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Offline The Latinist

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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #165 on: June 24, 2019, 09:11:38 PM »
Public Service Announcement: clean the drip pan under your grill.  Mine caught fire today and was like a torch through the grill.  I shall be sure to keep a better eye on it from now on.

Upside: I got to try out baking soda in a grease fire.  It was like magic. And despite the fact that the lingering CO2 generation made it impossible to restart the grill, the fire had heated everything so hot that even after wiping off the baking soda with a wet paper towel I was able to grill my burgers just with the residual heat.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #166 on: June 24, 2019, 10:51:50 PM »
Public Service Announcement: clean the drip pan under your grill.  Mine caught fire today and was like a torch through the grill.  I shall be sure to keep a better eye on it from now on.

Upside: I got to try out baking soda in a grease fire.  It was like magic. And despite the fact that the lingering CO2 generation made it impossible to restart the grill, the fire had heated everything so hot that even after wiping off the baking soda with a wet paper towel I was able to grill my burgers just with the residual heat.

And a related shopping tip, when you buy an outdoor grill make sure the drip pan is removable.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #167 on: July 07, 2019, 07:23:52 PM »
In regard to my chainsaw (the hand-me-down I got from my father-in-law last year and chronicled troubleshooting), I never did get the carb adjusted quite right, and I had a hell of a time adjusting the carb this spring, so I broke down and brought it to a local shop. Glad to say all my repairs were good; all that was needed was someone who knew what he was doing to adjust the carb. I just paid for the half-hour minimum labor charge.

In regard to my stripped starter cover screw, I repaired it before taking it to the shop as I had previously mentioned planning: with a sheet metal screw and some super glue.  It’s now firmly in place and pulling smoothly again. Not sure how it’ll fare if I ever need to remove it, but that might not happen for years.

Used the saw tonight to cut down some much-hated rhododendra . Worked great.

ETA: by the way, the Echo power trimmer I rebuilt last year started up right away this spring and has been working flawlessly.

Oh, and the Milwaukee M12 Fuel tools are excellent.  I used them to build a ramp for an injured dog, and they worked great. 3” screws through 3/4” plywood and 2x4 pine with no problems  I’d recommend them to anyone.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #168 on: July 08, 2019, 02:30:15 AM »
Glad you had good luck with a repair shop - I have had a lot of bad experience where I have been lied to in order to add additional repairs / costs.
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« Reply #169 on: July 08, 2019, 02:44:40 AM »
Grad you had good luck with a repair shop - I have had a lot of bat experience where I have been lied to in order to add additional repairs / costs.

I find a few simple precautions help: I always set a limit beyond which they need to call for authorization (in this case $50), and I ask for removed parts back on the work order. I also do my research before choosing a shop, and I usually start a new shop off with something where I already know the issue (in this case, it was pretty clear that it was a carb adjustment).

I also think it helps to choose a shop that charges a reasonable (i.e., not absurdly low) labor rate, as it lessens the incentive to replace parts unnecessarily.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #170 on: July 08, 2019, 03:12:32 AM »
Grad you had good luck with a repair shop - I have had a lot of bat experience where I have been lied to in order to add additional repairs / costs.

I find a few simple precautions help: I always set a limit beyond which they need to call for authorization (in this case $50), and I ask for removed parts back on the work order. I also do my research before choosing a shop, and I usually start a new shop off with something where I already know the issue (in this case, it was pretty clear that it was a carb adjustment).

I also think it helps to choose a shop that charges a reasonable (i.e., not absurdly low) labor rate, as it lessens the incentive to replace parts unnecessarily.

Next time I have any sort of repair, I will think about your suggestions.
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