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3 Tools Car Enthusiasts Must Have for Home Auto Repair

3 Tools Car Enthusiasts Must Have for Home Auto Repair

Well, there are do-it-yourself fixes that work on pretty much all types of tasks, and car repair is no exception. You could also be a car enthusiast who may not really be looking to save on repair expenses, but you just find it a lot of fun to handle all their car stuff yourself.

Regardless of what type you are, you will need several essential tools if you want to work on your car. So without further ado, let’s take a look at 3 essential tools that you will need if you’re a true car enthusiast or want to handle car repairs yourself.

1. Air Compressor

I know some might find this tool recommendation a little weird, given that it’s believed to be more suited for a car workshop. But there’s more to it than you may think.

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While it’s certainly a cornerstone of a car workshop, it can also come in handy for dealing with car repairs that may otherwise set you back a few hundred dollars. If you’re a true car enthusiast, you’ll want to handle all your car’s needs yourself, be it repairs or customization. That being said, an air compressor will always turn out to be your go-to tool when it comes to getting the brute force you need for operating air tools and other heavy-duty tools.

Not to mention, it can easily handle a wide range of menial tasks, too, ranging from blowing up a tire to cleaning old parts.

2. Engine Hoist

I’m sure this one will come off as a surprise too – perhaps a bigger one than the air compressor. Look at it this way.

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If you’re fairly certain that you will be doing all your auto repairs yourself, in your own garage, then an engine hoist is a no-brainer. It can be a struggle to move around heavy car parts, often impossible to do all by yourself. And this is exactly where an engine hoist can turn out to be your wisest purchase.

All you need to do is get familiar with the instructions and operations of the hoist. Once you’re ready to start using the hoist, it will be a breeze to move things around, regardless of how heavy they are.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all hoists will be capable of handling all heavy objects. They come with a weight limit, so make sure you don’t overload it – this can be very dangerous.

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Another thing you need to know is that there are different types of hoists out there, so shop around before purchasing. For many car enthusiasts or home mechanics, an engine hoist may be turn out to be the best garage feature as it can handle pretty much all types of tasks that involve lifting heavy objects.

3. Air Tools

Apparently, many think that air tools are more of a luxury than an essential. That’s usually only the case until they come across a task that’s a struggle to work on without these important tools.

This is especially true when it comes to suspension components. They usually require significantly more force to work with, which your usual electric tools will fail to offer. Even if you somehow try to power through with regular tools, you will end up exhausted because it will take a lot of muscle power to remove or replace them.

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There is actually a really wide range of air tools out there designed for different types of auto repair tasks. However, the one difference that will be clearly noticeable is that they will be considerably lighter, compact, and significantly more powerful than their electric counterparts.

Once you get used to air tools, you will probably hate yourself for living without them for so long.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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