Get your belt tension right with this inexpensive tool

Get your belt tension right with this inexpensive tool

I love maintaining my 2007 Toyota Yaris. It isn’t a perfect car, but it is incredibly reliable and easy to work on. One issue I’ve had is that the serpentine belt loves to squeal. It is such a common issue on this model that Toyota actually increased the recommended belt tension after the car came out. So to fix the squeal, you just have to tighten the belt more. But how much more?...

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Repairing an electric Frigidaire oven

Repairing an electric Frigidaire oven

The other day I was preheating the oven to make some tasty chicken nuggets. Suddenly the oven made a loud noise and lit up like there was a fireball inside. A moment later the breaker tripped. After the oven cooled down I took a look inside and found out that the heating element burned out. It made quite a mess and left some minor cosmetic damage on the bottom of the oven. The heating element...

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Replacing the “permanent” filter on a Dyson DC18

Replacing the “permanent” filter on a Dyson DC18

My Dyson DC18 vacuum is 5 years old and has started to stink up the house whenever I run it. After some research I discovered the cause: a filthy permanent filter. Turns out it isn’t as permanent as Dyson claims, and many people replace it every few years. The first step is to buy a replacement filter. I got a genuine Dyson filter on Amazon for $34. Considering refurbished DC18s are $200+,...

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Using your web server as a proxy

Using your web server as a proxy

At Geekdom I’m stuck using a shared wifi connection. This exposes me to a slew of security issues. Eek! An easy way to resolve the security problems is to send all your traffic, encrypted, through another server. I already have a web server with plenty of processing and bandwidth capacity to handle my web browsing, so I decided to use it. Getting things set up is extremely easy. I followed...

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I made cheese!

I made cheese!

Awhile back my wife and I saw a TV show that featured a lady that waxed cheese for long-term storage. Seeing as we love cheese, food storage, and DIY projects, we decided we also wanted to wax our own cheese. So I put some cheese stuff on my wishlist and my parents ended up getting it for me. Unfortunately, I discovered that you can’t really wax a block of cheap cheddar bought at Target....

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Starting a new company

Starting a new company

About two weeks ago I was happily drifting off to sleep when my cell phone rang. I hate getting voicemails more than I hate getting woken up in the middle of the night so I took the call. To my surprise it was a mission buddy, Jon, pitching me a business he wanted me to invest in. I’ve been trying to come up with a unique physical product to sell for years, so I was very excited to have...

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