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Yearly archive for 2016

How to Fix Power Windows

How to Fix Power Windows

And save $200 or more!

I drive an older 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. A couple of months ago I was heading in to work on a Monday morning. I started the car and then used the power windows to roll down each window to kind of clear off the dew that was covering them. When I rolled down the rear passenger window I heard something snap and the window stuck down. It was a cold morning and was certainly going to rain so there was no way I could leave the window down. I got out of the car, grabbed my tools, and pulled the door panel off. Once I had it off I was able to shimmy the window back up well enough that I could go to work.

For the next couple of months that is how it stayed. The window would wobble down a little as I drove so I would constantly have to push it back up tight so rain wouldn’t leak in. I knew taking the car in to get fixed would cost a few hundred dollars and I really didn’t want to invest that in this old car. But I really hated how ugly it was without the door panel let alone the annoyance of constantly messing with the window. I’m not sure why it took me so long but I finally got the idea of searching for a way to fix it myself. Sure enough, there was a company, 1A Auto that sold the replacement window regulator and had a video on YouTube specific to doing the repair. I ordered a pair of regulators for $80 and in about an hour I had the window fixed. The following video shows the process.

How to make a workbench

How to make a workbench

Like many people, my workshop is a car garage that I’m slowly converting. One thing I’ve desperately needed is a solid workbench or assembly table. Up until now my workbench consisted of two saw horses and a sheet of particle board on top. It worked but was not very stable and was not ready when I needed it. I couldn’t just walk out to my garage and start work. I always had to spend time setting up an area to work. It didn’t take a lot of time but it was one barrier that kept me from getting out there as much as I would like. So with this project I take care of that and get a stop closer to having a real shop.

How to Make a Barstool for Around $3

How to Make a Barstool for Around $3

I like to do projects I call “One board builds.” A one board build is a project that I can complete using one piece of lumber. This is one of those projects.

I built an entire barstool out of one 8 foot 2×6 piece of lumber. You can typically buy a 2×6 for around $3. With screws and finishing you can build the barstool in the following video for less than $10. Now I know not everyone has the time, tools, or desire to do a project like this but you still might like one of these barstools. If you are one of those people and you are in Northwest Washington State, I will have a few for sale for $95 each (I know the materials are a lot less expensive but I put a lot of time into building and finishing these). If you are elsewhere in the country I will have kits available that you can assemble yourself. If you are interested please email me at diybaron@gmail.com.