Friday, August 12, 2022

It Happened; I Am Happy--Flat Tire

Friday was an absolutely gorgeous day, sun and blue skies. low humidity, and a few fluffy white clouds. Plus, at one point in the middle of the day, it was 83F as opposed to somewhere in the 90s. Of course, the temps will go back up and that is perfectly okay. 

Tommy went out to the washing machine and discovered his back driver side tire was flat. I don't mean low; I mean flat on the ground. I was ecstatic because it did not happen when we were gone, plus now was a good time to test the little gadget to see if it really would fill a tire from flat. We used it to fill a half-flat tire, but this was a true test. lol...okay in my opinion. I knew we would need this air compressor eventually. We did and I am happy it worked for us. 

He went into the house to find his tire gauge. I have no idea why it must be kept in the house. But, when he disengaged the air compressor, and used the tire gauge, the compressor would not start again. I remember it can only used for so many minutes before it must cool down. I just hope it will start again in order to finish filling. It did.

I love this little air compressor. We would have to call for help and pay or get a neighbor down here. I think the guy across the street has an air compressor that has wheels and is huge.  Well, he did 20 years ago. But, today, we did it ourselves, Tommy mostly. 

He took the car in and had the tires rotated while he was there. It cost him nothing because he has some sort of hazard plan. Of course, I followed him in my car and we went back in my car so he could retrieve his car. Oh, there was a screw in the tire. 

I HAVE A THEORY

Since I have developed this theory, I pick up fewer screws/nails/pieces of metal. Not all these small tire hazards on the road cause a problem. Some are thrown off the side of the pavement. Then, they rest here in the bit of gravel or between grass and pavement. They don't get thrown again and go into the grass. So, they accumulate making a hazardous place to turn around or drive across, especially if you just scooch off the road to turn around, running on a path of the grave. This is also true for old service station areas, abandoned with just the pavement left. That bit of pavement looks like a good place to turn around. It is. But, I believe it is a prime place to pick up tire hazards! Prove me wrong...lol. 

I avoid these handy looking places and beg Tommy to do so, too. But, he ignores me. You know I don't know anything! 

When he aired up this tire, it immediately started losing many pounds of air, visible when we looked at it. Thankfully, Pep Boys was less than two miles from here.

Does my theory hold water? Tell me what you think? Have you picked up an inordinate amount of tire hazards by driving in places between pavement and grass or on old, abandoned patches of asphalt or concrete? 

My car was started and driven, something I needed to do, so two chores.

Dinner--chili and cheese, hotdog and bun, and coleslaw. Tommy did not have cheese. I took one bun, put it on the plate and placed two hotdogs on the one bun, topped with chili and grated cheese and ate it with a fork. Tommy picked his buns up with his hands. He had Bob Evan's Mashed Potatoes. 

One chore and the car have been our day! Plus, he did two loads of laundry for me and I hung it inside.

16 comments:

  1. I'm never quite sure where tire hazards are picked up, I also wonder how they manage to go straight in. I'm sure nobody could puncture a tire if they actually wanted to.
    I once had three flats in three weeks. You wouldnt read about it!

    You did well. Two loads of laundry makes a chore as well so you tick a few boxes today

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    1. kylie,
      Well, that is just my theory. The things that don't go straight in are probably the ones thrown off the road into the area between pavement and grass.

      Three flats in three weeks is amazing. I once took my car in when I saw a nail in the rear tire. When the guys put it on the rack, they found another nail in the other rear tire right across from the original nail! The guy said he had never seen that before.

      Right, two chores. The laundry was not on my list of three...lol. I need help counting.

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  2. Glad that happened at home and not while you were out and about.

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    1. Cheryl,
      Now that we have the little air compressor, the problem is lessened. We can fix the flat tire by ourselves temporarily to get to help. Being hot would be the major problem right now. A flat is always a problem, but not so much now.

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  3. Bad luck with the flat tire, but good luck having it happen at home where you have your own air compressor. Thank goodness it wasn't one of the blistering hot days we have all been having lately.

    I hope you sleep well when ever your normal sleep time is, you can count your blessings as you drift off to sleep. Take care.

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    1. susie,
      I dragged up a lawn chair to watch...lol. And, I was very grateful that the temp was in 80s! It would have been deadly to just watch on other days.

      It is too bad I don't know when my normal sleep time is. I do get 4.5 hours when I do get to sleep. Thanks.

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  4. I picked up tire hazards in affluent suburbia--no idea how, but it looked like the nails had been hammered straight in. The other hazards were our children. One day, while second eldest and little sister were outside playing on our farm, they decided to let the air out of the tires in both vehicles. (I swear I only turned my back to hang laundry!)

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    1. Meg,
      Every nail or screw in a tire of mine did look like it went in very straight. I wonder if something in the tire lines up the hazard. Children are tire hazards! Aren't they fast? I decided to siphon gas and swallowed it twice. My mother swore she barely took her eyes off me.

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  5. Glad you were able to air up the tire and go get it fixed. My dh is always saying to avoid those spots along the side of roads where you can pick up screws and nails in your tires.

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    1. One,
      Thank your dh for confirming something I knew was true, but had no one to back me up on this. I knew it was happening to me!

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  6. We had 4 tires pick up nails/screws in 6 months. It was exasperating! Linda, I cannot believe you survived swallowing gas twice. That is crazy. What were you thinking, trying to siphon gas?

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    1. I was three and did what I saw my father do. When I swallowed, I tried to do it again. When I swallowed it the second time and swallowed it, I stood around a bit and decided maybe I ought to tell Mama since I thought it might make me sick. A wild ambulance ride to the hospital, pumping out my stomach, and a night in the hospital all alone is how I survived.

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  7. I hate a screw loose and a flat tire. What the Brits call a 'puncture'

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