It’s vitally important that the tightness of a fastener fall within a fairly narrow range. Too loose and there’s the danger of the nut or bolt spontaneously unscrewing down the road. Or maybe the gasket or O-ring fitting clamped by that bolt will leak. Too tight and there are other risks: The bolted-together part may be compressed, bent or otherwise damaged. The bolt shank could break, or the threads may strip, providing no clamping force at all.
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Remember to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
A running tap can use up to 6 litres a minute.
Always remember to fix any dripping taps
A dripping tap can lose up to 4 litres of water a day
Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car, rather than a hosepipe.
Hosepipes can use up to 1,000 litres per hour.
Using a brush to paint long wooden items such as dowels or poles can take hours.
Rather don a pair of cheap rubber or plastic gloves, dip a piece of woolly cloth in the paint, and run the long items through the cloth in your clenched (and gloved) hand.
Trucker’s Hitch, Beats Brute Force 3:1
A trucker’s hitch or power hitch, is crucial for tying down long spans of rope, such as washing lines or guy-lines. It’ll even hold stuff together while glue dries. It secures your equipment on the back of your truck, ‘bakkie’ or trailer. Properly executed, this knot has a mechanical advantage—the force you gain by using a tool or, in this case, a knot—approaching 3:1.
Step 1. Create a slipknot by forming a loop in the rope and pushing a bend in the rope, through the loop. This serves as an upper pulley.
Step 2. Pass the running end of the line around a fixed point and bring the line up through the back of the loop in the slipknot and out. Grasp this running line and get ready for the superhero part: cinching the line taut and then tying some half-hitches.
Step 3. Pull down to tighten the hitch. When you have enough tension to whiten knuckles, hold the running line tight and use your other hand to pinch the U it forms as it passes through the slipknot loop. Finish with two half-hitches. Add a third one, tied with a quick-release loop, to store spare line while adding some security.
Servicing a fuel-injection system opens up lines with pressures that can top 60 psi. Here’s how to protect your eyes: Wrap a screwdriver shank in a rag and use the tip to depress the valve stem in the fuel rail’s diagnostic fitting.
No Sliding on Siding
Jars of bolts and screws that are placed on shelves near power tools often are shaken off the shelf because of vibration from the machinery. Clapboard siding or Weatherboard , is bevelled; the end that would face downward on a home’s exterior is wider than the end facing upward. Nail the siding to the shelf with the flat face down and the wide end at the shelf’s edge. This tilts the shelf toward the wall
Reuse a plastic cleaning agent bottle to ease wear or sticking action on a heavily laden drawer.
Cut 2cm x 6cm strips from a clean, empty bottle. Heat the plastic and fold its long side. Mount the strips at the bottom front corners of the drawer frame. The drawer slides on the strips, reducing friction.
To prevent a chain from rattling, weave a rope in between the links. Arrange the rope so that it threads only in spaces between the links
Keep and use those old gloves!
Ladder Pads: Fit old fabric gloves atop ladder rails to prevent scratches where the ladder rests against paint.
Mini Toolbelt: Slit in the cuff of the glove so a belt can pass through. Cut off glove finger & thumb tips. Worn on a belt, open fingertips conveniently carry screwdrivers & pliers