garage tool tricks and tips

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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by pebbles » Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:08 am

needle scaler H/F $19.00. Not too powerful. But that made sense in this case. Layed it as parallel to the floor as I could. Blew through this in 10-15 minutes. Works well in the corners to remove the seam sealer too. I will try a spot in the rear wheelwells on the undercoat as well. Thanks Datsunz.
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by fixitman04 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:31 pm

baking soda is a natural rust inhibitor. when mixed with or used as blasting media it will slow surface rust from forming.
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by fixitman04 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:13 pm

lets bump this back up... too many good ideas here

anybody else have anything?
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by pebbles » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:55 am

technology. boy have I got some catching up to do. There is an Iphone app for a 3 axis angle finder.
However, the reviews were disheartening.
1,useless
2.horrible
3 glitchy
4 spazzy.

there is an alignment app as well. Caster/camber.
http://18000rpm.com/ialign_for_iphone_a ... align.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Reviews were,
1.Not accurate
2.Not accurate.

my device does not contain the required gyro hardware.
shucks
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by Nissanman » Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:11 am

New technology?
It put me out of a job BUT, I don't have any issues with that :roll:
I use it all the time.
I wonder how cars were restored before the advent of email, web sites and such :shock:
Must have been B... hard :evil:
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by 68DSU » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:46 am

Nissanman wrote:New technology?
I wonder how cars were restored before the advent of email, web sites and such :shock:
Must have been B... hard :evil:
:|
There were a lot of mistakes, modifications, and guesswork that are now called "the sins of the PO".
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by alp » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:39 am

for the American members...screw the Philips screws and get Robertson headed screws
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by jake7140 » Mon May 06, 2013 10:05 pm

-a little grease on the inside end of water hoses; slips on easy, doesn't corrrode, slips off easy years later.
- egg cartons for nuts and bolts 12, 18 or 24 while in a project, or put back where they came from or just group piles (am I bad?)
- wide mouth square (packs nicer than round) plastic goodie jars for long tern storage of bigger/grouped stuff ie: sae grade 8 in one, etc
- various gasket material sheets to make your own with a utility shear (0.99 at H/F) and exacto
- the 7.00 H/F furniture dollies for engine dollies. fits perfect normal or standing on back
- anti seize is your friend
- +1 for the pick set, head light (LED), line on the jack, magnetic picker upper
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by dbrick » Mon May 06, 2013 10:33 pm

Did I or someone else ever mention the split foam pipe insulation on the floorjack handle? A 3 foot piece covers well, 3/4 fits partway but grips the handle well . I don't stick the adhesive and use a piece about 2" outside diameter.
Not rocket science, but helps.

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Post by mraitch » Tue May 07, 2013 12:16 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_screw_drives" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by dbrick » Tue May 07, 2013 9:21 pm

mraitch wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_screw_drives" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Need to find myself some JIS drivers.

Techtip..
1. Especially on Japanese cars and products, be sure to apply ALOT of push on the phillips/JIS head screws before and during turning. Their assembly procedure calls for pushing in very hard with a quick final turn to stretch the screw.
2. After you strip the Phillips head, :( you can usually tap in a square drive and get it out if you're lucky, worse case you round the center for the next step, drill bit.

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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by ZeroNilNada » Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:19 pm

FergO2k wrote:brake adjuster studs (square) strip easily, and are 1/4" square.

so turn a 1/4" drive socket around, using the drive hole as the socket, no more stripping. You'll have to shop thru your set and find which one of the "socket" ends fits your wrench, it will be different based on whether you have 6 point or 12 point sockets. Stan taught me that one.
This is a great tip. I used a 1/4" drive, 1/4" socket and used a 1/4" hex wrench (Allen wrench). I put the socket on the hex wrench and the square drive hole on the adjuster. Worked like a dream!
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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by fixitman04 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:07 pm

8mm 6point fits a 1/4 square
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Post by Solex68 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:48 pm

68DSU wrote:There were a lot of mistakes, modifications, and guesswork that are now called "the sins of the PO".
Why does it seem we are so much smarter than the POs? LOL.

If it weren't for those PO's we might be bored. Ha ha ha.

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Re: garage tool tricks and tips

Post by ZeroNilNada » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:53 pm

fixitman04 wrote:8mm 6point fits a 1/4 square
Mine are a bit rounded so I liked having more contact area.
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