Saturday, March 4, 2017

See how I repurposed an ordinary rat trap and made a spring actuated automatic doggy door closer
Split screen of dog entering door and rat trap closing it

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rat Trap Automatic Door Closer

How to save money on your heating bill by keeping doors closed using a repurposed rat trap as an automatic door closer.

Transcript provided for the hearing impaired:
Alright so today on Repairs101 I’ve got one you’re going to want to see: I take an ordinary rat trap and re-purpose it into an Automatic Door Closer. Don’t forget- you saw it here first.
About a year ago I got a puppy and I made her a play area out of the back porch but she was always leaving the door wide open and it’s kind of a drag in the winter.
Now I’ve heard YouTubers are a pretty smart group so I’m just going to assume you all know what a door is and how it works and I’m just going to skip over that part of the tutorial.
Alright the first thing I did was remove the hold–down bar and the catch.
Now this next part’s a bit sketchy – I’m sure you can find a better way to do this. Seriously, if you’re not a hundred percent confident with power tools or if you’re at all litigious I suggest you look away for the next few seconds.
Now I admit I picked kind of a lousy place to install it. It’s too close to the fire extinguisher but I wanted it high enough to be away from the dog and low enough to be clear of the blinds and to give a more or less centralized push on the door itself.
So after I removed a small piece of door trim I eyeballed the door closer’s kick plate into place.
And then yeah I did the unthinkable again – I used power tools on a loaded spring trap. So I don’t know. Just look away.
So afer that all I had to do was cut away the tape that was holding down the spring and my Rat Trap Automatic Door Closer is in action. And it works terrific!
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CRIME WARNING: Another Auto Theft Scam

This scam is used by car thieves to take your car and everything in it - including your phone, wallet, cash, credit cards and housekeys!
Transcript provided for the hearing impaired:
Alright so I’m only going to tell you this once.
OK so you know the Chump gets in her car after a hard day of shopping and, um, you know she’s got her cellphone, she’s got her car keys, she’s got her wallet and her credit cards and she gets in and she starts the engine. She checks her mirrors, and sees “Oh, there’s something on the back window.”  So she gets out to go see what it is.
That’s when I go to work.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Backhand Hitch - how to tie the best knot to know

Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you how to tie the best knot I know and it’s called: The Backhand Hitch.  Stick around because if you’re only going to learn one knot – it really should be this one.
Alright now you might know this knot by another name and you might know a different knot by this name. Just keep in mind that I learned about a hundred years ago from a bunch of old guys who didn’t really have a lot of education but did have a lot of experience.
It’s just an excellent knot and you can call it Phil or Lamont or Grilled Cheese on Rye.
OK so the idea is that you go around the object that you want to tie onto, you cross over the standing end of the line and then you go back around the opposit direction around the object that you’re tying onto. And then you install these two half hitch locks. And so you can lock it down with a third half hitch on the standing line or you can go the other direction and put in a half hitch – what I call a half hitch or is otherwise known as an Overhand Knot to make a stopper knot.
So the Grilled Cheese on Rye knot is versatile and you can tie it with anything from dental floss, thread, wire to mooring lines and giant cables used for securing ships. You can belay it to anything from a ring or a cleat to a nail or even a giant Douglas Fir or even a building. And one of the best things about it is that it’s so easy to install that you can tie it one handed.
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Friday, November 4, 2016

If you're only going to learn one knot... the backhand hitch

It's sixth of these six knots
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Tying a Backhand hitch

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