For the last few weeks I have been busy designing a new website.
I never thought that ShopNGarage was an ideal name for a website. I finally came up with a great new name that wasn’t already taken. The new site is called Garage Bulletin.
I will leave ShopNGarage in place as an archive for about a year. All of my new articles will be posted on the new site. I may add older articles to the new site as well, but they will be updated and improved versions. I want to take what I have learned over the last couple of years and use that knowledge to make a new and better site.
For precision sanding and grinding, a 2″ Roloc disc is hard to beat. A built-in screw secures the disc to the sanding pad. Sanding discs are available from 24 to 240 grit. Scotch-Brite discs are also available. I’ve seen the sanding pads and abrasive assortments at the big box stores, but they are much cheaper at an industrial supplier.
All automotive wiring outside of the passenger compartment should be environmentally sealed. Heating and cooling cycles, as well as capillary action, can draw moisture, salt, and road grime deep into the wire. Someone had repaired this section of wire with an insulated butt splice terminal. It was also wrapped with electrical tape. I stripped about 8 inches of insulation from the wire and found it black and corroded.
I like to seal my wiring repairs with adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing.
I spliced this wire with an un-insulated butt splice terminal. I used a heat gun to seal the repair with heat shrink tubing. Note how the adhesive lining has melted and oozed out of the end of the tubing.
I went to the Home Depot to buy a Norton Rapid Strip Disc. Something has changed; the Home Depot only stocks Diablo brand abrasives. There wasn’t an equivalent product in the Diablo brand. I went to Lowe’s and found they only stock Gator brand abrasives. I picked up a Gator brand paint and rust removing disc.
I mounted the disc on my 4 1/2″ grinder and skimmed the top of my portable welding table. I also knocked the mill scale off a short piece of bar stock and angle iron. The product worked, but was about half consumed.
I’ve been looking for a quality set of brad point drill bits. Most of the brands are now made in China and have so much runout, they are unusable in a drill press. I just discovered Montana brand drill bits. I purchased a set on Amazon for the very affordable price of $19.99…