Burning Chrome . . .

Our son Chris came over about 11 to fix my stuck tailpipe problem.

To recap, my rig’s chrome tailpipe extension rusted out and while we were at the Thousand Trails in Batesville, IN, back in September, I decide to install the new one that I had actually ordered while we were gate guarding. But I ran into a problem getting the old one off. It had been jammed into the muffler pipe so far that I was unable to get it out. I tried penetrating oil, banging on it, heating it with a torch, etc., all with no luck. So I decided to put it off until we got back to Houston.

And with the right tools it just took a few minutes. My son used a Sawzall reciprocating saw and a metal cutting blade to quickly cut the old extension off flush with the muffler extension. Then he put the saw blade into the muffler pipe and cut a slot into the remaining piece of the extension.

Tailpipe 1

After that it was easy to use a pair of pliers to twist and remove the old piece.

Tailpipe 2

Then it was just a few minutes to clamp the new extension into place and the job was done.

Tailpipe 3

By now it was time for lunch, so Jan, Chris, and I headed up to Bacliff to have lunch at Stomp’s Burger Joint, probably our favorite local burger place.

Stomps 5

Stomps 1

Stomp’s has some of the best burgers around, and is always crowded. And in addition, their onion rings are fantastic. I don’t know what they do different, but they’re like no place else.

Stomps 4

After lunch, and saying our goodbyes to Chris, Jan and I headed into Webster for a couple of errands.

First stop was to pick up some pants I had altered, and then it was on to Lowe’s to get a new toilet seat for the rig.

The old one had the finish coming off in a couple of places so we wanted to get a new one. Nick said the finish is coming off because of all the hot, spicy food I eat. And he might be right.

Our last stop before heading home was Half Price Books for Jan to look for a new calendar.

Then it was back to the rig for the night.

Thought for the Day:

Courage is being scared to death – but saddling up anyway. – John Wayne



3 Responses

  1. You are so fortunate to have a son-in-law who is good with tools. His reciprocating saw sure looks like a Bosch. Next time you are at Stomps, how about a photos of their onion rings? You should have told Nick that the reason he knows why your toilet seat is losing it’s finish is that he is an expert on toilet seats. After all, he is full of……………………………and spends a lot of time on it.

    Remember to play nice.

  2. Yum. . .looking forward to another Stomp’s burger. . . .maybe we can meet you guys over there again in January. . .I know you are happy to have that repair done!

    ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing Blog

  3. George,

    Actually, he’s our son, not our son-in-law.

    I don’t think it’s a Bosch. I’ll check with Chris and see.

    I didn’t call him because he’s good with tools.

    I called him because he HAS my tools.

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