Like anything the more one does something the easier it gets. Changing
the oil is the same way.
I live about 7 miles to any commercial establishments, although there
is a garage about three miles away. But it is on the fringe of a
residential area and there are no other businesses within easy walking
distance. So for me to take my truck somewhere to get the oil changed
is a royal PITA. Also note that I have a truck. Way easier than
changing the oil on a car. Lots more room all around the engine. So
to change the oil, I pull out a couple of ramps and drive the front
wheels on them. That really gives lots of room to get under with a
creeper. I have an old stainless steel container that the oil drains
into. I have the right size oil filter wrench and a funnel to drain
the oil from the stainless container back into the now empty oil
bottles. So I can change the oil in about the same time as a garage
can. Don't save much money, but do save the time to drive somewhere
If I had a Buick, I would take it somewhere.
I do grow some veggies, and cut firewood to heat the house and shop.
In the PNW it is hard to compete with commercial hydroelectric power.
My Daughter is at College away from home and has a car of mine. I remind her
every few months to change the oil and have the fluids looked at. She even
has a credit card of mine to cover maintenance. I have told her many times
that the Jiffy Lube guys sometimes are not all that smart, but they often
get things right...
Daughters boyfriend decided that he could do it better, so he climbed under
the car, drained into a gallon milk container with a small funnel (spilled
all over the street), cleaned up with kitty litter, and added 4 quarts of
oil (no filter change).
Daughter called me a half hour later and told me the car starts and the
engine runs well, but the car won't move. I had her verbally repeat the
maintenance efforts boyfriend attempted.
You guessed it... he drained the automatic transmission.
Boyfriend thinks it is better for me to call him by his current nickname
"Dipstick" than the other one "dips&%t"
On Sat, 5 Aug 2006 18:15:26 -0400, "digitalmaster"
Well, there is a component here that hasn't been addressed in any way-
I've been doing construction and steel work my whole life, and as a
result, I'm a pretty big guy. When it comes to knowing *what* to do
to fix the car, there isn't a problem- but when it comes down to
trying to fish my arm down through an engine when every availible inch
has been packed full of vacuum lines and plastic covers, the job
becomes impossible. It's not a matter of complexity, it's a matter of
space, and I'd much rather find a mechanic who needs some remodeling
done in exchange for a repair job then spend 14 hours and half my skin
on my day off trying to do something that someone else can do in 30
My last truck was an '87 Dodge Ram D150 with the 225 ci slant 6 engine
and was real durable and reliable. While doing maintenance on it, there
was tons of room in the engine compartment. You could climb into it if
you wanted. Everything was easy to get to. You didn't have to spend an
hour removing other stuff to get to the part you needed to get to.
Working on an older full size truck with a straight 6 spoils you, and
then you open up the hood on a modern FWD car! Wires, vacuum hoses, EFI
everywhere, no gaps! packed like sardines.
Amen! I have fond memories of standing INSIDE the engine compartment to work
on an old inline six cylinder. Those days are, alas, gone forever. I now
need to be a contortionist to work on a motorcycle.
It's turtles, all the way down
No, it is called "post-modern" life. What happens when
post-modern life suddenly and unexpectedly becomes
post-post-modern life? COULD you butcher a hog, if you
really needed to?
Summum ius summa inuria.
No, you charge a fair bit to do the butchering operation, and hire a
"grunt" to do the hard parts (i.e. you supervise). The hog owner
get's his hog butchered correctly, your assistant gets food (a piece
of the action), and you get a big hunk of hog.
And everyone is happy and well fed... :)
> No, you charge a fair bit to do the butchering operation, and hire a
> "grunt" to do the hard parts (i.e. you supervise). The hog owner
> get's his hog butchered correctly, your assistant gets food (a piece
> of the action), and you get a big hunk of hog.
I have a fraternity brother who built a rather successful consulting
We were having lunch one day when he told me he was going to fold up
I asked him "Why".
His answer, "I'm getting tired of having to take everybody to the
bathroom and hold their swantz while they do their business."
Basic reason I run a one man band.
I would assume if you intended to eat it. Pork is Unclean, read your
Old Testament. If things broke down to the point where most people had
to butcher their own meat, Pork would be last choice. Proper
refrigeration and parasite control would certainly be long gone.
I'll stick with being able to butcher deer, beef, rabbit, and fowl.
Make some good hotlinks though ....
"I think this is because of your belief in biological Marxism.
As a genetic communist you feel that noticing behavioural
patterns relating to race would cause a conflict with your belief
in biological Marxism." Big Pete, famous Usenet Racist
on Sun, 06 Aug 2006 17:54:53 GMT in misc.survivalism :
Based on a sermon title from Dad's Seminary days ("Dead Hog and no Hot
Water...") I'd say not having enough hot water is one factor. Don't ask
me, I just pass 'em along.
If the dead pig doesn't manage to stick him in the process.
I'm not sure of all the details, but is seems that after Udo killed the
hog, he placed the knife in the wrong place, and the dead pork roast
"kicked" the knife right through his foot. In one side and out the other.
Fortunately, Germany has good health care, but Udo was rather unhappy. he
didn't feel right laying in bed all week, but orders are orders, especially
when delivered by Herr Doctor. (And we had a couple English Nursing
Sisters in the group, so he was Confined to his Room for the duration.)
I'll take your word for it.
"With Age comes Wisdom. Although more often, Age travels alone."
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