Bi-Monthly Almanac: Safe Toddler Swing, Swinging Pet Door, and Other Household Projects

A safe toddler swing and a swinging pet door are two of eight small household projects covered in this ongoing feature.



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Make a swinging pet door by attaching coil springs to both sides of a small screen door. The springs will be strong enough to close the door, but your dog or cat will be strong enough to push it to get in or out.
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To make a simple washcloth holder, attache several spring-type clothespins to a wood panel and then hang this assembly on your bathroom wall. Write the names your family on each clothespin.
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For a secure toddler swing that doesn't tip, thread the support rope through two holes in each side of a suitably sized box.
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A U-shaped pipe with one end buried in the ground and the other hooked over the lid of a garbage can will prevent animals from knocking them over and foraging.
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If you've lost the plug for a salt shaker or pepper shaker, use tape to block the fill hole.
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To make an auxiliary, non-slip sidewalk: cut small slits in two lengths of discarded garden hose, then drive nails through these into a series of evenly spaced boards.
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