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  • Are you really in a historic district?

    Old House Web Blog
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
  • 50+ Egg Recipes That Will Keep You Busy All Season

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    Maat
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    This time of year, the amount of eggs we have is totally out of control, and we’re always searching for new recipes to use them up. There’s [...]
  • Furnishing the old house on a budget

    Old House Web Blog
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
  • An Abundance of Awesome

    DIYdiva
    Kit
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Well this week has been an epic emotional roller coaster, and it’s not even goddamn Wednesday yet. So that’s going to give me five new gray hairs… at least.   (If you didn’t read the update on Monday’s post, all the farmland around me went up for auction, and the purchase price ended up being over my max spending limit.) But, you guys are so hilarious/awesome/supportive about all of the things I do that it was worth all the crazy this week just to feel all the encouragement and good vibes from everyone. If I haven’t said it enough yet, thank you. When I…
  • OSHA Says Slip and Fall Accidents on the Rise at Health Care Facilities

    Flooristics
    Flooristics staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    Investigators who inspect health care facilities are required by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA to expand their resources to better focus on some of the key hazards at the workplace that cause injuries to employees. Specifically on that list of health care facility workplace hazards are slips, trips and falls. These are a big part of the nearly 58,000 work-related injuries reported by hospitals annually in the United States. Surprisingly, this rate is nearly twice as high as the number of work-related injuries reported by private industry.
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  • OSHA Says Slip and Fall Accidents on the Rise at Health Care Facilities

    Flooristics staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    Investigators who inspect health care facilities are required by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA to expand their resources to better focus on some of the key hazards at the workplace that cause injuries to employees. Specifically on that list of health care facility workplace hazards are slips, trips and falls. These are a big part of the nearly 58,000 work-related injuries reported by hospitals annually in the United States. Surprisingly, this rate is nearly twice as high as the number of work-related injuries reported by private industry.
  • Boise Tile Flooring Inspectors Boost Workplace Safety

    Flooristics staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    When it is time to hire a Boise tile flooring inspector, you are making a good investment in the health of your employees and customers, as well as your company. Flooring irregularities can lead to slip and fall accidents, which can be personally devastating to the victim and financially impactful on your business if there is a liability lawsuit. Avoid slip and fall accidents at the workplace with the services of a Boise tile flooring inspector. What Do Boise Tile Flooring Inspectors Do? A flooring inspector is a licensed professional who is trained to use a number of different methods to…
  • Floor Maintenance Advice from an Idaho Tile Flooring Inspector

    Flooristics staff
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    Tile is a wise choice for commercial flooring, and many business owners choose it because it is durable and easy to care for. But like any surface, improper care and cleaning can lead to problems with foot traffic and boost the risk of slip and fall accidents. No business owner wants to jeopardize the health and safety of employees and customers, so it’s important to listen to expert advice on proper maintenance. Idaho tile flooring inspectors are experts in what it takes to keep tile flooring clean and residue-free, so here are some of the top tile floor cleaning tips from Idaho tile…
  • How to Find a Walkway Audit Certificate Holder

    Flooristics staff
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
      If you are a business owner seeking to make your workplace safe, you need to hire a walkway audit certificate holder. Because of the number of slip and fall accidents that take place in businesses across the country, it’s a smart idea to consult with an expert to see where the high risk areas are in the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 15 percent of all accidental deaths arise from slip and fall accidents. The good news is that slip and fall accidents are also some of the most preventable in the workplace, and smart business owners use a…
  • 3 Reasons to Hire a Cheyenne Tile Flooring Inspector

    Flooristics staff
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    If you are a Cheyenne business owner with tile flooring at the workplace, don’t you want to find out whether it is safe for foot traffic or whether it is posing a risk to employees and customers? To ensure that the tile flooring is holding up well, and keeping foot traffic safe, you should hire a Cheyenne flooring inspector. Some business owners feel that because tile is so durable and easy to care for that there is no need for a formal inspection by a certified expert. They simply don’t believe that the tile flooring is a danger to anyone or that it can be affected by wear and tear or…
 
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    Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

  • You Didn’t Know it, but Max Is the Software Behind a Ton of Great Maker Projects

    Donald Bell
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    To celebrate the milestone of publishing 1,000 user-created projects using Max interactive software, parent company Cycling ‘74 created a microsite highlighting all 1,000 projects. Read more on MAKE The post You Didn’t Know it, but Max Is the Software Behind a Ton of Great Maker Projects appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • New Project: Open Your Garage Door with a Smart Phone and Particle Core

    Tyler Winegarner
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Here's how I build a custom garage door opener with my cell phone and a Particle Core development board. Read more on MAKE The post Open Your Garage Door with a Smart Phone and Particle Core appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Magnetic Putty is Easy to Make and Fun to Play With

    Gareth Branwyn
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    Years ago, Becky Stern did a post about the wonders of “super paramagnetic silicone putty.” It was a commercial product and I assumed it was beyond the ability of the average nerd to make at home. Wrong. It couldn’t be easier. This Instructable shows how magnetic putty is nothing more […] Read more on MAKE The post Magnetic Putty is Easy to Make and Fun to Play With appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Mold Super-Quick Edge Guards for Sharp Tools

    Tony Sherwood
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    These moldable edge guards will keep your tools sharp and your fingers safe from harm. They're quick to make and can be remolded to fit new tools. Read more on MAKE The post Mold Super-Quick Edge Guards for Sharp Tools appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Quilts Become Canvases When the Threadwork Is This Beautiful

    Caleb Kraft
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ohio-based artist Connie Bloom makes threadwork her artistic voice in her handmade quilts that utilize "drawing with thread." Read more on MAKE The post Quilts Become Canvases When the Threadwork Is This Beautiful appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
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    Ask the Builder

  • Rain on Framing Lumber

    Tim Carter
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    DEAR TIM: I'm having a new house built and it's been raining for a week. The roof is partially framed and every piece of lumber and all the flat OSB is soaked. My builder says this is normal and I still get my ten-year warranty. Is it okay for a house to get wet while it's being built? Will it hurt the lumber? What can be done to prevent mold and rot that probably will happen? What did you do to protect the homes you built? Seth P., Titusville, FL DEAR SETH: Here's the good news. The lumber that is being used to build your home came from trees that were out in the rain all the time as they…
  • August 30, 2015 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

    Tim Carter
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    In the past few days, we just celebrated the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that pummeled New Orleans and points east and north. Eighteen months after it struck, I visited the exact spot the eye of the hurricane made landfall. Then I saw two stories about hikers needing help after getting injured or lost in the wilderness. What do these stories have to do with you and home improvement? It's all about the ultimate DIY. Self-reliance. If you want to survive in just about any situation, you need to have skills to be self-reliant. The first story I read was about a young boy who saved his…
  • Damp Garage Solution

    Tim Carter
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:13 am
    DEAR TIM: My garage is at the bottom of a hill and is tucked into the soil on three sides. I do get some water leakage through the concrete block walls in the spring and during heavy rains. The asphalt floor is always damp despite running a dehumidifier all summer. Do you have any solution short of digging out the floor and starting over properly with a waterproof membrane? What could have been done when the garage was built to prevent all the water problems? Howard L., Toronto - Ontario, Canada DEAR HOWARD: Your garage is like millions of other structures around the world that are built into…
  • August 23, 2015 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

    Tim Carter
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    Welcome if you're a new subscriber! See the AsktheBuilder.com word just above your name? Each week that's a secret link to a past column or video that can help make your wildest home improvement dreams come true. Go click it now. ( <== The link is right here for the online Newsletter.) The subject line of your email was pretty dire, wasn't it? I'm talking about how the end of summer is near. You know that's the case when pre-season NFL football games are being played. This means you and I need to get cracking and finish outdoor projects. I can hear you now, "Tim, I live in sunny south…
  • Mobile Video Consumption Trends

    Tim Carter
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    It's August of 2015. Each day more and more people are watching and consuming video on their mobile phones and tablets. I'm one. Over the past six months I've watched countless videos on my Nexus 4 smart phone. Here's a short list of articles about this growing trend. If you're a marketing manager, you better be hyper-focused on this data. Your job or end-of-year bonus could depend on it. Media Platform Latest Stats on Mobile Video Market Wired Ooyala Study Reelse Mobile Video Study  
 
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    Home Improvement Made Easy on Doityourself.com

  • A Clean-as-You-Go Guide for the Whole House

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    It can be tempting to slack off with the scrubbing, and turn a blind eye to the dust bunnies. But it doesn&rsquo;t take long for the home to slip into a state of dirty disarray. The clean-as-you-go approach is the best way to keep things tidy all the time, without too much effort. Keep the whole house clean, with one tip for each room of the house: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, laundry, and living room. Bedroom: Make Your Bed Daily It&rsquo;s a simple but important rule: make the bed every morning. An unmade bed creates a sense of disorder and chaos...
  • DIY an Outdoor Pizza Oven

    12 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Buying an outdoor pizza oven, or paying to have one built, can become a pretty extravagant expense. Make your own DIY outdoor pizza oven instead using cement, tile, and other materials that are easy to find at any home improvement store. The oven becomes a permanent feature of the backyard, a focal point for gatherings, and a DIY that saves you potentially thousands of dollars. Step 1 - Make a Concrete Pad for Support Place a concrete pad in the exact spot where you want your pizza oven. Use a level to ensure that the ground beneath the pad is...
  • How to Replace a Door With a Window

    11 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    If you have an unnecessary exterior door in your home, you could replace it with a window, allowing for more light in the room. It's a project for an advanced DIYer, but we take you step-by-step below. Before you begin, check with your local building codes to ensure that it's legal to change out your door for a window. A door that is a vital exit to your home can&rsquo;t be replaced with a window. If you live in a community that has an HOA, be sure to check the regulations before you begin any changes. Also, know that this...
  • Troubleshooting 4 Kitchen Disasters

    11 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Your kitchen is your lifeline when it comes to food. When something goes awry, it can be very stressful to figure it out, especially if your appliances aren&rsquo;t working properly. Make your mini kitchen disasters go away quickly by troubleshooting a few common issues in the kitchen. No need to do any in-depth investigating until after you&rsquo;ve checked out this list of super simple fixes you can do yourself. Problem One: There's water dripping from the fridge If you've seen water seeping from underneath your fridge, it may seem like a crazy leak for which you would want to…
  • How to Choose Window Treatments

    10 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Window treatments can really add to a space, but with so many options it can be difficult to decide exactly what to put on and around your windows. Some treatments are functional, such as to manage lighting, while others are mostly decorative. Check out the tips below and the pros and cons of a few types of window treatments to help you make the best decisions for your personal space. Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds are super practical for sliding glass doors or very tall windows. They can be cut to any size, are easy to clean, and tend to last...
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    How to of the Day

  • How to Kill Fleas Naturally

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Got a case of the fleas? It happens to all pet owners from time to time. If the thought of using flea bombs and sprays to get rid of these pests gives you the jitters, you'll be happy to know that using natural flea control methods can also be effective. Your vacuum is the most powerful tool you can use against fleas, and safe, natural household supplies like baking soda and lemon peels are close runners up. Using these easy, chemical-free methods is the best way to get rid of fleas for good. Steps Treating Your Pet Give your pet a natural flea bath. The first step to treating your…
  • How to Be Cool at School

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    You might have already read up on how to be cool, but you might be wondering: how do I apply that in school? It seems like a high-pressure environment, but most of it is just how you think about it. If you take care of your appearance, are friendly and open-minded, develop your interests, and stay your awesome self, it could be easier than you ever imagined. Steps Making a Good Impression Get clean. One of the easiest things you can do for your popularity status is stay fresh and smelling good. Kids in school tend to judge a book by its cover, and being smelly is a one-way ticket to the…
  • How to Evolve Eevee Into Sylveon

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    With the introduction of the new Fairy type in Pokémon X and Y, Eevee has received a brand new evolutionary form, Sylveon. Sylveon is a Fairy-type evolution of Eevee with fairly high stats for Special Defense. The method for evolving Sylveon, which takes advantage of the Pokémon-Amie feature in Pokémon X and Y, is unlike the method for reaching any of Eevee's other evolutionary forms. However, with the right approach, it's actually possible to achieve in as little as 10-15 minutes. See Step 1 below to get started! Steps Catch an Eevee if you don't already have one. Because Sylveon is an…
  • How to Track a MoneyGram Money Order

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    MoneyGram is an ideal way to send money because payment is always guaranteed for the recipient and the sender's banking information is never exposed. If you have recently sent someone a MoneyGram money order for any reason, it is a good idea to learn how to track MoneyGram money orders so you can ensure that your recipient received and cashed it. Steps Locating Your Serial Number Keep your receipt and stub. When you fill out your MoneyGram money order, there will be a stub at the top that can be easily removed from the money order. Before sending the money order, remove this stub along the…
  • How to Throw a Frisbee

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    It can be challenging to make a Frisbee glide if you don't know how. This article will teach you to throw a Frisbee using a basic backhand technique. Steps Learning the Throwing Motion Grip the Frisbee in your fist. Your thumb should be on top of the Frisbee, your index finger should be against the edge and your remaining fingers should touch the underside. Stand with your feet at a 90-degree angle to your target. Your right foot should be in front if you are right-handed, and your left foot should be in front if you are left-handed. Curl your wrist slightly back towards your body as you hold…
 
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    Home Construction Improvement

  • Inground Swimming Pools

    Todd Fratzel
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Inground Swimming Pool Project As a kid growing up I always dreamed of owning an inground swimming pool. I grew up with an above ground pool that was great fun, but not nearly as awesome as an inground pool. After recently completing our own inground pool in our backyard I wanted to share my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Surge Protection for Valuable Circuits

    Todd Fratzel
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Adding Surge Protection To Computer and Entertainment Circuits We live in an electronic gadget age that sees most of us spending significant money on the gadgets that make our lives more enjoyable. Many of us have a home computer network, home entertainment, and even home automation all powered by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Comfortable, Durable Work Wear

    Todd Fratzel
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Wrangler® RIGGS WORKWEAR® I spend a lot of time either on construction sites as a project manager or working around my own home doing all kinds of projects including a recent basement renovation. Finding comfortable, durable work clothing is very important to me and something that I think about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Repairing an underground dog fence

    Jeff Williams
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Repairing an Underground Dog Fence Of all the home improvement projects tackled in the past 5 years the most useful one has been the underground dog fence. It’s a low voltage loop of wire that runs the complete perimeter of the yard. We can just open the sliding glass door on the deck and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New DESIGNRAIL Colors: “Express Yourself By Feeney”

    Jeff Williams
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    New DESIGNRAIL Colors: “Express Yourself By Feeney” DESIGNRAIL Feeney DESIGNRAIL is a complete railing system for residential and light commercial spaces that make a bold statement. Sleek, modern, and functional; Feeney DESIGNRAIL is the perfect choice for contractors, designers, and homeowners who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Rambling Renovators

  • Graphic Black Dining Room Lighting

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    I'm feeling the need to shake things up around here. Lighting wise, that is. My style has always verged on the more traditional side. I like products that are classic, not too trendy, things that will stand the test of time. Does that make my style too predictable? Maybe.I've been shopping online for a light fixture to go over the cottage dining room table and the more I looked at the dining room mockup, the more it started to feel, well, boring. Classic lanterns, chandeliers with shades, candlesticks... paired with a harvest table, none of them are feeling fresh to me. So now I'm on the…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    An awesome residence or Toronto's swankiest new bar? It's both! Design by Lisa Ho, photo by Joel Levy.Show up. Work hard. Create things. I think I'll adopt that as my mantra too.This backsplash is so pretty!A simple porch refreshI think I'd like to live in Jenny's playhouseThe evolution of an entry. I love it turned out.A great example of working with what you haveLove this DIY sconceA beautiful farmhouse tour. I think I like Tucker's room the best!This home office is just perfect.
  • The Cottage Diaries: Mix and Match Dining Room Seating

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    One look I'm loving these days is having mismatched chairs around a dining room table. Chairs paired with benches, Eames chairs with Thonet, upholstered settees and wicker cafe chairs. These days, anything goes.Source Skona HemSource: Rooms For RentSource: AratorpI think mix and match dining room seating is especially suited to casual living (which makes it a good choice for a cottage or summer home). It's also a great way to freshen up a tired dining room. Why not change out two of your matched set of dining chairs with chairs in a completely unexpected different style? Or move three of your…
  • The Cottage Diaries: Choosing the Finishes

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Things are underway at our new build cottage and it's all I can think about lately! Construction has started which means it was time to pick out the finishes. Fun!! I find this part of the process so exciting but nerve-wracking too. We plan on having this cottage for a very long time so we wanted to pick finishes that we won't tire of too soon. Easy, right?When I start to design or decorate a room, I head to Pinterest. I gather images that convey the feeling I want to create in our lakeside cottage. The ones I'm drawn to, like this one, all seem to share a few things in common: light floors,…
  • Easy Summer DIY Ice Cream Bar

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    As the summer winds down, I find myself trying to squeeze every last minute of summer fun out of it.   That means staying out late, eating outdoors as often as we can, and indulging in those treats the warm weather brings like ice cream! Chloe has been obsessed with ice cream lately - ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, popsicles - she loves it all. I thought it would be fun to surprise her with a DIY ice cream bar.Earlier this summer, I took a getaway with President's Choice and had the chance to try their ice cream toppings. I knew they would have just what I would need to put this easy…
 
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  • An Abundance of Awesome

    Kit
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Well this week has been an epic emotional roller coaster, and it’s not even goddamn Wednesday yet. So that’s going to give me five new gray hairs… at least.   (If you didn’t read the update on Monday’s post, all the farmland around me went up for auction, and the purchase price ended up being over my max spending limit.) But, you guys are so hilarious/awesome/supportive about all of the things I do that it was worth all the crazy this week just to feel all the encouragement and good vibes from everyone. If I haven’t said it enough yet, thank you. When I…
  • Unexpected Adventure: The Farmland Edition

    Kit
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    If you’re reading within an hour or two of when it was posted, picture me like this: sweaty palms, bags under my eyes, bidding-card in hand, about to make some real big life decisions. Here’s why… The 130 acres of farmland around my property is up for auction, uh, right now. You know my history with this place and auctions, right? Well this time I had 20 days notice (slightly more than the 4 hours notice I had last time) which is better? I think? Except for the fact that I haven’t slept in, oh, about 20 days. So you can bet my decision-making skills are realgood…
  • A Finished Space, Finally

    Kit
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I have a long tradition on this website– and in life– of not actually finishing things in such a way that there is a beautiful “after” picture for everyone to enjoy. Guys, it’s the journey that’s important and blah, blah, blah… okay, fine. I mostly just don’t have the patience for staging gorgeous after pictures, because you know I’ve started at least a dozen other projects in the meantime. But this time? Yes. YES. Look at this beautiful thing that I built. THE CHALUPA GONDOLA PERGOLA IS DONE.* I don’t even feel bad bragging about…
  • Pergola Progress

    Kit
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    After a solid two days of repeatedly lifting fourteen-foot boards over my head I can definitively state two things: 1.) Ouch. 2.) Holy shit, this is actually starting to look like a pergola. Right? I know, I know, I’m supposed to save the “after” picture until the end, but fuck it. I’m excited about this thing, because for half of the years I’ve lived in my house, it has looked like this: And for the last year, it has looked like this: Which in some ways is worse. I mean, it just looked like someone was half-assing something at that point… which is…
  • TV Cameras & Checking Things Off The List

    Kit
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    So, here’s a thing… in two weeks there is going to be a film crew at my house, ostensibly to shoot some footage of me building an outdoor table to go under the finished pergola in my back yard. Ah….. Well. So. I guess I should finish the pergola in my back yard? I probably should. I mean, I hear you can fake a lot of shit with TV magic but a.) not my style, guys, and b.) we’re not filming the goddamn Avengers here… I don’t think the budget would  reasonably allow for faking that mess into looking like an actual finished pergola. Soooo… any guesses…
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    I'm an Organizing Junkie

  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 31/15

    Laura Wittmann
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone! Here we are at the end of August and school starts for us today!  Boo!  For those that have been back for awhile now how are you settling in?  Is having a meal plan helping with the chaotic days?  Menu planning is more important now than ever.  With school back in and after […]
  • Sponsor Spotlight ~ August 2015

    Laura Wittmann
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Today is the day before school starts for us.  I’m so sad and not ready to say goodbye to summer yet.  BUT whether we are ready or not, a new season is beginning.  As we figure out new routines and schedules, now is a fantastic time to get ourselves organized at the same time.  I […]
  • Organizing School Work With Portfolios

    Laura Wittmann
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Katie at Organizing Moms.   Have you been holding on to your child’s school work for years? Are you unsure about what to do with it? When our children started school, I vowed to only keep the “truly special” school projects that they sent home. Little did […]
  • Gift Wrapping Organized & Simplified

    Laura Wittmann
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  Over the past year I’ve revamped my gift wrapping system to better streamline things – for not only the holidays but for all of the occasions when we need to wrap and bring gifts. As much as I adore cute themed […]
  • 3 Odd Things That Make Me Ridiculously Happy!

    Laura Wittmann
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    So I am well aware that I’m a bit of an odd duck.  If you have been reading this blog for any length of time or know me in real life, I can totally see you nodding your head right now in agreement.  Don’t even feel bad about it, it’s okay, I really am fine […]
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    One Project Closer

  • Troy Bilt FLEX Yard Care System Pressure Washer Review

    Fred
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Late last month, Troy Bilt reached out to us and offered a sample unit of their new Troy Bilt FLEX Yard Care All-in-One System for our review. The concept behind the FLEX system is straightforward: use one engine system to power a number of large yard tool attachments (e.g., lawnmower, pressure washer, snowblower)  instead of owning each of these tools as standalone machines. The FLEX’s value proposition is two-fold: (1) save space and reduce clutter in your garage or shed by storing attachments (which are mostly smaller than standalone models); and (2) maintain only one…
  • Chamberlain 1-1/4 HP MyQ WiFi Garage Door Opener Review

    Fred
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:02 pm
    About a month ago, Chamberlain contacted us about their new MyQ WiFi-connected garage door opener and offered to provide us two sample units for review in our garage workshop. We love internet-connected gadgets, so we accepted the offer hoping the MyQ would live up to our expectations for how a device like this should work. This past weekend we finally got around to assembling, installing, and connecting the units in the shop, and this article is our independent review of the MyQ. (Spoiler alert: Despite the involved installation, we like it a lot, and not just…
  • How to Install Board and Batten Wainscoting (White Painted Square over Rectangle Pattern)

    Fred
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    For the last few months, we’ve been contemplating how to spruce up our relatively small upstairs hallway (below). We had installed wainscoting in our prior home’s living room, and thought that might add the visual interest we were looking for here. Then, inspired by Wilker Do’s recent board and batten video tutorial, I started gathering ideas on Pinterest for an elegant but simple design that could take this space up a notch. We settled on a 48″ high square-over-rectangle  board and batten design. We didn’t find anything exactly like it on…
  • How to Paint an Epoxy Concrete Floor Coating (Quikrete Example)

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

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

  • How to Make a Cookbook Stand

    Steve Sagovac
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:14 pm
    How to Make a simple Timber Cookbook Stand or iPad Stand or Art Stand A simple DIY project that you can make with very few tools and leftover material you may have lying around. This project gives you the opportunity to recycle some old pallet wood or even some old shelving, which is what I am doing. It’s also a perfect example of a DIY product that you can make as a gift for friends and family, or even sell at weekend markets in your local area. This wooden stand is also perfect to hold your iPad or even some artwork. The Cookbook Stand The style of this cookbook stand is based on an…
  • Ozito Cordless Drill Driver – Tool Review

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Ozito Cordless Drill Driver – Power X Change When it comes to must-have power tools, the cordless drill must be at the top of everyone’s list. This is by far the one power tool that gets used on almost every single job. Whether it be for drilling holes or driving / removing screws the cordless drill is definitely the handiest tool to have lying around. Ozito’s New Power X Change Series The PXDDS-200 Cordless Drill is part of Ozito’s Power X Change series, that is their “one battery fits all” power tool concept. The battery is interchangeable between all the…
  • How to Make Toy Horse Fencing

    Steve Sagovac
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    How to Make Breyer Toy Horse Fencing from Free material lying around outside This is one of those super simple projects that anyone can make. You need very few tools, and the materials you can literally find in your backyard (or at least at your local park). Toy horses are just like real horses Both my daughter’s like horses. They have 1 real horse, and heaps of toy plastic ones. For some reason these plastic horses can’t be packed away in boxes, they need to be out on the floor, roaming free in the fresh air just like their real counterparts. Also, just like real horses, plastic…
  • Speed Square – a must have hand tool!

    Steve Sagovac
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    My Speed Square – from Amazon to Australia That’s correct, I purchased my Speed Square from Amazon.com. I didn’t really plan it that way. I was looking on Amazon for an interesting project for my daughter to do over the school holidays, and found this very cool “Build Your Own Internal Combustion Engine” model. So I figured, since I was already placing an order I’d try ordering a hand tool from there also. I had looked at Speed Squares locally, and the only one I saw was a plastic version. I knew I wanted a metal version so didn’t buy it. After…
  • DIY Mitre Saw Stand

    Steve Sagovac
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:58 am
    No Cost Mitre Saw Bench I’ve had my Ryobi Sliding Compound Mitre Saw for a few years now. It usually just sat loose on an old bench. When I needed it I just moved it around, to where ever there was a handy, clean space and cut what I needed. The problem with this loose set up is when you have more than 1 piece of a certain size that you need to cut. Setting up some sort of temporary stop always started with having to clamp the mitre saw down in place, before setting up some sort of stop for your material to rest against, set at the length you need to cut your timber. As you can imagine,…
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  • How does Windows Know a Program is not Responding?

    Akemi Iwaya
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Anyone who has used Windows has seen the occasional system message stating that a program is not responding, but how exactly does Windows know that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a baffled reader’s question.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Geek Trivia: The Highest Flying Bird In The World Is A Type Of?

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:37 am
    The Highest Flying Bird In The World Is A Type Of? Vulture Goose Swan CraneThink you know the answer?
  • How to Create Secure Notes in OS X

    Matt Klein
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:34 am
    We know how hard it is to remember passwords and other sensitive information. The temptation to write it down is great, but that is never recommended. Luckily, if you use OS X, you can create secure notes, and you only need to remember one password.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10

    Rahul Saigal
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:23 am
    A screenshot is an image taken by a user to record the visible items displayed on the monitor, mobile device, or other visual output device in use. Today we’re going to show you how to take a screenshot in Windows.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to Change the Cell Reference Style in Excel

    Lori Kaufman
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:24 am
    Normally, Excel uses the A1 cell reference style which uses letters for column headings and numbers for row headings. However, if you notice there are numbers on both the row headings and column headings, that’s the R1C1 cell reference style. No worries. It’s easy to change it back.Click Here to Continue Reading
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  • and the winning door color is….

    Angela M.
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    A few weeks ago we asked you to help us decide a color to paint our door. The results were pretty divided, with Bergamont Orange in the slight lead to a more traditional red and a bright yellow-orange. We were torn. So we took a step back and looked deep into our hearts and tried a few more samples, including a punchy orange-red called Top Tomato. As soon as we saw it on our door we knew it was the one. In our mind’s eye, we always imagined a “tomato red” door, but were worried it’d look too Fourth-of-July-ish all the time. We got over the fear and went for it. We love…
  • road trip must stop: maine state prison store in thomaston

    Angela M.
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    We’re just back from our annual summer pilgrimage to Mt Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park and some of the most breathtaking ocean-meets-woods scenery you’ll ever see. On our way there, we usually meander up coastal Route 1 from Freeport on north, and we have a few must-stops along the way. One of them is Maine State Prison store in Thomaston. Yes, that’s right, a prison store. At first I had expected to find a strange collection of outsider art made from license plates and chewing gum wrappers, or perhaps a male version of Orange is the New Black‘s lingerie…
  • help! what color should we paint our front door?

    Angela M.
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:35 am
    For those of you who have been following the renovation of our upstate cottage, you know that we chose a paint color for our little place on the Hudson a long time ago. We went with a dark, greyish blue called Evening Dove by Benjamin Moore. Though we love it, it turned out to be a little more blue than we had anticipated, especially in the bright sunlight in the middle of day. Originally, we had it all figured out in our minds. The house would be dark-grey blue and we’d paint the door a cherry tomato. But now that we’ve fast forwarded six months into the future and have been…
  • our best 4th of july recipes for a spectacular weekend

    Angela M.
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
    It’s hard to believe the 4th of July is already upon us! Here’s a few of our favorite, no-fuss, serves-a-crowd recipes to get you out of the kitchen and enjoying yourself. 1. Easy berry crumble.   2. Roast chicken on the grill. Spatchcocking! Make it your friend.   3. Green pea hummus dip. So easy, so tasty!   4. Pizza with fresh tomatoes and corn pesto. Summer on a plate. 5. Strawberry and pea shoot salad. 6. Cinnamon and cardamon oatmeal cookie, ice-cream sandwiches.   What are you cooking over the 4th? Tell us about your favorite recipes!
  • new obsession: trader joe’s bottled cold brew coffee

    Angela M.
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:08 am
      I have a new addiction and it’s a costly one. Cold brew coffee. I’ve been ordering it from Starbucks and to our local coffee shop in town, The Able Baker, begrudgingly shelling out $3.50 to $4 per serving because it just tasted so much better than melted-ice-cubed-watered down dripped coffee. Ever industrious, Chad decided to make some for ourselves at home. Suddenly we realized why cold brew was so expensive! To make a gallon jug of it for ourselves, we had to use nearly half a can of ground coffee beans. And we had to plan and be patient: The brewing needed to be done…
 
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  • September Home Maintenance To-Do List

    Danny Lipford
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:50 am
    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.
  • Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

    Danny Lipford
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the cold weather ahead. Read on to find out how to get your house ready for fall, including winterizing doors and windows, having your heating system serviced, and preparing for severe weather.
  • Home Improvement Smartphone Apps

    Advertiser
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    Good DIY information is essential when tackling home improvement projects. Watch this video to find out how downloading apps to your smartphone can make projects go easier.
  • Homemade Nontoxic Furniture Cleaners

    Julie Day
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Freshly polished wood furniture really makes a home sparkle, but most furniture polishes and cleaners contain artificial fragrances, residues, chemicals, and propellants. Read on for some nontoxic alternatives for cleaning and polishing your furniture.
  • Den Wall and Ceiling Remodeling Project

    Danny Lipford
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Watch this video to see how we gave a dated den a new look by removing the grasscloth wallpaper, repairing the drywall, and painting the paneled walls and textured ceiling.
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  • The 2' x 4' Snare Drum

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Sometimes (all the time) ... I have unpractical ideas. Usually, they just bounce around and live in my head along side the questionably "good" ideas ... possibly make it into my sketch book, but never exist in the physical world. That is ... until a woodworking contest comes along, which justifies...By: -BALES-Continue Reading »
  • Control An Arduino With Your Phone

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Hello everyone! In this instructible I will show you how to control and read sensors with arduino and blynk. Blynk is an app that allows full control over arduino, rasberry pi and spark core. With your smartphone! And it is as easy as uploading some code. Materials You will need:1 arduino (any mo...By: Treker2Continue Reading »
  • Homemade Electronic Igniters

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Fireworks are just awesome! I have always loved a good firework display with lots of pretty colours and interesting patterns. The loud bangs, the smell of smoke in the air - fireworks are a great way to celebrate a wide range of events from parties to weddings. There's just one problem! Whoever has ...By: WorkshopWizardContinue Reading »
  • Firewood Rack

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:35 pm
    This instructable shows you how to build a Firewood Rack from aluminum mouldings. The build time for this project is about 3 hours and material cost is roughly $45. Planning I started with drawing out my vision. I wanted a rack that was unobtrusive yet sturdy, and one that complemented my backyar...By: nickrasContinue Reading »
  • Cleaning Laser Engraved Wood 2.0

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:29 pm
    I love Jon-A-Tron's post "How to Clean Up Laser Burnt Wood". Jon uses a brush and pumice hand soap to clean laser burnt wood... His tip on cleaning up wood after laser engraving or cutting wood works great! However, the other day I did not have a brush or soap so I need a quick solution. As a result...By: masterURlaserContinue Reading »
 
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  • Diy Sea Salt Spray For Beachy, Texturized Hair

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    Recently I've been seeing a ton of how to's on how to make this sea salt spray for your hair to get that sort of beachy texture in your hair. So I thought that since I was trying to change the focus on my account from just sort of making whatever I can to hair related topics, why not make one myself...By: Flash67Continue Reading »
  • Needle Felted Adipose (Doctor Who) Fat Baby

    17 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    This cute needle felted adipose (fat baby) is easy and simple to felt Materials Felting wool (white or cream and black colors)Felting needleYarnSponge mat Making The Body Wrap the wool in yarn Start placing white wool on the shape and poking it with the needle until completely covered and firm...By: Sheldy123Continue Reading »
  • Dog Hiking Backpack

    14 Aug 2015 | 3:32 pm
    This easy backpack is simpleI sewed mine by hand which took 2 days Materials FabricStrong fabric (I used jeans)ButtonZipper or stringScissor Needle and threadMeasurements of dogs comfortable length and widthPlastic buckle or strip of stretchy fabric Making The Backpack See the photos above for...By: IgiotenoContinue Reading »
  • Brighten And Whiten Your Nails

    9 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    F your nails are discolored and dingy from a previous nail polish, use this solution Materials Lemon juiceBaking sodaTowelNail buffer Steps Mix equal parts of lemon and baking soda in a bowlApply solution to your nails and let it sit for five minutesWipe off paste and wash handsBuff your nails...By: Sheldy123Continue Reading »
  • Clay Glitter Mustache Octopus

    9 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Materials ClayPaint Glitter glueBalling tool Steps Make a large ball of clay by rolling it in your palms Make 6-8 small balls of clayJoin the smaller balls in a circle and place the larger one on topMake a mustache by making brown leaf shapes and place together on the octopus Dip your balling...By: Sheldy123Continue Reading »
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    1 Sep 2015 | 2:12 am
    Ok, let's see if I can get even one of these things done.I hate that I am such a procrastinator. null How to Make a Heat Sealer How I hypermiled my car. HOT AIR CD REPAIR Intro To Home Brewing Wooden Deadbolt Lock Protective Skull Face Shield With Filter Cut throat razo...By: ChristianD6Continue Reading »
  • Homemade Pom Pom

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    This is great if you have these tow supplies and you want to decorate a card but you don't want to spend so much money this is great for any occasion Get Your Supplies You will need yarn and scissors You'll need and short piece of yarn and and very long pieceThe length of your long piece of yarn...By: glamourgirl1000Continue Reading »
  • Pear Bread Pudding (No Mix)

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This perfect spicy dessert is best for autumnYou can serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped creamI like mine without Ingredients 1 cup flour2/3 cup sugar1 tbs baking powder1 tbs cinnamonPinch of salt Crushed cloves1/2 cup milkPecansChopped pears or apples3/4 cup brown sugar1/4 cup butter soft...By: Sheldy123Continue Reading »
  • How To Make A Origami Swan

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Folding Fold the to left or right corner till it hits a edge. Then tear of the part that isn't over laped Even More Folding Fold the two corners to the center then fold the top corner down you should now have a triangle. The Folding Continues Fold the tip of the triangle dow so it alines...By: BlubblubsalamanderContinue Reading »
  • Simple Sand Candle

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:58 pm
    This easy candle is a decoration and very simple to make Materials Sand (very fine) I found that working with rough sand gave a rocky texture to the candleMoldWaxContainer Steps Place the sand in the containerYou may have to add some water to make it mold ablePlace the mold into the sand and p...By: IgiotenoContinue Reading »
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  • Paracord Heart Bracelet

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:43 am
    This bracelet uses the traditional paracord weave only different Materials Lighter4' of each colorA buckleScissors Prepping The Paracord Cut and burn the end of one color to a fine pointGut about one inch of the other colorUse scissors to widen the gutted portion and insert the pointed color a...By: averoningarContinue Reading »
  • Pitch a tent without poles

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Recently we camped with friends and the boys' tent came without poles. I did this out of necessity but it worked like a charm. In fact a small tent with no poles is now part of my hiking gear, since it weighs very little. I apologize if this is way too obvious, but when I looked up the subject I saw...By: jls99Continue Reading »
  • Squirrel proof bird feeder

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The perch on this bird feeder will hold up a light bird, but will drop down when a squirrel uses it -- making it very difficult for the squirrel to get the food. Parts: I used the following parts for my build: 3" diameter plumbing pipe (about 1.5' long). I used white pcv pipe Pipe cap to match p...By: Moose DrContinue Reading »
  • DIY lightweight glamping party lights

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Lightweight camping doesn't have to be boring and without style. This Instructable helps you to make your own 7 gram glamping lights to set a party atmosphere around your camping spot. All you need are some basic tools you find around the house, some electrical tape, colourful LEDs, coin cell batter...By: thijsvContinue Reading »
  • No Knead ''Stick Bread'' |Quick Recipe for Camping use

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Nothing like the great taste of bread over embers....!This recipe is quick, easy to follow, and will give you a most wonderful bread we lovingly call ''Stick Bread'' because it is cooked over a stick.There are so many reasons to make your own dough!! It's easy, it tastes better, it is healthier, and...By: PheisoContinue Reading »
 
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  • 10-Minute Pop-Can Penny Stove

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Half of my last instructable draft just deleted itself while working on it. Instead of crying over spilled megabytes, I've decided to instructify another quick project from last week.Full disclosure: I don't actually know if it took me 10 minutes or 5 or 15 to make the stove. I just know it's quick....By: JRPeyesatsneContinue Reading »
  • How to Get Rid Of Mosquitoes with a Fan & Window Screen

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    (The video embedded above demonstrates how I made this trap, and written instructions are included below)When I first learned of this mosquito trap from my friend Dan Rojas (check out his YouTube channel here) I had really low expectations. The function is apparent enough in that it's just meant to ...By: NightHawkInLightContinue Reading »
  • Make a ultra-cheap generator for your bicycle (by cheap means from almost dirt!)

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    Today I would like to show you how to build a very cheap yet working bicycle generator. My idea is not competing with a store-bought “dynamo”, but instead teaching you a fun project made from trash (and some of the science behind it). What’s a Generator and how it works? A generator is a machine ...By: MenticolContinue Reading »
  • Emergency Fire Starter

    21 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    I originally made this to replace an old fire starter I had lost on a trip. It includes a carbide window breaker, a carbon steel pick, a striker-wheel and flint, and a few inches of jute tinder twine that also functions as a key lanyard. Id like to note right from the beginning that this is a fairly...By: SteveCamsonContinue Reading »
  • Trailer Into Simple Camper

    20 Aug 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Think About What You Want I was fortunate enough to stumble onto a great deal on a 5x8 v nose cargo trailer. For years I've dreamt of getting one and converting it into a rough "man camper" of sorts. My goal: to have a functioning trailer that doubles as a hunting camper. I'm trying to keep it ...By: misterrauhContinue Reading »
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  • The Ultimate Survival Watch

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In this tutorial I'll show you how to make the ultimate 5-in-1 survival watch for around $20.00. This masculine gadget boasts five utilities: a watch with the date and time, a compass, a fire starter, a whistle, and a knife blade. Be prepared for whatever life/ nature throws at you by wearing this...By: KyleTheCreatorContinue Reading »
  • Beertoon

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:51 pm
    A fun little project for a leisurely summer day. Acquire the building materials This build will need: (1) beach chair (I got mine from ALDI) (2) 1" Dia x 4ft wooden dowel rod (14) 1" O.D., 3/4" I.D. x 45" PVC tubing (10) 2" O.D., 1" I.D. x 4ft pool float (52) 1/4-20 x 1" SHCS(4) 1/4-20 x 3" SHCS...By: BryantMContinue Reading »
  • Survival Altoids tin

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:46 pm
    So you wan to make an outdoor survival tin. in this tutorial i will go over what should be in one and how to decide what you need in one. So there are 4 main "kits" which are:FireFood collectionShelter buildingFirst aidThese may very depending on were you live but these are what i find most importan...By: bushcrafterContinue Reading »
  • DIY your camping trip into a glamping trip

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:56 am
    This growing collection groups some handy DIY tricks together that help you prepare for camping and make the experience a little bit more glamorous without to much effort. Feel free to contact mee with other nice DIY's that can help you make your camping trip unforgettable and I'll add them to the c...By: thijsvContinue Reading »
  • Paracord Heart Bracelet

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:43 am
    This bracelet uses the traditional paracord weave only different Materials Lighter4' of each colorA buckleScissors Prepping The Paracord Cut and burn the end of one color to a fine pointGut about one inch of the other colorUse scissors to widen the gutted portion and insert the pointed color a...By: averoningarContinue Reading »
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  • Homemade Electronic Igniters

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Fireworks are just awesome! I have always loved a good firework display with lots of pretty colours and interesting patterns. The loud bangs, the smell of smoke in the air - fireworks are a great way to celebrate a wide range of events from parties to weddings. There's just one problem! Whoever has ...By: WorkshopWizardContinue Reading »
  • PVC Pan Flute

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Back before every public space was packed with Andean pan flute bands of dubious provenance (Seriously, those guys down at Bay Walk are just Cubans in pork pie hats and woven vests!) Gheorghe Zamfir was the undisputed master of the pan flute. Don't believe me? Just see for yourself-Wow that commerci...By: Chuck StephensContinue Reading »
  • How to Make a Maker Festival

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Every spring, Eureka Factory hosts Gulf Coast MakerCon, our area's largest and oldest maker festival. Our annual Celebration of the Inventive Spirit is a collaborative event through and through, and we've helped other groups organize their own versions over the last couple of years. We'd love to s...By: EurekaFactoryContinue Reading »
  • The Hexachord, an Arduino-Controlled Musical Instrument

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Last year, with the deadline of the Bay Area Maker Faire, I created a new instrument called the Hexachord. It was a whole lot of fun, a great hit, and I've had the chance to do a number of talks about it. The design challenge was thrilling and there were a ton more ideas that I bypassed for that ver...By: ohhmyheadContinue Reading »
  • Make A Sock Monkey!

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Traditional Sock Monkey's are made with brown heather socks, but there are so many really cute socks out there that can make a unique, fantastic Sock Monkey! Supplies 1 Pair of Ankle Socks – they should be about 6” from the heel to the top of the sock – don't use knee socks!Matching Sewing Thread...By: Maui Makers EducationContinue Reading »
 
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  • Swiss Army Machete: Zombie Defense Multi-tool

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    In preparation for the forthcoming zombie invasion I decided to gather up the gnarliest, zombie-weaponiest tools I had and store them in one convenient and accessible location.Initially I just threw all my zombie weaponry into a sort-of "grab-and-go-a-fightin'-zombies" duffle bag, but I realized it ...By: seamsterContinue Reading »
  • Idaho Howitzer

    22 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    This project was inspired by Baking Soda and Vinegar Cannon by Jason Poel Smith. It is also the same idea as TheKlassyKamper's How-to-make-an-easy-CO2-Gun. It is being entered in the Remix 2.0 Contest, so please vote for it!Background:TechShop Detroit hosts a design and build contest every year, to ...By: lime3DContinue Reading »
  • "Glider" Balance Bike

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Ever wanted to make a tiny bike? Of course you have! Make that tiny person in your life ecstatic with joy by surprising them with a new tiny bike! Get your hands on the following materials and let's get started.Shopping List:1. Plywood (3/4". About 1/4 of a 4x8" sheet) 2. 1" Dowel (Length & Diameter...By: cmuhlemanContinue Reading »
  • Hot Wheels Car Key

    12 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Whether you're an old school Hot Wheels fan, a classic car junkie, or just want to up your key game, this Hot Wheels Car Key build is a quick, simple way to rev your key chain into high gear.Assuming you have the basic tools needed at your disposal for this project, it should only take you about an ...By: schnurrbartContinue Reading »
  • Swiss Army Barbie

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    Empower young girls to expand their horizons beyond playing with stereotypical gender reinforcing toys by combining a everyone's favourite pink girl-centric doll with something a little stabby. A multi-tool is hidden inside the torso of the Barbie, where the blades can be pulled out from a slit in h...By: mikeasaurusContinue Reading »
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  • Homemade Electronic Igniters

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Fireworks are just awesome! I have always loved a good firework display with lots of pretty colours and interesting patterns. The loud bangs, the smell of smoke in the air - fireworks are a great way to celebrate a wide range of events from parties to weddings. There's just one problem! Whoever has ...By: WorkshopWizardContinue Reading »
  • Harrier

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:39 am
    This is a paper airplane modelling the Hawker Siddely Harrier, the first V/STOL fighter. It was used by the RAF during the Falklands war, and is a quite successful, if dated, carrier aircraft. This airplane has anhedral, so it requires careful trimming. Enjoy! First folds Fold in half lengthwise,...By: AerogrifficsContinue Reading »
  • PVC Pan Flute

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Back before every public space was packed with Andean pan flute bands of dubious provenance (Seriously, those guys down at Bay Walk are just Cubans in pork pie hats and woven vests!) Gheorghe Zamfir was the undisputed master of the pan flute. Don't believe me? Just see for yourself-Wow that commerci...By: Chuck StephensContinue Reading »
  • How to Make a Maker Festival

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Every spring, Eureka Factory hosts Gulf Coast MakerCon, our area's largest and oldest maker festival. Our annual Celebration of the Inventive Spirit is a collaborative event through and through, and we've helped other groups organize their own versions over the last couple of years. We'd love to s...By: EurekaFactoryContinue Reading »
  • The Hexachord, an Arduino-Controlled Musical Instrument

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Last year, with the deadline of the Bay Area Maker Faire, I created a new instrument called the Hexachord. It was a whole lot of fun, a great hit, and I've had the chance to do a number of talks about it. The design challenge was thrilling and there were a ton more ideas that I bypassed for that ver...By: ohhmyheadContinue Reading »
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  • Control An Arduino With Your Phone

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Hello everyone! In this instructible I will show you how to control and read sensors with arduino and blynk. Blynk is an app that allows full control over arduino, rasberry pi and spark core. With your smartphone! And it is as easy as uploading some code. Materials You will need:1 arduino (any mo...By: Treker2Continue Reading »
  • Cleaning Laser Engraved Wood 2.0

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:29 pm
    I love Jon-A-Tron's post "How to Clean Up Laser Burnt Wood". Jon uses a brush and pumice hand soap to clean laser burnt wood... His tip on cleaning up wood after laser engraving or cutting wood works great! However, the other day I did not have a brush or soap so I need a quick solution. As a result...By: masterURlaserContinue Reading »
  • Electric Guitar Pickup

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:05 pm
    How you can you build a pickup for an electric guitar using neodymium magnets and some wire? Musicians and engineers want to know! Building one ourselves seemed like a great way to learn about what's involved and how one can be made rather easily. Our pickup is a simple, easy pickup you can make wit...By: KJMagneticsContinue Reading »
  • Casting from Autodesk Ember Printer - Design/Print (DWS550)-Ring

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:42 am
    In this Instructables you will learn how to cast using a DWS550 3D print from the Ember printer. Design When 3d modeling a piece of jewelry many variables should take place in the design process to insure a successful print, casting and finished functional object. The most tricky part of jewelr...By: alexispavlantosContinue Reading »
  • EM-483 Specifications

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:14 am
    I have seen many people, including myself looking for technical specification for this particular stepper motor stripped from old printers but nothing seems to show up so I decided to share with you some characteristics and the recommended operating parameters I have discovered:Type: Bipolar Stepper...By: Tumbleweed.Continue Reading »
 
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  • Mini CNC Plotter - Arduino Based

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    In this project I will show you how to easily build your own low-cost Arduino Mini CNC Plotter! For X and Y axis we will use stepper motors and rails from two dvd/cd roms! Printing area will be max 4x4cm.Because it works with serial communication you can also use a Bluetooth module (like HC-06) to p...By: Ardumotive_comContinue Reading »
  • Make a Custom Bic Brander

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
    In this Instructable I will show you how to 3D print your very own custom Branding Iron that snaps onto a Bic lighter!You don't need a 3D printer, just an image, an image editing program like Pixlr and Shapeways.com to print your brand in real steel.Disclaimer:Yes, this is a branding iron, they get ...By: JamesH76Continue Reading »
  • All-in-One Raspberry Pi Getting Started Guide

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Raspberry Pi, one of the most ingenious invention for makers and hackers. Before we get started into the nitty gritty details of getting it setup, we first must ponder over the question that what the Raspberry Pi actually is? Raspberry Pi is a linux based single board computer in a small form factor...By: bjkayaniContinue Reading »
  • No solder nylon wrapped phone cable!

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    Whether you have broken 3 of your fingers attempting to run in stilts and need to call your mom or need to order some life saving pizza delivered to your shop, your phone is your most valuable tool. Most devices require you to connect to a power source. So recently, I wanted to make a nylon wrapped ...By: Alaric Loftus Continue Reading »
  • PipBoy 3000 (working)

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    So, this is a working PipBoy 3000. I have made this for the past two months and finally it's done.The idea of own PipBoy just came to my mind since the Fallout game series got the latest game's fourth part, The Fallout 4.Fallout 4 will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 10 2015.So the case...By: mkarvonenContinue Reading »
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  • Intel Edison Sensor Dashboard Using Freeboard/Python/Flask (minimal programming necessary)

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:23 pm
    First I wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to work with an Edison and for being given one by Intel/Instructables for the purpose of entering their IoT contest. I think this is a great way to do community building and encourage developers to get involved and on board. It should also get yo...By: JustinN1Continue Reading »
  • VHF-UHF RF Sniffer

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:35 pm
    This is a multi-chapter instructable. I will be describing the making of a short/medium range RF remote-control using the UHF 433Mhz frequency. It´s impossible to setup & adjust a RF transmit-receive link if you are not sure the transmitter is working properly.At 433MHz, your multimeter or even a re...By: simpletronicContinue Reading »
  • Circuito con capasitor

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Cargamos el capasitor hasta que se vaya a conectar. Calculamos la resistencia Conectamos en el protoboard By: CristinaB2Continue Reading »
  • Buzzer y LEDs en protoboard

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:22 pm
    En este tutorial les enseñaré cómo conectar un buzzer y un LED en un protoboard con un botón o switch interruptor.Los materiales que utilizaremos son los siguientes:ProtoboardMultímetroBuzzerLEDsResistencias de recubrimiento de carbonoCable para protoboardCapacitor (mínimo de 2000μF y de entre 5 y 2...By: GabrielG23Continue Reading »
  • youcam makeup

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:39 pm
    This app is awsome youcam makeup this app is awsome. it is for editing pics and takeing pics. you do makeup on the app and it is so realistic By: JoytabarsiContinue Reading »
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    Instructables: exploring - workshop - featured

  • The 2' x 4' Snare Drum

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Sometimes (all the time) ... I have unpractical ideas. Usually, they just bounce around and live in my head along side the questionably "good" ideas ... possibly make it into my sketch book, but never exist in the physical world. That is ... until a woodworking contest comes along, which justifies...By: -BALES-Continue Reading »
  • Firewood Rack

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:35 pm
    This instructable shows you how to build a Firewood Rack from aluminum mouldings. The build time for this project is about 3 hours and material cost is roughly $45. Planning I started with drawing out my vision. I wanted a rack that was unobtrusive yet sturdy, and one that complemented my backyar...By: nickrasContinue Reading »
  • Enhanced Shopping Bag Holder

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:17 am
    BACKGROUNDSeveral new cars do have a shopping bag hooks in the trunk - which is great! Unfortunately the implementation is quite often less than optimal. Hooks can be too small, the shape can be something that cuts the bags, hooks might be too high etc.Good news is that these shortcomings are easy t...By: RehtoriContinue Reading »
  • Laminated Wooden Table

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:51 pm
    So, you want to make a big table and you want to make it:-affordable-sturdy-long-lasting-out of woodThen you've come to the right place! This method of table making is fairly simple and requires either access to large power tools and some time, or smaller power tools and lots of time. More on that i...By: YukonMakerContinue Reading »
  • Soap Modelling

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Soap Modelling is one of the ways to make 3D models.You need the folowing :SoapDividerCutter (Different sizes)The process is very simple and you just need to take care of basics to make any shape. The soaps are very soap and thats why they are easy to cut. And for the same reason they can't be used ...By: Prem_SagarContinue Reading »
 
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    Instructables: exploring - workshop - popular

  • Super flexible double curvature surface - laser cut plywood

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Carl Friedrich Gauss distinguishes between three types of curved surfaces, single curved - neutral (cylindrical), and double curved - negative (hyperboloid) and positive (spherical).Curved surfaces are very attractive, especially negative double curved surfaces, but also very complicated to perform....By: kofaktorlabContinue Reading »
  • Making Dowel Rods With a Table Saw

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:21 pm
    There are times when you may need a Dowel Rod made out of a particular variety of wood for a project, or an extra long length. Or maybe, like me, you like to make things yourself. This Instructable will explain how to make a fixture to make your own, custom dowel rods. Getting Started and Require...By: gadgetjimContinue Reading »
  • Paint Can Forge

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:07 pm
    For the longest time, I have wanted to try my hand at blacksmithing. However, if you have ever tried it before, you know that there is a decent amount of setup required before you can really make anything. I came across a video on youtube about making backyard scale propane forges and decided to tak...By: BoddeeenContinue Reading »
  • 3D Router: When a CNC machine is overkill.

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    The idea arose after dealing with the difficulties and loss of time in preparing for certain CNC jobs. Sometimes I spent more time preparing for the CNC than the work itself. With this manual router, you can make holes or mill very fast. A universal 43mm collet makes it very versatile and you can ch...By: Paoson LuthierContinue Reading »
  • Woodworking Workbench: Sturdy, Inexpensive and Quick to Build

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:39 pm
    My makerspace needed a proper workbench for woodworking so I volunteered to build one. I have built a couple of benches in the past so I had an idea of what could work in a communal workshop. I knew I wanted a bench that was: 1) very useable, 2) large, 2) sturdy, 3) heavy 4) inexpensive and 5) relat...By: DonjekContinue Reading »
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  • Concrete casting :Part Two: Countertop Mix.

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:59 pm
    This is the TCC countertop premium mix , cast into a latex mold.The detail is very good and the bubbles are rare.In this case I used the mix straight from the bag , into the mixing pails and mixed by hand. I did not add any pigment.It released very easily despite the undercuts and the fact that the ...By: oldschoolwoodContinue Reading »
  • The 2' x 4' Snare Drum

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Sometimes (all the time) ... I have unpractical ideas. Usually, they just bounce around and live in my head along side the questionably "good" ideas ... possibly make it into my sketch book, but never exist in the physical world. That is ... until a woodworking contest comes along, which justifies...By: -BALES-Continue Reading »
  • Firewood Rack

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:35 pm
    This instructable shows you how to build a Firewood Rack from aluminum mouldings. The build time for this project is about 3 hours and material cost is roughly $45. Planning I started with drawing out my vision. I wanted a rack that was unobtrusive yet sturdy, and one that complemented my backyar...By: nickrasContinue Reading »
  • How to Change or Repair Horn on 2004 Ford Taurus

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Hello all!This is a pretty basic instructable on how to repair or replace a horn speaker that is not working on a 2004 Ford Taurus.My car was involved a minor fender bender a little while ago, and the horn sounded funny since then. I decided to replace the speaker with a new one.The principle is the...By: jaksherryContinue Reading »
  • Makespace Madrid People do

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:35 am
    Collection showing things that some people from Makespace Madrid do. How to make a reading ring with Sugru A simple solution for a big problem! Open Source Green cool hat Open source it's not only about software! Using Sugru to create shock absorbers for your 3D printer Simple stabilizing y...By: dardovaderContinue Reading »
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    Vanessa Alvarado

  • My KonMari Journey: A Method to Organize Your Home Once- And Never Again

    Vanessa
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Are you constantly organizing with no progress? Do you go through massive "organize-a-thons" that fizzle out before you finish, leaving a destroyed, half-organized home in your wake? Is your progress never sustained? You're not alone. I am constantly going through my items and donating things, striving to be a minimalist that knows where every. single. item is for efficient working. Over the years I've donated and sold hundreds of items, but the process is never finished!Lately I've felt the weight of my organizing burden more than ever. I need the organizing to be done so I can do what…
  • Wekiwa Marina Orlando Adventure: Ghosts, Bad Luck, Sunshine, Fate and Friends.

    Vanessa
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    I had a lovely trip to the Winterpark/Orlando/Wekiva area of central Florida this past weekend. Marianne and I went to visit Ruth for her birthday. (We haven't seen her since the last trip about a year ago!) I loved it despite a Bad Luck Spirit following our every move! First, my cell phone was stolen, then Ruth's fiance, Huy, accidentally hit AJ's car (which I'd borrowed, he didn't even care when I told him, by the by, I love that guy) backing out of the driveway (he was sober). After that, we decided to stay in watching movies instead of going out to drink. (No more ammunition for the Bad…
  • The Little Things That Make Life Special: Minis I Covet From Etsy Right Now

    Vanessa
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Now that my home is blissfully, finally, completely clutter-free (nope, I cannot shut up about that Kon Marie method, hopefully my epic "Kon Marie Journey" post on Monday will put it all to rest!) I feel confident slowly brining in little pieces that can make it complete. Here are the little bits I'm into right now, they're little details that make a package, present, or home a bit more special:1) Cement Camera Planter a beautiful little piece I'd love to fill with propagated succulents2) Tiny fortune cookie charm necklace The only jewelry I'm drawn to are silver with tiny…
  • A Special Vintage Giveaway: Transformers, Kawaii from Japan and Ninja Turtles

    Vanessa
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    As I hinted in Friday's post, I non-stop KonMari'd my home for 3 days straight. Determined not to let it take more precious hours of my work (and play) I plowed through for 15.5 hours straight on the final day! I'll have a full post on the experience and how amazing it was Monday next week, but hint, if you haven't done it yet and want to never "tidy" and "organize" your piles of junk again for the rest of your life...do it! Buy the book on this method, you won't regret it!I'll expand later, but the KonMari method works for everyone because you go through all of your possessions category…
  • Kawaii Ceramics in Japan's Beautiful 100-Yen Stores: A Cup Fetishist's Dream Shop

    Vanessa
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    I'm sitting here sipping coffee from a Japanese 100-yen store (or, dollar store) coffee cup, taking a break from a grueling nearly 3-day straight home purge following the KonMari method to a T. (You can see previews on my Instagram here, here, and here.) I'll update next week, but god damn, this method really is life-changing! What better way to reflect on a job nearly complete (I will not stop until it's done. Today!) then looking back at gorgeously organized 100-yen store shelves? None other for this nerd!I have a mug fetish. I could open a 100-yen store full of kawaii ceramics in America…
 
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    Creative Faux Panels

  • Protect Your Home From Mold with Faux

    Roland
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    Mold can be harmful, or just ugly – but with faux panels, you’re home is protected. Mold is one of the toughest life-forms in existence. Spread by spores, it can settle and colonize pretty much anywhere that’s damp and dark enough. Millions of American households have mold infestation in their basements and other areas – and some become so bad that homeowners are driven from their residence due to mold-related health issues. That’s one advantage to our synthetic  products – they’re incredibly resistant to mold. Because they’re made from high…
  • A Look Back at Renae’s Corner Restaurant Makeover

    Roland
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    We heard the sad news that Renae’s Corner, featured in TV’s Restaurant Impossible, recently closed. We look back at our contribution to the makeover, which featured our Regency faux white brick panels. Regency faux white brick panels were a great look for Renae’s Corner. Food Network’s hit TV show Restaurant Impossible has seen celebrity chef Robert Irvine save countless failing restaurants from the brink. One such success – for a time, at least – was Renae’s Corner, in Titusville, PA. Featured in season nine of Restaurant Impossible, Robert…
  • Classic Bar Design at the Bow Street Irish Pub

    Roland
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    This Irish Pub at the MetLife stadium gets a classic bar design with faux stacked stone panels The Bow Street Irish Pub looks like it could exist right in the heart of downtown Manhattan. New York City may be a melting pot, but it’s heart is always Irish. That’s why there are as many Irish pubs in the five boroughs as in Boston, and you don’t have to look far to find a shot of Jamesons or an ice-cold pint of Guiness. One pub of note is the new Bow Street Irish Pub, located in the heart of the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Home to the New York Yets and the New…
  • Red Brick Facing Without the Hassle on HGTV’s Curb Appeal

    Roland
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    HGTV’s hit series Curb Appeal frequently features our faux brick facing. This house lacked ‘Curb Appeal’ before designer John Gidding showed up. Curb appeal – how good your home looks to people driving past it – sells houses. That much is a fact – so much so that the HGTV network have even created a show dedicated to the concept, called Curb Appeal. And in one classic episode, host John Gidding decided that the best material to add that appeal was our red brick siding. The house in question had a drab and unappealing exterior, and by using the…
  • Designing with Faux Reclaimed Wood: The Advantages

    Roland
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Reclaimed wood is one of the hottest design elements going right now. Recreate that look more affordably with faux wood panels. Even close up, faux reclaimed wood is indistinguishable from the real thing. Sourced from old palettes, demolished barns and a variety of other places, reclaimed wood is a great way to repurpose an expensive building material. Interior designers are increasingly using reclaimed wood for stunning accent walls and ceiling designs; and it’s a look that’s sure to remain timeless. But while this material looks great, it’s not easy to work with. For a…
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    The Home Depot Blog

  • Chic Black and White Halloween Tablescape

    Sarah Dorsey
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sarah Dorsey of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs created this gorgeous chick Halloween tablescape especially for our Halloween Style Challenge Series. We sent her a mystery box of Halloween decorations from The Home Depot, and Sarah did the rest. We love how Sarah achieved such a sophisticated look using such simple materials, including sticks from her backyard.    Chic Halloween Tablescape Halloween isn’t a big deal around our house, but I love any excuse to decorate! When Home Depot challenged me to decorate my dining room for Halloween I was game! Instead of spooky and creepy, I went…
  • Cheery Fall Front Door Decorations

    April Hoff
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    It doesn’t take much to create a cheery fall front door– just a few items carefully placed, and color coordinated. These front door decorations adorn the home of April Hoff, who writes the design and DIY blog House by Hoff. This is part of our Harvest Style Challenge series here on the Home Depot Blog. We sent April a mystery box of fall and harvest decorations for her front porch, and then stood back while she did her fall decorating magic.  We love the blue, yellow and black palette of her fall front door decorations. It all started with a new coat of paint for her door.  …
  • Black, White and Purple Glam Halloween Dining Room

    Shonee Smith
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
      Halloween can be spooky, cute, or as we increasingly see, glam. Shonee of Hawthorne & Main definitely went with glam when she decorated her Halloween dining room.  This is part of our ongoing Halloween Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Shonee a mystery box of Halloween decorations, and let her apply her decorating talents to creating a fab Halloween decor with the contents and a little bit of DIY skill.  She came up with a fun, colorful Halloween dining room and mantel with lots of fun, not-so-spooky details.     A Glam Halloween Dining Room and…
  • Paint a Family Message Board on Your Wall

    Home Depot Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Who couldn’t use a little organization inspiration in their lives? We used Rust-Oleum’s Dry Erase Paint, Chalkboard Paint and Magnetic Primer to create a message board right on the wall. To make it look finished, we added picture frames around each section of the message. This is an easy DIY project that can make it fun to keep your family’s schedules all in one place. Just follow our step-by-step tutorial.   How to Paint a Family Message Board on Your Wall Supplies Drop Cloth Stir Stick Painter’s Tape Specialty Magnetic Primer Specialty Chalkboard Paint Specialty Dry Erase…
  • Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

    Home Depot Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    This cute decorative serving tray is made from a repurposed old picture frame. We painted the frame with a super-matte chalked paint, which gives the tray a lovely shabby chic or vintage look. But depending on the type of frame you use and what paint finish and color you prefer, your decorative tray could match just about any decor. Just follow our step-by-step instructions to repurpose your own frame to make a decorative serving tray.   How to Repurpose a Frame to Make a Serving Tray       Materials for DIY Decorative Tray Old picture frame Liberty Hardware Half-round…
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    Home Improvement Articles from Networx

  • 7 Dazzling DIY Decor Projects Using Burlap

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:39 am
      Burlap has come a long way from its lowly origins. This natural fabric was traditionally known as a sturdy but coarse cloth, used to make sacks for food products like potatoes or coffee. Woven from jute or sisal fibers, burlap started its "career" in home improvement as a backing for floor coverings such as carpet and linoleum.  See full article.
  • Trendy Tiled Bathroom Backsplashes

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:31 pm
      Beautiful tiled backsplashes are not just for kitchens anymore! This incredibly popular design feature is appearing now in the most fashionable bathrooms across the country. Whether they play a backup role to a bathroom sink or run along a bathtub, tile backsplashes are as decorative as they are functional.  See full article.
  • 10 Affordable Ways to Add Fast Curb Appeal

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:14 pm
      If you've just listed your house with a real estate broker -- or are merely daydreaming about putting your place on the market someday -- you've no doubt heard of the importance of curb appeal. Perhaps you've browsed through Pinterest, home improvement forums, or glossy decorating sites.  See full article.
  • Make the Most of a Small Living Room

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
      Small is beautiful … or so they say. Nevertheless, an undersized living room does pose a few unique decorating challenges. Learn how to keep your small salon feeling cozy, while at the same time taking away that unpleasantly cramped feeling. Light it up.  See full article.
  • Tile Inlay: Traditional Style Adds Allure to Your Home

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:17 pm
      Tile is an excellent choice as part of your home decor. Affordable, durable, and handsome to boot, it will add sparkle and eye appeal to your property. And in case you still need to be sweet talked into loving versatile ceramic, porcelain, or stone tiles, here's another facet to this fascinating material.  See full article.
 
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    Pro Tool Reviews

  • Powerhorse 3000 PSI Pressure Washer (87035) Review

    Tim Mitchell
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Pressure washers are a mainstay of property maintenance. The cost of hiring a contractor often leads homeowners and business owners alike to purchase their own units. Unfortunately, expectations often fall to disappointment when the unit they purchase falls short of the professional performance they thought they were bringing home. Northern Tool offers their Powerhorse 3000 […] The post Powerhorse 3000 PSI Pressure Washer (87035) Review appeared first on Pro Tool Reviews.
  • Truewerk Workwear Preview

    Raissa Logrono
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Truewerk Workwear Brings High Performance Technical Gear to the Jobsite Durable workwear is as important as having a dependable power tool. For the professional, choosing perfect work gear would mean comfort, simplicity, durability, and most of all functionality. Truewerk workwear products are designed to be heavy-duty and comfortable while functioning as a system. Truewerk workwear takes its […] The post Truewerk Workwear Preview appeared first on Pro Tool Reviews.
  • HK Porter Double Compound Bolt Cutters Review

    Clint DeBoer
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    H.K. Porter (HK Porter or HKP) is one of the main hand tool brands from Apex Tool Group. HK Porter is known for making professional level cutting tools that work hard and are long lasting. Recently, they announced their newest HK Porter double compound bolt cutters they are dubbing their Powerlink technology. We got a pair in-house to check out for […] The post HK Porter Double Compound Bolt Cutters Review appeared first on Pro Tool Reviews.
  • Byrd Rescue 2 Knife Review vs Spyderco Atlantic Salt

    Jeff Robbins
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I wanted to subtitle this review: A Tale of Two Knives, to reflect the vast differences two otherwise similar-looking blades. Alas, literature and knives don’t always work so well together. Still, I love knives. One of my very first jobs was a whitewater raft guide, and a necessary piece of gear was a good knife. The […] The post Byrd Rescue 2 Knife Review vs Spyderco Atlantic Salt appeared first on Pro Tool Reviews.
  • How I Ended Up Buying a SawStop Table Saw

    Jeff Robbins
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    I have had a fairly long relationship with table saws, and to be honest, they all scare the heck out of me a little. Second to the chainsaw, no other tool seems so aggressive in its attempts to hurt you. The spinning blade is aimed directly at you, and it has the ability to pull things […] The post How I Ended Up Buying a SawStop Table Saw appeared first on Pro Tool Reviews.
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    Faux Wood Workshop

  • I Love the Way You Light: Room Lighting Ideas Using Beams

    Robin
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Standard King truss made with Custom Timber beams Room lighting that’s well-placed with appropriate wattage can have a huge impact on the existing decor. A room that’s dimly lit, too bright or one with harsh lighting in one corner and none in the other can ruin your whole aesthetic. Lighting fixtures made from unconventional materials or with a touch of whimsy are a favorite of ours, particularly when they’re paired with faux ceiling beams. This takes the design to a whole new level – graduating the lighting from utilitarian to an active piece of art that can either…
  • Breaking the Mold: Preventing Growth with Faux Wood

    Roland
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Last week, we spoke about the danger of bringing termites into your home through the use of reclaimed wood from improper sources. Another danger we only touched upon? Mold. “Going faux” can go a long way to prevent mold growth in your home. Mold can cause life-threatening health issues in your home. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow pretty much anywhere that it’s damp and dark. In fact, if you head down to your basement right now, you might find patches of the dark mold growing on the drywall or bricks. What people don’t know is that mold can cause serious health…
  • Termite Terminal: Why Faux Wood is a Smarter Option

    Roland
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Everybody knows the danger termites pose to your home – but could real timber beams be increasing your risk?  Reclaimed wood might look pretty, but it can contain termites or their eggs. Insect infestations are no joke – just ask anybody who’s ever found bed bugs in their home! But it’s not just a home’s occupants that can be at risk. Some insects, like termites, attack the very structure of your house instead. And what some people don’t know is that termites can borrow a trick from the bed bug playbook – and sometimes hitch a lift into your home on…
  • Pecky Cypress Without the Price Tag

    Roland
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    A slew of high-end homes are hitting the marketplace recently – and they’ve all got one thing in common; pecky cypress. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a millionaire to get that look in your own home, thanks to our synthetic pecky cypress beams. Few things are as instantly elegant and effortlessly high-end as the look of pecky cypress. Here at fauxwoodbeams.com we’re more interested in timeless elegance than hot new trends – but we still keep our eye on what’s happening in the home design and decor space. One thing we’ve noticed recently is a slew…
  • How to Cover Air Conditioning Ducts with Style

    Roland
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Going ‘faux’ offers a wealth of opportunities – like 21st century air conditioning in a classic, timeless home. Faux beams are hollow, making it easy to run A/C ducting through without compromising style. Old world style and modern convenience don’t always go well together. That’s why folks who collect classic cars still tend to drive to work in a modern vehicle – a ’55 Chevy might look cool, but it’s not so much fun on the daily commute without air conditioning, disc brakes and satellite radio. The same rule applies in people’s homes.
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    Hackaday

  • Hackaday Prize Semifinalist: Bendy Solar Bluetooth Tags

    Brian Benchoff
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Last January, [DrYerzina]’s sister couldn’t find her cat. The family searched the neighborhood for two hours until the cat came out from underneath a bed, proving once again cats own humans, not the other way around. A solution to this problem would come in the form of technology, specifically as [DrYerzinia]’s entry for the Hackaday Prize, a solar-powered Bluetooth tracking device. Yes, you can go on Amazon or eBay and buy a BLE tracker, but this version comes in a handy package: it’s built of a flexible circuit board to fit just about everywhere, including on the…
  • Nuclear Reactor Eye Candy From Around the World

    George Graves
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Everyone loves a field trip. It’s always fun to visit a manufacturing plant to see how the big-boys make all the cool toys we love. But there are a few places you might not want to go exploring, like inside a nuclear reactor. Well fear not, now you can spend as much time as you would like with these amazing cut-away of nuclear facilities from across the globe. You can thank University of New Mexico Libraries Exhibition for hosing these photos that have been published in “Nuclear Engineering International” magazine over the years. If you happen to have a pdf allergy, you can…
  • Seven Segment Clock Made From Scratch

    Will Sweatman
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    [David Hopkins] built a seven segment clock, but not in a way you would think.  Typically, if one wants to make something like this, one would start off with some seven segment LEDs. [David] wanted to kick it up a notch and use RGB LEDs to get access to the wide array of different colors, but found off the shelf assemblies cost prohibitive. So, he did what any good hacker would do. He made his own. The easy part consists of Neopixels, an Arduino Nano and a DS3231 Real Time Clock. The hard part consists of Plasticard and a polymorph diffuser. Plasticard also goes by the name of Polystyrene…
  • Transformers, Birthday Cakes in Disguise

    Richard Baguley
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    [Russel Munro] decided to go all-out for his son’s birthday cake: he made a Transformers robot cake that, well, transforms from a truck into a robot, Optimus Prime style. His impressive build has the actions of the original: first, the front rears up to lift the head, then the back lifts to form the body and the head and arms pop out of the top. Underneath the thin fondant exterior is a 3D printed body, driven by a mechanism in the base. He used fishing line to lift the parts, which is pulled by a motor salvaged from a CD player, being driven by an EasyDriver board from Sparkfun. The…
  • The Year of the Car Hacks

    Eric Evenchick
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    With the summer’s big security conferences over, now is a good time to take a look back on automotive security. With talks about attacks on Chrysler, GM and Tesla, and a whole new Car Hacking village at DEF CON, it’s becoming clear that autosec is a theme that isn’t going away. Up until this year, the main theme of autosec has been the in-vehicle network. This is the connection between the controllers that run your engine, pulse your anti-lock brakes, fire your airbags, and play your tunes. In most vehicles, they communicate over a protocol called Controller Area…
 
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  • The best kitchen features for amateur chefs

    Gina Bonura
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    If you love cooking, baking and eating, renovating your kitchen can be a great way to make your very own custom cook space. Whether by simply updating the cabinets and counters or expanding the scope of the kitchen, an amateur chef can work with his or her designer to make a space that's functional for the whole family but tailored to his or her needs in the kitchen. Here are a few of the must-have kitchen features for anyone who loves spending their free time making culinary masterpieces.  "Both quartz and granite countertops are resistant to scratches, stains and…
  • How To Remove Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan In 60 Seconds

    Alure Home Improvements
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    How To Remove Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan In 60 Seconds Replacing the light bulb or cleaning the exhaust fan in your bath can seem a bit clumsy or challenging. Doug shows us how to remove a bathroom exhaust fan in this weeks easy #DIY 60 second fix. 1. Put your fingers on each side of the fan and don’t be afraid to pull it. Hint: It will pop up, this is a good thing! 2.  There are spring clips on either side, pinch them together to and remove from one side, then repeat for the other side. 3. Now you can replace the light, clean the cover, etc. 4. To put back in, take the spring clip and…
  • When to replace your windows

    Salvatore Ferro
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:46 am
    Replacing your windows may seem like a project you can put off, but in reality, quality windows are crucial to the functionality of your home. Not only do windows provide a view to the outdoors, but they also keep out bugs, drafts and dirt. If you've been putting off window replacement for a while, it may be time to inspect things to make sure your windows are up to par.  "If you notice that your windows have begun to rot, hire a professional window expert to assist you with the installation of new windows." Is there visible rot? It's a fact that wood deteriorates with…
  • Help prevent flooding in your home from torrential rain

    Salvatore Ferro
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    When rain comes in like the tropical storms and hurricanes that can batter Long Island, flooding is common. Streets, buildings and homes can become filled with pools of water that can cause millions of dollars in damage. Here are a few tips to help prevent flood damage in your home, on your property and in your finished basement. Make sure your gutters are in top shape Gutters are designed to take water coming off your roof and move it away from your foundation. However, when gutters are broken or clogged, or the downspout is damaged, water can come down and pool around your foundation,…
  • How To Replace Your Cabinet Hardware In 60 Seconds

    Alure Home Improvements
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    How To Replace Your Cabinet Hardware In 60 Seconds Are the knobs and pulls on your cabinets loose, falling off or just plain old? In this edition of Doug’s #DIY 60 second fix, he shows you not only how to remove the hardware, but also how to replace it! 1. To replace a knob, back the one screw off, take it out. 2. Take your new knob out of the package, it should come with a knob and a screw. Screw that into place and you’re done! 2. To replace a pull, back the two screws off and take it with you to the hardware store. -Hint: You want to make sure that your new pulls match the distance…
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  • TV Lift Battles – Part Three: DIY Versus Custom Built Cabinet

    n21lift_divi
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    You’ve decided to install a TV lift cabinet in your living room or bedroom. Now comes the next decision. Do you choose to buy a new cabinet, pick up an […] The post TV Lift Battles – Part Three: DIY Versus Custom Built Cabinet appeared first on Nexus 21 - Concealment Systems.
  • TV Lift Battles – Part Two: Inside Versus Behind an Existing Cabinet

    n21lift_divi
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Next in our series of TV lift battles is the question of old cabinet use – should you hide your lift inside a cabinet, or attach it to the wall […] The post TV Lift Battles – Part Two: Inside Versus Behind an Existing Cabinet appeared first on Nexus 21 - Concealment Systems.
  • TV Lift Battles – Part One: Floor Versus Ceiling

    n21lift_divi
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Considering a TV lift, but unable to decide between a floor or ceiling lift? Here are some tips to help you choose! TV Lifts – Floor TV lifts located in […] The post TV Lift Battles – Part One: Floor Versus Ceiling appeared first on Nexus 21 - Concealment Systems.
  • Home Automation Trends in 2015 – What’s Next in Tech?

    n21lift_divi
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, two million feet of showroom floor was dedicated to the latest in awesome tech – including a large number of […] The post Home Automation Trends in 2015 – What’s Next in Tech? appeared first on Nexus 21 - Concealment Systems.
  • Are You a “Binge Watcher”? A TV Lift Could Enhance Your Habit!

    n21lift_divi
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    “Bingeing” is a word people usually associate with food, but it’s becoming more common in reference to TV watching! With the increasing popularity of sites like Netflix and Hulu, people are discovering […] The post Are You a “Binge Watcher”? A TV Lift Could Enhance Your Habit! appeared first on Nexus 21 - Concealment Systems.
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • Efficient Ways to Add Living Space

    armchairbuilder
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    There a several good options available to those wanting to add space to their existing home.  But which is the most cost efficient?  Here we take a look at some of the more popular ways to add living space and discuss the relative costs of each. The most cost effective way to add space to [...]
  • Saving Big Money on Home Projects

    armchairbuilder
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Bidding out your project is like shopping for a new car.  It’s important to, 1) know what you want, 2) never take the first price, 3) compare apples to apples.  That’s it.  You’re welcome.  But seriously, using good technique when bidding out your home building projects and repairs to contractors can save you thousands of [...]
  • How Many Homes Were Built by Owner in 2014

    armchairbuilder
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    It’s interesting to see how many homes are built by owner builders each year in the permit numbers put out by the U.S. Census Bureau.  One of the more common questions asked by people wanting to build a new home is, “Can an average person manage the construction of their own home as an owner [...]
  • Reader Question: What’s Included in the Complete Armchair Builder Product Package?

    armchairbuilder
    29 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Armchair Builder was created by a builder to give regular folks access to professional builder tools and resources.  These tools have been adapted to make them easier to use by novice owner builders looking to save money and gain control over their larger building projects.  One of our readers asked the question this week, “I [...]
  • Determining Costs to Build a New Home: A reader question

    armchairbuilder
    14 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    An owner builder reached out to us this week asking how our products would help in determining the price for his new home.  Determining the cost for a new build is one of the biggest questions people have when venturing into a new home build.  The good news is Armchair Builder was created to provide [...]
 
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Tuesday Garden Party 9.01.15

    Jami
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Happy Tuesday Garden Party, friends! Our weather pattern changed big-time this last week and we’ve had a number of cloudy-cool days with needed rain. There’s more in store, though I see a few more 80 degree days in the 10-day forecast, so I’m hopeful for a bit more warmth to sit outside and enjoy our […]The post Tuesday Garden Party 9.01.15 appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing! ***Here is the link to your FREE eBook:*** CLICK HERE for the PDF version of Seasonal Dinner Menus eBook to view in your browser {or right-click and save to desktop}.
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    Five Gallon Ideas

  • Cloth Diaper Pail

    trevor
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Recently my wife and I began the 18-year plan to replace ourselves by adding one additional human life into the world. As many of you are aware an infant requires a surprising bulk of infrastructure to maintain its comfort and happiness. Fortunately for the tight-fisted new parent, a few 5 gallon buckets can cut a lot of the nursery clutter. 5 Gallons is the Perfect Proportion for a Diaper Pail At first we thought a 5 gallon bucket would be way too big for cloth diapers, worrying that by the time we had enough to fill the pail we would have waited too long and would have a real odor…
  • Collapsible Buckets

    trevor
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    As I’m sure you know already, one of the downsides to 5 gallon buckets is how big and bulky they are. This is why shipping them is so expensive and why I advocate finding free buckets from local shops. But five gallon inventors have created a solution! This elite class of transformers morph from a tiny package into a glorious 5 gallon warrior. This one is made of silicone, making it flexible but still strong enough to hold up when filled to the brim with sticky notes, fish, lego, or whatever else. But you gotta be careful with these things! I had a noodle strainer made out of the…
  • The “Easy Mosquito Trap” that Doesn’t Work – Plus one that does

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

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

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

    Rachel Hirst
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:02 pm
    U me and the kids   All week, I have been creating tasty sandwiches to liven up our lunches, saying no more to bland, basic sandwiches. Today’s Recipe is a Chunky Cheese & Pickle Wedge. A unique updated version of the classic cheese and pickle sandwich. If you would like to know how to make this Chunky Cheese & Pickle Wedge, then […] The post Chunky Cheese & Pickle Wedge is an article from http://umeandthekids.com. U,ME AND THE KIDS is a UK Lifestyle & UK Parenting Blog - which features articles for people who love Lifestyle tips and Parenting Guidance.
  • Back to School – Lunch bags & School Stationary guide

    Rachel Hirst
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    U me and the kids I cannot believe the School holidays are nearly over, I say this every year, but this year they have just flown by! Now is the time to start thinking about preparing your child to go back to school. In our house it is time for a trip to the hairdressers, shopping for new shoes,uniform, bag […] The post Back to School – Lunch bags & School Stationary guide is an article from http://umeandthekids.com. U,ME AND THE KIDS is a UK Lifestyle & UK Parenting Blog - which features articles for people who love Lifestyle tips and Parenting Guidance.
  • Chicken Salsa & Mango Wraps

    Rachel Hirst
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    U me and the kids This week, our friends at  Leerdammer are helping us create some very interesting sandwiches to liven up our lunch time. Today is Day 4 and I am making Chicken Salsa & Mango Wraps.These tasty wraps are great for a relaxed meal, and they’re really easy to make. If you are looking for a lighter lunch then […] The post Chicken Salsa & Mango Wraps is an article from http://umeandthekids.com. U,ME AND THE KIDS is a UK Lifestyle & UK Parenting Blog - which features articles for people who love Lifestyle tips and Parenting Guidance.
 
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    Movearoo Moving Blog

  • How to Seriously Cut the Cost of Moving

    Jonathan Deesing
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Moving can be deceptively expensive. By the time you’ve purchased moving supplies, rented a truck, and/or hired movers, you’re looking at a pricey venture to your new destination. But it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for ways to cut costs for your move, we’ve got three strategies to help you. 1. Get Rid of Everything We’ll begin with the most outlandish option on the list, courtesy of the “Frugal” subreddit: Move as few things as possible. As in, don’t take more than the clothes on your back. Instead of packing all your belongings, hauling them from one city to…
  • 5 Must-Have Community Resources for Chicago

    Jonathan Deesing
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Chicago is a city packed with great food, cultural amenities, and places to explore. But unless you’ve got a friend who is familiar with the non-tourist hot spots, you might feel disoriented upon moving here. To help you in your transition, we’ve located a few key resources that Chicagoans use to navigate, enjoy, and explore their city. By using these, you’ll be hitting up the music scene and shopping for new apartments like a local in days. 1. Domu Before you move to Chicago, it only makes sense that you need to find a place to live. That’s where Domu comes in. This local website…
  • 7 Qualities to Look for in a New Lawn Care Provider

    LawnStarter
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    After dealing with the movers and unpacking all of your stuff, you may not feel like taking care of basic household chores, like mowing your lawn. LawnStarter suggests these seven things to look for when you’re looking for a new lawn care service: 1. Fully Licensed and Insured When you’re looking for a quality lawn care company, one of the first questions you should ask is whether they are licensed and insured. Using an uninsured provider means that you could be liable for any damages or accidents that occur on your property. It’s best to take the safer route by hiring a company…
  • Moving: What to Take and What to Ditch

    Jess Hutton
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Moving can be a clarifying time. You take all of the possessions you’ve acquired and pack all of them into boxes. It’s an exercise that seems tailormade to spark soul searching and tough choices. You might love and cherish your old Lego collection, for example, but maybe not enough to give up space that could be going to your comfy recliner. To help ease your struggle, we’ve provided some suggestions for what to keep and what to toss out as you make your move. Warning: This might be harder than you think. Ditch: Collectibles Image by Joel Telling/Flickr Admit it: You’ve been storing a…
  • How to Hook Up a Trailer to a Hitch

    Dawn Allcot
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    A backup camera makes hitching a trailer easier, but with patience and a little bit of luck, you can hook up a trailer even without a back-up cam. By following the simple steps we’ve outlined below, you can do this on your own or with help from a friend. Know the Parts of Your Trailer and Hitch Most towing trailers are identical or closely similar to the diagram below. Be sure to measure the ball on your towing vehicle to make sure it’s the same diameter as the cup on the hitch – that can be a big problem before you’ve even gotten started! Most auto parts stores sell…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • How To Make A Twisted Boutique Hair Bow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s back to school time…can you believe it? Are you having the blues, the cheers or a little of both? My kiddos haven’t started just yet, and I am totally experiencing the back to school blues! I love my kiddos to be home with me and this summer has been a blast! However, they get […]
  • Felt Bow Tie Hair Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome, welcome to YouTube Thursday! From the time that The Ribbon Retreat added our brand new and gorgeous crafting felt to our website, I have been obsessed with it and especially learning how to make the exact bow Shirley is sharing TODAY! Eeeeeek…..lots of squeals coming from me right now! I am in love with […]
  • Felt Rolled Flower Tutorial

    Shirley Hale
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    This last week, we celebrated a lot of felt…our brand new gorgeous, easy to craft with felt! And, Thursday we are bringing you another felt project that is so super cute and one you are not going to want to miss! This crafting felt is so much fun and with over 35 colors to choose […]
  • Rolled Felt Flower, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back to YouTube Thursday…the day dedicated to super cute projects brought to you video style! I am super excited for today’s video, because as you can tell the project is absolutely ADORABLE! I am 100% in love with this sweet and simple little flower, and I personally can’t wait to watch Shirley demonstrate how […]
  • How To Make A Two Loop Topper Hair Bow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    One of my favorite things about my job is being able to create super cute bows with amazing ribbon and today, I am going to share yet another hair bow with you that actually can serve two purposes! What??? Yep, this adorable Two Loop Topper bow is the perfect bow to put atop a big […]
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  • How to Move Heavy Furniture by Yourself Easily

    author
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Every tried to move any heavy furniture in your home? Pretty exhaustive, isn’t it? What if you were to move a credenza weighing in around 300 pounds? Would you be able to do it yourself? I know your immediate answer would be, “Heck, No”. But if what if I told you if you could do it easily with the help of a few tricks? Sounds too good to be true? Well, here are the five furniture moving tricks you could benefit from the next time you get to move heavy furniture by yourself. Empty Everything This is a very simple idea and the first very thing you should do before moving the furniture;…
  • 5 Best Selling Furniture Pieces for Your Modern Home

    author
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Looking to buy new furniture for your home? Take a look at the list of these fives best selling furniture pieces for your modern home and learn why they are so popular among the homeowners. Caveat: These furniture units are too hard to resist. Noguchi Coffee Table Coffee table is the most important component of your living space. This is where families unit and guests have fun. Needless to say, it sets the tone for your social gatherings. So you need to choose the right coffee table to make your living space feel relaxed and fun. This where Noguchi Coffee Table comes into the picture. Built…
  • 6 Elegant Mesh Office Chairs below $100

    author
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Whether you’re working from home or at an office, an office chair shapes your productivity in a huge way. An ergonomic office chair will help boost your performance capability while an ordinary office chair will have adverse impact on your productivity as well as your health. Therefore, the importance of choosing the right chair is paramount. When it comes to buying office chairs, most professionals choose mesh chairs over upholstered chairs. Mesh chairs don’t have to be expensive. If you’re on a very tight budget, the following mesh office chairs might interest you. Flash…
  • 5 Print Design Essentials Every Smart Marketer Must Know

    author
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Association of a brand or a company with a well-designed logo is common. This very association is created with a process that ensures every piece of the jigsaw fits correctly. And the result is a finished product that the world will encounter and if done well even remember. During this process of fitting the bolts it is very important that the designers and the marketers are on the same ‘page’ and have a few essentials covered so that the process gets easier and provides the desired effects. Here are 5 things that can guide a marketer to tune up his print design.  Enjoy versatility but…
  • Lithium Ion Battery Charging Best Practices

    author
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Typically, a lithium-ion battery lasts for three to five years, and chances are you’re going to want to swap out your gadgets sometime in that window anyway. A smartphone is as good as its battery quality. If you are investing a huge chunk of your money on buying an expensive smartphone, it is only imperative that you should know how to take care of its battery. Knowing how to use battery is the first step towards keeping it in good shape. The following lithium ion battery charging best practices  will help you keep your smartphone battery in the pink  for a long time. #1 – Try…
 
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    Oz DIY Handyman

  • How to Make a Cookbook Stand

    Steve Sagovac
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:14 pm
    How to Make a simple Timber Cookbook Stand or iPad Stand or Art Stand A simple DIY project that you can make with very few tools and leftover material you may have lying around. This project gives you the opportunity to recycle some old pallet wood or even some old shelving, which is what I am doing. It’s also a perfect example of a DIY product that you can make as a gift for friends and family, or even sell at weekend markets in your local area. This wooden stand is also perfect to hold your iPad or even some artwork. The Cookbook Stand The style of this cookbook stand is based on an…
  • Ozito Cordless Drill Driver – Tool Review

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Ozito Cordless Drill Driver – Power X Change When it comes to must-have power tools, the cordless drill must be at the top of everyone’s list. This is by far the one power tool that gets used on almost every single job. Whether it be for drilling holes or driving / removing screws the cordless drill is definitely the handiest tool to have lying around. Ozito’s New Power X Change Series The PXDDS-200 Cordless Drill is part of Ozito’s Power X Change series, that is their “one battery fits all” power tool concept. The battery is interchangeable between all the…
  • How to Make Toy Horse Fencing

    Steve Sagovac
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    How to Make Breyer Toy Horse Fencing from Free material lying around outside This is one of those super simple projects that anyone can make. You need very few tools, and the materials you can literally find in your backyard (or at least at your local park). Toy horses are just like real horses Both my daughter’s like horses. They have 1 real horse, and heaps of toy plastic ones. For some reason these plastic horses can’t be packed away in boxes, they need to be out on the floor, roaming free in the fresh air just like their real counterparts. Also, just like real horses, plastic…
  • Speed Square – a must have hand tool!

    Steve Sagovac
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    My Speed Square – from Amazon to Australia That’s correct, I purchased my Speed Square from Amazon.com. I didn’t really plan it that way. I was looking on Amazon for an interesting project for my daughter to do over the school holidays, and found this very cool “Build Your Own Internal Combustion Engine” model. So I figured, since I was already placing an order I’d try ordering a hand tool from there also. I had looked at Speed Squares locally, and the only one I saw was a plastic version. I knew I wanted a metal version so didn’t buy it. After…
  • DIY Mitre Saw Stand

    Steve Sagovac
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:58 am
    No Cost Mitre Saw Bench I’ve had my Ryobi Sliding Compound Mitre Saw for a few years now. It usually just sat loose on an old bench. When I needed it I just moved it around, to where ever there was a handy, clean space and cut what I needed. The problem with this loose set up is when you have more than 1 piece of a certain size that you need to cut. Setting up some sort of temporary stop always started with having to clamp the mitre saw down in place, before setting up some sort of stop for your material to rest against, set at the length you need to cut your timber. As you can imagine,…
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    TownHouseHome

  • Travertine floor revival

    Koen Goeminne
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    We have an old (well, somewhere between 40 to 50 year I guess, but your guess is as good as mine) travertine floor in our living room. It was one of those things of the house that we were attracted to. However, it probably never had seen any attention except the regular weekly cleaning. All those years had started to take its toll, so we had to do something, now that we had the opportunity. After all, when would the next time be that the entire living and dining room area would be completely empty? Most likely when hell freezes over, so it was now or never. Some of the things that needed…
  • Painting the ceiling in the living room

    Koen Goeminne
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    I’ve been pondering a while how to open this post. I found it to have a lack of body. But there’s pictures! A lot of them! I guess it’s ok not to write a lot every once in a while. As long as there are pictures. So dive in to see how we splashed paint on our living room ceiling. We used the same white primer and paint as in the kitchen, and the same tried-‘n-tested method as before: picture around 1 m². If it has any corners, I did those first with a large round brush (5 cm): After the brush I got paint on my roller and smeared it open in an M-shape. Next came rolling…
  • Drywall to the frame!

    Koen Goeminne
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    What good is a frame without any drywall attached to it? None, I tell you! So I present you: drywall against the frame! As most of the thinking and planning had already been done before the frame went up, this one was done execution style. Get panel on the lift and hoist it in the air… … then screw it in place… … only to perform “wash-rinse-repeat”. Before you know it the second row is started… … and the shit hits the fan. For once I didn’t put on my gloves (the screws tended to catch in them, pulling my drill against my hand), and I found…
  • Setting up the drywall ceiling frame

    Koen Goeminne
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Because it’s all fun and stuff. Juggling with metal studs. I do it every day. I eat them for breakfast. No, not really. But I did have to do a lot of planning to set up the frame, and that’s what we’ll be talking about today. The possibilities I wanted the ceilings to be as high as possible. A high ceiling provides a more spacious feel, and it suits the house. No discussion there. As with the kitchen, I had a few choices: a wooden frame, a single metal frame or a double metal frame. I didn’t see a wooden frame work, so the choice was between either metal options. With…
  • Electricity in the living room!

    Koen Goeminne
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    Aah, the first step to a useful living room: create more dust and mayhem! Why? Because it’s fun! And because all those nifty comfortable things we’ve gotten used to so badly don’t work for themselves: they need electricity. But we don’t want that to be visible, do we? Of course we don’t. Even back when they originally built our house, wires were placed to be barely visible. Add another 80 year of evolution and nowadays there are plenty of tricks up our sleeves to make wires go invisible! Side note: usually people run their cables to the outlets and switches over…
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    Personal Creations Blog

  • 40 Creative Uses for Recyclables

    admin
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Do you know how much trash comes out of one average household? We've collected 40 new and interesting ways you can reuse any recyclable in your home. The post 40 Creative Uses for Recyclables appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Four Easy and Healthy Back-to-School Snack Ideas for Kids

    Piera Jolly
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:08 am
    It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and back-to-school season is upon us once again! Here in the South, many kids (including … Read MoreThe post Four Easy and Healthy Back-to-School Snack Ideas for Kids appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Movie Flowchart: Find The Best Family Films To Watch

    admin
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    While every day is the weekend for your children during the summer, Saturday is your weekend too. We've created this family movie flowchart to help you decide what to watch based on everyone's interests!The post Movie Flowchart: Find The Best Family Films To Watch appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • 15 Things You Must Do Before Saying Goodbye to Summer

    admin
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    August is here, but don’t let too much time pass you by without experiencing some fun things to do in the summer.The post 15 Things You Must Do Before Saying Goodbye to Summer appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • 9 Unique Hot Dog Combinations

    admin
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Our list of unique hot dog combinations will impress even hungriest of Chicagoans.The post 9 Unique Hot Dog Combinations appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
 
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    eSpares

  • 1 Easy Way You Can Tackle Limescale

    Mike
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:08 am
    60% of the UK is considered a hard water area, and without even realising it this could be having a detrimental effect on washing machines, dishwashers and other household products which come into regular contact with water. This is due to the build up of limescale within the appliances, which if left will hinder the overall performance and lifespan of each appliance. But it is possible to tackle limescale in one easy step, as outlined below. What is Limescale? If you take a quick look inside your kettle it’s likely you’ll see the heating element covered in an off-white chalky substance,…
  • How to Replace the Blade on Your Lawnmower

    Mike
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    The blade on your lawnmower may appear robust, but it is susceptible to damage, especially if it comes into contact with more than the grass you’re cutting. In fact, your lawnmower’s manual is likely to state that if you hit a foreign object with your lawnmower, such as a stone, you should immediately check the blade. However, few of us do this despite a damaged lawnmower blade having a detrimental effect on the cut of your lawn. But, replacing the blade on a lawnmower isn’t a difficult task and by following the advice below you should be able to replace your lawnmower blade in little…
  • Competition: Win a Set of Bodum Appliances - Competition Closed

    Mike
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    At eSpares, we have recently been running a competition to give you the chance to make-over your kitchen with a stunning set of Bodum appliances. This competition has now closed and we will be picking a winner shortly. Keep your eye out on the eSpares blog, as well as our social media platforms to see if you have been selected as the lucky winner of these fantastic appliances. Good Luck. For more information about our competition download the terms and conditions & don't forget our privacy policy too.
  • How To Drain Oil From Your Lawnmower

    Mike
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    During the grass cutting season, which traditionally runs between March and October (weather dependent) your lawnmower is a vital garden appliance, and one which is called into action on almost a weekly basis. As a result, it comes under a lot of stress which can result in faults developing. Key to minimising the risk of such faults is to provide your lawnmower with regular maintenance, and this includes draining the oil at certain points during the cutting season, as outlined below. Why Do I Need To Drain The Oil? Changing the oil in your lawnmower will effectively help maximise the…
  • How to Clean a Washing Machine

    Mike
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    A smelly washing machine is a common problem, but it isn’t one which should be ignored. The best way to tackle unpleasant odours, and dirt, within your washing machine is to clean it regularly. In this post, we explain how to clean a washing machine, in the most effective way to clean your washing machine, without the need for an expensive washing machine cleaner. Instead, when it comes to cleaning your washing machine you will need to focus on the 4 Ds – door, dispenser drawer, drum and door seal – then all that’s left to do is follow the advice below... Washing Machine Door:…
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  • Battery Didn’t Survive the Winter? Don’t replace it just yet.

    diy
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    If your lawnmower battery didn't survive the winter, don't give up on it just yet. It may make a full recovery with a little help. The post Battery Didn’t Survive the Winter? Don’t replace it just yet. appeared first on Amateur DIY.
  • iPad and Velcro – A match made in heaven

    diy
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    This guest post by MPD Hook & Loop makes you wonder - do I really need a TV in every room of my home? A little Velcro goes a long way... The post iPad and Velcro – A match made in heaven appeared first on Amateur DIY.
  • Pack in your own firewood for camping

    diy
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    Unless you have a pickup truck, bringing along firewood for your camping trip is messy and inconvenient. Here's a little tip we just picked up. The post Pack in your own firewood for camping appeared first on Amateur DIY.
  • DIY Tips Collections #3 – July 2015

    diy
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    41 quick DIY tips that we learned in July 2015. A good collection of plumbing, drywall and woodworking tips, among others. The post DIY Tips Collections #3 – July 2015 appeared first on Amateur DIY.
  • DIY Flower Boxes Part II – Assembly

    diy
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Now that we have our tools, materials and cuts done, we continue creating our beginner flower boxes with Part II - the assembly. The post DIY Flower Boxes Part II – Assembly appeared first on Amateur DIY.
 
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