clever uses

Draw A Perfect Circle With A Speed Square

A speed square has many obvious uses for marking up your building materials. Here’s a small hidden feature you may not know about: it can also draw perfect circles.


Freeze Your Tights To Make Them More Durable

Tights can be very delicate and easy to ruin with a single snag. If you dampen them with water, then freeze before wearing them for the first time, they will last longer.


Make Deep-Fried Spring Rolls With Sandwich Bread

Sometimes, you have to make do with what’s in your pantry, especially if you’re making something with unusual ingredients. This video from Food+Wine shows you how to use sandwich bread to make spring roll wrappers.


Make A 'Swedish Torch' Campfire With A Single Log

For a self-contained outdoor fire with built-in cooking posts, the Swedish torch can’t be beat. All you need is one log and a chainsaw.


Find Your Drinks In A Dark Cooler With Glow Sticks

If you’ve been at a party at night, you might have trouble finding a drink in a cooler. Is that can bobbing in the ice water beer or soft drink? Put a glow stick in the water and light up the entire container.


Cut A Rope Or String Without Any Tools Using Friction

If you ever need to cut through some rope or string and you don’t have any tools around, you can use the strand to cut through itself with some friction and a little elbow grease.


Use Masking Tape To Mark A Straight Line For Cutting Pipes

Cutting steel pipes evenly is a difficult task. Heck, even marking a straight line all the way around the pipe is tough. You can solve this problem with a little masking tape.


Swallow Pills More Easily With The 'Pop-Bottle' And 'Lean-Forward' Methods

If you’re one of the many people that have a hard time swallowing pills, these two techniques can make things a lot easier for you.


Build A Bathroom Cup Dispenser From A Tall Beer Can

Cheap cup dispensers don’t last long, and quality ones can get a little pricey. Make a wall mounted cup dispenser for free with a tall beer can.


Mix Batter In A Disposable Bag Instead Of A Bowl

If you’re making batter that you need to pour (pancakes, anyone?), you can save yourself a step by mixing it in a disposable bag. Cut the corner and pour the batter directly from the bag.