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  • Friday Favorites: Help Your Daily Routine Go Better, How to Tackle Kids Clutter + more!

    I'm an Organizing Junkie
    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Hi!  Is everyone happy it’s Friday?  I am although I don’t know why considering the most exciting thing I have to look forward to is Amazing Race tonight, ha!  But honestly that’s just the way I love it.  I love weekends without agendas and running around.  I like relaxing with the kids, hanging out with […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Help Your Daily Routine Go Better, How to Tackle Kids Clutter + more!
  • 3 Creative Ways to Light Your Home Using Upcycled Materials

    Home Improvement Made Easy on Doityourself.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    There are many things you're about to throw away that can be transformed from landfill clogger to upcycled, unique lighting. There's something special about the soft glow of a handmade lamp or conversational chandelier that adds character, class or even whimsy to any room in your home. Equally enchanting is creative outdoor lighting in gardens and outdoor rooms. And of course, you don’t have to break the bank or be a qualified electrician to create some really neat light fixtures from upcycled materials. Here are three great projects for the whole family. Wine Bottle Lantern Set…
  • 5 DIY Chicken Coops

    Oz DIY Handyman
    Steve Sagovac
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    There’s nothing better than fresh eggs in the morning. And the only way to get the freshest eggs is to have your own chickens. So no matter what the size of your backyard, there is a chicken coop that will fit your needs.  Build your own DIY Chicken Coop Building a chicken coop in your own backyard can be quite easily accomplished with some basic materials and tools. You can use timber that you have lying around, even old shipping pallets make perfect materials for a project of this kind. Here are 6 Chicken Coops that people have made, including how-to instructions on the process. 1.
  • Kohler Introduces Smaller-Sized Generator Units

    Home Construction Improvement
    Todd Fratzel
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    8, 10 and 12 kW Generators Make Standby Power More Accessible KOHLER, Wis. – September 23, 2014 – Kohler® Generators is rolling out a complete new line of standby generators designed for homeowners with fewer power requirements, and who are looking for the performance and reliability of a KOHLER... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Paint an Epoxy Concrete Floor Coating (Quikrete Example)

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    Ethan
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our garage workshop floor was in need of some serious TLC.  We applied an epoxy garage floor coating to cover the ugly oil stains and give the shop a nice, polished look. I’m amazed at the difference the floor makes and would recommend an epoxy coating for anyone looking to class-up their garage, basement or other concrete surface. Read on to learn how we did it and a few tips to remember when you start this project. Editors Note: A lot of readers have found this article helpful in transforming their own basement or garage. We hope you enjoy the article, and if there’s…
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  • New Project: Glowing, Dancing Oobleck

    Laura Cochrane
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Oobleck is a delightful non-Newtonian fluid that exists as a liquid under low-stress situations, but becomes more viscous when agitated or vibrated. Named after a fictional green precipitation in a Dr. Seuss book, the substance is fun on its own, but you can add more awesome by making it glow (with highlighter dye, under a black light) and making it perform (by placing it on a speaker). Be amazed as it comes to life!Read more on MAKE
  • The Best Junkyard that Ever Was: ACE Auto Dismantlers

    Jess Hobbs
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Maker Faire favorites like the Life Size Mousetrap and Cyclecide were born of junk donated by the now-closed ACE Junkyard. Filmmaker Yasmin Mawaz-Khan is Kickstarting for her documentary about this San Francisco maker landmark.Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Magic Cat Projector

    Laura Cochrane
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Make this fun mini projector just in time for Halloween. It throws a shadow image of a black cat — which then disappears, leaving only his spooky grin!Read more on MAKE
  • HP Unveils Their 3D Printer: Multi Jet Fusion

    Caleb Kraft
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    HP had previously mentioned that they would be entering the 3D printing market with their own hardware. Today they announced what that hardware will be. Targeting the commercial 3D printing industry, they’re showing off their Multi Jet Fusion Printer. HP, who is no stranger to printing, brings their own technology […]Read more on MAKE
  • Dutch inventors design 3D printer that builds using clay for large ceramics

    Cabe Atwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    The Vormvrij 3D printer uses clay as the medium for printing ceramic objects. An Arduino development board along with a Ramps 1.4 shield is the brains printer. Read more on MAKE
 
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  • Downspout Drainage Pipe

    Tim Carter
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Rachael Maloney, who has a nice home in Cedar City, UT, has a perplexing problem with a downspout drain pipe. Let her tell you about it: "We have a downspout  drain pipe that runs across our front sidewalk. You can see Rachael's problem. Photo credit: Rachael Maloney The problem I have is that the sidewalk is right up against the foundation of our garage.  The pipe sometimes comes undone from the aluminum downspout pipe.  This had resulted in the water running under our garage. Is there an inexpensive way to install a pipe under the sidewalk? Is it something we could do, our would we…
  • October 28, 2014 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

    Tim Carter
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Lots and lots going on today. You want to know how good I feel? Do you think I’m back to my usual self? Then you MUST READ the questions and the multiple-choice answers in the LE Johnson Wall Mount game that starts today! Kathy thinks I need professional help. Don’t go there. Bwahahahahahahaah. I’ll bet you can’t find the photo where I got the snippet! Click the game link far below in the newsletter to see how good you are. Heck, if you can’t wait, CLICK HERE. I’m also announcing today the top three winners in the Color My Door contest! Do you have a stinky garbage disposer?
  • Garbage Disposal Odor

    Tim Carter
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Does your garbage disposal smell like a rat died in it? You know, that foul odor? Let’s talk about why it happens. The odor is from rotting food that’s coating the side walls and bottom of the disposer. Many people don’t use a disposer the right way. Let’s go over that first. When you operate a garbage disposal, running water is your friend. You want the water from your faucet running before, during and after the grinding process. I urge you to run the water for a good 20 seconds after you turn off the disposal. This helps get the sludge you created grinding the food far down to the…
  • Preventing Mold Growth in Basements

    Tim Carter
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    DEAR TIM: Our full size divided basement has mold growing on the west side of the wall, as well as the south side on the other end of the basement. The basement has two sump pumps, one on each side of the basement. The basement does not leak water. We've scrubbed the mold away with bleach/water and painted the walls with Concrobium Mold Control. We leave the basement windows opened during dry warm periods to help with air circulation and at times will use two dehumidifiers, but to no avail. We even had the soil around our house regraded and that was a tremendous help, but not enough to stop…
  • October 24, 2014 AsktheBuilder Weekend Warrior Update

    Tim Carter
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    About an hour ago I sent out the Weekend Warrior update. WOWZA! Everyone loved the video about painting the doors. I'm getting tons of emails with questions. It's easier to answer everyone this way. Q: Tim, what sprayer were you using? A: Watch this other video and use the Amazon links there to BUY IT. Q: How much do you thin the paint? A: Watch the video! Pay attention to what I say about 2:15 into the video! Q: You made an adjustment to the sprayer when using the Pratt and Lambert paint. Why? A: You can adjust the spray pattern of the sprayer by rotating the tip. You can make the paint…
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  • 3 Creative Ways to Light Your Home Using Upcycled Materials

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    There are many things you're about to throw away that can be transformed from landfill clogger to upcycled, unique lighting. There's something special about the soft glow of a handmade lamp or conversational chandelier that adds character, class or even whimsy to any room in your home. Equally enchanting is creative outdoor lighting in gardens and outdoor rooms. And of course, you don’t have to break the bank or be a qualified electrician to create some really neat light fixtures from upcycled materials. Here are three great projects for the whole family. Wine Bottle Lantern Set…
  • Terms of the Trade: What Is a CFL Bulb?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    CFL stands for compact fluorescent lamp. Unlike an incandescent bulb, which produces light via a wire filament that glows as current runs through it, CFLs produce light when electric current travels through a tube of argon and mercury vapor. An ultraviolet light excites the fluorescent coating inside the tube, creating visible light. CFLs sell for anywhere from 3 to 10 times more than a regular incandescent bulb, but their lifespan is 8 to 15 times longer and they use up to 75 percent less energy than an incandescent....
  • The Nuts and Bolts: 6 Home Protection Tips Every Snowbird Should Know

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    6 Home-Protection Tips Every Snowbird Should Know With last year's polar vortex fresh in the minds of many Americans, the flock of snowbird travelers could grow considerably this season as folks head to the sunny states. Whether families spend a couple of weeks or the majority of the winter in a different state, preparing a residence for a prolonged absence is important. Snowbird travelers need to protect their homes from the forces of Mother Nature and potential burglars or trespassers. Preparing a House for an Extended Absence When leaving any property for more than a week, there is more…
  • What We're Working On: My Upcycled Patio Heater Jukebox

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    I saw this rusted out, old fashioned, cylindrical patio heater at a yard sale and could not walk away from it. Like a shark investigating a buoy I circled it for a few minutes and then bit it for $20. I rolled it home on its tiny wheels and it stood in my yard for a couple of years. Eagle eyed readers may have spotted it in the backgrounds of other projects like the Frank Sinatra Table, Redwood Corral Table, and Fake Fireplace. It was beyond ever being a heater again, but it deserved better than the upcycling default solution,...
  • 10 Ways to Upcycle Wine Bottles

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    If you enjoy the occasional glass of wine, chances are you have a small collection of empty wine bottles piling up in the corner of your garage. Fortunately, empty wine bottles are one of the most versatile upcycling supplies around. From drinkware to garden decor, here are 10 DIY projects you can make at home. For most of these ideas, you will likely want to remove the label. Soak the bottles in a sink full of warm water with a few tablespoons of baking soda for 30 minutes. The labels should float to the top. If they don’t, they should...
 
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  • How to Make Buttermilk from Milk

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Buttermilk is the milk from cultured butter. It's a tangy, slightly sweet, and wonderfully rich liquid that's reminiscent of yogurt. A lot of people enjoy making buttermilk pancakes early on a Saturday morning, but not a lot of people have buttermilk sitting in their refrigerator, nor know what to do with a quart of buttermilk when the pancakes are done. For this reason, it's often easier to make buttermilk from milk. This article will show you how to do exactly that, along with a couple substitutes you can use in a pinch, as well as how to make the real deal! Ingredients 1 cup whole milk 1…
  • How to Make Glow in the Dark Cupcakes

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    From fun glowing Halloween cupcakes to lighting up the night with your favorite dessert, creating glow in the dark cupcakes is not only easy, it’s fun. All you need is a black light! Ingredients Cupcakes or unfrosted baked goods of choice, either homemade or purchased 7 cups of confectioner’s/icing sugar 1 cup vegetable shortening 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract 5 tablespoons tonic water Neon food coloring 0.3 oz/8.5g pack of either lime or orange gelatin 1 cup boiling water 1 cup chilled tonic water Steps Preparing the Frosting Combine the confectioner’s sugar, vegetable shortening,…
  • How to Make Hot Wings Sauce

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Spicy chicken wings are a sports bar favorite. However, you can mix up a batch of hot wings sauce with common household spices and ingredients. Keep it around to spice up salads, soups and sandwiches, in addition to chicken. Ingredients 1 tbsp. (8.1g) chili powder 1/4 tsp. (0.6g) smoked paprika 1/2 tsp. (1.2g) sweet paprika 1 tbsp. (9.3g) garlic powder 1/2 tsp. (1.2g) onion powder 1/2 tsp. (0.9g) cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp. (1.5g) salt 2 tbsp. (30ml) canola oil 1/2 tsp. (2.5ml) honey 1/3 cup (79ml) rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp. (8g) cornstarch 1 cup (204g) butter Steps Part One: Cooking the Sauce…
  • How to Draw Jack Skellington

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington tries to bring aspects of the holiday season to a town based entirely around Halloween. Follow the steps below to learn to draw the Pumpkin King himself! Steps Frightening Jack Draw a stick figure of Jack. Add volume to the stick figure. Take note that Jack is very thin and has pointy fingers. Draw his suit. He has a bat-inspired bowtie and the bottom of his coat has five pointy tips at the back. Draw the face. He has eye sockets since he is already a skeleton. Draw an angle pointing upwards for the nose. Use vertical lines lined across a…
  • How to Remove Cactus Needles

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Walking through desert terrain presents a particular set of challenges not found in other landscapes. Even if you're just going for a casual walk, you'll need to look out for cactus plants with needles that can attach to your clothing and pierce your skin. Cacti such as the jumping Cholla and teddy bear cactus have dozens of thin, hair-like needles that quickly adhere to anything that brushes by the plant. The more threatening prickly pear cactus has thicker, spiny needles that can cause a dermatological reaction if the injured person doesn't immediately remove the cactus needle. Steps…
 
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  • Customize Your Countertops With Concrete

    Susan Serra, CKD
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    My colleague, Laurie Laizure, founder of the Google+ Community: Interior Design Community sees products, talks to manufacturers, designers and others in the design community every day and one of those products is concrete, which we see used in so many different ways in home design. Laurie has shared with me that she has a "thing" for concrete, and here are her thoughts on this interesting material. Thanks for your insights on concrete, Laurie! In Laurie's words ... I have a confession. Born and raised in New Hampshire (also known as “The Granite State”), it feels a little wrong…
  • Miele Appliances - It's Really All About The Food

    Susan Serra, CKD
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Last fall I attended a press event in Seattle with representatives from Miele, in part, to be up close and personal with Miele appliances via an extended and relaxed cooking session, the focus of the 2 day event. What I didn't expect was that the entirety of the event would be one soulful experience after another which blew my mind, and I'm very serious, so this post may be a little emotional, expressive, and whatever else comes out into text. I'm here to tell you that Miele, that precision engineered, sleek, elegant, highly designed, upscale brand, has a whole lot of soul not so far…
  • Tile Trends 2014

    Susan Serra, CKD
    23 Feb 2014 | 4:49 am
    Having just returned as a guest of Tile of Spain, after attending Cevisama, held in Valencia, Spain, one of the largest tile industry shows, I have compiled a list of tile trends you will want to know about NOW. Just a note - have you seen Tile of Spain's website? It's GOOD - filled with information, quick ship products and easy and fast to navigate. Worth a mention and a visit. Based on studying my images (over 3,000), here are the tile trends that I spotted on the show floor. Many are continuing strong trends from previous years. Other peripheral trends, at an early stage, are venturing…
  • Tile of Spain - Tradition and Innovation Defined

    Susan Serra, CKD
    20 Feb 2014 | 7:40 am
    Last Week I was a guest of Tile of Spain on a trip that immersed our small group in Spanish history, culture, and tile innovation as we attended the fantastic tile fair, Cevisama, an image of the fair below. To experience Spain in this 360 degree way allowed me to connect the dots from historic art and tile to modern, quite incredible architecture, to innovative food still grounded in tradition, to stunning, modern tile design and impressive technological advances in tile, all of which has shown me that there is a great energy and spirit for design across many disciplines. The desire and…
  • Mr. Steam Steam Bath - For Health & Wellness

    Susan Serra, CKD
    17 Nov 2013 | 2:09 pm
    Mr. Steam's steam generating products for the shower, unbeknownst to me until last month, have powerful, and seemingly magical qualities that can actually add a positive dimension to your life. Sounds like ad-speak, right? I'm a typical stressed New Yorker-type, as I sit in front of my 3 monitors in my home office, all of which I use (and could really use a fourth), travel frequently and juggle too many balls. Yet, I'm also at an age, 59, where I understand the importance of relaxation and have the luxury of relaxing when I wish to - putting my feet up, having a glass of wine, things like…
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  • Kohler Introduces Smaller-Sized Generator Units

    Todd Fratzel
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    8, 10 and 12 kW Generators Make Standby Power More Accessible KOHLER, Wis. – September 23, 2014 – Kohler® Generators is rolling out a complete new line of standby generators designed for homeowners with fewer power requirements, and who are looking for the performance and reliability of a KOHLER... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to remove a stump (Part 1)

    Jeff Williams
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    How to Remove a Stump without breaking your back or the bank (Part 1) Last year I cut down a large maple tree in the yard that was only 10 feet from the house. The previous owners never should have planted it that close. Over the years as it grew, the roots started getting bound… Home... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
 
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  • Spooky or Not? A DIY Marquee Pumpkin

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Despite the appearance of a graveyard in my front yard, I'm not usually keen on decorating for Halloween. Carve up a pumpkin, make a costume, and buy some chocolate treats and we can call this holiday done. But then I had a little girl, who, it turns out, LOVES Halloween. She managed to convince her Dad to stock up on all the scary stuff the Dollar Store and Michaels had to offer (okay, maybe it was the 70% off sign) which explains why there is a plate of fingers and eyeballs outside. Most unappetizing hors d'oeuvres ever.Bravado aside, Chloe is still a little girl so there is a bit of…
  • Last-Minute Halloween Treats

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's Halloween on Friday and I'm scrambling to finish up costumes and make up some treats for Chloe's school party. You know me, I love a themed party so the treats have to look appropriately spooky but quick and easy too. No time to waste - I've still got pumpkins to carve! I've been fixated with homemade popcorn recently (my topping of choice: garlic powder and shaved gruyere cheese. Yum!!) so I'll be making batches of it and wrapping them up in these witch's broom treat bags, above. Aren't they cute? I used Martha's tutorial but used glitter pipe cleaner to bind the bag and a…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A gorgeous kitchen revealThe cutest playhouse. And its decorated for Halloween!Hack that IKEA (too bad only the handles and legs ship to Canada :( )Love how Sarah took this living room from woody to wowChevron, mason jars... could this be the next big thing? I'm liking these ones by Oh Joy for the holidaysHow to pack like a proSurprisingly chic Halloween ideasCan't wait to follow along on Bailey's country house renovation. Everything she does is magic.So that's how you make a video go viralPhoto of the week. I did a DIY family photo shoot with a camera remote and a tripod - and…
  • Best of Etsy: 2015 Calendars

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Have you started on your holiday shopping? I'm determined to be ahead of the game this year. I make it a goal every year but I really want to have all my gifts bought before December. That month should be reserved for baking and eating and merry-making (and not the stress shopping I usually do)!One thing I've ticked off the list is buying a calendar for one of my girlfriends. Ok, so I bought one for me too. But how can I resist? Etsy is my shopping source of choice for calendars and I've rounded up some of the prettiest ones out there.You can see these and more in my collection, Best of Etsy:…
  • Making Family Dinner Special

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Now that that the weather has turned decidedly fall-like, I’m craving heartier food. Do you feel like that too? I say bring on the soups, the stews, and the pasta. World Pasta Day is on October 25th (did you know there was such a thing?) and Barilla has asked me to share my tips on creating a family dinner to celebration the occasion. I'm all for enjoying a good meal with your family and making pasta night feel a bit more out of the ordinary.Feature your family’s favourite pasta dishes. My pasta dish of choice is usually thicker noodles in a cream or rose sauce. Sean prefers his filled…
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  • It’s Not Over Yet

    Kit
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    It’s tempting to spend all of my free time these days holed up in a half-demolished bathroom, trying to piece it back together. Usually when I start a new project all I want to do is work on that project (until it’s about 95% of the way done, and then, of course, all I want to do is start a new project. I’m contrary like that.) But, while a lot of my attention is focused on all of the demo going on in my life right now, we’re still having nice weather here and there, and I’ve got the whole rest of the farm to prep for winter. This whole “garden”…
  • Neverending Demo

    Kit
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I feel like I’ve been covered in drywall dust for the last… eternity. It’s been two weekends, right? Well, you have your nose and esophagus coated with drywall dust for a few weeks and tell me it doesn’t start feeling like eternity. Or, you know, maybe you use a proper, osha-approved dust mask and not a t-shirt tied over your face and so you don’t have these problems… Don’t worry, I have an osha-approved dust mask in the house, it’s just doing more important things during demo. No one wants a dusty glass of wine, amirite? Honestly, I thought…
  • Chickens & Colors

    Kit
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fall is by far my favorite season, but it also means a lot of my favorite things are ending for the year–no more fresh veggies from the garden, no more being greeted by the Nugs when I get home from work, no more sunsets–so this time of year I put a little extra effort into appreciating the farm while I can still, you know, see it in daylight. It’s a little hard to believe this tree doesn’t glow in the dark, actually. And the Nugs, as always, provide endless entertainment… Is that chicken joyously frolicking through the leaves, or what? The guineas remain…
  • In Progress Problems: Bathroom Edition

    Kit
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    How many times have you guys heard me say this? When it comes to DIY things always, always get worse before they get better. The universe beat that lesson into my head well enough over the last few years that I don’t get too worked up about it anymore. I just pour myself a glass of wine and get on with it. Here are a few of the little surprises the bathroom had in store for me over the last week. First, the leaky-toilet/rotted floor situation that we already talked about. As far as unpleasant surprises go, this could have been worse. Then the crew came to remove the old tub, and things…
  • Tending The Land

    Kit
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    While the bathroom floor demo was big news, if we put it in terms of square footage, it was only a tiny, tiny part of the progress I made over the weekend. An even bigger project that needed to be tackled (for the first time in 18 months) was this… The weeds in my back field are about shoulder height, which is what happens when you let things grow wild for years. This property, all of it, is a blessing. It gives me space to breathe in a way I’ve never known anywhere else I’ve lived. It also created massive amounts of anxiety, because it turns out that weeds do not just sit…
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  • Closet TLC Challenge: Tackle and Lose Clutter

    Laura
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. Today’s post is long overdue! I have wanted to share my closet for awhile, but it hasn’t been completely organized. I guess it took me moving to get my closet under control. My previous closet was organized, but I was having […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Closet TLC Challenge: Tackle and Lose Clutter
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 27/14

    Laura
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello!  Well it’s winter here in northern Alberta, Canada y’all.  It snowed yesterday and we are getting temps in the negatives now so I think it’s safe to say it’s here to stay for awhile.  And by awhile I mean at least 6 months.  Ugg.  I really am not a snow person but call me […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 27/14
  • Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Sign ~ Free Printable!

    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. Well, you’ll either love this or laugh at this, but I have to share in hopes that it will help at least one reader out there like me! Several years ago I was overwhelmed with just about everything unexpected that comes […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Sign ~ Free Printable!
  • Friday Favorites: Help Your Daily Routine Go Better, How to Tackle Kids Clutter + more!

    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Hi!  Is everyone happy it’s Friday?  I am although I don’t know why considering the most exciting thing I have to look forward to is Amazing Race tonight, ha!  But honestly that’s just the way I love it.  I love weekends without agendas and running around.  I like relaxing with the kids, hanging out with […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Help Your Daily Routine Go Better, How to Tackle Kids Clutter + more!
  • Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

    Laura
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. Let’s not beat around the bush, shall we?  I’m just going to come right out and say it. Friends, this is the most amazing banana bread.  Ever.  EVER.  A bit ooey, a bit gooey, and absolutely bedazzled with chocolate chips and walnuts. […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread
 
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  • How to Paint an Epoxy Concrete Floor Coating (Quikrete Example)

    Ethan
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our garage workshop floor was in need of some serious TLC.  We applied an epoxy garage floor coating to cover the ugly oil stains and give the shop a nice, polished look. I’m amazed at the difference the floor makes and would recommend an epoxy coating for anyone looking to class-up their garage, basement or other concrete surface. Read on to learn how we did it and a few tips to remember when you start this project. Editors Note: A lot of readers have found this article helpful in transforming their own basement or garage. We hope you enjoy the article, and if there’s…
  • How to Build a Shed (with a Record 100+ Pics, Vids, and Diagrams!)

    Ethan
    22 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    This article is part of our library of DIY and expert Project Guides that share step-by-step explanations for a wide range of home improvement projects. As part of building this library, I follow expert contractors to the job site, documenting their steps, tips, techniques, and tools. We’re striving to be the best on the web! If you like what you read, please subscribe to our feed to keep up with all of the latest projects! Most of last week, I followed expert general contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew as they built this great looking backyard shed. This article covers…
  • How to Build a Wall-Mounted Lumber Storage Rack

    Ethan
    18 Dec 2013 | 3:00 am
    We’ve finished building three heavy-duty work benches and one of two folding wood sawhorses. Another important part of a workshop is good lumber storage. Up until now we’ve been piling boards on the floor, and it’s been a pain to keep moving them to make room for projects. Our solution is a simple wall-mounted wooden lumber rack. This article shares the instructions for building this rack. I found the idea on Woodsmith Shop, and with a few modifications, built one that fully meets our needs. Tools & Materials I had one-half of a sheet of plywood left over from…
  • How to Install a Tile Floor (Complete Guide)

    Ethan
    27 Nov 2013 | 3:00 am
    This is a comprehensive guide for how to install a tile floor (ceramic or porcelain). Below you’ll find tutorials for every step of the process, with expert knowledge and tips from professional tile contractors. Read on for links to the individual articles and recommended tools for laying tile. We hope you enjoy the series! This series covers everything for installing a ceramic or porcelain tile floor, including leveling the floor, installing underlayment, marking guides, laying tile and grouting joints. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll have the know-how to install tile in…
  • How to Paint a Three-Piece Crown Molding

    Ethan
    23 Nov 2013 | 3:00 am
    Today we’re featuring a guest article by Ken from The Joy of Moldings Jennifer’s kitchen is getting a top to bottom molding makeover. I just installed the crown molding and door trim (a Greek Revival eared architrave style), but still have the baseboard and wainscoting to go. Since I get so many questions at The Joy of Moldings.com about how to paint crown moldings, I thought I’d share my painting techniques with One Project Closer readers. Project Price & Materials Crown Molding Materials From Lowes: $211.75 Primer: $30.74 Sherwin Williams Wall & Wood Primer (this primer…
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  • How to Build a DIY Workbench

    Steve Sagovac
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    This DIY workbench is something I just found at PopularMechanics.com, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a pretty nice unit when it comes to size, functionality, sturdiness and it’s also a do-it-yourself woodwork project. Now this is the first time I have ever visited this site. With a name like “Popular Mechanics” I imagined it had something to do with cars and engines. DIY Workbench Step by Step Instructions If you’re looking to build yourself a workbench, you should definitely check out this site. This is the Popular Mechanics intro to the Workbench…
  • Reclaimed Packing Timber Table

    Steve Sagovac
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    All this timber just being wasted At my brothers factory, he is always receiving these long pallets of material that all include packing timber frames on the top and bottom of each pack. I must admit that I have seen these palettes over the years and not once did it occur to me to try and use the timber to build some furniture instead of just using it in my fireplace. Recently I noticed that an old table, with a slat top, that was always sitting outside was starting to look a bit worse for wear. A few of the slats along the top had rotted on the ends and they were starting to break off. That…
  • Termites – The Terrifying Truth infographic

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Everyone knows and agrees that termites are one of those things that can absolutely frighten a homeowner. They are like a bunch of covert ninjas, doing their dirty-work behind the scenes, and you don’t even know about any damage until it’s too late. Termites are Terrifying Over at BobVila.com they have produced an infographic “The Terrifying Truth about Termites“, that covers some simple facts, and what to look for. Keep in mind that this infographic is written for the American market and refers back to the “NPMA – National Pest Management…
  • How to Stop Water Hammer

    Steve Sagovac
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    What is Water Hammer Wikipedia describes Water Hammer as: Water hammer (or, more generally, fluid hammer) is a pressure surge or wave caused when a fluid (usually a liquid but sometimes also a gas) in motion is forced to stop or change direction suddenly (momentum change). A water hammer commonly occurs when a valve closes suddenly at an end of a pipeline system, and a pressure wave propagates in the pipe. It is also called hydraulic shock. This pressure wave can cause major problems, from noise and vibration to pipe collapse. It is possible to reduce the effects of the water hammer pulses…
  • 5 DIY Chicken Coops

    Steve Sagovac
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    There’s nothing better than fresh eggs in the morning. And the only way to get the freshest eggs is to have your own chickens. So no matter what the size of your backyard, there is a chicken coop that will fit your needs.  Build your own DIY Chicken Coop Building a chicken coop in your own backyard can be quite easily accomplished with some basic materials and tools. You can use timber that you have lying around, even old shipping pallets make perfect materials for a project of this kind. Here are 6 Chicken Coops that people have made, including how-to instructions on the process. 1.
 
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  • Monoblock Tube Amplifier DIY

    Gray
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Monoblock Tube Amplifier DIY click - http://bltIy.com/1ig7rPs This Monoblock Tube Amplifier DIY is totally cheered all around. I would exceedingly propose it to anybody out there. I was...
  • #132 DIY | Studded Sneakers

    Gray
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    This is an EASY studded sneakers tutorial, THUMB UP this video! I hope you enjoy this cute rocking DIY video. If you want to see more DIY's let me know, I'd . Super easy and cute! I bought...
  • DIY-McCafe Gum-ball machine (READ DESCRIPTION)

    Gray
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Hope you guys enjoyed this really cute and easy McCafe Gumball machine. Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and leave a comment below saying your favorite DIY craft for some more DIY ideas Created using...
  • #122 DIY | VELVET/COTTON Candy Nails?

    Gray
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Do you think these are Velvet Nails or Cotton Candy Inspired nails? I love this look, it's fun and easy to do! FYI, no top coat is required with this look, i. WIE FINDET IHR DIESE IDEE?...
  • DIY clean your makeup brushes!!

    Gray
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    DIY clean your makeup brushes!! Thanks for Watching! :) instagram- syd_bae99.
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  • Found Pocket Knives, Victorinox Budding Knife

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My wife and I recently bought a new-to-us car. While we were cleaning out the old car to sell, I came across these three pocket knives in the very-full glove compartment (along with some hand warmer packets from the late 1980s). We figured these knives must have come from her father when he had the car years ago. I thought they were pretty interesting and worth a quick post.A little background would help here. My wife's family are orchardists, so it was no surprise her dad would forget a tool or two while he used the car to drive through apple orchard rows. I think I had probably came across…
  • Gerber Crucial Review Update

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I bought the Gerber Crucial for myself about two years ago. At the time, I was searching for a multi-tool that was fairly compact and had the ability to deploy most, if not all, of the tools without fully opening the tool. My intent was to EDC (every-day carry) it. On paper, the Crucial fit my needs; however, I only found myself carrying it on and off.Here is a link to my original review from about 20 months ago. I actually thought quite highly of the tool at the time. So, why didn't I regularly use it for EDC? It's hard to say. A while after I bought the Crucial, I ended up getting a…
  • TSA to Allow Pocket Knives on Planes

    5 Mar 2013 | 8:12 pm
    The Transportation Security Administration, you know, those guys that make you take off your shoes at airports and don't have the common decency to at least put a rug down, has some good news for handymen and women today. Starting April 25th, they'll allow small pocket knives in carry-on luggage on planes. Here is a link to their press release.Also...They'll now allow previously prohibited sports equipment, such as pool cues, golf clubs, and hockey sticks. Does this sound like a hijacking attempt waiting to happen? Well, don't worry. Now Casey Jones is free to protect our airlines once…
  • DIY Wooden Sunglasses

    4 Mar 2013 | 8:29 pm
    I'm generally the kind of person who takes good care of their things, except all bets are off with sunglasses. That's why I'm a big fan of cheap ones. My usual go-to sunglasses are actually "safety shades" as I like to call them. They can be found at the local big box home improvement store for $5-10.  Of course, they aren't very stylish.I recently bought a couple pair of "aviator-style" sunglasses from Amazon for just a couple bucks each. From a distance, a long distance, these could be passable as stylish... I guess; however, I wanted to replace some of the cheap plastic on them with…
  • Sipik SK68 LED Flashlight Mod

    27 Feb 2013 | 9:53 pm
    I've been interested in LED flashlights for a while now. It was about a year and a half ago that I got my first high-power LED flashlight, meaning, it doesn't use multiple 5mm LEDs like the previous lights I've featured here on my blog (see my LED flashlight roundup for those). These newer lights are much more powerful and use a single LED of a different variety.The Sipik SK68 is widely regarded as a budget light. In fact, you can get it for less than $10; however, that doesn't mean that it's poor quality. I'd say it's one of the best "bang for your buck" lights out there right now. I…
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  • HTG Explains: When Should You Use Encryption?

    Chris Hoffman
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    More operating systems are including encryption by default, which is fine. But, if your operating system doesn’t, you probably don’t need to start encrypting everything with third-party software.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to View the Source Code of a Chrome Extension

    Martin Hendrikx
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Every Chrome extension that you install on your computer is actually constructed out of a special zip file that contains files and folders of Javascript code and other resources. The great thing is that you can actually look into the source code of an extension and see what it is really doing.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to Remove Trovi / Conduit / Search Protect Browser Hijack Malware

    Lowell Heddings
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If your computer has been hijacked with an obnoxious malware that won’t let you change your home page, there’s a strong chance you’ve been infected with the Trovi Search Protect malware, which used to be known as Conduit. Here’s how to remove it.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Geek Trivia: The Tumbleweed, An Icon Of The American West, Actually Hails From?

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    The Tumbleweed, An Icon Of The American West, Actually Hails From? Russia Australia Sudan ChinaThink you know the answer?
  • How to Make an MP3 from Any Video File

    Matt Klein
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    If you’ve ever wished you could create an MP3 from a favorite video file, then today is your lucky day. With simple, open source software, you can strip the audio and convert it to your favorite format in a matter of minutes!Click Here to Continue Reading
 
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  • cottage renovation: chosing a paint color

    Angela M.
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    As fall’s rainy months kick in, we are in a race to finish the exterior on our river cottage renovation. After removing the old and worn stucco, replacing the sill beam, raising the house and digging a french drain, we were ready to chose the siding. We had a great deal of debate about whether to go the least inexpensive route (vinyl) or the most expensive (a concrete composite, like Hardy board). In the end we went with cedar planks, which are classic and strong. Another feature to the cedar planks, which could be a pro or con depending on how decisive you are, is that they are primed…
  • deliciously creepy williams-sonoma skull tabletop – on sale!

    Angela M.
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Even though every magazine in our house is featuring decadent spreads of Thanksgiving bounties, we are still living in the moment of the upcoming Halloween feast! Every year we drool over some of them amazingly creepy serving dishes and tabletop gear that hits store shelves, but usually refrain from indulging. Williams-Sonoma has some hard to resist, tastefully gothic diningwware this season — from black ceramic skull mugs that Dr. Lector would love to an apron fit for an Osteologist. We’re especially charmed by these bone cocktail picks, which will make any egg on a tray taste…
  • real life test kitchen: homemade gummy candies

    Angela M.
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    The other night we were at a friend’s house for dinner, and the two-six year-olds decided to “make” some candy. The patient mom allowed them to pour some sugar in a bowl, toss in some honey, a few drops of fruit juice and a pinch of cinnamon. They heated it on the stove until it was gooey mess, spread it out on a piece of parchment paper and stuck it in the fridge. About an hour later it was thick enough that they could roll into a ball and pop it into their mouths. Without a doubt, this was one of the happiest moments of Isadora’s life thus far. A big light bulb went…
  • portable hot tubs: genius or cheesy?

    Angela M.
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    This summer during our annual pilgrimage up north to Mt. Desert Island in Maine, we were lucky enough to nab a rental property that came with a hot tub on the back deck. Every night, we’d take a soak outdoors, taking in the gorgeous views and letting our hike-weary muscles relax. Our six year old girl thought it was the coolest hot thing in the world (though instructing her not to try to swim in it was another matter). Back home, the thought of having a permanent hot tub is less appealing. We know we wouldn’t use all year round, and we imagine it just taking up space and getting…
  • real life test kitchen: jamie oliver’s apple pie recipe that never fails

    Angela M.
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    This is an update to one of our favorite posts! Apple pie is one of those things I never thought I would make myself. It seemed like something that would require a great deal of skill and patience, not to mention equipment — none of which I have! But then a couple of years ago I stumbled across Jamie Oliver’s Apple Pie recipe. It’s one of his “top ten” favourites in this book Jamie’s Dinners. I don’t know if it was the lovely photo or the casual way the recipe was written, but it seemed like something I could handle with my limited baking skills…
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  • Dealing with Asbestos in Older Homes

    Danny Lipford
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Watch this video to find out about materials in older homes that may contain asbestos, and how proper attic ventilation can help remove pollutants from your attic.
  • Reducing Airborne Allergens in Your Home

    Danny Lipford
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Watch this video to find out how to reduce airborne allergens and improve indoor air quality in you home by installing a whole house air ventilation system with heat or energy recovery.
  • Outdoor Cordless Tool Giveaway Winner!

    Danny Lipford
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Congratulations to Mark Terrazas of Los Angeles, California, who was chosen at random from over 50,000 entries as the winner of our Outdoor Cordless Tool Giveaway!
  • How to Clean Dishwasher Spray Arms

    Joe Truini
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Find out how to clean the holes in the spray arms on your dishwasher to allow the dishwasher to work better and get dishes cleaner. Watch this video to find out more.
  • DIY Kitchen Cabinet Painting Tips

    Danny Lipford
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Watch this video for tips on how to sand, repair, and paint your kitchen cabinets yourself to provide good adhesion and prevent peeling.
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  • We are hiring!

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    **THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED**Hello! We are hiring!We are looking for a great person to assist with packing and shipping orders.  If you love to wrap presents, write thank you notes and have a strong attention to detail, you will do well in this position.  We have a very small and close knit workplace so it is imperative you are comfortable in a small working environment.  Computer work is not too complicated but, you must be comfortable with a desktop computer and shipping software.REQUIREMENTS:experience making things
strong attention to detail
ability to follow…
  • New Space

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Good Morning, Wednesday. This is my new landscape. The studio has been moved and we are slowly getting back to production and shipping out orders from the last 10 days. There's a lot of 'where's the such and such?' and adjusting muscle memories to the new space and finding better ways to organize. But, I love it here.  Feeling pretty grateful to get to work in a space like this. 
  • Moved

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    This week has been filled with so many emotions of change and adjustment.  We left behind the studio we worked so hard to build out three years ago...the one we thought we would never leave...to move into the most beautiful studio we've ever worked in.  So much hard labor went into making it this way and I am forever thankful to Jeremy who made it all happen and for letting me be his assistant while we worked on refinishing the space.  I want to say we will never leave here but, I've learned, trusting permanence is not a smart thing to do.  Things change,…
  • 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…
 
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  • House Tour Vlog

    JennaMarbles
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    House Tour Vlog 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: 1272765 58335 ratings Time: 09:54 More in Comedy
  • Jenna's Rachet Salon With Julien Solomita

    JennaMarbles
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Jenna's Rachet Salon With Julien Solomita Julien's majestic channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFightingSolo Many videos include me looking like the bad guy from the DaVinci Code. Please subscri... From: JennaMarbles Views: 1558377 81008 ratings Time: 08:32 More in Comedy
  • What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean

    JennaMarbles
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean Here's eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfBdBpr7KCo Here's Ariana Grande singing eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXCk3XTvz... From: JennaMarbles Views: 3344388 125431 ratings Time: 05:39 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 Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 2364080 120743 ratings Time: 08:00 More in Comedy
  • How To Dance Like A White Girl

    JennaMarbles
    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: 4128757 130308 ratings Time: 04:20 More in Comedy
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  • Tonto dog rider costume

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Based off the western movie The Lone Ranger, this tiny sidekick Tonto was made to ride on the back of my dog, making her look like a horse. My version may look a little different than the one from the movie, but is recognizable immediately (and insanely adorable).Using a doll figurine as the base mo...By: mikeasaurusContinue Reading »
  • Star Trek Inspired LED Astronaut Costume DIY

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Captain’s Log: We’ve been in transit at light speed for well over six weeks now. Like our imaginations, space is seemingly endless. A plethora of advanced spacesuit designs have surfaced from here to the Pleiades. On this strange planet called Earth, this new spacesuit seems well-equipped for a terr...By: MarlonHeimerlHalloweenCostumesContinue Reading »
  • American Flag Pallet

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This instructable shows you how to make a hanging American flag from a pallet, It doesn't take too long and isn't too difficult, so enjoy!Tools/Items Required:SawHammerNailsSand paperbox cutterPrinterRulerMasking tapePaint - red/white/BlueVarnish Setting up the pallet Strip off all the wood exce...By: bluebeanContinue Reading »
  • booger brittle

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    A couple weeks ago, I asked audreyobscura what she thought would be really gross as a food. She came up with booger brittle! I loved the name and wanted to give it a go.I'm not sure I've 100% done it justice and will probably try again, but I'm pretty into this. :DBooger brittle is a white chocolate...By: jessyratfinkContinue Reading »
  • Make more of Modio with Meshmixer and 123D

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Modio is a great mobile app that lets you design articulated creatures and make them on a 3D printer. It's a lot of fun to use on iOS and Android, and pretty much guarantees excellent results.However, what if you want to make an extra-special creature, going beyond the parts in the app? Say you want...By: gpvillamilContinue Reading »
 
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    Instructables: exploring - living - featured

  • Tonto dog rider costume

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Based off the western movie The Lone Ranger, this tiny sidekick Tonto was made to ride on the back of my dog, making her look like a horse. My version may look a little different than the one from the movie, but is recognizable immediately (and insanely adorable).Using a doll figurine as the base mo...By: mikeasaurusContinue Reading »
  • Star Trek Inspired LED Astronaut Costume DIY

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Captain’s Log: We’ve been in transit at light speed for well over six weeks now. Like our imaginations, space is seemingly endless. A plethora of advanced spacesuit designs have surfaced from here to the Pleiades. On this strange planet called Earth, this new spacesuit seems well-equipped for a terr...By: MarlonHeimerlHalloweenCostumesContinue Reading »
  • Low-cost / High-scare Slender Man

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    You're peacefully walking in the woods, enjoying the night breeze. You left your friends at the party, so nothing could disrupt your quiet lonely walk. The night is dark, but the moonlight can still allow you to find your way among the trees.Suddenly, something lights up. And... HE'S HERE! THE SLEND...By: IkelabContinue Reading »
  • Grim Reaper Scythe / Sickle

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    NOTE: This Instructable is entered in the "Halloween Props" competition, so, if you like it, please vote using the button in the upper right hand corner. Thanks!For our haunted forest this year, one of our actors decided he wanted to be an 8 foot tall grim reaper. He would use drywall stilts under...By: DIYhaunterContinue Reading »
  • Simple Spooky Blood Red LED Lights

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    It should be named Spooky Blood Red LED lights when you're too lazy to go buy some.We put up some spider webs on the front of the house but I wasn't quite happy with the results so I decided they needed some red lights.Being too lazy to go find red bulbs or red gel sheets, I decided to see what I ha...By: coolscience.comContinue Reading »
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  • Low-cost / High-scare Slender Man

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    You're peacefully walking in the woods, enjoying the night breeze. You left your friends at the party, so nothing could disrupt your quiet lonely walk. The night is dark, but the moonlight can still allow you to find your way among the trees.Suddenly, something lights up. And... HE'S HERE! THE SLEND...By: IkelabContinue Reading »
  • Let's Make your own vinyl wall decals

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    This is a quick how-to on making a vinyl wall decal easily and cheaply for your office using existing artwork and a Cricut Explore. Setting up your cutting board. First things first bringing in your artwork to Cricut's Design Space. To keep things simple you would want your logo/motto/message/quo...By: alesandromeContinue Reading »
  • 3D Comic Book Cover

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This 3D comic book cover is easy to make and looks super cool either sitting on a bookshelf or hanging on the wall. It takes very little money or time to make, and will add some geeky but classy panache to your house! Gathering Your Tools For this project, you're going to need... Four picture fra...By: WaffleGuruContinue Reading »
  • Custom Fit Leather Armor Breast Plate Celtic Edition

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    This tutorial will provide you with the following skills:- How to make a cheap body form- How to make your own patterns- How to tool leather with hand tools- How to finish leather- How to stitch leather lacingMaterials(See links in Instructable for tools on Tandy website)Pencil Ball point penRuler, ...By: from_the_toolboxContinue Reading »
  • Leather Button & String Envelope Case

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Minimalist at it again. As a huge fan of a strong, simple design, I draw a lot of inspiration from every day items. In this case (see what I did there), a button & string closure envelope. I've made several envelope clutches and cases and decided I wanted to amp it up a little bit. This design makes...By: Stitch and ShutterContinue Reading »
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  • Easy silhouette/murals. no talent needed

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Hi,I'm going to show you a couple of ways to decorate your walls with a silhouette or an image of your choosing. These few easy steps require almost no artistic skills nor do they cost a lot to do.All you need is:-projector (you can also use an overhead projector for silhouettes).-Paint. I will expl...By: vatkinContinue Reading »
  • LOVE....is all you need

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Whether you need to cover an empty space on your wall, or your teen wants to re-vamp her binder or her school locker, all you need is...this set of letters, made with LOVE.These letters are made of thin cardboard covered with fabric. Materials The measurements of these letters are 4 x 4 inches (1...By: LovelaffinCraftsContinue Reading »
  • Secret Message in Audio

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    Did you ever want to send a secret to message to your friend?Here is a fun way to do it. You can hide a secret text message in audio file, tape, CD or anywhere you can hear it.When audio is played, it will not make any sense.It will sound similar to Dial Up modem or similar to sound when trying to l...By: ShakeTheFutureContinue Reading »
  • Plexus

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Plexus Slim Review tells that it is the most natural way to lose weight. Plexus Slim is a powder that comes in a packet. Simply open the package, pour it into a bottle of water, and shake it. Most people prefer to take Plexus Slim either before breakfast or before lunch, once a day. Drink it about 1...By: PlexusSlimContinue Reading »
  • spider and spider web nail art

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    i did this nail art in my pass time.. for this nail art paint your nail with your favorite color.i painted my one nail black because my nail was having voting ink and i tried everything but it didn't come off and even orange nail paint couldn't hide it.. so after all those experiment i painted it bl...By: prachileleContinue Reading »
 
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  • Glowing Paracord Bracelet

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I have seen some of these on various sites, so I decided to make my own. It can work as an extra safety device when walking in the dark. Since Halloween is upon us, maybe make some for your little ones and help to keep them safe. Supplies Here are some supplies that you will need.1 - LED light ...By: ScoutDadNCContinue Reading »
  • Penknife Leather Pouch.

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    In my last Birthday my family gave a me a nice Swiss Army Leather Knife, one of the best thing I could desire. You Know me ...when I get a new gadget its time to create and better up a little. So I decided to make a nice leather pouch, in despite that I'm not a fine Leather worker I did a little res...By: Mr.SanchezContinue Reading »
  • The Ultimate Kayak Hauler and Rooftop Tent Camper.

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I love to camp and go fishing with the family, but we do things a bit more extreme. We used to backpack miles in and set up camp. That is a bit harder to do now that we have two little ones, although we plan to start that back up soon. In the pictures above, you can see the progression of my trailer...By: to'bryantContinue Reading »
  • horse bike

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Giddy-up, pilgrim!Whether you're wrangling cattle or just cruising along a country road, everything is better with a horse. Combine your favourite things about riding horses with the convenience of a bicycle, with the horse bike!Maybe you need a horse to go with your knight or Zorro costume, or mayb...By: mikeasaurusContinue Reading »
  • Tarp leaf bagging system

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    This is entered in the Winterize Challenge Contest. Please vote if you enjoy! Thank you!Picking up leaves with a lawn mower can be a hassle if you have a big yard and lots of leaves. You need to do it pretty much every day if you want to keep up otherwise there are too many leaves on the ground,...By: rachl009Continue Reading »
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  • Glowing Paracord Bracelet

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I have seen some of these on various sites, so I decided to make my own. It can work as an extra safety device when walking in the dark. Since Halloween is upon us, maybe make some for your little ones and help to keep them safe. Supplies Here are some supplies that you will need.1 - LED light ...By: ScoutDadNCContinue Reading »
  • The Ultimate Kayak Hauler and Rooftop Tent Camper.

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I love to camp and go fishing with the family, but we do things a bit more extreme. We used to backpack miles in and set up camp. That is a bit harder to do now that we have two little ones, although we plan to start that back up soon. In the pictures above, you can see the progression of my trailer...By: to'bryantContinue Reading »
  • horse bike

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Giddy-up, pilgrim!Whether you're wrangling cattle or just cruising along a country road, everything is better with a horse. Combine your favourite things about riding horses with the convenience of a bicycle, with the horse bike!Maybe you need a horse to go with your knight or Zorro costume, or mayb...By: mikeasaurusContinue Reading »
  • Tarp leaf bagging system

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    This is entered in the Winterize Challenge Contest. Please vote if you enjoy! Thank you!Picking up leaves with a lawn mower can be a hassle if you have a big yard and lots of leaves. You need to do it pretty much every day if you want to keep up otherwise there are too many leaves on the ground,...By: rachl009Continue Reading »
  • No-Slip Bicycle Accessory Hack

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This is a simple Instructable to show you how I secure items to my bicycle. Not all bike components are compatible, some items fit the diameter of handlebars, while others do not. My bike light and beverage holder didn't fit quite right and often slipped during basic rides. It's a drag to have to ke...By: Tater ZoidContinue Reading »
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  • Bicycle Chain Waxer

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    There are many ways to apply lubricant to a bicycle. One way is to apply paraffin wax to the chain. This is typically done by taking the chain off using a chain breaker. This instructable will show you how to make a chain waxer that does not require the chain to be removed from the bicycle. Patter...By: vreinkymovContinue Reading »
  • Quick Light Mount

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    This is a very quick answer to how to mount any flashlight onto a bicycle. All you need are two hose clamps and a flashlight. If it's not intuitive, the next step explains how. Steps One clamp should be slightly wider than the flashlightThe other clamp should be slightly wider than the bicycle ha...By: vreinkymovContinue Reading »
  • Bicycle Trunk

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    To make this bicycle trunk / box / carrier, you'll need to use 3/8" x 6" wide wood. The length isn't too critical as long as the planks are long enough. You'll need the following tools: ScrewdriverHand SawScroll Saw -or- RaspYou'll also need: SandpaperBoiled Linseed OilPaste WaxLastly, the following...By: vreinkymovContinue Reading »
  • Modding a toolbox for easy bicycle transport

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    I wanted to kit out a nice size toolbox for carrying tools and projects to/from my local makerspace. I used an accessory strap looped around my seat post and the handle of the toolbox to prevent the toolbox from sliding backwards. I used a larger, luggage strap to hold the toolbox firm to the rear b...By: adamundefinedContinue Reading »
  • Fishing

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    guide to fresh water fishing Bass Fishing Tactics How to Fish Under the skirt of a Hula Popper. How to make a bait fish trap for around $2 using $1 wire waste baskets How to make 3 basic fishing knots that should work for most applications How to make artificial fishing ba...By: pufftenticleContinue Reading »
 
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  • Special Effects Space Suit

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    You may not get to jump around in zero-G with this space suit, but you'll certainly be the talk of the party when you walk in wearing this one! Combining my love of Halloween and my even greater love of space, I set out to make an interactive spacesuit. The spacesuit combines an Intel Galileo boar...By: Aleator777Continue Reading »
  • How to Make a Match Rocket

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    I show how to make a simple match rocket. It is made from common materials and only takes a few minutes of preparation. This is an easy and fun project when you are bored. A match rocket is an extremely simple rocket to construct and launch. It demonstrates many principles of rocketry, basic jet pro...By: Von MalegowskiContinue Reading »
  • Carbonfiber Ironman & Spiderman mask (skinning/wrapping)

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    A picture is worth a 1000 words and a video is worth a 1000 pictures sowatch the full video tutorial or go down to see the written description step by step ;) Introduction information skinning with carbonfiberThe most important thing you need to know is that skinning parts is not a quick way of m...By: matthieutje65Continue Reading »
  • Deathstroke Cosplay

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    After finishing the second season of the TV series "Arrow", I knew I would have to make a Deathstroke costume. While tempted by the concept art for Injustice, there were too few clear pictures of it, so I settled on the Arkham Origins version of Deathstroke.Using mainly foam, this costume turned out...By: Shadow Of IntentContinue Reading »
  • Hammered Iron

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Hi there cosplayers/costume makers.I'm Mark from CHARKHOL studios and here today I've decided to share my tips and tricks on creating effective and easy metal effects.This one, is Hammered Iron. a VERY simple and easy way to create ancient and heavy looking armour pieces.Good luck :) Materials & T...By: CharkholContinue Reading »
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  • Special Effects Space Suit

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    You may not get to jump around in zero-G with this space suit, but you'll certainly be the talk of the party when you walk in wearing this one! Combining my love of Halloween and my even greater love of space, I set out to make an interactive spacesuit. The spacesuit combines an Intel Galileo boar...By: Aleator777Continue Reading »
  • How to Make a Match Rocket

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    I show how to make a simple match rocket. It is made from common materials and only takes a few minutes of preparation. This is an easy and fun project when you are bored. A match rocket is an extremely simple rocket to construct and launch. It demonstrates many principles of rocketry, basic jet pro...By: Von MalegowskiContinue Reading »
  • Carbonfiber Ironman & Spiderman mask (skinning/wrapping)

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    A picture is worth a 1000 words and a video is worth a 1000 pictures sowatch the full video tutorial or go down to see the written description step by step ;) Introduction information skinning with carbonfiberThe most important thing you need to know is that skinning parts is not a quick way of m...By: matthieutje65Continue Reading »
  • Hammered Iron

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Hi there cosplayers/costume makers.I'm Mark from CHARKHOL studios and here today I've decided to share my tips and tricks on creating effective and easy metal effects.This one, is Hammered Iron. a VERY simple and easy way to create ancient and heavy looking armour pieces.Good luck :) Materials & T...By: CharkholContinue Reading »
  • Wind-Up Doll Costume

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    This wind-up doll costume is the perfect interactive costume for Halloween. Not only is it super cute, but THE KEY ACTUALLY TURNS! In this tutorial I will show you how to make the key mechanical or wire it up to turn with a button.I had quite the battle with this costume. I went through 3 iteration...By: CarleyyContinue Reading »
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  • Jigsaw how to

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Fibonacci Spiral Jigsaw puzzle Jigsaw Puzzle Clock Jigsaw Puzzle Mosaic How to complete a jigsaw puzzle How to make a personalized jigsaw puzzle Making a homemade puzzle, or "Why I love my jigsaw" How-To: Make A Wood Jigsaw Puzzle By: JM1999Continue Reading »
  • Mini tomahawk

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    This mini tomahawk can be easily done with materials that you may find outside and inside your home it took me 4 hours to make it so share it and like it please :) step 1: find a wooden stick. while walking you should be able to find a piece of wood near a tree you have to peel the outer layer an...By: Army boyContinue Reading »
  • Rainbow Loom Present Charm

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    I chose muliti-colored bands and green but you can choose any colors you want. Materials You'll need: *A rainbow Loom*A rainbow loom hook (preferably metal)*50 main color - this color will be your gift wrapping*9 - 10 secondary color - this will serve as your ribbon**NOTE** it's a good idea to h...By: RAYZORWIREContinue Reading »
  • Playing Root Beer Pong

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    ScenarioYou are at a party with your friends and you do not know how to play the game at a party. You want to have fun with your friends and not make a complete fool of yourself and possibly impress the attractive girls across the room (Funny Right). Materials 4 ping pong balls22 Cups (20 for th...By: MrSoozyContinue Reading »
  • Double X Bracelet (monstertail loom)

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    This is what your bracelets will look like when you're done. Colors may differ. Materials For this bracelet, you'll need two different colors, I chose yellow and orange so you'll be able to follow along easier. you'll also need an S clip, a Monsterstail mom, and a loom hook. I always use metal ...By: RAYZORWIREContinue Reading »
 
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  • Make more of Modio with Meshmixer and 123D

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Modio is a great mobile app that lets you design articulated creatures and make them on a 3D printer. It's a lot of fun to use on iOS and Android, and pretty much guarantees excellent results.However, what if you want to make an extra-special creature, going beyond the parts in the app? Say you want...By: gpvillamilContinue Reading »
  • Sunshine Alarm

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Every day when I wake up, my first thought is destroying the source of that horrible noise next to my bed. Once upon a time, humans woke up with the sun. We should still do that, because it's hard to get angry at sunshine.With littleBits, a Smart phone, and some off-the-shelf building toys, you can...By: JON-A-TRONContinue Reading »
  • Turn an old mouse into a USB-powered LED desk light

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Have an old mouse laying around? Of course you do. Need more LEDs in your life? OF COURSE YOU DO. Let's turn that old mouse into a USB power source for some LED lights. We'll use some Sugru and magnets to make the LEDs capable of sticking to your tower or anything else metal - if you have a keyboard...By: idealabContinue Reading »
  • Easy Steam Punk Laser Pistol That Lights Up

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    This Steam Punk Laser Pistol is easily made from cardboard, felt, paper fasteners, a LED, and a plastic straw. We made these for the Steam Punk World Faire. They look fantastic and are easy to build. You can build this in a short evening and have it ready for any costume. It makes a perfect companio...By: SolderingSundayContinue Reading »
  • "Easy" Made Railgun

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Claim : I do not take any responsibility for anything that happens. This is a project for people who have electricity knowledge background. Do not attempt this unless you have experience with high voltage.First of all, I would like to thanks my parent, my uncle Paul. I made my design easy and cheap ...By: kzhang7Continue Reading »
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  • Sunshine Alarm

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Every day when I wake up, my first thought is destroying the source of that horrible noise next to my bed. Once upon a time, humans woke up with the sun. We should still do that, because it's hard to get angry at sunshine.With littleBits, a Smart phone, and some off-the-shelf building toys, you can...By: JON-A-TRONContinue Reading »
  • Turn an old mouse into a USB-powered LED desk light

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Have an old mouse laying around? Of course you do. Need more LEDs in your life? OF COURSE YOU DO. Let's turn that old mouse into a USB power source for some LED lights. We'll use some Sugru and magnets to make the LEDs capable of sticking to your tower or anything else metal - if you have a keyboard...By: idealabContinue Reading »
  • Easy Steam Punk Laser Pistol That Lights Up

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    This Steam Punk Laser Pistol is easily made from cardboard, felt, paper fasteners, a LED, and a plastic straw. We made these for the Steam Punk World Faire. They look fantastic and are easy to build. You can build this in a short evening and have it ready for any costume. It makes a perfect companio...By: SolderingSundayContinue Reading »
  • "Easy" Made Railgun

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Claim : I do not take any responsibility for anything that happens. This is a project for people who have electricity knowledge background. Do not attempt this unless you have experience with high voltage.First of all, I would like to thanks my parent, my uncle Paul. I made my design easy and cheap ...By: kzhang7Continue Reading »
  • GNK-USB Power Droid

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Earlier in the year, I asked "the Internet" for a USB charger in the form of a "GNK Power Droid" from Star Wars. For those who may not know, GNK (pronounced "gonk") droids are secondary characters spotted in background scenes throughout the Star Wars universe, walking around as mobile power generat...By: dace.campbellContinue Reading »
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  • How to Solder Your fumeFan PCB KIT

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    You are must be one of the amazing people who supported our Kickstarter campaign - The fumeFan.This instructable describes how to solder the PCB KIT for the motor speed control circuit used in the fumeFan soldering fumes extractor. The instructable applies to any circuit board that one may solder, h...By: hertzgammaContinue Reading »
  • Smartphone holder for portable Bluetooth keyboard with Sugru

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    We got a small portable Bluetooth keyboard which can be used for lots of purposes, since it can connect to any compatible device; you can get the most out of it w.r.t devices without a physical keyboard like smartphones or tablets. The only issue is that the phone needs to be held in a position to s...By: hackbpContinue Reading »
  • Fixing LEGO NXT Brick dead LCD

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Forgotten by everyone, the LEGO NXT brick sat on a shelf for one and a half year. It was built into a balancing robot, but after the initial fever was gone, it just stood there waiting better days. The batteries were pulled out so nothing bad would happen to it, but we know this is a false presumpti...By: csgezaContinue Reading »
  • Setting Up Octoprint web interface for 3d printer on Cubietruck

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    It would be interesting to be able to manage your 3d printer without having a cable attached to your PC. Most people have tried it out using raspberry pi. Initially, I bought this bought for some other projects but it has been lying around for quite sometime. This board has 2 USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, RS2...By: zhenningContinue Reading »
  • Playing mp3 files on Raspberry Pi

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    This instructable shows you how to play mp3 files on Raspi to the Jack. Starting Start Raspi and write login:name:pipass:raspberrysudo sustartx getting the files to Raspi Plug in USB and copy mp3 to Desktop Going to folder with mp3 Write:cd .. for 3 timescd ./root/cd ./DesktopThan you are i...By: ruhliarContinue Reading »
 
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  • American Flag Pallet

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This instructable shows you how to make a hanging American flag from a pallet, It doesn't take too long and isn't too difficult, so enjoy!Tools/Items Required:SawHammerNailsSand paperbox cutterPrinterRulerMasking tapePaint - red/white/BlueVarnish Setting up the pallet Strip off all the wood exce...By: bluebeanContinue Reading »
  • Sugru Self-Locking Wingnuts and Wingbolts

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    This Instructable will help you turn ordinary nuts and bolts into super useful self-locking wingnuts and wingbolts.I use these at the joints of my custom table-top camera arm. Normal wingnuts can be used by hand, but don't lock well when they are 1/4" or bigger and lock-nuts with nylon inserts are ...By: pensativoContinue Reading »
  • Digital Fabrication By Hand

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    A few of us (some college students, people who live near a coop shop like Techshop, Instructables employees...) have access to CNC machines. Laser cutters, CNC routers, water-jet cutters, and other CNC tools let us design complex geometry and produce the parts quickly and precisely.For the other 99%...By: JON-A-TRONContinue Reading »
  • Handmade Tobacco Pipe

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    This instructable is a guide to creating you're own tobacco pipe. Remember there are many designs and ways of doing so therefore I would recommend to use whatever tools you're comfortable with. This pipe is to be used for tobacco only. Tools Again there are many tools you can use so use what's e...By: jcarr92Continue Reading »
  • Coroplast Wall Storage for Tools and Toys

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    I'm always trying to make my shop more orderly so today I made some storage cubbies for my power tools. They are quick, easy, cheap, and strong. I tested one out and was able to hang off it as seen in the picture, I'm just shy of 160 lbs so these things are pretty tough. The materials needed for thi...By: Nor-tea-aContinue Reading »
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  • Digital Fabrication By Hand

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    A few of us (some college students, people who live near a coop shop like Techshop, Instructables employees...) have access to CNC machines. Laser cutters, CNC routers, water-jet cutters, and other CNC tools let us design complex geometry and produce the parts quickly and precisely.For the other 99%...By: JON-A-TRONContinue Reading »
  • Handmade Tobacco Pipe

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    This instructable is a guide to creating you're own tobacco pipe. Remember there are many designs and ways of doing so therefore I would recommend to use whatever tools you're comfortable with. This pipe is to be used for tobacco only. Tools Again there are many tools you can use so use what's e...By: jcarr92Continue Reading »
  • Garage Storage

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    I finally got tired of paying for a storage unit and having a disorganized garage so I decided it was time to build some shelving. I had considered buying some of the heavy duty shelves from Costco, $150ish; But I didn't think that one rack would be enough and I didn't feel like spending nearly $300...By: carsoncatch2Continue Reading »
  • Inventor HSM to DMS: 3+2 Axis Workflow

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    In this Instructable, I will lay out a detailed guide for how to take a complex 3-dimensional model from Inventor HSM and machine it using 3 axes, a part flip, and then 3+2 axes on the DMS router. This includes CAD to CAM, and CAM to machine workflow, as well as some general pointers that might help...By: xbremerContinue Reading »
  • To Build A Shuttlecraft

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    In this tutorial, we will take a look at the process I used for turning a car into a Star Trek shuttlecraft. Choose A Chassis Ideally, this chassis should be large enough to carry the required cargo and passengers, and have a duranium hull. If a suitable duranium hull cannot be found, the steel ...By: ArborPressContinue Reading »
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  • Driver Storage with Sugru

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    In our Fablab things have a tendency to go missing, which also includes software for our devices (especially the portable kinds). This simple Sugru hack helps us keep our software discs close to our devices by elevating our things to tape the software discs underneat or otherwise nearby. Step 1: M...By: tfeldingContinue Reading »
  • Ultimaker2 Feeder Support

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    This Instructable is for getting a 3rd supporting hand when you need to fix or clean the feeder on the Ultimaker2 3D printer. I've experienced difficulty keeping the motor in place when reassembling the feeder mechanism on the Ultimaker2. Typically I need one hand to screw, one hand to hold the thin...By: tfeldingContinue Reading »
  • Sugrufy Your Xbox Controller

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    I don't know how but the rubber grip on the xbox controller joysticks wears off. Especially, the left joystick.Fortunately, Sugru can fix that. Apply Sugru First make sure the joystick is clean. Remove any residue rubber.Open a (mini) pack of sugru and roll it into a sphere.Flatten it and place o...By: daryllukasContinue Reading »
  • Scope probe hangers with Sugru

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Keep your scope probes handy but out of the way. Scope probes can be annoying when you don't use them, the probes clutter the workbench and the wires tangle with other wires of the project you are measuring and debugging.You can disconnect them and roll them up when you don't need them but then you'...By: ivo_nContinue Reading »
  • Sideways Grow box

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    So I made a grow box that lies on its side instead of upright. Why? Because I could. Also it ended up being easier to build. Materials To make this little grow box you will need:• 4" diameter PVC piping• A 50 gallon plastic bin(42.7 x 21.4 x 18 inches)• A 5 gallon bucket• 6" Duct Fan• 3 Lamp kits...By: The SYNerContinue Reading »
 
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  • Herbalist and Raw Chef Kelley's Tips on Healing and Energizing Naturally with Herbs

    Van
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    I come from a long-line of herb growers and users. My grandma grew everything they needed to make delicious food and medicines in their garden and I helped my mom grow the same, in resourceful, traditional Mexican fashion. My childhood is rich with memories of picking fresh mint and lemon balm for delicate, fragrant teas that clear up your sinuses and make you feel better when you have a cold, or teas that were just damn delicious and good for the soul.Herbal tea and raw vegan quesdaillas I had with mom. Sena. It worked too well. Never again.My favorite part of working part-time in a raw…
  • Creative Last-Second Thrifty Halloween Costumes: For Couples, Singles, and You

    Van
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    It happens every year. You have ambitious plans for Halloween costumes when suddenly...it's the last week of the month. What are you going to wear? The best costumes are often the last-second ones you creatively put together with what you have or from thrift store finds. Here are my easy-to-thrift ideas for 2014:American Psycho CostumeA chainsaw or murder weapon covered with blood really complete the look. And/or a murder victim in a hideous 1980s dress, abundant at Thrift Stores.Janice Joplin CostumeWild brown hair, circle-frame glasses, and a loose retro blouse top. You -will- be…
  • Positive Body Image: My Favorite Tricks and Websites for Overcoming Body Insecurity

    Van
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    I've hinted at it before but I'm a huge fan of "natural beauty" (no make-up, using natural products, DIY toothpaste, coconut oil and baking soda alone for most "cosmetic" needs). This extends to our bodies in their "natural" forms: sans photoshop and societal expectations. My busy creative brain would be bored to tears if everyone fit the "conventional beauty" bold. Give me diversity, fat and slim, tall and short. Give me the fascinating flaws to document, photograph, and contemplate. You likely agree. Yet we all get down on ourselves, hating the same "flaws" we love in others. I'm working…
  • Coffee and Productivity: 10 Reasons Why I Avoid Caffeine for Creativity and Health

    Van
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Ah, caffeine, the lifeblood of the Creative. Can you survive without it? Mountain Dew Code Red with a sugary cereal bar was my high school breakfast, I used to bounce off the walls then crash midday. Code Red had the highest caffeine content of any soda with an addictive red dye to boot. When I started working full-time as a bill collector I drank three cups of cream-and-sugared coffee for the comfort and taste. When I transitioned to finding writing work I was drinking instant espresso and wondering why I couldn't sleep, it was all mindless consumption. Weaning caffeine out was easy, I…
  • A Relaxing Birthday Celebration at the Hostel in the Forest, Inspiring Daily Peacefulness

    Van
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    For my birthday I wanted to get away to the peaceful hostel where the trees sway in the breeze like a seductive whisper. "Come back, whhsssswhssswhsss" they call it my dreams. Pulsing, throbbing, beckoning. The Hostel in the Forest is my new favorite place in the world and the only thing stopping me from living there is my lease, my wonderful roommate who wouldn't come with me, and my macbook pro being a necessity to make a living- a machine they probably wouldn't like plugged in to one of their staff huts.This time I could only snap photos with my broken smart phone, I'm waiting to…
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  • Product Photography Setup for Halloween

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    28 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Many commercial customers of ours have realized how faux stone panels do a great job of helping their products stand out.  One customer in particular has taken to using our panels as backdrops for his product photography setup. Below, you’ll see his testimonial, and the photos he used for the setup of his Halloween products. Faux stone panels make a great backdrop for Halloween photography setups. “We run an online digital die cut company and when it comes time to showcase our products, we don’t settle for mediocre.  We currently use Faux Panels as backdrops and sometimes even…
  • More Beautiful Fireplace Design Ideas with Stone Veneer Panels

    Ryan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Back before the days of central air and heating, fireplaces were the focal point of living rooms and dining rooms. In addition to keeping people warm, they made for a nice area for families to gather on cold nights. To this day, fireplace areas are one of the best places for people and families to gather during cold winter evenings. This is one of the reasons fireplace design ideas carried out with stone veneer panels are so popular among our customers. Fireplace design ideas with stone veneer panels make a room look great. To begin with, they are much easier to install than real stone or…
  • 9 Ways Exterior Faux Stone Panels Upgrade Your Home

    Robin
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Exterior faux stone panels have been used for years by our customers to create beautiful exterior designs on their homes.  Many use the panels as siding for their houses, while others use them to skirt their homes.  In either case, curb appeal is always enhanced.  Knowing this to be true, some homeowners also install entire accent walls on the front of their homes as a way to upgrade the beauty.  Our customers continue to be impressed by how easy it is to install the panels on their homes, at such an affordable price. The images below will allow you to see how nicely the panels can serve…
  • Curved Wall Design with Faux Stone Panels

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    10 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Several customers have asked about the photos where our Faux Panels® were attached to a curved wall. It’s a stunning technique – but not a project that should be undertaken lightly. A curved wall is ALWAYS dramatic. A curved wall design is one of the most dramatic design elements a designer can add to a commercial or residential property. It instantly demonstrates a master level of craftsmanship – the sort of thing you’d only find in high end of homes or the most expensive of hotels. Oxford panels have a slightly different density that allows them to be radiused for…
  • Our Favorite Commercial & Home Remodeling Pictures

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    3 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    The vaulted ceiling design in Ameristar Casinos’ Swimming Pool has a stunning look with our Custom Woodland beams and panels. We’re not supposed to play favorites with our Faux Panels®, but it’s hard sometimes. Most of the commercial and home remodeling pictures on our web site come from customers, and we know they put their hearts in their renovation, but some really speak to us. This is why we made a photo gallery of our favorite photos. With thousands of photographs on our web site, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. We wanted to make sure you had easy access to the best of…
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  • DIY Decor: Decorative Stocking Holder on a Rustic Christmas Mantel

    Home Depot Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The fireplace mantel (or a prominent book shelf) is the traditional center of Christmas celebrations at home. It’s where you hang the stockings and display other Christmas decorations. We have some Christmas mantel decorating ideas  with a rustic DIY stocking holder taking center stage. The stocking hanger is easy to make from an ordinary cedar planter box and some decorative coat hooks. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. Materials for DIY Stocking Holder Behr Forbidden Red Interior/Exterior Paint Sample Wooster Shortcut 2 in. Nylon/Polyester Angle Sash Brush Minwax 8 oz.
  • Trending Halloween Decor: Go Glam

    Whitney Curtis
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Pumpkins, ghosts, and creepy-crawlies are the obvious staples in any Halloween decor these days, but here’s a trend we’re seeing: glamorous Halloween. Our Halloween Style Challenge participants show us how to kick your ghosts and goblins up a notch with a spooky yet classy theme. Above, Monica Benavidez, of Monica Wants It, contrasts the black and gray color scheme on a crisp white brick fireplace. Monica added touches of silver, gold and sparkle to the pumpkins and candle combo for a glam twist.   Veteran Style Challenger Carrie Waller, of Dream Green DIY, played up the…
  • Fall Decorating Ideas in Black and White (With a Bit of Orange)

    Joni Lay
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s hard to believe that Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay hasn’t done much fall decorating up until now. You certainly wouldn’t know that looking at the distinctive fall decorating ideas she shows off in her living room all dressed up for the season. Joni is one of the style bloggers of note we invited to participate in our Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge. As with others of our Style Challenges, we sent mystery boxes of Home Depot fall decorations, and challenged the bloggers to come up with fresh ideas and DIY projects for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating. We…
  • Cozy, Folk Art-Style Fall Decorations for the Home and Garden

    Melissa Valeriote
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      Melissa Valeriote is an artist and designer whose delightfully quirky folk-art style is immediately recognizable. She also has a wonderful obsession with holidays– the name of her blog makes that pretty clear: Melissa Valeriote’s Fantastical World of Holidays.  She’s previously shown us how she used faux pumpkins to create a luminous Halloween garden. She’s back with more of her enchanting fall decorating ideas, this time focusing on the fireplace mantel, the entryway and again in her backyard. This is Melissa’s contribution to our Halloween and Harvest…
  • Chic Halloween Decorations for Your Mantel (and a Fireplace Makeover)

    Monica Benavidez
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
        We love the new trend of glam Halloween decorations. We’d never want traditional orange-and-black Halloween to go away. (Don’t worry. It will always be the go-to theme for Halloween.) But shiny, sparkly white and gold Halloween can be so cool. Take for instance the chic Halloween decor Monica Benavidez created for her mantel and fireplace. She’s the author of the blog Monica Wants It. Monica is one of the design and decor bloggers we invited to take part in our Halloween Style Challenge. We sent several bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween and…
 
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    Home Improvement Articles from Networx

  • How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Water Heater?

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
      Have you ever had one of those mornings? It's hard enough to drag yourself out of bed, but you think a steaming hot shower just might help to get you in shape for the long commute to work. You head, bleary-eyed, to the bathroom and turn on the tap. Oops! Only cold water is coming out.  See full article.
  • Health and Safety Tips for Indoor DIY

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
      If you are a serious lover of do-it-yourself, you rarely let anything slow you down. Day after day, you put in your time crafting, painting, building, growing … doing whatever you love best. Time spent on creative projects is "me time," when you recharge your batteries and reduce your level of stress.  See full article.
  • Easy DIY Fixes for a Naturally Clean Kitchen

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
      Are you sick and tired of spending big bucks on chemical cleaners chockfull of scary ingredients? If so, it may seem that your only option is to go out and purchase organic versions with even scarier price tags. However, there are alternatives. You can find some wonderful natural cleaning agents already in your pantry or on the shelf of your local health food store.  See full article.
  • The Best Ways to Clear a Clogged Floor Drain

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
      On the floor of your home's utility areas such as the laundry room, basement, and garage, lives a hardworking, underappreciated piece of plumbing known as a floor drain. Although it tends to be neglected and often doesn't get the regular cleaning it needs for optimal performance, your floor drain does an essential job.  See full article.
  • Hand Launder the Efficient, Eco-Friendly Way

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
      Hand washing is the laundry method of choice for most delicate clothing fabrics. (Check labels and manufacturer's directions first for care recommendations, of course). It's also ideal when you have only a few garments to clean or you find yourself without a washing machine.  See full article.
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    Faux Wood Workshop

  • 6 Kinds of Places Enhanced by Faux Rustic Wood Planks

    Ryan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Many different customers of ours have discovered faux rustic wood planks as a way to add an exciting touch to their designs.  With a colorful and highly natural look, they accentuate interiors as beautifully as genuine wood does.  In fact, you won’t even be able to tell the difference! Add them to a ceiling for an elegant accent.  Use them to touch up your store and create an inviting ambiance.  Install them in places where using real wood would be difficult.  They can also be installed right alongside real wood, and blend right in.   The number of design possibilities offered by our…
  • Easily Upgrade Your Home With a DIY Fireplace Mantel

    Robin
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    As the colder weather is upon us while the days get shorter, you might be starting to think about when you’ll be sitting by the fire during the chilly nights to come.  If you are, maybe your fireplace design could use a comforting accent that will add to the warmth you’ll feel when you gather in your living room for the night.  Installing a DIY fireplace mantel is one way our customers have given their fireplace designs a new level of comfort and charm.  Cost-effective and easy to install, anyone can easily get one of our mantels up on the wall above their fireplace in just a couple of…
  • Historic Home Renovation with Faux Wood Beams

    Beth
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Installing faux wood ceiling beams is an easy process that brings interiors to life. If you saw Faux Wood Beams’ recent appearance on “Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall” on the DIY network, you have some idea how difficult historic home renovation can be. Not only is it physically difficult, but the regulations can be daunting. Musician Daryl Hall, a long-time home renovation buff in his private life, hasn’t been shy about voicing his frustration with the local historic society that is overseeing the work for his 1787 Connecticut farmhouse. The long-time rocker accepted many of their…
  • Stunning Indoor Swimming Pool Design with Faux Wood Trusses

    Roland
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Customers rave about our Customer Services Representative Shari, who’s always on hand to give advice, encouragement and friendly service. In turn, she’s always raving about the wonderful projects our customers complete using our products. Here’s one of Shari’s favorites – a stunning indoor swimming pool design brought to life with faux wood trusses This stunning pool room is brought vividly to life with our faux wood beams. As you can see from the before pictures, this amazing pool room started life with bare concrete walls and stark steel beams. The magic happened when a team of…
  • Staining and Painting Fake Wood Beams

    Beth
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Beams faux painted by the customer. In addition to their wide variety of sizes and styles, staining and painting fake wood beams yourself is another way to create exactly the look you want. Most customers simply choose one of our pre-stained beams such as the walnut, cinnamon, or java color options, but if you want do something different, here are a few tips. First, always use a water-based stain or paint, never oil-based. Most of our unfinished beams are already primed with a water-based coating. Oil and water do not mix, so you have to use a water-based product on top of the existing…
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    Hackaday

  • Reverse Engineering a Blu-ray Drive for Laser Graffiti

    Brian Benchoff
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s a whole lot of interesting mechanics, optics, and electronics inside a Blu-ray drive, and [scanlime] a.k.a. [Micah Scott] thinks those bits can be reused for some interesting project. [Micah] is reverse engineering one of these drives, with the goal of turning it into a source of cheap, open source holograms and laser installations – something these devices were never meant to do. This means reverse engineering the 3 CPUs inside an external Blu-ray drive, making sense of the firmware, and making this drive do whatever [Micah] wants. When the idea of reverse engineering a…
  • Developed on Hackaday: The Answer is Below

    Mathieu Stephan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In one month the Mooltipass offline password keeper project will be one year old. We hope that our twice a month Developed on Hackaday series posts allowed our dear readers to see what are the steps involved in a device’s life, going from idea to prototype to crowdfunding-ready product. The Mooltipass is the fruit of a unique world-wide collaboration around open source, developed by and for security minded people who (for most of them) never saw each other. Relating our progress here enabled us to benefit from our readers’ feedback and make sure that we didn’t miss…
  • A Graphics Card for a Homebrew Computer

    Brian Benchoff
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of [macrox]‘s ‘before I die’ projects is a homebrew computer. Not just any computer, mind you, but a fabulous Z80 machine, complete with video out. HDMI and DisplayPort would require far too much of this tiny, 80s-era computer, and it’s getting hard to buy a composite monitor. This meant it was time to build a VGA video card from some parts salvaged from old equipment. When it comes to ancient computers, VGA has fairly demanding requirements; the slowest standard pixel clock is 25.175 MHz, an order of magnitude faster than the CPU clock in early 80s computers.
  • Bluetooth-Enabled Danger Sign for Lab

    Theodora Fabio
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    [A Raymond] had some free time at work, and decided to spend it on creating a wireless warning sign. According to his blog profile, he is a PhD student in Applied Physics. His lab utilizes a high-powered laser system. His job is to use said system, but only after it’s brought online by faculty scientists. The status of the laser system is changed by a manual switchbox that controls the warning signs wired around the lab entrances. Unfortunately, if you were in the upstairs office, you only knew this after running downstairs to check. [A Raymond's] admitted laziness finally got the…
  • Espruino Pico, Javascript on a USB Stick

    Brian Benchoff
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There are probably very few official numbers for this, but web developers at least seem to outnumber the amount of people who regularly poke pins and registers with C. For them, the embedded world must be a scary and foreboding domain, full of bitwise operations and dynamic types. [Gordon] figured there was another way and built a Javascript interpreter for a microcontroller. The latest board built around this interpreter is up on Kickstarter, and its even smaller and more capable than his earlier version. This isn’t [Gordon]‘s first rodeo; last year he launched the (full-sized)…
 
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Magic Eraser Uses In And Around Your Home

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Magic Eraser's are, well, magic! Not really, but sometimes I wonder as I hear more and more uses that readers tell me about for this product for cleaning inside and outside their home. I've gathered them together so you can learn more uses as well. Here's the first in a two part series of these uses. Plus tell me what you've used them for as well!
  • Dreft Caused Allergic Reactions For Several People

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Many times people assume that detergents made for babies are going to be extremely gentle, and also safe for people with sensitive skin. This can be true, but not always. For example, while many parents love Dreft baby laundry detergent for their baby's clothes, it does have a scent. Scent is a huge triggering factor for some people's allergies. So this is a collection of reader experiences where people have told me about the bad allergic reactions they or their kids had to this product to remind you that "for babies" does not equal "safe for those with allergies!
  • Make Your Own Laundry Detergent Powder: Recipes & Instructions

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you noticed how expensive laundry detergent is these days? If you're feeling the pinch one idea is to make your own laundry detergent to save money. So here's several recipes for powdered laundry detergent that you can use, plus there are tips for how to get it to dissolve properly in your washing machine, even when using cold water.
  • Xtra Laundry Soap Reviews & Experiences

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I keep getting reviews of Xtra laundry soap from readers, and while some have been negative the most recent one about the sensitive scent formula was quite positive. Here's what readers have said so far about this inexpensive brand.
  • Removing Blood Stains From Carpet: Instructions & Tips

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's much more common to get a blood stain on a carpet then you might imagine. My daughter, when she was quite young, once cut her foot and walked all through her room and all the way down the carpeted stairs to tell us, so there were spots everywhere. Here's tips and home remedies to quickly remove these stains and spots like they'd never been there.
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    Alure Home Improvements

  • Choose the right siding for your home

    Salvatore Ferro
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    With all of the types of siding options for your home, how do you decide which one is best?
  • 7 signs you need window replacements

    Salvatore Ferro
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Alure Home Improvements' exterior design specialist Vinnie Maddaloni shared seven surefire signs you need window replacements for your home.
  • 3 common questions about insulation, answered

    Salvatore Ferro
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    Here are the answers to some of the most common questions you may have, as well as some helpful tips about installation.
  • 3 ways to make your bathroom high end on a low-end budget

    Gina Bonura
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    If you’ve been in your home for a while, or if you’re new to a place and you just want a different look, you may be considering a bathroom renovation. As you start researching, one of your main points of consideration should be budget. According to Alure Home Improvements’ kitchen and bathroom designer Patricia Nicolini, the
  • Best of Long Island: Getting out the vote!

    jdoyle
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    So it’s that time of year again where we have been graciously nominated in various categories for the Best of Long Island contest put on by our friends at the Long Island Press and Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Perhaps you found your way here as a result of our folks sharing some of their favorite
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    Violet LeBeaux - Cute Tutorials - Melbourne Blogger

  • Crochet Needle Case Tutorial

    Violet
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    For today’s tutorial let’s make a knitting/ […] The post Crochet Needle Case Tutorial appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Cute Tutorials - Melbourne Blogger.
  • Removable Crochet Collar Tutorial

    Violet
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ages ago the lovely Miss Chrissy hand made me a detacha […] The post Removable Crochet Collar Tutorial appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Cute Tutorials - Melbourne Blogger.
  • Architecture Time! – Melbourne Snapshots

    Violet
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Architecture time! Aren’t these trees beautiful? […] The post Architecture Time! – Melbourne Snapshots appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Cute Tutorials - Melbourne Blogger.
  • Does Drawing On Mugs With Sharpies Work?

    Violet
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    So this whole Sharpie mug decorating craft has been eve […] The post Does Drawing On Mugs With Sharpies Work? appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Cute Tutorials - Melbourne Blogger.
  • How To Make A Center Pull Yarn Ball

    Violet
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m in the middle of cleaning out my craft suppli […] The post How To Make A Center Pull Yarn Ball appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Cute Tutorials - Melbourne Blogger.
 
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    Nexus 21

  • Kitchen TV Lifts – a Modern Convenience for the Modern Woman

    Nexus 21
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It was the 1950s before TVs became a staple in every home. It didn’t take long for housewives to decide they needed a second set in the room they spent the most time in – the kitchen! Are you thinking this sounds like a good idea? We do, too. Today, kitchens are gathering places for the entire family. Formal dining rooms sit unused, as everyone gathers around the kitchen table! Kitchens are bigger, roomier, and have plenty of space. Adding a TV lift to enhance your kitchen improves your home value and increases enjoyment! You’d be amazed at how people light up when they see tech like…
  • On the Road Again – TV lifts for Travelers

    Nexus 21
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    More and more people leave behind the shackles of a house and a car and start living the RV life! While it’s fun to be on the road, you do want the amenities you’ve been accustomed to. A TV is a must for many, and a TV lift can make a lot of sense when living in such small quarters. First, decide where in your RV a TV makes the most sense. Most set it up where there is full visibility from both the bed and some comfortable seating. Once you’ve decided on a general area, look for a built in cabinet that can house your TV lift. The best option for a TV is one with a slim profile. You may…
  • Under/Over the Bed Lifts vs Ceiling or Footboard TV Lifts

    Nexus 21
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’ve all seen demonstrations for TV lift mechanisms that fit under the bed. Like a giant robot arm, they slide from under the bed, cranking into position with a whir like something out of a Transformers movie. Alternately, they unfold from the wall, extending with mild creaking to position themselves overhead for easy viewing. Are these fancy TV lifts really worth it? Let’s look at the science behind them and find out! • The power needed to slide, crank, revolve, extend and lift is massive. When you pick up a boulder, you get your body under it, and lift straight up from the ground,…
  • Non-Standard TV Lift Installation Options

    Nexus 21
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The best place for a pop-up TV lift is generally inside an enclosed space like a custom lift cabinet or converted piece of furniture. If you want your TV to be safe and secure, keeping it in a lift cabinet is best! However, this may not always be preferable to the homeowner. In case you have a space issue, a TV lift cabinet might be problematic – and sometimes your existing pieces aren’t suitable. If you don’t want to add a piece of furniture, try the following: • Install the lift behind an existing cabinet or dresser. You just have to pull it out slightly from the wall for clearance,…
  • 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.
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • Quality Roof Details

    armchairbuilder
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    One of the best things about building a new home is that you get to include high quality details to create a building that will last for many, many years.  The roof is one of the key elements to a home that helps prevent moisture damage and possible mold problems. To build a quality roof [...]
  • Affordable Basement Finish

    armchairbuilder
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    An affordable basement finish can be a great way to add square footage to a home.  Whether you are building a new home, or just wanting to add more living space to the existing place, completing a lower level build-out can be accomplished without a huge budget.  In fact, a quality space can be had [...]
  • Granite Countertop Support Tips

    armchairbuilder
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Stone countertops are an expensive option that can add real value to a kitchen or bath.  Since these tops are so expensive, it’s important to get the design right.  We don’t want the stone to crack or worse, fall off the cabinet because of an unbalanced loading condition.  Here are some granite countertop support tips [...]
  • Liquid Applied Housewrap Pros and Cons

    armchairbuilder
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
      We know how important it is to provide an air and moisture barrier to the exterior of homes built today.  Not only does it keep rainwater and air from freely passing into the exterior walls of the home, but these barriers also allow any moisture trapped in the wall to get out.  And by [...]
  • New Home Pitfalls

    armchairbuilder
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Real World Example The best way to describe potential new home pitfalls is to share a real world example.  I want to tell you about friend of mine that had a new home built by a production home builder.  It was one of those communities that has a single builder constructing all of the homes.  [...]
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Season Ending Tuesday Garden Party 10.28.14

    Jami
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Welcome to the last Tuesday Garden Party of the 2014 season! We have so enjoyed your gardening posts, recipes, decor, and inspiration through the season – thank you so much for partying with us! However, it’s that time of the year, sweet friends, when many of us shut down the garden and most of us […] The post Season Ending Tuesday Garden Party 10.28.14 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 save to…
 
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    Five Gallon Ideas

  • The “Easy Mosquito Trap” that Doesn’t Work – Plus one that does

    trevor
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Want to trap tons of mosquitoes? Click here to jump directly to the mosquito trap that actually works! Within the past month, this picture with its accompanying tutorial exploded all over the internet. Allegedly, all you needed to make an ultra effective mosquito trap is a 2 liter bottle, cut in half with one half inverted, some brown sugar and some yeast. This concoction would bring the mosquitoes in from miles around to happily dive into the sugar water and die. Here in central Alberta, mosquitoes are the most common form of winged life under the sun. Going outside in summer is a real risk…
  • 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. Image Credit: SafetyKitStore.com 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…
  • 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…
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    U me and the kids

  • Weekly Diary entry – Struggling with Bullies #1

    rachelhirst
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    U me and the kids This week has been very stressful to say the least. My Nanna is in hospital, I have been feeling really unwell  and being poorly has made my M.E  rear it’s ugly head. I have been dropping asleep everywhere, even in the waiting area of the Dental hospital (which was a slightly embarrassing)! After a hectic weekend at home with my tribe Monday could not have come around quick enough! I love spending time with my family, but they don’t half make a mess of the house. I attempted to get up to date with my blog posts and emails yet spent most of the day washing and…
  • Dyson hot + cool fan AM05 for all Seasons

    rachelhirst
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    U me and the kids “MUM ITS TOO HOT” & “MUM IT’S TOO COLD” This is something I hear a lot in our home! This is why the safe dyson hot + cool fan has become a real asset in our home. In the past I have only ever really been able to purchase small clunky looking heaters that certainly struggle to produce a decent heat let alone change temperature settings, it’s a case of you get what you pay for. We live in britain so generally the weather doesn’t ever make it’s mind up! It can be cold one minute and warm the next. My  eldest son spends most of his…
  • Car Seats UK – Why Every child should have one!

    rachelhirst
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    U me and the kids The safety of your child is very important and car seats are a legal requirement within the UK. Although the law changed in 2006 there are still number of parents allowing their children to travel without car seats, which is not only dangerous but irresponsible too. Often I see children whilst I collect my son from school being driven around without the additional safety measure. I even see children who do not even wear a seatbelt, which is even more dangerous than not having a car seat. Your child is precious and I am sure that no one else thinks this more than you do, but…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • How to Make A Turkey Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is almost here and with that brings yummy food, great parties and lots of turkey-rific fun! Turkeys are everywhere this time of year, just like ghosts and goblins, pumpkins and spiders galore were creeping and crawling around all of the stores and taking over our home decor! Well now that Halloween is […]
  • Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath

    The Ribbon Retreat
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    What is one of your favorite pieces of decor you just love to decorate your home with…inside or out? Mine is wreaths! I think they are not only fun to make, but they add a warm and cheery welcome to all of your family and friends who come to attend your holiday festivities or simply […]
  • Floral Cluster Sash

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    You know those times you are getting yourself or your little one dressed for something special, and you wish you just had a little extra something to add to the wardrobe? A beautiful necklace, just the right tie, a little bigger earring, or just anything to add a little touch of glam…you’ve been there right? […]
  • Stacked Halloween Bow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello Ribbon Retreat Readers! Have I ever told you how much we appreciate you? Well…let me just say how much we truly appreciate you hanging out with us everyday! You are incredible! I am so excited you are here, because it is my pleasure to introduce a brand new Contributor! Jess from Mommy Makes Things […]
  • How To Make A Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Waist, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday….the coolest day of the week where we share a brand new crafty project, video style! Are you ready for yet another amazing video? Last week we were introduced to a gorgeous and elegant tutu lined with stunning satin ribbon! Tutus are so much fun for everyday wear, parties and fun or […]
 
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    Get Your Tips

  • How to Decorate Your Bedroom on a Budget

    Meera Santoshi
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    A bedroom is not just a room where you only come to sleep; rather it is your own world in your home. A place that gives you comfort and some space for yourself. When you need some time alone because your day has been busy and rough, it’s your bedroom that pampers you and soothes your stress. A bedroom is always your personal space. It protects your privacy. However a beautiful bedroom becomes the first source of inspiration when you wake up in the morning. A fine looking bedroom always gives a fresh approach. So let’s have a look on some of the easy-buy things that fill your bedroom with…
  • How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

    Meera Santoshi
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    A house is made of walls and beams; a home is made of love and dreams. Yes, home is where everyone’s story begins. Our home is like a person who unselfishly embraces us with comfort and affection when we get back after a day’s hectic work –  just like a mother does to her children. However, with the flow of time, the definition of a home has moved beyond the confines of affection and care. Nowadays, our home reflects our lifestyle as well. Be it big or small, we tend to make great efforts to make it look beautiful and stylish, both inside and outside. We want our home to shine with…
  • 5 Things to Know Before Making Credit Card Donations

    Susanta Sahoo
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Many charities have made it easy for you to donate money by accepting credit cards. However you need to be aware of certain rules if you wish to write-off tax. Take a look. Rule out Your Budget Before making a donation, reflect a little on it. It may so happen that you would end up charging more than you can repay. First check your budget and credit limit and then decide on the donation amount. Investigate the Receiving Charity Organization Lots of organizations simply swindle you into paying for charity, while in truth they are not charity organizations at all. So, before making any…
  • 5 Free Android Apps to Rule Stock Market

    Susanta Sahoo
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:34 pm
    When you are the rising sun in the field of business and a successful entrepreneur, you would not like to wait for getting the news updates 5 hours after they actually happen. Immediate and instant service is the requirement of the generation. Waiting to get home and navigate through the news channels or surf the internet with different keyword combinations is a ritual that was followed may be a decade back. Today, it is the age of smart people with smart phones loaded with smart apps which provide you with all the required information anywhere any time with just the tapping of a finger. Here…
  • 4 Tips on Getting the Perfect Haircut

    Susanta Sahoo
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:34 pm
    If your hairstyle suits you, your personality can improve. There are many cases where a good hairstyle can significantly improve your facial appearance. So to look good, you certainly need the right kind of hairstyle. Here in this post you will find four tested and proven tips on getting the perfect haircut. Ask Friends Before you could choose the perfect hairstyle you must have to grow your hairs for a couple of months and experiment with the long hairs. You can either take the help of 2-3 close friends in this. Your friends can also help you find an expert hair stylist in your city.
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    The DIY Helpers

  • How to Install an Outdoor Tap

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Plumbing is an important skill for any DIY enthusiast and often plumbing is at the center of most home improvement plans from kitchen refurbishments to bathroom refitting. Not only that it is important in emergency situations and to ensure you’re getting the best from your plumbing system.Outdoor Tap Fitting A garden tap is a useful addition to any home. Many homeowners are turning to outdoor taps for ease of gardening and other functions. The benefits of an outdoor tap far outweighs the affordable cost of having one installed.Working recently with a plumber who installed an outdoor…
  • Making a Greenhouse out of your Attic

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    The benefits of converting your loft into an extra bit of living space, whether a spare bedroom, bathroom, home office or leisure area, are well known. From increasing your home’s value to expanding your available space without the need to move house, loft conversions have proven their worth time and again.Toronto Greenhouse LoftBut if those ideas don’t spark your interest, then how about something completely different? Those with green fingers and a bit of a creative bent could do well to take note of Toronto residents Stephen Young and Roseanne Berry, and their unique and ambitious…
  • 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,…
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    Power Equipment Tips

  • Best Gas Leaf Blowers of 2014

    lbelding
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Calling something the “best” is extremely relative. Your big thing might be price or weight whereas someone else may only car about cc amount and power. That being said, when shopping for your ideal gas-powered leaf blower it helps to have the advice of professionals at your side. Our customers consist of professionals and homeowners alike, making this list a reference for anyone on the market for a gas-powered leaf blower. Best Handheld Leaf Blowers Stihl BG86 Handheld Leaf Blower This blower wins big in one way, power. With a 27.2 cc power potential & air velocity that…
  • 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…
 
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    Moonshine Distillers Blog

  • Scotch Pairing

    Carla
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You did it! That fantastic Scotch you carefully crafted and aged in that classic oak barrel is ready to be tapped. You need to grab a couple of good buddies and celebrate. Along with your belles of the ball – Your wife and the Scotch – you are going to need some quality pairings to serve. So get out your grocery list, and let’s get started. Meats Let’s not be coy, gentlemen; if it’s whiskey night, there better be meat on the menu. Nevertheless, it’s good to keep in mind that the meat you choose shouldn’t overpower the taste of your hard-earned Scotch,…
  • Under The Light of the Moon: A Quick, Down-and-Dirty History of Moonshine

    Carla
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As you work at your home still, your mind may wander from one thought to the next, daydreaming while you are still continues to leak nectar of the gods. If you are like many of us, you probably enjoy a good story as you sip your brew too. Well, you are in luck today, because making moonshine has an amazing history of its own. Feeling Patriotic? Well you should be – before the American Revolution, the English tried their darnedest to tax anything and everything, without giving the colonists a say in their own government. Along with that tea thrown into Boston Harbor,…
  • Awesome Drinks to Make for Halloween

    Carla
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Now that you can age your own whiskey, moonshine, and other spirits, there is no excuse to serve boring brews at your Halloween party. This is especially true now that you have your own, homemade, one-of-a-kind vodka, tequila, whiskey, rum, or Scotch at your disposal. In fact, here are some great Halloween ideas for your brews that you and your friends will surely enjoy. • Witches’ Brew Your guests will surely love the bewitching taste of this drink. The ingredients in witches’ brew are vodka, sugar, water, kiwi fruit, fresh mint leaves, ginger ale, some iced cubes,…
  • Oak Appeal

    Carla
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    It’s a classic image – oak barrels stacked on top of one another, cradling precious elixirs of wine, whiskey (our favorite), rum, and other fine alcoholic beverages. But why are we still using these barrels when we have some of the world’s best technology at our fingertips? Well, let’s just put it this way, it is a tradition with a long history among people with good taste. A Long History While it’s often a challenge to date, due to the decay of wood over time, many scholars believe that oak barrels were used as far back as the days of the ancient Celts and Anglo Saxons. Later,…
  • Looking for a Cheap Moonshine Still?

    Jeff
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    If you are looking for a cheap moonshine still (and by cheap we mean inexpensive, NOT low quality), you’re in luck! Periodically, we have used equipment or a used still for sale. This equipment is all in perfect working order, it just smell like the last run it distilled or it may have slight cosmetic imperfections. We will try to provide an accurate description and pictures of any damage so that you know what you are getting in to. Our loss is your gain! Where does this cheap moonshine still come from? The majority of the used distilling equipment is boilers that got damaged during…
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    Oz DIY Handyman

  • How to Build a DIY Workbench

    Steve Sagovac
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    This DIY workbench is something I just found at PopularMechanics.com, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a pretty nice unit when it comes to size, functionality, sturdiness and it’s also a do-it-yourself woodwork project. Now this is the first time I have ever visited this site. With a name like “Popular Mechanics” I imagined it had something to do with cars and engines. DIY Workbench Step by Step Instructions If you’re looking to build yourself a workbench, you should definitely check out this site. This is the Popular Mechanics intro to the Workbench…
  • Reclaimed Packing Timber Table

    Steve Sagovac
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    All this timber just being wasted At my brothers factory, he is always receiving these long pallets of material that all include packing timber frames on the top and bottom of each pack. I must admit that I have seen these palettes over the years and not once did it occur to me to try and use the timber to build some furniture instead of just using it in my fireplace. Recently I noticed that an old table, with a slat top, that was always sitting outside was starting to look a bit worse for wear. A few of the slats along the top had rotted on the ends and they were starting to break off. That…
  • Termites – The Terrifying Truth infographic

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Everyone knows and agrees that termites are one of those things that can absolutely frighten a homeowner. They are like a bunch of covert ninjas, doing their dirty-work behind the scenes, and you don’t even know about any damage until it’s too late. Termites are Terrifying Over at BobVila.com they have produced an infographic “The Terrifying Truth about Termites“, that covers some simple facts, and what to look for. Keep in mind that this infographic is written for the American market and refers back to the “NPMA – National Pest Management…
  • How to Stop Water Hammer

    Steve Sagovac
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    What is Water Hammer Wikipedia describes Water Hammer as: Water hammer (or, more generally, fluid hammer) is a pressure surge or wave caused when a fluid (usually a liquid but sometimes also a gas) in motion is forced to stop or change direction suddenly (momentum change). A water hammer commonly occurs when a valve closes suddenly at an end of a pipeline system, and a pressure wave propagates in the pipe. It is also called hydraulic shock. This pressure wave can cause major problems, from noise and vibration to pipe collapse. It is possible to reduce the effects of the water hammer pulses…
  • 5 DIY Chicken Coops

    Steve Sagovac
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    There’s nothing better than fresh eggs in the morning. And the only way to get the freshest eggs is to have your own chickens. So no matter what the size of your backyard, there is a chicken coop that will fit your needs.  Build your own DIY Chicken Coop Building a chicken coop in your own backyard can be quite easily accomplished with some basic materials and tools. You can use timber that you have lying around, even old shipping pallets make perfect materials for a project of this kind. Here are 6 Chicken Coops that people have made, including how-to instructions on the process. 1.
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