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VIP Program at Handsontools®

Posted by Charlie on 1/9/2017 to Diesel / Truck / Fleet
VIP Program at Handsontools®
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The Wire Soldering Clamp (an extra set of hands!)

Posted by Danny on 10/25/2016 to Info News
The Wire Soldering Clamp (an extra set of hands!)
The Wire Soldering Clamp from Assenmacher is like an extra set of hands!

5 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic

Posted by Chris Smith on 8/5/2014 to Info News
When choosing a mechanic, there are a few key questions to ask to ensure you're getting the best service for your vehicle. With a bit of preparation, you can be confident that your car is in good hands.

How to Rebuild A Carb

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/2/2014 to Info News
If your car's engine is running unevenly (flooding, stalling or hesitating), it may be time to rebuild the carburetor. Sound complicated? It's not too difficult—with a little know-how and the right carburetor rebuild kit, you can have the satisfaction of doing the job yourself. 

Rebuilt Title vs. Salvage Title

Posted by Chris Smith on 2/19/2014 to Info News
What does a salvage title mean when buying a vehicle? A salvage title is a vehicle title denoting that the vehicle has been declared a total loss by an insurance company or the DMV. A car may be titled "salvage" by an insurance company because it was involved in an accident, vandalized or stolen. A vehicle is only titled "salvage" if the assigning agency has determined that repairing the vehicle will cost more than about 75 percent of its market value

Most Fuel Efficient Cars of 2013

Posted by Chris Smith on 1/16/2014 to Info News
The automotive industry is one of the most rapidly changing and evolving businesses in the world.

Road Hazards and Motorcycles

Posted by Chris Smith on 1/9/2014 to Info News
Motorcycle hazard perception is is important to ensure the safety of both you and your vehicle. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there will always be safety hazards and dangers as a motorcycle rider.

Advanced Car Technologies

Posted by Chris Smith on 1/2/2014 to Info News
Manufacturers are always looking for new car technologies to enhance their vehicles. With advanced car technology, a car can provide added function for the owner. Here are some of the most interesting of the latest technologies that are making cars safer and more fun to drive.

Preventive Maintenance

Posted by Chris Smith on 10/18/2013 to Info News
There are a lot of simple, common sense things drivers should know about car care that can save them problems on the road, or prevent some from ever happening.

Smart Cars, Smarter Technicians: Tackling Technology

Posted by Chris Smith on 10/1/2013 to Info News
Cars these days are smart. With computerized "brains," a maze of wires and electronic components controlling everything from the braking system to seat position, it can be tricky to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. To deal with today's smart cars, you need to be a smart car technician.

Dealer garage vs. The Independent Garage - Which is the better choice?

Posted by Chris Smith on 9/20/2013 to Info News
Car repairs bring a lot of questions. One common query is garage choice: whether to take a vehicle to the dealership or the shop down the street for repairs.

Labor Pains - Why Garage Labor Costs Vary

Posted by Chris Smith on 9/10/2013 to Info News
Unlike many skilled professions, there is no one standard hourly rate for automotive garage workers.

How to Pass Your Emissions Test

Posted by Chris Smith on 7/10/2013 to Info News
From the always-helpful folks at HowCast, here's a brief, accessible summary of how to prepare your vehicle for an emissions test.

All About Emissions Testing

Posted by Chris Smith on 7/9/2013 to Info News
Emissions testing may seem like an inconvenience, but it grew out of a response to a series of public health crises in the mid-20th century. Before the regulation of vehicle exhaust, the resulting air pollution regularly killed scores of Americans every year and injured thousands more.

What if You Actually Can Reinvent the Wheel?

Posted by Chris Smith on 7/5/2013 to Info News
My first boss used to say, constantly, that it was better to do things his way than ?reinvent the wheel?. It's an axiom: the wheel is such a perfect, established technology that there is no way to improve it. Trying is a complete waste of time. But what if someone did, actually, reinvent the wheel? And theirs was measurably better?

Prep Your Vehicle for Winter

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/20/2013 to Info News
When most people think about winter driving, they focus on handling challenges: snow, ice, and wet roads.

Safety Best Practices, Recap

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/9/2013 to Info News
As part of our National Safety Month coverage, HandsOnTools set aside this week to share safety practice guides on key subjects.

NSC on Electrical Hazards

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/4/2013 to Info News
The National Safety Council provides hundreds of resources, articles, and materials dedicated to improved workplace safety.

Shop First Aid Kits

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/22/2013 to Info News
Having the right tools is critical. Here's a solid example of a shop first aid kit, tweaked slightly for use in the shop with extra knuckle bandages, an eye injury kit, and burn cream.

Summary of Posts: May 12th 2013

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/12/2013 to Info News
We focus on the industry of auto restoration in this cycle. We’ve got some interesting stories about vintage and classic cars brought back to life, as well as family businesses who depend on this kind of work. All of these and more await you in this roster of stories:

Summary of Posts: May 12th 2013

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/12/2013 to Info News
In this cycle, we see tools used by mechanics up close to appreciate their features and capabilities even more.

5 Small Hand Tools Every Household Should Have

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/12/2013 to Info News
It pays to have a few simple tools handy and to know the basic techniques to perform minor tasks around the house.

Protecting Oneself When Using Auto Hand Tools

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/11/2013 to Info News
Every profession and every job has its own set of guidelines or standards to make sure that the person doing the work is protected and safe at all times.

Keeping in Touch with the Past

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/11/2013 to Info News
Every now and then, we go back to the older, classic, vintage version of things. Some do this because they think these older things are simply better than the newer ones.

On Classic Cars

Posted by Chris Smith on 5/10/2013 to Info News
We have all the new cars these days with their modern technology and features, but every so often we keep coming back to vintage, classic cars because of their beauty and elegance.
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