In the garage

Washing too many cups? Magnetize them

Glue a strip of magnet onto the back of your kids’ cups to keep from constantly re-washing them. In between cups of water, kids can just stick them back on the fridge.

Save gas by keeping your tires at the right pressure

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There are several studies out there that say we’re not keeping our tires properly inflated. In some cases, 60 percent of vehicles have tires that are at least 30 percent underinflated. This means you’re wasting about 7 percent of your fuel costs (about 24 cents a gallon, or $245...

Keep a door from moving when you work on it

When you are working on door hardware the door moves back and forth, making it difficult to work on. This tip keeps the door stationary. I modified it by cutting it for interior and exterior doors sizes; exterior tend to be slightly thicker.

BOGUS! WD-40 and wood glue

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There is a tip going around that you can use WD-40 to remove a stray bead of wood glue from your woodworking project. Well, I tested it out and it’s bogus. I put two lines of wood glue on my workbench and let them sit for several days. Then,...

Catch the dust

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When drilling into a wall, stick a Post-it note underneath and fold it up to catch the debris that falls.  

The chainsaw shimmy

Before using your chainsaw after it’s been sitting for a season, make sure you shake it for at least a minute. You need to do this to redistribute the oil in your gas tank.

Slipping and sliding

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Here’s a common mistake people make: Don’t use WD-40 to lubricate garage door tracks. You need to use silicone spray instead, because WD-40 is made of three primary ingredients: mineral spirits, mineral oil and carbon dioxide (for propellant). When you apply WD-40 to the garage door, the mineral spirits...

The missing link

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The best site I’ve found on the web for used auto parts is www.uneedapart.com. It links you to 7,000 used auto, truck and motorcycle parts dealers. It’s easier than rummaging around the local junkyard ‘ although I actually like rummaging around the junkyard. It’s a guy thing.

Conquer trailer hitch thieves

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Don’t ever believe your trailer hitch is 100 percent safe! Just because you put a hitch lock on your trailer doesn’t mean it’s safe from would-be thieves. A criminal can just pull your ball hitch out of your vehicle’s hitch receiver. That’s why you need a ‘receiver hitch lock.”...

Conquer trailer hitch thieves

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Just because you put a hitch lock on your trailer doesn’t mean it’s safe. A criminal can just pull your ball hitch out of your vehicle’s hitch receiver. That’s why you need a ‘receiver hitch lock.” They run around $15 and can be found at trailer stores or on...

Sock it to ’em

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Everybody needs to wear safety glasses when they’re working with tools. Keep your safety glasses in a sock hooked on your peg board. The sock will protect the glasses from scratches and dust and will make them easy to find.

Mail call

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Do you lose your paperwork in your garage or workshop? I’m talking about things like warranties, owner’s manuals, etc. Here’s a neat idea. Install a mailbox in your workshop. They’re fairly cheap and you can attach them to a stud or your pegboard. Put your documents in there and...