Wasp Removal, Garden Hose Hanger, and Other Country Lore

This installment of an ongoing homesteading and country lore feature includes stories about a man who uses a flaming torch for wasp removal and a method of reusing old umbrella handles as a garden hose hanger.



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A torch made from an oil-soaked rag will help with wasp removal; set it up at night, knock down the wasp nest, and wait for the pests to fly right into the flame.
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A bandana can have many uses, among them as a head covering, a sling if you injure your arm, or as a potholder. 
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Chicken eggs filled with salt took care of a kind snake that had been raiding the family goose's nest.
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If you washing machine breaks down, try filling your bathtub with soap and water, submerging your laundry, and letting your children jump around on it.
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