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Preparing your paint can for first use

When opening a new paint can (or varnish, etc.), take a nail and poke about 5 holes around the top of the can just under where the lid seals. This will allow the paint/stain/varnish to drip back into the can and not fill the ring where the lid goes back on.

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Piston dose not return to top of cylinder after firing the first nail if this is pushed back up to the top with a thin rod it will fire one more nail need help


Have you oiled your gun lately? If not, open the tip and put one or two drops of air tool oil (NOT motor oil!) on the drive pin. If you HAVE oiled your gun properly, you may need to disassemble the tip and clean the "varnish" residue (the glue that's used to hold strips of nails together) from the pin and its channel. Use paint thinner, or scrape the metal parts clean with a fingernail or a piece of hard plastic. DO NOT use a metal scraper, as you may damage the gun and create much worse problems.

Apr 13, 2018 | Air Tools & Compressors

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I have poked a hole in my freezer unit while defrosting and the gas escaped. Can the hole be repaired and the gas replaced?


Yes it can, but you are going to need special equipment. Such as a vacuum pump to remove the air, Touch to repair the hole or replace the evaporator that you poked the hole in. Along with a set of gauges and refrigerant.
This is not a job for the average DIY'er and even as a pro I only repair sealed systems (leaks, compressor, etc..) if they are under warranty because it's a time consuming and costly job other wise.
If the refrigerator has any age on it then you may want to start shopping around for a new one.

Aug 02, 2011 | Danby Freezers

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my dear wife took the lid handle off our breville gourmet wok. The pieces include a screw, a spring and 3 other parts. Im not sure if i put it together properly. Could you help out. Thanks


This is for assembling the Breville Wok lid. This has a built in vent that lets steam escape during cooking. There are 8 pieces not including the glass cover: bolt, metal vent, black O ring, tan round plastic piece, black lid piece (has open/close) on it, spring, clear plastic seal, lid handle.
Order of assembly as follows, starting on inside of glass cover.1. Bolt.2. Metal vent piece sits on top of bolt.3. Black O ring fits snuggly onto of vent piece.Insert what you have assembled against inside of glass cover, bolt poking through topside of glass.4. Add tan plastic piece with 3 prongs going facedown against the glass hole of cover.5. Larger black lid piece goes next. You will need to line up the openings on tan piece and this lid piece so that it sits semi-flush against glass. When complete this piece will turn in place to open/close vent (less than 1/4 turn before stopping).6. Add clear plastic seal to underside of handle.7. Place spring between handle and top of black lid piece and screw together until snug.
Test lid by turning lid piece. It should move back and forth according to the open/close print on top. If no luck, go to step 5 and try again. It is a little tricky, but does work when done correctly.

Feb 02, 2011 | Breville EW30 Gourmet Non Stick Electric...

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