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  1. Changed my tires today. Because my father used a pneumatic drill last time I had a hard time loosening the screws. I had to literally stand on the wrench to have enough force to get over the friction.

    about 17 days ago from web
    1. @adiwan Isn't jumping on the tools a standard part of the job?

      about 16 days ago from web
      1. @scribus When I manually tightened the screws in last year's tire change I didn't have to use my full body weight to loose them. When I manual tighten the screws they are as tight as they can get. I would say I have average arm strength but for the life of me I couldn't use the same amount of strength loosening the pneumatic drilled ones. For one screw I had to use a pipe to extend the leverage arm. This was the first time I had to use such measures.

        about 16 days ago from web
        1. @adiwan O_O Times like that, you might want to double-check that it's even supposed to come off, lol

          about 16 days ago from web
          1. @scribus My father just had used a setting on the pneumatic drill higher than needed. Well... I successfully changed the tires and that's what matters. The winter will be probably warm but I don't want to risk driving with summer tires any longer as there were some frosty days this week.

            about 16 days ago from web
            1. @adiwan Right. Mission accomplished, and hooray for road safety. (Meanwhile, I have never had to change tires for any reason other than baldness or flatness; maybe hand-rotated them, once?)

              about 16 days ago from web
              1. @scribus Yeah... I understand. California. Palms and barely any falling leaves and constantly warm weather (as in not freezing). In Germany there is a rule of thumb that Summer tires should be used from Easter to October. There are tires that work for all year with an appropriate profile but they are not ideal but usable. Driving the Winter tires in the Summer can be devastating due to the softer rubber mixture. On a very hot day at higher speeds they can degrade super fast. Summer tires have the opposite problem as due to the lower temperatures they are not soft enough to ensure the necessary grip, especially with wet leaves on the ground and heavy rainfall or snow.

                about 16 days ago from web
                1. @adiwan I've got a mountain about an hour away, so snow isn't like completely strange - I have used chains, and I do know of what we call "snow tires." Just never rose beyond "knowing about" to "thinking about." I feel like our snow tires might be "studded" or something, I rode in a car with them once and it had a distinct noise and vibration to it. Nothing bad, just obviously different.

                  about 15 days ago from web
                  1. @scribus Ah... My ignorance has struck again. :-/

                    about 15 days ago from web
                    1. @adiwan Eh, it's California. It's a local gag that you can surf in the morning, and ski in the afternoon. Or vice-versa.

                      about 15 days ago from web
                      1. @scribus I could do that too but the North Sea is toooo damn cold haha I don't know if the indoor skiing halls are open in Summer.... The mountains near me are not tall enough for snow all year around. I would need to drive to the Alps and it takes about 8 hours to get from where I live. But it isn't worth the time and gas.

                        about 15 days ago from web
                        1. @adiwan Ah, yeah, it's not a year-round snow, here. Maybe further north, yeah, but then the surf becomes a different story, lol.

                          about 15 days ago from web