If you have a stuck bolt, rounded bolt or stuck nut – any type of fastener you can’t free – then your productivity on a job can quickly hit zero. I’ve encountered this situation most often during automotive work. The heat, oxidation and tight work spaces make stuck bolts and rusted nuts a common occurrence when you’re under the car. However, these tips would apply anywhere. So, after removing an entire engine, I had plenty of practice – and here are my tips – and the order you should use them in to remove stuck bolts. Continue reading
Last night was a pivotal moment in the saga of the Subaru as I finally ripped its heart from its chest and held up the pitiful organ for the world to see. Or, less colorfully, I pulled the boxer engine and mounted it on a stand.
They say you have to spend money to make money – a concept that most people understand. But you also have to spend money to save money and this is especially true as it relates to tools and equipment. One of the most rewarding aspects of homesteading is doing (by choice or force) for yourself what others phone out for. Growing food, caring for animals, canning, etc. If you didn’t love to tinker, toil and tear apart, it’s unlikely you’d make the move to the country to begin with. Of course in addition to being fun, these things all save money – if you can accomplish them. Here are the literal tools you’ll need to expand your self-sufficiency. Continue reading