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Everybody has encountered a situation where they needed a certain kind of tool which wasn't available (or too expensive). This is when you have to improvise, and get creative. I had this happen a few times. To start off this thread, I was replacing my front suspension components (shocks, springs, upper control arm bushings, ball joints, etc), and encountered a situation where I needed a way to compress the lower control arm, and support it. Here are some pictures to further explain what I did:
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Tool tip: Modified test plug.

While unclogging a double tub kitchen sink with a Kinetic Water Ram, I had an idea for a way to block one side to keep the pressure in. An average 3" plastic test plug with a wing nut will only fit certain basket strainers but not all sizes. Some require a slightly larger size such as 3 1/2" which you won't find so easily if it even exists. Most of the time I have to use an ordinary plunger which isn't convenient if you're working alone. You need to have one hand on the plunger, and one on the water ram.

I took a 3" test plug, and placed a rubber vacuum cleaner belt over the rubber bushing on the test plug. It still fits easily into all basket strainers without any resistance. The advantage is that you don't have to tighten it so much, and it will fit all basket strainers with the vacuum cleaner belt on it.

A side use for the test plug is an easy way to hold a basket strainer during installation. It won't damage the bottom of the basket strainer like some tools which are designed for this purpose.
 



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This is a converted food processor. It's now a spindle sander. The internal safety switch was bypassed, and the top spindle has a rubber hose over it. There are two 1" sanding spindles over the hose. One is course grit, and the other is medium grit.

I like it :D
 






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for helping me clean carb parts
 

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Needed to build a few J hooks to keep the coil springs in the buckets. I made this press brake out of some scrap metal that I had laying around. The J hook is 1/4" thick and 1.1" wide - also made from some scrap metal that was cnc plasma drops.

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Not much but I needed a large wrench to tighten the jamb nuts on my links. Instead of buying one I cut my own on my plasma table. Uses a 1/2" ratchet or breaker bar. It is also handy with a ratchet that you can clock around brackets driveshafts links to get to the jamb nut.

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CNC plasma table ;) Due to the taper the cut isn't quite true all the way thru. I had to use a die grinder on the back to open it up so the ratchet would fit in.
 






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