Fix it Outside

1. Fix a Flat Tire
My old wheelbarrow had a flat, but the bolts were rusted on and the replacement was expensive. So I drilled a hole in the tire and sprayed expanding foam insulation inside until it was full. This fix won't last forever, but it's made it through one season so far. —Art Papayanopulos, Huntington, N.Y.

2. Lift out ruts
When a truck left deep tire marks in my yard, instead of filling them in with soil and seed, I lifted the sod with a spading fork. I gave the grass a small lift every other day, and after two weeks the tire marks were gone. —Louis Spezialetti, Grove City, Ohio

3. Hang the hose
Rather than lay our garden hoses flat on the garage floor, I took a heavy-duty 101⁄2-inch plastic pot and screwed its base to a stud with a washer and lag bolt. Then I coiled the hose around it. The pot's tapered shape keeps the hose neatly in place.—Bill Engelke, Bowling Green, Ohio

4. Scrape with a wrench
I remove the scale from my iron railing with a wrench sized to fit tightly over the bar. Dragging it up, down, or around to remove the larger blisters saves a lot of sanding later on. —Michael Strausbaugh, West Haven, Conn.

5. Cart the sprayer
When I'm out spraying for weeds with my plastic pump sprayer, I use an old golf-bag cart to wheel it around. The cart's circular base is a perfect fit for the sprayer's tank, and its big wheels were made for lawns. —Richard Hill, Suffolk, Va.

6. Trap wasp nests
Rather than try to knock off wasp nests under the eaves while standing on a ladder, I take a long plastic downspout, attach a plastic bag to one end with a rubber band, and squirt a shot of flying insect spray into the other end. Then I place that end over the nest and scoot the pipe sideways to dislodge it. The nest and any wasps fall down the pipe and into the bag for disposal. —Dennis Conard, Sacramento, Calif.

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