• Why does engine keep cutting out after filling the tank with gas? No problem in starting the car any other time?

    My friend has a weird problem. He can start his engine without any problem every time. The only exception is right after he fills up with gas. It doesn t matter which gas station or brand (Texaco, She ll, AM/PM, etc). It s very frustrating! Can any of you tell what may be causing the problem. The car is a 2007 Honda Civic.
    My friend has a weird problem. He can start his engine without any problem every time. The only exception is right after he fills up with gas. It doesn t matter which gas station or brand (Texaco, She ll, AM/PM, etc). It s very frustrating! Can any of you tell what may be causing the problem. The car is a 2007 Honda Civic.
    4 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 years ago
  • How to get solar motin floodlight to work in a car?

    I setup a solar floodlight that has a motion sensor to use in my car. This way, as I approach it, there will be some light. And it can help deter prowlers who might pass or drive past. The light works great indoors when I was testing to see if it is set properly. So I have the sensitivity set to max range, the lux setting at darkness so it will... show more
    I setup a solar floodlight that has a motion sensor to use in my car. This way, as I approach it, there will be some light. And it can help deter prowlers who might pass or drive past. The light works great indoors when I was testing to see if it is set properly. So I have the sensitivity set to max range, the lux setting at darkness so it will only turn on when it's dark outside. And the auto setting on so it will turn the light on for a brief moment and then off again. Inside the house, it works perfectly. So when I approach from a distance, the light turns on. But in the car, nothing from outside. It's mounted with the sensor facing out the front windshield. And the light pointed up so as not to blind anyone. Even right in front of it, touching the windshield, it still won't light. But when inside the car, fine. I've adjusted the direction of the sensor out the window and nothing at all no matter how its pointed, My thinking is the glass is somehow interfering with the sensor. The glass is clear with nothing blocking or dirtying it. But I just cannot figure out why the light isn't working in the car. So I hope you can help. Thanks!
    5 answers · Other - Electronics · 3 years ago
  • Why is dashcam video blurry in daytime but not at night?

    At first, I thought the lens might be dirty so I cleaned it with a soft rag. Basically what you would use to clean a regular camera or eyeglasses. So I made sure it wasn't something that would scratch the lens. I also changed the video settings to see if it was a particular resolution that had a problem. But the problem happens regardless of the... show more
    At first, I thought the lens might be dirty so I cleaned it with a soft rag. Basically what you would use to clean a regular camera or eyeglasses. So I made sure it wasn't something that would scratch the lens. I also changed the video settings to see if it was a particular resolution that had a problem. But the problem happens regardless of the resolution. And exposure setting is on auto. Other options are daylight, cloudy, and night. If anybody could offer a possible explanation for my problem, that would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone in advance!
    2 answers · Cameras · 3 years ago
  • Dash cam: is it legal to record while car is off?

    If somebody kept the camera running with an external power source wile the car is parked, shopping, at home, etc, is this illegal? One said yes and another said no. So I pose it to you for your thoughts. After all, something could happen when you re not driving. For instance, someone sideswipes you in a parking lot while you re shopping. So... show more
    If somebody kept the camera running with an external power source wile the car is parked, shopping, at home, etc, is this illegal? One said yes and another said no. So I pose it to you for your thoughts. After all, something could happen when you re not driving. For instance, someone sideswipes you in a parking lot while you re shopping. So keeping the camera powered on and recording when you re outside the car and its turned off does provide another level of protection. Thanks everyone in advance.
    4 answers · Law & Ethics · 4 years ago
  • Dashboard camera videos not able to be played on computer?

    I have my dashcam set for continuous recording with a 32g micro SD card. A couple of times when I ve removed the card and inserted into my computer, some of the videos are just fine but others are not. The ones that aren t fine don t even show durations and the codecs. At first, I thought it was the card so I switched it with another. The same... show more
    I have my dashcam set for continuous recording with a 32g micro SD card. A couple of times when I ve removed the card and inserted into my computer, some of the videos are just fine but others are not. The ones that aren t fine don t even show durations and the codecs. At first, I thought it was the card so I switched it with another. The same problem! I don t want to have something happen, such as an accident, and miss it with the camera. So I would appreciate your help in fixing this problem. Camera resolution is set to max HD. So maybe I should turn it down and see if that fixes it. But I haven t tried this because I want the best quality video recording when and if needed. FYI, my computer system is Win XP Home and working just fine. And virus and malware protections are both current and always updated. Thanks everyone for your assistance!
    1 answer · Camcorders · 4 years ago
  • No escort to stay overnight for outpatient surgery?

    What options are there when you are in need of outpatient surgery and you cannot be discharged without someone to escort you home and stay overnight? In other words, you are alone and have nobody to help. Problem is née ding someone to stay the night to make sure you are alright. Example, an elderly person without family or friends available to... show more
    What options are there when you are in need of outpatient surgery and you cannot be discharged without someone to escort you home and stay overnight? In other words, you are alone and have nobody to help. Problem is née ding someone to stay the night to make sure you are alright. Example, an elderly person without family or friends available to help. Where can someone in this situation turn for assistance and options. FYI, hotel is not an option because still no one to spend the night with you. So how does somebody totally alone deal with this? Surgery cannot be done without an escort and person to spend the night per the hospital.
    2 answers · Injuries · 5 years ago
  • What's more carbon-friendly?

    I've seen two kinds of hybrid buses on the streets. One is a double-length bus that's literally 2 buses connected together. The newest one is a double-decker bus. So instead of having 2 back-to-back, it's 2 stacked on top of each other. My question to you is which is more carbon-friendly? And fyi, both kinds of buses are... show more
    I've seen two kinds of hybrid buses on the streets. One is a double-length bus that's literally 2 buses connected together. The newest one is a double-decker bus. So instead of having 2 back-to-back, it's 2 stacked on top of each other. My question to you is which is more carbon-friendly? And fyi, both kinds of buses are hybrid-electric. It's just a matter of configuration. One has them one-behind the other. And the other has them stacked on top of one another. So I'm wondering if the configuration effects carbon emissions and greenliness.
    2 answers · Engineering · 7 years ago
  • Problem with solar panel and inverter?

    I have a 50 watt solar panel and a 75 watt AC to DC inverter. FYI, I don't use it to power anything greater than 40-50 watts. My problem is very simple. The inverter doesn't provide steady power. Instead, the light blinks on and off. So when a device is being charged, it's getting intermittent power rather than continuous. I don't... show more
    I have a 50 watt solar panel and a 75 watt AC to DC inverter. FYI, I don't use it to power anything greater than 40-50 watts. My problem is very simple. The inverter doesn't provide steady power. Instead, the light blinks on and off. So when a device is being charged, it's getting intermittent power rather than continuous. I don't have the same problem with a 5W inverter. It always has a solid light and provides continuous power rather than the intermittent the 75W provides. I have a voltage regulator attached between the 50W panel and inverter to prevent an over-voltage shutdown. FYI, if I plug the 75W inverter into my car's cigarette lighter, no problem. Solid light and steady power. So I'm stumped as to why I'm having the problem. And not getting the solid light on the inverter and continuous power output. Hopefully, you can help me out and fix my problem. Thanks in advance!
    4 answers · Engineering · 7 years ago
  • How to fix: light switch turned off, but bulbs still dimly lit?

    When I flip the switch to my kitchen light off, the 2 bulbs remain very dimly lit. So it looks like there's still AC current flowing to power the bulbs just a little bit. FYI, I replaced the incandescents with LEDs so they don't draw too much power and won't get hot to the touch. And am wondering how I can get those lights to turn... show more
    When I flip the switch to my kitchen light off, the 2 bulbs remain very dimly lit. So it looks like there's still AC current flowing to power the bulbs just a little bit. FYI, I replaced the incandescents with LEDs so they don't draw too much power and won't get hot to the touch. And am wondering how I can get those lights to turn completely off. Since the LEDs draw so little power, I'm not worried about energy usage or bulb life. I was just curious how I could get the lights to completely shut off instead of being on just a little.
    5 answers · Engineering · 7 years ago
  • Can you put stain glass and glow paint in a dishwasher?

    I've taken some glass pieces and added stain glass paint to them. And also used glow paint to make parts of it glow in the dark. When wet, you can remove the paints in case you make a mistake. But when dry, no. What I was wondering is this. Can I put those pieces in the dishwasher? The bottles don't say anything about heat nor that... show more
    I've taken some glass pieces and added stain glass paint to them. And also used glow paint to make parts of it glow in the dark. When wet, you can remove the paints in case you make a mistake. But when dry, no. What I was wondering is this. Can I put those pieces in the dishwasher? The bottles don't say anything about heat nor that they're flammable. But I've been afraid to do it on the off-chance the paints will run, etc. So I thought I would ask you if it's ok. FYI, the glow in the dark paint brand is Tulip. And the stain glass paint brands are all Gallery Glass.
    3 answers · Decorating & Remodeling · 7 years ago
  • Can I replace higher capacity Nicad with lower Nimh?

    I have a solar string light who's battery died. And it was a 600ma Nimh. I was wondering, since I have some extras lying around, if I could replace this with a 350ma Nicad. I just don't know whether the circuitry inside is set to trickle for the 600 or larger battery. Or if it'll adjust to whatever capacity battery is put in there. So... show more
    I have a solar string light who's battery died. And it was a 600ma Nimh. I was wondering, since I have some extras lying around, if I could replace this with a 350ma Nicad. I just don't know whether the circuitry inside is set to trickle for the 600 or larger battery. Or if it'll adjust to whatever capacity battery is put in there. So I thought I would ask.
    1 answer · Engineering · 7 years ago
  • Will this help glow in the dark paint appear different colors?

    I recently bought a pack of different colored glow in the dark fabric paints. My thinking was to create things that would glow in different colors. However, what I discovered from using them is this. In light, they all show as the different colors they actually are. For example, the pink shows as pink and blue appears blue. But in darkness, they all... show more
    I recently bought a pack of different colored glow in the dark fabric paints. My thinking was to create things that would glow in different colors. However, what I discovered from using them is this. In light, they all show as the different colors they actually are. For example, the pink shows as pink and blue appears blue. But in darkness, they all glow light green. So here's what I was thinking of doing to get the look of different glowing colors. And I thought I would ask you if this would work. (a) Put the clear glow in the dark paint on first. When light hits it, it'll glow that light greenish. (b) Once dried, apply a colored stained glass paint over it. FYI, I'm not using the paints on fabrics. I want to create glowing stained glass pieces. So the original surface that I'll be painting will be crystal clear. And my thinking is this. In daylight, things will appear as the stained glass paint color or pretty close to it. Since light will pass through the stained glass paint, that will energize the glow in the dark paint underneath so it'll glow in darkness. The light greenish glow won't overly change the stained glass paint color too much to be a big deal. So basically, I'll get the stained glass paint color glowing. For example, apply that light greenish glow in the dark paint on top of a clear piece of glass or plastic. When dry, paint on some red stained glass paint and let that dry. When sunlight hits the piece, the light will pass right through the stained glass paint to charge the glow in the dark paint. With several hours of this, the glow in the dark paint will light up at night. And that glow will shine through the stained glass paint, appearing reddish in color. FYI, at first, I thought of doing the reverse. Putting on the stained glass paint first and then the glow in the dark. In daylight, things will pretty much appear as the stained glass color. But in darkness, I figured it'll glow in that light greenish. So that's why I thought the reverse would work. Putting on the glow in the dark paint first. And then painting over that once dry with various colors of stained glass paint. Will the process I'm thinking of doing give me the different colored glows? Or will the stained glass paint reduce the light needed to energize the glow in the dark too much?
    1 answer · Painting · 7 years ago
  • How to connect solar panels in parallel & protect them?

    I know that when you use a solar panel to charge a battery, you use a blocking diode to prevent current from flowing back into the panel from the battery when it's dark. But here's what confuses me and I'm hoping somebody can explain it to me. How would you actually connect them so current wouldn't be flowing into the next cell?... show more
    I know that when you use a solar panel to charge a battery, you use a blocking diode to prevent current from flowing back into the panel from the battery when it's dark. But here's what confuses me and I'm hoping somebody can explain it to me. How would you actually connect them so current wouldn't be flowing into the next cell? For example, using the following setup to charge a battery: 1) Panel 1 negative to panel 2 negative to battery negative 2) Panel 1 positive to blocking diode 3) Blocking diode to panel 2 positive 4) Blocking diode to battery positive The first blocking diode would prevent current from flowing back into the first panel. So it's protected. And the the second blocking diode would prevent current from flowing from the battery back into that panel. But what about current flowing between panels 1 and 2? Wouldn't the current from the first panel going into the second one damage the second panel? In other words, I'm confused how you'd protect the middle panel from current flowing into it. FYI, I don't plan on actually doing this. I'm merely curious as to how a parallel connection can be made and protect all the cells involved. Thanks!
    3 answers · Engineering · 7 years ago
  • What is the purpose of crystal clear stain glass paint?

    I've been experimenting with creating stain glass art. And I tried what I thought was white paint, which would add a nice pearl look. But it turned out that it really was white-colored paint that dried crystal clear. So it didn't add any color at all to the glass! I went to the store and found actual white. But my question to you is... show more
    I've been experimenting with creating stain glass art. And I tried what I thought was white paint, which would add a nice pearl look. But it turned out that it really was white-colored paint that dried crystal clear. So it didn't add any color at all to the glass! I went to the store and found actual white. But my question to you is simple. Why would anybody want to use clear paint that doesn't add any color at all? The only reason I can think of is to add a barrier between two different colors. For example, putting on a layer of blue, then covering it with the crystal clear before adding say yellow to make green. But I've put one color right on top of another to mix the two together without anything in between and it worked just fine. So maybe there's another reason. So I'm just curious as to what purpose having something that adds no color be when it comes to making stain glass pieces. Thanks everyone for your help!
    2 answers · Do It Yourself (DIY) · 8 years ago
  • What kind of adhesive should I use?

    I have one of those wind powered led lights that I want to attach to my car. Unfortunately, the adhesive that came with it fell off. So I was wondering what kind of adhesive (glue) I should use to attach it to the front of my car. And I would mount it near where headlights and fog lights are. If possible, I would like a removable adhesive so I... show more
    I have one of those wind powered led lights that I want to attach to my car. Unfortunately, the adhesive that came with it fell off. So I was wondering what kind of adhesive (glue) I should use to attach it to the front of my car. And I would mount it near where headlights and fog lights are. If possible, I would like a removable adhesive so I could take it off or move it at a later date. But if that won't work, then permanent adhesive is ok. Thanks for the help!
    2 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 8 years ago
  • How to remove magnetic strip from car door?

    I had a magnetic sign used to advertise my business on the car door. But unfortunately, when I went to remove the sign to replace it with a newer one, part of the magnetic strips holding the sign in place broke off and is now stuck to the car door. And it's really on there so tight to the point where I just cannot peel it. I even tried to... show more
    I had a magnetic sign used to advertise my business on the car door. But unfortunately, when I went to remove the sign to replace it with a newer one, part of the magnetic strips holding the sign in place broke off and is now stuck to the car door. And it's really on there so tight to the point where I just cannot peel it. I even tried to jiggle it around, up and down and side to side in an attempt to pry it loose. And bits and pieces of it did come off. But there's still a large chunk on there that just won't budge. What do you suggest I use to remove the magnet stuck to my door that won't scratch or peel the paint?
    2 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 8 years ago