To see even more handy tricks, check out the rest of the saga at http://www.instructables.com/id/Handy_Tricks_8_Island_Handy_Tricks/
and Fifty Handy Tricks.
and 40 More Handy Tricks
and Australian Handy Tricks
and Guatemalan Handy Tricks
and Yet More Handy Tricks
and Handy Tricks Six!
and Handy Tricks 7: Bike Mods and Projects
For a bunch of things that didn't work, check out How Not To.
First Handy Trick: Duct Tape vs. Fiberglass Rash
"Amazon Leg Woman X" was carving magnum waves on her badly weathered surf-vivor-board.
With no wetsuit of course because she only needs what she can carry in her teeth.
While straddling Mr. Terrible Fiberglass outside the break and waiting for the tastiest curls, she worked a whole nettle's worth of tiny fiberglass needles into her skin.
9 hours later she noticed she was in extreme pain from thigh rashes.
She whipped out a roll of duct tape from behind one of her molars and used it to remove the fibers.
She employed the "lint gesture hula", "rub the sticky side in the cardinal directions", and "leave it attached til tomorrow and pull the hair off too" methods.
Step 1: California Jack Stands
I wondered why it was so hard to find the size we needed. Then I noticed the clever "California Jackstands" holding up most of the cars. A car comes with five rims if it's got a spare, and by the time they're done stripping the car they've employed 8 rims to prop it up.
Other than that it's a really good design, very solid and a wide base for soft ground.
The top rim is tack welded to the bottom rim at the four points where they touch.