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Easy Compressor Drain

To reduce the amount of moisture in compressor lines, you should drain your tank daily or weekly depending on use. This can be a real pain because the tank's stopcock is located under the tank. To make it easier to reach the stopcock, 1 extended it out the side. After disconnecting the power to the compressor. I drained the tank. Then I brought the stopcock to the hardware store as a reference for pipe size. I purchased a short nipple, two elbows and a 12-in. straight pipe to extend the stopcock to the side, where it can be reached.

Because the stopcock is used to drain the water from the bottom of the tank, make sure that all of your added plumbing is either level, or down hill and make sure to seal the pipe joints with Teflon tape.

TOM LOVELACE / AUSTIN. TEXAS

16" MAX

Bandsawing Inside Curves a

This is a useful trick when bandsawing inside curves. Il requires no marking and no special jig. First I cut a shallow slot in a piece of scrap and attach it to ihe handsaw fence, as shown. The radius of ihe cut, is the same as the distance between the fence and the blade. The notch acts as a pivot point as the workpiecc is rotated around the cut.

LEONARD STALLER / GERMANTOWN, WISCONSIN

Extension Cord Reel

I just bought a storage reel for extension cords. I started with one end of the cord and rolled to the other end. This left me with one end buried and unusable without unrolling the whole cord. Solution: Start rolling from the center of the cord, leaving both ends free regardless of how much is left on the coil DICK WRIGHT / OAKTON. VIRGINIA

16" MAX

< Storing Lumber

This rack is easily made from galvanized iron pipe and threaded floor flanges. For light loads use 10-in. lengths of 1/2-in. pipe and 2x4s. Tor heavier loads go to 3/4-in. pipe and 4x4s. Bo sure to anchor the flanges securely 10 the wall using bolts, washers, and nuts—not just wood screws. If you plan to store finished material on the racks, slip plastic tubing over the pipe to protect the surfaces.

WAYNE SCHVANVELDT / WALTERVILLE. OHIO

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