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Old 07-07-2011, 08:47 PM
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Hello hotrodders.

I have always repaired all my vehicles myself over the last 20 years.
I'm quite swift at it. Everything from proper diagnostics to extracting
broken bolts. I also understand the physics and chemistry at work in a
combustion engine-not to mention electrical and emissions systems and theory.

That being said; As part of my quest to learn more and learn how to do things as well as possible, I have been looking for dvds or other resources to learn more about proper technique.

I have thought about this since a experienced mechanic once told me "slow steady pressure" after seeing me use a hammer on a ratchet to loosen something.

I would like to learn about general techniques and "tricks of the trade"
that the real pros know. Haven't found much.

Thanks hotrodders!

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Interesting request. I learn something almost every day and at my age, some of these items are things I had forgotten or maybe forgotten to remember. Regardless, you should get a copy of a Machinist Handbook. There are a couple of thousand pages of information, charts, tables, theory, standards etc, etc that explain a lot of things that we have learned by trial and error over the years. Little things like strength of threads, why coarse vice fine threads, importance of proper fastener selection, correct drill speeds or end mills for different sizes and materials, speed in which to feed an item to be sharpened or cut or type of abrasive to be used at what speed on particular materials and on and on. I keep one handy just to thumb through when I am taking a break or if I have a question about some tool or part I am working with.

By the way, "slow and steady pressure" has it's place, but so does a high torque impact tool. A hammer on a ratchet never has a function other than a speedy demise of a good tool.

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Hey thanks!
I wasn't sure if anyone was going to reply.
This sounds like an excellent resource.
Exactly the kind of thing I was looking for!
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