Category Archives: Do It Yourself Maintenance

Air Filters and Maggots

Air Filters and Maggots

Traveling this winter, I realized more the do-it-yourselfness we Alaskans have. Case in point: I was staying with friends in a Texas suburb this month. It was Sunday evening and the streets were lined with what looked like squat soldiers--garbage cans--blue for recycle, brown for rubbish. For miles, heels backed into the gutter, standing at attention. They don't have local transfer sites, or "treasure islands" or general meeting places where people can go through each others garbage. Most individuals here wouldn't even THINK of filling their station wagon with bags of garbage to take to town-- so, so gross. Add to that, Texas Heat, and storing garbage on your property is very silly.  Fairbanksans are lucky. In winter, we can easily get an entire pick-up truck's worth of white bags stored up out back with little or no consequences. We sometimes pay when an escaped Husky has a frolic going for the bacon grease, yes. But for most  ... read more

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