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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    Not sure it counts as a "bargain," but my Mr. will also be getting this:
    http://www.smarthome.com/71899/Smarthome-Dual-Laser-Garage-Parking-System/p.aspx-

    I cannot explain why he wants it - we have no crowding or parking issues in the garage - but he saw it in the latest Family Handyman magazine, and thought it was nifty. He's just a fan of tidy, and I guess parking in the exact same spot every day is tidy.

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,853
    He's just a fan of tidy, and I guess parking in the exact same spot every day is tidy.

    A tennis ball hanging from a string from the ceiling will do the same thing.

    But it's not nearly as fancy as that laser guided parking assurance device!!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    Yes, but everyone knows those are for OLD people! Plus, when you have man-guests, who always get a tour of the garage/shop/toys/tools, it really isn't very impressive to show them your high-tech tennis ball device. It's been done to death.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,677
    I put an "X" on each side of the wall in the garage so we both know to stop when we look over and see it...works like a charm!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    edited November 2012
    For one car I have a 6' length of railroad rail sitting in the garage. It doesn't move (much) when it gets bumped. Got a couple of 4x4 wedges for the other car.

    But yeah, mostly I look at the stud in the garage wall I have memorized. :shades:

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,141
    a 6' length of railroad rail

    A stubbed toe, waiting to happen... :sick: ;)

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,723
    Interesting little device. I see they have a single laser model, too.
    We use lally columns to determine how far to pull into the garage.
    Stop when the side view mirror passes it.
  • nortdnortd Posts: 13
    I use a string hanging from the garage ceiling attached to a tennis ball. Tennis ball touches my windshield....I STOP!!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    edited November 2012
    I think; details are a little sketchy over at FatWallet.

    The idea is to go to this Chevy/Macy's link, enter the contest, and then you may be chosen for a $50 gift card - just print the confirmation page and head to your local Chevrolet dealership. Test-drive any Chevrolet vehicle like the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu or the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse. Profit.

    YMMV - I didn't go through the exercise because I didn't want all the promotional information that comes with the sweeps entry.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    All this tire gauge talk ... I've had to air up all three cars due to temps that plummeted over the holiday!
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,723
    I checked 16 tires over the weekend and skipped the other 4 under the car cover.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I would air those up, too, to prevent flat spotting. Unless the tires are off the ground.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    "To get your one-year subscription to Automobile, plus find out what FREE business publications you could receive, simply complete the following information."

    link

    The fine print says "The information entered above will be used to provide you with a list of FREE trade magazines and other products that you could receive and to send you additional great offers. Magazines for individual use only."

    My emphasis; seems legit but usual disclaimers.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,677
    Guess it doesn't work anymore. Too bad.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    edited December 2012
    Hm, still appears to be working for me. A session expired popup appears but then the page loads. Anyone else?

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,571
    edited December 2012
    I didn't find out about it until @15 minutes before the deal expired, but on Black Friday Advance Auto Parts had an online sale: $4/qt off on all Mobil 1 oils- $5/qt. for most grades, $5.49/qt. for Extended Performance.
    I ordered 26 quarts(14 of 0W-40 for the Club Sport and 328i, 6 of 5W-30 EP for the Mazdaspeed, and 6 of 15W-50 for the '02) and saved $104...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    Usually $14.99. Reindeer Auto Outfit 2012

    Amazon - free shipping on orders over $25.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Does it only fit Minis and Beetles? :D
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    edited December 2012
    I think it only works on cars that can also take headlight eyelashes. :confuse:

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    Oil Change Service $15.55 at SEARS

    Conventional Oil, Filter Included. $15.55 + $3 Shop Fee.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    edited December 2012
    Keeper 07203 Waterproof Roof Top Cargo Bag

    $37.72, free shipping, from Amazon. Half price, although it's often on sale for $44 or so.

    I usually don't like or trust the soft carriers up top, but this one has pretty good reviews. And there's some in the warehouse even cheaper that people have been happy with (returns, in other words).

    Knowing Amazon, the price could change by the time I hit the Post button. :shades:

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,427
    hey, thanks!
    Bought a roof basket for the minivan a while back and needed this to put in it.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,677
    Where can I get the old style round one with numbers that Sears used to sell? My digital one broke and I really want the old round kind again.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    Harbor Freight. Get six and if you find two that agree with each other, keep one and take the other five back. ;)

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,723
    You give way back more in fuel costs than you save in the purchase price with those soft toppers.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,723
    No kidding, even then are those 2 right?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,251
    I picked up a round metal with a large dial by Slime. I think I got it at Walmart. But several of the box stores carry that brand. I was turned off by the name and the marketing but I've liked the brass colored metal analogue meter. It's within 1 pound based on other gauges I have. Like Steve says... none match.

    http://www.slime.com/shop/images/819/2010120611304393972_lrg.jpg

    I had a couple of digit gauges and they developed problems after a while. Guess I'm just old fashioned.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,809
    edited December 2012
    Some of y'all know we bought a 100 year old house here a couple of years ago and we're the second owners. The family ("kids" in their 70s) left some stuff around that's been fun picking through.

    One item I found in the basement just last month was a brass tire gauge, made by none other than Schrader. It's not one of the old turn of the century ones but probably does date back to the 50s.

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    Unfortunately it's way off and I don't think you can "fix" them. My best gauge is an older Raleigh bike gauge.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,677
    Bingo! That's exactly what I'm looking for. Next time I'm by the mart, I'll check one out. I'd bet an auto parts store would have the same thing but a bit more expensive!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,251
    Mine is a brass color for the metal case, but certainly not brass. I had bought various pencil gauges and tried metal ones and the plastic ones. The companies package the gauges in material where I couldn't tell if the case was plastic or metal. The pencil guages were erratic.

    It's been a while, so I'll start looking at the stores for another metal, round large gauge and buy one like what I have.
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