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���Popular Science Monthly

What One Gallon of Gasoline Might Be Made to Do

THE power of gasoline is generally rated by the distance it will propel an auto- mobile. But the same energy, if directed to other and more varied purposes, will milk three hundred cows, bale four tons of hay, mix thirty-five cubic yards of cement, plow three-fifths of an acre of ground, or it will generate enough electricity to light a large farmhouse for thirty hours.

��"Sweeping" out a joint of plumbing with the new flexible wire device

A Pipe- Cleaning Wire Which Worms Its Way Around Bends

TROUBLE with drain pipes which continually clog up can very easily be done away with by the use of a steel cable devised by Jay H. Woolhiser, a plumber of Elmhurst, Long Island.

Unlike the straight steel cables which cannot be pushed around a sharp bend, his wire can wind around the worst of them, cleaning out the waste while doing so. The wire is made of thin, but very elastic steel. This is wound around in small loops placed very close together.

The end of the wire is slightly bent, and this end is slanted away from the direction of the pipe bend. When the wire reaches the bend it therefore catches. The wire is pressed down into the pipe a little further, and is then suddenly turned. The wire end is at once released and the wire springs up into the bend.

When the waste which is clog- ging the pipe is reached, the wire is kept turning. The bend of the wire keeps the end swinging around in a circle. It thus wipes around the whole interior of the pipe.

��How to Take a Drink and Eat While You Are Fishing

THE fisherman need not lose any time, from his sport in order to eat, but may have his hands free for attending to his needs if he is equipped with the new fishing harness invented by Kenton Drinkard, Beaumont, Texas. This harness supports the fishing pole in the proper position for the line to make a catch, and the fisherman need "not hold his arms in one position until they are cramped and aching while he is waiting for a fish to find his bait.

The device includes a body belt having a socket which receives the butt of the fishing pole. A second socket on the belt supports a bracket arm which extends part way out under the pole and in turn provides a support or rest for it. A body strap and chain attached to this brace, affords all the additional support necessary. Equipped with this device the fisherman may en- joy his fishing interruptedly.

���A belt fastened around the body is provided with a socket into which the pole fits, leaving the hands free

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