in the $900-1200 range. When I hear quotes like $1700 for a front brake job, I sometimes wonder if I should open a shop myself.Oh, and steering wheel vibration while braking is rarely due to brake problems in BMWs. It's usually front control arm bushings or some other suspension component.
Lots of the pros use an airless sprayer to cover 15-20 sq. ft. at a time and then go back over the wet stain with a stain brush to smooth it out. I have yet to tackle my fence, but that's how I intend to do it. If you are using a different stain than the one that is currently on the deck, you do need to get the old stuff completely off, first. The quality of the prep job is more important than the quality of the stain application.
NYC residential property seems awfully volatile for an investment. Residential property values in Manhattan have not been increasing that much lately and the heavy tax burden and notoriously restrictive HOAs in NYC detract from their value as rental properties. If I were looking for residential investment properties, there's a long list of (admittedly less sexy) places that would come before NYC.
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