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Old 03-13-2008, 09:17 PM   #15
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Rivet Oh Yeah

Been there many times, done that a lot, got the tee shirt, the sweatshirt, the polo shirt, the jacket, and the cap.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:32 PM   #16
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Not me. Never. Not once - today that is.

I just hate when I do this.

The upside is, did you manage to get a few new tools out of the deal? If so, then nothing really lost .

If you didn't, then the Man Prayer will help. Particularly if you have a few "brothers" there to help over a brewski.

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:34 PM   #17
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Steph, I believe riding mowers were put on this earth so we could spend more time repairing them than mowing the lawn or hauling stuff around.

As others mention check for an in-line fuse or fusible link. Mine has both. All have been replaced, more than once (sigh).

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:36 PM   #18
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And you thought a car repair would not relate to AirStreams...But...we find ourselves quoating Red Green (a hero to all real men, and a reminder to my wife of why nothing I do ever goes right Of course, Red Greens favorite repair and engineering product is duct err I mean Duck Tape...which just happens to be silver...a coincidence...I think not!

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Old 03-13-2008, 10:10 PM   #19
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I have been there myself too many times to count!

I always rationalize the experience by reminding myself that if I had brought my vehicle down to the local garage I would have paid at least the same money and would not have learned anything. Knowledge is power.

So...lets keep learning!
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:34 PM   #20
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I'm hoping to spend some time on it this weekend (what fun!) so I'll look for a fuse/link. It's just not spring until I'm swearing at that riding mower - every year! But this is without a doubt the most boneheaded thing I've ever done



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Steph, I believe riding mowers were put on this earth so we could spend more time repairing them than mowing the lawn or hauling stuff around.

As others mention check for an in-line fuse or fusible link. Mine has both. All have been replaced, more than once (sigh).

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Old 03-13-2008, 11:03 PM   #21
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Ah yes, the infamous duct tape. I once had about 3 rolls of it that held the motor together in my 1959 Chevy Apache pickup. Who ever invented it should be Knighted.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:46 AM   #22
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I've never used duct tape to hold an engine together, but I did once own a mid-80s Chrysler whose radiator was composed almost entirely of JB Weld.
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:51 AM   #23
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I had to move a car from Southern Alberta to White Rock, BC (Vancouver area), a distance of almost 900 miles, in the late 80's and had minimal time to do so. The engine was in but by no means properly. We had to have it moved immediately, had no tools at hand, but we did have a bunch of motorcycle tie down straps. Those things are amazing in a pinch. A re-snug at every fuel stop and we got the car home without a hitch.

After the first 50 miles we were pretty comfortable with it. Keep the foot out of the throttle when pulling away from a stop and no sudden stops.

Probably not the worst thing we've done but the worst one I'd admit to in public.....
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:59 AM   #24
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Pop had a 59 DeSoto that would blow freeze plugs every chance it got.

He still carries in his tool kit a dowel and some permetex.

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Old 03-14-2008, 11:02 AM   #25
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Pop had a 59 DeSoto that would blow freeze plugs every chance it got.

He still carries in his tool kit a dowel and some permetex.

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Musta been a Boy Scout and still adhering to the ol motto?

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Old 03-14-2008, 11:18 AM   #26
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I still carry the wooden plug I made for the overflow tank on the radiator of the hotrod, after I left the real one somewhere on the road. That was of course after failing (forgetting?) to put it back on the tank, and instead leaving it on top of the air cleaner.

Just proves that boy scout training was useful....Now if only I could remember some of it
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:21 AM   #27
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STUPID AT HOME = GENIUS IN THE BOONDOCKS

Everything you do to your TV or trailer, right or wrong, makes you more self-sufficient. You learn the courage to try, cause and effect, self confidence, and hopefully learn what to not attempt. It will also give you a good idea of which tools and repair parts should always travel with you.

If possible, do your stupid stuff at home where extra parts, tools, and good advice are readily available.

Knowledge is power, even if self-taught.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:47 AM   #28
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Okay, it is not just a man thing... although there were men involved- paid men even, to solve my problem:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f439...ing-30369.html

If you don't have time to read the WHOLE saga, let me recap:

It took nine months, 100s of wasted dollars on a service shop, two hydraulic pump installs (one by me ), tons of re-wiring, change-out of brake controller, millions of bad words, and many stressssssssed out trips that had as a mantra, "What... what's wrong, are the brakes not working again...". The 7 pages of that thread don't even compare to the countless PMs I had going to a few forum members. I lost sleep for 9 months on this problem... until I discovered (via this awesome forum) that I might not have a charge line fuse installed in my truck. So for the finale:

I installed a $2.49 FUSE and MY BRAKES HAVE WORKED EVER SINCE!!!
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