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Top 10 Repair Projects You Should Never Pay For. Top 10 Essential DIY Skills That Aren't as Hard as You Think. I think it depends on your definition of "maintenance. " I wouldn't hesitate to change my own oil or something like that but I wouldn't dream of replacing a radiator myself. That isn't my idea of "maintenance. " That's fixing something. Sorry you are afraid of doing that stuff, but even a complete engine rebuild is easy to do, and no you don't need "special tools" unless you call things beyond a hammer and screwdriver "special" I can do a front end alignment on a car in my driveway with a tape measure and a couple of carpenters squares along with the wrenches most people would have.

Also if you do buy the cheap but special tools you can replace your own tires and balance them better than the "laser computerized" balance machine at the tire place. In fact the only expensive special tools I need are a Crane and engine run stand. Danger? This is why I don't take my cars to the dealer for any routine maintenance. Aside from that, dealers are inconvenient. Make Your Own Pocket-Sized, Grid-It-Style Organizer for $2.50. DIY Tangle-Free Headphones with Embroidery Floss. In our post about The Science Behind Earbud Tangles, we showed you that making cords thicker is one of four ways to keep wires from knotting up in your pocket or purse.

So we're not surprised to see that one Pinterest user figured out that a super-easy string-knotting technique keeps her 'buds from bunching up. Sick of seeing tangled earbuds? Us too. Thankfully wire-wrapped nirvana is only a few threads away. Pinterest user Ada(: took to the virtual pinboard site to show off her embroidery-floss wrapped Apple headphones. It's a technique from the grade-school days of knotting up friendship bracelets.

These instructions from WikiHow will teach you how to make a Chinese Staircase bracelet. It's recommended that you have enough string to cover three times the length you want to wrap, so measure your headphones' cords (don't forget both earbuds!) Ada(: at Pinterest said it took her a day to finish the project. [via Pinterest.com] Quill and Inks. Build a Third Hand and Get More Tinkering Done. My Collection of Funny Emails. Send funny emails to your friends! Reynolds Wrap has lock in taps to hold the roll in place The color on the bread tab indicates how fresh the bread is And those colors are in alphabetical order: b, g, r, w, y. You can divide and store ground meat in a zip loc bag. Just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later. If you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won't boil over.

Marshmallows can cure a soar throat. Perfect for kids who don't like medicine. Stuffing a dryer sheet in your back pocket will repel mosquitoes. You can freeze cupcake batter for later use. You can paint upholstery You can make your own laundry soap. . You can dye plastic buttons. You can run a paper bag through your printer. You can print directly onto fabric. A dry erase marker can be used on most desk tops.

You can mail anything that will take a stamp and weighs less than 13ounces without a box? If you break your blender jar you can replace it with a mason jar. Cereal canisters make the perfect trashcan for your car. 20 brilliant things to make in a jar. Via: mycakies.blogspot.com Start saving your old jam jars! From cakes to herb gardens, pies to photo frames, and even entire meals … here are 20 fantastic things you never knew you could make with a jar. (Above: red velvet cupcakes in a jar. Get the recipe here).

Via: fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.blogspot.com Word on the street: salad in a jar is all the rage. Via: bakerella.com Cookies in a jar – a great gift idea. Via: rikkihibbert.co.za For a rustic vintage look, display your photos inside glass jars and bottles. Via: goodfoodbreadandmuffins.blogspot.com Chocolate muffin bread cooked in a jar. Via: pizzazzerie.com Super sweet. Via: simplebites.net Bread, cooked in a jar?

Via: marthastewart.com A fabulous visual reminder of your favourite holidays. Via: bigredkitchen.com So let’s just cut to the chase – what about making all your meals in a jar?! Via: runwithglitter.blogspot.com There isn’t a child on earth who wouldn’t be wowed by these: rainbow cupcakes baked in a jar. Via: flickr.com. Top 10 DIY Miracles You Can Accomplish with a $1 Binder Clip. Alternative rocket casings - APC Forum. We just flew three more of the rockets: All were 3 inch cheap winchester hulls filled to the crimp line with composition, and finished up with bentonite plugs.

Weights with 4' sticks were all between 50.5g and 52.0g. 1. Rocket was cored about 3/8 into fuel with 11/64 drill bit, was not wrapped with tape to prevent meltdown. When lit liftoff was instantaneous, gone into the clouds. 2. Rocket was not cored, but was wrapped with tape to prevent case burn out. 3. 1&3 were very similar in design and performance. Not sure what else to tell you except they had right around 19g BP in each motor. Now to make them lift something! My video skills suck, all I managed was a bit of the lift off of the first one, then nothing but sounds for the next two. Alternative to Film Canisters [Archive] - The Well-Trained Mind Forums (aka Hive Mind) NYC Resistor » Electronics, Hacking, Classes, and Workspace. 3D Printers: Make Whatever You Want. On most weekends, 14-year-old Riley Lewis and a few of his eighth grade friends gather at his house in Santa Clara, Calif. The group of about five, depending on who’s around, grab some chips and bean dip and repair to the garage, where Riley and his dad have created something of a state-of-the-art manufacturing hub.

The boys can pretty much fabricate anything they can dream up on a machine called the RapMan. As the hours tick by, they cover tables with their creations: rockets and guitar picks and cutlery. They hold forth on plastic extrusion rates and thermodynamics and how such forces affect the precision of the objects they can produce. “That’s a very beautiful gear you have printed,” a boy named Douglas tells Riley. The kids obsess over what versions of the Linux operating system they run on their laptops and engage in awkward banter. Author Ashlee Vance as rendered by MakerBot To a range of industries, 3D printers have become indispensable for doing business.

Cubify Invent: affordable design tool created just for 3D printing. Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery) (9780596153748): Charles Platt. Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists (9780071741675): Dustyn Roberts. Dropping a Magnet Through a Copper Pipe. A Beginner's Guide to Soldering. Elevator.jpg (JPEG Image, 543x467 pixels)

Easily Make a CD Case from a Sheet of Paper. RUBBER WOOD GEARS (RECYCLED ) - by kiefer. This is a true reuse recycle project which will come in handy for some future projects .The gears as you see them are made from two layers of 3/4” plywood glued together and a strip of timing belt from a car engine that was going to the garbage .The timing belt is bonded with GORILLA SUPER GLUE to the plywood hub .These are some pics of how I made them .I rough cut the discs on the band saw then sanded them to size checking the fit by wrapping the belt around the disc and sneaking up to the perfect fit .I cut off a short section of the belt as a alignment piece and clamped at the joint .

The application for this according to my grandsons are for wheels on a tractor and on and on.I can see this as a router lift application and a box joint jig indexing device .I would like your thoughts on this and welcome any comments .Have fun with this me and the boys sure have . Kiefer -- Kiefer 松. How to Set Bell Combination Locks. Changing Advertising of phone booth in NYC. Filling the space. Combine Magnetic Primer and Chalkboard Paint for the Ultimate Workspace Wall. How to make a homemade ON/OFF switch. Getting label glue off glass? - DIY - do it yourself - tribe.net.

Andy, We live in Phoenix, so completely understand your point about conserving water. For what it's worth, you can reuse any bin of water to soak a bottle, if you're just trying to remove a label. It's just the moisture from the water you're after. Then, the bottle can just be washed with the other dishes. <i>"other products with long chemically sounding names are in fact natural and/or very safe for people and the environment. "</i> Is that true? And, an enormous amount of chemical products on the market are not required to go through long-term studies, to find out if they are, indeed, "safe.

" namaste, alex P.S. And, I understand your point. LED Throwies. LED throwies consist of only a few inexpensive parts and can be made for ~$1.00 per Throwie. You can reference the parts list below or download the attached spreadsheet for more info on parts, part's numbers, vendors and application notes. Part: 10mm Diffused LED Vendor: HB Electronic Components Average cost: $0.20 avg per LED Notes: Cost reductions for larger quantities. Comes in red, blue, amber, white in both diffused and clear. Diffused works better than water clear for the Throwie application. HB has even created a Throwies packs page with deals on 10mm LEDs and lithium batteries! Part: CR2032 3V Lithium Batteries Vendor: CheapBatteries.com Cost: $0.25 per battery Notes: Cost reductions for larger quantities. Part: 1-inch wide Strapping Tape Vendor: Your local hardware store Cost: $2.00 for one roll Notes: One roll will make many throwies.

Amp Up a Laser Pointer. From Wired How-To Wiki Illustration by Lab Partners Your laser pointer could be doing so much more than highlighting PowerPoint slides and blowing your cat's mind. It could be sculpting ice, sparking campfires, or searing one bad mofo on your leather jacket. Here's how to give a standard pointer a power upgrade. This article is a wiki. Got extra advice? 1 Disassemble the unit by removing the batteries, opening the housing, and taking out the laser module. 2 Search the circuit board for a variable resistor. 3 To intensify the beam, use a small screwdriver to gently tighten the resistor. 4 Reassemble and aim your potent pointer at safe targets like ice, wood, or plastic.

Contributed by Terrence Russell. Homemade Customizable Pressure Switches. Cut a Glass Bottle Using Nail Polish, String, and Fire.