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.
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.
My Craftsman tractor was blowing smoke from a blown head gasket. I opted to replace it myself.Continue reading
It’s that time of the year again. Time to remove the plow and put the cutting deck back on. This year, I had to replace a mandrel.Continue reading
If your lawnmower, snowblower, tractor or other small engine is surging, here is a quick fix that might work.Continue reading
This is truly a shlock job. But it worked.Continue reading
I was trying to remove a really stubborn nut on a lawnmower pulley. After a half hour with a grinder, I only made a dent. I found a simple trick that allowed me to easily break the nut.Continue reading
One of the first things to go on most grills are the flame tents. The angled metal that goes over the burners. They are very easy and inexpensive to replaceContinue reading
If you have a lot of papers with personal information, mushing them might be an alternative to shredding them.Continue reading
The light went out on my mom’s range hood and the fan wasn’t working. What I found was (potentially) shockingContinue reading
The hot water on my kitchen faucet was leaking for a while. It was one of those things I just wasn’t able to get to. I decided to try replacing the cartridge instead of the faucet.Continue reading
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.Continue reading