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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