What did you work on today?

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  1. nidex

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    Recently...

    1) Pulled the D15B2 with the Y8 head out of the light blue 4 door EF Civic sitting outside the garage. Scrapped the shell and the catalytic converter. Going to sell the motor/VTEC swap and other parts from it (coilovers, exhaust) on Craigslist. Between my cousin and I, there are a few too many cars sitting outside of the garage, and the neighbors/city are getting pissed off; the EF Civic has been sitting there forever and we weren't going to do anything with it, so it's good that it is gone.

    2) Cylinder 1 and cylinder 3 misfire on a '97 Impreza Outback 2.2. Was getting spark, fuel, so I went to check the compression and voila! Low. Told the broad that it needed a timing belt, so knocked that out today, along with the water pump. One of the easiest timing belts EVARRR, removed radiator (and hoses, trans lines), took the crank pulley off, took the plastic timing covers off, held the tensioner back, slid the belt off, changed the water pump, put the timing belt back on, covers on, crank pulley on, radiator back in... and done!

    3) Another soccer mom brought her '04 Pilot over for me to look at, she thought it needed brakes. Checked all 4, rotors are good still, pads are about halfway gone, drove it and it felt loose in the front end. Took a look, noticed that the lower control arm bushings on both sides are torn. You can't buy just the bushing and press it in, need to buy the whole control arm... $315 a piece from Honda... holy shit! Ended up ordering them from Napa for $149 a piece, they come in tomorrow, so that's what I'll be doing in the morning. A grand total of 6 bolts to remove for both sides, so should be another easy $200 or so, but I'll probably charge her a little less than that because she's the landlord's bitch (one of them at least).

    And that's all for the past 2 days or so... have an '06 Corolla coming over tomorrow for an unknown problem. The Snap-On OBD2 scanner we have only has the software updated until 2004, so if it has any manufacturer specific codes hopefully they'll still show up.

    Anybody else been busy lately?!
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    Got that tire put on nigga
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    Only one? Pshh, I gave you 2 for a reason foo.
    Tomorrow: Exhaust work on Corolla, the broad called me requesting a timing belt/water pump. Could've ripped her off but explained to her that it had a chain and did not need replacement. What a nice guy I am! :D
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    The Corolla turned out to be an '04, and the bitch contacted me after talking to the lady with the Subaru that I did the t-belt on. She said that she couldn't say enough nice things about the work I did and the mannerism in which I communicate, so she brought her car by and I did the exhaust for her. Just replaced a flange and a donut gasket, checked her suspension/brakes/driveline for her. Since it was only $9 in parts and took me 45 minutes to do, I told her $100. She shows up with $200 and tells me to keep it, and seemed extremely grateful. Then I stop by my parents place afterwards, and my brother insists on me taking his $100 for replacing his gas tank, even though I told him the work was free. Having all these people pleased with me put me in a good mood, which is odd considering I hate people.
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    Got any pictures?
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    Nah, I never take pictures :p

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    Figured that since I have a free minute, I'd toss an update into the mix. We have been working a TON since I got back from Hawaii. We pretty much dove right in doing estimates the first week, and working straight through the weekends. We picked up a tractor here a few weeks ago (brand new Massey Ferguson 1526, 24hp Izeki Diesel, with front end loader) and also picked up a 7000# car trailer to haul it around on (also brand new, got a good price on the package deal). We have a lady that is leveling out a huge area in her back hard, and we have been dumping wood chips/mulch into the area in an attempt to fill it in. She is in no hurry, and we have an overabundant supply of mulch. So, we dumped 5-6 dump truck loads (~10 cubic yards each), and went out last week to level it out for her. We also completed a pretty profitable job in a wealthy community. Started out as an overall upkeep trimming on a property (clear fence-line of overhanging Live Oak limbs and North American Pine limbs, cut down a Crepe Myrtle tree, and trim up a few other random trees on the property. Got asked by the neighbor to trim the same Live Oak tree above from around her roof, and also remove a bunch of North American Pine limbs that were hanging over her home and the street. Got that job, and completed it. Also bid two other neighbor jobs that we got. Turned out to be a grand total of $4300 in the same block, to be completed within 2 weeks of each other ($2,000 is already completed). We also worked a few jobs that my business partner bid INCREDIBLY low in order to get work while I was gone. Trimmed up a pretty good sized Red Oak tree, and removed some limbs that hung over the house ($1000 job, that we got paid $500 for), and did a crown reduction and Class 2 pruning on a few River Birch trees (once again, $1,000 job that we got $500 for). For the River Birch job, we got work from the neighbor that totaled out to $275 which was pretty quick and easy (removal of a few limbs from one of the River Birch trees that hung near the roof of his home, and removal of a huge thorned bush that was in his front yard (got our arms skinned alive getting it pulled apart and chipped). Wound up dumping another 5 dump truck loads of mulch into the back yard I explained above, and we are going to level that out for her again later this week (easy 1 hour $200 job).

    We have another $1300 job that we need to schedule (on top of the other $2300 in work from the same block as above, which is scheduled for this coming week). Already set up to go estimate a few jobs this week, too. The work is getting ridiculous! It's pretty promising to earn more money doing tree work than I do with the Navy, and I am only working ~25 hours per week (afternoons and weekends). I think we have a pretty good setup going!

    ~Will Courtier~
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    Oh yeah, also forgot to add. Our small landscaping trailer got stolen yesterday, and the thieves also tried to take our Stump Grinder. Apparently they were far too dumb to realize that you have to disengage the drive axle on Hydrostatic driven implements in order to make them roll... They rotated it around to load onto the trailer, and gave up. Fucking morons got away with a 5x12 single axle landscaping trailer that was maybe worth $1,000. Already reported it, but will more than likely never be seen again due to the ease of titling a stolen trailer as "home made," it can easily be registered if the DMV fails to find the VIN. Probably gone.... God help me if I find that trailer again. Someone's gonna get hurt!

    ~Will Courtier~
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    nidex how much did you get for scrapping the cat and the shell? just out of curiosity.. some stuff went down with my last car.. my benz is still sitting in my garage.. i still have no freaking idea why i bought it -___- going to need a new jack now, piece of crap harbor freight scissor jack took a dump
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    Damn Will, sounds like you've been busy. It is pretty crazy how word of mouth gets around and gets you extra business, works that way with me too. People drive by and see you working, or working on their neighbor's stuff, watch what kind of job you do... next thing you know, you have 3 or 4 different voicemails with people who need stuff done. I'm glad your business is working out for you! Even though it sucks that your trailer got stolen. You gotta figure though, it was either people who are in the business, somebody who needed the trailer for something else, or somebody who knew where they could unload it quick for a few extra bucks. Really narrows it down if you're going to be your own detective.

    My ex-girlfriend called me freaking out the other day, said that her boyfriend was driving her car ('94 Accord) and it was smoking like crazy and it was making "an over-worked fan noise". So I figured it was overheating, asked her how far she drove it and she made it sound like he went across town with it. I told her that because of that, she might be in for a lot more problems than she would have had if he would have just stopped the car when he noticed it was smoking.
    Well, turns out she overexaggerated and he was rounding the corner a few blocks from his house when it broke. The tank cracked on the radiator, so I found her a used one for $40, and threw it in for her this afternoon. Got $20 for it, but I figured since I've been a family friend of her/her family since I was 13 that it wasn't a big deal... especially considering she's always broke (linguistics major with a minor in Latin... her new boyfriend is also a linguistics major. They're gonna be one rich couple :rolleyes:) and had to borrow the money for her dad for the parts in the first place.

    Tomorrow I will be doing the control arms on that Pilot, I've had the parts sitting around since the day after I diagnosed it to begin with, I guess the broad wasn't in a hurry because she said "sometime after the 4th." Either way though, that will be taken care of.

    Also today, the landlord's daughter brought her '02 Impala by. The thing is just one issue after another ever since she bought it, but it's mostly small stuff. But today it was "making a chipmunk noise"; looked at it and saw that the water pump is on its way out, and the "chipmunk noise" is the bearing starting to take a shit. Got the approval from the landlord to do it Saturday.

    The LS/V is now in my cousin's EK hatch and we finished wiring it up today, and it runs but needs a clutch slave cylinder. We've been working on that together the past day or so. Now my Integra sits as a shell, so I'm looking for a motor and hydro trans for it. I might sell my daily driver Civic to finance that, since I would rather daily the Integra anyways... and I could drive the work truck F150 that's at the garage while I do that, even though I loathe driving that thing. I will figure it out later though.

    950: It's tight that you're finding these random jobs to keep yourself busy while you're in Africa, I will say that I do think the building looks better white. Are you doing any other remodeling/renovation to the place? What is it used for?

    funkgab: Got $225 for the Civic shell, scrap is currently at $225/ton for cars here. I filled the gas tank with water and put a bunch of scrap from the garage in it... old Lexus differential, EF Civic automatic tranny, and some other random stuff to make it an extra 150lbs or so. Got $80 for the catalytic converter, that's a pretty standard price for small foreign cats. Large foreigns go for ~$140, so you might want to call some metal recycling places around you to see what they're paying. Around here there's also a guy from Craigslist who buys cats, and pays the same or a little more than the recyclers. If you plan on scrapping your Benz, I could see you getting a pretty good chunk of change for it considering the thing is a tank. You'll get less if you take it to a yard that just pays for the car, or one of those "we buy junk car" guys. There is a metal yard here that lets you roll the car over the scale and pays you by weight. If you don't remove the wheels though, they dock you like $50, so I always make sure to take the wheels off when I get in the yard.
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    looking to get rid of it, well see the yard offered me $600, but i was asking cause some guy said he'd work on my car.. yup dumb decision on my part.. but he wanted my old wrecked engine to swap into his, turns out he took the engine, and i think he just sold the shell
    told me he got $100, sounded like bullshit, not to mention fucker never picks up the phone. (i think he runs a chop shop for a living) well that and ebay
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    That whole building is new. Before I came to the farm, the guys who I am staying with made their own bricks for all the walls and then did the plaster and roof. It is basically a row of guest rooms. I've been helping with some trim work, installing windows, etc. Oh, and the white is plaster primer, the brown is the final color although I'm with you, not a big fan of that color.
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    $600 is a good offer from a yard. Actually a really good offer, usually they'll offer between $200 and $350 or so tops, never ever been offered over $350 for anything from a yard. I could see if they have had a lot of requests for old Benz parts that are on the car, or if it was a European yard I could see them offering that. Either way, not a bad bet, didn't you pay $1000 for it?

    But your post confuses me... probably because I don't have the whole story. You want to get rid of the car, but you say some guy who was supposed to work on it already took the car, took the motor, and said he sold the shell? Or you aren't sure if he got rid of the shell? Need whole story kthx.
    Shady people are all over this world, sounds like you need to work on your street smarts a little, no offense of course. :p

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    Today I did the control arms on the Pilot, solved the clunking in the front end like I hoped/expected. All the bolts came out real nice, took 30 minutes to do both sides. It's nice working on stuff that is less than 10 years old where everything comes apart real easy, as opposed to my usual 20 year old cars where everything is a struggle. :D
    Also did pads/rotors on my daily since they started grinding bad yesterday, and picked up the water pump for the Impala. I guess that is getting bumped up to tomorrow or Friday instead of Saturday.
    When I went to AutoZone to get the water pump, the "AutoZoner" pulled it up on the computer; underneath the water pump part number, it says "recommend replacing fan clutch with water pump". I got a little chuckle out of that because it obviously doesn't go by the car and is just a general recommendation, probably assuming that everybody still drives cars from 1972. I jokingly pointed it out and asked for the fan clutch with it, laughed a little, assuming the employee got the joke. He put the water pump on the counter, laughed with me, and then walked into the back. I'm wondering where the hell he went since I wanted to check out and leave, he comes back about 5 minutes later telling me they don't have the fan clutch for the Impala. I was like "oh... I was just joking, electric fans kthx." *bang head on desk*
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    600 for the car whole, of course if i bring it.. it was one of those mexican owned pick and pulls or whatevever.. i paid 1300$ 1650 with tags, so yeah not too bad.. but yeah never again am i gonna mess up with a car purchase i hope :p

    well i had a wrecked car sitting in my garage, he wanted the engine for his car, he towed it to his place, deal was he works on my newer pos that i bought so i can get it running free of charge of course.. and i get half of whatever he parts out.. he doesn't ever pick up the phone so i literally just drove there going wheres my shit and it was pretty much gone.. i thought you needed a pink to get rid of the shell? i guess not...

    yeah... street smarts and school smarts.. biting me in the ass these days

    speaking of fans, i have a dual fan setup blocking these bolts i need to get for headlights, but i really don't want to take the rad/fans out.. i was wondering if you ever used a auto adjusting combo wrench or something like that and if their any good for tight spaces?

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    I was grouting my kitchen backsplash today. I used epoxy grout for the first time... anyone ever worked with the stuff before? Whew, it kept me on my toes just trying to get it all done before it became unworkabley hard. It's tough when you can't mix partial batches, you really gotta have everything ready to roll or you'll end up wasting a whole bunch.
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    I don't like those combo wrenches really, I can't tell from the picture if that's a plastic rounded rivet or a metal bolt? Looks like a 10mm bolt with washer... you don't have a small wrench that would fit in there?
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    We have been working doing tree work every day since we got back from Hawaii. Ran through a lot of work! We have done just over $9,000 worth of work in the last few weeks (~$5,000 in one city block alone). We finally worked out a day off yesterday, which I spent relaxing and enjoying myself. I have a considerable amount of work to do in the next few weeks, including planting of a bunch of shrubs and some prairie grass as landscape accents in a yard. Also might be planting a Japanese Maple Tree right next to the front door of a wealthy family's house. As it worked out, we will be making a pretty good amount of money just gathering up all of the plants/shrubs/trees, and planting them where the customers want. It's amazing what rich people will pay you to do just because they are lazy or don't have time. :D

    I have also began picking up scuba diving gear in the last week or so. Got some used stuff (BCD, regulator set, and tank, purchased from another service member who needed money for $275), and bought some soft weights, fins, a mask, a dive flag and buoy, and a dive light (visibility isn't too great out here). The BCD/Regulator set/ Tank were all pretty good stuff (Dacor Nautica BCD, Dacor Quantum regulators, and an aluminum bottle that is in great shape), so I'm hoping they will last me a while. Looking to also pick up a speargun and have some fun around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Lots of big Flounder, Spade Fish, and Sheep Fish that are prime for the picking! Guess I might have to actually get my certification... Although, I really don't see too much benefit in it as I have lived my entire life in the water and have a pretty good knowledge of the physics behind diving. I just need to study the ascent/descent rates to prevent the bends, and figure out the rate that I can empty a scuba tank to keep me from running outta air!

    ~Will Courtier~
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    I'm sitting on my couch for, quite literally, the first time in months. It's been buried beneath tools and supplies. Must be a sign that my renovations are pretty much complete. Now the place just needs filling out.

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    A little bit of everything in this project. The only job I hired out was the countertop... thankfully they were excellent.

    At lot of this stuff was a first for me. Tiling and cabinet installing being the big ones. I'm really happy how it all turned out.
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    ^^^ Nice work!
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    Thanks man. Feels good to be finished. It took a long time! :D
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    Today, we finished up a small bit of landscaping for a customer that turned into a royal pain! I didn't get any before pics, but here's the final product:

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    Before we began, the electrical box was surrounded with Boxwood bushes that were trimmed into a huge blockish hedge. The homeowners were complaining that the small twigs and bristly leaves were scratching up their cars. So, we were hired to remove them. Because of the electrical box the hedges were hiding, we couldn't use any equipment that dug deep (or really at all). So, we hooked onto each bush using the front-end loader on our tractor, and pulled out each one. It took us 3-4 hours to get them all pulled out. From there, we were left with spiderweb style roots covering the entire area ad varying heights (most were 2-3 inches deep). We then had to use a maddox to break it all up, and pull it out by hand. In the end, had an entire dump truck load of the hedges and the pain in the ass root system. Then, we rolled the soil over on itself, and broke everything up to provide us with good soil to work with. We graded it all, and continued by planting the Paumpous grass (10-5gal containers). Then, we mulched it all in and finished by planting 6 small flowers as accent pieces. It was in a pretty upscale neighborhood, so we had to METICULOUSLY clean everything up (no dust/dirt on road or driveway, no grass blades on road/driveway/lawns, mulch all tidy and laid out so it wouldn't flow onto driveway, etc...). In the end, got a decent payout for a relatively small amount of work. Best part is that because of this job, we also got ~$5500 worth of work in the neighborhood of their rental house (by way of 4 neighbors that seen us working and hired us on the spot).

    Business is good!

    ~Will Courtier~
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    Nice work indeed Smirnoff.
    Will, did you ever get your stolen shit back? I'm assuming not.


    Lately with me... did upper control arms, lower control arms, strut rod bushings, and alignment on a '95 Cougar. As well as fixed his door panel, and charged his A/C. It pulled slightly to the left when he hit the brakes, and that was due to the strut rod bushing being completely shot. Explained to him that if it bothered him THAT much, all that shit needed to be replaced because it was all shot. Ended up getting new bolts and everything because they were frozen into the sleeves. Anyways, put it all together, and went to drive it, hit the brakes with my hands off the wheel and it stopped perfectly straight. Then this retard calls me a day ago saying "it still pulls to the left". Bullshit motherfucker, if I go over there and it isn't pulling to the left and you're just an idiot (which I know the case is), I'm gonna be pissed. I drove it for a good half hour and it was not pulling, not to mention everything in the suspension/steering is brand new except the tie rods.

    Now that that is completed, have to put a starter solenoid in a '90 Taurus, and fix an air conditioning leak in a Durango. All these piece of shit cars belong to the same family. Not to mention this dude paid $800 for this Cougar and expects everything on it to be in mint condition. But hey, if you want to keep throwing money at your junk ass car, that's cool with me. Just shows how dumb you are I guess.
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    haha thats funny shit..