How To: DIY Traditional solid rivets using nails and hand tools

Hey everyone,

Today I have guide for using nails as traditional solid rivets. Useful in an assortment of situations, mainly crafts projects in my case. The method requires no special tools and is easy and relatively quick, lovely!

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Review: Bahco File Set

wp-image-780747115jpg.jpgI finally caved in the other day and bought myself a new set of files.
This day had been long overdue as my previous set was a very cheap and weren’t great to begin with. Several years later, all that remained of the initial set of three I had was 2/3 of a half-round file which had snapped at some point along the way.

I have had good experience with Bahco tools previously and actually used one of their files back in my Formula Student days at University, so I was vaguely aware of the quality of tool I was getting.

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New Job – Racing Ahead

Now some of you may have noticed that I’m an engineer by trade, and you may have noticed that I recently started a new job and having been posting a lot less frequently than before (recently now being a couple of months ago…).

But I am glad to say that I am now working back in Formula 1 again! I am doing Power Unit/ Engine-based work, which is pretty cool as it’s probably the part of engineering I enjoy the most.

I thought it might be worth giving a quick overview of what it’s like to work in Formula 1, as the majority of people are unlikely to know anyone who does, especially outside of the UK!daniel-ricciardo-leads-the-filed-at-the-start-of-the-2016-formula-one-chinese-grand-prix

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How To: Join Wires Without Soldering

A nice quick but handy one today – ever been in a situation where you can’t or don’t want to use solder but still need to form a decent, strong and permanent wire join?

It’s pretty common when working on cars and motorbikes in garages that don’t have power, or even out on the road after a breakdown etc.

This type of repair is low-profile, neat, strong and unlikely to need replacing and can sometimes be preferred  to a soldered joint.
Side note: Soldered joints are not used in motorsport as the solder makes the wires brittle and more likely to snap due to vibrations.

Alternative to this method you can substitute the heat shrink for electrical tape, although this is much less preferred, less neat and far less strong but can be used as a last resort if need be.

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How To: Make Chain Mail (Maille)

Good day to all,

Today’s How-To is about making maille, commonly known as chain mail.

Maille consists of many interlinking metal rings which was originally used as a form of armour which is flexible, allowing the wearer to move about while protecting them from attacks.

Today’s How-to is more related to making maille for the fun of it rather than equipping yourself for medieval warfare! Although once you get the hang of it you can make maille for a variety of purposes, including armour if you so wish!

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