Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year's Eve!

This is how I like to rock in the new year.

Morris style wooden rocking chair with black leather seat and back on hardwood floor

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Moving into a new home this month?

Along with my sympathies, here's some interior household painting tips to save you money.

some basic interior painting tools displayed on a two step stepladder

Monday, December 28, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Gonna Rock This Town!

Bet you wish you were going to the Repairs101 Christmas Party 
It's always a Rockabilly Riot!  

Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot brings the house down - Vancouver 2011

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

Drive the Coquihalla Pass. They call it the Highway Through Hell, but it's awesome 
- assuming you survive.

Dashcam shot of the snow and ice covered Highay Through Hell, the Coquihalla

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Family always comes first

Santa and I are family so he dropped off my Christmas present a few days early. Thanks Santa!

Steve #5 holds his Blue Heeler puppy Holly in a parking lot
Holly and me.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Choosing the perfect gift is hard

She says she wants something tiny and shiny for Christmas .
So I dunno maybe a 1/4" drive socket set?

double set of metric and SAE 1/4" drive sockets on a rail

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Business as usual

Nothing to see here, folks. Just another Tuesday. Let's keep it moving.

Crown Victoria police car parked on city street by fire hydrant

Monday, December 14, 2015

Guerilla filmmaking

Repairs101 never authorized. No permits. No backstage pass.

Red and white 55 Chevy Belair drag racer performs burnout in waterbox
Authorized photographers missing a heavy burnout

Friday, December 11, 2015

Imagine you had only two weeks left

Imagine time was running out and you had less than two weeks left to show someone special what they meant to you.
Remain calm and shop online at

Man's hand holding a gold Hamilton trainman's pocketwatch
Time makes fools of us all

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A note from Santa

Wanna know the secret to great gift giving?
Simply give what you would like to get.

close up of Snap-on combination wrench's ring end on a green field

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Spirit of Giving vs Hard Realities

Running low on gold, frankincense & myrrh?
Make your own DIY gifts while there's still time!

Removing the rectangular lid from wooden jewel shaped tea box

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Coastal Region Forecast : WET

Continued wetness throughout the winter, easing off somewhat in the spring with periods of 

Windshield wiper clears rain to expose snow covered mountain

Monday, December 7, 2015

Did you know ?

DYK ordinary crayons make powerful torches for up to 20 mins?
Use only with adequate ventilation!  

Side by side comparison of a lit tealight and a burning crayon

Friday, December 4, 2015

Jericho Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia.

The best things about where I live are all outdoors.

View of sandy beach, sailboats and freighters on English Bay and downtown Vancouver under an overcast sky
Jericho Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Make the most of your time

I'll have that for you right away, Boss. 
I just need to work at home for a couple of hours. 

Black cat sleeping under blanket

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Headed for the finish line

So did you ever wonder if we're racing each other, the clock, or just ourselves?

Classic Dodge Plymouth Barracuda drag race

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Canada's National Winter Sport

So now I'm told it's time for something called "Hockey" (?)

The giant jumbotron scoreboard over the ice at Roger's arena
Why stay home when you can watch TV at the game?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

In honor of our American neighbors' holiday, we're having turkey soup
(Thanksgiving in Canada was Oct.12th)

Eight mason jars of homemade turkey soup

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Question of the day

Q: Do red cars really get more speeding tickets?
A: Only the slow ones.

Red Ford drag racer with wheelie bars and parachute in Mission B.C.
RAD Custom Torque Machine

Monday, November 23, 2015

The more Repairs101 you watch the more videos I can make!

Repairs101 doesn't even know the meaning of the word subliminal
Seriously. Please check out my new VIDEO !!

NTSC test screen color bar pattern with caption "Must watch more Repairs101"

Saturday, November 21, 2015

How to Replace a Side View Mirror

How to do-it yourself instructional on replacing the side-view mirror on a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer with complete inner door panel removal and installation process & advice on torque and torque wrenches.
definition of torque when replacing a Side View Mirror

Alright so today on Repairs101 I’ve got something new... well, OK. It’s actually kind of something old because this is one of the original five videos that I shot when I first had the idea for this show. And... and so yeah this is probably the fourth time I’ve released this video. The first time it was only up for a few minutes before I realized I had forgotten to put in the music track.
mechanical fingers tool used for Side View Mirror replacement

You really just need a small handful of ordinary tools and you can even make your own pry-bar. So if you’re looking for any of these tools many of them are available on my website’s Amazon store.

description and demonstration of torque wrench needed

So you probably don’t need a torque wrench for this but I used one in order to illustrate how little power is required. Here I’m showing how  can easily make more than fifty-three foot pounds of torque with one hand and the job here only requires one twelfth of that power :  fifty-three inch pounds.

So to get the inside door panel off you need to pop off this little cover and undo the hex head cap screws that it hides. Next there’s a Phillips head screw holding a tray-like piece for the door latch and the lock actuator that you want to pop out. Then you just work your door panel pry-bar in and pop out all the retainers until it’s just hanging there on a ridge across the top. Just pop up and away. And these are those retainer that you need the pry-bar for.

demonstration of push type door panel retaining clips

Next you pop out these little dust covers to access the nuts that secure the mirror’s studs. Notice that I’m using a ten millimeter socket on a three eighths drive wrench to remove this but I’m going to use a quarter inch drive socket wrench to reinstall it in order to avoid over-torquing it.
I probably should have undone this first but there’s no harm done. Pull back on the locking tab with your thumb and separate the connection.
If you take your fastener and load it into the socket with a piece of paper towel or shop rag, that will prevent it from slipping out when you’re trying to maneuver it into place. And then once you’ve started threading it you can just pull out the paper towel. And again, as I mentioned, I wind down the nuts using my quarter inch drive socket wrench in order to limit how much torque I can apply. And I’ll say this again, too: I don’t expect everybody to have torque wrenches but I’m using this one to illustrate just how little torque is used. The studs are just mounted into plastic so if you over-torque it you’re going to break it and then you’re going to be looking for another new mirror.
Gonna put these dust covers back in. And so the door panel just hooks onto the top into the window channel.

demonstration of replacing the door panel on a Side View Mirror replacement

So this is probably the trickiest part of the whole procedure. All you have to do is make sure the rod that actuates the lock lines up with the hole in the back of the switch on the back of the bezel. The way you do that is make sure they’re both in the unlocked position. This thing’s quite a tight squeeze so I used my socket wrench to push on it to pop it in.  There we go.
Alright as you can see : fully operational, the neighbors are all out of bed, it’s been quite a morning.
Alright so thanks for watching and if you enjoyed today's episode please share it with your friends and Hey! Don’t forget to subscribe!
And... it’s working... whoops... you can see I got it... we’ll have to edit out the part where I hit the wrong lever in my own truck.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Emergency heater options

Q: Can I use a flowerpot & tealight heater to keep warm when the power goes out?
A: Better stock up on long underwear!

Showing experiment with clay flowerpots and tea-light candles to generate room heat

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The world keeps getting smaller

1. Be prepared 
2. Assist others and share your good fortune 
3. Be thankful you could help and wait for balance 

Canadian Red Cross First Aid Kit

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Today's weather forecast

Your fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall
HW Longfellow 
close up of rain beading on a moving car's side window

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Forklifts / Lift Trucks / Materials Handling : lesson one

Show new workers how the seat is backwards on a forklift and that they back up to load (rear wheel steering) but travel with the forks (and load) behind them (front wheel steering)
2 brand new orangy red Linde forklifts straight out of the box.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Pitt River* Bridge, Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Even when the weather is bad the boating is good in British Columbia  
*The Pitt River is a tributary to the mighty Fraser
View of Pitt River Bridge and surrounding mountains

Friday, November 6, 2015

Coal Harbour, Vancouver

When you see your ship go sailing
When you feel your heart is breaking
Hold tight to your dream.    JeffLynne, ELO 
View of Canada Place from Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hot Rod culture

Spend all your time waiting in traffic just to hang the laundry? OK it does look like fun.

Colorful antique hot rods line up approaching the racetrack

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Outdoors, nature

The road to heaven is a straight path
and it's just a few miles from my house.
Straight country road leads to forest and mountains shrouded in clouds

Monday, November 2, 2015

How to fix a lamp

Rewiring a lamp, replacing a switch for lamp, 15 second knot tying lesson & 10 second animated film
Demonstrating tying an Underwriter's Knot

Friday, October 30, 2015

Everyday is Halloween

Happy Halloween weekend - See you at the party!
Don't forget to bring your own BOOOOOOOOs!!
spider hanging upsidedown in dewy web

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