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��Making a Reamer from an Old Three Cornered File

WHEN in need of a reamer in the work- shop one that is very serviceable in an emergency can be made from an old three-cornered or a square file. Grind the faces until they are smooth ; then grind the edges, as shown by the dotted lines in the accom- panying drawing, so as to form good cut- ting edges. Fit a handle to the tang and the reamer is complete.

When using a large file for a reamer it may be found hard to turn, in which case a small pipe-wrench may be used to good advantage. — Joseph Statler.

���Comers ground off of a file for cutting edges

��A Successful Anti-Leak Device for Paint Brushes

THE best method I have ever seen em- ployed for preventing the color or wash from running down over the handle of a large brush when overhead work is being done, is to use a sponge attachment as shown in the illustration. Take a good, large sponge, oblong in shape, if possible,



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��Sponge on brush handle to take up color leakage. It can be wning out on the brush

and cut a large slit in it to allow it to slip over the brush handle. Push it up as far as it will go and tie a cord on the handle to prevent it from slipping back. The sponge will take care of all the leaking color, and it can be wrung out at any time while on the brush. — James M. Kane.

��Replacing Old Valve-Stems in Auto- mobile Tires

THE most satisfactory results can be obtained by forcing the old valve-stem back inside the tube and cutting a small hole about i ft. from the valve-hole, through which to draw it out. Insert the new valve-stem through the new hole, vulcanizing the hole shut, and bring the new valve up through the original valve- hole. This prevents the fabric in the valve- patch from being ruptured and strained, and will always hold the valve-stem secure.

��A One-Piece Hanger for a Flaring Pie Tin

THE accompanying sketch illustrates a form of hanger for pans, especially those not having ears or handles. The hanger is formed from a narrow strip of metal, bent into the form of a rectangle, except that it is left open at the lower left corner, and the ends are curved backward. At the opposite side from this opening, midway between the extremities of the hanger, a hole may be either drilled or punched, to receive a nail or screw, by which it may be attached to a wall.

Having placed the hanger upon a wall, it is only necessary to introduce the lip of a pan between the downwardly and hor- izontally extending pieces of the hanger and allow the pan to fall against the wall. The pan will rest up in the horizontally extending part. — C. Nielsen.

���A Quick Way to Level the Legs of a Table

SOMETIMES one leg of a small table is a trifle shorter than the others, which causes a rocking motion when the table is touched. The difference in length may be so small that sawing the others would be a tedious job, and possibly un- satisfactory; but the trouble can be remedied by driving a short large-headed nail like a roofing nail into the short leg. Drive the nail up almost to the head, until the proper length is added to the leg.

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