Top 10 Tips For Car Body Repair Or Maintenance

Just like we have to take care of our house and other assets, we have to ensure that our car is always in top condition. This includes taking care of all minor dents, scrapes, scratches, chipping and scuffs on the body before they turn into major expenses.

In this article, we will take you through 10 tips for car body repair and maintenance. Remember, solving these issues yourself, and on time, means that you can save a great deal of money.

1 – Repair Minor Scratches With The Right Paint Code

Every car comes with a paint color code printed on its engine room, and documentation. Knowing the correct code will help you quickly touch up any minor dents or scrapes on your car, without having to go to a professional.

Your car dealer, the paint shop, and a quick search on the internet can also help you determine your car’s original color.

2 – Repairing A Broken Or Punched Bumper

A broken bumper can be repaired with pieces cut off a speaker mesh grill, auto repair cloth, or glass fiber matt dipped in resin.

Similarly, a punched bumper with a depression can be straightened out using a heat gun, or hair dryer, as the heat makes plastic more malleable.

3 – Removing Rust From Fender Flares Or Wheel Arches

You will need to cut and grind away the existing rust, and secure the gaps with pieces of glass fiber matt dipped in resin. 

Afterwards, you can apply hardener to ‘cure’ it, and then sand the area.

4 – Sand The Dents And Dings

Do you have a million dents and dings on your car? Then a combination of body filler, sanding and buffing may be the answer for you.

Simply prep the surface by sanding down the paint, apply the filler and once it has hardened, sand down any imperfections.

For this, you can simply buy an all-purpose sander, especially if you want to opt for a smooth finish. Remember, sanding with your hands can often leave behind natural looking grooves, so it’s always better to opt for a sanding block or tool.

5 – Glaze Minor Flaws

If you only have minor damages or scratches, then a finishing glaze could do the trick. Just buy a self-leveling liquid glaze, apply it on the surface, and you’re done!

For larger repairs, you should apply the glaze right before the final coat of paint so you can have a level surface, and a smooth finish.

6 – Windshield Repair Kits For Chips

There are only a few things that can make driving more difficult than a chipped windshield; not only does it impact your visibility, but it is also a major safety hazard.

The solution? A windshield repair kit.

Such kits usually have resins that block cracks and chips before they can cause more damage. And while this isn’t a miracle solution, it can certainly help you fix minor damages yourself, and avoid a trip to an expensive repair shop.

7 – Replace Headlights

Having the fanciest trims and wheels wouldn’t matter much if your headlights are not working properly. 

A burned out light can also lead a traffic cop or highway patrol to pull you over, since it is required by law that headlights must be used from sunset to sunrise.

To avoid the hassle, you must replace faulty or burned out lights – fortunately, this is a relatively easy process. You can find detailed instructions and diagrams on how to do so for your specific car model.

8 – Replace Side Molding

Car body molding is a decorative addition that also protects your doors from denting. While a number of new models don’t come with side molding, they can help you avoid a costly trip to the auto repair shop.

If your side molding is coming loose, then you can simply replace it yourself; pry off the old molding, clean the area with an oil-based adhesive remover (or a combination of baking soda and a little oil), and reattach it. 

9 – Replace Your Broken Side View Mirrors

Broken or damaged side mirrors are as common as dents and scratches on your car – not matter how careful you are, you are bound to end up with a bashed side view mirror at some point.

Instead of taking your car to the shop, you should simply replace them yourself. All you need is a new mirror (purchase from the manufacturer or look up parts on Amazon), get your removal tools ready, and do the work yourself

10 – Keep Your Paint Job Smooth With A Protective Film

Last but not the least, here’s a tip for keeping your paint job fresh  – after you’re done repairing all the scratches and dents, apply a protective film to block out bugs, dirt and debris from ruining the job. 

That’s about it for the best tips for car repair or maintenance. We hope that these ideas will make it easier for you to look after your car – you can also check out these car repair manuals for more tips on your specific model.

5 Ideas For DIY Creative Kitchen Storage

Limited storage space in your small kitchen? Can’t figure out a way to store your million and one Tupperware boxes and tableware?

Here are five DIY creative ideas create some extra storage space in your kitchen.

Not only are these projects attractive, but they are fun to create and easy on the wallet.

1 – Storage Rack For Lids

Making space for your cookware lids is a problem faced by many of us.

Let’s admit it: We’ve all at least once dropped a cookware lid on the floor. when trying to restack them back on their respective shelves.

If you are someone that encounters this often, then noise is not the only nuisance you would face – they can also crack your expensive kitchen tiles.

Thankfully, there’s a solution to this; a rack that holds these lids to the inside of your cabinets.

Consider hanging a towel bar to catch your pot lids. Simply slide them in and the knobs on your lids should be able to hold them in place.

This not only saves space, but reduces the hassle of organizing everything too.

Bonus: Take things a step further, by building a hanging pot rack from your pantry ceiling for your pots. Not only will your pans remain accessible, but you’ll also be able to maximize your space, and store other items.

2 – Rack For Slicing Boards

Storing your cutting boards in a safe and hygienic way is crucial, especially since they serve as breeding environments for bacteria.

For this DIY hack, you can start by lining the insides of your kitchen cabinets with hooks and holders to hold your slicing racks in one place. This will not only make them easy to pull out and store, but will also keep them covered.

3 – Store Your Forks and Spoons In Containers

Tired of cutlery rattling around your kitchen? Get plain containers and decorate them – or use the ones you already own to hold your cutlery separate from your dishes. This will also provide them their own corner, as cutlery tends to increase the clutter in your drawers.

Maintaining separate containers, or boxes for cutlery means that everything stays hygienic too. You can keep all the forks and spoons in covered boxes; to further protect them from dust.

4 – Label Stickers For Storage Jars

Those who crave change might easily get bored of the plain glass jars to store essentials like sugar, salt, cinnamon, etc. If that is the case, then this is an easy way of making your jars look a lot more fun.

You can print out some labels, and stick them on the right jars – this goes for all the essentials you can store including, sugar, baking soda, flour, brown sugar, white flour, and much more.

So go on, get some paper, and start printing!

5 – Reorganize The Pantry

There are quite some ways for you to reorganize your pantry. For example, some people prefer to have bigger jars for sugar and flour, and regular-sized ones for rice.

It’s always a matter of preference, the space you have available, and the amount of a particular ingredient you will be storing.

You can increase the glamour quotient on this one by adding two or three different colored jars, each representing the ingredient stored in them. Remember to tie in the color of your jars with the overall theme of your kitchen.

That’s all for the best DIY creative kitchen storage ideas! Want more organizing or utility tips? Check out these ideas to make your kitchen more functional.

Is Your Barbecue Ready for Labor Day?

With Labor Day just around the corner, millions of Americans are prepping their barbecues and backyards for one last summer cookout. But there is nothing worse than hosting a bunch of hungry friends and finding out your barbecue isn’t working properly or even worse, just won’t start.

To help you avoid this disastrous problem, here are some of the most popular problems Fixya users have run into with their barbecues, as well as the solutions that helped them keep the festivities alive.

Fixya’s Most Common Barbecue Problems

  1. Barbecue Won’t Start: One of the most common problems we found was that many people simply could not get their barbecues to start. Here is how the Fixya community suggests you fix this common issue:  http://www.fixya.com/support/t2375839-grill_light_dont_hear_gas_running
  2. Low Gas Flow: Barbecue not getting hot enough? Learn how one Fixya user was able to identify and fix his low gas flow problems:  http://www.fixya.com/support/t525729-low_gas_flow_low_heat
  3. Replacement Parts: Sometimes the best fix is to just replace the broken part. One Fixya user was able to find where to buy replacement parts for his barbecue thanks to the helpful community:  http://www.fixya.com/support/t366931-patio_classic_grill_replacement_parts
  4. George Foreman Parts: And for those that want to barbecue but lack the outdoor space for a traditional setup, the George Foreman grill is always a handy substitute. This Fixya user needed help finding the replacement parts to get his indoor grill hot and ready for cooking: http://www.fixya.com/support/t154487-replacement_parts_george_foreman_grill

You can find all the popular questions and answers for barbecues and grills here: http://www.fixya.com/troubleshoot/browse/grills_and_smokers/popular

And of course if you cannot find your problem listed on Fixya, be sure to submit your question to have the community help you. The last thing we want is to have your party stuck only eating potato salad this Labor Day.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jun Seita.

The New Fixya Brand Page

After announcing the new Local Pro Reviews feature earlier this month, we are excited to continue rolling out new pieces that we know will enhance your Fixya experience. This week we want to keep the excitement going by showcasing our new Fixya Manufacturer Brand pages.

A Fixya Brand page is the central hub for all questions, answers and general activity involving a particular brand and their products. It is the place to go if you are seeking any information about a particular brand, such as Sony, or one of their individual products, such as the Sony Playstation 4.

With the new Fixya Brand Page, Manufacturers can now personalize their page with a unique icon and cover photo transforming this page into an extension of their brand. We want this Brand page to become the customer support center for all companies.

 

Along with the customization, anyone can sort through all questions and answers for the brand using our new filter tabs. With these tabs you can separate question threads by the most popular, the most recent, unanswered questions  and recently posted answers. We want you to be able to casually browse through Brand questions or find a specific thread as quickly and easily as possible.

To see some great examples of the new Fixya Brand Pages in action, check out two of our partners pages:

http://www.fixya.com/troubleshoot/dyson

http://www.fixya.com/troubleshoot/hoover

And if you’re a Manufacturer interested in claiming and customizing your own Fixya Brand Page, simply sign up to become a Fixya Pro or look for the “Claim Your Company” link on your Brand Page.

The new Fixya Brand Pages are only the beginning of the many new features we will be rolling out over the next couple months. Be sure to check back here to learn about all the new features as soon as they are released.

 

Fixya Features: The Fixya Dashboard

Whether you are an active Fixya user or simply visited us once to get help for your broken device, there’s a good chance you probably have come across this grey bar located on the right of every user’s profile.

                                       

This is the Fixya Dashboard. You can find it in any Fixya user’s profile page. Think of it as their “player stats”; it details the user’s activity and more importantly, tells you exactly which products they are experts in.

Some of the information is fairly self-explanatory, some of it is a little trickier to understand. Regardless, we decided to take a little time to walk you through what all of this information means and why it’s important to you as a Fixya user.

 

Fixya Points: Scoring big by helping people
We’ll start our Fixya Dashboard breakdown by going over the Fixya points system.

The main way to earn points is by answering questions and depending on how recently the question was posted, you will receive anywhere between 1 to 3 points. For example, questions answered in the first 3 hours will give you 3 points while those answered after 12 hours only give you a single point.

The number of points a user has earned helps determine their level rank, where your answers appear on the question thread, your achievements and much more. There are a few other ways to earn points besides just answering questions, but we will let you explore Fixya and find those out for yourself. To get you started on earning points, here a quick peek at the different points rewarded per answer.

The next metric in the Fixya dashboard refers to the number of people you have helped with your answers. This algorithm measures how many questions you have answered, the number of people who have viewed them and the helpfulness of those answers to determine roughly how many Fixya users have benefited from your help.

For Fixya Pros, this number is especially important because it is a great way to track how many people have seen your business. This metric also influences how often your Fixya Pro Ad appears to customers in your area. (If you haven’t joined yet, be sure to check out our Fixya Pro for Local Business).

 

Expertise and Achievements: Showcase your knowledge

Think you’re an expert on a particular product or type of device? The Expertise section is a great way to show off your knowledge.

With this section, you can obtain icons representing the different products and specific brands you are a master in. The expertise icons are awarded when you have earned enough points answering questions for a specific product or brand. To see how many points you need for a particular area, check your Account Dashboard for the Progress to Expertise widget:

                              

The final section in the Fixya Dashboard is the Achievements section, which showcases the different badges you have acquired. There are several different badges for various achievements; some are easy to earn, many are difficult. Be sure to check out the full list of Fixya Achievements.

                       

And that wraps up our walkthrough of the Fixya Dashboard. Also note, we have several additional metrics to help you track your Fixya performance in your Fixya Profile which are not viewable by other users. Now that you know how the Fixya Dashboard works, be sure to keep an eye on your performance and how you stack up against the other power Fixya users.