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Too many T-shirts? Here’s one way to wear them all

Tipman Tim

Spring is in the air!  Or here in Atlanta pollen is in the air.  I guess the warm temperatures (at times — after all, I do live in Atlanta where it’s 70 degrees one day and 36 degrees the next) have whipped my wife into a spring cleaning frenzy. ...

Make that credit card connection

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If your credit card doesn’t read well when it’s swiped, cover it in a plastic bag, or run a piece of cellophane tape along the stripe. It will help the card reader make the connection to the magnetic stripe.

Wash your veggies in the water (then use the water on the plants)

Set up a plastic colander inside a larger bucket to wash your veggies before you bring them in from the garden. Then, re-use the water on the plants still in the ground.

A better way to peel garlic

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There is a neat tip going around about the best way to peel garlic, but I have an improvement on it. Basically, the tip goes like this: Crush a head of garlic with your hand and separate the cloves. Put them in a bowl, cover it with an inverted...

Tales from the Tipman: Keep fit with a Fitbit

The Fitbit captures your movements and the number of steps you take in a day.

I don’t know about you, but I hate to exercise. My wife just loves it. Some people are just sick I guess. To me it feels like work. I do it for the obvious health benefits, but I’ve often wished someone would just make it fun. I may have...

From the Tipman: Stay fit with a Fitbit

The Fitbit captures your movements and the number of steps you take in a day.

I don’t know about you, but I hate to exercise. My wife just loves it. Some people are just sick I guess. To me it feels like work. I do it for the obvious health benefits, but I’ve often wished someone would just make it fun. I may have...

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.

Tips to beef up a cheap tablet case

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The bottom line with this tip: If you have a cheap tablet case, it can be better to monkey around with it rather than just dropping the money on a new, fancier one. Basically, my cheap case has these tiny little indentations where my iPad can be adjusted to...

BUSTED! Use a wet paper towel to cool a soda can

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There’s a tip going around that you can wrap a soda can with a wet paper towel and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes, and the paper towel will help get the can colder faster. I was skeptical so I tried it out, using my handy infrared...

Got gnats? Get rid of ‘em

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How to combat gnats: Use a gnat hat from www.georgiagnatcompany.com

Give your spouse a little something extra

Here is a tip for couples sharing a bed. If your spouse grabs the covers and pulls them as they roll in the opposite direction, when making your bed always make the sheets longer on your side.

Keep your tablecloths from wrinkling

If you iron your tablecloths, don’t fold them up when you put them away. Instead, wrap them around a cardboard wrapping paper tube to keep the fold lines out.