Category Archives: Projects

Project of the Day: Transmission repair

Saturn Automatic Transmission Valve Body

Got out to the garage early today and replaced the valve body in my Saturn SL1′s transmission. It was slamming hard into reverse and not shifting properly into the other gears. Cost was about $200 and 4 hours of time. I reckon it would have easily cost between $800-$1200 to have it done at a shop.

Here’s the part:
Saturn Automatic Transmission Valve Body

And here are the gears underneath:
Saturn Automatic Transmission Gears

I also changed the transmission fluid and filter, cleaned out the EGR valve, tested the ECTS (Coolant Sensor), and tested the secondary emissions system.

As an aside, I planted cherry and paw-paw trees and three raspberry bushes, home schooled the kids, and installed 6 garden lights. I got a nap too, but I’m bushed.

Project of the day: Data recovery Monday!

A series of hard drive crashes and viral infections have forced the issue. Time to refajigger the computer hardware and retire some dying storage.

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Project of the day: rope swing

What kid doesn’t want a rope swing in an oak tree. It was safely  installed from the ground.

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Project of the day: Sterling silver rings

A set of rings based on the carrick bend. Sailors used to give similar rings to their sweetheart as a reminder of their love when they were away at sea. It’s composed of 2 separate wires inextricably tied together.

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Project of the day: upgrade pc’s secure digital card reader

Apparently, the only difference between a regular SD card (and its 2GB limit) and a SDHC card reader is a hotfix patch from Microsoft. Hunh …

http://www.digitmemo.com/articles/219/adding-sdhc-support-for-windows-with-your-old-sd-card-reader/

Project of the day: J’s head shop

It’s not what you think it is. J likes to have little shops in the living room and decided yesterday to open a shop selling various Lego heads. I got a mint-condition skeleton head for a piece of string. String seems to be a good trade commodity as I picked up a nice custom Lego spinning top for a piece of string from his Top Shop the other day.

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Project of the day: copper-plating

I needed (okay wanted) to have large copper washers for a project I’m working on. I have no idea where one would find such a thing and would likely fall over at the price. I picked up steel washers at Tractor Supply and copper sulfate at a local stained glass supply shop and here are the results. The washers had to be wire wheeled to remove a protective coating, and I found that it worked best to apply the copper sulfate with steel wool. I then hit them with a little automotive wax to shine and protect them a little

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Project of the day: hand spun silk rope

This is a length of rope made from silk yarn. It’s tied in a prosperity knot and makes a nice pendant. I made a small rope-twisting tool to make custom lengths, diameters, fibers & colors. Silk, cashmere, and other threads can be purchased to twist. You won’t find cashmere rope at Lowe’s.

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Project of the day: Awesome-ifying Facebook

Based on this instructible, I made the new photo thumbnails in facebook way much more awesomer! Probably ought to use a clearer photo, but I was in a hurry.

Today’s project: mini whammy bar

My Strat needed a whammy bar in order to produce the proper surf guitar sound. After fooling around with crappy plastic doodads, I came up with this. It’s a bent 10/32 bolt coxcombed with itty braided twine and 1/8″ mason line and capped with a 5×3 turk’s head knot. I am pleased with the results.

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