Dunno when I’ll get this off, me internet has vanished not surprising really, considering the weather. It is a little wild to say the least and I’m all on me lonesome so I’ve the pleasure of no TV in the background too So, ‘that’s it’, just me and the ‘wee dug’ and a bottle of red, luvverly. The rain is lashing against most of the windows, which is unusual in that I can see and hear it. Normally you have no sensation of the weather inside the house as it’s so well insulated and triple glazed. Even the wind turbine, just 30 or so meters away is inaudible.
Of course, the fact I’m ‘hard of hearing’ helps, but the lack of TV and or YouTube has brought a sensation back that I’ve not had in years. Total silence bar the weather and clock, a warm internal glow and no impending desire to do anything. It’s not like there’s nothing to do, on the contrary, there’s plenty but I’ve adopted a new more ‘laid back’ approach to the ‘to do list’ and it seems to be working.
Hill start assist!!!!
I dunno when I last posted and I cannae check, but methinks it was a while ago. Darling wife is away and I’ve been working, looking after the Dude and Murray, been a little ‘distracted’ to say the least. Anyway, that’s me already into the first week of a months holiday with not an awful lot to show for it. Of course the fact that I got ‘called back’ for a couple of days to cover for a sick ‘shipmate’ didn’t help, but as part of the ‘new regime’ I wasn’t even bothered about that To be honest the extra cash will come in handy, it’s been an expensive spell on the ‘car front’ of late.
Wifey’s Subaru needed two tyres for the MOT and had a bizarre braking fault that had me tearing my hair out!! The 2007 Subaru Forester had this weird sticking brake fault that to all ‘intents and purposes’ felt like a sticking front brake calliper. Sometimes, after applying the brakes and coming to a stop, the front LH brake would stick on. At least I thought it was that one judging by the ‘graunch’ from that direction, but whenever I got out to check it, it was free. It was ‘doing my head in’ and by Sunday morning I’d still not fixed it.
I had all the callipers apart, freed them off, fitted new brake pads, ground all the rust off the discs and checked everything was nice and free. Yet, almost every time I applied the brakes and came to a halt they stuck!!!! I’d quickly get out of the car and jack it up to find them all nice and free!! I was pure stumped, until I discovered that as soon as the I took my foot fully off the clutch the wheels would free, then I was even more puzzled
Much ‘Googleing’ enlightened me, though not before reading of nightmare stories of fellow Forester owners having spent thousands of $$$$$ trying to cure the same fault. Turns out that the Forester has some pish function called ‘Hill Start Assist’ which keeps the front LH and rear RH brake applied if you need to set off on a hill and this had gone ‘pear shaped’. What the feck is all that about???? whatever happened to learning to drive properly???
There’s the culprit on the LH inner wing, a cable that goes between a valve on the braking circuit and clutch pedal!! It probably just needed adjusting but I took it off and threw it in the bin.
I know there was ‘a pot of gold’ at the Sconser ‘Kingdom Hall’ last week but of late they’ve been everywhere.
And that really is just a small selection of them taken with a wee camera, they were far more impressive.
The ‘new arrivals’ finally ventured outside yesterday for the first time and just couldn’t get enough of the ‘great outdoors’. The two Tamworth gilts had been inside the hen shed since I collected them on Wednesday and seemed very reluctant to leave.
Once outside though they were in very little hurry to come back in
Today I turfed them out and in between showers spent some time digging drains in their field and spending a little time tickling them. They’re still a little ‘jumpy’ but getting better by the day, another week or so and they’ll be eating out my hand.
I dunno what it is and I cannae ‘Google’ it, but every September around the equinox, the toads go barmy. No kidding, I first noticed this donkeys years ago when I lived at ‘Number 3’. Around about the full moon I’d leave the house of an evening to go and turn off the generator only to be confronted by loads of toads on the concrete path to the shed!! Of course, rarely having a torch at hand I’d usually end up stepping on them in my slippers.
Well, the last few nights have been the same on the road north, mainly between Glame and Brochel, it’s been pure awash with the little chaps. I guess I must have squashed 1 or two before I realized but after that I slowed down and began driving in what must have appeared a rather drunken manner to any casual observer. Not that I ever meet anyone driving home in the dark, well, other than deer, sheep, cows, hare, rabbits, otters, mink and now toads.
The Land Rover too
Not only the ‘Scooby’ but the ‘Old Girl’ has needed surgery this week, first a new brake master cylinder and then the power steering box The cylinder was a simple swap then bleed and change all the fluid, the power steering less straight forward and may be ‘on going’. It was when my son was driving it home last week, it suddenly burst a seal outside the house. The lower one round the shaft that the ‘drop arm’ attaches to and this can be a real PITA to remove, luckily I’ve had mine off several times so it’s just ‘very f*****g tight’ and not the usual ‘f*****g seized solid’ so that came off easy enough in relative terms. just an ordinary puller required and not the usual hydraulic one.
Getting the actual seals out is the tricky bit and this requires a little ingenuity,
first drill a 3 or 4mm hole. But you’ll a bit that’s a little longer than standard to approach it vertically. If you use a regular length bit you have to drill at an angle and chances are you will scratch the shaft (I speak from experience ).
That done you can screw in a long screw and pull the steel seal out with pliers, the other ones you can prize out carefully with a small screw driver.
You can press the new seals in with a length of 32mm soil pipe or something, but I broke the retaining circlip when removing it so am awaiting another in the post. Hopefully that will be it sorted then.
A trip to ‘Snecky’
Another day of my holiday was spent going to Inverness for a hearing test, seemed a bit pointless really cos I know I’m audibly challenged and there’s not a great deal I can do about it. Sure I can wear my hearing aid but it’s useless in a noisy environment, falls out whenever I take off my ear defenders, hard hat or glasses and doesn’t actually help me hear conversation. Sure I can here a sparrow fart at ten paces now and every rattle squeak and bang on the Land Rover but I still can’t tell what people are saying
Anyway, I used the opportunity to do a BIG SHOP at Lldl, too big in fact, I filled the car with a compressor and table saw too!!
A 100lt/min compressor with 9m hose for £79.99 and a good 1/2” drive impact wrench with sockets, extension and oiler for less than £20!! The saw bench is 2000W and 230mm and works a treat, that was less than £100 so I was ‘well chuffed’.
There was also this ‘Moggy Thou’ van in the car par, we had two of these in the car version when I was a lad. Took one of them to Italy in the sixties over the St Bernard pass at that!! Gosh it must have been a squeeze, it looks small even next to Phoebe!!