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  • beswickat commented on wilgubeast's instructable 9 Unusual Uses for Aspirin3 months ago
    9 Unusual Uses for Aspirin

    Using aspirin for shingles pain is effective in many cases. It is too cheap for pharmaceutical companies to make, so make your own. Crush two cheap aspirin, put the power in your hand, add moisturiser. mix and apply to the affected area. Caution - possibly dangerous if the shingles are on your face.It saved my sanity :-)Reference: http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/11703529/reload=0;jsessionid=7PbAAOvOdRgx0p7a996R.10

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  • beswickat commented on trf's instructable How to Remove a Stuborn Nut/bolt5 months ago
    How to Remove a Stuborn Nut/bolt

    I broke some head bolts on my engine and got a professional to remove them - and watched closely! He started by filling the hole with penetrating oil and then got a air hammer onto the bolt and kept hitting it till a couple of lots of oil had flowed into the bolt hole. He had a selection of hammer bits (e.g. eBay - Air Hammer Bit Set Impact Tool) that had been turned down to suitable sizes. Tough steel like those bits will turn like butter with carbide tools. At this stage, the top of the bolt has been flattened and will take the drill better. He also had a set of sleeves that fitted into the bolt hole to hold the drill bit central while drilling the hole for the easy out.Buy the BEST QUALITY easy out that you can get hold of.

    A trick with heat - differential expansion. At red heat, steel becomes plastic, i.e. will flow inside a container. OK, think of the nut as the container. Heat the bolt and nut to red heat and both are plastic like putty, then squirt the nut only with water. The nut only will cool and shrink a little and will cool below the plastic temperature i.e. won't flow, the red hot bolt can still - and will - flow within the cooler nut. When the bolt cools to plastic temperature, it is still tight but continued cooling will then pull the bolt away from the cooler nut until they are both cool. Result - the bolt is now a smaller diameter :-) and will undo when cool. This technique is also great for loosening tight pliers, heat the pin only of the pliers to red heat, let it cool and the pliers are as...

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    A trick with heat - differential expansion. At red heat, steel becomes plastic, i.e. will flow inside a container. OK, think of the nut as the container. Heat the bolt and nut to red heat and both are plastic like putty, then squirt the nut only with water. The nut only will cool and shrink a little and will cool below the plastic temperature i.e. won't flow, the red hot bolt can still - and will - flow within the cooler nut. When the bolt cools to plastic temperature, it is still tight but continued cooling will then pull the bolt away from the cooler nut until they are both cool. Result - the bolt is now a smaller diameter :-) and will undo when cool. This technique is also great for loosening tight pliers, heat the pin only of the pliers to red heat, let it cool and the pliers are as loose as you could want.

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  • Throttle Cable Replacement on a 1975 Honda CB200T

    I had a Fiat 124 with a cable operated clutch, absolute beast to change! So, I made my own inner cable with a solderless nipple on one end. Then, I did not have to remove the outer cable, simple thread the new inner through the old outer and clamp the nipple on the other end. My mechanic started offering this mod to other customers, must have been OK!

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  • beswickat commented on Yonatan24's instructable Top 10 Vise Hacks!1 year ago
    Top 10 Vise Hacks!

    One day, my wedding ring became oval and I couldn't slip it off when I went to work in my work shop. So I put my hand in a vice and gently applied pressure to return the ring to a more round shape (it worked beautifully). Of course, someone walks in when I was doing this and couldn't believe their eyes when they saw me with my hand in the vice and apparently winding it tight. :=)

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