Bring Old Batteries Back To Life Again

Bring old batteries back to life

If you tried my method of reviving a dead power tool battery but it either didn’t work at all, or the battery now charges but doesn’t hold its charge for very long, then it may be that one or more of the cells in the battery are faulty.

If that is the case then you are faced with three options:

  1. Buy a new expensive replacement battery or batteries
  2. Buy a new power tool complete with new batteries (which can often be cheaper than option 1 bizarrely)
  3. Learn how to replace the damaged cell/s so that you can continue to save money in the future whenever a battery fails – not just power tool batteries but all types of battery.

The following method works for many batteries including:

This works with:

  • Car Batteries
  • Laptop Batteries
  • Phone Batteries
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Long Life Batteries
  • Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Batteries
  • Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd) Batteries
  • AA Batteries
  • AAA Batteries
  • Alternative Energy Batteries
  • Deep Cycle Batteries
  • Marine Batteries
  • Golf Cart Batteries
  • Forklift Batteries

  • Nickel–Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) Batteries
  • SLA (Sealed Lead-Acid) Batteries
  • 12V Batteries
  • Truck Batteries
  • C Batteries
  • 9V Batteries
  • 6V Batteries
  • D Batteries
  • N Batteries
  • 24V Batteries
  • Wind System Batteries
  • Solar System Batteries
  • Plus Many More!

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How to make a skill saw guide

Skill saw guide

How to make a skill saw guide

This is by no means my idea as it has been around for quite a while. However, as my table saw couldn’t accommodate large widths, I needed to be able to make quick and accurate straight cuts. This this was the easiest way of achieving it.

Using the skill saw (circular saw) and following a line is ok for rough cuts. However,  where you need to be accurate you really need a fence for the saw to run along. Previously I used to have to clamp a piece of wood with a straight edge. But this had to be the exact distance away from where I wanted the cut. By that I mean the distance from the edge of the saw base to the blade. With this guide you just line the guide up with the marks of where you want to cut and clamp it down.

I just used some faced hardboard I had lying around (I think they were the sliding doors from an old bed base). You could use some 1/4 inch ply or some other thin material. Ideally it doesn’t want to be too thick otherwise you will be limited as to how thick the boards you can cut.


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Simple Bathroom Cabinet Build

Simple Bathroom Cabinet Build

Simple Bathroom Cabinet Build

We recently had our en-suite bathroom remodelled and had the sink set in a marble vanity unit. Afterwards we decided we needed some storage so I built a simple cabinet under it. I just used some scraps left over from our kitchen remodel.

This was a very easy build using no complicated joinery or other techniques. Although I did use a table saw to make some of the cuts I could easily have just used hand tools. One of the biggest challenges in building this bathroom cabinet was that I did not want to drill too many holes in the tiles to anchor the frame. In the end I only made two holes and used construction adhesive elsewhere.

It won’t win any awards for carpentry or design but it works and looks ok.

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How to clean hot tub filters

Clean Hot Tub Filters

Clean hot tub filters – How to clean

Replacement hot tub filters are expensive so extending the life of the ones you have is very worthwhile. Using this method to clean hot tub filters has meant I haven’t needed to change mine for a few years. You need nothing more than a hose pipe, a bucket and some chemicals (which you will have anyway). If you have one, you could use a pressure washer instead of the hose but do not use it too close as the extra force may damage the paper elements in the hot tub filters.

Some people have used washing up liquid or other household detergents to soak the filters in which may have some merit. However, the filters should be thoroughly rinsed afterwards otherwise you may get unwanted foam in your hot tub when you replace the filters. using household bleach is not recommended as it can degrade the filters.

Filter manufacturers would say you should renew jacuzzi filters regularly but they would say that wouldn’t they.

This may not be the best way to clean hot tub filters, or the only way, but it works.

Please feel free to leave any comments on the video you may have.

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Workshop Tour and Clean Up

workshop tour, shop tour

Workshop Tour and Clean Up

A quick workshop tour and clean up before I start to fully reorganise and rearrange it. I will do another shop tour once I have finished. I have been wanting to get started on this for many months.

As we have been remodelling the house, the workshop became a dumping ground for kitchen cabinets, doors and appliances, as well as drywall and anything else that needed to be kept dry in case it rained. Consequently it became almost impossible to move in there. Now the kitchen is finished I can get cracking with clearing up and reorganising.

I really need some additional workshop tools, particularly a band saw and a better drill press. I have never seen a band saw for sale here in Fuerteventura and only one drill press, and that was a cheap piece of Chinese rubbish. If I was still living in the UK I could easily buy good, cheap, second-hand examples on Ebay but unfortunately that isn’t possible here.

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Refinishing a Pine Table

Refinishing a pine table

Refinishing A Pine Table

We have a pine dining table, which we brought with us from the UK. Unfortunately, as the house we bought was furnished, we didn’t have room for it in the house so we use it for BBQs and general eating outside. Although the weather here in Fuerteventura is normally great, we do occasionally get rain in the winter, and the table is exposed to the weather. It was covered in a plastic patterned table cloth, which protected it to some extent, but some of the dye from the cloth soaked into the wood. I decided to try refinishing it by rubbing down the old finish and apply a new one using polyurethane varnish. The result was better than I expected.

My apologies for the poor narration. It was the one part of video making I was apprehensive about. Hopefully it will improve with time! I hadn’t realised until listening to this just how boringly monotonous my voice was. No wonder people fall asleep when I am talking.

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