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Construction Trades Saluted

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Construction Trades Saluted

Let’s Hear it for the Trades for a Change

Will Rogers said, “The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That’s one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.”

The Record recently carried a “Dear Abby” column on tradespeople that made a whole bunch of sense to me. Hardly a week goes by without our hearing how costly higher education has become and how students and their parents are often being saddled with debt for their student’s education that will take years and years to pay off. Of course, that is  providing that someone with a degree in Medieval Studies is employable. And one out of two graduates are not finding a job. Even lawyers are not being snapped up anymore. Is there an alternative?  Dear Abby wrote, “Tradespeople keep this country up and running”  and how true that is. How often have you had an accounting emergency? But when the toilet overflows or the power goes off or the car stops running we panic.  Where would we be without electricians, masons, and welders? The WOR radio “Car Doctor”, Ron Ananian,  says, “Good mechanics are not expensive, they are priceless.” How right he is!

Sadly, skilled tradespeople do not get the respect their knowledge  deserves and fewer younger people are stepping into the work that is truly hands-on.  In case you have not noticed, these people make very good money (Have you had your car fixed lately?) but what they do does not seem to be highly regarded.  As noted before, there are lots of college grads living at home, unable to find a job that will pay a living wage AND pay off their obligations. Meanwhile roofers are shingling, carpenters are building, electricians are wiring. If you think wallpapering is so simple, try putting up a patterned one in an old house.  Maybe they drive pick up trucks or vans but those vehicles do not belong to Mommy and Daddy.

Book sense is not always common sense. Many times graduating students find out that in the real world, things are different than they were told in the bastions of learning from which they just  matriculated. They have to start the process all over again, finding what counts outside the Ivy League. People in the trades get started earlier, get their hands dirty and get on with making a living without being burdened with loans to pay back.

Plying a trade requires every bit as much “higher education” as a Bachelor of Science degree but usually without acquiring a mountain of debt.  Trade crafts need to be encouraged or there will be no one to patch the roof, stop the leak, fix the transmission, repair the short, or build the brick wall. If you disagree, see how far you get with a fancy computer and a BS, BA, Master’s Degree or Doctorate.

It is time to reboot!

Gasohol Kills Engines

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Well, in case you missed it, that blip was Spring. Now Summer is blazing already. Crazy weather and besides complaining, we cannot do a thing about it. So, what is there? Let’s turn to alcohol!  And specifically, ETHANOL alcohol, the corn juice and grain distillate you find in your gasoline. Right now the mix is 10% but there is talk about increasing the percentage to 15% ethanol to 85% gasoline. So what, you say. Well, if you have a fairly new car it should be fine but at our shop at Gamka, we are finding a lot of issues with small engines that have been sitting with ethanol mix gasoline in the tank. Our customers are bringing in their gasoline engine powered equipment for repair because they don’t run well after laying around. Our mechanics are finding that the carburetors are clogged up from gasohol that has evaporated, leaving residues that clog small jets and orifices. The hotter the weather the more fuel will evaporate so take precautions to protect yourself from costly repairs. Ethanol is a solvent and will dissolve plastic, rubber, fiberglass and more and it absorbs water causing separation. Not good! Treat the fuel you are using with a gasohol stabilizer, There are several out there and they will keep the fuel in your tanks from going bad for months and even years. It only takes an ounce or two to keep you up and running so be forewarned!  That snow blower won’t be needed again until snow time, Maybe you won’t need that plate compactor for awhile. And if you won’t be using that pick up truck for a few months, make sure the gas has been treated too. Put some stabilizer in the tank and run the engine for a bit to get the treated fuel through.

Husqvarna Pre-Mixed Fuel - 2 Stroke

Husqvarna Pre-Mixed Fuel

Gasohol Ethanol

Yes, I know that it is a PITA but consider the consequences and take the advice of experts. Want more info? Google “Gasohol Dangers” or “Ethanol Gasoline Problems” and read for yourself.


Bob Hibler