I figured you guys could use a good laugh during these troubling times.
So here goes:
To day was my Yearly oil & filter change and a 2 year check on Valve adjustment on my 2012 Generac 10 KW. The sun was shining and it was a nice day to bring all of the tools out needed to do the above.
First things first.... Cold engine....Check the Valve lash. So I took off the valve covers and pulled the spark plugs.Took apart the left side panel trim to gain access to the rear fan on the Alternator.
As with Previous years I use a brand new # 2 lead pencil unsharpened that I check "TDC" with. It's nice and long and I can feel when I get to "TDC" by holding on to the pencil tip as the Piston rises.
I had done the outside cyl and was now on the inside bank. After I got "TDC" I only had to adjust the exhaust. After I was done I removed the pencil.
This is where I realized I screwed up! When I pulled the Pencil out it had no eraser on the end. I wonder how that fell off as I use the end without the eraser when inserted in the cyl. That's when I realized I screwed up and inserted the eraser end...Doooooooh!!
Lucky I have a bore scope which I promptly retrieved from my tool box. When I stuck the scope in there I could see the brass part and part of the eraser sitting off to one side. I have several pick up grabbers which I used fishing around but could not maneuver to the side of the cyl.
So after about 1 hour I got the old air hose out and blasted some air in the cyl.This finally moved the brass piece in
range and after another 15 min I finally Nailed that sucker and pulled it out.
That would have been hell on the vales and cyl walls. I know they make a "TDC" metal tool just for finding "TDC" ....so I'll be looking for one this week to add to my Tool collection.
So in the mean time Don't do what I did....it's like sticking a pencil in your ear to clean it out.... Use the right tool. Hope you enjoyed the Screw up and you got a laugh out of this... Not to proud to say I screw up every once in a while....