Phoenix Arms Upgraded Safety – HP22A/HP25A

Phoenix Arms hp22a/hp25a upgraded safety

Last updated on May 12th, 2018

While the HP22A & HP25 is one of the best rock-bottom priced .22lr pistols out there, its safety features are awful. Though I’ll admit that isn’t too surprising for a pistol designed in California. However, the excessive safety features can pretty much make this firearm unsafe to handle. At least in the opinion of gun-enthusiasts like me. Thankfully, it’s a pretty easy problem to solve. With a Phoenix Arms HP22A/HP25A upgraded safety (Ebay) you can quickly and easily make your firearm work like the majority of firearms out there. Plus, it will also work on other weapons in the family like the Phoenix Arms HP22, HP22A, HP25, HP25A, and possibly more. If you want to see what the part does and how to install it, keep reading. Continue reading “Phoenix Arms Upgraded Safety – HP22A/HP25A”

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance – Cleaning & Lube

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

So it’s time to clean and lubricate the chain, huh?
It might not be the most glamorous job, but it’s necessary if you want your chain and sprockets to live a long life. It’s a pretty basic job, but if you’re new to DIY motorcycle maintenance or want to see if there are any tips and tricks, keep reading. Today I’ll be cleaning and lubing the chain on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 (Z650).

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 30 min
Cost: ≈0$

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How to Teach a Friend to Shoot – Free PDF Booklet

Last updated on May 12th, 2018

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If you’re vocal about counting firearms and shooting among your hobbies, eventually someone will ask you to take them to the range. Or if you’re like me, you’ll try to bribe a few skeptical friends to give it a try. Regardless of how familiar you are with firearms, how to teach a friend to shoot is a whole different skill, compared to shooting. Regardless of how many decades you’ve been a firearm owner, consider taking a look at this guide on taking someone new to the firing range. You might even learn something new.

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DIY – Portable Table-Mounted Mag Vise for AR-15 Rifle & Pistols

Last updated on April 30th, 2018

If you frequently work on your rifle in your kitchen or at your computer desk, you might want to consider how useful a portable table-mounted mag vise could be.
If you frequently work on your rifle in your kitchen or at your computer desk, you might want to consider how useful a portable table-mounted mag vise could be.

I found myself longing for some way to keep my AR-15 rifle or pistol sitting pretty whenever I wanted to do some work on it. Without having to drill through the table or take up a lot of space. If you frequently upgrade your Barbie Doll for Men™ at your computer desk while browsing tutorials, you know what I mean. I needed a portable table-mounted mag vise, but I just couldn’t seem to find one commercially available. Eventually, I resigned myself to make my own, and the result was pretty good. Here’s how I did it.

Project Specs

Difficulty: Intermediate
Tool Requirements: Intermediate
Time: One day
Cost: 45$ Approx.

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How to Clean Hayward Pool Filter

How to Clean Hayward Pool Filter

Last updated on May 13th, 2018

In this comprehensive DIY we’re going to go over how to clean a pool cartridge filter. This How-To will work for virtually any pleated cartridge pool filter on the market. It will also work for jacuzzis and hot tubs with the same type of filter. We will go over which is the best and cheapest off-the-shelf product for filter cleaning. Keep reading to find out how to keep your pool in the best working condition without having to spend a fortune on new filters!

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: Between an afternoon and a weekend
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How to Sell a Used Motorcycle

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

So that time has finally come around, huh?The times they are a changin’ and you need to get rid of your old bike. Either you’ve outgrown it, you’re a new parent, financial difficulties or any other reason. While selling a vehicle isn’t difficult per se, there are definitely tips and steps that get forgotten since it isn’t something you do frequently. Here I’m going to go over, step by step, my actual experience selling the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS pictured above. Hopefully it helps make the job easier for you when the time comes.

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Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650

Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

It’s always nice to spend some quality time with your bike. A cheap and useful way to do that for most sport bikes is installing a Fork Stabilizing Brace. Today we’re going to install one on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. While it’s one of the easier modifications, no instructions are included. Seeing it done before trying yourself is always nice, since there are always tips to learn beforehand.

Keep reading to see if it’s a project you’d like to do to your bike.

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 30-50$ Continue reading “Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650”

How to Winterize a Pressure Washer with DIY Pump Saver

How to Winterize a Pressure Washer

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Winter is here again! Time to pull out the coats, stash the motorcycle ’till next season…and properly store some tools. Certainly not the funnest task in the world, but one worth doing nonetheless.

Winterizing your pressure washer serves one main purpose. To make sure it works the next time you need to use it. And done right, it really is worthwhile. The pump portion of your pressure washer can and will break or deteriorate if neglected (I replaced one not long ago). If you’re lucky, you can simply repair it for around 60-100$ bucks, but on most models these days that isn’t even possible. Winterizing it is just cheap insurance.

And whereas commercial winterizing products can cost over 400$ per gallon if you buy them at around 12-20$ per 4 Fl Oz (I’m not joking. Calculate it yourself, it really would cost that much per gallon), I’m going to show you something just as good if not better. At around 3$ per gallon. Keep reading to see if the solution convinces you or not.

Let’s begin!

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 20 Minutes
Cost: 5$ Continue reading “How to Winterize a Pressure Washer with DIY Pump Saver”

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment – Chain Tension & Rear Wheel Alignment

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Next to tire pressure and chain lubrication, chain tension (slack) and rear wheel alignment are among the most ignored simple maintenance tasks. This despite it being a major factor for both the longevity of the chain and tire, the motorcycles handling, as well as basic safety. To see what happens when a motorcycle chain falls off due to neglecting it, click here to see a short video. The saddest part is that it could have been totally avoidable with less than an hour of time and a few tools.

Here we’re going to go over how to check the chain slack and adjust chain tension, as well as align the rear tire on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. It would also be exactly the same process on the 2017- Kawasaki Z650. On most modern bikes, the process is extremely similar, so regardless of what bike you ride, you should find some value in this tutorial.

Let’s begin!

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic-intermediate
Time: 1 Hour
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Motorcycle Helmet Lock: Anti-Theft Tether Cable

Motorcycle Helmet Lock: Anti-Theft Tether Cable

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Oh, the beauties of motorcycling and biking. While riding on two wheels is among life’s best pleasures, arriving to your destination with several pounds of gear to store most certainly is not. This guide is going to illustrate my custom motorcycle helmet lock. It’s the best way to securely tether your helmet, jacket or other gear to your bike or motorcycle. To boot, it’s quick and cheap to make, and can be custom made for any gear, lock, bike, or situation. 
You can even use the same technique to make a security tether for a Go Pro action camera, to crimp high amperage battery lug cable terminals, to make stainless steel rope balcony barriers, or heavy duty load bearing slings. It really is an awesome and versatile thing to be able to make and skill to have, so I’m sure that you’ll find plenty of future uses for it.

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Level: Basic-Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 5$

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