Unrelated to my recent accident, my old truck battery died. At first, it could still crank the engine, but very quickly, it completely ran out of juice. I was reduced to jump starting it every time with a portable battery.
I bought a new battery from Costco, because people said it was cheap. I decided I’d switch out the old one myself, because how hard could it be?
The bracket holding the battery down had an old rusty bolt and a nut of indeterminate size. Before I moved, I had an extensive tool collection and could have removed the nut easily. Now, it was a royal pain in the neck.
After three days of tool hunting and visiting stores to get the right size socket (10 mm), I finally got to taking the nut off – and the stinking bolt broke. Instead of all the trouble I went to, I probably could’ve just pried it with a hammer and broke it off. Dang it!
But at least now I have a new battery and I don’t have to jump start it every time.
I don’t cook for myself very often, so I don’t make many dishes dirty. But lately it seems I’ve been making dirty glasses like crazy.
The problem is that after drinking milk out of them, I haven’t been rinsing them. Milk dries in the bottom, and I don’t want to use them again, so I put a little water in them, then let them soak by the sink… where they sit for the next few days.
Yesterday, Russell helped me with my truck a little. I met him at his workplace, and he attached one end of a chain to a storage container, and wrapped the other end around my bumper. I then backed up. slowly… slowly… and pulled the bumper out a little.
In the process, I discovered that nothing was really holding my grill on. I’m glad it hadn’t blown away while driving down the highway!
My truck seems to be fully functional, but there is a lot of bent this-and-that in the front end. Russell said I could order parts and replace them myself. I may try it. It seems like there are more pressing things for me to spend money on though.