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How I mine forums for repair information.

The internet is great, so much free information out there. You can learn from others who have been in your shoes.  So when it comes to owning a vehicle and wrenching on it, what better place to find information than the internet!  I know I will get some flack for this, but there really is a lot of good information out there on forums.  BUT, and there is always a but… There is a lot of BAD information as well.  As with anything, take EVERYTHING you read on a forum with a grain of salt.   It’s your job to wade through the information and get a sense for who is giving the advice, and if you can trust them.  Many times other members will chime in and confirm or slap down an inexperienced poster who gives bad advice… but not always.

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Posted: 27th October 2013  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: DIY Tools

Magid ProGrade Plus MECH106 Mechanics Gloves Review

I received a pair of mechanics gloves to review from Magid Glove & Safety. First, a disclaimer, I am not a fan of ANY mechanics gloves. I prefer the touch of bare hands, and don’t mind getting dirty while working on cars. Sure I spend money on hand cleaner but when working in tight places and with small parts I have historically shied away from wearing gloves. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get on to the review…

Overall construction looks solid and the stitching looks straight and strong. The gloves provided to me are the ProGrade Plus MECH106 Road Gloves, which have high visibility reflective stripes on the back side for maximum visibility. I guess the “Road Gloves” name is logical for these gloves as they would be perfect for changing a tire along side a busy road with these reflective stripes.

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Posted: 24th February 2012  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: DIY Tools

Craftsman Stainless Steel Tool Chest

Sears was kind enough to contact yours truly and requested that I review their Craftsman Stainless Steel 41” Toolbox Combo.  A few weeks later, the tool box combo arrived on my door step packed nicely on a pallet which I tore into and assembled in less than an hour.


Here is a shot of the Craftsman box assembled and sitting next to my 20 year old Craftsman Box which has served me well over the years.  I just recently added a middle section (in black) that increased my capacity, but I was still running out of room.

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Posted: 18th April 2010  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: DIY Tools

Black & Decker Cool Tool

It’s time to start ripping apart my latest project so what better time to test the newest tool from B&D. Will report back when I have some panels off and I see how the tool performs.



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Posted: 26th December 2009  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: DIY Tools

Where do you shop online for tools?

Don’t want to spend tons of money on tools, just to change your oil or do some minor repairs. Snap-On and MAC tools are great for professional mechanics, but expensive for a shade tree mechanic. I usually recommend people buy Craftsman tools if they plan on doing a lot of work on their own vehicle. Craftsman tools are the best quality tools for the money, and include a lifetime guarantee. Shop online at

If you are doing minor repairs or are on a budget, consider tools from Harbor Freight which also generally have a lifetime warranty but are made overseas and not of the quality of Craftsman tools.

No matter what tools you buy, keep them clean and organized and they will reward you with a long useful life.

Posted: 25th January 2006  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: DIY Tools

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