Updated April 22 2021
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
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
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
Topics, listed in alphabetical
Gas Range Igniter problems - Igniter
Dehumidifier story -
will a dehumidifier make a hot and humid bedroom more comfortable
to sleep in??
Dehumidifier vs A/C
My dehumidifier coils freeze up -
Another fix for frosting
up dehumidifier coils.
Here's a story from a reader who had a
problem with the fuse blowing on his electric
Electric dryer acting up? Got heat when it is
asking for air only? Here's a story from
a reader who found out why.
An electric dryer (Maytag) overheats. Here's
Heres a unique solution to a clothes
dryer that wouldn't.
A reader finds a problem with some GE
Washing Machines and their motors prematurely failing.
a link to a good on-line appliance parts supplier who offers
some free diagnosis of problems with your major appliances.
This lady's washing machine was shaking
so violently it walked across the room!
You point the remote at the TV and push the
button and nothing happens. Here
is a neat trick to see if your remote control is working.
I want to put an old refrigerator in my
garage. Will it
work out there in the winter?
How do they do that? 3
Electrical power distribution description.
What's hot . .
Here's how they do it in
Belgium!! (electrical wiring, that is.)
Ground Fault Interrupters - GFIs
- What are they??
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.
For as long as I can remember both my wife
and I have listened to Doc and Katy Abraham on their gardening
program, "The Green Thumb" on WHAM 1180 radio. I have
started collecting some of their wonderful bulletins and "Doc's
Tips of the Week" and will publish them here as soon as I
have Doc and Katy's permission. In the meanwhile check out their
pictures here on this link. Doc & Katy
- This section is under development. It will contain
recommendations for gardening tools that I have personally used
and tested. I gather useful gardening tools from all over the
world and will be featuring them on this page for your
information. It will include current prices and locations for
purchasing the tools.
Gas Range Igniter problems - Igniter
Insulation for your house - this is Owens
Corning's Insulation page. Lots of good information for the home
DIY insulation installation project - Insulation
Here's a way to repair a broken
handrail pipe for a concrete breakwall. If you live on the
water and have a breakwall with a floating dock attached this
will be of interest to you. Even if you don't live on the water
you may enjoy this story.
cause immediate damage but there is a danger lurking if you pump
the basement out too soon.
Ink and toner can be expensive unless you
Superstore is coming soon. Keep checking here.
Apex Superstores is
a collection of e-commerce stores selling crucial everyday
Garage doors can get out of whack with age
and may need adjustment or repair. Here is a story about
the garage doors on my barn that
suddenly became hard to open and close.
AND AIR CONDITIONING
Want to know the cost of heating your house or business go here
and enter the various fuel costs for your area.
Baseboard Hot Water Heating systems
Tired of hearing that annoying squeak when
the furnace blower starts up? Read this article
to see how to fix it in less than an hour.
Dehumidifier vs A/C
Water bill too high? Check this
out to see where the water might be going!
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.
No more spots on the dishes! Water
Need to test the hardness of your water? Go
A fast fix for an old problem. Who
No more more musty smells. Wet
Trying to solder copper pipes? No
Dirty water at the faucet? Try a whole
house filter system.
For a follow up letter from a reader about
sweat soldering go here.
Water heaters just sit there year after year
doing their thing - until they fail!!
The water just sits there in the tub. You
plunge it, pour chemicals down the drain, but it just sits there,
cold and gray and full of Draino and soap scum. Now what?? Roto
Rooter? Dynamite? There is a simpler solution to most clogged
bath tub drains - TubDrain.
Toilet making that funny hissing sound? Go
here to find out why.
I thought I was doing well covering plumbing
questions and answers until I found this site. Check it out for
an extersive amount of information
Here's a link to a site that sells roofing
materials. It can also answer lots of questions about roofing
Black and decker's wonderful parts
Battery operated power tools often require new
batteries. Go here
to find the right one for your power tool.
on all sorts of items. Warranty
Not sure want to do it yourself? If you
are considering a contractor here is good advice for you!!
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