The winner: My wife and I got tired of holding open the large 55-gallon leaf bags for each other while the leaves were being loaded in. So I used some 3/4-inch PVC pipe and fittings to make a bag-holding frame. The legs were 33 inches long, and the top and bottom frame were about 20 inches square. I used screws to stabilize it, but didn’t put screws in the bottom legs so I can pull the frame off the bag when it gets full. It probably cost less than $20.
Dave Raulerson, Concord
New use for Altoids tin
I do not like to carry coins in my pockets, so I keep an Altoids tin in each car and place my change in it. Then, when someone needs change for a drive-through window, it’s always in the tin for easy access. I’ve never had a tin overflow. John Davis, Cornelius
Test drive: ‘Handy Camel’ carrier
If you find yourself hauling around large bags of dog food or potting soil, we tried a simple gadget that may make life a little easier. It’s called the “Handy Camel” bag clip, and it’s available for around $20. You clamp the giant clip to the top of the bag and it’s got a handle for easy carrying. It’s rated to carry 40 pounds. The clever staff gave it a test run, and seems like it might come in handy for some. Interested in winning the one we tested? Tell me why I should give it to you.
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