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Home-Built Jack Stand
John Nicholls, South Carolina: "Here's an idea I came up with several years ago when I couldn't find a jack stand that could be easily adjusted to the correct height. Everything I had seen was either too short or too tall.
  "I used 2 by 4 wood boards cut to a length of 8 3/4 in. I ripped a few of the boards into 1 1/2-in. widths, then screwed and glued them together as shown in the drawing. Then I just stacked the boards up, interlocking them at 90 degrees, until I got to the right height. I can get the jack stand to within 1 1/2 in. of the height I need. The boards will support a lot of weight and are useful for other jobs. They're particularly handy when standing a ladder sideways on a stairway. And best of all, they're free."

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2