Random Cool Tricks

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Meat, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    Hair dryers work great to thaw out a frozen car in the morning. Hang it from rear view mirror or ? Crank it on high and go do your thing for a bit. Off you'll go. (Caution. Females get angry if they can't find theirs. Always return it) [afro]
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  2. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    And don't get it mixed up with your heat gun. Women HATE that...especially if you left it on high...
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  3. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I just set a space heater on the floor of the car.
    To turn the heater on then I have an outside plug controlled by a switch, when I wake up I turn the switch on and it deices the car pretty well in as little as 10 minutes when it's slightly below freezing.
    If it's snowing I put the heater on low and turn it on some time during the night, let it run for a few hours.

    Then the car is nice and warm.

    Something like a suburban it don't work as fast.
    Been doing this since 1998 or 1999.
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  4. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    I just parked in Florida.
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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Hair Dryers are the Truckers BEST Friend.... Got a Cold, Cranky, Diesel Engine that just will NOT lite off.... Blow Momma's Hair Dryer down the Intake Manifold, and crank it.... VaROOM, every time.... and you thought that the Truckers keep those things around for the Hair....
  6. Olympic mountain man

    Olympic mountain man just a lonely cook

    just don't use one to dry a wet seat all the years of bad farts will all come out at once with a hair dryer on a wet seat my dad tried that once when I was a kid it was bad
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  7. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    hair dryers and heat guns are NOT interchangeable. One runs at a safe temp and the other WILL set things afire. Hair dryers may take a little longer if thawing pipes, but the house, car, etc that you save may be your own. Here in NH were entering the season for fires due to chimney fires and thawing pipes, bad pipe heaters etc.
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  8. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

  9. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I just used a heat gun to start my car in the mornings when it was -17°F to -10°F here one winter.
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  10. Tevin

    Tevin Monkey+++

    Where I live, engine block heaters rule! Just plug in and forget it. The next morning your vehicle will start real easy and you don't have to wait long for heat.
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  11. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I was going to say Alabama;)
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  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Yup. Used them in Wyoming and Michigan.
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  13. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Buddy of mine had an old GMC with the 5.7 diesel and that sucker wouldn't start half the time when it was normal out! We went hunting one year and the temps got WAY down the first night we were there, couldn't get it to start! It would crank just fine, just no fire, so we built a small fire under the front of the truck and waited about 1/2 hour and she fired right up!
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  14. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

  15. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    Exactly. Works great for lawnmowers and such too. Makes for an easy start then off you go. :D
  16. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    I use black tape to secure coils of rope, cords or just about anything. Start the first couple of rows with the sticky side up but finish sticky side down. Leave a couple inches off to twist a little handle. Easy removal just in case you don't have your knife on you. You dig? [afro]
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  17. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    Mark all of your charging cords with a silver Sharpie identifying them. Next time you change oil in a vehicle mark the appropriate socket so you don't have to keep crawling back and forth under the vehicle. Black tape (once again) wrapped around the socket and said silver Sharpie works good. :D
  18. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I simply use a Sharpie to list the most often used sizes and their purpose on the radiator shroud. Saves a LOT of squinchy-crawly ups and downs from the underside. (Now I need to unwad and unsnarl the charging cords.)
  19. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    During the winter months in the mountains I covered my truck cab with boat shrink wrap, and put a rough service bulb under the hood mounted to face the engine block.
    The tarp went to the ground and snow does not cling to it, so that in the morning it is a breeze to slide to off and shake the show free and fold it up and put behind the seat and go to work in a comfortable cab.
    On on hundred watt light bulb is cheap and you know it's working unlike man other products meant for the problem.
    The tarp keeps the wind from washing away the heat accumulated so it is very efficient . and the light bulb heat eventually generates to the inside of the cab.
    I covered my truck at work as well , because it snows during the day and it keeps snoopy people from seeing inside while in a parking lot.
    That and while every one else is scraping ice off there wind shields, I am driving away with clear windows .
    If you can't appreciate good advise do it your own way.
    I lock the tarp down to the cab by closing a portion in the door jamb. Also keeps the ice out of the door lock.
  20. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    Don't cut zip-ties with side cutters or a knife. Grab the extra portion with pliers, parallel, right next to the locking portion. Twist until it breaks off. This will leave it flush without a razor sharp edge. (Hope that made sense) [afro]
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