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Roger Walling

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  1. New Law, pasted today in the State of La. (Crushing Cars)

    "Water-damaged vehicle" means any vehicle, other than an antique

    vehicle or a vehicle in excess of twenty thousand pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW), whose power train, computer, or electrical system has been damaged by

    flooding as the result of a gubernatorially declared disaster or emergency and that is a "total loss" as defined in Paragraph (11) of this Section. 18

  2. You should make sure the correct VIN# is on all your paper work for your own peace of mind.

    1 If your car is stolen, you won't be able to prove it is yours if the VIN# is not correct.

    2 If it is wrecked, your insurance company will decline the claim because that is not the car that they insured. (That?s the first thing an appraiser looks for on a claim)

    3 You could even have your cat towed by a zealous police officer because the registration does not match the car.

  3. November 21, 2005

    Senate Passage of Louisiana Flooded Vehicles Bill Hurts Consumers

    BATON ROUGE, La. ? In a move that could prove detrimental to Louisiana consumers and insurers, the Louisiana Legislature narrowly passed a bill last night that would require all vehicles determined to be "total" losses as a result of recent flooding to be crushed.

  4. "Another way to prevent fraud is to put vehicles out of commission permanently, by crushing or shredding them. Most notably, Progressive decided that, because of concerns about contamination, vehicles from parts of New Orleans and all of St. Bernard Parish would be destroyed. The company estimates that about 4,000 vehicles will be destroyed, about 20 percent of 19,000 auto claims"


  5. As everyone knows, If you buy oil from a retailer, you can bring back the waste oil to them at no cost. Maybe if a law was enacted that if you bought a gal. of paint, they would have to give you a pint can for the return of the waste?

    It could be built right into the cost of the paint at a retail rate.(or unlicensed buyer charge) I think that some states already do that for tire sales.

  6. Dave you made a very good point,"in a legal sense "Hazardous Waste" is something that can only be made commercially"

    Maybe thats why the EPA wants to keep it out of non comercial hands altogether.

    At one point in time, the EPA thought that water based paint would be a good solution to solvents in paint. Then they thought about it, everyone would then just wash their guns in the sink and place all the harmful paint in the rivers.

    There just doesn't seam to be an easy way to handle paint that would not hurt someone. Who ever thought that fertilizer would be a restricted item?

  7. What this bill is really about is the illegal disposal of paints and thinners. All paint spraying, whether commercial or hobby shop, exhausts the ?volatile organic vapors? (voc's) into the air we breath. The only difference is commercial shops eject it straight up at least 30 feet into the air which has a tendency to be dispersed and is not too objectionable to the neighbors.

    All commercial spraying shops are required to have a closed gun washer, and may spray only low voc paint. They also must keep records on their waste and be responsible for its proper despoil.

    Most hobby shops clean their gun by spraying thinner into the air and they have no legal way to dispose of their hazard waste.

    Is there anyone here that would like to explain what they do with their hazardous waste?

    How many have enclosed gun washers?

    I do agree though, that hobby shop persons should be able to spray their own cars. But if you think about it, you cannot legally work on your own AC units with out a license.

    What are needed are suggestions that would allow individuals to paint their own cars, not a condemnation of shops that are operating with in the law.

  8. I helped set up a 12.000lb trailer for a friend with a 2002 Ford 450 dually. I put about 2000 lbs on the toung and then sent some of it to the front wheels by way of a load leveler hitch. The truck was perfectly level when I got finished.

    It rode well and had good steering all the way across the country.

    When we hit a bump, the whole truck went down, rather than the back end.

  9. I wanted to bring my 71 Chevy Impala Convertible to the muffler shop on a Sat morning before they closed. I own 6 vehicles with a trailer hitch on them, To my dismay, only the 32 ford roadster was around that day. It got it there at about 20 MPH. Needles to say, I picked it up with a car trailer when it was done) It sure turned heads though!

  10. Well we brought the Chysler back from Martha's Vinyard where it enjoyed about 15 years resting there. It had been started twice a year and driven a few times. We washed it it looks like a class 3 driver. It has a few spots where previous body work had been done 17 years ago. Does anyone have any intrest in it before it is put on e-bay?

  11. A friend is pulling out his T&C wagon out of the garage after its long sleep.

    I painted it about 27 years ago and it still looks good. We are going to give it a good wash and inspection and then offer it for sale. If you are interested, we will send pictures. It will be located in Springfield Ma. for inspection. Roger 413 592 6001

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