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Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever
Popular Mechanics 
' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into ourarchives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than acentury of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the projecthere.)
Hole in One
Enlarged screw holes can bequickly repaired, we said inMarch 1972, by filling the holewith a wooden golf tee. Use ahacksaw to saw the tee flushwith the wood's surface, thensand and finish.
Brace for Boards
Our September 1948 issueshowed how to store anironing board upright in acloset by mounting a towelrack to a wall. The board's tipslips up under the chest-highrack. It's still a good idea. Atthe right height, a rack (or arig made of steel pipe fittings)could support brooms orlumber.
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Find a Key, Fast
File a notch in a frequentlyused key's top to locate itwithout looking through thewhole set.
— April 1984 
Copper Wire FlashlightStand
To set up a simple worklight,coil 12-gauge copper wirearound a flashlight's barreland twist the rest into a base.
— March 2011
Got That Wrench?
On band saws, router tables,or other shop equipment thatrequires a wrench to makeroutine adjustments, weadvised in July 1952: Pressthe wrench into a lump ofweatherstripping putty andstick the putty on the side ofthe shop tool. The wrench willbe easy to locate for quickchanges of bits and blades.
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Pinhole Lens
The August 1955 issue told afarsighted person to punch apinhole in cardboard and peerthrough it to read small type. Itstill does the trick!
Jar Pumps Up RadioTunes
"Transistor radios produce adeeper, more melodious tonewhen placed speaker-down ontop of an open fruit jar." Thisworked in February 1961. Andit works today for an iPhone.
Fortify Studs
Nail 2 x 4 blocking betweenstuds when framing walls, wesuggested in November 1948.The boards provide sturdymounting bases for heavypictures or recessed medicinecabinets. Record thepositions upon installation.
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