Fiberglass Boat Repair
The most common repair failure I see in the shop is "Do It
Yourself" fiberglass repair. Let's explore repairing holes
and cracks in fiberglass boat hulls.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of products available to the general
public that will stick to fiberglass. Most common are epoxy putty,
gel coat chip repair material, and automotive body filler used for
filling dents in cars. These products are rigid and will fail if
they are applied to a surface that is flexible.
Repairing Recreational Vehicles
RV repair, specifically motorhomes and big camp trailers, require
skills and equipment that are not typically found in just one occupation
or one business.
Steel and aluminum are used in the structural components of RVs.
Metalworking skills and equipment are required. If damaged in a
collision, body and frame repair skills are required.
Trailer Wheel Alignment
There are a lot of mysteries in life. Science can answer many
of them but I don't think the subject I am discussing is a scientific
mystery. It is I believe a lack of knowledge and incorrect information
that is very common among the general public.
Misconceptions on Wheel Alignment
Complaint: I have had my car aligned three times in three
different places and it just keeps slipping out of alignment.
Alignments do not slip out unless a bolt or steering component is
loose. Vehicle owners often imply a mistake was made and the alignment
technicians neglected to tighten something. However it would
be highly unlikely that 3 technicians would make the same mistake.
What I have found most often is, the alignment is set as a wheel
to wheel comparison, not to the centerline of the vehicle. New or
rotated tires develop the same unusual wear pattern, giving the
car owner the impression the alignment has slipped out.
Trailer Towing Basics (Compulsive Behavior)
I have compulsive behavior, (a compulsory or obligatory desire to do something.)
I can not control it even if I try; I automatically go into compulsory behavior.
It is even worse that I know many of my trailer towing friends are not affected
with this disorder. What I mean is, I worry about my trailer. It's bad enough when
I am the driver but when I am the passenger in a friend's vehicle, I find that I
am worried about his trailer too. It's even worse when my friend totally disregards
his trailer and I have to worry about it for him.
A Wheel Alignment Rattle Problem
She walked into the shop waiting room area and announced loudly for all to hear. I have had three wheel alignments, two of the shops were incompetent and the third is a crook. Can I trust you to solve my problem? What is the problem with your car I asked? I need a wheel alignment she said.
Sideways Driving Vehicle
Have you ever followed a vehicle that seemed to be going sideways on the road? If you were to watch it as it went around a curve you would notice that the vehicle could not navigate the curve smoothly. It would move from side to side in the lane. I wonder, does the driver realize how dangerous this condition is?