I installed a motion activated light on mom and dad's back porch. We have care-givers coming and going all hours of the day and night. With the days getting shorter, more of those entries will be in the dark and it is hard to hit the keyhole in pitch dark.
I removed the overhead light and installed the motion activated light. Then I switched the light switch on inside and covered the switch with tape.
I got a call last night. The new light stopped working.
Dad took the dog for a midnight walk last night and very carefully removed the tape, switched the light off and then reapplied the tape.
I installed a battery powered, motion activated light. At this point, nobody is going to change how dad does things.
The clothes dryer
Mrs ERJ informed me that the clothes dryer squealed at her and then quit.
I assumed it was a belt problem.
I was wrong. The rear bearing on the engine was squealing. I was unable to figure out how to wrestle the motor out of the unit.
Attempts to give it a bath in the unit were unsuccessful. Turning the motor by hand still resulted in squealing.
I reassembled the dryer and stuffed it back in the hole. "What the heck" I thought. I had nothing to lose. I pushed the button and the drum would not even spin.
Pushing in the "Go" button with one hand, depressing the door position switch with a screwdriver held between my teeth and "helping" the drum start spinning with my other hand...the dryer found its groove and spun...with no squealing.
I have no clue why it is working. None at all. The lube I dribbled on the motor bearings will collect dust and make a mess, but maybe we can get another six months out of the beast.
Transmission fluid leak. That was disconcerting as the vehicle only has 55k miles on it.
The transmission fluid cooler lines that run to the radiator had rotted out. Things like that happen on vehicles that are 17 years old and get winter salt on them.
$400 bucks to fix it, mostly parts.
The fuel fill pipe (or neck) is also rotted out and gas drips when filling the vehicle. Looks like a job I can do myself. The parts are $95. The parts are ordered.