Can I pick the day? Saturday I changed the oil in both cars, and the differential oil on the Camaro. That took WAY longer than it should, as the shop had massively overtightened the drain & fill plugs on the diff. And because I’m an idiot.
The torque spec is 24 ft/lbs, or hand tight with a short ratchet, if you need a reference. I was able to break one loose with a 2 foot ratchet, and couldn’t move the other.
So I got out my fancy, fairly new, DeWalt impact gun - and found all my square drive adapters had vanished. Hours later (after giving up for a while, and doing other stuff) I finally found a non-impact rated 1/2" to 3/8" drive adapter (the plugs have 3/8" square drive holes). At that point I didn’t care if I wrecked the adapter, so I tried it. The useless DeWalt couldn’t budge it.
This thing is supposed to be rated for 700 ft/lbs! How tight could those drain plugs be?? Gave up again for a while, poked around the net, looking for impact gun info. That’s when I found that I’m an idiot. The DeWalt has a switch on the base, by the battery, with three positions. I had it on 1. Changed it to 3, and tried again. It spun the immovable plug almost entirely out on the first hit.
@blaineg I like it and appreciate its impact on fiction and the real world, but it’s far from my favorite book. This collection is more of a personal challenge. I could read it in Spanish. If I worked really hard, I might be able to learn Braille (the white binder on the far left).
The fun part of the other languages is figuring out the opening sentence. Even the Japanese copy has the Latin alphabet characters “TV.”
@PooltoyWolf I’ve done that a few times. It’s “EZ-PZ”. Vintage dryers are almost fun to work on. It’s amazing to see how simple the mechanism actually is once the sheet metal chassis is opened up .
(I presume you are experienced, or have sought out adequate resources to aid you in this endeavor. I recommend https://appliantology.org as good resource for appliance troubleshooting & repair information as well as info on replacement parts.)
@ELJAY Oh yeah I’m definitely a veteran at this, and I enjoy it. The older machines are more fun to work on. This one is so simple a kid could do it (with help lifting the drum, maybe). The new belt cost all of $7, too!