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How to Repair Aluminum Boat Hulls
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by Don Stec, MAY 16, 2017



Today there is a lot of talk in the trade magazines about aluminum and how difficult it is to repair. It is different from steel, but it can be repaired with the proper training and equipment. What is much more uncommon is straightening aluminum sheet panels. Most boat owners when getting damage estimates have told me it was recommended to...
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Jack and Jill had a collision…
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by Don Stec, APRIL 25, 2017



I’ll call them “Jack & Jill”; they were the cutest young couple. I would guess they were about 20 years old, plus or minus. They were recently married and had just started to make a life together. Unfortunately one of their first lessons was to experience a motor vehicle collision…leading to a life style completely different than they had planned. They...
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Personal watercraft repair
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by Don Stec, APRIL 2, 2017



The caller said, “I knocked the nose off my Jet Ski.  I already did the hard work.  All I need is a price for a little finish sanding and paint work.”  Often the work an amateur does is presented to be the hard part.  The work the shop needs to complete the job is often trivialized. Unfortunately for the inexperienced...
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Rain increases vehicle collisions
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by Don Stec, MARCH 10, 2017



Driving in rain, especially when streets are flooded, can cause conditions to be more hazardous. Still, many people risk their safety and the safety of drivers nearby by not following the Basic Speed Rule.  The U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, defines the Basic Speed Rule: The Basic Speed rule requires vehicle operators to drive at a...
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Dry rot on recreational vehicle
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by Don Stec, FEBRUARY 9, 2017



With all the rain this year, the stage is set for a major production of a fungus that attacks wood, it is known as dry rot.  Surprisingly, many owners do not know that wood is often used in the structure of their RV.  That includes motor homes, travel trailers, truck overhead campers and boats.  Many owners know their motor home...
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Tire sudden sidewall failure
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by Don Stec, JANUARY 6, 2017



Well,  winter is upon us again in the North State and it looks like it will bring plenty of rain and snow to the mountains.  With the weather, I also expect to see collisions caused by what drivers describe as - “a blowout” of a tire.  This is typical every winter as vehicles get out of control on the slippery...
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