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gearheadmb
gearheadmb UltraDork
5/21/24 10:44 p.m.

How come toilet seats in houses are full circles and public restroom toilet seats are horse shoe shaped?

golfduke
golfduke Dork
5/22/24 9:12 a.m.
gearheadmb said:

How come toilet seats in houses are full circles and public restroom toilet seats are horse shoe shaped?

Typically to prevent potential breakage on the commercial flush valves up above if opened with anger... which is pretty much always.  Source: Me.  I work in a brewpub. 

 

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
5/22/24 10:26 a.m.
gearheadmb said:

How come toilet seats in houses are full circles and public restroom toilet seats are horse shoe shaped?

This article provides more than I wanted to know about open front toilet seats.

https://www.rd.com/article/public-toilet-seat-u-shape/

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
5/23/24 5:29 p.m.

OK, my apologies for the not so quick question yesterday, I've since deleted it. 
 

Woman ran a stop sign, my son hit her. 2020 Regal, 35k. 

is this a write off? 

Yes or no?
 


Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
5/23/24 6:49 p.m.

No.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
5/24/24 8:46 a.m.

In reply to Peabody :

Please pardon my ignorance, but I find a clarification of terminology would be helpful.  What exactly do you mean by "write off?"

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
5/24/24 9:39 a.m.

In reply to 1988RedT2 :

What is a write-off? It’s a term commonly used when the insurance industry determines your vehicle to be a total loss. In other words, the cost to repair your vehicle after a collision is more than its value after subtracting the recycle or salvage value.

Not exactly killing it in the quick answers thread lately...

calteg
calteg SuperDork
5/24/24 9:58 a.m.

In reply to Peabody :

No. Car is too new and by some miracle it looks like both headlights are still intact. 

budget_bandit
budget_bandit Reader
5/24/24 10:08 a.m.

impossible to guarantee anything without taking the car apart and doing a really detailed survey, or knowing what percentage of replacement value your individual policy will order a write off at, but probably not a write off.

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
5/24/24 10:18 a.m.

No way. I just had a GMC van fixed that looked like it had run into the side of a cliff at 20 MPH. A bit of frame straightening, a bunch of cosmetics, a radiator an such added up to about 12K. And that's Northern California rates.   

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
5/24/24 11:13 a.m.

The adjuster looked at the car but did not open the hood. My son said he was talking big numbers, and wondered if it would be written off.   I imagine parts for German cars are not inexpensive, but the damage looks minor to me, and the headlights are OK.

We will know later today

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
5/24/24 11:46 a.m.

I would say, no.  Not a write-off.

But I'm old enough to remember the time a friend with an almost new 1988 Ford Ranger got hit broadside by a drunk who ran a stoplight.  The truck was hit on the rear tire and took extensive damage to that side of the bed.  The impact flipped him on the roof, where it spun to a stop in a busy intersection.  I vividly remember the tow truck operator trying to right the vehicle several times by attaching a chain to the suspension.  He could get it rocking pretty good, but the truck would spin on its roof before it could be pulled enough to set it on its wheels.  He finally succeeded, but only after both the front and back glass was broken and the roof of the cab was half caved in.  We were pretty sure it would be totaled. 

Nope.

But vehicles were quite different back then. 

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
5/24/24 12:05 p.m.

My buddy had a slow speed head on collision in his truck last winter. Everybody was OK. Newer GM pickup, there was a lot of damage including the front frame section. It was surely a write off, and he was glad, he didn't want a newer vehicle with a big repair on it's record. They fixed it, including a complete frame replacement. It was a $50,000 repair

budget_bandit
budget_bandit Reader
5/24/24 12:31 p.m.

the catch-22 of parts and vehicles becoming much more expensive is: yeah the parts to fix a car after an accident cost a lot more, now that $5k repair is closer to $30k, but replacing the vehicle with a new equivalent costs $80k. So, still not totalled

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
5/24/24 2:54 p.m.

Well, I would have agreed with all of you and we would all be wrong.

It's a total loss, they're offering him $25k with a $15k buy back. I suspect that someone is either not good at what they do, or there's some shenanigans going on. If it were me I'd probably buy it back and fix it, or at least investigate that option.

He wants me to go look at an ATS with him tonight.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
5/24/24 3:40 p.m.

In reply to Peabody :

Wow!

 

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
5/24/24 3:51 p.m.

Part of the problem  is the expensive oem paints and processes, but I just don't get that one.

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
5/25/24 12:12 p.m.

I was really hoping one of the insurance guys was going to comment on this, either before we got the verdict, or to supply some sort of rationale after.

We just had a discussion and we both think there's something wrong here, and he's going to initiate th dispute process. He likes the car and he's not really interested in buying something else

Duke
Duke MegaDork
5/25/24 12:23 p.m.

In reply to Peabody :

I'm bothered that the adjuster didn't open the hood.

 

gearheadmb
gearheadmb UltraDork
6/2/24 10:45 p.m.

Rallyx car, keep the plastic inner fender liners or ditch them? It has a full metal inner fender so it's not blocking dirt from the engine bay, just the fenderwell nooks and crannies.

Datsun240ZGuy
Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
6/2/24 11:39 p.m.
Kreb (Forum Supporter) said:

Part of the problem  is the expensive oem paints and processes, but I just don't get that one.

Yeah, this is extreme but my first thought is to never need any body work on a special edition model that originally was 200-300 extra hours on the paint job.  
 

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/cadillac-v-club_cadillac-reveals-a-limited-ct5-v-blackwing-activity-7198725050215145472-1w5z?utm_source=combined_share_message&utm_medium=member_ios

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
6/3/24 9:47 a.m.
Peabody said:

We just had a discussion and we both think there's something wrong here, and he's going to initiate th dispute process.

We're still no further ahead.

They told him the offer is final, but he still has nothing on paper and nobody's calling him back.

He's not very experienced with this kind of thing and doesn't really know what to do. I wouldn't be surprised if most people are like him, and out of frustration just accept the first offer.  I know he's a little overwhelmed, and I'd like to do something but it's his battle to deal with.

Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom MegaDork
6/3/24 12:19 p.m.

Is there a type of prepared tomato intensified like a "sun dried" tomato, but without the "tomato jerky" effect?

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
6/3/24 5:24 p.m.
Jesse Ransom said:

Is there a type of prepared tomato intensified like a "sun dried" tomato, but without the "tomato jerky" effect?

Tomato paste is the only "intensified" tomato product that comes to mind, but of course, there's no texture.  Are you using the sun dried tomatoes packed in oil?  I've not found them to be very chewy after cooking a bit.

RevRico
RevRico MegaDork
6/3/24 8:23 p.m.

if I pounded rebar straight into the ground in the dip, and tied off everything with mesh, and formed a slope, could I get away with a concrete patch here? Or any of the spots around the paving?

I've honestly considered just putting dry bags down, but like gravel, I could see that getting washed away in the first storm. 

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