Sometimes you take things for granite
I haven't spit water out reading a reply in a looong time!Sometimes you take things for granite
There’s your problem. Every time i give my wife an estimate of how long i will be in the garage it is at least doubled if not tripled. I figure “i used to be a pro mechanic, i remember how long this should take” things have changed a lot in 15 years and although i know how stuff is supposed to work new nuances are always popping up!I figured I could do the swap in ~10 minutes tops
I found out how much softer the crank extractor is compared to the spindle of the old BB is in my Giant was- I'll post a photo later. It pushed into the threaded hole because the previous owner didn't maintain it and never removed or greased the mating surfaces, so I had to crank the snot out of it to remove the crankset and THAT'S the reason I have disassembled the bike, one section at a time, as I found more things that hadn't been maintained. All I have left is to clean & lube the front wheel bearings.I've seen the pressure foot snap off of crank extractors when a crank is jammed on the spindle, or stripped the crank arm extractor threads out if a washer was left in the crank arm.
New twists, along with "Where the heck did I put my BB socket (or other tool)?". Even working in a very small area, I have a hard time keeping track of things. I don't get lost, it's my tools that wander off. Really!There’s your problem. Every time i give my wife an estimate of how long i will be in the garage it is at least doubled if not tripled. I figure “i used to be a pro mechanic, i remember how long this should take” things have changed a lot in 15 years and although i know how stuff is supposed to work new nuances are always popping up!
^This^. Harbor Freight tools don’t count.Starting with the assumption that we are using high quality tools, tool failure is almost always operator error. Right tool with the correct application usually gets the job done.
HF stuff can be OK but at least they have a good return policy, so the crap tools can be returned if they're found to be too bad to keep. In many cases, their stuff is better than the Craftsman tools I used before switching to SnapOn and I learned the lesson about opening a 'truck account' vs paying cash- it's too easy to end up with a big balance without noticing but that was long before HF came out with anything that might compete- I bought the SnapOn flank drive sockets and six minutes before their patent ran out and paid about three times as much as the price I saw at Sears when they introduced their version. I can get a stick of HF sockets SAE or Metric) for about $20, while the SnapOn cost about $80.^This^. Harbor Freight tools don’t count.