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The exterior of your car is what everyone sees; it’s the face of your driving experience. If you want your vehicle to look good, you have to take care of it. Of course, you could take your car or truck to a professional detailer and spend a couple hundred for someone else to do it. But wouldn’t you rather save most of that money and remove the risk of a shoddy detailer not doing the job right or even damaging your paint? We’ve all heard the horror stories of what can go wrong when you get your oil changed at a random quick lube place. The same can apply with auto detailers. Nobody’s going to care as much about your vehicle as you are. These [&hellip

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A deck can look absolutely beautiful when it’s originally constructed. But gradually, the deck fades and turns gray. Even if the deck still serves its original purpose, you may miss its original beauty. Fortunately, there are ways to restore a deck to its original beauty. It isn’t difficult to learn how to refinish a deck. Before you begin a deck refinishing, you will need to make all necessary repairs. Look for portions of the deck that are in contact with the ground and repair these sections. These include posts, joists and stair stringers. Try to push a screwdriver through the portion of the deck that is in contact with the ground. If you are able to penetrate the screwdriver into the deck, this indicates that [&hellip

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You pull your car out of the driveway, then notice something unusual in the spot your car just left. There’s a small dark spot there, a small puddle of some vehicle fluid, and you don’t know what. Is it normal? Is it bad? There are a variety of vehicle fluids, and while some are perfectly normal, others can be trouble. So what could that fluid be? Fortunately, car fluid colors vary, and you can usually tell just by the color. 1. Antifreeze If the puddle is bright green or orange, then it’s probably antifreeze (also known as coolant). Antifreeze is highly toxic, so keep animals and small children away from the puddle. Leaking antifreeze was once normal for cars, as their radiators would spew out water [&hellip

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With the economy being as uncertain as it is, everyone’s searching for a way to save money on things they need. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing used power tools. When shopping around at garage sales, thrift stores, or Craigslist, you have to be careful about the tools people sell. Some could be missing parts or be damaged in areas that you might not be able to see. With any luck you’ll land a good deal and add a new gently used tool to your collection. Below is a list of suggestions to follow when searching for a secondhand tool without the fear of getting ripped off. Check the Power Cord This is a very important step when deciding whether or not to purchase a [&hellip

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So, you have an air compressor in your workshop or garage. How do you make sure it stays working the way it should? The key to keeping your compressor in great working shape is preventative maintenance. This isn’t rocket science. It’s just a series a steps to keep you up and running and adding longevity to your compressed air system. If your system goes down, what’s your downtime worth to you? Your answer is the cost of a breakdown. Do you know what your equipment needs? In the owner’s manual, there’s a set of maintenance procedures to help you maintain your compressor. If you can’t find the physical copy, check the manufacturer’s website or a simple Google search. General Maintenance Schedule Obviously, make sure the switch is in the [&hellip

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Saws have been in use for thousands of years, branching out to fill specific niches as the times, technology, and materials required. Today’s “complete” tool collection will include a variety of saws, from coping saws to hacksaws to any of a number of specialized table saws, and sometimes includes more than one saw of a given type. There are many specialized cutting tools as well, but they are not commonly used outside of trades they were developed for. Additionally, you may be surprised to find that many saws are regionally called by the name of other saws. In most cases, the shape of the saw plus the shape and count of the teeth will determine how a saw was intended to be used. Hand Saws [&hellip

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Tools have been used by mankind for thousands of years, and they have always shared one important trait: Tools can be dangerous when improperly used. The rise of recent injuries with hand held tools are mainly attributed to DIY amateurs who have not been shown how to properly use a tool or even bothered to read the product manual. To that end, we’re focusing on tools that are commonly used in the home workshop, omitting such notable devices as snowblowers, mowers, and wood chippers in favor of tools that you may be using for DIY projects. 1. Powered Saws Powered saws of all types are inherently dangerous, from small circular saws to stationary table saws. Saws which use circular blades may be spinning the teeth at upwards of 2500 [&hellip

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Keeping your tools free of rust can be a chore, especially in humid zones. No matter where you live or how much hard use you put your tools through, there is a rust removal solution. Your options range from using harsh chemicals and lots of elbow grease to biodegradable rust removal. If you like to see science in action, there’s even a method that will show off your science skills. Evapo-Rust This solution is designed to dissolve rust by immersing the rusted item from 4 to 8 hours, but longer periods may be necessary with heavy rust. After soaking overnight, rust should wipe off, or scrub with a stiff brush. This is a safe, biodegradable alternative to harsh chemicals, but may require multiple applications for [&hellip

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Garage hacks will either help you get more out of your garage or help you get more done in it. Sometimes, both of those things are the same, and the best garage hacks will always involve making the most of things and space that you already have available. Some of these hacks you probably already use, but we’re sure there are also some in this list that you haven’t tried before. Put a piece of old pantyhose over your shop vac to picks up screws or nails. Place a cloth or plastic over the hose when done to capture the pieces when you turn the vacuum off. To protect your manuals, make copies of the pages you need. These can be reused later, and new [&hellip

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A tool chest, tool box, or tool cart is a personal sort of domain, and everyone has a different idea of the perfect layout for their tools. On the other hand, a little consideration for the tools involved will help you decide where they should be located in the hierarchy of tools. Rather than provide you with a blueprint for your own tools, we put together some tips and suggestions to make your tools easier to use as you need them. Sorting Tool Types If you have tools that come in more than one specific type, such as SAE and metric tools, keep them in separate drawers to avoid confusion. If you have the space available, sorting drive sizes will also save you time in [&hellip

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