Handy Devices

May 2020 Handy Devices

Lazy Susan (Progressive Farmer image by Ray E. Watkins Jr.)

LAZY SUSAN (Editor's Choice):
Tools are easy to find for Ralph Eiken, Centertown, Missouri. He built a revolving tool rack using an old corn cultivator wheel with spokes and an axle. He made hooks from 1/4-inch rods and suspended the 9 1/2-foot circumference device from the ceiling above his round workbench.

HINGE REMOVER:
Removing gate-hinge pins can be a difficult chore, especially if you are removing those close to the ground. Sherman Woods, Sulligent, Alabama, made a tool from a 3/4-inch x 3-foot piece of black pipe. He welded a 2-inch piece of the same material to the side of the pipe. Woods slips this over the hinge and uses leverage gained from the pipe to unscrew the hinge pins.

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CHAIN GATE:
Rather than using stiff wire for electric fence gates, Tim Reed, Huntingdon, Tennessee, suggests using lightweight chain -- the same stuff used for a swing set. If the metal is properly conductive, it will create a gate that is easier to open and close than one made of wire, which tends to kink and twist.

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