And Which of the Other Shoes is Going to Drop?

United States
September 17, 2017 6:58am CST
I have been worried that something will go wrong and of course it has to be with my car. Friday when I picked up my granddaughter from daycare, she said "grampy's truck!" My husband's truck is loud. Yeah, my muffler is getting loud. Yay me. Hubby looked online for the muffler and found the prices to be very high. So his time will be spent this week looking for the best price to replace the muffler. He will do the work himself so we will be saving the cost of labor. Thankfully the other shoe that would cost us much more (furnace replacement) hasn't dropped. Hubby was able to fix that at little cost.
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@just4him (127043)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Sep 17
You did save some money since both are quite costly.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
Yes, but unfortunately, my husband is laid-off from work again. Money is very tight.
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@just4him (127043)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly Yes, so any money you save is a good thing.
• United States
18 Sep 17
@just4him I try to save where I can. Wish hubby were more frugal though. He has a problem with saving.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
You are so lucky that your husband is so handy. Whenever the shoe drops here I have to pay someone to fix it
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• United States
17 Sep 17
There are some things that he can't fix and that will be a problem when and if they break down.
@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
17 Sep 17
I know what you mean about repairs on anything these days. They charge a fortune. That's why i haven't had anything done in my apartment yet. The cost. I wish I was handy with things like that, but I'm not. I hope you find that muffler at a good price.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
We still have 3 windows to replace, walls to finish, the bathroom floor needs to be replaced, plus 2 doors. That will all have to wait until he gets back to work.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
17 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly That is a lot. I need the entire apartment done here. Age is setting in. Believe me. I just have to wait to save the money for the repairs. And being an old house, there are limits as to what can be done.
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• United States
18 Sep 17
@inertia4 we had hoped to have it all done before fall. However, it looks like our plans will have to be put off until spring. He will be able to put a bandaid on the problem with the floor, but it will look like heck.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
How awesome to have a handy man around the house!!
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• United States
18 Sep 17
Yes, for that I am grateful. Also have a brother who is a carpenter, but at the moment he is busy building a 3 car garage with an apartment over the top. Busy man.
• United States
19 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly Wow, that's quite a project!
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• United States
19 Sep 17
@Jeanniemaries he built his home as well.
@Juliaacv (33168)
• Canada
17 Sep 17
Coincidental, I asked my hubby why his SUV sounds so awful, and he thinks that his muffler is going on it too. But we've got so many kilometers on it that we hate to replace the muffler since we feel its on its last legs. But I'm sure that in a few weeks he'll have to take it in for a replacement.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
Perhaps it can give the old gal a second wind and give you many more rides for a while.
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@Juliaacv (33168)
• Canada
17 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly A year ago we should have replaced it, but here we are a year later and still driving it. Well, he is, I won't drive it anymore, things are starting to go on it and I don't like that.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
@Juliaacv oh that is a long time to go without repairing something that needed to be done asap. I don't blame you for not wanting to drive it. I wouldn't either.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Sep 17
I am so sorry that your car is giving trouble. I hope that an affordable muffler can be found and your car will be running smoothly. Good the furnace was fixed at little cost.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
Wish we could attend to the other renovations.
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly I can imagine, it is very frustrating when you know what needs to be done and you can't get started. I hope you will be able to soon though.
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• United States
18 Sep 17
@bluesa with colder weather knocking at our door we may not be able to get to it until the spring. We need to think about getting fuel for the tank to keep us warm.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
17 Sep 17
I am glad your hubby was able to fix the furnace.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
It didn't cost much and I was happy with that one!!
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
18 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly The muffler is a serious matter here, you cannot circulate with a noisy muffler, if the police gets you, you are fined and you must bring the car immediately to a closest garage to repair.
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• United States
18 Sep 17
@LadyDuck there was a time when you would get pulled over for having a loud muffler. It is a safety hazard and you received a warning ticket and had to get it fixed within a few days.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
17 Sep 17
It is so annoying when cars go wrong, the parts are so expensive.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
I am hopeful that we can find the parts we need and that hubby can replace it on a weekend that I don't have to work.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
17 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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• United States
18 Sep 17
thank you.
@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
17 Sep 17
It's good that he can fix things like that and save money. Hiring someone is so expensive these days.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
Mechanics fees are through the roof. We have had to let a mechanic work on our vehicles a time or 3 and the price for labor is crazy.
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@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
17 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly The labor is often three times the price of the part!
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• United States
17 Sep 17
@Susan2015 I think that most of them will milk it until they get more out of you.
• United States
18 Sep 17
Maybe at one of the junk dealers hope he can find one Elusive. Yep it is always something.
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• United States
19 Sep 17
You need to be careful when buying parts at a junk yard. Don't know how long they will last. I'd rather buy new when it comes to the exhaust system. Better to be safe than sorry.
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• United States
19 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly Oh yes because holes and rust in the used ones..not safe.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
17 Sep 17
Car parts are getting crazy high. We have taken to checking on Rock Auto, many many times even with shipping they are the cheapest around. And they ship really fast. You might want to take a look at them online. My son needed a radiator the parts store around here wanted like 120 bucks, we got a brand new one on Rock Auto for 60 bucks and like 10 bucks shipping.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
I looked it up and sent the link to my husband. Thank you! Hope it works out for us.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
18 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly I hope so too I have Rock Auto on my fav list. and you are more than welcome.
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@BarBaraPrz (20699)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
17 Sep 17
Duck tape?
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• United States
17 Sep 17
I once owned a car that my uncle dubbed "the roll of duct tape on wheels."
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@BarBaraPrz (20699)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
18 Sep 17
@ElusiveButterfly Well, I knew WD40 wouldn't solve the problem...
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@andriaperry (58476)
• United States
18 Sep 17
You have a good husband with skills!
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• United States
18 Sep 17
I am thankful for that. However, when hunting season rolls around his skills get shelved for another hobby.
@Srbageldog (8244)
• United States
18 Sep 17
It's good your husband knows how to replace things like that. My boyfriend is clueless when it comes to any kind of repair -- unless it has to do with computers, then he knows a little.
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• United States
18 Sep 17
My husband knows very little about computers. I know a little of this and a little of that.
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@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
18 Sep 17
Close calls. I am glad the furnace is repaired.
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• United States
18 Sep 17
The furnace had been replaced about 4 years ago, so it should be good with only having to do minor repairs.
@DianneN (84977)
• United States
17 Sep 17
Glad your husband is so handy. Never a dull moment!
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• United States
18 Sep 17
Life is like that Dianne. You need to roll with the punches. I've become quite good at it.
@stbrians (15893)
• Kakamega, Kenya
17 Sep 17
He must be good with his hands, your hubby
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• United States
17 Sep 17
He is quite the handyman.
@RasmaSandra (19660)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
17 Sep 17
Well I hope he can get a good muffler at a fraction of the cost for you. With my husband now gone I will have to keep hoping everything around here stays in one piece.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
I wouldn't be able to do the repairs that the house or vehicles need on my own. Glad that he is capable of doing a lot of them.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Sep 17
Goodness, I'm sorry. Vehicles cost so much when something goes wrong but they are necessary.
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• United States
17 Sep 17
That's what my husband said. Also said it is better to keep them maintained then to let them fall apart.
@singhisback (2147)
• Jalandhar, India
17 Sep 17
I hope you get the good replacement soon
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• United States
17 Sep 17
Me too.
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