DO THIS TO YOUR GATE MOTOR BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

QUESTION It was one of those days: the rain was coming down like it was the end of the world and I had a boot full of groceries. Then it happened, “click” my driveway (gate) motor went dead.   Fortunately, after much grumbling (in wet clothes), I managed to...

8 MAN-CAVE IDEAS YOU CAN DIY IN A WEEKEND

Mantuary. Garage. Den. Call it what you may, here are 8 Man Cave DIY ideas we trawled from the internet and thought would inspire you. Enjoy…   This one’s almost too obvious (and simply). Just screw several bolts into the door and the ring spanners...

Q20 SUPER MULTI-PURPOSE LUBRICANT

Q20 is a silicon-free super multi-purpose lubricant that effectively: Stops rust Lubricates Protects Displaces moisture Q20 was invented in 1950 and has since become an internationally recognised name amongst DIY enthusiasts, trade professionals and household users....

WHICH DRILL SHOULD I BUY FIRST?

QUESTION: I’ve just bought my first home, and now I need to buy a drill. I walked into my local hardware shop thinking this was going to be an easy purchase, but when I got there I couldn’t get over the variety. What’s the difference between a cordless drill, a hammer...

GREY WATER SYSTEMS

Photo credit: Barbara Mueller @ www.thegardeningblog.co.za QUESTION I’ve been looking into different ways of saving water. I’ve already got a JoJo water-storage tank, but that doesn’t help when there’s no rain to fill it. So I’ve been looking into setting up a...

HOW TO CUT A TRUCK TYRE

QUESTION I want to cut truck tyres open to use in my garden. What type of blade should I be using on my jigsaw for this application?   ANSWER  Firstly, it depends on if you are cutting only the sidewall of the tyre, or if you need to cut through the tread and /...

WHAT JIGSAW BLADE FOR WOOD, STEEL, PLASTIC & ALU?

QUESTION: I’ve recently started woodworking as a hobby, and one of the first tools that I bought was a jigsaw. I thought it was going to be simple, but I’m already confused by the selection of jigsaw blades available – what they’re for and which ones will fit my...

HOW TO CLEAN A CAST IRON GRIDDLE PAN

  QUESTION: I read your blog post a few weeks back, about cleaning a Weber kettle cooker, and I’m wondering if you can help. I’ve got a really old cast iron griddle pan that I once used for camping, but the plate has stood (unused) behind my garden shed for a few...

WHY YOUR WEBER LOOKS LIKE ITS PAINT IS PEELING

QUESTION: I’m gearing up for my end-of-year holiday and plan on relaxing around the pool while my Weber does all the hard (cooking) work. Unfortunately though, my Weber is looking a little worse for wear, and I’m wondering if I should get a new one for...

HOW TO LOOSEN A RUSTED BOLT OR SHAFT

QUESTION The other day I was working on an old lawnmower that I’d picked up at a secondhand shop. Things were going well until I encountered a rusted bolt that refused to budge. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to help loosen the culprit?     ANSWER...

DIY RUST REMOVER – How to restore old tools

HOW TO RESTORE OLD TOOLS WITH Q12 RUST REMOVER   QUESTION: Doing DIY around the house and woodwork projects in my garage is my weekend passion, but I live at the coast, and I find that keeping my tools rust-free is a constant battle. What’s the best method (or...

DIY: KNIFE SHARPENING

THE SECRET TECHNIQUE TO KNIFE SHARPENING AND A RAZOR’S EDGE… QUESTION:  I love cooking, and the part I really enjoy is the preparation of the ingredients – which usually involves a lot of cutting and slicing. Last year I was given a high-quality chef’s...

MOUNTAIN BIKE DIY

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU SERVICE YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE? QUESTION I recently heard a debate about mountain bike (MTB) maintenance. The guys were discussing lubrication, and one bloke was saying that a multipurpose oil (such as Q20) could be used on a bike chain, but the other...

OUTBOARD MOTOR DIY

DO THESE 5 THINGS BEFORE STORING YOUR OUTBOARD MOTOR THROUGH WINTER… QUESTION I’m a bit of newbie when it comes to boating, but I’ve now gone all-in, having recently bought a Panache 1850 with a four-stroke outboard motor that I used on a few dams last summer. Now,...

FISHING REEL DIY

HOW FIVE MINUTES CAN SAVE YOUR FISHING TRIP… QUESTION I haven’t been fishing for very long, but I’m a keen fisherman. Recently, while unpacking my gear and tackle at the beach (after a far-too-long break between fishing trips), I noticed that my favourite reel...

HYLOMAR

This Rolls Royce approved product is a non-silicone gasket sealer. Can be used with or without a gasket. Use it with sump and tappet cover gaskets, on water pumps, exhaust connections or any other mechanical joints. It is not affected by petrol and oil, and does not...

WINDSCREEN ADDITIVE

Q33 is designed to be added to the water reservoir in the car engine compartment. It cleans all dirt, bugs and road film from the windscreen, does not leave streaks, will not harm wipers, plastic components or paintwork. It cleans and protects the water jets and...

RUST REMOVER

Q12 removes the worst rust in minutes. No more sanding; just apply and wait for it to work. Use it in the garage, home, workshop or on the farm for any rusty tools, implements and fittings. Only available in 200ml...

MULTI-PURPOSE OIL

Q-In-One is a high-tech general purpose lubricant for all household and special industrial applications. Ideal for sewing machines and electrical hair clippers. Only available in 100ml...

HAND CLEANER

Q4-45 is a multi-purpose hand cleaner that is safe, antiseptic and non-abrasive. Q4-45 removes oil, grease, wet paint, printing ink and bitumen. Q4-45 also cleans PVC floor tiles, plastic goods and enamel products. Use it with or without water. Comes with or without...

PROTECTIVE FILM

Q30 is a superior protective film for sealing, or prevention of rust, corrosion and tarnishing on various surfaces. The sealing and protection of circuit boards and electrical connectors, from rust and corrosion which takes place in moist and harsh environments, for...

GRAPHITE-BASED PENETRATION OIL

Q5 is a graphite-based quick-acting penetrating and release agent for rusted nuts, bolts, pipes, fittings etc. The graphite works wonders on lubricating and loosening locks. Q5 is silicone free. Only available in 150g...

SILICONE SPRAY

Q8 is a unique spray which repels moisture and waterproofs all surfaces, lubricates switchgear and prevents arcing. A non-staining lubricant for clips, hinges, rubber bushes and plastic fittings. Inhibits corrosion and prevents “flash over” in polluted atmosphere. Q8...

PENETRATING OIL

Q10 is a quick-acting, penetrating rust solvent and release agent for rusted or seized nuts, bolts, pipe fittings etc. Why waste time, just apply Q10 and let it work for you. Q10 is silicone free. Available in 150g and 400g aerosol, and 500ml...

SUPER MULTI PURPOSE LUBRICANT

Q20, the leading moisture repellent for protecting and removing moisture from wet ignition systems on cars, trucks, motorbikes, marine engines and electric motors. Q20 overcomes and prevents stubborn starting and stalling in damp climates and heavy downpours. Q20’s...

5 STEPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR WINCH

QUESTION I bought a T-Max winch about a year ago. I used the winch often in the first few months, not because it was needed, but more for me to familiarise myself with its operation. Admittedly, it’s been more than 10 months since the winch saw any action and now I’m...

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