I've learned that simple vehicle maintenance never is...
My gas tap is leaking... it's not from the tap, so (with the help of Imperial) I figured it would be the gasket between the tap and the gas tank. Old bike, likely that it's cracked and dry. So, they order me in one ($5) and I run down to the underground to just throw it in. Should take 5 minutes.
Ha. heard that one before anybody?
Gs tank off, first thing I realize is that the vent on the top will leak gas when I turn the tank upside down to get at the tap. Holding my finger over it for the whole procedure is clearly not going to work, so a lucky piece of electrostatic foam, and the vent nozzle resting on that on my bike cover (so nothing gets scratched) will work. Then the little gaskets under the bolts holding the tap on are dry and brittle, and one breaks. But the main gasket is fine, which is good because the new one I got is the wrong size. Of course, it seemed like every time I ordered a part for my car the first one I got was wrong, so why should bikes be different? No problem, just put it back together, but now with the broken bolt gasket the tank leaks pretty good when it's on the bike. So clearly I have to make an emergency run to Home Desperate, which will require leaving the tank upside down on the foam which I reinforce with electrical tape which is also luckily in my toolbox. Of course Rona only has crappy rubber washers, which will stop the leaking but I don't imagine they will last long over the hot engine.
So, tomorrow after work I have to find an auto parts store and get a real gasket (or 5... I've learned well over the years) and do the whole dance again.
Of course wrenching my own old broken down vehicles has certainly taught me more about them (I once replaced a set of rear brake shoes in the parking lot of Canadian Tire at night in the rain) but one of these days I'd really love to own a newer vehicle and not have these problems (or so I think....).