all that and a bag of chips


$125 to replace the weatherstripping around my windshield, which, after 13 years of dedicated service, is peeling off. I called two different places, and the estimates were within a few dollars of each other. The glass is fine, doesn’t need replacing. But, for some reason, both repair places seem to think that they will need to remove the existing glass in order to fix the weatherstripping. Even if they put the original glass back. While I figure out what to do, I’ve been driving with it loose, flapping in the wind or clamped in the power window. LAME.

On Friday, a kindly neighbor (who parks next to me in our shared carport) tucked the warmed-in-the-heat-of-the-day, and now flexible, strip back into the channel.

It snaps into a channel? I’ve been trying to do that, but it kept fighting me. Hmmm…


$3.99 for a tube of Permatex Weatherstrip Cement from the local auto parts store. Add one toothpick for more accurate application. Plus two cotton balls and a small amount of 91% isopropyl alcohol for cleaning the surfaces. Weatherstripping is now snapped AND GLUED into the channel. And I did it while wearing a dress, thankyouverymuch. The money I saved can pay for recharging my A/C system, which, I am pleased to say, runs R-134a refrigerant and not the old-style R-12. Woo, no converting! Maybe I should get one of those kits and refill it myself… after all, I’m feeling invincible.



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2 responses to “all that and a bag of chips

  1. You can do it! (the kits are a cinch). Worst case, buy the kit at the local Checker and flirt with the guy behind the counter so that he will assist you. :)

  2. Alison

    Now: weather stripping
    Tomorrow: the world

    Can i get a hell yeah for hot women who can fix their own shyte?

    Hell YEAH!

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