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#1 HydroHarold OFFLINE  

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Posted June 12, 2013 - 10:04 PM

 "It's a nice warm day... the weather is going to stay warm the rest of the Summer...  I'll do half the lawn, get the oil hot and change to the 30wt!"  Now how hard can that be?


"Oil's draining... I'll just put a clean pre-filter on the air filter element... no probleeeemmmoooo..."


"Drat!  There goes the outside air cleaner cover wingnut down behind the muffler.  It's OK I can see it on the frame, I'll just ease it out with my finge... (expletive deleted) now it's gone... out of sight... lost...  probably dropped out and rolled under the mower deck?  Behind the front tire... the other tire... under the rollaway...? 


"It HAS to be under that engine someplace on the frame! (Hydro, in your world it could be down in the mailbox!)  I guess I'll just have to pull off all the heat shielding and see..." (8 bolts [stupid 13mm metric]) "Ah, there it is way back on the frame under the engine... GOTCHA!" 


"Now to put those springy clip nutted heat shields back...  (fiddle.... fiddle.... fiddlefiddlefilddle) "Oh, #^!&!, I dropped a lock washer...  how far could that go...?"  (Maybe as far as the neighbor's pine tree?)


"Hydro, you don't have any lockwashers that size and you can't find it because you're too chicken to feel around under that scary dark webby space under rollaway...." (Wifey now wants to go to the store!)  "I know, I'll 'stretch' a 1/4" SAE into that crappy metric size by pounding it down on a center punch with a small deep socket!" (I''ve done cruder things than that in my life when necessary!)


"Now for those pesky springy heatshields with the clip nuts... (fiddle.... fiddle.... fiddlefiddlefiddle) now they won't line up with the bolts.  (line up with tapered punch) "BINGO!, all bolts tight now to put on the hood..."


"Uh uh, don't forget to replace that oil!"  Brilliant, he remembers!


"Why won't those hood hinges line up... (BIG ooops and quick foot action!  Hood nearly hits floor as one hinge slips out.)  Ahhh... finally, and don't forget the headlight connection!  Perfect!  Only 1 hour and 15 minutes to change the oil and pre-cleaner.  Now that wasn't so hard was it?"


Then it's finally off to the store.  I grab a 50# bag of sunflower seed and lift it into the cart, I grab a 50# bag of mixed seed and lift it into the cart... it rubs against my shirt...  "Oh great, I smell cat pee...!"  I guess they keep cats in the feed section at night... 


Wifey, "Am I going to have to drive all the way home with you smelling like cat pee in MY Explorer?"

Hydro,  "If you want ME to carry in the groceries you do, yes..."

Wifey,  "It's always something, I just don't know how you do it!

Hydro,  "THAT is a closely guarded secret!"


:D  Yes, it IS ALWAYS something, isn't it! :D



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Posted June 13, 2013 - 01:04 AM

I was thinking that only happened to me!

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 06:28 AM

i worked in retail, nothing out of the ordinary to have a stray cat in the store

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 06:40 AM

Harold, life is just one big adventure for you, isn't it??? :D

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 07:05 AM

Good morning chuckle out of that one. No worries, you are not alone. :)



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Posted June 13, 2013 - 07:17 AM

Waldo the wing nut? :thumbs:

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 07:58 AM

Thanks for the morning laugh Hydro. I wonder though,.....most of what you just told us was patented by me....soooooooo I guess I'm noit the only one who has that kind of day Ehhh!?

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 08:40 AM

Hmmm! you must have been watching me working yesterday! :rolling:  One thing this site has taught me is we all go through days like that.  Your not alone.


One suggestion, go to HF and get one or two of those magnet extenders.  They are great for picking up washers, bolts, nuts etc that you drop.  I have two of them in the shop strategically located. :smilewink:  They sure help this old man from having to get on the floor looking for the dropped item.

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 09:07 AM

Sorry to hear your story had so  many setbacks.  The cat pee is the worst.  

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 09:13 AM

The cat pee is the worst.  

Will bring up a gag reflex every time for me. If that had been me, there would have been a mess right beside the cart to clean up...


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Posted June 13, 2013 - 09:41 AM

Nothing but butter fingers.







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Posted June 13, 2013 - 10:27 AM

:D Ha Take me back to High School Literatue first thing in the Morning!!??


"The Best Laid Plans of Mice & Men, Oftimes Go Astray"


Think we have all been there!! More often than we like!!

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 01:14 PM

If it will make you feel better, I just got off the phone with my parts supplier.  I was talking with the owner and she was telling me this is her fourth Monday this week.  :mad2:

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Posted June 14, 2013 - 07:26 PM

I thought I was the only one that had problems with such a simple job.


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Posted June 14, 2013 - 10:08 PM

HH, have you ever considered writing children's books ? You've sure got a way with words. : )
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