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Winning tip: How to build a humane mousetrap

Reluctant to kill the mice infesting his home, one of our readers decided to build a humane mousetrap...

Build a window seat

Build a window seat

Need to fill that nook? Here's how to build a window seat with storage facility beneath. It's challenging to build, but immensely satisfying once complete...

Build a garden bench

Build a garden bench

Sturdily designed, this classic feature looks great in a wood finish or painted in a colour of your choice. Here's how to build a bench...

Giving up bad drywall screws for good

whenever I use drywall screws to build stuff, they break or strip. Any suggestions?...

Of rusted screws, “tired” gas shocks and broken glass

Vernon Wilson's tips for confronting rusted screws or shafts, dealing with "tired" gas shocks and disposing of broken glass...

Prevent paint splatter

Prevent paint splatter

Prevent paint splatter on the floor, or on your clothes, when putting the lid back on a paint tin. Here's how......

Winning tip: steady hand for welding

When welding with small-diameter rods, it's difficult to control the end of the rod. Here's a great tip for attaining better control of the rod...

How to weld: spark your creativity

Welding is a very useful skill. You can repair the rusted hand railing on your front stoep or a broken tractor hitch. The possibilities are...

Easy way to thread a needle

Have you ever been driven crazy when a cotton thread refuses to pass through the tiny eye of a needle? Here's an easy way to...

The plastic slide clip on my tent’s rope has broken. Now what?

On our last camping trip, the plastic slide clip on my tent’s tension rope broke. Here's an easy solution...

How do I shorten a low-hanging light fixture?

We have a low-hanging light fixture in the kitchen, and we’re constantly hitting our heads on it. How easy is it to shorten its chain...

Build a table for two

Build a table for two

We found this lunch table in a 1939 Popular Mechanics book. With a few tweaks, we ended up with a reimagined classic. Here's how to...

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