Cableway for the Garden, A Model

The principle of this is as follows. A wire is stretched tightly between two points, for a small suspended carriage to run on. One end of the cable can be raised or lowered to give a slope in either direction. A person at that end is therefore able to control the movements of the carriage. … Read more

CARE OF THE SEWING MACHINE

ALTHOUGH sewing machines are extraordinarily efficient, they are not made to stand rough treatment. Because a machine does not go quite so well as usual it is not necessarily the fault of the machine. It may be that the user has neglected to treat it properly. Adjustments may often be made by the mere twisting … Read more

PAINTING OLD WOODWORK

If the old paint is blistered, and generally in bad condition, the best course is to remove it, and treat the woodwork as new. Burning off with a blowlamp is far the quickest method. The paint is removed with a stripping knife, pushed upwards whenever possible, as fast as the flame softens it sufficiently to … Read more

Lawn Mowers

Once your new grass – whether grown from seed or turf – has reached a height of 5 cm (2 in) it can be cut lightly with a mower to reduce it to 2.5 cm (1 in). This first cut should be made when the grass is perfectly dry, and the clippings should be collected … Read more

Cutting Glass

Glass is cut with either a diamond or a tiny sharp-edged and very hard steel wheel. The diamond is undoubtedly the finer tool, especially for thick glass. But a glaziers diamond costs a pound or more, whereas a first-class steel-wheel cutter can be bought for a shilling or eighteenpence, including a few spare wheels. In … Read more

Fretwork

Fretwork, when carried out in good materials from good designs, can be highly artistic, especially when it embraces inlaying and overlaying with metals, xylonite and other hard substances which the fretsaw is able to deal with. To carry it out in a pleasing manner requires a good deal of practice, and much care. The Outfit. … Read more

FUSES

The purpose of a fuse is to break a circuit if,and when, the current exceeds a certain limit. It is usually a soft metal wire, with a low melting-point; and its gauge is such that the wire shall reach that melting-point before the copper conductor which it protects can become dangerously lf?t?g CrctfAr 4 3 … Read more

Drilling Metal

Boring holes in metal requires the use of special tools, the possession of which may on occasion save a great deal of time. By far the most efficient type of drill is the fluted twist drill, made in diameters ranging from xJ ½ inch up to 3 or more inches. Small drills for making holes … Read more

Reflector For Cooking

This is a modification of the Dutch oven, which at one time was commonly used in front of kitchen ranges. It will be found very useful for heating up food, frying bacon, and roasting cutlets, steaks, or even small joints, in front of an open coal fire or gas fire, if stood on a support … Read more

Cinder-sifter, A Covered-in.

Sifting cinders in the open is unpleasant and dusty work. Dustiness can be prevented by the expenditure of a little money and time. A I-inch mesh circular sieve, a few inches smaller in diameter than the ash-can, should be obtained; also a couple of yards of -inch iron wire. Two holes, large enough for the … Read more