Monthly Archives: October 2019

Do NOT Buy or Use These

My car has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System where there is a small electronic device attached to the valve stem on the inside of edach rim that reads the tire pressure for each tires and send the info to the central computer in the car. When the tire pressure goes lower than the prescribed level you end up with a warning light on your dashboard telling you to check your tire pressure. However, it doesn’t tell you which tire is reading a low tire pressure.

So to help me and make things more convenient I bought these Auto Tire Monitor Valve Caps that are screwed on over the existing valves. When the pressure in a tire dropped more than 5 psi below the maximum (I bought the 32 psi caps) the color would change from GREEN to YELLOW. If the pressure dropped more than 10 psi then the color would change to RED.

Now the issue I have has nothing to do with their functionality, they work as described and they are convenient. The problem is the design. They are roughly about 1″ is length. The tire valve without them are tucked in below the wheel rim. When you add these caps the valve is extended beyond the edge of the rim, they stick out. Now, during normal driving this isn’t a problem. However if you end up rubbing your tires against the concrete curb or ride up along the edge of the curb by accident, the odds are very good that you will shear the valve stem off. Before TPMS became standard on cars this wouldn’t be a major cost issue. The old valve stems cost a couple of dollars. You’d still have the inconvenience of having to change the tire (unless you have AAA) and taking the wheel to a repair shop to replace the valve. But the valve only cost a couple of dollars.

Now, with cars coming standard with TPMS the valve and monitoring system are integrated with each other and can cost from about $60 and up! I have had to replace 2 of my valves because of these caps. As convenient as they are, they’re just not worth it. I paid about $7-8 for the set but the replacement valves have cost me over $140.

I don’t purposely drive my car for the tires to scrape the curbs but minor mishaps do happen, especially when your dealing with traffic and other drivers. I guess I’ll just forego these pressure sensor caps and just use my electric tire pump to check all 4 tires when the tire pressure warning light comes on.

What I’m Reading – The Void Within: The Cluster Saga Book One

As some of you may or may not know is that I am a sci-fi fan. I love almost anything that is sci-fi. Although, I’m not a Trekkie, I do love the series and all of the spin-offs. I’m now a fan of The Orville. I’m seriously considering subscribing to Hulu because the 3rd Season has been moved from the Fox Network over to Hulu. But I’m also a great fan of sci-fi books. I have an Amazon Fire Tablet that use to buy ebooks and read them.

The latest one that I am currently reading is called The Void Within: The Cluster Saga Book One by Carlos R. Tkacz, The summary of the book as listed on Amazon is:

“The 25th century. Humanity has discovered a new form of energy, the Source, derived from the very basis of life itself. Using this power to travel instantaneously through space, humans have spread through their corner of the galaxy and coalesced into two groups: the Coalition and the Inner Cluster. They are held in an uneasy economic and cultural relationship by their reliance on each other, the Coalition with the technology of the Source and the Inner Cluster with the materials to make it a usable form of energy. When rumors of conquest, political undergrounds, and alien contact threaten this balance of powers, it falls to three individuals to find the truth of the conspiracies swirling through their governments and to stave off a disastrous war. What they find in the process will change the course of humanity forever.”

The book is an interesting read and reminds me of the early 2000’s when the US went to war in Iraq. The book details a similar, albeit fictional, premise for war. There are 2 factions in story. One has the technology to travel instantaneously in space and the other has the material that the technology needs to accomplish the instantaneous travel. Very similar to before the outbreak of the War in Iraq. America had the technology to convert oil from the Middle East into energy but didn’t have the large oil reserves of the Middle East.

In the story, one group (The Coalition) has the technology to convert the material that is provided by the other group (The Inner Cluster) into energy. This creates a mutual dependence which The Coalition is not at all pleased with. The book goes into the ways and methods that the powers to be use to attempt to get control of the materials needed to convert to the new source of energy. However, there are 3 people that are drawn into the conspiracy and attempt to diffuse the situation and to prevent another war. To find out how they make out and how things end up, you’ll have to get the book for yourself and read it. 🙂

Lots of Changes Happening.

I’ve had to take a hard look at the blogs that I have attempted to publish and maintain. I’ve decided that I’m going to keep only 2 or possibly 3 (I haven’t made my final decision yet). I am either in the process or I have completed the shutting down of a few of my other blogs.

  1. My real estate blog will be going away. I’ve retired from that business and don’t have the time to do a satisfactory job of keeping that site going. I’ve already shutdown/deleted the real estate pages that I had on Facebook.
  2. The Rant Place is gone or at least no longer maintained. The link at the top of this page/site is either gone or will be soon. This blog will have to suffice for the airing of my pet peeves.
  3. Cozy Corner has been shut down. It was an endeavor that we had in conjunction with Amazon. But Amazon stopped supporting/maintaining that feature so the Cozy Corner Bookstore was shut down. We will be looking to see how we can best utilize our partnership with Amazon in the future.
  4. Digging Around Winslow Township will be changing drastically. I’m still toying with the idea of possibly re-purposing that blog for something else (maybe the 3rd possible blog) or just shutting it down.
  5. Finally, I’ve decided to shut down The Thinking Progressive political blog. It’s not worth it. I don’t need to make myself a target for all of the so-called political expert nutjobs out there. I’ll limit my political discourse to this blog.

So, what’s left? Well, there’s this blog and my blog that I use to detail my family research, Iwaniw Family Research Blog. So far most of my time has been spent with the family research blog because I’ve been doing quite a bit of research work on my family’s history. I’m pretty pleased with my results. You can read for yourself on the blog.