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Old 05-31-2007, 10:47 PM
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Garage tech tips

I'll start this, then if anyone wants to sticky or tech folder this, cool, everyone post their homegrown how to's here.

My first one is on drill sharpening, any 2 hex nuts placed together is close enough to use as a gauge for hand sharpening a drill bit. More to come.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:56 PM
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Tech tip #2

ATF, brand or type not important, is just about the best drilling and tapping fluid for all metals.
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:47 AM
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I'll give it a try, hang on to your worn 1/2 wrenches. A 1/2 wrench is 12.7 mm, worn out, it will work for a 13 mm.
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Afraid of getting oil or atf stains on your pristine garage floor? lay out a sheet of TYVEK house wrap, logo side up, before you pull your vehicle in to work on it. It won't allow liquid to soak thru and will take a beating with jacks/creepers/thrown tools and squirming mechanics that paper won't.
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:57 AM
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A section of 1/2" hardware cloth will make a nice grate over your Oil Pan to help keep you from having to fish the plug out if accidentally dropped.
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Tip for removing #2 phillips head screws that have a tendancy to strip out. Take a small ammount of valve lapping compound and put it in the head of the screw. It will make the screw driver "bit" into the screw. Also clamping a vise grips on the shank of the screw driver and pushing down on the end of the screw driver helps to keep them from stripping out.
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A large trash can lid with the removable center plug makes a great funnel for the bigger messy jobs like trans filter replacement or radiator removal where it runs on the frame and everywhere...
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A large trash can lid with the removable center plug makes a great funnel for the bigger messy jobs like trans filter replacement or radiator removal where it runs on the frame and everywhere...
Thats good! I used once a fiberglass spare tire cover off a conversion van with holes drilled in it.
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I keep fishing line in my toolbox, so that when I go to unthread or rethread a bolt in a particularly difficult location, I loop a length around the threads wind it a few times... the remainder around a finger. after the bolt is out/sufficiently started I simply pull it loose to tighten it down. This way I don't drop the bolt.
I'm clumsy enough that I NEEDED this solution, and it works on the smallest of fasteners.
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Sometimes When I have a bolt or a screw in an inconvenient location I use a section of vaccuum tubing to start it. I keep short sections of a few different sizes around, and I slip it over the head of the fastener and use it as a flexible driver.
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