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Here is some inspiration for the DIY'ers at your place. Do you have an idea for making chores easier? Send it in! You’ll get $100 for any idea the editors choose to illustrate. Include address and phone number; attach photos. All material becomes property of Meredith Corporation. If your idea is chosen, you give Meredith the right to use it in any manner. Email ideas to staff@livingthecountrylife.com.
  • Ladder rack

    To improve the carrying capacity for each of his eight utility vehicles (all used for maintenance), Gary Curd built overhead racks. The racks carry 20-foot extension ladders and come off with the removal of just two bolts.

    Date Published: August 17, 2015
    Date Updated: August 17, 2015
  • Safe Hand Grip

    Tom Crittenden bolted a cord saw wood holder to a simple mount for his saw. His right hand goes on the handle, and a used spring on the bottom helps pull it back away from the wood. He says it was inexpensive, and he feels more secure when using his saw. 

     
    Date Published: August 17, 2015
    Date Updated: August 17, 2015
  • Automatic light

    Tired of feeling around in the dark for tools, Jon Miller mounted an underhood light from a junk car to the underside of his truck’s toolbox lid. It uses a mercury switch, so the light comes on automatically when the lid is opened. 

     
    Date Published: August 17, 2015
    Date Updated: August 17, 2015
  • Clean gutters

    Lowell Bass used PVC pipe with a 1½-inch diameter (length optional) to make an extension to a leaf blower; its brace makes an assist handle. To swivel the elbow, he loosens the nut by the PVC sink trip at the end. To take off the spout cleaner, he removes metal screws in the radiator hose coupling. “No more climbing ladders!” he says.

    Date Published: August 17, 2015
    Date Updated: August 17, 2015
  • Walk-Through Door Guard

    Kendall Isley protects his swing-out walk-through door from invasion. Bolt cutters can’t reach the padlock that secures an 8-inch steel plate supported by two 4-inch metal posts set 1½ feet into the ground within a concrete apron. 

     
    Date Published: August 17, 2015
    Date Updated: August 17, 2015

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