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  • aigheadish commented on tschoenwald's instructable DIY Tire Chains2 years ago
    DIY Tire Chains

    Duh, I used plastic wire ties, similar to other users on the Amazon reviews that I read before buying chains for my garden tractor, I didn't think to use bungee cords, that will work much better. Thanks!

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  • aigheadish commented on Jasonking1's instructable How to drive stick shift3 years ago
    How to drive stick shift

    Pro-tip for starting up hills with a manual transmission: Assuming you have a hand levered parking brake that works properly, use it! When you are sitting at the light (making sure to be considerate of another potential stick shift in front of you and not pulling up too close) yank that e-brake up enough to keep your car from rolling backwards, even if you are in neutral with no foot brake applied. As you let out the clutch you'll have plenty of oomph in first gear to get moving forward, you'll feel the car start to strain against the brake and it's time to let the brake go (meaning un-brake). Viola! No roll back at all!I'm not sure when I learned that trick but it doesn't seem to be used nearly enough and typically you are only putting pressure on the e-brake for a split second before ...

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    Pro-tip for starting up hills with a manual transmission: Assuming you have a hand levered parking brake that works properly, use it! When you are sitting at the light (making sure to be considerate of another potential stick shift in front of you and not pulling up too close) yank that e-brake up enough to keep your car from rolling backwards, even if you are in neutral with no foot brake applied. As you let out the clutch you'll have plenty of oomph in first gear to get moving forward, you'll feel the car start to strain against the brake and it's time to let the brake go (meaning un-brake). Viola! No roll back at all!I'm not sure when I learned that trick but it doesn't seem to be used nearly enough and typically you are only putting pressure on the e-brake for a split second before you are charging ahead. Rolling back with a stick shift can be very scary and this method makes it a treat, it makes you look cool, and anyone in the car with you will be like "why didn't I think of that!"

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