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Cut brake/ gear cables w/o fraying the ends

If you don't have the nifty cable cutter tool that the bike stores sell, try using a good pair of tin snips. A sharp pair of snips will cut through the cable much more neatly than than the old standby wirecutters do. The teeth on the snips' blades hold the cable while it cuts preventing the mashing that frays the end.

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My daughters 2008 Lancer positive battery terminal is so corroded that the main bolt won't come out of the cables for it to be replaced. We tried baking soda to get rid of most of the acid but the bol


You might try a battery cable terminal removal tool sold at most auto parts stores. This looks like a mini gear puller that grabs the bottom of battery cable terminal and has a screw action stem that pushes against the battery post . Tool I think will be about ten bucks..

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Are bolt cutter blades really sharp?


A pair of new or freshly sharpened bolt cutters will be sharp enough to cut through skin if you run your finger along the blade. Never run your finger along the blade to check for sharpness.

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front brake broke, wire to right side gear shift severed, need estimate on repairs or parts and to fix.


A bike shop will charge $15-20 for brake cables, but when you replace any cable you need to replace all of the rest too. It can be tricky and requires a $40 tool as well so it is prabablly best to leave to the bike shop. So in all it would cost over $120 to do it yourself and probably about 75-100 for the bike shop to do it. (unless you have the CORRECT BIKE SPACIFIC CABLE CUTTING TOOL not a regular cable cutter). If you have the cutters then it will be cheaper to do yourself.

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how do i cut cotton on an elna stella? normally the cutter is up at the base of the needle but i cant find mine.... thanks!!


There should be a little **** in the back of the pressure foot bar that you cut the thread on. It normally is about an inch above the pressure foot attachment screw running horizontally.

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