Casualties of the Garage


At the old house when I built the shed I cut through the cord to my Skill saw. It really wasn’t the big deal I always thought cutting through a cord would be, just a ‘pop!’ and then no power to the saw. Easy fix though, I just soldered the ends together and using tape and shrink tubing, fixed it up. It’s still in use today…

On the other had, the poor tape above isn’t going to make it. From the same era as the saw, the green tape suffered a little bit of time under the blade of said saw while building the shed at the ‘new’ house. I was ripping a piece of siding lengthwise, using 2 x 4′s to keep from cutting my impromptu table and somehow it got under there. It wasn’t until I had finished the cut and looked under there did I realize what the green shavings were that had come up from under the siding.

Lucky for me a neighbor was selling a whole slew of tapes for super cheap at his garage sale a few weeks ago. I bought them all, just in case.

And on another topic;

How does this happen? The workbench was clean two days ago!

Fuel Guage Faulty

A few years ago while driving the Jetta up Interstate 5 in Northern California the fuel light came on. Knowing that it had 2 gallons of gas left, I continued on only to run out of gas about 15 miles later and 5 short of our destination. Somewhere in the system the signal is damaged and it now reads high. That is, it says there’s more gas than there is. In VW’s infinite wisdom, I can adjust the calibration with my VAG-Com tool. I electronically “took some gas out” of the tank to the limits of the car’s system and it’s still high. I am prepared to buy a new sending unit, but suspect that something more is afoot. Perhaps, like on the BMW motorcycle I own, the ground is corroded and simply supplying the sender with a stronger ground will fix the problem.

Add it to the project list, which if you’ve been reading this site, is clearly very large and growing.