Using the proper tool for the application is important. EAA Technical Counselor and A&P mechanic Bob Koehler discusses the different types of common phillips screwdrivers and the importance of using the right one.
In Tools and Workshop
Hand Drill Guide Jig
Drilling holes perpendicular to your work piece using a hand drill can be challenging. Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows a handy wood guide jig block to make perpendicular holes easy.
Drill Alignment Jig
Fred Stadler demonstrates use of a simple alignment jig designed by EAA's master craftsman Bauken Noack. Especially useful to ensure precise installation of a wing's drag/anti-drag wires.
Easy Workbench Shim
Often times the leg of a workbench needs to be shimmed to ensure the surface is flat and level. Timm Bogenhagen from te EAA staff demonstrates the use of a pronged tee nut to make this process an easy task.
Band Saw Tabletop
Cutting very thin material on a bandsaw can be made easier and safer by incorporating this hint. Manager of EAA SportAir Workshops program Mark Forss shows how to create a new table surface to your bandsaw.
Bead Breaker for Tires
Dick Koehler demonstrates the use of an inexpensive tool used to break the seal between the rubber tire and wheel when changing tires.
Safety Wire Twisters
EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler shows the two more common safety wire pliers. One with reversible function and one without.