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The American Garage- Saw Safety

Steve shows some techniques and tools used to keep yourself safe when using woodworking tools.

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How to Restring a Piano

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

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How To Repair a Power Steering Pump

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.

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Replacing Timing Belt- Audi A6

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

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The American Garage Woodworking- How to use a Jointer

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

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The American Garage Minute- Puzzle Solution

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

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The American Garage Woodworking 1- How to use a Tablesaw

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

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The American Garage Minute- Battery Safety

Steve takes a minute to show how to understand the importance of disconnecting the ground to a battery before working on a car.

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The American Garage Minute- Timing Belt & Gaskets Part 2

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

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The American Garage Minute- Replacing Timing Belt and Valve Cover Gaskets

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

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The American Garage Minute- Tire Sizes

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

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The American Garage Minute- Garden Prep

Spring time is time to plant the garden! Steve gets the ground prepared.

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The American Garage Minute- Brake Inspection

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.

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The American Garage Minute- Headlight Polishing

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

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Fall/Winter Garden Made possible with the David Bradley

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

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BBQ Pit Project

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

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The American Garage Episode 8 S01E08

  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

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Coming August 5, 2013 David Bradley Project Finale

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

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The American Garage Episode 7 S01E07

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.

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The American Garage Episode 6-3 S01E06.3

This is the final installation of the Engine Rebuild episode, focussing on the reconditioning of the transmission.

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The American Garage Episode 6-2 S01E06.2

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.

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The American Garage Episode 6-1 S01E06.1

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.

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A Blast from the Past

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

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David Bradley Project- Fabricating Throttle Linkage

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

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Field Trip 1- visiting the Antique Outboard Motor Club

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

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Jan. 9, 2013 DB project update

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

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The American Garage Minute- Struts

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.

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The American Garage Minute- Car Repairs

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.

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Ummm, I cheated a little- is that okay?

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

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The American Garage Episode 5 S01E05

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.

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June 11 Update

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

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The American Garage Episode 4 S01E04

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

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New Projects February 2012

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

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DB Project update and other stuff-2/6/12

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

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The American Garage Episode 3 S01E03

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.

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DB Project- week of December 20

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

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The American Garage Episode 2 S01E02

In episode 2 we start the tear-down process on the David Bradley Garden Tractor project.

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DB Project- Week of December 1

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

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The American Garage- We are launched!

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

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The American Garage Episode 1 S01E01

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David Bradley Project- week of Oct. 24

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

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The American Garage announced release date for 1st episode of new show

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

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David Bradley Project- week of Oct. 17

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

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Win a trip to Texas and a guest appearance on The American Garage!

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

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What should we repair on The American Garage?

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

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David Bradley Project- week of Oct 10

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

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Old couch? Or New Project?

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

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Steelaloy: Stainless Steel Repair Rod

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

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Castaloy: Cast Iron Repair Rod

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

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Alumaloy: Aluminum Repair Rod

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

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David Bradley Project- week of Oct. 3, 2011

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

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New “Do it yourself” category created

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

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The American Garage Commercial

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

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The American Garage will be launching soon!

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

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