frauenfelder at November 4th, 2013 15:24 — #1
timquinn at November 4th, 2013 15:59 — #2
One can also use one's hand as a magnifier by looking through a small hole created by your first finger and thumb. This can be used to read the small print on the back of headache remedies, or so I am told.
nixiebunny at November 4th, 2013 16:09 — #3
I found that my astigmatism could be corrected by peering through the tiny gap between fingers, as the diffraction creates a cylindrical lens. Rotate the fingers to find the best lens angle.
crenquis at November 4th, 2013 16:10 — #4
The best tip on the page is in the comments:
Press print on the top of this page (below the title) to see all tips at once
edit: 'cept I don't see that button...
ghostly1 at November 4th, 2013 16:11 — #5
Finally, a way to combat the still rampant problem of thieves who steal milk bottles that have been delivered to your doorstep!
jonaseggeater at November 4th, 2013 16:14 — #6
chgoliz at November 4th, 2013 16:21 — #7
Their first tip reminds me of a tip my grandpa taught me for slightly smaller (but still too big) screw holes in wood: use a wooden matchstick or two to fill in the space. Break off the flammable tip, of course.
jonaseggeater at November 4th, 2013 16:34 — #8
Yeah, I was always taught that trick too. It's definitely been helpful many times.
glenblank at November 4th, 2013 17:14 — #9
Tapered-point bamboo chopsticks make great filler for chewed-up screw holes in wood. Coat 'em with wood glue (or Elmer's), hammer 'em in as far as they'll go, then cut 'em off level with the surface with end-nippers or dykes or some such. (Fancy folks use flush-cut saws.)
If the hole is larger, you may need to trim some of the chopstick tip off to get the size of cone-shaped wedge you want. You want it to wedge in before it bottoms out.
Makes a really strong screw-hole plug.
art_carnage at November 4th, 2013 17:46 — #10
That pinhole trick is one I figured out as a young child. I would make a small hole with my fingers, so I could read a clock that was far away. That's how my parents figured out I was farsighted.
franko at November 4th, 2013 17:50 — #11
the bolt + two nuts to make an impromptu wrench was also very clever.
drew_g at November 4th, 2013 19:59 — #12
These are the same idea, minus requiring using your hands.
randomsample at November 4th, 2013 20:03 — #13
Soap on screw threads...works, but not a good idea. Soap films absorb moisture...your screws will corrode. Better to use some candle wax.
noahdjango at November 4th, 2013 22:14 — #14
You can simply use that piece of wood, no nail required. Once you learn the "lighter trick" in college, the concept of a specific bottle-opening tool is rendered redundant. I've been using the handle of my closed pocket knife for years. I had an English friend that used his teeth, really should've had him teach me.
timquinn at November 4th, 2013 23:45 — #15
Or, you know, screws with a corrosion inhibiting coating. Like almost all of them (except those damn ubiquitous drywall screws.)
timquinn at November 4th, 2013 23:46 — #16
Heh, yeah, I used to do that teeth opening trick. I can show you the evidence sometime.
milliefink at November 6th, 2013 08:50 — #17
I'm guessing Popular Mechanics removed it after that comment appeared. Gotta drive up those page views!
frauenfelder at November 10th, 2013 19:48 — #18
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