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Archive for May, 2015

  • The Ultimate Power Tool Checklist

    We have put together the ultimate power tool checklist. There will be no project too big or small for you to handle #Powertool For all of your power tool needs, come and see us at Randburg Midas. Power tools make household repairs, individual tasks, and construction projects considerably easier. Different uses dictate the specific power tools that should be on hand, but having the right tool for an unplanned repair or impromptu project saves the hassle of a trip to the local home center. Manufacturers produce a power tool for just about any application. Some are hand-held and portable while others are freestanding. Portable power tools offer convenience and versatility while table mounted tools produce more accurately cut or shaped products. They may be battery powered or plug in to a wall or generator outlet. By planning homeowners can stock their workbenches with a variety of equipment to cover an extensive array of projects. Do-it-yourselfers and handypersons alike will find dozens of uses for the power tools below. Air Compressor A power tool that pressurizes and emits blasts of air, an air compressor can power such devices as paint sprayers and impact wrenches. For homeowners with lots of square footage to paint, a sprayer attachment on the air compressor can cover it as much as 10 times faster than a brush alone. Bandsaw Most models of this electrically powered tool are free standing due to the accuracy required for most applications, but hand-held bandsaws are also on the market. The tool cuts by virtue of a continuous, single-edged metal saw blade. A bandsaw is a handy power tool to have in the home workshop for cutting wood and metal shapes as required for various woodworking and crafts, from cutting house numbers to tracing letters for signage. Belt Sander Some belt sander models are hand-held, and the operator moves the sander over the wood surface to prepare it for finer finishing work. Stationary belt sanders can be free standing or mounted on a workbench. The operator moves wood across the circulating sanding belt on a stationary sander. This electrically powered tool is a must for rough finishing furniture, doors, or trim. It also removes old finishes quickly and effectively. Ceramic Tile Cutter Tile repair and bathroom remodeling are not infrequent occurrences in many homes, and those in possession of ceramic tile cutters need not break a sweat on these types of projects. Like belt sanders,…

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  • Warm Water on The Go

    There is nothing worse than not having warm water on the go while camping. Well we have the perfect solution for that #MidasOutdoors Randburg Midas is pleased to be adding these new awesome camping whistle kettles to their extensive camping range. The uses for hot water are endless, here are a few practical uses: Coffee & tea Cooking Cleaning dishes Sterilising equipment Purifying water Visit us and buy yours today! Phone: 27 11 789-4411 Fax: 27 11 789-1448 Email: randburgmidas@midas.co.za Working hours and days 8:00 – 17:00 mon-fri and 8:00 – 13:00 sat Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook Twitter Youtube Google+ Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest

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  • Oil Change is essential and easy

    When it comes to car maintenance knowing how to do an oil change is essential and easy #MidasServiceParts You don’t always need to change your car’s oil entirely. Sometimes you will only need to perform a top-up to keep your car running smoothly. When you need to change your oil, you can do it yourself – it doesn’t take long and is easy with the right tools. Otherwise contact your local workshop and they can do it for you. How to change your oil yourself Changing your car oil is easier than it sounds and could also save you money in the long term. It shouldn’t take longer than 45 minutes – just make sure that you follow your manufacturer’s specific instructions and safety directions. Firstly, choose the ideal oil for your car which is available at Randburg Midas. Then check you have the necessary tools. You’ll need: The entire below list of products is available at Randburg Midas Engine Oil (4 or 5 litres – check owner’s manual) New oil filter – check owner’s manual Safety glasses and rubber gloves Plastic container and funnel Car jack and jack stands Drain plug socket wrench Paper towels and a rag Oil filter wrench What you have to do: Prepare your car The car should be on a level surface with the parking brake on and engine off, leaving the oil to cool for a few minutes. If you need space under the car, jack it up and use jack stands to support it. Jacks on their own are very unstable – never get under your car without using jack stands. You could also put something underneath the engine to prevent spilling oil onto the ground. Unscrew the oil cap Locate the oil cap (check with the manual to locate it) and unscrew it. This is very important, as a vacuum will not allow all the oil to drain out. Locate the oil drain plug Get underneath the car and locate the oil drain plug. This is a lone bolt at the bottom of the oil sump. Place the container Place a container big enough to hold the oil beneath the oil drain plug and unscrew the plug, being careful not to let it fall into the container. Do not come in contact with the oil – it can be extremely hot. Drain out the old oil Allow all the oil to drain…

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  • Follow us on Twitter

    For this week’s #FollowUs we are highlighting our Twitter account To be kept updated on all things vehicle related including: service information, DIY, car care, power tool, spares, news, sports, educational posts and much more, be sure to follow us on our Twitter account. Username @RandburgMidas Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook Twitter Youtube Google+ Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest

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  • Campfire recipes

    Learn three great and super easy campfire recipes from Heather Menicucci #NutsandBolts4Breakfast #Roadtripping I love cooking, and although when I’m camping I don’t have access to things like lamb shoulder, duck, or bacon, all that good stuff that requires refrigeration, it’s still super fun to cook when you’re camping. These are just some easy recipes that’ll make you feel like you’re a good campfire chef and really will be super simple to make. Recipes 1 The first is something that college kids all know, and it’s what I call lazy noodles. It’s just taking ramen, throwing out the spice packet, and making your own kind of pasta dish with the ramen. They’re really easy to carry. They’re really easy to make when you’re camping. They just require a little bit of hot water, and then you can chop up some broccoli, chop up some onions, and throw a little soy sauce in. If you brought peanut butter you can even make peanut noodles with some hot sauce and it will taste like you’re having sesame peanut noodles around the camp fire. Everyone will be impressed. Recipes 2 Another thing that I like to make and that makes me feel like I’m somehow connected to ancient campers is bannock. Bannock is a native American staple. It’s just flour, baking soda, oil, water, and salt. What I do is mix all the dry stuff and put it in a Ziploc bag before I go. Then I just mix a little water with it when I’m on site. Bannock can be fried up in oil. It can also be wrapped once you mix it all together and knead it up a little bit. You can also wrap it around a stick and bake it in the fire. It’s a really fun thing to do. Kids really like it. Again, it just feels like you’re connected to ancient campers when you make a recipe like that. It’s an ancient recipe. Recipes 3 Another thing that I really like, because I hate smores, is bananas stuffed with chocolate. So you can take a whole banana. Don’t peel it. Just slice it length wise, tuck little bits of chocolate inside, wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil, and place it in the coals of the fire, not really in the flame but just in the warm part on the bottom just for a minute or two….

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