Category Archives: DIY Handy Hints

Use a torque wrench to prevent common over-tightening problems


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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“Get-Home-at-Any-Cost” Roadside Car Repair

Leak in the radiator. Crack a raw egg into the radiator filler cap (not the overflow tank). The egg white will plug the hole—for a while. To fill the radiator back up: Top it off with water, diet soda, tea, or any other sugar-free liquid.

To fix a punctured fuel tank: Stuff a wedge from a bar of soap into the hole. It’ll last long enough to get you to the closest service station

Oil pan punctured by a stone? Whittle a plug from a twig and hammer it into the hole. But now you’re low on oil. To fill the crankcase, add a 750 ml of water. Really. The oil-pump pickup is not on the exact bottom—the remaining oil will float on top of the water.

Water Wise Tips Save Drops & Drips

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.

car wash


Tie Your Motorbike Down Sport

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.

No Sliding on Siding

No Sliding on Siding

HH Shelf

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


Keep and use those old gloves!
Ladder Pads: Fit old fabric gloves atop ladder rails to prevent scratches where the ladder rests against paint.

Glove ladder

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

Glove 1