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Damn useful stuff

Post by Stooby2 on Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1:46 pm

Can I suggest this for a thread? Damn useful stuff you have in your garage, that isn't a usual tool, for working on bikes, fixing bikes and so on.

I'll open with these :-

LED USB light

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Flexible-LED-Bright-White-USB-Snake-Mini-Light-Lamp-For-Notebook-Laptop-PC-KH-06/591905228.html?currencyType=GBP&af=ppc&isdl=y&src=Google&albch=Google&aff_short_key=6vYvMRFf&gclid=CjwKEAjwhqShBRDS95LciqqaonISJADj1rgah9QMD3I1yKOEu0bSkHqCeW_RsSNhJvXMGn5oyPzIIRoC9wHw_wcB

Combined with a 3m USB extension lead and a mainsUSB phone charger it is really useful for seeing into the more hidden parts of the bike. Or you can wrap it around something to cast light where you need it.

Secondly this :-

Double sided tape

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/151033788182?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

This stuff is so useful. Hangs number plates primarily but it's great for just about anything fairly lightweight. I've even used it to stick the PIR sensors for our house alarm to the walls rather than drill.
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Post by jonnytub on Sat 03 Jan 2015, 9:33 pm

May I add these to the suggestion pool:

3 foot scaffy bar (for those hard to remove bolts)
2ft long x 18" high x 16" wide box made from 18mm ply (preferably with castors) as a bike stand.
couple metres of decent cable for fault finding, not standard as I've wired probes onto one end and clamps onto the other (for batt).
a half decent camera (memories fade, at least mine does)
Fairy Liquid (c'mon, who hasn't used this???)


That's it for now, if I use anything else other than standard I'll be sure to let you know!
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Post by teamster1975 on Sun 04 Jan 2015, 9:44 am

Good idea Stooby, stickied!
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Post by eternally_troubled on Sun 04 Jan 2015, 1:18 pm

Two things, one obvious and one less so:

1. Electricity/light - my garage didn't have it; I added it, and it is much better.

Even if you don't have mains these days you can do good things with solar panels and batteries such that (at least) you have light, if you are prepared to spend a little bit.

2. A radio or other music/entertainment source (Ipod, speakers etc) helps me to stop thinking too much about what I am doing and just get on with doing it. I know that sounds a little odd, but quite often I end up doing nothing and thinking too much.
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Post by teamster1975 on Sun 04 Jan 2015, 1:58 pm

Sugar and fairy liquid as makeshift swarfega, it gets all the muck off your hands!
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Post by Stooby2 on Sun 04 Jan 2015, 8:30 pm

@eternally_troubled wrote:Two things, one obvious and one less so:

1. Electricity/light - my garage didn't have it; I added it, and it is much better.

Even if you don't have mains these days you can do good things with solar panels and batteries such that (at least) you have light, if you are prepared to spend a little bit.

2. A radio or other music/entertainment source (Ipod, speakers etc) helps me to stop thinking too much about what I am doing and just get on with doing it.  I know that sounds a little odd, but quite often I end up doing nothing and thinking too much.



If you search for 12v led lights or led caravan awning lights, you can get some fairly bright lights that will happily run off a spare bike / car battery for several hours. A car battery that won't turn a car over will still charge up and run some lights pretty well.

For a radio, I have an old computer connected to the internet via homeplugs that I stream radio through.  It's also damn useful for ordering parts and looking up parts diagrams, how-to videos etc without having to leave the garage.
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Post by teamster1975 on Sun 04 Jan 2015, 8:34 pm

@Stooby2 wrote:
For a radio, I have an old computer connected to the internet via homeplugs that I stream radio through.  It's also damn useful for ordering parts and looking up parts diagrams, how-to videos etc without having to leave the garage.

That or your phone, bit of Planet Rock blasting out!
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Post by badseeds on Mon 05 Jan 2015, 10:30 pm

@teamster1975 wrote:
That or your phone, bit of Planet Rock blasting out!


Most excellent taste!
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Post by eternally_troubled on Tue 06 Jan 2015, 2:04 pm

I'm not entirely sure that was the planet rock he was thinking of Wink
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Post by badseeds on Tue 06 Jan 2015, 2:27 pm

It was the first one to pop into my head, til I Googled it.
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Post by Beresford on Tue 06 Jan 2015, 4:20 pm

For the annual garage dung-out this is mega drunken

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Post by HomeBrew on Thu 08 Jan 2015, 5:54 pm

A old bit of carpet, you can kneel or lie on it and stay comfy.
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Post by jonnytub on Sat 10 Jan 2015, 7:32 pm

+1 for the carpet, I've got more knackered jeans with holes in than I have without!
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Post by ashcroc on Sun 18 Jan 2015, 9:34 am

@Beresford wrote:For the annual garage dung-out this is mega drunken


Also perfect for 'blowing out the system' when doing coolant changes!
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Post by Adrianomah on Tue 17 Feb 2015, 8:00 pm

@teamster1975 wrote:Sugar and fairy liquid as makeshift swarfega, it gets all the muck off your hands!


well done this is the best idea I've hear of in years cheers cheers cheers
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Re: Damn useful stuff

Post by Adrianomah on Tue 17 Feb 2015, 8:04 pm

I've got one of those fans for blowing up kids bouncy castles, so when I'm doing anything with the engine running or paint and it's cold I only open the door about 3 inches and turn this on and it blows the fumes out.
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Re: Damn useful stuff

Post by foxton on Wed 03 Feb 2016, 6:22 am

I found that a magnetic screwdriver helps to get ya spark plugs out. Also a bottle opener is handy.
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Re: Damn useful stuff

Post by biglee on Thu 28 Apr 2016, 7:02 pm

i purchased an oil spill kit just in case

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Post by sullivj on Thu 08 Sep 2016, 6:53 pm

This arrived today. My old one (from a different factory in China!), finally died.

Seems very well made for the £21.39 it cost (delivered!)



http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/391292097711?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Post by Beresford on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 12:13 am

That is good value for money ! Dremel prices are a bit ridiculous, and the tooling prices even more so. Is Ferm tooling available separately ?

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Post by sullivj on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 6:30 am

I have a generic set of attachments that fit - 400 for £9.99!!!!
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Post by Grarea on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 6:46 am

@HomeBrew wrote:A old bit of carpet, you can kneel or lie on it and stay comfy.

I am a bit more of a comfort freak. (Me poor knees)
I used a bit of foam. I put it in a decent rubble bag and taped it up.
Waterproof too.

Or I wear knee pads quite a lot if I am doing various crawling about jobs.
Anything from weeding to bike stuff.
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Re: Damn useful stuff

Post by Beresford on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 7:32 am

@sullivj wrote:I have a generic set of attachments that fit - 400 for £9.99!!!!
That's really good. Where from, please?

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Post by sullivj on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 8:23 am

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Post by Beresford on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 9:02 am

@sullivj wrote:I got this one when Maplin's discounted it, as they do from time to time.
http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/400-part-rotary-tool-accessory-kit-n63bx
Thanks for this. I'll go hunting for something similar. I'm sure Ebay or Amazon will have these on offer.

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