BASIC GARAGE SAFETY
Although earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods all bring different hazards, some of the basic precautions are the same.
For starters, it’s a good idea to make sure your garage is in good shape. Is the roof and siding sound, are the windows fully glazed and well caulked, and are the gutters and roof free of debris? While you’re checking, be sure to trim shrubbery or branches and tree limbs that overhang the garage or could brush against the building in a high wind. Not only will your garage and home be safer, it will look better. Also make sure that any outside doors have deadbolts, which not only protect against intruders, but keep high winds or flying objects from knocking them open. As an extra precaution, make sure your house number can be easily seen from the street to ensure that emergency help can find you quickly.
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HARD STARTING COLD By Paul Kelly, President Gig Harbor Cruisers Automotive Club
Difficulty starting a vehicle that has been allowed to sit for a number of days (that will then start well the rest of the day) is often caused by modern fuel. Modern fuel begins to vaporize (evaporate) at a much lower temperature than fuel that was available before the 1970’s. So, once the engine is shut off, the fuel in the carburetor bowl begins to evaporate through the bowl vent. If there is no fuel in the carburetor, the engine will not start.
Pumping the foot-feed during this time simply prolongs the agony, as the accelerator pump will pump the fuel into the engine, but in amounts insufficient for starting.
If you have this problem, try priming the carburetor by using an eyedropper and filling the carburetor bowl through the bowl vent prior to cranking the engine. If you do not wish to prime the engine, crank the engine for 15 to 20 seconds WITHOUT PUMPING. Then stop cranking, pump the foot-feed 3 or 4 times, release it, and then reattempt to start the engine. Priming the carburetor eliminates excessive wear on the starter.