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  • Get Woodworking 2015: Boot Jack

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    Jeff Williams
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Get Woodworking 2015: Boot Jack Have you ever wanted to get into woodworking but weren’t sure where to start? There is a great event in the woodworking community that happens every year and it’s geared towards people like you, the brand new woodworker. It’s called Get Woodworking Week and every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Build a DIY Workbench

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

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    Koen Goeminne
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    You know what they say, once everything is sanded down you’re ready for the finishing touches. And since we did such a great job on making sure the walls and ceiling were as smooth as a baby’s behind, we were ready… for some paint! Let’s hear that music (yeah, it looks like she’s either eating or blowing a bulb):   First things first. After all that sanding action we ended the mudding with, I made sure the walls and ceiling were as dust-free as possible. I first went over them with a soft brush, to get the most of it off already, and then went over…
  • Tuesday Garden Party 3.03.15

    An Oregon Cottage
    Jami
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    I can’t believe it’s March – here’s hoping spring really comes this month for you all still under cold and snow! We did get a bout of rain and mountain snow, but the temperatures stayed pretty mild. I always think of March as when I’ve really gotta get my gardening ducks-in-a-row, you know? Is it […] The post Tuesday Garden Party 3.03.15 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…
  • 10 Painted Front Doors to Make You Green With Envy

    Home Improvement Made Easy on Doityourself.com
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    Which Color Will You Choose?Painting your front door is not only an easy and inexpensive way to update your home’s exterior, but it’s also fun! Think of it as a bright way to welcome yourself home each evening, or your trademark among the builder grade doors of your neighborhood. But while you may know how to paint the door, choosing a color can be a challenge all on its own. We take the guesswork out by explaining the secrets of success behind 10 differently colored doors – and how to make them work for you. When In Doubt, Choose BlueYou...
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  • Frequency Management: Don’t Wreck Your Neighbor’s Drone

    Tyler Winegarner
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    As the FPV drone flying grows and grows, it’s easy to expect more people showing up at your local gatherings. In general, that’s great for the community, but it can result in some serious difficulties keeping the radio waves clear for active pilots. Poorly managed frequencies can turn any FPV meetup […]Read more on MAKE
  • Gallery: 9 Giant Lego Animals

    Nathan Hurst
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Artist Sean Kenney’s solo exhibition features huge foxes, frogs, butterflies, and bees constructed entirely of LegosRead more on MAKE
  • TIE Fighter Drone Mod is Coolest Since Millenium Falcon

    Caleb Kraft
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    Oliver, the maker of the incredible Millenium Falcon quadcopter we shared recently, is back with yet another impressive creation. This time he has tackled the iconic Tie Fighter Interceptor. Much like the Millenium Falcon build, he’s using foam to loosely represent the shape. When flying around, the illusion is quite […]Read more on MAKE
  • Thinify Your Project Enclosure Using Layers of PCB

    Caleb Kraft
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Enclosure design can be a daunting task. Unfortunately, it is a task that nearly every project will require. A forum user at the EEVblog has taken a very elegant approach to his enclosure design by constructing the entire thing from PCB. One possible benefit from this design is that getting […]Read more on MAKE
  • X-Carve: Inventables Launches New Line of Workshop CNC Machines

    Mike Senese
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Inventables is known for the open-source, easily-modded Shapeoko 2 CNC machine. Today, they break ways with that brand as they launch their own machine, dubbed X-Carve, and with it bring a number of upgrades and new features to the DIY subtractive-manufacturing community. The Shapeoko line began with Edward Ford’s $300 CNC machine […]Read more on MAKE
 
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  • Slippery Shower Floor

    Tim Carter
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Ken Williams has a very slippery shower floor in his Mooresville, NC home. Let him describe it: "The water in my house is very soft and so it is very slippery and the soap never seems to be rinsed off and as a result the shower floor which is 6X6 tiles is dangerously slippery. The nature of the floor tiles does not allow for a bathmat to adhere to the floor. The bathmat just slides around.  I currently stand on a small towel to shower which helps a lot.  What else can I do to make the shower floor safe and not dangerously slippery?" Here's my answer. Ken I worked in a restaurant in high…
  • Grout Cracking Floor Tiles

    Tim Carter
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:37 am
    Sharon's bathroom floor tile grout is cracking in her Anchorage, AK home. You're not going to believe the photos. Here's her story: "My master bath floor has cracked and chipping grout in more than 50 percent of the tiled area.  Some tiles sound hollow underneath. The sub-flooring is 3/4 in OSB with 3/8 inch interior plywood on top of that. We also have Nuheat electric floor-heating mat underneath the tile. The builder and contractor said the reason for the cracking and chipping grout is because of the heated mat. Is this true? We heard a loud crack before the warranty was up, but the…
  • Door Knob Air Leak

    Tim Carter
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Eric Shimomura lives in Clayton, DE and has a very unique air leak through an exterior door knob. Here's his question: "How do I prevent air leaks through the door knob?  It's not the door itself, just the door knob and dead bolt assemblies." Here's my answer: Eric, now that's an unusual request. In all my years of answering questions, I've never had this one before! I'm going to assume the holes have been drilled correctly - meaning they're the right size so the hardware overlaps onto the door's surface. I'm also going to assume the door knob and deadbolt locks are tight against the doors…
  • Stone Chimney Cap

    Tim Carter
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    DEAR TIM: Our house has an usual chimney made with irregular stones. The existing cap is in poor shape and I'm worried about damage. Each contractor I talk with has a different solution and none of them are even similar. What's the best way to install a cap on a masonry chimney, no matter if it's stone, brick, or concrete block? Are there best practices that should be followed? If I could wave a magic wand and transport you and your tools to my house, how would you rebuild my chimney crown? Theresa D., Boulder, CO DEAR THERESA: Be careful what you wish for when you wave that wand! I love…
  • March 1, 2015 AsktheBuilder Sunday News

    Tim Carter
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    There seems to be some confusion about the new water heater rules. It pertains to both electric and gas heaters. It depends on the size of the heater. After April 16, 2015, manufacturers can no longer make the old style heaters. They can sell all the OLDER technology ones until they run out. The new heaters are MORE EXPENSIVE and some have MORE MOVING PARTS that can fail over time. My hope is that these government regulations don't take us down the same pathway as the first-generation low-flush toilets that didn't work, and the miserable CFL light bulbs that never lived up to their claims. If…
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  • What's Going On With Your Electrical Panel?

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:04 am
    When the microwave and the toaster are on at the same time and the power goes out with a pop, it's time to go to the breaker box. Your home has an electrical panel, also known as a service panel, circuit breaker panel, or fuse box. This panel is where the electrical power enters your home and is then distributed to individual systems or circuits. As a homeowner, you need a basic understanding of how it works. Introduction to Electrical Panels The first thing you should know is that you should keep your hands, fingers and any body parts out...
  • 10 Painted Front Doors to Make You Green With Envy

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    Which Color Will You Choose?Painting your front door is not only an easy and inexpensive way to update your home’s exterior, but it’s also fun! Think of it as a bright way to welcome yourself home each evening, or your trademark among the builder grade doors of your neighborhood. But while you may know how to paint the door, choosing a color can be a challenge all on its own. We take the guesswork out by explaining the secrets of success behind 10 differently colored doors – and how to make them work for you. When In Doubt, Choose BlueYou...
  • Hot Topics: Max Wattage Label - I Can Ignore That, Right?

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    Here at DoItYourself.com we enjoy providing a place where home improvement novices and experts can come together to share ideas and advice. Inside our Forums, users can browse threads to see what exchanges are taking place on a topic of interest or start their own dialogue by posting something for the community to take part in. With over 250,000 members and counting, this resource is quite active so each week we highlight one of the conversations that may just help you with that next DIY project. There are warning labels on all kinds of things. Do we really need to...
  • Small Changes for Big Bucks

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    There is power in small actions, especially when it comes to DIY. Calling the plumber and paying high energy bills can be prevented with a few minutes of attention to small problems that could have potentially big consequences. 1. Stop Drafts Around Drapes One can save up to 10 percent -- roughly $125 per year -- on their heating bill simply by closing the curtains at night. Even more money can be saved by blocking drafts; this can be done by installing a cornice or hanging drapery panels at the ceiling and letting them fall to the windowsill or floor....
  • Perform an Energy Checkup on Your Home

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    Have you ever received an electric bill that made you wonder where on earth all that electricity (and money) is going? You're not alone -- most of us have the same issue. However, there's a lot you can control with this type of problem. The first step is by performing a home energy checkup. Free Home Walkthrough The first way to do an energy audit of your home is by contacting the company that supplies your power. Most electric companies will come to your home and perform a free home walkthrough, in which they identify how you can save energy...
 
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  • How to Delete History on Android Device

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Much like a computer's web browser, your Android device's browser will keep a list of all the websites that you visit. This can make returning to important websites easier, but can also cause embarrassing or potentially dangerous situations. If you're worried about someone looking at your history, or you are planning on selling or donating your Android device, see Step 1 below to learn how to clear your browser's history. Steps Clearing the Stock Browser Open the Internet browser. If you are using Android 4.0 or earlier, your browser is simply named "Internet". You will need to clear the…
  • How to Make a Tutu

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tutus make great costumes and are a fun addition to any regular outfit. Buying a pre-made tut can be expensive, especially when making your own is so cheap and easy. Try your hand at both these sewing and no-sew variations of a homemade tutu. Steps Making a No-Sew Tutu Choose your tulle. A classic tutu is made from tulle or another stiff, lightweight fabric. You can use any color, but make sure that it measures between wide and long depending on the size of the wearer. You will also need a spool of ribbon in a matching color of choice. Take your measurements. Use a soft measuring tape around…
  • How to Install a Chandelier

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Chandeliers are an attractive lighting option, and basic installation using a strong, existing ceiling support should take an hour or so. Be sure to take the extra time to install an appropriate support as described below if your chandelier is heavier that your previous light fixture. An assistant is recommended to make this process faster and easier. Steps Removing an Old Fixture Turn off the power. Switch off the power to the circuit where the chandelier will be located or unscrew the fuse for the fixture you are replacing. If the circuits are unlabeled, you may have to test them with trial…
  • How to Upload Photos to Instagram

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Instagram is great for editing and sharing the photos you take, but what about your old photos? Shouldn’t they be able to get some Instagram love as well? If you want to upload and share your old photos, you can upload them from your mobile device. Steps Copy any photos that you want to upload to your phone or tablet. Because Instagram is designed to be used on your mobile device, you will need to place any photos that you want to upload onto your mobile device before you begin. You will be able to upload any image that is stored in your device’s memory. You can only upload one image at a…
  • How to Avoid Meltdowns

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Are you autistic, or are you a caregiver of an autistic child? Do you feel that you (or the child) are experiencing too many meltdowns? While meltdowns are an inevitable part of life, it is possible to reduce the number and severity of meltdowns experienced. Steps Recognizing the Signs Understanding your triggers is crucial to minimizing meltdowns. Staying on top of your emotions will help you take good care of yourself. Notice when something makes you feel shaken or upset. Keep track of your emotional state during the day, and notice when stress is building up. This will help you recognize…
 
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  • How to Hang a Large Picture: French Cleat

    Jeff Williams
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    How to Hang a Large Picture: French Cleat Having a photographer for a wife lends itself to having many beautiful pictures of our family hanging on the walls. As a builder though it pains me every time I put additional holes in the drywall. I remember skim coating those very walls to get them... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Woodworking 2015: Boot Jack

    Jeff Williams
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Get Woodworking 2015: Boot Jack Have you ever wanted to get into woodworking but weren’t sure where to start? There is a great event in the woodworking community that happens every year and it’s geared towards people like you, the brand new woodworker. It’s called Get Woodworking Week and every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WoodTrac Ceiling System Review

    Todd Fratzel
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    WoodTrac Ceiling System I’m a huge proponent of using suspended ceilings (drop ceilings, acoustic tile ceilings) for finished basements because they allow easy access to electrical, plumbing and heating utilities that are typically suspended from the floor framing above.  Lots of my customers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Walk-Out Basement Wall Insulation

    Todd Fratzel
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Insulating Wood Framed Walk-Out Basement Walls Walk-Out foundations create an interesting dilemma in when considering wall insulating details. I’ve written extensively on the subject of how to properly insulate basement walls which deals with concrete (and block) walls but I’ve never addressed the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Outdoor Timber Pavilion by Western Timber Frame

    Todd Fratzel
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Timber Frame Pavilion Project Editors Note: We installed this pavilion in the late Fall here in NH and the weather turned before we could get some nice finished photos. We’ll update this article early next year when the weather clears and the final touches are complete on the landscaping. In the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    A gorgeous home. I love all the planked walls.The dress! I say it's blue & black. Handyman says white & gold. What do you see?I need to make these pancakes. And this spaghetti.A great list of things to do when you're 40. "Stop wasting - everything" is constantly on my list.Why you might need a diaper bagA lesson on stylingThe cutest hashtagI love everything in this laundry room image. So good, Rejuvenation.
  • Floral Wallpapers & Fabric

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I'm in denial its still winter. I've been scattering floral arrangements around my house, trying to bring a taste of spring to cold, drafty corners. What is it about florals that they can instantly uplift your mood? I look around my house and discover that I have florals in most every room, be it on a pillow cover, on wallpaper or in a vase on my bedside table. They are a necessity for a happy home, both indoors and out.If you're craving a bit of spring, I've rounded up 12 floral wallpapers and fabrics that will have you feeling warm in no…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Be the mom that you arePhoto styling tips for the bloggerSarah's DIY headboard is inspiringA fun art project for a boy's roomFollow Jen @ Rambling Renovators's board The Country Home on Pinterest.This might be my favourite Pinterest boardDo you have a spiralizer? I think I'll use mine to make this recipe this weekend.My goodness, I'm loving this sheet setI need this clutchTop designers who were self-taughtIt's never too late to succeed
  • Let There Be (Under Cabinet) Light

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm feeling a little stir crazy these days! The cold weather has kept us inside for far too long and I'm itching for the snow to melt and for spring to arrive. Are you feeling the same?Winter puts a damper on home projects too. Who wants to spend time running back and forth from the garage to hunt for tools? Not me. We did manage to get one nagging little project out of the way though. Replacing our under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen is one of what I call a "5% project"... those projects and small fixes that don't actually take a lot of time but you keep delaying and delaying them…
  • Restaurant Inspiration for Residential Spaces

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you in a deep freeze? It is incredibly painfully cold up here in Toronto with temperatures with the wind chill feeling around -35 celsius (about -30 fahrenheit). Brrrr! Call us crazy but we ventured out on Sunday for brunch at Cluny. It was both a late birthday and Valentine's celebration. It was only our second time at this restaurant but it has become our new favourite spot. The food is delicious but really, I think I come for the decor. I thought I'd take a closer look at some of the design details - restaurant and retail spaces often feature trends, clever space solutions, and…
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  • To The Kids in Room 1554

    Kit
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:51 pm
    A good friend of mine recently asked me to come speak to her class of college freshmen about, well, life. Specifically about how I chose my career, how I balance work and hobbies, and any advice I might give to a group of kids just trying to figure out what they want to do in life. Like we all aren’t just one big group of kids trying to figure out what we want to do in life. But, I’m always game to tell my stories, so here are the two big things we talked about: 1.) Why I choose not to “do the things I love” as my primary source of income. I know, right?! Flies in the…
  • Tile Progress, New Tools, and Ridiculous Headgear

    Kit
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Well, okay, so last week wasn’t my week for making progress on the actual tiling portion of the upstairs bathroom. The first time I wrote that sentence I said “last week wasn’t my week for making progress.” Period. And then I was like, well wait an everloving minute… you know what I did last weekend? I spent a couple of hours shoveling all kinds of shit out of the donkey stall in the barn… Nugs helped, as usual. (Also, don’t ask wtf that thing on my head is. My hair was stuck in some kind of rats nest on top of my head and none of my hats would fit…
  • Downtime & Other Real Things

    Kit
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    The thing I worry about most as a person who has been telling stories on the the internet for the past decade is… well, actually, when I’m single I worry a lot about dudes who are interested in me* that I don’t want to date finding this website and being able to keep tabs on me for the rest of eternity. That is so goddamn creepy. The good news is my dad got me an AR-15–and what he calls a bug-out bag–for Christmas… So I’m totally prepared for a.) the attention of unwanted suitors, and b.) the motherfucking apocalypse. Word. And, actually, that’s…
  • Upstairs Bathroom Progress: The Part Where It Gets Better

    Kit
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Here is one of the truths we hold to be self-evident about home renovation… that shit is going to get worse before it gets better. I don’t know how many times I’ve said that in the last decade of writing on this website, but I imagine it’s a lot. And yet I still sometimes enter projects with a wide-eyed optimism, and the belief that “this is just swapping out the tub and a little tile, guys, it seriously won’t take that long.” Ha. Yeeeah. That “quick, little” project started four months ago. Four. That’s fun. And shit definitely got…
  • The Definition of Unfinished

    Kit
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:54 pm
    This is the current state of my indoor workbench… It’s a pretty good metaphor for my life. Little bit of awesome, lot unfinished… I used to put myself under a lot of pressure to deal with unfinished things, and, honestly, there are lots of good reasons to do that. Like when you’re living in a garage and need to get the house you’re building livable before you lose your sanity, for example. (Been there, done that.) Or when you need to get a fence installed because your stubborn asses are escaping every day… So, you know, it’s really easy to start to…
 
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  • 40% off Tag Mates at Mabel’s Labels!

    Laura
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Many of you will know that I’m a huge fan of Mabel’s Labels and when I found out about this sale I had to jump on here and let you know about it.  March is […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 40% off Tag Mates at Mabel’s Labels!
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ March 2/15

    Laura
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, happy March to you :) This week is pretty special to me. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary! I just can’t believe that we’ve been married that long…27 years together in total. Our anniversary falls in the middle of the week so we are going to cook a special […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ March 2/15
  • How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I’m a big fan of tackling deep spring cleaning chores one month at a time throughout the year rather than all at once. However, it never fails to end up with a handful of tasks that always get bunched up around […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves
  • Sponsor Spotlight ~ February 2015

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    We made it to the end of the month and we are that much closer to spring!  Whoot!  At the end of each month I like to take a moment to shine a bright spotlight on my fabulous sponsors. If you are interested in some fantastic organizing resources to help you get organized in 2015 […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Sponsor Spotlight ~ February 2015
  • Friday Favorites: Donation Printables, Truths About Clutter, Mail System + more!

    Laura
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    ***This sale is now over*** Hi friends, hope you are all having a nice organized week.  I want to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to pick up the Spring Cleaning Printable Bundle I told you about last week.  So many great kits that you can print off to help you with your […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Donation Printables, Truths About Clutter, Mail System + more!
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  • A foolproof guide to DIY renovations

    Steve Sagovac
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    If you feel that your home needs a fresh look, DIY renovations offer a budget-friendly way for you to achieve this goal. However, doing a renovation without the help of a contractor can be a difficult and frustrating process if you’re not properly prepared. Here are some valuable tips for getting ready before you take on a big project. As with any decision that requires a large cash investment, you should consult with a professional to keep your project within your budget. Make a List of Annoyances This sounds like an odd way to start your DIY project, but listing every annoyance about…
  • How to Start your own DIY Blog in Under 10 minutes

    Steve Sagovac
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Are you a handyman or handywoman? Why not share your DIY adventures online. Maybe even generate some extra passive income. Starting your own DIY blog is a lot easier than you might think. All you need to do is talk about what you are up to, what projects you are working on or even just use your blog to share online resources that you like to use and read. I started this blog back in 2007 as a test to see what this whole blogging thing was about. There are times I write a lot and there are times I disappear completely for a while. I have been offered products to write reviews about and I have…
  • Ozito Electric Planer Review – PLR-2000

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    The Ozito PLR-2000 Electric Planer When it comes to the woodworking tools you keep in your workshop, an electric planer is one of those power tools that you definitely need to have around for most DIY woodworking projects. In saying that I never had one of my own, until now. I bought myself the Ozito PLR-2000 Electric Planer, that has a decent sized 400W motor that is ample power for small to medium planing jobs. Why did I choose the Ozito Electric Planer There are a few reasons for my decision to buy an Ozito Power Tool from Bunnings Hardware. The 2 biggest reasons being it’s…
  • How to Build Wood Pallet Furniture Projects

    Steve Sagovac
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Using recycled material to build furniture isn’t a new concept by any means, But with the seemingly endless availability of wood pallets, the DIY Wood Pallet Furniture craze has gained an incredible amount of interest in recent years. I personally have only recently started using recycled wood from pallets and packing crates for furniture, and have been on a constant look out for resources and inspiration. Here are some of the wood pallet furniture resources that I have found in my recent searches. Wood Pallet Furniture Resources Wood Pallet Project Books Here are 3 of the most recent…
  • How to Build a DIY Workbench

    Steve Sagovac
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    This DIY workbench is something I just found at PopularMechanics.com, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a pretty nice unit when it comes to size, functionality, sturdiness and it’s also a do-it-yourself woodwork project. Now this is the first time I have ever visited this site. With a name like “Popular Mechanics” I imagined it had something to do with cars and engines. DIY Workbench Step by Step Instructions If you’re looking to build yourself a workbench, you should definitely check out this site. This is the Popular Mechanics intro to the Workbench…
 
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  • ode to schoolhouse electric. there aren’t enough light fixtures in our lives!

    Angela M.
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    As we finish up the heavy lifting on the cottage renovation, it’s time to start thinking about the fun stuff — decorating! Though our depleted budget will mean that the we’ll be opting for more creative ways of recycling yard sale finds and upcycling Ikea with clever hacks, there is one thing that we are going to splurge on: Lighting fixtures. We are looking for a couple of lights that will go in the kitchen area: One for over the sink and another for the bar that divides the living room from the kitchen space. The mode we’re going for is modern industrial Swedish…
  • real life test kitchen: lemonade’s sweet potato with parsley and pistachio vinaigrette

    Angela M.
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    The other day I was in Los Angeles for work, and decided to go for a walk. The first thing you notice when you are walking in Los Angeles is that no one else is. Then you start to notice how pretty the side streets are, with rust-free vintage cars parked here and there and lovely succulent gardens in front of cute little bungalows. Of course, I was in West Hollywood, one of its prettiest neighborhoods. Wondering around in search of place to eat, I stumbled upon Leomonade, hidden behind a tall green flowering hedge on Beverly. It was the answer to all my cravings. Surprisingly tasty, healthy…
  • meet fred: the cutest humidifier we’ve ever seen

    Angela M.
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Winter is really starting to kick in. After seven or so days of below freezing temperatures, my body starts to notice it. My shoulders are tense from the way I hurriedly rush outside, my hands need constant moisturizing, and of course our house feels dryer than a used a chalkboard. Last year we invested in a hefty humidifier from Stradler Form, and I love it. It purrs along through the night and helps keep us breathing clear — not to mention prevents our skin from scaling off. But after spotting this cute little number, I’m attempted to trade in dull Oskar. Meet Fred, the cutest,…
  • cottage renovation: falling hard for a slab of wood

    Angela M.
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Forgive me for not writing sooner with an update on our little house project by the Hudson! We’ve been plugging away, making decisions and slowly getting to a place that we will be able to enjoy soon. The floors are down and stained (but not yet revealed). The new radiators are in place and keeping it warm. The kitchen cabinets have been built and appliances have been ordered. I’ll do a detailed post on the whole kitchen once I can show it off properly, but this morning I wanted to brag about the beautiful slab wood countertop we have found. We’ve been having a HUGE debate…
  • a new kind of great room: bright, airy, modern and open

    Angela M.
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    Our house is old — over a hundred years. The walls are thick, there’s lots of molding around the windows and the floors creak a bit. We love it, but occasionally we dream about what it would be like to live in a modern ranch, one with big open spaces and lots of light. This project from Klop Architecture speaks to to us volumes. From the simple open kitchen to the metal closet doors to the glass wall leading out to the garden, it’s the kind of space that just breathes. Better suited for a warmer climate than ours, for now we will let it in live in our dreams — and our…
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    11 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    A few things about this image:1. I cannot wait to have the plastic come off our huge windows (though, they make for good diffusion panels). 2. I feel very lucky that I get to spend my days in this studio. 3. I’m carrying The Shopper no.2, which I use as my camera bag. I just slipped a padded insert inside to protect my gear.  4. I’m thinking a lot about my little brother who just deployed…again. 5. I’m sewing lots of Backpack no.2’s for the next few days and listening to every podcast The Memory Palace has produced.p.s. I've mostly moved the blog…
  • Introducing Dana and Sara

    7 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    I have finally had a moment to process after our whirlwind drive across the country to solidify my partnership with Spooltown in Portland, Oregon.  I started working with Dana and Sara about 9 months ago.  We started with a conversation about shoulder straps.  Then, very soon after, my entire world turned upside down and my feelings about how I was accomplishing my personal and business goals changed entirely.  For the last 8 years, I have been a very direct part of making every single Moop bag and I have run every other aspect of the business myself.  I have had…
  • HELLO, THIS IS VERY LONG AND YOU’LL WANT TO READ IT.

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hello!!  The holidays are over and I can’t thank you enough for your patience with our growing pains this year.  We had our most successful holiday season to date (8 years strong now!) and did it all with one less person than usual (which meant, I worked like three people where I normally work like two).  Even though the exhaustion of creating my own personal sweatshop was so intense and yes, I did cry from being so tired (emotionally, physically, intellectually..a lot of things happened in my life these last few months), I shared those moments with two people who have become…
  • Yokoo

    8 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    I have long been a fan of Yokoo.  She hand knits scarves and hats and other amazing things.  We started our businesses around the same time and have developed one of my most favorite online maker friendships (one day we'll meet in person!).  I recently moved (as noted in this emotional post here) and started taking the T to my studio (Pittsburgh has a light rail system and it is one of the best things about this town...wish it went all over the city though).  This hat arrived this morning and it will help keep me warm on these frigid days.  If you need warm…
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  • Flip Machining on the DMS CNC Router

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    After thinking about the potential of 3-axis flip machining, I decided to construct a three-dimensional relief painting out of laminated plywood. This piece would be viewable from either side, and though the two sides would be related to one another, they wouldn't necessarily align. In this Instruct...By: Julie KumarContinue Reading »
  • Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    *DISCLAIMER* Yah, whatever. I just googled to see if all these disclaimers are legally necessary, couldn't find a definitive answer, and ultimately decided against it. Be smart... whatever that means. There are several instructables out on how to figure out the combo to a master lock, but not all o...By: purpAl-chAosContinue Reading »
  • Prototyping tutorial - patterns on fabrics

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    This Instructable will teach you how to make a linocut. You can use this technique to print patterns on fabrics. It's a low range prototyping technique to improve the looks of your clothes.Linocut is a printmaking technique. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a V-shaped knife. The parts ...By: SmeuldersTomContinue Reading »
  • How to Wash Your Dog

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I have an awesome dog who works hard but plays dirty! Some of her favorite hobbies include digging, swimming in the ocean, and rolling in mud puddles, (see pictures above) which creates the need for frequent bathing. Professional groomers can get pricey, especially for a big golden retriever like ...By: Danger is my middle nameContinue Reading »
  • Peanut Sauce Soba Noodles With Roasted Zucchini and Wakame

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    This peanut sauce, adapted from the Barefoot Contessa, is incredible. When I made it the first time, I couldn’t believe that I was putting together so many ingredients for sauce, but in the end, it was absolutely worth it. With roasted zucchini slices, julienned vegetables, and topped with wa...By: HabibasBelovedContinue Reading »
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  • Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    *DISCLAIMER* Yah, whatever. I just googled to see if all these disclaimers are legally necessary, couldn't find a definitive answer, and ultimately decided against it. Be smart... whatever that means. There are several instructables out on how to figure out the combo to a master lock, but not all o...By: purpAl-chAosContinue Reading »
  • How to Wash Your Dog

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I have an awesome dog who works hard but plays dirty! Some of her favorite hobbies include digging, swimming in the ocean, and rolling in mud puddles, (see pictures above) which creates the need for frequent bathing. Professional groomers can get pricey, especially for a big golden retriever like ...By: Danger is my middle nameContinue Reading »
  • Re-cover Brooks Bike Seat

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Brooks saddles cost £90, or $160. A fine price when you can buy an Indian copy for £40 from an over-priced UK dealer. Well, what to do if you have an old one that's been left out in the rain for some years?You can re-cover it.. and its not hard to do.Total cost: about £2 - $3.50.The advantages of ...By: oxaniaContinue Reading »
  • Homemade Natural Deodorant

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Picking out natural products in general can be a pain,while shopping for hygiene products. I noticed the little to no options for deodorants that are paraben/aluminum free. Finding a natural deodorant can be like finding the perfect leave in conditioner, impossible! I decided to do some research, w...By: angelina12Continue Reading »
  • 5 Golden Remedies Using Turmeric (The Golden Goodness)

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    I am feeling exited and happy to write about my favorite spice of all Turmeric - 'Golden Goodness'. In this Instructable, I have shown the '5 powerful home remedies using turmeric' that can cure and to protect us from illness.Introduction:Turmeric has been recognized by yogis and ayurvedic healers ...By: Pavithra ArunkumarContinue Reading »
 
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  • Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    *DISCLAIMER* Yah, whatever. I just googled to see if all these disclaimers are legally necessary, couldn't find a definitive answer, and ultimately decided against it. Be smart... whatever that means. There are several instructables out on how to figure out the combo to a master lock, but not all o...By: purpAl-chAosContinue Reading »
  • 5 Golden Remedies Using Turmeric (The Golden Goodness)

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    I am feeling exited and happy to write about my favorite spice of all Turmeric - 'Golden Goodness'. In this Instructable, I have shown the '5 powerful home remedies using turmeric' that can cure and to protect us from illness.Introduction:Turmeric has been recognized by yogis and ayurvedic healers ...By: Pavithra ArunkumarContinue Reading »
  • How to Cut a Watermelon - My Way

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    There are so many ways to cut a watermelon, but I prefer to cut it my way which is more efficient, less wastage and at the same time this method also removes most of the seeds from the flesh.What you need is a cutting board, a knife, a container to store the pieces and of course a watermelon. Cut ...By: antonirajContinue Reading »
  • How to Make a Cool Leather Wallet

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    How to make a cool leather wallet case out of leather. Leather material gives it a more luxurious feel. Prepare the Template Prepare the template that is larger than the actual size of the card. Cut out the leather with a leather cutter.Be careful not to cut your fingers! Needed to Complete Pro...By: ishiyasuContinue Reading »
  • Bringing the outside in, Creating a vivarium for a Carpet Python

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    I wanted to create this Instructable for anyone that owns a carpet python or anyone who is considering owning such an amazing animal. I wanted to share my knowledge of animal husbandry and my passion for reptiles with people. I have had Zeus my carpet python for a little over a year now and its been...By: joshua.cretinonContinue Reading »
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  • Simple key Pendant

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Okay, just get an old key that's lying around and let's get started!Glue rhinestones to any key you find, drill a hole in the washer, attach two wing-like metal parts to the drilled washer, and put all of them in a small metal ring. Done. Simple. By: GreenieFanartist Continue Reading »
  • Kennel Enclosure: Wire Closet Shelving & Cable Ties in Minutes, Flexible, Movable, Removable

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Need a barrier between cats and dogs or other pets?Something as movable as a fold-up kennel?This could be an answer. After obtaining several 6 feet lengths of shelving I cable tied them in a zig zag fashion, and lived with the structure for several weeks.Egged on by my favorite INSTRUCTABLES SITE, I...By: katerlynContinue Reading »
  • How to Make Chipbag Keychains

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:26 pm
    This is a very simple do it yourself project and kids will think it's cool also. This is intended for an audience of tweens, whether it be for a unique key chain of some of your favorite snacks or a quick science project, which is where I first heard of this as a child. With very little prep work an...By: SGumesContinue Reading »
  • Plastic Cup Lamp Shade

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    This is a simple, inexpensive project that is fun and quick. The outcome is an unique and abstract looking lamp shade to replace a lost, old or broken one. Gather Materials 80 pack of 9oz. plastic cupsGlue gun4+ glue sticksLamp with metal bracket around bulbAfter warming up the glue gun, hold one...By: naryrathContinue Reading »
  • Free Dobby Sock Hanger

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The Laundry Monster is always eating single socks, and it just seems wrong to throw them away. Now, you have a way to put them to good use by putting them towards freeing indentured House Elves. This is perfect for any member of S.P.E.W. or a conscientious witch or wizard who wants to go green and d...By: Ruth in CraftsvilleContinue Reading »
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  • How to Indoor Rock Climb

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:57 pm
    This Instructables is designed to teach first-time climbers how to safely top rope and belay Indoors. So you're interested in rock climbing! Great news, you've come to the right place. Rock climbing is a great indoor & outdoor sport that will continuously challenge your physical and mental limits. I...By: NickxplosionContinue Reading »
  • How to Make fire with Chocolate and Can

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Hi Guys! today i will show you a Easy trick for make a fire with Chocolate and Alluminum Can!Check the video below for view the final result:Click here for mobile device What do you need? for this instructables you need only few component:- Piece of Chocolate ( be careful, don't eat the chocolate...By: LudvicContinue Reading »
  • BUILD A NOCTURNAL SOLAR LIGHT BULB

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    In India, one of world’s largest, most populated countries, over 74 million rural households live without power. Children study in harmful smoke,average people spends 5% of their income on lighting fuel,people burns wood for lighting.A single kerosene wick burns an estimated 80 liters of fuel, produ...By: deba168Continue Reading »
  • Build your own Countdown Regatta Box

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:18 am
    An countdown "box" is a box with horns. When a regatta starts the box sounds the horns at predetermined intervals: 5 minutes before the start, 4 minutes before the start, 1 minute before the start and at the instant of the start. There are two types of sequences: 3 minute and 5 minute. In this instr...By: harrikenContinue Reading »
  • Boot dryer

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    cheap DIY boot dryer with parts from a leftover plumbing project parts needed are four, 2"elbows two, 2" T's one, 2" Yone, 2" fernco ci/plastic/copper/steel to ci/plastic/copper/steeland at least 3 feet of 2 inch PVC pipe cutting and assembly cut 1 length of PVC pipe 16 inches long then cut t...By: drosenkranzContinue Reading »
 
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  • How to Make fire with Chocolate and Can

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Hi Guys! today i will show you a Easy trick for make a fire with Chocolate and Alluminum Can!Check the video below for view the final result:Click here for mobile device What do you need? for this instructables you need only few component:- Piece of Chocolate ( be careful, don't eat the chocolate...By: LudvicContinue Reading »
  • BUILD A NOCTURNAL SOLAR LIGHT BULB

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    In India, one of world’s largest, most populated countries, over 74 million rural households live without power. Children study in harmful smoke,average people spends 5% of their income on lighting fuel,people burns wood for lighting.A single kerosene wick burns an estimated 80 liters of fuel, produ...By: deba168Continue Reading »
  • Make an Ice Block Igloo

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    We live in upstate NY, which means we're accustomed to cold and snowy winters. This winter, however, has been unlike any in recent memory. We've had over a month where nearly every day brought sub-zero temperatures. It's enough to make you start to lose your mind!A few weeks ago, I took a look at t...By: pjkumponContinue Reading »
  • Car Charger Solar Survival Life Hack

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    What you'll need: Coleman solar panel Car charger DrillPry tool or butter knife Wire cutter Volt meter I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THIS INSTRUCTABLE IT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK Take The Charger Apart Take the car charger apart carefully and carefully pick...By: aarroyo2Continue Reading »
  • Biosand Filter

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    A biosand filter is a simple type of water purification system that uses sand, gravel, gravity and some simple engineering to purify water contaminated with biologics and some chemicals. Its structure is generally made of concrete or plastic and is filled with layers of gravel and sand that encoura...By: jimmypatContinue Reading »
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    3 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    MATERIALS1-four heavy duty zip-ties2-container 13 1/4" x 7 1/2" x 10" ( as seen in the photo above)3-rear bicycle rackTOOLS1-two hands2-snipping pliers (optional) 3-drill 4-caulking (optional )WHAT TO DO1-Drill one hole into the bottom of each corner of the the container about 3/4 " long.2-Align you...By: 5621201016Continue Reading »
  • Collapsible PVC Pipe Bracelet Jig

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    I made this to take along on some of those trips i take where i don't want to lug around a bulky jig to have some paracord fun. I've looked around on the net for something that could be made out of PVC pipe, but came up with zilch, so this is my take on the PVC paracord jg. I usually stick with brac...By: CrazyfindianContinue Reading »
  • How to Indoor Rock Climb

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:57 pm
    This Instructables is designed to teach first-time climbers how to safely top rope and belay Indoors. So you're interested in rock climbing! Great news, you've come to the right place. Rock climbing is a great indoor & outdoor sport that will continuously challenge your physical and mental limits. I...By: NickxplosionContinue Reading »
  • How to Make fire with Chocolate and Can

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Hi Guys! today i will show you a Easy trick for make a fire with Chocolate and Alluminum Can!Check the video below for view the final result:Click here for mobile device What do you need? for this instructables you need only few component:- Piece of Chocolate ( be careful, don't eat the chocolate...By: LudvicContinue Reading »
  • BUILD A NOCTURNAL SOLAR LIGHT BULB

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    In India, one of world’s largest, most populated countries, over 74 million rural households live without power. Children study in harmful smoke,average people spends 5% of their income on lighting fuel,people burns wood for lighting.A single kerosene wick burns an estimated 80 liters of fuel, produ...By: deba168Continue Reading »
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  • A Lapful of Scrap- a Lap Steel Guitar Made From Recycled Materials

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    The lap steel guitar has deep roots. The basic principal is simple- a string is stretched tight and a heavy, hard object is used to slide along the string while the string is plucked to produce sounds. An early ancestor was the diddly bo, an expedient rural folk instrument comprised of a wire stretc...By: Chuck StephensContinue Reading »
  • Quick Straw Wrapper Flower

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Have you ever been at a restaurant bored waiting for your food?Nowadays people go out to eat and although they attempt to stay away from constantly looking at their phones and try to be more social it does not always work and the wait for food seems to be getting a longer and longer. When waiting f...By: ArielexmaContinue Reading »
  • hand tools Cigar box guitar

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    This is an Instructable about a few guitar type things I have been building while traveling in our motorhome. I used hand tools I found along the way and thrift store stuff. I had to buy a few things from ebay and amazon. I made some of the necks out of 2x4 fir some out of oak and one out of red...By: aleutianwindContinue Reading »
  • Retro Makey Makey Controller

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:52 am
    You had lots of fun with your SNES system back in the old days and miss him? You never got the chance to but would love to play some SNES? whatever your reason is, with some skill and a little help from Makey Makey you can make your own vintage style controller! Get used to Makey Makey If this is...By: JoeyDoelandContinue Reading »
  • DIY : Lucky Coins

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Think of something to spend your weekend with kiddos? Well, here is mine.My kids spend some time in play zone, exchange some money with play coins, put the coins in a machine to get some tickets, expecting a jackpot tickets.What crossing my mind is "Why don't we turn the game into saving money game?...By: chienlineContinue Reading »
 
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  • PVC Sheets From Reclaimed PVC Tubes

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Introduction and Safety NotesThis instructable aims to show, how to make PVC sheet, by recycling pipe snippet from home repairs.The PVC is a versatile plastic with several desirable mechanical characteristics, its rigidity, density, impact and chemical resistance are very good. Its Achilles heel is ...By: rojecasContinue Reading »
  • Crash Pad

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    I have fabrics/ silks in my 'dining' room and love to do tricks. My husband always cringes a bit when I am practicing--he's afraid that I'm going to do a drop and fall on the hardwood floor and hurt myself. I started looking to buy a crash pad, but they were either expensive or I wasn't sure of th...By: nadiakellamContinue Reading »
  • Printable Airsoft Submachine Gun

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    After designing my first 3D printable airsoft gun, a few people have been requesting a smaller one that they can print at home. So here it is! All parts are small enough to fit comfortably in a 120x120x120mm print volume, there are fewer non-printed parts, and it has more features. The gun won't be ...By: Engineer777Continue Reading »
  • Board Game - MakeyMakey

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    At the occasion of the BuildNight organized by Instructables and MakeyMakey, we did a game.It was pretty difficult to do something revolutionnary. We didn't want to make something with just fruits and music. So after a long brainstorming and after tame the MakeyMakey board, we decide to make a board...By: FablablacoteContinue Reading »
  • How to Juggle a Three Ball Cascade

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Don’t let the title fool you, a “three ball cascade” is just the technical jargon for a basic pattern of juggling three balls!Materials needed: 3 of any object (see step two for more details) 2 hands Adequate space to practice A lot of patience The stance Before you begin any juggling throws, st...By: teamteamContinue Reading »
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  • Lego Car: Everything is Awesome

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:36 pm
    This project is about making a lego car by recycling old toys. Broken parts and piece of electric cars might be lying around your house. Perhaps if you are like me, your siblings may have old toys that they don’t play with anymore. Rather than throwing it away, why not create a new, handmade toy car...By: HieuQuangNguyenContinue Reading »
  • Little Mermaid Snarfblat

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    HUMAN STUFF, HUH? I've always loved movie props and recently bought a snarfblat off Etsy from an AMAZING shop (check it out https://www.etsy.com/listing/213084288/handmade-snarfblat-mermaid-cosplay-pipe?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=snarfblat) and was then inspired to take my own. Maybe yo...By: Ruth in CraftsvilleContinue Reading »
  • Ariel's Dinglehopper

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    I'm almost embarrassed to post this. It's super simple, but it turns out so well and it's one of those things that other people might not think to do, I decided to share.How fun would these be as a party favor for a Little Mermaid party! You could easily add an alligator clip to the back to make a f...By: Ruth in CraftsvilleContinue Reading »
  • A Lapful of Scrap- a Lap Steel Guitar Made From Recycled Materials

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    The lap steel guitar has deep roots. The basic principal is simple- a string is stretched tight and a heavy, hard object is used to slide along the string while the string is plucked to produce sounds. An early ancestor was the diddly bo, an expedient rural folk instrument comprised of a wire stretc...By: Chuck StephensContinue Reading »
  • Beer Box Collectables

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:26 pm
    This is an Instructable on how to recycle the empty beer boxes many people throw away and transform it into a collectable you can show off to all your friends. While you must be 21 years old to drink the beer inside the cases, there is not an age requirement to take the empty box and transform it in...By: mniccollContinue Reading »
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  • Flip Machining on the DMS CNC Router

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    After thinking about the potential of 3-axis flip machining, I decided to construct a three-dimensional relief painting out of laminated plywood. This piece would be viewable from either side, and though the two sides would be related to one another, they wouldn't necessarily align. In this Instruct...By: Julie KumarContinue Reading »
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson Inspired Photography

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    This instructables will show you all you need to know about how to take a high quality Henri Cartier-Bresson inspired photograph. Supplies you will need:- A ggod quality camera (either point and shoot or a DSLR) - A photograph editing software (ex: Photoshop)Here we go! Taking the Photo... The f...By: Breanne_10 Continue Reading »
  • LED Backlight TV Trigger

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Having a light on the back side of the tv brings a lot of advantages, diminish the fatigue on the eyes when flipping channels and also when transition between dark and bright scenes, this two sceneries present itself when the only source of light is the tv screen.You can experiment this with a simpl...By: Engineer of NoneContinue Reading »
  • ISBBM: Integrated Smart Belt for Blind's Mobility

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    Globally, it is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that 40 to 45 million people are totally blind and 314 million have some kind of visual impairment. In Egypt, 800,000 suffer from blindness. It is estimated by 2020, all blind-related numbers will double. According to several studies, ...By: Ahmed Adel GomaaContinue Reading »
  • DIY functional Sonic Screwdriver

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Last Halloween my oldest son Colin dressed up as the Doctor from Doctor Who and I cobbled together a Sonic Screwdriver for him from bits of junk I scrounged up in the garage. Upon seeing the Sonic Screwdriver my youngest son Sam decided he absolutely had to have one. Sam however declared that his sc...By: HonusContinue Reading »
 
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    2 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Last Halloween my oldest son Colin dressed up as the Doctor from Doctor Who and I cobbled together a Sonic Screwdriver for him from bits of junk I scrounged up in the garage. Upon seeing the Sonic Screwdriver my youngest son Sam decided he absolutely had to have one. Sam however declared that his sc...By: HonusContinue Reading »
  • DIY Automatic Shower Timer

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:44 pm
    We've all been told to take 5 minute showers. However, do we really know how long our showers actually are?Here's a simple weekend project that is both fun and practical. This circuit uses an ATtiny85 chip that automatically starts a timer as soon as you close your shower door. When 5 minutes are up...By: GeckoDiodeContinue Reading »
  • Peltier Fan / Phone Charger

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Jean Charles Athanase Peltier a 30 year old watch dealer that decides to turn physicist. His experiments lead to the technology used in this project. Worth a good Wiki read. As a fellow 30 yr old tinker man I decided to give it a shot. Had been wanting to create air flow on top of my Rocket Mass He...By: Harlan WhitmanContinue Reading »
  • Power from trees!! And using this power to collect data form the environment.

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    It is very well known that when putting a copper and a zinc rod into a potato, a voltage can be measured across the two rods, that is how the potato clock works. However we can take this idea further using a tree. As a tree has a higher volume than a potato, more energy can be transferred from the z...By: robinoticsContinue Reading »
  • Repair Broken Sennheiser Headphones

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    After going through many pairs of in-ear/ear bud headphones, which are notoriously fragile and always seem to short out on the left side, I decided to switch to some full-size, over-ear headphones. After doing a lot of research, I settled on the Sennheiser HD202s. While they worked great for a time,...By: bbessette92Continue Reading »
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  • How to Find Lost Windows Product Key

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Everybody knows that product key is a must to reinstall or activate Windows. If you are ready to reinstall Windows but can't find your product key, things seem tricky. Actually, it's not. You still can retrieve it by some easy methods.The product key is stored in the Registry once Windows installati...By: mikelfothergillContinue Reading »
  • Estimating pi using programming

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Pi is a very illusive number that has puzzled and amazed mathematicians and scientists alike for generations. Being an irrational number we can never find out what it is exactly, so how do we use it. There are a number of ways to estimate pi by measuring the circumference of a circle and then dividi...By: 15monarchmContinue Reading »
  • Drawing with Light

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    To create a light drawing, a camera and tripod is necessary. You will need a room where you can turn the lights on and off. Lastly, you will need a light source such as a phone, flashlight, glow sticks, etc. Put the camera on manual mode. Tripod Place the camera on a tripod or a steady surfac...By: micmicjuaneContinue Reading »
  • Nestuino

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Based on Arduino DueInspired by NestFeature :Temperature and Humidity, Light Sensor,Smoke sensor, alarm, led, text indication and time display on LCD.Allow Bluetooth connection on Android device so you can read more detail and control an LED on the unit to on/off. LCD navigation buttons will give mo...By: AdiM3Continue Reading »
  • 3d Printer for Less Than $100 USD!!!

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    The future is now!!!! You can know build your own 3D-Printer for Less Than $100 USD!!!In this instructable I will show you how I built my 3d printer, The RepStrap.You build a repstrap in order to build a reprap! Plan Your Design. If you're planning on building a 3d Printer you've come to the righ...By: noober62Continue Reading »
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    Instructables: exploring - workshop - featured

  • Prototyping tutorial - patterns on fabrics

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    This Instructable will teach you how to make a linocut. You can use this technique to print patterns on fabrics. It's a low range prototyping technique to improve the looks of your clothes.Linocut is a printmaking technique. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a V-shaped knife. The parts ...By: SmeuldersTomContinue Reading »
  • Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    It seems like the moment you put down a screwdriver it disappears. You put it beside whatever you're working on, switch tools, and two minutes later when you need to switch back the screwdriver has jumped through a portal to another dimension. I hate misplacing tools, so I decided to come up with a ...By: M3GContinue Reading »
  • Super Simple, Single Blade Box (Finger) Joint Jig

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    I really wanted to create box joints on my table saw but I don't have the cash right now for a a Dado stack. (They are hard to come by in Australia) so I decided to make an accurate Single Blade Jig for my Table Saw. The results are great, perfect fitting box joints straight off of the tablesaw. I t...By: TheWoodfatherContinue Reading »
  • Sorry For Your ASH Getting Chewed

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:04 pm
    There was a lot of left over beaver chewed remnants in one of the areas I went to for firewood this fall. And looking at their busy work I had an inspiration for making a sort of award. Granted it is a bit punny but I thought I would give it a try and everyone who has seen it has really liked it. Ba...By: VygerContinue Reading »
  • Scrap Metal Coal Forge

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Thanks for checking out my first Instructable!I had made a forge/smelter recently, but it wasn't terribly easy to only heat up a specific part of the piece I was working on due to it being really tall. Look for that Instructable soon.I had tried using a metal fire pit as my forge, but didn't want t...By: TheSkreepyTinkerContinue Reading »
 
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  • Super Simple, Single Blade Box (Finger) Joint Jig

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    I really wanted to create box joints on my table saw but I don't have the cash right now for a a Dado stack. (They are hard to come by in Australia) so I decided to make an accurate Single Blade Jig for my Table Saw. The results are great, perfect fitting box joints straight off of the tablesaw. I t...By: TheWoodfatherContinue Reading »
  • Scrap Metal Coal Forge

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Thanks for checking out my first Instructable!I had made a forge/smelter recently, but it wasn't terribly easy to only heat up a specific part of the piece I was working on due to it being really tall. Look for that Instructable soon.I had tried using a metal fire pit as my forge, but didn't want t...By: TheSkreepyTinkerContinue Reading »
  • DIY: An Ultra portable Torch knife

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Hey guys! so its been a while since i've written an ible and i must say, its great to be back! Seems like there's a ton of great instructables recently popping out and i hope this one makes it to your list of favorites ;)Anyhow, here's a short read about how it was made..As i was working on my cotto...By: pocholox8Continue Reading »
  • Tire To Round Sofa Chair!

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    You've all seen tires transformed to ottomans, tables and stool. Well have you seen it transformed into a round sofa?? If not, YOU are about to see it now :-)."Guerilla design is all about taking existing objects and hacking/modding/refinishing them into something fresh and new" - well I rolled up m...By: shazniContinue Reading »
  • DIY vacuum bag on a budget

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    In this tutorial we will show you a relatively cheap way to use a vacuum bag technique.This tutorial is for a smartphone stand in laminated wood. Through pictures and direct guidelines you can follow along and make your own.Good luck! Getting your materials This is what you'll need:- Pair of scis...By: Djappe93Continue Reading »
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  • How To Stick Weld! Basic Guide

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Hello everyone, SubDude350 here, and today I'm gonna talk to you about Stick Welding. Specifically, how to Stick Weld. Now this is by no means a definitive guide, as I don't cover a lot. This is meant to get you a basis on how to start and on how to get you going. Now I'm not the best welder, but my...By: SubDude350Continue Reading »
  • Prototyping tutorial - patterns on fabrics

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    This Instructable will teach you how to make a linocut. You can use this technique to print patterns on fabrics. It's a low range prototyping technique to improve the looks of your clothes.Linocut is a printmaking technique. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a V-shaped knife. The parts ...By: SmeuldersTomContinue Reading »
  • KFC Go Cup Greenhouse

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Have you ever looked at garbage on your car floor and thought "hey, i could probably grow things in that"? Well i had that thought today looking at my husbands garbage on my cars floor from KFC. Perhaps you've heard of their Go Cups? Smart design to keep your different entrees apart from each other ...By: scourtoisContinue Reading »
  • Rustic Book Shelf or TV stand

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    My son designed and built this shelf to match a desk design which he built earlier (shown in last step). This is a simple design, easy to make and is relatively low cost (under $50). As with the desk, the design is very beefy and should hold up to any abuse you would like to throw at it. Also, the...By: mtairymdContinue Reading »
  • thermoforming instruktable

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    In this tutorial we will show you how to make a simple mask using the thermoforming technique.The full proces can be accomplished using the standart equipment you can find in your workshop. Materials & equipment Woodbasis- Woodplate 600 x 400 - width 30- panel saw- WoodgluePolyUrethaan foam sculp...By: IanenAdriaenContinue Reading »
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    Thrift Core

  • February Goal Updates: Learning, Simplifying, Letting Go, and Forging a New Path

    Van
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The theme of February is sheer disorganization and indecision. Abandoning one path and going an uncharted way is bone-chillingly terrifying. But coming out of Feb, I've clarified my path and decided on the steps to take for my new businesses to thrive.Packing for my herbalism teacher's workshop: bath/body goods and herbal tea blend from my line that I'm testing, wallet, change, schedule and notebook to stuff full of information and ideas.The biggest accomplishments were: (1) adding a bigger chunk back into my savings account (2) moving most of my merchandise out of southern Crossing…
  • Trippin' Down Memory Lane: A Celestial Would-Be Astronomer's Childhood Bedroom

    Van
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    [Bottom LEFT you'll see my Batmobile pillow! I gave it to my nephew later on.]I recently stumbled photos of my childhood bedroom in an ancient digital memory card. This was the room in my late teenage years. Looking back, the space is so tiny and compact. How did I fit four friends in for random sleepovers?! There's no Mid Century Modern in sight (which I liked at the time but didn't collect), but there's still...Transformers! I used to stay up until the early morning hours working on websites so you'll notice lots of ambient light pieces I enjoyed keeping on, sometimes until the sun came up.
  • What I'm Reading: Self-Improvement, Frugality, Anti-Consumerism, Style and...Smut

    Van
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    I'm a bibliophile that rarely reads, it's sad. This year I want to read my whole library and sell off most of it. I love having books, but I love minimalism and a clear, clutter-free space even more! There will always be more books at the library and exactly 1 trillion books at yard sales, so I feel no need to hold on the ones I have and rarely touch. In a rare moment when I find myself wanting to keep them I imagine myself carrying them up and down flights of stairs for another move and the desire disappears! Ha! Here's what I've polished off lately, for better or worse... Make it Mighty…
  • Mid Century Modern and Antiques on Display at the Museum of Science and History

    Van
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:16 pm
    It's fun to travel to exotic locations, but sometimes the things right in your own back yard offer just as many surprises. I live 8 minutes away from The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and haven't been back to explore it for years. AJ and I explored the large space to escape Thursday's icy breeze and will have much more to look at with the next visit, there was so much to read and see.It was painful but I left my SLR camera at home to give myself a "break" from it. I take product photos for clients, photos of my own merchandise, and photos for blog posts/personal use -every- single day.
  • Blogging Success Guides: Make a Living From Blogging, Getting Advertisers, and More

    Van
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    I sincerely believe everyone should have a blog. Even if you keep it private. Writing daily is a journey to self-discovery. I've been "blogging", making websites and writing for the web since I was in 6th grade and I'll never stop as long as the internet's around. This blog has allowed me to create a self-employed, flexible living situation. It's connected me with you, and other long-time close friends. Right now I've had to scale back on the amount of posts so I can switch careers and feel out my new direction, but I'm never out of ideas. I fill notebooks upon notebooks with articles.I'm…
 
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  • Half Wall Ideas with Artificial Stone Veneer

    Ryan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    With artificial stone veneer, making your half wall ideas come to life is an easy and fun DIY project.  You can turn an unattractive wall into a beautiful design element at your home or place of business, all at a low cost. While remodeling a half wall may sound overwhelming, it’s actually a very easy DIY project when you use artificial stone – there’s no heavy lifting or expert know-how required.  Before you know it, your unsightly or drab wall will have a gorgeous new look. A deck’s half wall gets a sophisticated upgrade with Windsor Slatestone panels When building a wall from…
  • Paneling for Walls: Before and After Photos

    Ryan
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Faux stone, rock, and brick paneling for walls offers a truly elegant style that will bring added comfort and appeal to any home.  The striking resemblance the panels have to the real thing is remarkable, and our customers continue to be amazed at the difference the look of real stone adds to their designs. While offering the visual and textural likeness of genuine stone, the panels are incredibly lightweight and very easy to install on a range of surfaces.  Thanks to their composition of highly durable polyurethane, they’ll never crack, split, chip or fade.  They’re also…
  • Textured Wall Panels: Benefits and Tips for Decorating

    Ryan
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Textured wall panels can be a wonderful way to create gorgeous interior designs, as well as exterior ones.  There are also many ways you can maximize the comforting effect of these panels, just by adding some creativity and a few simple elements.  With a bit of imagination, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create truly unique designs with these panels and a few accompanying elements.  The amount of visual interest and character you’ll be able to add to a space is remarkable. Regency Stacked Stone panels add rich character to this dining area. There are different types of textured…
  • How to Clean Polyurethane Panels

    Ryan
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Many of our customers have seen photos of stone and brick style polyurethane panels used as kitchen backsplashes, and wondered if they’d be hard to clean.  The good news is that they’re not.  In fact, cleaning them is very easy to do. Kitchen backsplash polyurethane panels look fabulous, and are easy to clean. Our panels have been used around the world to remodel kitchens, accent fireplace surrounds, create accent walls, and more.  Well-known for their weatherproof quality, they are also used widely for outdoor design projects.  Virtually maintenance-free, the robust polyurethane…
  • Wall Coverings, Bar Décor and More: Get Tropical with Artificial Bamboo

    Ryan
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Artificial bamboo is a stylish design element that evokes the laid back spirit of island life in the South Pacific as well as the real thing.  When used for wall coverings, it creates a sensation of warmth and ease, helping to reduce the stress of a long day. Artificial bamboo panels used on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition The panels can be used both indoors and outside.  Wherever the space, the mood created by bamboo is similar.  Easygoing and casual.  Whether it’s found on a tiki bar, in a restaurant, a backyard patio or a bedroom, the feeling created is always a welcoming one. Take a…
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    Home Improvement Blog – The Apron by The Home Depot

  • Whimsical Oversized DIY Picture Frame

    Natalie Dalpias
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    Natalie from The Creative Mom created this giant DIY picture frame for her husband as a Valentine’s Day gift. But this would be a terrific gift for just about any occasion: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday, or it could be a fun way to display a large photo at a wedding reception. Natalie says it took her only one afternoon to put this together. You can whip this up for your home or as a gift in no time. Just follow Natalie’s step-by-step instructions.      Supplies For This DIY Picture Frame Project (1) 4 ft. x 8 ft. sheet ¼ in. Sanded Plywood…
  • How to Make a No-Sew Canvas Drop Cloth Pillow Cover

    Katrina Sullivan
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    This painted canvas drop cloth pillow cover is so cute and so easy to make. Katrina Sullivan of Chic Little House created it to decorate her home for Valentine’s Day. But you can paint your own design on the pillow cover to celebrate any holiday or to match any decor. After creating this pillow, you may find yourself totally hooked on canvas drop cloth projects! Just follow Katrina’s instructions for your own no-sew drop cloth pillow cover.    I have a house full of boys and don’t often get to decorate my home using shades of pink; lately pink has been holding a special…
  • New Ways to Use Decorative Hooks from Young House Love

    John & Sherry
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Best selling authors John and Sherry of Young House Love have a new line of  decorative hooks you can only find at The Home Depot. They initially conceived of these Young House Love home storage hooks as picture hangers, but they can also work just as well as wall hooks and cabinet or furniture hardware. So whether you choose to hang a frame from one, add a few for coat hooks near the door, or replace some furniture pulls, these knobs and hooks can provide a decor update that should only take you a couple of minutes to complete. Here, John and Sherry show us three ways they’re using…
  • Easy DIY: How to Make a Decorative Crown Moulding Hook Rail

    Home Depot Staff
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This is such an easy DIY project that’s practical and attractive, too. This DIY crown moulding hook rail uses simple materials easily found at The Home Depot. We’ll show you the materials we used to create this, but you can easily modify it to fit the decor of your mudroom, entryway or where ever you plan to hang this decorative coat hook. The possibilities are endless. Depending on the crown moulding, hooks and paint you choose, you could make this for decor styles ranging from rustic or shabby chic to transitional or modern.  Just follow the step-by-step instructions to make…
  • Room Makeover: Space-Saving Baby’s Room and Craft Room Combo

    Amber Kemp-Gerstel
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Making the most of a small space is important if you live in a condominium or apartment. We’ve seen how Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love turned her tiny balcony into a versatile, comfortable outdoor space. Now she shows us her craft room, which she needed to turn into a combination craft room and baby’s room (for little Markus). Wait. A craft room AND a baby’s room? Yep. This room makeover creates a combo space for a baby and for crafting. As you’ll see Amber makes it work beautifully. Along the way she shares mini tutorials on how to hang a gallery wall, a super…
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    Home Improvement Articles from Networx

  • Fix HVAC Leaks Where It Counts Most

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:19 pm
      You've probably heard plenty about how to maximize your HVAC system by repairing air leaks. This is indeed sound advice, in terms of both reducing your carbon footprint and saving money on your utility bills. However, if you are like many homeowners these days, you have only a limited amount of time to devote to home upkeep.  See full article.
  • What a Home Handyman Can Do for You

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:12 am
      Handymen are a great help to the average homeowner. They are usually capable of handling a variety of tasks so you can ask them to take care of several items in the same visit. What’s more, once you find a reliable handyman, you will tend to build a relationship of sorts.  See full article.
  • 4 Important Facts about Bathroom Exhaust Fans

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
      A well-functioning exhaust fan is a bathroom essential. It protects your bathroom from excess humidity which would otherwise lead to unpleasant odors and unhealthy mold growth. To get the best performance out of your bathroom exhaust fan (also known as a ventilating or extractor fan), you’ll need to learn the right way to select, install, and maintain it.  See full article.
  • Restoring Your Home after a Storm

    22 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
      Anyone whose home has ever been hit by a ferocious rain shower, hail storm, or snow fall, or felt the impact of a hurricane, knows the havoc these forces of nature can wreak. In the midst of a bout of fierce weather, the focus is on human survival, but after the storm has passed, it’s time to restore and repair your property.  See full article.
  • Sump Pump: Install, Maintain and Troubleshoot

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:47 am
      It’s good to know that your sump pump is there when you need it, even if that may be only once every ten years. In case of flood, a sump pump will get the unwanted water out of your basement – which is important in order to protect valuables and sentimental items in your downstairs storage room, office, or living space.  See full article.
 
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  • How to Install a Fireplace Mantel

    Ryan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    In this post, we’ll show you how to install a fireplace mantel using the variety of mantel shelves we offer.   Below are basic installation instructions for our line of faux and real wood mantels. Learning how to install a fireplace mantel is easy for any homeowner How to Install Faux Wood Mantels Available in custom sizing, and in a range of attractive textures, colors, and finishes, you’ll easily find a style that suits your design preferences. Just mount a 2 x 4 on your wall. When you’re installing mantelpieces less than 6″ high, you’ll need to cut down the 2 x 4 so…
  • DIY Interior Design with Imitation Wood: Before and After Photos

    Ryan
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Ideal for DIY interior design, imitation wood beams are a great way to significantly upgrade the décor of any room.  Thanks to their remarkable resemblance to real wood, they enhance ceiling designs beautifully.  In the process, they give rooms the coziness and warmth of real wood, without the added weight and expense. Crafted from molds made of actual beams, they have a highly realistic texture and appearance.  At the same time, they weigh a fraction of real wood.  This means you won’t need to worry about having to hire professional installers or heavy equipment to lift them. …
  • Log Siding: Get the Look of a Real Log Cabin Home without the Headaches

    Ryan
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    There are plenty of reasons that it’s nice to live in an old log cabin home.  It feels good to live in a log siding structure with so much history.  These kinds of homes tend to be less expensive than moving into a modern house, as well.  They also provide a greater sense of comfort and warmth.  These kinds of homes do present a good number of difficulties, though.  Below are some problems that commonly occur with real log homes. Old log homes have plenty of charm, but also plenty of problems. Because wood contracts and expands with the weather, the chinks between the logs can crack. …
  • Add Charm with Decorative Beam Straps

    Ryan
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    While our faux wood beams have a strikingly realistic look all on their own, decorative beam straps give them an even more impressive appearance for your designs.  Resembling genuine steel, and available with or without fake bolts and nut heads, these straps, plates and hangers provide the illusion of structural beam hardware Decorative beam straps are a great way to add a rustic look to mantel designs. Traditionally, real wood beams need to be joined with steel straps or hangers, in order for their connection to be secured.  Although artificial beams don’t require this kind of…
  • Want an Exposed Beam Ceiling? 10 Reasons You Should Go Faux

    Ryan
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Faux wood beams are a fabulous way to give your home’s interior the look of an exposed beam ceiling.  They accentuate any room’s décor, and add comfort and elegance.  Below, we’ll look at ten reasons these kinds of beams are the way to go. An exposed beam ceiling look is easy to create with faux beams. 1.They’re cost-effective:Real wood beams, particularly ones that are aged and distressed, can be prohibitively expensive.  For a fraction of the price, faux beams give you the same attractive look. 2. They’re sophisticated: From rustic Tuscany to Rough Hewn timber, there are…
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    Hackaday

  • Nixie inspired 7 segment display

    Anool Mahidharia
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The supply of Nixie tubes from east European stock piles is still enough to keep their prices down. But once those start dwindling, prices will move north. Besides, if you want to use them, you need to work with high voltage supplies and worry about not getting zapped while trying to debug a circuit. [FilleK] had some time to spare and decided to build a cheaper substitute for a real nixie tube using a regular 7 segment LED display. We have already seen this hack before, in the Arduino-based ENIGMA replica. But [FilleK] improved on that by adding an extra LED to simulate the radiant glow…
  • Hard Drive… Speakers?

    James Hobson
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Speakers really aren’t that complex to make. In fact, if you’re clever about it, you can make a speaker out of just about anything. [Afroman] is kicking it old school with a hack he first did back in 2001, but now, in video form: Make your own HDD Speaker! All you need is an old hard drive you don’t care about anymore, a bit of flexible wire, and an externally powered amplifier (no your cellphone will not work!). If you don’t have an amp, [Afroman] even has a tutorial so you can build your own Class D Amplifier on a breadboard! First off you’ll need to crack open…
  • Introducing the Solder Sucker 9000

    James Hobson
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Using a regular plunger style solder sucker is tedious at best, and usually not that effective. If you’re trying to salvage components off a PCB, sometimes it can take longer than it’s worth to do — short of reflowing the entire board that is! But what if you had something to desolder individual components faster? After getting fed up with his cheap plunger-based solder sucker, [electro1622] decided to try a different tactic. He reuses components from old PCBs all the time, so he tried something a bit unorthodox to remove them. Compressed air. Now let’s just preface…
  • X-Carve, The Logical Upgrade To A Shapeoko

    Brian Benchoff
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    When it comes to small CNC carving machines for hackerspaces and extremely well-equipped garages, the Shapeoko, or something like it, has been the default machine. It’s dead simple – a Dremel attached to linear rails – and is useful for everything from milling PCBs to routing complex woodworking project to plotting designs with a pen. Now, [Bart Dring], the guy behind the Buildlog.net lasers and Inventables have teamed up to create the next generation of carving machines. It’s called the X-Carve, and while it’s fully compatible with the Shapeoko 2, it adds a few…
  • Retrotechtacular: Crystals Go to War

    Kristina Panos
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    More than one of our readers suggested we highlight this beautifully-shot process documentary about the laborious and precise manufacturing of piezoelectric quartz crystals in the early 1940s. Just a few years later, Bell Labs would perfect a method of growing synthetic crystals, sending droves of brave men and daintily-handed women from the Reeves Sound Laboratories to the unemployment line. Early radio equipment relied upon tuned or L-C circuits for clocking. These were prone to drift by a few kHz, which prompted the use of crystal oscillators for stable frequencies in the 1920s. The…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Low Sudsing Detergent - Myth Busted - It Can Work Just As Well

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Have you noticed that your laundry detergent doesn't make as many suds in your washing machine these days as it used to? This phenomenon is happening in both top and front loading machines, and many people have taken this as a bad sign, because suds equal cleaning power, doesn't it? I've explored this issue in this article to clear up a very common misconception about what suds mean about the laundry detergent you use. After all, the more you know . . .
  • Tips For Removing Blood Stains From Fabric & Clothing

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Accidents happen. When they do here's over 10 home remedies and tips for removing blood stains from clothes and fabric. What's your go to method for removing these stubborn stains?
  • Gain Apple Mango Tango Detergent Reviews

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Gain laundry detergent is known for its scents, and one of the most iconic is Apple Mango Tango. It's such a popular scent, in fact, that there are all kinds of spin off products that also use the scent beside just laundry products now. So here's reviews of the detergent from readers, some of whom love it, and others, not so much. Where do you fall on this great debate?
  • Snuggle Scent Boosters Reviews {Including Allergic Reactions}

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Have you tried Snuggle's newest product, the Snuggle Scent Booster pacs? Don't be confused by the name, these are not fabric softener at all, but instead just add extra scent to your laundry. I've only gotten a couple of reviews of this product so far but it seems to be following the same trend as many of these add-scent products -- it can cause allergic reactions. Find out more here, and tell me your own experiences with these pacs as well.
  • How To Descale An Electric Tea Kettle To Remove Hard Water Buildup

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    It's so cold outside I've been making all kinds of hot beverages, but you know when you boil water in anything over time you get hard water build up and lime scale, especially if you've got hard water in your area. When using an electric kettle that scale can actually make it take longer to heat your water, and also causes undue wear and tear on your kettle. Here's a simple and easy way to descale your electric kettle using natural ingredients that you can do today!
 
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    alure.com

  • 4 benefits of installing a kitchen island

    Salvatore Ferro
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:32 am
    Kitchen islands are a great way to add functionality and versatility to your dining area. Their sleek design and added storage potential make them a popular request in many homes. In fact, Christina Piekut, custom kitchen and bathroom interior designer at Alure Home Improvements, noted that 7 out of 10 customers will request a layout with an island when undergoing a kitchen remodel. She went on to explain all of the benefits of installing one in your new kitchen. "A kitchen island creates a beautiful centerpiece for your kitchen." 1. Add contrast to your kitchen Aside from…
  • How to prepare for a bathroom renovation

    Gina Bonura
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    Any kind of remodel project requires patience and flexibility on the homeowner's part. Since the bathroom is such a vital part of your home, a bathroom renovation takes a special level of preparation. Billy Coen, 10 day kitchen and 5 day bathroom specialist at Alure Home Improvements, explained what you need to do before the remodel. "If you have multiple bathrooms, it makes the project slightly less impactful." Bathroom usage If there are multiple bathrooms in your home, it makes the project slightly less impactful. While the improvements are being made to one, your family can…
  • Kitchen designer Teressa Rose talks about what’s trending

    Gina Bonura
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Kitchens are some of the most popular spaces to remodel or renovate in homes. People often want to update this space to get rid of an outdated color scheme or improve its function with modern appliances.  It's Alure Home Improvements kitchen designer Teressa Rose's job to help her clients improve their kitchens in a way that optimizes and customizes the room while still taking advantage of some of the newest trends in kitchen design. In an interview, Rose discussed what's trending in kitchen design and how clients can take advantage of it. How has kitchen design…
  • 5 tips for sticking to your budget during a bathroom renovation

    Gina Bonura
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    A new bathroom can help improve functionality and increase the value of your home. It can also just make you more excited to start your day. However, this kind of renovation can get quite expensive depending on which changes or new installations you're looking to include. "Including all of the bells and whistles will quickly increase the cost of your project," said Ron Marder, kitchen and bathroom designer at Alure Home Improvements. Marder shared some insight to help you decide which of those additions are unnecessary and which are vital to your bathroom remodel.
  • 4 factors to consider before adding a second floor to your home

    Salvatore Ferro
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:04 pm
    If you currently live in a one-story home, you've probably contemplated undergoing an expansion project. According to James Quinn, construction consultant at Alure Home Improvements, most homeowners living in a ranch or cape style home will eventually consider adding another level. It's more convenient than putting your house on the market and searching for a new home, and it's also not as time-consuming as you might think. In fact, because this kind of alteration doesn't require work to the home's foundation, it's simpler than some other forms of expansions, and…
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    Violet LeBeaux - Free Cute Craft and Beauty Tutorials

  • Creative Market!

    Violet
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    So if you follow me on social media you will probably know that I recently crossed off something from my life goals list: opening an art shop again!Click here to visit my store!So, this isn’t so much a regular art shop, but somewhere you can buy fonts and kits of graphics that I’ve made. You can use them for your blogs, shops, websites, or anything else you like!If you buy something, I would love to showcase how you use it! Creative Market is also full of other artists who have amazing work available there so make sure to take a look whether you’re a graphic designer or…
  • Changing Seasons

    Violet
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Well I couldn’t find my shots from Christmas/Billy Idol Day… so this week will be all about Melbourne’s different seasons.Most of you guys are overseas and I get a lot of questions about the seasons here. Probably because I talk about them like they are exciting… which they are to me because I grew up in North Queensland which only has 2 seasons: hot and slightly less hot. Growing up there, seasons were something you saw on American tv and I don’t think I really saw trees dropping their leaves until a few years ago!Melbourne has 4 really distinct seasons.Winter…
  • DIY Comfy Crochet Hook

    Violet
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    After the amigurumi project I posted about earlier in the week, I was on the hunt to find a way to make using a thin crochet hook more comfortable for long periods of time. You can buy fancy special hooks which have thicker grips etc but I didn’t want to just throw out all the hooks I already had…The edges on the grip part on the hook that came with the kit were razor sharp!To begin with I wrapped it in some fabric tape which solved the sharp edges but not really the fact that it can be painful to hold over long periods of time because of the width. Needle felting to the rescue!
  • Amigurumi Dog

    Violet
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Morning! Another week, another busy day. I’m dreading the rest of February and March at the moment because it’s going to be so busy :( I have an Easter mini break to look forward to though so that’s something!Almost all of the crafts I’ve been doing lately have been yarn related. I’m falling further and further into the world of yarn and every time I try one thing I want to try another harder step.So amigurumi!Kim gave me this little kit from Japan after she decided to take a crochet break. I say break because I’m convinced one day I’ll get her back…
  • Sailor Moon Halloween Outfit

    Violet
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:40 pm
    I had to get up at 4:30am this morning for a conference skype so I don’t think I’m quite running on all cylinders today… Ahaha Halloween photos… next week we’ll have Christmas!I think you can guess who I was for last Halloween… I had 2 costumes, this version was my half arsed one which I pulled out of my closet:Jacket: Angelic Pretty Skirt: Supre Scarf: Tie shop And the Celina let me borrow her proper awesome proper uniform! She made it herself, SO COOL!As per usual, I was in charge of decorations and James was in charge of food. Halloween really…
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    Nexus 21

  • Nexus 21 Precision Lift-Column Technology is Now Available in EMEA

    Nexus 21
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Check out the press release announcing our partnership with World Marketing Associates. We are very excited to be teaming up with WMA to bring our lifts to even more consumers throughout Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and Africa.   Nexus 21 Precision Lift-Column Technology is Now Available in EMEA Debuting at ISE 2015   Amsterdam NL (10 February, 2015) – EMEA’s residential and commercial audiovisual (AV) Integrators now have ready-access to the industry’s quietest and most reliable TV lift and concealment mechanisms in the world. Nexus 21, the leader in…
  • New Year, New TV, New Furniture!

    Nexus 21
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    If one of your gifts this year was a new TV, you are probably very happy! 2014 saw huge leaps in the TV industry, with TVs getting even bigger and better, and costs are finally beginning to drop. Whether you were presented with a new flat screen as a gift, or bought one for yourself, you’ll need a place to put your new TV. Older entertainment centers take up a lot of space, and wall mounts can become outdated and may not be well suited to a newer, larger TV. TV lifts can be the answer. They allow you to keep your TV out of the way when not in use, then bring it out with the click of a…
  • Travel in Style and Comfort with TV Lifts

    Nexus 21
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
    A luxury bus can make a long road trip a lot more comfortable. The seats have more cushion and more leg room. The ride is smoother. The air isn’t as stagnant. Overall, a luxury bus beats a regular Greyhound hands down, and is far more comfortable and classy than piling into a decrepit station wagon. A luxury bus with a TV screen in the custom coach takes the experience from comfortable to enjoyable! No more trying to watch a video on your tablet or laptop. No more spending pointless hours with Angry Birds and those miserable little green pigs that foil you at every turn. Instead, you can…
  • Make Waves with your TV Lift!

    Nexus 21
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Want to really make a splash on the lake next summer? If you are having a custom watercraft built, why not go all the way and have a TV lift built into the deck? You’ll be amazed at how safe and secure your TV will be, carefully sealed away while you are zooming across the surface of the water. When you decide to stop and relax, your TV will slide neatly up into view. You can stock a few good DVDs, hook up a wireless connection and more! The installation is simple. Just select the correct lift for the size TV you want, make sure it will fit into the space available, and have your builder…
  • DIY TV Lift Ideas – In the Bedroom

    Nexus 21
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Looking for a way to spice up the bedroom? No, we aren’t talking about adding handcuffs and blindfolds, “50 Shades” style. We are just talking about adding a TV lift! Many bedrooms make it hard to cram in a bedroom suite and an entertainment center – and you usually end up having to balance your television on a dresser or bureau top. What if there was a better way? Fortunately, in an age of TV lifts, a multitude of possibilities abound. You can install a TV lift in several places: In the ceiling. With a swivel lift, you can aim the drop-down TV at the bed, a chaise lounge, or your…
 
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • Custom Builder Margins 26 Percent in 2015

    armchairbuilder
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    One of the more frequent questions asked by people that are thinking of taking on the general contractor role for their new dream home is, “What is the potential savings if I go through all the trouble of managing the building process myself?”  It’s a great question that is never easy to answer.  After all, [...]
  • Home Plans, Owner Builder Needs

    armchairbuilder
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:17 pm
    How often do you hear…It all starts with the foundation? Actually, it all really begins with the home plans.  A good, complete set of home plans can save you a boat load of headaches on your project.  As an owner-builder, you have many options when it comes to home plans.   From pre-designed stock plans to a custom [...]
  • Cost to Build a Home

    armchairbuilder
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Is there an easy way to determine the cost to build a home?  The National Association of Home Builders periodically surveys professional builders to find out what it costs them to build a home.  This survey gives average house costs for new single family homes constructed across different states in the U.S.  The numbers are [...]
  • Replacement of Sewers by Pipe Bursting Method

    armchairbuilder
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    If you’ve ever had problems with your house sewer lateral (the pipe that runs from the house to the street), you know how frustrating things can get.  A simple obstruction within the sewer line can cause backups into the home which can cause a huge mess.  On top of that, the bathrooms, showers and kitchen [...]
  • Repairing Shower Leaks

    armchairbuilder
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Shower leaks can be a tremendous headache for homeowners.  Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a new shower to find water leaking through the new surfaces which can cause major damage over time and possibly even mold.  Here is a recent reader question who has this problem and wanted some guidance on diagnosing and repairing [...]
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Tuesday Garden Party 3.03.15

    Jami
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    I can’t believe it’s March – here’s hoping spring really comes this month for you all still under cold and snow! We did get a bout of rain and mountain snow, but the temperatures stayed pretty mild. I always think of March as when I’ve really gotta get my gardening ducks-in-a-row, you know? Is it […] The post Tuesday Garden Party 3.03.15 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…
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    Our Toronto Life

  • What To Order at Shiso Tree Cafe

    Our Toronto Life
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Cy takes after his mom – looks, organization, creativity, and his love for classic rock and guitars. Both of them have cool looking glasses too. Last week, she visited us and new baby D!  With the frigid temps, we haven’t really gone out (plus, I was house bound by Chinese tradition – no going out for 30 days post baby’s birth). Jail time was over, and we decided to go out to eat in Japan Town’s Shiso Tree Cafe. We shared a bunch of dishes (family style of course), and here are the verdicts: Verdict: Order this, it’s like a fancy Japanese Caesar salad.
  • Secret Weapon Brownies + Enter to Win a Trip to Spain (Yay)!

    Our Toronto Life
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    I’ve always been the world’s slowest eater according to family and friends. I take tiny bites to draw out the time that I spend with a really good chocolate cake. I distract myself by chatting and forgetting that I have to eat even if it’s delicious dim sum. I sometimes pick at my bento boxes and eat the good parts (ie. not the rice) then slowly eat the not-so-good parts (ie. the rice). Then, D came along. He is the boss, and he won’t put up with my slow-eating habit. In fact, cooking and baking has to be done in ultra speed too. So during the holidays, any baking…
  • Our baby is here!

    Our Toronto Life
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Little D made his way into the world on December 11th! Things are settling down at home, and it is a huge help to have my mom from Vancouver here with us. So far, the little guy is finally sleeping ok, eating well, pooping the stinky diapers, and loving his YouTube playlist including Baby Beluga and Elmo’s song.
  • We are having a baby!

    Our Toronto Life
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    It’s been awhile, I know. The last 9 months, I’ve been growing this baby bump. Cy and I are expecting a boy later this month. We are a mixed bag of excited, scared and farts. Did you know? Pregnant women fart more and sometimes they smell like funny eggs. OUR FAQ How do you feel? Pretty good. No morning sickness, and now it feels like there is a bowling ball in my tummy. Do you have any cravings? No, how boring! Have you finished the nursery? We are now! We turned the office into a nursery. Out went the desks, and in went the crib, change table, baby stuff and a forest curtain…
  • Judy and Cyrus Eat Poutine in Montreal

    Our Toronto Life
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Poutine has this special little spot in my heart. There are only good memories that came served fries, cheese curds and gravy. Friendship Poutine One of my best friends, Pia, loves poutine as much as me. When we have a serious catch up, I’d message her on the way to her place and ask, “what do you want?” She almost always says poutine, and I’m glad. So, I call it friendship poutine. Ottawa When Cy lived in Vancouver and I lived in Toronto, he had a work trip in Kingston. It was perfect meeting place to start a mini trip to Ottawa together. It was in the middle of…
 
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    U me and the kids

  • Retro Blog Post’s Link-Up

    rachelhirst
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    U me and the kids Oh what a busy week it was last week, it’s that time again our #RetroBlogPosts link up week 2 is now live. Each week you are more than welcome to add any old post to our linky and breath a little new life into your older posts. Your posts don’t have to be too old they could have been released last week, month or years ago,it’s just a great way to have your posts seen again. All post’s and topics are most welcome, we all have posts that we love in our archives so link them up! This week the Retro post I am sharing is about the topic of Cyberbullying, which should…
  • Happy 30th Anniversary Sylvanian Families

    rachelhirst
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    U me and the kids Sylvanian Families – the collectible toy range which uses woodland animals and dolls houses to inspire a child’s imagination and teach them about nature and family relationships – is marking its 30th anniversary in 2015. As a child of the 80’s, I grew up playing with and I was an avid collector of Sylvanian families. My sister and I used to collect the figures in their little families and decorate their homes with all the little detailed accessories that made playing with your Sylvanian families such fun. I can remember my little sister collecting countless amounts…
  • How to make a Beautiful Mother’s Day card with Competition

    rachelhirst
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    U me and the kids How to make a Mother’s Day card with Stampin’ Up UK Mothers day is only a couple of weeks away so it is time to think about getting your Mum or a special lady the perfect card. Forget store bought cards, homemade cards are extremely popular, no matter how crafty you are,mums always appreciate the thought and effort that goes into a homemade mothers day card. I still have the very first card that both my boys made me at nursery. Stampin’ UP UK have put together a step by step guide to create a rather magnificent looking card for you to make at home for your Mum…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Ribbon Tied Wreath

    Cheri Mortimer
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s the season of crisp green and glittery gold, rainbows and great big pots of gold. Oh, and of course the cute little guys with full beards and cool hats. Yep…you guessed it, it is St. Patrick’s season and today Cherie is sharing a super fun and festive wreath inspired by nothing but green shamrocks, […]
  • Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party #4

    The Ribbon Retreat
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    How many of you feel one of our awesome Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party is way overdue? All in favor say “I”!!! I am definitely shouting, from the top of my lungs…”I”, “I”, “I”! I am so ready to celebrate you and you and you and the amazing bows that you have been making since our […]
  • Vintage Ribbon and Chain Wrap Bracelet

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I am so happy, thrilled, elated and so many other synonyms of absolutely excited to have the crazy talented and incredibly sweet Bev from Flamingo Toes here today. If you aren’t familiar with this wonderful lady, you should become so. I am always so inspired by her innovative and gorgeous creations and today’s project is […]
  • Ruffle Ribbon Flower, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:23 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday! It is sometimes said that “diamonds are a girls best friend,” but I think it is also just as fitting to say that ruffles are a girls best friend…wouldn’t you agree? Maybe they aren’t your best friend, but I bet your little sweetheart would say that she is sure fond of […]
  • Ribbon Crown Tutorial

    Cheri Mortimer
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    A princess wardrobe is never complete without a royal crown sitting proudly atop their precious little head? Today, Cherie is sharing a gorgeous Ribbon Crown that is perfect for your highness and for completing her royal wardrobe. This crown is embellished with lovely gems and pretty glittery ribbon. Create this fun royal accessory for your […]
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    Get Your Tips

  • How to Add Custom Fonts in Gmail

    author
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:45 am
    Can you to add more fonts in Gmail? Technically, the answer is NO but if luckily, there’s a small work-around to use different fonts to Gmail. Gmail is arguably the most popular email client we use for our day today communications today. Google is always hard at work, making every effort to improve the experience of their users. Therefore, the teams at Gmail constantly keep adding some or the other features to their email service in order to make it even more interesting and user-friendly for their users. For those of us who are savvier than others, we tend to dig deeper into the features…
  • How to Decorate Your Bedroom on a Budget

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

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

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

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

  • Spring Lawnmower Maintenance Tips

    lbelding
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    1. Change Your Oil Just like the car you drive needs an oil change every 3 months or so, your lawnmower can use an oil change every season. This is necessary to be certain your equipment is taken care of properly along with ensuring it’s longevity. 2. Replace Spark Plugs Spark plugs would be the second thing you need to make sure are replaced every season. While it’s true you may be able to get more use out of them after a season, the likelihood of damages and costly repairs drastically increases. 3. Replace Your Air Filter Replacing your air filter is also a necessary yearly…
  • Snowblower Safety Tips (The Full List)

    lbelding
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Being safe around a snowblower is a no-brainer. The only issue is sometimes your choices for clothing (or lack thereof) along with safety gear could be putting more in harm’s way. Not only that, but the common-sense tips are also equally as vital to have down pat. Safety Gear Safety gear should be a top concern. Make sure you are protecting your eyes, ears, everything! Simple things you need but most over-looked are goggles, earbuds & slip-proof boots. Winter Wear It is definitely a good idea to wear a warm jacket, gloves, but hold on there. If you are thinking about a scarf, think…
  • 3 Snowblower Safety Tips You Must Know

    lbelding
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Snowblowers are supposed to protect you from pains and soreness, not cause them. That’s why this year (which is already looking to be a record year for snowblower sales) you need to be on top of the most common safety risks when operating or being around a snowblower. 1. Snowblower Jams One of the most typical risks of a snowblower, never use your hand to unclog it. Gloves will not help and hundreds of injuries a year happen because of this mistake. Instead, use the end of a rake or the end of a broom handle. The augers will remain engaged after the handle is released so don’t…
  • Best Gas Leaf Blowers of 2014

    lbelding
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Calling something the “best” is extremely relative. Your big thing might be price or weight whereas someone else may only car about cc amount and power. That being said, when shopping for your ideal gas-powered leaf blower it helps to have the advice of professionals at your side. Our customers consist of professionals and homeowners alike, making this list a reference for anyone on the market for a gas-powered leaf blower. Best Handheld Leaf Blowers Stihl BG86 Handheld Leaf Blower This blower wins big in one way, power. With a 27.2 cc power potential & air velocity that…
  • How To Grow Garlic Without Replanting Every Year

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

  • Hearts Series, Episode 1: Grains 101

    Jeff
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    Video Transcription Howdy folks, I’m Jeff from Moonshine Distiller and welcome to our Hearts series. In this episode we’ll be discussing the difference between several different types of grains. As you get started with all-grain distilling, you’ll notice there is two main types of grains available: malted grains like these two on the left here, and non-malted grains like these three on the right here. Malted grains are germinated by the maltsters and they’re dried out right before they start to sprout. This gives them a higher enzyme content which allows them to…
  • Heads Series, Episode 10: Carbon Filtering

    Jeff
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Video Transcription Howdy folks, I’m Jeff from Moonshine Distiller, and welcome back to the final episode of our Heads series. In this episode, we’re going to be going over our carbon filter unit. The unit itself is comprised of this hopper style funnel (which actually can be turned over and double as a domed lid for your boiler), the clamp and gasket that hold the funnel to the filter tube, and a 24″ stainless steel filter tube. So, take your activated carbon. 1.5 pounds, which is the quantity we sell it in, should be just about enough to fill this 24 inch tube. Put it in a…
  • Heads Series, Episode 9: How To Run a Dual-Purpose Reflux Still

    Jeff
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Oops, I screwed it up! Just before the 2 minute mark, I mention that the more volatile stuff ends up at the top of the tower where it is hottest and the less volatile stuff ends up at the bottom of the tower where it is coolest. I got it right about the volatiles, but the top of the tower is coolest and the bottom of the tower is hottest. Please forgive me! Video Transcription Howdy folks, I’m Jeff at Moonshine Distiller, and we’re back for one final Heads episode. Now that you’ve figured out what kind of still you want (which I am sure is a Moonshine Distiller reflux still,…
  • Heads Series, Episode 8: Turbo Mash

    Jeff
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Video Transcription Howdy folks, and welcome back for another Heads episode. In this episode we are going to be discussing the turbo yeast mash. While there is a lot of bad rep around turbo yeast, we definitely recommend starting this way for new distillers. It’s so easy, and it’s super cheap, so you can really get the process under your belt with a couple batches without really breaking the bank. And to be honest, I still use turbo yeast mashes, especially when I am doing something like using one of my essences. Turbo yeast mashes are really pretty simple. You just mix sugar with…
  • Heads Series, Episode 7: Heating options

    Jeff
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Video Transcription Howdy folks, welcome back to another Heads episode. In this episode we’ll be discussing the different heating options you have for your still. There’s two main heating options, propane or electric. You can see the propane turkey fryer burner here on your right, and the electric options here on the left. The turkey fryer burner is the way most people go to begin with, because it’s a lot cheaper to get set up. The burner itself is $50-70 depending upon where you get it from, and propane is readily available at any grocery store. To get started with…
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    Oz DIY Handyman

  • A foolproof guide to DIY renovations

    Steve Sagovac
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    If you feel that your home needs a fresh look, DIY renovations offer a budget-friendly way for you to achieve this goal. However, doing a renovation without the help of a contractor can be a difficult and frustrating process if you’re not properly prepared. Here are some valuable tips for getting ready before you take on a big project. As with any decision that requires a large cash investment, you should consult with a professional to keep your project within your budget. Make a List of Annoyances This sounds like an odd way to start your DIY project, but listing every annoyance about…
  • How to Start your own DIY Blog in Under 10 minutes

    Steve Sagovac
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Are you a handyman or handywoman? Why not share your DIY adventures online. Maybe even generate some extra passive income. Starting your own DIY blog is a lot easier than you might think. All you need to do is talk about what you are up to, what projects you are working on or even just use your blog to share online resources that you like to use and read. I started this blog back in 2007 as a test to see what this whole blogging thing was about. There are times I write a lot and there are times I disappear completely for a while. I have been offered products to write reviews about and I have…
  • Ozito Electric Planer Review – PLR-2000

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    The Ozito PLR-2000 Electric Planer When it comes to the woodworking tools you keep in your workshop, an electric planer is one of those power tools that you definitely need to have around for most DIY woodworking projects. In saying that I never had one of my own, until now. I bought myself the Ozito PLR-2000 Electric Planer, that has a decent sized 400W motor that is ample power for small to medium planing jobs. Why did I choose the Ozito Electric Planer There are a few reasons for my decision to buy an Ozito Power Tool from Bunnings Hardware. The 2 biggest reasons being it’s…
  • How to Build Wood Pallet Furniture Projects

    Steve Sagovac
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Using recycled material to build furniture isn’t a new concept by any means, But with the seemingly endless availability of wood pallets, the DIY Wood Pallet Furniture craze has gained an incredible amount of interest in recent years. I personally have only recently started using recycled wood from pallets and packing crates for furniture, and have been on a constant look out for resources and inspiration. Here are some of the wood pallet furniture resources that I have found in my recent searches. Wood Pallet Furniture Resources Wood Pallet Project Books Here are 3 of the most recent…
  • How to Build a DIY Workbench

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

    Koen Goeminne
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    You know what they say, once everything is sanded down you’re ready for the finishing touches. And since we did such a great job on making sure the walls and ceiling were as smooth as a baby’s behind, we were ready… for some paint! Let’s hear that music (yeah, it looks like she’s either eating or blowing a bulb):   First things first. After all that sanding action we ended the mudding with, I made sure the walls and ceiling were as dust-free as possible. I first went over them with a soft brush, to get the most of it off already, and then went over…
  • Making an old phone ring

    Koen Goeminne
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    It’s that time of the year again. That time were you don’t get anything done. That time were time flies and you can’t stop it. But you know why. It’s play-time. And in this year’s play, we need a phone to ring. Now for authenticity, it’s a lot cooler if that ring actually comes from somewhere on scene and not from the speakers. But for that to work, we need a phone on scene which we can control remotely. Preferably an older model, for its characteristic ring. So that’s what we did. After doing some research, I found out that the bell ring on an old…
  • And then some mud ‘n tape

    Koen Goeminne
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    To finish up the drywall ceiling we still need to tape and mud the seams. So that’s what we’ll do. Sometimes life is easy. And it’s always more pleasant with some music. Another little side thing I did before starting with the mud and tape: resurrecting a little wall with insulation. The wall against which it is placed is an outer wall, but we cannot insulate it from outside as it’s on the border with our neighbour. So inside insulation it is. First a stud against the wall, all level, to start with. Then I had to drill holes in the floor, to screw the horizontal stud…
  • After the frame, the drywall

    Koen Goeminne
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Let’s face it. You wouldn’t like the sight of insulation as a ceiling. Especially not if there’s a metal stud frame underneath. So we did what any logical person would do. We put up drywall against the frame. But first, music! If you read up even the tiniest bit of creating your ceiling with drywall, you’ll see the recommendation for sheets with something called “4 x ABA” (well, at least here in Belgium, I have no clue what’s it called in other countries). It means that your sheets have a tapered edge on all four sides , opposed to a regular sheet…
  • Putting up a drywall ceiling frame

    Koen Goeminne
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    We insulated the flat roof. Then we finished that with the installation of a vapour barrier. Now we’re up to the next challenge: how to get to a nice, finished ceiling from that. Despite the availability of different kinds of shelves, we immediately knew we were going the route of a drywall ceiling. We just like a nice, clean ceiling like you only get with the drywall. But first, we need a frame to put the drywall on! On a side note: music! In general, it’s not recommended to put the drywall straight onto the beams supporting the floor or roof above, as there’s a risk the…
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  • Spring Break Travel Packing List

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    When visiting a new place, how do you know what to bring? This handy packing planner will create a custom checklist according to climate, activities and length of travel.The post Spring Break Travel Packing List appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Love is Everyday

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    22 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    At Personal Creations, we want our romantic personalized gifts to serve as daily reminders of love, not just Valentine’s Day or the day the gift … Read MoreThe post Love is Everyday appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • 50 Creative Uses for Mason Jars

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    20 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    With a little creativity and a few ingredients, the uses for Mason jars are limitless. Here are our top 50 most creative ways to re-use empty mason jars.The post 50 Creative Uses for Mason Jars appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Tips for Traveling with Kids

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    16 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    Written by Piera Jolly of Jolly Mom for Personal Creations Blog. With the spring right around the corner, many families are busy making spring break … Read MoreThe post Tips for Traveling with Kids appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Baby Shower Games For Every Crowd

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    13 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Baby showers can vary in size and theme, one timeless tradition of the party remains the same: Games.The post Baby Shower Games For Every Crowd appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
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  • Rethinking weight loss and exercise

    henkeb
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    In recent years many basic truths about how to lose weight and exercise has been revised. The thoughts I grew up proved questionable, if not wrong. We love quick fixes, especially when it comes to weight and exercise. There is no limit to how many books, programs and experts that claim to know the best way for you to live a long, good and healthy life. That includes me too I guess since I am writing this. I have my own thoughts, but they are in no way revolutionary or unique. So why should you trust me then? You shouldn’t, you should do your own research and trust your gut feelings. I…
  • 10 “set it and forget it” money saving tips

    henkeb
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The best money saving tips are those that don’t reduce your life quality. Here are some tips that are easy to implement and don’t require much time or effort. 1. Chose a bank that doesn’t charge any fees for your debit/credit card or your bank account. Change bank if necessary. 2. Never let your money reside on an account with no or very low interest rate. Get an account with the best interest rate you can find so you have somewhere where your money can work for you. This is just for money that you plan to use soon, for your savings there are better solutions. 3. Change your…
  • Money saving tips can actually make you poor

    henkeb
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    It may be tempting to adopt all money saving tips and ideas that you can find. But some things may actually make you end up with less money. Here’s why. There are all kinds of money saving tips; make sure you get the best insurance, choose a full year gym membership instead of paying each month, drink tap water instead of bottled water. Many tips are good and easy to implement and will actually save your hard earned money. But there are two factors that I try to consider – time and life quality. Let’s take an example. You could turn off the heat to save money. You would…
  • Basic preparedness – water

    henkeb
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:02 pm
    We can only survive a few days without water so it is (hopefully) easy to see why it is wise to prepare for a crisis where clean water becomes a luxury. I am not a hardcore prepper, and I realise that I cannot be prepared for all situations. But on the other hand I don’t want to bury my head in the sand and always presume that everything will stay as it is. My basic prepping goal is to be prepared for some days without electricity and running water. Two things that can easily be affected by a flooding or hurricane. Water can be easily be stored in water containers. They come in a lot of…
  • Low-carb prepping – 4 ideas

    henkeb
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    It’s hard to be a low-carb prepper since fat is the main reason food go bad. But here are four good alternatives! Coconut oil High quality coconut oil has a melting point of 77°F (25°C) which means that it will probably melt a normal summer day. This however, won’t affect the durability or usability of the oil. Coconut oil is traditionally used in warm countries as a source of fat, and it is seldom stored cold there. The expiration date is about two years from production, but it will probably last much longer than that. It has a wide range of uses: cooking, as fat for frying or…
 
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