I spend most of my time belligerently refusing to follow good advice...


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  • early in the process i talked to guys who knew concrete - i also came here for advice - as per the advice i received, i tried several different form lubricants (deisel, vaseline ect) but they were too messy for my tastes. my intense desire to implement homegrown solutions to problems led me to the process which i've detailed above - i might've broken down and bought some form oil if i felt there was no other solution. thanks

    i sure would do it again, but as i told another commenter, if my labor had been figured in, the cost/benefit would've gone completely sideways... a large part of the reason i take on bigger projects like this singlehandedly is the enjoyment i gain from their completion! thanks!

    since i wasnt charging myself to do this i did not account for my labor cost - but if i were to do that the cost of the project would've gone through he roof - the projects i engage in tend to be labor intensive... in terms of materials, i did save about $600

    if i had cycled the molds every 24 hours, it would've taken me a month and a half. but i actually started and stopped on this project many times - and it took about six months to accumulate the requisite number of pavers... and about another month (working for about an hour each morning before i left for work) to dig out the sideyard and lay the pavers. thanks!

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  • dug the scale slip out of the file. I mistakenly told another commenter that the trailer weighed 1012 lbs... don't know where that number came from... but anyWEIGH... it weighs 1020 lbs...thanks!

    Why, thanks for noticing (blushes schoolgirlishly) - it's an 86 w/ a 318 and a four on the floor... (can you tell I like talking about it?) I've gotten used to towing some ridiculously heavy stuff with this truck over the years, and I was surprised as well that so many commenters had safety concerns for the Honda trailer, which is comparatively so lightweight and tiny...

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  • your idea has merit, though in my case, the unibody support structures north of the firewall were pretty damaged.

    Thanks! I've seen those caravans with the castor wheels as well, but they're not too popular here in burgerland. Yes, a retractable trailer jack/wheel is on the list of upgrades I intend to make - having to use the trailer dolly all the time gets cumbersome...

    funny you should mention volkswagens, as I had thought a Fox station wagon from the eighties would be a good candidate for this conversion as well - better wheel placement...

    yes I'm beginning to regret using the word "utility", as it perhaps implies that I intend to haul bricks... As many commenters have already discerned, I limit the loads to things like camping gear - and I keep that stuff in the hatch or immediately in front of the seat-backs (where the only cargo tie downs are) I wouldn't put anything heavier than a sleeping bag anywhere ahead of the door-sills, because as many have pointed out, incorrectly balancing the load of any trailer can be dangerous.

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