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Old 08-10-2015, 01:26 PM   #631
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Make sure that's a torque wrench. Lug nut torque is kinda a Goldilocks thing--can't be too tight, can't be too loose, needs to be just right.
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Old 08-10-2015, 01:31 PM   #632
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I will.....and thank you for your concern and your suggestions.

I am going to have the tire dealer tell me exactly what to get, and show me how to use it.

Should I hear that thumping noise again, I can check and tighten them enough myself to get to someone who can do it properly.

Since I am not interested in carrying a gun, this would serve as a weapon should I need to fend off a burglar, too.

I do have a hatchet, as well.


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Old 08-10-2015, 01:57 PM   #633
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If you are going to carry an air compressor, be sure to have one that will pump up your large tires. A truck portable compressor is essential, preferably with a 12 volt attachment (lighter plug) and clamps with long wire to reach the battery.
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Thanks, Ed, but I have a little one that is to take 15 minutes if you need to top off a tire out in the boondocks somewhere.

I don't have anywhere to put a big one....this is to be for emergency inflation, only.

Any boondocks camping these days will be with others, at any rate......men with pickup trucks and those things in the back.

Yes, it's a bit dependent, but I am learning and doing the best I can with what I have to work with.......raised by a Confederate aristocracy mother, I learned to cook, bake, sew and clean, not to change tires, check tire pressure, torque lug nuts, etc.

I'm 66, also, with no mechanically oriented cells in my brain.


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I agree, Maggie. I did many of those 'male oriented tasks' in younger, healthier years. Now, at76, I feel that it's reasonable to hire certain hard chores out. I have housekeepers who come every two weeks, keep my home shining...a luxury, I know, but, gives me the freedom I've earned. I hire a handyman to do all those manly tasks I used to do in past years. That is O.K.!
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I agree, Evelyn. We don't have to do it all.

I'm doing a lot of things I never did before, or hadn't done in many years. Mechanical things were not one of those things I ever learned, and I am willing to learn now only what I must.

My house is small, and all one level, so cleaning it is easy for me....at this point in my life. Nice that you have help for that.

I got the Interstate back today. They can't tell me why the wheel fell off, minus the original to examine that is somewhere in the corn field...have chalked it up to a freak accident.


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Since I am not interested in carrying a gun, this would serve as a weapon should I need to fend off a burglar, too.

I do have a hatchet, as well.
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Be sure to have the torque wrench recalibrated after you whack the burglar with it. ;-) It might not be accurate after such a use, but it would work that way if you needed it.

But...
Isn't that Lily's job?
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:40 PM   #638
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Yes, a burglar would have to get past Lily.....and she has some pretty wicked teeth, which I am sure she would sink into someone if she felt the need.

I have never felt afraid, really, but am starting to feel like the cat with 9 lives who may be coming to the end of its life allotment.


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Maggie, I get the sense that you are not eager for a gun, but, as you do travel alone, you may want to reconsider. I do carry a marine air horn, (as a warning device), bear mace, and a 38 S&W. You can go to a gun store, get qualified instruction, practice, under supervision in their shooting range. I keep weapons in my home...my daughter and I are both proficient in use. I travel with my 38 (with laser pointer). I've never used it, other than at the gun range, and hope never to need to. It gives me great peace of mind to know it's there ...if I ever do need to protect myself. (My little chihuahua or Pomeranian will not offer more than a bark or two! Just a thought. God bless. Evelyn.
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Correct, I am uninterested in owning and carrying a gun. Just not for me.

Doug had guns, and always carried at least one in the Interstate, unless we were going into Canada. He wouldn't have been without it, and that was fine.

I always felt safe with him, gun or no gun, and that he could handle most any emergency.

Relying solely on myself after so many years has been part of my adjustment.


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Aww. Aren't dogs just grand? They would live in our laps if they could!


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They are, and she would.....if not in my lap, certainly close enough at all times for my hand to be on her.

She's a dear.


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Hi Maggie... Now that looks really sweet... dogs are such a great comfort... many reasons...
The hatchet sounds a tad messy... I'd stick with the torque wrench just to save the cleanup!!! ..
I have the hatchet, the gun and one of those Huge 6 battery maglights... Oh, and a 7 lb dog to trip them on the way in!!! that should cover it!!!

Since I'm on my own again I farm out the harder guy chores... and some that I just don't want to do anymore... I still do the mowing though.. I like all the yard work.. that's my fav... hugs and love to you there
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