I have submitted my order for a new car. I am going with the new SQ5. The dealer isn't yet able to submit my order to the factory because I have decided to go with an Audi Exclusive colour this time around. The new production facility in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico is not yet accepting custom colour builds. My guess is they want to roll out their standard colours first. I am told that January is a realistic start to the build with delivery in February or March. I think the configuration I have put together will be amazing. The new SQ5 has been receiving warm reviews so far. Many of the reviewers compliment its potent balance of performance and functionality which is what makes my current one the perfect car for our small family. I'll be sure to update my blog once the actual build begins.
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It may seem overboard to some, but I make an annual thing out of sealing my driveway and garage pad. The sun and winter salt has a devastating effect on unprotected concrete. I sealed the cracks in the drive and pad with Sikaflex Crystal Clear transparent sealant and adhesive. After allow that a few days to fully cure, I went over the pad and driveway with a high gloss acrylic sealer. Here's a collection of photos that illustrate the various stages of the process. My drive and pad are ready for another year of use and abuse!
I kicked my summer break off by detailing a friend's 2016 BMW 435i ZHP. He has had the car for about a year now, and he takes pretty decent care of it, but it needed a bit of love. He's out of town for a week so he left it with me to work my magic. Here's a video that demonstrates the process I followed.
On May 31st, I pulled into the garage and as the door was going down the right-side spring snapped. It was startling loud to be honest. So, I panicked a bit and ended up calling a 24-hour garage door repair service. They responded quickly by sending a two-man crew. But, things went downhill from there. The two technicians attempted to clamp the broken spring together. I am no garage door expert, but these guys didn't seem to know what they were doing. After an hour of messing around, they informed me they needed to fetch a part at the shop. This was around 9pm. I said to my wife as they were leaving, "They aren't coming back". After an hour and a half I called the dispatcher. He told me he would touch base and get back to me. An hour went by, and no call-back. I called, but my call went straight to voicemail and that was the last contact I had with "The Garage Door Company".
In hindsight, I'm very glad they bailed because I called Creative Door the next morning, and they had all the spring specs on file since they are the company that originally built and installed the door. They custom-fabricated the springs on Saturday and a crew came out Monday morning to install them. I have to give a massive shout out to everyone at Creative Door. Just impeccable service and the $274 price tag was very reasonable.
Apologies for the prolonged absence. May and June were extremely busy months for me, this year. I am now on a six-week summer break, so I have lots of time to tinker in the garage. I have a big detail planned on a friend's BMW 435. I am going to be using my JLG products on that one. I want to conduct a thorough detail and polish on the SQ5, at some point. You should start see some new content in a week or so. Thanks for hanging in there.
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