Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: So. Jersey
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Re: Everytme I fix something brk smthng else.Brake prb
Take things slow. Sometimes this isn't possible if you need the car for work the next day. Breakage will happen. I like the yellow can Liquid Wrench. Apply, tap with wrench or hammer, apply again, tap again, apply once more, let stand for awhile(sometimes for a day). Just as shampoo, rinse and repeat. Sometimes a little propane heat works wonders(watch fuel). Put things back as though you might have to take them apart again, you might have to. High temp. antiseize. I love stainless. Then you need antiseize for gauling prevention. Reguardless, why reuse the old rusty fasteners? If you're working on "A", and "B" breakes, replace "B". That's life. Make it right. Don't "Mickey Mouse" or quick fix unless on trail or away from home. Then permanently fix ASAP. Clean up that mess before and after. Use broken down cardboard boxes under leakage/spillage. Have tools handy. Use the wheels on your roll away for what they are meant. Paper towels. Several rolls, close by. Then have a mans size garbage can and use it. Zip lock bags. Go to grocery store and buy a box of every size. Good for all kinds of things. Tools: the right one for the right job. Period. That adjustable wrench will round off that rusted nut every time. Six point sockets are a good thing. Six and twelve point metric sockets can be forced on rusted nuts. Eight point/farm use sockets are beefier(less splitting, although Sears doesn't care)but have fewer sizes. Organize the smallest to the largest. Cheep steel shelves. "Z" shelf brackets for wall. It's alright to be anal, it's your garage or work area and the more you are prepared, the faster and easier you can handle that unexpected fubar/snafu, which will happen. I once was putting a new speaker on the top of the dash board and the windshield was stressed to the point that the slight pressure from the handle of the screw driver caused a major star fracture. Speaker was $35 and used windshield was $85. A friend was removing ball joint or tie rod end and hammer slipped and went through radiator. Everybody that has done work for them selves has had these things happen to them. Above all never stop learning and never think that the job is going to be quick and easy. Just be happy if you get yourself and things to the point that the next job does go quick and easy. Always hold your mouth right and use the right words.