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Substitute for Sticky Pads
I've mentioned this before but methinks my tip is too cheap and easy for most people to accept.
They who can't cook, open cans. For this recipe, I open a can of 'Chili W/Beans'. I think one brand would be just as good as another.
Jam Jar Lid Sink Stopper
I'm an old bachelor who loves seedless red raspberry jam. I never buy regular seeded raspberry jam.
Break Up Ramen Noodles
Does everyone like long stringy Ramen noodles? I don't, so I pulverize them in a plastic baggy by smushing them with a glass-pint canning jar filled with whatever. After cooking, they are very easy to eat with a spoon.
Peroxide to Whiten Teeth
My dentist said never use the hydrogen peroxide full-strength in your mouth. Said full-strength it is damaging to tissue. He said to dilute Hydrogen Peroxide to one part Hydrogen Peroxide and 2 parts water.
Removing Rust From Tools
I forgot some gardening tools in a bucket of topsoil last fall and discovered them just a few days ago. The hand clippers were especially encrusted with rust.
I felt challenged by all the news I've read where squirrels defeated imaginative defenses invented to keep them from raiding bird feeders. So I put my construction experience to work.
Store Plastic Bags in Old Jacket
For storing plastic bags, one tip I liked was to use an unused jacket in your hall closet. Stuff plastic bags into the sleeve facing the door. When you need one, pluck it from the sleeve cuff. Nary a problem ending up with two or three.
Cleaning Cast Iron Pans
Sometimes a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet needs more than just a simple scraping/wiping to get it ready for the next job. In those cases, I used to soak mine in hot water in the sink.
Knife Holder Using Bamboo Skewers
Such a perfectly simple way to build a cheap knife-rack and you can size it to fit anywhere on any counter top.Plan the size you wish. You can have the lumber pieces sawed to size at Lowe's or Home Depot cheaply.
Homemade Scale To Determine Postage
At times I wasn't certain if outgoing mail needed more than a 1 oz. first class stamp, so I'd have to drive to a post office. I decided to build my own scale and it works. A simple balance-beam scale is easy to build.
Squirrels On Birdfeeders
I built my sunflower feeder support mast from 1 1/2 inch Schedule 40 plastic pipe. I figured the plastic finish would be too slick and hard for squirrel claws to grab.
Patriotism On Display
Landlord used toilet anchor bolts about 2 inches too long. Ugly. So I tried to make the situation appear 'planned', instead of being a mistake.
Scenery: Railroad Bridge And Trestle (Canton, OH)
I was an interested observer watching construction of this new trestle and
Keep Wet Towel in Refrigerator to Cool Off
I keep a sopping-wet micro fiber towel in a sealed Ziploc baggie in my refrigerator. I use the towel to wet myself down when heat gets to be too much. I then rinse the towel, wet it again to level of "soppiness", and cool in the refrigerator.
Use a Window Fan To Cool Home
To keep your house comfy and save money on electricity during summertime, buy an exhaust fan that you can easily mount/dismount in one of your windows.
Here's a picture of a squirrel feeder I built. I didn't like the commercial model, and I'm a carpenter, so I did what comes naturally.
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