Replacing a head gasket on a Craftsman LT-1000 with a Briggs and Stratton Engine

Last Updated on 1 month by Christopher G Mendla

My Craftsman tractor was blowing smoke from a blown head gasket. I opted to replace it myself.

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Cleaning rusty screwdriver bits

Last Updated on 1 month by Christopher G Mendla

Does it make sense to clean rusty screwdriver bits?

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Repurposing old cinder blocks for a garden wall.

Last Updated on 2 months by Christopher G Mendla

I am in the process of some serious cleanup of two Rhododendron beds at the end of my driveway. I needed a small wall between one of the beds and my neighbor’s property. The solution was to re-purpose some cinder blocks, 4×4’s and pavers that I had.

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Sealing a worn asphalt driveway – Part 1 – Feasability

Last Updated on 2 months by Christopher G Mendla

I was faced with a well worn asphalt driveway. It had not been sealed in a number of years. Was it worth trying to crack fill and seal? 

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Sealing a worn asphalt driveway – Part 2 – Materials and Tools

Last Updated on 2 months by Christopher G Mendla

Once you decide to go ahead with the resealing project, it’s time to gather materials and tools.  This includes a pressure washer and cleaners, an intial supply of filler and sealer and more. 

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Tired of a dry room? A cheap, simple humidifier hack

Last Updated on 8 months by Christopher G Mendla

This is an easy, inexpensive hack to get some extra humidity into a room. It’s not elegant but it works well as a humidifier. 

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Giant Yellow Tag strikes again – Pork Chops

Last Updated on 9 months by Christopher G Mendla

Once again I got lucky with a Giant Yellow Tag sale. Most stores will discount meats that are approaching their ‘sell by’ date.  I ended up with 7 nice thin pork chops for less than six dollars.

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Bacon fat as a cheap fire starter.

Last Updated on 9 months by Christopher G Mendla

 

Access to a cheap fire starter is a good thing. I usually have 1 or 2 strips of bacon with breakfast. I’ve been doing the bacon in the microwave. I put a paper towel in a microwave bowl, then the bacon and cover with a paper towel. Afterwards the towels make great fire starters. However, you have to be careful with how you store the grease soaked paper towels because of the danger of spontaneous combustion.

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A quick fix for a broken Ford key fob

Last Updated on 9 months by Christopher G Mendla

 I’ve had Explorers and Mountaineers. One annoying problem is that the key ring part of the key fob breaks. Here is a solution

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The importance of insulating furnace ducts.

Last Updated on 9 months by Christopher G Mendla

If you have an older home with forced hot air heat and  uninsulated ducting, you may be wasting a lot of money on heating

 

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