Month: March 2017

Some tips for your car repair

Whether you’re a weekend mechanic, a hobbyist, a DIY-er, or just a guy who’s got a passion for the tools he’s got in his workshop, the fact of the matter is that I’m going to give you some tips that you’ll find useful whenever you feel tempted to start your own car repair project. Obviously, it would be great if you didn’t find it necessary to repair your own automobile, and by this I mean the one you use regularly when you go to work.

Research

This is the first piece of advice I can give you. It stands to reason that I have no idea, at this point, what model car you own or what you might be tempted to work with, so the best idea is to go online and start asking around. There are many forums where weekend mechanics just like you communicate and ask others for advice. Plus, if you’re in luck, the car manufacturer has gone through the trouble of uploading the whole schematics of the car to the company’s official website.

 

Workspace basics

Before starting the job, it is important to look at the space you want to dedicate for the project. It goes without saying that it needs to be as tidy and clean as possible, but whether you might believe it or not, it sometimes really boils down to the actual amount of space you have available. The last thing you might want to do is try to shove a car into a garage where there isn’t enough room left for your repair project. Measure out everything and make sure that you don’t have to look for another workspace.

Practice patience

Most car repairs take time. Even experienced mechanics can encounter one issue or the next. That’s why it’s important to look at your schedule and try to be as realistic as possible. Think of it this way. If you’re like me, chances are you’re doing this during the weekends or every two nights or so. Don’t overdo it, and try to understand that while this is your passion, you live off your job.

Another thing that I would like to note is that, as I said in the beginning, you should never start working on your own car if there is no way of getting to your workplace other than using it. If a colleague or friend lives nearby, try carpooling for a while. Nonetheless, I would suggest repairing an old car from scratch instead of doing so with your own.

 

Be organized

Take as many pictures as you can and make notes as you take components out of your car. It doesn’t matter if they’re more or less important. You need to know the exact place you’ve taken them out of and how they were organized initially.

 

 

A Multitool Pen I’m Eager to Buy

I just discovered the perfect gift I should buy myself. It is a multitool from SOG – yes, the same company that makes belt buckles – and it practically makes everything I want in a multitool come true. The company calls its multitools batons, and I think they are right to do so. The multitool, no matter which model you choose, folds into a slim cylinder shape, so you can easily pack it in your pocket when you are in your workshop or when you embark on some outdoor adventure.

I prefer the last model, the Q4 since it practically has all you need. It packs under its slender figure essential tools, such as a nut gripper, multiple screwdriver heads, pliers and it can be used as a wire cutter. I don’t think I need anything else to make sure my trips to the great outdoors are prepared against the unexpected.

So, how does it look?

It looks like a pen. Yes, it is a bit thicker, more like a marker, but it is not longer than a pen, which means that it easily fits in any pocket. I also like using a bag organizer when I go on longer trips since there are many tools that I need to keep close. This multitool fits in there just as well, and I never fear that I might lose it.

 

High-quality materials

What I appreciate a lot in any tool is the use of high-quality materials. The blades are made from stainless steel, and they do not rust or damage easily. The handle is made from aluminum, and it is durable, as well. Overall, the craftsmanship invested in this tool is superior and a recommendation in itself.

 

A full list of the tools included

Since I may seem to be overly excited by this multitool, I’m thinking about giving you a comprehensive list of all the tools included. This way, you will surely understand why I am so impressed with it. Here is the list:

Pliers

Nut gripper

Blade

File

Can opener

Bottle opener

Wire cutter

File

Flathead screwdriver

12 hex bits

Magnetic ratchet driver

Simple, lightweight and elegant

The multitool weighs just six ounces, and its very simple design makes it easy to accommodate in your backpack when you are going on trips. I also love the elegant design because it complements a multitool that is indeed well made. Expandable and easy to use, it is really your best friend when all kinds of situations occur, and you do not have your entire toolbox with you. While its design is based on a classic layout, it offers extra advantages, and that is why I need to have it.