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    Happy Easter, ate some dinner, played with the kids, it's snowing again so can't really do much outside. How'd the oil. Look Jp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Happy Easter, ate some dinner, played with the kids, it's snowing again so can't really do much outside. How'd the oil. Look Jp?
    Black as sin.

    The quad has been sitting more than it's been riding and I've waited Waaaaaaay too long to change it.

    Now that both machines are up and running, I'll keep better track of the oil changes and other maintenance stuff.


    I can't say enough good stuff about that Seafom. From an engine that wouldn't hardly rev up past 1/3 throttle position to an engine that starts with a tap of the starter button in a couple of days with nothing more than a half-pint of Seafoam.

    I dribbled a little into the crankcase, too, just to see what happens.

    I can tell you that, in addition to Sta-Bil, that stuff will stay on the shelf in the garage. It's certainly earned it.

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    Ya that sea foam isn't cheap but it works for all sorts of stuff, I got lost in the woods one winter and had to use stabil to start a fire that night to stay warm, so it's good stuff to lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Ya that sea foam isn't cheap but it works for all sorts of stuff, I got lost in the woods one winter and had to use stabil to start a fire that night to stay warm, so it's good stuff to lol!

    That's a matter of comparison...

    I bought a 16 ounce bottle and paid a little over 8 bucks for it.


    What would a shop visit have cost me? $150?

    That bottle just got REAL cheap in my perspective.



    I try to keep Sta-Bil in all of the gas that I buy. A local grocery/C-store chain does a 'points' type system where for every $50 you spend, they give you $0.10 off gas. Since I work in these stores almost every day, we can rack the points up pretty quick. They give you 3 months to build the points before you lose 'em.

    We've gotten free gas more than once and we always fill all of the cans that we can. It helps keep the machines running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    That's a matter of comparison...

    I bought a 16 ounce bottle and paid a little over 8 bucks for it.


    What would a shop visit have cost me? $150?

    That bottle just got REAL cheap in my perspective.



    I try to keep Sta-Bil in all of the gas that I buy. A local grocery/C-store chain does a 'points' type system where for every $50 you spend, they give you $0.10 off gas. Since I work in these stores almost every day, we can rack the points up pretty quick. They give you 3 months to build the points before you lose 'em.

    We've gotten free gas more than once and we always fill all of the cans that we can. It helps keep the machines running.
    In that context it's cheap for sure but I have never paid a shop to fix anything so I don't always look at it that way. My problem is I'm cheap. If I was at the store and saw lake foam next to sea foam for 2 bucks cheaper I would buy the crappy stuff then complain it didn't work, then buy the good stuff lol. That sounds really stupid but I can't help it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    In that context it's cheap for sure but I have never paid a shop to fix anything so I don't always look at it that way. My problem is I'm cheap. If I was at the store and saw lake foam next to sea foam for 2 bucks cheaper I would buy the crappy stuff then complain it didn't work, then buy the good stuff lol. That sounds really stupid but I can't help it!

    See, like I said at the beginning of this, I'm NOT an engine guy.

    I've tried, but I've never really had anyone to mentor me and to teach me. I understand all of the theory from how the parts all work together to how a carburetor works, but that doesn't mean that I can fix it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9en6AcVkBo

    These guys are me when it comes to engines. Really!

    So, the SeaFoam was do-or-die. If it didn't work, it was getting winched up into the truck bed (because it wouldn't go up the ramps under its own power) and being towed to a shop for a proper cleaning and repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    See, like I said at the beginning of this, I'm NOT an engine guy.

    I've tried, but I've never really had anyone to mentor me and to teach me. I understand all of the theory from how the parts all work together to how a carburetor works, but that doesn't mean that I can fix it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9en6AcVkBo

    These guys are me when it comes to engines. Really!

    So, the SeaFoam was do-or-die. If it didn't work, it was getting winched up into the truck bed (because it wouldn't go up the ramps under its own power) and being towed to a shop for a proper cleaning and repair.
    Lol pretty rough! I must have tore down my first engine at 13 and by 16 I was building a 57 Chevy pickup, I was a certified mechanic and was about to go to school for it. I got a temporary Hvac job, my stepdad was a master plumber and ran jobs around here. I guess I'm more of an Hvac guy now but still like to get into motors and stuff. I grew up around a lot of mechanics so that helped for sure, doing a basic carb cleaning may not be to hard but you can mess up a lot more then you fix if your not careful! Go out and buy a beater and tear it down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Lol pretty rough! I must have tore down my first engine at 13 and by 16 I was building a 57 Chevy pickup, I was a certified mechanic and was about to go to school for it. I got a temporary Hvac job, my stepdad was a master plumber and ran jobs around here. I guess I'm more of an Hvac guy now but still like to get into motors and stuff. I grew up around a lot of mechanics so that helped for sure, doing a basic carb cleaning may not be to hard but you can mess up a lot more then you fix if your not careful! Go out and buy a beater and tear it down!
    Yep, tried that, too. Bought a cheap push-mower and ripped it apart, cleaned every part and put it all back together.

    Still didn't work.

    I wasn't really out anything, but I didn't really gain anything, either.


    When I started in this trade, most didn't expect me to make it. I didn't know how to turn wrenches or screwdrivers. I was a bit of a nerd in school and was really on an academic track before I got a sniff of girls and college was O-VER!

    It took a few years, but I managed to get the hang of tools in my hands, but theory is still my strongest point and I think that it always will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Yep, tried that, too. Bought a cheap push-mower and ripped it apart, cleaned every part and put it all back together.

    Still didn't work.

    I wasn't really out anything, but I didn't really gain anything, either.


    When I started in this trade, most didn't expect me to make it. I didn't know how to turn wrenches or screwdrivers. I was a bit of a nerd in school and was really on an academic track before I got a sniff of girls and college was O-VER!

    It took a few years, but I managed to get the hang of tools in my hands, but theory is still my strongest point and I think that it always will be.
    Women ruin everything, them and a good time kept me away from any books, but I was the opposite, always turning wrenches. Don't feel bad my last lawnmower I couldn't get running either lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Women ruin everything, them and a good time kept me away from any books, but I was the opposite, always turning wrenches. Don't feel bad my last lawnmower I couldn't get running either lol!
    I couldn't live without the woman across the room from me right now.

    I've largely given up on being an engine mechanic. Not that important to me, anymore. I just don't think that it's in the cards for me.


    I'll make any refrigeration system sit up and purr, though, so I guess that counts for something..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I couldn't live without the woman across the room from me right now.

    I've largely given up on being an engine mechanic. Not that important to me, anymore. I just don't think that it's in the cards for me.


    I'll make any refrigeration system sit up and purr, though, so I guess that counts for something..
    Ya my wife saved me from a life of poor choices for sure. Your definitely no slouch on the reefer side, and it counts for more because a mechanic is poverty level wages as far as I know. It's better to master one than be half ass at them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Ya my wife saved me from a life of poor choices for sure. Your definitely no slouch on the reefer side, and it counts for more because a mechanic is poverty level wages as far as I know. It's better to master one than be half ass at them all.

    There are a lot of guys here who have made the leap from auto mechanic to HVAC mechanic.

    I'm thinking that there's a substantial wage difference, too.


    Some days it would be nice to know more than just how to change oil and brakes, but I'll take what I've got and pass it on to my boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    There are a lot of guys here who have made the leap from auto mechanic to HVAC mechanic.

    I'm thinking that there's a substantial wage difference, too.


    Some days it would be nice to know more than just how to change oil and brakes, but I'll take what I've got and pass it on to my boys.
    My older brother is a mechanic and I always made quite a bit more than him. Brakes and oil changes go a long way and will most likely be all they need unless they get the urge to learn more. My 2 year old will lay under his big wheel and push cars and act like he's wrenching, I don't even know where he would learn that lol

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