Saturday, August 21, 2010

Stuff I learnt about cars and glue.

The big car wouldn't start. So I took the little car to the shop and bought some jumper leads (they call them booster cables on the packet. R70 at Hammer&Tongs). I studied a tutorial on wiki-How. Once I had the cars in a favourable position - that is, 'working' up against 'disabled', I found I needed to phone a friend. Lacking the proper terminology, the conversation was peppered with 'red thing, black thing'. What had me in a mild state of panic was something I'd read earlier: As a last resort, you may connect the other black (-) clamp to the negative (-) post of the dead battery, but this risks igniting hydrogen gas coming off the battery. They suggested connecting it to the engine block. (where is that?). Also, they urged the donning of safety goggles and gloves. I don't have any. In the end I risked the gas explosion and five minutes later the big car was growling. Girls, I gotta tell you - your hands will get dirty, but the feeling of satisfaction is sublime. 

wiki-How also helped me with that other can of worms - how to apply false eye lashes without getting glue in all the wrong places. Result: a night on the town with demi-whisps that stayed stuck and a big car that goes.    =)


Chris said...

no-one stopped to help the damsel?

Lily Turner said...

actually two guys in a pickup stopped to help and I waved them on with a smile.