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The Eight Most Common Threadlocking Mistakes

Threadlockers are one of the all-time great mechanic’s helpers. They hold nuts and bolts in place to help ensure the quality of your repair, and they keep fasteners locked in place through heavy vibration, shock, and temperature cycling to help assure that your repair stays repaired. 

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On the go power

Genius Boost ProUPS stopped by today with a package.  While it wasn’t a load of fireworks, it was a compact lithium-ion battery charger, not the traditional jump starter booster pack. Filled with connections, it provide portable 12-volts, USB port for mobile devices, a 500 lumen LED flashlight and up to 80 jump starts on a single charge.  The jump charge includes up to 10.0 liter gas or diesel engine.

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Thread cleaning made easy

Walking the aisles at the SEMA Show you are exposed to a plethora of products for the automotive world.  Often there are new innovative speciality tools that cause you to stop for a closer look. The Thread Wizard is one such tool.  Who hasn’t struggled with cleaning bolts during a project?  I have used a variety of methods, wire brush, grinding wheel brush, solvent, ultrasonic, and standard threading die.

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Welding Rod Numbers Decoded

This can be easily decoded.  Note:  A welding rod that does not have an "E" on it is classified as oxy-fuel welding rod; not for use with a "stick" or arc welder.

"E" stands for "Electrode"

The first two digits (or first 3 if it's a 5-digit number) are an abbreviation of the weld's strength. To determine the strength of the weld, take the 2 digits, in this case 60, and multiply by 1000 to get the weld strength in PSI.

So, if you had welded two plates together, with the weld covering one square inch (or even 1/4" x 4", that's still one square inch) that weld could take 60,000 pounds of pulling force.

Typical vales are 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110.

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Born again, new life for old grill

BBQ Stand to Chopsaw StandThe old grill had seen better days.  Weather and rust had taken it toll on the cast iron body.  But, before heading to scrape pile of history, there was life left in the stand.  The frame was sound.  There were wood platforms on each side.  One end had wheels.  It was the perfect base for my chop saw stand.

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