Tools and Equipment Maintenance

Tools and equipment maintenance is an important part of the DIY enthusiast life style. As I go from project to project I’ll be adding articles on maintaining and repairing tools and equipment.

Chainsaws are another hobby of mine. I like to buy old ones and restore them. Some of the older models are built like tanks. Unfortunately, they seem to be as heavy as one at time as well. Rebuilding carburetors on these units can be done, quite often for just a few bucks and an hours worth of time. Adjusting the fuel mixtures and keeping the saw sharp is just as important. I’ll post a few articles on that topic.

You’ll also find posts on repairing equipment. My lawn tractor takes a lot of abuse. Consequently you’ll find a few articles on repairing the Husqvarna I use to mow. I’ll be adding posts on sharpening drill bits and mower blades and any other thing that needs to be sharpened.

Look for a  post on the evils of ethanol gas coming soon. I have ruined more than one carburetor on small 2 cycle engines with this fuel. I plan on adding a post on this and why you should use ethanol free gas on these tools.

Wen 1/2 x 18 Belt Sander – Mini Belt Sander – Power File Review

One of the challenges I encountered when working on the Boston Whaler restoration was getting into nooks and crannies with a sander. I finally broke down and bought the Wen 1/2 x 18 inch belt sander. These are also known as power files and oddly enough, finger sanders. My first impression when taking it out …

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DIY Paint Booth Exhaust Using the Venturi Effect – Part 2

The paint booth that I converted from an old TV cabinet is complete. I left off with adding and exhaust vent at the top of the cabinet. The next step is to ventilate the cabinet and put in a paint booth exhaust of some kind. I did a bit of research. There were plenty of …

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Build a DIY Paint Booth from a TV Cabinet – Part 1

Having a spray booth is almost a must for most DIYers. I found myself in dire need of one when I started to mess around with spray on ceramic coatings a few years ago. When I looked into them, I found very few that were both inexpensive and usable. The ones I found were either …

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Why Ethanol Gas Can Harm Small Engines

My First Experience with E10 Ethanol Gas My first experience with ethanol gas occured around 2008. I  owned motorcycles at the time. Unfortunately, we were riding less and less around that time frame. I made it a habit to periodically start the bikes to keep fresh fuel in the carbs. I eventually noticed that both of …

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Restoring a Chainsaw – Carb Adjustment and Sharpening – Part 2

Now that the carburetor has been put in, it’s time to finish the chainsaw and put it to a test. I did find one problem, the chainsaw was leaking oil. When I looked into the saw, I found that at some point, the chain was off the guide and chipped the area where the oil …

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Changing A Lawn Tractor Spindle and Pulley

Changing your lawn tractor spindle is fairly easy. It’s definitely within the reach of the average person. A basic knowledge of hand tools will take you through changing a lawn tractor spindle in a relatively short time. My adventure started when I went a bit to far into a ditch with the cutting blades engaged. …

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Craftsman 20″ Chainsaw Restoration – Part 1

I periodically stop by pawn shops to browse. Being a DIY junkie, I can never have enough tools in the shop. Pawn shops can have some good quality tools at really good prices, you just need to catch them while they are there. I recently stopped by one of the shops and found an old …

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