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Yep! He got a small brake cylinder hone yesterday to do just that. Both have dentist apts this morning so it will have to wait til later.
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Thanks. I only wish I could be of more help to him besides being his tool gopher.

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Dana, do NOT discount the utility of 'just' fetching tools!! When under something throwing wrenches, having someone available to locate parts and tools is a VERY important job!! It is incredibly helpful to not have to roll out from under what you're working on to go get another tool, only to climb back under the vehicle to.... realize you have the wrong size.


My co-driver keeps saying she didn't do much when we're out in the shop, but going and getting tools and parts is much more helpful than you think. You're more useful than you can ever imagine.
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Dana, do NOT discount the utility of 'just' fetching tools!! When under something throwing wrenches, having someone available to locate parts and tools is a VERY important job!! It is incredibly helpful to not have to roll out from under what you're working on to go get another tool, only to climb back under the vehicle to.... realize you have the wrong size.


My co-driver keeps saying she didn't do much when we're out in the shop, but going and getting tools and parts is much more helpful than you think. You're more useful than you can ever imagine.

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Also, the older you get, the more the gofer is worth! LOL!



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Absolutely agree wholeheartedly with Gene and Tom. Most jobs go much faster with a good helper.

My wife is pretty good about coming out to help and I have a couple of neighbors that are very helpful. But I really try to have things prepped and all supplies etc lined up and handy before I summon them to come help.

I’ve been called to come help with things before and I’m glad to do it. But when I show up and the preliminaries are not done and things are nowhere near ready, like the forklift won’t start or the tire has a flat etc. Then you are just taking advantage of my Benevolence and friendship

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I usually work alone, finding tools, sometimes is like a treasure hunt.
then they get mixed and all look alike, I can crawl under the bus with 4 or 5 tools and lose 2 of them,
then the spray can that rolls out of reach.
Half the time spent is looking for stuff and clean up can be the next days full job.
Oh did I mention the light source that unplugs or batteries go dim .
The next day it is all laughable.
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I hear you all and know what you are saying and agree the gopher is an added bonus. I mean its just a shame I can't be under there to help him lift and pull those heavy nasty components like I do in the shop. Just no room under there for us both and then we have no gopher.
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Ok so we finally got the blinker fiasco solved! What a freakin mystery! Thanks BadAndy!
For inquiring minds, here's the story:
I switched all external lights over to LED. The front section blinked but the back just showed solid. We had replaced the original 2 pin flasher with and LED 2 pin flasher. Still didn't work. Well what was happening is the flasher was still allowing 8 volts to travel even in its closed state so the back was showing solid instead of blinking. We had to load test each wire. Finally the solution was to replace the flasher with an LED 3 pin flasher and create an additional ground.
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Interesting. We were able to, so far, be able to use one of the 2-pronged LED-compatible flashers on our '80. I haven't tested it with the trailer plugged in yet, so our mileage may vary. I may test that today, since the weather is kind of nice.
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Well we made it out of Pine Mountain successfully this year! Woo-hoo! Now off to Green Mountain, NC.
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Hubby is having fun creeping up there grades in NC. Poor bus...slow and steady.
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