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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 5, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 - THE lETHBRIDOE HERAID - Friday, Morch 5, 1971 Save that junk! By MR. FIX Anyone can put together a good, basic assortment of tools. It isn't the tools that mark the good home repair man - it's the odds and ends of material that are the gauge of his experience. Just as the woman of the house learns to hang on to buttons, pins and odds and ends of cloth, so does the man of the house learn to squirrel away an assortment of junk into which he delves during a crisis. Tlie garden hose that is no longer worth mending for example. Don't throw it away. When you bind young trees to stalces driven in the ground slipping wire through a piece of hose will keep it fi-om cutting through the tree. Slip a piece of hose over the narrow tip of a hose nozzle when you wash the car and you won't scratch the paint if you get too close. SUt a length of hose and nail it to the bottom of an overhead garage door. It will absorb the shock when the door hits the cement and will serve as make-sliift but perfectly adequate weather-stripping. And what about wire? Next time you snip a piece of wire that was baled around a carton or bundle, coU it carefully and put it away. After you have finished a house-wiring job, save the odds and ends of wire. You will fmd wire handy for mending and fastening. If there, Ls to he a strain on it, �i5e steel rather than copper wire. You will find wii'e useful in the garden. Electric wire with insulation is gi-eat for tying up plants, are the paper-covered wu-es that keep bread bags closed. Ai-e there a few bricks around the yard? Don't toss them in the rubbish. Place a couple in the trunk of your car. They're handy for blocking wheels while you change a tire. Set garbage cans up on bricks to keep them from standing on moist ground and rusting. II you are lucky enough to have acquii'cd somelliing that came in burlap bags, hang on 1.0 the bags. Use them in the garden to fill with leaves, debris or even top soil. Cut them into strips and bind the trunks of young trees to protect them from cold weather and the teeth of small animals. Old bedspreads and sheets can double as tai-paulins for such jobs as piling on leaves to be gathered and hauled away. An old bedspread or a large sheet of cardboard can substitute for a tarp when you dig a hole and you want to pile the dirt on sometliing so that it doesn't ruin the grass. Eventually, )ou will want to acquire a good tai-p. .Has a tree been cut do^ra in your yard or nearby? Get a section of the trunk and save it for a chopping block. Then you can use your ax or hatchet properly when the time comes. Your wife probably has a collection of old jars with lids on them. Use them for such small items as nuts, bolls, screws, washers. Coffee cans with replaceable plastic lids are great for nails and longer bolts and screws. Use cans for cleaning paint brushes. Fill with solvent and allow the brushes to soak. >Evei-y house should have a .small lumber pile. It consists of whatever you can scrounge or salvage. Avoid rotted pieces of wood with rusty nails. Knock apart wooden crates, remove nails and bolts and store. The M'ood many come in handy for small repair jobs,, tomato stai