Category Archives: DIY

Ethanol Free Gasoline

   It might save you money in the long run!

I enjoy DIY projects.  Especially when they require power tools.  On this occasion, my wife and I were cleaning up the remainder of a tree that we had cut down.  We got a friend to help with getting the tree on the ground and cutting up the majority of the tree, but we had a little bit more to do when my chainsaws ran out of gas.  I drove to the closest gas station and bought a couple of gallons of gas and came back home and mixed it with oil for the chainsaws.  I filled one up and had been cutting for about 5 minutes when it started running poorly and then quit. Continue reading Ethanol Free Gasoline

Roadside Safety – Budget Friendly Gear

First on the scene – Think Safety!

Make sure oncoming traffic can see you!               Image result for roadside safety tips

I was on my way to work one foggy morning when something didn’t look normal.  I was driving about 40 mph due to the fog when my peripheral vision on my right side was blocked by something.  I started slowing down and then I noticed debris all over the road and then a drive shaft and part if a rear axle and suspension.  It took a second for all of this to register, but the parts were from a truck that was flipped on its side and sitting on the shoulder of the road. Continue reading Roadside Safety – Budget Friendly Gear

Automatic Transmission Repair – Saving money by going DIY

Dodge Diesel 47RE and 48RE transmission repair

BOTH FIXED!!!  $750 saved for each truck!!!

1999 Dodge Diesel 47RE – stuck in first
2003 Dodge Diesel 48RE – stutter shifts from 1st to 2nd gear

Automatic transmission repairs can be very expensive if performed by a transmission shop of dealer.  Here is how a friend and I saved at least $750 each by doing the work ourselves.  $750 per vehicle saved is very conservative, I think it would be closer to $1000 per vehicle at most retail shops and dealers. Continue reading Automatic Transmission Repair – Saving money by going DIY

$300 saved by changing my truck water pump myself

Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel Water Pump Replacement

Dang, another truck repair.  Had to replace the water pump.  Pretty simple job on my truck, but it takes a lot of anti freeze.  The water pump had been leaking intermittently for a few months, but it got progressively worse and had to be changed.  I bought the water pump off Amazon.  Great part at great price.  I did buy the antifreeze locally.  It took a couple of hours start to finish, but it was not difficult and I only needed a second pair of hands for about 15-20 minutes.  I’m sure this job could be done in an hour or less if in a hurry.  It really was the easiest water pump I have ever replaced on a vehicle.

My Dodge 5.9 Cummins turbo diesel is back on the road and leak free and it only cost me $75 in total.  I got an estimate from a reputable shop at $400, so that is a savings of $325 or $162.50 per hour.

How to replace the water pump (video here).  I did not use the spill-free funnel, but it really would have been nice and probably saved some time.  As a side note, my water pump was not stuck, it popped right out.

Hopefully this post shows you that a couple of hours of DIY can save you some cash.  Invest it and let it multiply!

How much could this $325 saving be worth in 20 years

$325 savings one time @ 6% for 20 years = $1,042

$325 savings each year @ 6% for 20 years = $13,670

If you do a project around the house each year that you would have otherwise had to pay someone for and put that in an investment, it can make a big difference long term.  Just imagine if you did this 6 times a year it would grow to $75,900.

 

Got Bugs? How to save on pest control

DIY pest control

We live in South Georgia where there are lots of bugs.  Sometimes roaches come into the house.  We are not all that fond of them, so we try to keep them under control by various DIY pest control methods.  By doing your own pest control, you can save at least 50% off your annual bug control bill. Many of the professional products are available for retail purchase, so good products are easy to obtain and easy to apply. Continue reading Got Bugs? How to save on pest control