Best Shop Tricks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lightsorce, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. warewolf

    warewolf Tyre critic

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    But your lemon tree will starve! :lol3
  2. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    An empty Techron bottle with the bottom cut off makes a perfect oil-fill funnel for most motorcycles. The long neck allows it to reach those hard to reach filler holes. The fact that it's thin allows it to fit inside the oil fill hole.
  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Ah, great idea! Thanks!
  4. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    These too.

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  5. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    These are also SUPER handy for when you want to pour seafoam into your car's tank and that metal flippy valve won't let you.
  6. chuggins143

    chuggins143 Been here awhile

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    As we say in the lab.. "If you lick it before you stick it, it goes in the hole easier!"
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  7. Fixnfly

    Fixnfly Been here awhile

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    Plastic shopping bags are great for keeping funnels clean when you're not using them
  8. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    I don't know why I didn't think of that :huh. Desert winds and dust make for lots of ugly funnels. I love my supply of plastic bags, hope they don't get banned.
  9. PunkinHead

    PunkinHead Moobless Adventurer

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    Dammit. Now you tell me.


    ...he says while looking a the little puddle in the corner of the garage where he stores the funnels...
  10. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    Why not try a Home Depot Orange bucket with LID to keep your funnels and grease gun etc.

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    I put my used oil in a 5 gallon jug to aid recycling. Some places don't want your old plastic bottles. This way I just pour and done.
  11. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    I use an old kitty litter jug with the tip in the spout of the jug and rags filling the top of the funnel to keep dust out.
  12. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    Cutting out the side of a litter jug makes for a good temporary parts cleaner tank. :evil

    Also handy for storing water.
  13. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    And the small screw-on lid is the only thing I've found that will take the place of the old-style plastic 5 gal gas carrier screw-on vent. My OEM vent cover split and this lid does the trick.
  14. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    Got this one from Bicycling magazine.

    They said to color your tools to correspond to the drawer they belong in. This way a friend can help clean up after a repair. Red = Red Blue = Blue etc.
  15. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Actually, I have seen around common work area places guys who will paint all their tools with a swath of some obnoxious color like pink or orange. That way your friend doesnt put them back in HIS drawer after a repair. Keeps those high price tools both easily spotable AND well, who wants nasty painted tools so no one steals your good shit. :rofl
  16. AK Oldman

    AK Oldman WANDRN

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    I painted my tools red 40 years ago. They are still with me!:D
  17. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    It really does work. Around the hangar we have 40 guys in there from time to time. If I find a tool with orange paint on it, I know its toms and bring it back to him. Just that simple!
  18. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 RIP Baby Girl

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    I was foreman in a cabinet shop years ago. It looked like the guys were spending way too much time looking to see if someone had one of their tools. I went to the lcal hardware store and bought one can of every color they had and told the guys to take a can and paint their tools, after they all got theirs the only color left for me was magenta :cry. I've still got lots of tools this color and have to explain why, even after 18 years at my "new" job.

    Bob
  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Coloring your tools? Plasti-dip the handles. :deal

    $6 at home depot.

    :freaky
  20. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    Knew a bike mechanic that did this because people kept borrowing them. He stopped that.
    Painted them on top if his lift table too. :puke1