When we moved into our house, we found an old Atlas 5HP snowblower in the basement. It looks like it hasn't moved in 20 years, and of course it doesn't start. I'm a bit of a tinkerer and would love to learn how combustion engines work while fixing (or attempting to fix) this one. [more inside]
I'd like to find a textbook about internal combustion engines. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
My '08 F-150 likely needs a different engine. I do not want an engine out of a wreck or from the junk yard or one rebuilt by a local shop. I am looking for a remanufactured engine. Does anyone have any experience with or insight into the quality difference between a Jasper Remanufactured engine versus a Ford Factory remanufactured engine? [more inside]
How do I search and get results from foreign websites? Even when I search for French material using Google.fr, I still get results mostly from American sites. How do I get mostly French sites? Let's say I wanted to find out what movies are playing at an art house theater in Paris, how would I get access to results from France or say Spain. Thanks!
I'm starting to think I'd like to learn a trade, but I don't know which. I have no experience and have been a graphics guy (half corporate, half freelance) since graduating college with a BA in psychology (I'm 37 now). I really like the idea of making something, of being able to fix things, of having a skill that is useful in its own right, and of not sitting in front of a computer all day. I'm willing to go to school and/or apprentice, but I'd like to have the possibility of making decent money (>$60k) after doing it for a 2-3 years. [more inside]
Calling SEO/Google Experts: I have a bloglike site for a new company (on Wordpress) and I am trying to make it SEO friendly. Hypothetically, lets assume that the site is about flying lizards and I have named it 'liz.ly'. Every day, new and well written content is added to this site so hopefully in the next few months it will start showing up at a respectable rank on google. BUT: [more inside]
I've noticed that most newish London busses don't sound like a normal diesel engine: they sound more like some kind of turbine. What engines do they use and why? [more inside]
How do I fake classic car knowledge and say intelligent things about what's under the hood at a car show? 50s-60s American cars in particular. [more inside]
How do I go about learning [small?] engine repair on my own? [more inside]
I'm having car trouble. I know about computers not cars. I feel stupid. Can you help? [more inside]
Yet another children's book ID request: I had a children's book with intricate black-blue-and-white-only diagrams illustrating internal combustion engines. It was unusually scientifically detailed for its intended age range (I was about 5 when we owned it, but my very fuzzy memory suggests the description of the engine cycle would not have been out of place in freshman physics). It may, additionally, have been about trains. More details are inside. [more inside]
I m looking to buy a used scooter, I've looked all over and have not found a definite answer, which is better, 4 stroke or 2?
SEO Filter: My boss has asked me for a blue sky list of SEO tools. What are your favorites? (more details inside) [more inside]
If one car engine makes 3 revolutions on the starter engine before it runs, and (the same spec) other car engine takes 10, does the starting time cause one engine to sustain more wear than the other? [more inside]
What's the latest wisdoms on flash and search engines (aside from "don't use flash")? Looking for tips geared towards new media sites (collectives, art galleries etc.) [more inside]
Is there any way to embed (is that the right word?) a Google Custom Search Engine on a Google Site? [more inside]
Search engines and HIV confidentiality [more inside]
I want to build an engine as a hobby. How misguided is this, and how would I go about it? [more inside]
Mefi-ites, please give me some general tips on how to identify a movie I once saw in passing, and now desperately can't identify. IMDB, Wikipedia, Koreanfilm, all provide too many results. Are there sites with dynamic search options could help those of us afflicted with this problem to narrow the list to, say, something like "south korean sci-fi in the last 5-8 years with futuristic robots, a scientists' dead son who is revived, and featuring beautiful blue-screen effects" (or something like that)?
Anyone experienced using HighBeam Research? I use the conventional free search engines and do lots of cruising for materials for my blogs, and I know this subscription engine is basically for research people, but will it be a worthwhile addition (for the price) to enhance my searching?
how do I make my blog be invisible to search engines? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a (professional) search engines service where i can submit my (new online-business) ideas and they check (recurrent) if someone else is already up and running? [more inside]
Search engine optimization... I'm happy to buy a book, but are they worth it? Do I really need to know more than the basic best-practices for Google? [more inside]
Anyone know anything about small gasoline engines? We've got snow coming, and I pulled out my snowblower last night to see if it would start. It would not. It cranks (electric starter) but does not even cough. It's one of those ones that takes a gas/oil mixture. I filled it up a couple of weeks ago (it already had a quarter-tank or so left over from last year.) This snowblower is about 3 years old and I am not proud to say I have not lifted a finger to maintain it, including emptying the tank in the offseason. Last time I used it was last winter. I'm reasonably handy with the tools, so any at-home suggested fixes would be VERY welcome, and if fact may very well save my back over the next 48 hours!