dirty rotten C.O.P.s

datz right imma C.O.P. hater. i bought a certified used toyota back in ’12. during the 100% warranty period the car died and i got it towed to dealer. they wudnt tell me what went wrong. even the paperwork wuz vague. something about a sensor. sometimes i wud step on gaz and nuttin wud happen. finally crapped out.

it ran after service but it always hesitated just a little. i changed the plugs at 70k miles and i often changed the “r” filter.

just few days ago after i had the front end aligned and new tires on the front the check engine light illuminated on dee way ter work. it stumbled twice but i got deer and back ok. lucklishly i haz OBDII reader and it gave code p0351 primary secondary coil malfunction.

an inter tube search indicated the #1 COP which is coil over plug. back in dee olden dayz carz had won ignition coil that wuz “distributed” to each spark plug by a cap and rotor mechanically inter locke dto timing gear. it’s all dun “E” lectronically nowadayz. each spark plug has a coil sitting on to of it.

in the olden dayz you had to replace the rotor and cap becuz the spark wud corrode the contacts. the coil never went bad.

well, this coil went bad, one of four. after market replacement wuz 75 uhmerikan bux. old tyme coils were 35 bux. but at least once a yeer you had to replace the mechanical parts, mebbe 25 bux. so actually replacing this COP is way cheaper over the ownership period.

will duh udder wonz fail? mebbe, mebbe knot. the replaced COP had orange dust on it. i pulled duh udder tree and dey had orange dust. i wiped it off wiff a clean rag. duh orange dust is duh insulating boot breaking down from high voltage leakage. warnt burnt true but i seen some carbon on dee plastic nose duh rubber boot iz attached to. i know now dat when car stumbles it will mean failing coil.

the #1 plug didnt “snap” when i unscrewed it. prapz bean a bit loose let some combustion gases leak by. udder wize it looked ok. i replaced it and tightened it up some more. i tightened up duh udder plugz wiff out removing dem. although i bought replacement plugs i figgered i’ll do it on a nicer day.

the auto parts clerk gave bosch plugs dat didnt fit and i buttoned duh car up and returned dem. i hex changed for auto lite which are correct size and i get a gift card rebate.

ebber since i had dee car it intermittantly stumbled even after warranty repair but dee check engine lite never ever came on. for dee past 2 yeerz it haz ben annoying with the stumble but knot always. duh new coil haz seemed to eliminate diz problem. i’ll be driving it for duh wek and i’ll know for sure.

yesterday i pulled the code and erased it. i hosed off the MAF sensor with special cleaner and put in a new”r” filter den drove it. well, after 10 miles or so duh check engine lite came on again wiff dee same code.

it bean very rainy all i cud do iz park dee car and research. datz wen i red about dee orange dust.

diz car has over 115k miles. when i replaced duh original plugs i had to lean into it to snap duh seal. in fact it was scary tite. i put some anti seize compound on new plugs and i thought i crushed duh compression ring but mebbe i didnt. i cud have contributed to duh coil failure. anti seize compound residue on duh plug well coming in contact wiff duh boot.

i had to have duh positive and negative bat tree cables replaced a few yeerz ago. i noticed today one of dee ground wires was pooty corroded so i replaced dat. diz engine haz ground wires all over it. boffins say dat poor grounding can cause all sorts of strange problems.

the body iz just starting to rust and it is high milage. the a/c compressor failed. i had the struts replaced all around so mebbe i’ll just drive it into dee ground and toss it. udder wise it haz ben extremely reliable and cheap to run.

1st world problems.


GMO hogs

mmmmm! CRISPr bacon….mmmm!

sumpin electrically kwear

i called up the electric company to make the april payment and the recorded voice sed i haz a 62 uhmerikan dollar credit. usually in may and june i play katch up becuz estimated billz true dee winter.

winter 20186-2017 saw me owing almost 8 hunnerd bux! last summer i had the pik chure winder in the dining/sitting room replaced. double special glass cost me big bux. well, the old winder cudnt be opened and the glass had fogged up inside and the framing was just 2×4’s all getting dry rotted. i done did do it more for cosmetics but efficiency played a big part also. of course the sales man praised the wanderz of scientici design and hi-tek construction.

it just seems dat mebbe the sales man warnt jest blowing smoke up me ass. i noticed dis room always red 64 degrees. i did open the drapes to let sun in. i dis off load coffee brewing and oatmeal cooking to solar carts when i cud.

if i saved 800 buxs dis winter and mebbe another 240 bux true dee summer den i can expect to recoup the winder cost in 6 yeerz. not too shabby. plus i get to look out a nice winder also.

becuz each panel in the winder (4 of dem) can be opened any pleasant evening i can enjoy cool breezes instead of a/c. dat means the roof panels will be sending juice back inter dee system making me meter run backwards.
still it wuz quite duh shock.

on the 5th day of may i brewed coffee, used electric blower and lawn mower to all wiff dee solar cartss. today bean klawdy i had to use mains power. boffins say more sun den klawdz dis week and i shut hot water off when at work or over nite.

during duh day when temps reach 80+ i will still have ter run duh a/c but at least i can kick some of dem off over nite.

wiff any luck i can stick it to the man dis summer. i get “free” a/c anyway but if i doan have ter run it as much i get some sort of credit in october. so making a few bux iz better dan breaking even.

udder poor souls haz to kawf up 100-200 bux a month to cool house. itz inneresting. i often ran a/c 24/7 and duh house wuz at 80 degrees. even during cool evenings i cudnt get the hot air out of dee house. datz wear deez new winderz kick in. duh old winder wuz leaky hole in winter but heat dam in summer.

maybe i’ll buy me self a new toy to celebrate.

spring 2018 solar power

sunday 8th of april i done did do use me off grid solar carts to brew coffee and make oatmeal. sunday was actually sunny and i was able to recharge bat-trees after usage. i made $5.20 from the roof. monday i made $4.83 from the roof. this is after a winter where the roof was coated with almost 2 feet od snow for almost 3 weeks.

on the 10th light snow is predicted and then warm, warmer and warmest for the rest of the week. warm AND sunny they say which means i can shut the heet off and really make bucks.

even on mostly cloudy days the roof made over 3 bucks but bean cold the heet was on. however, once warm sets in and longer dayz i can make money on cloudy dayz.

i had the pik chure winders in the sitting room replaced and when it gets too hot i kin open dem now and let all duh hot air out of the house to reduce A/C costs.

in other newz i can go for 75 seconds on the bicycle generator. i want ter git up to 5 minnits. den i kan start pulling juice out of dee system.

if i remain “retired” i’ll have lots of time to do off gridding. it adds up, 750 watts here, 350 there.

all i wuz able to do this winter wuz top the solar carts off on weekends saving them in case of mains interruption due severe weather. i only had one 3 hour black out in january when it wuz single digits. it happened in the morning and clear sun kept the sitting room and living room warm. as the sun rolled over to the other side the power was restored.

there were a few other times this winter with momentary interruptions but i got lucky. back in 1984 an ice storm knocked mains power off for a week and then hurricane sandy was 8 days.

to be fair all i can do with my off grid solar carts is brew coffee make oatmeal, have a light on or use my laptop. but that is way better than nothing!
that’s if the mains power was out. the solar carts are still ideal for off gridding many tasks, the electric lawn mower, corded power tools, kitchen gadgets and much much more when the sun is shining and the grid is up. why purchase electric when i can make my own?

why is every one mean and nasty?

i just had a mean and nasty boss. quit my job i did becuz i felt like i was goan ter have a hart attack. it’s been 2 weeks now and i feel much better.

only back in 2016 i had the best boss ever at the previous employment. i’ll give him a made up commom name, tom. tom was cool and understanding and supportive. we had a great rapport. mebbe becuz we were both irish. i got hired at the end of may 2016 and on january 2nd 2017 tom goes into a meeting and never comes back. well, the plant manager comes in a few hours later and says they let tom go! i never did find out why this happened. tom had a great reputation in the company.

he was replaced with a fellow i shall call be-bop. be-bop was a sigma black belt. he was hand picked by the CEO to turn this division around. be-bop got in everyone’s face and stirred things up. i went from being a mechanical inspector to a paper pusher. i kept asking him for a dollar but no dice. little by little be-bop changed. he become entrenched in the way things were done. that’s not to say he didnt change things. he did. lots more traceability through paperwork mostly.be-bop lost his job after one year, the same as tom. i met a person still working there and she told me.

i found a new job in october 2017. only after i handed in my resignation did the company make me an offer of more money. i left.

but i got the boss from hell, made up name joe. i guess we didnt get along with each other becuz we are both irish.

i suspect he gave me the business becuz he hated the owner’s son who just happened to hire me. i’ll never really know. joe sez he is the great guy who goes around helping people, except for me. i know because he told me he wouldnt help me.

there is a big difference between tom and joe. tom never went around telling people how great he is and all the good things he done. oh, sure i talked about “the old days” with tom and sort of exchanged experience. tom wasnt must of a bragger.

joe was a bragger and blew his own horn loudly and often. he berated who ever wanst around. joe gets to keep his job and i get to scramble.

i noticed that almost 1/3 of the people i meet are just like joe. mean, nasty, loud mouths prone to back stabbing.

i live in the grape stake of new jerky and it could be the effect of the NYC metro area. i dont like it. i aint naturally mean and nasty.

the GF, the ex GF threw a sponge at me the last time i saw, this after me picking up thai food for dinner. she was aiming right between the eyes but pulled back at the last second. she had a mean nasty look on her face.

she called me a few days later. she wanted me to by tickets to a live music show at a historic pub. i passed. i told her to find some one else to throw sponges at (OLD HAG!).

she was acting ornery for 3 weeks and bad company. when you dont have a GF you save lots of money.

i admit to spilling some take out sauce on her place mat but there was no reason to explode like that. a year ago her eye got infected and she couldnt see out of it and had trouble driving and i was there for her. after she got better i noticed little by little she was getting mean and nasty.

i see it when i got shopping 1/3 the people look mean and nasty, just waiting for law and order to break down so the can go around killing every one.

what is causing this out break of mean and nasty? @tomque rays? “r” pollution?
GTA? i suspect it is only to get worse. i am becoming a hermit.

last day of march 2018

march 31 had deep blue sky and no clouds. plenty of sun lite. it was cool at first but by afternoon i tuk my coat off. i was doing some yard work and “home improvement”.

the solar panels were finally clear of snow and i made 45 KWH. that is $6.75. at a 30 day rate that would be over 180 uhmerikan dollars! but bad news…march came in like a lion and went out like a lamb…to slaughter. april 2nd predicts 4-6 inches of snow.

it’s possible to get snow in april, even late april. i remember one big giant snow storm 40 years ago in april and lots of flurries in other parts april. 4-6 inches is sort of a big deal even for the 2nd day of april.

the whole previous week before the last day of march was cloudy. now the whole following week after the last day of march is to be cloudy. today being mostly cloudy until late after noon the solar panels only made 16 KWH or $2.40 which would only be 72 uhmerikan dollars at a 30 day rate. that would be enough for hot water and lights, plus there is only going to be longer days for the next 3 months.

maybe we will have a legendary “year without a summer”. if i dont have to have a/c on i will still save a ton of money. a cool, cloudy summer works for me.

i got one more scoop of bird seed which i will chuck out after the snow stops. i’ll pick up one more 2 pound sack to tide the birds over until spring belatedly gets here, if ever…

today was pretty dark in the morning but i was able to use a solar cart to cook oatmeal and brew coffee. the battery charge was 13.1 volts and went down to 12.4. it recovered to 12.6 so i will have to roll it out the next sunny day.

i plan on doing that a lot to off load any watt i can off mains power. as my heating needs drop, it’s supposed to be in the 60’s F on weds, i’ll really be able to be a watt miser.

this winter had enough snow and frequently that i could only maintain the charge on my solar carts. i was so afraid of a major outage i didnt use the carts for any off grid savings.

my brudder only contacts me once a year around our birthdays, me in february and him in march, to put the touch on me. i sent him 50 uhmerikan dollars. i dont expect to hear from him for a long while.

feed the birds

i mentioned in an earlier post how march 2018 is positively the worst march i have lived through. 5 northeasters, 3 of them major and 2 minor. which is queer becuz february was more like march and march more like february. between january and the end of february i had 6 snow storms of 6 inches or more and a few 3 and 4 thrown in. but and a big BUT to boot all the snow melted from rain right after the snow or soon after the snow. 3 times i got 6+ and then switch to rain to turn into 1 or 2 inches of slush. that was very nasty indeed. i got 3 inches of rain infebruary. you can convert and calculate what that is in snow february saw many days in the 50’s F which also removed the fallen snow.

the 1st northeaster of march was 15 inches. i got 2 more northeasters of 15 inches plus and additional snow fall of 5 inches and one of 8 inches. not until the last week did temps moderate into the 40’s F.

after the second big northeaster, the day after, while i was snow blowing, i could hear the birds lamenting. very sad it was. i decided to buy a bag of bird seed and chuck it out but i didnt get around to it until after the last northester. this was good becuz now the seeds wont get covered by more snow. a 2 pound bag cost 11 bucks. i threw that out in 3 days. lucklishly i found some old bird seed and i am chucking that out.

the birds, finches, wrens, jays and cardinals along with a chipmunk, a squirrel and a vole have been munching on the bonanza.

i heard a cardinal singing with a full belly and the birds seem feisty and playful. the snow is finally melting. i can see my lawn in big patches. soon plants will bloom and there will be insects aplenty.

only if another big storm blows this way will i purchase more seed. when spring pops out the birds can fend for themselves.i still got a few days of scoops of the old seed to toss out.

the cat likes to sit in the window and watch the avian antics. i look forward to candid bird photos during more salubrious climate.

i wish it only tuk tuppence to feed the birds. it’s a serious hobby. i would hope some birds will hang around and eat insects. i try not to spray. i do target spray the house foundations for ants but dont saturate the whole property.

often animals will make it through the last big storm but starve waiting for the first bloom of spring. i expect no thanks from these creatures.

yes, many of my fellow humans are starving and i’ll warrant the reason they are starving is becuz other of my fellow humans want them to. i’ll have to discuss that in another post.