Popular Mechanics South Africa

Popular Mechanics South Africa

July - August 2021

The South African edition of Popular Mechanics was launched in 2002 and has fast become the acknowledged voice of science and technology in South Africa. Underpinning its rich sci-tech content is an ever-changing mix of articles covering everything from automotive news and outdoor adventures to DIY projects. In essence, it explains how our world works

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1 min.
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4 min.
craft a legacy create an heirloom toolbox

We designed this toolbox to be as attractive as it is durable, and capable of holding and protecting some of our most prized tools. But more than that, we wanted to build something our children will cherish long after we’re gone. To do that, we created a design that prioritises precision and patience during construction. The joinery for the corners, handle and uprights have to fit together tightly to be structurally sound The box sides and ends are joined with dovetails – the strongest corner joint you can make without fasteners or hardware in a home workshop. The uprights are inset into the box ends. Done neatly, the wedging action of the joint is strong, especially when glue is added, and this holds the two pieces together firmly. Even more strength comes…

2 min.
at the wheel

I’M NOT AN IDIOT. I can assure you. Okay, that’s not an objective opinion, but I hope you can take my word for it. However, the evidence might show otherwise – an error crept on to page 87 of our previous issue, stating that the new Land Rover Defender has a 20 litre fuel tank. It doesn’t, I promise. A vehicle of that size and power with a 20 litre fuel tank would make no sense, and the design engineers are smarter than that. The correct figure is 85 litres. Apologies for the mistake. I have been test-driving new vehicles since about 2005, all as part of the various magazine jobs I’ve had. It’s certainly been one of the most fun aspects of doing what I do. Some tests have been…

2 min.
pasta’s backstory

THERE’S MORE to pasta than penne. Spaghetti? Too simple. Fusilli? Don’t be silly. Each shape has its own unique history and in The Geometry of Pasta, you’ll not only discover the sheer variation of pasta out there, but also the perfect way to make it and eat it. Italy’s staple food varies from region to region, so whether you’re looking at a basic semolina dough or something more extravagant incorporating refined flour and expensive egg yolks, there’s an (almost) infinite amount of noodle knowledge to learn from this book. The Geometry of Pasta begins with the basics – salt, fat, quantity and method. You’ll learn how to achieve ‘al dente’ (‘to the tooth’, or ‘with a little bite’) and how to avoid mush. While there are a variety of pasta recipes and…

1 min.
time machine

1 JULY 1966 ▶ The Coldest Swim in the World The cover story from this issue was told by an expedition diver who was part of a research team that ventured to Antarctica on two occasions to capture audio recordings of the Weddell seal. In addition to divers deployed below the ice in sub-freezing waters, a sub-ice observation chamber (SOC) was positioned below the surface, allowing scientists to study their subjects from the relative safety of the reinforced cylindrical cabin. 2 JULY 1968 How Engineers will save Niagara Falls A full-colour illustration and black-and-white photos accompanied this detailed write-up, which explained how a large-scale construction project was going to rehabilitate the famous waterfalls on the United States-Canada border, preventing erosion from further damaging the base rock layers. 3 AUGUST 1970 ▶ How to do a complete Disc…

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kreg prize giveaway

Tackled any home DIY projects lately? Have you refurbished your bathroom, built a jungle gym in the garden, or made a bedside table out of wood? We want to hear about it! Send an email with the subject line ‘Kreg prize giveaway’ to popularmechanics@ramsaymedia.co.za, detailing the steps of your project and how it turned out, and you could win a new Kreg Multi-Mark tool. Be sure to include high-res photos of your project’s progress (if you can) and, importantly, of the finished product. (Original pics snapped with a cellphone are fine, but don’t reduce them in size when you attach them to your email.) THE PRIZE Kreg’s new Multi-Mark is a highly versatile marking and measuring tool, ideal for a variety of household or job-site applications. It’s accurate, adaptable, and will have you…