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  • Checking Things Off the List: Winter 2014

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    Kit
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My internal clock is set for some time back in June, but according to the calendar it’s already effing September. That’s how we’re going to refer to it for the whole month. Effing September. Which is going to be short lived because effing September is effing half over already. It’s almost effing October. I just need to take a minute to breathe into a paper bag, if you don’t mind. You know, September itself isn’t such a bad month. I love Fall. I love it when the entire world starts to smell like apples and woodsmoke. I love the idea of curling up with a book…
  • 3 Things to Declutter When You’re Finished Decluttering

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    Laura
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. You did it! You were motivated. You knew what your goals were for decluttering your home. You kept your focus, and you worked hard, a little bit at a time. You chipped away at your excess. You let go of the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 3 Things to Declutter When You’re Finished Decluttering
  • How to Make a Floating Candle Mason Jar

    How to of the Day
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Here's a creative way to use a mason jar to make an awesome outdoor lantern! Steps Obtain a bed spring. Cut both ends of the bed spring. Bend the middle part of the bed spring and shape into a handle. Clean your mason jar. Obtain a wire or a chain. You can also use an old necklace. Get a piece of the bed spring end you just cut and place one on the bottom of the jar. Place another on piece of the bed spring on top of the jar. Cut your chain to size. Measure the distance between the spring ends and cut a few pieces that are all the same length. Attach the chain to the bed springs. Use a…
  • Knocked Down

    DIYdiva
    Kit
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve been laid up with a sickness, but one definitely knocked me flat on my ass for the last 24 hours. It’s weird to feel simultaneously exhausted and more well-rested than I’ve been in a while, but I suspect not being able to keep any food down and also sleeping for 20 hours a day will do that to you. I’m just tiptoeing back in to the land of the living, and it’s been quite an adventure this weekend, what between my body’s full-on revolt against existence, and also attempting to clean up the massive mess from a storm Friday…
  • Furnace Smells When Turned On

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    Tim Carter
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    Jane, who lives with an old octopus gravity-feed (probably) furnace in Roseville, MI, has an odor issue. Let her describe it: "We moved into a home that has an old octopus furnace - it is labeled Sunbeam No. D - 522. There is a horrible smell when we turn it on. We don't think it's carbon monoxide because our detectors are ok - no signal or alarm. The furnace is probably 60 or more years old. Is the smell dangerous? My husband is disabled and when the weather is as cold as it has been  we need to turn on the heat." Here's my response to Jane: Jane, first carbon monoxide is colorless and…
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  • Crouching Phoenix, Flying Dragon

    Andrew Terranova
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    A phoenix, dragons, a flying Jesus with accompanying angels, and a flying wizard (not to be confused with Harry Potter) are among the menagerie of creations you may see this year at Maker Faire. It sounds a bit crazy and maybe it is, but I loved it last year and I'm sure I'll love it again this year.Read more on MAKE
  • Ayah Bdeir on LittleBits’ Hardware Development Kit

    Matt Richardson
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir shows how their new Hardware Development Kit and bitLab enables makers to create their own Bits to work with their electronics prototyping library and then offer them for sale to others. She demonstrates two new Bits that were created with HDK: Bleep Drum, a […]Read more on MAKE
  • Inventables Opens Their Easel CNC Software to All Users

    Mike Senese
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Today at MakerCon, Inventables' Zach Kaplan announced that the web-based CNC software Easel is moving out of beta testing and into full release.Read more on MAKE
  • Cornell Engineering and the Maker Pro Catalyst

    Matt Richardson
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    From MakerCon in New York, Cornell Systems Engineering faculty member Dr. David R. Schneider talks about developing student makers within their engineering program. He also discusses the success of the Intel-Cornell Cup, a college-level embedded design competition which motivates student makers into becoming professional designers. Filed under: EducationRead more on MAKE
  • Why Do Dead Alkaline Batteries Bounce?

    Jeremy Cook
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    If you’ve ever wondered what retired old men (I’d assume some of them are or were engineers, scientists, or science teachers) do when they’re not annoying their wives, apparently some of them go out to eat with the Romeo club (the video will explain). Lee Hite, one of the members, […]Read more on MAKE
 
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  • September 17, 2014 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

    Tim Carter
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Two days ago, I spent over five hours on the Conway Scenic Train. It was a spectacular bluebird day here in New Hampshire, albeit a little cold in the morning as I rode in the open car with friends and co-workers from the train I work on. This long train ride, probably 30 or more miles in one direction, went from the main North Conway station up through the Crawford Notch at the base of Mt. Washington and then up past the Mt. Washington hotel to the old Fabyan's train station where the locomotive 216 did a run around to take us back down to North Conway. In other parts of the world, they call…
  • Conway Scenic Train Adventure Frankenstein Trestle Crawford Notch

    Tim Carter
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Here are a few photos and videos of my fun day on September 15, 2014 with my co-workers from the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. The Conway Scenic Railroad has a very large operation with many pieces of equipment and a very long stretch of rail line up the Crawford Notch U-shaped valley created by the massive Continental glaciers that started to melt 14,000 years ago here in New Hampshire. I hope you enjoy these photos and videos as much as I enjoyed my day on the train with my friends. The videos are at the BOTTOM of the page. Does this photo even need a caption? Wow! Photo credit: Tim Carter…
  • Missing Keyway and Vertical Rebar in Footer

    Tim Carter
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Jonathan Smith is building a new home in Akron, OH. He went to look at the new footers and, well, allow him to tell you: "I'm building a new house, my contractor just completed the 8'' x 20'' concrete footers last week. And I could see some nails and rebars in the concrete. But I didn't see any keyways nor vertical rebars on the footers. I've checked out your article about foundation footers and the Concrete Footer Part 3 Video. I've also talked to a builder friend, from his perspective, he thought keyways are almost totally worthless from a structural standpoint. So my question is should I…
  • How to Repair a Chimney

    Tim Carter
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    DEAR TIM: My chimney is constructed with concrete block and has a thin stucco coating. I know the top of the chimney is not right and some of the blocks are falling apart. There are also tiny hairline cracks all over the chimney that don’t seem to be serious. What would you do if this were your chimney and you wanted to make repairs that would last decades? What’s the most important thing to tackle now if I don’t have enough money to repair the entire chimney? John L., Newton, NJ DEAR JOHN: Your photo is excellent and allows me to give you some solid advice long distance. I can clearly…
  • Furnace Smells When Turned On

    Tim Carter
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    Jane, who lives with an old octopus gravity-feed (probably) furnace in Roseville, MI, has an odor issue. Let her describe it: "We moved into a home that has an old octopus furnace - it is labeled Sunbeam No. D - 522. There is a horrible smell when we turn it on. We don't think it's carbon monoxide because our detectors are ok - no signal or alarm. The furnace is probably 60 or more years old. Is the smell dangerous? My husband is disabled and when the weather is as cold as it has been  we need to turn on the heat." Here's my response to Jane: Jane, first carbon monoxide is colorless and…
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  • The Nuts and Bolts: 3 Painting Project Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    Three Home Improvement Ideas for the 3-Day Weekend Three-day weekends are a perfect time to revisit the home improvement checklist. Many homeowners agree--more than one in five undertake some sort of home improvement project on the Labor Day weekend. Dunn-Edwards Paints has dozens of how-to paint videos to help you tackle a DIY project like a pro. 1. Paint Your Front DoorPick a vibrant shade and have the boldest door on the block in less than a day. Switching up colors can reenergize an entryway, making walking into a home a whole new experience. Since the door isn't competing with...
  • How to Replace an Outdated Pendant Light

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Pendant lights are a beautiful decorator's touch that can give a room a true finished look. They have been around for decades, but with new technology have experienced a resurgence in popularity. If the current one needs to be replaced because it is no longer working or just does not match the new look, swapping it out is easier than it sounds. Step 1 - Shut off power to the fixture at the breaker box. Wiring will need to be disconnected and this is a huge safety concern. A circuit tester can be used to guarantee there is no electricity...
  • Lighting Fixtures Demystified

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Replacing and updating the lighting fixtures in your home may seem like a big project, but it’s relatively easy to do yourself. Installing new fixtures can completely change the ambiance of a room, contribute to your decorative style, and save energy. Many types of lighting fixtures are available, and are easy enough to install with a basic understanding of electrical wiring. If you are looking to install these types of lighting without previous wiring from old fixtures, seek the assistance of an electrician in order to keep your home safe and up to code. If you simply want to…
  • Lighting Room by Room

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Are certain rooms in your house too bright with the lights on? Too dark? Simply feeling drab? Each area of the home requires a different type of lighting to make the most of the space. While light is a form of decoration, it is also a necessity. Plan your lighting room by room or analyze the lighting you currently have, in order to ensure that the spaces in your home have the most effective lighting possible. Kitchen In the kitchen, food and conversation are in abundance, so the light should be, too. Overhead light fixtures such as track lights, pendant...
  • How to Install Recessed Lighting

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Recessed lighting is a chic, modern alternative to traditional light fixtures. With a wide variety of housing and trim options to choose from, recessed lighting can meet almost any lighting need in your home. It can serve as the main light source in the living room, and as spot lighting over work areas in the kitchen. It works for accent lighting, ambient lighting, and wall-washing. Because recessed lighting is set into the ceiling, it does require some extra space up above to work with; the ideal set-up is an attic above the installation site. However, housing options do exist for...
 
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  • How to Make a LED Fire Dancer Poi Torch

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    REDIRECT Make an LED Fire Dancer Poi Torch
  • How to Donate to ALS Online

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" going social media viral, you might be anticipating a challenge (or maybe you were challenged already). Whether or not you pour ice water over your head, you might be interested in donating to the cause. This article will explain how you go about doing so. Steps Visit the ALS Association's web page in your web browser. Click the red "Donate" button at the far right end near the top of the page. Scroll down until you see the entire "Gift Information" section show up. Fill out the "Gift Information". ALS will want to know your name (for tax purposes) along…
  • How to Raise Goats

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Goats are a versatile animal that make a great addition to a farm with suitable space and facilities. You can raise them for milk, meat, wool, or just as pets. If you're interested in raising goats, start with Step 1 below, where you'll find some basic information to help you get started. Steps Part One: Doing Your Research Think about why you want to raise goats. Before you purchase any goats, it's a good idea to think long and hard about why you want them. Do you want them for milk? For meat or fiber? Or do you just think they'd make a cute pet? The motivation behind your decision to raise…
  • How to Insert a Hyperlink

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Web pages are interconnected with a network of links. Links are used in social media posts, web pages, emails and documents. You can insert hyperlinks into your text. Once clicked, the links will redirect the reader to a web page or web-hosted document. Steps Hyperlinks in Emails/Blogs Open to your Internet browser. Navigate to the page that you would like to link to your website or email. Highlight the address bar with your mouse. Click the right mouse button and choose “Copy” from the drop down list. Open another browser tab. Go to your email program, such as Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo.
  • How to Make a Floating Candle Mason Jar

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Here's a creative way to use a mason jar to make an awesome outdoor lantern! Steps Obtain a bed spring. Cut both ends of the bed spring. Bend the middle part of the bed spring and shape into a handle. Clean your mason jar. Obtain a wire or a chain. You can also use an old necklace. Get a piece of the bed spring end you just cut and place one on the bottom of the jar. Place another on piece of the bed spring on top of the jar. Cut your chain to size. Measure the distance between the spring ends and cut a few pieces that are all the same length. Attach the chain to the bed springs. Use a…
 
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    Home Construction Improvement

  • Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish Preview

    Todd Fratzel
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Professional Quality Urethane That’s Incredibly Easy To Use Over the years I’ve spent countless hours applying urethane to furniture, floors and trim work. The task was often tedious, extremely odorous and difficult to get professional looking results. Also, because traditional... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Certificate Of Occupancy | What Is It?

    Todd Fratzel
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Certificate Of Occupancy The final step in the permitting process for new construction is typically the Certificate Of Occupancy. The Certificate Of Occupancy (CO) is issued by the local or state government certifying that the building structure complies with current building codes and is suitable... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Vinyl Siding Leaks – Period!

    Todd Fratzel
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Understanding The Limits of Vinyl Siding Today as I was driving home for lunch I passed a new home under construction and witnessed something that really bothered me. A contractor was installing vinyl siding on a new home that was sheathed with OSB. However, there was one very crucial detail... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Outdoor Fire Pit and Patio

    Todd Fratzel
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Backyard Patio with Fire Pit and Sitting Wall Outdoor living has become an increasingly popular topic for many homeowners looking to expand and upgrade their yards. One of the most popular projects in the outdoor living arena is an outdoor fire pit and patio. An outdoor fire pit can create a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Upgrade Your Hose Storage

    Todd Fratzel
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Hose Storage and Management Ideas Garden hoses can be a real pain to keep organized and moved around from place to place in the yard. I’ve got a huge yard and every year it seems as though my hose “miss-management” has gotten worse so I enlisted the help of the folks at AMES for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Rambling Renovators

  • What I Learned At BlogPodium 2014

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Has it really been a week since my last blog post?? The past few days have been a whirlwind and I'm still both exhausted and energized by all the ideas in my head. Crazy! BlogPodium changes every year, from venue to content, from sponsors to attendees, so its always a bit of a mystery on how things will actually turn out. Thankfully, everything went as planned and I really think we did deliver on the best BlogPodium yet. I can't wait for next year!!While I don't get to attend the sessions myself, just like last year, I find that there are some big lessons that resonate throughout the day and…
  • A Look Back

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Posting will be a little light around here folks as I gear up for BlogPodium at the end of this week. Lots still left to do! September is always the busiest month, don't you think? Here's a few posts from the archives that you might enjoy while I'm away.A Cozy Bedroom For FallMy Work: A Tale of Three BathroomsSew On: A Simple Envelope Backed PillowSimple Storage SolutionsOn Mothering: Where The Sidewalk EndsThe Details MatterTackling The Sewing KitSee you back here soon!
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Gorgeous DIY marble coffee tablesTilton Fenwick + Target = pretty awesome setteesGreat ideas on making kid art look smartI'm not crazy busy. I'm getting things done and ticking off the list.This makes me wish I had short hairI'll take one of eachDo you blog or are you a blogger?The most adorable camping birthday partyI need a vacation. Eek! We're going to Paris! Any Paris favourites?? Let me know.
  • What To Wear: Fall Basics for Mom & Mini

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Did you know New York Fashion Week starts today? Me either ;) While I'm not a fashion blogger, I embrace fall wardrobe shopping whole-heartedly. Maybe its all those Back To School sales I indulged in when I was a teen? Or the fact that I love layering and Toronto is just glorious in the fall? Whatever it is, I get a real itch at this time of the year to throw out my entire wardrobe and fill it with all the luxe and cozy fall fashions you see in the stores. Tell me I'm not the only one??I was forced (forced!) to be in the stores lately when I was picking out clothes for Chloe for school. Of…
  • New Beginnings

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's been one heck of a week, friends. From one long and lingering issue that finally resolved itself exactly as we hoped it would, to getting ready to send Chloe off to her first day of school, to trying to squeeze these last moments of summer out of our days and prepping the final touches on BlogPodium, I feel like I've just ended a marathon. Sadly, getting through these past few weeks has meant housework has been neglected and we still haven't finished the back porch makeover (and we call ourselves Rambling Renovators! Ha!).But it's September and with this time of year comes the…
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  • Checking Things Off the List: Winter 2014

    Kit
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My internal clock is set for some time back in June, but according to the calendar it’s already effing September. That’s how we’re going to refer to it for the whole month. Effing September. Which is going to be short lived because effing September is effing half over already. It’s almost effing October. I just need to take a minute to breathe into a paper bag, if you don’t mind. You know, September itself isn’t such a bad month. I love Fall. I love it when the entire world starts to smell like apples and woodsmoke. I love the idea of curling up with a book…
  • Shit I Should Have Done Sooner: DIY Console Table

    Kit
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    There are a lot of little projects on my list that I put into the “you know, sometime I should… ” category.  This area of the house fell squarely into that section of my list. Every time I saw it I would say, you know, I should build a different console table for the TV, because this just doesn’t look right… It doesn’t. Now, TV’s obviously aren’t my thing. This one isn’t hooked up to any kind of antenna or cable or dish, so it gets literally zero channels. Sometimes I put a DVD in and watch it on the TV though, which is basically the sum…
  • Now With 50% More Nuggets!

    Kit
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    People say that having chickens is a slippery slope. Like you get “just a couple chickens” and then one day you’re going to lose your balance, slide down the hill, knock yourself out, and when you finally come-to you realize you’ve become crazy bird lady. For me that day was today. Technically I started down that slippery slope a few months ago when–after an unfortunate number of glasses of wine–I decided to buy some guinea fowl eggs for my broody hen to hatch. Then she decided she didn’t want to hatch them, and on the very same day (when I was…
  • Kind of Like the Princess and the Pea

    Kit
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Let’s all hope this is the last time I vaguely refer to myself as a princess. Ever. I won that tiara at the county fair last weekend. My dude says it’s fitting because he very often refers to me as a princess…mostly to try and get my dander up and not as an endearment. (When he wants to endear me, he gets me axes and kegs of beer. Smart man.) Anyway, I’ll claim the title just this once, because I’ve recently been acting a bit like whatever princess it was who had a problem sleeping if there was a pea under her mattress. Remember that one? Yeah, apparently she was…
  • Knocked Down

    Kit
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve been laid up with a sickness, but one definitely knocked me flat on my ass for the last 24 hours. It’s weird to feel simultaneously exhausted and more well-rested than I’ve been in a while, but I suspect not being able to keep any food down and also sleeping for 20 hours a day will do that to you. I’m just tiptoeing back in to the land of the living, and it’s been quite an adventure this weekend, what between my body’s full-on revolt against existence, and also attempting to clean up the massive mess from a storm Friday…
 
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  • 3 Things to Declutter When You’re Finished Decluttering

    Laura
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. You did it! You were motivated. You knew what your goals were for decluttering your home. You kept your focus, and you worked hard, a little bit at a time. You chipped away at your excess. You let go of the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 3 Things to Declutter When You’re Finished Decluttering
  • Gluten Free Apple Crisp

    Laura
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I promised this recipe for gluten free apple crisp awhile ago and have just now gotten around to making it again and taking some pictures for you.  I honestly could never be a food blogger, you wouldn’t believe how many pictures I took just to get these couple of half-way decent ones.  Anyway I am […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Gluten Free Apple Crisp
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 15/14

    Laura
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Welcome to Menu Plan Monday!  Whether you are here for some quick and easy recipe ideas or sharing your own weekly menu plan with us I’m so glad you stopped by!! I’m happy to say that after our day of snow fall last week it is all gone now.  Whew, I was not ready for […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 15/14
  • Homeschool Organization: Supply Caddy

    Laura
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I really debated about sharing homeschool organization. I’m not sure if any Organizing Junkie readers are interested in this topic, so please comment below if you want to read more in the future! No sense in posting details if there isn’t […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Homeschool Organization: Supply Caddy
  • Friday Favorites: Family Command Center, Time Management Tips + more!

    Laura
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Hey y’all, how are you this lovely Friday?  It’s time for another round of my favorite organizing links for the week.  So much great stuff out there that it’s often tough for me to narrow it down but I did it!! Just a reminder that if you haven’t had the opportunity to check out The […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Family Command Center, Time Management Tips + more!
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  • What Product Sould You Use To Seal Your Shower Grout

    Bill Hutchison
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Most grout that is in your bathroom, shower, toilets, and kitchen are cement based and porous. Most builders and contractors don’t bother actually sealing your grout, which means that the grout will actually be absorbing any liquid that gets on it. The types of moisture that it will absorbing will be: Water Soap Body Oils Of these, the body oils are by far the most common caused of discolouration of your grout lines. There are a few ways that you can help to prevent staining or discolouration of your grout lines. Your first option, recommended by Mike Holmes, is to tint your grout so…
  • Can I Install Low Flow Shower Head with Instant Hotwater

    Bill Hutchison
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    One problem that many people have when wanting to install a low flow showerhead is working out if their hot water system will work with it. Some instant hot water systems don’t work if there is not a high enough water flow. This really goes against the current trend of conserving water, and leaves a gap in knowledge about the compatibility of instant hot water systems and low flow shower heads. When determining if you can install a low flow (9 liter per minute, 8 L/min, 7.5 L/min, or lower) you need to work out what the lowest water flow is that your hot water system requires to…
  • Cut Your Shower Water Use with a Trickle Valve

    Bill Hutchison
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    With a standard 3-Star, low flow shower head you are using 9L per minute in the shower, so for a 5-minute shower you would use 45L of water. It adds up pretty quick, even with a low-flow shower head. Water in South Australia is expensive. If your household uses less than 328 litres per day, you be paying $2.32 / kL (source). As your daily use increases, so does your cost per litre, with it jumping up to $3.32 / kL for up to 1424 litres per day. According to SA water a normal family of 5, with a small garden, will use around 550L per day of water. Bearing that in mind, a 5-minute shower…
  • Is a 7.5L / Minute Shower Head Worth It?

    Bill Hutchison
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    If you are looking for an easy way to potentially save an extra 5000 litres of water per year, it’s worth looking at replacing your 9 liter per minute shower heads with a new 7.5L per minute shower head (source). It’s also possible that you could be eligible for some government rebates for installing water efficient shower heads. Although 7.5 litres per minute does not sound like enough for a decent shower, according to this article by Choice there are some decent shower heads out there. When we went to a local bathroom shop to test out shower heads we were actually pleasantly…
  • Get Your Own Toilet Seat Stickers

    Bill Hutchison
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    I don’t think this is something I would buy, but it’s good for a bit of a laugh … Considering that we are trying to work on getting the kids to close the toilet lid, having humour on the inside of the toilet lid is probably not the best idea … If you want your own toilet seat lid stickers Groupon has a deal for them right now of $9.00 for one sticker up to $24.00 for four stickers. You can check it out here …
 
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    How-To Geek

  • GRUB2 101: How to Access and Use Your Linux Distribution’s Boot Loader

    Chris Hoffman
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Ubuntu and practically every other Linux distribution use the GRUB2 boot loader. Unless you have multiple operating systems installed, this bootloader is normally hidden — but it provides options you may sometimes need.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Geek Trivia: The First State to Adopt an Official State Dinosaur Was?

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    The First State to Adopt an Official State Dinosaur Was? Wyoming New Jersey Colorado MarylandThink you know the answer?
  • What’s the Difference Between Single and Double Quotes in the Bash Shell?

    Lowell Heddings
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enclosing text in quotation marks is fairly standard practice on the command line, especially when dealing with files that have spaces in the names, but how do you know whether to use single or double quotes? Let’s take a look at the difference, and when you should use one vs the other.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Why You Don’t Need an Expensive Smartphone Anymore

    Chris Hoffman
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Until recently, you needed to spend hundreds of dollars — often $649 or “$199 with a two year contract” — to get a smartphone with good performance that could run the latest apps. Solid smartphones are now much cheaper.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Why is Windows Refusing to Use All of the RAM Installed on a Computer?

    Akemi Iwaya
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    There is nothing quite like the awesome feeling of finally being able to perform a major upgrade on your computer, but what do you do when your system refuses to make use of the whole upgrade? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a frustrated reader’s question.Click Here to Continue Reading
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  • back to school groove with grovemade wooden desk accessories

    Angela M.
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    Admit it. You feel pangs of jealousy as watching kids go back to school. No, not about the anxiety of grades or making new friends, but of the gear. Why don’t they make a freshly sharpened pencil room freshener? Just thinking about it is enough to make you feel like studying. Well, we’ve found some grown up desk accessories that will spruce up your office and inspire your next great great project. Grovemade – the company that makes exceedingly cool device cases — has expanded into making more traditional gadgets sing with their new desk collection. Made with materials…
  • real life test kitchen: how to grill “roast” chicken

    Angela M.
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    During the winter, grilled chicken is a staple Sunday night dinner. It makes your house smell great and the leftovers are great for soups or lunches during the week. In the summer time switch to the grill, and the whole chickens go away — mostly because of our fear of under cooking. When I spotted this technique in the August issue of Bon Appetite magazine, I decided to give it a go. It calls for a whole chicken with the “backbone removed.” I suppose you could ask your butcher to do this, but I hacked it out on my own — which is easier than I thought it would be. Once…
  • cottage renovation: replacing the sill beam is not sexy work

    Angela M.
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Our upstate cottage renovation is moving along at a rapid clip! Before we can start talking about any of the fun stuff (house and door color, ceiling height, kitchen planning), I need to tell you about some of the down and dirty work that had to be done. Warning: It ain’t pretty — but I think our woes are a valuable cautionary tale for all future home buyers. The lesson being — beware what you can’t see! As I wrote in this previous post, during the winter our pipes and radiators froze and burst. This lead us to having to replace those, along with most of the interior…
  • reflections on maine: a heaven without strip malls

    Angela M.
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    Every year, as July turns into August, we make a pilgrimage up north to Maine, specifically Mt. Desert Island and the enchanting wilds of Acadia National Park. Seven days there does wonders to revitalize your mind and spirit. We unplug (thus, no Shelterrific posts for a week), disconnect and take lots of deep breathes to savor the freshest air imaginable. One of the most charming things about MDI is that there are no franchises or chains of any kind (there may be one Rite Aid, but that’s it). You don’t realize the effect constant strip mall signage and box stores collections have…
  • real life test kitchen: cardamon-oatmeal ice cream sandwiches

    Angela M.
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Have you noticed that home made ice-cream sandwiches seem to be very trendy this summer? I’ve seen them on the pages of several food and fashion magazines, a fad that is very hard to resist! I spotted this recipe for a cardamon-oatmeal ice cream sandwich in the August Food & Wine and decided to give a try. I love anything with cardamon (flashback: the perfect pumpkin muffins). These cookies came out lovely. They were a tad on the crumbly side which made actually eating them by hand with ice cream in the middle pretty messy. I used coffee ice cream which went really nicely with the…
 
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  • smallness

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I am often immersed in a world of much larger than me, small businesses.  The US Gov’t defines a small business as less than 200 employees - that is a lot of employees!  That means you are dealing with a lot of volume, cash flow, materials, data, clients, customers, etc.  That kind of business is huge to me.  Moop is a business that employs three other people, besides myself.  The four of us together can accomplish a lot.  We make a lot of bags, every day of the week.  The work is repetitive and labor intensive but, it results in really well made bags -…
  • Home

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    I feel very lucky to call this place home.  This is the view from my bed as I wake up each morning. This summer, Jeremy built the small barn, the chicken coop and 4 large raised bed gardens. Tomorrow, we'll be photographing the Moop collection in this space with a bunch of my most favorite people. I can't wait to share the images with you.  It's been a long time since I've felt so inspired by a place, the people around me, the things I get to do everyday and the life I've worked so hard to build.  Hard work pays off.  Keep on trucking, folks and enjoy your…
  • Bayardstown

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    We will be at Bayardstown Social Club this Saturday for a last minute pop-up shop with Deadbury Dead, Tugboat Printshop, Cellar Door Soap and Steel City Cotton Works.  Bring your friends, your picnic, your booze and your conversation because we'll be there with bags and ready to hang out.  Starts at 6pm.  See you there!xoxo,Wendy
  • The Pittsburgh Glass Center

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Jeremy Boyle / Travis Rohrbaugh :: 2014Jeremy has work in the upcoming Pittsburgh Biennial.  It opens tomorrow at The Pittsburgh Glass Center.  He's been working with glass and water jets at TechShop and The Glass Center for the last 6 months in partnership with glass artist, Travis Rohrbaugh.  The resulting work was complex to produce, subtle in design and completely beautiful.  We will be at the opening tomorrow - I hope to see you there!  Event details can be found here.opening August 1, 6pm-9pmPittsburgh Glass Center, Hodge Gallery5472 Penn Ave, PGH 15206
  • Monday re-run

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Here's that fantastic video Moosehead did about Moop.  Many of you have already seen it but, I can't believe this was almost two years ago - you should watch it again!  Not a whole lot has changed though...it's still me and my fantastic team designing and manufacturing each and every Moop bag.  I love this video..hope you do, too!Happy Monday!xoxo,Wendy
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  • How To Care For Your Cermet

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    4 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    How To Care For Your Cermet Weirdest video I've ever made, I decided. I know the actual video is only like a minute and a half but let me tell you it took me a hot fucking while to edit... From: JennaMarbles Views: 1740303 132229 ratings Time: 04:03 More in Comedy
  • Jenna's Drunk Art School: Painting

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    17 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Jenna's Drunk Art School: Painting Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles JennaMarblesVlog Facebook: http://www.fac... From: JennaMarbles Views: 2124414 115282 ratings Time: 08:00 More in Comedy
  • How To Dance Like A White Girl

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    11 Jun 2014 | 8:52 pm
    How To Dance Like A White Girl Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 3743715 125826 ratings Time: 04:20 More in Comedy
  • How To Parent Your Dog

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    4 Jun 2014 | 6:44 pm
    How To Parent Your Dog Tomorrow, my little baby Marble is turning 6, Happy Birthday Marbles! Love, Mommy. Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here... From: JennaMarbles Views: 2341641 82057 ratings Time: 04:00 More in Comedy
  • Things Boys Don't Understand Part 3

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    20 Feb 2014 | 1:39 am
    Things Boys Don't Understand Part 3 Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 5012280 147634 ratings Time: 10:20 More in Comedy
 
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  • Measure RPM - Optical Tachometer

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    This Instructable will show you how to make a Portable Digital Optical Tachometer using an Arduino Uno. This project is inspired from This instructable and is an enhanced version of it with an LCD display and a modified code. Instead of a slotted sensor , it has a reflection based sensor. So :1. You...By: electro18Continue Reading »
  • How to repair a jeans zipper that won't stay up

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    We've probably all had an evil pair of jeans before. You know the type. The one that seems so innocent, and yet is actively devising a wicked plan to embarrass its wearer.There is a tiny, spring-activated lock in the zipper slider itself that is supposed to keep the slider in place. A tiny hook come...By: SnazzyBotContinue Reading »
  • CHEAP vacuum forming with plastic bottles

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    This is a cool project you can do with a vacuum former and a few milk bottles,I will make an Instructable on how to make a former but for now look at others there are some great ones, Gather your quipment I have here a ;Home made vacuum formerheat guntoy figure(I got mine from Mc Donalds)And a va...By: Tom HowbridgeContinue Reading »
  • Making a USB Game Controller

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Here at NextFab, we designed a fully functional, USB game controller for Philly Tech Week. This project will be particularly tricky without some more serious electronics equipment or a local makerspace with the proper tools, but we thought we would post our walk-through in case you do have the acce...By: NextFabContinue Reading »
  • $9 Emergency Phone Charger 10 minutes from Harbor Freight

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Power off? Grid down? Hurricane? Tornado? Camping? Apocalypse? Cross eyed lumber jack down the street?I want to show you how to make a quick, simple and cheap DIY phone charger with basic tools and skills - anyone can do this. Shelf stable, clean - with no lead acid battery mess!I used $9 in pa...By: virginiawifinderContinue Reading »
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  • How to repair a jeans zipper that won't stay up

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    We've probably all had an evil pair of jeans before. You know the type. The one that seems so innocent, and yet is actively devising a wicked plan to embarrass its wearer.There is a tiny, spring-activated lock in the zipper slider itself that is supposed to keep the slider in place. A tiny hook come...By: SnazzyBotContinue Reading »
  • Play with your veggies...and eat them too!

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    At least five servings of vegetables and fruits every day…that directive can be challenging, especially if you are responsible for getting that produce into your kids. This art project makes vegetables tempting fun for all ages. Gather a variety of vegetables - eat a rainbow and create a good pal...By: Mah IdeasContinue Reading »
  • Zip-it-up pouch

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Make this small pouch with just a zipper and a ribbon! With the zipper open, it's just a flat, long thing, but by closing the zipper, it zips itself up to form a pouch. Choose a colorful ribbon for a cute pouch, and (optional) finish the inside with second ribbon for a smooth look.The idea for this ...By: CarlotuDesignContinue Reading »
  • Image Transfer to Wood

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    No fuss method for transferring an image onto wood using minimal supplies! I have tried several other methods with mixed results, but THIS WORKS! Supplies You will need:1. A piece of raw (unfinished) wood - lighter woods work better2. Coarse grit (60 or 80 G) sandpaper3. Paper cutter, or scissors...By: CabinetDoorGuysContinue Reading »
  • Leather tablet case

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    A unike case for tablets or e-readers with a touch of steampunk.Things you'll need:-Tablet or e-reader to put into it and for the meassurements-piece of soft leather (the piece I have is normally used for furniture, one side is grain the other is sued)-good sewing machine-button-some gear wheels or ...By: Nadja SteinmannContinue Reading »
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  • How to repair a jeans zipper that won't stay up

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    We've probably all had an evil pair of jeans before. You know the type. The one that seems so innocent, and yet is actively devising a wicked plan to embarrass its wearer.There is a tiny, spring-activated lock in the zipper slider itself that is supposed to keep the slider in place. A tiny hook come...By: SnazzyBotContinue Reading »
  • Image Transfer to Wood

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    No fuss method for transferring an image onto wood using minimal supplies! I have tried several other methods with mixed results, but THIS WORKS! Supplies You will need:1. A piece of raw (unfinished) wood - lighter woods work better2. Coarse grit (60 or 80 G) sandpaper3. Paper cutter, or scissors...By: CabinetDoorGuysContinue Reading »
  • Elven Princess or Christmas Elf Ears Headband!

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Elf Ears!Yes, an Elven ears headband!Whether a Christmas elf complete with stocking hat...Or an Elven Princess...these ears are the perfect accessory! Supplies You'll need:Aluminum foilPolymer oven bake clay in the desired colorrolling pinpoking devicefishing linemetal headband Make the Ear for...By: doodlecraftContinue Reading »
  • Simple Hanging Shelves (folding)

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:56 pm
    These are far from the prettiest hanging shelves on instructables, but they may be the simplest. Materials Materials a board or flat object that you can drill holes in string that will hold a knot two screws, 1 1/2" or longertwo washers big enough to go over the shaft of the screw and the ...By: michel.dedeoContinue Reading »
  • Hideaway Drafting Table

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Limited space?Enjoy a stand up desk?For years I've dreamed of having a drafting table in the apartment but was unwilling to sacrifice living space. This project allows for a drafting table to be installed anywhere - even over an existing desk. The Sketchup rendering is from an old apartment and do...By: jprussackContinue Reading »
 
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  • How to fold a plastic bag

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    A great way to store your plastic bags! Instructions Flatten the bagFold the bag in threeKeep folding it from the bottom upUse the open end to keep the last fold in position (see video) By: jeroen144Continue Reading »
  • Free ranging our organic quail chicks. Codornices en el jardín Cailles bio en liberté

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    In the past we have been able to free range our quail chicks in a neighbour's meadow. He even let us cut it in a special way so we could make it safe for them to be out in the open. Last year he started to cut it as a lawn and as he gives us the grass we really can't complain! However, it now means ...By: PavlovafowlContinue Reading »
  • Optimising Hangers with Sugru

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Wooden wishbone hangers are very nice but sometimes a little slippy for certain clothes, especially if your hangers are the varnished ones!Using Sugru we can add some non-slip grip:- to the crossbar of the hanger to stop folded trousers sliding off into the bottom of the wardrobe.- to create end-sto...By: _PicoPixie_Continue Reading »
  • Key Cap Fix with Sugru

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    I find being able to identify the correct key first time useful so have a rubber key cap on my front door key. This split with age and I was able to fix it back together with a small amount of Sugru.I was able to use red Sugru straight from the packet, but blending 2 or more colours together is pos...By: _PicoPixie_Continue Reading »
  • DIY Lipstick Organizer

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    If you're like me, you have more lipstick then you know what to do with! And since you're busy buying all of this lipstick, you're probably as poor as I am too. Oopsie!With all this lipstick laying around, we're going to need a way to organize it. Bags and boxes can become cluttered and finding the ...By: StephyyismsContinue Reading »
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  • $9 Emergency Phone Charger 10 minutes from Harbor Freight

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Power off? Grid down? Hurricane? Tornado? Camping? Apocalypse? Cross eyed lumber jack down the street?I want to show you how to make a quick, simple and cheap DIY phone charger with basic tools and skills - anyone can do this. Shelf stable, clean - with no lead acid battery mess!I used $9 in pa...By: virginiawifinderContinue Reading »
  • The Irish Lashing

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    The Irish Lashing is for fixing two poles (spars) together. For best results these poles should cross at an angle between 40 and 90 degrees to each other.The Irish Lashing was invented in the late 80's as an alternative to the square lashing. It has two main advantages over the square lashing, (a) i...By: VentureScoutContinue Reading »
  • Two-Pronged Hunting Spear

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    In this Instructable, I am going to show you how to make a two-pronged hunting spear. This type of spear can be used for all sorts of smaller game, but is best for small aquatic animals such as frogs and fish. Materials- The material you will need:- knife - cord or thick string, such as paracord-...By: grayjayContinue Reading »
  • How to Ollie Easiest Way for Beginners

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    One of the first tricks to learn when skateboarding is a Ollie. A Ollie is a trick in which the skateboarder jumps in the air with the skateboard stick to the feet.And if your new to skateboarding then you might want to where some padding.and don't practice on grass because it's to tall and bushy fo...By: Project A SkateboardingContinue Reading »
  • Minimalist Survival Slingshot

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The handle was junk on my F16 Daisy slingshot, so I decided it was time to upgrade to a more survival friendly grip. I didn't want to go overboard but rather keep the functionality of the slingshot in a small package. Materials 16 ft. o' 550 paracordanother 4 ft. gutted paracordfidsscissorslighte...By: Noble_KnightContinue Reading »
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  • $9 Emergency Phone Charger 10 minutes from Harbor Freight

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Power off? Grid down? Hurricane? Tornado? Camping? Apocalypse? Cross eyed lumber jack down the street?I want to show you how to make a quick, simple and cheap DIY phone charger with basic tools and skills - anyone can do this. Shelf stable, clean - with no lead acid battery mess!I used $9 in pa...By: virginiawifinderContinue Reading »
  • The Irish Lashing

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    The Irish Lashing is for fixing two poles (spars) together. For best results these poles should cross at an angle between 40 and 90 degrees to each other.The Irish Lashing was invented in the late 80's as an alternative to the square lashing. It has two main advantages over the square lashing, (a) i...By: VentureScoutContinue Reading »
  • Two-Pronged Hunting Spear

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    In this Instructable, I am going to show you how to make a two-pronged hunting spear. This type of spear can be used for all sorts of smaller game, but is best for small aquatic animals such as frogs and fish. Materials- The material you will need:- knife - cord or thick string, such as paracord-...By: grayjayContinue Reading »
  • Minimalist Survival Slingshot

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The handle was junk on my F16 Daisy slingshot, so I decided it was time to upgrade to a more survival friendly grip. I didn't want to go overboard but rather keep the functionality of the slingshot in a small package. Materials 16 ft. o' 550 paracordanother 4 ft. gutted paracordfidsscissorslighte...By: Noble_KnightContinue Reading »
  • How To Spot And Identify Morel Mushrooms

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Morels are one of the most sought after mushrooms in the woods. Found all over most of the United States, as well as other parts of the world, they are a delicacy as well as a source of income for those who sell them. They are expensive and a few pounds can bring a decent bit of money. But most more...By: catman529Continue Reading »
 
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  • $9 Emergency Phone Charger 10 minutes from Harbor Freight

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Power off? Grid down? Hurricane? Tornado? Camping? Apocalypse? Cross eyed lumber jack down the street?I want to show you how to make a quick, simple and cheap DIY phone charger with basic tools and skills - anyone can do this. Shelf stable, clean - with no lead acid battery mess!I used $9 in pa...By: virginiawifinderContinue Reading »
  • Bike headlights for riser handle bars

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    This is a cheap way to add some candle power to your bike. The majority of the materials were aquired at a discount tool/hardware store. check your local circulars for free flashlight coupons! Admittedly the free lights aren't the best LEDs out there, but you cant beat the price. I've seen some bett...By: blogsdoContinue Reading »
  • Fire Pit

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    How to make home made fire out supplies were purchased at Lowes.60 12by4 retaining wall blocks made for fire pits.01 bag of drainage rocks.01 bag of lava rocks.Man strength. Hole Dig a hole about half the blocks height about 2". I dug mine about 10" bigger in diameter to get my base. Also used a ...By: Sailorold23Continue Reading »
  • Camping

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    tips and tricks Fire Tube - Drinking Straw Hack Paracord wrapped Maglight (glow in the dark) Hammock Bug Net Cheap Camping Gear Camping Style Crescent Rolls By: NateRec54Continue Reading »
  • How To Make A 4 Prong Spear For Fishing By Jon N

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    If your ever in the woods with just a knife and some string and need food you can use a 4 prong spear this works for fishing and hunting land animals. Here is how to make it. Gather Materials So first you have to get your materials. First you need a knife, then a nice straight stick however long...By: xjon_2Continue Reading »
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  • Viking hood

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Hello friends!Well, winter is coming, so I'm going to present you, how I made this sweet warm and comfortable Viking hood! What you will need? woolen fabric some fabric for lining - linen or cotton thread and needle scissors, ruler, pencil.. pins Sketching, measuring and cutting...By: EldaloteContinue Reading »
  • Full size airplane from scrap plastic, hot glue, and washing line.

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We have a factory that makes those small plastic signs that you see in people's front yard at election time. We have a pyramid sized mountain of leftovers that we wanted something to use it for. What better than to build a full size airplane with leftovers, a hit glue gun, washing line, and some w...By: goinpostalmarcusContinue Reading »
  • Custom action figures using 3D printed heads

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Making resin toys is something I enjoy very much. Not only is it a fun form of artistic expression, but it is a cool way to make "toys" of people and characters that you may have always wanted, but nobody produced. Being a digital sculptor, I have sculpted several "toy heads" over the years, and wi...By: tylerhamContinue Reading »
  • Ice Age Scrat and Acorn Costume

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Scrat from Ice Age is one of my all time favorite movie characters. I was so excited that my little girl would wear this costume!! This costume idea has been on my to-do list for several years.I started with the body. Using a mid weight upholstery fabric I made a bodice and matching lining. The b...By: darcy3529Continue Reading »
  • DIY Hover Ball

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    If you have a child between the ages of two and 12 chances are you have either seen the commercial for the Hover Ball or have at least heard about it. If not, the Hover Ball is an indoor toy that looks like a soccer ball cut in half that glides easily over any type of flooring. I have personally fou...By: wold630Continue Reading »
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  • Viking hood

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Hello friends!Well, winter is coming, so I'm going to present you, how I made this sweet warm and comfortable Viking hood! What you will need? woolen fabric some fabric for lining - linen or cotton thread and needle scissors, ruler, pencil.. pins Sketching, measuring and cutting...By: EldaloteContinue Reading »
  • Full size airplane from scrap plastic, hot glue, and washing line.

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We have a factory that makes those small plastic signs that you see in people's front yard at election time. We have a pyramid sized mountain of leftovers that we wanted something to use it for. What better than to build a full size airplane with leftovers, a hit glue gun, washing line, and some w...By: goinpostalmarcusContinue Reading »
  • Custom action figures using 3D printed heads

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Making resin toys is something I enjoy very much. Not only is it a fun form of artistic expression, but it is a cool way to make "toys" of people and characters that you may have always wanted, but nobody produced. Being a digital sculptor, I have sculpted several "toy heads" over the years, and wi...By: tylerhamContinue Reading »
  • DIY Hover Ball

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    If you have a child between the ages of two and 12 chances are you have either seen the commercial for the Hover Ball or have at least heard about it. If not, the Hover Ball is an indoor toy that looks like a soccer ball cut in half that glides easily over any type of flooring. I have personally fou...By: wold630Continue Reading »
  • Sound Cancelling Portable Studio Box

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    Want to record music at home but it's too noisy and too expensive to create a soundproof room? Well I have the perfect solution for you. Easy and less than $15 (A lot less than the hundreds you would spend to treat a room). All you need is:*Storage tote (Free if you empty out one you already have)*M...By: iamcrisstylezContinue Reading »
 
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  • Minecraft Throne

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Today you will see how to build a minecraft throne. Copy The Pictures! Copy the pictures! By: butterproContinue Reading »
  • Jack-a-Melon

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Do you still have a watermelon sitting on your counter? Just follow theses steps and you will have a Jack-o Melon! Get your supplies. Cut 3'' off the end of the melon. Start scooping! Eat the melon! Clean up as you go! Keep scooping until you scoop it all out. Draw on the...By: BikeHackerContinue Reading »
  • How to make figures of 8-bit of

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Hello again! Today got a little of the comics, today I bring a handcraft of how to create your favorite 8-bitcharacters. Luck! Materials -Graph Paper -Cardboard -Colored Markers-Glue in bar -Scissors or Cutter Step 1 Search Google "Template Pixel Art"and search for the character thatyou like ...By: TomRabajiContinue Reading »
  • Shark Tooth

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Couldn't find a decent tutorial on how to make one...So I made one.Materials:- Air-Dry clay. - Blow dryer* - Gloss paint/enamel* - Wax paper* - shark tooth picture* - Awesome modeling skills. * = Optional Sticky Fingers Step 1 : Grab a lump of clay (depends on size of tooth you want) and mold ...By: Lord Of FlamesContinue Reading »
  • Xenomorph Alien Head foam sculpture

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Creating a Xenomorph (Alien) that emerges from the wall. I saw some cast resin sculps on eBay and thought, well I could probably do that. Well, TA DAWhat I used: 3 foam rubber blocks 10X14"Razor knife with lots of bladesSharp scissorsDiamond surface blade sharpener (Foam dulls a blade incredibly fa...By: becurryContinue Reading »
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  • Measure RPM - Optical Tachometer

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    This Instructable will show you how to make a Portable Digital Optical Tachometer using an Arduino Uno. This project is inspired from This instructable and is an enhanced version of it with an LCD display and a modified code. Instead of a slotted sensor , it has a reflection based sensor. So :1. You...By: electro18Continue Reading »
  • Making a USB Game Controller

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Here at NextFab, we designed a fully functional, USB game controller for Philly Tech Week. This project will be particularly tricky without some more serious electronics equipment or a local makerspace with the proper tools, but we thought we would post our walk-through in case you do have the acce...By: NextFabContinue Reading »
  • DIY Small Bench Power Supply

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    This is a small bench power supply that I made some time ago, and because I was very busy I couldn't do the instructable for it. I do apologise for taking so long, I hope it was worth the wait :).After making my Mini Adjustable Power Supply I was very happy with it, but I was missing a more accurate...By: newtonn2Continue Reading »
  • DIY Head Mounted Display

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    In this instructable I will show you how to make a DIY head mounted display (HMD) that uses a raspberry pi and a 7 inch composite or HDMI display.Sorry for not having a picture for every step. I finished the project before I took pictures for the instructable.Please vote for this instructable in the...By: appleman123987Continue Reading »
  • It's about time! watch.

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    In the beginning there was the universe but Time hadn't been invented- not enough time yet. Then the universe invented the first humans (Homo Originalis) but Time still hadn't been invented. However, evolution favoured those who didn't try walking around in the dark woods through the simple evolutio...By: wobblerContinue Reading »
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  • Measure RPM - Optical Tachometer

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    This Instructable will show you how to make a Portable Digital Optical Tachometer using an Arduino Uno. This project is inspired from This instructable and is an enhanced version of it with an LCD display and a modified code. Instead of a slotted sensor , it has a reflection based sensor. So :1. You...By: electro18Continue Reading »
  • Making a USB Game Controller

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Here at NextFab, we designed a fully functional, USB game controller for Philly Tech Week. This project will be particularly tricky without some more serious electronics equipment or a local makerspace with the proper tools, but we thought we would post our walk-through in case you do have the acce...By: NextFabContinue Reading »
  • DIY Small Bench Power Supply

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    This is a small bench power supply that I made some time ago, and because I was very busy I couldn't do the instructable for it. I do apologise for taking so long, I hope it was worth the wait :).After making my Mini Adjustable Power Supply I was very happy with it, but I was missing a more accurate...By: newtonn2Continue Reading »
  • DIY Head Mounted Display

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    In this instructable I will show you how to make a DIY head mounted display (HMD) that uses a raspberry pi and a 7 inch composite or HDMI display.Sorry for not having a picture for every step. I finished the project before I took pictures for the instructable.Please vote for this instructable in the...By: appleman123987Continue Reading »
  • It's about time! watch.

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    In the beginning there was the universe but Time hadn't been invented- not enough time yet. Then the universe invented the first humans (Homo Originalis) but Time still hadn't been invented. However, evolution favoured those who didn't try walking around in the dark woods through the simple evolutio...By: wobblerContinue Reading »
 
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    Instructables: exploring - technology

  • Find out how many pople have pinned your photos on Pinterest

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Everyone has surely heard about pinterest, I have and I wanted to find out if any of my content ha been pinned.I searched the internet for about 30 minutes before finding the answer, it came thanks to this site here.Clicking the link I found out that this was what I was looking for. GoTo Now, to ...By: JM1999Continue Reading »
  • Water sensor circuit

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Water Sensor Circuit: This circuit can be used to detect water level and same circuit can be used as rain sensing circuit the only need to be replaces is the sensor. Manage the material and tools before starting your task Material: 1. General Purpose PCB 2x2 inch.2. Resistor: 10K ...By: electromechlabContinue Reading »
  • Security cameras

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    Check out our High Definition 1080p and 720p security cameras providing a significant upgrade in picture quality over standard D1 or 960H cameras By: AndrewL3Continue Reading »
  • Datura 6 relays automation

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    The most functional project over internet – Use it as a complete irrigation system for your garden, or use it to control your aquarium, or just to control any kind of devices at home. The imagination is the only limit.Features Arduino programmed Assign a name to each of 6 relays (you can con...By: prnetContinue Reading »
  • Re-purpose a Floppy Disk Case

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    Who would have thought, decades ago, that someday we would be throwing away floppy disks and keeping the box they came in? The picture shows an electronic project chassis I made from a plastic case that Sony floppy disks came in. This instructable shows how to re-purpose this case. (Actually, I h...By: gwlinn123Continue Reading »
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    Instructables: exploring - workshop - featured

  • CHEAP vacuum forming with plastic bottles

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    This is a cool project you can do with a vacuum former and a few milk bottles,I will make an Instructable on how to make a former but for now look at others there are some great ones, Gather your quipment I have here a ;Home made vacuum formerheat guntoy figure(I got mine from Mc Donalds)And a va...By: Tom HowbridgeContinue Reading »
  • Dark Knight Wall Clock

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    I found this gem originally by tophattaylor_uk months ago. I made my first clock the classic Batman and gave it away to a friend, she loves it. I couldn't resist making another for the Remix contest but I mixed it up a bit with the Dark Knight logo. It is a very easy project that anyone can do! The ...By: shippityboppityContinue Reading »
  • Dremel Repair

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    So my Dremel died mid project! No power no strange noises! it was just mocking me and acting like it was like it was unplugged!I figured that since it didn't smell of burning metal I should be able to get it going again. Assess the mess! I did notice that it was running hot for the past little wh...By: Random_CanadianContinue Reading »
  • Repair Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor (TPMS)

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Tire pressure monitoring is mandated on all new cars.These systems are fragile and expensive to repair.After the tire stem broke off on my 2013 Nissan Altima I make researchfor a economical fix.. I was dismayed to find that the tire stem/TPM part for 2013 Nissan Altima costs more than $120. Moreov...By: garg11Continue Reading »
  • Hamster Wheel Standing Desk

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    You are not reaching your current productivity potential. Numerous esteemed experts agree that standing is better than sitting and that walking is better than standing. Despite this, your workplace only provides inhumane chairs and stagnant standing desks for you to use while you struggle to get th...By: RobbGodshawContinue Reading »
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  • CHEAP vacuum forming with plastic bottles

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    This is a cool project you can do with a vacuum former and a few milk bottles,I will make an Instructable on how to make a former but for now look at others there are some great ones, Gather your quipment I have here a ;Home made vacuum formerheat guntoy figure(I got mine from Mc Donalds)And a va...By: Tom HowbridgeContinue Reading »
  • Dark Knight Wall Clock

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    I found this gem originally by tophattaylor_uk months ago. I made my first clock the classic Batman and gave it away to a friend, she loves it. I couldn't resist making another for the Remix contest but I mixed it up a bit with the Dark Knight logo. It is a very easy project that anyone can do! The ...By: shippityboppityContinue Reading »
  • Dremel Repair

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    So my Dremel died mid project! No power no strange noises! it was just mocking me and acting like it was like it was unplugged!I figured that since it didn't smell of burning metal I should be able to get it going again. Assess the mess! I did notice that it was running hot for the past little wh...By: Random_CanadianContinue Reading »
  • Repair Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor (TPMS)

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Tire pressure monitoring is mandated on all new cars.These systems are fragile and expensive to repair.After the tire stem broke off on my 2013 Nissan Altima I make researchfor a economical fix.. I was dismayed to find that the tire stem/TPM part for 2013 Nissan Altima costs more than $120. Moreov...By: garg11Continue Reading »
  • Hamster Wheel Standing Desk

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    You are not reaching your current productivity potential. Numerous esteemed experts agree that standing is better than sitting and that walking is better than standing. Despite this, your workplace only provides inhumane chairs and stagnant standing desks for you to use while you struggle to get th...By: RobbGodshawContinue Reading »
 
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  • How to engrave metal using a Dremel tool

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    I got a pouch as a gift recently and it happened to have a blank metal plate on it.With things going industrial, I managed to get my hands on a Dremel tool, I decided I would engrave my initials on my pouch.Unfortunately, I engraved my initials and then thought of Instructables, I took a closer look...By: JM1999Continue Reading »
  • 9 volt battery wiring to test a condenser fan

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    I needed to test a freezer condenser fan of a GE profile fridge this was my solution. Supply Get 9 volt battery making sure it is in the good range on the battery tester.Single strand copper wire (I tried multi strand and it wouldn't stay on) strip and twist strip two five to six inch pieces ...By: Ultra-IndigoContinue Reading »
  • Automotive Projects

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Things automotive related... How to Purchase, Paint, and Install a Plastic Bumper Cover Bumper Switch Build a Fiberglass Subwoofer, Start to Finish My Custom Car Audio System w/ playstation 2 wireless remote, 7" inch LCD w/ wireless headphones,LEDS, 5 Farad Capacitor Basics of Car Audio...By: SaykridEvulContinue Reading »
  • CHEAP vacuum forming with plastic bottles

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    This is a cool project you can do with a vacuum former and a few milk bottles,I will make an Instructable on how to make a former but for now look at others there are some great ones, Gather your quipment I have here a ;Home made vacuum formerheat guntoy figure(I got mine from Mc Donalds)And a va...By: Tom HowbridgeContinue Reading »
  • Dark Knight Wall Clock

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    I found this gem originally by tophattaylor_uk months ago. I made my first clock the classic Batman and gave it away to a friend, she loves it. I couldn't resist making another for the Remix contest but I mixed it up a bit with the Dark Knight logo. It is a very easy project that anyone can do! The ...By: shippityboppityContinue Reading »
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    Thrift Core

  • A Modern Boutique Hotel Stay at St. Augustine: A Peaceful Day-Cation at JayBird Inn

    Van
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I've been working more than usual the past couple of weeks; clearing out as much merchandise as possible, more hours at my lovely raw vegan kitchen job, freelance client work, shipping stuff out, pain forever. The day of the planned day-cation to St. Augustine with my boyfriend I was stressed to near-tear level (mad at myself for glitches along the week, I'm a grotesque pedantic work perfectionist). I nearly passed out on a bike ride (more on that later) and we accidently missed breakfast ("free" fruit I wanted you so!) but we had a wonderful time. I had to share photos of JayBird Inn because…
  • Easy, Natural DIY Dry Shampoo for Brunettes and Blondes + Your No Poo Questions Answered

    Van
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    You want to try the "No Poo" or "No Shampoo" Lifestyle for good reason; conventional shampoo is indeed full of shit- especially if you have insanely dry and fragile "ethnic" hair like I do. (I'm afro-Latina on the Puerto Rican side of my family.) The chemical sulfates in shampoo dry out already-dry and delicate hair. Then there's the endocrine disrupters...the suds going down the drain and poisoning our water supply...the horror, the horror. I'll get off the soap box and address the #1 reason why you're too scared to try shampooing less (and with organic shampoo) or forgoing shampoo all…
  • What I Didn't Buy at the Flea Market: Pop Culture, Toys, Robots, Lizards, and More

    Van
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    My friends and I went on a flea market stroll while in Orlando; Flea World, they call it. It stands out with its bold orange and black stripes, calling to visitors to the Land of Mickey and regulars alike. I was warned it was mostly "Made in China" wares but was on a plant hunt anyways.I'm trying to turn my apartment into a proverbial jungle, you see. I want ALL THE PLANTS. I want any inevitable move to be obnoxiously difficult because I'm lugging out heavy terra cotta planters filled with dirt and greenery. I'm a masochist that way, yet the plants are worth it. Gardening is in my blood, my…
  • An Earthy Bohemian Neptune Beach Abode: Michelle's Colorful Eclectic Bungalow

    Van
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    My new project is working with local artists (I want more national/international ones too, hit me up) on taking their product/art photos, getting them set-up with online shops and helping with their marketing. This is exactly what I'd adore doing more of; connecting with fellow eclectic artsy souls and helping them make a living doing exactly what they love. Setting up the photo compositions and organizing their creations to craft a cohesive brand is incredibly creatively stimulating, too! Perfect fit.My current client Michelle is a fellow mostly-raw vegan with an incredible artsy bungalow a…
  • Marta-Chan's Travels: Live the Dream and Travel the World on a Micro- Or No- Budget

    Van
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Traveling the world is The Ultimate Dream for most, and we tend to put it on the back burner. We say we'll wait until we're old and retired, have more time, or have more money. I say, EFF that. I have severe wanderlust and want to see every corner of this planet. This why Marta-Chan (originally from Portugal) who blogs about her world travels at Shanti Free Bird is such an inspiration. She's does what I daydream about at least once a day; adapt travel as a lifestyle. Today she's sharing her tips for traveling on a budget. 1) When/How did you start your budget world travels?Traveling…
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  • Woman Builds a Fireplace Surround with Stacked Stone Panels

    Beth
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    People ask all the time how easy our Faux Panels® are to install. Easy enough for a 50-year-old woman with mixed DIY experience. Shelley from Williston, Ohio, wanted to redo her fireplace. As you can see in the before photo, her fireplace had a flat front, which could make hanging artwork easy, but was also bland. Building the fireplace surround with stacked stone panels, even with a shallow profile as shown in the after photo, dresses up the living room and creates a more traditional fireplace look. Because Shelley carried the design all the way up to the ceiling, it also functions as a…
  • Forget Catalogs: Why it’s Better to Buy Faux Stone Panels Online

    Beth
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Faux Panels® gets catalog requests all the time. We’ve never produced a print catalog, and our customers benefit from that decision. Here’s why it’s better to buy faux stone panels and siding online: Print catalogs go out of date – sometimes even before they arrive in your mailbox. We’re constantly adding new styles, colors and accessories. By directing you to our web site you can be sure you’re seeing our most current inventory and options. Better access to special prices. Have you ever tried to order a sale item from a print catalog and found out it was sold out even though…
  • DIY Kitchen Backsplashes with Fake Brick and Stone Panels

    Ryan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    A lot of our customers have chosen to make use of our fake brick and stone panels to upgrade the look of their kitchens.  In particular, many have used them to create DIY kitchen backsplashes.  The remarkably realistic look and feel of real stone that the panels have when installed as a backsplash has dramatically improved the appearance and comfort levels of our customers’ kitchens. Faux stone panels make DIY kitchen backsplashes like this one easy to install. What is a kitchen backsplash?   It’s simply the accented area that’s installed in the space between your kitchen counter…
  • Stunning Bedroom Remodel with a Stacked Stone Wall

    Ryan
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Many of our customers are so pleased with the way our panels enhance the look of their homes that they make the decision to use them again to remodel even more rooms. When a returning customer of ours, Nina in NY, realized what the panels could do to upgrade the appearance and feel of a room, she decided that her bedroom could use a similar transformation. Stacked stone wall panels make this bedroom look fantastic. “I wanted to do my second bedroom which is our guest bedroom first.  I used Wellington Dry Stack Earth.  It came out beautiful and got over 1,045 likes on Facebook.  It took 3…
  • Helping Make a Wish Come True with the “Enchanted Castle of Dreams”

    Ryan
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    In 2013, a group of 20 Pennsylvania high school students and five adult leaders, known as Venture Crew 630, dedicated their summer and fall to the construction phase of a wonderful fundraising project for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The project, known as the “Enchanted Castle of Dreams,” is a one-of-a-kind 8’ x 11’ child’s playhouse, built with the “heart and hands” of the members, and with materials donated by several sponsors, including us here at FauxPanels™. Venture Crew 630 getting ready to put the final touches on their Enchanted Castle of Dreams. A co-ed extension of…
 
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    Home Improvement Blog – The Apron by The Home Depot

  • Oversized DIY Wall Art Made From Plywood

    Chelsea Coulston
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s funny how something as mundane as plywood can be turned into something beautiful. Chelsea Coulston of Making Home Base demonstrates that with her fabulous DIY wall art made from plywood. This oversized triptych has a bold geometric pattern, and it looks smashing hanging over her sofa. This was Chelsea’s contribution to our Plywood DIY Challenge, in which some of our favorite DIY and decor bloggers create new DIY projects using plywood. This DIY wall art project is pretty simple and inexpensive with a very impressive result.  Here’s Chelsea’s tutorial. The wall…
  • Creative DIY Ideas with Plywood Coming in New DIY Challenge

    Whitney Curtis
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
      The Home Depot Blog is known for bringing you terrific decor and styling ideas with our flagship Patio Style Challenge and Holiday Style Challenge series. We’ve been able to share with you stunning Christmas displays and outdoor decorating ideas created by some of the best DIY and decor bloggers on the internet– all using one or more Home Depot products as a starting point. We’re expanding into the DIY space with a brand new Challenge series. We’re asking our talented friends in the world of do-it-yourself blogging to create new DIY projects using a specific…
  • DIY Miter Saw Bench

    Shanty 2 Chic
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    This DIY miter saw bench is a beauty. Whitney Gainer, half of the Shanty2Chic DIY team, made it so she could get more use out of her prized miter saw. Follow the step-by-step instructions, and soon you’ll have a sturdy table like this for your own workshop. (Look for a link to a downloadable version of the tutorial at the end of this how-to.) It might even give you a reason to buy a miter saw if you don’t already have one! We often get asked what our favorite, most used tool is. I always answer the same… It’s my miter saw! I love it. I have had it on a stand for the…
  • 5 DIY Steps to Amazing Curb Appeal

    Mallory & Savannah
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A simple and economical boost to your home’s curb appeal can be accomplished in just a few steps that you can do yourself. Mallory and Savannah, the brains behind Classy Clutter, have it down to just five DIY jobs, in fact. Of course, excellent curb appeal is very important if you’re getting ready to put your house up for sale. But these steps are so easy that Mallory spruced up her home’s curb appeal, even though she rents!   We have been renting our home for a little over three years. We have pretty awesome landlords that let us do what we want to improve the home…
  • DIY Landscape Lighting

    Robin Gay
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s nothing better for adding an elegant, magical ambiance to your back yard or deck than outdoor lighting. It’s great, too, for enhancing curb appeal in the front of your house. Landscape lighting increases your home security, too. Installing your own DIY landscape lighting is pretty easy, too. DIY blogger Robin Gay of All Things Heart and Home has done some pretty amazing things with outdoor lighting in her yard. Here she shows up how to set up a DIY  outdoor lighting system.   Outdoor living before the sun goes down is lovely. But add a little landscape lighting and…
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    Home Improvement Articles from Networx

  • 11 Tips to Green your House Painting Project

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
      1. Paint for results that will last for years. This has the green effect of reducing the amount of material you use over time. Buy quality paint and never apply it to a dirty, damaged, rough, or wet surface. Prepare for indoor painting by using a broom to sweep away dust and hard to-reach cobwebs; then wipe the walls with a damp cloth.  See full article.
  • Take Care of Ducts Now for Greener, Cheaper Winter Heat

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
      How can you prepare for a healthier, energy-efficient, and money-saving winter? Take care of your HVAC ductwork by cleaning, repairing, and insulating it as necessary. Proper attention to the air duct system is an easy, inexpensive step toward improved air quality and more efficient heating.  See full article.
  • Why Brutalist Architecture is Hated and Loved

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
      While it may sound off-putting or even a little scary, Brutalism is actually a distinctive type of architecture and a very interesting phenomenon. Brutalism was a controversial architectural movement in the middle of the 20th century. It led to the construction of some dramatic-appearing yet functional buildings, many of which are still in use as of the present day.  See full article.
  • 203K Home Buyer Loan: What Is It and Who's Eligible

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
      The 203K is a home-ownership loan program originated by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is a division of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This type of FHA-guaranteed mortgage loan can allow you to either buy a home that's in poor shape and fix it up, or refinance and repair your current home.  See full article.
  • Create Easy Eco-Friendly Décor Accents with Fall Fruit

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
      With the change of season, you're probably looking for a few home decor touches that say "Autumn." You'd like them to be seasonal, eco-friendly, easy to make, and, most of all, charming and welcoming … just like your house. Decorating with fall fruits is not only eye-catching and fun, the green part is that when you're done with them, you can repurpose the fruit as part of a healthy meal.  See full article.
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    Faux Wood Workshop

  • How to Install Fake Wood Beams on a Stucco or Stippled Ceiling

    Beth
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Fake wood beams installed on top of a stucco ceiling. One of our Facebook fans recently asked this question: “All of your photos show faux beams on a smooth ceiling. What about a stippled ceiling? Can you use faux beams on them?” Great question, but let’s make sure we’re all on the same page before delving into it. A stippled ceiling is one with a texture, like a “popcorn” ceiling. They’re often used by contractors to save time and money because the ceiling doesn’t have to be mudded, taped, sanded, primed or painted. Stucco is another type of textured ceiling. Yes, our…
  • Are Reclaimed Wood Beams Right for You?

    Beth
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Salvaged wood beams add a rustic touch to this sunny kitchen. If you’re not sure about using faux wood beams but don’t want to cut down any trees (or can’t afford the high cost of a solid wood beam), what can you do? Consider reclaimed wood beams. Instead of being made of polyurethane like faux beams, these beams are made of wood rescued from old barns and similar buildings. So instead of just tearing down a great old building and trashing it, the wood is saved and repurposed as new building materials, thereby sparing trees. The reclaimed wood is then cut into veneer pieces a half an…
  • Great Dining Room Ideas on Pinterest

    Ryan
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Pinterest is a fun way for us to put together customer photos and project pictures, while also collecting inspiring and useful ideas for our customers and their design plans.  One board you’ll want to take a look at is the one we created to compile Dining Room ideas. From cozy, family-style dining rooms to more elegant, formal styles, the board includes great photos our customers have sent us of the stunning designs they have created with faux wood beams.  Below are some great examples of the photographs there. The fake wood ceiling beams add a captivating touch to this dining room. A…
  • Building Trusses is Easy with Faux Wood Beams

    Roland
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Faux wood decorative trusses are incredible showpieces – and installing them is deceptively straightforward. This ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photo demonstrates how building trusses with faux wood is deceptively simple. One of the most popular uses of our faux wood beams is in building trusses. Inspired by the complex framework of traditional structural wood beams, trusses feature several different beams connected together in a pattern that traditionally would amplify load-bearing capacity and strength. In modern homes, which no longer require structural wood beams,…
  • Great Modern Cottage Style with Aspen Wood Beams

    Ryan
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Even though it’s been some time since FauxWoodBeams.com™ was on the final episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, we still look back at our experience fondly.  It was when the town of Joplin, Missouri was ravaged by tornadoes in 2011, and families were faced with having to clean up and rebuild their homes. We were remembering how each of the seven families wanted their homes rebuilt in a different style.  In today’s blog post, we’d like to take a look at the one that modeled theirs to look like a “modern cottage,” and who chose our Aspen Wood Beams to fit that style.
 
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    Hackaday

  • A DIY MIDI Wind Controller

    Brian Benchoff
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    MIDI is more than just keyboards and a matrix of buttons that plays samples; there are MIDI controllers for virtually every instrument that has ever existed, from guitars to harps and even woodwinds. [J.M.] didn’t like the features found in existing wind MIDI controllers, so he’s building his own with features that put it far beyond any commercial offering. Woodwind MIDI controllers are relatively simple; put a pressure sensor in the mouthpiece and turn that data into note on and note off commands. A few buttons, or in [J.M.]‘s case, resistive touch sensors, are easily…
  • THP Hacker Bio: IamTeknik

    Brian Benchoff
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    [IamTeknik]‘s reason for entering his home automation assistant into The Hackaday Prize is simple; we have smart phones, TVs, and even smart cars. Why not a smart house? Like its namesake from Iron Man, Project Jarvis is an intelligent assistant with a bit of home automation thrown into the mix. The hardware includes the usual relays and door locks, but that’s just the start of it. There’s also a personal digital assistant, living somewhere in the space between the hardware modules and [IamTeknik]‘s smartphone. Here, voice recognition, speech synthesis, and a…
  • Using a Theremin for Medical Applications

    Mathieu Stephan
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    [Eswar] is not an ordinary 16 years old boy. He figured out a noninvasive way to measure breathing in hospitals for less than $50. He is using a theremin to measure the rise and fall of a patient’s chest. For our curious readers, this touch-less instrument was invented back in 1929 by the Russian inventor [Leon Theremin]. It uses the heterodyne principle and two oscillators to generate an audio signal. One electronic oscillator creates an inaudible high pitch tone while another variable oscillator is changed by adding capacitance to an antenna. As you can guess the space between…
  • A Proof of Concept Project for the ESP8266

    Brian Benchoff
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s hardly been a month since we first heard of the impossibly cheap WiFi adapter for micros, the ESP8266. Since then orders have slowly been flowing out of ports in China and onto the workbenches of tinkerers around the world. Finally, we have a working project using this module. It might only be a display to show the current weather conditions, but it’s a start, and only a hint of what this module can do. Since the ESP8266 found its way into the storefronts of the usual distributors, a lot of effort has gone into translating the datasheets both on hackaday.io and the nurdspace…
  • The First Annual Omaha Mini Maker Faire Was Definitely Something to Write Home About

    Kristina Panos
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you ask me, Omaha’s first annual Mini Maker Faire was a rousing success. I think that the Faire’s coordinator, [Eric] of Omaha Maker Group would readily agree.The event was held at the Omaha Children’s Museum, an energetic and colorful backdrop for the 30 makers who were on hand to present their creations. The representatives of the [Omaha Maker Group] had a total of three booths. One of them displayed the various fantastic things that have come out of their ‘space, which we will cover in an upcoming post. They brought the PiPhone that I told you about in my…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipes: For Daily Use & Heavy Duty

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Showers can get dirty. Here are several homemade shower cleaner recipes you can use to clean them up. Some of the recipes are for daily use while others are for hard water and soap scum removal.
  • Homemade Screen Cleaner Spray Recipe

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you have fingerprints or other smudges on your smart phone screen or tablet, or even your computer or laptop screen? You don't need an expensive cleaner from the store. Just use this homemade screen cleaner recipe and spiff up your screens for less.
  • Super Iron Out Reviews & Uses Around Home & Laundry

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Does your water have high iron content? If so, I bet you know about rust and iron stains in your appliances, toilets, bathtubs, and even outdoors. A product lots of readers have recommended to clean up these rust stains is Super Iron Out. It works on hard surfaces, for cleaning appliances and even on white clothes. Here are several reviews and uses shared by readers. How do you deal with rust and iron stains in and around your home?
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Uses Around Your Home

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I've had a couple of readers write in to tell me about their love for microfiber cleaning cloths, including why they prefer them to either sponges or disposable wipes. I agree they can be a great choice. These cloths clean well, are durable, and can be washed and reused over and over again. Do you use microfiber cloths to clean your items in your home? If so, I'd love to hear how you use them and how they work for you.
  • Soft Scrub 4 In 1 Toilet Care Reviews: Positive & Negative

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I've gotten a couple of reviews for Soft Scrub 4 in 1 toilet care, which is an in the bowl automatic toilet bowl cleaner (including my own). I wasn't that impressed, but another reader liked it. I'd love to hear what you thought of it, or what product you use to clean your toilet.
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    Alure Home Improvements

  • Extend the life of your roof

    Salvatore Ferro
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Alure Home Improvements' exterior design expert Mike Serra told homeowners a few different ways to keep their replacement roofs working for them for as long as they need.
  • 5 tips for renovating your basement when relatives are moving in

    Salvatore Ferro
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Alure Home Improvements' design expert Greg Griffin explained that remodeling your basement to accommodate your parents or relatives isn't just normal, but can actually end up being a positive in multiple ways.
  • A Labor Day Reflection

    Salvatore Ferro
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Summer is almost over, the kids are going back to school and football is back! This can only mean one thing, Labor Day weekend is here. Time for BBQ’s, beaches, enjoying family and friends and getting ready to say goodbye to summer vacation. Let’s add to that! Let’s actually celebrate Labor Day for what it
  • Top 3 reasons for bathroom renovations

    Gina Bonura
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    If you're considering a bathroom renovation in your own home, it may be smart to look at the reasons other people begin this significant home remodeling project.
  • Explore the benefits of modern siding

    Salvatore Ferro
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Alure Home Improvements' exterior expert Mike Serra, who specializes in exterior design, explained how siding has changed over the years and why modern siding is far superior to previous options.
 
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    Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials

  • How To Sew Lolita Style Wrist Cuffs – Sew Fun

    Violet
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Today’s tutorial is a reader request: how to make your own Lolita style wrist cuffs. I really haven’t followed Lolita fashion in years but a lot of the things I post here could cross over easily so many of the reader requests I get are about how to diy Lolita items. I usually steer fairly […] The post How To Sew Lolita Style Wrist Cuffs – Sew Fun appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • DIY Tea Cup Candle Tutorial

    Violet
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I’ve seen so many of these tea cup candles in fancy shops but the prices are just exorbitant. You can buy tea cups in thrift shops for like $1 and candle making supplies are quite cheap too. Even cheaper?  Recycling old tea light candles. Cute result! . So for this tutorial you will need: Old […] The post DIY Tea Cup Candle Tutorial appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • Simple Nail Art- Bows!

    Violet
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For today’s lazy nail art, let’s learn one of the basics: bows! You will need: Light blue base polish Purple polish or acrylic paint Darker purple polish or acrylic paint White polish or acrylic paint Clear top coat Thin paint brush So the basic shape of a bow is quite easy. Paint your base colour and allow […] The post Simple Nail Art- Bows! appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • How To Make A Triple Ribbon Bow

    Violet
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Ok so I originally made this as just a regular bow so I could show a different kind of bow in a tutorial… but it looked so cute on Lottie that now it’s an adorable doggy bow. Come on, she looks so fancy and proud! . For this tutorial you will need: 2 kinds of […] The post How To Make A Triple Ribbon Bow appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • All Time Beauty Favourites- Lipgloss

    Violet
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ok time for something fun, I get asked a lot which make up I’m wearing and honestly most of the time it’s pretty much the same thing. I don’t change stuff up very often once I find something that really works for me. So I’ve decided to do an “All Time Beauty Favourites” series and […] The post All Time Beauty Favourites- Lipgloss appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
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  • Servicing a Split Unit Air Conditioner at Home

    Monica Hyatt
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    Depending on the weather conditions and time of the year where you live, having air conditioners might be a necessity. Earlier most people used to have window air conditioners but they have been mainly replaced by split unit air conditioners because they have lower power requirements. If you already have, or are planning to install split unit air...
  • Getting a Credit Card in the UK

    Monica Hyatt
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Having a credit card is almost a must in today’s technology driven world. From simplifying transactions to eliminating the need to carry cash; credit cards, when used responsibly, help make life easier. Given the UK’s status as one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of technology, economy and finance, it makes a lot of sense that...
  • Becoming a Commercial Loan Officer

    Monica Hyatt
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Commercial loan officers will usually be engaged, during the course of their day to day work, in meeting with clients who would like loans, connecting them with lenders, processing their applications, offering advice and making sure that the clients are capable of paying back the loans. There are a number of job opportunities for commercial loan...
  • Getting a Wall Street Internship

    Monica Hyatt
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    One of the best ways to set yourself up for a successful career in the finance industry is an internship in New York’s mega financial industry, popularly known as Wall Street. With a huge presence of international banks and other financial institutions, New York is also home to the world’s largest two stock exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange...
  • Becoming a Real Estate Agent in the UK

    Monica Hyatt
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    Real estate agents have the job of surveying (sometimes developing), valuing and selling landed property to people who are interested in buying such property. This could be a great job for you if you like being outdoors, travelling and also enjoy interacting with people. It could also be very lucrative, especially if you have the requisite skills...
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    Nexus 21

  • Why Your Deck Needs a TV Lift

    Nexus 21
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    What does your deck look like? Is it a small balcony type affair? A wide expanse lifted on stilts that help it overlook an expanse of grassy acreage?  A wrap-around that circles half of your home? A broad, low platform surrounding a pool? No matter what kind of deck you have, a TV lift can make it even more awesome. Having a TV outside isn’t a new concept. Plenty of folks know the drill: A long extension cord, a cracked open window or door to run the cord through, some cinder blocks and a sturdy plank balanced just right. Voila! It’s an instant, albeit rustic, makeshift outdoor TV stand.
  • TV Lift Cabinets – Why Invest?

    Nexus 21
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    You may think a TV Lift is a good idea, but wonder about the need for a cabinet. Of course, you can skip a cabinet altogether, and go for a drop down TV lift installation in the ceiling, or one that rises up from a countertop. However, there are actually quite a few upsides to investing in a custom cabinet. ŸA cabinet affords all of your devices a home as well as adequate ventilation. Electronics generate heat – and heat can fry delicate components. With a vented, spacious cabinet, your DVD/Blu-ray player, cable box, stereo and more can all fit conveniently and have plenty of air to…
  • Home Automation Continues to Improve

    Nexus 21
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It seems like every few days there is something in the news about home automation. Right at the front of the line are the world’s two big tech companies – Apple and Google. According to InvestorPlace: “At its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple unveiled HomeKit, which is aimed at allowing iPad and iPhone owners to remotely control compliant lighting, heating and entertainment devices in their homes. HomeKit permits external manufacturers to create products that would work with the software. However, sources say that Apple has put together its own internal team of…
  • The Too Many Remotes Problem

    Nexus 21
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you have too many remotes? There’s the one for the TV, the one for the DVR or cable box, the one for the Blu-ray player or the DVD player, the one for the stereo. The pile can feel out of control and make you frustrated when searching for the right one. One obvious solution: put all your devices in a TV lift and get a universal remote for a cheap, easy way to cut down the clutter. Of course, now you have one more remote – the one for your TV lift. You also have a new issue: all of the aforementioned devices are now behind the TV lift cabinet doors. The problem? Traditional remotes…
  • Come See Nexus21 at CEDIA Expo 2014

    Nexus21
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    The CEDIA Expo is the largest trade show of the year for integrators, and it’s taking place in Denver, CO. Sept 11-13. We will be there with an incredible display of all our products, including our new Model L-90. It’s Booth #930 – we hope to see you there! CEDIA is an excellent organization made up of the best pros in the Custom Electronics industry, and they are always creating great new channels to promote their show and the industry in general. This year they asked all show exhibitors to send in short videos, with funny or interesting material to promote their booths. We think our…
 
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  • General Contract Your Own Home or DIY

    armchairbuilder
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    It’s totally possible to general contract your own home to save money and get control of your new project.  But what about doing some of the physical labor yourself?  Is it a good idea to DIY the project or should you leave the work to the professionals?  There are circumstances where it does make sense [...]
  • Drain Tile Problems

    armchairbuilder
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Here’s a reader question that revolves around basement water and drain tile problems in a home.  Because this problem does happen somewhat regularly, I thought others might be interested as well.  Reader Drain Tile Problems:  “I live in the end unit of a four unit section of townhomes.  A few months ago my next door [...]
  • General Contract Your Own Home: Money Saved

    armchairbuilder
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Most people know that in order to general contract your own home a serious commitment in both time and resources must be made.  But for those that are willing to make that commitment there are some huge potential savings to be realized.  Approximately how much one can save is best determined by analyzing the financials [...]
  • Options for Creating Wide Open Floor Plan

    armchairbuilder
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    At the top of the wish list for most home buyers these days is an “open floor plan.”  Whether they have a case of claustrophobia or just enjoy entertaining, removing walls for opening up spaces is a top priority for many future homeowners.  But creating these large rooms without dividing walls can create a bit [...]
  • Land Selection for Building a Home

    armchairbuilder
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    One of the major steps in the planning for building a home is the land selection or building lot purchase.  Whether the home will be built in an existing neighborhood or in a more rural setting, there are some critical items that should be analyzed to ensure an efficient build.  Let’s take a look at [...]
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Tuesday Garden Party 9.16.14

    Jami
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Well, gardening friends, I’ve seen on social media that some of you are dealing with colder-than-normal temperatures and some have even had early snows already! Wow, wonder what the winter holds in store for us this year, huh? I did read in the Farmer’s Almanac that they are predicting another cold, harsh winter again, just […] The post Tuesday Garden Party 9.16.14 appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing! ***Here is the link to your FREE eBook:*** CLICK HERE for the PDF version of Seasonal Dinner Menus eBook to view in your browser {or right-click and…
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    Five Gallon Ideas

  • Stinging Nettle Fertilizer

    trevor
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    If you have access to a healthy supply of stinging nettles, it’s high time to declare your own personal independence from the Haber-Bosch process by creating your own fertilizer. This is a simple recipe for making a valuable fertilizer from a common weed – stinging nettles. Where do Nettles Grow Stinging nettles are absolutely everywhere. You’ll find them in the ditches and forest edges all throughout northern Europe and Asia. They grow in every single U.S state and Canadian province except for Hawaii. They especially thrive in areas with high rainfall such as the…
  • Emergency Kit

    trevor
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    With regular large scale disasters already common in North America, it’s a good time to talk a bit about disaster preparation and how a 5 gallon bucket can help provide some good physical insurance against a catastrophic situation.A well designed emergency kit will contain the best bits of modern technology and healthcare packaged neatly in a carryable 5 gallon bucket. Prepackaged Emergency Kits The simplest way to invest in your five gallon insurance plan is to get your hands on a professionally built kit. Usually these kits are helpfully rated for a certain number of days and/or…
  • Hand Washing Laundry in a Bucket

    trevor
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Washing some of your clothes by hand is quick, easy, and takes an enormous pressure off your weekly laundry machine loads. You’ll be surprised to learn that a bucket sized load takes only 5 minutes when done right. During the summer we manage to handwash at least half our clothing, during the winter we hand wash less because colder weather means everything takes longer to dry and winter fabrics tend to be thicker. When it Works and When it Doesn’t Remember that an ordinary washing machine has a “spin cycle” that leaves clothes quite dry. The best you can do with…
  • Double Bucket Wash Method & Dirt Dropper

    trevor
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Washing a vehicle is easy to learn, but takes skill to fully master. This intermediate level vehicle washing tutorial is especially useful for larger vehicles such as RVs and trucks. Tools to Get You Started Pick a brush with the right texture for your type of use. An ideal brush will have soft tip bristles that wrap around the support block. Combination wash and wax soap – find the best suited to cut through typical road grime in your area – such at XYZ (recommend a soap product here?) At least one clean bucket with optional dolly. If you have two you can take it to the next…
  • Bucket Multitool

    trevor
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:23 am
    I help run a bucket-based compost project where lids sealing too tight are our customers’ #1 complaint. How’s this for a concept – a bucket that opens itself! Well today we’re one step closer to that utopian vision, with this great bucket opener and multitool that clasps around the bucket’s handle so you always know where to find it. The Perfect Painter’s Partner If opening 5 gallon buckets weren’t enough, it’s got a rounded pry bar that will make short work of even a rusted shut paint can lid. And unlike the clunky flathead screwdriver…
 
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    Umeandthekids

  • Free Lego in the Daily Mail 20th – 27th September 2014

    rachelhirst
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Free Lego in the Daily Mail 20th – 27th September 2014 I love a freebie, especially when it is a Lego Toy that you cannot purchase in any  store! Well the Lego Promotion is back, this time in the Daily Mail Newspaper. From Saturday the 20th September, you will be able to collect a different Lego [...] The post Free Lego in the Daily Mail 20th – 27th September 2014 appeared first on Umeandthekids.
  • Win:- Ghostbusters I & 2 Blu-Ray & Limited Edition keyring

    rachelhirst
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
     Win a copy of Ghostbusters 1 & 2 on Blu-Ray & Limited edition keyring    To celebrate the special 30th anniversary Blu-ray™ release of Ghostbusters, we’ve teamed up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give one lucky winner a Ghostbusters keyring and copy of the Blu-ray! From September 1 fans will be able to own the Ghostbusters [...] The post Win:- Ghostbusters I & 2 Blu-Ray & Limited Edition keyring appeared first on Umeandthekids.
  • Ripley’s Mini VIP Day Out & Family Ticket #Giveaway

    rachelhirst
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
     Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Mini VIP Day Out & Family Ticket Giveaway! You can imagine the excitement in our house when I was invited with a guest to attend a Ripley’s Mini VIP Day  in  London. I wanted to make the experience a real treat for my son Jake, so I arranged to travel [...] The post Ripley’s Mini VIP Day Out & Family Ticket #Giveaway appeared first on Umeandthekids.
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • How To Make A Spider Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    They’re creepy and crawly and sometimes super scary! Can you guess what I am talking about? Yep, you guessed it…Spiders! Eeeeekkkkk! However, no need to fear because today we are celebrating spiders, but…only the cute ones! Welcome to YouTube Thursday where we get crafty video style! Today, I am so excited about this video and […]
  • Ribbon Bat Bunting

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bats are a little bit spooky and a whole lot of scary…real bats, that is! Growing up on a cattle ranch, I was always a little bit scared to go into the horse barn at night, because I was a little…a LOT, scared of a bat hitting me in the head and getting stuck in […]
  • Bag O’ Bones Halloween Tote

    The Ribbon Retreat
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are your little ones getting their best Trick or Treat voices ready and those ghosts, goblins and witches costumes polished up to scare all of your neighbors? The time is almost here for all of those adorable, scary and brilliant costumes to roam the neighborhoods filling up bags full of candy and treats galore. Today, […]
  • Folded Ribbon Flower

    Cheri Mortimer
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I am so excited about today! Why you ask? Well, let me tell ya! Cherie, one of the first Contributors for this here blog, is back and is ready to craft it up with us again! After having a couple of sweet babies, she is back to share with us her incredible talent for creating […]
  • How To Make A Pumpkin Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello and Welcome to our fabulous YouTube Thursday where we get super crafty video style! I am so in love with this time of year. Here in small town Idaho, the air is crisp, the leaves are starting to change color and the Scentsy burners are going crazy keeping our homes full of delicious Fall […]
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  • Gourmesso Coffee Giveaway

    Kate Danielle
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    This post contains affiliate links, however all opinions are my own! Nothing beats a great cup of Coffee! It is how I get going every day. I enjoy my coffee either watching the baby play on her mat or watching morning TV (if Ali is still sleeping).  The wonderful people at Gourmesso where so kind to send me some of their coffee to giveaway to my readers. Gourmesso is compatible coffee capsules for OriginalLine Nespresso®* machines. I do not have a Nespresso machine but I was able to use a friends so I could try the delicious coffee. The capsule fit in the machine perfectly. The aroma…
  • 10 Tips to get Better Sleep While Pregnant + Havertys Mattress Contest

    Kate Danielle
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Getting a good night’s sleep while pregnant can be challenging, your belly is growing and your mind is always racing about the excitement of a baby. Here are some tips I learned while I was pregnant along with information on how you can enter to win a brand new mattress from Havertys. Drink Water-Early in the Day The more water you drink the less work your body has to do to rejuvenate while you are sleeping so you will feel more rested. However, try to drink earlier in the day and cut back before 5 pm to minimize bathroom trips. Keep off Your Gadgets If you are like me you use your…
  • Home Buying: Budgeting & Getting Pre-Approved

    Kate Danielle
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    So you are ready to start looking for your new home. You will need to get pre-approved before most realtors will show you anything, however getting pre-approved is not your first step. I think it is important to talk with your realtor about what mortgage company to use. Realtors will know of smaller mortgage companies who are great to work with and will help your closing go smoothly. Do not make the mistake we made by thinking we should just go with the huge company that we bank with.  In our experience with the big bank we worked with the loan changes hands so many times as it is going…
  • From Photo Mess to Photo Bliss. Introducing ThisLife, by Shutterfly.

    Kate Danielle
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    ***This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. From Photo Mess to Photo Bliss. Introducing ThisLife, by Shutterfly Why do your photos and videos—the most precious things you own—spend all their time out of sight and out of reach? Hidden in shoe boxes. Trapped in old phones. Buried in expired laptops. Concealed within folders. Within folders, within folders, within—you get the idea. With ThisLife, we can help you intelligently organize all your photos and videos so you can spend less time managing memories and more time…
  • Back to School Sales: Gymboree, Crazy 8, Tea Collection & More

    Kate Danielle
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    50% off Your First Box Up to 50% off Back to School sale at Gymboree! $15 Critter Hoodies at Crazy 8! Enter to Win $4K Back-to-School Prize at Tea Collection
 
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    The DIY Helpers

  • How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Dust mites are the bane of many people’s lives, but most especially those with asthma or other breathing issues. Dust mites are minute creatures which thrive off the dust and debris which is left behind by most human’s daily lives. Much of what forms the diet of the average dust mite is rather horrible to contemplate; they eat the tiny flakes of skin which are shed by humans and left behind on many surfaces but most especially within soft furnishings, bedding, rugs and soft toys. Because dust mites can cause extreme irritation to those who have breathing problems already, it is very…
  • How to Lay your own Carpets: A Fuss Free Method!

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Laying your own carpets isn’t as difficult as you may imagine. Many people are put off by the fact that carpets are not only heavy to move but very expensive, one mistake and there’s no going back! But if you follow instructions very carefully then there’s no need to assume that carpet laying is only a job which professionals can tackle. Before you begin the task of laying your own carpet, take a look at the tools which you will need.Sharp knife such as a Stanley KnifeChalkTape measureKnee padsThe first thing you will need to tackle is the removal of the old carpet. Many people do this…
  • How To Get Tough Stains Out of Carpets

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s every home-owners nightmare: a glass of red wine spilled across their beautiful cream carpet. Stains on carpets can be very hard to remove, and there is no end to old wives’ tales about salt, using water, not using water and so on. Although there is no one way of treating every stain, it’s worthwhile learning how to deal with the most common stains so that if that glass of red wine is spilled, you’ll know what to do about it.General PrinciplesAlthough there are no miracle solutions which will work on every single stain, there are some general principles to bear in mind. Firstly,…
  • Creating a Survival Bag for the Apocalypse!

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    OK, so it’s unlikely to happen, but you never know just when your daily life will be transformed into something out of a Hollywood blockbuster movie. We all like to think we’d cope in a post-apocalyptic world, but when it’s survival of the fittest, a bit of forward planning pays dividends. Having a bag at the ready which you can just grab and go is the first step in your plans. Bag Before you start thinking about what to put in it, your first consideration has to be the bag itself. This is not the time for luxury handbags or suitcases; you need a relatively small backpack with lots of…
  • How to Get Rid of Gum in Your Carpet

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    It’s one of those things which make the heart of every house-proud homeowner sink; the sight of a big blob of sticky chewing gum ground into their beautiful carpet. Many people make the mistake of trying to tear the offending gum out with their fingers whilst it is still fresh and because of the nature of chewing gum this is one effort that will simply lead to frustration! The gum will cling to each and every fibre whilst it is still soft and no amount of picking, pulling or poking will convince it to leave. There are many solutions to the problem of gum in your carpet and perhaps one of…
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    wastehunter.com

  • Cecilia Felli Converts Umbrellas Into Colorful Clothes

    wastehunter
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Have you got many broken umbrellas at home? Get inspired by recycle ideas of designer Cecilia Felli  who converted them to colorful refab clothes (skirts and dresses). Take benefit from wearing unique, colorful, creative skirt when it’s raining. You’ll be the one shining! Skirts are of one size and will fit all ladies thanks to adjustable belt. If you don’t feel like doing it yourself, you can buy one online. Umbrella Skirts by Cecilia Felli Not Just For Rainy Days Umbrella Skirt Design by Cecilia Felli The post Cecilia Felli Converts Umbrellas Into Colorful Clothes appeared first on…
  • Reusing Wine Bottles Into Coffee Table

    wastehunter
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    “Great moments are enjoyed around the table“ said Tati Guimaraes, designer of Dvinus furniture range. If you want to add a touch of whimsy to your living room, get inspired by table made of wooden boards (drilled with circular holes) and reused wine bottles. “Waste material” will delight your guests, and amuse you when constructing a table as a symbol of magical moment of union, joy, celebration and unique moments with family and friends. DIY Inspiration: Wine Bottle Tables / Dvinus Tati Guimaraes Facebook Page The post Reusing Wine Bottles Into Coffee Table appeared first on .
  • Dmitriy Khristenko Creates Motorcycles From Broken Watches

    wastehunter
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    Ukrainian-born artist Dmitriy Khristenko who lives in USA created a collection of motorcycles and special vehicles made out of recycled wristwatch parts. Great meticulous work is done with gold and silver timepieces when transforming watches into various sculptures. He manually reconfigures parts coming from various watches as if making jewelry art. Such time-consuming work is now for sale. Would you get one for your friend? Miniature Watch Motorcycles by Dmitriy Khristenko More Artworks by Dmitriy Khristenko on Flickr The post Dmitriy Khristenko Creates Motorcycles From Broken Watches…
  • Enameled Colander Pendant Lamp

    wastehunter
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    We have another breakthrough idea how to use obsolete kitchenware. Old-fashioned Enamel Colander Strainer can be recreated into a lamp. How? Effortlessly, just buy the wiring kit, drill a hole in the bottom for the wire to be put through, attach a light bulb socket inside and screw in a bulb or use pin lights. Breathe new life into strainer that would stuck in the cabinet forever. You would love the pattern that appears on the ceiling and walls when the light is on. Amazing size, eco-friendly idea, personalized item, low cost solution, and customized color-simply DIY fantasy! How To Make…
  • DIY Repurposed T-shirt Shag Pillow

    wastehunter
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    I am attached to many of my T-shirts the way I cannot throw them away nor give them to somebody else. Too many memories linked to piece of cloths lying in the wardrobe, taking limited space and collecting dust. I am not wearing my jersey because of spots under arms. What an idea I come across to sew repurposed t-shirt shag pillow that will decorate couch in my flat! Real reincarnation of my old, shaggy T-shirts! I love the slogan of Vanessa (V and Co how to: shag pillow) “no animals or plants were hurt in the making of this project“ that exactly reflects my attitude to life balance. You…
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    Power Equipment Tips

  • How To Grow Garlic Without Replanting Every Year

    lbelding
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    In Central European folk belief garlic will ward off werewolves, vampires and demons. Some still believe this today (and to be honest, i’d try it if in such dire circumstance), but most just love how garlic tastes. Whether you need it to stock up on werewolf protection or just to fill your cabinet and flavor your meals most people don’t realize that garlic can be grown (in your own garden!) to return year after year. Here’s how: How to Plant Perennial Garlic Make sure when planting your garlic that you give each seed adequate space to grow. Plant them pointy side up within an…
  • Best Generators for Tailgating

    lbelding
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    It’s that time of year again. The age-old tradition of filling up the car with great food, family, friends and heading to your favorite team’s stadium is back for yet another epic year of college/professional football. The most important aspect of any great tailgate is of course, food. After that, maybe a small TV for the die-hard fan that needs to catch the pregame, a portable radio, portable fridge, grill, maybe even a laptop to bring entertainment full circle. The only question remains, how will I make sure I can run all of my equipment? The answer: Portable Generators. Good…
  • Choose The Best Fuel for Your Power Equipment (Part 2 With Checklist)

    lbelding
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    STALE FUEL – Gasoline begins the gradual process of degrading and losing its volatility as soon as it leaves the refinery. Just like milk, bread and other food items, gasoline will eventually spoil or turn stale. You’ll probably get sick if you drink spoiled milk. Leaving stale fuel in an engine will typically first cause non-warrantable fuel system damage. Stale fuel is the number one cause of stiff carburetor metering diaphragms and a leading cause of carburetor replacement. Very often, engines will run on stale fuel for some time. Stale fuel gum & varnish will quickly stick the…
  • Choose The Best Fuel for Your ECHO & Shindaiwa Power Equipment (Part One)

    lbelding
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    The Right Fuel For Your Equipment Only use Fuels that contain 10% Ethanol blend or less in ECHO and Shindaiwa 2‐Stroke Engines. Look on your gas station’s pump for a sign or decal to identify the percentage of Ethanol in the gasoline. In most states in the U.S. this is required by law. Use of fuel containing over 10% Ethanol (E10), such as (E15, E20, E30, E50 and E85), or any fuels not meeting ECHO and Shindaiwa requirements, are not approved for use in ECHO and Shindaiwa gasoline engines. Use Of Fuels Containing over 10% (E10) Ethanol can cause the following problems: Poor engine…
  • Animated Knots App on iTunes

    lbelding
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ever wish you knew how to tie any knot known to man? The top knot tying resource online is now available as an app! Whether you are an Arborist, Climber, or Fisherman, this app gives you the know-how in knot tying of a master. Read more information below from the Animated Knots page on itunes.com. “Named the best knot-tying app by Outside Magazine! Learn to tie knots the fun and easy way from the creators of the web’s #1 knot site and #1 iPhone knot app. Animated Knots by Grog HD is simply the best and most comprehensive teaching and reference tool for boaters, climbers,…
 
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