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036 | Large-scale charts often show AM radio towers. Use a cheap portable AM radio to home in on a signal's origination point or get a bearing. When the antenna is pointed end-on to the tower, the signal will make a distinct drop.
037 | If the oil level in your engine keeps getting higher, it might mean water is getting into it. If the oil turns a foamy milky brown, it's a definite.
038 | A few pieces of blackboard chalk in with your tools absorbs moisture and keeps rust away. Chalk is also good for temporary markings.
039 | It's rare for a diesel to run away, or accelerate out of control. The only way to stop it is to physically cut off the oxygen supply -- blast the intake with a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher.
040 | To trace a cabin leak, seal the cabin shut with tape, leaving an opening for a vacuum cleaner's exhaust hose. Coat suspected outside areas with soapy water and watch for bubbles.
041 | To get a hacksaw blade into a tight spot, hold one end with needlenose vise grips.
042 | Protect hacksaw blades and keep them sharp by covering them with sliding plastic binders used for reports.
043 | To temporarily join two lengths of chain, use a bolt whose head and nut won't pass through the links.
044 | Lost the cap on your tube of glue? Use a household wire nut. It tightens down just fine.
045 | Frozen nut? Use the heat from a butane mini torch (www.ancor.com). The flame from a plumber's torch is too big. When the fitting is red hot, touch a candle to it. The wax will flow into the threads and act as a lubricant.
046 | Keep your dock hose from tying itself in knots by coiling it around a five-gallon pail. Put holes in the bottom so it won't hold water, nail it to the dock, and store cleaning gear in it.