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Poke the bottom of a pie plate with a knife; make alternating vertical and horizontal slits. Fill with vegetables that might otherwise slip through your grill grate, such as sliced peppers or asparagus.
Make a bird feeder: Using fishing wire and a large needle, sew the end of a duct connector to a pie plate. Cut the fluted rim off another pie plate, and sew the disk to the top of the connector, bending the edges to create a "roof." Poke drainage holes in the bottom plate; coat with water-based paint, if desired. Thread wire through the top to hang, and fill with seed. | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewelyn
Store circular tools: Cut a pie pan in half, and secure the finished edges with staples or duct tape, open-side up, to a workshop wall. Use it to hold saw blades and sanding disks. | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewelyn
Use sash chains to steady billowing curtains: slide lengths into the bottom hems of the panels.
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Make finding your house in the dark a breeze with an easy-to-install solar light placed above your house numbers. | Photo: AJ Wilhelm/National Geographic/Getty | thisoldhouse.com
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Wipe the metal contacts on cordless tool battery packs with a Q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol to help maintain a clean connection between the battery and its charger. | Photo: Jessica Kaufman | thisoldhouse.com
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Rain chains lead water from the gutter directly to the ground, without any clog-prone elbows. They're typically anchored to a gravel dry well and are best for houses with deep overhangs. | Photo: Rick Keating/Cornerhouse Stock, Wendell T. Webber (chain) | thisoldhouse.com
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