17 May, 2015

A collapsible multi purpose trailer

Recently I bought a collapsible garden trailer which came with a fishing kayak sold on Trademe, a buy/sell NZ web site. The seller delivered the kayak using this. I met him at the half way point, Pokeno. Due to minor injuries, neither of us is able to load/unload this kayak (35 kg) on to our roof racks by ourself. This is the perfect solution to a common problem, back injuries.

The collapsing feature could be very important if we use this trailer only occasionally (autumn trees pruning). However I discovered that in spite of its excellent design it wasn't a simple operation to fold it up and store it in my garage. The product does not come with any instruction booklet or links to a web site. It was a great big, heavy jig saw puzzle. that weighs over 200 kg.

I contacted the seller who put me in contact with the manufacturer. He was very helpful; but I still have a few unanswered questions eg what is this?
what's this?
There are 2 of them. Is there a part for fitting into this bracket for holding up the trailer after the draw bar is removed for safe keeping? It doesn't seem practical for one man to try folding up this trailer alone. This is a most important feature. Perhaps future models can be fabricated in aluminium to make it a feasible option.
Mitre 10 mega in Hamilton is selling a smaller version @ NZD 100 less than this one; but theirs is a standard size garden trailer, (not quite long enough for my kayak); but with detachable draw bar. This feature is excellent for those who keep their trailer on the front lawn and is afraid of it being [borrowed] at night. A folding trailer can be locked up inside the garage making it a far superior product. It is also bigger by 30%.

If there is enough space you can also keep the trailer and the kayak inside a secure garage as shown here. There is also nothing to unload at home after a tiring day out fishing.

The kayak launching wheels used for putting the kayak on water at location.

This operation can easily be done by one man, lifting about 18 kg or less.

Removing the end and front panels for carrying longer loads

or the side panels all removed for use as a flatbed trailer.

draw bar removable

The front consisting of the jockey wheel and draw bar can be easily detached by removing 2 bolts rendering the trailer resistant to theft, (if stored in the open, on the front lawn.)

draw bar removed

The flat bed can be folded in half and stored in a very small space. It can be lifted vertically onto its castors (freeing the wheels) and rolled  to the back yard or maybe even stored inside the garage This a big advantage for householders who seldom need a trailer.

Quick release pins to be removed when folding the trailer

14 May, 2015

Beware of men in white dust coats

One day as I was driving my car, a Mitsubishi Challenger 4x4, I saw a red light blinking on the dash. So I pulled in at the Mitsubishi agent, Dallas Motors on Victoria street to find out whether there is anything wrong. Three men wearing white dust coats worked on my car immediately. I was watching them because one of them had a computer which he plugged into my car and looking at the monitor as he turned the dials. The end result, the idiot light stopped blinking on the dash. I was given an invoice for $75 which I paid and then I went home [happy] with the quick instant service.

On closer look at the invoice at home, I found that the itemised items included labour and material used. I became unhappy because it cost me so much money to replace just one brake-light bulb. Being a blogger, I post about my experience and forgot about it. A few weeks later, I received a call at home. The manager of Dallas Motors asked me politely to remove my post about his shop. Apparently my post has cost him customers. He offered to refund me the money but I declined to accept. I told him that I will not remove my blog; but he is free to sue me in court if he is unhappy.

Two years later Dallas Motors in Hamilton closed down shop. I am smiling now because I am driving a Nissan! There was nothing wrong with the Challenger; it was a good car; but the service was lousy.

10 May, 2015

Bamboo flute

08 May, 2015

Physiotherapy/ acupuncture experience

I had a pain in the back near the lumbar region. It became quite severe recently and Christine suggested that I try a wheat pack to relieve the pain. I used it early in the morning and whenever I felt pain. It worked! For a more permanent cure, I registered with a GP at the Avalon medical centre near my house, asking for a full medical check. My GP recommended that I see a physiotherapist. He took some urine and blood samples and that was it. The result will be known next week. He offered to give me some pain killer. I declined because it will only remove the symptoms; but the pain will still be there. I will not feel it, that's all. I do not believe in pain killers or any medicine of that kind.

25 April, 2015


There are many Chinese American laundry shops in the USA and they normally use Chinese names. There is one very popular laundry shop chain named Goldberg Laundry but it is owned and operated by a Chinese family. One day a customer gets very curious and asks the owner how come the name of their laundry shop is Jewish even though they are Chinese. "Well, it happened like this," the owner, whose surname is Ting, explains. "My grandfather was lining up for registration at the Immigration counter and he was behind a Jewish gentleman who reported that his name was Goldberg. Then my grandfather's turn was next and when asked to report his name, he said,"Sam Ting."


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