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The Family Handyman - - CONTENTS - NANCY BEL­MONT

Terra-cotta planters you can make your­self, a no-spill spout for mo­tor oil, and so much more.

To make these terra-cotta planters, go to a brick sup­plier and buy 3-ft. lengths of clay chimney flue liner ($15 each). Cut them to dif­fer­ent heights us­ing a cir­cu­lar saw fit­ted with an abra­sive cut­ting wheel. You can put them on a deck or pa­tio, or ac­cent your yard wher­ever you like—just pick your spots and bury the ends in the soil a lit­tle.

Fill the lin­ers with gravel for drainage, leav­ing 8 in. at the top for pot­ting soil. Since the wa­ter can drain, the lin­ers won’t crack if they freeze. Or just set pots on top of the gravel and bring in the plants for the win­ter.

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