31. To eliminate drilling a hole too deep, insert the correct diameter dill bit into the chuck. Measure the correct depth of the hole desired from the drill bottom tip of the drill bit up to the flutes. Cut a piece of rubber hose to the measured length. Slide the correct cut hose over the drill bit and place it up against the chuck jaws. Remeasure to assure the exposed drill bit is the correct depth to be drilled. Begin drilling the hole, stop when the rubber hose makes contact with the surface. Voila!
32. Use newspaper for cleaning and drying your windows. It’s the best, and it’s cheap. Amazing, smear-free results are in your future.
33. Place the wheel face down on a flat surface. Lay a straight-edge across the back wheel lip and then place the tape measure end onto the wheel’s hub-mounting surface. Where the tape measure intersects with the straight edge is your backspacing measurement. The wheel offset is half of the wheels width minus the backspacing. If the backspace is less than the half the wheels width, the backspace is positive, meaning more than half of the wheel sticks out past the mounting surface.
34. Use a small amount of silicone along the cutting edge of diagonal cutters. It will keep small bits of wire or zip ties from being launched across the shop or into the paint of your truck.
35. Before applying your tire dressing, clean the rubber with some bleach. It will remove all of the brake dust, road grim, and whatever else has accumulated on your tires. Use rubber gloves when applying bleach to a sponge. We prefer the yellow with green scrub pad on the backside. Apply the bleach to the sponge, then wipe down the tire. Use the scrub pad if needed. Use clean water to rinse the bleach off the tires. You will be amazed at how much gunk is removed.
36. To apply tire dressing, use a wedge-shaped foam paint applicator with a handle. This allows you to get into those hard to get places like around the wheel lip and tire and keeps your hands clean. Also, use tire dressing on your window rubber trim using the same type of applicator.
37. To take the guesswork out of disconnecting and connecting electrical wires, it is always best to color-code stereo wires. Use colored heat shrink to identify the wires. After cutting the wire, slide a 1-inch piece of colored heat shrink over each of the two wire ends. Use a heat source (micro torch or lighter) to shrink the wrap around the wire casing. After all of the wires have been cut and color-coded by applying the heat shrink, the wire ends can be striped. Using a piece of black heat shrink, slide it over the wire end and then reconnect the wires using a soldering gun for absolute oxygen free connection. Use a heat source to shrink the wire wrap.
38. To remove anodizing from fittings use oven cleaner. Cut a plastic bottle and place the fitting into the bottle. Spray the oven cleaner into the bottle submerging the part. Allow 10-15 minutes of soaking before removing the part. Rinse the fitting clean with water. Scuff the fitting using a Scotch brite pad. Ready for paint.
39. To braid two wires, place them in the drill chuck, pull the wires snug against an anchored support, and turn on the drill. The wires will braid themselves together neatly.
40. Speaker polarity test.Use a 9-volt battery to represent your power amp in your stereo system. To acquire the correct polarity of your speakers, connect the wire from the speaker to the positive and negative battery posts. If the speaker sucks in, the polarity is reversed. If the speaker pushes outward, the polarity is correct.