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Old 04-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #61
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Re: Doofas time. Any body else do this?

Posting kind of late on this thread, apologies, but just had to mention that one very important trick is to do a quick walk-around inspection of the vehicle prior to engine start.

I developed this habit after starting my plane with a powered tow bar still attached. Fortunately, it's a twin-engined plane so there was no prop strike involved. Double-fortunately somebody came by to let me know before beginning to taxi.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:28 PM   #62
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A new one to me: Yesterday, I noticed one drop of oil on Ray's shop floor. Upon investigation, we saw that the oil drain plug was wet (oil-change 30 miles ago). Ray examined and "felt" the plug and decided we should put a new gasket/washer on it. Sooo, we drained all 13 quarts of oil into a catchpan, covered it up with a new plastic bag to prevent contamination, found that the washer thingy was in fact deflected and appeared to be OEM (17 years old). Out the door I went on a cold and blustery day. When I got back, we found that the plastic bag had blown off as I opened and shut the shop door, and about a tablespoon of windblown aluminum dust was floating around on top of the oil..%$%#@*&

Out the door I went on a cold and blustery day, 35 miles roundtrip, $80 new oil
But think how unhappy you might be if you **hadn't seen** that AL dust!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:50 PM   #63
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Re: Doofas time. Any body else do this?

How about getting an SMB high-centered? Driving on a very unused road to a backcountry site late last night, tired, didn't notice I was in the rut, which got very deep very suddenly shortly before the van stopped moving. No shovel on board, either. Lo range & front wheels pulled us out. Whew!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #64
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Re: Doofas time. Any body else do this?

Crushed my gutter on my house tonight Why am I stopping...just add a little throttle
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:55 PM   #65
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Re: Doofas time. Any body else do this?

I was hoping I could go through life without posting on this thread but...

Locked my keys in the SMB with the engine running. Luckily I wasn't in the booneys and AAA was able to get to me within 30 minutes. Scary how easy it is to break into a Ford van. Now I know why Zeta has external locks on his doors...
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:34 PM   #66
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Now I know why Zeta has external locks on his doors...


Those locks are to keep him in!
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:36 PM   #67
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Tapatio:

An hour or two ago I bought one of those external keyless keypads for fear of the very thing that happened to you.

But I gather it won't work with the engine running? So maybe I should just return the darn thing without installing it and get some kind of external key safe instead.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #68
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Re: Doofas time. Any body else do this?

The keypad works the same as your remote. Test it running with the remote first, if it works, so will the keypad.

I find the keypad very useful. I can't believe how many times I want in the van and the keys/remote are in the house. And I have a set of keys hidden in the van. If I ever lose my keys I can get in and get to my extra keyset. I won't post where the keys are hidden, but if we meet I will show you where they are.

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...But I gather it won't work with the engine running? So maybe I should just return the darn thing without installing it and get some kind of external key safe instead.
Believe you are correct, that the remote keypad won't work with the engine running. I installed mine, out of sight, at the rear door and I found it very useful.


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I keep a spare key in my wallet.
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