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Old 08-06-2005, 04:34 AM
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Talking Been working on your Diesel in the 100 degree sun?

I am certainly no tough guy, I got scared and chickened out and didn't join the Navy after my physical, but I sure can be driven by ocd (compulsion) and thats why I've found myself working on a Diesel at 100 degrees in the sun more than a few times.
The other reason i its time efficient! This is family dead time-- everyone stays inside on the hot weekends and I hate watching TV and going to the Mall or surfing the internet during the day, so when Momma Bear is out shopping and the kid is swimming..I (yikes) get out the wrenches-- my time is free until dinner --
Here are some odd hints and recollections:
(0) If you wait until night, the mosquitoes will eat you alive, which is worse than dehydration and sunburn
(1) Always cover a fender or body part you lean on with a Towel because otherwise it will burn you.
(2) You dont need work lamps!
(3) There are pros and cons to doing Body work. Putties and Fiberglass sure do cure fast but sanding in this temperature is the pits.
(4) No matter what the summer rejuvenates me and energizes me unlike the winter when I am grouchy and miserable. I would take summer over winter anyday even if i had to wear a fur coat everyday...
(5) I am caught between wearing a shirt so i dont terrify anyone with my deteriorating physique and belly and I dont get too dirty and not wearing a shirt for comfort. If you don't your entire body gets covered with a black greasey slime from the grease and sweat mixing and your daughter's boyfriend wont be impressed....
(6) heaven help you of you are working on the interior
(7) SWEAT. Get used to it, as much as you hate it. The Lord designed us wrong, we should release our body heat like Dogs, through the tongue....

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Old 08-06-2005, 08:27 AM
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Thats why I usually park in the shade of my house and do my work as soon as the sun starts to fall from the 12:00 position

I usually work from about 9-10pm until 4-8am though...I am a true night owl.
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Old 08-06-2005, 12:33 PM
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here where it's hot everyday:
keep your tools in the shade... picking up a hot wrench is painful
wear a hat and shirt to keep sweat on you, it's much cooler and better than a sunburn (and healthier)
keep lots of water handy.
mosquitos? ok, i remember them growing up... and when i was in Africa, dangerous little buggers. don't have them here though. wouldn't live here if they were here.
this time of year i long for cooler weather, and in Jan long for a hot day.
going out to change an injector now, but it's only in the 80's. still will wear a hat and shirt.
have a great day,
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Old 08-06-2005, 05:39 PM
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I mowed my grass in that heat...only becasue it was getting knee high with no break in temps that were not associated with rain.

I avoid working on cars in that heat onless I have no choice..I hate the sweat dripping on my glasses and into my eyes.
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Old 08-06-2005, 06:30 PM
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To keep the sweat from running (not dripping) into my eyes while mowing or working on a car, I use one of those thin sponges with an elastic band.
This way, I can go for about 15-20 minutes before I have to take of my glasses and wipe them dry again.

As far as the sun goes, it doesn't really matter during the summer here...it is so darn humid most of the time, that a walk to the back of the property can produce sweat without much effort, wether the sun is out or not.

Mosquitos can be a problem....ours have a voracious appetite, and as of late, may be carrying west nile disease.
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Old 08-06-2005, 06:39 PM
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Pretty hot here also

Well, central Indiana cooled off just a little the past few days. I do hate it when it is too hot to work and if I stay in all day, bare foot of course, then with the AC on my feet get cold. Sometimes I just go out on the deck to warm my toes.
Yesterday, I finished cleaning grease, and when that was finished I began removing a large section of the right rear fender that I need for a rust repair. I borrowed son in law's battery powered sawzall and I got it off pretty nice. I cut it big enough so that my bodyman can trim it up the way he wants it He is also going to paint my front fenders, (from the 83) and at fall break I am going to install them along with POR repair at the front of the left rocker panel. Not much damage there yet, but it has to be repaired, now. After that I removed the exhaust, and since my boy was home, we hung it up in the garage. Last night, in the cool of the evening, I gently cleaned the engine of the 85. It wasn't very dirty, but I had a spray bottle of "zap" that I was supposed to use on the garage floor, but I used it on the engine. With a nice water bath following, it really looked nice and clean.
This morning it was pretty warm again and I still had the garage to clean up. Oh yes, also yesterday, I was going to take out he rear window of the 83. I almost had it out, yet it was sticking at the drivers side upper corner. I gave it a smart "waack" with the back or bottom of the fist and it went hissssssssssss and instantly turned into a large gravelly mess of glass. What a mess! But the garage needed a good cleanup anyway, so it got done. Also washed that beautiful maroon towncar which made the wife very happy. I used that "Zap" on the grill and headlight covers which had a lot of bug debris remaining from our big trip in July and it really cleaned the front end very nicely. But by then it was almost noon, actually I PM, and I was tired, hot and dirty. Then to come in, take a nice shower and live in the comfort of a home cooled and dehumidified, watch the Cubs loose to the Mets and check what might be new on Mercedes Forumn. By the way, after washing my diesel last night, on about the 5th start this morning, nothing - nothing at all. Good battery, everything is hot, but no cranking, no cranking at all. Well, I suspect it is a ground, and I am going to let it set tell evening and hope with a lowering of the temperature it might crank up. If it doesn't, we will just give it a gentle tow. I just don't like working on my car except here on the driveway or in the garage, and these old Mercedes are capable of a towing start. So we will do that this evening. (Car is at the Hamilton County Fair grounds)
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Old 08-06-2005, 06:42 PM
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Mosquitos can be a problem....

that's an understatement... they are the most dangerous animal in the world. kill more people than even elephants, tigers, and hippos combined. i avoid them at all costs.
use DEET and have a great afternoon,
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Old 08-06-2005, 07:10 PM
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To keep the sweat from running (not dripping) into my eyes while mowing or working on a car, I use one of those thin sponges with an elastic band.
Awesome mental image!
I can see a greasy/oily/sweaty elastic band around someones head under a car while they are grunting and groaning about trying to get some part on their car.

I would probably laugh...dodge the tool to be thrown...and then offer a hand
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Old 08-06-2005, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Larry Delor
To keep the sweat from running (not dripping) into my eyes while mowing or working on a car, I use one of those thin sponges with an elastic band.
This way, I can go for about 15-20 minutes before I have to take of my glasses and wipe them dry again.

As far as the sun goes, it doesn't really matter during the summer here...it is so darn humid most of the time, that a walk to the back of the property can produce sweat without much effort, wether the sun is out or not.

Mosquitos can be a problem....ours have a voracious appetite, and as of late, may be carrying west nile disease.
We got west nile here too, and have had for a couple years now...not as long as you have...
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Old 08-06-2005, 07:38 PM
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No I'm to busy fishing! I'm not going to beat myself up, I'll wait for cooler weather. As long as the AC works, now it that broke I would be out their!
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Old 08-06-2005, 08:14 PM
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Heck, I run 5-7 miles every day in this heat. Actually I came very near to giving myself heat stroke the other day, and was sick for a couple days after.

I've done quite a bit of dremmelling, POR15-ing and hand sanding the past couple weeks in the blazing, shadeless sun, and it really does get tiring. At least when I'm running there is air moving across my skin to take away heat, but while sitting by the car, the sun just saps out energy. The catch is that if I move the car to shade, I can't see what I'm doing ... move it into sun and, well, I combust into flames. Things get done slowly in the summer.

Another summer troublemaker ... thunderstorms ... always unpredictable, always timed to appear in a flash right after a coat of POR15 has been applied, or while one is doing a sunroof repair.
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Old 08-07-2005, 12:18 AM
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Yep.. but not a diesel. Been working on the new 500E just about every day this week
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Old 08-07-2005, 12:24 AM
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Best thing to do is work in your garage in the evening with the door SHUT. You only need a good box fan. With it open pickup some citronella candles too.

If I'm out in the heat during the day I just suck down lots of water and again, have a box fan.
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:58 AM
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at night up here it cools down pretty good. i work at night in my garage..no fan it not too too bad but working under my halogen (desk) work lamp can cook ya!! my projects usually start out simple then snowball into some 6h multi-project. That ends at 4am.

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Old 08-07-2005, 03:19 AM
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Best thing to do is work in your garage in the evening with the door SHUT. You only need a good box fan. With it open pickup some citronella candles too.

If I'm out in the heat during the day I just suck down lots of water and again, have a box fan.
As long as you have moving air, the mosquitoes are less likely to attack.

I would use one of my squirrel cage fans...those babies could move tools for you

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