Car Repairs, Plugging Rodent Holes and Prepping Soil

Tuesday October 15, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Doing more car repairs

I thought today would be a good day to continue with the car repair work I started a week of so ago.

I started with putting on a new oil filter which was fairly easy.

Stuck nuts on studs

Next I needed to repair the stuck nuts on the exhaust pipes where they come out of the engine. The adjusting nuts were stuck on the studs so they couldn’t be tightened up properly and there’s a small exhaust leak there.

I was able to remove the studs with the stuck nuts on them but I couldn’t get the stuck nuts off the studs and I had two of them to do.

Good tip to remove stuck nuts on studs

My solution was to hold the stud with one hand with a flat of the nut on my anvil and then whack the other side of the nut on it’s flat with a big hammer. Turn the nut and do it on all the flats. I was surprised when after doing this to a really stuck nut I was able to turn it with my fingers. That worked great and I was able to perform the same maneuver on the other stud.

Fixing an oil pan leak

With the exhaust pipes let down I can now rise up the engine with a jack so I can tighten up the oil pan bolts that I suspect they are a bit loose as I have an oil leak around that spot and have had it for a long time not really wanting to do what I need to do today.

I had to take off the engine mount nuts so I could jack up the engine so I could get to the oil pan bolts and tighten them up. I did that and sure enough most of the oil pan bolts where loose so maybe I’ll use less oil now.

I was able to get it all back together and the studs worked much better with the loosened up nuts as now they could be tightened down properly and stop the exhaust leak there.

Here’s my work area where I spent a good part of today working away.carwork


Things actually went rather well considering how messing with exhaust bolts can go.

Blocking rodent holes in the attic

After a break and checking on my chickens I got materials and wire out to work on the rodent entrances in my attic. I decided to go inside the attic and block their entrances there as It might work better than on the outside.

In the attic

Here’s a little side door that let’s me into my attic just at the right spot. I need to work on plugging holes on both sides of the door. Six or seven spots need some screen.attic


The plug

Here’s one of the spots I plugged up with hardware clothe, or screen. I used staples to hold it down and in place.screen


After fixing that up I moved the camera to a new spot to look for more spots they might be using.

Prepping a grow pen for the chickens

By now it was getting late but I had one more thing I wanted to do and that was to turn the soil in one of my grow pens and put a couple more loads of woodchips in it for the chickens to scratch in and mix up for me.

I used a shovel to turn the soil in the pen and brought in some woodchips with the wheelbarrow. I want the chickens to prep it so I can plant a new crop of something in it for the chicken’s.growpen


By the time I dumped the last load of chips it was getting dark so that pretty much did it for me today. I never did get around to giving my car a road test to see if I did the work ok or not, maybe tomorrow.

Nice day, great weather.

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Plans Change Going For a Yak With Tom and Dominique at Jenner

Monday October 14, 2019 Jenner CA.

Had some work to do for the day,………….but

I was up on  my roof around noon plugging up some more rodent holes where they’ve been getting into my attic for years.

Plans change for the better

My brother Tom came by in his golf cart and asked if I wanted to go down to Jenner for a yak as he wanted to try out his new peddle Hobbie yak he just got.

Of course I said sure, let’s go. We talked his girl friend Dominique into going too, taking one of my boats.

Load up

Tom came by with his truck and we loaded all three boats on it.loadup


We rode on down to Jenner and got in the water around 2:30.ramp

Headed to the mouth area

The wind was down but it was cool out with a slight breeze coming off the ocean. We headed on down towards the river’s open mouth. I followed them.paddle


The river really flattened out as we approached the mouth area. That’s always nice.yakking


River’s mouth

We paddled right up to the open mouth not going too far as to stay out of the current going out into the ocean a place we don’t want to go.mouth



As usual there were lots of critters resting there, harbor seals and birds of different types.critters


From there we paddled towards the island’s back channel as we were going to paddle up through it, just up ahead.upriver


Here we are just getting to the top end of the island channel. Some fog starting to come in. There’s a white bird over there on the


An egret.egrit


We paddled here thinking about going up the river some more but we dallied and then headed on back to the boat ramp.river


Here we are at the boat ramp getting ready to get the truck and load up for home.ramp2


That was a nice paddle, just a couple hours for a good break from all the work around here I’ve been doing lately.

Trapping mice

The mice I’ve been trying to trap have been getting very cautious but I’ll get them yet. I am getting a few of them.

Here’s two of them checking things out.mice


That was a nice day. Always nice to get out for a yak, especially when I can get away from the work for a bit.

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