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  • Exceptional DIY Kitchen Makeover Projects with False Wood Beams

    Faux Wood Workshop
    Ryan
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    DIY kitchen makeovers are easy with faux ceiling beams. Kitchens have always been known to be the heart of a home.  They make up the space of a house where family members get together for the preparation of meals, to relax, eat, talk about how their days went, entertain friends, or even get work done. In many traditions, in fact, the kitchen is the space in a home that has the most direct impact on the health and harmony of the family.  Some even maintain that the well-being and prosperity of a home’s residents depend on the kitchen. Being the heart of a home, a kitchen’s décor is…
  • Living Room Makeovers with DIY Ceiling Beams

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

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

    Instructables: exploring - living
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Explore Shibori Dyeing - Kumo Dye a Silk ScarfA Fiberartsy.com TutorialGosh, I love playing with colors! Always have! And exploring the many various cloth, fiber and yarn dyeing techniques is a neverending fascination for me.Download this Free TutorialSo, what is Shibori Dyeing anyway? Shibori is re...By: fiberartsyContinue Reading »
  • How to Clean an Outdoor Teak Table

    Ask the Builder
    Tim Carter
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    DEAR TIM: I purchased a used teak outdoor table from the online classified ad website Craigslist. It was a great deal, but it needs some tender loving care. How do I clean it? Should I just pressure wash it? After cleaning it, how should I protect it or can I just let it weather to a natural color? I want the wood table to last as long as possible. Ann P., Raleigh, NC DEAR ANN: I've had great success selling things on Craigslist. Believe it or not, I used to be in a private mastermind group with the founder of that website! It's a great place to find fantastic bargains. I'm stunned at the…
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  • Episode 2: Eric Stromer on HGTV & DIY

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

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

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

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

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

    Tony DiCola
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Combine the Arduino Yún with a simple solderless breadboard circuit to create a homemade 'universal' remote control that you can navigate with your laptop or smartphone.Read more on MAKE
  • The Happy Fish of Ralph Douglas Jones

    Caleb Kraft
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    While out on a family vacation, we stumbled upon this absolutely wonderful person. Meet Ralph Douglas Jones, an artist living in Tybee Island Georgia.  Ralph has taken the happy fish as his image, and makes a ton of them, but also has many other fantastic reuses of materials sitting around […]Read more on MAKE
  • A Custom Bicycle Dashboard

    Jeremy Cook
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    If you’re not satisfied with the lightweight digital speedometer that you can buy at your local bike shop, why not build your own bicycle dashboard using various electrical components and wood? DJ decided to do just that, and gives instructions with an electrical schematic, parts list, and Arduino sketch, in […]Read more on MAKE
  • Hour-Long Special on Maker Faire Airing Tomorrow Night

    Caleb Kraft
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    If you live in the San Francisco area, you are already aware of who Kron4 is. They’ll be airing an hour-long special about Maker Faire at 9pm tomorrow, Friday, August 22. If you were at the Bay Area Maker Faire, you may have seen them interviewing people and walking around […]Read more on MAKE
  • How to Fix Your Broken MicroView

    Alasdair Allan
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    The response by GeekAmmo and Sparkfun to the MicroView problem has been amazing, but you can fix your broken one fairly simply if you're prepared to crack the case.Read more on MAKE
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    Ask the Builder

  • New Asphalt Roof Smell in House

    Tim Carter
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Rosie Palau, who lives in Sarasota, FL the home of the best sugar beach sand in the USA, has a big problem in her home. I know how to solve it! "My landlord had a new roof put on the house last December. 2013. All was well until we put the air conditioner on late April this year. Then in the afternoon after the outside of the house gets good and hot, the inside has a strong asphalt-type smell, which hurts my throat.  I know this is from the off gassing of the roof because I also smell it in places around the house when it's sunny and hot out. How is this smelly outside air getting in when…
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries and Cordless Tools

    Tim Carter
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    DEAR TIM: It seems every month there's a new cordless tool. The power claims and run time seem unbelievable. Before I start investing heavily into cordless tools, I'm wondering if you can weigh in. Am I a victim of inflated marketing claims or are cordless tools advancing to where they really can perform equally with a corded tool? What's the latest information you can offer about lithium-ion batteries and what separates a good cordless tool from a great one? Mike S., Fall River, MA DEAR MIKE: There's an old saying about being at the bus stop when the bus comes by. You, my friend, just got on…
  • August 14, 2014 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

    Tim Carter
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    I've been AWOL for over two weeks! Why? What's the old saying, " ...busier than a one-armed paper hanger." I've hung wallpaper for decades with two hands and I'm here to tell you doing it with one hand would be frantic! I've been crazy, crazy busy the past twelve or so days. Right now, I'm in the Milwaukee airport getting ready to fly back to New Hampshire. I blew into town less than 48 hours ago to attend the Milwaukee Tool Conference. Wait until you hear my story next week about my cancelled flight from Chicago to Milwaukee! I've decided to share with you some of what I saw, but because of…
  • How to Minimize Flooding and Water Damage in Heavy Rain

    Tim Carter
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Long Island was battered with record rainfall last week. It caused both physical and emotional damage to tens of thousands of residents and businesses. If you were one, I'm so sorry for your losses and can only now offer advice to prevent it from happening to you in the future. My college degree is in geology and two of the areas that fascinated me were geomorphology and hydrogeology. Geomorph, as we called it back then, is the study of the shape of the earth. Hydro, is it was known by underclassmen, is the study of groundwater. If you were a victim of flooding, both of these subjects should…
  • How to Clean an Outdoor Teak Table

    Tim Carter
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    DEAR TIM: I purchased a used teak outdoor table from the online classified ad website Craigslist. It was a great deal, but it needs some tender loving care. How do I clean it? Should I just pressure wash it? After cleaning it, how should I protect it or can I just let it weather to a natural color? I want the wood table to last as long as possible. Ann P., Raleigh, NC DEAR ANN: I've had great success selling things on Craigslist. Believe it or not, I used to be in a private mastermind group with the founder of that website! It's a great place to find fantastic bargains. I'm stunned at the…
 
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  • How to Make a Rainbow Mobile

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whether you want to create a peaceful display of beauty in your backyard or your child needs an idea for a science project, designing a mobile that catches light will create a rainbow--no rain needed. Steps Clean the chosen tree branch. When you select the branch, look for something that will hold all your dangling prisms, while at the same time acting as an anchor or base for your mobile. If necessary, use light sanding paper to smooth and refine the branch. Otherwise, simply brush off debris and any remaining dirt. Measure the tree branch to determine the number of hanging prisms. You can…
  • How to Change a Wifi Password

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Frequently changing your Wi-Fi password is important for Internet and identity theft security. Changing your password will allow your anti-virus or firewall able to refresh for a new network security. Consider changing your password every 3 months and setting up a guest network for intermittent users. You can learn how to change a Wi-Fi password by accessing your account online. Steps Wi-Fi Setup Find the owner's manual for your wireless router. In some cases, you can access general information about Netgear, Linksys and other popular router brands on the company website. Find your online…
  • How to Beat 2048

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    2048 is an addictive game available on desktop and mobile devices. It's simple to learn, but hard to beat. Steps Playing the Game Get the game. There are a few varieties of the game available online, but you can find the original version here. The game is also available for download on iOS and Android. Move the tiles to play. On the desktop, you can use your arrow keys, and on a mobile device, you can swipe the number tiles up, down, left or right across the screen. When you move a certain way, all of the tiles will slide that direction, unless there are other tiles blocking them. For…
  • How to Remove Marker from Wood

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Permanent marker contains ink, solvent and resin. It is waterproof and hard to remove from surfaces once it sets. The method you choose to remove permanent marker from wood will depend upon the finishing treatment on the wood. Several household items, such as toothpaste and baby wipes, have a good reputation for removing marker on wood furniture and paneling. Steps Removing Marker From Finished Wood Purchase a tube of regular toothpaste. Don’t choose anything that is a gel, has whitening or has abrasive crystals in it. Traditional white paste will do the trick without damaging the wood.
  • How to Turn an Old Dress Into a Maxi Skirt

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everyone loves maxi skirts. They're even better when they're made from old dresses! Here is how to make a maxi skirt from an old dress. Steps Get rid of the top part of the old dress using some scissors. The top part is right beneath the armholes. Choose what place you wish to have the waistband, and put one pin approximately 1 1/2 in. over that place. Then remove the extra parts of the top part using scissors. Reverse the skirt and downfold the part of it that is over the waistband. Once that has been done, use a flatiron to press it. Stitch the waistband. Keep an aperture of waistband that…
 
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    Home Construction Improvement

  • Vinyl Siding Leaks – Period!

    Todd Fratzel
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Understanding The Limits of Vinyl SidingToday as I was driving home for lunch I passed a new home under construction and witnessed something that really bothered me. A contractor was installing vinyl siding on a new home that was sheathed with OSB. However, there was one very crucial detail missing that really bothered me. The house had absolutely no type of house wrap, rain screen or even tar paper on it, just vinyl siding attached directly to the OSB sheathing.All Vinyl Siding LeaksEveryone needs to understand that vinyl siding leaks and allows water/moisture to pass through it and make…
  • Outdoor Fire Pit and Patio

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

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

    Todd Fratzel
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Need Helping Designing and Building a Backyard Shed?The old saying “there’s never enough storage space” is especially true when it comes to garden tools and outdoor power equipment. I have a rather large garage but there’s simply not enough room for the riding mower, push mower, car top carrier, lawn and garden tools and 4 bicycles. In the near future I’ve got to build a shed so I’d like to share some information that you can use if you’re looking to design and/or build a new backyard shed.Find Your Shed InspirationThe first step in designing or…
  • Home Improvement Safety Tips

    Todd Fratzel
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    Stay Safe While Doing Home Improvement ProjectsEach year thousands of homeowners are injured doing home improvement projects around their homes. Home improvement projects can be dangerous so it’s important to be prepared and outfitted properly in order to protect yourself. Below are some simple tips that will help keep you safe during your next project.First Aid KitOne of the most important things you can do to be prepared for projects around your home is making sure you have a properly stocked first aid kit. When accidents happen it’s really important to have a proper first aid…
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  • A Rambling Renovators Home Tour

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

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Oops, I missed a Friday Love List! So sorry about that. I decided to start the weekend a bit early and headed to The Ex with my family and my sisters.It's been exactly a decade since I've been to The Ex and my memories of it consist of cheesy midway games, fun rides, and crazy unhealthy food options you just have to try. I'm happy to say the Ex has retained much of that charm though it seems vastly more organized, entertaining and offers so much more for the kids. You need to go if you haven't been lately (if only to eat yourself silly with beaver tails and Tiny Tom donuts).A few other links…
  • Shopping at Anthropologie & A Discount

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Earlier this week, I was invited to rewardStyle & Anthropologie's first ever blogger event in Toronto. I know - they must have mixed me up with some fashion blogger ;) But, while I usually gravitate towards the housewares and coffee table books when I visit the store, this time I browsed the pretty frocks. I'm on a mission, you see. BlogPodium is one month away and I have nothing to wear!Luckily, there were many options in store though I'm going to have to make a visit to the Shops At Don Mills location where they carry the Petites section. I thought I'd share some outfit inspiration in…
  • Summer Getaway

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    We managed to escape the city for a few days and headed out to Kingston and Prince Edward County. It was a summer weekend for the books, filled with sun, sand, amazing food and beautiful scenery. And since my brain is still in vacation mode, I'll leave it to my iPhone pics to show you what we were up to.Have you been to Picton? I love the drive down long country roads, past farmer's fields and wineries.Best meal, hands down, was breakfast at Pan Chancho in Kingston. Ohmigosh, I'm still dreaming about this french toast with apple butter cream fraiche. I must find out this recipe!Isn't…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    From shed to playhouse. Love this! Via Lay Baby LayCould you live without a permanent home? What an intriguing way to live.Go on, ditch 100 calories today."Do something today to move toward your dreams" and more great adviceWhen one of my favourite builders works with one of my favourite designers, you get gorgeous details and finishes like this. Swoon!The perfect curtain foldWho needs a sewing machine when you've got a hot glue gun?Children's bedding I kinda want for myself (designed by a Torontonian. Woot!)A sweet nautical nursery
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  • Jammin’ & Cannin’: Raspberry Jam Edition

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

    Kit
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The workshop is one of those areas on the property that has been driving me nuts for the better part of the year, because it looks so horrible but also has so much potential. It’s been continually downgraded as far as projects though, because 1.) it doesn’t house any of the living creatures on this property, 2.) it doesn’t grow any of the food that feeds the living creatures on this property, and 3.) I can actually still work in it without a problem when it looks like this… True story. I still know where most of my tools are, I have not yet–despite some dire…
  • In the Garden (and Kitchen): Green Bean Fry-off

    Kit
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are a lot of things going on in my garden right now. Garlic, and cucumbers, and tomatoes, and peppers, and corn, and green beans. Lots and lots of green beans. I mostly just eat the beans raw, by the handful, whenever I happen to be walking by the garden. I offered some of these delicious raw beans to my bearded dude once, and he just blinked at me a dozen times before informing me that he only eats beans if there is a lot of garlic, butter, and a frying pan involved. (I haven’t manage to convert him to farm life yet.) Well, when faced with yet another bushel of beans (not an…
  • Days Off

    Kit
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    I like to think the Universe and I have an understanding about our relationship. It likes to fuck with me just for the fun of it sometimes, and I like to laugh about it after I’m done shaking my fist at the sky and swearing. It works for us. The last few days have been a great example of this. I’d been planning to taking just a couple of days off from my day job to hang around the farm, so leading up to those days the Universe made sure I would really appreciate them. Or maybe this is just the price you pay for trying to mess with the natural order of things and save a pair of…
  • Around the Farm: Bird Lady Edition

    Kit
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    I have a Tupperware full of crickets in my refrigerator right now. This is one of those moments where you picture your life a few years ago, then picture your life now, and go… well, this is surprising. Kind of like the part of my life where I catch myself napping with Nugs in my yard… It happens. So, let me tell you a story. This is, by far, the most random chicken-related thing that has happened to me yet… A few weeks ago, one of my older Nugs went broody (meaning she started sitting in the nesting box 24 hours a day, trying to hatch unfertilized eggs. It doesn’t…
 
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    I'm an Organizing Junkie

  • Menu Planning – Are You Making These 3 Mistakes?

    Laura
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. Menu planning is a great way to get ready for your week. On grocery day, you’ll have a list of everything you actually need to buy (and nothing you don’t). Each day, you will know exactly what to prepare and cook. […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Planning – Are You Making These 3 Mistakes?
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ August 18/14

    Laura
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, one of my favorite things to do on Sunday nights is scroll through my Feedly account, where I follow over 100+ food blogs, looking for new recipes to try and to link to.  I absolutely love linking to other bloggers, it provides them some traffic love while at the same time it provides […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ August 18/14
  • 5 Free or Frugal Ways to Read E-Books

    Laura
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. Do you love to use your e-reader to read as much as I do? One of the best things about reading an e-book is the instant access- you hear about a good book and TA-DA!…. you can download and start reading […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Free or Frugal Ways to Read E-Books
  • Organizing Favorites: Back to School Edition!

    Laura
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Happy Friday y’all!  Welcome to the back to school edition of my Friday Favorites, the post where I share my favorite organizing links of the week :) I am super excited because I have my brother and his lovely wife and three kiddos coming to visit us in a couple weeks all the way from […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Organizing Favorites: Back to School Edition!
  • How to Stay Organized Every Single Day

    Laura
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kalyn at Creative Savings. Maybe you already have this organizing thing down to a science. Your closets are full of neatly stacked clothes, and your pantry sports all sorts of pretty chalkboard labels for baking supplies and snacks. But what about every day organization?  How do […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How to Stay Organized Every Single Day
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    Handyguys Podcast - Home Improvement and DIY Advice

  • How to Operate a Drill

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

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

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

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

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

  • Waiting for the Ikea 2015 Catalogue

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

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

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

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

    Bill Hutchison
    24 Sep 2013 | 6:46 am
    The house was first built as a miner’s cottage around 1870 in Charters Towers during the gold rush. It was a simple 4-room colonial style miner’s pyramid roof style house. Around the early 20th century (1915 – 1930) the house was moved, most likely by a team of horses, from Charters Towers to Townsville when the gold mines shut down. We purchased the house in 2005 in Townsville, performed some major renovation and upgrades to the house, and then sold it in 2009 prior to moving to Canada. My son Caleb is currently learning about the Gold Rushes that have happened in Australian history.
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  • Home Magnet Power - Easy DIY Installation That Saves You $1000s Every Year

    Gray
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    http://www.HowardJohnsonEnergy.com tutorial and testimony of building a magnetic free energy device that generates free electric energy for home use, to find out how this has been done visit:...
  • Home Improvement Season 4 Episode 24 Sisters And Brothers

    Gray
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    Check out the channel to watch Home Improvement episodes. # Home Improvement Full Episodes # Home Improvement No Copyright Infringement. I have nothing. season 4 episode 24. season 4...
  • DIY T-SHIRT

    Gray
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    This video is my first! I made this video to show you how to make the DIY bow shirt.Hope you enjoy!
  • Home Improvement Season 2 Episode 14 Howard's End

    Gray
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Check out the channel to watch Home Improvement episodes. # Home Improvement Full Episodes # Home Improvement No Copyright Infringement. I have nothing. season 2 episode 14. season 2...
  • DIY charm!

    Gray
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Sorry if it's long! It's my first video! Instgram username: _nerdy_girl12_ Please tag me and show me! Kik: randomlycrazyme Talk to me so we can chat!
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  • Geek Trivia: What Popular Children’s Toy Was Originally Created To Solve Structural Problems?

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    What Popular Children’s Toy Was Originally Created To Solve Structural Problems? Play-Doh LEGO Blocks The Rubik's Cube Erector SetsThink you know the answer?
  • The Science of Depression

    Akemi Iwaya
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Depression is a serious issue that can tear a person down to the point where life is nothing more than a miserable existence, but what exactly is going on ‘inside’ when a person is depressed? Today’s video from YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE discusses some new discoveries that are shedding light on causes and possible treatments for depression.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to Display Owner Information on the Lock Screen on Your Android Phone

    Lori Kaufman
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
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  • How to Identify Stuck Pixels and Remove Them from Your Digital Photos

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve noticed hotspots in your digital photos, areas where a stuck pixel in the camera’s sensor has rendered very bright spots of color that don’t belong in the image, you’re not alone. It’s an incredibly common phenomenon, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Read on as we discuss what distinguishes stuck pixels from other sensor defects and problems, how to identify it, and how to fix it both in-camera and out.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Use These Tools To Change Settings Removed From Ubuntu and GNOME

    Chris Hoffman
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    In 2005, Linus Torvalds said, “I don’t use GNOME, because in striving to be simple, it has long since reached the point where it simply doesn’t do what I need it to do.” GNOME’s developers have continued removing options.Click Here to Continue Reading
 
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  • cottage renovation: replacing the sill beam is not sexy work

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

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

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

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

    Angela M.
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Seven and half years ago, when we were still living in New York City and before our little girl was even an idea in our minds, we bought a small cottage close to the Hudson River. During the house inspection, several issues were pointed out to us — poor drainage around the house which caused damage to the sill beam, old termite damage that had been haphazardly fixed, patchy concrete stucco that covered the house. “Everything’s fixable,” our inspector had told us. In love the little patch of land and the quaintness of the place, we naively plunged forward thinking,…
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  • How to Clean and Maintain a Wood Fence

    Danny Lipford
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Watch this video for tips on how to clean and stain a wood fence in your yard to keep it looking good and protect the wood from damage caused by the weather and the sun.
  • DIY Fireplace and Door Surrounds for Your Home

    Danny Lipford
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Find out about beautiful do-it-yourself fireplace surrounds and exterior door surrounds for your home. Watch this video to find out more.
  • Installing Diagonal Glued Down Engineered Wood Flooring

    Danny Lipford
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    While usually installed parallel to a wall, engineered wood flooring can also be laid diagonally to give a unique look. Watch this video to find out how.
  • DIY Home Reuse and Refinish Projects

    Danny Lipford
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Watch this video to find out about four great DIY reuse and refinish projects, including refinishing a desk with chalk paint, turning a wood pallet into a cool wine rack and planter, and building a pet bed.
  • Tips for Building a Shade Arbor

    Danny Lipford
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Building a shade arbor on your house or in your yard is a great way to improve the look of your home and provide much needed shade. Watch this video for some tips on how to attach and construct a shade arbor.
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  • Home

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

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    In February I wrote about the fantastic entrepreneurial resource put together by Jen & Omar from These Are Things and Chris Guillebeau from The Unconventional Guides - I contributed an audio and a text interview to the companion and Chris just released the audio file of my interview.  If you want to hear me talk at length about how I started Moop, why I value process and how an art practice informs what I do then download this to your itunes library and listen to it on your drive somewhere.  It's about an hour and the audio begins a little jumpy but,…
 
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  • Compact Chaos - A Compact K'Nex Sniper

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Welcome to the Instructable for Compact Chaos, a compact sniper rifle and my first K'Nex gun that actually worked. With a few #64 rubber bands, I was able to reach a range of about 30 metres and easily pierce an empty drinks can. I apologise for how the image quality isn't the best, but considering ...By: shieldsamContinue Reading »
  • Pom Poms By The Dozen Or More

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    What if I said that by the time you make 3 Pom Poms I could make a dozen or more??? You don't believe me? Well trust me when I say even if you have never made pom poms in your life, by the end of this tutorial you will have the confidence to make dozens of pom poms and do it like a pro too!NO you ...By: shazniContinue Reading »
  • C-Clamps? 25 Other Clamps They Don't Want You To Know About...

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    This set of Alphaclamps is an exploration of tools and their form. From the I-beam to the C-clamp, the latin letterforms seem to have a chicken-egg relationship with the letter-shaped tools that bear their name. Is the C the basis for design, or simply a descriptor of the form? Curious about how the...By: RobbGodshawContinue Reading »
  • Electromechanical Insect or Flapping Oscillator

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    IntroductionI've been following the development of robotics for about 10 years and my background is Biology and Videography. These interests have orbited my underlying passion, entomology (the study of insects). Insects are a big deal in many industries, and have been the source of a great deal of...By: organicelectricsContinue Reading »
  • Chemical and drilling free, card PCBs

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Most of us who are into electronics feel the need to produce a PCB for our new project. However, if like me you cant etch at home you're limited to using strip-board. The obvious alternative, getting a prototype PCB made is both expensive and fraught with difficulties. What if you pay your money but...By: jefffollyContinue Reading »
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  • Pom Poms By The Dozen Or More

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    What if I said that by the time you make 3 Pom Poms I could make a dozen or more??? You don't believe me? Well trust me when I say even if you have never made pom poms in your life, by the end of this tutorial you will have the confidence to make dozens of pom poms and do it like a pro too!NO you ...By: shazniContinue Reading »
  • Flared Mini Top Hats with Versatile Attachment Points

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    This version of mini top hats allows for the temporary use of plastic headbands, elastic or ribbon straps, as well as a variety of hair clips to secure them to your head (or wherever it is that you plan to wear them). Because the attachment point is modular, you can change from a headband to a hair ...By: starshipminivanContinue Reading »
  • Harry Potter Broomstick

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Last year my son asked for a Hogwarts-themed birthday party, complete with Quidditch practice. So we made this Nimbus 2000 broomstick for the kids to fly around in our back yard. Turns out it was a blast for parents and grandparents too! We kinda figured it out as we went, so these instructions are ...By: wrameyContinue Reading »
  • How to Play instructables

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    the instructables instructableWhile my friends are shooting avatars or counting ducks and llamas, I have fun on instructables. I joke that it’s my favorite online game.You might think, "instructables is a great website for learning how to do stuff, but it’s not a game". My son even took offense at t...By: Rhonda Chase DesignContinue Reading »
  • Minimalist Black Steel Desk

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    When we were moving into our new unfurnished apartment, we searched for furniture that would be cheap, easy to move, and look excellent with the room. After trolling around craigslist and finding an oblique mishmash of multicolored hand-me-downs, we threw up our hands, rolled up our sleeves, and wen...By: FabricateIOContinue Reading »
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  • Harry Potter Broomstick

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Last year my son asked for a Hogwarts-themed birthday party, complete with Quidditch practice. So we made this Nimbus 2000 broomstick for the kids to fly around in our back yard. Turns out it was a blast for parents and grandparents too! We kinda figured it out as we went, so these instructions are ...By: wrameyContinue Reading »
  • Minimalist Black Steel Desk

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    When we were moving into our new unfurnished apartment, we searched for furniture that would be cheap, easy to move, and look excellent with the room. After trolling around craigslist and finding an oblique mishmash of multicolored hand-me-downs, we threw up our hands, rolled up our sleeves, and wen...By: FabricateIOContinue Reading »
  • Word art trivet

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    I realised I was missing a trivet from my life and really needed somewhere to place hot things in the kitchen. I like self-referential objects, and "hot stuff" is a bit of an inside joke between my girlfriend and me, so I set out to make this word art trivet. The actual making process is pretty si...By: PKMContinue Reading »
  • Measuring Tape/Belt — A pocket reference for your waist

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    The belt. Many of us wear them every day. I measure things nearly every day. There was a time in my life that I carried a 6'ft. tape measure with me every day, but I found it cumbersome. One day, when playing with a laser cutter it occurred to me that the belt is prefect real estate for a short tape...By: RobbGodshawContinue Reading »
  • Beach Ball Bag

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Being a long time beach lover, I'm always on the hunt for great accessories that make packing everything to the beach easy and fun. So I set out to make an inexpensive, no-sew, waterproof bag that I, a...By: Paige RussellContinue Reading »
 
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  • Duck Tape Flower

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This is how to make a duck tape flowerHope you enjoy Choose your duck tape padern Cut a small pice and make two folds Attach to the pincil Keep repeating this By: coolbrok2Continue Reading »
  • How To Make A Loom Charm Bracelet

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    This is a really, really simple tutorial. In fact, I wouldn't even call it a tutorial. I'm just going to show you how to use a C or S clip to attach a loom charm to a loom bracelet to create a charm bracelet! This is obviously a beginner's tutorial, but I hope you still find this useful! This is mak...By: JustKatie05Continue Reading »
  • How To Paint Urban Cammo

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Hello everybody, in this instructable ill show you how to paint almost anything in a red urban cammo. To do the urban cammo you need : red, grey, white, and black spray-paint for the black and white I recommend the adjustable angle nozzle. You also need primer Prime the item to be painted, ...By: donttrustthepigContinue Reading »
  • Pom Poms By The Dozen Or More

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    What if I said that by the time you make 3 Pom Poms I could make a dozen or more??? You don't believe me? Well trust me when I say even if you have never made pom poms in your life, by the end of this tutorial you will have the confidence to make dozens of pom poms and do it like a pro too!NO you ...By: shazniContinue Reading »
  • Explore Shibori Dyeing- Kumo Dye a Silk Scarf

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Explore Shibori Dyeing - Kumo Dye a Silk ScarfA Fiberartsy.com TutorialGosh, I love playing with colors! Always have! And exploring the many various cloth, fiber and yarn dyeing techniques is a neverending fascination for me.Download this Free TutorialSo, what is Shibori Dyeing anyway? Shibori is re...By: fiberartsyContinue Reading »
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  • Oil drum garden fire pit with a skyline..!!

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I had an oil drum sitting outside rusting for the last couple of years and i never really new what to do with it.! that was until i had a brainwave and decided i wanted a fire pit for the garden.I wanted something we could all sit around and keep warm in the summer evenings.! Find your oil drum. ...By: limer_10Continue Reading »
  • 6 easy tips to improve your outdoor photography

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Sure, you can spend many hours experimenting with f-stops, shutter speeds, filters, post-processing, and HDR... but most of the time these quick-and-easy tips are all it takes to make your outdoor photographs more appealing. Move your subject off-center You've all heard this one before... but it'...By: hchuteContinue Reading »
  • Lessons of a Knife - making the ultimate bush tool

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    "Which knife is best?"Every adventurer, trekker, hunter, survivalist or geek gets sooner or later faced with that one, simple, haunting question: "Which knife is best?"Believe it or not, but those four words chased me for many, many years. In the beginning, when I was a kid, I suffered in silence, t...By: bricobartContinue Reading »
  • Building a Campfire

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    For camping trips and backyard cookouts, make a fast, hot campfire with a minimum amount of smoke. We had our campfire burning hot ~20 minutes after we collected kindling and cut firewood in our woods from trees found on the ground. Dry kindling and firewood burn faster and with less smoke than fres...By: pi526Continue Reading »
  • Snow Tiger Paracord bracelet

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    I notice that there wasn't any instructables that were about a weave like this, so I did some tinkering with some cord and found this awesome new weave. Gather Materials 15 ft of Paracordbucklescissorslighterpincersjig (optional) Creating the bracelet Do a regular cows hitch in the middle of t...By: BroadKaymonContinue Reading »
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  • Waterproof fire starters

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:12 am
    There are many ways to make fire starters that can help you make fire when the circumstances are not ideal, for example high humidity, wet branches etc.. The first way For the first type of fire starters you will need a candle, or a piece of wax and some sawdust. Cut the candle, put it in a can a...By: luaniContinue Reading »
  • Oil drum garden fire pit with a skyline..!!

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I had an oil drum sitting outside rusting for the last couple of years and i never really new what to do with it.! that was until i had a brainwave and decided i wanted a fire pit for the garden.I wanted something we could all sit around and keep warm in the summer evenings.! Find your oil drum. ...By: limer_10Continue Reading »
  • 6 easy tips to improve your outdoor photography

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Sure, you can spend many hours experimenting with f-stops, shutter speeds, filters, post-processing, and HDR... but most of the time these quick-and-easy tips are all it takes to make your outdoor photographs more appealing. Move your subject off-center You've all heard this one before... but it'...By: hchuteContinue Reading »
  • Lessons of a Knife - making the ultimate bush tool

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    "Which knife is best?"Every adventurer, trekker, hunter, survivalist or geek gets sooner or later faced with that one, simple, haunting question: "Which knife is best?"Believe it or not, but those four words chased me for many, many years. In the beginning, when I was a kid, I suffered in silence, t...By: bricobartContinue Reading »
  • Building a Campfire

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    For camping trips and backyard cookouts, make a fast, hot campfire with a minimum amount of smoke. We had our campfire burning hot ~20 minutes after we collected kindling and cut firewood in our woods from trees found on the ground. Dry kindling and firewood burn faster and with less smoke than fres...By: pi526Continue Reading »
 
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  • Improvised fishing equipment (tested)

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    I am going to show you how to make survival fishing equipment from natural materials. It includes fishing line and a fishing bobber. For this instructable I used the commercial hook without barb so it works in the most similar way to some improvised hook and also to make less damage to the fish. I a...By: luaniContinue Reading »
  • Waterproof fire starters

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:12 am
    There are many ways to make fire starters that can help you make fire when the circumstances are not ideal, for example high humidity, wet branches etc.. The first way For the first type of fire starters you will need a candle, or a piece of wax and some sawdust. Cut the candle, put it in a can a...By: luaniContinue Reading »
  • Oil drum garden fire pit with a skyline..!!

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I had an oil drum sitting outside rusting for the last couple of years and i never really new what to do with it.! that was until i had a brainwave and decided i wanted a fire pit for the garden.I wanted something we could all sit around and keep warm in the summer evenings.! Find your oil drum. ...By: limer_10Continue Reading »
  • homemade glow in the dark micarta / G10

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    You need2K epoxyglow in the dark powderglass fiber fabricYou can use G10/micarta for knife handles /scales Laminating mix 2k epoxy with glow in the dark powderlaminate glass fiber fabricpress it for 24 hours By: Unboxingexperience7Continue Reading »
  • water proof bottle from a beer bottle.

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    this is a simple project to keep your matches and other things safe from water. step 1 get bud light tin bottleand keep lid. step 2 sand off the paint if you want to, recommended if you are putting the bottle in your car...cops. step 3 put matches and other things in the top. By: Builder971Continue Reading »
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  • Compact Chaos - A Compact K'Nex Sniper

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Welcome to the Instructable for Compact Chaos, a compact sniper rifle and my first K'Nex gun that actually worked. With a few #64 rubber bands, I was able to reach a range of about 30 metres and easily pierce an empty drinks can. I apologise for how the image quality isn't the best, but considering ...By: shieldsamContinue Reading »
  • Pan Box Musical Instrument

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Here is a twist on the traditional pan flute instrument. It is a Pan Box that you can make in under anhour and keep on display very easily for entertaining your guests or at least making some great party noise! So, let’s get building! The Pan Box Musical Instrument Here is a twist on the traditi...By: pdkehoeContinue Reading »
  • Summer Wedding Pranks

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Lots of people use the summer months to get married our friends did exactly that. So we did the usual at the wedding but being the close friends we are we decided to do something a little extra and cover the front room and kitchen with post it notes. 14,000 of them. And believe it or not they cost...By: Burner-stanContinue Reading »
  • Making Superhero Leather Masks

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Ever wanted to make a leather mask for a party? Here's a short easy tutorial on how to quickly throw together a custom leather mask for Halloween or a fun party in 1-2 hours. All masks were constructed from leather, in 1-2 hours in our leather mask class for Animazement 2014 Charity fund raiser. Tha...By: Li SashayContinue Reading »
  • Sword Art Online: Elucidator Prop Sword!

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    I have been making props for over a year and a half now and I was recently commissioned by my friend to make the Elucidator from Sword Art Online. This was a fun commission for me to do and I want to share how I made it and how you can make one yourself!This build is relatively easy, even for beginn...By: drjagCreationsContinue Reading »
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  • Making Superhero Leather Masks

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Ever wanted to make a leather mask for a party? Here's a short easy tutorial on how to quickly throw together a custom leather mask for Halloween or a fun party in 1-2 hours. All masks were constructed from leather, in 1-2 hours in our leather mask class for Animazement 2014 Charity fund raiser. Tha...By: Li SashayContinue Reading »
  • Sword Art Online: Elucidator Prop Sword!

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    I have been making props for over a year and a half now and I was recently commissioned by my friend to make the Elucidator from Sword Art Online. This was a fun commission for me to do and I want to share how I made it and how you can make one yourself!This build is relatively easy, even for beginn...By: drjagCreationsContinue Reading »
  • Animatronic Wheatley

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Hello Everyone! The purpose of this Instructable is to give a brief overview of the process I went through to create an Animatronic Wheatley. Wheatley was a project I did for the Salt Lake Comic-Con Fan Xperience 2014. Over the course of two months, I spent my free time assembling one of the greates...By: lukealbertson96Continue Reading »
  • Giant Bubble Wands

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    You want to make giant bubbles?YES!GOOD!!!! They are awesome.You only need three things to make giant bubbles: The giant bubble wand is made from the first two things: the wands and the string. All you have to do is attach a loop of string to two poles and then dip it in a bubble solution. Pull it o...By: luktheorangeContinue Reading »
  • Soda Bottle Rocket Launcher

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Some of you that have followed me for a while might recognize this project as an upgraded version of my water bottle rocket launcher, seen in this video. While the old design was the cause of quite a few singed arm hairs, this new model is much more pleasant to use due to the new blast shield as wel...By: NightHawkInLightContinue Reading »
 
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  • How To Download And Install Mods In Minecraft

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This is a super easy way to download and install mods for Minecraft PC Download Forge Look up "forge download" in google search and click the first linkThere will be a screen with a lot of links saying the minecraft version and recommend and latest Now click the latest link that says client that ...By: The One and Only RulerContinue Reading »
  • How To Make a Successful Mobile Game

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    To make a Successful mobile Game is not hard, if you know these steps. Step 1 - How to get People to notice your GameIf you want people to notice your game, you need three things: a good Logo, a good title, and a description that is Fast and to the point.The Logo is one of the biggest reasons for p...By: sunrise.sunrisekingdomContinue Reading »
  • How to properly set up a game of croquet

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Croquet is a fun family games that is 2 to 6 players and is very fun and classy, like backyard golf. It does have some preparation and that is what this instructable is about. Mow the grass This step is so important. If the grass is too tall, the balls will roll too slowly and if its too short, t...By: orangecrush11111Continue Reading »
  • Compact Chaos - A Compact K'Nex Sniper

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Welcome to the Instructable for Compact Chaos, a compact sniper rifle and my first K'Nex gun that actually worked. With a few #64 rubber bands, I was able to reach a range of about 30 metres and easily pierce an empty drinks can. I apologise for how the image quality isn't the best, but considering ...By: shieldsamContinue Reading »
  • Singling A Nerf Longshot

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Singling a longshot increases it's range and power by a lot, but makes it single shot (duh!) with a low rate of fire. Please note that this is NOT a step by step guide, but more of a "this is what I did" guide. This also works off of the assumption that you have a longshot or are familiar with the i...By: JackDC2000Continue Reading »
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  • Electromechanical Insect or Flapping Oscillator

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    IntroductionI've been following the development of robotics for about 10 years and my background is Biology and Videography. These interests have orbited my underlying passion, entomology (the study of insects). Insects are a big deal in many industries, and have been the source of a great deal of...By: organicelectricsContinue Reading »
  • Chemical and drilling free, card PCBs

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Most of us who are into electronics feel the need to produce a PCB for our new project. However, if like me you cant etch at home you're limited to using strip-board. The obvious alternative, getting a prototype PCB made is both expensive and fraught with difficulties. What if you pay your money but...By: jefffollyContinue Reading »
  • littleBits DIY Smart Thermostat

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Monitor and control the temperature of your home remotely. Transform your average household thermostat into a smart thermostat, kind of like nest. Now you can use your smartphone to get real time temperature readouts from your home and change the temperature from anywhere, whether you are across the...By: littleBitsContinue Reading »
  • Hacking my RC Car using Arduino and Android Smart Phone

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Have an old toy car? I hacked mine using Arduino and an H bridge circuit to control the motors, used my Sony Z1 Android phone to control it with the recent 1Sheeld I got from Kickstarter. I thought to use the Gyroscope sensor in to drive it but after experimenting, I used the gravity sensor instead,...By: ahmicmahmoudContinue Reading »
  • Wheel Stool !!!

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    This stool is for TenkaizuBudokai 3rd (Stool contest at Ogaki Mini Maker 2014).Material:MDF2.5mm 300*500mm 18sheets, 300*300mm 6sheetsSize:H200*W400*L400mmHow to make:1. Cut MDF using a laser cutting machine.2. Assemble all parts.[Tools]laser cutting machine : Oh Laser HAJIME, UNIVERSAL VLS3.50 Soft...By: sonoderaContinue Reading »
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  • Wheel Stool !!!

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    This stool is for TenkaizuBudokai 3rd (Stool contest at Ogaki Mini Maker 2014).Material:MDF2.5mm 300*500mm 18sheets, 300*300mm 6sheetsSize:H200*W400*L400mmHow to make:1. Cut MDF using a laser cutting machine.2. Assemble all parts.[Tools]laser cutting machine : Oh Laser HAJIME, UNIVERSAL VLS3.50 Soft...By: sonoderaContinue Reading »
  • BMW 530i - Adding The BMW "Sports Mode" Button Hack

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    This instructable will uncover the option to add the BMW sports driving mode on all 2006 BMW 530i's with the E60 chassis. The sports driving mode was never offered for this particular model, even though they classify this car model as a sport model, you couldn't get the actual sport driving mode. ...By: lovepistolContinue Reading »
  • Badass Zippo Remote

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    This is by far the coolest project (imo) that I have ever made, so I am really happy to share this. It was an extremely difficult project that took about a whole week to debug and construct, but it finally works!First I'll start off with what inspired me.Check out the Captain America montage I made ...By: TSJWangContinue Reading »
  • Teensy MIDI USB foot controller for controlling Mobius Looper

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Motivation:Playing in a 2 piece band, with the drums and lots of other samples being played back as backing tracks, there was a need to use a looper to add in more elements to the tracks. A hardware based looper fails in this respect, since there is no way to maintain synchronisation. Meaning, sli...By: ThriflegangerContinue Reading »
  • $59 Web Server with Amazon Class Performance & Security

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    DRCURZON did an awesome job describing how to build a complete Raspberry Pi Web Server to run on your home network. This will take you far beyond that to a pi hosted site with world-class performance for a worldwide audience. These instructions use a high performance web server called Nginx, then we...By: bowdadtooContinue Reading »
 
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  • LittleBits Disco Ball

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I'm sure we've all run into this problem.....You're having a party and say to your friends "I really wish we had a disco ball". You're wish is our command! You can make this awesome disco ball that recognizes when music is playing and keeps the party going all night long. Gather Supplies Craft S...By: NSCAP_CBCContinue Reading »
  • Tecnologia

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Greate ideas from technology! LED Nametag Legal Bitcoin Price Ticker (almost) from scratch using Arduino as ISP Bitcoin price ticker could be as usefull as a wall clock! Litecoin & Scrypt Mining Rig - Get in on Bitcoin with GPUs Great project! Build your Own Portable Bitcoin Mining Rig / ...By: M4n0v3yContinue Reading »
  • Old but Gold

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    How to Restore, Improve, and Digitize an old microscope Bluetooth tube radio project - opus2 - Japanes pre-war-era's radio Tombstone shape A Centrifuge built from VCR parts Crank Flash Light Floppy Password Guard Old laptop screen into Monitor Gold Recovery DIY Smartph...By: marcosassisContinue Reading »
  • Setup of Google Sync Plugin for KeePass v.2.x

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Q: Why a password manager ?A: Look at the upper image, if you got not a passwords like dKeDjupfS22ykVSyzAmo and you can memorize them for each site you use then you are a easy target for some script kid that dreams to be a hacker.Q: Why KeePass and not RoboForm or RoboForm2Go or software XYZ?A:It's...By: neumanngregorContinue Reading »
  • Sealed battery box 12v/24v with a switch

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    In this instructable I will show you how to build a sealed battery box. It's not completely water tight but rain is no problem for it. Since building this I have found it to be a great mobile power supply for many things even running power tools while camping where there are no electric hookups.The ...By: RehabIsForQuittersContinue Reading »
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  • C-Clamps? 25 Other Clamps They Don't Want You To Know About...

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    This set of Alphaclamps is an exploration of tools and their form. From the I-beam to the C-clamp, the latin letterforms seem to have a chicken-egg relationship with the letter-shaped tools that bear their name. Is the C the basis for design, or simply a descriptor of the form? Curious about how the...By: RobbGodshawContinue Reading »
  • Woodworkers Bench Vise From An Old Clamp

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    'C' clamps don't last forever. The most common wear happens when the swivel head becomes loose and falls off of the moveable jaw. This doesn't render them useless, but it can be annoying when you have to hold the swivel in place as you set your clamp. There is, however, an option for these old clamp...By: antagonizerContinue Reading »
  • Workbench with Storage

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    This instructable will show you how to build my workbench or one similar to it. I built this desk as a workbench for my college apartment so I can make while I learn. I spent $14 on it as I found all the wood to build it, however, you might spend more if you have to buy all the supplies. Good luck a...By: bcb10Continue Reading »
  • Guest Book Table

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    I found this table at a garage sale for 2 dollars. I wanted something unique and creative for our wedding guestbook. So my husband and I ( back then he was my fiance) sanded the original pink paint off and painted the table light tan. I wrote our initials and wedding date on it with an acrylic paint...By: bluegirl1434Continue Reading »
  • Renewing Sanding Disks

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Just like tires, worn out Velcro- backed sanding disks can be given a second life by gluing fresh stock onto their dull surfaces. This Instructable will demonstrate a reliable and inexpensive way to refresh your old ones so they may perform better than new in some cases. How To Proceed Begin by ...By: BeachsideHankContinue Reading »
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  • Woodworkers Bench Vise From An Old Clamp

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    'C' clamps don't last forever. The most common wear happens when the swivel head becomes loose and falls off of the moveable jaw. This doesn't render them useless, but it can be annoying when you have to hold the swivel in place as you set your clamp. There is, however, an option for these old clamp...By: antagonizerContinue Reading »
  • Renewing Sanding Disks

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Just like tires, worn out Velcro- backed sanding disks can be given a second life by gluing fresh stock onto their dull surfaces. This Instructable will demonstrate a reliable and inexpensive way to refresh your old ones so they may perform better than new in some cases. How To Proceed Begin by ...By: BeachsideHankContinue Reading »
  • reclaimed wood headphone holder

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    While sitting by the campfire recently my eye caught a piece of dark firewood that was different from the rest. Instead of burning it I brought it to the wood shop and milled it down to a manageable piece; turns out it was a very nice piece of walnut, perfect for my next project!Follow me on a fun ...By: mikeasaurusContinue Reading »
  • How To Reuse Zip-ties

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Many people who use zip ties a lot like to reuse them. This instructable shows a simple, easy way to reuse the zip ties. Step 1 Tighten the tie all the way so that there is a tiny loop at the end Step 2 Now use the tie like it is a normal zip tie. That's it! By: joshuaoContinue Reading »
  • End Tables Made From Fencing Boards

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    I LOVE this website and have been reading the projects here since around 2006. I thought it was about time I posted one of my own. Better late than never. This is my most recent project and involves building end tables to fit the small gaps on either side of my couch. I hope you enjoy.I used redw...By: Bike2workContinue Reading »
 
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  • Decorate your house with old t-shirts

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    If you have various (or only one..) loved T-shirts but you cannot use it now, You can decorate your room or your house with cadres made with wood frames and your T-shirt.this instructable is easy to made, and suitable for childrens or teenagers in summer. Advertising This instructable will cut yo...By: chang2034Continue Reading »
  • C-Clamps? 25 Other Clamps They Don't Want You To Know About...

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    This set of Alphaclamps is an exploration of tools and their form. From the I-beam to the C-clamp, the latin letterforms seem to have a chicken-egg relationship with the letter-shaped tools that bear their name. Is the C the basis for design, or simply a descriptor of the form? Curious about how the...By: RobbGodshawContinue Reading »
  • Angle Grinder As A Disk Sander

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I had a need to adapt and use my Harbor Freight angle grinder as a benchtop disk sander, so I bought a 5" (127 mm) backing pad for about $10 and put together a simple build, complete with slotted table and miter gauge to produce an inexpensive benchtop tool. Prep The Pad Using the same technique ...By: BeachsideHankContinue Reading »
  • Woodworkers Bench Vise From An Old Clamp

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    'C' clamps don't last forever. The most common wear happens when the swivel head becomes loose and falls off of the moveable jaw. This doesn't render them useless, but it can be annoying when you have to hold the swivel in place as you set your clamp. There is, however, an option for these old clamp...By: antagonizerContinue Reading »
  • Decorative solar lamp display

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    Summer is just around the corner and I thought it might be nice to use the lights to create a decorative display that would add night light next to a garden bench, allowing me to sit outside on balmy evenings. You can use any solar light that will fit on top of a 69 x 69mm block of pine, or even dri...By: dezineContinue Reading »
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  • Mid Century Muse: Contract Magazine Vintage Furniture Advertisement Inspiration

    Van
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    One morning after making a post office delivery I decided to swing into a nearby Goodwill as soon as it opened. I was rewarded by a stack of Contract vintage magazines and a few other retro interior design and office furniture catalogs from the late 60s and early 70s. I like to pretend came from a 1970s interior design firm. I've been enjoying flipping through these for inspiration. They recently sold so I took some time to photograph my favorite pages before shipping them out to the next creative they'll inspire. Let's look at the groovy goodness!Love thus hippie chick on a bike to…
  • 5 Craving Resistance Tactics For Healthy Eating. For When You Could Eat a Whole F*cking Cow. Made of Cheese.

    Van
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    A week or so ago I was bustling about in Shakti Life Kitchen working on a huge batch of chips when I got a call, the woman on the line asked if she could meet me to ask questions on veganism. The voice was urgent. When we met 10 minutes (!) later face-to-face she asked if I was vegan and for how long, I told her 3ish years. Wide-eyed, she blurted:"When will the cravings stop? Will the cravings stop!? ... I crave cheese. I could eat a whole fucking cow made of cheese."I know how she feels. Five years ago I was eating fast food and working an office job where I barely moved. I was 30+…
  • A Graphic Designer Team's Refined, Budget Home: Modern Thrifter's Mid Century Casa

    Van
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Trish & Patrick are a graphic designer team with an adorable family and an amazing eye. They blog about organizing and refining their mid century modern home with low-cost and creative projects over at Modern Thrifter. Having peeked at glimpses of their gorgeous home for years,  I had to see if they were game for a home feature. Luckily, they let us in and shared some helpful tips along the way:Occupants: Trish & Patrick, our two kids ages 9 and 7, and our dog Tooey.Professions: Graphic DesignersLocation: SeattleSquare Feet: 1800 sfSpace Type: HouseYears Occupied: 5Can you tell…
  • Let Me Take You to Paradise. Caracoles in Puerto Rico, A Tiny Island Fantasy

    Van
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Perhaps a tie (with a giant waterfall) for favorite stop on my recent Puerto Rican adventure was Caracoles (literally, coral) a tiny island you can reach by boat. It's off the coast from the La Paguera nature preserve; where you can see one of the wonders of the world, a bioluminescent bay where the water illuminated on moonless (Seen here- amazing!) nights by dinoflagellate plankton, it's very rare, its one of the three most famed spots in the world to spot this anomaly- all three of the spots are in Puerto Rico. We didn't get to see the bio-bay as planned but I thoroughly enjoyed the tiny…
  • Mid-Year Antique Mall and Reseller Update: Taking Breaks, Moving On, Muse Chasing

    Van
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Swiftly taken photo of my booth while I was moving merchandise in from Back in May. It's almost done with a sexy new revamp with sponsored goodness making it spiffy, will share photos later. If you're local, come take a look. Everythings on sale and looking WAY better than in the photo above.I've had some readers asking about reselling and my antique mall booth. It's been a few months since I've gone on extended hunts for merchandise or talked extensively on the subject! Here's what I've been doing with it all lately:Taking a Long Break From the Antique Mall: Moving merchandise around in my…
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  • Helping Make a Wish Come True with the “Enchanted Castle of Dreams”

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

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

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

    Ryan
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    DIY porch skirting with stone veneer panels give this customer’s home a look he is amazed by. When our customer, Mark from Texas, completed his DIY porch renovation, using Oxford Ledgestone panels, he emailed us and said, “Our local contractor / builder stopped by to check it out and was amazed at how much it looked like actual stone.” DIY porch skirting with faux stone panels adds beauty and security. Notice the difference stone veneer porch skirting brings to Mark’s house. Knowing that it would have been costly and time consuming to have his porch skirting built with actual…
  • Easy Wainscoting with Imitation Stone

    Ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    For homeowners who want a charming wall design made easy, wainscoting is a popular choice.  Redecorating a room this way can be done in a wide range of styles.  Those who have experienced increased levels of comfort after bringing this kind of design to their interior walls have also decided to enhance their exteriors with the same approach. Originating from the medieval German word, wagenschot, which translated as “wall board,” according to the Oxford English dictionary, wainscoting was originally paneling made from riven oak.  This kind of oak derived from big, slow-growth trees, and…
 
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  • 5 DIY Steps to Amazing Curb Appeal

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

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

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

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

    Home Depot Staff
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
      This easy-to-make DIY industrial lamp will create a trendy industrial look for your desk or table. This cool desk lamp is made from lengths of steel pipe and fittings, a light kit and a light bulb– all readily available at your local Home Depot store. Just follow the step-by-step tutorial, and you’ll have your new pipe lamp completed in no time.  Materials for DIY Industrial Lamp Project FPT = “female pipe thread”; MPT = “male pipe thread” 6– ½” 90-degree elbows 4– ½” tees 1– ¾” FPT to 1″ FPT…
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  • Fresh Facts About Water

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:51 am
      This basic fact is well know: water is an essential component of human health. But why do we need it, how much is enough, and how can we ensure we’re getting the right amount? What about other liquids, like cola or wine? Can they substitute for water? And is there such a thing as drinking too much water? Benefits The hydrating effect of water is essential for the body’s day-to-day function – no surprise, given that two-thirds of our physical selves are composed of H2O.  See full article.
  • 7 FAQs about Whole House Water Filtration Systems

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
      Do you know what’s in the water in your home? Depending on where you live, that clear liquid may well contain all kinds of nasties which are dangerous for humans to drink or even inhale. A whole house water filter might be advisable to provide your household with cleaner, healthier, and better-tasting H2O.  See full article.
  • 11 Unexpected Results of Joining a CSA

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
      Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is a great way to eat fresh, cheap, and local. The way it works is simple: You sign up for a share in the produce – predominately vegetables, but also fruit and possibly honey and eggs – of a particular farm.  See full article.
  • The NEC and Your Home Remodel

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
      Getting ready to remodel your home involves a great deal of planning – deciding how best to use the space, clarifying your budget, designing the project, and (the fun part!) choosing colors and materials. In the midst of all these preparations, remember to give adequate attention to revamping your electrical system.  See full article.
  • Keeping Your PC, Smartphone or Tablet Clean

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
      PCs, Smartphones, and handheld tablets are essentials of daily life. However, these conveniences need some basic maintenance to stay in top working order. Obviously you can’t just scrub them with good old soap and water. So what do you do instead? Learn how to clean your electronic devices in the following easy, natural ways.  See full article.
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  • Great Modern Cottage Style with Aspen Wood Beams

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

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

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

    Ryan
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    DIY kitchen makeovers are easy with faux ceiling beams. Kitchens have always been known to be the heart of a home.  They make up the space of a house where family members get together for the preparation of meals, to relax, eat, talk about how their days went, entertain friends, or even get work done. In many traditions, in fact, the kitchen is the space in a home that has the most direct impact on the health and harmony of the family.  Some even maintain that the well-being and prosperity of a home’s residents depend on the kitchen. Being the heart of a home, a kitchen’s décor is…
  • Exciting Wood Beam Design for a Recessed Ceiling

    Ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    When Mark Beyers, owner of Beyers Cabinetry & Custom Woodworking, was asked by a client of his to build a wood beam design from which she’d be hanging a chandelier in her multi-million-dollar house, he enthusiastically took the opportunity to create the look she was seeking. In an interior design magazine, she had come across a picture of a wooden design that she loved, and wanted to replicate for her recessed ceiling lighting.  The picture was of a traditional wagon wheel ceiling treatment that had a distressed, old-world look. Because this client’s ceiling was 30 feet high, Mark…
 
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  • Super Nice CNC Router Build Leaves Little To Be Desired

    Rich Bremer
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    [Enzo] wrote in to tell us about his recently completed CNC Router (translated). This is an excellent high-quality, all-aluminum build with no cut corners. The work envelope is a respectable 340 by 420 mm with 80 mm in the Z direction. Linear ball bearings make for smooth travel and lead screws with both axial and radial bearings give a solid foundation of accurate and repeatable movements. We’ve had a bunch of CNC Router projects on Hackaday in the past, including other nicely made aluminum ones, but [Enzo] is the only one who spent just as much effort on his computer and machine…
  • Sparkfun Ships 2000 MicroViews Without Bootloaders

    Adam Fabio
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Everyone has a bad day right? Monday was a particularly bad day for the folks at Sparkfun. Customer support tickets started piling up, leading to the discovery that they had shipped out as many as 1,934 MicroViews without bootloaders. MicroView is the tiny OLED enabled, Arduino based, microcontroller system which had a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. [Marcus Schappi], the project creator, partnered up with SparkFun to get the MicroViews manufactured and shipped out to backers. This wasn’t a decision made on a whim, Sparkfun had proven themselves by…
  • SMT and Thru-Hole Desoldering

    Bil Herd
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    My introduction to electronic manufacturing was as a production technician at Pennsylvania Scale Company in Leola PA in the early 1980’s. I learned that to work on what I wanted to work on I had to get my assigned duties done by noon or thereabouts. The most important lesson I had learned as a TV repairman, other than not to chew on the high voltage cable, was to use your eyes first. I would take a box of bad PCB’s that were essentially 6502 based computers that could count and weigh, and first go through inspecting them; usually the contents were reduced 50% right off by doing this. Then…
  • When Worlds Collide: 68008 Bootstrapped by an Arduino Uno

    Adam Fabio
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    [Peter Bjornx] brings classic microprocessors and modern microcontrollers together with his Arduino bootstrapped 68008 computer. The Motorola 68008 is the 8-bit external bus version of the well-known 68000 (or 68k) microprocessor. A friend gave [Peter] one of these chips, so he built a simple computer around it. This isn’t one of those clean retrocomputers with every connection carefully planned out and wire wrapped. [Peter's] created a true hack – a working 68k system on a breadboard created with whatever he had on hand at the time. The real gem of this system is the ROM.
  • From Broken Laptop Screen to Portable Light Table

    James Hobson
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    If you’re like most of us here at Hack a Day, you probably shudder at the amount of e-waste that gets thrown out — here’s a clever way to make some good use out of a broken laptop screen! [Victor] recently received a broken laptop from a friend, and as it turned out, only the LCD was broken. It’s old though so he didn’t want to buy a new screen for it. Instead he chopped it in half and used the functioning half as a media HTPC for his TV. He was about to trash the screen when he had an idea — the LCD was busted, but the back light wasn’t! He…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Lemi Shine Reviews: Dishwasher Detergent Additive For Hard Water

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

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

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

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    If you're looking for an extremely cheap and effective laundry stain pretreater look no further than Fels Naptha laundry soap. This stuff is amazing and has been around for years. It also has lots of other uses (over a dozen) around the home which I've collected at the link, so check it out. This stuff is pretty darn awesome.
  • Remove Beet And Fruit Juice Stain With Boiling Water

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is one of my favorite and easiest stain removal tips, and it works for lots of (but not all) different types of stains -- but especially fruit and vegetable types of stains, like berries, beets, and even for grape juice -- pour boiling water over the stain. Simple, frugal, and eco-friendly, a great combination!
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    Alure Home Improvements

  • Explore the benefits of modern siding

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

    Salvatore Ferro
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Alure Home Improvements' exterior design expert Vinnie Maddaloni discussed some of the benefits that installing new windows can have for people considering upgrading their homes.
  • Avoid these 4 common household hazards

    Douglas Cornwell
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    When you put time and effort into your house with home renovation and customized decoration to create a beautiful and comfortable space, it's important to look out for some of the most common causes of injury and house damage as well.
  • Is a larger bathroom right for you?

    Gina Bonura
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    An expanded bathroom can help facilitate many of the changes and additions that homeowners are after when they start a bathroom remodeling project.
  • 5 reasons people choose to renovate their kitchens

    Gina Bonura
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Think about these common reasons for kitchen renovations to determine if a new kitchen is right for your home.
 
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    Julian Cassell's DIY Blog

  • Fox paint brushes

    Julian Cassell
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Fox paint brushes are a distinctive range of brushes on the market that are definitely making a few waves with both pros and DIY enthusiasts alike. Paint brushes are certainly an area of the DIY and home improvement market place that seems to continue growing, and keeping up with developments can be a time consuming occupation. Therefore when the nice people at Fox brushes asked me to take a little look at their range – how could I refuse! And my guide below should help you make up your mind on any potential purchase. Fox paint brush range There’s plenty of variety in the Fox…
  • Redbacks

    Julian Cassell
    20 May 2014 | 9:13 am
    Redbacks are a relatively new type of knee pad, which are certainly revolutionary in design, and therefore well worth reviewing to see if I think they’re a ‘must’ for the DIY market. Knee protection is often an area that is overlooked, or not considered essential, in both DIY and trade circles. However, for me, it’s always a necessity to wear knee pads when carrying out any DIY work - trust me, even if you’re not doing a flooring job, it’s amazing how often you find yourself on your knees – so let’s see if Redbacks are the answer to all our…
  • Zinsser 123

    Julian Cassell
    1 Mar 2014 | 11:21 am
    Zinsser 123, or Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 to give it its full name, is a type of primer sealer that can help with all manner of DIY decorating jobs in your home. It’s slightly different in composition to my normal ‘go-to’ primer, Zinsser BIN, and in the guide below, I’ll explain why Zinsser 123 is sometimes the best choice when priming and sealing surfaces prior to decoration. Zinsser 123 uses Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 does what it says on the tin…….well nearly, in my opinion! Well if you read the side of the tin, Zinsser 123 claims to prime just about any…
  • Painting a feature wall

    Julian Cassell
    13 Jan 2014 | 4:11 am
    Painting a feature wall in your home uses the same basic techniques employed for painting any wall. However, it’s worth taking into account a few little extra considerations, just to ensure you get a top quality finish. Feature walls are used to add an extra dimension, or a bit more impact to a room’s colour scheme. As a result, there is a tendency to use accent colours, which are often bolder, darker or even brighter than the paint colour applied to the other walls in the room. The problem with bold, accent colours is that they can often be tricky to apply! The following guide…
  • Rembrandt angular sash brushes

    Julian Cassell
    20 Nov 2013 | 8:10 am
    Rembrandt angular sash brushes are synthetic bristled paint brushes designed for applying both oil-based and water-based paints. The angled design of the brush also lends itself to trying to provide the best and most accurate finish possible, when cutting in around the edges of walls, ceilings and indeed woodwork. Synthetic bristle brushes, as a category, have become the first choice for many tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts, especially when applying water-based paints such as emulsion for walls and ceilings, with nearly all the major manufacturers now making synthetic bristle brushes in varying…
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    Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials

  • How To Use A Quick Unpick – Sew Fun

    Violet
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    It’s been far too long since I did some proper Sew Fun posts but here’s a little one to tide you over. Today we’re going to learn to use your new best friend: a quick unpicker. Basically this tool is a little pointy blade on the end of a handle which makes unpicking crappy stitching […] The post How To Use A Quick Unpick – Sew Fun appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • How To Apply Clip In Extensions

    Violet
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    A nice easy tutorial today, I’ll be showing you guys how I wear my clip in hair extensions! Clip in extensions are awesome. They are very versatile and if you buy ones which you can style then you can do all kinds of things with them. I have a lot of length with my natural […] The post How To Apply Clip In Extensions appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • Melbourne Is Beautiful – Snapshots

    Violet
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Melbourne is beautiful and colourful and wonderful. The face I make when James orders that many ribs. Seriously. The face he makes when he eats that many ribs. It didn’t last, after that he felt very sick. His cake looked weirdly suggestive.   And Melbourne as usual, is just beautiful.   The post Melbourne Is Beautiful – Snapshots appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • All Time Beauty Favourites- Mascara

    Violet
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Back to beauty favourites! I get asked a lot which make up I’m wearing and honestly most of the time it’s pretty much the same thing. I don’t change stuff up very often once I find something that really works for me. So I’ve decided to do an “All Time Beauty Favourites” series and today […] The post All Time Beauty Favourites- Mascara appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • Strawberry Deco Roll Cake – Cute Food

    Violet
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Less of a tutorial today and more of an adventure in baking! A while ago, Kim came over with the idea that we could try our hand at baking together. Craziness ensued but we managed to product a perfectly good Japanese style deco cake roll out of it. We went with a strawberry theme inside […] The post Strawberry Deco Roll Cake – Cute Food appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
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    stepbystep.com

  • Becoming a Commercial Loan Officer

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

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

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

    Monica Hyatt
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    The global financial industry continues to be one of the largest and most profitable employers worldwide. If you have good mathematical and analytical skills and you have chosen banking as your career then you have made a choice that will see you earn a lot of income and prestige. Within the banking industry there are many different career paths...
  • Becoming a Credit Analyst

    Monica Hyatt
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    In today’s financial industry, getting a job as a credit officer could be a good career option for someone who has good investigative, numerical and analytical skills. Good credit analysts make a lot of money and you may aspire to owning your own firm someday. Banks and other financial institutions need to give out loans to make significant...
 
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    Nexus 21

  • Home Automation Continues to Improve

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

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

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

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

    Nexus21
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    If you know about boats, you know that the name Chris-Craft is synonymous with the best. The iconic boat manufacturer is well known and respected for their handmade wooden cruisers, like this one:   In the late 50s Chris Craft began transitioning to fiberglass hulls in an effort to make safer, larger, sea worthy vessels. Enter the Commander series, the ultimate in cruising luxury with hulls designed for heavy seas and plenty of room for long ocean voyages. Meet Ben and Nick, the co-owners of “Dig Deep”, a 1967 47’ Chris-Craft Commander docked in Chicago, IL. Ben and Nick have been…
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • Options for Creating Wide Open Floor Plan

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

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

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

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

    armchairbuilder
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    One of the benefits of building a new home is that we get to create exactly what we want.  An eye catching front elevation that combines unique materials and design to make us smile when we pull into the driveway…check. An open layout that meets the family’s particular needs for socializing and entertaining…check.  An engineered [...]
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Greek Style Pasta Salad with Green Beans & Tomatoes

    Jami
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pasta salad just seems to go with summertime, doesn’t it? I mean, who wants a pasta salad in the dead of winter? Well, maybe some do, but not me – I’m all about soups come wintertime. But pasta paired with garden vegetables and other ingredients like meat, cheese or olives is a perfect one-dish meal for warmer weather. […] The post Greek Style Pasta Salad with Green Beans & Tomatoes appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing!
 
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    Five Gallon Ideas

  • Hand Washing Laundry in a Bucket

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

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

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

    trevor
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Back yard chickens are phenomenal – feed them waste from their kitchen and they in turn feed you fresh eggs daily. But when you catch the “chicken bug” in a big way, you’ll end up with so many eggs that just washing them turns into an hour long chore. A bucket based egg washer is ideal for someone who washes several dozen at a time. The egg washer we built for this article will fit 70of the golden-centered orbs at a time. The basic premise is simple – air is blown through holes in a submerged pipe resting at the bottom of a standard bucket. The air flows upward…
  • Washing 5 Gallon Buckets FAST

    trevor
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Washing buckets is relatively simple to do – but it takes some foresight and special technique to do fast. I’ve got 9 buckets for CSA customers to clean spotless today so I’m writing this article so you can follow along. Keeping Buckets Cleaner Washing goes quickest if the buckets are less dirty to begin with. You can line your pails with absorbent, compostable newspaper to protect your inner bucket walls from grime and scratches. Check the full lining with newspaper article for the very quick 15-second newspaper liner that locks in place. Pressure washing with a garden hose…
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    Umeandthekids

  • Mum’s 7 Vital Tips – How to Prepare for Back to School

    rachelhirst
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    Getting prepared for back to School The Holidays are nearly over and it is nearly time for the uniforms to make a comeback and you need to prepare for back to school. The late nights become a thing of the past and learning how to function at 7am in the morning feels such a daunting [...] The post Mum’s 7 Vital Tips – How to Prepare for Back to School appeared first on Umeandthekids.
  • Win A VIP Factory Trip & Design your very own Love Hearts Competition

    rachelhirst
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Win A VIP Factory Trip & Design your very own Love Hearts Competition     This year, Swizzels Matlow are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Love Hearts and to mark this landmark event they have got a really cool competition running where entrants can design their very own Love Heart and see it being made [...] The post Win A VIP Factory Trip & Design your very own Love Hearts Competition appeared first on Umeandthekids.
  • A Sneaky child free day by the sea!

    rachelhirst
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    A Sneaky child free day by the sea! I always connect the Seaside with taking the kids on the beach, building sandcastles, dipping our toes in the freezing cold English sea. To me the seaside represents family time, Ice creams and eating fish and chips whilst trying to dodge the seagulls who are far too cheeky for their [...] The post A Sneaky child free day by the sea! appeared first on Umeandthekids.
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Ribbon and Ric Rac Funky Loops Bow {A-Z Series, “R”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Good Morning Ribbon Retreat Readers! When you think of the letter “R”, what are some the first things that come to your mind? Red, Ric Rac, Reading, Recess, Rainbows, Ruffles…there are tons of things that start with the letter “R”! Right? Well…as you can tell, my letter is “R”, and I am SO excited to […]
  • How To Make A Surround A Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Guess what friends…it’s YouTube Thursday again!! Can I get a whoop, whoop? Haha! I love it! Today’s video tutorial is all about a big, sassy, super adorable bow that will have your friends way impressed with your bow making skills and the professional looking bows you create! This is a fabulous Back to School bow, […]
  • Quilted Pencil Box Pouch {A-Z Series, “Q”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of my favorite memories as a little girl, was getting an envelope full of pennies when my parents went to an annual outing in Salt Lake City. We got to stay with my super awesome and super fun grandparents and without fail, I would buy pencils, markers, crayons or anything I thought would work […]
  • Praise Plate {A-Z Series, “P”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The school bells are ringing and your kids are singing lots of stories of their recess adventures, spelling bee successes and tales from the bus ride home, right as they come bounding through the door announcing their arrival from their long day at school. If your kids are anything like mine, these stories are sometimes […]
  • Owl Ouchie Pack {A-Z Series, “O”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    All of our kiddo’s get a “boo, boo” every once in a while where they come running to us with big alligator tears in their adorable little eyes wanting us to fix it all with a kiss and a band aid. And isn’t it the best when that little kiss makes the tears go away […]
 
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    Creative by Kate Danielle | Creative by Kate Danielle

  • 10 Tips to get Better Sleep While Pregnant + Havertys Mattress Contest

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

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

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

    Kate Danielle
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    50% off Your First Box Up to 50% off Back to School sale at Gymboree! $15 Critter Hoodies at Crazy 8! Enter to Win $4K Back-to-School Prize at Tea Collection
  • Home Buying: Searching for a New Home

    Kate Danielle
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    It is official, we have moved into our new home in Woodstock, GA. Boy was it an experience… we knew that having 2 closing in one day, moving our stuff all while taking care of our 3 month old was going to be a busy day but we did not foresee that closing on our new home was going to take 5 hours! We were so mad at our mortgage  company….blog post titles were racing through my head… Why [the mortgage company] made me cry on closing day… Why [mortgage company X] stinks… Don’t Get Your Home Loan with [mortgage company X]. But I decided that I would not do…
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    The DIY Helpers

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Shekhar Sagar Srivastava
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    A perfectly timed nap, set for the right amount of time, can do wonders for your brain. Taking a timeout to sleep during the day does much more than just give us a quick energy boost. It also confers some serious cognitive and health advantages as well. Power naps can alleviate our so-called sleep deficits, but they can also boost our brains, including improvements to creative problem solving, verbal memory, perceptual learning, object learning, and statistical learning. They help us with math, logical reasoning, our reaction times, and symbol recognition. Naps improve our mood and feelings…
  • How To Flirt Without Being Creepy With a Girl

    Shekhar Sagar Srivastava
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Flirting with a girl without coming across as creepy can be a tough art to master. Learning how to impress a girl may seem hard in the beginning, but it really doesn’t have to be. This won’t be a complete guide on how to flirt with a girl because the subject is just far too vast to be covered in a single article. However, by trying some of this effective techniques will help you flirt with a girl without being creepy or freaking her out and succeed at winning her over in the end. Techniques of Flirting – Step By Step Guide   Step 1 : Look at Their Hand. Say you suddenly spot a…
  • How To Take Perfect Selfie Like a Model

    Shekhar Sagar Srivastava
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:18 am
    Selfie!  The word declared as word of the year for 2013 by the Oxford Dictionary. If you’ve been living in a tent on the tundra or under a rock in your backyard, you may not have heard the term “selfie.” In your defense, the term itself isn’t really that old – it was coined in 2005 as a way to describe a special kind of self-portrait. “Selfie” usually refers to an image that is much more informal that that, generally taken with a digital camera or smart phone held at arm’s length, snapped on the fly and usually destined for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or some other form of…
  • How To Beat The Heat This Summer

    Shekhar Sagar Srivastava
    7 Jun 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Entire World is in the grip of an extreme heat wave with many country and states recording highest temperatures in years. Staying cool and hydrated are your two best defenses against heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Extreme elevations in your temperature change the way your body functions, putting you at risk for potentially fatal consequences. Infants, the elderly, athletes and people who spend a lot of time outdoors are most at risk, so watch for the red flags of heat exhaustion: nausea, dizziness, weakness, headache and muscle cramps. Keeping yourself cool is the upmost important thing…
  • How To Win Your Crush Heart Song

    Shekhar Sagar Srivastava
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:40 pm
    This post is not about any tips or tricks telling you how to win your crush heart, instead it is a song by Dave Days, a youtube profiler, is a musician, entertainer and YouTube personality from Downingtown, we loved it and thought you might love it too. This video and song are filmed and recorded in a comical manner showing us what we think, what we do, and what we should do to win a girls heart.
 
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