A Century of Classic DIY Tips & Tricks From Popular Mechanics

A Century of Classic DIY Tips & Tricks From Popular Mechanics

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Jennifer Hunter
Jan 6, 2015
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Popular Mechanics magazine has been around since 1902, and they've gathered some pretty valuable wisdom during that century. Now, they've put together their best tips and tricks, and they're fantastic. Set aside some time because once you click though, you won't be able to stop reading until you've learned all 110 classic tips.

A 1984 issue suggested filing a notch in the top of a frequently used key so you can find it by feel amongst other keys. Genius! In 1961, they told you putting a transistor radio speaker on top of a jar would amplify the sound. Yep! Plenty of iPhone speakers still use that concept today. There are even 1934 instructions for a DIY box to prevent a thief from making off with your delivered milk —out of date but still charming and ingenious advice.

You might be surprised —we were — at just how helpful and relevant many of these tips still are. Don't miss this incredible list.

See all the tips at Popular Mechanics.

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