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Old 09-20-2015, 07:55 PM   #1041
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Thanks, NW-bound. You'd think, in this modern age, that they'd have some sort of strong rubber-adhering tape and /or glue that one could carefully apply to the cracked area on the boot, after cleaning it. I have used Plumber's Goop glue on a moving plastic part in a toilet tank assembly that has lasted for years.
Someone on this forum recommended Sugru......would that work as an adhesive for this application. I bought it to patch a wire rack in my dishwater but haven't used it yet.
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:21 PM   #1042
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This is the 1st time I heard of Sugru. Interesting product, but the only way to know if it sticks to the rubber compound of the boot is to try it.

With the split boot that I used, the glue that is supplied is actually a solvent that melts the two halves along the seam. Hence they call the joint a "weld".
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Another vote for a split-boot on the CV joint. Make sure you pack it full of grease during the repair, and I'm sure it'll last for several years.


Back on topic: Today I fixed a leaking axle seal on my plow truck, and fixed the previous owner's hack job on the drum brakes (springs were in wrong, adjuster was on backwards).
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Replaced master cylinder and rear wheel cylinders on my 68 GTO. The master was leaking, and the wheel cylinders were not in spite of being very old same as master cyl. Since the system needs bleeding due to master cyl, I just replaced the wheel cylinders as well.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:47 PM   #1045
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Changed the garbage disposal. $300 -$400 job if done by a professional. The identical replacement unit was $80 at local hardware store. Took me about 45 minutes to do.
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50" Samsung TV wouldn't turn on. Found out there was a recall for Bad capacitors. However the recall was done a few years ago. So I ripped it apart myself and put in the new parts. It was easy to find the bad ones because they looked bad.


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One month ago we replaced the PTO switch on our zero turn and the switch just went again yesterday. Just picked up a new one at a different dealer. The first was suppose to be a replacement and even though everything matched up (configuration of pins and serial #) it was a different color. This one is identical to the part I removed.
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:05 PM   #1048
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I'm not quite done yet, but I tore out and replaced a 6 foot wide window sill (double hung in the middle and a fixed window on either side). It was obviously not built to take apart, but between the sawsall and my new oscillating saw, I got the old one out, and cut off the rotten wood. I stuck a pvc replacement in, and did a little bondo work. It started to rain, so I've still got a little breeze blowing through, but this is the season where the indoor and outdoor temps are about the same.
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Two projects today:

1. Fixed a leaky shower valve in one of our rental houses. The new washers and springs were $1.99 at Lowes. Took me about 45 minutes. Would have been quicker but the cartridge would not go back in all the way. After struggling for about 10 minutes, I felt around and discovered a small piece of debris in the valve housing. Once removed, it was smooth sailing.

2. Fixed the shift lever on DD's Ford Escape. The column shift lever moved up and down freely but was not shifting anything. The cable had popped off at the transmission. I was easily able to put it back on, and used a plastic tie wrap to temporarily hold it in place until I can find a more permanent solution. New shift cable probably.
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Tie wraps seem to be becoming the new duct tape.
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Your recent repair?

It's non-stop maintenance/repair here for the next month.

Just finished a 130' drainage tile for downspout and front yard drainage.
Just finished some regrading and reseeding.
Repaired a sprinkling system circuit to water the reseeded area.
Sawed down 2 trees
Tearing out old detached garage service door and replacing with a new one.
Installed a rain diverter on the garage roof to divert rainfall from falling from roof in front of service door.
Installing a reverse osmosis filter / re plumb kitchen sink cold water to softened water
Pressure wash paver walkways and fill joints with polymeric sand
Stain house overhang/caulk gaps.
Reset/patch exposed roofing nails in shingles.

Then I'll be ready for winter.



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My Outdoor air condensing unit quit working. I noticed the inside air had been running for hours, but the house was getting warmer. Felt the air temp and it was blowing warm air. Did some troubleshooting and got the outdoor fan to start by spinning it. This got me to thinking it was the starter capacitor. Then the scroll compressor wouldn't start either. A little google searching had me diagnose the problem for my model being the dual start capacitor that starts both fan and compressor. It's about the only part located inside the unit panel other than a relay. Called an HVAC contractor and they wanted $400 to come out on the weekend to replace it. I called my local Trane parts dealer and got a new one for $26. Took 15 minutes to replace. Unit runs fine and house is cold again.


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Called an HVAC contractor and they wanted $400 to come out on the weekend to replace it. I called my local Trane parts dealer and got a new one for $26. Took 15 minutes to replace. Unit runs fine and house is cold again.
Wow, I'd blacklist that contractor! And if you have a Facebook, Twitter, etc. account I'd make sure to put up posts about that too.

Unless you're a several-hour drive out in the wilderness that's almost criminal overcharging.
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Changed the garbage disposal. $300 -$400 job if done by a professional. The identical replacement unit was $80 at local hardware store. Took me about 45 minutes to do.

Me, too. Mine cost $89.00. That was a week ago and my wife told me this morning that it had clogged up already. My handy plunger did the trick.


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Wow, I'd blacklist that contractor! And if you have a Facebook, Twitter, etc. account I'd make sure to put up posts about that too.

Unless you're a several-hour drive out in the wilderness that's almost criminal overcharging.

$100 for the same part I bought for $26 (markup) plus $200 labor and $100 service call fee to get there. Pretty typical nowadays actually.


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Me, too. Mine cost $89.00. That was a week ago and my wife told me this morning that it had clogged up already. My handy plunger did the trick.


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I noticed when I replaced mine that the outlet pipe from the disposal and the trap it feeds into were quite clogged up with a grease like deposit. Used the opportunity to clean them out completely.
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I noticed when I replaced mine that the outlet pipe from the disposal and the trap it feeds into were quite clogged up with a grease like deposit. Used the opportunity to clean them out completely.
Maybe that's what the plumber charges $300 to do.
I recall cleaning out floor drains when I worked in fast food. Nasty work, that is.
We rarely use our garbage disposal, most solid stuff goes right into the trash can. I think this significantly reduces the chances for drain problems and it's just as fast/convenient. I don't count the garbage disposal among the major advances in home technology.
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Not a repair, per se, but did the winterizing of my swamp cooler and switching over to heating mode. Being in dry climate, I do not have an air conditioner, just the evaporative (aka swamp) cooler which works good for relatively low cost to operate.

Next repair is replace the water pump in my 88 Ford truck, it started leaking and have the parts on order, so that will take up some of next weekend.
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Maybe that's what the plumber charges $300 to do.
I recall cleaning out floor drains when I worked in fast food. Nasty work, that is.
We rarely use our garbage disposal, most solid stuff goes right into the trash can. I think this significantly reduces the chances for drain problems and it's just as fast/convenient. I don't count the garbage disposal among the major advances in home technology.
True enough - particularly in our case since we live in a rural area and have a septic system. Our old garbage disposal just died, wouldn't turn at all and then of course, things just backup in there so had no choice but to change it but I agree, a garbage disposal is not much of a particularly useful appliance. I'm not sure a dishwasher is either.
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