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[PRODUCT REVIEW] Best DIY Brake Bleeder by GearWrench

Best DIY Brake Bleeder by Hib Halverson I’ve owned my ATS-V for two and a half years and almost 22,000 miles so, this week, it was time to flush the brakes. For over 20 years, when I’ve done brake work in my little DIY shop, I’ve used a small, hand-pumped, pressure bleeder, but recently, it malfunctioned so I replaced it. ...

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[Product Review] Big Ass Light Bar by Big Ass Solutions

Big Ass Light Bar

You’d think “Big Ass Solutions” would be a clever name for a weight-loss plan or a cosmetic surgery clinic. Actually, it’s an engineering and manufacturing company whose flagship product lines are very large, energy efficient ceiling fans and LED lighting fixtures for the commercial and industrial markets. It was founded in 1999 as the “HVLS Fan Company” (“HLVS” meaning “high-volume, ...

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[PRODUCT REVIEW] GearWrench 120XP Ratchets by Hib Halverson

GearWrench 120XP Ratchets

For most DIYs, a ratchet and socket set was probably one of the first tools ever acquired. When I started doing a little historical research on ratchets, I was surprised to learn that the ratcheting socket wrench and interchangeable sockets were invented in 1863. It was weird thinking that what many consider a core tool in their rollaway being a ...

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Apex Tool Group GearWrench Flex-Head Flare Nut Wrench Sets

Apex Tool Group GearWrench Flex-Head Flare Nut Wrench Sets

Ah, the Internet… We tool freaks love it because there’s no end to the nifty stuff you can find. I had a brake hose project to do and was looking around in the web for some offset flare nut wrenches. I already have some non-offset flare nut wrenches and I have some crow foot flare nut wrenches but, for this ...

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Product Review: GearWrench Multi-Function Ratchet Set

Product Review: GearWrench Multi-Function Ratchet Set

by Hib Halverson At the SEMA Show in November of 2015, the GearWrench people released several new tools. An interesting item in that release was the “Multi-Function Ratchet Set” (PN 81020) consisting of a pair of unique “two-headed” ratchets, a four-inch extension, metric sockets and a plastic case full of hex bits. The Cadillac V-net decided to request a sample ...

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