Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Handyman Can

After yesterday’s blog entry, we received comments and emails from several readers.  Ray Faber emailed and suggested tightening the mounting bolts for the A/C Unit.  Jim Smith recommended cleaning out the drip pan.  And Norm Payne suggested both cleaning out the drip pan and tightening the mounting bolts.

I climbed up on the roof, once again, and removed the shroud.  The drip pan was clean except for a bees nest in one corner, but that wasn’t damming (or damning) any water.  Our unit mounts from the bottom so there was nothing more that could be done on the roof.  So after I replaced the shroud, I headed inside.

But first I decided it would be a good idea to consult the owner’s manual to see exactly how the unit was mounted to the RV.  I’m glad I did because it not only gave me pictures, but instructed that the bolts be torqued to no more than 40 to 50 foot pounds.  I have a torque wrench, but not for that small of a bolt so I just “snugged” up the bolts being careful to not over tighten.

Then it was back up onto the roof again; this time with the hose.  Judy and the katts watched for leaks as I poured water all around the base of the unit.  No dips, no runs, no errors!!  Hooray for our team.

My friend, Charles Henry, forwarded me this email.  I don’t know where it came from or who the people are, but amongst all the the crime that we hear about, all the bickering in Washington, and all the celebrity foolishness that the “Big Three” thinks that we need to know about, this is really a news worthy story.

“Cody Green, a 12-year kid in Indiana, was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months old. He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps as he bravely fought the battle into remission three times. Although he was cancer-free at the time, the chemotherapy had significantly lowered his immune system, and he developed a fungus infection that attacked his brain. As he struggled to fend off that infection in the hospital, a local group of Marines wanted to show how much they respected his will to live, his strength, honor and courage. They presented Cody with Marine navigator wings and named him an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps.

For one Marine, that wasn't enough ... so that night, before Cody Green passed away, he took it upon himself to stand guard at Cody’s hospital door all night long, for 8 hours straight.


Nowhere on the face of this planet is there a country so blessed as the United States to have men and women such as this. I wish I could personally tell this Marine how proud he makes me to be an American. God ... I do so love this country.”

May God Bless America  - - - - - - - -


  1. What a beautiful story...yes, we still have the greatest country on earth. Proud to be called an American!! Thanks for sharing!

    Glad you conquered the leak! We had that once when we threw our shroud across a Texas interstate. Cost us a bunch to fix ours!

  2. Thanks for sharing Cody's story. I had the pleasure of being in the company of many men and women like the Sgt. during my time in the USN.