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@  Francesco : (14 April 2015 - 01:24 PM) Genius. I never even saw that selection, and have no idea how "items I started" got selected. Thank you!
@  FlossyTheSmart : (14 April 2015 - 01:03 PM) Are any of the things in the left column under the "other" section checked?
@  FlossyTheSmart : (14 April 2015 - 01:02 PM) Got it
@  Francesco : (14 April 2015 - 01:02 PM) done
@  FlossyTheSmart : (14 April 2015 - 10:05 AM) Definitely send me a screenshot via PM then.
@  Francesco : (14 April 2015 - 08:55 AM) I'm back from Australia, same issue on my laptop. "View New Content" doesn't show any new content. Chrome on Win7
@  KurtMan : (10 April 2015 - 10:00 AM) Thanks for the suggestion but it looks like uncle Glen will be supplying me a used one.
@  turbomar : (09 April 2015 - 08:34 PM) Perhaps you could check with Troy. He may have a good used one??
@  KurtMan : (09 April 2015 - 12:53 PM) Do you have a place in mind to order from? I don't want to pay more than a couple hundred...
@  marchanna : (09 April 2015 - 12:31 PM) Did you try ordering one online. You can probably get next day delivery.
@  KurtMan : (09 April 2015 - 10:16 AM) Does anyone have a parts car in the Ottawa area? I need an intercooler A.S.AP
@  Francesco : (07 April 2015 - 01:32 PM) yeah 3G. There was a long lineup at Vodaphone. Didn't know Optus uses LTE bands my iPad doesn't cover... Vodaphone worked on LTE last time I was here
@  Francesco : (07 April 2015 - 01:30 PM) I won't make you chase this until I get home next week. It has to be related to the hotel wifi portal somehow, at it has worked fine on Optus 3G for a few days until we checked in to this hotel
@  marchanna : (07 April 2015 - 09:43 AM) It would appear so
@  FlossyTheSmart : (07 April 2015 - 09:24 AM) It seems like Francesco is having some different problem than you were
@  marchanna : (07 April 2015 - 08:55 AM) It works fine for me now. Do you still want a screenshot?
@  FlossyTheSmart : (07 April 2015 - 05:10 AM) hmmm... mind sending me a PM with a screenshot if possible?
@  Francesco : (06 April 2015 - 11:28 PM) Ok cleared cookies, it showed I was logged out and there was a raft of "new content" but when I sign in it still says "Sorry..."
@  Francesco : (06 April 2015 - 11:25 PM) just for data points, I may have broken cookies or something, I'm in Surfers Paradise on hotel wifi right now
@  Francesco : (06 April 2015 - 11:25 PM) What I'm saying is it *always* tells me "Sorry, no new content found," though if I click the "Forums" tab above it clearly shows new posts
@  FlossyTheSmart : (06 April 2015 - 07:59 PM) OK, the behaviour has now been changed. View New Content should now always default to Forum content, no matter what page you click the button from
@  FlossyTheSmart : (06 April 2015 - 07:43 AM) I'll leave it as an open question for the day, and will change it when I get home tonight.
@  marchanna : (06 April 2015 - 07:38 AM) I think that what be best unless some one else thinks otherwise.
@  FlossyTheSmart : (06 April 2015 - 07:37 AM) (Yes I can change it, relatively easily). Do we want the View New Content button to ALWAYS default to showing new Forum content? That probably makes the most sense. The other options would still be there, but you would have to manually select them.
@  FlossyTheSmart : (06 April 2015 - 07:33 AM) I'll have a look though
@  FlossyTheSmart : (06 April 2015 - 07:33 AM) Not sure if I can change that, because usually people want to see the new content for the Forums
@  FlossyTheSmart : (06 April 2015 - 07:33 AM) Yeah, that's the default behaviour. YOu should then be able to manually change between what type of New Content you are viewing with the options on the left side of the page from there
@  marchanna : (06 April 2015 - 07:05 AM) It appears to show the "new Content" of whatever subcategory you're in. Ie, when I was reading PMs, then click view new content, I got nothing because I was in the Members sub category. But when I clicked Forums, then View New Content, it worked fine for me.
@  FlossyTheSmart : (06 April 2015 - 04:45 AM) When you click "New Content", is the "Content Type" on the left side of the page set to Forums, or something else? If you do Marchanna's trick, it will open to the Forum stuff by default, but I think if you go from the front page, it will use whatever you last selected (intentionally or otherwise)
@  Francesco : (06 April 2015 - 02:56 AM) Yeah, not showing me anything.
@  marchanna : (05 April 2015 - 02:35 PM) I think there's a glitch. Click on forums first (at the left of the page) then click on view new content button
@  Francesco : (05 April 2015 - 01:09 PM) I think "View New Content" is broken, doesn't show me anything anymore.
@  kdubya : (04 April 2015 - 05:13 PM) What is your car doing? Or not doing? lol
@  jimmyjo : (04 April 2015 - 08:51 AM) hey all Edmonton and area smart car owners can anyone suggest the best place in Edmonton area to get a 2005-06 cdi fixed as mine is broke thanks
@  turbomar : (04 April 2015 - 08:47 AM) Yeah, the 450 turn radius isn't freaky at all
@  marchanna : (04 April 2015 - 07:25 AM) Nice. I was kind of disappointed with the turning circle when I first got mine. My old 1995 E320 could turn a tighter circle.
@  Francesco : (04 April 2015 - 05:00 AM) About 10 feet narrower than the 450 and 451. Watch some of the test drive videos. Freaky.
@  marchanna : (04 April 2015 - 04:41 AM) How freaky is it?

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#1 bilgladstone

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

Lots of professional car guys in here... in your experience, what is the best way to remove year-old oil spots from my asphalt parking space? Something where I don't have to do a whole lot of scrubbing? I can't reach the area with a hose, but I guess I can haul water buckets to rinse away residue.

And once I get the worst off, what is the best thing to put down outdoors to prevent oil spotting? Maybe something I can just leave lying on the space that won't blow away... It's a rental space, so I can't use asphalt sealer or the like.

Looking for a low-effort, low-cost solution.

[Please don't tell me to just fix my car]

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

I have the same problem, but it is more of an oil puddle mixed with brake fluid, left by years of old cars, and on top of paving stones (the brick colour kind). I once used some Canadian Tire oil/degreaser with zero results. It kind of made the oil spot shinier at best.Pizza boxes are OK for a temporary fix, but wind will make them fly unless you filled them with stones.PS. Fixing your car sounds like the easy, lazy way. There's got to be a better option ;)
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

Detergents like clothes washing powder will do some good. Get one of those heavy rubber floor mats with fuzzy stuff on it to catch your oil vent tube juice, they will never blow away.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:36 PM

Among the thousands of uses for WD-40, stain removal is up there as a very effective use for this versatile product. Just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Then rub in a little dish soap and wash off.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

Thanks guys! Might be time to bite into the balance of my courtesy card at Princess Auto and pick up some WD-40, a brush & bucket combo, and some kind of rubber matting. As a responsible tenant, I owe it to the housing association to keep my parking space clean.Bil :sun:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

http://www.jelmar.com/CLRgrease.htm have had good success with this, Can Tire sells it. other option is kitty litter, spread some down. it will absorb oil and will pick up a bit from the asphalt. clean up and spread some new stuff every few weeks
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#7 bilgladstone

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

I think I'll begin with the cat litter - I can get that at the grocery store a block from the house. I suppose any old clay-based litter will do.B :sun:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

whatever you do with it, make sure NO to dispose of it in the toilet. Don't ask how I know that's a bad idea :unsure:
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

Bil, Home depot ( at least) sells an oil remover for when you are going to seal your driveway, I used it on ours before I sealed it, my spots were a few years old thoug, so it didn't remove everything ( and since I was sealing it, I wasn't worried about the stain itself so much as making sure the sealer would adhere to the spot), on the newer spots it did seem to remove most if not all of the traces o of the spots, it wasn't too expensive and at the very least will not damage the pavement. You just spray it on wait the specified time and rinse it off, for stubborn stains you can s rub a bit too as I recall ( will check out the bottle instructions when I get a chance). Hope that you can keep your spot clean ( and your landlord happy that you are a responsible tenant).
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

Among the thousands of uses for WD-40, stain removal is up there as a very effective use for this versatile product. Just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Then rub in a little dish soap and wash off.

Be sure to test that first. Even diesel fuel will dissolve asphalt and I would think that WD-40 would too. I have had the same problem on our driveway. Canadian tire sell a product that works if stain is not too old. http://www.canadiant...l.jsp?locale=en Write up here: http://joneakes.com/...-actually-works I have also used Simple Green or some type of Citrus cleaner I had . Anything that is water based is safest to use. When spill is new, kitty litter will soak it up quickly. I use cardboard to catch drips, but that is in garage . I also have some plastic trays that I found somewhere that I use if I know where a drip is. If you Google you can find oil drip trays from metal or heavy plastic. Like these: http://www.aircrafts...s/drippan24.php There are also rolls of oil absorbent material available. Just not too sure how well it would work outdoors, but it does work on a mix of water and oil in boats. Something like this: https://www.cleanups...oor-mat-s/2.htm. I need to do something myself - smart doesn't leak, but my two older cars both have small drips. Good Luck with it!
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

Outdoors is a real problem. Since I started addressing this question, it's either been raining or snowing!B :sun:
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:12 AM

Uh...why not just roll used oil all over the driveway so that they all stain the same? then clean up the slippery stuff with some oil absorber?

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:35 AM

Not a terrible idea! Solvents like gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, hydraulic and brake fluid will dissolve bituminous asphalt concrete in a hurry, but oil drips (and Bil's PCV sludge) will just bind with the bitumen and the pulverized kitty litter (or "OilAbsorb" product, both based on bentonite clay and possibly diatomaceous earth) will actually stabilize the concrete. ;) A couple of oil changes' worth should cover a normal two-car driveway, but it will need quite a bit of OilAbsorb to pick up the excess, and -- legally speaking -- the oily kitty litter must now be disposed of properly, usually at a hazardous waste centre.My neighbour across the street parks one of his vehicles on my driveway's "fifth spot" throughout the winter in exchange for a big discount on snow clearing services (he runs two tractors with blowers and serves about 300 local driveways). Bad luck for me, one of his vehicles (tractors, 2003 F150, 1996 Camry) has left a huge oil stain in that spot over the winter. Next door (Service Foreman) Neighbour suggested spinkling it with Tide laundry powder and pulverizing it in, then letting it dissolve the oil gradually with each rainfall, and finally getting the driveway oil spot remover from Rona/Home Depot and using a pressure washer to power it out.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:10 PM

Easiest way to remove oil stains from a driveway is to pour coke in it. The acid in the coke will keep disolving the oil until it is gone. This is according to a post IT received on facebook to solve cleaning problems easily. It is worth a try. :D


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:43 PM

Problem is, things that dissolve the oil will also dissolve the bitumen tarmac driveway... :scratch:Addendum: OK, I googled the Coca-Cola idea and it might be worth a try. Coke and kitty litter. Yummy!Bil :sun:

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:23 AM

Coke won't work but to attract ants.That email has been making the rounds since email has existed. Oh, which reminds me. I have to reply to that Nigerian prince!

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:33 AM

Noooo! He's promised to share his inheritance with ME! :bangin:
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:36 AM

Do ants like oil? There might be something there... Genetically modified ants. I wonder if DuPont already has a patent on that one?
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