I totally agree. I broke down and bought a tool for measuring. Still a pain. I've never used the flexible brake lines but if I don't get this right the first time I'm going that route. Spilling brake fluid on the paint really irks me.That push rod is a pain. Not hard to do but mine is still out of adjustment. At one point the car would brake itself after driving for a few miles and heating up the fluid. Now I am at the other extreme with my pedal on the floor. Wasnt too bad before carpet was installed. Now I get to adjust it again.