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You know it's bad when....
You ask the refrigeration guy what the problem is, and he says, "You have a gremlin in your system. Hit it here with a rubber mallet, if it gives any you trouble." And it worked!
 
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The mechanic used the same technique to get my engine going.

I'm thinking I might have too many tools in my toolkit.

All you need:

 

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Slight thread drift but germane.

Many moons ago while in the motor trade I was called out to a Ford that would not start. He described the symptoms and I was pretty sure that it was just a stuck starter motor bendix which was a common problem with the model. I arrived on scene, asked him to try the starter and heard the familiar click. I had already pickup the hammer from my toolbox so while still talking to him I leaned down reached under the wing and whacked the starter and heard the bendix release. Try it now I said and it started

I wrote out the bill which was considerable as it was after midnight at the weekend maybe £40. [ about £120 today std AA call out charge ] Just a single line call out £40. When he saw how much it was he had a fit. Eventually I had to write out another along these lines.

Travel £10
Diagnosis £3
Tool selection £2
Knowing exactly where and how hard to apply selected tool £25

Even then he was not really mollified. Still he got to drive home.

I did warn him not to stop the engine and to have a new bendix and ring gear fitted.

Maybe I should have told him that I had knocked out the gremlin that was on the starter.
 

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You know it's bad when, after searching for years, you've finally found the boat of your dreams, and, from deep within her bowels,
you hear the surveyor say, "UH-OH!"..... [icon]--heartbreak--[/icon]
 
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The mechanic used the same technique to get my engine going.

I'm thinking I might have too many tools in my toolkit.

All you need:

This is the same hammer I have on my boat - it solves a multitude of problems, and so far, it hasn't damaged a thing. When my rub rail was ripped out I merely tapped it back in place using that rubber mallet and it has been in place ever since. I also use the same mallet to hammer the lids closed on paint and varnish cans - works great.

At home, I have a heat valve on my hotwater baseboard heating system that occasionally sticks. A couple smacks with mallet and the valve is free and functional.

There is an old saying with auto mechanics, "if all else fails, get a bigger hammer!" ;)

Cheers,

Gary :cool:
 

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years and years ago when I was a wee child.. my Father had MGBs. The electric fuelpump on them was under the car behind the seats. When it starts to go bad, you get either a deadblow hammer or the brass hammer they give you for taking off the wire wheels and give the firewall a quick hit.. kicks the pump right in.

Basically it went... drivedrivedrivedrive..bog... whack!whack! Drivedrivedrive
 

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You know it's bad when, after searching for years, you've finally found the boat of your dreams, and, from deep within her bowels,
you hear the surveyor say, "UH-OH!"..... [icon]--heartbreak--[/icon]
That's EXACTLY what happened with us. I was in the cockpit and she was in the head when I heard the "Uh-Oh".
 

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years and years ago when I was a wee child.. my Father had MGBs. The electric fuelpump on them was under the car behind the seats. When it starts to go bad, you get either a deadblow hammer or the brass hammer they give you for taking off the wire wheels and give the firewall a quick hit.. kicks the pump right in.

Basically it went... drivedrivedrivedrive..bog... whack!whack! Drivedrivedrive
Slamming the right-side door also worked.
 

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All you ever need to know to fix everything!
If it won't move- don't force it, get a bigger hammer.
It it is loose, tighten it up until it strips and then back it off a half turn.
 

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I was going to ask if it was a British made refrigerator. But I see others already hit the mark...


Why do the British drink warm beer (besides the fact that it tastes better) ?


They have Lucas refrigerators.... (cue laugh track)
 
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