Popular Mechanics: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever


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#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.


#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.


#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…


#5

Finally, a way to combat the still rampant problem of thieves who steal milk bottles that have been delivered to your doorstep!


#6

Brilliant.


#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.


#8

Yeah, I was always taught that trick too. It’s definitely been helpful many times.


#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.


#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.


#11

the bolt + two nuts to make an impromptu wrench was also very clever.


#12

These are the same idea, minus requiring using your hands.


#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.


#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.


#15

Or, you know, screws with a corrosion inhibiting coating. Like almost all of them (except those damn ubiquitous drywall screws.)


#16

Heh, yeah, I used to do that teeth opening trick. I can show you the evidence sometime.


#17

I’m guessing Popular Mechanics removed it after that comment appeared. Gotta drive up those page views!


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