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Do It Yourself (DIY)

Do it yourself tips, projects and fails.

Do it yourself is often born out of necessity. Finding a trustworthy person to do certain tasks at a reasonable price is often difficult.

In some cases, finances dictate that you need to take on a major project by yourself. One example is patching and sealing an deteriorating asphalt driveway. To have it resurfaced by a contractor would cost upwards of 15 thousand dollars which exceeded the available funds. The alternative was to patch and seal it to stabilize it for now.

Filled and unfilled driveway cracks

Filled and unfilled driveway cracks

Other projects are small such as adding a spinner handle on a water shut off valve to speed things up. This is something that requires a bit of ingenuity to conceive and execute.

There are also things you do out of expediency such as using a pipe wrench to straighten bent metal.

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Raising the blade for more clearance on a Sears Lawn Tractor.

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I have a well worn Sears LT 1000 lawn tractor that I use for grass cutting, hauling firewood, mulching leaves and snow plowing on 2 1/2 acres. Quite often, we get snow before I’m ready to remove the cutting deck. That means that I have to install the plow. The problem is that when the plow is raised, the ground clearance of the plow is about 1/2 inch. That leads to the plow bottoming out on the lawn and leaving huge ugly divots. 

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Diagnosing a burning smell from a Vehicle with a laser thermometer

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My mom smelled something that smelled like wiring burning while driving her truck. She took it to the service center but they didn’t find anything. When she pulled up for Easter dinner, I could smell it. The engine compartment seemed OK. I got out the laser thermometer and took readings on the calipers. That identified the problem.

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