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  • 10 Ways to Upcycle Wine Bottles

    Home Improvement Made Easy on Doityourself.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    If you enjoy the occasional glass of wine, chances are you have a small collection of empty wine bottles piling up in the corner of your garage. Fortunately, empty wine bottles are one of the most versatile upcycling supplies around. From drinkware to garden decor, here are 10 DIY projects you can make at home. For most of these ideas, you will likely want to remove the label. Soak the bottles in a sink full of warm water with a few tablespoons of baking soda for 30 minutes. The labels should float to the top. If they don’t, they should...
  • Best of Etsy: 2015 Calendars

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

    Home Improvement Articles from Networx
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
      Hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, fire! We all hope that none of these disasters will ever affect us … but just in case the unthinkable happens, it's wise to be prepared. Having an emergency supply kit packed and at the ready can make a difficult situation more bearable.  See full article.
  • Citrus & Lemon Vinegar Mixtures Take Away The Stink From Homemade Cleaners

    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Have you noticed many homemade cleaner recipes call for vinegar? Well, it's because vinegar is pretty darn awesome for cleaning. But it doesn't have the most pleasant smell. And while it doesn't bother some people, or they swear the smell dissipates, at least for some the smell is a deterrent to actually making your own cleaning products. Here's an idea to make the smell of these cleaners better -- add the scent of citrus to the vinegar. Here's how to do it. I'd love to hear from others as well -- how do you add some nice natural scents to your cleaning products, and do you like this method…
  • Finding Starter Projects: Teacher to Teacher

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    Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Sometimes the best way to get started with making in the classroom is to go make friends outside of it! In that spirit, today’s edition of our series on Finding Starter Projects shares some of the many professional development (PD) opportunities out there available to teachers who want to meet […]Read more on MAKE
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  • Finding Starter Projects: Teacher to Teacher

    Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Sometimes the best way to get started with making in the classroom is to go make friends outside of it! In that spirit, today’s edition of our series on Finding Starter Projects shares some of the many professional development (PD) opportunities out there available to teachers who want to meet […]Read more on MAKE
  • How-To Video: Ghosts from Packing Tape

    agnesniewiadomski
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This project was inspired by my recent post about packing tape sculptures other people have made. I really wanted to try it out myself and show you guys just how easy it is to do! To make this project you’ll need the following: A large roll of clear packing tape, […]Read more on MAKE
  • DiResta: Dracula’s Coffin

    jimmydiresta
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Recently, I purchased a casket, and it prompted me to think about making my own.Read more on MAKE
  • Makers Against Ebola – Design Goals

    TravisGood
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The Fighting Ebola Challenge has hit its halfway mark. Ideas have poured in from around the world with over 700 people collaborating on solutions to help healthcare workers on the front lines. Makers are jumping on board. Some reminders about Challenge design goals from the OpenIDO team: First, ideas should have the potential […]Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Trash Can Trauma

    Bill Gurstelle
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Scare the wits out of visitors with this pneumatic spookRead more on MAKE
 
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  • October 24, 2014 AsktheBuilder Weekend Warrior Update

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

    Tim Carter
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    I'll try to be FAST. First, I'm feeling so much better. How much? Watch this video and at about 40 seconds into it really pay attention as I paint, and then CARRY the door to my front door. What's more, I do it a total of five times! Your takeaway should be that a high volume low pressure paint sprayer may be a tool you should be using! Also, do NOT drink too much coffee as you paint doors. Did You Vote Yet? Don't forget! Help select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place finishers in the Color My Door Contest sponsored by Therma-Tru. CLICK HERE to vote. Where's Waldo Clue for Tuesday! Do you think…
  • Bold 2015 Exterior Door Colors

    Tim Carter
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Here are the ten bold colors selected by Kate Smith for 2015. They're perfect for exterior doors.  
  • Concrete Foundation Crack and Defect

    Tim Carter
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Janis Hatch is building a new home in Lafayette, CO. She thinks she's got a problem with her new foundation. "We are building a home with a national builder.  The foundation was poured last week. When the forms were removed there was a pie shaped gap about 15 inches long (vertical) at what will be the corner of the garage.  It will be backfilled. The photo is dark, but you can see the gap that concerns Janis. You're looking at a stepped footer and the gap is located where the upper footer contacts the foundation. Photo credit: Janis Hatch   We brought this up to the contractor and was…
  • Remove Grout From Travertine Tile

    Tim Carter
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Margaret Warren has a mess down in Alvin, TX. "We had travertine mixed blocks laid as kitchen backsplash.  The installer didn't know to seal the tile, so now we have the crevices and pits filled with grout. How would you recommend removing the unwanted grout.  It's two days old and we've been working to remove." Ouch! What a shame the installer made this error. I think the only thing you can do is work feverishly with dental picks. I don't feel there's a magic silver bullet that's going to save you lots of work.
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  • 3 Creative Ways to Light Your Home Using Upcycled Materials

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

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

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

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

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

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Blanching fresh peaches is a great way to preserve their fresh flavor long after the harvest. You will need to blanch them, peel them and slice them in order to preserve them for freezing or canning. Steps Preparing the Kitchen Fill a stockpot with water. Set it to boil. The stockpot doesn’t have to be very large. You can only fit in as many peaches as will comfortably float at the top—about 4 for most pots. 3-piece stockpot sets with removable colanders work perfectly for blanching. You can remove the fruit without removing the boiling water. Create an ice bath. Fill a large bowl with…
  • How to Make Spider Eggs

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A cute use of eggs suitable for Halloween or a fun themed party, these spidery eggs will have the diners giggling. And if your kids are fussy about eggs, this can be an entertaining way to encourage eating. These spider eggs are quite effective when presented in a group and they’re definitely very tasty! Ingredients Stuffed eggs: 6 large eggs 1/4 cup of mayonnaise 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon English mustard powder Salt and pepper to taste Pinch of paprika Spider topping: Black olives, pitted (or any other interesting olive) Pickled red pepper (optional) Steps Making the stuffed…
  • How to Zip a File on a Mac

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you have a lot of old documents and files taking up space on your computer, you can compress them into an archive to save space. Mac OS X allows you to compress files directly from the operating system. You can also download third-party compression software that may be more effective. Follow this guide to compress your old files. Steps Use the Finder Open Finder. You can open Finder by clicking the Finder icon on the Dock. It looks like a square blue face. Once the Finder opens, navigate to the files that you want to compress. To easily compress multiple files from various locations into…
  • How to Wash Baby Bottles

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washing baby bottles can seem like an endless chore, so it may become tempting to skip proper cleaning. However, the proper cleaning of baby bottles is extremely important, as babies' immune systems have not fully developed, making them much more susceptible to getting sick from bacteria in dirty bottles. To ensure your baby stays safe and healthy, start with Step 1 below for detailed instructions on how to properly wash baby bottles. Steps Cleaning Bottles Rinse the baby bottles directly after use. As soon as you have finished feeding your baby, give the bottle a quick rinse out in the sink.
  • How to Cite a Dictionary

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    When a specific definition has been used in an essay, you will need to cite the dictionary in your “Works Cited” or “References” page. Each style guide has its own citation standards, and these standards vary depending on whether the dictionary is a print source or an online source. Steps Sample Citations Sample MLA Citation for Dictionary Sample APA Citation for Dictionary Sample Chicago Citation for Dictionary Section 1: Print Dictionary in MLA[1] State which word you defined. The word should be capitalized an enclosed in quotation marks. Follow it with a period. “Citation.”…
 
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    Home Construction Improvement

  • Kohler Introduces Smaller-Sized Generator Units

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

    Jeff Williams
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    How to Remove a Stump without breaking your back or the bank (Part 1) Last year I cut down a large maple tree in the yard that was only 10 feet from the house. The previous owners never should have planted it that close. Over the years as it grew, the roots started getting bound… Home... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish Preview

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

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

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

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

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

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Now that that the weather has turned decidedly fall-like, I’m craving heartier food. Do you feel like that too? I say bring on the soups, the stews, and the pasta. World Pasta Day is on October 25th (did you know there was such a thing?) and Barilla has asked me to share my tips on creating a family dinner to celebration the occasion. I'm all for enjoying a good meal with your family and making pasta night feel a bit more out of the ordinary.Feature your family’s favourite pasta dishes. My pasta dish of choice is usually thicker noodles in a cream or rose sauce. Sean prefers his filled…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How cute is this decoupaged pumpkin? Via Homey Oh My!Great advice from a seasoned blogger. And you should give this a listen too.Better ways to ask "How was school today?"Doggies with party hats. Adorable!Barbie's a fashion blogger?!I'm crushing on the historical details in this homeEeek, it's two weeks to Halloween and I have an Elsa cape to make. Here's a no sew Elsa costume if you need one for your snow queenPumpkin pie truffles? Yes please!We're all in deep waterA photo from the cutting room floor... doesn't it remind you of an M. Night Shyamalan movie? Creepy!
  • A Back Porch Makeover

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Have you ever had days that just seemed to disappear? That's what much of the past month has felt like. In the blink of an eye, summer faded and I never shared with you how the rest of the back porch makeover turned out. It used to look like this:And now it looks like this:I have to tell you - I'm loving this space. Just painting the walls and floors completely transformed it. It feels so much more inviting and cleaner. I love walking around without my shoes now. That never happened before! The other thing that is happening is napping. Fall naps outside, curled up under a blanket, are pretty…
 
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  • Chickens & Colors

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

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

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

    Kit
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Work on the upstairs bathroom has begun! The first step of this project was to start deconstructing everything, and get the tile floor out so that the tub can be replaced later this week. Easy as pie, right? You know that DIY is never going to be that simple, and so do I, which is why I had a beer and took a nap before I started this project. I needed to be good and relaxed so that I didn’t lose my shit and throw a hammer through a window or something. So, after my nap and preemptive-beer, this is where things started: Aw. That’s sweet. Okay, where’s my hammer? I wanted to…
  • Exciting News on the Soaking Front

    Kit
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    A few weeks ago when I was thinking about upcoming projects on the house, I had an idea. (If you know me at all, you know that my “ideas” are usually followed in rapid succession by things getting, uh, demolished. This time was no exception.) Here was the dilemma I was wrestling with… once things are buttoned up on the farm for winter, I’m planning to dive in to a big house project, and both the kitchen remodel and the master suite were on the list of potentials. The kitchen remodel gets me a wood stove, which means I’ll be able to put some of this wood my…
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  • Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Sign ~ Free Printable!

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

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

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

    Laura
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    If you have missed any posts in this years Peaceful Organized Homes series, you can catch up HERE. You’ll notice that I’ve spent a lot of time talking about clutter in this series and it’s because I strongly believe that it is next to impossible to have a Peaceful Organized Home when surrounded by piles […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How To Stop Clutter Before It Even Happens
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 20/14

    Laura
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey friends, happy Menu Plan Monday day!!!  Welcome to a brand new week where we plan our menus to help our week be a lot less stressed!  Think of it as simply selecting 5 recipes to cook sometime throughout the week, you don’t even have to assign them to specific days if you don’t want […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 20/14
 
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  • Termites – The Terrifying Truth infographic

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

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

    Steve Sagovac
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    There’s nothing better than fresh eggs in the morning. And the only way to get the freshest eggs is to have your own chickens. So no matter what the size of your backyard, there is a chicken coop that will fit your needs.  Build your own DIY Chicken Coop Building a chicken coop in your own backyard can be quite easily accomplished with some basic materials and tools. You can use timber that you have lying around, even old shipping pallets make perfect materials for a project of this kind. Here are 6 Chicken Coops that people have made, including how-to instructions on the process. 1.
  • Avoid DIY Disasters – Don’t Do It Yourself!

    Steve Sagovac
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    The enthusiasm a home handyman experiences when starting a DIY project at home can sometimes get in the way of the more important emotion required for the task…. common sense. DIY looks simple enough – but it can hurt too! There’s no denying how much fun it is, going to the hardware store and buying a bunch of new power tools and materials. But you need to keep in mind that even the most basic tools required for a simple project, like a hammer, pliers, chisels and even a ladder can all cause a fair bit of damage if not given the respect they deserve. Even the most…
  • Handyman App – Calculate Concrete, Flooring etc. Convert Measurements. 2 Stroke Fuel Mix Calculator.

    Steve Sagovac
    19 May 2014 | 8:13 pm
    DIY Handyman Toolbox, is an iPhone iOS App that includes quite a few very handy features for the home handyman and also for the construction industry. This app is METRIC only. (There is an Imperial version available on the app store, that doesn’t include the Oil Ratio calculator). The DIY Handyman Toolbox app features: 1. VOLUME Calculator – Handy for calculating how much concrete you need. The app also includes an area to add the cost per cubic metre, and then gives you the total volume required, plus the total concrete price. 2. AREA Calculator - You can use this to help…
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  • Wooden Deck Maintenance

    Gray
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Home improvement expert Ron Hazelton demostrates how to clean, brighten, stain and seal a deck, as well as how to fix warped boards and countersink nails. Fo. This video shows how to use...
  • ELITE DIY123RH / DIY

    Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    ELITE DIY123RH / DIY Click - http://bltIy.com/1ig7rPs This ELITE DIY123RH / DIY is completely prominent. I would exceedingly propose it to anyone out there. I was in the wake of something...
  • Cinnamon Lake Towers - On Site Maintenance - Waukegan IL 60085

    Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    http://local.chicagotribune.com/b26031341/Cinnamon+Lake+Towers?type= Here at Cinnamon Lake Towers, we want our residents to have everything they need to feel at home, and that includes fast,...
  • DIY Cell Phone Case How To Make Cute Iphone 5S Designs by ANNEORSHINE

    Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    For links to all MATERIALS and Step by Step instructions, you can go here: I love seeing all those great couture style cell p. LIKE, SUB & Pin! ‪‬♡I was supposed to have this tutorial...
  • InterNACHI's Home Maintenance Book

    Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    "Now That You've Had a Home Inspection" is InterNACHI's full-color home maintenance book that certified home inspectors give to their clients with every home inspection. For details, visit...
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  • Found Pocket Knives, Victorinox Budding Knife

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Angela M.
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    When we last left off on our Cottage Renovation saga, we were filling you in on the messy, but necessary work we had to do on the sill beam and the support of the house. As that work was being completed by our contractor, Chad decide to tackle another dirty job: the tear down of almost all of our walls and ceiling. Once we started working to strengthen the outside of the house, we realized how wonky the interior was. Some of our walls were supremely messed up — especially those on the back of the house where most of the water damage had occurred. The ceiling had a bizarre, 70s-popcorn…
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  • Zinsser Mold Killing Paint Primer

    Jodi Marks
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Find out about Zinsser Mold Killing Primer which contains a fungicide to kill any existing mold, mildew, or odor causing bacteria while you paint. Watch this video to find out more.
  • How to Determine if Your House Has Lead Paint

    Danny Lipford
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Lead paint can pose a serious health risk in older homes if disturbed. Watch this video for tips on how to tell if your house contains lead paint and what to do about it if it does.
  • Home Legend Eco-Friendly Bamboo Flooring

    Jodi Marks
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Home Legend solid bamboo flooring has a durable, seven-layer aluminum oxide finish and received GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification. Watch this video to find out more.
  • How to Rejuvenate Old Rolls of Masking Tape

    Joe Truini
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Watch this video to find out how to rejuvenate the dried out adhesive on old rolls of masking tape so the tape will unwind easily from the roll.
  • How to Patch Damaged or Rotten Wood

    Danny Lipford
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Find out how to repair damaged, nonstructural wood molding or trim on your home by filling the damaged area with automotive body filler. Watch this video to find out more.
 
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  • We are hiring!

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

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

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

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

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

    JennaMarbles
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    House Tour Vlog Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 1103739 55077 ratings Time: 09:54 More in Comedy
  • Jenna's Rachet Salon With Julien Solomita

    JennaMarbles
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Jenna's Rachet Salon With Julien Solomita Julien's majestic channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFightingSolo Many videos include me looking like the bad guy from the DaVinci Code. Please subscri... From: JennaMarbles Views: 1454156 78822 ratings Time: 08:32 More in Comedy
  • What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean

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    10 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean Here's eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfBdBpr7KCo Here's Ariana Grande singing eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXCk3XTvz... From: JennaMarbles Views: 3285439 124492 ratings Time: 05:39 More in Comedy
  • Jenna's Drunk Art School: Painting

    JennaMarbles
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Jenna's Drunk Art School: Painting Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 2347795 120429 ratings Time: 08:00 More in Comedy
  • How To Dance Like A White Girl

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    11 Jun 2014 | 8:52 pm
    How To Dance Like A White Girl Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 4068202 129583 ratings Time: 04:20 More in Comedy
 
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  • Rolltop Waterproof Backpack

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    how hard is it to make a backpack? it's just a big rectangle with some straps and some other pockets, right? But when you're looking for a backpack, it's somehow impossible to find a backpack which is fully waterproof, visible, easy to see, and just the size you want. So here is a backpack I made, ...By: abigail-nicoleContinue Reading »
  • Light show in a 3D printed model

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Now that 3D printing in transparent materials is widely available, we really can start having fun with models playing with light. There's also super convenient ways to use high numbers of RGB LEDs with the Arduino, using Adafruit's Neopixels which only need one digital pin for example.This Instructa...By: naimoContinue Reading »
  • Slender Man and Woodland Shadow Creatures Cookies

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Hello again,I'm back with another simple yet eerie treat for you guys. I'm going to a pre halloween party tonight and there will be a candy buffet and I figured it would be nice to bring something that was fairly easy to make and wouldn't cost me a fortune, so i gathered my ingredients and the whole...By: bretincContinue Reading »
  • Evil LED Goat

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Around Halloween, even the most innocent of things seem to turn evil. For example our office mascot, Goat, has started acting weird lately...This tutorial teaches you how to make your own plush toy with LED eyes that can be controlled by an iPhone. The perfect Halloween scare! Get the parts We w...By: simsalapimContinue Reading »
  • What If You Made A Beer Mug From Recycled Coasters

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    When I first approached with this idea it seemed like it would be a simple project. That should have been a warning sign right there, but my brain just thought, "Make a functional pint glass from discarded beer coasters? I wonder why no one has ever done anything like that before." I now know the ...By: kludge77Continue Reading »
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  • Rolltop Waterproof Backpack

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    how hard is it to make a backpack? it's just a big rectangle with some straps and some other pockets, right? But when you're looking for a backpack, it's somehow impossible to find a backpack which is fully waterproof, visible, easy to see, and just the size you want. So here is a backpack I made, ...By: abigail-nicoleContinue Reading »
  • Evil LED Goat

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Around Halloween, even the most innocent of things seem to turn evil. For example our office mascot, Goat, has started acting weird lately...This tutorial teaches you how to make your own plush toy with LED eyes that can be controlled by an iPhone. The perfect Halloween scare! Get the parts We w...By: simsalapimContinue Reading »
  • Authentic looking zombie warning signs

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Okay, we've all see "Zombie Warning Signs" being sold with Halloween decorations or even instructions on how to make them. But when it comes right down to it, most of them look fake, especially the ones with graphics of zombies. While these may be fun, why not create a sign that would be in actual u...By: lime3DContinue Reading »
  • Hardware Store Steel and Copper Bracelet

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Needed:Steel tie wireRomex copper wire Get Wire Cut two pieces of tie wire 25" long, and one piece of copper romex wire 25" long, both available at the hardware store. You will need to use wire strippers and/or a knife (careful) to strip off the insulation. Or you can just use the already bare gr...By: DIYdavisContinue Reading »
  • Halloween Bats and Spiders

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    I like to have a simple fast craft for Halloween Eve that doesn’t call for drying time for glue or paint. That’s why these bats are perfect for making with kids- we have a group that gathers at our house every year before going out to trick or treat. Materials: • Plastic Easter eggs (spray...By: bean9481Continue Reading »
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  • Authentic looking zombie warning signs

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Okay, we've all see "Zombie Warning Signs" being sold with Halloween decorations or even instructions on how to make them. But when it comes right down to it, most of them look fake, especially the ones with graphics of zombies. While these may be fun, why not create a sign that would be in actual u...By: lime3DContinue Reading »
  • Hardware Store Steel and Copper Bracelet

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Needed:Steel tie wireRomex copper wire Get Wire Cut two pieces of tie wire 25" long, and one piece of copper romex wire 25" long, both available at the hardware store. You will need to use wire strippers and/or a knife (careful) to strip off the insulation. Or you can just use the already bare gr...By: DIYdavisContinue Reading »
  • "Finger Licking Good" Candies, Literally

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    If you have the weird twisted fantasy of having people sucking on your fingers, this is the perfect instructable for you. I'm making candies in the shape of my own fingers, so people can suck or lick or bite my fingers. And it'll be "finger licking good", in the most literal way! Introduction to L...By: wei weiContinue Reading »
  • Leather Sugar Skull Mask

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It's always a great time to create using leather! With a little instruction anyone can do it. I inspired to create this mask based on the beautiful sugar skulls used in "Day of The Dead" or "Dia De Los Muertos" a Mexicsn holiday to honor friends and family that have passed. Let's get started! Sup...By: rinehartleatherContinue Reading »
  • DIY BIRD STAND

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    We've been wanting to create a stand for our 2 parrots for a long time and were finally able to create this project! This is an easy DIY bird stand that you can create as shown in this instructable or customize for your birds!We went with PVC for this project so it is very simple to assemble and eas...By: LabeledUpContinue Reading »
 
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  • DIY Leather Octopus Pirate Eye Patch Mask

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    It is a week until Halloween and my son still had not picked his costume. I had to twist his arrrrrrrrrrm but I got him to agreed to be a pirate. My son is quite a character so not just any old eye patch would do.So the octopus eye patch mask was born! Materials All materials can be purchased at...By: rinehartleatherContinue Reading »
  • comic book speakers

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I got the idea from the many Comic Book Coffee Tables and thought to my self i should do something similar that goes with my Superman inspired man cave. Comics + Spray Glue + Scissors = Simple decorative desk speakers. By: santirgarcia13Continue Reading »
  • Silhouette Monsters

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    This instructable was inspired by the Halloween Garage Door Silhouette instructable, which is truly a masterpiece. I did not have the time, materials, or storage space to complete it. However, I knew I wanted to create something similar. Using wood strips, paper cutouts and lights- this is what I ca...By: pizzidaveContinue Reading »
  • Rolltop Waterproof Backpack

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    how hard is it to make a backpack? it's just a big rectangle with some straps and some other pockets, right? But when you're looking for a backpack, it's somehow impossible to find a backpack which is fully waterproof, visible, easy to see, and just the size you want. So here is a backpack I made, ...By: abigail-nicoleContinue Reading »
  • Nalbinding Needle

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Just a short little instructable on some of the steps I used to make a Nalbinding needle. A nalbinding (or naalbinding) needle is a small needle about 5 to 12cm in length usually carved out of wood or bone. It's used in nalbinding, a type of knitting/crocheting that uses only one needle and was use...By: SkrufflesContinue Reading »
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  • Leather Streamers

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    My husband made a joke that I should have streamers on my scooter. I decided to make some. These leather streamers are easy to make and it takes longer for the glue to dry than to put them together. These aren't your baby sister's streamers. Materials Leather stripsE6000 or similar heavy duty gl...By: BrooklyntoniaContinue Reading »
  • No-Slip Bicycle Accessory Hack

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Once a year we gather for a Thanksgiving feast with 3 or 4 turkeys cooked on a spit. Last year we rented a mobile unit ($$) so this year I came up with plans for our own. It can easily be sized up or down for your needs.The BBQ was built as a dry-fit project - no mortar was used. It's a lot easier...By: SchorteContinue Reading »
  • Touchscreen Glove Phone Case

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Have you ever been afraid of dropping your phone while skiing or snowboarding, or even on the chairlift? Is it annoying to have to take your gloves off to use your phone. There are many great apps to use while skiing or riding. Now you have easy access to information such as: your speed, the time...By: mikeshorr117Continue Reading »
  • U-Lock Holster

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    I was considering buying a U-Lock holster, like the nice leather ones made by Mission Bicycles in San Francisco. However, I was not sure if I would like that means of carrying my lock, and I wanted to try it out first. So I looked around the house to see if I could just make one instead, and found a...By: lorenzenjContinue Reading »
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  • No-Slip Bicycle Accessory Hack

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Once a year we gather for a Thanksgiving feast with 3 or 4 turkeys cooked on a spit. Last year we rented a mobile unit ($$) so this year I came up with plans for our own. It can easily be sized up or down for your needs.The BBQ was built as a dry-fit project - no mortar was used. It's a lot easier...By: SchorteContinue Reading »
  • DIY Penny Stove - Camping stove from drinks cans

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    I own a brass spirit stove that I use as my back-up stove while camping, then I learned how to make one out of just two drinks cans.Cheap, easy and a good survival tip!Here is how its done :)All elements of the video was created by myself for this channel, I own all rights to content! By: GothtecContinue Reading »
  • U-Lock Holster

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    I was considering buying a U-Lock holster, like the nice leather ones made by Mission Bicycles in San Francisco. However, I was not sure if I would like that means of carrying my lock, and I wanted to try it out first. So I looked around the house to see if I could just make one instead, and found a...By: lorenzenjContinue Reading »
  • Woodsman knife sheath

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    I made a file knife and thought this might be a good instructional on how I make sheaths. Cutting out leather Cut out all your pieces of leather. I am using 3.4mm embossing leather for the front, sides and gusset and 2.5mm for the backing to support the suede.I used a stanley knife and leather sc...By: PowellMadeContinue Reading »
 
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  • Toy Hauler from Utility Trailer

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    After having a 16' Cargo Craft enclosed trailer sitting in my backyard for 7 years doing nothing but storing extra wood we decided it was time to repurpose it and use it for what we wanted- A Toy Hauler for the Harley's. After looking for what other people have done, we found not too much was docum...By: abates7Continue Reading »
  • Leather Streamers

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    My husband made a joke that I should have streamers on my scooter. I decided to make some. These leather streamers are easy to make and it takes longer for the glue to dry than to put them together. These aren't your baby sister's streamers. Materials Leather stripsE6000 or similar heavy duty gl...By: BrooklyntoniaContinue Reading »
  • Paracord Ring

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    This is a way to make a nice, looking ring out of paracord Items 1. Paracord 2. Scissors3. Lighter Start Tie an over hand knot. Tighten until there is about an inch loop. Tie It Off Make two over hand knots over the first then tighten. Snip Singe And Admire Snip and singe the ends and...By: Gordon gorilla Continue Reading »
  • Fire Starter

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    First Get Some Candles null Take One Candle And Remove The Wax null Remove The Wick And Put The Remaining Wax Into A Waste Bowl null Melt The Wax null In The Other Container Stuff With Cardboard null Add A Cardboard Wick null Fill With Wax And Leave Time To Set null Le...By: Milz2000Continue Reading »
  • Fixed my bike light and bike trailer reflector!

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Hi folksDon't you hate it when you drop some plastic thing and it breaks on you? Landfill? No! Sugru! I am a year-round cyclist in Whitehorse, Yukon. When it gets dark, lights are important. The problem is the black clip which attaches the light to the seat post snapped, so any bump in the ro...By: YuKonstructContinue Reading »
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  • How to make a Mixtape: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Geoffrey O'Brian once said that "the mixtape was the most widely practiced American art form". Though it has fallen out of favor compared to easily created iTunes playlists and CD-Rs, the gift of a mixtape meant that someone actually spent several hours waiting for a particular song on the radio or ...By: UpgradeTechContinue Reading »
  • Lady Falcor Costume

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    My 2013 Halloween/Comic Con costume. I wanted to do something I'd never seen before, and this amazing thrift store dress was my color palette inspiration. The Base Most of my masks start with a cheapo store bought base just to make sure the eye holes are symmetrical and head size is approximat...By: ashleyjlongContinue Reading »
  • Electronic LEGO Super Mario Bros. Mushrooms

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Submitted for the approval of the Instructables society, I bring to you another electronic LEGO project with a retro video game theme!Using the exact same principles for design and engineering as my Electronic Super Mario Starmen, I've built another series of small musical LED sprite pieces. These o...By: Baron von BrunkContinue Reading »
  • Pixelated (The making of a mask and a stop motion video)

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Pixelated is a collaborative project between filmmaker Salman Sajun and myself. When we met earlier this year he had presented the idea of a future collaboration. Given that I specialize in making mascot styled masks and he specializes in stop motion animation, the idea became clear that we would ma...By: Lango84Continue Reading »
  • Leather Cutout Mask

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I do love cutout leather. This mask is simple yet gives you just the right amount of edge. I adore this design for so many reasons: it's really straight-forward, minimal yet intriguing, and best of all you can do your own thing with it. I myself am really quite the minimalist so I love a strong, bas...By: Stitch and ShutterContinue Reading »
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  • How to make a Mixtape: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Geoffrey O'Brian once said that "the mixtape was the most widely practiced American art form". Though it has fallen out of favor compared to easily created iTunes playlists and CD-Rs, the gift of a mixtape meant that someone actually spent several hours waiting for a particular song on the radio or ...By: UpgradeTechContinue Reading »
  • Lady Falcor Costume

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    My 2013 Halloween/Comic Con costume. I wanted to do something I'd never seen before, and this amazing thrift store dress was my color palette inspiration. The Base Most of my masks start with a cheapo store bought base just to make sure the eye holes are symmetrical and head size is approximat...By: ashleyjlongContinue Reading »
  • Electronic LEGO Super Mario Bros. Mushrooms

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Submitted for the approval of the Instructables society, I bring to you another electronic LEGO project with a retro video game theme!Using the exact same principles for design and engineering as my Electronic Super Mario Starmen, I've built another series of small musical LED sprite pieces. These o...By: Baron von BrunkContinue Reading »
  • Pixelated (The making of a mask and a stop motion video)

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Pixelated is a collaborative project between filmmaker Salman Sajun and myself. When we met earlier this year he had presented the idea of a future collaboration. Given that I specialize in making mascot styled masks and he specializes in stop motion animation, the idea became clear that we would ma...By: Lango84Continue Reading »
  • Leather Cutout Mask

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I do love cutout leather. This mask is simple yet gives you just the right amount of edge. I adore this design for so many reasons: it's really straight-forward, minimal yet intriguing, and best of all you can do your own thing with it. I myself am really quite the minimalist so I love a strong, bas...By: Stitch and ShutterContinue Reading »
 
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  • Bunk Beds

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Hello, today i will show you how to make bunk beds. Materials You will need:Beds x 2Doors x 2 Making The Bunk Beds Place some blocks 2x1 on the floor. Place a bed on the two blocks, break the blocks under the bed, place the bed where the two blocks where, place doors each side By: Squid_wardContinue Reading »
  • How To Make The HelioVulcan Paper Airplane

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Fast, long range and versatile, the HelioVulcan is a very capable paper airplane able to fly long distances at high speed. The HelioVulcan differs from previous Vulcan variants, primarily in its canard design which has been altered to improve high speed performance.The HelioVulcan, while indeed a de...By: OrigamiAirEnforcerContinue Reading »
  • Cool Claws

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Very cool claws just updated. Hope you like it. You can use this anytime anywhere you want to scare your friends Take an A4 size sheet of paper Fold it diagonal Also fold the bottom part diagonal On the top again fold it diagonal Fold the bottom part upwards Fold it slig...By: oragamicrazyContinue Reading »
  • Make claws by papers

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Use paper 15*20cm Rated like the pic Do like that in order side Rated near angle Fold it Fold around the canter paper Done put excess paper on the hole Tade,you have claws like bear ỏr dracula By: nguyenvu.hoanghiep.5Continue Reading »
  • Vampire Killer Shirt

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    This is a cheap but a good prop for a Vampire shirt. all of the materials for this project is :1. A calking gun $1.00 from the dollar store2. One tube of painters caulk $2.00 from Lowes (DONT GET SILICONE CAULK IT WONT TAKE PAINT !!) 3.Get an old branch from out side make sure it is dry ....By: nollie551Continue Reading »
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  • Light show in a 3D printed model

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Now that 3D printing in transparent materials is widely available, we really can start having fun with models playing with light. There's also super convenient ways to use high numbers of RGB LEDs with the Arduino, using Adafruit's Neopixels which only need one digital pin for example.This Instructa...By: naimoContinue Reading »
  • Time-lapse with any camera, using Arduino

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you want to capture situations where filming would be entirely impractical, or even impossible. For those moments time-lapse photography is a god-send, until you realize that your camera did not ship with that feature and there seems to be no way arou...By: Switch and LeverContinue Reading »
  • Garage Genie - Parking & Remote Control

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Garage Genie is a car automation Arduino gadget. Click on the two images above to see the animated explanation. It aims to do a few things:1. The “traffic lights” tells you when you’ve inched your car up close enough when parking. The lights are control by an Arduino using an ultrasonic dist...By: electronichamstersContinue Reading »
  • Personal Minecraft Server in Custom Block Case

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    I've been wanting to build my own Minecraft server for quite awhile now, and thought it would be extra "cool" to build one in the style of a grass block from the game. Here were some of the goals for the project:- Small form factor- Low energy consumption (since it will be running 24/7)- Quiet- Allo...By: foxwaterContinue Reading »
  • 3-in-1 Leather Dr. Whoo Owl Mask with Goggles

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Named by my friend Christine during a 'Name This Mask' poll on Facebook, Dr. Whoo is a fun, versatile mask/goggles combo that you can wear several ways and display as art when not otherwise in use. Let's Get Started! What you'll need:5-6 oz. vegetable tanned leather Russian GP-5 gas mask from mil...By: tamara.clammerContinue Reading »
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  • Light show in a 3D printed model

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Now that 3D printing in transparent materials is widely available, we really can start having fun with models playing with light. There's also super convenient ways to use high numbers of RGB LEDs with the Arduino, using Adafruit's Neopixels which only need one digital pin for example.This Instructa...By: naimoContinue Reading »
  • Time-lapse with any camera, using Arduino

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you want to capture situations where filming would be entirely impractical, or even impossible. For those moments time-lapse photography is a god-send, until you realize that your camera did not ship with that feature and there seems to be no way arou...By: Switch and LeverContinue Reading »
  • Metal Etching With Baking Soda,DC Adapter and Water

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Add me on Facebook (click LIKE on Facebook to add me)http://on.fb.me/1lHLtqCIf you want to make some image or logo to metal,you will do this with household items like bakind soda,DC adapter 12 volts,water,electric tape and small jar.Subscribe to my youtube channel page American Hacker:http://bit.ly/...By: macobtContinue Reading »
  • Garage Genie - Parking & Remote Control

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Garage Genie is a car automation Arduino gadget. Click on the two images above to see the animated explanation. It aims to do a few things:1. The “traffic lights” tells you when you’ve inched your car up close enough when parking. The lights are control by an Arduino using an ultrasonic dist...By: electronichamstersContinue Reading »
  • Personal Minecraft Server in Custom Block Case

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    I've been wanting to build my own Minecraft server for quite awhile now, and thought it would be extra "cool" to build one in the style of a grass block from the game. Here were some of the goals for the project:- Small form factor- Low energy consumption (since it will be running 24/7)- Quiet- Allo...By: foxwaterContinue Reading »
 
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  • Most power saving light delay circuit

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    There are a lot of circuits that once you switch on a light, the light will be turned off automatically after sometimes.Most circuits do not consume too much power during light off. However the standby circuit still consumes little current.This circuit uses a relay to cut the power completely after ...By: whalescwhContinue Reading »
  • RGBW Embed LED

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    SMD5050 RGBW LED,RGBW chip built in 5050 LED,4color(red,green,blue,white) in one smd5050 led.Now RGBW embed led strips are available! By: MalLEDContinue Reading »
  • How to view Reliability Monitor

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    This Reliability Monitor shows you how they crashed the application, Windows or Windows and apps, and how they installed, or not installed the hardware, If they crashed Windows, Apps, or Misc. Go to... Click Control Panel, it's inside of Start Menu, Just click the Start Orb and then click Control...By: Yazan Al-HabalContinue Reading »
  • DIY Electromagnet from Rubbish make it yourself in a few steps

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    Here I show you how to make an electromagnet from rubbish.Besides a power source you only need 2 things. What you need:Power Source ( USB TTL Module 5V OUT)Ferrous Thing ( Screwdriver)Copper Coil from Electro Rubbish- also used but not necessary:BreadboardJumper WireVoltmeter Unwind Copper Coi...By: bastelkingContinue Reading »
  • 4V Lead Acid Battery Charger

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    MY First Instructables Friends ,So this is for those who are new to Lead Acid batteries and about charging them , A cute Little 4V battery chargerSO What we need to charge a 4V Lead acid battery, all we need is A 5V regulated supply, and let's make it ......Material1. 5V Voltage Regulator ..... ----...By: ykhurana1Continue Reading »
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  • What If You Made A Beer Mug From Recycled Coasters

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    When I first approached with this idea it seemed like it would be a simple project. That should have been a warning sign right there, but my brain just thought, "Make a functional pint glass from discarded beer coasters? I wonder why no one has ever done anything like that before." I now know the ...By: kludge77Continue Reading »
  • Diesel Fish

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Diesel Fish are gear ties for your truck. Anywhere you would use a knot, you can use Diesel Fish. It's designed for rope 1/2" diameter or smaller and also works with flat webbing. It's so simple you can even tie it wearing boxing gloves! Two years ago I posted Fish Bone Knotless Gear Tie. Since then...By: MrballengContinue Reading »
  • MineCraft Heart (wood)

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Two weeks ago I posted an instructable about how I made a wooden MineCraft Sword. I had some wood left and I made a wooden MineCraft Heart with it. Initially I thought of making ten hearts... but after finishing one it became clear that would take quite some time... so one is enough for me :)As I go...By: binarybugContinue Reading »
  • Asset Recovery II: Plasma TV Harvest

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When driving around my neighborhood I'm always on the lookout for roadside swag, be it building material, furniture, or electronics as well as anything else of possible interest. I recently acquired two dead plasma TVs and brought them home since I have a project in mind and I knew that what was ins...By: BeachsideHankContinue Reading »
  • IKEA HACK: Suction Cup Window Planters

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    We have tons of awesome floor to ceiling windows at our workshop, and we have had to get creative with how we store things. Things are getting anchored to the walls and I-Beams, but its hard to put a screw in 1-inch plate glass.I decided to to put in a little garden that could always have light, and...By: audreyobscuraContinue Reading »
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  • What If You Made A Beer Mug From Recycled Coasters

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    When I first approached with this idea it seemed like it would be a simple project. That should have been a warning sign right there, but my brain just thought, "Make a functional pint glass from discarded beer coasters? I wonder why no one has ever done anything like that before." I now know the ...By: kludge77Continue Reading »
  • Hidden Sliding Vehicle Lock Box

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Do you ever find yourself needing to leave valuables in your vehicle and not trust your glove box? I face this issue on an almost daily basis. Whether it be a trip to the golf course and wanting to leave my wedding ring and watch locked safely in my vehicle or the semi infrequent trips to the gym. ...By: matta26Continue Reading »
  • Diesel Fish

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Diesel Fish are gear ties for your truck. Anywhere you would use a knot, you can use Diesel Fish. It's designed for rope 1/2" diameter or smaller and also works with flat webbing. It's so simple you can even tie it wearing boxing gloves! Two years ago I posted Fish Bone Knotless Gear Tie. Since then...By: MrballengContinue Reading »
  • Asset Recovery II: Plasma TV Harvest

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When driving around my neighborhood I'm always on the lookout for roadside swag, be it building material, furniture, or electronics as well as anything else of possible interest. I recently acquired two dead plasma TVs and brought them home since I have a project in mind and I knew that what was ins...By: BeachsideHankContinue Reading »
  • IKEA HACK: Suction Cup Window Planters

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    We have tons of awesome floor to ceiling windows at our workshop, and we have had to get creative with how we store things. Things are getting anchored to the walls and I-Beams, but its hard to put a screw in 1-inch plate glass.I decided to to put in a little garden that could always have light, and...By: audreyobscuraContinue Reading »
 
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  • Making a Ring with a Hammered Finish in less than an hour (from scratch)

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    A simple band with a hammered texture is kind of a bread and butter piece for a lot of jewelers. It can be a great exercise to get familiar with a material and the many steps of finishing a ring. Once one gets used to the process, it can also be a fast way to pump out a nice piece of jewelry. T...By: Mercurius MakerContinue Reading »
  • How to replace disc brake pads

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Brake pads are a normal wear item on your vehicle. That means they are designed to wear down and be replaced. If you have disc brakes on your vehicle, this is a very manageable task and only requires a few tools.I've included an image from howstuffworks.com to illustrate how disc brakes work. Essent...By: dellingerContinue Reading »
  • how to make leather chaps

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    nice leather chaps good for beginners simple and easy step 1 measureing measure how long and how big around your legs are do this twice once for each leg then cut the dementions out of your leather step 2 punching holes punch holes 2 inches a part all the way down when you do this make sure t...By: sam Donahue age 10Continue Reading »
  • DIY wood case for Arduino LCD shield

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    This is an upgrade for my project "DIY Arduino LCD shield" go check out how to make the shield at my channel!This is an easy project to make, you only need 2 parts and some tools. Parts You only need 2 parts for this project and some tools.The bolts I used was 4cm but they are to long, I think 3c...By: ibenkosContinue Reading »
  • Motorcycle LED Bar End Blinkers

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I've always been concerned on the motorcycle at night about visibility from the side, particularly when stopped. It's also tough to see blinkers when a cager is right next to you. A good headlight and indicators are great but when you're a sitting duck waiting for a light to change I've always wa...By: tim.d.andersonContinue Reading »
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  • Coffee and Productivity: 10 Reasons Why I Avoid Caffeine for Creativity and Health

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

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

    Van
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    When I fond the Sushi Pot (best name ever) collage, and assemblage Etsy shop I was struck by the dedication to quality, consistency and beauty of the perfectly patinaed shop. Suzanna has sold over 10,333 vintage originals and creations unique creations since 2006 (selling over 830 items her first year!) and considers Etsy and making art her full time job. The bulk of her shopping for decorating her home and making her creations happens at junk yards, flea markets, and thrift stores. Today we get peek glimpse around her studio and pick her brain on success, productivity and inspiration!1. Tell…
  • The Top 5 Reasons Everyone's Quitting Reselling + My Indie Business Dilemmas

    Van
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have friends trying to sell all of their merchandise and move out of their antique mall booths and/or shutting down their online shops. I've received several e-mails from others doing the same, asking me for advice on what to do through this process, or asking me what I'm doing with my own reselling business. Am I quitting reselling for good? Yes and no.My antique mall booth before: a quick shot before I got to worth and re-arranged the hell out of it. It currently holds nearly all of my stock, soon to hold all of it! My sign was sponsored by Build a Sign.I have taken a long break from…
  • My Sedentary Artist-Person 3 Month Fitness Journey + Tips from Personal Trainers For my Fellow Creatives

    Van
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A quote from the stunning, award-winning animated short The Cat Piano keeps popping in my mind. It reads: I ran my cursed writer's run. I think of it while I'm dying on the treadmill. I am a writer and I can't run. And until 3 months ago I'd never worked out consistently in my life. I love biking, gardening, hiking and exploring/walking at every instance, but it's not the same as deliberate consistent training. I switched to a diet of whole foods and lost thirty pounds along the way, gradually went from vegan to raw vegan and look/feel younger and healthier than I did in my…
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  • More Beautiful Fireplace Design Ideas with Stone Veneer Panels

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

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

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

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

    Ryan
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    We’ve recently added a new line of faux panels, which we’re proud to announce here on the blog.  Made in the unique style of reclaimed barn board paneling, they are a complete innovation in the design industry.  Nothing like them has been seen before. Artificial barn wood panels look great in any design, indoors and out. The panels are highly durable polyurethane replicas crafted from master molds made of wooden boards that were salvaged from beautiful old country barns.  The result is a strikingly realistic decorative panel that has the same alluring charm and texture of real antique…
 
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  • Fall Decorating Ideas in Black and White (With a Bit of Orange)

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

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

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

    Johnny Love
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      Hand it to a Hollywood production designer to know exactly how to turn his front yard into a creepy– seriously creepy– Halloween display. We’re talking about Johnny Love, who has a growing following of fans for his annual Love Manor Halloween house, his amazingly elaborate tribute to the macabre. He’s shown us how he turned his fireplace into a faux stone hearth suitable for a horror movie. He also shared his expert techniques in creating a eerie ghost paintings and haunted house lighting.  And now, his newest contribution to our Halloween Style Challenge…
  • Halloween Decorating Ideas: A Not-Too-Creepy Halloween Party

    Katrina Sullivan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      Sometimes it’s hard to walk that thin line between creepy Halloween and cute Halloween. But we think Katrina Sullivan, author of Chic Little House, did it perfectly with her Halloween decorating ideas.  She offers her Halloween ideas as part of our Halloween Style Challenge. We sent Katrina, and several other excellent decor bloggers, mystery boxes of Home Depot Halloween decorations and asked the bloggers to come up with clever and practical ideas to decorate for the holiday.  Katrina shows how she created not-too-creepy decorations for a Halloween party. Along the way, she…
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  • Install a New Kitchen with Timeless Style

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
      A new kitchen installation will cost you about $55K for a high-end job these days and take a minimum of 15 to 20 weeks ... during which time, you'll be without any but the most basic cooking facilities. Unless you're addicted to both excitement and takeout food, you'd like your investment of money and time to stand you in good stead for years to come.  See full article.
  • 4 Ways Smart Homes Are Getting Smarter Than Ever

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:38 pm
      It used to be that we adults just had to worry about keeping up with our children in the smarts department. (Remember the first time you had to ask your offspring to show you how to use email or Facebook?) Now, as the technological revolution progresses ever farther and ever faster, we are faced with a new challenge … these days, not only our kids but even our houses are getting smarter than we are.  See full article.
  • 15 Important Items for a DIY Emergency Preparedness Kit

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
      Hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, fire! We all hope that none of these disasters will ever affect us … but just in case the unthinkable happens, it's wise to be prepared. Having an emergency supply kit packed and at the ready can make a difficult situation more bearable.  See full article.
  • Green Clean Upholstery with These Natural Techniques

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
      Environmental awareness starts at home. Keep your house or apartment a hazardous-chemical-free zone; replace commercial upholstery cleaning products with eco-friendly versions based on easily obtainable, pure, non-toxic ingredients. This will improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergic symptoms in your family members.  See full article.
  • 10 Questions and Answers about Terracotta

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
      Terracotta is gorgeous, earthy, and green. A richly colored ceramic, it is used for many diverse purposes in house and home, including plumbing pipes; bricks and pavers; floor, roofing, and counter tiles; dishes; sculptures; planters; and vases. Learn more about this amazing building and decorative material through our answers to 10 frequently asked questions.  See full article.
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  • 6 Kinds of Places Enhanced by Faux Rustic Wood Planks

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

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

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

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

    Beth
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Beams faux painted by the customer. In addition to their wide variety of sizes and styles, staining and painting fake wood beams yourself is another way to create exactly the look you want. Most customers simply choose one of our pre-stained beams such as the walnut, cinnamon, or java color options, but if you want do something different, here are a few tips. First, always use a water-based stain or paint, never oil-based. Most of our unfinished beams are already primed with a water-based coating. Oil and water do not mix, so you have to use a water-based product on top of the existing…
 
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  • An SDK for the ESP8266 WiFi Chip

    Brian Benchoff
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The ESP8266 is a chip that turned a lot of heads recently, stuffing a WiFi radio, TCP/IP stack, and all the required bits to get a microcontroller on the Internet into a tiny, $5 module. It’s an interesting chip, not only because it’s a UART to WiFi module, allowing nearly anything to get on the Internet for $5, but because there’s a user-programmable microcontroller in this board. If only we had an SDK or a few libraries… The ESP8266 SDK is finally here. A complete SDK for the ESP8266 was just posted to the Expressif forums, along with a VirtualBox image with Ubuntu…
  • Use a Cheap PIN Diode as a Geiger Counter

    Elliot Williams
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    After the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, radiation measurement became newly relevant for a lot of people. Geiger-Müller tubes, previously a curiosity, became simultaneously important and scarce. Opengeiger.de (English-language version here) has complete instructions for making a Geiger counter without a Geiger-Müller tube. Instead, this counter uses a PIN photodiode and some carefully chosen operational amplifiers. The total cost of such a device is significantly cheaper than the alternative: under $1 for the diode and around $5 for the rest. And since the PIN photodiode in…
  • FlowPaw, the Bear Paw of Electronics Education

    Brian Benchoff
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If the astonishing success of littleBits is any indication, there’s a huge market for ‘intro to electronics’ products that are much more capable than the classic Radio Shack ‘springs and components stuck to cardboard’ kits or even the very successful littleBits. FlowPaw is the latest entry in this space, combining the sensor module paradigm of littleBits with a largish microcontroller, digital and analog pins, and a great programming interface. The big innovation in the FlowPaw is the FlowStone programming language. It’s a graphical programming language…
  • Using Excel to Watch Movies at Work

    Josh Marsh
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Excel subreddit exploded earlier this week when redditor [AyrA_ch] shared his custom spreadsheet that allowed him to play video files on a locked-down work computer. How locked down? With no access to Windows Media Player and IE7 as the only browser (all plugins disabled, no HTML5), Excel became the unlikely hero to cure a 3-hour boredom stint. Behind the cascade of rectangles and in the land of the Excel macro, [AyrA_ch] took advantage of the program’s VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) functions to circumvent the computer’s restrictions. Although VBA typically serves the…
  • STEAM Carnival Hacker Preview Day

    Ben Delarre
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last week we wrote about the guys over at TwoBitCircus and their upcoming STEAM Carnival. This Thursday we managed to make it down to the Hacker Preview day where they showed us all the toys and games that will be exhibited over the weekend. The preview day went pretty well until the evening, when unexpected power problems occurred and the site lost power for a little while. But this is why you have a preview day right? Organizer [Brent Bushnell] even commented that he should have put a BETA badge on the ticket. Thankfully the outage coincided with the food truck arriving so everyone…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Palmolive Sponge Fresh Dish Soap Reviews & Experiences

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you suffer from stinky sponges? It is a common enough problem that Palmolive created a product, Fresh Sponge, a dish soap that is supposed to keep your sponges from getting stinky. I will say when I used it, it worked, but honestly I think you could just clean and disinfect them frequently (which you should do anyway!) and get a similar result. Here's my review, plus others from readers who've used this product. How often do you clean your sponge?
  • Citrus & Lemon Vinegar Mixtures Take Away The Stink From Homemade Cleaners

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Have you noticed many homemade cleaner recipes call for vinegar? Well, it's because vinegar is pretty darn awesome for cleaning. But it doesn't have the most pleasant smell. And while it doesn't bother some people, or they swear the smell dissipates, at least for some the smell is a deterrent to actually making your own cleaning products. Here's an idea to make the smell of these cleaners better -- add the scent of citrus to the vinegar. Here's how to do it. I'd love to hear from others as well -- how do you add some nice natural scents to your cleaning products, and do you like this method…
  • Duggar Laundry Soap Recipe

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    One of the first proponents of homemade laundry soap that I remember anyway is the Duggar family, and they should know what they're talking about when it comes to washing clothes, since they do laundry for 19 kids! Here's both their liquid and powder laundry detergent recipes that they've used for years and which has saved them a ton of money!
  • Comfort Fabric Conditioner & Softener Reviews: Positive & Negative

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Comfort fabric softener is a big brand in the UK, and I've now gotten a couple of reviews about it as the site's audience becomes more international. One was quite positive, while the other reported skin rashes from it, despite that version being for sensitive skin. If you've used Comfort I'd love to hear what you think of it as well.
  • Baby Formula Stain & Spit Up Removal Tips

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Here are more than 10 ways to remove baby formula and spit up stains both from your baby's clothes and your own. Lots of new moms have told me this page has been very helpful for them because there are all kinds of suggestions from veteran moms who've been there, done that.
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    Alure Home Improvements

  • 3 common questions about insulation, answered

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

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

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

    Salvatore Ferro
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Alure Home Improvements' roofing and exterior design expert Mike Serra explained in an interview that there are three warning signs every homeowner should keep an eye out for when it comes to the roof.
  • What you need to know before installing a whirlpool tub

    Gina Bonura
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Don't install a whirlpool tub without reading these tips from Alure's bathroom designer Brian Curry.
 
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    Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger

  • Architecture Time! – Melbourne Snapshots

    Violet
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Architecture time! Aren’t these trees beautiful? Everything is just starting to green up agin now. It’s been quite a while since I’ve themed these posts. I think when you live somewhere as pretty as Melbourne you kind of get a little blind to the beauty everywhere. You see it every day and half of the […] The post Architecture Time! – Melbourne Snapshots appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
  • Does Drawing On Mugs With Sharpies Work?

    Violet
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    So this whole Sharpie mug decorating craft has been everywhere. Like EVERYWHERE. And I figured it was time that I gave it a try finally. I wanted it to work so badly because it’s so cute but I only managed to get *kind of* results. Quite pretty and worth a try anyway so let’s get […] The post Does Drawing On Mugs With Sharpies Work? appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
  • How To Make A Center Pull Yarn Ball

    Violet
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m in the middle of cleaning out my craft supplies, it seems to be a never ending process. Bleh. I got up to my yarn box today… this is my least favorite craft thing to organise because yarn never stays organised no matter how hard you try. Monster yarn boooox! To begin with I ignored […] The post How To Make A Center Pull Yarn Ball appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
  • Changing Seasons- My Week In Snapshots

    Violet
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I’ve been completely addicted to white chocolate mocha frappuccinos lately. Especially with extra caramel sauce on top. I don’t usually like milky things but they are sooo good! It’s been a lovely change of seasons. The dead leaves are completely cleared away and there are tiny little buds coming through. It’s getting dark later in […] The post Changing Seasons- My Week In Snapshots appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
  • How To Do A Classic Twisted Hairstyle – Photo Tutorial

    Violet
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Today’s hair tutorial is something a little more classically styled than usual! Begin by separating your hair into two. Add a cute alice band and make sure there is hair hanging in front of it/your ears. Take the hair in front of the band and pull it out, twist it in a circle to form […] The post How To Do A Classic Twisted Hairstyle – Photo Tutorial appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
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    Nexus 21

  • On the Road Again – TV lifts for Travelers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Quality Roof Details

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

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

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

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

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

  • Preserved Boxwood Wreath…Fail

    Jami
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    You guys aren’t under the impression that everything always turns out perfectly around our cottage, are you? I sure hope not! One of my goals for AOC is to be able to show how easy things like cooking real foods, making gifts, or growing vegetables and flowers can be, so I do try to keep […] The post Preserved Boxwood Wreath…Fail appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing! ***Here is the link to your FREE eBook:*** CLICK HERE for the PDF version of Seasonal Dinner Menus eBook to view in your browser {or right-click and save to desktop}.
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    Five Gallon Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Boots Star Deals Beauty gifts for christmas (updated)

    rachelhirst
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    U me and the kids Every year we search the shops for some of the best deals around just in time for christmas, week one of  the Boots star deal of the week 2014 has just begun. So all of you Savvy partners, friends and parents out there this is your chance to get an amazing deal with a ½ price bargain. Boots are well known for being extremely generous in the months running up to christmas day itself. Although I shouldn’t really say, but last year both of my sisters, my mother and grandmothers parents were on the receiving end of Boots autumn sale. Buying in advance for santa…
  • (Giveaway) Halloween Treats & Goodies Pom-Bear Bundle

    rachelhirst
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    U me and the kids Halloween is just around the corner and we have the perfect prize package to take the stress out of planning  your Halloween party. Planning a get together no more how small always takes precision planning, with food and Halloween treats to prepare and outfits to organise it can turn into a huge stress for parents. Pom-Bear Halloween treats Pom-Bear are offering one of our lucky readers the chance to have everything taken care of. With a full selection of things to make and do, this prize will keep your little monsters entertained from daybreak until sun set. The prize…
  • Battroborg Warriors Arena Set (Complete Review)

    rachelhirst
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    U me and the kids The latest edition to the Battroborg family in 2014 has new improved motion control, this time with handheld weapons the Battroborg Warriors battle arena set has been born. Each toy Robot specifically built to add flare, style and power within the arena.   Over the past year, our family have had quite a lot of fun with the original Battroborg game review, challenging one another on a fair few occasions. My husband tends to be the best so far punching his way to victory. You can imagine how excited my boys were when this set arrived, due to their love for competing…
 
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Stacked Halloween Bow

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

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

    Cheri Mortimer
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I am so excited to introduce you to today’s project, because I have been wanting to learn for a while now how to make this adorable headband! Have you ever looked at a project and thought to yourself, “How in the world do they make that?” I find myself asking that question multiple times a […]
  • No Sew Chevron Burlap Table Runner

    The Ribbon Retreat
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Some of my favorite projects are those that multitask! The ones that you can leave up for multiple seasons and for many special reasons! I LOVE projects such as these and today Danielle from Blissful and Domestic is sharing a super easy but very adorable and trendy No Sew Table Runner that you could keep […]
  • Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial

    Shirley Hale
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you scared of spiders? Icky, furry, speedy little spiders that make you squeal or pass out or just simply run out of the room screeching at the top of your lungs….SPIIIIIDER?!? Ya, my husband is too! Haha! Well don’t fret, because you will be doing everything but running from the room or jumping up […]
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    Power Equipment Tips

  • Best Gas Leaf Blowers of 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Under The Light of the Moon: A Quick, Down-and-Dirty History of Moonshine

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

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

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

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

    Jeff
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    You bought your fancy new still column, and it finally arrives on your doorstep. Oh, the excitement! But wait… what are all these pieces? How do I get this darn thing together? We get that question a lot. And, unfortunately, a lot of how you assemble your still tower is personal preference. For example, there are many different ways to pack a reflux tower or hook up the cooling hoses. If you haven’t already, I would read our article on Column Packing – Copper Mesh vs Raschig Rings to figure out what type of column packing you want. So, here is our recommended method of tower…
 
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    Oz DIY Handyman

  • Termites – The Terrifying Truth infographic

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

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

    Steve Sagovac
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    There’s nothing better than fresh eggs in the morning. And the only way to get the freshest eggs is to have your own chickens. So no matter what the size of your backyard, there is a chicken coop that will fit your needs.  Build your own DIY Chicken Coop Building a chicken coop in your own backyard can be quite easily accomplished with some basic materials and tools. You can use timber that you have lying around, even old shipping pallets make perfect materials for a project of this kind. Here are 6 Chicken Coops that people have made, including how-to instructions on the process. 1.
  • Avoid DIY Disasters – Don’t Do It Yourself!

    Steve Sagovac
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    The enthusiasm a home handyman experiences when starting a DIY project at home can sometimes get in the way of the more important emotion required for the task…. common sense. DIY looks simple enough – but it can hurt too! There’s no denying how much fun it is, going to the hardware store and buying a bunch of new power tools and materials. But you need to keep in mind that even the most basic tools required for a simple project, like a hammer, pliers, chisels and even a ladder can all cause a fair bit of damage if not given the respect they deserve. Even the most…
  • Handyman App – Calculate Concrete, Flooring etc. Convert Measurements. 2 Stroke Fuel Mix Calculator.

    Steve Sagovac
    19 May 2014 | 8:13 pm
    DIY Handyman Toolbox, is an iPhone iOS App that includes quite a few very handy features for the home handyman and also for the construction industry. This app is METRIC only. (There is an Imperial version available on the app store, that doesn’t include the Oil Ratio calculator). The DIY Handyman Toolbox app features: 1. VOLUME Calculator – Handy for calculating how much concrete you need. The app also includes an area to add the cost per cubic metre, and then gives you the total volume required, plus the total concrete price. 2. AREA Calculator - You can use this to help…
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