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Old 04-01-2015, 03:29 PM   #16641
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Replaced the front strut assemblies on my SUV. I've had an annoying clunk on bumps for a couple of years and neither my independent mechanic or I could find a cause. He recommended new struts and rear shocks for $1000. I bought the whole strut assemblies which include springs and mounts, plus rear shocks for $250, after rebates. The front struts took about 45 minutes a side to install. I'll do the rear shocks tomorrow. Not a bad job and not a bad hourly rate.
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Old 04-01-2015, 03:32 PM   #16642
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DW and I went snow skiing with a friend. Very good day... cold (winter is still here was ~20F with a light wind when we started out) but conditions were fabulous. I can't believe the amount of snow on the trails for this time of year. The area we went to is closing Sunday... not because of lack of snow or bad conditions... but more due to not enough skiers.
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Took my 2002 Ford Explorer in for its annual state inspection. Passed with no additional costs for the second year in a row. Not bad for a 13 year old vehicle!
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Workin' in the garden. Just 6 months ago I was doing equally physical work at my construction job - but these days I do it with a smile on my face. This is so much more rewarding and will be more so if my veggies actually grow.
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Is the clunk gone?
I took a brief spin around the neighborhood and it seemed much better, but not 100% on big potholes. I may have to replace the lower control arms to completely silence any clunking. Those are a much harder part to replace and require an alignment afterward.
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I had a similar issue with DW's Honda Pilot. I put off spending the $ to replace the front struts for a couple of years and ended up replacing the entire vehicle. The clunk never got any worse - and it is completely gone now.
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Workin' in the garden. Just 6 months ago I was doing equally physical work at my construction job - but these days I do it with a smile on my face. This is so much more rewarding and will be more so if my veggies actually grow.
I am sure your plants will grow. In the backyard of my city home, I have about 350 sq.ft. of planting bed for veggies. I put down about 1 cu.ft. of steer manure per 30 sq.ft. twice each year, and green leaf plants grow like crazy.

Sadly, with the temperature climbing up to the 90s already, the plants have all gone to seed. So, we just cleared them all out for the summer. It was good while it lasted.

Only okra and eggplant can stand up to this heat. When we are gone for the next RV trek, I have relatives living nearby who will stop by to pick them.
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Spring wild turkey scouting!!! Found out I need to get in better shape!
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Went in for my first ever MRI.
I had heard stories about claustrophobic patients who were frazzled by the experience, but it was no big deal at all.

They only put me in as far as my shoulders (problem is in my knee), so no feeling of confinement. It took 35 minutes total, but when I heard "10 minutes to go" in my headphones, I felt like only 5-10 minutes had elapsed. So I'm guessing I must have dozed off to the sound of the classical music and the vibration of the machine.

The MRI machine operated at only 0.35 Tesla (magnetic field strength), which surprised me. I had thought most of them were much stronger.
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Yep, it takes a while to build up your tolerance. Especially the 101.
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Heck, around here you can scout from your car driving down the interstate. They're all over the place.
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Doing the cataract evaluation shuffle at the eye surgeons office. So many machines, techs and other patients. Hurry up and wait!
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Doing the cataract evaluation shuffle at the eye surgeons office. So many machines, techs and other patients. Hurry up and wait!
If you were ever in the military you'll be very familiar with the process. I felt like I might have to salute or raise my right hand and take an oath by the time I finally saw the eye doc!
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I had a similar issue with DW's Honda Pilot. I put off spending the $ to replace the front struts for a couple of years and ended up replacing the entire vehicle. The clunk never got any worse - and it is completely gone now.
I had a chance to drive it more today and it is much better. I didn't realize that struts could develop an internal clunk, or maybe it was in the spring / pad / mount interface. The strut package replaced them all in one clean shot and it was a simple and cheap task to do myself.
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If you were ever in the military you'll be very familiar with the process. I felt like I might have to salute or raise my right hand and take an oath by the time I finally saw the eye doc!
Over the next year, my DW will need to continue to see an ophthalmologist every 4 to 6 weeks for treatments. So far the average wait time has been about 3 hours per visit. The shortest was about 2 hours and the longest about 7. Actual time with the doctor is about 15 minutes per visit. Sometime the waiting room(s) are so crowded there is standing room only. It's very common to hear someone in the waiting room talking about the long waits, however, I've never heard anyone say they won't be coming back.
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Heck, around here you can scout from your car driving down the interstate. They're all over the place.
We've actually had them on our car a couple of times. They get intrigued with their reflection in the windshield. It is pretty weird to go outside and have a wild turkey on your car hood.
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We've actually had them on our car a couple of times. They get intrigued with their reflection in the windshield. It is pretty weird to go outside and have a wild turkey on your car hood.
Reminds me of my BIL who had one come through his windshield at 60 MPH. It hit right in front of the steering wheel and landed on his lap. He somehow managed to maintain control of the car and pull over on the opposite side shoulder of the two-lane road. He opened the drivers door and the bird hopped out and staggered off into the brush...
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I went to the dentist and got that root canal done early. I called and got the date moved up because few things are less fun than waiting for a root canal and I just couldn't take the tension any more. It was quick and easy, and I feel so much better already.

Right now I'm thinking that modern dentistry is right up there with indoor plumbing as far as my favorite aspects of living in today's civilization.
I'll see your root canal and raise you 3 extractions.

Just kidding. Glad to hear that's over with. Hope all mends well.
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