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  • New Floor Industry Podcast, Floorcast, Coming Soon

    Flooristics
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    27 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    We are pleased to announce that Rob McNealy, in conjunction with many manufacturers and floor industry leaders, is beginning a new weekly podcast for the flooring industry call Floorcast. Floorcast will feature lively floor industry, trends, talk and news. Hosted by Rob McNealy, a veteran of the flooring industry, will be seeking guests, news and tidbits and hope to put a more interesting and humorous spin on flooring technology. The range of topics Floorcast intends to examine include floor safety, floor failures, floor inspections, new materials, as well as how classic floor materials are…
  • Bob Bow Owner at Equity Builders

    Flooristics
    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    “Rob, from beginning to end was on top of the job and was there for me when any details needed to be discussed. His crew was fast, efficient, and detailed. I would highly recommend Rob for any of your hardwood flooring needs.” The post Bob Bow Owner at Equity Builders appeared first on Flooristics.
  • How to Work with Concrete

    Ask the Builder
    Tim Carter
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    If you’ve never worked with wet concrete before, it could be in your future. Many a comedy scene in a television show or movie has involved the soupy compound that magically turns hard in a matter of hours. Concrete is truly a unique building material and is used for countless things around the average home. While it’s a very basic material having only four typical ingredienets - stone, sand, water and Portland cement - it’s a very complex material that will deliver less-than-desired results if you don’t know what to do. Go watch this video of me mixing and starting to place concrete:…
  • Andy Weinberg Producer at Altitude Sports & Entertainment

    Flooristics
    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    “Rob was very knowledgeable about hard wood floors and went above and beyond the call to make sure we were satisfied in the end.” The post Andy Weinberg Producer at Altitude Sports & Entertainment appeared first on Flooristics.
  • Episode 2: Eric Stromer on HGTV & DIY

    Flooristics
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    6 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    In This Episode, learn about DIY and HGTV Rob McNealy interviews Eric Stromer, popular HGTV host, author and do-it-yourself expert, about his career in contracting, and how he got his start in the entertainment business. They also discuss his hit HGTV television show, Over Your Head. Listen Now Eric Stromer’s Bio What do you get when you mix construction, comedy and music? Chicago native Eric Stromer, host of the hit HGTV show Over Your Head, author of Do-It-Yourself Family, and one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” Eric’s entertaining DIY advice and…
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    Flooristics

  • Episode 2: Eric Stromer on HGTV & DIY

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    In This Episode, learn about DIY and HGTV Rob McNealy interviews Eric Stromer, popular HGTV host, author and do-it-yourself expert, about his career in contracting, and how he got his start in the entertainment business. They also discuss his hit HGTV television show, Over Your Head. Listen Now Eric Stromer’s Bio What do you get when you mix construction, comedy and music? Chicago native Eric Stromer, host of the hit HGTV show Over Your Head, author of Do-It-Yourself Family, and one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” Eric’s entertaining DIY advice and…
  • Episode 1: Claudia Lezell on Floor Industry Standards

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    In This Episode Learn About the Importance of Floor Industry Standards Rob McNealy interviews, floor industry veteran, Claudia Lezell, on the latest floor industry standards and standards bodies, including ANSI, ASTM, and IICRC. Listen Now Claudia Lezell’s Bio Claudia has been involved in the floor covering industry for more than 30 years. Since 1995, she has owned and operated Inspections Too, Inc., a full-time floor covering inspection and consulting service. Claudia has also spearheaded and led the IICRC Hard Surface Certification Floor Covering Inspector Program since 1996, served…
  • New Floor Industry Podcast, Floorcast, Coming Soon

    admin
    27 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    We are pleased to announce that Rob McNealy, in conjunction with many manufacturers and floor industry leaders, is beginning a new weekly podcast for the flooring industry call Floorcast. Floorcast will feature lively floor industry, trends, talk and news. Hosted by Rob McNealy, a veteran of the flooring industry, will be seeking guests, news and tidbits and hope to put a more interesting and humorous spin on flooring technology. The range of topics Floorcast intends to examine include floor safety, floor failures, floor inspections, new materials, as well as how classic floor materials are…
  • Andy Weinberg Producer at Altitude Sports & Entertainment

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    “Rob was very knowledgeable about hard wood floors and went above and beyond the call to make sure we were satisfied in the end.” The post Andy Weinberg Producer at Altitude Sports & Entertainment appeared first on Flooristics.
  • Bob Bow Owner at Equity Builders

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    “Rob, from beginning to end was on top of the job and was there for me when any details needed to be discussed. His crew was fast, efficient, and detailed. I would highly recommend Rob for any of your hardwood flooring needs.” The post Bob Bow Owner at Equity Builders appeared first on Flooristics.
 
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    MAKE

  • NYC is MAD for Makers

    Nick Normal
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    When you're in NYC later this month for the 5th annual World Maker Faire, be sure to put NYC Makers on your itinerary of extracurricular activities. This exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design features works by 100 makers from all five boroughs of New York City.Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Fused Filament Fiddle

    David Perry
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    3D-print a full-size electric violin, then plug in and play. The F-F-Fiddle (pronounced EFF-EFF-Fiddle) is a full-size electric violin, designed in Autodesk’s Fusion 360, that can be made on a desktop 3D printer — the fused-filament fabrication (FFF) type. All parts can be printed without support material, and the finished […]Read more on MAKE
  • 3D Printing a Life-Sized Elephant for A Good Cause

    Caleb Kraft
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    If you happen to be traveling through the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, you might get a chance to see an impressive 3D printing project in the works. World Animal Protection, an animal rights group was looking to raise awareness on the mistreatment of elephants. Often kept in tiny quarters, chained, […]Read more on MAKE
  • Alchemy and Artistry

    Andrew Terranova
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Ancient people have been turning natural materials such as stones, bugs and plants into pigments for centuries. Experience a bit of alchemy and learn how to go from raw materials to paint to art.Read more on MAKE
  • Pick Up Your Tools and Get Started!

    Alasdair Allan
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A call to action, to pick up your tools and get started making, and to be part of the next industrial revolution.Read more on MAKE
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    Ask the Builder

  • September 2, 2014 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

    Tim Carter
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It's over. Summer that is. The unofficial end of summer is profound here in New Hampshire. The lake I live on is now quiet. The summer residents are abandoning the area like rats from a sinking ship. You know it's going to be winter soon when you see the first dock raised out of the water. I saw it yesterday across from me. This past Saturdayn I attended a fascinating three-hour workshop about the National Traffic System. I know what you're thinking, cars and trucks. Nope. Traffic is a word used in the radio industry about messages and commercials. Are you aware that there's a little-known…
  • How to Work with Concrete

    Tim Carter
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    If you’ve never worked with wet concrete before, it could be in your future. Many a comedy scene in a television show or movie has involved the soupy compound that magically turns hard in a matter of hours. Concrete is truly a unique building material and is used for countless things around the average home. While it’s a very basic material having only four typical ingredienets - stone, sand, water and Portland cement - it’s a very complex material that will deliver less-than-desired results if you don’t know what to do. Go watch this video of me mixing and starting to place concrete:…
  • How to Build a Custom Firewood Shelter

    Tim Carter
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    DEAR TIM: Winter is fast approaching. Last year I goofed up. I stacked my firewood outdoors like I see others do, but it rained on the wood, it froze up and then it snowed on the woodpile. When I did chisel out the pieces to burn, they were damp and produced a poor fire. I want to build a firewood shelter that matches my home style and will allow the wood to be dry as a bone. Help me Tim, you're my only hope! Theresa P., Essex, VT DEAR THERESA: It must be a New England thing to store wood outdoors with no protection. I see it done all the time as I drive around New Hampshire, Vermont and…
  • Dust Source in House Dust Nightmare

    Tim Carter
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Denis has a dusty house in California's Central Valley. He lives in Merced, CA. That's a clue by the way. Here's what Denis sent me: "Hey Tim, I have the dustiest house on earth and I mean dust. We dust every week and the dust is so fine that it even gets into the cupboards, drawers, even my gun safe. I have just about done all that I can think of and I can't get it to stop. So after doing a lot of reading about my problem, I have decided that it is coming from the air ducts in my attic. My question is how do I check for leaks in the ducts?" I don't know that I agree with Denis' autopsy on…
  • Propane Grill Fire Danger

    Tim Carter
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    One of my ham radio friends almost burned his house down in the past two weeks. He had to switch out the four-gallon propane tank under his grill and somehow cross-threaded the hose connector. The leaking gas caught on fire and even though he had a fire extinguisher nearby, he failed to put out the fire. As soon as the fire happened, he told his wife to call the fire department, but she panicked. He ended up calling. Look at the photos and then READ his advice below the last photo. The firemen stripped off the vinyl siding to see if the wall sheathing was burning. You can see the melted…
 
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    Home Improvement Made Easy on Doityourself.com

  • The Nuts and Bolts: 3 Painting Project Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Love Life

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Loving life is one of the most important changes you can make to have a healthier and happier life. It doesn't mean that you won't have hard times, or times that you're upset, but having your default be love of your life, will make it easier to cope when times get hard. See step 1 to get started loving your life! Steps Loving Life in the Moment Let go of the outcome. One of the biggest changes to make is to let go of trying to control the outcome of every situation. Realize that the absolutely only thing you can control is your reaction to a situation, you rarely (if ever) can control the…
  • How to Make Lentils

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Lentils are a soft bean commonly purchased in dried form. Unlike most of their cousins within the bean family, lentils do not need to be pre-soaked or pre-cooked before making them. In fact, lentils are quite easy to prepare, and can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker. This article will tell you all the essential information you need to know about the process. Ingredients Makes 4 cups (1000 mL) cooked lentils 1 cup (250 mL) dried green, brown, or French lentils 2 to 4 cups (500 to 1000 mL) water 1/4 to 3/4 tsp (1.25 to 3.75 mL) salt Steps Preparing the Lentils Sort through the lentils.
  • How to Spin a Pencil Around Your Thumb

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Have you ever watched someone in class or at the office skillfully twirl a pencil around his or her thumb? Have you ever wondered how to do this effortlessly cool trick yourself? The steps required to spin a pencil around your thumb are easy to grasp, but tough to master. With plenty of practice, you'll soon be twirling your pencil like a baton! See Step 1 below to get started. Steps Hold the pencil between your index finger, middle finger, and thumb. Grasp your pencil in your dominant hand - your index and middle finger should be spaced apart from each other by about the width of your thumb.
  • How to Display the U.S. Flag

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Many Americans proudly choose to display the U.S. flag, often during National Flag Week leading up to Flag Day on June 14 and around Independence Day on the 4th of July. Whether you fly the colors 24/7 or merely during special occasions, it's important to ensure that the flag is displayed with the dignity and respect it deserves. Luckily, there are extensive guidelines (detailed in the U.S. Flag Code) for displaying the American flag properly, whether it's flown by itself or alongside other flags. Read on for detailed instructions. Steps Flying the American Flag Keep the flag visible.
  • How to Skip Rocks

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Skipping rocks is a skill that requires mastery of speed, spin, and angle. It can make for a great day at a lake or another peaceful body of water and can even be a bonding activity for you and your friends or family members. Even if you don't beat the Guinness World Record of 51 skips in one throw, you'll likely impress children when you skip stones like a professional.[1] The most important thing to keep in mind is that it'll take some practice to skip rocks across a water's surface, but the hard work you put in will be worth it. Steps Find a flat water surface with a large supply of rocks.
 
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    Home Construction Improvement

  • Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish Preview

    Todd Fratzel
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Professional Quality Urethane That’s Incredibly Easy To UseOver 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 “clear coatings” on wood involved solvent-based polyurethanes cleanup was extremely difficult and messy. I’m happy to say those days are just about over with the development of water based coatings.I recently had the opportunity to use Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish on some Southern Yellow…
  • Certificate Of Occupancy | What Is It?

    Todd Fratzel
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Certificate Of OccupancyThe 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 for occupancy.The CO is typically issued after a final inspection of the property. The inspection focuses on applicable building code provisions and any local zoning provisions or ordinances. CO’s are sometimes issued as “Temporary” when there is significant enough progress to allow…
  • Vinyl Siding Leaks – Period!

    Todd Fratzel
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Understanding The Limits of Vinyl SidingToday 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 missing that really bothered me. The house had absolutely no type of house wrap, rain screen or even tar paper on it, just vinyl siding attached directly to the OSB sheathing.All Vinyl Siding LeaksEveryone needs to understand that vinyl siding leaks and allows water/moisture to pass through it and make…
  • Outdoor Fire Pit and Patio

    Todd Fratzel
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Backyard Patio with Fire Pit and Sitting WallOutdoor living has become an increasingly popular topic for many homeowners looking to expand and upgrade their yards. One of the most popular projects in the outdoor living arena is an outdoor fire pit and patio. An outdoor fire pit can create a central gathering place for social events including cookouts, cocktail parties or a quiet summer evening with family and friends.In this article I’ll show you how this backyard patio and fire pit were built and some of the design considerations you might want to think about with a similar project.
  • Upgrade Your Hose Storage

    Todd Fratzel
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Hose Storage and Management IdeasGarden hoses can be a real pain to keep organized and moved around from place to place in the yard. I’ve got a huge yard and every year it seems as though my hose “miss-management” has gotten worse so I enlisted the help of the folks at AMES for some hose storage ideas and solutions.Does your hose sit around the yard like the picture above? It looks awful and it can be quite a trip hazard for yourself and guests. If your hose is just laying around you should consider getting some hose storage. Read on to learn all about hose storage solutions…
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    Rambling Renovators

  • New Beginnings

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

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A masculine living room the ladies will love too. Another great decorating job by Tim!I'm always impressed by people who just go after what they want. Like, how can she afford to travel the world full time? This is how.Bananas + avocados + coconut + maple syrup. 'Nuff said.Handy 10 Minute Tips for your blogA cozy seaside cabin. Via Coco + KelleyPretty pictures for your techI'm all about the ankle boot for fall. Here's 5 ways to wear them.HandyMan and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary this week. Can't believe we've known each other for a decade and been married for 7 years! I love…
  • DIY Blurred Beach Photo

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Have you ever seen a photograph or work of art that just stuck with you? An image that you can't get out of your head? I felt that way about two years ago when saw this blurred beach photo taken by Thom Filicia and displayed in his lake house :via House BeautifulThat beach photo. Blurry and out of focus, it spoke to me. I rushed out and bought Filicia's book American Beauty which tells the story of his finding, renovating, and transforming this beautiful lake house in the Finger Lakes region of New York, an area we have vacationed in several times. I'm a huge fan of beach photography…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    My 9-year-old Little House on the Prairie watching self would have loved a bedroom like thisI love all of Erika's designsDanielle has a great roundup of block printed fabricsSo that's how the fashion bloggers do itDid you catch the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour? There are so many pretty spaces like Julie's family room and Chris' kitchen.Be original, bloggers. Brilliant advice in this post!These phone backgrounds are helping me extend the summer feeling a little longerBut its feeling like fall which makes me want to run out and buy these booties.I like the looks of this hidden office. And…
  • A Rambling Renovators Home Tour

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome! If it's your first time here at Rambling Renovators, I'm glad you stopped by. Today I’m joining up with Shannon of AKA Design and Christina of The DIY Mommy on their fun Canadian Blogger Home Tour.Today, I'm sharing what my Canadian home looks like. If I were to describe our style, I'd say its a fresh take on traditional with a heavy dose of DIY. You'll notice that a lot of details and thought went into our home renovations: in this world of do it quick, get it done fast, temporary fixes, we like to slow it down, think carefully, and add the "+"... those smallest of details which…
 
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  • Good Intentions & Unexpected Projects

    Kit
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    On a long weekend I usually like to plan for a big project, as if that one extra day somehow transforms itself into a an entire weeks worth of time with which to get shit done. I am often disappointed. This weekend I planned to build an outdoor run for the chickens (something I’ve been saying I’m going to do since early spring.) All I really needed to do to get started on this project is go pick up some lumber. That was my plan, and I had very good intentions about following through with it, until I looked out my kitchen window and saw this… It’s almost done. Almost,…
  • A Ride Around the Farm

    Kit
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    When I tell people I don’t actually own a working TV they’re often like, “What the hell do you do for entertainment?” Uh… this? That’s a video of me, on the Kiterpillar, racing to see the sunset. (Thanks to Hyperlapse.) According to my dude, all that’s missing is the sound of me giggling wildly as I race around my property. True story. Technically that wheat field (recently cut down) isn’t my property… yet. But since there’s nothing growing right now, I run my golf card all over it like a mad-woman. When my dude said he wanted to…
  • Working on the Workshop: Goodbye Rusty Cabinets

    Kit
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    You know what my workshop needs? A hammock. I’m obsessed with hammocks lately and it might be because I’m so effing busy that I barely have time to sit down, much less lounge around drinking umbrella drinks. But I’m thinking maybe once it’s dark all of the time, and we’re covered in snow, then I am definitely taking some time to relax. Even if I have to do it in my soon-to-be-heated workshop. Until that happy day, I’ve got a few other things to look forward to. One of them is that I NO LONGER HAVE TO LOOK AT RUST-CABINETS. Know why? Because THIS. Oh, I…
  • Around the Farm: The Golden Days

    Kit
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I don’t know if you can overstate the amount of work that even a so-small-it-can-barely-be-called-a-farm type of property takes, which is something I think about when I get home from work after a long day and all I really want to do is lay on the couch and read a book. The trade off, of course, is that when I get home from work after a long day, and the donkeys need to be fed and brushed and hugged, well… this happens. Being given bunny ears by a donkey while trying to take a picture (so… donkey ears?) is infinitely better laying on the couch. Plus, I have a welcoming…
  • Jammin’ & Cannin’: Raspberry Jam Edition

    Kit
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You guys, I accidentally made something delicious. It was an accident because I planned to pickle things over the weekend. Pickle. Not jam. But lo-and-behold my dude and I found ourselves passing a U-pick raspberry farm on our way home from breakfast Sunday morning, and, well, one thing led to another… First of all, we’d been at a wedding the night before, and there was a some foot-gear logistics that got messed up, and let’s just say neither of us left the house in the morning prepared to pick a few quarts of raspberries. But that didn’t stop us. And since it was a…
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    I'm an Organizing Junkie

  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 1/14

    Laura
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy September 1st friends!  Well it’s happening.  This week my kids go back to school and I am so not happy about it.  I love having my kids home and the lazy days of summer.  Why does it have to go so fast anyway? With the kids going back to school now is the time […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 1/14
  • August 2014 Sponsor Spotlight

    Laura
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Welcome to the end of August and another edition of my Sponsor Spotlight!  This is a regular monthly feature where I put the spotlight on my sponsors and give you a little more in depth detail on what they have to offer to help you on your organizational journey.  My long time sponsors listed below […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> August 2014 Sponsor Spotlight
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Laura
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. Hands down the longest recipe title I’ve ever created.  Sure it’s a mouthful to say, but man is it the most delicious mouthful ever!  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches are a combination of two recipes and the perfect […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul

    Laura
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    I have been a long time shopper of Value Village and thrift shopping in general so when Value Village asked to partner with me on a back to school feature there was no hesitation on my part.  I started thrift shopping when I was pregnant with my first child (who is now 17) and furnished […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ August 25/14

    Laura
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    My brother and his family are here!  I don’t get to see my family very often as they live on the other side of Canada practically (it feels like it anyway) so it’s a huge treat to have them come visit me here in Alberta.  This is only the second time my brother has been […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ August 25/14
 
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    Handyguys Podcast - Home Improvement and DIY Advice

  • How to Operate a Drill

    The Handyguys
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I know it seems like a basic thing but we have been asked how to use all the settings on a basic power drill. Check out what the Handyguys have to say about how to operate a drill. Speed, torque, clutch and gears are discussed. Drill Speed Generally, the larger the bit the slower you want to set the speed. Drill Torgue Many drills this is related to speed. The slower the speed, the higher the torque. Higher torque is sometimes good when using your drill for driving screws. Drill Clutch The clutch is used when you are driving screws with your drill. You can set the clutch to disengage the…
  • Electric Dog Fence Collar Options

    The Handyguys
    22 May 2014 | 5:35 pm
    The Handyguys received several questions about dog fence collar options in response to our video on installing an invisible electric dog fence. The collar is certainly the most important aspect of the project and will drive the selection of the DIY kit you choose. Watch the video as The Handyguys discuss a few choices. Other options are listed below the video. Stubborn Dogs Stubborn dogs require a bit more correction from time to time. There are several dog fence collar options for stubborn dogs. Long Haired Dogs Sometimes dogs have very long fur which prevents the contacts on the dog…
  • How to store your snow blower for the summer – snow blower storage tips.

    The Handyguys
    22 May 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Snow Blower Storage The key thing with snow blower storage has to do with the fuel. Almost all fuel now contains ethanol and ethanol is a killer on small engines. Follow these steps for snow blower storage and you will be good to go next winter. Option 1 for snow blower storage The BEST option, run the tank dry. Start the snow blower and just let it idle until it stalls. If you have a lot of fuel you will want to drain as much as possible first. Option 2 for snow blower storage The second best option, use a fuel stabilizer, start the snow blower then turn off the full shutoff valve and let…
  • Gas Can Replacement Spout

    The Handyguys
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Handyguys found a gas can replacement spout that actually works! Most gas cans come with terrible spouts. This is often because of the nanny state mandates such as C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board). The idea is we improve air quality by having a spout on your gas can that automatically closes. The government doesn’t think we will put the cap on when not in use and that any evaporation is bad. To meet these nanny state regulations manufacturers have tried several different types of gizmos to close the lid for us. The consequence is spouts that are hard to use, spill gas,…
  • How to Remove Carpet Staples video

    The Handyguys
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Handyguys show you how to remove carpet staples the easy way in this video If you just need to remove one or two staples then really any old method will work. What if you are trying to remove hundreds or even thousands? It can take a long long time. Use the technique that Paul shows and you can move along pretty quickly.  All you need is a pair of these Remove carpet staples with the right tool Use diagonal pliers to remove carpet staples. Click the picture for different options at Amazon. In the video Brian and Paul race to see who can remove more staples quickly. Paul uses the diagonal…
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    Renovate Australia

  • How Should I Lock the Gate to my Yard?

    Bill Hutchison
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    If you want to safely and securely lock up your personal access gate to your back yard there are a few things that you need to consider in addition to security. One of the challenges that we have run into  in locking up our gate is making sure that the utility companies still have access to the meters. This includes: Gas Electrical Water One way to do this is to learn your billing cycle and unlock your gate during the weeks that the meter readers are set to to their reading. The challenge to this is that the meter readers are not always consistent with when they come by, and sometimes you…
  • Waiting for the Ikea 2015 Catalogue

    Bill Hutchison
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Walking around Ikea today with my youngest son made me realise that I am eagerly anticipating the newest Ikea catalogue, which is due to come out in Australia starting on the 23rd of August, 2015. There are some fun looking new items that you can see on the American Catalogue here. Of course, I can’t find a link to the new catalogue for us poor plebs in Australia, but the American catalogue at least gives us an idea about what to expect from our favourite home furnishing store.
  • Overrun by Maintenance Problems!

    Bill Hutchison
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Since moving into our house here in Adelaide in December 2012 we have been overwelmed by the amount of maintenance that we have needed to do on the house. The more I look around the place and live here, the more I am convinced that the previous owners never did anything to maintain the house. I’m not just talking about big jobs, but even small things like replacing the batteries in the smoke detectors and cleaning the filter in the range hood. I even found two dead mice in the range hood that had pretty much mummified! That really had me wondering how long it had been since they…
  • How Much Does Doors Plus Zone Living Cost?

    Bill Hutchison
    13 Jan 2014 | 9:31 am
    Doors Plus Zone Living (here) looks like a good solution for open plan living here in Australia. It allows you to still keep the open feel of a single large room, but with the economy of multiple zones for cooling or heating. We have two areas in our house that we was to section off from the other areas of the house for both cooling reasons as well as sound isolation and privacy. The first of these areas is our family / rumpus / play room at the back of the house. This area looks pretty easy to separate off from the rest of the house. The door frame is already there, so you should only need…
  • How to Get Quotes to Install Solar in Australia

    Bill Hutchison
    25 Sep 2013 | 8:49 pm
    Renovate Australia Podcast Episode 6 After weighing up for a long time whether to install residential solar power on our house here in South Australia we decided to go ahead and get some quotes on the costs associated with it. To start the process I visited a web-site called SolarQuotes.com.au that my brother in law recommended. The guy who runs it is Finn Peacock and he seems to be a very up and up kind of guy, who even called my brother in law back on the phone to answer some of his questions! His web-site will connect you with three different solar providers for quotes. After filling out…
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  • Home Improvement Season 7 Episode 16 What a Drag

    Gray
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Check out the channel to watch Home Improvement episodes. # Home Improvement Full Episodes # Home Improvement No Copyright Infringement. I have nothing. Home Improvement. Season. Episode....
  • Home Improvement Season 2 Episode 8 May The Best Man Win

    Gray
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    Check out the channel to watch Home Improvement episodes. # Home Improvement Full Episodes # Home Improvement No Copyright Infringement. I have nothing. season 2 episode 08. season 2...
  • Home Improvement Season 6 Episode 5

    Gray
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    Check out the channel to watch Home Improvement episodes. # Home Improvement Full Episodes # Home Improvement No Copyright Infringement. I have nothing. Check out the channel to watch Home...
  • DIY Love Heart Pillow.

    Gray
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    This is my very first video on how to make a Love Heart Pillow. Please give me a thumbs up and subscribe! Thanks! xxx.
  • Home Improvement Season 2 Episode 15 Love Is A Many Splintered Thing

    Gray
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Check out the channel to watch Home Improvement episodes. # Home Improvement Full Episodes # Home Improvement No Copyright Infringement. I have nothing. season 2 episode 15. season 2...
 
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  • Geek Trivia: Which Shark Species Can Survive In Fresh Water?

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Which Shark Species Can Survive In Fresh Water? Lemon Sharks Mako Sharks Hammerhead Sharks Bull SharksThink you know the answer?
  • The Real Doctor Frankenstein

    Akemi Iwaya
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Nearly all of us have seen at least one or more movie adaptions of the classic Frankenstein story, but was there a real Doctor Frankenstein, or at least a real-life individual that the character was based on? Today’s video looks at real-life people and historical medical science that may have helped to shape Mary Shelley’s classic story!Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Beginner: How to Switch Among Open Apps on Your Android Device

    Lori Kaufman
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you run an app on your Android device, you can minimize it and return to the home screen easily by touching or pressing the Home button. However, what if you want to quickly get to an open app from within a another open app?Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Google’s Location History is Still Recording Your Every Move

    Matt Klein
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Google could be tracking and recording your every location on your Android device, and you may not even know it!Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to Convert a Mac-Formatted Drive to a Windows Drive

    Chris Hoffman
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Macs format drives with Apple’s HFS+ file system, which Windows won’t recognize or access without third-party software. Macs may also create a protected EFI partition on these drives that you can’t delete with the usual disk-partitioning tools.Click Here to Continue Reading
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  • real life test kitchen: how to grill “roast” chicken

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

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

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

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

    Angela M.
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    I’ve yet to feel the sand between the toes (thanks to a little renovation project that is sucking up our free time) this summer. I am yearning to lie back and listen to the sounds of the shore — splashing waves, distant gulls, far off kids laughing. Hopefully me and my beach towel will have some quality time before summer closes, but if not, this shower curtain from Wanderlustography should help. It’s made by photographer Catherine McDonald, who brings her camera skills to shower curtains, pillows, and prints that are available on Etsy. Not a beach person? Perhaps a mountain…
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  • Enter Our Outdoor Cordless Tool Giveaway!

    Danny Lipford
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Find out how to enter our Outdoor Cordless Tool Giveaway for a chance to win an EGO cordless lawn mower, string trimmer, chainsaw, hedge trimmer, and leaf blower!
  • September Home Maintenance To-Do List

    Danny Lipford
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    With summer retreating and seasons changing, September’s home maintenance chores focus on getting your home ready for the cooler weather ahead. Read on for tips on everything from servicing your HVAC system to keeping your fireplace in top shape, along with a printable to-do checklist.
  • Sealing a Paver Patio or Driveway

    Advertiser
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Sealing a paver patio, driveway, or walk enhances the color and character of each paver. Watch this video to find out more.
  • Testing Old Coatings on Concrete Surfaces

    Advertiser
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Find out how to test the adhesion of an old coating on concrete before applying a new coating. Watch this video to find out more.
  • Patio and Driveway Paver Foundation Tips

    Advertiser
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Laying a paver patio or driveway starts with a good foundation. Watch this video for tips on how to use crushed stone and a compactor to make sure your paver foundation holds up over time.
 
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  • smallness

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

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

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

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

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

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Over the last while, oneof the most popular crafts floating around the internet has been the skull cut-out shirt, such as this one by scoochmaroo. It's appeared on craft site after craft site, Pinterest board after Pinterest board, and I decided to give it a new, nerdy twist - converting the skull i...By: LD_PContinue Reading »
  • Watermelon Fish Tacos with Adobo Sauce

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    It's hard to beat beer-battered deep-fried fish tacos but this recipe is a lighter, healthier version that calls for grilling the fish instead. It's delicious and incredibly refreshing on a hot summers day. Marinade the fish You can't have fish tacos without the fish.Ingredients 1lb Fish for gril...By: puyaneraContinue Reading »
  • Topped Ice Volcano Glass

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    This is great for putting cocktails in and stunning for looks You Will Need Cling film, a glass and some water The Ice Fill the glass with water to where you prefer Cling Film Add the cling film firmly around the rim Freeze Then stick the glass into the freezer upside down Waiting W...By: shooketsContinue Reading »
  • DIY "Brown" Bag (waxed canvas lunch bag)

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Inspired by this Etsy blog post, I became intrigued with the waxed canvas process and decided to try it over the weekend. I loved the end result so much that I made an extra dinner last night just so that I could bring lunch to work this morning! This DIY is a great way to to replace your brown pape...By: asergeevaContinue Reading »
  • Bunk bed hack

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    We wanted to give my son more privacy in his shared room. We saw a similar hack on Instructables, but it had no instructions. Hope this will inspire you to create one! It has been so popular that we are modifying the older boys bed to have a similar set up. Success. Stain the pieces first We use...By: prosendContinue Reading »
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  • Stormtrooper Cut-Out Shirt

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Over the last while, oneof the most popular crafts floating around the internet has been the skull cut-out shirt, such as this one by scoochmaroo. It's appeared on craft site after craft site, Pinterest board after Pinterest board, and I decided to give it a new, nerdy twist - converting the skull i...By: LD_PContinue Reading »
  • DIY "Brown" Bag (waxed canvas lunch bag)

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Inspired by this Etsy blog post, I became intrigued with the waxed canvas process and decided to try it over the weekend. I loved the end result so much that I made an extra dinner last night just so that I could bring lunch to work this morning! This DIY is a great way to to replace your brown pape...By: asergeevaContinue Reading »
  • Bunk bed hack

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    We wanted to give my son more privacy in his shared room. We saw a similar hack on Instructables, but it had no instructions. Hope this will inspire you to create one! It has been so popular that we are modifying the older boys bed to have a similar set up. Success. Stain the pieces first We use...By: prosendContinue Reading »
  • Tooled Leather Grolsch Bottle Holder

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    I decided to do a remix of the "DIY Glass Water Bottle" by Culturespy ( http://www.instructables.com/id/Protective-cover-... ).I'm a beer lover, and wanted to find a way to take my home brews with me when I hang out with friends... but I wanted to make something personal too. With my 100% hand tool...By: American RuinContinue Reading »
  • Create a Maker Space for Kids

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Do you remember being a kid and having an amazing idea to build something awesome? You see movies like Home Alone in which the protagonist is clever and capable enough to create sophisticated contraptions that work just as planned, and you know you can do the same. You are so full of enthusiasm and ...By: WYE_LanceContinue Reading »
 
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  • Wooden Bull's Head Remix

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.” ― Thomas Jefferson, Selected WritingsThis project was inspired directly by Ninchen's Wooden Bull's Head instructab...By: KitemanContinue Reading »
  • 8 Bit Etching with Dremel

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    For our Dremel Build Night we knew we would have a lot of families in attendance so we wanted an easy project the kids could do and give them hand-on experience with the tool. The kids at our workshop drew designs on ceramic tile, etched the design & then added color to make their designs pop! I w...By: micreatespaceContinue Reading »
  • Luxury tortoise's house

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    This tutorial teach you how to build your own tortoise house.Material you need:1) Wood boards2) Wood screws3) Spray paint4) Artificial grass5) Plastic mesh6) Acrylic boards (tray)7) Reptile's lamp8) 3D printer Blueprint of the house Begin by plotting out the dimension of the house with sketch, c...By: jake_leeContinue Reading »
  • Sculpt custom Halloween masks

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    After extensive research into how to create a personalized Halloween mask with little expense or fuss, I came up with this method which seems to work well. It requires few materials and little skill (I know, this was the first time I had tried sculpting). Hopefully you'll find this useful. Please be...By: bwebbyContinue Reading »
  • Open-Source 3D Printed Couture by XYZ Workshop

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    On August 19th, 2014, XYZ Workshop partnered with Ultimaker to release an opensource fashion suite which includes a 3D Printed Wallet, 3D Printed Watch band and and entire couture dress called the inBloom Dress. These designs are all available for free on YouMagine.comThis Instructable is to provide...By: xyzworkshopContinue Reading »
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  • Air Bag and Seat Belt Backpack

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    About four years ago, I got in a pretty gnarly car accident (everyone was fine don't worry). When I went to the junk yard to pick up my belongings from the car I noticed the amazingly strong nylon material the airbags were made out of. Fortunately, I had never come in contact with the material befor...By: CobyUngerContinue Reading »
  • Stormtrooper Cut-Out Shirt

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Over the last while, oneof the most popular crafts floating around the internet has been the skull cut-out shirt, such as this one by scoochmaroo. It's appeared on craft site after craft site, Pinterest board after Pinterest board, and I decided to give it a new, nerdy twist - converting the skull i...By: LD_PContinue Reading »
  • Hama mini beads clock

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    mini beads are perfect to create 8 bit figure of old arcadegamesforund my self an old clock made 12 different figure from my childhood favorite game Bubble Bobble a bit glue add the figure over the clock number and awesome clock !! By: mrøndeContinue Reading »
  • DIY "Brown" Bag (waxed canvas lunch bag)

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Inspired by this Etsy blog post, I became intrigued with the waxed canvas process and decided to try it over the weekend. I loved the end result so much that I made an extra dinner last night just so that I could bring lunch to work this morning! This DIY is a great way to to replace your brown pape...By: asergeevaContinue Reading »
  • Bunk bed hack

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    We wanted to give my son more privacy in his shared room. We saw a similar hack on Instructables, but it had no instructions. Hope this will inspire you to create one! It has been so popular that we are modifying the older boys bed to have a similar set up. Success. Stain the pieces first We use...By: prosendContinue Reading »
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  • Wooden Pallet - Bike and Scooter Rack

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Wanted to get some kid-friendly bike storage/organization for our garage. I had seen a bunch of wooden pallet bike racks here and around the web - of varying levels of effort, execution. Since I was able to get me hands on a couple of nice wooden pallets for free - I was able to complete this littl...By: Davinci2K1Continue Reading »
  • Bicycle wall mount rack (3D printing)

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    I designed this simple wall mount rack for my bicycle. Showing in the pictures I have not mount on the wall, I just temporarily put on the metal pole. As you can see the wall mount there are two holes for you to put the wall plug screws. Attached are two STL files, modify as you like. For highest st...By: danleowContinue Reading »
  • DIY Electric Skateboard

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Hello, This is intended to be a quick guide on what you need to create a homemade electric skateboard on a relatively small budget that can rival a new consumer brand that costs in excess of £1200. The board I built can reach speeds of about 26mph and with regenerative breaking can run for about 10K...By: PracticalProjectsContinue Reading »
  • Bandage a Broken Bike Frame

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    About a year ago I bought the bike frame of my dreams, only to realize later that it had a small crack where the seat tube meets the bottom bracket. The guy who sold it to me covered the crack with nail polish and told me it was just a small chip in the paint that he covered to prevent rust. I was h...By: CobyUngerContinue Reading »
  • Building a Carbon Fibre Bamboo Bicycle From Scratch

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Look no further for a free-range, organic, and gluten-free mode of transportation! Bamboo bicycles not only look resplendent, but they also provide fantastic road vibration absorption, higher strength to weight ratio than steel, and similar stiffness to aluminum. With a bit of time and sweat, you ca...By: Justin LamContinue Reading »
 
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  • DIY Electric Skateboard

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Hello, This is intended to be a quick guide on what you need to create a homemade electric skateboard on a relatively small budget that can rival a new consumer brand that costs in excess of £1200. The board I built can reach speeds of about 26mph and with regenerative breaking can run for about 10K...By: PracticalProjectsContinue Reading »
  • Bandage a Broken Bike Frame

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    About a year ago I bought the bike frame of my dreams, only to realize later that it had a small crack where the seat tube meets the bottom bracket. The guy who sold it to me covered the crack with nail polish and told me it was just a small chip in the paint that he covered to prevent rust. I was h...By: CobyUngerContinue Reading »
  • Building a Carbon Fibre Bamboo Bicycle From Scratch

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Look no further for a free-range, organic, and gluten-free mode of transportation! Bamboo bicycles not only look resplendent, but they also provide fantastic road vibration absorption, higher strength to weight ratio than steel, and similar stiffness to aluminum. With a bit of time and sweat, you ca...By: Justin LamContinue Reading »
  • Foolproof Burning Man

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I've been to the burn (aka Burning Man) a couple more times than I can count. It is a really, really fun time, but camping on the playa (which is to say, on a dry lake bed in the desert) can be a challenge for the uninitiated.This Instructable is my attempt to compile a bunch of the tips and tricks ...By: bakuninContinue Reading »
  • Surfer's Wardrobe/Poncho

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Affording a little privacy is easy whilst on the go from your car to the surf! If you need a humble cover so you can change into your swimwear, then this is the Instructable for you! Needs... -Two towels of similar size.-Zip tiesOptional: rivets Instructions: Lay one towel over another.Connect...By: azükiBEANContinue Reading »
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  • Razor Blade Survival Knife

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    This is a survival knife i made with stuff from my survival tin, and some things you can find in the Nature. Not the biggest knife, but its very handy, you can clean your fish, you can cut wood or you can cut your string. Find the things! In the survival kit can you find:StringRazorbladeIn the na...By: DanishMakerContinue Reading »
  • Making 140 Pound Test Leader With Hook

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Get the quick twist tool to bend the wire on one side of the tool (VERY EASY LOOK CLOSELY AT PHOTOS) tool comes with an Alan key it is used to twist the wire once the loop has been formed on the opposite side of the tool What You Will Need AFW leader wire of your choice Cut Leader Wire Cut...By: aarroyo2Continue Reading »
  • Refilling butane lighters correctly

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    If your spewing fluids when refilling, you may need an adapter.This is more common with vintage or high end lighters.Important note: You will also need to purge your lighter before refilling by shaking and opening fuel valve upside down until all the fuel(and remaining harmful by-products) are gone....By: tacotasterContinue Reading »
  • How to make a survival slingshot with fishing kit.

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Today I will be showing you how to make a pvc survival slingshot with an inbuilt fishing kit. Before using this please check the hunting and fishing laws in your area, hope everyone enjoys:) Things you will need. To make this you will need a 10lb pouch and band setup, 20cm of 3/4 inch pvc, insula...By: DIYWEAPONSContinue Reading »
  • How to make a simple rig and a double hook

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    In this instructable I will be showing you how to make a double hook and a simple fishing rig out of scrap materials. Like my last fishing instructable, this will be to celebrate 3000 views. Hope everybody enjoys this :) Things needed for the double hook. To make the double hook all you will need...By: DIYWEAPONSContinue Reading »
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  • DIY Gas Mask Prop

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    I made a prop gas mask with household items.You can make it usable by adding activated charcoal or things like that in the filters but i didn't.I made it just for fun .This is my first instructable so if you can be a little bit nicer.I wait feedback. Materials Needed materials:2L soda bottle(i us...By: AzuNoapteContinue Reading »
  • PVC Batarang

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Welcome to my biggest instructable so far What You Need PVC pipePliers Heat gun (heat source )File (dremel)Sandpaper Spray paintPiece of wood Screwdriver Cutting The Pipe Cut the pipe straight down the middle Flattening The Pipe First to need to put a flat screwdriver in the cut you've m...By: Gamertamer2000Continue Reading »
  • Left For Dead 2 Boomer Bile Prop

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    I built this boomer bile prop for a friend that was cosplaying Ellis from Left for Dead 2. It took me an afternoon to make and cost me about 8 bucks.Stuff I Used: Voss water bottle Bottle of Hair Gel Red Spray Paint White Spray Paint Foam BoardThis is the picture I used for the Label...By: Nerd BuildsContinue Reading »
  • Dremel Maze

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    materials and tools used:dremel etching bit6"x9"X1/2" wood220 sand paper The Gang step 1 get a group of, non institutionalized, creative thinkers Tiffany and Walter step 1.5 ask tiffany(or any local positive, insightful person) for advice Failed Attempts step 2Ignore everyone's advice and t...By: kevin7314Continue Reading »
  • "Cartoon-style" inlay on an acoustic guitar

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    This Instructable describes how to do cartoon-style inlay on an existing acoustic guitar. Ever since I first saw a laser cutter, I have wanted to try using it to decorate a guitar. Tech Shop gave me that opportunity. You can do this type of work on your instrument, too. A laser cutter helps a lot, b...By: JTAAUSTEXContinue Reading »
 
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  • PVC Batarang

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Welcome to my biggest instructable so far What You Need PVC pipePliers Heat gun (heat source )File (dremel)Sandpaper Spray paintPiece of wood Screwdriver Cutting The Pipe Cut the pipe straight down the middle Flattening The Pipe First to need to put a flat screwdriver in the cut you've m...By: Gamertamer2000Continue Reading »
  • Left For Dead 2 Boomer Bile Prop

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    I built this boomer bile prop for a friend that was cosplaying Ellis from Left for Dead 2. It took me an afternoon to make and cost me about 8 bucks.Stuff I Used: Voss water bottle Bottle of Hair Gel Red Spray Paint White Spray Paint Foam BoardThis is the picture I used for the Label...By: Nerd BuildsContinue Reading »
  • Dremel Maze

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    materials and tools used:dremel etching bit6"x9"X1/2" wood220 sand paper The Gang step 1 get a group of, non institutionalized, creative thinkers Tiffany and Walter step 1.5 ask tiffany(or any local positive, insightful person) for advice Failed Attempts step 2Ignore everyone's advice and t...By: kevin7314Continue Reading »
  • "Cartoon-style" inlay on an acoustic guitar

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    This Instructable describes how to do cartoon-style inlay on an existing acoustic guitar. Ever since I first saw a laser cutter, I have wanted to try using it to decorate a guitar. Tech Shop gave me that opportunity. You can do this type of work on your instrument, too. A laser cutter helps a lot, b...By: JTAAUSTEXContinue Reading »
  • Easy DIY phone holder keychain.

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    A DIY phone holder keychain perfectly customizable and super useful for watching movies, taking pictures or doing whatever you'd like to! :D(I hope you guys could understand me, my English is not so good... Sorry for any mistakes) Main material. I used for this keychain a piece of wood glued to ...By: aescobar ortegaContinue Reading »
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  • standing cardboard shelf

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    to keep your toys and books, here it is you need scissorspaint(optional)broom or toothpickstape cutting folding fold it into required shape, don't worry if its too small, the second cardboard box will increase the size. fold the second one exactly the same way and tape it firmly on top a...By: Starboy001Continue Reading »
  • knex rocker

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    how to build the knex rocker I will give y pictures of my knex rocker you will need to bulid 2 small towers now y need to bulid to side of it and the middle of the to hold the towers up now bulid the swingnthing to swing the fist photo is to put the tower together with the middle and sil...By: sarcadipaneContinue Reading »
  • How To Make A Simple Yoyo Counterweight

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    These counterweight are easy to make and are much softer than plastic- which means less pain when you accidentally whack yourself in the face! | | [}{] Get Your Stuff! A small bouncy ball. (Let's be honest- everyone has one in their house.)A screwdriver or a drill.A pen Mark out the ...By: hvosticContinue Reading »
  • Minecraft Survival Ep 1

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Making World+seed null Spawning Into World! null Punching Trees null Got Wool And Crafted Wood null Made Crafting Table null Got Sticks Tools And Bed null Killed Some Pigs For Meat null WTF! null Found A Mine! null Got Loads Of Cobble But No Coal null Took Wood And ...By: AustydudeContinue Reading »
  • DIY Gas Mask Prop

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    I made a prop gas mask with household items.You can make it usable by adding activated charcoal or things like that in the filters but i didn't.I made it just for fun .This is my first instructable so if you can be a little bit nicer.I wait feedback. Materials Needed materials:2L soda bottle(i us...By: AzuNoapteContinue Reading »
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  • Robot Bottle Opener

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    This whole project started with a dead robot that we wanted to bring back to life. If I've learned anything from Bender, its that there is no better way to rejuvenate a robot than to have it open some beer bottles.The task of controlling a robot to have it interact with specifically shaped objects a...By: LostRiteContinue Reading »
  • Simulated Fireworks Wheel

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:18 pm
    This Instructable is about how to make wheel that throws sparks like a large fireworks pinwheel but it doesn't use any powders or fireworks. Depending on how the laws are written in your area this may or may not be defined as a firework. The science behind it is the oxidation of finely divided iron ...By: DGWContinue Reading »
  • How to Write a Good Electronics Instructable

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    This Instructable was inspired mainly by my contributions over at The Clinic, which, if you haven't heard of it, is a forum thread where you can go to ask for help critiquing your projects. I typically volunteer to help out with electronics or robotics-related projects, and found myself giving some ...By: Ben FinioContinue Reading »
  • Wordclock

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Ever since first seeing QLOCKTWO by Biegert & Funk a couple of years ago, I have wanted a word clock on my living room wall. The original, however, somewhat exceeds my yearly clock budget, so I started looking for alternatives.The internet is riddled with DIY and commercial versions of this type of ...By: wouterdevinckContinue Reading »
  • World Clock in German using Arduino

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    While in Germany last year, I saw a world clock in a store similar to this one in a store that was priced at 900€. I read several instructables online on how to create a World Clock so I decided to give it a shot. I want to thank the following Instructables that I used as a starting point to create ...By: trzimmContinue Reading »
 
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  • How to Write a Good Electronics Instructable

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    This Instructable was inspired mainly by my contributions over at The Clinic, which, if you haven't heard of it, is a forum thread where you can go to ask for help critiquing your projects. I typically volunteer to help out with electronics or robotics-related projects, and found myself giving some ...By: Ben FinioContinue Reading »
  • Wordclock

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Ever since first seeing QLOCKTWO by Biegert & Funk a couple of years ago, I have wanted a word clock on my living room wall. The original, however, somewhat exceeds my yearly clock budget, so I started looking for alternatives.The internet is riddled with DIY and commercial versions of this type of ...By: wouterdevinckContinue Reading »
  • The Ultimate DIY Guide for Quadcopters

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Over the past few years, radio controlled quadcopters have been becoming ever more popular. Unlike Helicopters, They are much more stable, and can lift a bigger load. You can add DSLR's for aerial photos, or make it totally autonomous, with pre-planned flight missions. In this instructable, I'm...By: madminorContinue Reading »
  • Soundwave Portable Electronics Workstaion

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    As most who know me would know, I like to keep my shed neat & tidy, so the idea of building a self-contained electronics workstation is very appealing. Plus I'm often fixing other peoples stuff so the portability helps.If anyone would like any of the following hit me up & I'll post them:Detail CAD...By: Tez_GelmirContinue Reading »
  • Yet Another Edge-Lit LED Sign

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    There are kind of a lot of them. But then, everybody does like glowing things, yes? Yes, of course they do. Things that glow are awesome.I needed a project. I felt that the Bergen hackerspace needed a cool sign. Karlmag shared that opinion. Thus it was only logical that we team up to build one.Skill...By: Chimera DragonfangContinue Reading »
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  • LED Lego Light Saber

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Parts and things needed. Drill tiny hole thru saber handle Light and battery take LED light from any cheap toy. Take tiny battery from some cheap toy, the smaller the better. This one fits nicely onto a lego "backpack" Super glue blue LED into bottom of saber handle. The hole is to simply...By: AndrewOeltmannContinue Reading »
  • Repurposing my Laser CNC into a multi-mount CNC

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Hello. I jumped in the CNC world last October and I have been a passionate enthusiast since... I often watch videos of DIY CNCs and experiment with new things. My first CNC project (highly recommend to take a look) was quite a success (but had a few issues) and this made me think that I need to try ...By: john1aContinue Reading »
  • Arduino "PowerPack" Shield

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Hello, and welcome to another Other Machine Co. project tutorial! I'm Sam DeRose, an intern here at OMC this summer.This post covers how to build your own Li-Po charging battery pack for an Arduino Uno. This Instructable is a little more advanced than some other ones we have, so I'm going to presum...By: othermachineContinue Reading »
  • RFID access system

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    In this instructable I will show you how to make an arduino powered RFID access system that can be easily modified to fit the needs of any project. Before we get in to the build let me explain the technology behind the RFID reader and tags. In case you don't know already RFID stands for Radio Freque...By: Kale_3dContinue Reading »
  • How to improve a cassette to MP3 conveter

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    I used to make microphone recordings on a very good cassette recorder around 30 years ago. Now it is time to store the music in another format. Today it is difficult to find a high class converter. I found this solution. By: hermanwahsletnContinue Reading »
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  • Medieval Crossbow

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Medieval CrossbowThe subject of this project has been one of my preoccupations since childhood. Growing up in Europe, the local museum had one medieval crossbow on display and I remember looking at it many times trying to figure out how it was made… Of course nobody I talked to had a clue about the ...By: macarinaContinue Reading »
  • Using the Singer Futura (CNC sewing machine at Pier 9)

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Pier 9 has some awesomely powerful CNC tools, and the Singer Futura is, well, a CNC tool of less awesome power. This intractable will go through some of the things I have learned using this tool but is by no means an exhaustive guide to perfect embroidery machine use. For now, I'll go over what I kn...By: CobyUngerContinue Reading »
  • Ceiling Mounted Waterfall Shower

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I wanted a ceiling mounted waterfall shower head. Anyone who has taken a shower in one knows exactly why -- it is incredible. But I live in an apartment. And the bathroom is already finished. So ... I decided to put an industrial-look, exposed copper piping, ceiling mounted shower head. It is easil...By: xceleratorContinue Reading »
  • Hops Garden Tower

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    I've had flower gardens for many years, and I'm always looking for ways to introduce new plants into existing gardens. My son has been brewing beer for the past few years, and he grows hops in his backyard. Since hops produce beautiful flowers and are fast climbers (20-25 feet in a growing season),...By: pi526Continue Reading »
  • Adirondack Deck Chair

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    I just bought myself a new bell tent this summer which is very swish. I have a camping chair but it is one of those generic fold out chairs with a cup holder, fairly comfortable and practicable yes, in-keeping with my new tent no! I needed a new one.I have made a couple of Adirondack chairs before s...By: petachockContinue Reading »
 
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  • Medieval Crossbow

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Medieval CrossbowThe subject of this project has been one of my preoccupations since childhood. Growing up in Europe, the local museum had one medieval crossbow on display and I remember looking at it many times trying to figure out how it was made… Of course nobody I talked to had a clue about the ...By: macarinaContinue Reading »
  • Ceiling Mounted Waterfall Shower

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I wanted a ceiling mounted waterfall shower head. Anyone who has taken a shower in one knows exactly why -- it is incredible. But I live in an apartment. And the bathroom is already finished. So ... I decided to put an industrial-look, exposed copper piping, ceiling mounted shower head. It is easil...By: xceleratorContinue Reading »
  • Hops Garden Tower

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    I've had flower gardens for many years, and I'm always looking for ways to introduce new plants into existing gardens. My son has been brewing beer for the past few years, and he grows hops in his backyard. Since hops produce beautiful flowers and are fast climbers (20-25 feet in a growing season),...By: pi526Continue Reading »
  • Adirondack Deck Chair

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    I just bought myself a new bell tent this summer which is very swish. I have a camping chair but it is one of those generic fold out chairs with a cup holder, fairly comfortable and practicable yes, in-keeping with my new tent no! I needed a new one.I have made a couple of Adirondack chairs before s...By: petachockContinue Reading »
  • Wall mounted Mini-bar

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    With my girlfriends birthday coming up i decided to fulfil one of her requests and build her a mini-bar. After a bit of searching for inspiration I came up with a rough design and went from there. In general this is a fairly simple project, relatively cheap and produces a really stylish bar that is ...By: msparkerContinue Reading »
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  • Street light floor lamp

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Bring the blinding brightness of street lighting to your work space by turning an old street light into your new floor lamp. This street lamp was found at a building reuse store. It looks like it was badly damaged, partially warped, and was missing the glass cover that protects the bulb. Since I w...By: mikeasaurusContinue Reading »
  • Clean Your House Gutters by Yourself

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    To keep your gutters in tip top condition you ideally need to clean and clear them at least twice a year. This’ll help to prevent water damage to your walls, frames and foundations. Use the following easy guide on gutter DIY to safely tackle any blockages: Ladders You’ll need to select the most...By: Forrest-WheateyContinue Reading »
  • Power Supply for Etching with Salt Water

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Make a "cheap" power supply for etching metals with salt water. The Gathering Gather up the materials you need. My son who tattoos, had an extra power supply he gave me. I bought two 1/4 inch phone connectors, two small alligator clips, and had a piece of two strand wire I salvaged. Close The...By: WazItContinue Reading »
  • Make Cardboard Cell Phone Charging Holder

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Watch Video on Youtube. Click Here: http://bit.ly/1reCDAXCreative idea to make a simple cardboard cell phone charging holder! It’s super easy to make. To make this you'll need Cardboard Cell Phone Charging Holder Simply print out the template and cut out the cardboard. When you use it, just...By: ErmanosMediaContinue Reading »
  • Cuboid clubhouse

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    It all started years ago when I saw a mention online of a cube house on its corner in europe. It took me all of ten minutes to google the mention and find the apartment complex in Darmstadt that a creative designer had built over top of an existing bridge. It was inspiring, and in days I had a wor...By: keeganhennisContinue Reading »
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  • Mr. Tiny's Wacky Tacky: Mid Century Modern, Costumes, Kitsch, Dinosaurs and More

    Van
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    A dinosaur logo, kitschy paintings on velvet, neon glowing against the night sky, California mid century modern lovingly documented, a gorgeous muse in 100% custom made retro ensembles; this is the world shared by Mr. Tiny on his blog Wacky Tacky. With a rabid love for glittering gaudy goodness and everything Wacky and Tacky I had to learn more about this multi-talented writer. Here's the scoop:1) May I ask what you and Mary do for a living? You're so talented and I don't believe I saw it anywhere on the blog explicitly:My kid sister, Mary, is excited to be receiving her wings as a real-life…
  • Let's Discuss: Is Thrifting an Alternative to a Materialistic Mindset? Are We Filling Emotional Voids with Objects?

    Van
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Last month I wrote 12 Reason to Buy Nothing New. Style, Environmentalism, and Deep Introspection. Reader Raffaella left a question in a comments that beat me to my planned follow-up:While thrifting is very interesting (I only wish we had thrift stores here!) and I agree with your points, I've always wondered if it really is an alternative to the consumeristic mindset. I mean that buying secondhand is still buying, so still a way to fill an emotional void with material things. What do you think? I agree with Raffia. Buying second-hand IS still buying and a way to continue to fill…
  • 100% Upcycled Project #1: Cacti and Succulent Still Life: Kitschy Planter DIY

    Van
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I'm starting a new project. Determined to stretch anti-consumerism and art muscles, I'm challenging myself to make something new out of objects and supplies I already own every day.  Using what I already have or can obtain from friends is a fun and money-saving way to make life colorful and creative. Today I unveil Project #1: My my first (and not last) 100% Upcycled Cacti and Succulent mix Planter.[Photo above is from Instagram. Follow me there to see my creative projects in real-time. ]Supplies, Pre-Owned: white aquarium gravel, homemade cacti soil mix, purple succulent, grey vintage…
  • I Can't Stop What I've Started! Cleaning Out, Feeling Inspired, Vintage Sale Continues!

    Van
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Right now I'm sitting on the floor pricing every single piece of merchandise in this apartment. (Drinking all the tea. Energy, come to mama.)  I've been dying to get everything I own in front of eyes in my antique mall booth, now I'm determined to defy physics and give it a try again! Ha!Yep, this is what I'll be working on for the next hour. Real Reseller life isn't very photogenic.I'm the closest I've ever been to having the organized home and business of my dreams, the one where you have a spreadsheet that tells you where the extra pair of scissors and glue sticks are hiding. One…
  • Mid Century Muse: Contract Magazine Vintage Furniture Advertisement Inspiration

    Van
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    One morning after making a post office delivery I decided to swing into a nearby Goodwill as soon as it opened. I was rewarded by a stack of Contract vintage magazines and a few other retro interior design and office furniture catalogs from the late 60s and early 70s. I like to pretend came from a 1970s interior design firm. I've been enjoying flipping through these for inspiration. They recently sold so I took some time to photograph my favorite pages before shipping them out to the next creative they'll inspire. Let's look at the groovy goodness!Love thus hippie chick on a bike to…
 
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  • DIY Kitchen Backsplashes with Fake Brick and Stone Panels

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

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

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

    Beth
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The time to come up with haunted house ideas  is right around the corner, and faux panels can help. Sure, it’s still pool and beach season, but haunted houses usually open around October 1 so planning and building starts around now. Whether your haunted house is a small community event, a fund raiser for or by a local fire department or a big event, faux stone and brick panels can create exactly the look you want. Let’s face it – most haunted house settings make you think of stone (a dungeon, castle, cavern, etc.) or brick (a haunted asylum, Freddy Kruger chasing students in a school,…
  • Building a Pergola with Artificial Stacked Stone

    Ryan
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A customer of ours, Mike from Ohio, recently wrote us to let us know how happy he was with his outdoor remodeling project using artificial stacked stone panels.  Having worked with real stone before, he was excited to discover how faux stone would look just as good. His project was a cozy pergola alongside the pool in his backyard.  As you can see in the photos below, the posts supporting the structure are nicely decorated with the panels.  Inside of the pergola, the grill area is also enhanced with the use of Regency Stacked Stone panels. Building a pergola with stacked stone veneer…
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  • DIY Miter Saw Bench

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

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

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

    Ellie Somerville McNevin
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      Renting a home doesn’t necessarily stop you from giving your bathroom a bit of a makeover. The key is to make it simple and inexpensive, and don’t tear out anything that’s attached to the walls. (You might want to mention it to your landlord, too, before you start.) This is exactly what Ellie Somerville McNevin from Non-White Sofa did with the bathroom in her rental home. Painting the walls, putting down new flooring and adding a little flair to the mirror made a huge difference, as you’ll see… My husband Nick and I recently relocated to Charleston, South…
  • 9 Tips and Tricks for Planning a Bathroom Remodel

    Jamie Dorobek
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      Remodeling your bathroom is one of the most cost effective ways to increase the value of your home. It can also go a long way toward improving the quality of your life and satisfaction in your home.  A lot of people understandably find the idea of undertaking a bathroom remodel a bit intimidating. That’s why we brought in Jaime Dorobek to help put you at ease by sharing what she learned doing her own bathroom renovation. Jamie and her husband are pretty fearless DIYers. You can read all about Jamie’s experiences in creating things on her blog C.R.A.F.T. (Create Really…
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  • Freeze Produce Now to Enjoy Summer Flavor All Year

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
      Nature’s bounty is at its peak as summer winds down. Are you lucky enough to have your own organic garden? It’s likely to be brimming with fresh, luscious fruits and vegetables right around now. In fact, you probably have more homegrown produce on hand than you know what to do with.  See full article.
  • How Much Salt Is Too Much?

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
      Salt is often demonized as a poison that you must eliminate completely from any healthy food plan. However, the truth is more complex. Salt, or sodium chloride by its scientific name, is our primary source of sodium, which is necessary for human functioning.  See full article.
  • Roofing Estimates -- It Pays to Know What You Want

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
      A roof is a roof, right? Well, yes and no. When you’re looking for an estimate on a roofing job, you’ll save time and get the best value for your money if you know what you want. You’re already one step ahead of the game if you’re thinking about roof repair or replacement now, in plenty of time to get your home ready for the storms of winter.  See full article.
  • Help Wanted: A Trustworthy Plumber in My Area

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
      It all started when I noticed a strange smell coming from under the kitchen sink. At first the odor was so slight that I thought it was just my super-sensitive nose acting up. (Yes, I admit it: I am the type who spends several weeks every spring sniffling and snuffling as seasonal allergies afflict my schnoz.  See full article.
  • Eco-Friendly Electric Fireplaces: How Do They Stack Up?

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
      There’s nothing cozier on a crisp fall day than sitting in front of your fireplace, enjoying its warmth and the hypnotizing play of the flames. Add in some good company, your favorite munchies, and maybe a faithful four-legged friend snoozing on the hearth rug, and you’ve got a recipe for total relaxation.  See full article.
 
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  • Great Dining Room Ideas on Pinterest

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

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

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

    Ryan
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    In the past few years, one trend we have noticed is that church ceiling design with our decorative wooden beams, in lieu of real wood beams, is gaining popularity.  Like our other customers have realized, installing ceiling beams made of actual wood comes with too many hassles and frustrations.  With fake wood beams, however, none of those inconveniences exist. As Thomas W. of Trinity Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas noticed, our beams feature a hollowed, U-shaped channel within.  This made it easy for him to build a cross on the wall of the chapel with our Timber beams, as you can see…
  • Living Room Makeovers with DIY Ceiling Beams

    Ryan
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The living room is the space in a house where people are meant to feel secure and at ease.  It’s a room that should feel as relaxing for the family as it does for company.  Because the majority of families like to use this room as a place both to rest and gather, it should include the kind of décor that encourages repose and tranquility. Custom Woodland Fake Wood Beams lend a bold sophistication to living rooms. Next to the traditional elements of comfortable couches, flooring, wall color, lamps, and artwork, our customers have discovered the remarkable transformation that artificial…
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    Hackaday

  • THP Semifinalist: Autonomous Recharging For Multirotors

    Brian Benchoff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Even with visions of quadcopters buzzing around metropolitan areas delivering everything from pizzas to toilet paper fresh in the minds of tech blogospherites, There’s been a comparatively small amount of research into how to support squadrons of quadcopters and other unmanned aerial vehicles. The most likely cause of this is the FAA’s reactionary position towards UAVs. Good thing [Giovanni] is performing all his research for autonomous recharging and docking for multirotors in Australia, then. The biggest obstacle of autonomous charging of a quadcopter is landing a quad exactly…
  • Rigging Your 3D Models In The Real-World

    Josh Marsh
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Computer animation is a task both delicate and tedious, requiring the manipulation of a computer model into a series of poses over time saved as keyframes, further refined by adjusting how the computer interpolates between each frame. You need a rig (a kind of digital skeleton) to accurately control that model, and researcher [Alec Jacobson] and his team have developed a hands-on alternative to pushing pixels around. Control curves (the blue circles) allow for easier character manipulation. The skeletal systems of computer animated characters consists of kinematic chains—joints that…
  • 30 Years later TED finds his voice: A Commodore Story Part I

    Bil Herd
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    MOS VICC II Video Interface Chip MOS SID Chip Sound Interface Device In the before-time (I’m talking about the 1980’s here), when home computers were considered to be consumer items, there was the Commodore C64. The C64 derived its vast array of superpowers from two Integrated Circuits (IC) named VIC and SID standing for Video Interface Chip and Sound Interface Device. Chip names were part of our culture back them, from VIC up to Fat AGNES in the end. We spoke about VIC and SID as if they were people or distant relatives, sometimes cantankerous or prone to sudden outburst, but there…
  • Developed On Hackaday: Chrome/Firefox Apps/Extensions Developers Needed

    Mathieu Stephan
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Hackaday community is currently working on an offline password keeper, aka Mooltipass. The concept behind this product is to minimize the number of ways your passwords can be compromised, while generating and storing long and complex random passwords for the different websites you use daily. The Mooltipass is a standalone device connected through USB and is compatible with all major operating systems on PCs, Macs and Smartphones. More details on the encryption and technical details can be found on our github repository readme or by having look at all the articles we previously…
  • Extrinsic Motivation: P = NP If You Have A Time Machine

    Brian Benchoff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Not all of the entries to The Hackaday Prize were serious – at least we hope not – and this one is the most entertaining of the bunch. [Eduardo] wants to put a flux capacitor in a CPU pipeline. Read that last sentence again, grab a cup of coffee, mull it over, and come back. This post will still be here. Assuming the events portrayed in BTTF could be real in some alternate history or universe, consider the properties of a DeLorean time machine: It requires 1.21 Jiggawatts (we’re assuming this is Gigawatts from now on), has a curb weight of about three thousand pounds with…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • FOCA Detergent Reviews: Both Positive & Negative

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I get asked a lot what my recommendation is for cheap laundry detergent. No one can argue that FOCA detergent is anything but inexpensive, but the question is whether it actually cleans clothes well. That's where readers disagree, with some loving it while others, not so much. If you've used this laundry soap I'd love to hear your opinion as well.
  • Finish Dishwasher Cleaner Reviews & Experiences

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    There are several types of dishwasher cleaners that use a wax plug to hold the cleaner in the bottle, and the theory behind them is that during the cycle the plug dissolves so the cleaner is dispensed at the right time. One of those is Finish dishwasher cleaner. Unfortunately, some people (including me) have had trouble with the wax not melting, while others have had no trouble. What about you? Do you have any tips for getting the cleaner to dispense properly?
  • Lemi Shine Reviews: Dishwasher Detergent Additive For Hard Water

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I've got hard water where I live and so I'm unfortunately familiar with the hard water build up that slowly makes all kinds of kitchen items look cloudy and dull. What you need to remove the build up is some type of lightly acidic product, such as citric acid. About a year ago I started using Lemi Shine dishwasher detergent additive, which uses the power of citric acid, in my dishwasher because my dishwasher itself had lots of hard water scale. It's amazing how much better it looks now, slowly over time, and a side-benefit is that it also has removed the hard water build up on my dishes and…
  • How To Remove Grease Stains From Clothes: Home Remedies

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Mechanical oil and grease can be a tough stain to remove. It's black and sticky and sometimes just won't budge. But here's quite a few home remedies and tips for removing these types of grease stains from your clothes.
  • Grass Stain Removal From Clothes: Home Remedies & Tips

    10 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Summer is in full swing, and we're all out and about more. But this also means more grass stains for kids and even adults. These can be a pain to remove, but they don't have to be. Here are quite a few home remedies and tips you can use to keep your family's clothes grass stain free.
 
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    Alure Home Improvements

  • 5 tips for renovating your basement when relatives are moving in

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

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

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

    Salvatore Ferro
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Alure Home Improvements' exterior expert Mike Serra, who specializes in exterior design, explained how siding has changed over the years and why modern siding is far superior to previous options.
  • Experience the advantages of replacement windows

    Salvatore Ferro
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Alure Home Improvements' exterior design expert Vinnie Maddaloni discussed some of the benefits that installing new windows can have for people considering upgrading their homes.
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    Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials

  • Random Directions – Outfit Of The Day

    Violet
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Outfit time! Recently I’ve been wearing a lot more jewellery. This has been my favourite outfit in quite some time. Dress: Ice Shoes: Mini MAOS Scarf: Thrift store Stockings: Ambra I threw it together last minute to see my friend. I was so late and panicking but it really came together well in the end! […] The post Random Directions – Outfit Of The Day appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • Where I Walk – Snapshots

    Violet
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The next group of shots from my Where I Walk series. This set has so much colour! I hope you guys are still enjoying the series as much as I enjoy shooting them.   The post Where I Walk – Snapshots appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • Mini Bun Hair Style Tutorial

    Violet
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    For today’s hairstyle tutorial, let’s do mini buns! This style is great for when you’re having a bad hair day because there’s very little that can actually go wrong! To begin, divide your hair in half and pull the first hair section up to the top of your head where you want the bun to […] The post Mini Bun Hair Style Tutorial appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • More Adventures In Silk Painting Yay!

    Violet
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    I thought you guys might like to see some of the silk paintings I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been working through the first lot of small scarves I made but now I think I’m ready to move on to something a bit bigger. Pretty much all of these were gifts for my friends. All of […] The post More Adventures In Silk Painting Yay! appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • Skin Care Routine – Lazy Inspiration

    Violet
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    Ugh a proper skin care routine is something I promised I would sort out in my Lazy Inspiration list… but every time I get started I manage to do it for like 2 weeks and then seem to get side tracked… by side tracked I mean lazy. >_> But it’s so important to take care […] The post Skin Care Routine – Lazy Inspiration appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
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    stepbystep.com

  • Servicing a Split Unit Air Conditioner at Home

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

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

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

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

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

  • TV Lift Cabinets – Why Invest?

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

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

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

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

    Nexus 21
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you shopping for TV lift cabinet? Fortunately for you, there are a lot of options! Of course, you’ll have to make some practical decisions based on size and type of the TV you plan to use it for and where it will be situated in your home.  However, there’s a lot of wiggle room when it comes to styles, sizes and colors! Sometimes the decision is super simple. For example, if you are putting the TV lift cabinet in a room with lots of wood furniture (like a bedroom), it’s an easy matter to match wood type and color in your cabinet. You can readily set everything up to blend in with…
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • General Contract Your Own Home: Money Saved

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

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

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

    armchairbuilder
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A reader recently had her interior drain tile in the basement repaired and is still seeing signs of moisture.  Here are her comments and question along with our response. Reader Drain Tile Issue:  “I had drain tile replaced (interior method) and a couple months later, all the new cement, which was placed after the drain [...]
  • Ductless Heating and Cooling Can Lower Costs

    armchairbuilder
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Ductless heating and cooling systems are becoming more popular as people are starting to realize the benefits associated with them.  The initial installation is quicker in many cases and because there is no ductwork to install, the home design has fewer limitations.  As a home builder that has a ductless system in my own home, [...]
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Tuesday Garden Party 9.02.14

    Jami
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Welcome to this week’s co-hosted Tuesday Garden Party! Guess who’s your host this week? Me! And there were so many great links last week that it was HARD to pick just five to feature, but I prevailed, ha! I do want to put a bug in your ears, though, to remember to link back to […] The post Tuesday Garden Party 9.02.14 appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing!
 
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    Five Gallon Ideas

  • Emergency Kit

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

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

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

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

    trevor
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Back yard chickens are phenomenal – feed them waste from their kitchen and they in turn feed you fresh eggs daily. But when you catch the “chicken bug” in a big way, you’ll end up with so many eggs that just washing them turns into an hour long chore. A bucket based egg washer is ideal for someone who washes several dozen at a time. The egg washer we built for this article will fit 70of the golden-centered orbs at a time. The basic premise is simple – air is blown through holes in a submerged pipe resting at the bottom of a standard bucket. The air flows upward…
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    Umeandthekids

  • Poem – Good Bye Summer Holidays!

    rachelhirst
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
     Good Bye Summer Holidays!  We’ll Miss You Summer holidays  Dear Summer Holidays, You did not judge us when we stayed in our pj’s all day If we stayed up and watched movies until after midnight If we ate lunch at 3pm and tea at 8.30pm it just did not matter You allowed us to be spontaneous, [...] The post Poem – Good Bye Summer Holidays! appeared first on Umeandthekids.
  • Back to School – eBay Stress Free Shopping Checklist

    rachelhirst
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Back to School – Stress Free Shopping tips Simple, Fast Back to School Shopping ebay got in touch recently  and asked me to put together a back to school buyer’s guide, I did not realise just how simple it would be to order all your childs school uniform and accessories in one place. Why  Choose [...] The post Back to School – eBay Stress Free Shopping Checklist appeared first on Umeandthekids.
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Anti Ageing Serum VLOG

    rachelhirst
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Anti Ageing Serum Review & VLOG A few years ago, I never thought I would be thinking of using an Anti-ageing skin care. Recently I have noticed that I really need to start thinking of different products to add to my skincare regime before I go to sleep on [...] The post No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Anti Ageing Serum VLOG appeared first on Umeandthekids.
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Fall Fabric Rag Wreath

    The Ribbon Retreat
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of my most favorite things to decorate with is wreaths! I just love them. I love to pin them on Pinterest, I love to hang them on my front door, and I even have one hanging on my huge mirror in my home! I seriously have an infatuation with wreaths, and Melanie from Find […]
  • Back to School, A-Z Series Features

    The Ribbon Retreat
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The bus is here, so grab your gear to start another FABULOUS school year! I can’t believe the time is here for school, football, volleyball and for all of those Idahoans, like myself, State Fair time!!! Wahoo for all of those and, in addition, that chilly bite in the air reminding us that the beginning […]
  • Easy Zipper Pouch {A-Z Series, “Z”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Well Ladies and Gents, today makes the final day of our alphabet inspired craft party! So sad, but so true! We have learned all about our A, B, C’s and just how much fun, how adorable and how creative they can be! We have been inspired by TONS of remarkable and talented ladies, and we […]
  • Yellow Yoked Dress with Yo-Yo Headband {A-Z Series, “Y”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today is the letter “Y’s” turn to get creative and crafty too, because it is “Y” day! What is the first thing you think of when you think of the letter “Y”? Lisa from Mabey She Made It came up with lots of creative words that start with “Y” in her adorable…ADORABLE and super sweet […]
  • X Marks the Spot Jacket {A-Z Series, “X”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    When I was going to school, one of our favorite sayings was “X, Y, Z…examine your zipper!”, followed by a whole bunch of giggles galore! Hehehe, real mature right? Jessica from Running with Scissors is luckily showing us that “X” stands for more than a silly saying that has to do with zipper mishaps. Jessica […]
 
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    Creative by Kate Danielle | Creative by Kate Danielle

  • Gourmesso Coffee Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Lay your own Carpets: A Fuss Free Method!

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

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

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

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    So, you’re thinking of laying down some garden decking? Great idea. Putting down a bit of decking in your garden will make it look infinitely neater whilst giving it a smart appearance and space to entertain family and friends. Best of all, it will be easy to maintain and care for, when compared to unruly grass, plants and all that type of stuff. The decision of laying garden decking is usually one which you’ll mull over for a while, or sometimes it might be an immediate thing that you know needs doing. If you aren't a big fan of how your garden currently looks or you feel like you’ve…
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    wastehunter.com

  • Cecilia Felli Converts Umbrellas Into Colorful Clothes

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

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

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

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

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