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Shortly after moving into my current house in 2003, I looked years ahead in the calendar and saw event after event that we’d be hosting at our home. These events ranged from garage sales to graduation parties to neighborhood events to perhaps even The Father of the Bride’s worst nightmare — our daughter’s wedding. Each of those events were going to require signs directing people to our house. So instead of buying flimsy little metal wire signs that blow down with the slightest gust or relying on poster-board that disintegrates with the lightest drizzle, like any good Toolmonger I decided to construct them myself. They’ve turned out to be incredibly useful over the years, so as I was pulling them out of the garage this week for yet another event I thought I’d share them.

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Grab a bottle (or can) of your favorite brew and learn how fix some common problems with wood surfaces — like when you forgot and left your beer sitting on your nightstand too long.  We’re not promising that you’ll be able to repair peeled-up stain, but we will walk you through some ways to remove white rings, stick down bubbling veneer, and make scratches less noticable.  (Podcast Download)

 

Grab a bottle (or can) of your favorite brew and learn how troubleshoot and fix most of the simple problems with your clothes dryer.  We’ll walk you through how to figure out what’s wrong, which is ninety percent of the battle in making it right.  Relax — it’s a lot easier than you think it is.  (Podcast Download)

 

Grab a bottle (or can) of your favorite brew and learn how to put your motorcycle away for the winter — or stick it in a storage unit for a few years — without screwing it up.  We’ll talk you through the whole process, including retrieving it next spring.  (Podcast Download)

 

After a short break, we’re back with more weekly one-beer-easy projects.  So grab a bottle (or can) of your favorite brew and learn how to remove those ugly emblems from your truck.  Start with the ones the dealer adds.  They’re not paying you for advertising, right?  We’ll talk you through the whole process.  (Podcast Download)

 

Grab a beer and learn how to stain your fence.  A properly-stained fence not only looks nice, it also lasts much longer.  We’ll talk you through the whole process.  (Podcast Download)

 

Grab a beer (OK, maybe a couple) and learn how to do your own brake job and save a ton of cash.  It’ll take longer than most of our projects, but look at it this way: you can build yourself a small bar for what you’ll save.  We’ll talk you through finding the parts and getting the job done.  (Podcast Download)

 

Grab a beer and learn how to balance your A/C for the summertime, cooling down those warm room and warming up the cold ones.  It’s much easier than it sounds, and you can totally do it yourself; we’ll talk you through mapping your system, installing gates, and smoothing out kinks.  (Podcast Download)

 

Grab a beer and learn how to replace standard switches with dimmers — a great way to “set the mood” without breaking the bank.  We’ll talk you through identifying the type of dimmer you’ll need and installing it.  (Podcast Download)

 

Grab a beer and learn how to save costly repairs by replacing your A/C filter.  If you already know how to do this, take this as a reminder to actually *do* it!  If not, we’ll talk you through the procedure and explain why it’s so important.  Regardless, you still might want to check out this ‘cast for a few tips you might not have considered.  (Podcast Download)