Face it, I am a cheapskate, no matter how much I tell everyone how frugal I am.
I’m so cheap I would pull the other side of the two ply toilet paper apart after use if I could find someone to use it.
This thread is about home made tools.
Kind of like some books that have been written about kitchen and household shortcuts.
Let’s see what simple ideas ya’ll can come up with and use all the time to make working in the shop much easier.
I’ll start this out with this one:
I do a lot of work on 2 stroke engines. You know, weed eaters, chainsaws, leaf blowers, etc.
There are normally 2 or 3 kinds of carburetors used on them and within those types of carburetors are only about 4 different kinds of fuel adjustment.
1.) Pac-man, Looks like a pie with a slice out of it.
2.) “D” A circle with a slice off one side.
3.) “Double D” NO, not Pam Anderson, Actually a circle with a slice off each side.
4.) Spline….. a circle with a bunch of lines down the sides.
What all these have in common is they are pretty much the same circumference screws and purposely built to keep the user from adjusting the carb at home.
The EPA awhile back made it illegal to sell the proper tools to adjust these carburetors at home so the price on them has really gone up, from about $2.00 for a screwdriver with all four tips plus a flat and a phillips 5 years ago, the price is now up to almost $30 for a single type driver, (If you can even find one).
I use to pull the screws out and cut slots in them for a regular screwdriver, but it’s a slow process and not all that effective.
Then one day I was messing around replacing fuel lines, (A constant chore on most repairs), and couldn’t get to the customer’s H-L fuel screws no matter what I did, (I normally used a tiny set of needle nose pliers I ground down to fit in the holes).
Then while I was trying to mark the screw with my mechanical pencil I ran out of lead. I grabbed another, got the screws marked but couldn’t find a way to turn them, then i a burst of inspiration, I grabbed the old mechanical pencil, (Zebra M-301) and looked at the barrel. It was too large. I took it apart, and trying different pieces finally found that the lead reservoir, (a white plastic tube), is the perfect size for pushing over those screws and later I found it fit perfectly on all the other types of adjustment screws on the small 2 stroke engines.
Now it’s your turn!
-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!