Eugene's DIY Den

By Eugene Brennan | A miscellany of articles covering DIY, tools and home appliances

Cold Water Tank Overflowing - How to Replace a Ballcock Washer

Leaking Valves, Overflowing Water Tanks and Toilet Cisterns<p>You hear water running outside your home. You look up and see a pipe sticking out from the …

An Idiot's Guide to Power Tools (Drills, Sanders, & Saws), Corded & Cordless

A Beginner's Guide to Power Tools<p>Thinking of buying a power tool as a gift for your nearest and dearest? Or maybe you want to make light work of DIY? …

Woodworking

Using an Angle Grinder Safely for Cutting and Grinding

Eugene is an avid self taught DIYer, and over 30 years has acquired lots of experience of power/hand tools, plumbing, electrics and woodwork<p>Joined: 5 …

What Causes Dampness in a House?

Eugene is an avid self taught DIYer, and over 30 years has acquired lots of experience of power/hand tools, plumbing, electrics and woodwork<p>Joined: 5 …

The Best Handheld Power Sanders: a Beginner's Guide

There is a unique satisfaction in bringing out the potential of a home that has fallen on hard times. Furniture that has served you well can be given …

Woodworking

Best Circular Saw: Review of the Hitachi C7SB2

Ideal Saw for Serious DIY<p>Having worn out two DIY circular saws from heavy and prolonged use cutting palettes, heavy timber etc, I decided to treat …

Woodworking

Adding Electrical Outlets: How to Wire a New Outlet to an Existing One

Adding and Wiring New Outlets<p>Do you need extra outlets, and you'd rather plug into a wall? Power bars are unsightly and who wants extension cords …

Home Improvement

The Dremel and What Makes it Special for DIY Enthusiasts

This is very much like the Dremel I have reviewed here, if not better; and it has loads of excellent customer satisfaction reviews indicating how …

Concrete Dissolver: An Easy Way To Clean Masonry Tools

Applying a concrete dissolver is one tactic used to soften old mortar on masonry tools, equipment and vehicles. Its mild acid and foaming agent also …

Construction

Mixing Concrete by Hand Without a Cement Mixer

Mixing Concrete Without a Mixer<p>Often there is a need in the garden for a small quantity of concrete. For instance you may want to set a rotary …

Landscaping

Eaves and Fascia Board Repair: How (Not) To Fix Them

Eaves are a vulnerable part of your house, exposed to weather and damage by falling limbs. Luckily, they aren't too hard to repair when the …

Best Circular Saw: Review of the Hitachi C7SB2

Eugene is an avid self taught DIYer, and over 30 years has acquired lots of experience of power/hand tools, plumbing, electrics and woodwork<p>Joined: 5 …

How to Put Up Cabinets, Shelves, and Coat Hangers

Eugene is an avid self taught DIYer, and over 30 years has acquired lots of experience of power/hand tools, plumbing, electrics and woodwork<p>Joined: 5 …

Harvest and Store Rainwater: Our Off-Grid Water Supply

When we first bought our current property and decided to live off-grid, we had only two water storage tanks. We knew it would be important to harvest …

Top 4 Cordless Impact Wrenches & Guns: Reviews of Battery Powered Units

What's the Best Cordless Impact Wrench?<p>Whenever I'd use my beat up old electric drill, my brother would laugh. He told me I should ditch it for a …

Gear & Gadgets

How to Use Air Tools and an Air Compressor in Your Workshop

A Guide to Using Air Tools For DIY<p>Air tools as the name suggests are tools powered by compressed air, unlike conventional power tools which are …

Woodworking

The Many Uses For Vinegar, A Wholly Natural Substance

Non Toxic and Natural<p>Vinegar is a natural substance containing acetic acid. The two main types are malt vinegar made from barley, and apple cider …

4 Tape Measure Tricks

How to Use a Multimeter (DMM) to Measure Voltage, Current and Resistance

Eugene is a qualified control/instrumentation engineer Bsc(Eng) and has worked as a developer of electronics and software for SCADA systems<p>Joined: 5 …

Getting Ready for the Snow - Don't Let Your Home Freeze Up!

Plumbing<p>Frozen and burst pipes are a common problem during freezing weather. All pipes which may be exposed to freezing temperatures should be lagged …

How to Run Power Anywhere (even outdoors!)

Neodymium magnet tool for getting nuts into those hard to reach places

I eventually found an application for one of those neodymium magnets I bought from Dealextreme.com!<br>I had made up a bracket for attaching the old …

How to Fix a Broken Air Conditioner

Tips to get your air conditioner up and running without calling a pro.<p>Air conditioners work hard to keep you cool, and you don't realize how much you rely on them until you are stuck in a sweltering room with no relief. If your air conditioner suddenly goes out, there is no need to panic. Follow …

Domestic Technology

10 Circular Saw Secrets You Should Know Before You Cut

Most novice do-it-yourselfers feel perfectly comfortable using an electric drill or jigsaw, but nearly all of them are hesitant to pick up a portable circular saw. Here are 10 tips to help you cut safely and more confidently.<p>Most novice do-it-yourselfers feel perfectly comfortable using an electric …

Woodworking

How Good Are You at Measuring by Eye?

Ireland<p>February 7, 2016 4:36am CST<p>Ok, this is something harmless you can try and not likely to cause any self injury! Draw two points on a piece of …

5 Reciprocating Saw Accessories You Should Own

If you own a reciprocating saw, then you already know it's the go-to tool for quickly slicing through framing lumber, plywood, roof shingles, sheet metal, and just about any other building material. But when fitted with the proper accessory, your recip saw also can scrape up vinyl flooring, brush …

Woodworking

How to Repair a TV Remote Control or Alarm Keypad With Kitchen Foil

Eugene is a qualified control/instrumentation engineer Bsc(Eng) and has worked as a developer of electronics and software for SCADA systems<p>Joined: 5 …

Homemade Paint: Make Your Own Paint

Content Tools<p>Print Email<p>We generally think of paint as complex and somewhat mysterious in composition, but it is, quite simply, a combination of …

How to Cut Logs by Hand with a Bow Saw (and Get Great Exercise!)

Eugene is an avid self taught DIYer, and over 30 years has acquired lots of experience of power/hand tools, plumbing, electrics and woodwork<p>Joined: 5 …