Saturday, December 26, 2015

Brake drum hell!!

Did a rear brake drum job on an old Ford Ranger. This is what it looks like when the slave cylinder is off the shoe and over extended. This brake has not worked for a long time. The truck was braking on only 3 wheels and with the recent snow, it became clear that it was very unsafe. The 3 wheels would skid uncontrollably when braking and negated the front anti-lock. The said problems were also due to a bad master cylinder that I discovered as the day went on. I had to make a jig to remove the 20 year old plastic reservoir without destroying it and reinstall it on the new master from Orielly (plastic reservoir was $50 extra). One of them jobs that turned into a nightmare. It sucked!! See the pics;

Sunday, February 16, 2014

So much for my new deer stand...the maple syrup shack

Video of the maple syrup shack minutes after cleaning out what could be saved. Rick Parent and Shmitty were playing cribbage when they noticed smoke. JROD

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Maple cream ale home brew

Breaking News Gordo' maple syrup shack burnt down last fall during the Wisconsin gun deer hunt season more too come on that soon...maybe, if I get any views. I brewed up a simple cream ale, fermented with maple syrup that derived from the now "Burnt out maple syrup shack". Cutie Kay is the name Jim Quigley, Gordie Kulzer and Steve Danielowski gave their syrup. Can you figure out what the "Cutie Kay" syrup name comes from? The definition is at the bottom. JROD
It sounds out the first letter of the three guys last name, QDK. It must have taken a lot of fires too come up with that one!! JROD

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Maple syrup friend.

My brother Gordo' good friend Quigley pictured in the maple syrup post, suffered a stroke several weeks ago and is going to have a long recovery ahead of him. Just wanted anyone reading my blog to think of the Quigley family. Thanks, JROD

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dish soap is federally mandated to be phosphate free.

If you use an automatic dish washer and the glasses appear to be foggy, almost dirty looking, you have the new phosphate free detergent. Well, turns out it’s phosphates -- not just soap alone -- that makes dishwasher detergents get the job done. Phosphorus in the form of phosphates suspends particles so they do not stick to dishes and softens water to allow suds to form. Phosphate is a main component for fertilizer manufacturing. While phosphates help prevent dishes from spotting in the wash cycle, they have long ended up in lakes and reservoirs, stimulating algae growth that deprives other plants and fish of oxygen.

There are alot of pages discussing the unclean dish look but Sheryl and I are convinced with the adding of ½ cup to 1 cup of cheap vinegar in addition to detergent -- just pour it into the bottom of the dishwasher before running a load.
This is the least expensive and best desired outcome. You will be able to skip a few washes because we found adding vinegar for every wash was not necessary at our house, and it does not smell the best!! Good Luck, JROD

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dryer vent and high efficiency furnace vents

Just thought of a safety issue to remind all about. My sister in law, Kelly just had an issue with her dryer vent being plugged, the dryer was taking to long to dry costing her money. Diagnosed the vent being plugged. This led me to believe that everyone needs a safety reminder; "Make sure all venting is clear of obstructions", this is a common problem mentioned by a friend Saralee on my FB page. If you do not have several carbon monoxide detectors and fire detectors with charged batteries in your home, NOW is the time to purchase them. I have an auxiliary wood furnace and depend on these simple safety monitors/checks at all times for my families safety and survival in weather conditions as we are currently experiencing.
One note, an old friend passed away RIP; Barb (Bubbles) Sandburg,
Take care, JROD

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

House deodorizer

It is amazing how a $.99 rear view mirror, car deodorizer can whip up the home for a refinance mortgage appraisal! It's just a tip, but I think it will hide the 3 cats. JROD

Saturday, November 6, 2010

How to flush the heater core on your vehicle without paying any money!

I have an '05 Pontiac Gran Prix with a 3.8 liter engine. Now that the cold season has arrived I have been using the heater in the car. The problem was that the blower did not blow out very hot air. Well the first thing that you would think is a plugged heater core, right? The only way too unplug the heater core is too have the entire cooling system pressure flushed or purchace new core and install it for a large fee. I called around for the lowest cost business that would flush it for me. I discussed my problem with the lowest cost business- Express Lube and they said to bring it up and they will take a look at it and see if it would be the thing to do. I pulled the car in the shop and the mechanic explained to me that the 3.8 litre is notorious for blowing the head gasket while pressure flushing the coolant system. Upon inspection he advised me not to do the flush, instead he showed me a trick that did save me alot of money.
At the heater core there is an inlet and outlet rubber hose for coolant. The mechanic told me to swap the hoses around and make the inlet the outlet and visa/versa and to run it like that for a few days. I will be darned if it did'nt work!! So now my cars heater is flame thrower again and it was all done with no money spent. I must say THANK YOU to the guys at Hwy8 Express Lube!! I will be paying them for a few oil changes this winter when I get lazy...I mean lazier!! LOL

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Freezer burnt Salmon

Scooby was home with a crew of 5 snowboarders from UMD. Sheryl had cooked quite a supper for them all. The subject came up that Scooby still had salmonin the freezer from this summer and that it was freezer burnt. One of the crew said that his father soaks freezer burnt fish in milk for several hours and it will make it edible again...interesting! Now if I can keep fish in my freezer long enough to try this fixit, we shall see!! If anyone knows more of this theory I would like too have success confirmation?? Have a GREAT day!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pontiac 2.4 quad water pump replacement.


Reservoir and upper motor mount Water pump and coolant manifold.

Just completed a miserable job of replacing the water pump on a '99 Pontiac Grand Am, 2.4 quad. Things to note are thermostat is below exhaust manifold and pump also and runs off of the timing chain. Here are my step by step instructions that will make it alot easier for you to do if you ever have the oppurtunity or want to attempt to replace one?!?! Will save you $800-$1000.

1. Block car up so you can work under as well as over the passenger side fender of car, drain oil, antifreeze and remove passenger side wheel.
2. On passenger side remove antifreeze reservoir and control module below that.
3. Remove the 3 bolts on heat shroud of exhaust manifold.
4. Disconnect exhaust from manifold- 3 nuts with 15mm deep socket. 2 of them are easily accessible from under the car with an extension. Donot let the flex end bend much or damage to its seal can occur- you do not need to twist it anyway.
5. Remove nut securing the oil dipstick and coolant return hard line. The dipstick tube will come out stiff, but wiil come. Coolant return has a nut on manifold bolt and another bolt securing it to driverside of block, remove and just pull it out of the housing. there is a rubber "o" ring that will need a touch of grease to reinstall.
6. Now we have complete access to remove all the bolts from the manifold and take it completely out. 2 nuts are a bugger to get at but you will figure it out. This being cleared out of the way exposes everything from the thermostat to the water pump.
7. Remove 2 bolts in thermostat housing, note thermostat orientation.
8. Remove the 6 bolts for the water pump backside housing. Bolts are all different sizes so lay bolts out so you will know correct placement for reinstall!!
Now the fun part;
9. Support engine with a jack, for removal of upper motor mount on passenger side.
10. Remove the 2 nuts attaching mount to car. Completely remove the 2 large stretch bolts from the top of mount and remove mount assembly and set it aside.
11. Loosen the 3 bolts on the motor block that connect it to the mount about 1/8 of an inch (a little GM trick they don't want us to know about). This will allow you to remove all timing chain cover bolts.
12. Below passenger fender, remove all black plastic shrouding to expose the crank shaft pulley and remove pulley.
13. Now we are ready too remove the 20+ bolts and nuts holding chain case cover on. 10mm if I remember correctly!?! Set cover aside.
14. Remove outer gasket and middle gasket. They must be replaced, I paid $40 for timing chain gasket kit and that has the crank seal also that we will be replacing.
15. This is the critical point. We do not want to get the chain out of time so before we loosen the chain tensioner, turn motor by hand until holes line up with holes on the back side of each cam sprocket. I use drill bits that just fit, and that will keep everything in place when we release the tension (another GM trick they don't want us to know about). Also grease pen mark cam sprocket to chain and crank sproket to chain, to again safe guard timing and eliminate a catastrophe, RIGHT!!
16. Gently remove the chain guide right below the water pump sprocket.
17. Remove the 2 bolts holding tensioner right below the guide that was removed. Be very gentle and all chain will stay in place.
Remove the 3 bolts mounting the water pump. Gently lift chain off sprocket at the same time pulling out the water pump at slight angle. Remove the tapered water pump gasket, When you get a new water pump, I paid $48, some stores have a core charge if not, still bring old one with to verify it is correct part. (Good rule of thumb!) There should also be 3 new gaskets-tapered rubber, water pump to coolant manifold (apply high temp red silicone) and coolant manifold to block gaskets (apply high temp red silicone). VERIFY ALL PARTS BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE PARTS STORE!!

For installation follow the steps back through. Hope this helps some one out there. GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Polaris project

Have not posted alot lately but the latest project was a (make the best out of two 1993 atvs) engine swap out of two '93 Polaris ATV'. Thought it be a simple job...NO I was wrong. Was not going to write about it 'cause it so easy.
Swap is complete, but now I have no spark and the carburetor float is stuck up and draining the fuel out a vent. Back to the drawing boards. Thanks God for the kings!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Made a ruttabage splitter;

need; machette with a curved tip- drill hole through the top of the curved tip

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How to clean and shine silverware.

Use a soft cloth to rub Worcestershire sauce on silverware (or any silver for that matter), then rinse and dry. They will look brand new!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My buddy Lon he's the man!

Lon, your the best for reviving my interest in this!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

This Date will never happwn again

 

The 8th of July..... What is so different about the 8th of July THIS  year?

At five minutes and six seconds after
4:00 AM on the 8th of July this year,

the time and date will be 04:05:06 07/08/09.

This will never happen again in our life time
!    

Neat huh?       

 

 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Garden and other projects.

Well Scotty and Sally are spending the weekend. Had steaks on the grille with asparagus, baby porta bella mushroom and onion, it was so good! OHS beat Prescott 15-11 in the first game I seen Collin W. pitch. Planted 18 more crowns of asparagus 50 hills of potatoes reds and yukon golds. Bought a 6hp rear tine tiller. Still working the vdub project, talked to Josh in S.D. and is writing an explanation for alterations to the title for WisDOT. Found headliner for it in the local junkyard but they are super brittle, might try and get Scooby to go with me this morning and take it out. Have a polaris project ready to fire up when I get some other things wrapped up. Dan S. stopped by and brought a box of new beer being brewed by Summit brewery that is not on the market yet, his son is the brewmiester there so he gets all sorts of samplers. The new beer was very hoppy and is a red but not typical-strong bite. I don't care for it but Scooby liked it. Took Dan over to see another buddy of ours, Red. He had just bought a new toy--Gehl skidsteer. We all worked together at one time or another. Dan and Red are both retired. Mike B. stopped over yesterday morning and is going to redo the deck entering the front door of our house and expanding it with railings for us old people. Uncle Burt coming over today, passenger side window will not roll up!?? Taking the riding lawnmowers out today to prepare for the impending grass cutting. Mom called and wants me to stop in, she got some boiled dinner for us "NOTE"--I have to get there before Gordo does or there will not be any. Tomorrow moving Tessa from one place to another down in the shithole.
JROD

Monday, March 30, 2009

old guy bounce

Does anyone know how to restore the bounce to an old fellar?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Getting paint primer out of hair even if it is dyed a color.

I seem to lean my hair into wet paint on any surface I paint. Well when I did have hair! For water-based, use fingernails while shampooing. For oil-based, any oil (baby, olive, nivea), again with the fingernails. Something else that works is one of those sponges with a scrubber on the back. Hold one hand underneath, and then rub the scrubber downward along the hair...one direction only. Use blue or white scrubbers only...not the rough green ones.
JROD
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Try fixing stuff ourselves, we can do it together!??!: Making maple syrup.

Would not be right with out paying homage to brother Gordos syrup. It is excellant!!!

http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/7038.htm

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Making maple syrup.














Pics are from over at Gordo's today and Shmitty and Quiugly got a thing goin!!
I have 20 gallons or so of maple sap that I tapped over the last couple of days. Will boil it down in the near future. Heading over to Gordo's this morning. He and his tappers have a good 100 gallons or so and have 4 pints bottled already. They are using wood to concentrate it so I will get some ideas from the pro's!!
Started out by drilling a hole in maple tree 7/16 drill bit is the standard for most stock taps--2 to 3 inches deep . I have 5 taps. When temp drops below freezing at night and warms up during the day is the correct reciepe for sap flowage!! Don' take long (4 hrs is a GREAT flow )to fill a milk jug when flow is good. Will post some pics of my trip to Gordo's over on the North West side of Morris hill in East Farmington, over in the rich part of town. Only place around where people drive their ATV's wearing suit, ties and wing tips.
JROD
PS my comment on filter information was found at this site. Was not able to hook up the link--I am still learning.
http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/7038.htm