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  • 5/18/2012
Daily tip... Something I am very guilty of on bigger projects. Always keep your tools organized/put them back in their spot as soon as you use them. It may seem like it takes more time, and you are just going to use it again in an hour, but I cannot count how many times that I spent 5 minutes looking for the right socket or wrench that would have taken 45 seconds total to put it back, and go back to the tool box when I needed it again.
  • 5/19/2012
Originally posted by drxlcarfreak
Daily tip... Something I am very guilty of on bigger projects. Always keep your tools organized/put them back in their spot as soon as you use them. It may seem like it takes more time, and you are just going to use it again in an hour, but I cannot count how many times that I spent 5 minutes looking for the right socket or wrench that would have taken 45 seconds total to put it back, and go back to the tool box when I needed it again.
I am very anal retentive about this. I love knowing exactly where my tools are at all times. It makes the job go by so much quicker and makes it all easier on myself.
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.
  • 5/19/2012
How do you do it? I am absolutely horrible with it. When i did my engine swap I actually lost some sockets and wrenches. I guess I left them in the engine bay and when I took off, so did they.
  • 5/20/2012
Im not even quite sure how I do it but I do. I always have to know where things are so when im done with it or save it for later I just put it back or section things off, this tool here, this tool here... ya know haha...
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.
  • 5/22/2012
Something at the shop today made me think of another DIY tip. Always be aware of your surroundings when installing new parts. There are various lines and wires everywhere, and you wouldnt want to create a costly repair by your new installation. So a 2006 WRX came in with air conditioning complaints. Come to find out, an aftermarket top mount intercooler had been installed and either because of a poor engineered product or careless install, the high pressure A/C line had been severed due to the intercooler rubbing on it.
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.
  • 10/16/2012
Originally posted by drxlcarfreak
Daily tip... Something I am very guilty of on bigger projects. Always keep your tools organized/put them back in their spot as soon as you use them. It may seem like it takes more time, and you are just going to use it again in an hour, but I cannot count how many times that I spent 5 minutes looking for the right socket or wrench that would have taken 45 seconds total to put it back, and go back to the tool box when I needed it again.
Seriously though, staying organized is one of the most overlooked time savers out there. While I'm typically guilty of making a damn mess with tools, I'm slowly learning by example that this not only immensely helps productivity, but you don't lose stuff and it keeps your work flow more efficient.
  • 10/16/2012
Oh, and another one that's always helpful from a business standpoint, whenever you get a car in for a new install / maintenance, etc, it's always a good idea to go through an entire checklist before you even touch the car to ensure you can identify existing conditions & issues before you remove a single bolt. This helps any future diagnostics, along with preventing a customer or friend telling you that whatever your work caused it. Take photos and/or video whenever possible for the proof.
  • 10/17/2012
Originally posted by ROCKYSDS
Oh, and another one that's always helpful from a business standpoint, whenever you get a car in for a new install / maintenance, etc, it's always a good idea to go through an entire checklist before you even touch the car to ensure you can identify existing conditions & issues before you remove a single bolt. This helps any future diagnostics, along with preventing a customer or friend telling you that whatever your work caused it. Take photos and/or video whenever possible for the proof.
I follow this to a T at work. Cover thyne own ass as we say haha. It is also a good way to tell if what you are going to perform may have failed because of another part in the system.
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.
  • 10/17/2012
Haha, CYA that's what we live for at work. Pictures of damage are definitely a good idea. Heck pictures of when you take it to a shop is a good idea in case they do screw something up.
  • 3/23/2013
I think this is a good thread to bring back from the dead. What else do we have for some good DIY tips? 
If you talk the talk, you better crankwalk the walk.
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