These are Mechanics Tips for Construction, Building, Planning and Fabricating DIY Projects – from The Mechanic. This is where you find insights on how to build many of the things shown in the plans, details for expediting construction and fabrication, and general items of interest for success when you do it yourself. If you have something to contribute, please let us know. Or, if you want to see tips on a certain topic, please let us know that too. This is the Do-It-Yourself portal, and these mechanics tips are for you. Let us know what you want! Enjoy! – See all the Mechanic’s Posts.
You can use threaded rod (often called All-Thread) for a million things. Make a long bolt, or just the right size fastener. It’s also good for special brackets if you weld to it. And, if you’re not careful, you can make it fail in a million ways too.
Do you need to weigh something really heavy but don’t have access to an industrial scale? How can I weigh heavy things — like my trailer frame — without a specialty scale? When we look at “Where Does The Axle Go” and other build objectives, often it is not convenient to haul things down to […]
What about a trailer spare tire. Do you really need one? Some say yes, and we do see them on many trailers, but they are rarely used. What if you just go without? These are great questions — and we do see a lot of trailer “spare tires” that just dry-rot in place. If they […]
This is Page 2, a continuation of our Bolts 101 article. Here we discuss choices for bolts depending on the application. The previous post, Page 1 of Bolts 101, gives a ton of background information, so we recommend reading that first, then this one on making a good bolt choice. Both pages focus on the […]
(And finishing other DIY Projects.) Now you’ve invested all that time and effort into building an awesome trailer, how should you finish it? Of course we don’t want it to rust. And, we want it to last. So, here are some recommendations