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(Popular Mechanics)   The 110 best Popular Mechanics FIY tips ever. #111: Let some other schmuck look through 70 slides for the important one   (popularmechanics.com) divider line 48
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2012-08-12 03:05:31 PM
#slide-33 was stripped from the URL.

/subby fail
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-08-12 03:16:42 PM
 
2012-08-12 03:38:08 PM
it's farked.
 
2012-08-12 05:44:56 PM
Weeners on the page is really helpful

Press print on the top of this page (below the title) to see all tips at once.
 
2012-08-12 05:48:15 PM
Ha.. love the autocorrect

The initial comment on the page is really helpful

Press print on the top of this page (below the title) to see all tips at once.
 
2012-08-12 07:11:20 PM
deslide doesnt work, so the hell with it.

And quit submitting slide shows, they're ridiculous click-whoring nonsense most of the time.
 
2012-08-12 07:29:06 PM
How to fix an enlarged screw hole?

Great find, subby, I'll pass it on to your mom.
 
2012-08-12 08:29:57 PM
#112: F and D are not interchangeable. It's either FYI or DIY. It can't be both.
 
2012-08-12 08:50:13 PM

Generation_D: deslide doesnt work, so the hell with it.

And quit submitting slide shows, they're ridiculous click-whoring nonsense most of the time.


Tell it to print, ya big baby
 
das
2012-08-12 09:06:21 PM
I like the turtle trap.
 
2012-08-12 09:12:45 PM
Some of those were pretty good. But many tips from pre-1960 can be improved with zip ties, duct tape, or LEDs
 
2012-08-12 09:26:43 PM
Fortify Studs
Nail 2 x 4 blocking between studs when framing walls, we suggested in November 1948. The boards provide sturdy mounting bases for heavy pictures or recessed medicine cabinets. Record the positions upon installation.

Wouldn't the wood get in the way of a recessed medicine cabinet?
 
2012-08-12 09:31:44 PM
Who pushes a dolly up a ramp?
 
2012-08-12 09:33:16 PM

jaylectricity: Fortify Studs
Nail 2 x 4 blocking between studs when framing walls, we suggested in November 1948. The boards provide sturdy mounting bases for heavy pictures or recessed medicine cabinets. Record the positions upon installation.

Wouldn't the wood get in the way of a recessed medicine cabinet?


If you mount the blocking flush with the back of the studs, you get a 2 1/2" recess, after drywall.
 
2012-08-12 09:34:45 PM
www.popularmechanics.com

"Transporting a sheet of thin building material can be tricky, as the sheets flutter and flap when carried flat on a car's roof rack," we said in July 1982.

June 1983: Building material, dogs, same thing...

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-12 09:37:44 PM

Mr. Potatoass: jaylectricity: Fortify Studs
Nail 2 x 4 blocking between studs when framing walls, we suggested in November 1948. The boards provide sturdy mounting bases for heavy pictures or recessed medicine cabinets. Record the positions upon installation.

Wouldn't the wood get in the way of a recessed medicine cabinet?

If you mount the blocking flush with the back of the studs, you get a 2 1/2" recess, after drywall.


Makes sense, I guess. Looking at the picture I thought they might have just meant surface-mount.
 
2012-08-12 09:45:06 PM

Yotto: #112: F and D are not interchangeable. It's either FYI or DIY. It can't be both.


Fark it yourself is pretty comparable to what most of us are going to do with 'home improvement' jobs.

Except you, I'm sure you're a master carpenter, plumber, electrician, stonemason, welder, etc. and can flawlessly do every job one handed while flexing your biceps for the ladies.

Or the ladyboys if that's your thing.
 
2012-08-12 09:54:37 PM
#5 Too lazy to walk two steps for the wrench you need to make adjustments to your power tool? No problem, just stick some putty on the machine and keep the wrench there. Until shakes loose and becomes involved in your blade or bit. Farking stupid.

FAIL.
 
2012-08-12 10:05:38 PM
Also, the groove an axe head is confusing. Do they mean put a notch in the cutting edge? I've googled the term and it seems that any website that mentions it is in direct reference to Popular Mechanics.
 
2012-08-12 10:20:54 PM
My favs?
1,4,15,21,23,35,46,48

the ones about using bottle caps are funny. I nail all my old bottle caps into the door and window trim for a "custom" look.
 
2012-08-12 10:21:45 PM

gturnquist: Weeners on the page is really helpful


When are weeners ever not helpful?

Ahh, man. I've been here over 10 years and the filter is still entertaining.
 
2012-08-12 10:22:13 PM

das: I like the turtle trap.


Needs a flamethrower attachment.
 
2012-08-12 10:24:20 PM

wambu: My favs?
1,4,15,21,23,35,46,48

the ones about using bottle caps are funny. I nail all my old bottle caps into the door and window trim for a "custom" look.


I used to take the label off of a good beer I drank and put it on my fridge, partly as a reminder of what to buy. And the wife would come through periodically and remove them, destroying my custom look.
 
2012-08-12 10:35:00 PM
I do trick #5 with a rare earth magnet stuck to my exercise bike (that has a 5/8" bolt run through it to secure the seat)
 
2012-08-12 10:41:36 PM

SCUBA_Archer: I do trick #5 with a rare earth magnet stuck to my exercise bike (that has a 5/8" bolt run through it to secure the seat)


www.filmsite.org
Is there any other kind?
 
2012-08-12 10:43:50 PM

Captain_Ballbeard: SCUBA_Archer: I do trick #5 with a rare earth magnet stuck to my exercise bike (that has a 5/8" bolt run through it to secure the seat)

[www.filmsite.org image 160x114]
Is there any other kind?


i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-12 11:50:23 PM

Captain_Ballbeard: #5 Too lazy to walk two steps for the wrench you need to make adjustments to your power tool? No problem, just stick some putty on the machine and keep the wrench there. Until shakes loose and becomes involved in your blade or bit. Farking stupid.

FAIL.


Weather stripping putty, thats the big difference. It holds tackiness a lot better than putty that dries out and cracks.
 
2012-08-12 11:58:46 PM
Hmm...

Our August 1965 issue recommended taping small blocks of Styrofoam to eyeglasses' bows, or legs, while fishing or boating. If the glasses go overboard, they'll float.

My Ray-Ban's are bouyant without strapping foam blocks to them.

To keep from losing track of a drill-press chuck key, mount a clothespin to the press and clip the key in the pin's jaws. -1955

I haven't used a keyed drill press in years.


Crescent as Caliper

Has nothing on actually owning and using calipers.

Our April 2003 issue offered a glass-cleaning classic: Use old newspapers to clean dirty windows. Save paper towels.

Who the hell buys news papers these days?

Use a cardboard milk carton to start charcoal for a grill, we said in May 1960. Cut off the top and stack the coals inside. The wax-coated carton will produce a hot flame around them.

In the 1960's this might have been okay, maybe a few PCB's. Today I expect cardboard milk cartons are plastic lined, much worse.

To waterproof matches, dip them in melted paraffin wax. - April 1916

I think the patent on waterproof matches, by dipping them in paraffin, goes back further. And they're available everywhere.

Store a wet paintbrush overnight in tightly wrapped wax paper. - April 1957

Updated to ziploc bag these days.

Most of these are pretty good. I approve of reading large numbers of these FYI type things because it teaches your mind ways to solve problems. One solution might help in another situation. You just have to keep in mind what is safe or stupid to your current notions.
 
2012-08-13 12:07:27 AM

Yotto: #112: F and D are not interchangeable. It's either FYI or DIY. It can't be both.


wildcardjack: I approve of reading large numbers of these FYI type things


Actual headline: FIY

As in, fix-it-yourself.

I'm not calling you guys out or calling you stupid or inattentive. I was just quite amused at all the different confusing positions on a three letter abbreviation. Because of Yotto's comment I assumed the headline was a typo. It took wildcardjack's post to make me realize what the hell was really going on.
 
2012-08-13 04:00:50 AM

jaylectricity: Yotto: #112: F and D are not interchangeable. It's either FYI or DIY. It can't be both.

wildcardjack: I approve of reading large numbers of these FYI type things

Actual headline: FIY

As in, fix-it-yourself.

I'm not calling you guys out or calling you stupid or inattentive. I was just quite amused at all the different confusing positions on a three letter abbreviation. Because of Yotto's comment I assumed the headline was a typo. It took wildcardjack's post to make me realize what the hell was really going on.


I was not confused as to the ordering of the letters, and I ordered them the way I meant.

I did not see the possibility of "Fix It Yourself" (or "Fark It Yourself") when I posted. But in my defense, the article linked uses DIY and is full of things you do, not things you fix. Or Fark.
 
2012-08-13 05:44:39 AM

Ever since the invention of keys and keyholes there has been the problem of drunks who can find the keyhole.

www.popularmechanics.com

"A particularly useful device for people who are forced to stay out late at night" appeared in the September 1914 issue: the key guide. A V-shaped strip of metal affixed to the door tapers to a point just above the keyhole. The key's tip slides along the metal to find the keyhole opening. "This simple device should prove very useful in places where it is impossible to illuminate the keyhole."
 
2012-08-13 05:55:28 AM
 
2012-08-13 08:38:58 AM

wildcardjack: Most of these are pretty good. I approve of reading large numbers of these FYI type things because it teaches your mind ways to solve problems. One solution might help in another situation. You just have to keep in mind what is safe or stupid to your current notions.


Exactly, I improved the turtle trap with the addition of a string of auto-igniting firecrackers. First, you know exactly when you've caught something. Second, no disposal!
 
2012-08-13 09:48:18 AM

HairBolus: Ever since the invention of keys and keyholes there has been the problem of drunks who can find the keyhole.


Makes you wonder why this hasn't been implemented in some sort of intimate wear.
 
2012-08-13 11:27:56 AM

Hardy-r-r: Deslided


I tried that earlier but couldn't get that to work, what was the trick?
 
2012-08-13 11:36:15 AM

Yotto: #112: F and D are not interchangeable. It's either FYI or DIY. It can't be both.


Fix It Yourself
 
2012-08-13 12:54:06 PM

jaylectricity: Hardy-r-r: Deslided

I tried that earlier but couldn't get that to work, what was the trick?


No trick. I just used the program. What problem did you have?
 
2012-08-13 01:16:03 PM

Hardy-r-r: jaylectricity: Hardy-r-r: Deslided

I tried that earlier but couldn't get that to work, what was the trick?

No trick. I just used the program. What problem did you have?


I entered the URL in the bar and it came back that there was no sub-domain host, or something like that. I just tried it again and it worked. Maybe it was just an internet hiccup.
 
2012-08-13 01:18:38 PM

Generation_D: deslide doesnt work, so the hell with it.

And quit submitting slide shows, they're ridiculous click-whoring nonsense most of the time.


Must've fixed the URL handler
 
2012-08-13 01:27:50 PM
jaylectricity
Hardy-r-r: Deslided

I tried that earlier but couldn't get that to work, what was the trick?


Going by the timestamp of your
..hello Fark filter, let me do the work for you..
"boobies" in this thread, the trick was trying it about 15 minutes later.
 
2012-08-13 01:34:18 PM
trying it about 15 minutes later.

..if you convert the timestamp of the news feed entry from zulu/GMT to Fark/EST:

2012-08-12 09:42:00 PM
added support for popularmechanics.com
 
2012-08-13 05:53:26 PM

jaylectricity: Fortify Studs
Nail 2 x 4 blocking between studs when framing walls, we suggested in November 1948. The boards provide sturdy mounting bases for heavy pictures or recessed medicine cabinets. Record the positions upon installation.

Wouldn't the wood get in the way of a recessed medicine cabinet?


You place it below the cabinet, not through it.

Please hire professionals before you hurt yourself.
 
2012-08-13 05:56:39 PM
"Implements of oral hygiene" ... it's nice that PM still speaks that retro 40's patter.

/cool link, thanks subby
 
2012-08-13 07:36:56 PM

The Voice of Doom: trying it about 15 minutes later.

..if you convert the timestamp of the news feed entry from zulu/GMT to Fark/EST:

2012-08-12 09:42:00 PM
added support for popularmechanics.com


Fark had nothing to do with it. It was the deslide website that wouldn't deslide popularmechanics.com. The same problem Generation_D and PluckYew had.

Broom: jaylectricity: Fortify Studs
Nail 2 x 4 blocking between studs when framing walls, we suggested in November 1948. The boards provide sturdy mounting bases for heavy pictures or recessed medicine cabinets. Record the positions upon installation.

Wouldn't the wood get in the way of a recessed medicine cabinet?

You place it below the cabinet, not through it.

Please hire professionals before you hurt yourself.


I'm an electrician. I do electrician things. I pay people to do the other parts of the trade. Hence, why I don't know jack shiat about medicine cabinets. But I'm sure I could figure it out.
 
2012-08-13 07:48:42 PM
jaylectricity
Fark had nothing to do with it. It was the deslide website that wouldn't deslide popularmechanics.com. The same problem Generation_D and PluckYew had.


The deslide website added support for popularmechanics about 15 minutes after your first "boobies" post in this thread (assuming I got the timestamp conversion between the deslide-RSS-feed and Fark right), , i.e. the only "trick" to desliding it was that Hardy-r-r tried it a bit later.
 
2012-08-13 08:44:34 PM

Hardy-r-r: Deslided


I love you.
 
2012-08-13 08:53:51 PM

The Voice of Doom: jaylectricity
Fark had nothing to do with it. It was the deslide website that wouldn't deslide popularmechanics.com. The same problem Generation_D and PluckYew had.

The deslide website added support for popularmechanics about 15 minutes after your first "boobies" post in this thread (assuming I got the timestamp conversion between the deslide-RSS-feed and Fark right), , i.e. the only "trick" to desliding it was that Hardy-r-r tried it a bit later.


Oh, OK...I get it. Whoever writes that code must have been getting emails or other correspondence about this slideshow.
 
2012-08-13 10:30:46 PM

jaylectricity: I'm an electrician. I do electrician things. I pay people to do the other parts of the trade. Hence, why I don't know jack shiat about medicine cabinets. But I'm sure I could figure it out.


OK, as long as you know when to quit & call in the other pro's. :)

(I'm an amateur house renovator. I must do almost all jobs. For tough jobs, I call in a pro, and learn while he works.)
 
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