Fixing things

Have you guys ever taken something apart and then put it back together without finding of fixing anything and then, magically, it started working again?

I have, but it usually doesn’t work that way on aircraft. In fact, it usually tends to go the other way even. When you take the valve covers off on a Cessna 172, you need to install new gaskets. Especially when they have the cork gaskets on them and the last guy torqued them up pretty hard and installed them dry. They rip and tear and it’s usually a mess which you have to carefully clean up before installing new gaskets.

Something tells me that’s where Chuck might have failed…

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3 comments on “Fixing things
  1. kkrummy says:

    As a technician, I have an abhorence toward anything that doesn’t work correctly and efficiently. I’ve been fixing the paper towel dispenser in the restroom for 25 years….

  2. mike says:

    have you ever noticed that a lot of A&P mechanics drive old beat up cars that barely run?


  3. Antares says:

    There once was a german movie “Theo gegen den Rest der Welt” (funny road movie of the 80ies). Besides the main trucking-theme the hero fixes the engine of an old plane and afterwards one little part is left over…
    Mike, Stef, do you know it? Has it ever been published in english?!?

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