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"Looking for a simple rack for your wife's shoes? You won't find a more practical one," we said in January 1961. Drill holes to fit the heels, and mount the panel so it stands proud of the closet wall.   - PopularMechanics.com

"Looking for a simple rack for your wife's shoes? You won't find a more practical one," we said in January 1961. Drill holes to fit the heels, and mount the panel so it stands proud of the closet wall. - PopularMechanics.com

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.   - PopularMechanics.com

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. - PopularMechanics.com

"The camp hanger shown is easily made by attaching hooks to an old leather belt," we recommended in April 1921. For hardware, hang S-hooks or bend stout wire through holes punched in the leather. "The hanger will be found quite a convenience for clothing and utensils used around the camp."   - PopularMechanics.com

"The camp hanger shown is easily made by attaching hooks to an old leather belt," we recommended in April 1921. For hardware, hang S-hooks or bend stout wire through holes punched in the leather. "The hanger will be found quite a convenience for clothing and utensils used around the camp." - PopularMechanics.com

"No doubt you have pulled a drawer all the way out and—c-r-r-a-a-s-h!" Our December 1961 issue had a solution for drawers prone to pulling free of dressers: Pull the drawer out as far as safely possible and paint a red stripe on each rail next to the cabinet face. Paint a black stripe 2 inches closer to the front of the drawer. Pull the drawer out no farther than the black mark and you'll avoid spilling its load.   - PopularMechanics.com

"No doubt you have pulled a drawer all the way out and—c-r-r-a-a-s-h!" Our December 1961 issue had a solution for drawers prone to pulling free of dressers: Pull the drawer out as far as safely possible and paint a red stripe on each rail next to the cabinet face. Paint a black stripe 2 inches closer to the front of the drawer. Pull the drawer out no farther than the black mark and you'll avoid spilling its load. - PopularMechanics.com

Six-inch garden-hose scraps can hold hand tools, we noted in November 1948. Cut the hose to length with a small tab at the top to take a wall-mounting screw. "Using garden hose for this purpose is especially convenient for the man who does not want to build a cabinet."  MORE Use hose lengths to protect a child's hands from swing-set chains. — May 1933 Wrap a hose length in sandpaper to abrade concave and convex profiles. — February 1972 Cut a hose strip to cushion the back of a push saw…

Six-inch garden-hose scraps can hold hand tools, we noted in November 1948. Cut the hose to length with a small tab at the top to take a wall-mounting screw. "Using garden hose for this purpose is especially convenient for the man who does not want to build a cabinet." MORE Use hose lengths to protect a child's hands from swing-set chains. — May 1933 Wrap a hose length in sandpaper to abrade concave and convex profiles. — February 1972 Cut a hose strip to cushion the back of a push saw…

To protect painted walls and other delicate surfaces when using a hammer to pull nails, wedge a putty knife beneath the tool's claw, our August 1954 issue recommended.   - PopularMechanics.com

To protect painted walls and other delicate surfaces when using a hammer to pull nails, wedge a putty knife beneath the tool's claw, our August 1954 issue recommended. - PopularMechanics.com

To prevent a chain from rattling, weave a rope in between the links, we said in June 1916. Arrange the rope so that it threads only in spaces between the links.   - PopularMechanics.com

To prevent a chain from rattling, weave a rope in between the links, we said in June 1916. Arrange the rope so that it threads only in spaces between the links. - PopularMechanics.com

We shared the secret to making neat cuts in large spools of paper in our March 1969 issue. With the spool standing vertically, unfurl the length of paper planned for use. Begin the cut a few inches from the top, slicing downward. The uncut section supports the sheet so it doesn't droop and tear. Snip off the top portion to finish the cut.   - PopularMechanics.com

We shared the secret to making neat cuts in large spools of paper in our March 1969 issue. With the spool standing vertically, unfurl the length of paper planned for use. Begin the cut a few inches from the top, slicing downward. The uncut section supports the sheet so it doesn't droop and tear. Snip off the top portion to finish the cut. - PopularMechanics.com

"If in need of a wrench and one is not at hand, take a large bolt and run on two nuts, allowing a space between them to fit over the nut to be turned," we said in March 1910. "This will make a serviceable wrench, a substitute that will prove very beneficial in case of an emergency."   - PopularMechanics.com

"If in need of a wrench and one is not at hand, take a large bolt and run on two nuts, allowing a space between them to fit over the nut to be turned," we said in March 1910. "This will make a serviceable wrench, a substitute that will prove very beneficial in case of an emergency." - PopularMechanics.com

To measure a drill bit to bore a pilot hole for a nut and bolt assembly, our August 1965 issue recommended using an adjustable wrench as a crude caliper to determine the bolt's diameter. Then match the wrench jaw's reading with a corresponding drill-bit diameter.   - PopularMechanics.com

To measure a drill bit to bore a pilot hole for a nut and bolt assembly, our August 1965 issue recommended using an adjustable wrench as a crude caliper to determine the bolt's diameter. Then match the wrench jaw's reading with a corresponding drill-bit diameter. - PopularMechanics.com