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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8970 on: January 20, 2014, 05:45:53 PM »
For those that use Static Guard -- don't you find the smell off-putting?


I just noticed on Slartibartfast's photo the can says "Fresh Scent" is this different from the regular static guard? I haven't used it in years because of the scent and don't remember if it said "fresh scent" or not.

Pretty sure it's just the one kind.  And it does smell, for a minute or two, but once the aerosol dissipates it's not really noticeable.  And it does really help for when you're wearing a dress with nylons!

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8971 on: January 20, 2014, 07:33:21 PM »
For those that use Static Guard -- don't you find the smell off-putting?


I just noticed on Slartibartfast's photo the can says "Fresh Scent" is this different from the regular static guard? I haven't used it in years because of the scent and don't remember if it said "fresh scent" or not.

Pretty sure it's just the one kind.  And it does smell, for a minute or two, but once the aerosol dissipates it's not really noticeable.  And it does really help for when you're wearing a dress with nylons!

I agree it's not noticeable. Hairspray and dryer sheets have longer lasting smells to me. My DD has adopted the standard winter outfit at her college of compression pants, long sweaters and boots. She is going through a lot of static guard this year.

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« Reply #8972 on: January 21, 2014, 02:31:52 PM »
If you don't know what an object is, why is it a thingamabob?   Why is it never a thingamajim, or a thingamabill?   Is 'bob' inherently more funny?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8973 on: January 21, 2014, 02:33:16 PM »
Sometimes it's a thingymajig.

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« Reply #8974 on: January 21, 2014, 03:37:49 PM »
Sometimes it's a thingymajig.

I have whosiewhatsits. ;D
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« Reply #8975 on: January 21, 2014, 03:47:46 PM »
Sometimes it's a thingymajig.

I have whosiewhatsits. ;D

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« Reply #8976 on: January 21, 2014, 04:26:07 PM »
How do they fix dams when they break?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8977 on: January 21, 2014, 04:43:56 PM »
How do they fix dams when they break?

You get your dam supervisor to call the dam contractor to come out and make some dam repairs.  ;D
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8978 on: January 21, 2014, 06:11:24 PM »
How do they fix dams when they break?

Politely, with a darning needle?  ;D

More seriously, it depends on the kind of dam and the kind/size of break.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8979 on: January 21, 2014, 09:26:34 PM »
How do they fix dams when they break?

Well! *borrows Uncle's engineer hat*.

When most dams are being built in the first place, the river or body of water they're planning on blocking with said dam is diverted so that they've got a dry area to build in. If there are ever any cracks or breaks in a dam then the diversion can be re-activated. For example the Hoover Dam took so long to build not just because it's so big, but because there are massive tunnels and pipes under the surrounding hills that were used to divert the water while the dam was being built. If there is ever a crack or breakage large enough then the water can be diverted through those alternate tunnels until the dam is dry again and then repairs or rebuilding can take place.

Another option is that during a drought (like happened here in Australia in the late 90's - early 2000's) some dams can actually dry up because the rivers aren't running as much as they used to - and so the maintenance can be done then. About 100kms from where I live there were seven new dams built during the drought, taking advantage of the dry spell so that next time we'll have more water stored up and the droughts' impact won't be so large.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8980 on: January 21, 2014, 09:39:31 PM »
Thanks!  DF and I were really curious.  We were driving past the Estes Park dam (the one that broke when Colorado saw that destructive flood last year) and we got to thinking.  Who would have thunk it was such an obvious answer?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8981 on: January 21, 2014, 10:09:40 PM »
How do they fix dams when they break?

You get your dam supervisor to call the dam contractor to come out and make some dam repairs.  ;D

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8982 on: January 22, 2014, 04:08:24 PM »
How do they fix dams when they break?

Well! *borrows Uncle's engineer hat*.

When most dams are being built in the first place, the river or body of water they're planning on blocking with said dam is diverted so that they've got a dry area to build in. If there are ever any cracks or breaks in a dam then the diversion can be re-activated. For example the Hoover Dam took so long to build not just because it's so big, but because there are massive tunnels and pipes under the surrounding hills that were used to divert the water while the dam was being built. If there is ever a crack or breakage large enough then the water can be diverted through those alternate tunnels until the dam is dry again and then repairs or rebuilding can take place.

Another option is that during a drought (like happened here in Australia in the late 90's - early 2000's) some dams can actually dry up because the rivers aren't running as much as they used to - and so the maintenance can be done then. About 100kms from where I live there were seven new dams built during the drought, taking advantage of the dry spell so that next time we'll have more water stored up and the droughts' impact won't be so large.

Or, in the case of the Teton Dam, they start investigating *why* it broke, discover that the area is actually massively unsuitable for dam-building, and abandon the whole idea.  Then 30 years later, some group decides that it really should be rebuilt, to a huge chorus of "heck NO!" from local residents. ::)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8983 on: January 22, 2014, 07:56:17 PM »
How do they fix dams when they break?

You get your dam supervisor to call the dam contractor to come out and make some dam repairs.  ;D

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8984 on: January 24, 2014, 06:45:09 PM »
Does idling your car use more gas than when the car is actually moving?

Does idling your car in sub-zero temperatures use more gas than it does in say 30F degree temps?




(I usually warm up my car for about 10 minutes before I leave for work. That defrosts the windows so I don't have to scrape plus makes the inside nice and toasty.)