Hooks for Hoses
We recently updated our machine shed and I needed to find a new way to neatly store electric cords and air hoses. I liked the concept of a garden hose reel, but they were too big and expensive, so I made my own and scaled their size for my use. I beveled the corners of a 10" long piece of 2x8. Then, I stacked a 2" wide piece of 6" diameter PVC pipe flat against the wall with the beveled board on the outside. Using 23⁄8" heavy-duty bolts with washers, I attached the board and pipe to the wall. The hooks are low-profile and keep the hoses organized without kinks.
Clean Lug Bolts
I got a flat tire on my pickup traveling between the farm and the house. The lug bolts were so caked in mud that I could hardly remove them, and I didn't have a wire brush to clean them. Now I slip pieces of flexible plumbing pipe over each bolt so the threads stay clean. The pipe fits snugly over the bolts but can be removed easily with a pair of tongue-and-groove pliers.
Sweat-Free and Straight
- February 2010