Diagnosing & Fixing Fault Code P0121: Throttle Position Sensor on 2013 GMC Yukon XL

2013 GMC Yukon XL with Check Engine Light and Brake light on

My spousal unit arrived home and promptly showed me the picture taken of the dreaded CHECK ENGINE light on our 2013 Yukon. (The parking brake is set, so that’s not a trouble light, but rather an indicator.) Last time, about… Continue Reading

Last chance to get best apple pie 2019, Countdown begins: Last Day is November 10th and they close for the season!

Picture of best apple pie ever in edneyville

About a month ago, I posted about the best apple pie, ever… Mountain Fresh Orchards in Edneyville, NC.  Apple pie so good, you don’t need ice cream.  Well, sad news: Mountain Fresh Orchards store closes for the season on November… Continue Reading

Review: Love our DuroMax XP12000EH Generator, built hard cover & oil change

DuroMax Beast Portable Generator

Our electricity goes out often, at least once every 2 to 3 months.  All the outages are to be expected, given our location, but Duke Energy has been impressive with response.  We’re typically without electric for only a day or… Continue Reading

What’s this Virtual Lab Rats thing, anyway? Where did you come up with that name, what does it mean? Blame it on NPR.

Desolate Texas freeway 2 lane

VirtualLabRats.com started sometime early in the year 2000, nearly twenty years ago as of this writing.  I worked a few years as an over-the-road truck driver, between Military Police School in the Army at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, and being a… Continue Reading

Best group dog training: Obedience Club of Asheville

AKC Canine Good Citizen meet and greet test

The first dog I remember was Toby. He was a doberman pincher, I was about 3 years old.  My father trained him with what I now believe to have been the Koehler method. For those not familiar, it’s a dominance-based… Continue Reading