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post #646 of 661 Old 08-09-2019, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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After checking out the pricing of a new canopy for my Ram 2500 with a 8' bed I decided that I did not need one and went for a tonneau cover for the bed. It actually came out better then I expected and sure does hide what is in the back. I like it better actually then a canopy but the wife wanted the canopy until see saw the price for a new one and the used ones I could find were absolutely trashed.
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Looks nice. May improve on your highway mileage.

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Looks nice. May improve on your highway mileage.
I did notice a improvement today on our trip to Seattle and back. This truck is not never going to be a mpg king (4WD and Quad Cab with a 8' cargo box) but it was 19.3 MPG of diesel and it was 18.7 MPG the last time I went to Seattle. It is a slight improvement and we did have rain to start the day in my home area and after 50 miles we ran out of the rain. My speeds were steady 60-63 on the entire trip except around the normal areas where it clogs around Everett and then in Bellevue. I think it might of made 19.5 if had been in the middle of the night when I prefer to travel but then I would be doing a straight shot down I-5 instead of taking I-405 to I-90.

We did get my wife's asian food in Seattle's Chinatown and made several stops and stopped at a friends home in Kirkland then returned home.

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Today I ran some errands and did a stop in the local Lowe's to get a can of white spray paint for the mailbox. I decided to look at what Craftsman had and I stopped and looked at a 1/2" and out of curiosity I take one of the peg and am looking at it and something was a little strange as it did not ratchet very well and I flip it over and what greets me is the anvil is rusted. You would think the employee would look at that and put that in the return bin to Stanley Black and Decker. I did take and check the rest of the ratchets and all of them are rust free so I took the rusty one and gave it to a attendant and told him to return it to Stanley Black and Decker. He looked at it and said he would and where did I find it and I took him over to the area and showed him.

Later on I get home let the dogs loose to play and get them back inside, give them a treat and I sit down at my computer to enter appointments I have for the next three weeks and something wants my attention, my springer has learned that I have a lap and he wants 15 or so minutes to be on a lap.
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My front gate wheels after 20 years had both broken and I decided to change them and since they were bare steel with a black solid rubber wheels that was not acceptable. I decided to paint them and since the gate was painted already a famous color green the gate wheels had to be a famous color yellow. Now just to touch up the gate. I did have to drill the gate for the new wheels as the old wheels were a clamp on design and these were through bolt design. Guess I see how durable these are and I think these might be better as these also have a spring in the design.

They last evening I went to flush the toilet and the flush lever broke. I rebuilt the tanks on the toilets a couple years ago and even then I was thinking the kit included a plastic flush lever. Even when I was doing the rebuild that the flush lever was a bit cheesy but had the oh what the heck I just see how long this last. Well I got a couple years out of it and last night I ran down to the big box hardware store and picked up a metal lever this time and installed it.
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A couple little things finally got done. I had a rock thrown up on the front valance and fog light on my truck the other day. Creased the valance and took put the driving light. I ordered the driving lights for my truck and then got the heat gun out and bought the dent in the valance back out as far as I could. since the new piece of plastic is no longer available and the after market ones are not quite as good the heat gun action got it to 90% of what it was. Good enough for me.

The 2nd project is one that POed me to no end. I called over a month ago a plumber to investigate why my water heater was either scalding hot or luke warm and come to find out after he gets here he finds the upper thermostat is defective. He looks in his truck and does not have one and will order it and call me when they get it done. Well after waiting a month and no contact and when I call they do the endless loop of going from one person to the next I finally just look up the part number my self and go to a plumbing supply business in town and show the guy the picture of the thermostat that I took and he reaches up on the display rack grabs me one and said that be $24.11 with tax. I go home shut down the water heater and in 15 minutes have my electric water heater back in business. Seems plumbers around here have the worst reputation for this and oh well last time I do business with that business.
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Here, the furnace repair companies demand you pay $20 or so a month year round if you want them to show up in less than a week when your furnace breaks down. And then $100 "diagnosis fee" for a warranty fix. Thank goodness I have a real fireplace that I can use while waiting for them to show up...
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Here, the furnace repair companies demand you pay $20 or so a month year round if you want them to show up in less than a week when your furnace breaks down. And then $100 "diagnosis fee" for a warranty fix. Thank goodness I have a real fireplace that I can use while waiting for them to show up...
That is plain and simple a rip-off to basically charge a service fee so that they might come out and service/repair your furnace. I bought the water heater from the same plumber I had to do the service call and yet I am not a big enough fish I guess. You spend a lot of money to get a warrantied water heater and heat pump and they just toss the impression of their company into the dumpster and never even call back. I guess I find another company when I need another repair in the future. Customer service post sale is more important then initial installation and I am disappointed by the attitudes that these folks carry today. I always had respected plumbers as they have to deal a lot of unpleasant things but it is a two way street and they have respect the customer in even a minor repair. The other thing when I was at the plumbing supply store there is only like four different thermostats used on the older style water heater like I have, why weren't they carrying at least a couple of each in the truck. Likely they would charge double the price I paid for the one I got at the plumbing supply store.

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The new driving lights for my Ram came in today and so I grab a couple fans (it was 90 degrees today when I started) a 10 MM socket with extension and behind the bumper I dived in and replaced the driving light that was busted and since I had to order 2 of them I went and replaced the drivers side since I was already on a creeper and now I have a couple new clear lights that are not yet sand blasted by road sand.

All I got to do and it will later is adjust the lights for where they hit the road but it needs to be done after dark and I since it was a hot day I got tired out so I do it at a later time.
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I live on a road that is what is considered a private road. All the land owners pay to maintain the road and we have a annual meeting and decide on the budget for the year. This year we decided to stop having the ditches mowed as the price has gotten out of hand by the person who mowed the ditch. He was charging $696.00 for a couple hours work with a tractor and frail mower.

I decided to help out a elderly neighbor and went down to his place with weed trimmer and spent a hour and cleared his ditch before the rains start in the next couple weeks. I did not take the time to take any pictures but it was the right thing to do and now that section of ditch has been cleared and well it feels good I was able to do something positive for someone that can't do it on their own.

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I live on a road that is what is considered a private road. All the land owners pay to maintain the road and we have a annual meeting and decide on the budget for the year. This year we decided to stop having the ditches mowed as the price has gotten out of hand by the person who mowed the ditch. He was charging $696.00 for a couple hours work with a tractor and frail mower.

I decided to help out a elderly neighbor and went down to his place with weed trimmer and spent a hour and cleared his ditch before the rains start in the next couple weeks. I did not take the time to take any pictures but it was the right thing to do and now that section of ditch has been cleared and well it feels good I was able to do something positive for someone that can't do it on their own.
good on ya man!

my dad does the same with his shared "access road" He maintains it and then some for the neighbors.

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I was in my closet today and digging for some thing that I forgot and of course never finding what I wanted to find but then I find some more tools I thought I lost as I had not seen them for 20 plus years. I found the crow feet wrenches that were somehow placed in a box and in wife's writing said tools. Oh well they are now back where tools belong in my tool box.
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Two years ago I was painting the basement utility room. I was wearing my wedding band and decided to take it off and place it on a hook on a pegboard holding tools above my workbench. I thought I lost it and didn't remember where I placed it until 4 months later I went downstairs into the utility room to find some tool and saw my wedding ring hanging on a tool hook.

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I was in my closet today and digging for some thing that I forgot and of course never finding what I wanted to find but then I find some more tools I thought I lost as I had not seen them for 20 plus years. I found the crow feet wrenches that were somehow placed in a box and in wife's writing said tools. Oh well they are now back where tools belong in my tool box.
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Hi Michael--and question for you...As you are mechanically inclined and use your stuff frequently--How are those last HF tool boxes you purchased holding up? Especially the bottom roller cabinets? Do you ever move them around?
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Hi Michael--and question for you...As you are mechanically inclined and use your stuff frequently--How are those last HF tool boxes you purchased holding up? Especially the bottom roller cabinets? Do you ever move them around?
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Yes Glenn I am mechanically inclined as I was a vehicle mechanic the first 6 years I was in the Air Force and retrained into being a aircraft mechanic after that. I spent my entire adult life working either on cars, trucks, forklifts, fire trucks, large commercial trucks, tractors and aircraft. Over the years I accumulated a large collection of tools as I needed them in order to do the work.

As far as my 44" toolbox roller cabinets from Harbor Freight I basically have parked them in one spot in my garage and the large lower drawers are filled with heavy air tools and my 3/4" socket set and I have probably overloaded the drawers. The drawers still slide out easily and without any issues. I never had a problem with the actual toolboxes doing anything and for the price and basic usage the boxes do what I want and that is store my tools in the most cost effective manner. After 2 years of daily use these boxes have done what I want.

I have personalized these boxes and love to tease my buddies. My nephew is a joker and got some Snap-on logos and stuck them on my toolbox after removing the US General nameplates from my box.
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