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try Handy Tricks from Guatemala
and Fifty Handy Tricks.
and More Handy Tricks
and Handy Tricks Volume Six!
For a bunch of things that didn't work, check out How Not To.
First Trick: "Shadow Board" Tool Organizing
Here's Ross Griffith, Saul's dad in his garage in Sydney. If you organize your tools this way your kids will turn out just as well as Saul did.
By drawing outline "shadows" around each tool, you can tell instantly where each tool is supposed to go, and which tools are missing. This trick isn't unique to Australia, but if you look carefully you'll see that everything is exactly backwards, because it's in the southern hemisphere :).
Step 1: Catch Sandworms for Bait
This Aussie gent is catching them for bait at Hawks Nest, New South Wales.
He's about halfway between the high and low marks of the waves. The area of sand that's being actively washed by the waves now, but is fully exposed between the waves.
He's got a mesh bag of chicken giblets or fish parts in his left hand and is holding it against the sand bottom. In his right hand is the tool for grabbing the worms. Either a trowel with a sieve attached or a gripper sort of like a large pair of needlenose pliers. I saw people using both types of objects. If you're quick I think you can use your bare hands, but the sandworms are pretty scary looking and active.
I would have gotten better pictures, but I asked him "Ok if I take some pictures?" and he said "Not at all", which means "go right ahead", but I thought he meant the opposite.
Step 2: Easy Solar Water Heater
That's right, the NORTH side. They're in the southern hemisphere so during their winter the sun is up here in the north, shining us a warm summer.
To make this solar collector they just put many loops of black hose on the roof. I assume there's a waterpump somewhere in the system circulating the water into a storage tank or swimming pool.
Step 3: Moveable Curb
Step 4: Improvised Clothesline From Bicycle Cable Sheath
The threads of the eye screws engaged with windings of the spring sheath.
Then they stretched the springy cable and hooked the eyes of the eyescrews over hooks in the wall.
Pretty damn technical for a clothesline. Perhaps they are sold this way as a product here.
Step 5: Busking Bottles
At his left is an empty jug, presumably emptied into the bottles to tune them.
He is banging away energetically on them with wooden spoons. It sounded really good.
He appears to have arranged the suspended bottles like a piano keyboard.
If you want to make it super-easy,
you could also arrange them in groups as notes of chords (cords of chords :) )
so that there will be no wrong notes within a group.
Step 6: Folding Sailboat
Step 7: Garb for Cement Work Under the UV Hole
Green gaiters keep gravel and sand out of the boots. Long sleeves and pants would have added to the UV protection, but this gent appears to appears to like his tan.