Daily Archives: April 21, 2015

High Taxes and Small Cracks . . .

I mentioned the other day about the 12% tax this Thousand Trails charged us on the $5 a day / $70 for two weeks upcharge for our 50amp site. Well, I found out where that comes from.

The normal sales tax rate here in Las Vegas is 8.1%. The 12% amount is the hotel tax charged here, the ‘room’ tax. Now why the $5 charge for 50 amp is a ‘room’ I can’t explain. I do know that I’ve never been charge tax on 50 amps before. But as Jan says, “Hey, it’s Vegas, Baby!”

After our morning coffee and English muffins, I put the finishing touches on the magnetic shade that covers the large driver’s side window, and got it mounted outside. And it quickly made a big difference in the heat coming in. Enough so that AC’s cycled on and off during the hottest part of the 85+ degree day. So far, so good.

Later in the afternoon, I took a shot at fixing the small radiator leak I’ve had for a month or so. I found that there was a small vertical crack on the top right edge of the radiator.

Anticipating this repair, I had picked up a tube of this JB Weld Epoxy.

JB Weld

J-B Weld SteelStik Steel Reinforced Epoxy Putty Stick

It’s easy to use, handles temps to 300 degrees, and pressures up to 900 PSI. So it should handle the radiator repair with no problems.

Radiator Repair 1

The crack ran just along the edge of the scalloped piece of metal on top of the radiator body. I first cleaned the area with a wire brush and roughed it up with sandpaper for increased adhesion. Finally I wiped the area down with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.

Cutting off a marble-sized piece of the JB Weld, I rolled it around in my fingers until it was a single color, and then into a 4” long snake. Then I pressed it into place along the crack and a little further out from the ends of the crack.

Radiator Repair 2

Checking back in an hour I found the joint perfectly cured and ready to go. So we’ll check it out tomorrow during our Wal-Mart trip.

For dinner tonight Jan heated up some of the Baked Spaghetti that we picked up from Crusty’s Pizza in Camp Verde before we left last Sunday. Really good.


Thought for the Day:

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