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06/17/18

GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP

An hour’s nap in the middle of the day equals three hours of sleep at night. — Paul A. Delaney, meteorologist, …

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06/16/18

Rechargeable Lead Acid Battery

cheap, durable, rechargeable power source

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06/16/18

Sharpie Twin-Tip

Fine point performance

06/16/18

CHOOSING A BOW

A beginner archer should be able to hold a bow fully drawn for 10 seconds without his or her arm …

06/15/18

BUYING CLOTHES

A garment is probably well made if stripes or plaids are matched at the seams. The more seams that match …

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06/14/18

Blackwing 602 Pencil

Wood pencil with a large, blocky eraser

06/14/18

EATING A PEAR

A pear is ripe when the flesh near the stem yields lightly to thumb pressure. — Gladys Sherwood, Memphis, Tennessee

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06/13/18

High Volume Low Pressure Sprayer

Spray thin materials such as stains, sealers, urethanes, varnishes, and lacquers

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06/13/18

Aeropress

Coffee Syringe

06/13/18

INVESTING IN TIMBER

To be a worthwhile investment, a timberland should be at least 300 acres, be accessible by a paved road, and …

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06/12/18

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Foolproof hard boiled eggs

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06/12/18

Digital Servo Tester Controller with Voltage Display

Cheap board gives you a quick way to play around with servos

06/12/18

GETTING GOOD GRADES

The grade decreases as distance from the blackboard increases. — R. L. Liming, Indianapolis, Indiana

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06/11/18

Gorilla Tape

Extra sticky duct tape

06/11/18

WRITING IN ENGLISH

About half the elements used in writing are chosen by the writer. The rest are required by the structure of …

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06/10/18

Paper Airplane Machine [Maker Update]

The best maker projects and tips of the week

06/10/18

BUYING A LAWNMOWER

The higher the ratio between horsepower and blade diameter, the longer the motor will last. — Steven M. Keisman, New York …

06/9/18

BUILDING STAIRS

A set of steps will be comfortable to use if two times the height of one riser, plus the width …

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06/8/18

Spiff Cloth

Streak free windows and mirrors

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06/8/18

Egg Timer

Perfect egg timer

06/8/18

THE INTERSECTION RULE

It takes about as long for the car in front of you to start moving as it does for the …

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06/7/18

Scotch Outdoor Mounting Tape

Mounting tape withstands the elements

06/7/18

SUFFERING CULTURE SHOCK

Culture shock occurs only in the first three foreign countries you visit; after that you subconsciously focus on similarities rather …

06/6/18

GROWING FOOD

It takes 0.4 hectare to grow enough food to feed one person. — R.A. Heindl, design engineer, Euclid, Ohio

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06/5/18

Adjustable Rubber Strap Wrench

Tooltoo Strap Wrench ($14)