I learned to fly at a little airport at Middlebury VT. There was a pile
of what I thought was gravel near the end of the strip. As spring headed
towards summer I realized it was slowly melting. That was the longest
winter of my life. Being due east of Lake Champlain sucks.
Followup: They didn't come back for a week. That's when I sent a second
email. Ironically I said to a neighbor just before I sent the email that
"It looks like they plowed me in deliberately." The reply I got was
extremely apologetic. He said he sent someone the first day I emailed but
didn't personally make sure it was done. He said that they would be sending
someone out out that day (they sent two workers, a grader and a pickup with
a plow). At this point, all that was left of the snow were the big plow
mounds but it was hard-packed glassy heavy schmutz. The hacked at it for 20
minutes with all the gear and it was gone.
Then, after I sent a thank you email I got the oddest reply that said "we
would NEVER deliberately plow someone in." I thought that was strange since
I never accused him of that and only mentioned it to my neighbor in jest.
Turns out the neighbor is friends with the guy who runs the plow truck fleet
and who reports directly to the supervisor I was emailing. I assume the
back channels were in motion. (-: FWIW, there's still one or two small
plow mounds left in the neighborhood even though we have had warm days and
Fortunately, after dislocating a shoulder and banging up my legs falling
down the front steps a while back, I make sure I can stay in the house until
the snow's all gone. Not an option for yew northern boys, but it works for
me. With Amazon and Peapod grocery service, there's not a lot of things
that I can't get from them. Besides, when it snows here people go just a
little bit crazy. My wife saif that in anticipation of a small storm
tonight, the bread and toilet paper aisles in the Giant were cleaned out by
noon. People are strange.
Official count in my area this am was only a little over a foot.
Certainly more than that on my driveway, like a foot and a half, nearly
2 feet on my walk.
Plow always messes me up as I had it piled in front of drive and had to
pull snow thrower back and forth to get through it.
Snow thrower had been run dry last year, I filled it, and it started
with push of button.
I'd like to give a shout out to the EPA for those wonderful, mandated
gas cans which are spill proof but you end up with gas all over the
place when you try to use them.
Might also mention that a friend of my wife says guy that plows her
driveway charges $10/inch.
I should have. My two gallon can blurped and leaked. That was finished
and I think I'll throw it out. Five gallon can, which you have to push
on rim like others to open would not close and that leaked.
Do a Google search on modifying those abortions. Don't have a link
handy but I found (and followed) one for the 5-gallon plastic ones.
Involves drilling a hole on top of handle (opposite spout) and fishing
through a tubeless tire valve (easier than it sounds) WITHOUT a valve
stem. This serves as a vent - capped loosely with a valve cap so it
doesn't bulge out like the stock ones will in the sun/heat.
Spring loaded nozzle is still a PITA but the gas flows MUCH faster this
way and it's almost as good as the old flex spouts. Then too once you
get a couple gallons out of the 5-gallon container you can pull the
spout off and, depending on the equipment you're filling, just pour it
in since you don't have the "gurgle splash" effect with the new venting
Remember, it is mandatory to use the new
spouts on the new cans, the government
knows best. The old spouts were unsafe, and
spilled fuel. The new spouts are for our
own good, they know better than we do, how
to do things.
If you like your gascan, you can keep your
gascan. Obama promised, and he always keeps
his word. Hope and change, rembember, keep
chanting. Hope and change. Hope and change.
You and about a million other people.
The statement that rings truest to me: "They're a good design to keep
gasoline in the container.... but terrible when it comes to getting
gasoline out of the container."
I have spilled more gasoline in one year with those damn things than I
have spilled in a whole lifetime of using the old style cans.
Once I added an air vent, one of these
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
was working not-too-badly for me. But soon the rubber ring around the
cap got pinched and now it dribbles a steady stream when poured from.
I've gone over to NATO Jerry cans with the NATO spouts:
Pouring ergonomics could be better (there's no handle or grab point on
the bottom or side) and I am thinking about a more robust spout like
this http://tinyurl.com/jek5zub ..... And you have to be careful which
brand because there are look-alike rip offs out there that lack the
inner coating and don't have the proper welding method.
But, as-is, the ones I have don't spill a drop and they are totally
I have seen pix of one of them after falling off a vehicle at turnpike
speed and it was intact.
On Monday, January 25, 2016 at 8:54:52 AM UTC-5, (PeteCresswell) wrote:
There's a quick video at this site explaining how to tell a fake
from the real thing:
Note: This is new to me. I'm just going with your comments, which the
video seems to support. I still have enough of the old style plastic
containers, so I haven't run into the problems associated with the
This is probably marginal, but I feel less bad about carrying the NATO
style in/on my vehicle.
I envision the plastic ones rupturing and spraying gasoline over
everything in a crash. Either the plastic splits or the pressure surge
pops the spout/nozzle connection.
OTOH, I hold out some hope, however small, that a NATO would not rupture
quite as easily.
Bottom line, though, I try to avoid carrying any sort of gasoline
container in my vehicles - but they do have to be filled
sooner-or-later, so I do wind up carrying them to/from the nearest gas
I just finished watching some Youtube taken during current storm.
I was quite surprised most drivers speeding like driving in normal
weather. Going out of control and start spinning. They don't seem to
let their right foot off the gas pedal. Don't know how to come out of
spin. Foot off gas, put the gear in neutral jamming on the brake
concentrate on steering. Maybe needs some practices when weather is
nice? Slow down folks, slow down. Even fire trucks, ambulances were
spinning wheels not going anywhere, amazing. More than extreme weather,
I'd say violent weather. My home town Seoul Korea has -24C wind chill
Today it is +3C, no wind, sun started going down all quiet and peaceful.
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