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Tip: Main > Household > Power-saving : Put a lid on it: When you're in the kitchen, there are lots of small things you can do that can help make a difference. Saucepans with lids on heat much quicker, using less energy in the process. The […]

Tip: Main > Household > Power-saving : Three biggest ways to save on power: 1) Rent a small one-bedroom unit. It's less lights, less cooling and heating. But you need a door between the two rooms to reduce heat and cool air loss. One bo […]

Tip: Main > Living > Clothing > Shoes : Shoes: Always buy sneakers that are 1/2 a size too small for your foot. When they reach their maximum loosening point, they will fit you like a snug glove. Very comfortable, with no slack. Much better […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Engine mounts : Genuine or Aftermarket? The eternal dilemma of the car part buyer, but particularly critical with engine mounts. The reason is the quality of the rubber. You might say why should I buy a genuine mo […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Panel Beating : Things Panel Beaters might miss: Some things a panel beater missed while fixing the right hand rear quarter panel, and chassis rail underbody area recently: 1) Boot badges or decals. He gave me […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Shock absorbers : Shock Absorbers and Engines: I've recently discovered that a pair of new front shock absorbers or struts, can actually have a large effect on the functioning of your engine. The result achieved is […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Air-conditioning : If you are converting from older R12 refrigerant gas (pre-1995 or so) to current R134a gas, be aware that unless the system is thoroughly flushed you can expect a performance degradation. You may get […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Water leaks : Hissing noises: At first this noise sounds strange, but it is almost always caused by a leaking radiator or water pump hose. Squeeze each hose quite strongly when you hear this noise and if the noise […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Suspension Bushes : Pressing in bushes: For those who have an 8 or 10 tonne press, if you have small bushes that are hard to press in to rods or arms, press the bush into a tight-fitting pipe hollow (uncapped) pipe fi […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Shock absorbers : Changing other suspension and steering parts in a car is always worth it, i.e. front control arm bushes, ball joints, tie rod ends and power steering rack bushes and seals. Rear trailing arm bushes ar […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Shock absorbers : How are my wheels connected to the ground? Though it may be fairly well-known that shock absorbers and in some cases bushes (usually control or trailing arms) are the single point of contact betwee […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Suspension Bushes : Rear Trailing Arm Bushes The only point of contact your car has with the ground is it's four wheels. And half of those wheels are attached to one steel bar - the rear beam axle, torsion bar or diff […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Rear Window Demister/Defogger : If the tab breaks off the copper grid, buy a full repair kit (Rear Window Defogger Repair Kit) that has both a tab adhesive and gridline repair items (Permatex and Loctite manufacture them). The tab's […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Fuel system : Fuel system components: Be especially careful when changing fuel system parts. If you already have an electric fuel pump in the tank, do not install a manual fuel pump at the cylinder head (with an ar […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Engine mounts : For general Automotive Sealants, use Sikaflex-227. It's cheaper and is designed for car use. Sikaflex-220 mentioned above is more expensive and heavy duty, and thus more suited to engine mounts where […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Economy : When you fill up your tank, wait until it is almost empty so you can get the maximum value from your 4c, 8c or 10c a litre off voucher. You do get a proportional discount on non full litre amounts (i. […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Starter Motor : If your starter motor won't crank, it could also be a dud alternator. If the alternator doesn't show between 13 to 15 volts at the battery, it isn't working fully, which will result in undercharging o […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Gearboxes : Installing heavy gearboxes: When putting in a large gearbox, balance it on a hydraulic jack with a piece of wood under it first. Tie thick rope around it twice and then as you raise the jack, tighten […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Panel Beating : Older cars and smashes: Cars older than 15 years almost always have rust in structural panels underneath the painted panels you see on the outside of the car. These inner panels have never had the sam […]

Tip: Main > Gardening > Potted plants : Growing Vegetables in Pots: Be aware that potted vegies need a lot more water than vegies grown in the ground. On a hot day you might have to water them several times. Some ways of dealing with th […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Write-offs (repair or destroy?) : Rear panel damage: If someone does substantial damage to your rear-end, such that unremovable panels (quarter, beaver, boot floor, chassis rail panels) are irrepairable, here's what to do. Find a wrec […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Panel Beating : Rear panel damage: If someone does substantial damage to your rear-end, such that unremovable panels (quarter, beaver, boot floor, chassis rail panels) are irrepairable, here's what to do. Find a wrec […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Write-offs (repair or destroy?) : Insurance claims: If an insurance company wants to take your write-off, bear in mind that they will 1) Refund your car registration to them 2) Refund your insurance to them 3) Sell the car at au […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Write-offs (repair or destroy?) : If you are hit by a car which does more damage than the car is worth, panel beaters will tell you its a write-off. They will say you should junk the car and use it for parts, or put the good parts in […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Window tinting : Not only could a tint be of a low quality, but the installation could be so bad that the tinting gets bubbles under it and is useless within months.

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Window tinting : Research tints before you buy. The cheaper ones available in Malaysia etc (though they may claim to be made in the USA) often get bubbles under the surface within months of installation, rendering the […]

Tip: Main > Living > Living on a budget > Running a vehicle : Tyres: You will get over 15% more kilometres per tank of fuel with new tyres (all four) than older, more worn tyres. If you have good suspension parts and 6-month wheel alignments and tyre balancing/r […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Brakes : Change your brake fluid every two years. It greatly increases braking power. Add brake fluid as you see it lowering in the master reservoir tank. It is normal for brake fluid to become lower as the […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Waxing : How to clean, cut and polish and wax your car. Note: Do all of this outside direct sunlight, in a garage or other covered area. 1) Use car wash on an already rinsed down car, with two buckets, c […]

Tip: Main > Living > Living on a budget : Dental: Save huge money by availing yourself of free dental work at public dental hospitals. In Australia, you qualify when you are unemployed OR a low income earner. I even got a gold crown with a me […]

Tip: Main > Living > Living on a budget > Shopping : Best time to shop: Like many things, this is a delicate balancing act if you want to get it right. If you go shopping on the way to lunch, and you are fairly hungry but not too much, you will want to […]

Tip: Main > Health > Diet & Nutrition : Sugar: Brown cane sugar (the stuff that's a bit sticky) is the only kind of sugar you'll get anything out of nutritionally because its the least refined from the plant. There are some fibrous traces i […]

Tip: Main > Living > Money > Credit & store cards :

Tip: Main > Entertainment > Literature : The late 1800s vs modern times: I think its fascinating to go back and read late 19th Century works, including bilingual dictionaries and non-fiction. I tried to learn German from this era and was […]

Tip: Main > Technology > Computers > Computer hardware > Peripherals : Headphones: Some brands like Sennheiser make a range of models with detachable cables. Each ear has a cable with a 3.5mm jack that plugs right into the ear. If the headphone fails in one ear, its almo […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Oil and other fluids : Changing oil: For a medium-sized car, every four(4) months, or three(3) times a year is recommended. Change the filter every second time, or once every eight(8) months. When you pour the used oil into […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Oil and other fluids : Gerabox oil: Critical as you can lose an entire gearbox if you drive around for a fairly short time with a heavy leak. Check it weekly. Sometimes you have to cycle through the automatic gears while id […]

Tip: Main > Family > Children > Toddlers : Living in a block of units with neighbours with toddlers: I did this once for two years and it came within a hair of ruining my life. The answer is to get out no matter what. Try to find units where t […]

Tip: Main > Living > Living on a budget > Running a vehicle : Genuine vs aftermarket: This is one of the biggest things you will do when buying parts for a car, if you know what you're doing: trying to decide if paying more for a genuine or name-brand component […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Oil and other fluids : Oil storage and disposal: Always store old oil in oil containers that used to have new oil in them, so always keep them. That oil is recyclable at public garbage dumps - but you will have to pour it i […]

Tip: Main > Living > Money > Social security > Australia : The nine most terrifying words in the English language are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" - Ronald Reagan

Tip: Main > Living : You'll always pass failure on the way to success - Mickey Rooney

Tip: Main > Living > Money > Saving money : Psychology of the lock-in: The only surefire way I've found of containing cash loss (and thereby inadvertently maximising savings) is to have several layers of "lock-in" before you can get to your mon […]

Tip: Main > Living > Money > Saving money : Methods for saving cash: Early 1900s German language contains a full system for building money. Did you ever wonder why technology and societal rules changed so much from the 1880s to the 1920s? It wa […]

Tip: Main > Health > Addictions : At bottom, all addictions are the same thing. People begin being unhappy. They see a certain drug or behaviour or activity as solving their unhappiness. But soon enough, doing that very activity itsel […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Panel Beating : If you have some non-removable panels with fairly minor dents in them, they will not be hard to fix yourself. Many dents can be knocked out with a panel beating kit that uses different dollies and ham […]

Tip: Main > Automotive > Mechanics > Panel Beating : Painting: Do not paint in rainy or overcast conditions, even when you are undercover. The increased moisture in the air is bad for the paint, which dries better in drier weather. For aluminium surf […]

Tip: Main > Living > Environment : Think local!: Try, when you can, to buy food that's been produced, grown, or raised as close to your home as possible. Much of our food is now grown and processed in fewer and fewer locations, meaning […]

Tip: Main > Living > Environment : Bag it up!: Environmental groups estimate that over 500 billion plastic bags are used each year, approximately 6.9 billion plastic bags used by Australian consumers alone, exacting a huge toll on the […]

Tip: Main > Living > Living on a budget > Shopping : Stack it!: Do you sometimes go to the supermarket and see a favourite canned food item on special, but think you shouldn't buy many because of storage issues? You know they won't reach their use by da […]