Identifying Air Compressor Fittings

While attempting to rework the custom pluming on an old Harbor Freight compressor, I was having a difficult time figuring out what connectors I needed to order. This guide is, by far, the best explanation of the many types of fluid fittings that are out there: https://www.hydraulicsdirect.com/Fitting-Thread-Chart-s/1934.htm

How Cold is Too Cold to Spray Rustoleum Oil-Based Paint?

I wasn’t sure if there’s a lower temperature limit to spraying Rustoleum, but I took a chance. I needed to paint a steel cabinet. As night was falling, at a temperature of around 34°F, I sprayed Rustoleum Oil-Based (alkyd) enamel, thinned with acetone, using my trusty Harbor Freight HVLP gun. After sitting for a couple… Continue reading How Cold is Too Cold to Spray Rustoleum Oil-Based Paint?

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Jaiwen T10 SMD5050 Instrument Lights (DX.com)

Here are two photos comparing OEM Honda Transalp instrument lights with the Jiawen T10 1.5W SMD 5050 LED instrument lights from DealExtreme (DX.com SKU 394964): Both photos were taken at 1/4 second at f/5.6, ISO 800. The bright spot in the lower (LED) photo is because the Transalp instruments call for one lower-wattage bulb, which… Continue reading Jaiwen T10 SMD5050 Instrument Lights (DX.com)

Spraying Gelcoat Cheaply

Spray Gun Options I’m reproducing a part in carbon fiber, which requires me to make a mold of the existing part.  For accuracy and durability of the mold, it’s best if the first layer is sprayed gel coat. Gel coat is normally sprayed with a “cup gun” like the E.S. G100 Cup Gun.  At around $175,… Continue reading Spraying Gelcoat Cheaply

Is TheRideStop.com Reputable?

I was looking for an EBC rear rotor for an RD04 Africa Twin, a bike which was never imported into the USA. No online shops in the country sold them, except, seemingly, one: TheRideStop. I put the item in my shopping cart and was shocked to see a shipping price of several hundred dollars. This… Continue reading Is TheRideStop.com Reputable?

1995 Grand Cherokee Track Bar Replacement

In an effort to eliminate a front-end clunk when steering, I installed a new Moog track bar. The toughest part of the process is removing the ball joint from the frame mount. The ball joint is pressed into a tapered hole in the bracket, and this bracket makes it impossible to use a pitman arm… Continue reading 1995 Grand Cherokee Track Bar Replacement