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Old 07-28-2016, 05:47 PM   #1501
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Koogie, this is a perfect example of plumber's nightmare.
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:17 PM   #1502
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Watching HGTV, I learned that the in-thing now is a shower with multiple heads and water squirting every which way. Oohh! Aahh!

Out here in the arid west, water is precious, so I would feel guilty taking long showers (even though my wife uses tons of water for her garden, and our pool also evaporates plenty). On top of that, ever since I started to do RV, I have learned to shower with even less water.

By the way, what happens to the drought in California and southern Oregon? Time for this inquisitive mind to surf the Web to find out.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:48 AM   #1503
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Washer fluid pump was bad on my old BMW. Dealer wanted 50 just for the part, which I then found on Amazon for less than 10. Twenty minutes later, and good to go. Dealer may have charged 150 to do the job.

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Old 07-30-2016, 05:04 PM   #1504
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Completed a front end rebuild on my 65 Chevy Impala SS convertible. Installed new control arm bushings, ball joints, center control arm, tie rod ends, strut rod bushings, etc. While the front end was all apart I installed later model Corvette disc brakes with larger rotors and 4 piston calipers. Also bolted up a new fat ADDCO sway bar since I was already working in the area. No big deal, just about 9 hours total labor. Boy am I sore now, getting too old for that kind of work.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:37 PM   #1505
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Completed a front end rebuild on my 65 Chevy Impala SS convertible. Installed new control arm bushings, ball joints, center control arm, tie rod ends, strut rod bushings, etc. While the front end was all apart I installed later model Corvette disc brakes with larger rotors and 4 piston calipers. Also bolted up a new fat ADDCO sway bar since I was already working in the area. No big deal, just about 9 hours total labor. Boy am I sore now, getting too old for that kind of work.
That's impressive! I think I would have had a mechanic do it.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:46 PM   #1506
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Replaced an aging and groaning garbage disposal with a modestly priced version from Lowes.
The bonus was the new disposal fit right into the old disposals sink connection so I didn't have to mess with making sure it wouldn't leak around the drain.
I had planned on a good hour to do the work and 20 minutes later it was done. Yea me.
I ordered a new garbage disposal on Amazon and saved $30 over buying locally. We recently installed granite with new sinks, and the sinks are different heights.

The disposal pipe was 1 1/2 inches too low, and there are no plumbing fittings sold to hook up the drain to my existing drain pipe coming out of the wall. I had to go to Lowes and buy PVC pipes and improvise.

What I really should have done is switch the disposal over to the shorter sink, and my old piping would work--in retrospect.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:52 PM   #1507
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Completed a front end rebuild on my 65 Chevy Impala SS convertible. Installed new control arm bushings, ball joints, center control arm, tie rod ends, strut rod bushings, etc. While the front end was all apart I installed later model Corvette disc brakes with larger rotors and 4 piston calipers. Also bolted up a new fat ADDCO sway bar since I was already working in the area. No big deal, just about 9 hours total labor. Boy am I sore now, getting too old for that kind of work.
I'm impressed. I changed a leaking power steering pump on my PowerStroke diesel truck. It required pulling intercooler hoses, battery, air cleaner, etc. Put it all back together and it was still leaking. Replaced the power steering gear box, put it all back together and it was STILL leaking. The problem all along was a teflon seal on a power steering hose. Installed a new hose.

Now, it sounds as if there's no fluid in the power steering, and the brakes barely work. Come to find out, diesels don't have a vacuum and they use power steering pump thru Hydroboost system to assist in braking. The problem is there is air in my fluid, and I've now got to bleed the steering and brake Hydroboost system to get the air out. Then reinstall all the hardware on the engine.
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:50 PM   #1508
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That's impressive! I think I would have had a mechanic do it.
It is impressive, hopefully if needed Tom travels
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Good job Tom on the front end rebuild. I have done that too, hope you had a press to help with the replacement bushings.

My recent repair was fixing the door latch on the washing machine. One of the front loader (actually has Kenmore brand, but is Whirlpool mfr'd). Something in the latch broke or must have lost the contact. Figured out I could make a short jumper for temp fix and then ordered up a cheap $10 delivered used ebay door latch assy that I installed a few days later. Lot better than the $55-65 for new part at appliance parts place.
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Nice job on the Impala SS suspension work above!

I'm still on the 2003 Jetta diesel project (refurbishment) and the car now has 301,500 miles on it. Engine tuning. new timing belt and associated rotating parts, and turbo/boost hose work is complete.

Yesterday:

Now that I am done rebuilding the front suspension (struts, LCA bushings, ball joints, sway bar bushings, etc), I changed the top transmission/engine mount and the lower "dogbone" engine mount (bolts to subframe), both of which contained very poor quality rubber material (due to age, I would guess). Neither mount had failed but engine vibration was evident when pulling through the gears. The vibration is now gone.

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Next project is the rear axle beam bushings which will be tough job as they will require me fabricating an installation tool and possibly dropping the axle beam. I'm waiting for cooler weather on this one, though.

Following this will be rebuilding the manual shift bushing points as I can sense some slop when selecting gears. This won't be a big job, just one of linkage disassembly and bushing replacing. Some parts vendors sell the bushing replacement kits for these cars.
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Pocket door installed in 1988 came off its track one too many times. I pulled the door, cut a hole in the wall, removed the old single track, and replaced it with a new "box" track. I replaced the trucks on top of the door with the new three wheel ones, and voila, it glides as smooth as silk with no chance of coming off the track. I screwed the sheetrock back in place, and all that's left to do now is mud and paint the sheetrock.

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Old 08-01-2016, 09:02 AM   #1512
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I'm impressed. I changed a leaking power steering pump on my PowerStroke diesel truck. It required pulling intercooler hoses, battery, air cleaner, etc. Put it all back together and it was still leaking. Replaced the power steering gear box, put it all back together and it was STILL leaking. The problem all along was a teflon seal on a power steering hose. Installed a new hose.

Now, it sounds as if there's no fluid in the power steering, and the brakes barely work. Come to find out, diesels don't have a vacuum and they use power steering pump thru Hydroboost system to assist in braking. The problem is there is air in my fluid, and I've now got to bleed the steering and brake Hydroboost system to get the air out. Then reinstall all the hardware on the engine.
My 99 GMC gasser has brake hyraulic booster as part of the power steering pump circuit. Sometimes jacking up the front and turning the vheel lock to lock and applying the brakes a few times will clear tha air. At least it worked on mine.
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I got my riding mower stuck in the ditch and had to pull it out with my car. It slipped sideways as it was coming out and before I could stop the car one of the mower wheels caught on the edge of the culvert. I bent the wheel and the connecting rod that holds both of them together....both wheels were pointing different directions.

I pulled it apart and straightened the bent pieces in a vice...it all went smoothly and only took an hour.
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Lead foot.

Lucky you didn't pull something off the car too ...
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Started modifying my new woodstove for secondary burn. A 12" 3/4" diameter iron pipe with may holes drilled for extra air and installed near the top of the firebox. Still need to do the the downpipe and air shutoff in case of chimney fire.
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Todays unglamorous repairs was replacing two toilet flush valves and flappers.
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Lead foot.

Lucky you didn't pull something off the car too ...
I wasn't going that fast Plus I was using the tow hook which is connected directly to the frame of the car.

It's not an excuse (maybe it is, lol), but my view was partially blocked by a tree so I didn't see it until too late.
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:25 PM   #1518
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Started modifying my new woodstove for secondary burn. A 12" 3/4" diameter iron pipe with may holes drilled for extra air and installed near the top of the firebox. Still need to do the the downpipe and air shutoff in case of chimney fire.
My woodstove has a catalytic converter to kick off the secondary burn at about 500 degrees. I'm anxious to see how it works this winter. I still have to get the tile put down (its cut and ready in the picture) and install the flue pipe between the stove and the chimney. I understand ones without the catalytic converter need to get quite a bit hotter before they start working.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:15 PM   #1519
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That is a nice looking stove. Looks like soapstone. Hope it works well. Modern stoves are bit hard to get going. Cheap trick is to leve the door cracked open a bit until a good draft is established, then close it fully.

Mine is a craiglist find, a basic box stove. It has only a simple baffle in it. The idea with mine is same as the fancy EPA approved stoves. Add air over the fire to light off the hot gases which otherwise would cool and coat the chimney and the great outdoors. It is for my mancave. Another experiment.

At the house I have one of thr earliest EPA approved fireplaces. Country Comfort. It has the baffles with air holes for secondary air input. Looks like a gas grill upside down when it lights off the gases. It also had a catalytic converter which was clogged when bought the house. Not worth $300.- yo replace. I removed it and added an extra baffle some years ago. Works well, next to no smoke once up and running. Sucker can heat most of the house. Has blowers in it too.
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My dish disposal just died so I'll be calling the plumber today

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