What are you doing today? [Part II]

flyboy2610

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Got up, had breakfast, went to the grocery store, came home and mowed the lawn, did my laundry, fixed the electric pressure washer. Other than that just hung out down in the man-cave where it's nice and cool! Today begins a stretch of HOT weather!
 
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northcreek

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Re-did the power supply to my barn which is now a direct route instead of the "drunken sailor" route it had grown into.
Naturally waited for the hottest day and copper wire prices in the stratosphere....:duh:
 

Mooseman

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Been at a campsite near a town called Eganville since Thur after leaving North Bay, which was pretty miserable weather-wise and mosquitoes galore. We got here expecting rain and thunderstorms and got beautiful sunshine. Our site is right on the water. And then night fell and the wind and cold came. Not super crazy wind but enough to not be able to really do anything outside. The trailer was just rocking and looking outside the window, it felt like we were on the ocean in a cruise ship! Last night, friends came over for dinner, which I was barely able to cook on the BBQ before the rain and more wind came. Today we went to their place for dinner. Wind calmed down a little but was even colder but the sun was out today. Good times.



Tomorrow we're bugging out and heading back home... for a day, as we head to Montreal Monday till Friday. Just hope the weather cooperates more.
 

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Redbeard

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For the past week I have been watching 3 dogs and a cat for some friends who are vacationing. They live only about 1/2 mile away and I enjoy giving the mutts a walk around the neighborhood. But since the friends are coming back today I took some plastic "googly eyes" and taped them to the food still left in the frig, so when they open the frig about 20 eyes are staring back at them.
I wish I were a fly on the wall when they open the frig door :2thumbsup:
 

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Mooseman

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Got home, all good. Had a pile of goodies I ordered from RA and Amazon waiting for me. From RA were tranny parts to fix the Caprice. Amazon was all RV stuff: A drain shutoff valve, dimmer switches, BBQ propane adapter, LED panels, new baggage door locks and a new tinted door window with a blind. After unpacking, replaced the baggage door locks as one of them broke, they were all finicky and used the same key as all the other RVs ever made. All went well except the one for the outdoor kitchen which uses a longer shaft. Then installed the door window to replace the ordinary frosted one. Got it on an Amazon warehouse return deal, $90 instead of $116. As usual, was like new. really liked how it turned out and it looks like all the other tinted windows and can look out of it. Put the shade upside down so that it can provide privacy while looking out of the top part.

And tomorrow we hit the road again.
 

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Driving to Hatteras. Unrelated but who's got the lifted LT with a roof bin that's burgundy/purple maroon? Looked familiar lol. Maryland plates iirc.
 

Mooseman

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Made it to Montreal. Sierra still pulling it like a boss. Averaged about 16L/100km which ain't bad for pulling a 6500# trailer.

Nice weather. 25c and sunny. In the usual fashion, it's gonna turn to shit for the rest of the week except Friday when we leave :mad: .
 

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Matt

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Driving to Hatteras. Unrelated but who's got the lifted LT with a roof bin that's burgundy/purple maroon? Looked familiar lol. Maryland plates iirc.

I know Dennis in Indiana had a lifted maroon on that he sold. For the life of me I can't remember his name here.
 

Blckshdw

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broke my garage door this morning. When leaving for work, I didn't pull far enough out of the garage before hitting the button and the door caught the rear bumper on the EXT. Felt the back bounce, so I reflexively let off the brake and rolled forward a couple feet. Heard the garage door slam down, and thought "That was weird"

Come home this evening, hit the button and nothing. Park in the driveway, get out and hit the button again. Could hear the motor running, but couldn't even hear the carrier travelling up and down the rail like when the pull chain is disengaged. Well that's not good. Go in through the front door, head to the garage and see this...

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So I guess I know what my next project around the house is gonna be! :hahano: This should be much less labor intensive than replacing that damn spring though, so there's that.
 

TollKeeper

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I just replaced my door motor a year ago. The gear on top of the chain drive motor sheered off.

Replaced the chain system with this guy..

Was $100 bucks, and had good reviews.
Now nothing seems to be available.

I picked chamberlain because my old door, and all the sensors, were chamberlain. So I didnt have to rewire anything, just swap all the stuff over, and done.

If I had a choice.. I would do this. But they are expensive.
 
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Blckshdw

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:goodpost: That wall mounted one looks nice. That got added to the wish list for future dreaming. :biggrin:

My unit is a Chamberlain as well, found a cable/chain combo for about $60 that'll be here Friday. Probably pick up some lithium grease for the hinges since I didn't do that when I replaced the rollers before.
 

Mooseman

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Still in Montreal, the park has turned to waterworld with all the rain :frown: so we're going for brunch at my aunt's, then shopping at a flea market and then back for dinner at the aunt's. Tomorrow is bug out day, of course, when the weather turns nice :mad:
 

Blckshdw

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The weeds were getting tall in the yard so pulled out the mower to deal with them. Noticed the tires on the mower were starting to get a little soft, so after I fix the garage door this weekend, it will be time to put some air in them. Due to the heat and humidity, I've been doing any yard work after 7pm, and getting as much done as I can before sundown. Was able to get everything mowed, ran the string trimmer and had some daylight to spare.

Noticed one particular fence panel had come loose from the bottom and center of the post. Kinda been that way for years, and some of the stray cats come and go through that spot. It was finally time to deal with it. The old rusty nails in the post were out of alignment so ratchet strapping the warped rails wasn't gonna work. Stuck a prybar on top and hammered them until they laid over. From the outside, had to sit on the ground, wedge the prybar between the 2 panels while pushing the bottom in with my feet, and then drive some new screws to secure it.

Still had some light left, so trimmed some branches on a few of the trees since tomorrow is yard waste day, as I was having to duck and lean to run the mower under them, so I've got some headroom. All in all, a productive evening, and I won't have to worry about dodging any rain this weekend to get it done.
 
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Qjetter

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No, it comes with experience. People can be taken advantage of at any age.
Awareness is (mostly) experiential.
I have a couple local shops that i like, Not love, like for repairs i just don't want to do anymore. Alignments, inspections, sometimes transmission replacements, etc. Wheel and tire stuff i just don't really want to do. Having said that, the last set of tires i put on my 03 TB, Cooper Discoverer AT3s, i dismounted myself on a borrowed machine, cleaned the alloy rim mounting surfaces slowly, carefully and thoroughly and lubed em up and mounted all 4 on my garage floor. I had just changed out some suspension components as well so i slowly limped to town and had the shop i like balance tires and do a front end alignment. Drives great, no vibrations, straight as an arrow. Had same shop put a transmission in a while back. First Jasper rebuilt tranny barely made it back to that shop. A 20 mile trip total. 2nd Jasper transmission runs fine in every way, but leaks. They fixed under warranty. Now it still leaks but less. So i just need to fix that myself. They broke the sensor clip tabs off of several sensors and wadded up lines and wiring in a wad and wire tied it up in a clump on the side of the transmission instead of bolting it down by the tab, let the vent tube dangle down on the front driveshaft and now its polished a shiny spot and eaten a chunk out of the tube. One of the sensors that they broke the clip off of was for my transfer case. I needed to use it in the winter and it wasn't engaging and disengaging correctly, sometimes going into low range on it's own while driving. Stop, shift stuff, back up, etc. Get under vehicle and sensor is mostly unplugged because tab is busted off. On all 3 sensors on transfer case!!! 1 ok, all 3 is just crappy mechanic work. Can go on with stories of negligent mechanics for many pages. What ticks me off as a Good Mechanic that torques most stuff to spec, cleans and anti-seizes some parts and bolts, gets maximum life out of most parts and tries to take care of a vehicle, is the helpers/junior mechanics that don't give a shit about your vehicle and are taking all kinds of shortcuts and doing sloppy and dangerous repairs to my vehicle. THAT I PAID GOOD $ FOR A GOOD REPAIR FOR! Now whenever i have tires put on i pull the hubcaps/center caps and look to see if my new lug nuts are on there OR NOT! Got TB back one time and it had some of my lug nuts and some of the car next to mine on it! Fortunately i keep a spare set of lug nuts at home. Different size and type lug nuts. Speed Bump at the tire shop doesn't care. Put a rebuilt transmission in my other TB and it pulls a little in neutral and won't back up hardly at all. Root cause, sloppy transmission assembly procedures. Easy enough to fix after you pull transmission out and fully disassemble it..... Apparently Speed Bump quit the tire shop and went to work building transmissions! Had a local shop build a transmission for my other TB and it always has a poor 3rd to overdrive shift. It lasted about 8,000 miles. Outta warranty. From time, not mileage. Put a used transmission in after that. It made it a week. There went $1200. If i do the repair myself and follow proper procedure everything works fine and lasts well. I had tires rotated and an alignment done, p/u vehicle and they hadn't rotated tires! Had to do it myself the next day! I lose work taking time off for sloppy mechanics to f-up my vehicle. Over and over. I'm 57 and am gonna hafta build a shop and put in a 2 post lift just so i can correctly maintain my own vehicle. Might as well get a tire machine and balancer too. I just get so damn tired of sloppy work that I end up having to redo.I mean, how many work hours can you lose taking off for repairs and then doing it again and again! Ya end up better off doing it yourself and only being sore once! Lol
 

Blckshdw

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Boy am I glad the weekend is here. Had a pretty busy day for work, for a Friday. After punching out, headed to the garage to address the door opener chain situation. Got the master links transferred over, got the chain up in maybe 20 minutes. Hit the button on the remote, and the trolley pushes forward, bending the arm. :confused: Pulled the release cord and messed with it for a bit, not fully realizing what my situation was until it was too late.

I messed with the travel stop adjustments, and kept trying to get the inner trolley to stop hitting the forward stop bolt, and then the idler pulley broke. :duh:

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Standing there baffled, the light bulb in my head went on... When I came home the other day and was hitting the button trying to open the door, I never tried to "close" it, so the drive motor wasn't in it's closed position and thought the door was still open, needing to be closed. Son of a :lipsrsealed:

So a new idler pulley is on order, and I let the motor run to make sure it's in the closed position. Can't believe I overlooked that step, live and learn I guess. :dunce:
 

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