What are you working on?

I think you don’t have to be an aircraft mechanic to sympathize with Julio in this strip. I think everybody had to open something in their lives, some kind of gear, device, or only just some packaging, where they had to go through half the toolbox to eventually succeed. I, for one, sometimes wonder why they don’t make bank vaults out of the same material and design that some clam shell packaging is made of!

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9 comments on “What are you working on?
  1. Rick says:

    I thought the various implements of destruction; chainsaw, dynamite, crowbar, etc.,
    were what Julio was planning to use on Chuck,
    probably for something Chuck did to the aforesaid heading indicator.
    There does appear to be a smile on Julio’s face in the first frame…

  2. JP Kalishek says:

    I’ve been known to open and repair unopenable/unrepairable stuff, and it can feel a bit like that as well.

    Like the bent crow bar. I’ve never broken a crowbar, but I have broken two vices (the actual clamping devices not the foible sort)

  3. ThisGuy says:

    I was half expecting to see half of an aircraft in parts spread out across the workbench. I think everyone who has worked on planes knows the ones where the instruction for bleeding the brakes starts with: “disassemble and remove the rear seat, see section 6.2.3 part a through f”

    (Atleast it doesn’t seem to be as bad as modern cars, where swapping a lightbulb means taking out half the engine…)

  4. Catapult says:

    @ JP Kalishek

    Then what you broke was a ‘vise’, if you’re writing in American. See ‘fuse’ and ‘fuze’ for further confusion; some military engineers insist on the difference.

    @ ThisGuy

    I lived in New York City for thirty years and didn’t have a car. When I moved to the midwest I was completely bewildered to discover that cars don’t have carburetors any more.

  5. Magnus Danielson says:

    Julio could probably use Chuck’s expertice in having things break. Chuck would probably enjoy that he could both fly and help Julio at the same time.

  6. JP Kalishek says:

    Catapult: Pre-caffeine posting is disrecomended (~_^)

    ThisGuy: GM (Gov’t Motors, or Great Mistake) is great for requiring a body shop to change headlight bulbs. The G6 has to have the headlight housing removed to change the bulbs. It isn’t something one can easily do in the parking lot during a rain shower. A lot of the tight ones I am able to get swapped squeezing in but GM decided there should be no way to even see the bulb retainer. The owner said her hubby complained it took longer to change than the old style sealed beams on his pickup.

  7. HappyBappyAviation says:

    NOOOO!!! We have to wait a whole week for the reveal of the funny story!!! *sniff sniff* Keep ’em coming guys! Love ’em! BTW, have you heard of Share Aviation? You guys could bring a massive following to your site though them considering it is site for pilots by pilots (literally, that is their catch phrase). And I have already seen at least three people (including me) talking about it, and probably more that I don’t know about!

  8. bernd says:

    The main reason we bought our aircraft (Socata M.S. 880 B, aka “Rallye 100 ST”) was that it was cheap, both to own and to operate, but it turns out that it is also easy to maintain. Most things are just a handful of screws away. We recently had to have a flap limit switch replaced and it was just one hour, including some fault analysis, removal of the seat pan, testing both installed switches and two replacement switches, removing the faulty one, replacing it, adjusting it, applying corrosion protection and reinstalling the seat.

    HappyBappyAviation, I’d be surprised if there are many people at ShareAviation who don’t know Chicken Wings.

  9. v says:

    Now this is unexpected, Julio being somehow so… Chuck-ish.

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