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Problems, Repairs And Fixes: Household, Shop, Etc.

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  1. searcher

    searcher Mother Lode Found Site Supporter ++ Mother Lode

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    Once in a while I come across some pretty good info & vids on general household and shop probelms, repairs and fixes. Rather than posting them helter-skelter, I thought it would be better to have them all in one place. So if you have any problems, repairs and / or fixes you'd like to share please do so.


    Cordless Drill Battery Pack Rebuild for $20 or Repair for $0

    [video=youtube_share;PtOS5evrqrQ]http://youtu.be/PtOS5evrqrQ[/video]

    http://youtu.be/PtOS5evrqrQ

    Published on Oct 15, 2012

    Nicd Battery Pack Rebuild
    Total cost was $22.54 to rebuild the entire 14.4V Pack with better than original batteries.

    Time was about 15-30 minutes to rebuild the each pack.

    You are looking for SUB C Nicad batteries. Online is your best bet(Ebay)

    "Sub C" are approx 1-11/16" or 43.1mm tall
    "4/5 Sub C" are approx 1-5/16" or 33.4mm tall

    Both are approx 7/8" or 23mm round the same as a C size battery
     
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    Great idea for a thread.
     
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    Life Hacks

    [video=youtube_share;pz1PI3CrOd8]http://youtu.be/pz1PI3CrOd8[/video]

    http://youtu.be/pz1PI3CrOd8

    Published on Jan 24, 2015

    Tips, tricks and trade secrets that can make a real difference in the quality of your life at home and at work.

    http://youtu.be/n0DFhgTt-c4
    http://youtu.be/A7Vy8TLIQlo
    http://youtu.be/FSEGSCjODHc
    http://youtu.be/mOZeKG5j5TE
    http://youtu.be/Es6EQNPXb2c
    http://youtu.be/uYnQpacIUiY
    http://youtu.be/zsqVKuVGQS4
    http://youtu.be/WWgJr729qDM

    You know, since I started this channel I’ve been sharing skills, shortcuts and tricks of the trades to help people in their everyday lives. So today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you even more life hacks!

    Alright, they say start off with a joke and in a lot of places I’ve worked, safety and first aid is a total joke. Now you can be prepared for if you or someone around you gets cut real bad by keeping a sterile compression bandage inside of your hardhat.

    If the stones on your grind-wheel are getting rounded or getting impregnated with debris – you can make your own wheel dresser by stacking flat washers on a loose fitting bolt.

    Use a spoon to gently pry up under the lid of a jar you can’t open and pop the seal without destroying the lid.

    You can make a fireplace plug like this one out of a piece of plywood, a couple of boards, some handles and some screws in only a few minutes and dramatically cut down on the draft you get when the fireplace is not in use.

    Protect your car’s upholstery with some cheap Polar Fleece blankets and use them to insulate pizza or other takeout food until you get home with it.

    If you’re working in the field sometimes you have to get creative and here’s a solution I came up with for when I needed a vise but didn’t have access to one.

    Prevent foul air conditioning system smells by turning off the A/C and running full fan full vents to dry off your car’s evaporator before shutting it down.

    Press your finger hard up against a fastener you can’t see to take an impression that will help you identify the tool you need.

    Repair a stripped out screw-hole by inserting a wooden toothpick or a wood splinter into the hole before driving the screw in.

    Wrap the head of your fastener in a small piece of paper towel or shop rag to keep it from dropping out of the socket while you’re working with it.

    Now, imagine you’re lying in bed trying to sleep and all you can hear is… (FAUCET DRIPS)

    If you can reach the supply valves you can just turn the water off and go back to sleep.

    Failing that, try this old trick my Dad showed me when I was twelve years old and he caught me tearing into his sink at three o’clock in the morning trying to get at the valves.

    Now, if you’re catching drips in a bucket – just put a hand towel in it for a nice soft quiet landing spot while you go back and get some sleep. You can always fix it in the morning.

    Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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    Speed up folding laundry:

     
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    Out of C - D cells use AA batteries instead

    [video=youtube_share;Z13XHgL5qCQ]http://youtu.be/Z13XHgL5qCQ[/video]

    http://youtu.be/Z13XHgL5qCQ

    Published on Jan 29, 2015

    Use AA batteries in the place of anything requiring C cells or D cells. The voltage of all these cells is the exact same. The only difference is the capacity(how long they will last).
     
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    *Wasn't going to include car problems in this but what-the-heck.

    How To Fix Broken Windshield Washers -EricTheCarGuy

    [video=youtube_share;vt2_twTq4nM]http://youtu.be/vt2_twTq4nM[/video]

    http://youtu.be/vt2_twTq4nM

    Published on Jan 30, 2015

    How To Fix Broken Windshield Washers is a step by step tutorial on how to solve a problem with your windshield washers. There are actually several problems that can come up with windshield washers from electrical to mechanical. I cover both contingencies in this video. I also talk about the different types of washer fluid and the importance of using the correct one during the winter.

    **NOTE** I just used vacuum line in this video because it's what I had handy. You may want to use the specific tubing for this application as using rubber vacuum line can cause issues. The alcohol in the washer fluid can degrade rubber causing the nozzles to clog up. Be sure to tell your parts supplier that you want tubing that's safe for windshield washers for best results.

    Thanks for watching.
     
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    Repairing a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

    [video=youtube_share;72ollviXOL0]http://youtu.be/72ollviXOL0[/video]

    http://youtu.be/72ollviXOL0

    Published on Jan 30, 2015

    PCMag's Jim Fisher spends some time making repairs to the drone he flew into a tree.
     
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    Life Hacks 2

    [video=youtube_share;UnFqg2fnJp4]http://youtu.be/UnFqg2fnJp4[/video]

    http://youtu.be/UnFqg2fnJp4

    Published on Feb 1, 2015

    Save effort, time and money with these 10++ more Life Hacks, shortcuts & trade secrets! Tips & tricks for work, home and auto!

    See Life Hacks (1) http://youtu.be/pz1PI3CrOd8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A40QAZ...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNnQUH...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnv1fW...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ab0J9...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7Vy8T...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhLHdS...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eHzet...

    Alright so today on Repairs101 I’ve got even more life hacks, shortcuts and trade secrets for you - so stick around.

    Alright, speaking of cars, backing into parking stalls is infinitely safer than backing into a busy parking lot, alleyway or roadway. Being backed in also ensures access to your engine compartment – in most cars. Some cars store their batteries and even their engines in the rear of the car so be familiar with your vehicle and park it accordingly.

    If you have to boost your battery and your car has a negative ground – which almost all of them do – connect the black / negative / ground cable last and disconnect it first. If you heard differently you heard wrong.

    When you’re assembling plumbing, like under a sink, it’s best to start with everything loose and then to tighten it all gradually and evenly so it draws itself together into position and that way nothing needs to be forced.

    I use mineral oil to protect everything from furniture to kitchen tools – it’s cheap, non-toxic, it doesn’t go rancid like food oils and it’s available at almost any pharmacy.

    You know I used to find my sunshade was always slipping off and falling on the front seat, until I started using these snack clips.

    Use a nail or cold chisel to pierce a small hole in the trough of your paint can to drain excess paint back into the can.

    Instead of throwing out a broken axe or hatchet head, cut back the toe to create a Tomahawk style head.

    Don’t let this happen to you on Prom Night! Grab a floor-mat out of the car and keep your clothes clean and dry.

    Keep your files from clogging by rubbing ordinary chalk onto them, and clean them using a file card.

    Whether you’re in the kitchen or in the engine room you’re going to thank me for this one when you need a funnel. Just cut the corner out of a thick plastic bag and then cut the tip off of that.

    You can make scrapers that remove all kinds of stickers and decals off of glass paint or metal without scratching it. All you need is a heavy piece of plastic, lexan or plexiglass and run it over your belt sander to give it a nice, fine edge.

    If you’re in a real pinch and need some bright torch light – look no further than your kids’ toy box.

    Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!

    [h=4][/h]
     
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    Tool Knowledge Challenge - What The Heck Is That? Vol 2

    [video=youtube_share;UdzsKzCPenA]http://youtu.be/UdzsKzCPenA[/video]

    http://youtu.be/UdzsKzCPenA

    Published on Feb 7, 2015
    Play the Repairs101 "Tool Knowledge Challenge" - see if you can correctly identify these 10+ somewhat unusual workshop tools.

    See the PREQUEL: "Tool Knowledge Challenge - What The Heck Is That?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2aR2N...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v6QtC...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf-zAM...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA7lHj...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0aC6x...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nF1tt...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAImQi...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK1TL3...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eHzet...

    Alright, today on Repairs101 – back by popular demand – it’s the second edition of the Tool Knowledge Challenge!

    Alright, I’ll start off with this one – not because it’s hard to figure out what it is – because I think it’s really cool. I got it at a lawn sale for a buck with the stone on it and everything.

    If you know what these are then you know what this is. I’ve tried just about every filter wrench I’ve ever come across and this old strap wrench beats them all.

    Telling you to have a look at my “Grout Renewal” video… Telling you to have a look at my “Grout Renewal” video should be hint enough to get this one, even if you haven’t seen it yet.

    These are three eights inch square drives. They’re used mainly on flare nuts, like this one, on this flared brake line.

    If you find some of these in your Granddad’s shed – hold on to them. He probably picked them up because he had a loose axe handle or hammer handle.

    OK so the top one is digital and it doesn’t count so pretend you can’t see it and just notice that the other ones all share the same scale developed by Pierre Vernier for precise measurements accurate to one - one hundredth of a millimetre and one - one thousandth of an inch.

    This just looks like an ordinary tri-corner hammer until you get a close look at it and see that the face pivots. So it will always hit its target square without risk of damaging glass.

    If you’ve ever worked on a machine and struggled to remove hoses after they’ve been on there for a while, you’ll really want to get some of these.

    Now you wouldn’t be wrong if you referred to this as a pilot because that’s what the drill bit is there for. But the drill arbor itself is a means of attaching a heavy duty hole-saw.

    People like to call these things “buttons” and “fittings” but they’re actually called “anvils” and you can see how they’re used in one of my favourite videos “Brake Line Double Flares”.

    This transfer pump is inexpensive and efficient and it makes a lot of otherwise difficult jobs… easy.

    Alright, thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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    I noticed that when he attached the ax handle with those goobers, he pounded them in at a 90 degree to the head instead of aligned with it.
    opinions?
     
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    searcher Mother Lode Found Site Supporter ++ Mother Lode

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    That was a first to me. I've always aligned.
     
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    More than one way to skin a cat.............

    Axe & Hammer Handle Replacement

    [video=youtube_share;g0aC6xOppio]http://youtu.be/g0aC6xOppio[/video]

    http://youtu.be/g0aC6xOppio

    Published on Mar 16, 2014
    How to do-it-yourself instructional on replacing wooden handles on axes and sledgehammers using traditional wooden wedges and steel wedge staking.

    Alright so today on Repairs101 I've collected a whole bunch of tools over here that need their handles replaced and I've got a bunch of wooden handles and I'm going to show you how it's done.

    So this is definitely an example of how not to secure your handle to your tool head. You want to get the old handle out by whatever means necessary.

    It's critically important that you know where the bottom of the kerf is so that you can insert it properly into the tool head - so mark it with a pencil.

    Fit the handle through a series of trials observing where the witness marks indicate the base of the tool head lands in relation to the bottom of the kerf.

    Never pound the handle on the ground or hit it with a steel striking surface like a hammer, it will crack the handle base. Instead choose a nice beating stick from your firewood pile, something with a little heft.

    You can use any number of tools to reduce the handle including the axe head itself. I've collected quite a number of rasps and rifflers over the years as I like to do the odd bit of wood carving. Or you could use some sandpaper, say one twenty grit or something even coarser.

    Again, it's critically important that the base of the head extend at least a half an inch beyond the bottom of the kerf. You want a tight fit with no gaps showing.

    A little carpenter's glue will make sure the wedge can never slip out.

    Now I've seen a lot of different styles of steel wedge placement in the past and I think the lesson there is that there is no one way to do it. They say more than one road leads to Rome and hey it's true! Check it out there's even an airport.

    You definitely want to counter-sink your steel wedges a little bit. You can turn a larger steel wedge diagonally to make sure it fits without touching on the edges. You see I didn't get this one quite centered but it'll be fine.

    Recently I've been using Mineral Oil to protect wood because it's cheap, non-toxic and available at almost any pharmacy.
     
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    Snow shoveling West Virginia style. Life hack!

    [video=youtube_share;FNdUAatXLY4]http://youtu.be/FNdUAatXLY4[/video]

    http://youtu.be/FNdUAatXLY4

    Published on Nov 30, 2014
     
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    I am a carpenter by trade, so I do all my own work, and on time off I also do small contracts. For someone lacking the handyman know how, this website is excellent for doing repairs and installations around the house:
    http://www.familyhandyman.com
     
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    I have used this to solve many mechanical issues. It is a rather incredible unit and I have nothing but praise for it.



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    :thumbs_up:...............Reminds me of some of the peeps I worked with over the years :beerglass:
     
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    Jump start tips

    [video=youtube_share;IG_gOmjKpRM]http://youtu.be/IG_gOmjKpRM[/video]

    http://youtu.be/IG_gOmjKpRM

    Published on Feb 16, 2015
    Sooner or Later your Vehicle will need a jump start.
    Some hints may be helpful.
     
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    This video reminds me that I need to hone my worthless video detector skills- and that I had better have a good %@!$ reason to open random ones.

    My no thanks button seems to be out to lunch again...
     
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    that video was funny though
     
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    Lube, Oil & Filter - Pro Mechanic Tips & Tricks

    [video=youtube_share;WEXQZ5zFkbo]http://youtu.be/WEXQZ5zFkbo[/video]

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    Published on Feb 21, 2015
    Professional mechanic's tips and tricks of the trade for easier lube, oil and filter service. ( It's like lifehacks for mechanics ).

    Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to go over some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years about performing lube, oil and filter maintenance.

    Be sure to write the date and engine hours or vehicle mileage on any filters you install with a paint pen or a Sharpie.

    If your air filter is fairly recent and your vehicle hasn’t seen any severe service – you can usually reuse the filter – once – by banging it out like this or by using some compressed air to clean it.

    To avoid difficulties the next time you change your oil filter be sure to lubricate the gasket before you install it.

    Flag your engine when you’re doing oil changes by pulling the dipstick nearly all the way out and taking off the oil cap and putting it somewhere where everyone will understand that the oil has been dropped.

    Sometimes it’s hard to reach the oil filler tube so keep the right size and shape funnel in your kit. And these valve pouring nozzles are a great deal at about five bucks and they come with an adapter for standard one litre and four litre size jugs.

    It can be challenging pouring from a four litre bottle and keeping it from splashing everywhere, so here’s something I learned from a master mechanic I used to work for: turn the bottle around to make the pouring more controlled and less likely to spill.

    Keep your grease guns in a leak-proof box. As the grease ages, oil settles out of it and ends up leaking all over your stuff.

    I use white lithium grease for most assembling and marine applications, Moly for regular service like auto steering linkages and this waterproof grease in this lever action gun is for extreme duty applications like the mast rollers on a forklift.

    My favourite to use is my pistol grip grease gun … and when the hose failed on it I bought some wire braided hydraulic hose … plus this one eighth inch National Pipe Thread coupler … to allow this grease gun easy access to even the hardest to reach zerks.

    If you don’t know what kind of oil to use in your engine have a look at my video from 2011 “Choosing Engine Oil”.

    And for all the basic oil and filter change procedures, see my 2011 video “Changing Engine Oil”.

    Alright thanks for watching! Don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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    How A Blocking Diode Works & Testing A Diode With A Multimeter

    [video=youtube_share;tIdrxFsRIcI]http://youtu.be/tIdrxFsRIcI[/video]

    http://youtu.be/tIdrxFsRIcI

    Published on Feb 24, 2015
    Read the full blog post here: http://www.thediyworld.com/blog/?p=1610

    I had a blocking diode fail on me a few days back. It was the diode between the wind turbine and my battery bank. This diode actually became a zero resistance two way conductor and drained my battery bank through the DC wind turbine.

    A diode is like a one way valve. It allows electricity to flow in one direction but blocks it from flowing in the other direction.

    When a diode fails it can sometime short right out and conduct electricity in both directions. This is what happened to mine.

    There is a silver band on a diode. This is the negative side. The other end is the positive side. So if you want power to flow from your wind turbine like mine, for example, then you would have the positive wire form the wind turbine connected to the positive side of the diode. Then the negative side of the diode on the battery bank plus terminal.

    You can test a diode with a multimeter set on Ohms scale. Using the meter on a medium Ohms setting simple connect the test leads to the diode. Either way, it is not important for this test.

    In one direction you will measure some resistance. In the other direction the flow of electricity will be blocked and you will measure infinite resistance.

    When a diode blows out like mine did, you will have energy being conducted in both directions. My blown diode actually shows zero resistance in both directions. This is quite surprising. It is no wonder my battery bank was drained through the wind turbine.

    Follow my daily progress on the path to self sufficiency on my off grid solar homestead.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/techman2...
     
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    Shop Supplies You Need

    [video=youtube_share;4VODazhCIj0]http://youtu.be/4VODazhCIj0[/video]

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    Published on Feb 28, 2015
    Bonding agents, degreasers, lubricants and solvents make up my top ten list of must-have products for auto, home and workshop.

    Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to go over a list of shop supplies that I depend on all the time and that you’re going to want to have handy in your home or shop.

    OK the first solvent I’ll mention is Acetone. It’s good for cleaning up just about any kind of paint and many plastics and polyester resin. It even makes a good degreaser and clean up for solder flux.

    Now besides the obvious use of thinning paint I use Paint Thinner to remove the gummy residue left behind by the labels from bottles and jars and as a smoothing agent for caulking.

    Brake Cleaner is a really strong solvent used for greasy dirty brake components and can be used to remove grease stains from carpet or upholstery just by applying it to a rag and lifting off the stain.

    I find Carpenters Glue handy for all kinds of fixes to all kinds of furniture and for making wooden boxes and repairs to other household items.

    I use J-B WELD and J-B KWIK for wood, plastic and metal repairs and just about anywhere – at home, at work, auto… marine – it bonds great, it’s remarkably strong and it’s sandable and therefore shapeable.

    Mineral Oil is non-toxic, cheap and available at almost any pharmacy. It’s perfect for kitchen utensils because it doesn’t go rancid and it can be used to revitalize furniture, tools, art or whatever else you have made of uncoated wood.

    WD-40 is a terrific penetrating oil that I also use for corrosion and rust treatment and prevention.

    Now as far as lubricant goes – here’s a small bottle that lasts a long time. Only a tiny drop of TENACIOUS OIL is required to lubricate almost anything including bicycle chains.

    NEVER-SEEZ is designed to protect fasteners from corrosion and rust – but it can also be used around the house to lubricate things like hinges and locks.

    NEVR-DULL is a super-fine polishing compound that can remove rust – a form of slow oxidization. It also easily supports a form of rapid oxidization.

    Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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    Battery Care and Maintenance Tips -EricTheCarGuy

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    Published on Mar 6, 2015
    Battery Care and Maintenance tips was actually suggested by my good friend and forum moderator at EricTheCarGuy.com, College man aka Paul Krawsek. I thought it was a great idea for a video so I ran with it.

    The batteries in our vehicles are often overlooked until they don't work. With a little time, some relatively inexpensive tools, and a basic knowledge of what to look for, you can keep your battery working for a very long time. You'll also know if the battery isn't on it's way out before there is a failure. No on likes getting stranded and this is a good way to prevent that.

    I hope the tips in this video are helpful and help you take care of your automotive batteries.

    Thanks for watching.

    The best place for answers to your automotive questions: http://www.ericthecarguy.com

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    When is a Chain worn out? ATV, Motorcycles, and other Equipment

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    When and How to replace a roller chain on ATV's, Motorcycles and other equipment.

    Stretched roller chain easily destroys sprockets; costing you down time and big bucks.

    **mobile links to videos at end of this video**
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    Cold Frame for Balconies & Patios - How to Build

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    Published on Mar 7, 2015
    Everything you need to know about making your own Cold Frame for starting seeds early and extending your growing season!

    *Glass Cutting Basics for Picture Framing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZ8HF...

    Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you how I made this miniature Cold Frame for starting seeds and getting a jump on spring – even on the smallest balconies and patios.

    I used this impressive piece of two inch thick western red cedar I salvaged and milled all the pieces I needed out of it on my table saw.

    To hold the glass panels I cut steps in the stiles and muntin bar and grooves in the top and bottom rails.

    I put the one side together without glue so I’d always have an easy “in” if I ever needed to change the glass.

    Then I glued and screwed the top rail where the hinges would be attached for extra strength.

    Next I clamped down a piece of glass with a straight edge and lubed the roller on my glass cutter.

    Use glass cut running pliers to snap it clean.

    So then I backed out the screws from the bottom rail and dropped in the glass. Now, when you’re putting this back together be sure you’re not getting the glass caught between the rails so that when you draw it back together it breaks. When you’re done, it should fit loosely in all directions.

    Next I laid down a bead of indoor – outdoor acrylic latex caulk with silicone on the weather side of the glass.

    One of my favourite tricks is to wet my finger with some paint thinner and smooth out caulking with it. Use your finger to get the shape and texture you want and a scraper to define the edges.

    Now if you don’t have a clean scraper handy to apply glue to the end grain on the base cut yourself a clean piece of plastic to use. You’ll avoid contaminating the glue with all the dirt and oil from your fingers.

    I found these shutter hinges cheap at my local hardware store and all I had to do was bend them a little bit in my vise to match the slope of the box.

    Now for a base I just grabbed a piece of white corrugated plastic to maximize reflected light inside the box. You can use wood, bricks, or even just the floor or the ground wherever you set up.

    Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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    Make a Spot Welder for Cheap!!

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    Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make an 800 amp Spot Welder from common materials and for dirt cheap! Spot welders are used to fuse thin sheets of metal together and can cost hundreds of dollars to buy. In this video, we'll do it for practically nothing!
     
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    Soldering Copper Pipe Basics + Noisy Pipes / Water Hammer Fix



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    Published on Mar 14, 2015
    How to solder copper pipe for household and industrial plumbing including choices of solder, flux / paste and installing an air chamber cushion for eliminating noisy water hammer effect.

    Alright so today on Repairs101 I’m going to go over the basics of soldering copper pipe by cutting into an existing water line and installing an air chamber cushion to fix noises known as “water hammer”.

    OK safety first – do not use solder containing lead like I have here for plumbing to the kitchen, bathroom, garden or barn. It’s only to be used for heating systems and plumbing to machinery.

    Now you’ll need a pipe cutter. They have one cutting wheel and two idlers and the pipe gets cut by increasing the tension to the cutting wheel bolt and circling the pipe.

    Now once you’re sure you’ve got all the water out of the system you’re going to want to thoroughly clean all of the points that you’re going to apply solder to using some fine sandpaper, including the ends and the insides of brand new stuff, too.

    Solder paste or flux does a couple of different jobs – it’s going to remove oxidation, prevent further oxidization of the surfaces that are going to be joined and it draws solder onto those surfaces.

    Once you’re thoroughly coated in flux – fit it all together and then wipe away the excess paste.

    So the pipe creates a chamber of air trapped above the flow of water. When a shock is created by the sudden stop to the flow of pressure water, the water compresses the trapped air and releases its energy in doing so.

    I use propane generally but you can use oxy-acetylene, Map gas or even butane.

    I like a nearly clear flame with a blue tipped center.

    Heat the parts evenly until the flux starts to boil. Then it will be hot enough to liquefy the solder.

    While some fluxes may require acetone to clean up, water soluble solder paste should clean up with just a wet rag.

    Alright, thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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    I watched the shop broom link.
    That looks possible.
    This time of year I'm constantly scraping & brooming mud out of the pole building.

    The splice a belt thing,
    Well in an emergency, sure. But I wouldn't start out on a vacation relying on that.
     
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    Tech 101: Automatic transmission fluid, part one—American manufacturers

    Jim O'Clair at 4:00 pm



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    Cutaway view of ZF automatic transmission. Photo by Ben Jeffrey.

    Just as vehicle manufacturer recommendations for engine oil are changing at an ever-increasing pace, so are requirements for the ever-widening range of automatic transmission fluids. With the advent of overdrive transmissions and four-, five-, six- or more speed units being employed in today’s cars, it is important to use the correct fluid, changed at recommended intervals, to ensure that your transmission will last as long as your engine and that your vehicle’s drivetrain warranty remains in effect.

    Now that 10W30 and 10W40 engine oils are considered antiquated by most standards, ATF basic fluids such as Dexron and Ford Type F are also falling by the wayside as the old standbys. Many manufacturers are still producing their own transmissions, but they are getting their assembled transmissions from other sources for certain models and engine sizes. This means that there is not one standard fluid for GM, or Ford, or Chrysler any longer. Imported car automatics can produce even more problems, because of their requirements for both viscosity and oxidation inhibitors.

    When automatic transmissions first appeared in standard production models in the early 1950s, they used common engine or gear oil. As the transmissions themselves were refined, they began using Type A fluid in the late 1950s. Type A evolved into Type A Suffix A, and then into Dexron; however, each of these iterations relied on a sperm whale oil additive to act as a friction modifier, at least until the use of whale oil was outlawed in the early 1970s.

    Dexron II became the original-equipment transmission oil in 1972, but the manufacturer encountered problems with corrosion to the solder joints in the transmission oil cooler and added a corrosion inhibitor in 1975; the new fluid was called Dexron II-D. This was later reformulated to Dexron II-E when another additive was included to reduce water absorption. All GM vehicles used Dexron II-E, and it supersedes any previous recommendations for Type A, Type A Suffix A and any of the previous Dexron requirements.

    Dexron III became the new GM standard in 1993, and was used in all cars and light trucks (except Saturn) until 2006. It was obsoleted in favor of Dexron III-H. Also in 2006, GM first introduced Dexron VI, which is a synthetic blend-based fluid and was used in all six-speed transmissions but can be retrofitted to any previous fluid specifications and can be mixed with the older mineral-based fluids.

    Dexron VI is also found in BMWs that came with the GM six-speed transmissions. It is not recommended for Pontiac Vibe, Chevrolet Aveo or Saturn Ion transmissions, as these were not produced by General Motors. Neither is it recommended for any cars equipped with continuously variable transmissions, commonly known as CVTs.



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    Ford first produced its own transmission fluid formulation in 1967, referred to as Type F or Type FA. The name comes from Ford’s specification number for the fluid, ESW M2C33-F. This fluid was used in all Ford transmissions until 1977 and most Ford transmissions until 1980.

    The development of the C5 transmission in 1981 brought a new specification called Type H, named after the specification ESP M2C166-H. About the same time, Ford C6 transmissions upgraded to a new formulation, ESW M2C138-CJ or Type CJ. These transmissions cannot use Type F/FA; however, Dexron II could be substituted. Type H eventually was reformulated and received anti-shudder additives. It was then renamed Mercon, and it was an acceptable retrofit for both Type H and Type CJ and became the new Ford standard fluid from 1987-2007.

    Mercon V was introduced in 2008 and supersedes any requirements for H, CJ or Mercon. It does not replace Type F or Type FA, but is often marketed in retail establishments now as Dexron III/Mercon V and takes the place of any previous non-Type F/FA requirements.

    Mercon SP was prevalent in 2005-2007 six-speed automatics and has additional additives over Mercon V. SP can be substituted in any Mercon V recommendation. Ford also produced its own Mercon CVT fluid from 2005-2007; however, all aftermarket CVT-specific fluids meet the Ford requirement, no matter who the manufacturer.

    The year 2008 saw the release of Mercon LV, a synthetic-based fluid that is not compatible with any previous Mercon specifications. Transmissions requiring LV include the rear-wheel-drive Ford 5R110 Torque Shift and 4R75/WE transmissions, as well as the front-wheel-drive 4F27E, AW ECVT, 6F50/55N and the 6F35N.

    Early Chrysler transmissions also used Type A fluid until the introduction of Dexron, and continued to use Dexron II and III in rear-wheel-drive transmissions until 1997. AMC also used the Chrysler TorqueFlite (Torque Command) transmissions throughout the 1960s and 1970s, so AMC’s fluid requirements were the same as the early Chryslers.

    In 1997, ATF+2 was introduced with additional additives for three-speed automatics and ATF+3 was released for four-speed automatics. By 1998, both were gone in favor of the new synthetic-based ATF+4. This synthetic fluid can be retrofitted into any previous Chrysler transmission, but it cannot be mixed with Dexron or Mercon fluids; a complete change would be necessary, including a system flush and draining of the torque converter.

    ATF+4 was used in all 1998 and newer Chryslers, except minivans with the 41TE/AE transmissions until 2002, when Chrysler ATF+5 synthetic fluid was released.

    You can see how confusing it gets. We just mentioned 21 different fluids for American cars alone. There are at least a dozen additional specifications for European and Japanese vehicles, which we will discuss next week. Meanwhile, we strongly recommend that you check your transmission dipstick or the vehicle owner’s manual to see which of these 21 specifications your car requires. Check with your local dealership’s service department, if you have to, and do not stray from their recommendation, or its acceptable equivalent, to be sure your automatic transmission is operating at peak efficiency and receiving the proper lubrication and additive protection needed to extend its life.



    - See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/...anufacturers/?refer=news#sthash.kJ7kAp0V.dpuf
     
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    The (Homemade) Pallet Pryer (Easiest Way To Dismantle Pallets)



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    The Pallet Pry make Taking pallets apart easy, with this homemade pallet tool. Pallet Pal makes even the tough pallets easy to dismantle. Reclaiming Pallets made Easy!
     
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    Replacing Kitchen Faucet In My Tiny House On Wheels



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    Published on Mar 21, 2015
    I had to replace the faucet in my tiny house kitchen sink. I discovered that the original faucet had been leaking so my plumbing project was put on hold until I could replace the old leaky faucet with a new one. There is no point in putting in new plumbing only to have water leaking all over the tiny house on wheels.

    I had this faucet for a while now waiting for the time to get it installed.

    I used two cameras for the first time ever while working on a project to give you the best angles and views of the work as I installed the new kitchen faucet.

    The original faucet gave me some trouble pulling it out. So I had to cut off the original copper lines in order to remove the assembly.

    Installing the new faucet went quite well though. It was simple and fast to drop in the new assembly and fasten it down in place.

    Now the tiny house plumbing can continue. When the creek is safe to approach I will take a water tank in my truck and get some water to work with.

    I still have to leak test the water tanks before I continue at all with the tiny house plumbing. But now I am one step closer to having running water in my tiny home.
     
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    Life Hacks - Kitchen Edition



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    Check this list of 10++ useful kitchen tips & tricks, cooking skills and chef's shortcuts you can use in your kitchen at home or work to save money and time. Econonical and environmental food prep, clean up, storage & safety ideas - and it's all free! More free knowledge and ideas at www.youtube.com/user/repairs101ca

    Life Hacks - Blue Collar Edition https://youtu.be/pz1PI3CrOd8
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    Alright today on Repairs101 I’ve got another edition of the always popular Life Hacks series and this time we’re going in the kitchen – because everybody’s got to eat!

    Whether you’re using the oven or the stove or the microwave or the toaster – you gotta know that most house fires start in the kitchen. So when you’re cooking something – don’t walk away until you’re finished cooking.

    Now here’s one you definitely don’t want to turn your back on or your toast is going to go up in flames – but in a pinch, three beer cans and a grill makes a toaster.

    Frozen bread can be easily separated using a butter knife to pry apart the slices.

    You can revitalize stale bread and thaw frozen bread by putting it in a brown paper bag and throwing it in the oven at three hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit for about fifteen minutes.

    When you take something hot out of the oven – be sure to leave a potholder or an oven mitt on top as a signal to yourself and others that the pot is still hot.

    Keep your food fresh and your home safe from pests and vermin by keeping everything in glass jars.

    Keeping your bananas in a reusable sealing bag will help keep them ripe longer and significantly reduce the number of fruit flies in your home.

    If your grapes are starting to turn and getting a little too soft to enjoy – chuck ‘em in the freezer for a surprisingly tasty cold treat.

    Keep your food scraps in a sealing Tupperware type plastic bin like this Sterilite juice jug for temporary compost storage or to freeze the scraps until you have enough to boil for a vegetable stock.

    Before you juice a lemon or an orange – knead the fruit in your hand or on a table top to break the citrus cells and make the juicing easier.

    Use some lemon with baking soda to get even the toughest stains – like on this fifty year old tea pot. Granted it will never look as good as this sugar bowl from the same set – but it turned out great!

    Baking soda can be used for a lot of things besides baking. It can be used as a deodorizer, a stain remover, an abrasive cleanser and when combined with ordinary vinegar it makes a natural bubbling drain cleaner.

    Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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    Life Hacks - Garden Edition



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    Published on Apr 4, 2015


    Alright today on Repairs101 – tips and tricks for working in your garden in yet another edition of my Life Hacks series.

    One of the worst things you can do to your tools is leave them outside in the elements where rust sets in quickly and wooden handles shrink and crack and end up giving you blisters the next time you go to use them. Keep your tools clean and dry, off the ground and under cover if not indoors.

    You’ll be able to manage most any pruning you need to do in your garden with some secateurs or some loppers. Old axes and hatchets are ideal for chores like stump removal.
    And you know what? A Swede Saw will cut just about anything you need to cut. I bought this saw more than thirty years ago when I was in Scouts and I needed it for winter camping. I gotta say: nice work, Sweden. I really got my money’s worth.

    You can level the top of your hedge like a professional landscaper just by running a piece of string between a couple of posts.

    Always cut branches so as to leave behind the Branch Bark Collar. It’s a fairly obvious collar at the joint between the two branches. The collar is the tree’s defence zone. Left intact it will petrify and become indigestible to decay rot organisms.

    You can start fruit tree seeds in a fold of wet paper towel inside of a sealed zip-lock bag. Here I have some lemon seeds that have already developed their root-spurs.
    Paper egg cartons make a great no-cost biodegradable seed starting container for annuals.

    Now most people reach for a small hand trowel when they go to dig up a wild seedling – but use a shovel and dig out an oversized ball of dirt to collect as much of the tree’s root as possible.

    Put your seedlings in a Cold Frame to protect them from late frosts and to extend your growing season.

    For a lush green lawn that requires little maintenance – set the wheels of your mower to ride in the lowest holes – providing the most clearance over rocks and sidewalks and letting grass grow as long as possible.

    Use Sunlight dish soap and water in a spray bottle for a biodegradable pesticide that controls pests like mites and aphids.

    Undiluted, ordinary white vinegar in a spray bottle can also be used as a natural herbicide to control weeds.

    Alright keep your lawn maintenance equipment in top condition by not using corrosive chemical pesticides and herbicides. That stuff tastes terrible.

    Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe.
     
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    Tool Knowledge Challenge - What The Heck Is That? Vol.3



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    Published on Apr 11, 2015
    The third edition of the "Tool Knowledge Challenge" featuring 10++ tools from carpentry, home renovations and mechanics. Some fairly uncommon tools, each explained &/or demonstrated.

    Alright so today on Repairs101 it’s the third edition of the Tool Knowledge Challenge – where I show you unusual looking tools and you have five seconds to figure out what they are.

    So this is a Spark Plug Gap Feeler Gauge.

    This one is like a putty knife with special features. It has a knife on it, a putty knife, a scraper, a nail puller and its even got a paint roller cleaner on it.

    Tired of making a mess when you top up your oil or other fluids? At five dollars these things pay for themselves the first time you use them.

    Use this device when you need to fish a wire through a wall or a floor or the bulkheads on your boat.

    Whoops OK it’s a lot easier to see what this is when you orient it correctly.

    Made like a hypodermic syringe, a grease needle is used to deliver lubricant into tiny spaces, like in a roller bearing.

    These Quick Wedge Screwdrivers are fantastic for driving screws into hard to reach places.

    Also called hole punches and leather punches, the hollow punch is a must have for gasket making.

    This rig is used to test the pressure holding capacity of radiators and cooling systems. This adapter is used to test Rad Caps. This one is a “Fail”, unfortunately. Although it pops open at fifteen pounds it doesn’t seem to hold any pressure at all.

    Use a Thread Pitch Gauge to determine what thread is on your fasteners.

    OK this one’s old school. It looks like a parrot’s beak to me, but - it’s a nail puller.

    Alright inside the clear plastic case is a light-bulb and it’s used to detect electrical current in the spark plug circuit.

    Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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    How To Install a Windshield the "Right" Way -EricTheCarGuy



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    Published on Apr 24, 2015
    The windshield on my 2004 Honda Element has been cracked for years. After last winter the crack had reached half way across and I decided it was time to do something about it. It just so happens Kyle Kiss, son of Rich Kiss of Kiss auto glass, is a fan of my show. He stopped by the shop one day with his dad and I asked if they would be interested in making a video about replacing the windshield on my Element. The rest is in the video.

    I know a little about replacing windshields, Rich knows a LOT. I learned quite a bit making this video. I hope you do too.

    A special thanks to Rich and Kyle for participating in this video and showing us how a professional replaces a windshield.

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    Electric Glass Removal Tool: http://www.jbtoolsales.com/equalizer-...
     
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    Green slime http://reviews.canadiantire.ca/9045...htm?suppressscroll=true&showcomments=12789565
    I ain't saying it's the end all product but last year I had an airbag leak on a sprayer and a new airbag from agco was $500 and only one they could find was in Quebec. I bought some of this stuff and removed the airbag before applying. I'll be danged if it not only held but the bag was still up this spring. I found a KW bag that will fit the application for $250 so I guess just buying e time more than covered the $10 I spent on the slime. I'm gonna leave the bag on just to see how long it lasts.
     
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    Tabletop Electronics Charging Station - How To Build



    https://youtu.be/nJ6YZMMXtb8

    Published on May 2, 2015
    Organize your charger cables and electronics! Easy, simple four piece design makes this a fun to build, useful shop project that anyone with access to some basic woodshop tools can make.

    Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you how I took a bunch of old junk I found and built this charging station to cope with the cord clutter on my kitchen counter.
    Alright so the other day I decided it was high time that I dealt with this ever increasing mess of charger cables. So I dug around in my woodpile a bit and found some end-scraps that would match well enough and cut them down to this simple design using the least material I could.

    So then I cut a set of shallow kerfs to hold the top and some deeper ones to carry the shelf.

    OK so I just clean out these grooves using my chisels.

    Then I fit the back-brace and I used this stone to open up the hole enough to accept a countersunk screw.

    Then I laid some carpenters glue into the dado grooves … and across the butts of the cross-brace.

    Once I got my countersunk screws in the back I eyeballed a couple of reinforcing screws down each side.

    Now adequate ventilation is critical for the success of your station – so I used these nail-on feet for added clearance and a non-scratching footprint.

    Then it was just a matter of making this old, scratched slate tile that I found beside a dumpster fit the groove by chiselling the bottom side of the groove where no one would ever notice.

    So if you’ve got electronics that get really warm when you’re charging them you can place them on the stone top and use it as a “heat sink”. That is to say a place for the heat to sink into.

    Alright thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe!
     
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