But this one, I suppose, is worth telling.
In due form, my list of “Things I’d Like to Do Today” was actually pretty long, but it was also an unconscious list, in that I really had no idea of what I was going to attempt to accomplish. The List just runs on and on, I guess, and I grab items from it from time to time to do.
But before we went off for the Spring Break Adventure 2016, I had said that I would need to rotate the tires on the Subaru after we got back.
Since I didn’t get it done yesterday, that left today.
I hate rotating tires. It’s an annoying Adventure under the best of circumstances, especially since I don’t have a lift or a really good jack. The idea of having multiple tires off of the vehicle at one time means that jackstands are necessary, and it usually means a lot of moving the jack from one end of the car to the other and fighting with the “jack points”.
Yeah, that’s pretty much how the rotation of the tires on the Subaru went, except that I first tried to put the car completely up on jack stands so that I could just rotate the tires and then set the entire unit back down.
That turned out to be a really bad idea, so I’ve made a new “Tire Rotation Rule.”
One side at a time, dimwit. Don’t make it harder on yourself than it has to be.
And, maybe, by the time I’m 80, I’ll have an air compressor that is large enough to run an impact wrench so my forearms and elbows won’t have to be so darn sore after breaking all those lug nuts loose, spinning them off and back on, and the tightening them up again.
So, for the lessons?
- Don’t try to get fancy when it’s not necessary.
- Sometimes trying to do stuff the easy way is actually more work because you don’t have all the right equipment to do it the easy way.
- Trying to save money usually results in having to do a lot of work.
- Doing a lot of work results in being tired and hurting.
The Jack Points Diagram is actually from Geothunder – it’s not mine.