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#151 OFFLINE   Junkman

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 02:23 PM

whats that then ?

 

Better.


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#152 OFFLINE   Stevebrookman

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 05:25 PM

I don't care if it's been posted before but after my trip out today-don't believe a word a  seller says.

 

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#153 OFFLINE   Parky

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 06:14 PM

Specifying a particular tool you want for Christmas all but guarantees you'll be getting Halfords vouchers on the big day. Unless your significant other happens to work at Machine Mart.....which mine doesn't.......

#154 OFFLINE   omegod

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 09:11 PM

Specifying a particular tool you want for Christmas all but guarantees you'll be getting Halfords vouchers on the big day. Unless your significant other happens to work at Machine Mart.....which mine doesn't.......

 

Which is handy as they start doing half price oil on Boxing day !



#155 ONLINE   Dead_E23

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 07:00 PM

I don't have a proper workbench, only an ancient B&D 'workmate'.  I attach tools like big vices and bench grinders to short lengths of 2x2, which can then be clamped in its jaws.

I have also found having decent quality sharp drill bits worthwhile, rather than buying the cheapest shit available.


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#156 OFFLINE   robinmasters

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 07:45 PM

I have also found having decent quality sharp drill bits worthwhile, rather than buying the cheapest shit available.

 

Same goes for screwdriver bits. False economy buying cheap ones. 


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 07:57 PM

My local has a flat roof?? What's the significance of a asphalt roof?

 

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#158 OFFLINE   sierraman

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 08:19 PM

That sounds like a pub I used to frequent. Ironically it has a flat roof also. Though saying this the working men's club I use has a flat roof, it's the only useable pub where I live.

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:55 AM

Old toasters make excellent hand warmers when you're working outside in the cold.


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Posted 30 January 2017 - 04:46 AM

If your doing any paintwork on your car it's always worth washing the area first using hot water and washing up liquid as it gets rid of any wax etc which would react to any new paint being applied.

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:34 AM

If your antifreeze tastes sour then it's gone off and should be replaced. It should taste of oranges.
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:41 AM

If your brake fluid tastes sweet then it's still ok. Should taste like strawberries.
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:55 AM

Deleted, as not being car-related and more an observation rather than a tip.
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#164 OFFLINE   Capree

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 07:33 AM

If your doing any paintwork on your car it's always worth washing the area first using hot water and washing up liquid as it gets rid of any wax etc which would react to any new paint being applied.

If the bodywork still tastes waxy after washing then wash it again with undiluted clean water just to be on the safe side. Ideally it should taste just like the paint colour. All over. Silver wheels should taste a bit like magnets or like the blade of a pencil sharpener if you don't have any magnets.
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 10:05 AM

Stainless steel scraps are useful for making odd brackets. It's more of a twat to drill but welding is easy and the best bit is that it don't need painting. By saving stuff like old extractor hoods you'll soon have a workshop like mine- a shithole.

 

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This mudflap bracket will last forever. Unfortunately the vehicle it's attached to will have completely dissolved by May if they keep up the salting round here.

 


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:31 PM

Top tip, used bathwater is GR8 for washing cars with. Saves on running new warm water and has soap/bath bubbles already in it so no car shampoo needed


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:58 PM

Top tip, used bathwater is GR8 for washing cars with. Saves on running new warm water and has soap/bath bubbles already in it so no car shampoo needed


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:04 PM

Also, if you only bathe once a month like me, the grit left in the bath helps abrade the muck off the car too.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:37 PM

When the wife's been in though the hairs off the Veet clogs the Chamois up that's what I find.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:01 PM

Wearing latex gloves guarantees you won't have ingrained oil in your skin five days after working on your car.

Another good tip is make sure you are looking at one of your neighbours with a sinister look on your face as you put them on. The resulting lack of Christmas card ensures you need to spend less on cards at Christmas, giving you more money to spend on latex gloves.

Seriously though, any sort of cold cream (Olay, Nivea, even a bit of Vaseline) on your hands before you start work will form a barrier and make it much easier to wash off afterwards.

And don't lend your decent torque wrench to anyone, they will deny you lent it to them even though you definitely did and they have either lost it, broken it, or sold it. The bastards
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:16 PM

Latex gloves are good but not very durable.  I've upgraded to some sinister looking black nitrile disposables which still allow full sensitivity (ooo matron!) but are strong enough to use several times.


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#172 OFFLINE   xkjagnz

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:59 PM

Buy a Disposable paper boilersuit like this

https://www.amazon.c... paper overalls

and keep rolled up in your spare wheel WITH a pair of gloves

Ideal when changing a spare wheel, as pound to a piece of shit it will be raining* and you will be in your best clothes

 

For added win get the waxed paper ones and they are waterproof (for a while)

 

* Scientifically** proven that you are more likely to get a puncture in the wet as the water lubricates the sharp thing so it goes through the rubber more easily!

** A man told me this once


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:19 PM

Use someones old bath water to wash my car? I'd rather leave it unwashed than view the road through a spunk smeared windscreen.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:23 AM

My local has a flat roof?? What's the significance of a asphalt roof?

There's a non-zero risk of the Beatles(other popular beat combos are available) holding an impromptu concert on top.

 

The brown lard/copper grease on wheel nuts issue; a significant amount of the torque is to do with the tapered bit and corresponding seat rather than the thread so I daub it on.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:38 AM

Torque settings are for wimps. Use an impact gun and measure it in ugga dugga's. The gun always knows what is right.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:09 AM

Greasing the threads on something increases the slip by about 20%. How many rusted solid wheel nuts have you encountered, best to put on the hub do the wheel doesn't stick on.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:31 AM

if you ever need to to hold a nut or bolt into a socket or ring spanner while starting it , tear off a corner of newspaper or kitchen towel and jam that in there , works like a charm and is free  


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#178 OFFLINE   Timewaster

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:45 PM

if you ever need to to hold a nut or bolt into a socket or ring spanner while starting it , tear off a corner of newspaper or kitchen towel and jam that in there , works like a charm and is free


That sounds much less messy than my blob of grease method.

As for all this torque settings on wheel nuts waffle, we all know the standard tightness is F.T.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:56 PM

The actual torque settings for most wheelnuts is a fuckload less than most people think. Most cars are in the 65 - 90 lb/ft kind of range, which isnt much more than a nip up with a two foot long bar.






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