Yet More Handy Tricks: Volume 5

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40 Yet more handy tricks!

To see even more handy tricks, check out the rest of the saga at
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.
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Step 1: California Jack Stands

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Mose and I went in search of some wheels for a trailer at Bert and Johnnie's junkyard in San Leandro Ca.
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.
ChippMarshal3 months ago

I enjoyed you series of handy tricks. Thanks for all the hard work.

NealKipper6 months ago
Jeezy petes, you can use duct tape for everything!
anasdad9 months ago
Great job!
randomray1 year ago
Great job collecting all these ideas , thanks ever so much .
dalmond11 year ago
and I thought you were making a hat....
One of my chores as a kid was to bring the trash cans from the back fence all the to the curb for trash pick up day. After I got a skateboard that job became much easier. I only had to carry them to the driveway.
Any length true, but width is limited. Seems there is always a tradeoff.
pfred23 years ago
I use a super cleaner called Purple Power that is sold in Wallyworld. It is a knock off of Castrol's SuperClean. It is an amazing stone lube!
nalk55 pfred22 years ago
Is it the Purple Power De-Greaser for motors?
pfred2 nalk552 years ago
I suppose it could be. It is marketed as a cleaner. But I think they sell it in the automotive cleaning products aisle. You'll know it when you have it when you have a liquid purplish in color and it is very slippery. It is sort of hard to wash off your hands. It is like soap on steroids. I use it to clean all sorts of things, and as my stone lube of choice. I buy it by the gallon, but have a pump spray bottle I dispense it from. Only takes a couple of squirts to lube a sharpening stone. So a gallon of the stuff lasts me at least a year. It's been a while since I've bought any. I consider the product an essential shop chemical. I always have some. I also use a little nylon brush to smush it around the stone, if I don't just use my finger. The little nylon brush cleans gunk out of the stone pores better though. Often I'll wipe a stone surface with a paper towel when I am done using it to dry it off. I use a lot of synthetic diamond hones and I think Purple Power can eat the glue that holds those things together. I just like putting my stones away dry. Seems neater to me than just letting the lube dry and leave residue on the stones. Get some if you can. I hope you find it as handy as I do.
nalk55 pfred22 years ago
Oh I use it and I now I know we're talking about the same stuff. I use it to clean stuff and my cousin uses it to clean his golf cart engine that has a bad oil leak and cleans it really good. I never thought to use it as lubrication or anything like that.
pfred2 nalk552 years ago
Give it a shot. It cleans up easily enough. Oil is a mess! My knives and plane blades and chisels and what not all come out sharp. I strop with a rouge charged leather as a finishing step with my whole sharpening ritual. I think it makes the edges last longer. And I don't put Super Clean/Purple Power on that! Though I may use a cleaner soaked paper towel to clean the red rouge off the tool.
abadfart2 years ago
you forgot the la tire theft trick. you put cinder blocks under the car and then rip the stem out with some chanel locks to deflate them, then you just un bolt and go. lucky for me the guy had only ripped the stem out of one when i got back.
autokymatic2 years ago
Some buds and I found an old leather couch on the curb, so we moved it 4 blocks with 2 longboards. We actually rode the couch downhill for 3 blocks XD.
heyitskalee2 years ago
"A red curb means "no parking, stopping, or anything".
A cop once pulled me over into one of these red curb area which was also a bus stop.
He wrote me a $270 ticket for being there, even though he picked the spot."

no actually, you picked the spot. a cop will follow you until you pull over. so you could have kept going to find a better spot.
cdorsett2 years ago
I once moved all of my stuff out of my dorm room on a skateboard because people had misplaced all of the carts. Very effective :)
Salsa7664 years ago
what a bike
pfred2 Salsa7663 years ago
What bike? That's mobile graffiti!
DiamondBack4 years ago
an overhead door, without it being overhead ... nice!
Until it rains.
pfred23 years ago
I read someplace 32" is optimum antenna length for FM reception. Don't know if its true or not but it seems to work for me.
Mikenunb4 years ago
   I did the same straightening job in the hole of a storm drain manhole cover.
pfred2 Mikenunb3 years ago
I've used metal stair handrails.
pfred23 years ago
In the gimp right click, colors, levels, play with the triangular sliders until you're happy. I didn't spend too much time. Oh and the curves thing can be fun as well.

pfred23 years ago
Who was Budda and what does a 500 pound man know about self control?
wsni3 years ago
Sniffing fumes from burning plastic is not a good way to retain your health.
thepelton wsni3 years ago
PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, releases chlorine when it overheats, which is poisonous.
Oxygen and water are poisonous in too great quantity so what exactly is your point?
Rmstrjim3 years ago
Cops don't pick where you stop your car unless they're on foot and waving you over. If you're being pulled over it's your responsibility to find a safe place to stop.
Please, if he had kept going the cop would have charged him with evading arrest.
... Being pulled over != being arrested. You're obligated to determine a safe place to stop your vehicle, as YOU are in control of it, not the police. Capiche?
pfred2 Rmstrjim3 years ago
I thought those people with the lights on their roofs just wanted to race. I haven't lost to one yet!
Somnia Rmstrjim3 years ago
Rmstrjim is right. For example, if a cop with lights on starts to follow you on a back road somewhere, you have the right to continue until you get to a lighted area for your own safety. You DO need to call the police station dispatch and let them know what you're doing, lest the coppers think you're ignorant or running away.
pfred23 years ago
Children should be kept in sealed rain barrels until they are 18 at which point unbunged and if nothing good is heard dropped into the sea!
ss2007wow3 years ago
Most new & used tire shops will have them, here is a link:
great tip, on being handy
This seems to be kind of obvious
This is kind of obvious - to anyone who lives in the UK where squash (or cordial) is very very common place.
eulaliaaaa!3 years ago
That is clever! I live in Iowa, USA, and that is the perfect hillbilly/redneck gift!
eulaliaaaa!3 years ago
That is a LONG drainage tunnel...

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