Maintenance Tool Bag Tips

Maintenance Tool Bag Tips


The trusty toolbag – most think of this item as something mechanics or handymen use to store their tools, but a toolbag can be useful in many other industries as they come with convenient compartments and storage solutions and with the handle and shoulder strap it can be a easier mode of transportation then a briefcase or box.

I use a toolbag to store the smaller tools and utensils i use for my bond and detailing jobs. This helps me keep all the tools i need close to hand, and save return trips to the work van when the need arises to find a specific or odd tool.

So give it a go – whether you’re a computer tech, artist, or you have a job that requires you to be mobile then a toolbag may be a good solution to make your job just that little bit easier.



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Rubbish Removal and Bag Liners

Rubbish Removal and Bag Liners


A simple and Quick Tip for the next time you are emptying out trash can liners.

trash can linersTo improve the efficiency of emptying your bins, place a spare bag-liner under the new liner you put into your bin.

This will save you time going to the cupboard to grab a new bag next time you need to empty the bin.

This tip is great if you are servicing large office spaces with multiple bins but also is a handy tip for homeowners as you usually don’t go to empty a bin with a replacement liner in hand.


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Vacuum Cleaner Tips

A quick and simple tip for the next time start up the trusty vacuum cleaner to improve efficiency.

Service the vacuum after every job. That’s right, a clean vacuum will perform and have better suction then a dirty one. Dirty bags and filters just cause the vacuum to work harder, thus reducing the quality of work you get and the time you spend vacuuming.

Every vacuum is different but following is a basic checklist of after cleaning maintenance you should be performing.

Check and clean the;


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Dust Bag (or empty the dust container )

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This simple checklist will ensure you get the most efficiency and life out of your vacuum cleaner.




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How to replace a Mixer Tap

Mixer Taps look like they are more complicated to fix compared to conventional taps, although they are less repairable as they don’t have many parts that can be replaced usually resulting in full replacement of the whole tap  the benefit of the mixer tap design means there are less steps to replace the tap, and no need to worry about replacing tap washers and other parts.

Full picture slideshow at the end of this post.


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  • Replacement Mixer Tap Set
  • Mixer Spanner Set
  • Adjustable Spanner
  • A Screwdriver ( Some kits will come with a disposable screwdriver )

1Shutoff the water to the tap

The first step you need to before doing anything to the tap is to locate the water shutoff valves.

MIXERTAP_1These are generally located under the sink and can be easily found by following the water-lines from the tap. If your system doesn’t have shutoff valves then you will have to turn off the water to the property from the street water metre.

Once they are turned off, test the tap and check that there it has been properly turned off.

2Disconnect the water hose.

The next step is to disconnect the water hose from the system. The hose will be connected to the value you turned off in the previous step, and it is just a nut that needs to be unscrewed.

MIXERTAP_2You will need a ratchet to loosen the nut before unscrewing it with your hand. Once the Hot and cold water lines are disconnected you can move on to the next step.

Note Remember to note down which tap value is hot water and which value is cold water.


3Remove the tap.

Locate the retention nut of the tap (found directly under the tap) and use the tap set to MIXERTAP_3unscrew and remove these nuts. The tap set usually comes with 3 different connections for the nut, use these to find the right size and then use the extender pole to help you reach the nut. (refer to picture right)

Once these are fully removed the tap should freely come out from the sink.


4Assemble the new mixer tap.

When you get a new tap you will usually have to assemble the waterlines to the tap fixture. The tap kit will come with 2 braided lines, one coloured blue (cold) and one coloured red ( hot).

MIXERTAP_4On the bottom of the tap fixture where you screw in these braided lines you will notice a C and H which donates which lines should be connected.

Also with your kit there should be one or two long screws that need to be attached to the bottom of the fixture, you will notice threads that they go into. Finger tighten these to begin with then use a screwdriver to tighten them up.


5 Install new mixer tap into the sink.

Thread the waterlines into the hole in the sink and place the tap over the hole.

The next part can be a bit tricky as it sometimes can be a bit tight for room under a sink.

MIXERTAP_5Find the metal and rubber “C” Washer and put them together and thread this washer (with rubber side up) onto the metal screws under the sink. Use the supplied nut to secure the C washer on the screw and to prevent it falling off.

Finger screw or use the mixer tool to screw the nut up the shaft until it gets near the top. Make sure the C washer is flat against the bottom of the tap before fully tightening the nut.

Once you’ve tightened up the nuts and you can move the mixer tap spout and it feels secure, then you can move on to the next step.

6Reattach the waterline and turn the water back on.

MIXERTAP_6The final step is to reconnect the waterlines.

Take the blue line and attach it to the cold water value, and the red line to the hot. Tighten up the nuts with the spanner to make sure they are secure.

Double check all connections before turning on the water values and test your new mixer tap!



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Drilling 101 : 6 Essential Tips for a Better Drilling Experience

A drill can be a useful tool in the shop, and is a necessity in most projects you undertake, but improper use and techniques can make your job harder and leave your product with imperfections.

Whether you are a novice handyman or a professional carpenter it is always a valuable to refresh your knowledge base on the basics and seek out some new tips and techniques to make your drill work easier for you. It is easy to get set in your ways, and even the professionals can sometimes get lazy with their tools, but if you revise some of the basics it will ensure that your skills will stay as sharp as your tools.

When you undertake any job it is always important to make sure you have the right quality tools for the job. Sure, its the skill of the person using the tool that matters in the end, but it is good to remember that it is your tools that are there to help you make the job easier not just for the convenience.


There are many different types of drills on the market, all with their own settings, so it is important to read the user-manual for the drill you are using so you can properly operate the torque and speed settings when you start your next job or project.

As with any job you undertake it is always good to do some research on the particular type of material you are drilling into to get the best out of your drilling techniques, but the following is a quick guide to some of the common materials you will be drilling into.

  1. WOOD – Wood is probably the least scary material to work with when it comes to drilling. Wood bits generally are spiral and come with pointy tips to help dig into the grain. Start off slow until the bit starts digging into the wood then you can increase the speed. Try not to go too fast or keep the drill in the same position for too long otherwise you risk burning the wood.
  2. METAL – When it comes to metal bits you have High Speed Steel(HSS) or Cobalt (Cheaper of the 2 but more brittle), both resistant to the high temperatures that the bit will reach when drilling into harder metals. If you are drilling into Hard metals like Stainless Steel and Iron it is recommended to use lower RPM and a firm pressure, stopping at times to let the bit cool. When using in a drill press on thicker metals it is always a good idea to keep the bit lubricated with a coolant like a Drill Oil. When working with softer metals like aluminium, a higher rpm and prolonged drilling can cause the heat to deform the metal- so take it slow.
  3. MASONRY (brick) – When you need to drill into stone or brick you need a masonry bit. These come with hardened tips and should be used with the hammer setting on your drill. When drilling apply firm pressure and keep removing the bit and blowing out the dust from the hole – this will stop the dust getting in the way and causing he bit to polish the stone instead of cutting into it.


Drill bits come in many styles and sizes depending on what job they are designed to do; Wood, Metal, Masonry and Forstner are just some of the main bits you will be using. The following simple tips are what I recommend when choosing and using your drill bits.

  1. Choose Quality Brands – A quality Drill Bit is essential when choosing bits for your next project. They may cost a bit more initially but you will save money in the long run when they outlast all your cheap bits and stay sharp longer. Remember, you don’t need every single size of drill bit so if price is an issue then slowly build your collection by buying the quality bit size separately as needed instead of a whole pack. Just don’t forget to get a suitable container to store them in (see tip 3)
  2. Keep your bits sharp – Blunt drill bits will make your job harder as they are more likely to polish and rub against the medium you are working with then cut and remove dust from the hole you are drilling. Take the time to learn how to hand sharpen your bits as most cheaper Electric Drill Bit sharpeners will not do a good job and are more likely to case damage bit than sharpen them.
  3. Store your bits in a suitable container – The last thing you want after you have your expensive sharp bits in your possession is to have them slowly blunt as they rub and grind against themselves when you just chuck them loosely into a box. Most quality drill packs will have a suitable container, but if you’re re buying each piece separately then there are many drill bit holders on the market that will keep the drill bits organised and held securely in place.
  4. Right bit for the job – Before picking up that drill it is worth while doing a bit of research on the material you’ll be drilling into; doing this will not only guarantee that you are using the correct drill bit for the job but could also help you find the right techniques and drill settings for that material.
  5. Pre-drilling holes – Before drilling a hole, or driving a screw into any material is an important step to pre-drill guide holes to avoid splitting of fragile materials or snapping of screws when dealing with hardwoods. When you need to drill a larger hole it is always good to start with a small pilot hole and gradually increase the size of the drill bit until you get to the desired size. This will not only make sure the hole you drill is clean, but will also make your job easier, faster and protect your drill bit from overheating from friction which can cause your bits to dull.
  6. Rubber Grommets – A simple but effective trick is to use a rubber grommet (if you cant find a grommet you can use the grommet off These Screws) to protect surfaces you are drilling into. Just slide the grommet over your drill shaft bit until its against the chuck head and you’re done. Next time you drill through something this will prevent the chuck rubbing against the material, especially the moments when you accidentally slip and slam the drill into the material you’re working with. A must if working with a lot of tiles. (Click here for Tile Drilling tips)

Now that you have the tools and the knowledge, go out and master your next project!

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Cleaning out the closet

Ask yourself these questions;

  • Are you running out of space in your closet?
  • Are you fighting for space with your significant other?
  • Are you finding it hard to throw out old clothes?

Trying to organise your closet space can be difficult when you have so many clothes that you want to keep.

As we enter the month of February and officially leave the holiday season of sales and discounts, the fight for that valuable space is at its worse and now is the time you should start to think about how to make that space that you desperately need.

There are many techniques out there to help organise your closet,  from buying more shelving, special multi-level hangers and vacuum seal bags, but most of these just help find space for all the junk but not actually help you dispose of old clothes that you will not wear, it just hides them.

There is a technique that will help you find out which clothes you don’t wear and should throw out, and the good thing about it is that you don’t have to throw anything out right now. This beauty of this method is that after you set it up, it can work for you every year. All you have to do at the end of every year is open up your closet and you will know exactly which items you should keep or throw out and donate.

The method is called – The Reverse Coat-hanger.


The setup for this is very easy.

  1. Open up your closet and orient your clothes with the open hook of the coat-hanger facing you.

SHIRT12. Whenever you return an item of clothing after you have used it, place it back into your closet with the open hook of the coat-hanging facing the back wall of the closet.

3.Repeat Step 2 for the rest of the year.

It’s that simple. Now you wait

Then the only thing you have to do at the end of the year is look into your closet and remove the clothes that still have the coat-hanger hook facing you. These Items of clothing haven’t been worn all year and most likely are out of fashion or you have no interest in wearing them again – obviously make exceptions for suits and items of clothing that are for special occasions.


After you throw out or donate these items of clothing, once again turn all the coat-hangers with the hook facing you and start over again.

Doing this at the end of each year will help you clean out your closet of unused items as well as prepare you for the next years clean up. Think of it as a spring clean for your closet – start each new year with a clean and organised closet ready to be filled up again throughout the year with new clothes!