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Steve shows some techniques and tools used to keep yourself safe when using woodworking tools.
Steve recaps the process of restringing a piano. To many, the piano is a mystery. Here, Steve will help de-mystify the working of a piano, and how it is assembled and worked on. If you own a piano, this is … Continue reading
After scouring the web, Steve found a noted deficiency in information about repairing a power steering pump. So, let’s dig in and see what they are all about and see if we can make them last a little longer.
Steve shows us how to replace a timing belt on the Audi A6. We covered this in less detail in the car repair episodes, but this is a more comprehensive look at the timing belt process. Here are some additional … Continue reading
In this video, Steve show us how to use a jointer. A jointer really has a limited purpose, but that purpose is so important to successful woodworking that every woodworker should know how to use one. Here is a note … Continue reading
Okay, so I am helping you cheat on the puzzle solution. But hey! If you have built the puzzle, then you need the solution so you can drive your friends crazy. Haven’t built the puzzle yet? I go through all … Continue reading
This episode is all about learning to use a tablesaw properly. This is an hour long demonstration, and goes into depth with ripping, crosscutting, adjusting the saw, changing blades, and of course safety. I injected a little humor into the … Continue reading
Steve takes a minute to show how to understand the importance of disconnecting the ground to a battery before working on a car.
I know I am posting this as a minute episode, and it is regular length- but here is the conclusion of the car repairs that we started in the last post. I know it is a daunting thing to dig … Continue reading
Well, we had a car project sneak up on us and require our attention at The American Garage, and we jumped in with both feet. There were so many oil leaks on the car, that it couldn’t leak more unless … Continue reading
On The American Garage, Steve explains tire sizes. If you are thinking about changing the size of your tires or wheels, the fit on your car is very important. Not all wheels and tires work together, and if your car … Continue reading
Spring time is time to plant the garden! Steve gets the ground prepared.
Steve shows how to inspect your brakes- even without touching the car! Whether you fix it yourself or have someone else, you can still know how to determine the condition of your brakes.
TAG Minute- Headlights! I know that you have noticed how your headlights do not stay clear and bright- especially as your car gets older. Check out this brief episode where Steve shows you how to clean up those headlights, keeping … Continue reading
Currently, we are working on some sponsorship for the BBQ project, so in the mean time, I thought I would catch you up on the results we have had trying our hand at gardening. I plowed in the fall for … Continue reading
It is time to start the next project on The American Garage! Yeah! This project was inspired on the 4th of July when my gas grill caught fire, and ruined the whole mechanism- and nearly the picnic! So, I thought- I … Continue reading
Steve completes the David Bradley project, and takes the tractor our for a spin. In this episode, Steve covers reassembly, shows how to instal decals, and goes through the steps we took to accomplish this project. It has been … Continue reading
The finale of the garden tractor project is upon us! Yay! Gather your friends, and watch the final episode of the David Bradley project as we wrap it up on Monday, August 5th. Steve took you through the process from … Continue reading
Painting! Seems like it took forever to get here, but we are finally to the painting stage of the David Bradley project. Steve shows us how to use a paint gun, and paints the David Bradley.
This is the final installation of the Engine Rebuild episode, focussing on the reconditioning of the transmission.
This is the longest part of episode 6, covering internal parts examination, reassembly and gasket making. The detail is intended for those who want to rebuild an engine, but have never tried it.
Episode 6 has been broken into three parts. In Part 1, Steve will cover diagnosing problems with the engine, and Andrea drops in to lend a hand taking the valves out of the engine.
Hey projecteers! As we wind down the last 3 episodes of the David Bradley project, I thought I would give you a glimpse of The American Garage before we were The American Garage. Now, just FYI, on the DB project, … Continue reading
As you may know by now, there have been several changes in the DB project tractor. One of the largest changes is the engine swap to a newer 3 HP Briggs & Stratton engine. In the episodes, I did not … Continue reading
We took a little break from our project to see what other people were doing, and locally there is a swap meeting and motor show. This is a rather informal get together- one member sponsors the event at his personal … Continue reading
I am nearing completion on the David Bradley project, and it is looking good. I’ve put a little spoiler image in this article, and I will get the episodes finished as soon as I can. In the mean time, I … Continue reading
TAG Minute- Struts. This minute describes a little about strut removal and replacement. Use caution when removing from your car, and make sure you know what parts are connected to which bolts. Remember, safety first.
This is the first TAG Minute – a mini-episode that is off topic or an expansion of something going on in the show that shows more detail. This minute is about organizing and prioritizing car repairs.
DB Project update 11/23/12. Okay projecteers, life has been taking a higher priority then the David Bradley project, so I apologize at the time it has taken to finish this one and get onto the next. So I cheated a … Continue reading
In Episode 5, Steve finishes preparing parts for paint. As he primes all the different parts on the tractor, Steve covers painting techniques with a spray can, the steps of paint preparation, and wet-sanding techniques.
Projecteers! Alright, I have not been writing and things have been happening. Business has been busy this spring, and I had to go take care of some of that so I could continue our project. Sorry for the absence. So, … Continue reading
In Episode 4, we tackle how to fix broken metal parts. We use Alumaloy and Castaloy, as well as learn a little about welding using a wire feed welding machine. We went down to the hardware store and rented the … Continue reading
Okay! let’s talk for a minute on other projects going on at the Garage. Project 1- First, the sailboat mast. I have been slowly restoring a sailboat besides the one I have in the water, and it is nearly finished. … Continue reading
Projecteers! Oh my goodness the year has start off with a bang! Today I thought I would let you in on happenings in the Garage, and status of the project and related items. Where to begin?! I guess we will … Continue reading
In Episode 3, we will remove rust from all the pieces, now that we are organized and disassembled. Follow along as we cover some different techniques for handling rust.
First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS from The American Garage! I can’t believe we are already here! We have just released Episode 2, which focuses on tear-down and project organization. So let me let you in on a secret- folks have … Continue reading
In episode 2 we start the tear-down process on the David Bradley Garden Tractor project.
Hello Projecteers! As you have no doubt just enjoyed the first episode of TAG, I thought I would give you a little more info about the project we have acquired. There are a few little details that we did not … Continue reading
Hey projecteers! As of today, we have launched the first episode of The American Garage. I guess you could say this is our debut. As you can see, the first project is the restoration of a David Bradley garden tractor. … Continue reading
Hello project fans! This week, I took one good look around the garage, and decided it was time to de-clutter and organize. It is sooooo easy to collect so much stuff that you can’t hardly work. This is going to … Continue reading
In September The American Garage announced the creation of its show and website launch. The company announced today a release date for its 1st episode. The show will air via the website, http://www.theamericangarage.net, on December 1, 2011. Tag is currently … Continue reading
Well, we are having another great week in the Garage, and the weather is beautiful. It has finally dropped out of the 90′s, but after a solid summer over 100, the 90′s felt pretty nice. This week I am going … Continue reading
The American Garage would like to offer a chance to win a free all expenses paid trip to Texas. That is right, 100% free, we will provide food, lodging and even a transportation budget. But, that is not all! You … Continue reading
Since the launch of our website and the recent release of our commercial, we have experienced a large amount of traffic. The response to our idea has been overwhelming and we could not be more excited. We have had many … Continue reading
This week we shot more video and finished shooting the footage needed to complete our episode on sanding and priming all our pieces. We also shot what we needed for sandblasting. We don’t have any sandblasting equipment, but luckily I … Continue reading
This week I have been ‘harvesting’ materials out of an old couch I did not want anymore. It sat too low, it had oversized paisley polished cotton material that was torn and faded- and was basically out of style. Why … Continue reading
Product Name: Steelaloy Purchased From: Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. Website: http://www.steelaloy.com Used On: David Bradley Project Episode: 4 Air Date: tba Description: Steelaloy is a stainless steel alloy used to repair stainless steel products. The physical properties of Steelaloy are very … Continue reading
Product Name: Castaloy Purchased From: Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. Website: http://www.castaloy.com Used On: David Bradley Project Episode: 4 Air Date: tba Description: Castaloy is a cast iron alloy used to repair cast iron products. The physical properties of Castaloy are very … Continue reading
Product Name: Alumaloy Purchased From: Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. Website: http://www.alumaloy.org Used On: David Bradley Project Episode: 4 Air Date: tba Description: Alumaloy is an aluminum alloy used to repair aluminum products. The physical properties of Alumaloy are very unique. One … Continue reading
This week on The American Garage- I will call it TAG for ease of writing from time to time- we are working on some of the metal pieces that are not in great shape, or broken in some way. On … Continue reading
Earlier this week our website launched and we announced our brand new TV show. The response to this news has been overwhelming and everyone here is so happy that our idea has been received so well. We have had a … Continue reading
Our website is almost ready for launch. Once launched we will post a tentative schedule of our show air dates. A press release with this information will be published under the blog section of this website. Subscribe to our rss … Continue reading
The American Garage will be opening soon! Created by 3d Houston and Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. this program takes a look at the spirit in all of us to get out there and get things done. We look forward to showing … Continue reading