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January 31, 2010

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.

Bill Tobe

Rossburg, Ohio

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. 


Kyle Singleton

Ferron, Utah

Sweat-Free and Straight

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