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Subaru Crew Cafe

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Oh, here we go. These are the ones!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    And finally, I couldn't agree more about the placement of the injury! Eye, teeth, or, if it was higher still, you might not be with us at all. Crazy all the stuff we can skate through without (significant) injury as children, but not so much as adults. :cry:
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,583
    G'day

    Sounds like an overly adventurous way to get plastic surgery.

    The nightlights are a great idea. We actually fitted motion sensing nightlights which double as emergency torches and switch on if the power goes out.

    I have to admit the reason for them was safety for the dog, who is getting too elderly for climbing stairs without good lighting. I feel a little silly fitting lighting for a dog, but have also recently made a large step so she can climb onto my bed without having to jump; even made the top sprung and added 12mm thick rubber cushioning so that her joints are not strained. She is not spoilt!

    I discovered last night that the step also doubles as a remarkably loud drum, when struck by a wagging tail. I stayed awake to the steady rhythm of a happy dog. There are worse ways to be entertained

    Cheers

    Graham

    Cheers

    Graham
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    edited February 2013
    We probably have 7 or 8 strategically placed nightlights around the house, but likely only 4-5 actually working at any one time! I'm old school and still use the 4 watt bulbs. I tried LEDs a few years back, but well, they were pretty bad and I tossed them. I'm sure they are mature now and the investment would be worth it. With kids and dogs, tripping hazards are just a given!

    The one area I have invested heavily is in decent LED flashlights, and we have them placed in multiple locations around the house. Sam's Club, etc. sell two packs of high grade aluminum body 150 - 200 lumen lights for around $20 - $25, that run on 3 AAA batteries. I bought a fancy battery charger and two dozen AAA NiMH 900 ma batteries, and rotate them regularly.

    http://battery-charger-review.toptenreviews.com/alpha-power-battery-charger-revi- ew.html

    If you haven't seen a charger like this, it's a must have item. Toss the chargers that come with the batteries.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,742
    I have these in my hallways to help the kids (when they were younger) and guests find their way to the baths in the middle of the night:

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  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,302
    I was looking too at the motion sensor ones, slightly higher output,but still not going to wake anyone. Thanks for all the advice.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We leave the night light on in the hall bath.

    As I was reading that story I looked to see if it was April 1st!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited February 2013
    Here's a photo that shows the before/after side-by-side.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/aeGWyNBVVvPh9wte3zQzidMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm- 0?feat=directlink

    Note the new tire is about 0.4" taller yet I still have tons of room in the wheel well.

    There is still road noise, slightly less than before, but bump impacts have softened a bit, so I'm happy. You hear expansion joints still, but don't feel every little one as much.

    I set cruise at an indicated 60mph, the GPS was reading 62-63mph, also as expected.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited February 2013
    Hmm, remove the dash and the space from the link, for some reason I can't post it without it getting cut in half. Should be ...fm0...
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Nicely done, AJ! I love that comparison; it definitely caught me by surprise.

    From what can be seen there, it looks nicely proportioned on the car. I'm curious as to whether you notice any handling differences as a result of the increased sidewall height.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    That looks like a very nice charger, Steve! Good timing on the post, too, as my charger that came with some batteries (four years ago) just died a couple weeks back, so I'm in the market!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, poetically, I took the summer tires off, and wouldn't you know it? Snow flakes started to fall!

    The new tires are UHP all season, so I wasn't worried. :shades:

    It was wet driving ~15 miles or so to work, so it was a bit noisy, probably in part because of the water.

    I do think that visually they fill up the wheel wells a bit more, though there is still too much wheel gap even now.

    Will have to wait for better weather to comment on handling.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    I've seen those, but have been reluctant to try. I can see the point, given any nightlight is going to snag an outlet anyway, but with these there is no option to remove and replace with something else when two ports are needed.

    You find them to be a good value, in terms of that trade off, the light produced, etc?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was all in for just $360 or so. Not bad, eh?

    My boss' secretary replaced tires on her A3 and spent nearly 3 times as much at $1030!
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,742
    You find them to be a good value, in terms of that trade off, the light produced, etc?

    They produce plenty of light. I first installed them when the kids were younger and I worried about them stumbling down the hall to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Now that they are teens, they don't wake up in the middle of the night anymore - heck, the sun is usually pretty high in the sky when they like to get up. Downstairs, it's still handy for the hall between the guest room and the bathroom.

    I replaced outlets in the halls which are next to central vacuum outlets. They are only used to plug in the vac power head so losing half wasn't a concern.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Thanks, Rob. I might try a couple out, just to get a feel for them. I like that they are so unobtrusive.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Sounds pretty sweet to me, AJ! I spent nearly $900 to replace the tires on my Forester last summer. :cry:
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    I was considering a handful of these... not that I specifically need them (I live alone, if there's something on the floor, I put it there), but they seem like the right size and brightness for an apartment like mine (2 bed, 1100 square feet)

    Mr. Beams MB333 Wireless LED Spotlight with Motion Sensor and Photocell, White, 3-Pack - 140 lumens

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  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    edited February 2013
    I'm a big advocate of rechargeable AA & AAA batteries, but was disappointed in their long term performance. It wasn't until I started reading some serious journal articles about the recharging process (YES, WHAT A GEEK!!), that I came to realize that cheap chargers murder good batteries. Most $10 units charge in pairs or quads - and the charging stops when the first battery reaches the full storage potential. That leaves the rest undercharged, and they get progressively weaker with each sequence. I've brought batteries left for dead back to life! I feel so much like Dr. Frankenstein!

    I have the older model (Lacrosse BC-700), with a max 700 ma charge rate. Still, 90% of the time I dial it down to lower. Each cell takes in what it needs, and all the data is there. I numbered my batteries, and matched up the most powerful set for the flashlight with the greatest need (like the one used to search for skunks in the woods before letting the dog out). With this charger, I've seen final voltages that top 1.51 v - from a battery chemistry only rated at a nominal 1.25 v.

    Expensive, but worth every penny. OK, I get excited over weird stuff....
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Hahaha, no I think that stuff is cool, too! I must say that I have had very good luck with the longevity of my rechargeable batteries (I've never had one stop working well yet, and I have some that are older than my house [10]). I tend to lose them before they stop working. :blush:

    But, that's not to say they're getting charged well. I've already queued one up in my Amazon cart. I think I'll get the 500ma unit, as it looks compact, simple, flexible, and is less expensive. I can go for the "full monty" if this one piques my interest, as it clearly has yours. ;)
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