Flowers for Mergio Sarchionne gravesite: $248.83
Just to let you know, I am reading the minutes.
Getting ready to drive out to the Chicagoland area. Rin rides shotgun seat belted in with a harness. She's a bit too big for the seat so I built a plywood platform over the seat base to the dash covering the footwell (Version 1). In the past, she has been stressed riding in the car and has refused to lie down. Here she is sleeping sitting up.
The thought of hard plywood covered only by a moving blanket bugged me so I made Version 2. It only covers the footwell and leaves the seat uncovered. Things are a bit lower this way. Easier for her to get up and If the window is down, she's a bit less likely to simply fall out.
The footwell space is then taken up with folded moving blankets. The stress makes her pant for the entire drive as well, drooling all over everything so I'm going to duct tape towels over the dash and the door.
I have the interior insulated, a Maxxair fan installed, and a twin bed cross-wise in the back. I'm still in the process of figuring out exactly where I want to go with this camper build. Initially, the thought was complete stealth for sleeping in parking lots while driving to visit the parents. My goals may be changing. More true camper, less stealth. So like maybe an actual window in the back. Maybe. But everything modular so I could still take out the furniture if I need to use it as a cargo van.
During my move. I was exactly at the Transit's 13,500 GCWR.
Or I maybe I should've mowed the lawn sooner. In my defense, it's valve cover was leaking and it took a good month to get parts. I got this mower because of the "Kohler" engine. "Kohler, ooh, must be high quality". Evidently not.
Shots from knee level. Land shark cruising by in the background. Rin is a big dog and she gets lost in there in spots.
Definitely taller than the mower here.
The grass in this part of the yard is so short, I'll wait for it to get longer before I mow it.
I sure hope some Oppo is a lawn freak and is triggered
My friend's husky/Malamute, Stormy, posing in the 9" of snow Boulder got last night.
I warned my friend not to name her Stormy. Naming a husky or Malamute Stormy is just adding to your problems. As @cb can attest to having enough issues without the extra burden of the name. And names are important as @HammerheadFistpunch 's post about the Proteus Effect shows with avatars.
Being a Siberian Husky/Malamute mix has tempered some of the bad components of each breed. Stormy gets along with dogs like huskies tend to do and unlike most Malamutes. She's not nearly as destructive as huskies and Mals can be. She has a shrill bark instead of a pleasing Malamute 'woo' though.
A few months ago, an Oppo posted about his tool labeling project. Another Oppo informed me that ultra fine point oil based Sharpies exist. Sorry, I can't remember your name but feel free to take credit. I had to order them but they arrived and I've started labeling. My eyes have difficulty seeing the stock labels and I have OCD tendencies so this project ticked the right boxes.
I like it. It's quite easy. Wipe with alcohol. Spend some time tracing the recessed numbers. It doesn't really matter if you don't have a steady hand which I don't.
I've done a few different methods in the past. Those label maker labels eventually tore. I tried paint but never got the timing of wiping off the excess right. Too soon and the wiping removed the paint in the recesses. Too late and I had to use steel wool and that scuffed the chrome.
This works well on the larger numbers. It's not as visible as I'd like on the black oxide impact sockets especially the deep socket impacts which weirdly have the smallest numbers. It remains to see how long this lasts.
I do all my own bike maintenance but took 20 years off from biking. I didn't understand the new tech advances and they looked very scary. I bought a fork service kit three years along with my used mtn bike but was too afraid to use it. I finally gathered enough courage to do the service but made a mistake described here.
TLDR; I didn't take the project seriously, wasn't organized and a few days after putting it back together ended up with a solidly locked out fork.
RockShox's service manual has excellent step by step instructions with photos of each step. If you follow it, this is not difficult. I followed the instructions the second time around Disassembled it in the dirty shop, cleaned off the kitchen table and reassembled it there.
Bought wooden dowels instead of using the steel drift. Bought a pack of lint-free microfiber cloths. Bought ethanol as isopropyl alcohol was completely sold out. Why?? And why is ethanol sold as a spray cleaner? I haven't tasted it yet. Still forgot to order SRAM's o-ring grease. Used white lithium grease instead. oh well.
Much to my relief, the part that keeps the oil contained in the damper unit had an o-ring that seemed small. The o-ring margin barely meets the margin of the white disc.
What I believed to be the correct o-ring is the same diameter but fatter. Correct o-ring on the right. The one I installed on the left.
Presumed correct o-ring installed and it's margin is now proud of the white disc's margins.
Much cleaner and more organized workspace.
I put it back together Sunday. Seemed to be working Monday. Big ride today. Still working. I'm pretty hopeful I got it back together correctly this time.
Take home messages:
Do you know your Spitz breeds? At the end of my ride today, I passed this guy being walked and from head on I thought it was one of the Belgian Shepherd breeds. As I passed them (with a very wide margin as I thought he was a shepherd and the lady had him on a very long lead), I could see that he was small with a short stocky body and tail tightly curled over his back.
I tend to stop for northern breeds and I rarely ever see Norwegian Elkhunds so as soon as I realized that's what it was, I absolutely had to turn around, go back, and ask if I could pet him. He was sooo terribly soft and friendly. Just sat down and backed into me so I could full body hug him. Lady was very friendly too. Made my day.
Another fluffy Spitz I rarely see are Chows like the one I passed at the beginning of my ride. They're more iffy about the loving part but I still would've stopped to at least ask if I could pet him if I wasn't supposed to meet someone for the ride.
@VincentMalamute You are right, if you see a baby snake, there are most likely others..
yup. Except I forgot that. And that you're supposed to very carefully watch where you step. Especially if you're off trail! Really, I was quite lucky.
Went mountain biking today. Glad my friend was in front as he spotted this small baby rattler. I would not have seen it. After some time deliberating options, my friend picked up his bike and walked on the rocks to the left. I saw the rattler lunge at him as he went by. yike! but not really a big deal since he was so small there was no way he could close that distance. But after seeing that, I went to the right, uphill side to put even more distance between us. I was more than halfway through the brush before I remembered I needed to watch for all his siblings hiding where I was walking. Oops. Lucked out - didn't step on any. Whew!
Managed to replace the RV generators carb today with a $31 aftermarket unit. PITA. Loosening up the two intake manifold bolts (loose bolts to the right of the carb) allowed me to angle the carb enough that the far carb mounting bolt could be accessed through the intake hole in the air filter housing (5 mm hex socket visible)
Not as difficult as feared but reinserting the far intake manifold bolt was strictly by touch and trial and error. And the wrench could only turn it 1/16 of a turn at a time.
And... no start. The other day, it had started on starter fluid and ran for a few minutes. The following day, it would not start even with starter fluid so I gave up and ordered the new carb. That starting issue is still there. Won't start on starter fluid.
Next step is to pull the plug and see if I have spark. Although we're getting a winter storm so it'll be a few days. @rctothefuture mentioned ignition/controller issues which I hope is not the case.
@VincentMalamute Got ya, it's an 08 model so I'll see if I can drum up any repair documents for you. Don't have access anymore but I have a few contacts inside. Let the aftermarket rip and see what happens!
I appreciate but I don't think I'll need to impose on you. I wouldn't think the official service manual would help. My knowledge is from this:
The PITA business is working from underneath with the propane tank limiting access to get at the carb and intake mounting bolts which isn't an Onan design issue.
@DuckDuckGreyDuck That will cost about $1000 to fill the 31 gallon gas tank of the RV's Chevy Express van! Since the generator feeds from the van's gas tank. lol!
no one tells you what ethanol does when it sits. It's bad stuff.
I'm slowly learning the hard way.