Updated November 09, 2014
This page contains information and links to sites for DIY folks in autorepair and home improvement. This page is forever changing - I am in the process of building content and am nowhere near completion. I do have a real job and will be working on these pages during the evenings after I mow the lawn, fix leaky faucets, repair the VCR and do other more mundane things that a homeowner needs to do. It will get done quicker if someone wants to come over and do my homeowner work!! Check back once a week for more information as I add to it. Enjoy . . . . .
Welcome to Brother Bob's Tinker Shop
Here you will be able to acquire knowledge gained over 50 years of working, tinkering, finding shortcuts to fixing just about anything in your domain. As a graduate mechanical engineer Brother Bob gained an insight into the workings of just about anything he works on. His motto is "If someone else can fix it, why can't I? Knowledge is my only barrier" As a result, he has attacked anything from television sets to air conditioners, automobiles to farm tractors, toasters to refrigerators and much more. His shop would make any professional repair person proud although another Brother Bob motto is "A clean workbench is the sign of a sick mind!" One of Bob's pet peeves is to start a job and find out that he doesn't have the tools to work efficiently. As a result he has acquired electronic equipment, wood working tools (both power and hand tools), a 12 drawer mechanics tool box and a host of other tools that he has found through out the years makes life a lot easier. Throughout these pages of tips, Bob will suggest a minimum set of tools needed to fix the item under discussion. He offers suggestions as to who makes the best tool of the type being used and what you can get away with if you don't want to invest heavily in a large inventory of tools.
There is yet another function of these pages, that of offering information (break down that knowledge barrier) to the home owner or car owner as to just what can go wrong with something - what generally breaks. Bob offers you a wide range of knowledge so that, even if you are not willing to attempt to repair something yourself, at least you will be informed as to what a certain set of symptoms indicate is broken. With this knowledge in hand you will be able to go to a repair shop prepared to encounter even the shadiest of repair persons (not that all repair persons are shady, but a bunch of them are and you are likely to encounter one sometime in your lifetime). Did you ever go into a repair shop where the owner told you that you needed an expensive repair and you didn't have the foggiest notion as to what he was talking about?? Your first reaction is to tell him to go ahead and do whatever needs to be done (after all, who are you to question HIS wisdom??). You don't have to feel like that any more. Bob will give you a list of questions you can ask when confronted statements like, "Looks like you need a new muffler bearing!!" When Joe the repairman sees that you are knowledgable about the symptoms and the diagnostic procedures that he should have performed before selling you something you don't need you are much less likely to get the proverbial shaft. If only one of my neighbors had that kind of information he could have saved over 400 dollars getting his "dead battery" problem solved.
Sooooo, start browsing through the links you will find here and on other linked pages. I think you will find some valuable information here, and best of all it's all FREE!! By the way, if you don't find what you are looking for here just ask me and I'll consider writing a page on your problem so that others might find additional information to help them solve their problems.
Service manuals for your electronic stuff. Get them on CD for a reasonable price! Drop me a line and I'll see if I can get them for you.
Take a look here if you want to do some serious calculations of how much insulation you will need to satisfy your heating and cooling needs for your home or commercial installation. Also use it to size your new furnace or air conditioner! There is a 30 day free trial version that will demonstrate to you just how cool (no pun intended) this program is! Just click on the image below.
Black and decker's wonderful parts department!
Battery operated power tools often require new batteries. Go here to find the right one for your power tool.
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