Bi-Monthly Almanac: Home Maintenance Tips

A selection of home maintenance tips to get you through the winter and the year.

| January/February 1979

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    Knowing how to drill a clean hole could probably be a big help with a variety of home maintenance projects. 
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    Tie a strong cord around the stuck jar lid just below the lid, slip a nail under the string, and twist.
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    Cutting some narrow slots with a hacksaw will turn a regular spoon into a skimming spoon.
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    There are ways to extend a vise that is too small to hold a board directly.
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    A door snubber like this one will keep doors open a crack.
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    A broom can help you slide heavy objects when you need to move them around your house.
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    A rubber eraser can give you a firm grip on slippery objects.
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    Cut the bottom off a plastic jug and you have a homemade megaphone.
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    Knowing how to drill a clean hole could probably be a big help with a variety of home maintenance projects. 
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You probably have a multitude of small odd projects all over your house waiting to get done. Maybe these home maintenance tips can help you start—and finish—a few of them. After you're done, have a look at our January/February 1979 Almanac to view a selection of significant historical events that occurred during those two months.


To a Open Stuck Jar Lid

... simply tie a strong cord around the can—loosely—just below the stuck lid. Then slip a nail under the string and twist it. An equal pressure will be exerted all along the circumference of the container, and the stubborn cover will come off easily.

Drill a Clean Hole

To drill a clean, splinter-free hole through a piece of wood, start from one side as usual, but withdraw the bit as soon as its "worm" breaks through the board. Then turn the plank over and start the drill in its own "breakthrough" hole. Your bore will have clean edges front and back.

Hacksaw a Skimming Spoon

It only takes a few minutes to make a skimmer (for soups, jellies, and the like) from a large metal kitchen spoon. Simply cut slots In the underside of the utensil with a hacksaw, then wash off any filings before the spoon is used.



Good Add-Vice...  

A board that's too wide for your worktable vise can be secured In the contraption anyway and held pretty firmly, at that.

All you have to do is lay the plank so that one side of it overlaps the bench top, and nail a notched block of wood to the table to prevent any movement on the part of that "inside" edge.





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