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Old 06-03-2019, 09:46 AM   #1
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For the first time in 50+ years of doing my own oil changes I left the drain valve (yes, mower has a twist and pull valve, not a drain plug) open when I added the new oil. Strange location at friend's farm, didn't have all my tools, totally gassed from spending a few hours breaking out concrete with a digging bar and shovel to replace a fence post, etc, etc. So 2 qts of new went into the pan containing 2 qts of used oil... and the pan was just barely bigger than 2 qts. What a mess. At least it wasn't 10 qts of Mobil 1 that I put in my Corvette! Had to run out for a big bag of oil-dri and a bottle of degreaser. 2 hours later I finished my "10-minute" job.
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Almost as bad as launching the boat with no bung plug. If it is the the worse thing you ever do you are far ahead in the game.
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That is that dreaded C R S disease, happens more often after that big 60, is behind you.

You learn to become O / C, over things and double check everything.




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Yup, I was thinking about the old age aspect. One thing I notice in myself is the tendency to get locked into a procedure. I still figure stuff out really quickly and all but once I get going I don't usually deviate much, perhaps even when it is indicated that I should. As you say, Ed, I need to slow down and double check stuff... and I need to be a little more flexible to change up what needs changed.
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Along similar lines, it took me a couple of times to get past the temptation to dump my container of water drained from the kitchen sink p-trap BACK into the sink above the open drain!!
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Along similar lines, it took me a couple of times to get past the temptation to dump my container of water drained from the kitchen sink p-trap BACK into the sink above the open drain!!
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You're certainly not the only one. In fact, I really have to work to remember it every time I work on a p-trap, which is really rare, but I'm getting ready to do 4 sinks this coming weekend!
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LOL... Once upon a time was doing a little copper plumbing work using the toilet paper trick to keep water from dripping onto the soldering area. Then I stupidly ran the kitchen sink faucet whose cartridge instantly clogged. I was going to run the TP out the hose bib... but I forgot. That was when I was a relatively young pup so can't use the old age excuse.
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Wear a raincoat!

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You're certainly not the only one. In fact, I really have to work to remember it every time I work on a p-trap, which is really rare, but I'm getting ready to do 4 sinks this coming weekend!
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Almost as bad as launching the boat with no bung plug. If it is the the worse thing you ever do you are far ahead in the game.
OMG we did that to NVRBOT at the lake once. Luckily I saw it going down and my Rango was able to pull it back out before the engine went under:

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Reminds me of an incident that happened years ago before my buddies and I had our own homes.

Whenever we had to work on the vehicles, we would go one buddies parent's house because his tools were there.

One Friday we are all over there to do a couple oil changes. His folks were out of town for the weekend.

Our buddy said we had to do it in the street since his dad had just resurfaced the asphalt driveway. However he figured he would do his in the driveway since he was "more careful".

Well, he places the drain pan under his vehicle. It is one of those that is a shallow funnel shape sloped towards a center hole with an air vent on the rim.

He pulls the drain plug except he forgot to open the air vent.

You guessed it, oil all over that newly surfaced asphalt.

After sopping up the oil with kitty litter, he tried cleaning the residue with de-greaser. This just made it more obvious as now there is a dull spot where the oil was.

Fortunately there was surfacing material leftover. We tried to re-coat the affected area but it was still very noticeable. We ended up helping him re-coat the whole driveway.

We later found out his parents knew we had re-coated the driveway. They figured something happened but elected not to say anything since we did do the whole re-coat.
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What is remarkable is how vehicle manufacturers engineer in messy oil changes. Vertically (I mean upward) or horizontally mounted oil filters... Horizontally mounted oil pan drain plugs that shoot the oil an unknown distance... Oil filter mounts and oil pan drain plugs that dump oil on the frame or exhaust pipe before it can get to the drain pan. The Husqvarna mower I just worked on that has a horizontal oil filter and the manual says to fill the new one with oil before installing (LOL). I have learned that no matter how easy a job it might seem and how confident you are it's best to put down a big piece of cardboard or somesuch under the car when you do it.... but that can sometimes be hard when you are away from your own workspace.
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At least it wasn't 10 qts of Mobil 1 that I put in my Corvette!

You ever drive off without the targa top latched down? They say you will never do that twice.
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No, I haven't. But enough folks have done it that they have a special thing for that, called the Flying Roof Club.

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A lady fried of ours drove into her garage TWICE....... with bicycles mounted on her car roof.
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